August 25, 2014
If you’re reading this, you probably read a lot about the TV industry. The Internet is now awash with content, and the articles that get the most coverage are the controversial ones that talk about cord-cutting, or the threat from Google, or how TV is going to die within the next five years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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