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Six Things to Consider When Evaluating Cloud TV Platforms | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Mon, Feb 29, 2016 | by Efrat Fenigson


Given the speed with which it has reshaped many industries, including our own media and TV industry, it is fairly astonishing to consider that cloud computing in its modern form is under a decade old. Amazon Web Services announced its Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) in August 2006, thus popularising the term and stating that “Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use”; Gartner released its influential report Cloud Computing Confusion Leads to Opportunity in June 2008 and said that cloud computing would become as influential as e-business and in the years since we have travelled to the point where,  cloud apps will account for 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, cloud TV, Cloud, Cloud TV platform, Content, Content Discovery, Content service providers, Industry, IPTV, multi-screen, Multiscreen, Over the Top, Pay TV, pay TV operators, PayTV, Portfolio, Second Screen, TVaaS, User Experience

ABI Research: VO Ranked #1 in Innovation for Video Middleware

Wed, Feb 17, 2016 | by Merav Cunningham


We were delighted with the results of a free ABI Research report that awarded us the status of Top Innovator for the video middleware market, especially given the respect we have for our competitors in the field.

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Topics: Service Delivery Platform, OTT, TV Everywhere, ABI Research, Cloud, Content service providers, Industry, innovation, innovator, IPTV, middleware, multi-screen, Over the Top, Pay TV, Portfolio, RiGHTv, SDP, time to market, TV Everywhere as a Service, TVaaS, Viaccess-Orca, video middleware, Video SDP, Video Service Platform, Voyage, Voyage TVaaS

TV Everywhere as a Service - Meeting Video Challenges with Greater Agility | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 | by Merav Cunningham


Our latest white paper looks at the challenges that are being faced by Pay-TV operators in the current market and offers a ready answer in the shape of our new Voyage TV Everywhere as a Service (TVaaS), a comprehensive cloud-based service delivery and management solution.

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Topics: white paper, OTT, TV Everywhere, cloud TV, Cable TV, Cloud, Cloud TV platform, Content service providers, Industry, IPTV, OTT TV, Pay TV, pay TV operators, Portfolio, SDP, TV SDP, TV service delivery platform, TV Service platform, TVaaS, Voyage, Voyage TVaaS

Who is the Real King of Television - Content or Context?

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 | by Efrat Fenigson


In January 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay which was published on the Microsoft website, titled “Content is King”. Although the original phrase is attributed to Sumner Redstone, Chairman of the Board of National Amusements, Gates’ following words are a good jumping off point for an examination of how things have changed in the two decades since he wrote them:

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Topics: OTT, VOD, COMPASS, Content, Content Discovery, context, contextual experience, Industry, Nielsen, Portfolio, Social TV, Twiter, User Experience, UX Contextual UX

How to Harness the Power of the Cloud for new OTT TV Services | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Fri, Jan 29, 2016 | by Merav Cunningham


We are happy to introduce our new cloud-based OTT TV Everywhere (TVE) platform -  Voyage - TV Everywhere as a Service (TVaaS) - a complete cloud-based service that enables content providers to increase flexibility and agility, speed up deployments, and reduce costs.

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Topics: DRM, Cloud, cloud-based, Content service providers, Everywhere, Industry, multi-screen, OTT TV, Over the Top, Pay TV, PayTV, Portfolio, tv everywhere user, TVE, Viaccess-Orca, Voyage TVaaS

App to the Future - Apple TV and the Battle for HDMI 1

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 | by Efrat Fenigson


The release of Apple TV has confirmed one rather uncomfortable fact for the established broadcast industry: normal television is just another app on a screen that is becoming full of them.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, cloud TV, App-centric, Apple, Apple TV, Apps, Cloud, cloud service providers, Industry, Netflix, Ott Service, OTT TV, Portfolio

How Social Media Accelerates Piracy

Fri, Oct 30, 2015 | by Efrat Fenigson


One of the main problems that broadcasters and service operators face in the current climate is that shifts in piracy over the past handful of years have seen it move from a post event process to a live one; from BitTorrent to Periscope and Meerkat. Live illegal streaming of content over the Internet is becoming a growing issue, especially during major sporting events which find themselves being not only the biggest expense to broadcasters in this era of spiralling rights costs, but also inevitably one of the biggest targets.

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Topics: Anti-piracy, world cup 2014, Content Piracy, Content service providers, Events, Eye on Piracy, Facebook, Industry, live streaming piracy, Meerkat, Periscope, Portfolio, soccer, Social Media, Sports, sports content piracy, sports piracy, Twitter

A Dual System Is Key to Prevent Piracy – VO Reinvents Content Security with Adaptive Sentinel

Wed, Oct 21, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


One of the main problems that operators and content service providers are increasingly facing with combating content piracy is that they are always trying to hit a moving target. Piracy techniques are evolving at an impressive rate, enabling very well run and well-drilled organisations to break encryption and distribute content in more and more inventive ways. Indeed, as we detail in our paper Architectures and Protocols Powering Illegal Content, over recent years, there has been a major shift towards the illegal redistribution of live content in real-time over the internet.

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Topics: Conditional Access System, TV Everywhere, Anti-piracy, Adaptive Sentinel, Cable TV, Card-based, card-based conditional access, Cardless technology, CAS, Customers, Content service providers, Industry, pay TV operators, PayTV, piracy, Portfolio, security

Game On for Virtual Reality [IBC2015]

Thu, Sep 10, 2015 | by Alain Nochimowski


Great novelists often play the role of prophets, sometimes announcing with astonishing foresight key technological disruptions and the advent of radically new usages. Think of Jules Verne and his fiction novels From the Earth to the Moon and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Or, from a rather more dystopian viewpoint, George Orwell’s 1984.

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Topics: Virtual Reality, VR, alain nochimowski, Events, gaming, Harmonic, head-mounted display, HMD, Industry, Interactivity, Live Streaming, Oculus Rift, personalisation, Portfolio, Premium content, samsung gear, VideoStitch

Cloud DRM - Why Pay TV Needs to Consider it?

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 | by David Leporini


Digital Rights Management (DRM), viewed as the set of technologies enforcing license agreements, has been an integral part of the history of digital content since very early days. Its use stretches all the way back into the 1990s and comparatively primitive techniques such as Product Keys, which saw users enter — often repeatedly — long strings of random numbers to validate computer programs like games. Efforts to break such protection technologies have been around for almost as long, as witnessed by the landmark and unanimous passing of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act by the US Senate in 1998. This made it an offence to circumvent access controls and technical protection measures applied to copyrighted works, and thus the struggle against digital piracy became a matter for the criminal courts as well as the copyright holders.

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Topics: white paper, TV Everywhere, DRM, cloud TV, CAS, Cloud, cloud-based DRM, content security, Digital Rights Management, DRM fragmentation, Industry, MPEG-DASH, Multi-DRM, Pay TV, pay TV operators, Portfolio, security, TV


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