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Streaming Video OTT FAQ: Acquiring video, Multiscreen streaming including Android and iOS, Streaming Video CC Compliance

June 4, 2015 7:30 am


Learn more about streaming video OTT with some questions and answers. Focuses specifically HLS, DASH, Closed Captioning, Video Monetazation and more.   What challenges can I expect ingesting...

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Over the Top TV from Traditional Broadcasters: Many choices, Price Pressure Downward, but Confusion

March 6, 2015 9:21 pm

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Want to watch HBO on your tablet? There’s an app for that. Want to watch CBS too? Get another app. NBC? You betcha they have an app for...

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Consumers are demanding more streaming video, but video publishers are slow to deploy their content.

November 26, 2014 6:25 am

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They may not have made a strong move to kill their cable bill, or simply get their content from a free or paid streaming service, those who are...

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Australian SVOD player Quickflix looks to fund upcoming fight with Netflix

November 24, 2014 5:50 am


Quickflix, one of several SVOD competitors digging in to battle Netflix when it launches down under in March, closed Q3 with AUS$2.7 million in the bank and is...

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Study says OTT is both friend, and potential problem, for pay-TV

November 15, 2014 8:45 am


For years, a common breakout session at industry conferences carried a title something like this: “OTT: Friend of Foe?”   Consumers who use best streaming video service are...

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NYC Television Week: 3 Key Takeaways

November 14, 2014 2:40 pm


As New York Television Week comes to an end, let’s look at the three key takeaways from this year’s conference. The event brought together a diverse group of...

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Disney says ‘No’ to OTT

November 13, 2014 10:48 am


ESPN and Disney a la carte or OTT? Not happening, said Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company’s Q3 earnings call Thursday. At least, not right now. “We...

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Sea change in television as viewers flock to digital

November 13, 2014 8:15 am


Cable and broadcast networks are feeling the effects of their viewers’ growing digital migratory patterns and taking steps to plan for the future. Variety reported that most of...

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NYC Television Week, discussion on OTT heats up

November 13, 2014 4:58 am


Live from the floor of New York Television Week, the show is already abuzz with discussion on how to streamline authentication, as well as the future of over-the-top...

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Industry evolving from a broadcast world to transactional one

November 13, 2014 4:23 am


There is a proliferation of services being birthed in the in the digital video industry and the question in most minds is: Where are we heading? It’s a...

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DISH CEO on OTT: The world is changing and some people are going to change with it

November 6, 2014 8:56 am


Dish Network Founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen isn’t one to pull punches, and his comments to analysts and media at Dish’s Q3 earning call were, as usual, frank....

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For LatAm operators, OTT is an opportunity… and a threat

November 3, 2014 7:52 pm


Latin American pay-TV operators have a window of opportunity to offer video-on-demand or subscription video-on-demand services to compete with – or be complementary to – Netflix in their...

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Selling an Experience with Video at Orange Torpedo Trips

October 27, 2014 10:44 am


Selling an experience with video can be a challenge: you don’t have a physical product to film, and you want to pique your audience’s interest without giving away...

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Calkins Media Sees Big Future For OTT News

October 6, 2014 9:36 am


The company, with a footprint of six daily papers, two weeklies and a trio of ABC affiliates in Florida and Alabama, is looking to a post-newspaper and television future where well-made online
video is part of the content mix. Only The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal–and four of Calkins Media’s relatively tiny papers– have an OTT presence on Roku.


October 3, 2014 11:33 am


Upstart OTT providers are taking on traditional multichannel providers in the fight for Asia Pacific’s video customers, panelists of a CASBAA and SNL Kagan webinar said.

OTT is taking on traditional multichannel providers with diversified revenue models including advertising, SVOD, premium rental, and download-to-own.

SNL Kagan posits that the top-ranking countries in APAC for OTT viability are South Korea, Japan, China, Australia and Taiwan.

Factors including a well-established telecom infrastructure, an open regulatory environment, diverse international content, strong local broadcaster presence, and residential purchasing power, can also boost OTT viability.

The APAC region trails only North America and Western Europe in terms of pay TV penetration – and hence TV Everywhere availability – and it also is in third place in terms of SVOD uptake and revenue, where North America and Western Europe again lead.

