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Cloud Security for Content Services: Into the Storm?

Mon, Jul 6, 2015 | by David Leporini


An increasing number of companies are interested in cloud environments in order to improve their computing, storage and networking efficiency, adaptability, and to reduce their capital expenditures. By leveraging the cloud properties of elastic and on-demand access to computing resources (eg networks, servers, storage, applications and services), companies do not need to own and maintain any more dedicated servers. Cloud service providers can provide management of various tasks like mailing and other collaborative tools.

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Topics: OTT, cloud TV, Cloud, cloud migration, cloud service providers, Content, content security, Industry, OTT operators, Portfolio, security

What's Next for the US Cable Industry? Interviewing Stephen Newkirk

Thu, May 7, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


TV Leaders Summit is only a few weeks away, and in its third year, this exceptional gathering has already become a tradition. This year in Cannes we will continue our conversations and debates over the fascinating revolutions in the TV market. As previewed by our acting CEO, Chem Assayag, we are going to hear and debate about the dominance of OTT – and the race to launch such services by traditional operators; the challenges of securing content in a multiscreen reality, targeting the millennials and many other exciting topics.

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Topics: Video, OTT, TV Everywhere, cloud TV, VOD, Big Data, Cable TV, Comcast, Conditional Access, content security, Events, Industry, IP, OTT operators, Pay TV, pay TV operators, STB, time warner, TV Leaders Summit

Hot TV News: Netflix in Oz; Apple TV & Sony go OTT; Net Neutrality Goes to Court

Thu, Mar 26, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


Seems like we can't get enough of Netflix, the OTT giant traveled almost 12,000 kilometers this week and hoisted its flag in new destinations: Australia and New Zealand. Down at the new colonies, the streaming service will offer a cheaper package than the countries’ own providers and a richer library. Meanwhile in the US, the anticipated war of attrition between the FCC and the cable industry kicked off with the first two lawsuits filed against the new Net Neutrality rules.  And new details emerged about Apple and Sony’s OTT plans, including live sports streaming and a face-lifted Set Top Box. Are you ready for your spring break?

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Topics: OTT, Apple, Apple TV, AT&T, Cable TV, FCC, HBO, Hot TV News, Industry, net neutrality, Netflix, OTT operators, Pay TV, Sony, SonyPlaystation, Sports, STB, SVOD, Verizon

Demystifying the OTT TV Panic of 2015

Mon, Mar 23, 2015 | by Sefy Ariely


Hardly a day goes by without some announcement from a content provider or network hinting that they have cleared out the garage from all the Jags and Beamers, in favor of ramen-eating geeks who are busy coding away a super-sleek OTT TV service that will go direct-to-consumer and cut out the annoying Pay TV middlemen-  the multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). And hardly a day goes by without an analyst reporting from the hospice to where the terminally ill Pay TV operators are taken, bidding them farewell on their last journey with a pitying smile and fond recollections of glory days that will no longer return.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, VOD, AT&T, Comcast, Content, Content Discovery, HBO, Industry, licensing, Netflix, OTT operators, OTT TV, Portfolio, Smart TV, Smartphone, subscriptions, SVOD, Tablets

TV News: Cord Cheaters vs Cord Cutters; OTT Shopping Spree

Fri, Mar 20, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


OTT key players made the news this week with exciting content announcements that indicate, once again, the direction in which the TV industry is going and the attempts to attract future cord cutters who are switching to OTT. These rich programming plans come on the backdrop of more cord cutting and subscription “borrowing” figures. Targeting young audience who consume their news – and videos -  through social media platforms, MSNBC said it will launch two daily new videos on Facebook. Here’s a look at the latest industry news of the week.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, Apple TV, Cable TV, Content, Cord Cutters, Facebook, Hot TV News, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Netflix, OTT operators, Pay TV, Satellite, Sony, Subscribers, Verizon

HOT TV News: Smart TV’s are Listening to Viewers; Apple is Going for TV Services

Thu, Feb 12, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


A privacy policy warning by Samsung about its Smart TV features raised questions about data collection and privacy in the digital age. Is Apple about to launch an OTT service? According to reports, the tech giant is in early talks with content production houses ahead of a possible launch of its own TV service. U.S. analysts predicted Netflix’s global rollout could take a toll on the company’s earnings due to content rights costs. Here’s a look at the hottest TV news of the week.

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Topics: OTT, Apple, Apple TV, Big Data, Broadband, content rights, digital rights, Hot TV News, Industry, Netflix, OTT operators, Pay TV, pay TV operators, samsung, Smart TV

Hot TV News: 4K TV’s Buzzing at CES; Net Neutrality Decision Expected Next Month

Fri, Jan 9, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


More than 100,000 visitors attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, watching demos and news conferences, pushing buttons and measuring tiny screens. The buzzwords in the crowded corridors were UHD Alliance, Netflix seal or super thin TVs – all meaning lots of sharp colours and quality content anytime, everywhere. Also in the news this week is the announcement by the U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) about Net Neutrality. Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to unveil the latest version of his proposal to other FCC commissioners – the February 26 vote will be closely watched by industry chiefs around the world.

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Topics: OTT, 4K TV, Cable TV, CES, Cord Cutters, FCC, HDTV, Hot TV News, Industry, net neutrality, Netflix, OTT operators, samsung, Satellite, Sony, Streaming, Ultra HD, Ultra HD 4K, video streaming

Fighting to Be Favorite: The New Emphasis on User Experience - TV Leaders' Summit

Thu, Jan 1, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


In the world of TV Everywhere, user experience is very different to what it used to be ten, or even five years ago. Looking at older devices, such as the analog telephone or the television set – it is easy to notice how simple, user-specific, and device- specific their user experience is. But today's devices require a completely different approach: they're more complicated, they're innovative, and they're portable.

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Topics: OTT, Apps, audience, audience reach, Customers, connected devices, Events, Industry, mobile devices, OTT operators, Second Screen, Second Screen App, TV EV, TV Leaders Summit, UX

PlayStation, Xbox Services Hacked; DirecTV Deal with Disney, the Best of “2014 Best”

Thu, Jan 1, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


A Christmas Day hacking attack against Sony PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox drew a bit of the media attention away from the unprecedented attack against Sony’s studios. A senior analyst at CBS shared his findings about the effects Netflix has on traditional TV viewing, saying the streaming is a “major disruptive force”. Tired of reading 2014 lists and summaries? We picked 3 of them for you.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, Amazon, cable, Cable TV, Cyber Attacks, Hacking, Hot TV News, Industry, Internet, multi-screen, multi-screen content strategy, Netflix, OTT operators, pay TV operators, Sony, SonyPlaystation, traditional TV, TV, Xbox

Notes from Connections Europe 2013 - VO Blog

Wed, Dec 4, 2013 | by François Moreau de Saint-Martin


Connections Europe 2013 proved to be an enlightening event for all attendees. Spanning two days in beautiful Amsterdam, the agenda was packed with discussions led by renowned executives of top companies offering their perspectives on best practices for increasing revenues now and in the future. Day One’s series of talks on business strategies and consumer engagement was followed by discussions on services, technology and new opportunities on Day Two.

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Topics: Webinar, OTT, Cable TV, CONNECTIONS Europe Summit, Content, Content service providers, Copyright, Events, François Moreau de Saint Martin, François Moreau De St Martin, HBO, multi-screen, multi-screen content strategy, Multi Screening, Multiscreen, OTT operators, Over the Top, Satellite, Twitter


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