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Aug 16, 2017

Press

24i named Finalist in the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

Industry leading Internet TV app leader honored to be amongst the finalist in the industry recognized Streaming Media Readers Choice award 2017. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 16th, 2017, 24i Media, an industry-leading global TV app developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced that it has been named Finalist in the category “Best Multiscreen Solution” in the Streaming Media Readers Choice Award 2017. Nominated by fans and peers alike, 24i and our turnkey, world class TV app solution, SmartOTT, has been named Finalist in the 2017 Streaming Media Readers Choice Award,  in the category for “Best Multiscreen solution”, a category covering Over-the-top and "catch-up" solutions for delivering television content online to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets, and more. Big thanks to everyone who voted for us! “Streaming Media readers are sophisticated users of technology and we’re thrilled by the fact that they’ve noticed our products and casted their vote on us,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “We’re proud of our broad range of internet TV apps offerings we have, enabling our customers to create flexible and personalized apps across all devices.” Powerful and flexible, SmartOTT, is a turnkey TV app solution for all devices, empowering leading operators, broadcasters, media companies and content owners across the world to seamlessly create, manage, distribute and monetize their premium content across all networks and devices. Powered by 24i’s proven AppCore production framework, the template-based SmartOTT solution ensures fast time-to-market and proven UI & UX. Learn more about SmartOTT. Meet 24i Media at IBC, booth 14.D30 24i Media will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications including SmartOTT and SmartOTT Backstage at IBC, booth 14.D30 in Amsterdam, Sept 15-19. Drop by our stand or book a meeting to discover how you can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from your competitors and capitalize on our flexible and proven solutions and take your Internet TV ambitions to the next level. About 24i Media (www.24i.com) 24i is an industry-leading global TV app developer with award-winning technology that helps customers develop and deploy apps faster and more efficiently on all devices, screens and platforms. 24i empower broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost. 24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Globo, RTE, NPO, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms, turning viewers into fans. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Copenhagen and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.      
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Aug 15, 2017

Blog

Binge Viewing is Pervasive, Though Age Plays a Key Role in Frequency

86 Percent of Adult Broadband Users Binge View at Least Occasionally, With 58 Percent of 18-34s Binging Daily

According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG),  binge viewing — that is, viewing more than one episode of a TV series back to back — is rapidly becoming universal, with nearly nine-in-ten ABUs binging at least occasionally. But the frequency of binge viewing skews strongly in favor of younger adults.

TDG's new analysis, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot, identifies and profiles three groups of adult broadband users in terms of their binge viewing habits.

Heavy Bingers (binge daily, comprise 14 percent of ABUs),

Medium Bingers (binge monthly but not daily, comprise 51 percent of ABUs), and

Light/Non-Bingers (21 percent of ABUs that binge less than once a month, 14 percent that do not binge at all).

Importantly, TDG analysts found that the frequency of binging is strongly correlated with the viewer's age. For example, 58 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34, while 56 percent of Light/Non-Bingers are age 45 and older.

"The fact that 31 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34 further illustrates just how different millennial viewing habits are from those of older generations," notes Michael Greeson, President and Principal Analyst at TDG. "For more than a decade, TDG has predicted and observed a structural transformation in what it means to 'watch TV,' with viewing behavior slowly changing from an activity defined by flipping between different live shows on different networks, to one characterized by on-demand binging of individual series."

As these consumers age and younger generations steeped in quantum habits follow behind them, Greeson argues that this behavior will only become more prominent, further impacting programming and distribution strategies.

View TDG's latest analysis of contemporary viewing behavior, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot for an insight into the different segments of binge viewers — who they are, how they behave, and what drives their decisions and preferences.

