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  • 2015: Moving towards the smart home


      As the new agenda for 2015′s Smart Home World (23 – 24 June 2015, London) makes clear, this looks like being a pivotal year for the smart home. In this special guest post for IP&TV News, Murali Aravamudan, SVP Discovery, Rovi, looks at some of the biggest issues. While 2014 was the year that the media and...

  • Teletrax: Next gen advertising trends for 2015


    Guest post by Andy Nobbs, Chief Commercial Officer at Teletrax, a Civolution company Since their inception, the TV and video industries have relied heavily on advertising to fund innovation and programming. More recently though, the online and mobile advertising models have threatened TV’s ad spend supremacy. The advent of Real-Time Bidding (RTB) and programmatic advertising...

  • ACCESS: Multiscreen’s 4 biggest challenges of 2015


    Guest post by Dr Neale Foster, COO and VP Global Sales TV, ACCESS Multiscreen is maturing at a rapid rate thanks to increased operator competition and consumer adoption. However, there are still challenges to overcome before we reach true TV Everywhere: 1. Secure high quality delivery to multiscreen, in and outside the home As well...

  • Analyst report: Reed Hastings and the ‘end of broadcasting’


    Well he would say that, wouldn’t he? By ‘he’  we mean Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and by ‘that’ his recent proclamation/prophecy that traditional broadcasting was the horse to OTT’s car, and will have become similarly obsolete (Wild Bunch-style) by 2030.   Certainly it sounded a bit of a bold statement. IP&TV News turned to Tom Cheesewright (Applied...

  • Accelerating end-to-end media planning in a post-programmatic world


    Guest post from Rich Astley, Managing Director, UK, Videology One of advertising’s greatest transformations across the past few years is the erosion of the categories ‘buyer’ and ‘seller’. The role of today’s buyer and seller is evolving and with it, we’re seeing the historical definitions fall apart. Why the change? Because both sides of the...

  • Beyond YouTube – why The Ellen Show is an online trailblazer


    Guest post by Iddo Shai, Director, Product Marketing, News & Entertainment at Kaltura. Ellen DeGeneres is a social media whirlwind. The chat show host’s daytime TV show averages three million viewers. But this number is overshadowed by the show’s 34 million Twitter followers and 3 billion video views on YouTube. That’s a lot of eyeballs,...

  • ipidi tv: African TV Grows Up


    Guest post from Ryan Solovei CEO ipidi tv, who will be appearing at this year’s AfricaCast, the premier show on the future of broadcasting. Click here for booking and more info.. How it used to be…. “This show is old, this movie’s been repeated 100 times, there’s nothing I enjoy on TV” Sound familiar? Well, there are...

  • Special report: HBO, CBS and the OTT Race


    Special guest post from Miles Weaver, Innovation Programme Strategist, Piksel October has been another milestone month for TV. Not only did HBO announce that it will be unveiling a streaming service as part of its 2015 plan, but CBS went one further, launching its living, breathing video-on-demand and streaming service CBS All Access. While there may...

  • Securing Africa’s most ambitious entertainment provider


    Special guest post by Steve Christian, VP Marketing, Verimatrix In sub-Saharan Africa nearly every TV home will be converted to Digital TV by 2020 according to Digital TV Research. Full digital transition will have been completed by the end of next year in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi – the key markets for Kenya’s ambitious...

  • Talking TV: are Conversational Interfaces the future?


    Guest post by Charles Dawes, Global Strategic Account Director, Rovi Science fiction has long depicted voice recognition and interaction as the ultimate human-machine interface. The reality of speech-driven interfaces, however, has been anything but the natural, virtually human speech capabilities we envisioned. While speech-driven interfaces have been used for decades, practical uses have, until recently,...

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