HOW PAY TV OPERATORS CAN REDUCE TRANSCODING COSTS

This article introduces the technical environment used by Pay TV operators for transcoding hundreds of linear channels, its increasing costs, and how the industry can learn to sustain itself with some coordinated efforts. While VOD enterprise solutions are increasing and consumption is rising steadily, linear TV is still a core offer - but costs of TV hosting platforms are  skyrocketing.4K is the sweet spot where streaming video meets broadcasting quality. While the visual qualities between streaming video and broadcast TV may be comparable today, the internet’s capacity to handle 4K streaming is far from sweet. The internet was not built for today’s rising volume of video traffic, estimated to make up 82% of all internet traffic by 2021.

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The crowd still matters for live sports broadcasting

Article | August 3, 2022

At opposite sides of the globe, two top-flight international football events have kicked off over the last week. In semi-vaccinated Europe the month-long Euro 2020 tournament began on Friday June 11th, with 11 countries hosting the competition across Europe. On Sunday June 13th in Brazil (a country which had now lost nearly half a million lives to COVID-19) the 2021 Copa America kicked off, with the final taking place on July 10th2021. While Euro 2020 is taking place in front of reduced capacity crowds of fans in stadiums, the Copa America is being played behind closed doors with entire participating national delegations required to be vaccinated, and delegations limited to 65 members. Euro 2020’s official motto ‘Live it. For Real’ can be taken as a declaration of intent to host a top-flight mass sporting event as close to pre-pandemic conditions as feasibly possible. The criteria for live spectator participation for UEFA (the event organisers) was key to this. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin confirmed the importance of live spectators at matches in an interview back in March where he stated "We have several scenarios, but the one guarantee we can make is that the option of playing any Euro 2020 match in an empty stadium is off the table. Every host must guarantee there will be fans at their games."

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Live Sports TV Executive Predictions: Cloud-Based Production Is the Future

Article | July 20, 2022

As we all start to come out of the pandemic and its effects, we see distributed workflows being the normal standard of operations more and more. Distributed workflows go hand in hand with cloud production where we are not dependent on a physical rack room of gear. Due to the chip shortages, we are definitely seeing in the audio industry an acceleration in software designed solutions. More and more solutions are going to depend on common computing infrastructure in order to handle the ever increasing demand of products that just simply cannot be manufactured. This change is only going to strengthen the move to the cloud and the distributed workflow in audio and video production. Working with cloud-based production brings so much more flexibility to the table. Flexibility in design, flexibility in costs, and flexibility in staffing. With the distributed workflow model, we simplify so many of our logistics for an event. We will see more opportunities where we can use our best talent for the position multiple times a week instead of wasting a day or two traveling to a site. The bigger part of all of this change is the higher quality of life our employees can enjoy. We made this change to a distributed workflow almost 5 years ago and it has resulted in happier employees along with more productivity. The pandemic accelerated the process to the masses. Cloud workflows along with distributed workers where possible are here to stay.

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This time Amazon really does have Bond in its sights

Article | July 11, 2022

MGM, which holds the largest film and TV library in Hollywood, is finally in play – and likely to be acquired by tech major and video streaming behemoth Amazon. With a rumoured price tag of $9 billion, the deal, while substantial, is merely equivalent to 8.3% of Amazon’s Q1 2021 earnings of $108.5 billion. Indeed, the 44% year-on-year (YoY) increase for its Q1 results alone would pay for the deal more than four times over. When it comes to investment capital to deploy, the tech majors led by Amazon and Apple are in a financial class of their own. This is the kind of deal that helps to explain why AT&T was so keen cut its losses and incur a $66 billion loss on its Warner Media assets by merging the former Time Warner media major with Discovery for $43 billion in cash and receiving 71% in equity in the new combined entity in return. It also follows on from Amazon’s 15.4x increase in what it is willing to pay to secure exclusive NFL Thursday Night Football coverage for its US Amazon Prime customers.

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Netflix versus Amazon Prime Video – depth versus breadth

Article | June 10, 2021

The first half of 2021 has been a year of continued change and disruption for subscription video. The global incumbent subscription video on demand (SVOD) leaders, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, have been busy signalling to the financial markets how they intend to entrench their market dominance in light of the ongoing market acquisition pushes unleashed by the D2C disruptors following the D2C ‘big bang’ moment of Q4 2019 – Q2 2021. Netflix announced in January that it was no longer going to borrow on the financial markets to fund its day-to-day operations – specifically for its content acquisition budget, which is now driven predominately by commissioning original content for its service. This leaves the SVOD leader with $14.9 billion of outstanding long-term debt to service as it seeks to live within its means by commissioning future content from its ongoing cashflow. In Q1 2021 alone Netflix spent $500 million on servicing this debt pile versus $1.7 billion in net income generated over the same period.

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Verizon rolling out Fios TV One service with voice remote, Netflix integration

FierceVideo | December 12, 2018

Verizon’s traditional pay TV service is getting a substantial update, dubbed Fios TV One, which includes a new voice remote and Netflix integration.Besides the voice remote—which will allow Fios subscribers to change the channel, search for video-on-demand programming and control their DVRs with voice commands and Netflix, the new TV One platform is getting a Wi-Fi Connectivity feature and 4K Ultra HD support.The Wi-Fi Connectivity feature will allow Fios users to place TVs away from coax outlets and connect extra Fios set-top boxes wirelessly to the TV through the Wi-Fi network.Verizon’s Fios TV One is available now in the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, New York City, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Richmond, Virginia, markets and will come to all remaining Fios markets throughout December and January.New customers can sign up for Fios TV One with Fios Gigabit Connection and phone for $79.99 per month and get a year of Amazon Prime and an Amazon Echo (2nd generation) for free. Existing customers may upgrade to Fios TV One at no increase to their service plan, although new equipment fees may come into play.

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Verizon rolling out Fios TV One service with voice remote, Netflix integration

FierceVideo | December 12, 2018

Verizon’s traditional pay TV service is getting a substantial update, dubbed Fios TV One, which includes a new voice remote and Netflix integration.Besides the voice remote—which will allow Fios subscribers to change the channel, search for video-on-demand programming and control their DVRs with voice commands and Netflix, the new TV One platform is getting a Wi-Fi Connectivity feature and 4K Ultra HD support.The Wi-Fi Connectivity feature will allow Fios users to place TVs away from coax outlets and connect extra Fios set-top boxes wirelessly to the TV through the Wi-Fi network.Verizon’s Fios TV One is available now in the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, New York City, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Richmond, Virginia, markets and will come to all remaining Fios markets throughout December and January.New customers can sign up for Fios TV One with Fios Gigabit Connection and phone for $79.99 per month and get a year of Amazon Prime and an Amazon Echo (2nd generation) for free. Existing customers may upgrade to Fios TV One at no increase to their service plan, although new equipment fees may come into play.

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