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NAB 2018 was all about content
May 16 2018

AR, VR, ML, AI, HDR and UHD (not to mention ATSC 3.0). The NAB Show this year was an alphabet soup of technology that spelled out one word: C-O-N-T-E-N-T.

Content took center stage at the show, with broadcasters, studios, content owners and aggregators all looking to technology to bring content home, literally. The 2018 show, more so than many recent editions, celebrated content’s new direction: Over-the-top.

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Q4 2017 Video Index: Content is good, but more content is better
Mar 14 2018

Successful OTT service providers globally more than doubled the number of assets in their video supply chain during 2017, increasing the number of video assets processed 112% over the 12 months, according to Ooyala’s Q4 2017 Video Index.

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Video Index, Mobile, Live sports
Q3 2017 Video Index: Global sports viewing preference starts with mobile
Dec 13 2017

Video plays on mobile devices continue to increase and Ooyala is forecasting that, by the middle of 2018, more than 60% of all video starts will occur on mobile devices.

The Q3 2017 edition of Ooyala’s Global Video Index (you can download it here) showed the share of smartphone and tablet video plays increased for the 24th consecutive quarter, making up more than 58% of all starts, a record.

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SVOD, Content, Live sports
Original content, sports to push SVOD revenue to $120B by 2022
Dec 13 2017

New research posits that global revenue from subscription video on-demand (SVOD) will increase 88% to more than $120 billion in 2022, up from an estimated $64 billion this year.

The report from Juniper Research also says more than 25% of all global households will have at least one SVDO subscription in five years.

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Online Video
Online TV & movie piracy losses to soar to $52 billion
Oct 30 2017

If your Halloween costume includes an eye-patch, cutlass, some serious swagger and the phrase, “Aye, matie,” you’ll probably be best advised to stay away from Hollywood parties where the word “pirate” this week is being connected to “$52 billion loss.”

A new report from Digital TV Research posits that revenue losses due to piracy are expected to double between 2016 and 2022 to the tune of $51.6 billion, a significant chest of gold, and that total doesn’t include sports and pay TV.

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IBC, broadcasters
Metadata one of top trends at IBC
Oct 30 2017

Streaming content was the bread and butter of this year’s IBC, topped with a big dollop of data. In our most recent white paper, Top Trends from IBC 2017, join me as we take a deeper dive into what is – and isn’t – hot in the broadcast industry. (You can download the paper here.)

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Video Index, Ooyala News
Ooyala’s Video Index: Consumers spend more time with long content on all devices
Sep 13 2017

Well, there was a big surprise in this quarters Global Video Index (Q2 2017, you can download it here): Overall the global growth of viewing on mobile devices stalled, growing less than one percent.

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Sports, APAC, Live Streaming
NFL making a pass at China
Aug 22 2017

The NFL has been eager to get its game in front of viewers globally for years; that was the reason behind its Yahoo trial two years ago, its brief flirtation with Twitter last year and it’s estimated $50 million deal for Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime this season.

Audiencewise, the Yahoo and Twitter deals were just probes, testing the waters and the technology.

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LatAM, SVOD, Mobile
Latin America seeing golden age of TV in form of SVOD
Aug 22 2017

Globally, subscription video on-demand (SVOD) is on a rocket trajectory and Latin America is deeply in the mix. While Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have been the leaders of subscription video on-demand growth, an increasing array of subscription services – there are more than 100 in the U.S. and Canada alone – are seeing fast subscriber growth and adoption across demographic groups.

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Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017

Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.

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Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Jul 25 2017

Earlier this year, a survey of pay-TV providers by the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 found that the majority of pay-TV execs believed data and analytics will be critical to pay TV direction over the next five years.

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SVOD, Pay TV, Millennials, Cord Cutting
Q2 likely to be miserable as operators brace for big customer losses; OTT anyone?
Jul 24 2017

Could second quarter pay-TV subscriber losses in the United States top 1 million, the highest figure ever? In a word, yes.

The second quarter routinely is a weak one for operators and in the current environment – remember the first quarter saw more than 800,000 subscribers cut the cord, according to Kagan – reaching one million may be an easy task.

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