Articles for Adrian Pennington
Spotify Remains Number 1 Music Streamer
Launches CTV ad business with Roku, expands audiobook inventory and doubles down on AI with huge room for growth identified by researchers Kantar
AI at IBC 2023: The GenAI Is Out of the Bottle
AI dominates IBC discussion but application remains thin on the ground
Update from IBC 2023 – Warner Bros. Discovery Eyes “Massive Opportunity” for Ad-Lite VOD
Adrian Pennington reports from IBC about Warner Bros. Discovery's new "ad-lite" VOD approach, with its launch of an ad-lite version of Discovery+ in Germany and its new TNT Sports venture. He also reports on the recent YouTube Primetime European launch.
Enter CNN Max: News, Then Sports the Differentiators for WBD’s Max Überplan
WBD hopes CNN Max, its latest attempt to solve news streaming, will finally crack the code. But it has its work cut out since the platform, launching September 27, is behind the curve of its competitors.
UK proposes ‘Video-on-demand Code’
The UK government has published proposals which it says will enable public service broadcasters (PSBs) to compete better with foreign streamers.
Streamticker: The Biggest Streaming Media Mergers & Acquisitions of 2022
A look at the streaming industry's most notable mergers and acquisitions of 2022, from WarnerBros-Discovery to Microsoft/Activision to Limelight/Edgecast to Dolby/Millicast to Telestream/Encoding.com and more
The State of OTT 2023
Netflix may have pioneered online pay TV on-demand with a model that every other SVOD chased. From April 2022, a pivot was required of every player, Netflix included.
The State of Live Streaming 2023
2022 was the year in which sports, the appointment-to-view genre with massive audiences and revenues, moved to the centre of major streaming provider strategies.
MWC2023: The Metaverse will be user-generated
Almost every major stand at MWC2023 in Barcelona features some version of the metaverse whether that's a digital twin or volumetric capture studio. Day 3 keynotes at MWC2023 focused on current challenges to building the metaverse and growing the metavers economy.
European Telcos Bark that Netflix and Big Tech Must Pay Fair Share–But Their Bark Lacks Bite
Speaker after speaker at Mobile World Congress heralded a new era of cooperation and openness with US-based big tech at the same time as pleading for the heaviest data traffic streamers to pay their way—and urging regulators to step in if they do not.
MWC 2023: AWS, Microsoft, and Google partner with mobile operators to scale Web3 from cloud to edge
Mobile telecoms operators are uniting with major cloud providers in a bid to make it easier to unlock the full potential of the edge compute revolution. The aim is to enable greater interoperability between carrier networks and between networks and the cloud via APIs to accelerate development of applications such as immersive mixed reality experiences and Web3.
Netflix Steadies the Ship with a Smaller Piece of the Pie
With Netflix' new ad-supported service included for the first time in its earnings results, there were encouraging signs that the streamer has stemmed the crisis that had seemed to engulf it after losing customers in the first half of 2022.
BBC’s Internet-Only TV Is a Threat, Not a Promise
The BBC is preparing to shut down its traditional television and radio broadcasts and shift everything online, but will do so only if the principal of universal affordable access is maintained.
Gambling on Sports Is a Sure Bet for Streamers
The travails of FuboTV aside, streamers are advancing on incorporating Sportsbooks into their live product
Netflix Reports Q3 Bounceback, Follows Broadcast-Centric Business Models with New Ad Tier
Netflix reported a strong third quarter after the market closed on Tuesday, with more growth anticipated in Q4 after its Basic with Ads tier launches November 1 in twelve countries as part of a wider development in the streaming ecosystem that will see streaming platforms engage with the metrics of linear broadcast for the first time.
Google and Paramount at IBC 2022: Use Data for Personalization, Storytelling, and Customer Retention
Data is worth it's weight in gold to digital service providers who can mine it effectively. Power that data extraction with AI and ML and it will drive personalised content recommendations, and improved search and discovery to help differentiate a service and stem churn. This was a major topic across the IBC showfloor in Amsterdam this week.
ITV Preps ITVX Streamer for ‘Digital Acceleration’
Later this year British commercial broadcaster ITV plans to launch a new streaming service combining SVOD and AVOD in two tiers.
Warner Bros. Discovery Talks Synergies, Scale, and Live in IBC Keynote
"We want to be whatever we wish to be in the content landscape," said Warner Bros. Discovery CIO Dave Duvall in a keynote at the IBC media and entertainment technology trade show in Amsterdam. "Our ambition is not limited by resource. Now it's about product market fit with our D2C business and scale is a big driver."
Encoding.com Talks Telestream Acquisition and Powering M&E VOD and Broadcast Workflows
"Now the same tools that power Vantage on prem are being incorporated into Encoding.com cloud," says Telestream VP Cloud Revenue Jeff Malkin (formerly president of Encoding.com). "We will leverage the framework to add new tools and make an unrivaled cloud solution."
Comcast Urges Advertisers to Buy into FAST
In a report designed to focus advertiser attention on its own FAST service Xumo, Comcast finds that FAST penetration has more than doubled year-over-year.
Netflix and Microsoft Team for Ads as Wider Consolidation Looms
Having signalled its intent to launch an ad-supported service earlier this year, Netflix' announcement of Microsoft as its partner in the venture prompted immediate speculation about Redmond's intent to buy the streamer wholesale.
SVODs Target Growth in Central and Eastern Europe
As more OTT services begin to look to the region as an expansion point, CEE's SVOD subscriber base is projected to grow over 60% from 2020 to 2022, primarily driven by Netflix. This strong growth is forecast to continue into the future, supported by the launch of new services including SkyShowtime and the steady improvement of broadband availability.
M&A in Media and Telecoms Hits Record $469 Billion in Teeth of Recession
Despite increasing interest rates, the stock market decline in the tech sector and a potential recession, M&A business among media and telcos is heating up.
Live Streaming Carbon Cuts Are Working, But There's More to Be Done: Blackbird Report
TV production's carbon output in the UK dropped by more than half in 2021, and though some of that is due to production shutdowns, there are clear signs that industry efforts to become more sustainable are working. Still, there's a long way to go, according to a new report from Blackbird.
BT Sport Moves Further Towards 8K Broadcasts
BT Sport delivers first live 8K broadcast of a top-tier sporting event into the home, a broadcast of the Saracens v Bristol Bears Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match on March 26.
The Building Blocks of the Metaverse
The most important aspects of the entire metaverse project are the interchange standards and the tools, protocols, formats, and services that enable persistent and ubiquitous virtual simulations. Without them, there will be no metaverse.
Blockchain and NFTs: Power to the Creators
Some say NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are a novelty, a status symbol for the crypto rich, and a bubble that's bound to burst. Others argue that NFTs will fundamentally change business models in the creative industries. It's early days, but there's plenty of momentum behind NFTs and blockchain. Here's what you need to know.
IBC: We've Been Apart for Too Long
The international focus of events like IBC generate a sense of excitement and a critical mass of activity that drives the whole industry forward. That momentum has been noticeably lacking in 2021, and it's time to get the ball rolling again.
VR? AR? Today, It's All About XR
Interest in VR has waned, even as the technology has improved. But combine it with augmented reality and mixed reality to form extended reality (XR), and things get interesting.
id3as: Streaming Tech Designed for When Things Go Wrong
With clients and partners like Nasdaq, Arqiva, and Limelight Networks, id3as has made a name for itself as providing technology that's "good on a bad day."
Cloud Native Production: The Next Level of Carbon Reduction
While many media organizations are starting to use the cloud for editing and post-production workflows—in part because of its merits to sustainability—they can go further by using fully cloud-native solutions, according to a new report commissioned by Blackbird and carried out by Green Element.
Mozark Improves QoE by Tightening App Performance
OTT platforms with greater control over third-party infrastructure perform better, says measurement platform Mozark
Verizon Preps 5G Edge for 8K Live with AWS and Zixi
Zixi's Software-Defined Video Platform and live protocol are being used to deliver the 8K stream with AWS and Verizon for a major global broadcaster
AWS Takes SDI in the Cloud to Next Level
Proof of concept of uncompressed live video workflow in the cloud demonstrates future production possibilities and opens up interop can of worms
Netflix Goes 'Direct' to Older Viewers
The new live linear channel being trialled in France could be rolled out internationally, including in the U.S.
5G's Future Is Broken. Here's Why We Need 6G
InterDigital, one of the chief architects of generational telecoms developments, says true immersive video experiences are a bust at 5G
8K: History Repeats Itself
With production challenge solved, smarter AI upscaling and enhanced codec technologies will enable 8K streaming to the home—inevitably.
Moving Picture, Audio, and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence: "A New Way to Make Money"
New standards body MPAI plans to develop new specifications for data coding, using AI to bridge the gap between technology and licensing.