Source: TDG Research 

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Jul 31, 2017

Blog

Broadcasters Investigate OTT Opportunities

Consumers who have dropped their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of over-the-top access to their content can use an antenna to get their local over-the-air content for free. But that’s not enough in today’s environment. For those broadcasters who want to follow the consumer to OTT, the technology is easily available, but the business models are still evolving. “It appears that the industry is trying to bring local broadcasts to the internet, given the change to viewing habits of today’s TV content consumer,” said Jim DeFilippis, CEO of TMS Consulting, Inc., in Los Angeles. However, some content may still need to be tailored for the right audience. “For mobile viewing, shorter content—such as news clips—is more acceptable to the mobile viewer,” he added. While the traditional model of “if you build it they will come” may still hold true, viewers are heading towards OTT even if there is still building to be done.
“A lot of viewers are moving to OTT and they’re not waiting for content providers to go there,” said Louis Gump CEO of NewsOn, an Atlanta-based company that provides local newscasts on OTT and mobile platforms. “The question is, are you there in a way that’s relevant to those viewers. And if you are, then you either retain and grow your user base and if you aren’t then it isn’t going to be quite as relevant to those viewers. We see it as strategically essential for a large portion of the media companies that produce long-form video, to be there, and maybe for all.” IP EVERYWHERE Disney Media Networks recently announced that it had signed on more than 160 stations for its landmark “Clearinghouse” initiative that could jumpstart digital distribution options for its affiliates. This will mean that ABC-owned stations—which are part of the Disney/ABC Television Group—could soon offer live programming via the ABC app, MVPDs and OTT access points to 90 percent of U.S. TV households.
“Disney/ABC has been delivering stable live local/national programming streams almost identical to OTA and MVPD feeds—to desktop, mobile and connected TVs for the last several years,” said John Rouse, executive vice president, affiliate relations at ABC in Los Angeles. “We are also in the process of transitioning our linear broadcast operation to IP so our team is both broadcast-centric and fully versed in IP, which gives us the ability to really re-think and re-invent a consumer experience that is stable for OTT platforms. We want local programming to be available to as many people in as many ways as possible.” Across the board the industry is adapting to these changing viewing habits, and addressing the continued move by many to OTT platforms. Richard Brandon, CMO of Edgeware, says the U.K.-based company’s customers include traditional broadcast and cable operators, as well telcos who “operate like traditional broadcasters.” With so many different players there has been fragmentation in the delivery of content, Brandon added. As a result people are opting to pay for smaller bundles where possible and even ditching what were traditional delivery methods entirely. LIVE FROM NEW YORK (AND ANYWHERE ELSE) With Hulu’s recent launch of its $40 per month live TV service, it appears that the biggest change with OTT this year—the ability to handle that live content—has been overcome. This allows streaming companies to begin to operate more like the telcos and even the cable providers—not to mention the broadcasters. “Many OTT operators in general either have started or are planning to start live streaming channels in the near future,” said Alex Holtz, director of market development for news and content delivery at Grass Valley. “Basically it is going to be a very competitive managed service that is similar to the cable and ITV businesses.” Just as cable struck deals for the carriage of local content, so too could OTT offer that content. “It is a natural transition,” added Holtz. “And it will in turn change the content, notably with the 24/7 news cycle. Breaking news is going to Twitter Periscope, Facebook Live and even YouTube. There is already a tremendous outreach to ‘cord cutters’ and ‘cord nevers.’ And over time you’ll see local carriage going to pure-play OTT providers.” To accommodate local audiences, U.S. broadcasters may need to work with MVPDs and virtual MVPDs to provide an OTT-ready version of the live, linear feeds; and the MPVDs can package these channels into their OTT offerings. “U.S. local broadcasters want and have to provide their linear channels over-the-top so that they can reach mobile viewers, but there are two main difficulties,” said Jean Macher, director of market development at Harmonic in San Jose, Calif. “From a technology standpoint, local broadcasters are too small to tackle the complexity of setting up an OTT service. From a content standpoint, local broadcasters can stream the content they produce but for content that is aired and not owned—i.e., network programming, syndication, even some ads—the rights to the content are often for over-the-air only. Thus, they cannot take their existing 24/7 linear channel and make it available over-the-top.” Already many local broadcasters are connecting with their respective audiences in other ways, and this includes streaming live to websites and mobile apps. “For the consumer they get alerts on their devices and that takes them to a mobile player,” said Holtz. “You click on a news story and go straight to the stream.” REVENUE STREAMING OTT has advantages for content providers to reach an audience even as fragmentation continues, but exactly what it means for traditional revenue streams is still being determined. “We are seeing behavioral changes and how OTT can accommodate it,” said Ian Young, product manager at Snell Advanced Media. “What is important to note is that when a broadcaster gets into OTT, revenue may not be the primary motivator… there are new costs involved.” These costs can include the need for IT staff, as well as different architecture and equipment. “It is sort of an inefficient way to do this as it requires different equipment, so as a company we recognize this and want to empower operational staff to keep the usual broadcast efficiency,” Young said. At the same time, revenue streams from advertising could prove to be more effective as ad content can be more tailored to the audience. Referring to the earlier days of streaming. “even when content was sent over the internet everyone got the same ad,” said Edgeware’s Brandon. “But now streams can be unique, and this means ads can be much more targeted to the individual. However, it takes a number of factors to get it to line up and it is more complicated than it looks at first sight.” Metadata is an important part of the equation. “OTT provides better monetization of content through improved targeting driven by better utilization of customer metadata,” said Yuval Fisher of Imagine Communications in Dallas. “This is part of the sophisticated targeting of content that happens online, and it is now starting to happen in targeted forms of broadcast video.” This could also provide a needed opportunity for broadcasters to get back revenue that they had been losing to online platforms, but it will require culling data from various sources. “Today your local food chain [grocery store] may know more about you than the broadcasters,” added Brandon. “Broadcasters need to understand their audience so that they can better target the ads that streaming can provide.” As this evolves, OTT could become another entry point for viewers to access a robust national as well a local programming experience. “The platform we are building for delivery to OTT platforms has a great deal more functionality, including the ability to replace content in real time, dynamically insert ads, and add markers and triggers for things like cloud DVR or instant VOD,” said ABC’s Rouse. Source: TV Technology
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Jul 26, 2017

Press

24i Media Named Finalist in IBC’s CSI Awards 2017

Industry leading Internet TV app leader honored to be shortlisted for prestigious award at IBC 2017. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 26th, 2017, 24i Media, an industry-leading global TV app developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced that it has been shortlisted in the category “Best TV Everywhere on multi-screen video” in the CSI Awards 2017. 24i is shortlisted for their SmartOTT Backstage solution, part of their off-the-shelf customizable template product, SmartOTT. SmartOTT Backstage is a powerful Content Management system (CMS) designed to empower content owners, broadcasters and operators to unlock the potential of premium video with a service that allows them to enrich and organize their content metadata, offers social interaction, smarter personalized recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. “We are honored and delighted to have been shortlisted in the prestigious CSI awards,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO, 24i Media. “TV is changing at lightning speed and the always-connected consumer is driving cultural changes in content consumption that impact how companies connect with and engage consumers. In close partnership with our customers, we’re dedicated to the innovations shaping the future of TV and to helping our customers turn viewers into fans through flexible and personalized viewing experiences across all devices.” The awards, which recognize innovation and excellence across several media platforms, are considered to be one of the most prestigious and competitive technology awards in the industry. Being shortlisted for best TV Everywhere solution is a strong proof of our technological leadership in the industry. We’re honored to be amongst the shortlisted companies. The winners will be determined by an independent judging panel and will be announced on Friday 15 September 2017 at IBC in Amsterdam. The full list of finalists and further details about attending the awards ceremony are available here. Meet 24i Media at IBC, booth 14.D30 24i Media will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications including SmartOTT and SmartOTT Backstage at IBC, booth 14.D30 in Amsterdam, Sept 15-19. Drop by their stand or book a meeting to discover how you can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from your competitors and capitalize on their flexible and proven solutions and take your Internet TV ambitions to the next level. About the CSI Awards The CSI Awards, which are celebrating their 15th year, recognize excellence in the broadcast, video, OTT and IoT sectors and are organized by CSI Magazine (Cable and Satellite International Magazine). Established in 2003 the CSI awards are among the most prestigious and competitive technology awards in the industry, designed to recognize and reward innovation and excellence in the cable, satellite, broadcast, IPTV, telco, broadband/OTT video, mobile TV and associated sectors. The CSI Awards ceremony will be held on Friday September 15th during the IBC Conference from 6pm to 7.30pm. About 24i Media 24i is an industry-leading global TV app developer with award-winning technology that helps customers develop and deploy apps faster and more efficiently on all devices, screens and platforms. 24i empower broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost. 24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Globo, RTE, NPO, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms, turning viewers into fans. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Copenhagen and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.
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Jul 25, 2017