But pay-TV operators in APAC increasingly are leveraging TV Everywhere deployments to build product competitiveness and create additional value for existing subscribers. Among the value adds: Live streaming channels and VOD libraries rolled out to smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and game consoles.

Industry pundits see TVE as something pay-TV providers can use to blunt the challenge of cord-cutting in light of OTT evolution.

“Video competition in Asia Pacific is growing more intense by the day as new OTT entrants stir the pot with innovative business models and content offerings,” said Ben Reneker, an SNL Kagan associate director. “Incumbent providers must continue to react aggressively with TV everywhere rollouts to ensure long-term competitive viability. Now is not the time to stand still.”

CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific.

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Smart TVs push past game consoles for online video, OTT delivery

October 3, 2014 5:03 am


Consumer demand for online video and OTT content is driving rapid growth in the connected device space, with the segment growing more than 34% in the past 12 months.

New research from Strategy Analytics shows the installed base of connected devices — smart TVs, smart blu-ray players, games consoles and digital media streamers — has passed 500 million units worldwide. The company said the market grew some 7% in the past quarter alone.

Those devices have been critical to the spread of online and OTT video, making it easier for consumers to access multiple sources of content and bringing that content into the living room and onto the biggest screen in the home.

In turn, more content has come online, as devices have blossomed.

Some of the biggest growth has come in the form of smart TVs. Samsung (installed base was up 81% Y-o-Y), LG Electronics (102%), Toshiba (99%), Philips (70%) and Panasonic (52%) all have smart TVs and smart Blu-ray players driving growth.

Sony, which sells smart TVs, Blue-ray players and Playstation saw its installed base increase 28% to a world-leading 123.8 million units and a Q2 share of 24.8%. Samsung followed with nearly 12.5% market share for its 62.3 million units.

Combined, Sony, Samsung, Nintendo and Microsoft are responsible for 60% of all installed devices.

But, Nintendo and Microsoft, with just consoles in the game while still having a pretty big share of the market – both are just more than 11% — have seen their growth stall. Nintendo’s installed base was 56.8 million units, down 16% from a year ago; Microsoft’s Xbox franchise had 55.4 million units in the market, up just 3%.

Pure streaming devices like Apple TV (45% Y-o-Y growth), Roku (52%) and Google’s Chromecast – which had the fastest growth of any device between the first and second quarter — also have continued to grow. But, their market shares remain a fraction of smart TVs and game consoles.

Apple TV had a 3.8% share with an estimated 18.7 million units in the space; Roku has 1.7% with 8.3 million units, and Google Chromecast had a 1.2% share with 6 million units.

Forecasts have all three devices with a bigger footprint. Roku, for example, last month announced it had sold 10 million units in the U.S. alone. Amazon Fire TV, which just launched this summer, was too new to make the SA report.

There’s a little “chicken and egg” discussion inherent in the device vs. content as driver. Has the array of devices available – all of which bring high-quality, premium video to the TV screen – prompted content owners, broadcasters and aggregators to push more assets online? Or, has the flood of content made a market for the devices?

It’s likely a combination of the two; a hand-in-hand journey for the industry.

David Watkins, Service Director, Connected Home Devices, said connected TV devices “fulfill a growing consumer desire to access OTT content on the big screen in the home.”

But, less-expensive devices like the Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV – and all-in-one smart TVs — have begun to push up the ladder, taking more share, especially as game consoles hit a slick spot and stall.

“Game Consoles were until very recently the dominant Connected TV device installed in the living room,” said Eric Smith, an SA analyst. “However, Q2 2014 marked the first time that there are more smart TVs installed in homes globally than IP-enabled game consoles.”

He added that smart TVs will become the dominant Connected TV device in the living room in terms of ownership, noting that the challenge for vendors moving forward will be to grow the number of active users.

To do so, he said, they must ensure that their platforms remain relevant and up-to-date – certainly no easy task given the lengthy TV replacement cycles”.

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October 2, 2014 9:03 am


That “plop, plop, fizz, fizz” you’re hearing is the sound of network TV execs looking to soothe their tummies after they’ve read the latest report from RBC Capital Markets noting that viewership of network websites is continuing to decline.

