November 6, 2013
Monday’s AfricaCast Twitter Q&A was a huge success, and the participants – Steve Christian, VP Marketing, Verimatrix, Anton Smith, CEO Hambisana and Nick Ruczaj, VP Business Development EMEA Vubiquity – have agreed to contribute a blog post here at IP&TV covering some of the main themes in a little more depth than 140 characters really allow…
October 31, 2013
In this second post, I wanted to spotlight the Forum discussion on multi-network business models and revisit the proposition of operators as an app; who (ultimately) takes responsibility for the user experience (UX); as well as address disruptive technologies and how this raises the bar on security.
October 17, 2013
We gathered some of the smartest, most innovative people in our industry to participate in our premier Multi-network Video CEO Summit earlier this month. During the Summit, executive speakers representing the entire ecosystem – from content owners and operators to technology vendors and delivery networks – demonstrated their willingness to experiment with business models, go-to-market strategies, technologies, and partnerships to fuel the growth and adoption of multi-network services. The invitation-only Summit provided a forum for operator and partner CEOs to consider and debate existential business questions about our industry’s multi-network evolution. It was held in Munich, home to our European headquarters, and while the discussions remain confidential, I have summarized the overarching themes of the various panel discussions and presentations.
October 15, 2013
TrustZone is undoubtedly becoming an increasingly popular topic, with it serving as the focus of several conversations at IBC last month. With all of this interest, however, there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to what exactly it encompasses.
October 14, 2013
Never has this old adage been as relevant as it is to the to the pay TV industry of today. Since the proliferation of broadband Internet and video friendly connected devices, the industry has been challenged to keep pace with changing consumer expectations and an evolving competitive landscape. At this year’s IBC Multi-network Forum, entitled “Making your Hybrid Network Smarter,” moderator Nigel Walley of Decipher Media Consultants summarized the situation as follows: while the pace of change is only increasing, smart hybrid networks are proving robust enough to handle all the current challenges being “thrown at them” and are better positioned to deal with the future unknowns - of which there are many. He also reaffirmed that the term “hybrid” is applicable industry-wide —beyond network configurations to content types and business models and user case and security solutions.
September 5, 2013
Verimatrix team members from all over the globe are starting to converge on Amsterdam for IBC 2013. I’m excited to say that Verimatrix will have an especially strong presence at this year’s show, which has long been regarded as one of the pay-TV industry’s most significant gatherings of innovation and talent.
Our most expansive show presence to-date includes demonstrations supported by customers and partners from around the world. And we are hosting the most ambitious Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World Forum ever, with a stellar speaker lineup.
August 26, 2013
Many reports have been conducted on the consumer usage and predicted usage of over-the-top (OTT) video. For example, the Accenture’s 2013 Video-Over-Internet Consumer Survey provided insight into “online video behaviors, perceptions and aspirations” and how these impact service providers’ plans. While these types of reports help uncover consumer demand, we wanted to find out more about how service providers, content owners and technology providers are making business decisions based on these trends. So we turned to StreamingMedia.com to help provide a new perspective.
July 17, 2013
Last month’s Multi-network Forum at CommunicAsia in Singapore gave rise to interesting discussions around the enormous changes that the region’s entertainment industry and the challenges faced by content creators, pay TV operators and service providers in "Achieving a Pervasive OTT Video Experience" during such rapid evolution.
July 1, 2013
Adaptive streaming technology is converging towards a client-based adaption logic, which requires a manifest description provided by the server and content retrieval via HTTP.
June 20, 2013
The Multi-network Forum at ANGA 2013 prompted some great debate on the latest hybrid network strategies that are happening in Europe and beyond.
The two pay-TV operators on the panel - Daniel Hesselbarth of Unitymedia and Eric Meijer from Ziggo - presented completely different approaches to bringing multi-screen video to subscribers in their respective markets. Unitymedia is deploying a gateway-based approach with its Horizon box in Germany, while Ziggo has opted for a cloud-based rollout in the Netherlands. Both services have proved successful, which underscores the myriad of choices for operators as they plan their expansion of video services to support multi-screen.
June 17, 2013
This week at CommunicAsia 2013, we will be sharing more details of our recently announced initiative to help make comprehensive pay-TV security integrity and flexibility more accessible to the public broadcaster and Free-to-Air (FTA) communities. These initiatives are especially compelling for pay-TV terrestrial and cable operators that are involved in transitions from analog to digital broadcasting – as many in Asia are at the present time.