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Viu Gets Original, Just Like Everyone Else
Aditya Kishore  
4/27/2017   Post a comment
Hong Kong incumbent PCCW launches new slate of original content for its Viu OTT service, joining an increasing number of OTT providers who recognize the value of original series.
TDC's Kunstmann on VoD in Denmark
The Digerati  
4/26/2017   11 comments
TDC's head of OTT and VoD discusses the operator's services with Telco Transformation.
How Innovative Billing Brought Netflix to Africa
The Digerati  
4/25/2017   18 comments
Kwesé's Joseph Hundah explains the challenges with billing and payments in Africa, and how the operator's innovative approach helped convince Netflix to launch in the continent.
Dissecting 'Mobile-First' Usage
Infographics  
4/24/2017   15 comments
This comScore infographic shows that even though time spent on mobile devices is rapidly eclipsing desktop usage in a number of categories, the number of users making that shift are moving more slowly.
Caption Contest: Birth of a New Era
Aditya Kishore  
4/23/2017   75 comments
This month's caption contest looks at the phenomenon of live streaming on social networks.
Broadcasters Excited but Uncertain About ATSC 3.0
Aditya Kishore  
4/21/2017   10 comments
A recent survey highlights the optimism that ATSC 3.0 is generating among US broadcasters, but also the lack of knowledge and concerns about adoption.
EdCast's Mehta Talks Killer Apps for AR/VR
The Digerati  
4/20/2017   8 comments
AR/VR, like most nascent tech, needs a 'killer app' – and the 360-degree solution may lie in education.
Reinventing African TV: Econet's Hundah
The Digerati  
4/19/2017   20 comments
Econet Media's CEO, Joseph Hundah, talks to Telco Transformation about a new kind of TV service specifically designed for the African market.
Live TV Still Key for Children's Broadcasters
Aditya Kishore  
4/18/2017   32 comments
New research from Nielsen demonstrates that live TV continues to dominate children's viewing despite the impact of other devices.
Vats on Voot: Viacom 18 Goes Agnostic
The Digerati  
4/18/2017   8 comments
As India undergoes rapid digital transformation, Indian media conglomerate Viacom 18 is using OTT to hedge its bets.
Netflix Comfortably Leads US OTT Market
Aditya Kishore  
4/13/2017   29 comments
Recent data from Comscore finds that nearly three out of every four OTT homes in the US have Netflix – to no one's surprise.
We Got a Live One Here!
Flash Poll  
4/13/2017   3 comments
Can live streaming scale for broadcast events?
Rambles & Rants: TV Is Still Apple's Final Frontier
Aditya Kishore  
4/12/2017   17 comments
Apple is reportedly talking to premium US programmers about creating a package of premium-only services for the Apple TV in its latest bid to build a pay-TV strategy.
TV Subscribers Still Growing – informitv
Aditya Kishore  
4/11/2017   18 comments
The latest version of researcher informitv's Multiscreen Index finds that operators are still growing their subscriber base, despite cord-cutting in the US.
Online Video Outranks Messaging Among Teens – Google Study
Aditya Kishore  
4/10/2017   15 comments
New report from Think with Google finds that some teens are spending more time watching videos online than messaging.
TT Poll: Broadcasters Should Build Their Own OTT Services
Aditya Kishore  
4/7/2017   20 comments
Respondents to the latest Telco Transformation poll believe that broadcasters should develop their own OTT services and own the user experience from end-to-end.
Deutsche Telekom to Entertain in 4K
Aditya Kishore  
4/6/2017   13 comments
Deutsche Telekom says it will bring UHD channels to its Entertain TV service later this year, perhaps adding momentum to the relatively cautious deployment of UHD by pay-TV providers.
NBC's Black Is Ready to Play
The Digerati  
4/5/2017   10 comments
Eric Black, head of Playmaker Media and CTO of NBC Sports Group Digital, talks to us about ensuring high QoE when streaming at scale.
Kwesé Takes New Approach to African TV
Aditya Kishore  
4/4/2017   16 comments
Telecom company Econet's new media service is taking a different approach to pay-TV in Africa, according to CEO Joseph Hundah.
Build or Buy: The CDN Dilemma
Aditya Kishore  
4/3/2017   16 comments
A panel discussion at the recently concluded TV Connect event exposed the differences in content delivery approaches being used by content distributors today.
