TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Informa Tech | December 02, 2022
The inaugural Media and Entertainment Leaders Summit (MELS) from Informa Tech properties Omdia, Digital TV Europe and Television Business International assembled 250 media, tech and entertainment changemakers at Church House Westminster in London on 16 November for a full-day event to incubate what it takes to win at the critical intersection of content, technology and strategy. MELS saw these television and streaming industry leaders come together to discuss and share their experience, knowledge, and ideas on topics such as FAST channels, the future of sports, live-streaming, production, TV-as-an-app, and super-aggregation.
The event will return in 2023, with exact timing and details yet to be announced.Omdia Senior Research Director Maria Rua Aguete provided opening remarks at MELS, revealing TikTok as the most popular social media platform for streaming video, stating, Advertisers are moving away from META and YouTube towards TikTok. Takeaways from Aguete’s remarks also included the facts that global media revenue will surpass a trillion dollars in 2027, that online video advertising is projected to generate over $331B in 2027, 2X more revenue than TV advertising that TikTok ad revenues will be higher than META and YouTube’s combined video ad revenues in 2027, that online video (including YouTube, Meta and TikTok) will be worth 20% more than traditional TV ads by 2027, and that, by 2027, Netflix will generate more than $7B in ad revenues, while Disney+ is projected to generate $2.4B in ad revenue.
CEO of STARZPLAY Maaz Sheikh keynoted the Summit with a presentation on STARZPLAY’s journey, and how the platform has emerged as one of the biggest streaming players in MENA & Pakistan through its robust content strategy which included live sports, third party channels, and advertising. Joining Sheikh at the Summit was an impressive lineup of 36 speakers including Patrick Holland (CEO, Banijay UK), Jean-Baptiste Casta (Head of Strategy & Business Operations, Eurovision Sports), Deep Bagchee (Chief Product Officer, ITV), Jean-David Blanc (President, Molotov), Akhila Khanna (VP, Partnerships and Business Development, UK, Paramount), Laura Chaibi (Director of Ad Marketing and Insights – International, Roku), Caroline Cooper (COO, Sky Studios), Yannis Ioannidis (Head of Global IP Rights, TikTok/ByteDance), Bea Hegedus (Executive Managing Director, Distribution, Vice Media Group), David Bouchier (Chief TV and Entertainment Officer, Virgin Media), and many more.
“The aim of the Media and Entertainment Leaders Summit was to bring in the room thought leaders across the M&E industry in an intimate event that allowed them to share ideas and connect between them. We are very proud to have achieved that, showing the respect and trust that our Informa Tech brands: OMDIA, DTVE and TBI have in our industry, We are very grateful to our keynote CEO STARZPLAY Maaz Sheikh and all the other speakers who travel to London to be with us on this day, we are already looking forward to MELS23.”
-Maria Rua Aguete, Senior Research Director, Media and Entertainment, OMDIA
MELS was bookended by the Content Innovation Awards (CIAs) taking place the night preceding the summit and the VideoTech Innovation Awards (VIAs) taking place the night of the summit, both also at the Church House Westminster. Irvine Welsh's Crime, Once Upon a Time in Londongrad and The Masked Singer were among the stand-out shows celebrating success at the 8th Content Innovation Awards. Companies including YouTube, Cineflix, Banijay Rights and BBC Studios took home prizes in key Awards categories at the annual CIAs, which are run by Television Business International. The CIAs are a highly-coveted awards program that celebrate the best content and those behind it, as well as the wide-ranging achievements of the individuals who are transforming today’s streaming & TV industry around the world. Special Award winners honored this year included Viaplay’s CEO Anders Jensen, Viaplay’s EVP and Chief Content Officer Filippa Wallestam, Creative Diversity Network's CEO Deborah Williams and Banijay Rights' VP of Digital Shaun Keeble.
Comcast Technology Solutions, Verimatrix, Media Distillery, JW Player and more were winners at Digital TV Europe’s VideoTech Innovation Awards (VIA). Launched in 2019, the VIAs program recognizes innovation and achievement in video distribution and the underlying technology platforms that enable it.
All sessions from the 2022 Media and Entertainment Leaders Summit can continue to be viewed online; all those interested in virtual passes can still register online at https://tmt.knect365.com/media-entertainment-leaders-summit/. To follow along with all MELS news, please subscribe to the event’s newsletter on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/m-e-leaders-summit-newsletter-6990992715995824128/
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TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
ODK Media, Inc | December 01, 2022
ODK Media, Inc., an independent international media group, debuted a major UX (user experience) and UI (user interface) overhaul for its largest streaming service, OnDemandKorea, on the company's 11th anniversary. The site and app redesign reinforces ODK Media, Inc's brand identity and delivers a consistent user experience across all devices: web, mobile app and CTV. The significant front-end changes are supported by the company's proprietary back-end platform, ODX, which enables features including enhanced content discovery, FAST (24/7 live and curated channels), a streamlined VOD experience, and personalization.Last October, ODK Media, Inc. released a massive roll-out of 6 CTV apps, including Roku, Samsung, LG, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV, allowing users to access OnDemandKorea content on more devices in its updated format.
