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Andy Stout

Andy Stout is a broadcast and technology journalist, who, over the course of a quarter of a century, 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. Something of a late bloomer, he was awarded a First Class BSc from the Open University in his early 40s. He lives and dreams of faster broadband in the middle of the English countryside.

Recent Posts

Six Ways to Stop Digital Piracy

Thu, Aug 2, 2018 | by Andy Stout

The figures relating to online digital piracy are never comfortable hearing for operators. But as Olivier Dufour, CEO France, Motorsport Network, puts it: you can either whine or you can act. 

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Topics: Content Piracy

How Addressable TV Can Boost Your TV Business

Wed, Jul 4, 2018 | by Andy Stout

The promise held out by Addressable TV is an enticing one, but in this post-GDPR world there are complications to its effective deployment.

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Topics: content personalization

Apple Sets its Sights on the STB Market

Fri, Jun 8, 2018 | by Andy Stout

Industry News: After the success of Android in the set-top box market, new updates to Apple TV indicate it is after replacing the STB all together.  

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Topics: Apple TV, sports rights, OTT Streaming

Netflix Viewing Surges and OTT Revenues Climb

Mon, Apr 23, 2018 | by Andy Stout

Industry News: Amazon reveals how many Amazon Prime subscribers it has; a new study from the US highlights the importance of a sound mobile video strategy and US OTT revenues look set to surge impressively. 

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Topics: OTT TV

HEVC vs AV1; Amazon Prime figures and more Industry Analysis 

Tue, Apr 3, 2018 | by Andy Stout

While AV1 is causing excitement, there are barriers to its deployment. Amazon Prime Video’s cost per first stream figures surprise, with differences in how European and US markets consume video, and investments in AR/VR kick into high gear. 

 

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Sports OTT: The Future of Sports Broadcasting?

Tue, Mar 6, 2018 | by Andy Stout

For several years now there have been rumblings that the crown jewels of broadcasting, long held to be live sports rights, are no longer quite what they were. 

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Topics: OTT Streaming

Measuring the Importance of Big Data Analytics for Operators

Wed, Jan 24, 2018 | by Andy Stout

In the current broadcast industry, progress is not only rapid, it’s accelerating. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of data analytics, the impact of which is growing every year.

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Topics: TV analytics

The Net Neutrality Vote and its Implications for OTT and Beyond

Tue, Dec 19, 2017 | by Andy Stout

Following the recent Net Neutrality vote, are OTT providers facing having to deal with a two-speed internet?

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Topics: OTT TV

DRM - Top 5 Considerations for a Solution

Fri, Oct 27, 2017 | by Andy Stout

Five things that TV operators should think about when it comes to choosing a DRM solution.

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Topics: Content Protection, DRM

Binge Racing on Netflix: The Numbers Behind it All

Fri, Oct 20, 2017 | by Andy Stout

One of the newest emergent behaviours amongst viewers is binge racing: people who watch a show as soon as humanly possible after release.

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Topics: OTT

 

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