Preparing for the Mobile Video Hurricane
Aditya Kishore  
3/31/2017   18 comments
A panel discussion at TV Connect explored the role of mobile in the video experience.
Telekom Slovenije: Data + Intuition = Success
Aditya Kishore  
3/31/2017   11 comments
Telekom Slovenije's Simon Slonjsak shares his strategy for new product launches at TV Connect, stressing that data alone cannot guarantee new product adoption by customers.
Premium vs. Skinny Bundles: A Balancing Act for Pay-TV
Aditya Kishore  
3/30/2017   10 comments
This panel discussion at TV Connect explored the options pay-TV providers have to balance their larger, premium services with increasing demands for low-priced programming bundles.
À La Carte Too Rich for Most Consumers
Aditya Kishore  
3/28/2017   30 comments
New research from Hub Entertainment finds that initial consumer enthusiasm wanes when confronted by the cost of creating an individual bundle of programming options.
Snap Poised for Stellar Growth – Jefferies
Aditya Kishore  
3/27/2017   16 comments
Analysts at Jefferies believe Snap is well positioned for growth in coming years due to its base of highly engaged young millennial users and its policy of targeting lucrative advertising markets.
OTT Picks Up Pace in New Zealand
Aditya Kishore  
3/24/2017   15 comments
The rapid pace of OTT adoption really is a worldwide phenomenon, as a recent research report from Roy Morgan Research shows.
ComScore: Smartphone Penetration Flattens, but Usage Doubles
Aditya Kishore  
3/23/2017   48 comments
Data and measurement company comScore just released its 2017 US Cross-Platform Future in Focus report. Findings include key trends in mobile media consumption.
'March Madness' Helps Trial New Features
Aditya Kishore  
3/22/2017   15 comments
The annual US college basketball competition provides media companies an opportunity to experiment with new digital platforms.
Mobile Millennials Lead Video Piracy in Middle East
Aditya Kishore  
3/21/2017   50 comments
Video piracy in the Middle East is being led by 18- to 24-year-olds on mobile devices, according to a new online survey by content protection vendor Irdeto.
Record Subscriber Losses for Canadian Pay-TV Providers
Aditya Kishore  
3/20/2017   21 comments
New research finds Canadian pay-TV providers facing similar challenges to peers south of the 49th parallel.
Netflix Looks at the Little Picture
Aditya Kishore  
3/17/2017   16 comments
Netflix is looking at developing different versions of its shows specifically optimized for viewing on mobile devices.
Eliminate the Middleman
Flash Poll  
3/17/2017   12 comments
Should broadcasters develop their own streaming services? Or should they stick to what they know?
UHDA's Schinasi Talks Mobile Video Quality
The Digerati  
3/16/2017   11 comments
Dan Schinasi, chairperson of the US Promotions Working Group, discusses the requirements of a new premium video certification for mobile devices released by the UHDA at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month.
It's Mobile or Bust, Says Ooyala's Global Video Index
Aditya Kishore  
3/15/2017   7 comments
Online video technology company Ooyala released its Q4 2016 Global Video Index today, showing sustained growth in mobile viewing of ad-sponsored video.
TV Shows, in a Snap!
Aditya Kishore  
3/14/2017   17 comments
Snapchat parent decides TV shows are the future for the multimedia messaging app aimed at Gen Z.
SK Telecom's Lee Seeks Higher Quality, Lower Latency
The Digerati  
3/13/2017   2 comments
SK Telecom's head of media technology R&D is on a quest for ever-improving video quality delivered with constantly decreasing latency.
Open Caching: An Imperative for Streaming Video
Jason Thibeault  
3/13/2017   3 comments
Jason Thibeault, director of the Streaming Video Alliance, discusses the merits of developing an open caching architecture.
Amazon: We're Everybody's Friend
Aditya Kishore  
3/10/2017   45 comments
Alex Green, MD, Amazon Video, said the OTT provider is open to partnerships with pay-TV providers and is not a direct threat to the pay-TV industry.
Average Broadband Connection Now 7 Mbit/s – Akamai
Aditya Kishore  
3/9/2017   13 comments
Akamai's Q4 2016 State of the Internet Report found that average broadband connection speeds are improving worldwide but most still fall short of the 15-25 Mbit/s required for Ultra HD.
