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Four key considerations when building a live sports platform

This article reviews the pain points when offering live streaming events, like how to ensure you are not broken by the authentication process when there are half a million authentication and/or session token refresh requests every second in the last moments before the event starts. It considers how you avoid entitlements-based latency or the horror of consumers being ejected during the live stream due to failed entitlement checks. You can read about the need to ‘pre-warm’ your cloud resources and to ensure that your customer care team has the ability to bypass, whitelist or adjust an IP address in real-time now that TTL values have been reduced from days to hours.

Netflix changed the content landscape forever – it’s time for Pay TV to take...

Pay TV analysts Ampere Analysis have shown that consumers who make the shift to streaming services still value studio brands. They watch more TV too, in the broad sense of the word, through so-called SVOD stacking. The online experience is increasingly fragmented, however, with consumers weaving their way through a maze of menus and across multiple apps and devices to find what they want. This all adds up to an opportunity for Pay TV providers if they claim the role of super-aggregator.

Achieving 2020 vision with 5G and UHD

MediaKind’s CTO and head of strategy, Mark Russell, discusses the opportunities that 5G will provide the broadcast market as it embraces immersive and Ultra High Definition content.

In advertising, this is the year of AI, automation and alternatives

Broadcast and digital must work together to deliver the high-performance outcomes advertisers want, and in 2019 they are becoming more closely aligned. We will see better advertising ROI as a result. The most mature advertisers are experimenting with ways to make cross-platform measurement a reality. Meanwhile, improvements to the advertising process include automated planning and the use of machine learning to see where you can reallocate ad spend, in-flight, to maximise response. There is more work to link TV ad exposure to brand outcomes. Audience-level data underpins targeting and so helps expand reach or increase frequency into specific audience segments.

Overcoming the barriers of storing archive footage

Imagen's Chief Technology Officer, Tim Jobling, discusses the challenges that broadcasters face when it comes to storing and accessing archive footage - a problem that is only growing with time as more and more content is produced.

Google is paving the way to personal TV nirvana

The vision for what makes a next-generation, truly compelling TV service is becoming clearer. To the surprise of many – and to the anxiety of some – Google is central to this vision, largely thanks to its Android TV Operator Tier open source OS for set-top boxes. Here are some of the benefits that underpin the rapid growth in Android TV usage among Pay TV operators, and examples of ‘lighthouse’ deployments.

Can UHD add to the ‘premium-ness’ of content?

After some trial and error from broadcasters, the market stabilised on a price premium of approximately 20% for HD content over SD. Does the format of content still influence its value and what is the potential premium for UHD? On discs, UHD carries a 50% premium over Blu-ray and 6 million Netflix homes take a top-tier package to access UHD. But Apple is doing its own thing, introducing single pricing for HD and UHD. Pessimists see this destroying the value of UHD while optimists believe it will make UHD the new gold standard.

Connected TV breathes new life into small screen viewing

Research shows consumers are still using their TV sets, but accessing content via different platforms, and this is creating new opportunities. Google and Facebook are embracing the premium format with their own take on TV services. Even Snapchat is expanding its offering by producing original docu-series content. Connected TV is breathing new life into the viewing experience and that is good news for advertisers hungry for reach. There are new possibilities for creativity, including sequential stories as viewers move from TV to mobile. But connected TV is an interlinked landscape and marketers must be careful to avoid silos.

How AI can empower broadcasters in the changing media landscape

It became clear from this year’s EBU Production Technology Seminar (EBU PTS 2019) in Geneva that broadcasters are slowly adopting AI technology in their day-to-day operations. Several broadcasters presented their experiences with AI, but it was clear that not everyone is aware of the added value artificial intelligence delivers. This article explores four different areas where AI can benefit broadcasters: producing content, improving content accessibility, enabling advanced advertising opportunities and improving viewing experiences.

Five ways to use location data

Five ways to use location data Location data helps studios and content owners meet geographic rights requirements that carry punishing penalties for breaches. IP address translation services, which show where a device is, do not have the pinpoint accuracy of GPS but can achieve almost the same results for service providers or operators, who may well be working at country or city level. IP address translation delivers other benefits including controlling service access, so consumers do not waste time signing up to something they are not entitled to receive. It means you can stop showing them content in a catalogue that is off limits where they live. It can also be used to present local offers.

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