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Rapid TV Everywhere - September 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - September 2017

02-Sep-2017
In this month’s issue: we take a look at the latest edition of the NextTV South America offering an insight as to how the Latin American TV industry is changing and expanding; we see how the OTT is changing and how broadcasters are exploring the ways in which they can extend the reach of their video content beyond its existing audience; why the media industry may be failing to anticipate and keep pace with the ever-increasing demands of ever-expanding audiences and satisfying a plethora of options; what lessons that the telecoms industry can pass on to broadcast when it comes to the move towards a new era of IP-connected, software-centric technology platforms; we unveil the new and rather scary concept of holding hacked content hostage, something which may have marked a tipping point for the industry; and finally we look at location piracy and how it could be contributing to loss of cultural identity.
Rapid TV Everywhere - August 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - August 2017

03-Aug-2017
In this month’s issue: we take a look at the rise of IP-based solutions which has seen the cloud emerge as a viable platform for broadcast operations, and in particular how Sony DADC New Media Solutions is using the cloud to make it easier for companies to cope with ever-shifting consumer demands and focus on differentiating solutions. We also cover the new, third generation, of over-the-top services; how the new SVOD giants are turning to localisation; personalisation in linear TV graphics and offers a way for operators to boost TV revenues and audience reach; and we talk to Danish cable supplier Stofa and ask how it enhanced its content protection apparatus to coincide with the launch of a new set-top box for advanced hybrid services.
Rapid TV Everywhere - July 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - July 2017

04-Jul-2017
Who hasn’t done it? Who on New Year’s Day hasn’t made a resolution in more than hope than expectation that six months later you’re still on track? Stopping bingeing and being skinnier are classic ones. Well as we enter July after six months of the year, the TV industry can say that it has failed wonderfully on the first and succeeded in the same token on the latter.

The plain truth is that midway into 2017 and the industry is as robust as ever; we are continuing to watch more TV in more places for longer and that the surprise hit of the year has been the skinny bundle. A lot of column inches have been given over to the phenomenon of the year but even if undoubtedly skinny isn’t a fad diet, it’s not the only option on the menu. Indeed, there’s a lot more beef to the advanced products and services currently driving the TV market.

For example, there is IP broadcasting which we’ve touched on many times this year (and will undoubtedly keep doing so); there’s the next generation of displays screens – we’re not talking about 4K but of 8K; then there is dynamic ad insertion which is now seeing use for major events such as the Champions League final; there’s artificial intelligence which is rapidly gaining attention as its power will allow operators to turn big data into big revenue; and there’s the perennial issue of content protection.
All of these are covered in our July issue. We hope as ever you will find some tasty items on out menu. Bon appetite.
Rapid TV Everywhere - June 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - June 2017

02-Jun-2017
In this month’s issue: we take a look at Amazon and rate its prospects for success in the SVOD space and why live TV may give it a serious USP battling with Netflix; Speaking of TV companies that Amazon will be competing with; we see how Sky has kept high the quality of its multiscreen offer 10 years since launch; we take a peek at IP-based broadcasting and see where it may fit into the TV universe; we see why ‘true’ OTT live streaming could open up a wealth of possibilities that were simply not possible before; and how investing in the right post-production hardware will save a lot of time and frustration.
Rapid TV Everywhere - May 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - May 2017

02-May-2017
In this month’s issue: we report from NAB 2017 where there may have not been a Las Vegas showstopper but still something out of this world for broadcasting; we look at just how fast Ultra HD is growing given that all the essential requirements for development in place; why pay-TV firms will have to deliver new innovations and strategies to remain competitive over the coming years; how consumers are starting to fully realise how it can make their lives easier; a look at Digital Television Russia who has used multiscreen technology to great advantage.
Rapid TV Everywhere - April 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - April 2017

03-Apr-2017
In this month’s issue: we report from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where subscription video-on-demand took centre stage; why consumers are switching off pay-TV services; why over-the-top services are accelerating the concept of personalisation and how to make OTT pay; why to stay ahead of the curve, providers are turning to out-of-the-box tech solutions; why cord-cutting may be at a tipping point; where pay-TV becomes the norm; and the sea change that the video industry may be taking.
Rapid TV Everywhere - March 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - March 2017

01-Mar-2017
In this month’s issue, we look at: the TV everywhere infrastructure needed to ensure an acceptable quality of experience; satellite delivery networks and their part in the multiscreen ecosystem; digital terrestrial transmission; how SVOD is now a driving force of 4K/Ultra HD adoption; the four pillars of live news; online video’s pain points.
Rapid TV Everywhere - February 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - February 2017

02-Feb-2017
In this month’s issue: we look at augmented reality, regarded in the same way as VR as a potential complementary technology and which can be an essential tool for making TV unmissable; is show dumping a new worry trend in a market where viewers are continuing to feel the shockwaves of an industry in significant transition?; what does it mean to be a service provider in 2017 when the players have seen disintermediation from customers by OTT players; who ‘owns the glass’ in multiscreen TV?
Rapid TV Everywhere - January 2017
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - January 2017

