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Chem Assayag

Chem Assayag is VO's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With a strong experience in the world of digital television and content services, and during his tenure at OpenTV, the worldwide leader in interactive television, he managed operations in Europe and the Middle East, growing revenues in the company’s largest business region. Chem also led the worldwide sales, marketing, and business development functions for the MediaHighway® product line at NDS (now part of Cisco Systems). In the late 2000s he was also a key figure in Europe’s mobile TV and mobile broadcast industry, leading Qualcomm’s MediaFLO division in the region. Aside from his corporate sales and business experience, Assayag is an entrepreneur who founded, managed, and sold his own company, and has also driven a number of business startups. Chem graduated in management from EM Lyon, and holds a postgraduate degree in media management from ESCP Europe.

Recent Posts

What the Internet Trends Report 2019 Reveals for TV Operators

Tue, Jun 25, 2019 | by Chem Assayag

Why you are hearing a lot about AI in broadcasting this year

Wed, Feb 27, 2019 | by Chem Assayag

The buzz surrounding AI in broadcasting is getting louder as the year progresses. Why now? How mature is AI development throughout the industry? And what sort of projects are we going to see as it dev...

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AI in Media and Entertainment: IBC2018 in Review

Fri, Oct 5, 2018 | by Chem Assayag

From the rise of AI in Media and Entertainment to the robust health of niche OTT services and the importance of the first eight seconds, this year’s IBC was a fascinating window on the industry. 

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Apple TV, Sky Q, and the Ongoing Battle for the HDMI 1 Slot

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 | by Chem Assayag

One of the growing trends in pay TV this year is for operators to integrate apps for the likes of Netflix and other SVOD rivals in their own set-top boxes. 

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How 2018 Will Shape the OTT Industry

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 | by Chem Assayag

From AI & VR to the power of FAANG and the impact of microservice architectures and privacy legislation: what 2018 has in store for the OTT sector and beyond.

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Where Does the Future of Satellite TV fit into the Future of Television?

Wed, Nov 8, 2017 | by Chem Assayag

Every year it seems that the industry asks if  Satellite TV is dying, but every year it is still with us. What makes it such a continuing valid route to market for broadcasters?

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iPhone X: TV industry takeaways from Apple’s greatest smartphone yet

Wed, Sep 13, 2017 | by Chem Assayag

All the headlines about Apple’s September 12 event were about the iPhone X, but there were some important structural shifts with implications for the entire industry on stage as well. 

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TV Industry - 4 Scenarios That Will Shape the Future

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 | by Chem Assayag

Who will be the victors in the battle for the future of the TV industry? Will it be the established media groups, the internet platforms, or the incoming telcos? To understand the roadmap for the futu...

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Video to be 80% of all Internet Traffic by 2021

Fri, Jun 30, 2017 | by Chem Assayag

The latest Cisco Visual Networking Index revises Internet traffic numbers upwards yet again.

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