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  • Itron: Let the Smart Home pay for itself


    Guest post from Joe Ballif, Product Manager at Itron As was evident at last month’s Smart Home World in London, Smart Home systems do a great job of connecting a variety of devices.  However, so far, this has been primarily used to provide convenience and security for the owner, neither of which has a measurable...

  • Key change: why Apple Music could hit the high notes


    Guest post by Dan Cryan and Jack Kent, IHS Technology Apple has made its long expected entry into the on-demand subscription music market with the launch of Apple Music: a premium only service with plans starting at $9.99/month for personal plans and $14.99/month for the family plan in the US. Apple Music will be available...

  • When a tree falls: IoT, smart homes and sound sensors


    Guest post from Chris Mitchell (PhD), CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic Ltd. The Smart Home market is exploding, and devices like smart thermostats, cameras, lights and wireless audio are leading the way. A recent Parks Associates survey stated that 37% of U.S. households with broadband plan to buy a connected smart home device in 2015....

  • TV Connect 2015: Innovating the user experience


    A guest post from TV Connect keynote Chloe Davies, head of product, Freesat We’ve come a long way since the first cathode-ray TVs that featured an impressive two channels!  But what has driven this? Arguably it’s a result of what TV audiences have wanted, and these needs fall broadly into two categories, improving the volume...

  • TV Connect 2015: the evolution of TV services across Europe


    On Day 1 of next week’s TV Connect (28th April, 2015) Norigin will host a Fireside Chat with industry experts from across Europe to candidly assess the reality and evolution of European OTT services. Here some of the participants offer a foretaste of the discussion… Ajey Anand, CEO, Norigin Media: As the viewing habits of...

  • Agama Technologies: Closing the loop in change management


    Guest post from Mikael Dahlgren, CEO at Agama Technologies Side-effects of service environment changes are often a major contributing factor in negative customer viewing experiences. Operators can manage these changes efficiently and effectively – and close the loop in the change management process – with a customer experience centric approach. TV distribution today depends on...

  • Friend MTS: Who is really responsible for protecting content?


    Guest post from Paul Hastings Sales Director, Europe, Friend MTS Premium sports rights continue to be the fuel that drives the global pay-TV business. The recent announcement that the English Premier League had increased revenues from Sky and BT Sport for its domestic TV rights by over 80%, shows that there is no indication of...

  • How live 4K streaming points way to OTT sports


    Guest post by Chris Wagner, Executive VP Marketplace strategy at NeuLion Though consumer adoption of Ultra HD (UHD) TV screens is on the rise, lack of content is still a massive issue for 4K. At the same time, consumer demand for live sports streaming is increasing with operators such as BeINSport, ESPN and Univision succeeding...

  • Strategies for securing OTT video in a multiscreen world


    Guest post by Bill Rosenblatt, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies Life is not simple for providers of over-the-top (OTT) Internet video services – whether they are pay TV operators or new pure-Internet players.  Services like Netflix have proven that it’s possible to attract large audiences to Internet-delivered premium video content, but staying competitive is difficult.  Devices...

  • 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...

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