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  • 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 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 a few reasons for this. In recent times the major broadcasters have dictated the time and type of show that could...

  • 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...

Reed Hastings and 2030: is he right?

What was the word on 4K at IBC?

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

ABN & the future of African broadcasting

Vimeo & the search to reinvent video

TV’s future and the road to 2020