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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

Virtual Reality Streaming, Thin TVs and Virtual Assistants at CES 2017

Mon, Jan 9, 2017 | by Andy Stout

Game of Thrones Most Pirated for Fifth Year Running

Tue, Jan 3, 2017 | by Andy Stout

  HBO’s fantasy juggernaut Game of Thrones has won the dubious accolade of coming top of TorrentFreak’s annual round up of the most torrented TV shows again.

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Amazon’s Global Rollout Showcases SVOD Power

Thu, Dec 22, 2016 | by Andy Stout

2016 started and finished with the instantaneous and almost global rollout of two major SVOD services, Netflix in January and Amazon Prime Video in December, showcasing the power of the cloud to trans...

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Hot TV News: European privacy laws a Big Threat to Big Data; TV still top for in-home streaming; Multiple technologies needed for Gigabit Society

Mon, Nov 28, 2016 | by Andy Stout

  The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation laws are due in 18 months and will shake up privacy around the globe; Connected TV use is on the rise; and Europe looks to establish the Gigab...

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Hot TV News: Massive Move to Mobile; Is OTT the Best Way To Protect Revenue?; The Next 5 Years of VR According to Oculus

Wed, Nov 9, 2016 | by Andy Stout

  An “enormous and rapid shift” is underway to mobile video consumption according to Ericsson, while consumers seem to rate OTT over pay-TV in a growing number of metrics. And Oculus VR Chief Scientis...

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Hot TV News: Astonishing Rise in VR Hardware Predictions, Sports Rights Growth To Slow, and Fixing Facebook’s Ads

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 | by Andy Stout

  One of the latest reports looking at the potential for the VR market predicts it could be worth as much as $50bn by 2021. Growth in sports rights meanwhile is set to be more modest as rights holders...

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Hot TV News: SVOD market set to double to $34.6 billion; NBCU Highlights Digital Gains During Rio Games; “The 50-Year Party is Over!” IBC2016 Looks to the Future | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Wed, Oct 5, 2016 | by Andy Stout

A new report from Juniper Research suggests that SVOD revenues are about to surge worldwide, while NBC the much-reported low viewing figures for NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games was offset by some ...

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Looking Forward to IBC2016

Tue, Sep 6, 2016 | by Andy Stout

  IBC is getting bigger every year, with somewhere in the region of 55,000 visitors from all over the world descending on the Amsterdam RAI to see 1600+ exhibitors and listen to the 300 speakers in th...

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Hot TV News: Mobile Data Market to Reach $630bn; Under 25s Watch 25% Less; Netflix & Amazon Revenues to Double

Mon, Aug 1, 2016 | by Andy Stout

  5G and the IoT are going to conspire together to lead to a huge growth in mobile data, but there are plenty of difficulties ahead in the transition from 4G. Meanwhile, Ofcom in the UK confirms that,...

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