IBC: 5G Live Broadcast Demo Shows Work Needs To Be Done
An ambitious demo for IBC's Showcase brought together multiple broadcasters and vendors to demonstrate 5G's potential for remote production, but showed that it's a long way from ready for primetime
Sky: "It's All Digital Now"
It's time to get beyond the notion that it's pay TV vs OTT, argued executives from Sky, ViacomCBS, YouTube, and Roku at a "virtual IBC" event hosted by Bitmovin
The State of SVOD in Europe
Already wilting under the Death Star orbit of Netflix and forewarned of further competition landing from US studios, Europe's broadcasters have drawn up plans to defend their position.
Sisvel Announces AV1 Patent Pool
Royalties for 2,000 patents in AV1 from at least 12 companies will be charged via Video Coding Licensing Platform administrator Sisvel, which promises "reasonable and transparent" cost
BT Sport Brings 8K Broadcast Closer to Home
Last night's 8K demo at Emirates Stadium was more than just proof of concept. It could herald a commercial 8K service sooner than anyone thought possible.
Ericsson Claims to Beat Huawei's 5G Streaming Record
Speeds of 4.3Gbps could download an hour-long 4K episode in just 14 seconds; the old record was 2.92Gbps
Is Linear On Demand the Future? 3SS Is Betting on It
Super-aggregation requires a user experience capable of understanding individual taste and serving content from all of a viewer's video services. 3SS believes it has the solution.
Huawei 5G Decision Prioritises Highway to Silicon UK
In a move that angered the opposition at home and allies in the US, Boris Johnson's Conservative government has decided to allow Huawei into non-core elements of the 5G network in the UK
InterDigital: Building the Mirror World
Wireless and HEVC patent holder InterDigital is engaged in long term research into next-generation codecs driven by artificial intelligence, lightfield video distribution, digital humans, and 6G connectivity.
Liberty Global Boosts Video Delivery with Teltoo P2P
First rollout will be in The Netherlands, with plans to deploy in all territories Liberty Global serves
Walking with Daemons: BBC Imagines Interactive His Dark Materials
Latest BBC research into object-based media takes its cue from low-latency game streaming and puts data and compute as close as possible to the user device; uses BBC/HBO drama as example
Amazon's Premier League Live Stream Kicks Off with Qualified Success
Amazon delivers solid debut with room for improvement; EPL will watch with an eye to launching its own "Netflix for football"
BBC and Sky Collaborate to Fend off Common Foe
iPlayer gets more prominent position in front of Sky subscribers; Sky increases momentum for addressable TV tech AdSmart
IBC '19: Deploy IP or Be Left Behind, Says Cisco
"Find your network wizard and keep them," BBC's Mark Patrick urges broadcasters
IBC '19: CMAF Ready for Wider Stage
Apple, Microsoft, and the industry bodies backing the interop standard feel the time is right to take it to the next stage
IBC '19: Imagine Refocuses on Ad Tech
As conversations turn to monetizing OTT, Imagine Communications says it is morphing from hardware manufacturer to software and services
IBC '19: Red Bee Aim to Solve 'D2C Dilemma'
Linear playout specialist adds OTT to its armoury and shows off capability in live remote production
IBC 2019: Codecs Top the Agenda
Also trending: 8K TV, data-driven personalised content, and automated production solutions
Bitmovin: Codec Complexity is a 'Nuclear Bomb'
Video streamers want "broadcast-like" latency but device and codec complexity is holding back the entire industry, finds a new report from the company. Among other findings: 20% of respondents don't use any video analytics.
CDN G-Core Labs Plots U.S. and Global Expansion
Luxembourg company claims its CDN and media streaming product has unrivalled performance, protection and coverage
iSize Claims Massive Performance Savings for its Debut AI Codec
BitSave promises 70% bitrate savings via machine learning, and currently works with H.264, with H.264, H.265, and VP9 on the way
BBC Uses Cloud Gaming Techniques To Test Object-Based Broadcasting at Scale
BBC R&D sees the future of video delivery as a 'many to many, Twitch or YouTube-style of media.'
BritBox Launch Will Pile More Pressure on Netflix
The "Best of British" SVOD launches domestically soon with content pulled from rivals including Netflix. But with BBC keeping content on iPlayer for 12 months, will it offer enough to get people to pay?
Blackbird Plans Launch into Video Distribution
The firm is best known for postproduction, but its underlying compression technology is being commercialised to solve latency and buffering in live streaming
Amino Acquires UX Specialist 24i Media for €21.4 Million
The acquisition will allow Amino to offer pay TV operators a better-integrated user experience solution; 24i will retain its brand
DVB-I Promises Sub-Second Latency for Broadcast and IP
DVB will release the first DVB-I specifications at IBC in September, promising low latency as well as the ability to deploy standalone or as a broadcast-OTT hybrid
BARB Rolls Out Meters to Improve SVOD Viewing Measurement
New routers will measure panel members' viewing on smartphones for the first time
Tokyo Olympics 2020 to be “The Most Digital Ever” and Put Cameras in Orbit
International Olympic Committee broadcaster Olympic Broadcasting Services plans for rocketing increase in digital viewing and remote cloud production for next Olympics
VVC and AV1 Show Efficiency Gains; MPEG Announces Third Next-Gen Codec
BBC R&D finds that AV1 produces better low-bitrate quality than HEVC, but the codec picture will get even muddier in 2020 as MPEG fast tracks VVC, MPEG-5 EVC, and LCEVC
Mainstreaming Targets New Lows in Encoding and Latency
Fresh funding expected to take MainStreaming's video delivery network into new territories
Rugby League PRO14 Goes OTT With StreamAMG
Guinness PRO14's new OTT service launches after test streaming to social media in selected territories
Online Second Behind Pay TV as Europe’s Preferred Watch
New study by Gracenote and nScreenMedia reveals insights into consumer behavior and attitudes in UK, Germany, and Sweden and finds that nearly half of viewers are multi-source television households/
Sky and ITV Make Major Ad Tech Moves
British broadcasters have made separate moves to advance ad-tech in a further defence against online competition but questions of scale, cost and measurement remain.
The State of Mobile Video 2019
Mobile viewing is already on the rise even before mobile operators prepare for 5G to skyrocket data demand. But monetisation remains up in the air.
The State of Video Monetisation 2019
Ad revenues are up, but challenges with measurement and subscriber churn remain
Brexit: A Disaster in Waiting or Y2K All Over?
The British streaming media community will be largely unaffected by the UK's (eventual) departure from the EU but the damage may already be done, and the effect on the associated creative industries could be significant.
The State of the Streaming Market 2019
Our annual big-picture look at the numbers that tell where the online video market is today and where it's headed in the next year
Live Sports Streamers Want Sub-10 Second Latency
M2A Media explains how it orchestrates live streaming worldwide for DAZN, at the Vortech.by conference; Amazon talks AI and the Royal Wedding
UK TV Looks Inward for Brexit BritBox
ITV and BBC announce belated SVOD plans—with Channel 4 and Channel 5 to join down the road—but will UK viewers pay for a 'Made in Blighty' streamer?
British Pathé TV Reboots SVOD with StreamAMG
Looking for full analytics and greater in-house control, the legendary British media company is partnering with StreamAMG and its MediaPlatform and Cloud Pay as it continues to build its niche SVOD service
BARB Fingers SVOD for Rise in 'Unidentified Viewing'
BARB's best guess of growing SVOD viewing habits is that Netflix, Amazon, and Sky Now are the cause, accounting for 19% of total activity in 2018
Deutsche Telekom Presents World-First 6K VR Live Stream
A behind-the-scenes look at the demonstration in Bonn of another attempt to get VR off the ground at higher resolution and lower bitrates
Telestream Tells IBC of Plans to Track Live Stream Latency
With help from Unified Streaming, Telestream has diverted all of its R&D into Project Orchid, which is designed to offer one-click live channel origination that supports real-time self-optimisation
At IBC, an AI Startup Hacks the Brain for Audience Insights
Can technology scan viewers' brains to understand how they emotionally respond to stories? One startup searches deeper for the future of recommendations.
Netflix Focusses its Growth on Broadcast Carriage, Not Sports
Let's get this out of the way: Netflix won't be carrying live sports. But, one Netflix exec said at IBC, "We never say never."
Amazon Alexa Voice Control Becomes a Concern for Broadcasters
As Amazon pushes into the living room with TV voice control, broadcasters push back. Channel 4 is worried that niche programming will be hidden from the viewer.
Arqiva Urges the Industry to Join a Blockchain TV Pilot Project
The pilot begins next month, and its success could lead to longer-term explorations of ultra-local peer-to-peer video distribution.
At IBC, an Investment in IP Begins to Take Hold for Imagine
As its broadcaster customers make the difficult switch to online distribution, Imagine is struggling to go with them. The new CEO outlines the path ahead.