The report also said its survey found 42% of respondents watched TV or movies on Netflix, up from 37% in February 2013, followed by Hulu and Amazon. Only YouTube was mentioned by more respondents, 44%, up from 40% last year.

Nearly one-fifth of respondents said original content offered by streamers was “extremely important” in their decisions to subscribe, the highest percentage ever.

The RBC consumer survey shows a broad, albeit slight, decline in the number of users who go to networks websites:

  • was down 5% to about 10%
  • was down 3% to about 13%
  • was down 2% to about 12%

But it wasn’t just the nets that got dinged, as Hulu was off 2% to about 25% from a year ago and iTunes showed a 3% decline to about 9%, likely prompting Apple execs to wish their new iPad could get out a little quicker.

The winners?

As you’d expect, Netflix is up 5% among consumers surveyed, YouTube is up 4%, HBO Go is up 4% to about 10%, and Amazon is up a whopping 8% to about 23%.

Of course, it’s not just the website viewing that’s declined. Networks have seen erosion of their overall viewership as audiences have become ever more fragmented, especially Millennials who increasingly have moved away from traditional TV to online and mobile options.

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Change happens

October 1, 2014 9:42 am

The digital media industry is changing rapidly.

Autumn in the United States brings college football, brilliant foliage and change. The weather gets a little cooler, school resumes and we carefully hoard nice days knowing that the snow could fly tomorrow.

We move indoors, resume routines of past autumns and, invariably, watch more TV.

Like most Baby Boomers, my TV habits have changed. I watch more shows off the DVR, and more fare from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video than I’d ever have believed I would.

It’s likely more than operators and broadcasters would have believed, too… until recently.

As John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

At IBC last month, I saw a lot of TV and service provider executives looking into the future, even as they sometimes clung to the past. The mood in Amsterdam was set during the first keynote, when Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine, said he believed all-IP delivered TV was just around the corner, less than 2 years away. Of course, during the Q&A, an audience member offered that a Finnish operator already was live-streaming four channels.

U.K. public broadcaster Ch. 4, meanwhile, suggested broadcasters that tried to separate their linear brand from their online brands were doing more harm than good, and revealed its own plans to merge on-demand and linear offerings into “All 4,” an online hub offering its 4oD on demand service and all of its TV networks.

“All in one place, designed from the ground up,” said its CEO David Abraham.

Ah, change.

Hardware continues to get smaller, TV screens continue to get bigger, and the traditional TV audience continues to shrink, or to at least move like a river from one screen to another.

Mobile — as Ooyala’s just released Q2 2014 Video Index showed — continues to grow, increasingly becoming the first screen, especially among younger viewers. More than 25% of all video views in the quarter were on mobile devices.

Mobile devices remain the future. A report from the United Nations forecast that 50% of the world would have access to broadband by 2017, calling mobile broadband specifically the “fastest growing technology in human history.”

The Video Index, by the way, found that most viewing of long-form content was still done on the biggest screens available, televisions.

While that may be true now, how long before bigger mobile screens, like the new iPhone 6 Plus, start to erode that number as well?

Sooner, I think, than we’ll admit to, or even realize.

As C.S. Lewis wrote, “Isn’t it funny how, day-by-day, nothing changes… but, when you look back everything is different?”


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SatLink and Pi Telecom to offer Cloud-based TV Everywhere platform

September 30, 2014 10:00 am

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SatLink Communications has announced a partnership with Pi Telecom. Through the partnership, SatLink is expanding into the IP delivery market by bringing the best of TV online through the launch of a new End-to-End (E2E) OTT Cloud-based platform.

Over The Top: Big, Diverse Disruptive Force

September 26, 2014 9:15 am


All the different ways people can get over the top content almost blurs the fact that, already over half of the broadband population has an OTT service–and that’s for a business that hasn’t really
taken off yet.


September 26, 2014 6:42 am

Millennials are becoming the TV industry's Holy Grail

More than 40% of consumers under 35 watch TV or movies on their smartphones weekly, new research says, with those viewers typically watching more TV, being more aware of services and subscribing to more platforms than the typical consumer.

“They are the new Holy Grail for the TV industry,” said Jonathan Hurd, a director at consulting firm Altman Vilandrie & Co. “Providers should be devising strategies for capturing this growing and active demographic, especially as more consumers are cutting back on their cable services.”