Blog

Millennials have a Netflix account. Gen Z is playing video games.

More Americans are using more devices, regardless of age. Which age group is most keen on what varies and could have a profound effect on the future of devices.

In general, smartphones are the most pervasive technology measured among all age groups, according to new data from measurement company Nielsen, which tracks American households that have TVs.

Seventy-three percent of people aged 2 to 20, known as Generation Z, have video game consoles, 7 percentage points more than the next-most-likely gamers, millennials. Generation Z is also fondest of tablets, with 78 percent having one in their homes. But as Gen Z is still so young, it’s possible they’ll lessen their video game and tablet habits as they grow up. People between 2 and 20 account for 26 percent of Americans and is the most racially diverse age group.

Millennials (age 21-37) are the most likely to have access to video-on-demand services like Netflix. Relatedly, they’re most likely to own multimedia devices — technology like Chromecast or Apple TV that streams online content onto TVs.

PCs are most popular among Generation X (age 38-52), 85 percent of whom have one in their homes.

The only device measured that saw substantial declines among all age groups was, unsurprisingly, DVD players. Still, DVD players are available in 62 percent (millennials) to 81 percent (boomers, age 53-70) of households.

Smart TVs and multimedia devices are the least pervasive gadgets among all age groups, but they’re still relatively new. They also have very high growth rates (24 percent to 31 percent year over year).

Source: Recode
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Jul 25, 2017

Blog

How To Launch An OTT App

Over the top (OTT) television is changing the way people watch video. Whereas television screens were once used almost exclusively for linear TV, today’s viewers use may connected devices, media adaptors and Internet TV apps to consume digital content. The average American, per eMarketer, watches more than 12 hours of OTT content each week. That figure is expected to grow to nearly 19 hours by 2020. From a consumer perspective, this growth shouldn’t come as a surprise. OTT is a convenient medium, one highly immersive and tailored to the viewer’s tastes in terms of content and advertising. Broadcasters and content owners can no longer reach their audiences solely through traditional channels. They need OTT offerings that enable viewers to access their preferred content on any device, anytime. Unfortunately, building a good OTT app can be easier said than done. Throughout the development process, video publishers must navigate a number of key choices that will ultimately make or break their execution. 1. Be Where Your Target Audience Is The always-connected consumer is driving cultural changes in content consumption that impact how companies connect with and engage consumers. Chances are, your audience watches OTT content across a massive number of mobile devices, smart TVs, consoles and media adapters. To be successful, you need one app for each device. The right digital agency can provide a future-proof template solution that allows you to quickly get to market with personalized apps for a variety of digital environments. Once you’re up and running, this technology lets you seamlessly launch new channels across multiple devices, as well as \publish and monetize content with a tailored template. 2. Personalization Is The Key To Engagement A critical ingredient to OTT success is establishing a one-to-one relationship with consumers that turns viewers into enthusiastic “fans,” those more passionate than your average loyal subscriber. By creating a user profile for every viewer, you can deliver personalized recommendations that guide customers through a potentially overwhelming content library. These users return to your properties every day, creating a cycle that allows you to learn more about your customers and deliver highly personalized experiences. This means monetizing your service more effectively and broadly. 3. Each Screen Has Its Own Unique User Environment In OTT, every screen you stream presents the user with a unique viewing experience. For instance, the relatively large size of TV screens creates a much more immersive environment for users, making these devices perfect for long-form content and binge watching. Tablets and smartphone devices allow content providers to take advantage of interactive features not found on the big screen. Mobile devices are also a great place to stream short-form content tailored to the individual user. Each device is likely to have different kinds of people watching. For instance, kids and Millennials watch video almost exclusively on tablets and smartphones. Tailor accordingly. 4. Help Audiences Find Your Content Even if you have quality content and a great user experience, your app won’t be worth much if no one knows it exists. Buy promoted placements on the homepages of OTT platforms like Roku. This gets your app in front of viewers at the precise moment they’re deciding what to watch next. It’s also important to open additional lines of communication beyond the OTT channels. By establishing email contact, you can drive repeat viewership by letting people know when you’ve added new content to the app. 5. The Way To Measure Success Consumers are extremely sophisticated about the quality of the video services they use. With access to more video than ever before on any device, people expect a more personalized service and a flawless viewing experience. If you fail to meet these expectations, viewers won’t return. It’s important to measure how many people are watching your content, how long they’re engaging for, and how smoothly they’re receiving your video feed. If users encounter buffering every time they try to stream your content, they’re not going to stick around. OTT is a fast-moving space where content owners need to remain flexible in order to keep up with the latest innovations and consumer trends.
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Jul 14, 2017

