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Mobile is Taking Over Video: AOL Study
Aditya Kishore  
2/23/2017   6 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   6 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   15 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   9 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   6 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   2 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   28 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   21 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   28 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   19 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   30 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   24 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   19 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   8 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   33 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   15 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   8 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   11 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   24 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   39 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   20 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.
Social Media, Online Video Will Drive Steady Advertising Growth – Zenith
Aditya Kishore  
12/6/2016   19 comments
Zenith's latest forecast predicts advertising growth will remain stable, with social media and online video advertising as key drivers.
VTAB: Virtual Reality Picture Still Unclear
Aditya Kishore  
12/5/2016   17 comments
The latest VTAB survey found that operators and broadcasters are interested in using virtual reality but are still trying to determine use cases and business models.
HBO on Amazon: First Step in OTT Aggregation?
Aditya Kishore  
12/2/2016   14 comments
Adding new HBO shows to the Amazon Prime Video service could be an important step in required OTT aggregation, but some kind of discounting will likely be necessary to make it work.
YouTube Launches Live Streaming in 4K
Aditya Kishore  
12/1/2016   24 comments
YouTube announced yesterday that it would be supporting 4K live streaming on its platform, but it's not clear that there is much practical demand for it.
Original Content Strategy Offers Diminishing Returns: maxdome CEO
The Digerati  
11/30/2016   65 comments
German OTT provider challenges the assumption that spending billions on original content will help Netflix, Amazon win in the OTT space.
Can Asian OTT Providers Challenge Netflix, Amazon?
Aditya Kishore  
11/29/2016   14 comments
Recent rollouts from Viu and HOOQ are targeting Asian viewers with local content and partnerships. But will they be able to take on the big boys in the long run?
Best Practices for Driving OTT Advertising Revenue – Ooyala
Aditya Kishore  
11/28/2016   35 comments
Video technology vendor Ooyala shares best practices for OTT providers wanting to maximize video advertising revenue.
Digital Multitasking Widespread Among TV Viewers, Says Adobe
Aditya Kishore  
11/25/2016   49 comments
A recent study from Adode found that TV viewers are often simultaneously checking email, texting friends or using other apps while watching TV.
Are Sports Economics to Blame for Declining Viewership?
Aditya Kishore  
11/22/2016   30 comments
Evidence is mounting that younger viewers are less interested in viewing sports, which could up-end the financial structure of the sports industry.
Amazon Announces Grand Tour of 200 Countries
Aditya Kishore  
11/21/2016   23 comments
Amazon's video service will be expanded to 200 countries from December, led by motor show The Grand Tour.
Why Cord-Cutting Continues
Aditya Kishore  
11/18/2016   27 comments
Pay-TV subscribers continue to cut the cord, and a new survey from TiVo suggests that OTT competition and pay-TV prices are driving this trend.
Fox's Goldberg on Changing Climate for Broadcasters
The Digerati  
11/17/2016   9 comments
Keith Goldberg, VP of global operations and transmission services at Fox Networks Group, shares his thoughts on the changes confronting TV broadcasters.
UK Kids Dropping TV for Online Video
Aditya Kishore  
11/16/2016   29 comments
New research from UK communications regulator Ofcom finds that children between five and 15 years old are now spending 15 hours a week on the Internet.
Virtual Reality Roundup
Aditya Kishore  
11/15/2016   11 comments
New initiatives in the areas of virtual reality, 360-degree video and augmented reality continue to be rolled out, but the technologies are still at an early stage.
Sales of 4K Sets to Rise 40% This Year, Says CTA
Aditya Kishore  
11/14/2016   8 comments
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) cited lower prices, more screen size options and brands as driving consumer adoption.
Is Virtual Reality for Real?
Flash Poll  
11/14/2016   31 comments
Is virtual reality about to transform TV entertainment?
ITV's Griffiths Looks to the Cloud for Multiscreen Delivery
Aditya Kishore  
11/11/2016   5 comments
Cloud-based delivery provides efficiency and simplicity for multiscreen video services, according to the distribution head of UK's largest commercial channel.
Norwegians Are Biggest OTT Spenders: NRK's Distribution Chief
Aditya Kishore  
11/10/2016   7 comments
Norway's national broadcaster discusses the challenges for broadcasters and the TV market in Norway.
Maxdome's Lange on Keeping Up With the Netflixes
Aditya Kishore  
11/9/2016   13 comments
Marvin Lange, CEO of German OTT service Maxdome, discusses differentiators in an increasingly crowded German OTT market.
The Evolution of Big Video: Examining Telco Transformation Video Opportunities
Telco Transformation Video  
11/9/2016   1 comment
Analyst Sherrie Huang from Analysys Mason discusses with Huawei the role that operators will play and the opportunities that operators will seize in the video industry, exploring the strategic transformation model for operators' success in video business.
RTL Keeps It Simple
Aditya Kishore  
11/8/2016   11 comments
RTL simplified its catch-up services by integrating them under one brand, and found adoption shot up.
AT&T-Time Warner's Chances Are 50-50 – MoffetNathanson
Aditya Kishore  
11/7/2016   18 comments
Analysts at MoffetNathanson interviewed 20 telecoms and media regulation experts about AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, and found a complete lack of consensus.
Christie: Level 3 'Eats' Its Own Video
The Digerati  
11/7/2016   9 comments
Level 3 Communications follows its own advice by using video to boost internal productivity, according to Chief Marketing Officer Anthony Christie.
