<h1>Frank Poppelsdorf</h1>

Frank Poppelsdorf

Frank is Vice President for Irdeto’s content protection business line and leads the strategic direction for Irdeto’s Android TV offering, Conditional Access, OTT and watermarking. He oversees a global team of product management experts to define product development across these business areas and has a background of nine years’ experience in conditional access and 18 years in the media industry. Frank is an expert in content delivery platforms and holds a Masters in Computer Science from Utrecht University.
What control will operators give up to Android TV?

What control will operators give up to Android TV?

Android TV is a hot topic in the industry. Many operators appreciate the benefits it offers. Some of these are described in my blog comparing Android TV to middleware. But a major concern remains: “how much control will I give up to Google?” Probably less than you think!

You have full control of the STB, not Google.
Yes, it’s true.

Will Android kill middleware as we know it?

Will Android kill middleware as we know it?

Google’s Android operating system took just a few years to go from upstart newcomer to dominating the global mobile market. Can it do the same for TV?

In my last blog, a primer on Android for STBs, I described the options available to operators: the “plug-and-play” Android TV service, and the more customizable self-build route based on AOSP. Is this combination enough to kill-off the market in proprietary middleware?

Android for STBs: What every pay TV operator should know

Android for STBs: What every pay TV operator should know

Launching a pay TV platform typically requires 2-3 years’ development to create a customized user experience based on proprietary middleware with continuous updates throughout the STB lifetime. It’s slow, expensive and requires specialist developers, but operators get the UX they choose.

Google’s AOSP and Android TV are shaking up this status quo. Android rose from zero to global dominance of mobile markets in under seven years, so it’s little wonder this disruptor is being taken seriously.

CI Plus dongle will be a game changer

CI Plus dongle will be a game changer

Imagine a world where Pay-TV operators are able to beat the OTT providers at their own game. Offering great content, better device reach and at a reduced operating cost. Making this reality isn’t that far away. The key is a new type of media streaming dongle.

Not all dongles are created equal
The popular HDMI dongle, e.g. Google’s ChromeCast, only allows the consumer to stream OTT content to a TV set using their smartphone, tablet or computer as a remote control. The CI Plus dongle, on the other hand, is more like a STB.