CIA Hacks Underscore Urgent Need for Industry Focus on Security
Aditya Kishore  
3/8/2017   13 comments
WikiLeaks' announcement that the CIA is hacking our devices is just one aspect of security concerns for the end-to-end media value chain.
TT Poll: Skinny Bundles May Be Pay-TV Operators' Salvation
Aditya Kishore  
3/7/2017   56 comments
A recent poll on Telco Transformation found that more than two out of five respondents felt skinny video streaming bundles would help operators retain subscribers.
Zero-Rating Compliance: Easy as Pai?
Joe Stanganelli  
3/6/2017   6 comments
A new administration and changes in the FCC have created uncertainty around 'zero rating.' Telco Transformation examines the issues involved.
Amazon, Netflix Forging Ahead With Original Content
Aditya Kishore  
3/3/2017   31 comments
Both OTT providers are continuing their very expensive original content development strategy, without flinching.
Tough Week for Traditional TV
Aditya Kishore  
3/3/2017   20 comments
This week saw the launch of YouTube's skinny bundle targeting cord-cutters, new research showing a decline in TV penetration and an analyst saying Q4 2016 was the worst quarter for cord-cutting ever.
We'll Make Buffering Obsolete, Like Dial-Up: Netflix CEO
Aditya Kishore  
2/27/2017   59 comments
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said his company is delivering high-quality video streams at 'half a meg' for mobile screens today, and hopes to go lower.
RTL's Dube Talks VoD
The Digerati  
2/27/2017   5 comments
RTL Interactive's VP of VoD discusses its TV Now catch-up service with Telco Transformation.
FCC Moves Forward With New Broadcast Standard
Aditya Kishore  
2/24/2017   19 comments
US communications regulator kicks off the rulemaking process for ATSC 3.0, a new broadcast standard enabling localized broadcasts, better accessibility options and data casting.
Mobile Is Taking Over Video: AOL Study
Aditya Kishore  
2/23/2017   21 comments
The latest State of the Industry: Mobile Video Report from AOL found that the mobile screen is set to dominate video viewing, and that the large majority of users say they can't live without their smartphones.
OTT Will Exceed Pay-TV – TIM's Biscarini
The Digerati  
2/22/2017   22 comments
Telecom Italia's EVP & Head of Multimedia Entertainment & Consumer Digital Services, Daniela Biscarini, discusses the operator's TV strategy.
Verizon Shaves $350M Off of Yahoo Deal
Mike Robuck  
2/21/2017   46 comments
Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut the price of their deal, and to split some of the liabilities.
No Linear Please, We're Millennial
Infographics  
2/21/2017   20 comments
A recent survey of millennial men in the US examined their video consumption habits and preferences, unsurprisingly finding that cord-cutting and streaming were typical for the majority.
SK Telecom Targets VR Tech Challenges
Aditya Kishore  
2/20/2017   7 comments
South Korean operator will offer an open API to create an improved virtual reality ecosystem, based on a new platform to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
Getting the Skinny on Pay-TV
Flash Poll  
2/17/2017   6 comments
Are skinny bundles a viable strategy for pay-TV operators?
TT Poll: Facebook Tops YouTube in Live-Streaming Match-Up
Aditya Kishore  
2/17/2017   29 comments
Respondents in a recent Telco Transformation poll felt that Facebook was likely to top the live-streaming market, but YouTube was close behind.
Discovery Thinks Small
Aditya Kishore  
2/16/2017   39 comments
The cable programmer sees opportunity in creating niche SVoD services for specific shows and segments.
Aussie Kids Trading TV Time for Internet
Aditya Kishore  
2/15/2017   31 comments
Children in Australia are now spending more time with the Internet than watching TV, according to a new survey from Australian researcher Roy Morgan.
OTT Providers Target Operators With B2B Solutions
Aditya Kishore  
2/14/2017   5 comments
Swedish Internet video provider Magine has created a new group to market its technology to service providers, joining others such as Zattoo and Roku.
Rambles & Rants: Who Rules Video?
Aditya Kishore  
2/13/2017   24 comments
The pay-TV business has long debated the relative power of content and distribution. We are now entering a stage where the phrase 'platform is king,' is becoming a common mantra, but it's unclear where the value in the video business really is.
CenturyLink's TV Future Likely to Be Skinny
Aditya Kishore  
2/10/2017   11 comments
CenturyLink to focus on skinny Internet-delivered pay-TV package rather than its full-fat IPTV service.
