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The new frontiers of OTT delivery: Multicast, P2P & Hybrid

The new frontiers of OTT delivery: Multicast, P2P & Hybrid | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

4K streaming, mobile broadcasting for the crowd, generalized delinearization, worldwide video events…


OTT delivery is just multiplying the challenges, as customers’ expectations are raising each day in terms of video fast-start, instant channel switching, lack of buffer and high frame size/rate – on all devices in all network conditions. To answer those challenges, OTT delivery answer today is basically more unicast sessions, more servers, more peering – and less and less guarantee of satisfying end-user experience as long as there is no specific end-to-end paid agreement to guarantee that the path will be provisioned from the origin server up to the video device. Even in this ideal scheme, the device might still suffer from poor wireless conditions which jeopardize the experience. So, how do we deal with all this stack of potential problems: do we stick to the aging receipts, rely blindly on Moore’s law and perpetuate a hopeless CDN weapons race? Or do we try to find smarter ways to make the OTT growth reach a sustainable delivery model ?

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Thoughts on the Digital Video Space: 10 Predictions for the Second Screen Industry in 2013

Thoughts on the Digital Video Space: 10 Predictions for the Second Screen Industry in 2013 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

It seems that technology triggers are often accompanied by the hype of future potential benefits, while the real value is elusive and slower to appear than industry journalists, analysts, or pundits would like, but I am going to lay out 10 scenarios that will develop in this still nascent industry during 2013 :

 

1.  The "digital land grab" continues, marked by consolidation, failure, and improved user experiences.

2.  Social feeds will be a feature, not the experience.

3.  "Discovery" will become a household word.

4.  Tablet and smartphone usage reports will become about activities related to the TV.

5.  Studios and networks save money, apps grow in 2 directions.

6.  Gamification will begin to lose favor with the press and consumers, only to begin to add value again towards the end of 2013.

7.  Amazon and Ebay will engage in a battle for the Second Screener's M-Commerce.

8.  Cloud-based digital lockers will finally be taken seriously by consumers and the rest of the ecosystem.

9.  Device makers will jump into second screen with both feet.

10.  ACR and the battle of the digital video ecosystems.

 

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6 Online Video Trends to Watch in 2013

Get an advance peek at the online video trends that will shape 2013 and how you can capitalize on the disruption to come.

You will learn:
• What service providers can do to profit from the rise of OTT video
• How the migration to longer-form video content will effect OTT providers and existing Pay TV operators
• How the combination of CDNs and Transparent Caching can be a dynamic duo for service providers
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HBO’s Future is in Standalone Streaming, It Just Doesn’t Know It Yet

HBO’s Future is in Standalone Streaming, It Just Doesn’t Know It Yet | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One morning during the next five years, you’ll wake up to news that HBO has seen the light. The cable network will announce that it has decided to take your money — maybe $12, $15, or $20 a month — and from that moment on, you’ll be able to watch its shows without a cable subscription.

 

Execs at the network and the rest of the TV industry will hail the news as momentous. But don’t be surprised by it. I’m not going out on a limb in making this prediction, because what happens from here is slam-dunk obvious: HBO’s current business is doomed. Yes, the network is riding high now. But there are simply too many growing forces arrayed against its cable-dependent model for the business to continue as it is — too many high-quality shows from competing, non-premium cable channels, too many new technologies for watching TV, too many startups gunning for HBO’s customers. At some point, too, there will simply be too much money in the streaming business for HBO to ignore.

 

The only question now is, When?

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Is Google’s TV strategy a winner?

Is Google’s TV strategy a winner? | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As LG launches the first next-generation Google TV sets, how well is Google positioned for the future of television?

 

The Internet giant has a longstanding strategy to extend its domain from PCs to other devices, particularly mobiles and also TV sets. For television, this would bring both its search service and YouTube’s content to smart TVs and thereby grow new revenue streams from the main screen in consumers’ homes.

 

Television sets powered by the Google Android operating system give the company a new distribution channel, in addition to mobile, for premium content from its Google Play apps and entertainment store (formerly Android Market).

Two other elements to the strategy are developing professional-quality content for YouTube and attracting more users to the Google+ social network, which is being enhanced with a video chat and broadcasting feature, Google Hangouts.

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Pour une stratégie européenne de la TV connectée (Olivier Ezratty)

Pour une stratégie européenne de la TV connectée (Olivier Ezratty) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

J’ai eu l’occasion d’intervenir dans un débat mercredi 19 octobre 2011 au Sénat portant sur les “Libertés sous le règne de l’Internet” organisé par la Fondation Robert Schumann et le Center for European Studies.  [...]