UK Media Regulator Calls for British Netflix
In a marked shift from almost a decade ago, a consolidated UK broadcaster VOD service is on the cards after the UK media regulator appeared to greenlight such a development.
As Brexit Looms, UK Creative and Media Tech Industries at Risk
The UK's position as the leading international hub for global media groups is under threat as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit grows
UK Broadcasters Hope Netflix-style App Will Stop the Rot
ITV, BBC, and Channel 4 plan to launch a joint live and on-demand app via Freeview Play this year in an effort to compete with Netflix and Amazon
BBC Streams FIFA World Cup in UHD HDR, But Not to All Viewers
Live UHD streams of World Cup football over iPlayer are a BBC first, but HDR is not under the corporation's full control
HQ Trivia and the Race to Ultra-Low Latency Live Streaming
Live video is getting interactive requiring bidirectional communication with low latency. Companies like Ex Machina, Haivision, nanocosmos, and Wowza—as well as the SRT Alliance—are working on solutions.
The State of Video Advertising 2018
The power and reach of digital video advertising is on the rise, but solving challenges with cross-media measurement and quality metrics top the agenda for the coming year.
The State of Live Video 2018
Live keeps pay TV in the game; piracy and scalability issues dog streaming; remote production comes of age; and the battle over sports rights has barely begun.
The State of Mobile Video 2018
Vodafone and Liberty play chess over a megamerger, 5G hunts for business, and AR makes ground over VR. Small devices will make big moves in the year ahead.
BARB Delays Launch of Dovetail
The eagerly anticipated cross-platform audience monitoring is on hold until BARB can combine two existing metrics into a single measurement
Cable Congress: The Multi-Gigabit Home Needs Multi-Gig WiFi
For service providers to deliver VR, 8K, and other next-gen video services to the home, they'll need to offer gigabit or higher wi-fi. Also, Ben Keen looks at Netflix's dominance in Europe with an eye towards China.
MWC 2018: The Internet's Interface Will Be AR/VR Thanks to 5G
"AI will be woven into every aspect of our lives" as the 5G-enabled cloud takes prominence and phones diminish in importance.
MWC 2018: With 5G, World Is 'On the Cusp of Hyper Connectivity'
After years of demos and trials, 2018 is the year when 5G finally becomes commercialized. Look for a dramatic impact on the internet of things—but only if security problems are conquered.
Sky and BT Sport Retain EPL Rights; Amazon to Pick up the Rest?
Pay TV operators pay £4.464 billion for the majority of English Premier League rights through 2022, with two more packages yet to be awarded
Eurosport Grounds Ambitious Olympics in IP Connectivity and the Cloud
Discovery Communications' sports division spent €1.3 billion on pan-European digital and linear rights to Olympic Games until 2024, and aims to make every second of every event from PyeongChang available on multiple platforms.
Sky Moves to All-Streaming Era
Pay TV operator, soon likely to be owned by Disney, details plans to ditch the dish and continues drive to go beyond its traditional long-term subscription with streaming services.
Eutelsat: CDNs More Expensive than Satellite for Pay TV
Satellite provider tables plans to enable multiscreen at home and TV everywhere, says content delivery networks are too costly at high volume
BBC "Reinvents" Free-to-Air Sports Online
The BBC will produce and distribute an additional 1,000 hours a year of sports online, including rugby, tennis, swimming, and basketball
Sales of 4K Playback Devices Belie the Lack of Content
4K was always a format pushed onto the market by consumer electronics vendors, and the relative lack of consumer interest in the higher resolution along with distribution bottlenecks are restricting adoption
Discovery and Eurosport Unveil Digital First Winter Olympics
European rightsholder marks first Olympics coverage with major social media, mobile and interactive overhaul.
Can Better Monitoring Prevent a Replay of Class Action Against Showtime?
Showtime faces a class action after problems with the Mayweather-McGregor fight stream. Continual and complete testing might mitigate future brand damage if the issue was not with the content provider.
IBC '17: ITV and Channel 4 Tout Value of OTT
UK commercial broadcasters emphasized the value of an OTT offering that hews closely to the traditional TV experience
IBC '17: Kantar Offers Facebook Video Metrics
Comparisons between video performance on Twitter and Facebook offer advertisers and broadcasters a new layer of understanding audience behaviour
Facebook Primes Watch for Video Explosion in IBC Keynote
The social network pitches its new video service as the community-based OTT platform broadcasters have been waiting for.
BBC Moves To Deliver Object-Based Media at Scale
Object-based audio advances to the next stage in nonlinear content creation delivery
Screens Everywhere and Intelligence in the Network: Nokia’s TV Vision 2025
Nokia urges operators to move delivery and UX to the cloud as screens become dumber and ubiquitous
Ericsson Unveils MediaFirst Content Processing
Firm's media unit continues to innovate while looking for a buyer; MediaFirst Content Processing promises low latency via distributed cloud infrastructure
Live Social Video is the Future, says Streaming Tank
Streaming Tank uses Chinese investment to build its own video player and expand East, and continues to push ahead in live VR and 360° streaming
360° Video Is No Gateway to VR, says BBC
BBC R&D is not convinced of the case for producing news in VR, and warns against the perils of relying too heavily on tech company sponsorship of branded 360° or VR news content
Beware the Android TV Revolution
The pluses of Google's platform should be approached eyes wide open by operators, says 3 Screen Solutions MD Kai-Christian Borchers
Hyperreality and the Urgent Need to Scale Content
The demand for realistic CG content to fuel immersive media applications requires new production methods and a new codec
Nagra Declares the "Post-OTT Era"
Content security and UX specialist also says the industry's TV everywhere experience is too complex—which is why pirates are scoring big hits
Sky Takes Stake in V-Nova
The compression specialist hopes Sky's profile will lift not only the attributes of its Perseus technology but an outcome similar to Amazon's swoop for Elemental
Getting Ready for Video Over 5G: How Should the Industry Prepare?
With operators at risk of a ‘build it and they will come' approach, can a converged video contribution and delivery network monetize 5G?
Why Mixed Reality Is the Future of Immersive Broadcasting
Intel and Microsoft are among those building tools for a merged reality video experience that could be streamed directly to the home.
The State of Mobile Video 2017
Mobile video traffic keeps rising at a rapid rate, leaving operators struggling to keep up with demand. Meanwhile, the U.K. is falling behind on broadband connectivity.
Streaming Forum: TVPlayer Plans an International Expansion
The online video aggregator is fielding an offer from a European telco while preparing to launch a global SVOD service from a European broadcaster.
Streaming Forum Keynote: BT Brings OTT and Broadcast Together
The war between over-the-top and broadcast video is over, and both sides won. In its Streaming Forum opening day keynote, BT explains the strategy and challenges of creating a multi-screen experience.
Streaming Forum: IPTV Companies Poised to Win the Pay TV Battle
Launching direct-to-consumer video services is increasingly easy, but gaining a mass audience requires getting access, warns IHS Markit.
The State of 4K and HDR 2017
4K video is gaining traction and changing production workflows, but viewers aren't dazzled by higher resolutions, anymore: Look for HDR to have a bigger impact on consumers.
The State of Live Video 2017
Sport leads the way as live video continues to grow. Will this be the year it overcomes problems delivering quality results at scale, conquering latency, and securing monetization?
Virtual Voice Assistants Are Set to Disrupt the TV Value Chain
Netgem launches SoundBox with Alexa for telco operators as the battle to control the end user's smart home takes off. It's not just about the TV.
The State of Advertising 2017
Video advertising revenues are on the rise, along with AI, even as industry players argue over metrics. The current buzzwords are mobile, viewability, and programmatic.
Sky Paves the Way for OTT Future
The broadband-based service will be rolled out first in the UK, then in Italy, Germany, and Austria. There's no word yet on whether it would offer 4K content or include bandwidth to the home for 4K streaming.
Lost in Time: The Future of Immersive Media
A high-concept game show devised by members of The Matrix visual effects team, produced in Norway, and being sold by the makers of The X Factor could herald the future of multi-screen entertainment.
BBC will "Reinvent" iPlayer to maintain relevance
Facing competition from the likes of Now TV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video, the BBC is setting out to make iPlayer the top OTT service in the UK
Live OTT Warrants Advertising Premium, Says Massive CTO
Massive CTO Max Ramsay discusses Facebook Live, 4K, 360° video and more in this look at the trends in OTT and live video as 2016 comes to a close
Streaming Forum Preview: OTT An "Unstoppable" Force
Dan Finch of TVPlayer and Simplestream will present one of the Streaming Forum keynotes, and here he offers his take on the state of OTT as we head into 2017
SVOD Is the Clear OTT Winner
Amazon Prime Instant Video's expansion and the introduction of BritBox drive home the point: SVOD will be the leading OTT business model for the foreseeable future.