Blog

U.S. cord cutters watch more Netflix than Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube combined

Netflix is continuing to dominate streaming services in the U.S., not only in terms of penetration in cord cutters’ homes, as reported in April, but also in time spent watching. According to data from comScore, cord cutters are watching more Netflix each month than YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video combined. But Hulu users are more engaged with the service on a daily basis, the study indicates. The data from comScore was cited by MarketingCharts in its own report released this morning, and follows on earlier findings that the user base for subscription video services has now topped the cable TV audience, indicating a shift in how people in the U.S. are today watching television. Netflix in April accounted for 40 percent of over-the-top viewing hours, compared with 18 percent for YouTube, 14 percent for Hulu, and 7 percent for Amazon Video. It also has the most monthly viewing days per household at 12.3 days. But when you look at viewing behavior on a day-by-day basis, Hulu is far ahead of the pack. On average, U.S. cord cutters are watching 2.9 hours of Hulu per day, which is ahead of Netflix (2.2 hours), YouTube (2.1 hours), and Amazon Video (2 hours). Though MarketingCharts’ report didn’t delve deeply into why that’s the case, the primary reason is simply due to the fact that Netflix has higher penetration in the U.S. However, the new figures may point to key differences in how consumers watch the different streaming services, too. Netflix, for example, likely encourages more binge watching sessions, because of how it drops entire seasons of shows at once – like the recent release of Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black,” where a single event – a prison riot – is told across 13 episodes. The entire season feels like one, long story, not a dozen or so separate ones. Meanwhile, Hulu’s partnerships enable streaming access to network and cable TV programming, which in turn has people tuning into its service on a more regular basis to see if new episodes of their favorite shows are available. Or, in other words, Hulu is taking the place of traditional TV in the cord-cutting era, while Netflix has become associated with an entirely different style of viewing. In fact, Netflix has been credited with the invention of this new storytelling “art form” – something that sits in between being a TV show but isn’t quite a film, either. Storytellers have adapted their content to cater to binge watchers, too, by telling these longer stories, and sometimes even crafting entire first seasons that function as the “pilot,” instead of just the first episode. Plus, these TV stories don’t have to rely as much on things like manipulative cliff-hangers – a holdover from the network TV era where shows needed a hook to pull people back next week. Now, storytellers can instead count more on Netflix’s auto-play feature, which loads up the next episode immediately after the current one ends. On Netflix, it takes more effort to stop watching than to keep bingeing. The new data doesn’t definitively prove that these factors have contributed to why Netflix is capturing more viewing hours, but they likely play a role. Source: Techcrunch
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Jul 11, 2017

News

24i is nominated for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

We’re delighted to have been nominated for the best multiscreen solution in the 2017 Streaming Media Europe Readers Choice Award. The award is an annual industry competition hosted by Streaming Media Magazine, which lets readers choose their favourite streaming technology. 24i and our turnkey, world class TV app solution, SmartOTT, has been nominated in the category for best Multiscreen solution. A category covering Over-the-top and "catch-up" solutions for delivering television content online to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets, and more. Cast your vote here today!
24i’s front-end solution for Over-The-Top TV distributors is an off-the-shelf, customizable template product that enables customers to remove complexity from their IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables you to simplify syndication and deliver your live and on-demand TV and video content, from one to hundreds of TV channels, to any screen. With this cost -efficient, turn-key solution operators can quickly expand their reach among the next generation of TV viewers, worldwide. This nimble and ever-evolving product offers a best-in-class user experience that drives engagement, turning viewers into fans and increases revenue.
Powerful and flexible, SmartOTT, is a turnkey TV app solution for all devices, empowering leading operators, broadcasters, media companies and content owners across the world to seamlessly create, manage, distribute and monetize their premium content across all networks and devices. Powered by 24i’s proven AppCore production framework, the template-based SmartOTT solution ensures fast time-to-market and proven UI & UX. Learn more about SmartOTT!    Your vote is highly appreciated! We’re naturally pretty pleased with being nominated for this prestigious award. Your vote would be highly appreciated. Voting closes on August 1st so cast your vote today! 
We’re also delighted to see that so many of our awesome partners are amongst the nominees. Congrats – you’ve got our vote! Thank you! We appreciate your support!
Cast your vote here today! 
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Jul 10, 2017

Blog

European OTT / VOD Providers Leverage Population Diversity and Changing Subscriber Preferences to Expand Installed Base