Hulu VR Update Could Threaten Theatrical Revenue
Aditya Kishore  
2/9/2017   46 comments
Hulu offers in-theatre experience, social features as part of new VR app.
Video to Go: EU Signs Off on Content Roaming
Aditya Kishore  
2/8/2017   22 comments
Europeans will be able to access their music, video and other content-based services, even when travelling, from any country within the EU.
Spying Not So Smart on TVs, Finds Vizio
Aditya Kishore  
2/7/2017   28 comments
Smart TV manufacturer Vizio to pay $2.2 million for collecting viewer data without permission.
New Year Caption Contest: And the Winners Are…
Aditya Kishore  
2/7/2017   26 comments
Announcing the winners of the most recent Telco Transformation caption contest.
Traditional Marketers Need to Shift Their Strategies – Roku's Rosenberg
The Digerati  
2/6/2017   11 comments
Roku's vice president of advertising and audience development discusses its advertising toolkit and strategy.
OECD Reports Near Total Penetration of Mobile Broadband
Aditya Kishore  
2/3/2017   51 comments
The organization's latest research finds that 95% of inhabitants in its 35 member countries have a mobile broadband connection.
Facebook Targets the TV for Future Growth
Aditya Kishore  
2/2/2017   45 comments
Facebook is reportedly developing an app for set-top boxes as a part of its push into video services, as it searches for new advertising opportunities.
VR Goes to the Super Bowl
Aditya Kishore  
2/1/2017   22 comments
American football championship to feature 20 of the best plays 'near real-time' in virtual reality this year, according to broadcaster Fox.
OTT Disruption Seen as Opportunity by Industry – TV Connect Study
Aditya Kishore  
1/30/2017   23 comments
Research conducted by the organizers of the TV Connect event found that industry professionals were bullish about disruption in the video business caused by Internet streaming.
Are Reports of Pay-TV's Death Greatly Exaggerated?
Aditya Kishore  
1/27/2017   42 comments
Comcast, Verizon and AT&T report video subscriber growth for FY 2016, despite a clear trend toward cord-cutting in the US.
Poor Customer Experience Causes 24% of Pay-TV Churn – Paywizard
Aditya Kishore  
1/26/2017   34 comments
New research from billing vendor Paywizard finds that customer experience is the key to getting and retaining pay-TV subscribers.
Sync or Sink: VRIF on VR Innovation
The Digerati  
1/25/2017   29 comments
Paul Higgs, officer and treasurer at the Virtual Reality Industry Forum, discusses the reasons for launching the industry organization, its primary objectives and the key issues facing the development of virtual reality.

French TV Regulations' 'Root Canal' Favors Vivendi – Deutsche Bank
Aditya Kishore  
1/24/2017   8 comments
The bank releases a report anticipating regulatory freedom for the French pay-TV operator.
TV Still Rules in Germany, but Linear Viewing in Decline
Aditya Kishore  
1/23/2017   19 comments
Findings from a new survey commissioned by the Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industries (ZVEI) in Germany on consumer TV habits.
TT Poll: Opinions Mixed on Network Impact of Live Streaming
Aditya Kishore  
1/20/2017   26 comments
A recent poll on Telco Transformation found that most respondents see live streaming taking off on social networks, but opinions on its scale and network impact vary substantially.
Level 3's Alexander Evaluates Multi-CDN Approaches
The Digerati  
1/19/2017   11 comments
Level 3's senior director of product management discusses the benefits and challenges of managing multiple CDNs
Smithsonian to Offer 4K On Demand
The Digerati  
1/19/2017   21 comments
Smithsonian Networks' Janice Janik describes the channel's reasons for rolling out 4K.
Streaming Is an Opportunity for Telcos – Roku's Ferrone
The Digerati  
1/18/2017   14 comments
Roku's Andrew Ferrone discusses Roku's plans for partnering with service providers.
US Consumer Tech to Generate $292.5B in 2017
Infographics  
1/17/2017   15 comments
Selected highlights from the Consumer Technology Association's Extended Forecasts report.
Flexible Platform Key to Successful Big Video for LG U+
Aditya Kishore  
1/16/2017   3 comments
Hyun Chul In, director of the IPTV service from LG U+, says that using a flexible, open Android platform allowed the operator to fully leverage its all-IP network for innovative video services.