YouView Takes Service to the Cloud
YouView claims to be the first large-scale UK broadcaster to embrace the cloud; changes include a redesigned UI and a move from Flash to HTML5
Virgin Goes Mobile First With Revamped TiVo and TellyTablet Launch
The Virgin-branded Telly Tablet allows viewers to watch content anywhere in a house; company also introduced revamped Virgin TV Anywhere app and new TiVo-powered V6 box
Sky Launches Into VR
Sky is committed to seeing VR succeed where 3D failed, and has established the 10-person Sky VR Studio to spearhead innovation and content creation
VR's Two-Tiered Takeoff
Despite a year of content and production experimentation by studios and broadcasters, poor quality experiences could yet impede VR take-off
An Object Lesson in Personalized Streaming Video Experiences
What custom content does each viewer want to see? As broadcast and broadband converge, object-based media is showing the way to the future, and the BBC is taking the lead.
Nanocosmos' H5Live Player Offers Reduced Latency in Live Streaming
The Berlin-based company developed H5Live in response to customers that requested live end-to-end streaming services including a server environment
Unified Remix Combats Ad Blockers
Unified Remix is a software engine that creates a single stream from a playlist created by a call to an ad network, a rule set, or by CMS generation, preventing ad blockers from identifying ad server URLs
IBC Wrap: IP Lifts Media Into a Phase of Experimentation
IP and IT are transforming the broadcast industry, causing seismic shifts in both technological and business strategies, say execs from EBU, ITV, IABM, and Ericsson in this look at the most important trends coming out of IBC 2016
IBC '16: Google Says Nobody Owes Publishers a Living
Google blames some publishers' ineffective digital strategies for "waterfalls of intrusive ads" but says technology offers opportunities to innovate out of the impasse
Nagra: TV Is Now a Connected Play
Company releases findings from its Pay-TV report and introduces TVkey USB device, which enables users to sign up for pay-TV services directly on selected Samsung TVs
IBC '16: Sony Stresses Open IP Systems
The firm also trials cloud switching with Swisscom and IP production with Euromedia
IBC '16: Google Tells Broadcasters to Wake Up to Mobile
Broadcasters are in the midst of an unprecedented revolution, and according to Google it's not IP
IBC '16: Imagine Communications Says IP-Based Production is Ready for Primetime
A well-architected IP-based production facility can provide the same robustness, reliability, and performance as SDI-based infrastructures, says Imagine Communications CEO Charlie Vogt
IBC '16: Netflix Re-Engineers as a Premium Play to Drive Growth
The SVOD service is overhauling its program library to move from a longtail warehouse to a premium platform
Nokia Debuts Predictive Optimisation and Multiscreen Ad Solutions
Nokia claims the technology will allow operators to reduce video buffering times by up to 40 percent.
Harmonic Claims 50% OTT Performance Improvements with EyeQ
Unveiled at IBC 2016, EyeQ is the product of eight years' research and several filed patents, and will be released in the fourth quarter.
LiveU Launches New Portable HEVC Video Transmitter
The new LU600 will offer HEVC encoding at up to 20Mbps, file transfer at 80Mbps, and a latency of 0.5 seconds. Units will ship after IBC with H.264 cards, which the company will upgrade to H.265 when available.
DDVTech Updates MistServer, Claims Load Balancing Lead
The Dutch developer releases research which promotes claimed industry leading load-balancing and latency improvements for MistServer
NewTek To Debut IP Switcher at IBC
NewTek set to debut the NewTek IP Series production system at IBC, while other vendors will get behind the Alliance for IP Media Solution in Amsterdam
Voddler To Launch Live Streaming Solution
The Swedish group is also targeting emerging markets in APAC and MEA with its VoddlerNet peer-assisted delivery platform
Electrifying OTT Services With the Cloud: Going Beyond the Box
Though fraught with challenges, the move to the cloud for DVR, UI-UX, and ad insertion is helping service providers and operators maximize revenue and deliver a better experience to their subscribers.
5G Momentum is Building
4G will eventually be unable to cope with the growth in video data. Multiple 5G network launches are predicted by 2020, but experts warn rollout will take far longer, as business model questions remain.
Net Insight's Sye Claims to Solve OTT Latency and Sync
Swedish software developer says its new technology offers frame-accurate sync with broadcast, making it ideal for second-screen sports viewing, and is currently in commercial tests with customers including Tata Communications
Sky Confirms August UHD Launch
UHD service will go live on Sky Q Silver box with movies, drama, and Premier League, and could find traction where BT Sport has lagged
Live VR/360° Video Gets Social
NextVR, LiveLikeVR, Greenfish Labs, and others are pushing to make live sports VR/360°viewing more social with avatars, spatial audio, and more
Brexit Could Be Devastating for UK Tech and Creative Industries
Tech powerhouses like Google and Facebook have embraced London, but following the stunning referendum results, Britain's film, TV, and OTT industries could see talent and funding dry up
For the Win! Live Sports Are Driving Streaming Video Innovation
The desire to keep sports relevant to the younger audience and connect with mobile media consumption habits is driving innovation online.
Euro 2016, Then Olympics, Set to Break Live Streaming Records
Official streams may reach peaks of 15-18 terabits per second for the Rio Olympics, but the IOC is banning social streaming from the games, without saying how it plans to police or punish fans who use Periscope, Facebook Live to share the games
MCNs Grow Up
MCNs have gone from being aggregated networks of channels to sophisticated organizations that encompass the entire range of content creation and distribution, says Digiflare co-founder Mano Kulasingam
The State of Mobile Video 2016
UHD over mobile, 5G trials, and LTE Broadcast top the trends in mobile video
Sky Goes After Millennials With Live Streaming on Facebook
In a continuing effort to reach younger viewers on mobile devices, the pay TV powerhouse will start delivering sports coverage and live news on Facebook Live
Axonista Introduces Object-Based Broadcasting Platform
By bringing interactivity to the screen on mobile devices, set-top boxes, and VR headsets, Axonista opens new avenues to monetisation
BBC and ITV Revive Paid VOD Streaming Plans
Joined by NBC Universal, broadcasters BBC and ITV are working on a UK competitor to Netflix and Amazon Prime
Sky Spreads its Bet in Online Futures With FubuTV and iFlix
The broadcaster is preparing for a time beyond traditional TV viewing by making investments in sports and entertainment streamers around the globe.
NFL: TV Has Flatlined, Online Is the Future: Streaming Forum 2016
The NFL looks to a post-TV future as it builds a digital portfolio of superior viewing options that will soon be worth over $1 billion per year.
Engineering a TV-Like Streaming Experience: Streaming Forum 2016
ITV's director of broadcast and distribution technology shared the broadcaster's strategy for merging catch-up and live linear TV into a universal consumer experience during the Streaming Forum 2016 keynote address.
Taking IP to the Wire: NewTek's Boss Talks Tough on Transport
Standardizing an industry move to video-over-IP is generating considerable confusion, but NewTek claims its approach is the only one focused on IP's real-world capabilities.
Sky Readies UHD, Mobile, and Streaming Services
Sky puts mobile and streaming at heart of its strategy to combat Netflix and local payTV rivals BT and Virgin.
Programmatic TV Advertising Will Make Strides in the UK in 2016
The United Kingdom may lead the world in the adoption of programmatic advertising, but significant barriers still remain before it takes over.
Resistance Is Futile: How Broadcast and Cable Are Embracing IP
Broadcast is moving to an IP-first, software-defined video infrastructure, and in the process reducing costs and creating new editorial opportunities.
Future Sports Media Offers Sports Clip Action at the Speed of Twitter
Swedish company Future Sports Media aims to usurp the lock-in that hardware vendors like EVS have on the fast-turnaround sports market with a software only product that works over IP
Encoding Vendors Jockey For Licensing Post-HEVC
HEVC is barely out of the gate, but the race to achieve better quality and lower bandwidth might soon leave H.265 in the dust, according to speakers at a panel at this year's IBC
Sports Viewers Stream Their Teams, Changing the Game for Pay TV
Young sports fans are going to sites like Whistle Sports and Copa90 to catch the action, supporting a new style of sports coverage that invites fans into the conversation.
Cinegy Looks to 16K Streaming with "World's Fastest Codec"
Designed as a mezzanine codec like Avid DnxHR, Apple ProRes, and SonyXAVC, the DANIEL2 codec decodes HD at 17,000 fps in HD, all the way up to 16K at 280 fps, Cinegy claims
BBC Turning Into a "Datacaster," Says CTO
In a move to compete with OTT services such as Netflix and make the organisation more nimble, BBC is embracing digital-first, including an "object-based" approach to its video workflows
EE Leads Validation For Perseus, But Questions Remain: IBC 2015
While announcing trials with EE, IRT, and NTT, V-NOVA is keeping internal testing results private after indicating they would be shared at IBC
Will BBC Open Up iPlayer to Compete on Global Stage?
