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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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: