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  • Full shortlist revealed for 2015 TV Connect Awards

    World-leading connected entertainment event TV Connect has unveiled the full shortlist for the 2015 TV Connect Awards. Each year, the TV Connect Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievements in the connected entertainment industry. This year saw a record number of entries, while the ceremony itself (on April 29th) will take place at London’s iconic Gherkin….

  • BT offers mobile customers free sport and £5 bundles

    UK telco BT has announced its move back into the consumer mobile market by offering bundles of 4G data, minutes and texts for £5 a month to existing BT Broadband homes. Meanwhile, BT Mobile customers can also get free BT Sport via the BT Sport App, and enjoy live and exclusive game from the Barclays…

  • How to make a video viral: inside the Unruly laboratory

    Daniel Best

    A few years ago, the brilliant Onion-esque British satirical blog The Daily Mash ran the following story: Boss demands successful viral video for boring project A boss has demanded that his staff create a wildly successful viral video for a boring business idea. Bill McKay, managing director of Midlands-based Premier Boiler Services, has instructed his…

  • North American SVOD subs to top 66 million by 2020

    The number of North American SVOD subscribers will reach 66.85 million in 2020, up from 50.62 million in 2014 and 16.68 million in 2010, according to the latest edition of the Digital TV North America report from Digital TV Research. Overall, SVOD revenues will reach $6.91 billion in 2020, up by $2 billion on 2014….

  • Ovum on HBO Now: “Building an OTT audience is very tough”

    Ed Barton

    How disruptive will HBO Now prove to the wider pay-TV ecosystem? IP&TV News asks Ovum analyst (and TV Connect chair) Ed Barton… IP&TV News: What have you been able to learn from the launch of HBO Now on iTunes? What was notable about this announcement? Ed Barton: It’s worth remembering you’ll still be able to…

  • Huawei: How to become an OTT service provider

    Guest post by Kevin Cochrane SVP, Global Content Partnerships at Huawei Technologies Traditional telcos and MSOs are looking to get into the OTT content provision game, but the guy in the hardhat fixing your phone line might not have the skill set to negotiate a multibillion dollar media agreement with a team of Hollywood lawyers and…

  • Google picks TV Connect to tell story of Android TV

    Google’s Thomas Riedl (Global Head of Android TV Partnerships) has been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s TV Connect (28 – 30 April 2015 ExCel, London). In a special keynote appearance, ‘Launching Android TV,’ Riedl will use the world’s leading connected entertainment event to present Google’s new connected TV platform in detail. “TV Connect…

  • Mobile viewing not that mobile, says report

    Nobody needs telling that mobile viewing is on the rise, but it might surprise some to hear that it is expected to account for more than 20% of total video viewing minutes among US consumers come 2025… However, it might surprise them even more to hear that mobile video remains primarily about in-home viewing, rather…

  • Comment: Nick Thomas on the future of the BBC

    Nick Thomas

    Following yesterday’s speech by BBC director general Tony Hall, Ovum analyst and TV Connect (28 – 30 April 2015 ExCel, London) chair Nick Thomas considers some of the issues raised by Hall, and the future of the world’s leading public broadcaster. I thought Tony Hall’s speech was a good, coherent statement of intent about the BBC’s…

  • MWC 2015: Facebook and Verizon join forum on LTE Broadcast

    LTE Broadcast has been gaining increasing industry traction of late, and now leading mobile operators, content providers and device vendors are coming together at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona to share best practices concerning the new technology. The group will act as a forum for the exchange of experiences regarding LTE Broadcast services. Ericsson,…

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