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“Sport is Now Less Important”: Is Sport’s Dominance of TV Coming to an End?

Mon, Nov 21, 2016 | by Nardit Mosacho


An influential recent survey indicating that interest in sport is declining amongst the young Millennials has sent shockwaves through the industry, but even so the quote in the title is surprising when you realise it comes from Sky’s Group CEO, Jeremy Darroch. Is this the end of the sporting era?

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Topics: VR, Ampere Analysis, Content, content rightts, Industry, NBC, Olympics, rights holders, sky, Sport, sports rights, viewing figures

VR 2016: Sport in the Driving Seat

Mon, Oct 24, 2016 | by Nardit Mosacho


In the companion article to this piece, we’ve charted how VR is breaking through to the mass market this year, with sales of head-mounted displays in particular forecast to suppress even the more optimistic projections from earlier this year. With the potentially game-changing PlayStation VR due out in October, just in time to hit the holiday season gift-buying sweet spot, there is even the potential for further acceleration too.

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Topics: Virtual Reality, VR, 360 degree video, Events, Industry, Sport, sportel 2016

The Industry in 2020: Sports Remain Key for Live TV

Sun, Dec 27, 2015 | by Henk Van Meerkerk


It’s really hard to make a prediction of the future in our very fast changing world. But looking at the TV Industry, maybe influenced by my always present sports goggles, I dare to make the following statement.

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Topics: TV Everywhere, Content, Events, Industry, industry in 2020, live, live broadcast, live content, live sports, live TV, multi-screen, Over the Top, Pay TV, pay TV operators, predictions, Sport, sports content, TV industry, TVLS, TVLS 2015, User Experience, viewer behaviour

Hot TV News: Facebook as a News Source; Consumers Opt for OTT; Eurosport’s Apple Watch App

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


It’s summer time, and millions of Tennis fans are about to spend the next few weeks glued to their TV’s, watching the season’s famous tournaments: Roland Garros and Wimbledon. To mark the occasion, Eurosport unveiled a special French Open app, showing live results and other data. In the US, a new survey showed that younger viewers get their news from Facebook – and not by watching local TV. And pay-TV consumers told an Amdocs survey that they’ll keep their subscriptions if the overall, multi-device experience would improve. Here is what’s buzzing in the TV industry this week.

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Topics: OTT, Apple TV, Apple Watch, broadcast, broadcast TV, Cord Cutters, Facebook, Hot TV News, Industry, News, Pay TV, Satellite, Sport, telecoms

OSN's Fight Against Sports Piracy in Cricket

Sun, May 10, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


It is an uphill battle, but the fight against sports piracy proves that innovation and persistence are the only way forward. One of the biggest pay-TV providers in the Middle East and North Africa, OSN, recently reached an important milestone in the campaign against content piracy during its broadcasts of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Using Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy, OSN, which operates more than 150 channels and services, fought illegal streaming of the matches, and successfully eliminating over 60 per cent of the illegal links of the top matches at the tournament. Cricket is the second most popular sports in the world (after football) and according to OSN executives, the campaign against pirated broadcast is of top importance for rights owners, pay-TV audience and advertisers alike.

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Topics: Anti-piracy, Brazil, Cricket, Eye on Piracy, football, football event, Industry, Internet, live streaming piracy, OSN, Pay TV, pay TV operators, Pay TV piracy, Social Network, Sport, sports piracy

Hot TV Industry News of the Week

Fri, Nov 8, 2013 | by Efrat Fenigson


It’s beginning to look like there are seeds of change being planted in the world of Pay TV. For example, network execs are working to get extra days worth of commercial-viewing payments. Can you guess why? It’s due to the rise of binge- viewing. Speaking of viewing trends, Pay TV execs are beginning to imagine a world of subscription bundles which offer their customers greater flexibility than ever before. That sure beats being forced to pay for channels that won’t be watched. There is also some not-so-good news for free-TV sports fans: major league sports may move exclusively to Pay TV. We can’t help but wonder if the legions of free-TV sports fans will let this go without a fight.

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Topics: Cable TV, Content, Content Delivery Network, Content service providers, Industry, Pay TV, Pay-TV operator, pay TV operators, PayTV, Sport, Sports, Subscribers

Hot TV Industry News of the Week - March 8 2014

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 | by Efrat Fenigson


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Topics: Broadbadn TV News, BSkyB, CNN Press Room, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Media Group, Industry, Rapid TV News, Second Screen, Second Screen App, Second Screen Applicaiton, Sport, Sports, Telefónica UK’s O2

The Second Screen and Sports - What’s Next? | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Mon, Sep 24, 2012 | by Efrat Fenigson


The French author André Maurois said that business is a combination of war and sports. When it comes to second screen applications, the prolific author was correct.

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Topics: 2012 London Olympics, Industry, Second Screen, Second screen applications, Second Screen Phenomena, Smartphones, Sport, Tablets, Viaccess-Orca, Watching TV


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