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Andy Stout

Andy Stout is a broadcast and technology journalist, who, over longer than he cares to think about, has written for most of the major publications in the industry. He is fascinated by technology and its evolving impact on society, and enjoys bringing an eclectic viewpoint to the Viaccess-Orca blog. He was awarded a First Class BSc from the Open University and lives with his family in Northern Ireland.

Recent Posts

AVOD revenues now exceeding SVOD in key territories

Wed, Apr 7, 2021 | by Andy Stout

OTT streaming services and the problem of password sharing

Fri, Mar 26, 2021 | by Andy Stout

The problem of password sharing has grown over the past few years and is costing the industry tens of billions. It is time to do something about it. [updated]

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Do we need different age-based user experiences?

Thu, Mar 4, 2021 | by Andy Stout

Industry insights: Should we be offering older viewers their own individualized profiles, the BBC brings BBC3 back to linear TV, Disney+ and Netflix expand in APAC, and more.

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How aggregation is helping drive OTT subscriber numbers

Wed, Feb 10, 2021 | by Andy Stout

Industry Insights: New research shows that there is still plenty of headroom for OTT growth even in saturated markets, while we now have a better understanding of the composition of European OTT conte...

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How video QoE can impact your profits

Sun, Jan 31, 2021 | by Andy Stout

Video QoE is of vital importance to operators and not prioritizing video quality can rob them of  both revenue and viewers. [Updated]

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AVOD deployments accelerate in 2021

Fri, Jan 29, 2021 | by Andy Stout

Industry Insights: 2021 looks like becoming an important year for AVOD services while the importance of maintaining deep libraries and offering 4K content is also being highlighted.

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TV screens get bigger and more flexible in 2021

Thu, Jan 7, 2021 | by Andy Stout

Industry insight: The average TV screen is getting bigger and newer, while the latest sets on show at the virtual CES this year are more flexible than ever.

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2020 closes on a high note for SVOD

Mon, Dec 21, 2020 | by Andy Stout

Industry insight: 2020 subscribers’ growth sets new record while Disney+ raises the bar for content production to new heights and ViacomCBS moves lock, stock and barrel into the cloud.

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2020 internet trends: A year’s worth of traffic growth in a few weeks

Sat, Dec 5, 2020 | by Andy Stout

Industry insight: A new report assesses how the networks coped with the Covid spikes in demand; Discovery goes D2C; and family viewing is one of AVOD’s big drivers.

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