France Télévisions once again chooses the French Open to test the innovations of the television of the future. During this fall edition, France Televisions, in partnership with the French Tennis Federation, shares its vision of tomorrow’s uses materialized by spectacular and unprecedented experiments around “Augmented Tennis” within the RGLAB on the site of the international tournament from September 27 to October 11, 2020.
Video compression is widely regarded as an incredibly fast-moving topic. Rapid technological developments and unforeseen innovations can vastly alter the future of compression for OTT and streaming service providers, as well as hardware manufacturers. It’s a never-ending race to the top, where the prize is efficiency, quality and accessibility.
The emergence of new media players such as Netflix and Amazon dominating the global OTT space has catalysed a fundamental shift toward direct-to- consumer (DTC) offerings among broadcasters and more traditional media companies directly competing with the big players. Simultaneously, the shift in viewing habits across the world has benefitted a wide range of smaller OTT players, who focus on a very narrow range of thematic content for an under-served – but well-defined – audience globally. Hence, it is interesting how these new services catering for specialized audiences can survive in the increasingly crowded streaming landscape.
Whether you are an end-user or supplier to the broadcast and media industry, this is the time of year when we reflect on what has happened in the last 12 months and start to budget for 2020. There continues to be monumental change within our industry. For several years now we have discussed the move from hardware to software solutions; CAPEX to OPEX; trends from transmission to OTT; “cutting the cord” etc. All this alongside the continuation of acquisitions, mergers and consolidation in both the buy and supply sides of the industry.
Students from Solent University were offered a unique experience this year. They were invited to apply for work experience with UK systems integrator, Megahertz, as the company raced to complete a UHD/4K re-build of the media suites at the world-famous Royal Opera House (ROH) in London during the Summer season break.
According to IABM data, UHD adoption has grown slowly in recent years, from the 14% reported at NAB Show 2018 to the 20% reported at NAB 2019. Deployments have risen although there is still a high percentage of companies unlikely to launch any UHD offerings.
IABM has recently released its Buying Trends Report, a biannual study tracking financial performance and trends in the media sector. This report draws on financial and survey evidence gathered by IABM as well as secondary sources to provide members a comprehensive account of demand-side trends and performance.
Deepakjit Singh (CEO, Amagi) discusses the launch of one of the world’s first 4K television broadcast system from the cloud
Ahead of NAB Show 2019, we asked members of our Americas Members’ Council to lift the lid on what they see will be the key trends at the show this year. Judging by the spread of their responses, show visitors are going to be very busy keeping up with all the action in our very fast-moving industry. What is clear though is that it is increasingly about technology being harnessed to drive new business models as opposed to the old tech-first approach.
This panel discussion of leading chief technology officers from prominent media companies and broadcasters will provide unique thought-leading insights on technology’s role in ensuring enterprise-wide success in today’s challenging environment, and strategies to meet the business and content supply chain needs into the future.