1. How do you predict the industry will be different in the next 12 months, and how do you see VO shaping that change?
Cloud infrastructure is currently making a tremendous impact on the way pay-TV operators manage television services for OTT multiscreen. At Viaccess-Orca, we are helping operators address the challenges and monetization opportunities presented by the cloud with the launch of our new cloud-based service Voyage – TV Everywhere as a Service (TVaaS). Voyage – TVaaS provides operators with simplified operational workflow for managing, publishing, personalizing, and monetizing content securely on multiple devices to increase flexibility and agility, speed up deployments, reduce costs and improve viewer engagement.
Big data and analytics, specifically as it relates to the television subscriber profile, will be another key trend this year. Leveraging a data-driven pay-TV platform like Voyage, operators can bring content that is more contextually relevant to their customers, increase content efficiency, and prevent piracy.
In addition, 2016 will be the year of virtual reality (VR) technology. Recently, Viaccess-Orca broadcast of the world’s first live stream of a football match in 360 degrees, showcasing an immersive, engaging, and personalized television experience in Ultra HD. TV Connect attendees can check out our end-to-end, best-of-breed VR ecosystem.
2. Youwill be speaking this year, what are the market challenges/solutions he will be addressing?
My keynote will discuss the opportunities in managing TV services in the cloud. During the presentation, I will explain how a cloud PaaS approach enables operators to evolve rapidly in order to handle new services, new business models, and new types of end-devices without disruption. I will also address the motivations behind migrating to the cloud, giving concrete examples of the challenges pay-TV operators and content providers face in today’s multiscreen environment related to security, performance, and costs.
3. Thinking forward for TV Connect – what are the big discussions at this year’s show for VO?
At TV Connect, virtual reality, cloud with our TVaaS new platform, and data analysis will be hot topics. Using these technologies, service providers can quickly address critical market changes to shape the ultimate content experience on every screen — ahead of the competition.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will probably be a major topic of discussion. Viaccess-Orca’s Chem Assayag will participate in an industry debate on the possibilities for IoT and connected entertainment platform, network, and device convergence at the TV Connect conference. He will join other industry experts to discuss whether platforms built for connected entertainment can easily be repurposed for the smart home, the premise of device adaptability, and how the growth of IoT devices in the home affects content and data security.
4. What do you think you learnt in 2015 with the direction the industry is going and in what regions are a priority?
One of the lessons learned in 2015 is that TV Everywhere services may be high in demand by consumers, but they are challenging for operators to set up, considering the significant time and upfront investment that is involved. Operators need a simpler and cost-effective way to launch and manage video services on every screen.
Cloud-based delivery services have emerged as an effective solution, offering three distinct advantages over on-premises systems, including business agility, low upfront investment/faster time to market, and the ability for operators to focus on their core business and unique differentiators like content acquisition, service management, UX, customer engagement and marketing as opposed to building data centers and technology platforms.
Telco operators in emerging countries have directly moved to using advanced mobile technologies without going through the traditional fixed and broadband paths. We believe that content providers and operators in these countries are likely to embrace OTT faster than their counterparts in more mature markets. OTT is the quickest and most efficient way to introduce new services. In that respect, we think Southeast Asia and LATAM will drive OTT, especially when there is a cloud-based approach involved.
5. Looking forward, what’s the focus for VO over the next twelve months?
Viaccess-Orca is dedicated to bring innovation to the pay-TV industry. During the next year, we plan to introduce enhanced content protection technologies for VR and cloud delivery environments. We’ll also be focused on enabling efficient multiscreen delivery via our Voyage – TVaaS fully service-based, cloud-based TV service platform.
Providing the end users with new TV experiences is also a challenge and Virtual Reality is definitely one of our great challenge.
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