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  • Adidas: “We’re thinking ‘open first’ for all future devices”


    Jon Werner

    For some brands, the effect of digital is so great that it seems to completes the picture – it adds, if you will, a crucial third dimension to what they do. Take Adidas, for example. Previously it just made shoes, sweatbands, socks (and so on). And more or less everything else (the stuff that made...

  • NBCUniversal: Lisa Hsia picks three trends for 2015


    Lisa Hsia, 
EVP, Digital Bravo and Oxygen Media,
NBCUniversal

    NBC Universal’s Lisa Hsia picks three trends for 2015 in this exclusive IP&TV News guest post. Lisa will be appearing at this year’s TV Connect (28th – 30th April 2015 ExCel, London). 1. Using mobile and tying it to location based offers. I can now use locations to create location-based content experiences, so that if you...

  • Will Amazon’s movies be any good? Ed Barton on the new producers


    Ed Barton

    The news that Amazon plans to branch off into the film business brought to mind the old joke. Q: How do you make a small fortune producing films? A: Start with a big fortune. “Amazon said they were going to aim to do sort of 12 movies a year,” points out Ed Barton (Head of...

  • Tesco and blinkbox: what went wrong?


    Nick Thomas

    The recent news that Tesco has sold its blinkbox VOD service (along with Tesco Broadband, the retailer’s broadband and voice base) – reportedly for a cost of around £25-30 million — didn’t come as much of a surprise. Nonetheless, it does seem odd that Tesco couldn’t make a compelling OTT offering work.  In order to make sense of...

  • BFI at TV Connect: using OTT to tell the history of cinema


    ed humphrey

    “We’re licensing rather than owning rights, and we have around about 45 deals now with third party distributors,” explains Edward Humphrey, director of digital for the British Film Institute, and a keynote speaker at this year’s TV Connect. “If you wanted to launch a video on demand service that was commercial, you’d probably only need...

  • Vimeo: “Obama’s vocal support for net neutrality was a turning point”


    Kerry Trainor, 
CEO, 
Vimeo

    Kerry Trainor, CEO of Vimeo, shares the company’s big plans for 2015… IP&TV News: Hi Kerry. So, it’s the beginning of a new year. What was the stand-out achievement for Vimeo in 2014? Kerry Trainor: In 2014 Vimeo branched out into original content with our first original series, the critically acclaimed High Maintenance. High Maintenance follows Brooklyn cannabis dealer “The Guy”...

  • Vevo: “Our programming is drawing over nine billion views each month”


    Nic Jones,
Executive Vice President, International, 
Vevo

    IP&TV News’ Joanna Jones talks to Vevo Executive Vice President, International, Nic Jones (no relation). Joanna Jones: For those who don’t know, tell us about the vision behind Vevo? Nic Jones: Vevo was created to entertain viewers with the highest quality music video programming, any time and on any screen. By offering official music videos, the best...

  • Miles Weaver’s Top 3 Trends for 2015


    Miles Weaver,
Innovation Programme Strategist,
Piksel

    As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to start looking forward to next year. IP&TV News asked Miles Weaver about the dominant trends he thinks will shape the TV industry in 2015… here are his big three – Personalization Personalization will be a huge trend for 2015, and we’ll reach a point where it...

  • IP&TV News annual review: the winners and losers of 2014


    Oliver Johnson, 
CEO, 
Point Topic

    Oliver Johnson, CEO, Point Topic, looks back on 2014 for IP&TV News. Winners of 2014 BT (UK). I think the proof is in the pudding: more subscribers, improved market share – even Watchdog had a hard time trying to find anything to beat up BT about. I think they’ve done a pretty good job and...

  • Metrological: “We provide an open SDK”


    Thijs Bijleveld,
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, 
Metrological

    This year’s OTTtv World Summit left us with lots to think about. IP&TV News touched upon a number of the main issues in the course of the following engrossing chinwag with Thijs Bijleveld. IP&TV News: Thijs, hi. How did you find the OTTtv World Summit? Thijs Bijleveld: I think it’s a very interesting conference: it provides a...

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