CMAF and MPEG DASH – the Holy Grail of OTT?

MPEG DASH has widely been described as “the future” of streaming and both “essential” and “inevitable” for OTT operators. But is it really the Holy Grail of internet-delivered content? The answer is: not yet.

Sure, using MPEG DASH offers the possibility of significant cost savings for operators aiming to reach the maximum number of device types. They no longer need to create and store multiple streaming formats to reach multiple screen types. But with Apple still stubbornly requiring…

MPEG DASH: The fast lane to reducing cost

Operating a pay TV service used to be (relatively) simple: encode your content, then encrypt and deliver it with a key over closed networks to set top boxes. But the road to a TV Everywhere offering is much more difficult, with roadblocks driving up total cost of ownership.

A tricky road to TV Everywhere
There are many barriers to combining pay media services on broadcast and OTT. Content now has to be encoded, encrypted and stored in multiple resolutions, using different containers and DRM combinations.

Balancing security and usability in the pay-media world

Let’s face it; if consumers don’t get what they want, they look elsewhere. Gone are the days of loyalty due to limited choice. For pay-media operators this can be like walking a tightrope: protecting their content investment without the security negatively impacting the consumer experience. What can be done to make this easier?

To find out, let’s check in again with Bob. Unsurprisingly, after being identified as the cause of the corporate disaster Bob is now unemployed. He spends most of his day catching up on the movies and TV series he missed.

Help! Mom’s internet TV won’t work on Chrome

Do you ever get phone calls from friends and family who need help with their computer or DVD player? Troubleshooting is often challenging, but over the phone it can get almost surreal; “The Google’s not working… oh, wait, the Google’s back working again” [sic]

Although I am no computer expert, nor even a “digital native”, I am the family’s favorite geek when it comes to technology. Recently, this has…

Turning 4K impacts into opportunities for pay-TV operators

As you know from my earlier post, the inevitable march toward 4K has begun. And yes, with any new technology there will be challenges. But based on my discussions with studios and operators it’s clear that for well-prepared pay-TV operators, 4K could in fact bring opportunities.

Let me share some insights from recent conversations with studios and operators.

Future-proofing your OTT content protection

Delivering and monetizing OTT content means you have to make some key decisions. Which security solution, which delivery mechanism, and which devices? When industry standards exist, you can move forward with confidence. But without them, the future can be full of pitfalls.

Cautionary Tale: Veronica Mars
When Veronica Mars premiered via Ultraviolet (UV) in the UK, it was supposed to be delivered via Flixster.