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Andy Stout

Andy Stout is a broadcast and technology journalist, who, over longer than he cares to think about, 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. He was awarded a First Class BSc from the Open University and lives with his family in Northern Ireland.

Recent Posts

DRM - Top 5 Considerations for a Solution

Fri, Oct 27, 2017 | by Andy Stout

Binge Racing on Netflix: The Numbers Behind it All

Fri, Oct 20, 2017 | by Andy Stout

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

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Android Fragmentation: The Problem That Won’t Go Away

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 | by Andy Stout

One of the best ways of visualizing the problem of Android fragmentation is to track the installation of new operating systems across mobile devices.  

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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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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

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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