Momentum Builds for 360-Degree Video
Aditya Kishore  
11/4/2016   32 comments
A growing number of initiatives from a variety of companies across the video value chain show that interest and enthusiasm for virtual reality and 360-degree video is growing.
TT Poll: Enterprises Are the Best Target for Operators' Productive Video Services
Aditya Kishore  
11/3/2016   16 comments
The latest Telco Transformation poll finds that large enterprises are the best potential customers for network operators offering productive video services.
AREA's Sage Advises Augmented Reality
The Digerati  
11/2/2016   14 comments
Mark Sage, executive director of the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA), discusses the potential for AR in manufacturing.
Two-Thirds of Media Executives Accept Virtual Reality Has Arrived – Level 3 Study
Joe Stanganelli  
11/2/2016   98 comments
Research from communications provider Level 3 reflects limited activity but high interest in virtual reality services among global media executives.
Two-Fifths of US Subscribers to Cut Pay-TV Spend, Finds Study
Aditya Kishore  
11/1/2016   19 comments
New research from FocusVision and Zanthus finds that 41% of US pay-TV subscribers plan to cut the cord or reduce the size of their TV package.
Pay-TV On-Demand Is In Demand
Aditya Kishore  
10/31/2016   57 comments
New research from the Video Advertising Bureau highlights usage of pay-TV operators' VoD services, even by younger audiences supposedly at risk of cord-cutting.
Level 3's Christie Talks Internal Video & Telepresence Training
The Digerati  
10/31/2016   20 comments
Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer at Level 3 Communications, discusses the company's use of video for training, collaboration and internal communication.
Bleak Future for OTT in Eastern Europe – Operators
Aditya Kishore  
10/28/2016   24 comments
Telecom operators gathered in Budapest were a little gloomy about the current status and potential for OTT services in central and eastern Europe, given the specific characteristics of the region.
AMC Programming Head Analyzes New World of Content Acquisition
Aditya Kishore  
10/27/2016   34 comments
Katalin Radóczy, chief programming officer for AMC Networks in Central and Eastern Europe, discusses the impact OTT and VoD have had on studio relationships and content rights.
We Must Support Both Existing & Emerging Subscriber Needs — Cyfrowy Polsat
Aditya Kishore  
10/25/2016   16 comments
Cyfrowy Polsat CTO Dariusz Dzialkowski discusses the Polish operator's strategy of balancing satellite services with OTT options.
Decision 2016: TT Cartoon Caption Contest Winners
Mike Robuck  
10/25/2016   59 comments
The large field of cartoon captions for last month's contest has been whittled down for a final runoff vote.
Merger Musings: TW + AT&T = ?
Mike Robuck  
10/24/2016   31 comments
While AT&T's announcement on Saturday that it plans to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion was something of a surprise, the ensuing barrage of objections to the potential deal was not.
Tata Communications' Morris: The Cloud Contributes, The Cloud Distributes…
The Digerati  
10/24/2016   11 comments
Tata Communications' VP/GM for media and entertainment discusses the shift towards cloud- and IP-based solutions for video contribution and distribution.
Seen & Heard: AT&T, Time Warner in 'Informal' Merger Talks
Mike Robuck  
10/21/2016   35 comments
It's early in the discussion stage between AT&T and Time Warner, but the talks are a good barometer of AT&T's intent.
How VR Helped Land Rover Raise the Roof
Aditya Kishore  
10/21/2016   21 comments
Virtual reality allowed automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover to redesign the Evoque and create more space in the cabin.
Productive Video: Not For Your Amusement
Flash Poll  
10/21/2016   10 comments
Which type of customer is the best target for operators to sell-in 'productive video' services?
Traffic Bottlenecks Are Shifting, Says Orange
Aditya Kishore  
10/20/2016   5 comments
Orange executives say that the operator is facing congestion issues at different parts of the 'QoE chain,' and is having to rethink its definition of network capacity.
Williams Martini Uses BT in Winning Formula
Aditya Kishore  
10/20/2016   5 comments
Formula One team's CIO uses BT global network to access video analytics and other race data from racetracks all around the world.
BT Sport's COO Discusses AR/VR
The Digerati  
10/19/2016   5 comments
Jamie Hindaugh, chief operating officer at BT Sport, discusses the company's experience with AR and VR, the reasons for rolling them out and the challenges the company faced offering new technology initiatives.
Defining Productive Video
Aditya Kishore  
10/17/2016   8 comments
Video is becoming increasingly pervasive in organizations of all kinds for productive purposes, rather than just providing entertainment or facilitating communications.
Is Sports Programming Losing Its Edge?
Aditya Kishore  
10/14/2016   24 comments
Coverage of major sporting events has long being considered the gold standard in the TV business, but recent ratings for some leagues and channels suggest the value of sports content may be weakening.
BT Sport's COO Discusses UHD
The Digerati  
10/13/2016   9 comments
Jamie Hindaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, discusses the company's decision to launch 4K UHD services, the challenges it faced, and his thoughts on the next-generation of television.
Verizon CEO Predicts Death of 300-Channel Bundles
Aditya Kishore  
10/12/2016   77 comments
Lowell McAdam says Verizon would only sell slimmed-down TV packages if the major content providers allowed them to.
UHD Forum's Fautier Clarifies UHD Growth Path
The Digerati  
10/11/2016   11 comments
The president of the UHD Forum talks about the challenges still facing UHD adoption, and why he thinks adoption is marching forward in spite of them.




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