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Pressure grows for tighter digital regulation, but public opinion may force change, anyway

There are calls for digital media to be made as accountable as traditional publishers for the dissemination of content. A British parliamentary committee says tech companies should be held responsible for “harmful and illegal content on their platforms”, while a report funded by Sky calls for a Code of Practice and an oversight body, plus incentives and sanctions. But just as citizens enforced the law in the wild west, the weight of public opinion may yet be sufficient to force digital platforms to govern themselves effectively.

UK communications regulator ready to help broadcasters fight challenge from Amazon and Netflix

The regulator has suggested politicians should level the playing field between Netflix and Amazon so it is just as easy to find British programming on the Internet as on traditional TV. Ofcom is keen to defend broadcasting from growing online competition nearly a decade after the Competition Commission killed the Kangaroo joint streaming service proposal from ITV, Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.

Ofcom fears for future of UK broadcasting, and lower programme investments will not help

The Chief Executive at the UK communications regulator Ofcom has inferred that broadcasting could go the same way as High Street shops in the face of an Amazon (and Netflix) onslaught. Its new Media Nations report highlights the growth of streaming, but also the decline in broadcaster investment in UK-originated first-run programming. Favourite SVOD genres are being neglected by the incumbents, it seems.

Introducing the ‘fat channel’ – an online service with a huge catalogue that surfaces...

IHS Markit is using the term ‘fat channel’ to characterise online services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer that curate huge volumes of content and use analytics to surface a fraction of it based on relevance to each individual viewer. The company has also been stressing the value of localised online content and identifying barriers to entry for virtual Pay TV operators.

7TV ramps-up its efforts to create broadcaster-friendly Netflix rival by adding Eurosport Player and...

7TV is the broadcaster-friendly German streaming platform that wants to gather multiple channel owners and digital-first services under one OTT roof. Its co-owners, ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, are making their online jewels, the maxdome SVOD service and Eurosport Player, available within the app from next year. Discovery says it is helping to build a world-class service to nourish superfans and creating a new model for viewing. There is a target of 10 million users within two years.

MediaKind, the new Ericsson Media Solutions, is gearing for acquisitions, more OTT and smart...

Ericsson Media Solutions will become an independent company in Q3, 51% owned by the private equity firm One Equity Partners. With a product portfolio spanning contribution compression to the MediaFirst STB and multiscreen platform, the company is confident it can lead in the video entertainment vendor space. It is ready for acquisitions in order to gain scale in a market it is convinced will consolidate.

Working with Google was a positive experience, says Com Hem CTO, after Android TV...

Com Hem has completed one of the first Android TV Operator Tier STB deployments anywhere, and both the Pay TV provider and its key technology vendors have praised Google for being responsive, interactive and flexible. This implementation also benefited from the use of the SAFe agile project management framework, with six-weekly ‘product increments’ that kept multiple contributors fully aligned.

Android TV Operator Tier takes Com Hem closer to being a class-leading operator

Com Hem and its key technology partners gave a detailed account of the Com Hem Tv Hub implementation this week – revealing the business and technology considerations that resulted in one of the world’s first deployments of Android TV Operator Tier. Com Hem CTO Thomas Helbo described the potential of what he calls an ‘Internet entertainment friendly set-top box’.

The technology roadmap that could give everyone their own version of a TV show

TVU Networks has outlined a vision, and introduced some of the technologies, that could industrialise the ultra-personalisation of TV programming. A programme from the Geneva Motor Show would include different reports depending on your consumer profile, like size of family and if you like sports cars. Asset and metadata management needs a revamp in order to make it realistic.

One way to use face recognition to improve TV, as Royal Wedding guests get...

Sky News has unveiled a powerful use of machine learning and face recognition for TV. The broadcaster is working with AWS and others to give viewers a ‘Who’s Who’ guide to the guests arriving at this month’s Royal Wedding. The guests will be identified in real-time and their names and information about them will then be revealed to viewers who want to see it. This multiscreen application is designed to enrich the live event coverage.

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