There is a high level of activity in the European over-the-top (OTT) / Video-on-Demand (VOD) services market in terms of financial investments, new features, and service launches. The fragmented ecosystem, with over 450+ unique video on demand service providers in the region, is transforming as partnerships between various stakeholders in the value chain increase to capture market share. About EUR150 million was invested in 2016 in content and technology firms to drive expansion of connected video services. However, intense competition, price sensitivity among consumers, regulatory uncertainty due to Brexit policies, and the digital single market strategy of the European commission, are some of the challenges that could restrain the growth of the market in the near term. Content personalization and customization strategies are crucial for growth, finds Frost & Sullivan's Digital Transformation team "Various events in the media industry in 2016 and early 2017 reflect that the OTT video industry in Europe is undergoing major transformation," states Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Analysts Vidya S Nath and Swetha R K. "Despite being a highly fragmented market, there have been several new launches with innovative features and services." "Despite intense competition, a fragmented structure and regulatory pressure, the diversity of the population and changing subscriber preferences ensures that there is still space for everyone," notes Swetha R K. "Strong content strategy and technological innovation will be the key to differentiation." Key factors fuelling growth in the European OTT market include: • OTT/ VOD services being offered by the entire ecosystem of media companies including, Pay TV providers, broadcast  networks, OTT portals, and social media companies • Expanding Internet penetration levels and demand for travel-friendly options to watch TV that promote online multimedia consumption; • Innovation in the form of several advanced value-added features and novel business models; • Diverse international and local content and attractive bundling offers from TV providers that fuel OTT service adoption among a tech-savvy population; • Low penetration in Central and Eastern Europe, where demand for local content is booming; and • Need for an assortment of service providers for different requirements of an OTT video operator, including compression, streaming, real-time video analytics, user experience, and payment options. "While the next 12 months hold a promising market outlook for OTT growth, the key to survival and sustenance of growth will depend on how various service providers are able to drive personalization and customization while differentiating their service value proposition, " reveals Nath. Nordic TV Summit – exploring Content personalization and customization strategies According to the new research from Frost & Sullivan, content personalization and customization strategies are crucial for growth. At the annual Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen, Sept. 28th, we’ll talk more about the need for content personalization and customization strategies, get insight from industry pioneers, share best practice and much more. Visit www.nordictvsummit.com for more details about this must attend event. Source: Newswire
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Jun 29, 2017

Blog

Smart TVs to drive internet-connected TV growth

By the end of 2020 there are forecast to be 260 million installed devices attached to the Internet and able to deliver apps to TVs, according to the latest NPD Connected Intelligence forecast. This represents 31% growth in TV-connected devices over the forecast period, led by smart TVs and streaming media players. In fact, smart TVs will drive nearly half (48%) of installed Internet-connected TV device growth through 2020, while streaming media players will contribute 31 percent of ownership growth. The TV-Connected Device Forecast looks to shed light on how new generation smart TVs and evolved streaming media boxes and sticks will shape home entertainment. According to the forecast, by 2018, and through the end of the forecast period, household penetration of smart TVs will achieve relative parity with streaming media players as platforms delivering apps to TVs. “Sales of smart TVs and continued growth in streaming video will contribute to the increase of installed internet-connected TVs,” said John Buffone, executive director, industry analyst, NPD Connected Intelligence. “Additionally, 4K mass market adoption plays an important role, as nearly all 4K TVs are internet capable.” The rate of attaching connectable-TV devices to the internet is projected to increase from 73% in 2016 to 81% of installed units by 2020. This will eventually lead consumers to choose a preferred device and result in a diminished use of other devices. From January 2013 through January 2017, usage of installed internet capable TVs to access online content increased from 30 to 55%, demonstrating growing consumer interest in streaming video. As such, streaming media player original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Google, Roku and Amazon, continue to partner with TV OEMs to integrate their operating systems directly into displays. “All trends point to smart TVs and streaming media players driving the majority of growth in TV-connected devices. When you compound the increased usage for streaming video, it points to further dominance of these platforms, as they provide the premium content and ease of use consumers demand,” noted Buffone. Source: BroadbandTV News 
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Jun 27, 2017

Events

24i to speak at TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco

24i to speak at TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco 24i will attend and speak at the 11th TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) taking place in San Francisco June 28-29th at the Golden Gate Club, The Presidio. TVOT SF 2017 will feature networking/business development opportunities for attendees, innovative and effective branding options for sponsors and exhibitors, close to 200 World-Class speakers and panellists, hands-on workshops and Master Classes, the presentation of the 14th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television, and much more. More details here http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com At TVOT SF, 24i's VP of Business development, Linda Abrams, will be joining the panel "Understanding the OTT Content Ecosystem: SVOD, Skinny Bundles and Beyond" in the Hawthorn Room on Thursday, June 29th at 3:30 pm. This session will explore the contours of the OTT content ecosystem (including subscription- and ad-supported VOD services, skinny bundles, niche programming offerings and more) and debate its likely future trajectory and its potential impact on the TV industry as a whole. Topics for discussion will include: How are OTT programming services being marketed to consumers, and what is being done to address their high rates of churn? How will issues with the delivery infrastructure on which they rely--such as ISP data caps and the FCC's plans to reverse Title II net neutrality--impact their development? What will be the impact on the space of social-media/video giants such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat rolling out new programming services? To what extent are OTT programming services' user experiences and business models restricted by the expectations and established business practices of their content providers? How much progress have they made in innovating the presentation and discoverability of content through personalization and other methods--are they, as one prominent commentator recently put it, still "hamstrung by the legacy of broadcast TV"? If one of the major strengths of OTT programming services is their ability to generate granular data on viewer behaviour, how well have they been leveraging this advantage to date? How will the accountability enabled by new cross-platform audience measurement methodologies impact the space? The panellist include: Howard Horowitz, President, Horowitz Research (Moderator) Linda Abrams, VP Business development, 24i Ed Lee, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku Arlen Marmel, General Manager, VRV, Ellation Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO, Xumo If you're attending the TV of Tomorrow Show, let us know. We'd love to catch up for a coffee and chat about the future of TV. Book a meeting with us below.
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Jun 26, 2017