More than three-quarters (78%) of “smartphone viewers” watch paid online video weekly compared to 49% of others, but 78% also watch broadcast TV weekly, slightly above the 76% rate of others.

Some 71% of smartphone viewers also binge watch (i.e. watch three episodes of a program in one sitting) at least monthly and 41% use their cable provider’s TV Everywhere service every month.

Not surprisingly, consumer awareness of TV Everywhere, which is generally included in a cable subscription, remains low at 40% compared to 58% of smartphone users.

Altman Vilandrie also said tablet ownership increased to 50% from 40% in 2013 and the percentage of all consumers watching TV or movies on tablets weekly jumped to 26% from 17% last year.

“While tablet ownership saw solid gains, the significant growth of folks using a tablet to regularly watch TV and movies proves that this is a viewing platform that will be with us for the long haul,” said Hurd.

The study of 3,000 consumers also found that pay-TV service remains nearly ubiquitous in the United States with just 5% of TV households not subscribing. But, the researcher found, cord shaving jumped from 26% last year to 35% in 2014.

More than half of consumers under 35 said they spend less on cable than they used to because they use internet video instead.

About 1-in-3 cable subscribers said they have considered cancelling cable service in the past year, up slightly from 28% in 2013, and double the 15% reported in 2010.

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OTT Biz To Hit $6B In USA By 2020

September 24, 2014 8:01 am


The U.S., currently the dominant player when it comes to overall over-the-top OTT services, will continue to see soaring growth — but its share of global OTT business will decline. In six years, the
U.S. OTT business is expected to climb nearly sevenfold to $6 billion.

AT&T targets cord nevers with Amazon Prime, HBO, basic TV & broadband for $40

September 22, 2014 2:15 pm


AT&T is making a play for cord nevers – those Millennials who are used to getting their video entertainment online sans a cable subscription – with a package of basic U-verse TV, broadband, HBO and Amazon Prime, all for $40.

The package includes local TV stations only, a non-DVR receiver, up to 45 Mbps Internet service, HBO on Demand, HBO Go and Amazon Prime.

The limited offer isn’t available everywhere and the price is good for only one year, after which the price pops up to better than $70, not including the $99 annual tab for Amazon Prime. It also has an early-termination fee of up to $180 and $99 installation.

DSL Reports points out that the latest deal is an iteration of other low-cost packages aimed at attracting non-subscribers, but notes that it’s the first time U-verse has included the Amazon Prime Instant Video piece.

AT&T isn’t alone in offering an attractively priced entry-level video package; Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and other operators are struggling to find the right formula to attract Millennials and to keep their services, especially broadband, in homes they already have as customers.

But, almost all of those packages have an expiration date, a point at which the deals become far less alluring.

Does Dish have a better idea? Maybe

Dish Network is taking a different tack.

An executive I spoke with at IBC earlier this month said that the satellite operator’s rumored $30 basic service is getting ready to launch and asserted that the deal isn’t being positioned as an introduction to a more expensive package; the $30 price for the package will stay at $30.

That doesn’t mean that Dish won’t look to increase revenues by up-selling to more expensive deals, but that isn’t the focus, he said.

Instead of introductory pricing that evaporates – and creates churn – Dish will look to sell additional packages of content in small bites that generate additional revenue.

Dish, in offering a low-priced option that it intends to “keep cheap,” is taking a stab at breaking the relentless cycle of subscriber defections to the “next best deal” available from the competition.

Subscriber acquisitions costs (SAC) – the upfront costs of getting new subscribers – has been a huge thorn in the sides of operators, who constantly fight to reduce churn.

Dish may have found a way to reduce that churn. The question, of course, is whether they can sell a low-cost package that makes sense financially.

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2020 Vision: Netflix aims for over 100 million international subs

September 22, 2014 8:07 am


Some dandy insight from the folks at Digital TV Research who took Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’s statement at the CTAM Eurosummit in Copenhagen last week that the streamer expects to be in about one-third of the homes it’s available to internationally seven years after launching.

That would mean Netflix expects to have almost 104 million international subscribers by the end of 2020, and that just counts the countries in which Netflix already has deployed.

