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View From the Edge: IBC 2022

There is stress in big public streaming companies that is stifling their innovation completely at the moment. Billion-dollar contracts are cool, but disruption is cooler, and the Unicorns have done their disruption now, and it's time for other actors to take the stage. So what was disruptive at IBC 2022?

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View From the Edge: IBC 2022

There is stress in big public streaming companies that is stifling their innovation completely at the moment. Billion-dollar contracts are cool, but disruption is cooler, and the Unicorns have done their disruption now, and it's time for other actors to take the stage. So what was disruptive at IBC 2022?

An Industry Welcomes Itself Back, Amsterdam Style

Anticipation is mounting for this year's IBC. After a reasonable-size crowd at the April 2022 NAB event in Las Vegas (by most estimates, about half of normal attendee count), we've had smaller events take place—including our own Streaming Media East 2022, held in Boston—from May onward that seem to have returned to normal.

Don’t Believe the (Financial) Hype

Dom Robinson writes about why it's important for the streaming industry to focus more on customers first over investors and share prices

The Closed Circle

Long gone are the days of three-channels-only broadcast entertainment options in most countries, yet we remain nations of cord-cutters. Whether we swore off OTA because of monthly costs, fixed schedules, or intrusive advertising, OTT has largely won out because viewers clearly wanted something else.

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