03-Jan-2017
In this month’s issue, we tango into Latin America and find how those driving one of the most important regions for the TV industry hope to keep their foot on the accelerator during 2017; we report from the New York edition of TVOT. What are the industry leaders in the US planning to introduce; we take a look how can the TV industry can fight back against piracy; the steps needed to ensure OTT proliferation in new territories; and finally, we investigate content consumption and why there may be a hidden generational shift at play.
Rapid TV Everywhere - December 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - December 2016

04-Dec-2016
In this month’s issue, we look at what have been the key trends in multiscreen entertainment in 2016 and what could be the game changers next year. We look at the Ultra HD industry and see how monetisation is catching up with the technology; how virtual reality could be the next big thing; the rise and rise of HbbTV; and how a smart home fits into the entertainment world.
Rapid TV Everywhere - November 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - November 2016

02-Nov-2016
In this month’s issue we road-, or rather rail-test the latest multiscreen entertainment system used on new Eurostar trains; how to make over-the-top app development across multiple platforms less tricky; overcoming the limitations of generic content delivery networks; what content owners need to do to combat emerging piracy threats; and why the role of metadata is even more vital.
Rapid TV Everywhere - October 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - October 2016

02-Oct-2016
Welcome to the October 2016 issue of Rapid TV Everywhere.

In this month’s issue: How OTT and pay-TV providers can adapt to the threat of ad blocking software; how broadcasters can understand how fans really watch sporting events; what providers need to do to offer OTT successfully; how content rights owners can tap into the coming video explosion; why it’s possible for content providers to drive revenue without raising prices; cashing in on streaming; the rich legacy of Olympic broadcasting.
Rapid TV Everywhere - September 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - September 2016

01-Sep-2016
Welcome once again to Rapid TV Everywhere. For everyone in the European broadcast industry September means one thing: IBC. As one would expect, our issue this month will reflect what is happening at the show but as is the want of Rapid TV Everywhere, we’re going to dig deeper beyond the headlines and look at the some of the real cutting edge things that you can see at the show, things that are worth the effort to discover as we believe they could add a cutting edge to broadcast operations despite a current lack of huge publicity. We’ll be looking at issues such as migrating to a cloud-based video headend; whether Facebook Mid Roll can offer a revolution in digital advertising; artificial intelligence and what it can offer the TV and video industry; how the UK can remain a key strategic location for European TV despite the Brexit vote.
Rapid TV Everywhere - August 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - August 2016

02-Aug-2016
Welcome once again to Rapid TV Everywhere. After June and July’s tumultuous events, things seem to have quietened down as we meander into the heat of August. Well maybe not in broadcasting.

This month we look at the increasing challenges that will slow development Ultra HD past 2017; why understanding user experience is fundamental to long-term success; How will programmatic ad-technology expand globally in the months and years to come; the online TV data deluge that’s on the horizon; IP workflow and the orchestration of services; plus how the current big choice in channels and platforms has changed the small screen big time and why at the heart of making this all possible is big data.
We hope you enjoy.
Rapid TV Everywhere - July 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - July 2016

03-Jul-2016

Welcome once again to Rapid TV Everywhere. We’re now into the second half of the year and huge change has hit economies and the broadcast market in particular.

This month we look at industry and consumer trends in over-the-top (OTT); look at why under interface development is making it time for operators to change their game; the similarities between OTT today and cable TV of yesteryear; and ow new recommendation engine technology enables entertainment providers to use customer data to help meet competitive challenges.

We hope you enjoy

Rapid TV Everywhere - June 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - June 2016

01-Jun-2016
Welcome once again to Rapid TV Everywhere. June has arrived, a month that will see the kick off of the Euro 2016 football tournament just before the Olympic Games begin in July.
These two major sporting events will not only be a platform for elite sport, they will also be exemplars of elite broadcasting and guaranteeing quality of service, the principal theme of this issue. We’ll also be looking at what has been described as TV’s dumbest problem: failing to take money from those willing to hand it over. We hope you enjoy this and all the articles this month when for sport and multiscreen broadcasting it is truly game on.
Rapid TV Everywhere - May 2016
Digital Issues

Rapid TV Everywhere - May 2016

05-May-2016

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of Rapid TV Everywhere. As we enter this new month its perhaps appropriate to talk about revolutions: well those that relate to TV that is. OTT has been a TV revolution since Netflix and then Hulu burst onto the scene some years ago and the other revolution going on right now concerns Ultra HD TV. We will be focussing on both.
We’ll also take a look at sports on TV everywhere services, multiscreen anime, the rise and rise of the YouTube multi-channel network and getting the quality of service you need for online video success.