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OTT raises new business and technical challenges. Here is my selection of articles on the subject.
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Why 2015 was the year that changed TV forever

Why 2015 was the year that changed TV forever | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
viewers are actually watching more TV than ever before. They’re simply shifting to on-demand options from cable operators and broadband services.

Over the last five years, an influx of new broadband-delivered offerings has driven changes in audience behavior that challenge the businesses of traditional broadcast and cable television channels. Likewise, cable providers find themselves scrambling to adapt to new competition from leaner channel packages that offer flexible pricing options.
Contrary to what the headlines often suggest, the internet—or rather, broadband distribution—hasn’t come to kill television. Instead, it’s radically improving it.
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Johan Sundström's curator insight, February 27, 10:35 AM

"Viewers are actually watching more TV than ever before. They’re simply shifting to on-demand options from cable operators and broadband services."

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Netflix vs. Amazon in 2015: A tale of two video-streaming giants

Netflix vs. Amazon in 2015: A tale of two video-streaming giants | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
VentureBeat takes a look back at some of the highlights from two companies at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement: Netflix and Amazon.

From awards and big-name content acquisitions to new international markets and strategic partnerships, this is a tale of two global video-streaming giants in 2015.
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Netflix finishes its massive migration to the Amazon cloud

Netflix finishes its massive migration to the Amazon cloud | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Netflix has been moving huge portions of its streaming operation to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for years now, and it says it has finally completed its giant shift to the cloud. “We are happy to report that in early January of 2016, after seven years of diligent effort, we have finally completed our cloud migration and shut down the last remaining data center bits used by our streaming service,” Netflix said in a blog post that it plans to publish at noon Eastern today. (The blog should go up at this link.)

Netflix operates “many tens of thousands of servers and many tens of petabytes of storage” in the Amazon cloud, Netflix VP of cloud and platform engineering Yury Izrailevsky told Ars in an interview.
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HBO Now Is ... Just Okay, With 800,000 Subscribers

HBO Now Is ... Just Okay, With 800,000 Subscribers | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

The Internet demanded it for years, and last year HBO finally gave it to them. But so far, only 800,000 people have subscribed to HBO Now, the pay TV channel’s Web-based service.


HBO boss Richard Plepler disclosed the subscriber numbers during parent company Time Warner’s earnings call this morning.


Plepler also argued that 800,000 isn’t bad for a service that went live on Apple TV last spring and wasn’t available on other platforms until last summer

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Amazon is planning a massive expansion, and it could be a big threat to TV as we know it

Amazon is planning a massive expansion, and it could be a big threat to TV as we know it | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Amazon is moving Prime Instant Video towards a more cable TV-like service, Bloomberg reports.

The company is looking at adding other networks, including TV and movie channels, to its offering, which it will bundle and sell to customers alongside Prime. 

The move, which is still far from complete, would position Prime away from Netflix or Hulu and towards a traditional cable TV network, such as Comcast or DirecTV.
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Thanks to SFN, ATSC 3.0 Could Deliver Economic Boom

Thanks to SFN, ATSC 3.0 Could Deliver Economic Boom | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The broadcasting industry will generate an additional $20 billion a year, effectively doubling its current annual revenue, if it fully deploys the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard, according to the Pearl consortium of leading TV station groups.
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Netflix is the new HBO, YouTube is the new MTV, and everything new is old

Netflix is the new HBO, YouTube is the new MTV, and everything new is old | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Netflix and YouTube are turning TV upside down, but they’re also following the well-trodden path of the companies before them – and need to pay close attention to what did those companies in.
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GovernmentVideo: First Ingredient of ATSC 3.0 Enters Candidate Standard Phase

GovernmentVideo: First Ingredient of ATSC 3.0 Enters Candidate Standard Phase | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

The first ingredient in the physical layer transmission standard for next-generation TV broadcasts is now an ATSC “Candidate Standard,” marking an important milestone in the process to develop the ATSC 3.0 standard, the Advanced Television Systems Committee announced today.

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Despite Comcast’s failure, AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV is looking good

Despite Comcast’s failure, AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV is looking good | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Justice Department evidently saw enough legal entanglements (and consumer descent) to foil Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but officials at both agencies are of a different opinion when it comes to the other massive communications merger on the table. The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T’s proposed $48.5 billion merger with satellite television provider DirecTV seems likely to win federal approval.
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HBO Now hands-on: it's HBO Go without cable. What else do you need?

Starting today, millions of people in the US can buy HBO without cable. HBO Now has officially launched across Apple TV and iOS. Subscriptions can be purchased directly through iTunes — your first...