La seconde table ronde où j’intervenais rassemblait trois opérateurs télécom français [...] et portait sur le web 3.0 et les télévisions connectées et sur les migrations de valeur intervenant dans l’univers télécoms, Internet et télévision numérique.


[...] Mon propos faisait le lien entre la stratégie actuelle des acteurs français et par extension européens, celle des grandes sociétés américaines et asiatiques, et les enjeux de libertés : liberté d’expression, liberté d’accès aux contenus et libertés d’entreprendre. Il se terminait par une proposition permettant d’éviter à l’industrie européenne de la télévision de tomber sous le contrôle des géants américains et asiatiques et de d’étendre les libertés citées où l’on part de très bas pour ce qui est de la télévision.


Le point clé de cette piste est de prôner un collaboration plus intense de l’industrie et des régulateurs pour standardiser les plateformes de la TV connectée.

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The Dirty Little Secret About 4K Streaming: Content Owners Can't Afford The Bandwidth Costs

The Dirty Little Secret About 4K Streaming: Content Owners Can't Afford The Bandwidth Costs | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

When vendors and industry executives go to a show like CES, none of them seem to be satisfied to talk about what they are doing now. Almost always, they want to talk about the future and something more exciting and for this year, it’s all about 4K. All week we’ve seen companies talking about the role HEVC plays with 4K, improved compression, higher-quality video and hardware devices that will be able to decode and playback 4K content. While it all sounds exciting, the reality is, no one is discussing the business models around 4K streaming and the fact that for most, the economics of delivering 4K content don’t work.

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Yes, software and the cloud could kill the set-top box

Yes, software and the cloud could kill the set-top box | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Most people are aware that their TVs, their gaming consoles, their Blu-Ray players and an assortment of other devices are now able to deliver content from a widening array of services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon. From a practical standpoint, this means consumers may find their entertainment centers less cluttered with Rokus, Boxee Boxes or maybe even a dedicated Blu-Ray player. This means consumers can get rid of myriad boxes, but the question is whether or not they will ever see the end of the set top box provided by their cable provider.

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BBC Presentation - Future of TV - Orchestrated Media - New Gatekeepers in the Living Room Means More Disruption (Or Democratisation) of TV Industry

An interesting presentation by the BBC and Richard Kastelein from Agora Media : http://agoramedia.co.uk

 

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Cloud Video Encoding: When to Go Online and When to Stay In-House

Cloud Video Encoding: When to Go Online and When to Stay In-House | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The experts weigh in on when companies should encode and transcode their own content, and when it makes sense to move to the cloud.

 

Economies of scale, faster deployment and format responsiveness, plus drastically reduced CAPEX (capital expenditures): All of these are reasons why it can make sense to move video transcoding and distribution from your company to a third-party cloud-based service.

 

At the same time, there are instances where it makes sense to keep transcoding and distribution in-house. Here’s how to decide when the cloud makes sense, and when it doesn’t.

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OTT Strategy Summit 2012 Report

OTT Strategy Summit 2012 Report | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Last week, we proudly launched our inaugural OTT Strategy Summit at this year’s IP &TV World Forum (renamed to TV Connect in 2013) in London. With stellar participation from ITV, Accedo, Microsoft, Parks Associates and Nextstream, the panel addressed the opportunities and challenges of operators adopting a multi-screen strategy. Christopher Schouten, Senior Marketing Director, Online, Irdeto also presented cases for monetizing and securing OTT multi-screen services, drawing upon the findings from our most recent Media 3.0 community report entitled,Why Smart TV alone is not enough – a consumer review of TV platform services.

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BBC's Technology Strategy Update: summary road maps

BBC's Technology Strategy Update: summary road maps | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The technology strategy describes the BBC's intent to leverage technologies such as virtualisation, cloud and consumer technologies but the next step was to translate those ambitions into specific areas of technology to start achieving them. We identified 35 different areas of technology and set out to create an individual roadmap or strategy for each. The roadmaps cover all major areas from core infrastructure such as networks and data centres through to content production technology and audience facing such as Red Button and online search.

An observation that came from developing the strategies is the importance of enterprise architecture. The BBC is at a tipping point where integration is the focus for both our content production and our enterprise systems. Integration will enable the BBC to deliver efficiencies and better ways of working but it's not trivial to deliver. For the BBC to achieve its goals the role of architectural frameworks, interoperability standards (such as minimal metadata standards) and shared services are vital.

Attached to this blog is a summary of all the individual strategy roadmaps. It should provide you with a view of where the BBC would like to focus its efforts across each area of technology. Achieving many of these ambitions is dependant on the relationship the BBC has with technology partners and the innovation and creativity that exists in the market.

View presentation here : http://slidesha.re/iChFUk
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