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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

Augmented Reality Technology and the Challenges Ahead

Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | by Andy Stout

How a Content Discovery Platform Helps Customize the Consumer Journey

Fri, Mar 24, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  From funnels to touchpoints to end–to-end journeys, we’ve come a long way in our understanding of the decision processes that customers make when they are choosing a service, whether it be TV or any...

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Do Streaming Media Services Have to Mean the Death of Pay TV?

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  Early March was an important date for the broadcast industry as a significant tipping point was reached in the US – the number of streaming media services subscribers finally overtook the number of ...

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The Scope of Video Piracy in the Mobile Connected World

Wed, Mar 8, 2017 | by Andy Stout

There are several worrying angles to the subject of video piracy on mobile phones. And while the most disruptive so far has undoubtedly been the use of handsets to capture and stream protected content...

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Five Reasons Why YouTube Launching Live Streaming Services Matters

Wed, Mar 1, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  Finally, after an extended period of dropping heavy hints in the business sections of the press, YouTube has announced that it’s going to start streaming live TV channels with its own $35 skinny bun...

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Have We Really Reached Peak TV?

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  There is an argument that says we are in a new Golden Age of television as competition between the traditional TV industry and the new, digital players for viewers intensifies. But if we have genuin...

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Video Vital for Mobile ARPU, VR/AR Investment up 300%, and other industry insights

Tue, Feb 7, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  Video is being hailed as the killer app for mobile operators looking to arrest a slide in ARPU while new figures show that investment in VR and AR climbed a mammoth 304% in 2016. Meanwhile,  OTT chu...

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The Continual Evolution of Data Piracy

Mon, Jan 23, 2017 | by Andy Stout

A recent survey concluded that one in three US consumers watch pirated content, despite 69% of them recognizing that data piracy is illegal. 

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10 Things You Should Know About VR Streaming

Thu, Jan 19, 2017 | by Andy Stout

All the projections and surveys suggest that VR adoption is on the verge of acceleration. Much of that will be down to the impact that VR streaming will have on consumers.   

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