Currently, Netflix has about 13.8 million international subscribers, about one quarter of the company’s subscribers.

But, International streaming growth is more than twice the U.S. figure; it was up 46% in the past year compared to 22% growth in the U.S.

A recent poll put Netflix in 33% of Canadian broadband homes, about 3 million users. In the Nordics, Netflix already is in an estimated 25% of broadband homes, according to some pundits; its penetration in the United Kingdom, where it launched two years ago, exceeds 10%, according to published reports, about 4.5 million subscribers.

In the U.S., Netflix has more than 36 million subscribers, which aren’t included in the DTVR projection.

The researcher said the cou8ntries Netflix already is in have a total of some 308.5 million TV households.

So, aside from the big numbers, what’s the big deal?


With a total audience exceeding 140 million-plus – just within the nations it’s already launched in — Netflix could in the enviable position of being able to reach a bigger audience than any other distributor on the planet by 2020.

That could, for example, mean a change in the way studios release new movies, and, it could position the company as a major player in live event delivery, too.

Ah, the joys of global domination… or, at least, planning global domination. As any Risk player knows, just because you have a plan doesn’t mean you can execute it.

Stay tuned.

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time users spend watching video on smartphones and tablets has increased

September 22, 2014 4:39 am

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The amount of time users spend watching video on smartphones and tablets has increased significantly, but television remains the preferred screen for U.S. broadband households. A consumer trends...

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Connected TVs, devices change how we watch TV, who plays in the space

September 18, 2014 9:13 am

More than 1 billion connected Tvs by 2020, report says

How will consumers get their video content in coming years? Increasingly, through connected TVs and connected devices.

Earlier this week, a new report from Digital TV Research forecasts the number of TV sets connected to the Internet would flirt with 1 billion by 2020, nearly three times the number that are expected to be connected by the end of this year.

DTVR said some 30% of all TVs globally – 965 million – will be connected to the Internet in 2020, compared to just 12%, 339 million, in 2014.

South Korea (53%) will have the highest proportion of Internet-connected TVs by 2020, followed by the United Kingdom at 51%, Japan at 49%, and the United Stated at 47%.

As in many other categories of the digital TV industry, the biggest growth is expected in APAC, with China holding sway; it’s expected to add 160 million TVs to the connected market, with the U.S. adding another 92 million and India another 75 million.

The researcher forecast the number of connected games consoles at 202 million by 2020, twice the 2013 total. Of the 111 million connected game consoles added between 2013 and 2020, the U.S. will provide 18.5 million and China 17 million.

But, said DTVR, smart TVs are beginning to play a bigger role in the ecosystem.

Smart TV sets overtook the number of games consoles connected to the web in 2013, and Smart TV sets are forecast to account for 346 million (36%) of the total connected sets in 2020. Some 56 million are forecast for the U.S., with 74 million in China.

Chromecast and similar products (such as Sky’s Now TV) are likely to have a considerable impact.

The global total of TV sets connected to the Internet through streaming STBs are forecast to hit 183 million in 2020 (31 million in the U.S. and 37 million in China), up from an expected 36 million by the end of 2014.

A recent study from researcher Strategy Analytics is even more bullish, with its estimates saying connected TVs and connected devices already exceed one billion units worldwide, and forecasting an increase to more than two billion by 2018 with a CE spend surpassing $1 trillion by 2017.

SA suggests it’s the near ubiquity of IP connectivity as the catalyst for consumer uptake of connected CE.

That availability of Internet, combined with broad connected CE markets and looser content licensing rights could prove to be the key to the market for non-traditional players in the TV market like Apple, Google and Amazon. All have big cash reserves, and all are positioned to potentially gather significant shares of the TV market.

Globally, online TV and video revenues over fixed networks are expected to exceed $42 billion by 2020, an increase of 122% from projected 2014 revenues of $19 billion. Revenues from OTT and online video are expected to exceed $15.5 billion in the U.S. alone.

By contrast, pay-TV revenues globally are expected to grow at a considerably slower pace, reaching $209 billion in 2020; that’s up from $193 billion in 2013, an increase of just 8%.

