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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Service providers can introduce ‘skills’ for digital voice assistant ecosystems (like Alexa and Google Assistant) so consumers could say, ‘Upgrade my broadband’ or ‘What is my current bill?’ They should also create their own assistant ecosystem for more ‘sensitive’ matters like diagnostics and customer care, it is being argued. Multiple assistant ecosystems could be hosted on a single operator supplied device, which might be a combined Wi-Fi extender, speaker/assistant and IoT hub.
Three statistical gems were presented by a leading London research firm this week: Subscription OTT revenues will exceed license/tax funding of public broadcasters by 2020; Commercial TV is now growing faster than Pay TV and will continue to do so for several years; TV advertising and traditional Pay TV are the least concentrated markets of five key media verticals.
With less cable operator-specific developments, cable migration towards all-IP solutions and a focus on goals that are shared across all service providers – like making it easier for deep native OTT apps integration or getting HTML long-tail apps onto STB platforms – RDK has never been more relevant to non-cable operators. Fraser Stirling at Comcast said recently: “The requests that come in from my product team are going to be the same as everyone else’s.”