BBC Director General Tony Hall proposed a Netflix-style business model for iPlayer as part of sweeping changes that include children's version of iPlayer and online BBC Newstream to replace 24-hour news channel
Alcatel-Lucent and Oregan Networks Offer First Perseus IP video solution
Alcatel-Lucent plans to use Perseus in both new deployments and existing infrastructures; Oregan will facilitate adoption across set-top boxes and other OTT devices
Ericsson Plans 5G Showcase at 2018 Winter Olympics
As the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium works on 5G standards, with wide availability projected for a decade from now, Ericsson says it will highlight the technology at the PyeongChang games in three years.
V-Nova Gains Traction; Will Publish Performance Tests at IBC
Perseus technology is in use for contribution feeds for Sky Italia; company says it accommodates greater color depth and higher dynamic range in addition to offering efficiency gains
Is Lean Back 2.0 the Future of Multiscreen Viewing?
Software developer 3 Screen Solutions thinks so as it attempts to broaden its market outside of German-speaking Europe
Telstra Acquires Cloud Asset Management Specialist Nativ
As part of a strategy to create a comprehensive personalized TV and video platform, Telstra's Ooyala acquires U.K.-based Nativ for an undisclosed amount.
BT Announces First 4K Live Channel
Telco giant BT will launch BT Sport Ultra HD in August, along with Netflix in 4K, but the bigger picture is the UK's burgeoning ultrafast broadband landscape
Counting Viewers: The Search for Cross-Platform Measurement
The industry is challenged to find a single trusted trading currency that can look at both linear and nonlinear viewing in a unified way.
Liberty Global: Wi-Fi is the Delivery Network of the Future
At Arris' Video Leadership Forum in Dublin, the cable operator discussed the challenges facing the multiscreen, nonlinear future—and argued that operators are best-suited to meet them.
Freeview Plots Mass-Market Connected TV
Freeview Play will combine catch-up TV from Freeview shareholders—BBC iPlayer, Channel 4's All 4, and ITV Player—with on-demand and live content when it launches later this year
BBC iPlayer Viewing Figures Fall; Is it Time For a Rethink?
Video views via BBC iPlayer have fallen for the first time. Is this inevitable or does it signify a more profound issue with one of the world's best known online brands?
Europe's Digital Single Market: Goldmine or Minefield?
The European Commission wants to introduce rules that will result in all European citizens being able to buy online content and services from any country. But do the proposals add up?
LTE Broadcast "Ready for Prime Time"
Mobile solutions provider QuickPlay and video optimization solution Roundbox—which QuickPlay just acquired—say it will replace cable TV in some areas
The State of Mobile Video 2015
The smartphone has overtaken the tablet as the go-to device for TV Everywhere consumption; the U.K. is poised to lead the world in mobile connectivity; telcos will gain more spectrum, but not quickly enough; and LTE-Broadcast is coming to market.
Nokia: LTE Broadcast is Win-Win for Mobile Operators and Broadcasters
Early results of a pioneering trial into TV broadcast to mobile promise to end the wars over spectrum resource, Nokia says
Transcoding Trends for 2015
What are operators and MVPDs looking for from today's transcoding solutions? Automation, flexibility, and future-proofing are high on the list, and the old hardware vs. software debate continues.
BBC Gets Audience Involved in Taster
The Corporation's latest move to combat Netflix and YouTube is to fly experimental content ideas online, letting audiences direct which will go further in development
Telstra and Sky Buy Into Elemental Technologies
Two global giants take minority stakes in the software-based video processing developer as Elemental predicts a tipping point for video over IP in 2015
3xScreen Media: Live Streaming Is No Longer Optional for Major Events
From the Vans x Crossfire Halloween Massacre to Ted Baker's fashion shows, the London-based streaming services provider is coming up with innovative ways to deliver live events online and compete with broadcast
Video Platform Nideo Targets B2B
UK-based start up claims its platform, based on Microsoft Azure, offers analytics and tracking capabilities that are better suited to B2B video than YouTube, Vimeo, or Brightcove.
BSkyB Funds Whistle Sport, Its Latest Video Start-Up Investment
The U.K. pay TV operator has made serial investments in several young online video companies to safeguard its future. Here's a look at BSkyB's start-up portfolio.
BSkyB: Cloud, IP and Virtual Playout Are Not Ready for Primetime
IT Director Colin McQuade says Sky uses the cloud heavily for OTT and on-demand, but that it isn't yet ready to deliver the "holy grail"—offloading everything that currently sits in a data centre or broadcast facility.
Startup Newstag Launches Crowd-Curated Video News Service
"The business of news is broken," says Newstag CEO, but the company claims to have the answer in its approach to news sharing through social media.
Bambuser Widens Audience for Mobile Live Video
User-generated live mobile video service is introducing an SDK to allow organizations to more easily embed content on third-party sites
BBC Pioneers Live IP Production in Ultra HD: The Workflow
Building on a research trial during the World Cup, the BBC will use the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to trial what it calls the world's first live Ultra HD production and transmission entirely in IP
BBC Will Trial Live 4K IP and DTT Delivery With 3 World Cup Matches
In a closed research project, the BBC will deliver the FIFA final and two other matches in ultra-high definition. The project should pave the way for a 4K channel launch in the future.
U.K. Online Video Ad Market Will Be Worth £4.3 Billion in 2018
A PricewaterhouseCoopers report says online video is the fastest growing ad market, and predicts strong growth in U.K. online advertising.
Germany's Mediakraft Thrives on Local Content
Mediakraft is the biggest online TV network in Central Europe and expanding fast. Streaming Media talked with CEO Spartacus Ollson to find out how they've grown, and what they have in store for the future.
2014 World Cup: HBS, Deltatre Stream to a Worldwide Audience
Multiscreen viewing has finally hit the mass market. Viewers around the globe will be able to view every angle of play on any connected device.
Worldwide, Viewers Prefer Pay TV Services to SVOD, Says Informitv
Informitv's first Multiscreen Index suggests that a rise in pay TV subscriptions worldwide is a long-term trend
BBC Revamps iPlayer
Changes in the world's leading catch-up service highlight the switch from "TV online" to "online TV"
Pay TV Rules While Digital Comes of Age
While OTT VOD and electronic sell-through services continue to explode in popularity across Europe, live programming still gives pay TV services the edge
BBC Spin Puts Onus on BBC3 to Reinvent Online TV
With the BBC planning to axe BBC3 in its linear form, the corporation promises to "reinvent a space for young people" on the iPlayer, exploring different formats and content
The State of OTT Services 2014
2013 saw OTT video services extend the overall market for pay TV, a definite shift to networked PVR, and a rapid move toward HbbTV.
HDMI Dongles Are a Boon to Pay TV Operators
Smart sticks like Google's Chromecast provide another route for pay TV providers to deliver multi-screen content with implications for software in the TV and hardware under the screen
Arkena Outlines Plans to Grow European Footprint
Goal is to "be the trusted partner of European broadcasters and telcos in managing their linear and nonlinear content to all screens," says CEO Julien Seligmann.
Sochi Games to Set Record for Live and VOD Streaming
Adobe, NBCU, Elemental, Deltatre, LiveU, and more are readying streaming platforms that will deliver coverage to desktops and mobile devices around the globe.
BBC Launches Universal Live Streaming Platform
Set to launch for the Sochi Olympics but destined for use on all future BBC live events, the new platform incorporates editorial curation and social media across TV, PC, and mobile
Elemental Demonstrates 4K HEVC Video at 60 fps in London
Real-time video at 60 fps and on-demand video at 120 fps are practical today, says Elemental. One challenge is getting high-quality content.
Red Bull Streams 31 Live Music Events on YouTube Simultaneously
A record-breaking live music webcast could be the swan song for SIS Live's outside broadcast capability.
Kaltura Releases MediaGo, a Netflix-Like Experience for Any Site
Calling it the killer app for media, Kaltura says MediaGo is an out-of-the-box solution with flexible sales models.
Google Glass and the Future of Second Screening and TV News
Beginning next week CNN is to expand its Google Glass experiment by integrating citizen journalist service iReport with its existing Google Glass News Alerts. In Europe, TDF Media Services sees potential in the device for second second TV apps.
Videology Brings In-Video Contextual Targeting to Europe
VivaKi, the Publicis Groupe's digital ad division, has signed up for the product which allows brands to identify and place ads within specific video content
BBC Reinvents iPlayer, Funds Original Content Budget
The corporation's new digital strategy aims to create communal experiences around live events on the second screen.
MPEG-DASH: Why it Matters, Where it Goes From Here
DASH will play a huge part in the future of online video delivery. Learn how the standard was developed and the obstacles it still faces.
Amazon CTO: Devices are a Window to Content in the Cloud
A Q&A with Amazon.com CTO Werner Vogels addressing a future where both broadcast professionals and consumers are connected to the cloud.
