IBC 2019 may go down as one in which live IP video came of age. However, with the rise of live and cutting of latency, this does not make any difference to the security requirements as premium OTT content attracts premium pirates.
The OTT landscape is about to go into overdrive. These are high stakes with billions of dollars on the table which presents an unprecedented challenge to the industry’s attempts at security – and a golden opportunity for pirates. Tackling piracy is a complex issue but an effective strategy boils down to two things…
Some 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be sold in the next few years, a large proportion of which will be to augment the smart home for everything from heating, ventilation and lighting control to CCTV, smart assistants and nanny-cams. As a result, there are challenges around security, connectivity and control which must be addressed
The wave of pay TV operators buying into Android TV has turned into an unstoppable tide, but it carries a security risk that pay TV operators have never had to deal with before – malicious apps invading their pristine set top environment. They must balance the latitude offered by the open source approach with the need to finesse the user experience while protecting their ecosystems and business models.
For all the talk of pioneering technology like virtual reality, AI, blockchain and 5G, IBC 2018 illustrated the profound trajectory of the industry from broadcast to unicast. It’s one in which channels will pop-up or pop-down at the click of a button with the cloud playing an increasingly prominent role.
If it wasn’t already clear from the all UHD HDR FIFA World Cup, it should be clear from the show floor and conference debate here at IBC2018 that the industry is seeing real momentum in 4K UHD content. As a result, the need for robust protection and tracking of high value content is even more important and this is the main driver for watermarking.
Previously, a common model for IoT devices was to build, ship and forget. This has resulted in a flood of unsecured consumer devices in homes and a challenge in retrofitting security. There is an opportunity in smart home products with strong safety features and Pay TV operators are in a decent position to capitalize on the smart home potential by building on the solid relationship they have with customers.
In recent times, Google has begun to make serious, some might say game-changing in-roads, into the middleware market. So much so that Android TV (Operator Tier) is arguably the middleware that is on the fastest track to growth.
Here are some key take-aways from IBC 2017.
8K approaches normalization
The security of 4K UHD content is currently high on the agenda of content owners everywhere and 8K is already coming into view on the horizon. After more than a decade of development and regular appearances in IBC’s Future Zone, NHK is approaching the finishing line with its 8K broadcasting system.
Cable companies, pay TV operators and telcos are often called service providers for the principal reason that they are not selling media and entertainment – they are selling a service. One of the most valuable assets they hold is a direct physical link into people’s homes and an ongoing monthly billing relationship.
From a pure business perspective that means anything a service provider can leverage to boost bandwidth usage and ARPU is fair game.