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Netflix Internet traffic in Canada triples in just 3 years

September 18, 2014 5:37 am


Canadians are as tied to Netflix as their cousins to the south, with nearly 40% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours on select networks attributed to the streaming service. That’s roughly triple the traffic the service generated in Canada just three years ago.

And, said Sandvine, in its latest Global Internet Phenomena Program, no other OTT service comes close. The next highest SVOD service generates just 1% of traffic. But, said the company, that may be tied more to a lack of competition from strong services like Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video than from a lack of interest from consumers, which should make Canada an attractive target for other services.

As for mobile traffic, more than 20% of all downstream traffic is YouTube video, making it the largest single traffic generator in Canada.

Sandvine said a variety of social networks combine to generate about a quarter of all mobile traffic, with the three largest consumers of data being Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The top streaming content? Hockey. O, Canada!

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September 15, 2014 3:09 am

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Ooyala releases Q2 2014 Global Video Index

AMSTERDAM – At last week’s Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas, ESPN and Hulu said their mobile video audience was expanding rapidly, and said having mobile video was a critical component of their business strategy.

With good reason; both have seen huge growth in the popularity of their programming on mobile platforms.

They are not alone. Ooyala today released its Q2 2014 Global Video Index Report that shows mobile consumption exceeding 25% of all online viewing in the second quarter, and the trend is accelerating, accounting for 27% of online viewing in June. Over the past two years, mobile views increased more than 400%.

That growth isn’t expected to slow.

Cisco recently forecast that video traffic could make up 69% of all mobile video traffic by 2018; Ooyala predicts mobile to make up 50% of all online viewing by 2016.

It’s not just short-form content that’s popular with mobile users, long form, premium and live mobile video views all increased.

While mobile devices see plenty of snacking — viewers spent 45% of their time watching videos of six minutes or less in length – tablet viewers spent 23% of their time watching video of 30-60 minutes in length, more than on any other device.

At IBC this week, mobile has been center stage for a number of vendors, broadcasters and operators.

Increasingly, user interface and branding on mobile devices is being seen as a key part of the solution, a nod to the increasing amount of time being spent on devices other than traditional TV, and to the growing role operators expect those device to play.

Equally as topical at the conference has been the role that search, discovery and recommendation will play, not only across devices, but across premium and OTT service as well. More vendors are offering electronic programing guides that include not only pay-TV listings, but listings and recommendations from SVOD, TVOD and AVOD, along with other OTT services.

Ooyala’s Quarterly Index also found viewers use connected TVs for a big piece of their entertainment, saying viewers of connected TVs spent 81% of their time watching videos longer than 10 minutes.

Ooyala also said viewers spent 65% of their time watching videos 30 minutes or longer on connected TVs, and 54% of that time watching content longer than 60 minutes.

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Viaccess-Orca selected by Telekom Romania for IPTV and OTT multiscreen

September 13, 2014 8:00 am

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Viaccess-Orca has announced that Telekom Romania has selected Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage-TV Everywhere solution to drive its upcoming new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, ‘Telekom TV’.

Kaltura Wins Best TV Everywhere Award at IBC 2014

September 13, 2014 7:11 am

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What a night in Amsterdam!

Kaltura is excited to announce that it won the award for Best TV Everywhere/Multi-Screen Video at IBC 2014! The Kaltura OTT TV team was acknowledged for the KabelKiosk white label IPTV offering (meinFernsehen), a sophisticated second screen deployment for Eutelsat – one of the leading satellite operators in the world. In this project, Kaltura OTT TV allows Eutelsat’s 300 affiliate companies to provide a second screen internet-based TV service to more than 3.5 million German households.

This award comes on the heels of the Tvinci acquisition in May 2014. Tvinci, a leading paid OTT TV company was acquired by Kaltura to create the most comprehensive end to end OTT TV solution. This is the second time that the Tvinci team has won the CSI awards at IBC and its a huge validation of our technology and the exceptional TV experience it offers to users.

The KabelKiosk projects brings to life the three pillars of Kaltura OTT TV:

1. Time-Shited TV – the ability to pause live shows and catch up on thousands of shows aired on Eutelsat’s linear channels.

2. Engagement Tools – users can create their personal profiles, allowing them to get a personalized social feed that includes updates on what their friends are watching, liking, sharing and commenting on. This is done by utilizing Kaltura’s household management capabilities that allow service providers and telcos to manage multiple user profiles within a single household.