Streaming Forum: Inconsistent Measurement Slowing Investment
The lack of consistent metrics is blamed as a key factor hindering greater ad investment in online video. Plus, is Google really the Death Star?
Streaming Forum: When Second Screen Becomes Second Nature
Wowza's Chris Knowlton discusses how content producers can cultivate second-screen activity without distracting from the first-screen experience
Streaming Forum: Addressing DASH and HEVC Benefits and Roadbumps
An expert panel sees big advantages in the combination of HEVC and MPEG-DASH, although some issues still need to be resolved.
Streaming Forum: Geo Targets Media Owners with Leased Fiber
Leased fiber offers a quick, less expensive to the traditional telco model of buying bandwidth as you go
Streaming Forum: Captioning for Streaming Video Still a "Wild West"
At Streaming Forum, Telestream's Kevin Louden attempted to bring some clarity to the messy technical and legal issues surrounding captioning and subtitling streaming video
Streaming Forum: Video for Education Needs a Change in Mindset
There's no better time to be in education video, but new opportunities come with new challenges, such as competing with social media and video captured on and delivered to multiple devices
Viewster Says it's Striking Gold by Offering 'Free TV 2.0'
Ad-supported VOD service Viewster strikes further distribution deals with TV producers and declares that young audiences don't want to pay for content
The Rise of the Second Screen and the Future of Television
Tablets and mobile devices are playing a central role in the age-old battle to own the consumer, but technical and behavioural challenges remain.
BBC Stagebox Points Way for Broadcast Production over IP
Stagebox combines broadcast feeds and cabling—including HD video, audio, talkback, timecode, and more—and distributes them over standard IP protocol. BBC will begin deploying with next month's local elections.
NAB Preview: HEVC Is the Next Big Thing
Encoding and video processing specialists are highlighting their H.265/HEVC solutions at next week's NAB show in Las Vegas
RGB Networks Launches Next-Gen MPEG-2/H.264 Transcoder
Company says Video Multiprocessing Gateway Gen 2 increases video quality and operational efficiency by doubling the capacity of each transcoding module
Videoplaza Releases Karbon 2, Arming Media Owners with Data
Advertisers often have more information about online video metrics than the content owners. Videoplaza aims to change that.
MPEG-DASH: Struggling for Adoption?
MPEG-DASH, and particularly the DASH264 spec, will help standardize and unify online video delivery, but the move to embrace has been slower going than the hype might suggest
Deltatre and Elemental Target Multi-Screen Sports Delivery
Companies partner to offer a turnkey digital video solution for sports rights holders and broadcasters
The State of Multiscreen Delivery 2013
TiVo and Liberty Global battle for the home; BBC readies VOD store; ITV bets on micropayments; Sky's pre-emptive VOD strike; and European indies embrace YouTube.
ITV Is Learning to Make Online Video Pay
The U.K. commercial broadcaster plans to roll out a micropayment platform for mobile devices.
ATEME Outlines HEVC Plans
French encoding company predicts quick uptake in multi-screen scenarios due to shorter equipment renewal cycles for viewing devices
Orange Looks for U.S Investors to Grow Dailymotion
While Orange is now the sole owner of Dailymotion, it doesn't intend to stay that way for long and is looking to the U.S.
Thinkbox Shows Growth in U.K. Viewing on TVs and Mobile Devices
New figures show that on-demand viewing is on the rise, but that live linear viewing on living room TVs continues to dominate.
Liberty Global Acquires Virgin Media
As Liberty Global swoops to buy U.K. cable company Virgin Media for $23.3 billion (£15B), the move has implications for DVR-maker TiVo.
BBC iPlayer Breaks Own Records as Viewing Shifts to Tablets
iPlayer had a standout year, thanks in part to new features like the ability to download programmes for offline viewing.
CES Report: Technicolor Bids to Unify the Connected Universe
New Qeo product offers a challenge to the DLNA approach to connecting everything from smartphones to smart fridges
Content Industry Back to Pre-2008 Levels, Thanks to OTT Innovation
A report issued today at the Forum d'Avignon finds that music, movies, and video games still face uncertainty in the marketplace, but that all are on the upswing
Telegraph Media Group Expands Video Coverage
With equipment from LiveU and Teracue, Telegraph Media Group reporters are capturing vide in the field; newspaper publisher is also delivering Associated Press video alongside original content
Thomson Integrates ViBE with Anevia
ViBE VS7000 will join Anevia's ViaMotion system for catch-up TV, OTT streaming, and on-demand video delivery
Mixmoov Showcases New API at Streaming Media Europe
API allows customers to use use their own interfaces with Mixmoov's cloud video editing backend
Cast Time to Open CDN in London
Israel-based company will offer free trial period to new customers upon launch
Kaltura: "MediaSpace is to YouTube what Yammer is to Facebook"
Targeting organizations looking to launch a "Corporate Tube" or "Campus Tube," MediaSpace 4.0 is on display at Streaming Media Europe in London
Ipercast Heads to the Cloud
Customers will be able to use APIs or web interface to access Ipercast's new cloud services
Streaming Media Europe: The Buzz from the Expo Floor
A look at some of the highlights on the Streaming Media Europe Expo floor, including StreamUK, Haivision, Mobile Viewpoint, 1080 Media, Connected Home Academy, CasterStats, Make.tv, Xtstream, Vision247, and Telestream
Vision247 Expands IPTV and CDN Business
On the verge of making its first business acquisition, internet TV solutions provider Vision247 discusses marrying the failsafe approach of traditional playout with the huge opportunity in OTT delivery.
A Buyers' Guide to Cloud Video Services
Cloud services are perfectly suited for processor-intensive jobs, although bandwidth constraints can present a challenge. Discover 12 cloud video specialists that can save companies time and money.
Even Heavy TV Ad Campaigns Get Additional Reach Online
Videology finds that campaigns that mix television and online video advertising gain an extra four percent reach.
IBC Report: Samsung Talks Platform Building During Keynote
Samsung is already the world's largest TV set maker. Now, it wants to get those sets talking to each other.
IBC Report: BBC and NBC Offer London Olympic Highlights
Broadcasting and streaming the 2012 London Olympic Games was 'extraordinarily successful,' says BBC.
IBC Report: Sony Says 4K Ultra-HD Video Is Coming to the Home
Sony and partner SES declare that Ultra-HD is close to becoming a reality; others says its 20 years away from going mainstream.
IBC Report: Will.i.am Looks for Creativity Enhanced by Technology
The Black Eyed Peas frontman inspires at IBC with calls for innovation, smarter homes and cars, and bold visions of the future.
KIT Digital Launches 2Si, Second Screen App for T-Commerce
In an effort to create 'sticky' mobile apps, KIT offers broadcasters a better way to sell products and prevent viewer distraction.
IBC Report: Pay TV Will Thrive in the Online Video Era
While the major studios are diving into online distribution, they remain cautious -- and they're sticking with current pay TV models.
German Device Owners are Media "Super Consumers"
New study from Rovi and Decipher Research finds connected device owners in Germany view more content on faster connections
YouView Is in Shops and Has Major Backing; Now, Will it Succeed?
YouView's CEO is happy with the device's reception; combines access to broadcast and on-demand content for non-pay TV customers.
China’s CTV Launches HD Subscription Service for the Olympics
The national broadcaster selects NeuLion to stream all 5600 hours live in HD.
Streamworks Targets Live News and International Expansion
The U.K. outfit adds the United Nations to its streaming media roster and seeks VC backing to control the online live news market.
Haivision and iStreamPlanet Go Live for Olympics Streaming
Created specifically for the Olympics, Haivision and iStreamPlanet's GoLive service offers an end-to-end solution from signal acquisition to player
YouView Is on the Starting Line; Has it Already Lost?
By missing the Olympic window for its broad consumer release, YouView is losing out on a marketing bonanza.
Kaltura Takes on Brightcove and KIT Digital in Europe
After finding success in North America, the open source online video platform is expanding to the European enterprise and education markets.
ATEME Claims 4K and 8K Over IP with New EAVC4 Codec
While ATEME and others work on HEVC, the company says its new codec can deliver 4K and 8K video over IP using existing MPEG-4 compression
Tremor Video Launches VideoHub in UK and Germany
Tremor says it wants to focus conversation on quality and metrics, not just pricing
London Olympics Could Reach One Billion Digital Viewers
Deltatre, the company supplying data services to the BBC and NBCOlympics.com for the London games, says online viewership will almost certainly pass a half billion, and may approach one billion.
U.K. Retailers Watch Walmart’s UltraViolet Campaign
UltraViolet will require mass studio and consumer electronics support to succeed, but some are reluctant to take the first step.
Sky Unveils NOW TV, But No Pricing
New service from Sky will offer on-demand, pay-per-view access to hundreds of films and other content.
