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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

How AI is Evolving and Affecting TV Broadcasters

Fri, Oct 6, 2017 | by Andy Stout

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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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 conc...

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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 t...

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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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How TV Everywhere is Evolving and Its Services are Becoming Skinnier than Ever

Wed, May 31, 2017 | by Andy Stout

One of the interesting aspects of the shifting power structures within the industry is that operators are increasingly able to choose the channels they want — and only the channels they want. This mea...

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OTT Technology: How will it evolve?

Tue, May 2, 2017 | by Andy Stout

There is no doubt that television is an expensive business, and not just making it but distributing it as well. The BBC, for example, spends 6% of its licence fee income — some £210 million every year...

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Content Protection in Cloud TV and Why it Matters

Fri, Apr 7, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  One of the factors that is often referred to when accounting for the electronic entertainment industry’s comparatively slow movement towards the cloud is worries about content security. When it come...

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Augmented Reality Technology and the Challenges Ahead

Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  In January 2015, analyst Digi-Capital made a bold statement about the future of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality technology (AR). “VR will be big, AR will be bigger and take longer,” it sa...

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