Living the StreamA Multi-Channel Distributor’s Journey to StreamingThe shift of TV offerings from Multi-Channel Distributors (MVPDs and Operators) towards streaming TV continues to accelerate due to the influx of competition from new players in this area of the Media & Entertainment landscape offering new and enticing consumer experiencesConsumer expectations for access to content on more devices and at a quality and experience akin to that of traditional broadcast delivery has been driven by the increasing prevalence of over the top streaming services, whilst increasing consumer connectivity and the need to instantly scale means the shift to IP delivery and the migration to cloud based architectures is now a reality. This provides Multi-Channel Distributors with a unique opportunity, being able to leverage their key assets with their networks and customer relationships, by providing a converged and flexible broadcast and streaming video service.Download our paper and explore more about how Multi-Channel Distributors are Living the Stream…
Between the current pandemic and the 2020 election season, the broadcast industry has had a lot to talk about besides ATSC 3.0. Deployments were slowed somewhat by COVID-19, but the pace has begun to pick up again.
Fifty years ago, back when my father built our cabin off-grid by hand, sustainability was called environmentalism and considered hippy, not hip. In that time global energy consumption has increased 173%, in an ever-upward trend – until COVID-19. As of the 28th of April, 54% of the global population was in some form of lockdown. Global energy demand declined 3.8% in Q1 2020, with full-lockdown countries experiencing an average 25% decline in energy demand per week, and those in partial lockdown 18%. Paul Massara, former CEO of npower and fellow Board Advisor to iSIZE, who deliver machine learning bitrate and energy reduction and perceptual quality enhancement for video, notes that, “At the same time, global carbon use has reduced around 5% as economies have slowed and airplanes have remained grounded. And yet if we are to hit our net zero targets and keep global temperature rises to less than 2%, we require a 7% year on year reduction in carbon, year in year out. The challenge is to achieve such carbon reductions without a crashing of the world economy.”
A new way of thinking and working is required across all aspects of the value chain — from media production to transportation. Together with industry experts we explore the evolution of remote production and switch across to cloud and IP-led media channels and business models. We throw light on the transformation taking place pre-covid and share an number of real world case studies including the Alpine Ski event with SVT and key points of a IP Remote production study. Our panelists reveal their future vision of cloud and IP led media channels for broadcasters, corporate and social media - along with how to accommodate changing viewer behaviours.
Over the past few years, customer habits and expectations have changed rapidly, and operators and service providers must now deliver the highest quality content across multiple devices. To achieve customer satisfaction, video service operators and providers must collect huge amounts of user data in real-time. Then, to fully understand their users’ behaviour and the issues that frustrate them the most, they must have the tools and know-how to analyse this data and interpret it. “To our great relief and satisfaction, with collaboration and coordination, Agama and Bulb overcame a big obstacle to get the video data to Cempresso thus reducing time for agents for troubleshooting by having all the data in one tool. It was essential to get the right conclusion where the problem is and to empower Customer Support to remedy problems in real-time.” - Kristijan Rebelić, Quality Management Team Leader at A1 Hrvatska
We talked to Alexander Trubin, the director of the Alma TV unified network management center, about results of the switch to satellite and the company’s future plans.
The digital age has driven profound changes in how News & Sports are produced and consumed, as new digital platforms offer audiences endless options for news and sports. Moreover, the traditional way of doing business in television has been seriously impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, since production dropped all around the world, travel restrictions were applied, and many other related issues. Broadcasters now have to work ever harder to attract and retain viewers. However, the current situation also raises opportunities for virtual production, from remote shooting to virtual events.
The lifecycle of a story in the media world today is increasingly short. Sparking the interest of your audience, gaining their attention with exciting and important stories as well as being first to publish are key goals for all media organisations. As a broadcaster in a modern mass media consumption space, one has to keep up with the end-users’ constant demand for fresh content around the clock and hold a reputation as the first platform that reports breaking news stories.
iNDEMAND distributes premium Video-on-Demand (VOD) and Pay Per View (PPV) entertainment to more than 200 North American TV operators, with a reach of more than 60 million homes. This includes movies, TV shows, events, boxing, wrestling, MMA, and digital out-of-market subscription professional sports packages for MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS.
Spark Sport is a premium live and on-demand sports streaming service in New Zealand. Launched in 2019, the platform offers a wide range of live and on demand content such as New Zealand Cricket, English Premier League, England Cricket, NFL, MBA and more. The streaming provider also streams channels such as NBA TV, MUTV, LFCTV, EDGE TV & TAB Trackside, through which sports content is available to viewers around the clock.