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AT&T-DirecTV merger – from dual-play to quad-play?

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

In a country that notched up half-a-million cord-cutters in the second quarter alone, why would a telco want to spend $48.5bn on a pay-TV company? And why would its first move be to launch a TV/mobile dual-play bundle?

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What the future Pay TV user experience could look like

Until very recently, most Pay TV providers were in a race to the top, first with multichannel and then DVR, HD, VOD and 3D, and they created differentiation and excitement around the functionality of these discrete services.

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Little hope of another HDTV-equivalent EUR 12 per month TV bonanza

Where is the next EUR 12 a month coming from for a Pay TV provider?

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Supreme Court decision derails France’s HD DTT time-table

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

The timetable for the launch of up to 20 new HD DTT channels in France has just become even tighter, after the French regulator, the CSA, was forced to cancel its request for proposals (RFP) for the new licences.

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Editor’s Comment: Why each of us will need an IoT ‘off’ button

We have written recently (see stories at bottom) about the potential role for Pay TV operators and their vendors in the Internet of Things. One of the biggest value-adds they can provide is tackling data security and privacy issues associated with the IoT.

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Content security vendors need to prevent babycam hacking nightmares

Last November British newspapers reported the disturbing discovery that footage from security cameras in homes, gyms and offices was being streame

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The role of Pay TV in the Internet of Things

Many service providers already offer television, broadband and voice and some have introduced mobile to create the quad-play.

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The Pay TV operations revolution, using gifts from the Internet barbarians

The barbarians are at the gates but do they bear any gifts? This is what someone asked Ken Morse, CTO & VP, Service Provider Video at Cisco, five years ago at the height of concerns that OTT new entrants would seriously damage the television industry.

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Vendors with client software in the home eye new role as data gatherers and hosts

There is a growing emphasis on data analytics as a business tool, whether our viewing information is being used to inform more relevant content recommendations, work out which customers are most likely to churn or start targeting advertising more effectively.

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If consumers give you data, you must give something back

If media companies are gathering behavioural or other personal data from users via their digital (online) video services, like their catch-up TV services (some of which now include streamed linear channels) then you must give them some reward.

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The alternative approach to household-addressable linear TV advertising

An innovative advertising campaign for Gillette in Germany looks, on the surface, like an advanced form of interactive advertising that uses HbbTV as the standards-based mechanism for serving broadband-delivered creative.  But this campaign signifies much more.

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SNL Kagan: pay-TV has ‘competitive advantage’ with EST

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

Electronic sell-through (EST) is a small but growing sector, according to consultants SNL Kagan, and pay-TV operators are best-placed to exploit it.

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Maxdome shows how an SVOD service can differentiate itself on a Pay TV platform

Given the growing trend for online SVOD services to be supported on Pay TV platforms, Filmon Zerai, COO & Managing Director at Maxdome was recently asked how his service can differentiate itself in this environment, where it may sit alongside multiple competing SVOD stores in future.

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TV4 outlines its digital-first strategy to reach and monetize younger audiences

TV4 Group, Sweden’s largest commercial television company, has been outlining its initiatives to transform itself into a more youth-focused content provider and embrace the ‘digital-first’ mindset of young consumers who may watch traditional TV but spend increasing amounts of their time online.

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What we learnt about the future shape of Pay TV and broadcasting at Connected TV World Summit 2015

Connected TV World Summit 2015 lived up to its billing and provided some clear insight into how Pay TV operators and established broadcast groups must transform themselves in order to remain at the centre of consumer lives in a world where younger consu

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WWE says its direct-to-consumer sports strategy is paying off

WWE, which distributes its wrestling content globally, caused a stir when it launched a direct-to-consumer offering in February 2014 and made not only its best premium content like the Raw and SmackDown shows available inside a no-commitment monthly $9.99 subscription offering, but also all twelv

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Ericsson: HDR+ is the answer – and UHD needs to be re-positioned

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

At the Connected TV Summit in London yesterday, Ericsson came as close to saying the consumer electronics industry had got UHDTV wrong as it was possible to – without actually saying so.

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Videonet Connected TV Awards winners revealed

The results of the Videonet Connected TV Awards 2015 were announced on Wednesday during an awards ceremony at Connected TV World Summit in London. There were 74 entries in this year’s awards (the fifth time the annual awards have been held). The final results were:

 

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