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Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market

Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has said now that convergence is finally taking off, it is ready to bridge the gap between the broadcast and telecoms industries. Talking at a an event in London, the Swedish firm’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services Thorsten Sauer said the firm predicts by 2020 50% of all content viewed will be on mobile devices and on-demand.

As multiplay gathers pace in the UK with BT leading the way with its bid for EE, as well as heavy investment in premium sports rights by BT and Sky and the latter’s planned move into the MVNO market, Ericsson said it is grabbing the opportunity presented by convergence.

“One thing is clear from talking to our telecommunications customers and our media customers: on the media side very high on their agenda is how to translate their business onto new and mobile platforms,” Sauer said. “This is extremely high on their strategic agendas. And on the telco side the role of media is very high on their agenda. So convergence is truly happening, and that puts us,Ericsson, in a very interesting position.”

As part of this strategy, Ericsson has made several acquisitions in recent years to build up its TV portfolio, including that of  UK-based broadcast service firm Red Bee Media last May. The vendor claims it now handles 1.6 million media assets annually for numerous broadcasters.

Also talking at the event, EE’s Senior Manager of Network Strategy Matt Stagg said operators have to accept LTE networks need to be largely geared towards video streaming. “3G was a voice and text service with data, which was high-speed data for browsing, and it did some video,” Stagg said. “Now [with 4G] we’re talking of a video distribution network that needs to support communications.”

According to Stagg this requires a significant shift in thinking from operators’ part, and ultimately will push LTE broadcast at the forefront of the industry. “The biggest fundamental shift we will see in the next decade for mobile distribution of TV is LTE broadcast. EE’s vision for LTE broadcast is that it will be better than TV,” he said.

However, Ericsson’s recent survey looking at consumer behaviour around TV and video found data and content costs are still barriers for mobile viewing. But at the same time 4G and the popularity of unlimited packages are lowering the bar for users.

According to Michael Björn, Head of Research at Ericsson’s ConsumerLab, consumers increasingly want much more personalised TV viewing, and on-demand and catch-up services, multiple devices per user and 4G adoption are driving mobile video.

“All this means it is indeed time to change the structure of TV services,” he said. “We hear people saying that they would like to have a totally personalised experience of pick and mix [content] but they would still like to have help with the aggregation of that. 48% of the [2,000] people we interviewed said they would be willing to pay for that package: personalised but a single-aggregator service.”

The UK Culture and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey also made an appearance at the event. Echoing Sauer’s words he said: “we are in the cusp of convergence.”

In his short speech he also listed some of the things the government is doing to help the industry move forward: “we as government are working with companies like Ericsson, we are supporting the roll-out of broadband across the UK, we’ve got our mobile infrastructure project which is designed to cover not-spots with mobile, we’ve got the new geographic target for mobile operators to reach 90% of the country geographically by 2017.”

Meanwhile the UK Finance Minister George Osborne in his budget speech pledged a £600 million boost to clearing spectrum to be auctioned for mobile networks. He also promised funding for public wifi for libraries, and provision of broadband vouchers to more cities. He also made promises on ‘ultra-fast broadband’: “we’re committing to a new national ambition to bring ultra-fast broadband of at least 100 megabits per second to nearly all homes in the country, so Britain is out in front.”

The big thing for LTE broadcast is that it makes it possible to simultaneously deliver the same content to virtually unlimited number of users without using up the full capacity of a network. It will be interesting to see how this space develops as providers and operators alike seek for new revenue opportunities in the converging marketplace.

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Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV

Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Which has the most apps? Which has the coolest features? Which one is the best? The most popular media streamers all have their merits, so we'll help you decide which box is right for you.
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Very interesting comparison!

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Greg Thompson's curator insight, March 13, 2015 12:48 PM

Nice review of the different OTT media streamers devices for your HDTV.

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Peter Chernin Says Video's Golden Age Is On Its Way: The Full Code/Media Interview

Peter Chernin Says Video's Golden Age Is On Its Way: The Full Code/Media Interview | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The guy who help build some of the most important properties on TV thinks he can do it again.
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Falling Ad Revenues: What TV Networks can do about it

Falling Ad Revenues: What TV Networks can do about it | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
John Wanamaker, considered to be a Marketing Pioneer and the person who first conceived of the concept of a “Department Store” in the US, is once reported to have said: “Half the money I spend on
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The future of television, according to Google

The future of television, according to Google | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The Internet giant is getting interested in building next-gen cable boxes.
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Google is increasingly interested in building an alternative to the traditional cable set-top box, according to a top exec for Google Fiber.


Milo Medin, vice president of access services at Google, predicts that the Internet giant's own platform for smart televisions, Android TV, will "eventually build something" that allows consumers to abandon the black, bulky boxes that many currently rent from their cable providers.


