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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
January 15, 2014
CES claimed good attendance this year, though it was clearly dampened by the east coast storms and cancelled air service. On a “buzz factor” basis, this year’s event was an 8 out of 10, steady with last year. And the 2013 show was a good proxy for this year’s – for the most part, the same players, the same products, and some modest advancements.
January 13, 2014
Back in 2008, I wrote an article with the provocative title “IPTV is dead, long live IPTV” where we made the case that that no one would be talking about IPTV in five years - in what was then the crystal ball territory beyond 2013. We believed that all video delivery systems will simply be referred to as digital TV, and IP will underpin almost every aspect, regardless if it is a telco TV network or a hybrid satellite/broadband combination.
December 19, 2013
As featured in our December issue of Authorized Access, we've compiled the list of our most popular content in 2013 based on downloads and views. Check out the top 3 results in each category or channel. Some of the results were unexpected!
December 16, 2013
This morning, I had the honor and pleasure of officially opening our new headquarters facility at 6059 Cornerstone Court West, in Sorrento Valley, the heart of San Diego’s technology district. It is a very exciting day for our company, to be certain. The new offices are a tangible output of our rapid growth over the past few years; better yet, they were purposefully designed to fuel our growth and innovation in 2014 and beyond.