DT Pushes STB Virtualization
Aditya Kishore  
1/13/2017   9 comments
Deutsche Telekom's Innovation Laboratories leader Dr. Randolph Nikutta discusses the operator's efforts to virtualize its set-top boxes.
Dreaming of Live Streaming
Flash Poll  
1/13/2017   11 comments
Which social network is best positioned to dominate live streaming?
BT Sport Targets AR/VR
Aditya Kishore  
1/13/2017   8 comments
BT Sport's COO, Jamie Hindaugh, discusses the operator's trials and plans for augmented reality and virtual reality.
Formula One Racing Team Turns to Productive Video
Aditya Kishore  
1/12/2017   12 comments
Williams Martini uses BT's 100Mbit/s MPLS network to improve car performance in Formula One Grand Prix racing.
OTT Forcing European Broadcasters to Raise Their Game
Aditya Kishore  
1/12/2017   10 comments
A roundup of new streaming-oriented initiatives from various European broadcasters announced recently.
BT Sport Gets Social With NBA Basketball
Aditya Kishore  
1/11/2017   16 comments
BT Sport will be live streaming its coverage of an NBA game in London on its Facebook page, alongside broadcast on its TV channel.
CTA Unveils 2017 Forecasts for Key Consumer Technology Categories
Aditya Kishore  
1/10/2017   7 comments
CTA's research division presented highlights from its Consumer Technology Extended Forecasts 2015-2020 report.
UI Design is a Core Strength: Telefónica's García Calvo
The Digerati  
1/9/2017   12 comments
Telefónica's head of TV products in LatAm discusses the importance the operator attaches to interface design, and the work it is currently doing in this area.
Streaming Is Stealing Hollywood's Mojo – Barry Diller
Aditya Kishore  
1/9/2017   12 comments
Expedia's Diller forecasts the end of Hollywood studio power, while a panel of experts see storytelling as the key to advertising for the new generation of viewers during CES's C Space session.
Ubiquitous Content Is a Fallacy, Say Content Experts at CES
Aditya Kishore  
1/6/2017   20 comments
A panel of content and advertising experts say putting the right content and enabling the right experience on each channel and platform is the key to audience engagement.
Level 3's Alexander on Delivering 4K Video
The Digerati  
1/5/2017   6 comments
Level 3's senior director of product management discusses the impact of 4K/UHD on networks.
Tata Communications' Video Strategy Built on the Cloud
Aditya Kishore  
1/4/2017   9 comments
Tata Communications is using the cloud to offer a set of value-added services, such as video storage and processing, to customers currently using its network for contribution and distribution.
Eastern Europe: The Final Frontier for OTT
Aditya Kishore  
1/3/2017   3 comments
Operators in eastern Europe do not see much potential for OTT services in their region.
Huawei Hires Former Oculus Principal to Head Its VR Development
Ray Le Maistre  
12/30/2016   25 comments
Virtual reality specialist Steve LaValle has joined Huawei as Chief Scientist of VR/AR/MR.
Video Transformation in the New Year -- Part II
Aditya Kishore  
12/30/2016   56 comments
Following up on part I of our round up of video transformation predictions for 2017.
Video Transformation in the New Year -- Part I
Aditya Kishore  
12/28/2016   21 comments
A round up of predictions for 2017 in the area of video transformation.
BBC's Butler on 360-degree Video
The Digerati  
12/15/2016   23 comments
David Butler from the BBC's R&D team discusses the work done by his team in the area of VR/360-degree video.
Slovak Telekom: Building OTT Services for Local Markets
The Digerati  
12/14/2016   16 comments
Slovak Telekom's Alexe discusses preferred content genres and OTT services in Slovakia, in part II of our interview.
High Churn Threatens OTT Growth – Paywizard
Aditya Kishore  
12/12/2016   19 comments
New research from billing company shows keen interest in signing up for new OTT services, but also very high intent to churn within a few months.
TT Poll: VR's Impact on TV Experience Will Be Limited
Aditya Kishore  
12/9/2016   24 comments
A recently conducted poll on Telco Transformation found that virtual reality offered more potential for gaming and mobile applications rather than TV programming.
Slovak Telecom: Pay-TV Strategies for Smaller Markets
The Digerati  
12/7/2016   10 comments
Slovak Telecom's Luana Alexe discusses the deployment of pay-TV services in a market with 1.5 million households.




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