Disney+ is finally here! But the OTT market is already crowded and there are more high-profile launches due in 2020. How can all these OTT services survive when consumer budgets and viewing time are both finite?
Contrary to popular belief, pay TV remains remarkably robust across Europe and, according to analysts Futuresource Consulting, the reason why is the user experience.
In its latest ‘Living With Digital’ consumer research report, Futuresource states that across all major European territories, the most important reason given for continuing with a pay TV subscription was ease of use and a wide range of channels.
New content protection requirements around premium content are upping the ante for delivery to unmanaged devices. Many of these requirements we’ve come to expect in managed devices, but with the emergence of OTT services the requirements have softened to accommodate the app on CE device consumption model.
Ultimately many of these security components including hardware root of trust or hardware decode pipeline exist on most CE devices.
In this final part of our discussions about next generation TV from the CES fireside chat with myself, Fred Dawson (ScreenPlays Magazine) and Scott Davis (Principal Architect from Charter Communication), I give some insights into the security aspects of what we are seeing.
Continuing the conversation about next generation TV from our CES fireside chat with myself, Fred Dawson (ScreenPlays Magazine) and Scott Davis (Principal Architect from Charter Communication), in Part 2 we take a deeper dive into the technology challenges.
During CES, Fred Dawson (from ScreenPlays Magazine) talked with myself and Scott Davis (Principal Architect from Charter Communications) about the next generation TV. In this first part of the 3 video series we look at the market needs and conditions.
Over the last couple of months I’ve been surprised by how few pay-TV operators have concrete 4K plans in place. Other issues are their priority. But I wonder will they get left behind as a result?
Adoption will be quicker
Earlier this year, Business Insider forecasted that 4K will roll out much faster than industry analysts predict. This echoes what we see in the adoption rates.
In February 1996, chess champion Gary Kasparov beat Deep Blue, the world’s strongest chess computer. Having suffered a defeat to the computer earlier, Kasparov changed his approach. His moves focused on where the short-term position was cloudy and there was no imminent tactical objective.
He did what the computer wasn’t expecting; hadn’t been designed to handle.
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.
It’s no longer a debate about when 4K will take off. Based on my experience with HD, it won’t be an easy road but it’s certainly an inevitable march.
The competitive positioning has already begun; from Sony and Netflix through to pay-TV operators. In India Videocon d2h and Tata Sky have announced earlier in July that 2015 is the year to make it a reality.