Blog

AR and VR to merge with reality

Seven out of 10 consumers believe that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become mainstream in media, education, work, social interaction, tourism and retail, according to Ericsson’s latest ConsumerLab report. It adds that media is already being transformed and consumers expect virtual screens to start replacing TVs and theatres in less than a year. The report, entitled Merged Reality insights into how consumers expect VR and AR to merge with physical reality, and that 5G will be a key technology for such experiences to become mainstream. It also says that when boundaries between people’s perception of physical and virtual reality start to blur, this could result in a drastic impact on lives and society. The way people live, work, and consume information and media will fundamentally change. However, realities will not merge if the user is tethered to a computer or cut off from physical reality. Early adopters of VR/AR expect next-generation networks like 5G to play a central role. Thirty-six percent have expectations on 5G to provide VR/AR mobility through a stable, fast and high-bandwidth network, while 30% of early adopters also expect 5G to enable tethered headsets to become wireless. The qualitative research in the report included an innovative focus group discussion series completely in VR with participants from North America and Europe, as well as traditional focus groups with current users of VR from Japan and South Korea. A series of qualitative VR tests with 20 Ericsson employees were also done to understand how lag in VR can trigger nausea. In the quantitative part of the study, the report presents insights from a survey of 9,200 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US, aged between 15-69. with awareness of the concept of VR. Source: Broadband TV News
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Jun 23, 2017

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Futuresource: Smart TVs the top way to tune into Netflix

Smart TVs are the preferred way for customers to access content provided by a streaming service as revealed by FutureSource Consulting. According to a Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, smart TV was the leader in six markets that it had studied. Presenting data at the Futuresource New Content Horizons event in London, Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, said that the smart TV led in each of the six markets it had analysed. Spain led with 49% of Netflix users opting to watch via smart TV, followed by Italy at 42%, the UK at 35%, Germany at 32%, the US at 30% and France at 28%. Streaming media devices like Google Chromecast were the second-highest favoured option for accessing Netflix in four of the six countries, with PC or laptop viewing proving second most popular in Spain and Italy. Viewing Netflix via a set-top box did not rank among the top five viewing methods in any of the six markets – apart from France, where it came in fifth place with 8% of viewers saying they liked to view the SVOD service this way. Despite this, set-top box ownership in Western Europe climbed by 39% between 2012 and 2016 to have a presence in 111 million households, according to Futuresource. Smart TV ownership climbed by a larger 163% over the four-year period but only appeared in 79 million homes in the region in 2016, while digital media adaptor ownership grew by a massive 458% to appear in 22 million Western European homes. Wetherill said Futuresource expects 20 million set-top boxes – excluding free-to-air boxes – to be shipped in Western Europe this year, down just 1% year-on-year. This compares to 19 million smart TVs, up 6% year-on-year, and 13 million digital media adapters, up 16% year-on-year. “There’s a range of different devices there for consumers to be enjoying OTT content – it’s a complex landscape out there,” said Wetherill. “We know that the move from broadcast to IP is an irreversible trend, but for some of the reasons I’ve outlined, it will take time to move from a) to b) – in fact many years. The set-top box will remain part of that landscape for some years to come. “As somebody once described it, and it will no doubt be described again, the set-top box is kind of like the cockroach in a nuclear winter. It will be one of the things that survives this whirlwind of development in content and hardware. Source: Digital TV Europe  
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Jun 07, 2017

Press

SBS launches a new form of interactive television advertising together with Chio, 24i, Isobar and Carat

The Netherlands, June 8th – 24i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, announced today that they have joined forces with Isobar and Carat to create and implement addressable TV for SBS Broadcasting. The first campaign for SBS broadcasting is of the brand Chio Heartbreakers started with HbbTV which is  supported by all SBS stations.

In close partnership with Chio, 24i, Isobar and Carat- SBS Broadcasting in the Netherlands just made their first steps into the battle of ad revenue by implementing addressable TV. With its partners, SBS has developed a standardized solution to offer additional content for consumers, on one hand, and addressed opportunities for the advertiser on the other.

Dorine van Mullem-Ale, Director of Business Intelligence & Strategy at SBS: "Our ambition as a broadcaster is to develop addressable TV in the Netherlands. This implies content enrichment for the consumer and relevant contact moments for the advertiser. I would like to take an example of countries like Germany and England who made some very successful steps in the new TV shows. We have complete confidence in Carat, Isobar and 24i to make addressable TV a success. The first step as part of a comprehensive data strategy is taken together with a standardized solution that we can provide to all advertisers. "

400,000 Dutch people are able to receive the HbbTV signal. During the Chio Heartbreakers campaign, they are presented with layers appearing during the program produced by Talpa; “Should we play a game”?  By doing it this way, online activations are offered within the linear channel. The interactive message from Chio is shown during the “snack” moments on the SBS6 program. In addition, the Chio interaction moments will be deployed in the coming weeks within the commercial breaks for additional range. SBS has now developed a standardized solution to offer additional content for consumers, on one hand, and addressed opportunities for the advertiser on the other.

Ronnie van Briemen, Head of AV Media at Carat: "From the partnership perspective we are able to continue to offer our advertisers added value in a highly evolving television market. Talking about HbbTV is one side but actually doing it, requires entrepreneurship. Together with our partners SBS, 24i and our sister agency Isobar, we make this happen for Chio. Our vision is that television will remain of great value for all kinds of brands. "

Addressable TV has become a way to make advertisers’ messages more relevant to viewers by better targeting according to their viewing habits and household profiles. This type of relevancy often leads to greater attention, engagement, and sales. Through its partnership with Carat and Isobar, 24i is underlining its focus on the forward-looking and innovative direction of its product portfolio and its commitment to their customers’ success across all platforms, devices, business models and regions.

“Through our partnership with Carat and Isobar, we are able to deliver superior results to advertisers by leveraging advancements in data and technology,” said Madelon Olsthoorn, VP Global Partnerships at 24i. “Bringing addressable capabilities to television will not only personalize the viewing experience across platforms and help enhance sales efforts with data-driven insights and automation, it will also enable advertisers to gain new insights into audiences to optimize their media buy. We are delighted to work with SBS Broadcasting on this project.”

