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In the top line finding of what it says is the first ever operational best practices research study of the over-the-top (OTT) industry, video AI platform provider Conviva has found that there is no such thing as a typical OTT publisher.

ConvivaOTT 16NOv2017The study, conducted by independent research and strategy consultancy MTM, explored OTT operational best practices across leading publishers in EMEA and North America. The study specifically looked into how much time and effort is expended to both discover and fix service delivery issues such as high buffering, low bitrates and slow video start times that lead to decreased viewing times, session abandonment and even churn.

Conviva says that one of the interesting and unexpected findings from the research study was the realisation that there is no such thing as a typical OTT publisher, although the original goal was to find commonalities across publishers to establish economic benchmarks. While the broadcast industry has adopted common standards and practices for delivering content, Conviva found that OTT publishers use a variety of approaches to managing video delivery and ensuring viewers receive a high quality of experience (QoE).

Yet while no common business model was found, there was resounding agreement amongst those surveyed that one of the most difficult operational tasks is performing root cause analysis of issues such as re-buffering or stream failures. Most respondents also agreed that automation or machine learning would help them with diagnosing the of root cause of any problem.

“The Internet was not designed to support large-scale, high quality video streaming and yet our customers have no choice but to use this medium to deliver video as more consumers move from traditional pay-TV services to a wide variety of OTT services,” says Conviva CEO Hui Zhang. “This study reveals not only the diversity of approaches that leading OTT publishers are utilising today to deliver their service, but also the myriad of opportunities technology providers, like Conviva, and others should understand to help build better streaming services and to make the internet work for video.”

“We set out to build a business model for the OTT industry to better understand the economics of delivering high quality, error-free streaming experiences,” added Nick Thomas, associate director at MTM. “Instead, amongst many other interesting findings, we discovered that most OTT publishers have very unique policies and procedures for operating their service and dealing with delivery issues.”

Conviva concluded by saying that the research study has uncovered an ‘incredible’ opportunity to establish standards in running a successful OTT business. It advised industry trade groups, such as the Streaming Video Alliance (SVA), to consider establishing industry-wide agreed standards about what constitutes a high quality streaming video experience in a way that consumers can understand and publishers can benchmark themselves against. Furthermore, it believes that there is an opportunity for OTT publishers to share knowledge and best practices with their industry peers related to operating, alerting, and issue resolution. This could improve the quality of streaming video across the industry, potentially accelerating the overall growth of OTT streaming video.