UK Regulator Turns Focus on Netflix, Lovefilm
Competition Commission's investigation into BSkyB's subscription services will now take into account the impact of Netflix and Lovefilm's entrance into the online movie delivery service in the UK
Dov Moran Launches Comigo, New Smart TV Platform
Inventor of USB turns his attention to platform that bridges mobiles, set-top boxes, and server with interactive and social functions
StreamUK Scores a Goal with Liverpool, Expands in Sport Market
After helping the Liverpool FC create a successful subscription service, StreamUK is moving into new European territory.
Thinkbox Study Finds Second Screen Activity Boosts TV Viewing
Using social networks or shopping during linear broadcasts helps viewers feel like they're part of the conversation.
Connected Home 2011: It's About People, Not Kit
At the Streaming Media Europe summit featuring heavyweights such as Virgin Media, Google TV, Samsung, and the BBC, the focus was not on technology but on the consumer experience.
Videoplaza Gains $12M Investment to Fund International Growth
The ad management platform expects half its traffic to come from non-PC devices by 2012.
Sky Offers Subscription and On-Demand Netflix Alternatives
Netflix has landed in the U.K., and Sky has the most to lose. Its fighting back with its own streaming entertainment services.
BBC iPlayer Moves to Sky, Now on All Major U.K. Platforms
Additionally, Sky makes Sky Anytime+ available to customers using any Internet provider.
Red Bee Launches RedDiscover, for Social TV Content Discovery
The company has also created the U.K.'s first digital audio watermarking app, enabling interactive second-screen viewing.
CES 2012: Amazon Joins DECE, Backs UltraViolet
Amazon says it has signed a deal with a major Hollywood studio for UltraViolet rights; Netflix pulls out of DECE
UltraViolet Lands in the U.K., but With Questions
Can a unified cloud-based system succeed across Europe? And do consumers still want to own their movies?
Facebook Not Getting into Content Creation, says IBC Keynote
The social networking giant wants to connect its members with video creators, rather than making its own programs.
Blinkbox CEO: We're Unconcerned by Netflix
While Netflix has swept across the U.S, it will struggle for profitability in the U.K, says CEO.
Ex-YouView CTO Rose Lines Up tBone TV for IBC Launch
Start-up aims to make TV-viewing social, and works across a variety of screens.
Red Bee Media Launches RedPlayer Online Video Platform
Broadcast services company fills in the missing piece with its first consumer-facing service.
Onwave Launches Into Europe with Tooway
Following the launch of Eutelsat's Tooway satellite-delivered broadband service across Europe, broadband service provider Onwave has launched a triple-play package across Ireland the UK.
SeeSaw Dips Into History
Arqiva shuts down SeeSaw after failing to garner significant investment, content, and traffic
Connected TV Market Taking Off in Europe
Irdeto's Christopher Schouten tells Connected TV Summit in London that operators need to convert casual users to a predictable revenue stream
Tesco Acquires Blinkbox to Push VOD Mainstream
The supermarket giant moves into the video on-demand space, following in the footsteps of Amazon and Walmart.
Royal Wedding Coverage Will Marry Online and Broadcast
KIT Digital is handling many of the video feeds for online outlets, and the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is expected to draw 400 million viewers online
IPTV World Forum Examines Rise of OTT and Multi-Screen Viewing
With over-the-top devices growing in popularity, IPTV operators look for ways of working with the new competitor.
Hulu Eyes a Bright Future at IPTV World Forum Keynote
Company SVP offers attendees four key strategies for increasing an audience and staying competitive.
ANT CEO Lays Out Hybrid TV Design Challenges at IPTV World Forum
HbbTV offers most seamless hybrid TV experience, says ANT's Simon Woodward
The State of Media and Entertainment Streaming Video
A survey of the current state of streaming media in Europe.
7 Reasons Why Google Will Launch YouTube Streaming in Europe
Despite Google's denials, there's plenty of reason to believe that the company is indeed planning to launch a YouTube movie and TV streaming service in Europe
NewTek Releases New Hardware Interface for TriCaster
NewTek TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides a physical connection including a three-axis joystick controller
Connected TV Confusion
Brightcove's Eric Elia addresses the fragmentation in the connected TV landscape at Broadcast Video Expo in London
Broadcast Video Expo Brings the Best Out of London's Soho
Broadcast heavyweights rub shoulders with the likes of i2i to explore the next steps in user-generated content and 3D
YouView Launch Reset to 2012
YouView, the BBC-backed IPTV project, has been delayed again, and won't reach consumers until at least early 2012.
SeeSaw Seeks Investment Partner
Arqiva-owned SeeSaw says it sees "massive potential for growth," but needs financial boosting to stay competitive
YouView and iPlayer Architects Leave BBC
Two of the main architects behind the BBC iPlayer and planned VOD service YouView have left the corporation, following each other in a matter of weeks
Woomi Begins Worldwide Rollout at CES 2011
Miniweb aims to provide an alternative to both Google TV and other connected devices by offering a marketplace between content providers and CE manufacturers
Sony Looks to Redefine TV
Sony announces at CES that all of its new TVs are now connected, and that Time Warner will begin to deliver all its content directly to Bravia HDTVs, without a set-top box
Rovi Opens to the Cloud
The program guide and metadata company announces Rovi Media Cloud, a new suite of web services for CE manufacturers and service providers
Smart TVs Take Center Stage at CES
LG, Samsung, and Sharp all emphasized market strategies based on internet-connected televisions and other smart devices
Cisco Puts TV in the Cloud with Videoscape
At CES 2011, Cisco said its new Videoscape suite will integrate voice, linear and online video, high-speed data, Wi-Fi, and network traffic routing
Skype Adds Qik to Go Mobile Ahead of IPO
Skype CEO Tony Bates talked about the acquisition this morning at CES 2011; reports suggest deal worth $100 million
Global Consumer Electronics Market Rebounds to $873 Billion; Tablet and Connected TV Sales Expected to Skyrocket
Worldwide sales up 13% from 2009; CEA also predicts 30 million tablet device sales in 2011 and that more than half of TVs shipped by 2014 will be internet-connected
YouView Opens Engagement with Content Providers
UK internet TV project formally invites content providers to work with its technical team
Social Graph is Key to Engaging Audiences Online
SAY Media is intent on addressing the implications for advertisers of consumer propensity to create and move content across devices and social platforms
Connected TV to Saturate Western Europe by 2015
The installed base of connected TVs is expected to reach 174 million in Western Europe by 2015, according to Futuresource
Akamai Talks Up Video Packaging Ahead of Next Month's Launch
CDN strives to take the burden of formatting for multiple platforms off of the content provider
Perform Launches ePlayer in the U.S. with Sports Coup
Having succeeded in the U.K., video service brings aggregated sports content to the U.S.
TV Sets a High Bar for Streaming Media to Match
Online video needs to solve the problem of too many choices, says Ben Schofield of Red Bee Media.
Turning Online Video Complexity into Opportunity
As the online video world grows more fractured, solutions are needed to streamline publishing, says David Mendels of Brightcove.
Without Standards, Beware the Connected TV Car Crash
A panel discussion looks at the challenges facing the growing market for set-top boxes and connected TVs.
MGt Launches Online Video Micropayments Platform
UK-based payment and billing services provider MGt—whose customers include Freeview, BT, Digital UK, and Sony—introduces micropayments for video across multiple devices
SeeSaw to go International
Arqiva announces that it will begin licensing the VOD technology behind SeeSaw to third parties, and boasts that SeeSaw has received more than 3 million unique visitors in its first eight months
KIT Digital Continues Acquisitions Spree with Megahertz and Accela
Megahertz and Accela bring the number of KIT acquisitions to five in the past 11 months
Canvas Sets Out to Meet the Connected Content Challenge
There's no shortage of connected TV initiatives in the works. Richard Halton, likely CEO of the UK's Project Canvas, argues that what makes the initiative different is that it's owned not by technology companies, but content companies
Digital Media on an Olympic Scale
Alex Balfour, head of new media for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, plans to make the 2012 games the first truly social summer Olympics
Streaming Spotlight: Luxembourg’s Bid for European Data Gateway
IBC 2010 Preview
In addition to the buzz surrounding 3D and augmented reality, expect to see more exhibitors and conference content focusing on IPTV, mobile TV, and digital signage at this year's IBC in Amsterdam.
UK Online TV Measurement Put to the Test
Online ad spend in the UK last year exceeded both TV and print. So now the challenge is how to get accurate measurement of online TV viewing. BARB thinks it has the answer, but others aren't so sure.
The Impact of OTT on the Walled Garden
With Google TV on the way, broadcasters and service providers alike are debating the value of the gatekeeper vs. the value of unfettered online access via the TV. We asked several industry leaders for their take on the challenge ahead.
