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  • 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,...

  • ‘Life in the fast lane’ How net neutrality became glamorous


    Since its first Tonight Show screening earlier this summer, well over 5 million people have viewed John Oliver’s net neutrality monologue on YouTube. It’s certainly a bravura performance, but what else is behind peering’s unlikely ascent to the status of cause célèbre? Are public fears well-founded? Or might things be less black and white (and accordingly less glamorous),...

  • Merger & Acquisition in Connected Entertainment


    Guest post from Jonathan Snade, Partner, Thomas Eggar LLP, examining some of the legal challenges current to today’s connected entertainment ecosystem. Companies in the connected entertainment (“CE”) sector are quickly recognising that consumers are increasingly looking for a seamless gaming, music and film experience. More and more people want to be able to start watching a film or...

  • What does the future hold for IPTV? (Lessons learned from Aereo)


    Guest post by Amir Aharonovich, VP Marketing, VBox Communications On June 25, the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision in favor of IPTV company Aereo, ruling it had infringed upon the rights of television networks, who held copyrights over broadcast content. Shortly thereafter, Aereo’s website posted a note announcing it would be suspending...

  • Elemental: Software-defined video as an infrastructure-agnostic solution


    Guest post by Keith Wymbs, Chief Marketing Officer, Elemental Gone are the days when video providers could dictate to consumers what type of devices they needed to use to view video. Now consumers tell video providers the screens they access their favourite content from. Tablets, smartphones, web browsers, gaming consoles and smart TVs are providing consumers...

  • Irdeto: Reflections on the multiscreen World Cup


    Guest post by Julia Mooney, Product Strategy Director, Irdeto The World Cup has always been a massive draw for sports fans everywhere, with the 2010 World Cup seeing hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in to catch the action. This year’s competition is no exception, but operators now need to ensure they’re bringing fans the...

  • Turn: How personalised will TV advertising become?


    Guest post by Pierre Naggar, Managing Director EMEA, Turn Cannes Lions this year was further proof that the ad tech industry has grown rapidly over recent years. An event which used to be solely creative-based is now also a hub for technology and innovation. Advertisers are using ad tech tools and data insights to build...

  • Philips uWand: Android TV is following the wrong path


    Guest post by Navin Natoewal, General Manager, Philips uWand. Google’s announcement on Wednesday at I/O of Android TV has been welcomed by the company’s fans around the world but could this be another major smart TV development that just missed the mark? The Android ecosystem is dominated by gesture controlled applications and the reason is...

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