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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

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 operators should think about when it comes to choosing a DRM solution.

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Topics: Content Protection, DRM, Content Piracy, content security, digital rights, Microsoft, piracy, Portfolio, Premium content, secure player, security, STB, Trusted Execution Environments, TV

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

Android Fragmentation: The Problem That Won’t Go Away

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 | by Andy Stout

The huge challenge that Android Fragmentation presents and why operators need solutions such as the standalone VO Player to combat it.

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Topics: OTT TV

How AI is Evolving and Affecting TV Broadcasters

Fri, Oct 6, 2017 | by Andy Stout

One of the big meta themes from this year’s IBC was the rise of Artificial Intelligence and how AI TV and Machine Learning will impact every level of the industry. 

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Topics: Analytics

Touchdown! The Changing Face of Sport and SVOD

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 | by Andy Stout

For so long the cornerstone of broadcast offerings, is sport losing its Midas-touch with broadcasters while at the same time being wooed by new SVOD and social players?

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Topics: TV Everywhere, OTT TV

How to make video streaming services stickier

Tue, Aug 8, 2017 | by Andy Stout

Some new data has emerged from analyst TDG in the US which could have valuable implications for anyone seeking to make their own video streaming services stickier than their competitors. The data concerns Hulu and how a survey of US broadband users reveals its popularity amongst its user base, especially when mapped against the same question asked of Netflix and Amazon Prime SVOD subscribers.

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Topics: OTT, OTT TV, OTT Streaming

Millennials and Gen Z Choose OTT TV Services over Pay TV

Mon, Jul 31, 2017 | by Andy Stout

It was perhaps only a matter of time, but a new survey says that, if asked to choose between SVOD and traditional Pay TV, the majority of under 34 year-olds will opt for OTT. As SVOD numbers grow so too do the services’ popularity.  Netflix’s latest numbers suggest that it has broken through the magic 100 million barrier alone, thanks to an accelerating uptake overseas.

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Topics: OTT, OTT TV, Pay TV

Video Streaming Services: All Change as Apple Chooses HEVC

Tue, Jul 4, 2017 | by Andy Stout

Apple’s move from the H.264 codec to HEVC (H.265) is going to free up a lot of bandwidth as 1 billion active iOS devices become vastly more efficient.

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Topics: Mobile video

 

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