HbbTV combines linear broadcast techniques with the Internet. Through HbbTV, various online consumer services (content enrichment like behind the scenes, interviews, games and e-commerce functionality) and advertisers (enhanced targeting options to facilitate the desired shift from contextual ads to one-to-one ads) can be offered.

About 24i Media (www.24i.com)

24i is a leading vendor in Internet TV apps for all devices including mobile, Smart TV, Set-top-boxes, Pc/ Mac , game consoles etc., empowering broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost.

24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom Media Networks, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Televisa, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Brno. 

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May 16, 2017

Events

OTT Days in Singapore, May 24 at the Pan Pacific Hotel

We’re delighted to invite you to join the OTT Days in Singapore- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT taking place during BroadcastAsia on May 24th from 3:00pm- 6:30pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo.

Across a half day, the OTT Days event in Singapore offers a free-to-attend summit that informs, inspires and connects members of the video, media and technology community with a combination of unique networking features and a high-level speaker program.  Join us as we discuss how video distribution is changing, how to meet the demands of the highly empowered viewers, how content will be funded, how to optimize technology to meet the growing industry demands. You will hear from the people who are pioneering new strategies and partnerships and exploiting new market opportunities. OTT Day Singapore is dedicated to exploring the OTT Ecosystem, providing attendees with a 360-degree insight into the entire OTT Ecosystem. The OTT Days event in Singapore is a must attend event for everyone working in the OTT Ecosystem, Entertainment, technology and IT professionals, content owners, media executives, analysts, investors and venture capitalists, broadcasters, operators, MSOs etc. The OTT Days event in Singapore is hosted by Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo. For more information about the OTT Days in Singapore and to register for free tickets, please visit www.ottdays.com Networking Drinks reception We wrap up the OTT Days event in Singapore with a networking drinks reception at the Pan Pacific hotel. Network with c-level executives from the media and entertainment industry in the APAC region in a relaxed environment.
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May 16, 2017

News

Top trends shaping the APAC’s Pay-TV landscape in 2017

Consumer habits will continue to evolve with rapid advances in technology. In an increasingly fragmented market across Asia Pacific, innovation driven by consumer needs will be a key tool in the arsenal of pay-TV operators, both big and small. Operators who can offer their customers greater choice and value will flourish in 2017 and beyond.

Over the last few years, technology has transformed the consumption of television. As a result, the pay-TV industry is undergoing a period of change and development with intensifying competition and business model disruption. In Asia Pacific, the industry is projected to grow at a 5.8 per cent average annual rate from 2016 to 2021. However, traditional pay-TV platforms are being threatened by the rise of video on demand (VOD) and over-the-top (OTT) services. 2016 saw the entrance of Netflix in markets across Asia. Other OTT players in the region such as iFlix, Hooq and Viu are also vying for a share of the market.

Although the markets in Asia Pacific are at varying stages of change and evolution, given the differences in economic conditions, demographics, penetration of broadband and pay-TV, and content preferences, there is no doubt that pay-TV providers across the region must develop viable new offerings to retain and grow their customer base.

On every front, at every step in the OTT workflow and ecosystem, evolving technologies and changing consumer habits are driving the industry and impacting the way content is created, delivered, viewed and monetized. Keeping pace in an increasingly fragmented market driven by consumer needs is challenging. Join us at the OTT Days event in Singapore we look into the myriad of technical and business decisions faced when launching an OTT solution.

Here we take a look at some of the top trends that are expected to shape the pay-TV landscape in 2017:

Moving from analog to digital: In order to provide enhanced services to customers and meet regulatory requirements on analog switch-off, pay-TV providers across the region are expected to continue the move to digital broadcasting. This will be seen across countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam as they work towards switching off analog broadcasting entirely. Customers will benefit from more programming options and higher quality images and sound.

Greater collaboration between pay-TV and OTT providers: The evolving consumer appetite for more on-demand and multiscreen viewing is transforming the TV market. As per the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, a research programme launched by NAGRA in partnership with MTM, Asia Pacific’s OTT video industry is developing rapidly, with around 100 million people subscribing to online video services in 2015. As such, pay-TV providers will have to further embrace all things OTT, including enhancing their core TV service with OTT partner offerings or integrating OTT into their hardware and infrastructure. The increased OTT investments will broaden content options, resulting in happier subscribers, who will have more viewing choices.

TV User Experience (UX): Modern consumers are looking for a seamless, easy-to-use TV experience combining linear and on-demand viewing across all screens. Pay-TV providers will have to rise to the challenge to remain competitive. This includes providing a better integration of the technology ecosystem into a rich UX that delivers the same services on all screens.

More flexibility with personalisation of pay-TV packages and pricing offers: Contract obligations for large channel bundles are losing traction, and one-size-fits-all business models are no longer going to cut it. By leveraging OTT, pay-TV providers are adjusting their business models with new offers, including skinny bundles and a-la-carte options. This also includes more app-based services, stand-alone OTT and TV Everywhere offerings to connect consumers to the content they love.

Diversification into adjacent services: Service providers looking to strengthen their offerings will explore diversification into adjacent offerings, including dynamic data-driven advertising and smart home solutions (such as in-home security and automation). These new services will be driven by large telcos and service providers. In particular, for pay-TV providers that own broadband networks, data is just too big of an opportunity to not be explored. Further investments should be expected from advanced providers looking at leveraging their own network infrastructure to develop new monetization engines.

Taking a broader view on content protection: The growing trend of streaming premium live TV channels and 4K content over the internet is forcing pay-TV operators and content owners to revisit their content security policies. Simply securing content distribution over managed networks is not enough anymore. Controlling piracy with a holistic approach is the new normal. For service providers, this will mean expanding beyond protecting distributed content over any network to incorporating cyber-security media services and forensic watermarking into their portfolio. This will be a necessity to meet content owner requirements and sustain revenues.

