This spring has been different, in many ways. To control and minimize the pandemic, lockdowns and social restrictions have changed how we live, almost instantly. It has changed how we consume TV and video. In fact, we’re watching more TV than ever. But what we watch and how we watch it is quite different as we spend our time in quarantine exploring the wide and deep catalogues of VOD services.
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on society in innumerable ways, ranging from first responders, to hospital facilities and government agencies, to families and individuals “sheltering in place.” Streaming service providers have experienced a surge in new customer sign-ups combined with extended viewing throughout daytime and evenings. Netflix added 15.8 million subscribers, more than double the 7.2 million that were expected, during Q1 2020. As state policies were put in place, research conducted by Fastly revealed a substantial increase in traffic load in several industry verticals including, digital publishing, social media, GIFs, gaming, education, and streaming. For streaming services specifically, between February and March there was an observed increase of 29.6% in average requests per second.
Today’s consumers have an insatiable appetite for high-quality, on demand content. This hunger to watch what they want, when they want, and how they want, has fueled an explosion in new streaming services; the “Streaming Wars”.
Now, in addition to the well-known players Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, major studios and tech-giants such as Warner Media, Disney, NBC Universal, and Apple have all launched (or will launch) their own streaming platforms. As of March 2019, it’s estimated there were more than 300 over-the-top (OTT) video options in the US alone.
That number only continues to grow.
We spoke to Johannes Jauch, co-founder and CTO of Axinom, about the company’s success in helping media companies transform their content supply chains to meet the fast-changing demands of today’s consumer-driven media industry.
Sound can be a tricky issue at sporting events, and AV professionals must face the challenges of the apparent dichotomy of concert events versus sports venues. On this Pro AV Podcast, two AV veterans from Diversified, Justo Gutierrez and Pete O’Neil, share their perspectives on the special tasks involved in bringing quality sound to sports venues.
The rise of the streaming industry has led to rapid evolution of live streaming applications, platforms and products. As live streaming scenarios become increasingly diversified, the world is pressing for fast development of video streaming technologies. Among all the technologies that matter, the content delivery network (CDN) plays a critical role in delivering and ensuring a seamless streaming experience to users across different geographies. In this blog, we will take a close look at the most popular live streaming scenarios and zero in on the CDN technology requirements associated with each of the scenarios.
We spoke to IABM Global Engaged Partner, Carlos Miranda Matzumoto, Chief Technology Officer, DISH Mexico, about the business and technology trends he foresees for 2020 and beyond, and how IABM members can help him stay ahead. In a market where not everyone can take a fast internet connection for granted (or even just a connection in many cases), the gallop towards OTT we are seeing in other territories has scarcely entered walking pace yet. In this scenario, Carlos sees the role of Pay-TV players remaining dominant – but only if they embrace the new digital age by transforming from aggregators to integrators. He has valuable insights for how technology vendors can support DISH in this, and how he wants to partner in the coming years.
Express Media Group, a part of At Television Media Networks, has a variety of distribution formats including paper, electronic media and digital news delivery. Being under one group, they rely on 12 different sites that combine these products together to provide 3 electronic channels, 3 published papers with editions in 12 different cities and 2 digital news platforms.
This solution guide provides a quick overview of how DataMiner tackles the technological challenge of assuring the highest possible QoE/QoS across millions of set-top boxes, modems and wireless connected devices, in real time. Learn how DataMiner manages even the most complex network infrastructures end to end.