3. Metadata Driven Discovery -our strong EPG management capabilities make a huge difference for service providers and telcos because all the linear TV shows are automatically indexed, which creates a massive VOD library based on live channels catch up. In addition, Kaltura’s powerful recommendation engine always suggests the most relevant content so users can rent or buy additional videos.

If you want to check out the KabelKiosk application in action and hear about OTT3, the next generation of the platform – please visit us at the Kaltura booth in IBC (Hall 3, Stand C67). Other than very cool demos, we also serve delicious coffee.

See you on the floor!

Verizon set to offer virtual pay-TV play by mid-2015

September 12, 2014 1:14 am

Verizon will soon offer a virtual pay-TV play

Verizon’s acquisition of Intel’s OnCue Internet TV unit looks like it’s a bet that’ll pay off after all. CEO Lowell McAdam yesterday told an audience at the Goldman Sach’s Communicopia Conference that the telecom plans to introduce a virtual pay-TV play by the middle of next year.

“Over-the-top video is right around the corner,” McAdam said. “We’ve got the assets in place, and I don’t feel we need an awful lot more.”

McAdam said there would be an on-demand component to the new service, a la Netflix and Amazon, but said Verizon also would multicast live channels from broadcasters as well as major sporting events.

In addition to having most of the technology nearly ready to roll, McAdams also said the carrier had been successfully negotiating with studios to license content, something that has been seen as a stumbling block in the past. Discussions with content owners, he said, have “moved from almost a stiff arm to much more of an embrace,” adding that “over the last six months to a year, that dialogue is changing dramatically.”

And, he said, the service likely would offer smaller, consumer-managed packages of channels, a bow to a la carte programming that also has been much discussed.

“No one wants to have 300 channels on your wireless device,” he said. “I think everyone understands that it will go to a la carte. The question is what does that transition look like.”

The market is changing rapidly, he said, and it’s crucial that operators respond now.

“I don’t think there is anyone that would stand up here and say the only way (TV) is going to be offered five years from now is linear and it’s going to be tied to your TV set,” McAdam said. “Because, frankly, they will miss the market and they will be the ones left behind.”

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Zappware completes roll-out for Baltcom in Latvia

September 11, 2014 1:00 am

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Zappware has completed its roll-out with Baltcom in Latvia. Zappware’s solution, deployed on both IPTV and OTT networks, has allowed Baltcom to expand its reach to areas not covered by its IPTV network.


September 11, 2014 12:53 am


AMSTERDAM — The job of running a broadcast network today, David Abraham, CEO of U.K. broadcaster Ch. 4 told an audience at IBC2014, hinges on innovation.

And the pubic broadcaster is backing up those words with a big move in 2015: Merging its live linear and on-demand programming into a single entity: All 4.

“For decade, broadcasters have applied technology gradually…” he said. “Today, technology innovation is continual and pervasive. It has to be as central a concern as the creation of great content.

Technology, he said, is no longer just invisible plumbing. And, he said, broadcasters that don’t take advantage of it are missing a big opportunity, especially if they put linear and online into different silos.

“Broadcasters are at a disadvantage if they separate their online brands from their channel brand,” he said. “We think its about blending the two and using the strengths of both, putting the entire channel and digital estate into one universe at the same time.”

The result, he said, are that linear brands are seamlessly reinforced.

“We believe All 4 will deliver the most advanced broadcaster response” to the changing viewer landscape.

“All in one place, designed from the ground up.”

Abraham said multiplatform delivery has become “integral to our creative process.”

He also pointed out that the connected environment gives broadcasters new ways to connect with audiences, something Ch. 4 has taken advantage of.

The broadcaster has offered users the opportunity to register for its online product and get access to additional content, and to receive personalized recommendations, among other perks.

It’s paid off to the tune of more than 11 million registered users, a number increasing by 10,000 new users daily.

“It has created a new viewer relationship platform,” he said, one that has been well received by advertisers who can use data from users to create targeted ad packages.

The dynamic elasticity of the cloud, he said, is allowing Ch. 4 to scale, while at the same time keeping costs under control.

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