This presentation from IABM’s Annual AGM identifies the main digital transformation trends in M&E as well as the impact of COVID-19 on them.
In this week’s episode, we’re joined by Daniel De Beer of Solution Centre, based in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is currently embracing an exciting new chapter in broadcasting, with rapid growth and expansion of new channels. Daniel talks us through how Solution Centre has prospered in the region since 1997, how he personally got involved in our industry and what he envisions for the future of broadcasting.
Marketing teams have transformed at pace over the last 12 months and adapted their strategies to ensure success in this new digital world.
While it is generally acknowledged that the broadcast industry roadmap leads to a fully IP-based infrastructure, there is still plenty of uncertainty regarding the exact route that will be taken to get there. Currently the industry can be characterised as being in an extended implementation phase which concurrently overlaps with the R&D efforts necessary to make IP workflows optimised throughout an organisation.
In the past couple of years, consumers’ insatiable and growing demand has increased content consumption over streaming media. We have witnessed a barrage of new players launching streaming services into the market. Recent examples include the launch of Quibi and Peacock in April 2020, and HBO Max is planning to expand into Latin America by June 2021. The increasing demand has left content creators and owners to scramble for new or repurposed content for these platforms while meeting the platform’s standards in video and corresponding metadata. This critical metadata includes closed captions and, as is the case with video, closed captions must meet standards and style guides mandated by individual streaming platforms.
This narrative begins in 2006. One of the more forward-thinking European broadcasters began the search for a system to take their single national feed, that was funded through traditional ad break advertising, and produce just over 30 variants of this channel. Every channel (regional feed) would now include some regional advertising content, replacing the national advertising breaks at specific times of the day. Starfish Technologies was awarded the contract to design and supply this system. It was implemented using SDI based technology located at each of the regional distribution hubs, the majority of which were unmanned. This system worked well and generated a significant additional revenue stream, so the broadcaster requested an ‘upgrade’ to this system that would also enable local news bulletins and late changing schedules to be inserted into every regional feed. These requirements were best implemented by moving to a centralised architecture and building a complete regional channel system located at its main transmission centre. The first centralised Starfish Technologies system went live in 2009 and again proved reliable, commercially rewarding and with the significant benefit of providing viewers with locally relevant news content.
This report delves into one of the major long-term drivers of change in the media industry, identified by IABM in its Special Report published in September 2020: viewing technology only as an enabler. The research puts the spotlight on this specific structural driver of industry change, analyzing the ultimate business, technical and creative values that technology is enabling as well as one of the rising operating models behind them: the cloud model. Our main objective is decoding these topics to shed more light on the economics underpinning media factories.
This is a collection of presentations that the IABM Insight & Analysis team delivered at at BaM LIVE!™ June 2021.
The presentation cover the topics listed below.
- Americas Regional Trends
- Digital Transformation in Media: The Stats
- Decentralized Production Models: Effects on Media Tech Investment
- Media Convergence: Current & Futuristic Perspectives
Earlier this year, as demand for remote post-production grew, we focused on supporting a series of product updates to bring maximum performance to the platform. Extending to these, we’re excited to share our latest product update built for your specific needs.
Andrew Holland (Editorial Data Lead, Meta) discusses the current landscape of Matadata Enrichment.