We have talked to folks inside who are now getting interested in it," Medin told reporters at a Washington conference Wednesday.

If it moves ahead, Google's entry into the market for cable boxes would mark another turning point for America's rapidly changing media landscape as cord-cutting, skinny bundles and mobile devices give Americans all new ways to view high-quality shows.

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Instagram Adds Video View Counts, More Video Updates to Come

Instagram Adds Video View Counts, More Video Updates to Come | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Given Facebook’s dramatic push into video, it’s somewhat surprising that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook and now shows ads like Facebook, has stayed pretty static.


The majority of Instagram posts are still images. It’s very much known as an image-sharing service.


That could change in 2016. That’s because the company is “doubling down” on video and planning to build numerous video features and updates throughout the year, according to a source.

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YouTube Red Shows Off Its First Slate At Sundance, Offers New Hopes And Challenges For Creators - Tubefilter

YouTube Red Shows Off Its First Slate At Sundance, Offers New Hopes And Challenges For Creators - Tubefilter | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

YouTube revealed its first slate of originals during the Sundance Film Festival this week, showcasing three of the four programs the world’s largest video sharing site is set to debut under the banner of its shiny new YouTube Red subscription service in early February 2016.

YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels offered a packed audience at Park City’s Holiday Village Cinemas a sneak peek of three theatrical features

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The Head of Verizon FiOS Is a Cord Cutter

The Head of Verizon FiOS Is a Cord Cutter | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Verizon isn't the only one admitting that cord cutters are a problem. Comcast launched Stream TV last month, and DISH Network launched Sling TV at the beginning of the year. 


Will these efforts help the traditional TV providers stave off complete infection from cord cutters?

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Super Bowl Streaming Quality Was Strong, But With Inconsistent Latency Across Devices - Videonuze

Super Bowl Streaming Quality Was Strong, But With Inconsistent Latency Across Devices - Videonuze | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

According to VideoNuze a great source of information and insights: "Overall, the quality of streaming of last night’s Super Bowl was strong, although I experienced inconsistent latency across different devices I was using. As shown in the images below, I set up an informal lab in my house, with the game on Comcast, via X1 (center), Roku TV (left rear), Amazon Fire TV on an Insignia (right rear), CBSSports.com (front left and right) and Verizon Go90 (front center).

As can be seen, each device is lagging behind the CBS broadcast feed on TV and to a different extent. I measured the latency at a few points and it seemed to get worse as the game progressed. For Lady Gaga’s national anthem, the Roku and Amazon feeds were approximately 40 seconds delayed, but by the end of the game, each was over a minute delayed. The online streams were approximately half this delay and the Verizon stream still slightly better."

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Netflix CEO: 4K's future is on the Internet, linear TV faces extinction

Netflix CEO: 4K's future is on the Internet, linear TV faces extinction | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
TVs will be a large iPad with channel-dedicated apps in the future, said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, as broadcast TV dies out.
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Fusion expands its Snapchat offerings with five new miniseries

Fusion expands its Snapchat offerings with five new miniseries | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
rlier this year, Fusion debuted its first miniseries on the the social media app Snapchat's new content channel Snapchat Discover. Apparently pleased by the results, the company is expanding its offerings with five new series and a second season of its first project, "Outpost."
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Cablevision Debuts “Cord Cutter” Packages Combining Broadband, Free Antennas, And Optional HBO NOW

Cablevision Debuts “Cord Cutter” Packages Combining Broadband, Free Antennas, And Optional HBO NOW | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Cablevision made headlines as the first pay-TV provider to offer HBO’s new standalone service HBO NOW to its broadband customers, and today the cable company is again targeting cord cutters with new packages combining internet, a free digital antenna, and the option to bundle in HBO NOW if they choose. The “cord cutter package” as one bundle is officially called, is one of two new offerings the company announced today – the other combining a slower internet option, the antenna and a Wi-Fi voice service.

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Apple's TV service will likely be much more important than everyone thinks

Apple's TV service will likely be much more important than everyone thinks | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Is this the end of cable?

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The cord-cutter's guide: calculate what it would cost to get all of your TV online

With services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and HBO Now, 2015 is the year we can finally say goodbye to our cable TV subscriptions. But how much will it cost you to cut the cord — and what channels will you be leaving behind to do so?
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YouTube well-positioned to take on the rise of Facebook, Vine, and Snapchat

YouTube well-positioned to take on the rise of Facebook, Vine, and Snapchat | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
YouTube's signature ad format — skippable "pre-roll" ads — are unique to the platform and the heart of YouTube's revenue-share program.
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