"Changing the face familiar to our users for 11 years was not an easy decision, However, we are assured of what users value the most in consuming content, generating insight from the user's behavioral data and customer communications. We focused on simplicity to improve the user experience on the front-end while creating the technology infrastructure to support all the features that drive up user engagement. Our back-end platform, ODX, allows us to revolutionize our services with scale and flexibility, adapting to the needs of both our users and our brand partners."
-Peter Park, CPO of ODK Media, Inc.
ODX, ODK Media, Inc.'s proprietary unified platform, supports linear channels and VOD technology for the several international streaming services owned and operated by ODK Media, Inc. by managing each services' CMS (Content Management System), search and recommendation engine, data warehousing, and monetization–whether through advertising, subscription, or both.
ODK Media, Inc., an AAPI-certified and influential media company serving multicultural communities, continues to drive technology innovation and product excellence. With its strategic service line-up of international OTT streaming platforms, digital magazines, e-commerce platforms, metadata production, and content distribution platform, ODK Media, Inc. has a holistic view of user behavior and intentions, while providing quality content and service. The new face of OnDemandKorea, the first and largest streaming platform that delivers Korean TV shows, movies, news, varieties, and more, is now available through its beta version of website, beta.ondemandkorea.com; downloadable in Apple and Android mobile app stores; and major CTV platforms including Roku, LG, AppleTV and Android TV.
About ODK Media
Since 2011, ODK Media, Inc. has connected viewers in North America to premium international content, serving as the media hub of choice for AAPI communities nationwide. Through its owned and operated service platforms and its distribution partners, including global top streaming services, cable operators, and movie theaters, ODK Media, Inc. brings diverse content and experiences to American audiences. As an independent media group, ODK Media, Inc. owns and/or operates 1) international OTT streaming platforms OnDemandKorea, OnDemandChina, OnDemandViet, OnDemandLatino; 2) Zapzee, a digital magazine covering all the latest news on K-POP, Korean media, and celebrity life; 3) ODK shop, an e-commerce platform selling Korea's top Beauty and Lifestyle products in the US; 4) ODK Box, a user-friendly streaming TV device that provides access to all content from OnDemandKorea and includes live Korean channels; 5) Tailor Contents, a metadata production and distribution platform, collecting and processing Asian media data worldwide and 6) ODK media distribution platform connecting international content producers and studios from more than 36 countries to North American streaming services, broadcast companies, and movie theaters.
MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
MediaKind | November 29, 2022
MediaKind announces that Mediaroom Play is powering more TV services to viewers across Canada, marking a new era in media entertainment experiences. Mediaroom Play combines the quality of experience brought by the Mediaroom IPTV platform with the wealth of applications offered by Android TV. The deployment enables TV providers to bring live TV, on-demand shows and movies, Cloud PVR, apps, voice remote, and powerful search, all in one place. With Google Play Store integration, providers can also offer access to over 7,000 apps including some of the favorite streaming content applications, positioning themselves as leading aggregators of media services in Canada. Most recently, MediaKind worked with Bell Canada on the latest evolution of its Fibe TV service.
Mediaroom Play represents MediaKind’s substantial investment in Mediaroom, the IPTV platform highly rated for the quality of its user experience. Mediaroom offers next-generation services through the integration with MediaKind’s Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP) Cloud PVR, Google’s Android TV, Google Play, Google Assistant voice control, and Universal Search. It increases the IPTV service value by giving access to 7000+ applications while maintaining the reliability and usability that made its reputation. Developed on the Android-TV operating system, the pre-integrated product provides a tested, robust, and market-ready solution to rapidly launch new STBs powered by Android TV.
The integration also opens new monetization routes for operators, with revenue share opportunities on the Google Play Store and through Google Ads, as well as additional monetization options based on content and app curation. This considerably expands the consumer benefits and lifetime value for Mediaroom customers.
“As one of our longest-standing Mediaroom customers, we’re delighted to see Bell integrate Mediaroom Play with its pioneering Fibe TV service, and position itself as Canada’s leading content aggregator. With Mediaroom Play, Fibe TV’s customers can experience the next evolution of TV and entertainment, whereby live TV and on-demand movies and shows are accessible through apps, voice control, and powerful search functions.”
-Steve Payne, President and Chief Revenue Officer, MediaKind
MediaKind is a global change leader in media technology and services. Its mission is to deliver transformation by building a continuously better media universe alongside its customers and partners. Drawing on a pioneering industry heritage and fueled by innovation, MediaKind embraces and champions new standards, methodologies, and next-generation, immersive live and on-demand media experiences worldwide. Its end-to-end media solutions portfolio includes Emmy award-winning video compression for contribution and direct-to-consumer video service distribution, advertising and content personalization, high-efficiency cloud DVR, and TV and video delivery platforms. For more information, please visit: www.mediakind.com.