If you were too busy 'networking' in Vegas to keep up with this weeks news then Simplestream has your back; with a run-down of what the rest of the world has been up to, try to remember some of it in case anyone wants to know what you got up to at NAB.
Look who made first place in the weekly news round up again, these ‘Simplestream’ fellows seem like real up and comers to me what with their 4K SVOD service and their Low Latency White Paper.
With all this Simplestream news going around it’s almost hard to remember that Apple TV+ (mouthful) was announced earlier this week, marking another entry from a non-traditional broadcaster to capitalise on the rapidly growing market.
Despite an imperfect viewing experience French OTT continues to devour the linear broadcasting world, an ever more prevalent fact as technology and infrastructure improve.
An apparently un-busy House of Lords had called an investigation into the future of public broadcasters as the looming reality of Video on Demand services dawns on the world of entertainment.
A few arresting developments this week as Simplestream (Who?) help to enhance the Law&Crime Network along with some other, minor, news like Roku adding 7.8 million active accounts last year and ITV VoD revenues jumping 36%.
The writing appears on the wall as Samsung quits out of the Blu-ray player market with an increasing number of OTT services (including our own) offering 4K streaming as consumers turn to VOD on the kind of big screen rather than the big silver screen.
Growth is abound in the OTT market as new services launch to bridge the gap in content and consumer demand, meanwhile overall use and subscriptions are up with some impressive projections.
In the spirit of our imminent BAR Cannes attendance we thought it would only be timely to take a look at how the sports market is adapting to the OTT shift and where our own Sports Video Platform could be of help.
As everyone settles into the New Year predictions and reflections are abound as the shifting market-space looks for any signs of slowing down in an increasingly OTT world.
In an attempt to recoup the large sum invested in content creation, Netflix has increased it's SVoD price by 18% in the US causing a sudden drop in subscribers and generating a significant interest in the potential for a hybrid SVoD and AVoD service among some of it's customer base.
Another great week of this new year and all the dust is settling on the previous year with huge numbers across the board as TV continues to trend towards the digital future.
While Netflix continues to be a dominant OTT platform research shows that consumers have a larger content appetite with 75% of Netflix users are subscribed to more than one SVoD service. Innovation continues to be a deciding factor in the future of content distribution as Orange works to roll out smart speaker control.
A move away from the traditional distribution networks this week as VRT decides to close it's free-to-air terrestrial service and instead focus more on it's OTT app; as DirecTV focuses on fibre and OTT in lieu of satellites. “No more satellites” says DirecTV owners AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said, [...]
This week Virgin Media announced great mutual successes in their Netflix offering, ESPN's viewer base shifts towards OTT and Parks Associates publishes a finding that OTT is on the tip of the tongue for subscribers.
After the Barclays announcement of a doubling of their SVoD fund; a report on French viewer analysis and a second Dutch report displayed the revolution occurring in the digital world for both current and new brands.