Skylab Launches Video Publishing Platform
UK-based digital agency introduces MediaTank, an online video platform with simplicity in mind
New Competitors in UK’s VoD Arms Race
Portals, aggregators, platforms, and broadcasters are working—in concert and in competition—to claim audience share and advertiser commitment in the UK
Stream UK Introduces Updates to Stream Connect, Crowdsourcer
Stream UK has added a dedicated encoder option to its Stream Connect platform, and Crowdsourcer now integrates with Facebook and YouTube APIs, among others
Streaming Spotlight: Going Dutch
Forget wooden shoes, windmills, and tulips. Forget Rotterdam Harbour, the world's busiest port for 40 years until it was surpassed by Shanghai in 2004. The Netherlands wants you to understand that it has a new business—as a major accelerator for digital media services on a global scale.
Case Study: Sony Music Turns to IPTV for Business TV
Amid all the hyperbole surrounding cloudbased video hosting, the ability to distribute broadcast-quality live TV on closed wide area networks (WANs) or local area networks (LANs) seems to get a little overlooked.
ITV Chooses Platforms Over Online Aggregators
Broadcaster passes over SeeSaw and Hulu to focus on move to consoles, integrated TVs, set-top boxes, and mobiles
Flumotion Allies with NTT Europe
Flumotion is powering NTT Europe's Smart Media Delivery offering with its WebTV service
Broadband Battleground Ahead of UK Election
Prime Minister Gordon Brown sets universal broadband as the goal by 2020, paid with phone line tax, while the Conservative Party proposes alternative funding
Bestfrontseat Comes Out of Stealth Mode With Advanced Compression
The live event distribution service applies a compression technology derived from medical imaging to reduce infrastructure load.
Red Bee Makes Play for Europe's Digital Gateway
A leader in the UK—where it supplies playout for the BBC, Channel 4, Five, and Virgin Media—Red Bee is expanding across Europe.
Kontiki And BT Conferencing Tackle The Enterprise
Kontiki has gone from less than a dozen customers a year ago to more than 60 today, with BT Conferencing as the latest.
Mon., Feb. 22, by Adrian Pennington
Forbidden Technologies Brings Cloud Editing To Brightcove Users
Users of Brightcove’s online video platform are now able to edit video using Forbidden Technologies’ web-based application FORscene.
SeeSaw Debuts To Tap $62m Annual UK Online VOD Market
The UK’s SeeSaw video-on-demand service launches on Wednesday, initially as an online ad-supported service but with a second phase introduction of pay per view content, mainly from the U.S., to follow shortly.
Tues., Feb. 16, by Adrian Pennington
Company Profile: KIT digital
Headquartered in Prague, KIT digital has crept under the radar over the last couple of years to become a leading player with grand ambitions in the IP video management space.
Go-Ahead Imminent for Project Canvas, But 2010 Release Unlikely
While connected TV services from consumer electronics vendors take root, the BBC is reigning back on the original Christmas 2010 target for Canvas's release.
Tues., Jan. 26, by Adrian Pennington
KIT Digital Lining Up Another Acquisition
KIT digital, a provider of IP-based asset management solutions to enterprise customers, is lining up a new multi-million dollar acquisition by the end of March after raising $31.3 million through a share offering.
Tues., Jan. 26, by Adrian Pennington
UK's SeeSaw Set For March Launch
Online UK TV aggregator SeeSaw has set a March launch date and is reportedly close to announcing deals with broadcasters Channel 4 and Five.
Mon., Jan 24, by Adrian Pennington
CES 2010: Apps Flock To The Connected TV
Samsung, LG, Sharp, and Sony are all pushing their connected TVs, home theaters, and Blu-ray players at this year's CES in Las Vegas.
Fri., Jan. 8, by Adrian Pennington
CES 2010: NVIDIA Powers Touch-Screen Tablet Video Revolution
NVIDIA's new Tegra 2 chip features a dual-core CPU for mobile applications and eight independent processors, and is featured in more than 50 tablets in development.
Thurs., Jan. 7, by Adrian Pennington
BBC's Project Canvas Finally Gets The Go-Ahead
After months of delay and mounting speculation that VOD venture Project Canvas would be quashed, the BBC is to push ahead with the initiative after being given the nod by its own governing body BBC Trust.
Mon., Dec. 21, by Adrian Pennington
Flumotion Devises Video-Rich Interface for Cuatro
Spanish commercial broadcaster Cuatro recently launched a live and on-demand WebTV, designed by streaming software company Flumotion.
Fri., Dec. 18, by Adrian Pennington
Aiming to breathe new life into the online advertising space, startup Quick.TV has developed a browser-based, off-the-shelf video platform with which it claims users can add interactivity to any video and publish it within minutes.
Video Advertising Network Smartclip Breaks Into U.S. Market
The German-based interactive video advertising network has set up shop in New York, and already boasts Viacom, Last.fm, and blinkx as clients.
Mon., Nov. 16, by Adrian Pennington
Facebook First For UK Online Video Use
Facebook is the number one site for video uploading in the UK, and the number two site after YouTube for video viewing. Facebook also ranks at the top in France and Italy.
Fri., Nov. 13, by Adrian Pennington
Doubts Cast On BBC's $180m Project Canvas
The BBC's highly publicized broadband-to-TV project still hasn't received approval from the broadcaster's governing body, and may never see the light of day.
Thurs., Nov. 5, by Adrian Pennington
BBC Trust Puts Kibosh on Open iPlayer Federation Plans
Proposals to allow the BBC to share or licence the technology and expertise behind catch-up service iPlayer have been axed as unexpectedly as they were announced in September, but the BBC still plans on international expansion.
Tues., Oct. 27, by Adrian Pennington
Streaming Media Europe Keynote #1: The Online Video Experience—Viewing Into The Future
Dr. William Cooper of informitv says that, while the internet is still playing catch-up with TV, broadcast will be no more immune from online video than radio was from TV.
Thurs., Oct. 15, by Adrian Pennington
Streaming Media Europe Keynote #2: Video Advertising: Setting Standards For Success
The spend on online video pre-rolls is up 195% over last year. That's just one bit of the good news Guy Phillipson of the IAB shared about the UK online video ad market in his Streaming Media Europe keynote.
Thurs., Oct. 15, by Adrian Pennington
Twofour's MEDIAFREEDOM Brings Smooth Streaming to Europe
With a major deal to be announced soon, Twofour Digital's MEDIAFREEDOM will be behind the first major European project to support live DRM for a VOD HD store using Microsoft PlayReady and Smooth Streaming.
Thurs., Oct. 8, by Adrian Pennington
KIT digital Acquires Nunet and The Feedroom for $21 Million
Acquisitions expand KIT digital's presence in both the mobile and enterprise markets, while also giving the company a foothold in North America.
Mon., Oct. 5, by Adrian Pennington
Regulation Coming for UK VoD
Proposed Ofcom regulations would subject online "TV-like" video-on-demand providers in order to comply with EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
Mon, Sept. 14, by Adrian Pennington
BBC Plans To Open iPlayer Technology To Other Broadcasters
The proposal, which still awaits approval from the BBC Trust, is part of the BBC's initiative to form partnerships and establish standards for online video delivery.
Sat., Sept. 12, by Adrian Pennington
Convergence Is A Major Theme At IBC 2009
Announcements from Vidiator, ADB, and Active Video show how companies are looking to break down barriers between TV, web, and mobile
HbbTV: A New Play for a European Broadband-to-TV Standard
The consortia behind Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) is looking to establish a pan-European standard for the delivery of broadband-to-TV content.
Thurs., Sept. 3, by Adrian Pennington
Livestation To Expand Live News Over Mobile
UK-based Livestation has already rolled out apps for Al Jazeera and BBC Worldwide, and is in talks with CNN, Deutsche Welle, and Russia Today. Delivery is via Akamai Media Delivery, and so bypasses operators.
Wed., Aug. 5, by Adrian Pennington
Yahoo-Intel Widget Engine Gives Broadcasters Pause for Thought
With Yahoo-Intel widgets now shipping on TVs, traditional pay and ad-supported TV broadcasters are working on strategies to keep the focus on their programming, while in the UK the BBC's Project Canvas may give web-connected TVs a short lifespan.
Fri., July 31, by Adrian Pennington
Arqiva Buys Technology Behind Kangaroo
Arqiva, the UK's largest transmission provider, will launch a VOD service based on the Kangaroo technology, in the hopes of preempting Hulu from taking hold.
Fri., July 24, by Adrian Pennington
Quick.tv Off The Launchpad To Monetise Online Video
New start-up Quick.tv offers a simple-to-use, yet feature-rich, way to integrate interactive adverts into online video for both the self-serve and enterprise markets.
Mon., July 20, by Adrian Pennington
Webcasting the G20 London Summit
A joint effort among FlyOnTheWall, Akamai, Feltech, and Arqiva brought live online coverage of the historic G20 London Summit to news organisations and the general public this week.
Fri., 3 April, by Adrian Pennington