Thought-provoking analysis on the direction of the pay-TV
and video delivery industries from The Verimatrix Team

Barrett Mononen
August 19, 2014

You can call the trend whatever you’d like, but content preparation workflows are all moving in the same direction—toward the cloud. In the follow-up e-book on The Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator, we explore this push and how it's impacting our industry. The benefits for moving towards a cloud-based workflow can almost seem unlimited, but a couple of key ones always float to the top.  

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Deepak Das
August 12, 2014

The conversation around the convergence of TV Everywhere (TVE) services and over-the-top (OTT) content providers are currently happening in silos. These conversations are not mutually exclusive, but rather intertwined together in a complex software driven ecosystem. For example, the areas of analytics, ad-insertion and security worked seamlessly when the services were independent. However the cross-platform delivery requirements can lead to breakdowns or cause complexities in these areas.

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Steve Christian
August 7, 2014

It was encouraging to discover during our recent partner summits hosted in London and Singapore, that our software-empowered video operator vision is being whole-heartedly embraced by other key industry ecosystem service providers and reseller partners. Together we agreed that we are under healthy pressure, and in the best position, to provide operators with flexible solutions to help them migrate to a multi-network, software-based video delivery and monetization business model over the next few years.

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Steve Christian
August 4, 2014

We were very pleased by the response and feedback we received from our original executive e-book, Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator. It became obvious to us that people wanted to learn more about the transition to software-centric and IP-based technologies, which are becoming the building blocks for next-generation video delivery systems. 

To help paint a more comprehensive picture on the overall workflow of the software-empowered video operator model, we collaborated with some of our leading partners to provide their perspectives in a follow up e-book. Executives from Elemental Technologies, Akamai, TiVo, VisualOn and Genius Digital each contributed a chapter that amplifies how their solutions fit into a software-defined infrastructure and how they ease integration for service providers.

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Steve Christian
July 2, 2014

With approximately 2,200 languages spoken by nearly 4.3 billion people, Asia is not a market for generalization. During this year’s CommunicAsia, however, it became evident that this dynamic and increasingly connected region does share a couple of market trends. 

 

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Steve Oetegenn
June 5, 2014

It was gratifying for me when a panel of progressive, European pay-TV operators from different heritages and operating in very diverse market conditions, unanimously declared that the future of their video service delivery and monetization is IP – a direction that we have been heralding for sometime now. 

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Petr Peterka
May 12, 2014

Last month, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on “The Evolution of Security in the Connected World” as part of NAB’s Broadcast Engineering Conference. While UHD revenue security requirements were not the sole focus of the presentation, most of the questions at the end of the session were related to this topic. One question that I was asked pertained to use cases of delivering UHD content. The MovieLabs’ Specifications do not describe different use cases or release windows; rather its documents outline only the most difficult scenario – the requirements for protecting the highest value piece of content (in this case, an early release 4K on-demand movie).

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Petr Peterka
April 4, 2014

With the pay-TV market in the early stages of planning and deploying support for ultra high-definition (UHD) or “4K” content, and new UHD and 4K consumer electronics continuing their rapid proliferation of the marketplace, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the terms 4K and UHD are in many cases being used interchangeably. It is worth noting, however, that there are actually very distinct differences between the two specifications. 

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Tom Munro
March 21, 2014

As the end of the first quarter of 2014 rapidly approaches, it is clear that the video services industry is in a state of transition.  The past several months have witnessed a shift towards IP technologies, with networks and other infrastructure components moving away from a hardware-defined value proposition to one that is more software-centric and adaptable. This shift opens up a realm of possibilities for more dynamic presentation, discovery and real-time usage feedback.

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Steve Christian
February 17, 2014

Bollywood and cricket undoubtedly remain the key drivers of India’s rapidly developing multi-network, multi-screen TV industry.  From checking stats and facts to watching a game live when the main TV is occupied, mobile TV in India has become a way of life for most of the nation’s 100M+ mobile Internet users. During our Multi-network Forum at last month’s Convergence India show in Delhi, the topic – together with the role of cloud-based services, security, regulation and business models amongst others ¬– was discussed at length by a very well-informed and engaging panel

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Vidya Nath
January 18, 2014

Operators need to transport securely authenticated content across devices, over any media. This can be successfully done by leveraging the cloud. The cloud is not just about collaborative workflows, it can empower a content distributor to run its services seamlessly, monitor and analyze its viewership, ensure higher engagement with the viewer and of course, facilitate easy billing practices in a platform-agnostic manner. India, which otherwise lies to the south of the digital divide, is equally consumed by the multi-screen phenomenon as viewers fervently seek their videos on several devices apart from the TV. While this is great in terms of opportunity sizing, operators struggle with technical, business and regulatory challenges to capitalize on this trend.

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