Local and regional programming: While the market for global content remains strong, quality local and regional content will become increasingly important for providers and will serve as a key differentiator in an increasingly competitive market. The Pay-TV Innovation Forum research by NAGRA and MTM found that Asia Pacific is characterised by very high levels of cultural and linguistic diversity, with many consumers having a strong preference for content in a local language. As such, providers will be tasked with building a strategy that incorporates both local and global content in order to cater to the diverse customer base in Asia Pacific.

Source: Digital Market 

You are invited!

We’re delighted to invite you to join us at the OTT Days in Singapore- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT. You will hear from the people who are pioneering new strategies and partnerships and exploiting new market opportunities.

Across a half day, the OTT Days event in Singapore offers a free-to-attend summit that informs, inspires and connects members of the video, media and technology community with a combination of unique networking features and a high-level speaker program. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo.

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May 08, 2017

Blog

What Does ‘Watching TV’ Really Mean Anymore?

A new report suggests that Gen Z is a native digital video generation that overwhelmingly equates “watching TV” with an online source. Analysis of the survey from Tremor says they also may be the first to fully embrace digital video advertising by seeing ads as indistinguishable from actual TV shows, and they will lean heavily toward connected TVs. The study is based on an online survey administered to 1,020 respondents ages 14-50 in March of this year by the Center for Generational Kinetics. At The Center for Generational Kinetics, we call the generation after Millennials "Gen Z or iGen.” This corresponds within their research defining them as cloud natives rather than digital natives; their world is “iEverything,” with a lowercase “i.” Other popular names for this fast-emerging generation are Generation Z and Centennials The study suggests the term “watching TV” now holds a different meaning for many people with 84 percent of adults aged 14-50 surveyed equating “watching TV” with devices such as an Apple TV or PlayStation. Specifically, 70 percent of Gen Z consider watching TV through an online source, whereas 74 percent of Gen X consider watching TV to be through traditional cable or satellite services. “The transition of television programming to a digital, streaming-first culture has been happening at a rapid pace,” Karen Ring, senior director, insights and analytics at Tremor Video, observes. “Gen Z, who in two years will make up 20 percent of the workplace, is in a prime position to create an inflexion point in favor of online consumption.” The data suggests Gen Z respondents are 40 percent more likely to watch multiple episodes of TV in solid, focused chunks, much like reading chapters in a novel. More than half of those surveyed said they prefer to stick to a single show until they finish the series, rather than intermix shows. Additionally, a majority (54 percent) of Gen Z respondents said that they either don’t mind or enjoy watching ads, compared to smaller portions by Millennials (45 percent) and Gen X (43 percent). While the youngest generation claims to watch less TV than their parents do, they still have a low tolerance for a heavy ad load.   Source: CED Magazine 
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May 03, 2017

Press

RTÉ announces plans to develop the next generation RTÉ Player

RTÉ today announced its plans to develop the next generation RTÉ Player, Ireland’s number one broadcaster video-on-demand service. It is expected that the new service will be launched before the end of the year. The redeveloped RTÉ Player will be RTÉ’s multi-channel television and video platform, designed and re-imagined for how Irish audiences watch television and video content online. It will be a world-class online television and video destination that seamlessly blends the audience content needs across live and on-demand with a curated, personalised service, with new features and functionality. The new RTÉ Player experience will be a gateway into a world of great content, from box-sets and curated on-demand libraries across 10 genres, to exciting new original RTÉ Player shorts, as well as the ability to enjoy RTÉ’s live channels on any screen. Delivering a multi-platform experience, the redeveloped RTÉ Player will be available across web, iOS, Android, connected TVs and OTT services, including Saorview, Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV. RTÉ’s lead partner for the delivery of the project is Fincons Group. The global IT Business Consulting company has over 30 years’ experience as a broadband and broadcast service partner and has worked with many leading companies including Sky and the largest Italian commercial broadcaster, Mediaset, as consultant and integration partner for their video solutions and OTT platform rollouts. RTÉ and Fincons Group will also work with the Dutch-based TV app development company 24i, an internet TV app company, which powers apps for leading brands like Viacom, Fuse media and Sinclair. Discovery and personalisation provider ContentWise will integrate its content personalisation solution. RTÉ Player will benefit from the combination of Fincons Group’s design and integration, 24i’s unified UI front-end expertise and ContentWise’s user experience automation capabilities. Múirne Laffan, RTÉ’s Chief Digital Officer, said: “The delivery of the next generation RTÉ Player is hugely important for RTÉ’s future. It is a sophisticated proposition that will position us to meet evolving audience expectations and compete within a highly competitive, globalised media environment.” Aoife Byrne, Director of Content & Products for RTÉ’s digital division, said: “In order to meet the changing needs of our audiences, we are transforming RTÉ Player from being a pure catch-up TV service to being a world-class live and on-demand online TV and video platform. Irish audiences will continue to be able to catch up on their favourite show, but with the next-generation RTÉ Player we will soon be offering so much more: on-demand libraries with hundreds of great titles from across the genres; great box-sets to binge on, and brand new short-form content, exclusive to RTÉ Player. Audiences will also be able to enjoy RTÉ’s television channels live, on any screen.” “As well as delivering on our audience’s content needs, we want next-generation RTÉ Player to deliver a superb streaming experience. To achieve this, we are working with our delivery partners Fincons Group, 24i and ContentWise who are hugely experienced in delivering world-class online TV and video platforms. We are rebuilding the product from the ground up to ensure technical reliability, and we will also be adding some great new features and functionality such as live restart and autoplay to make watching great TV and video even better” added Aoife Byrne. Michele Moretti, CEO at Fincons Group, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing our tailored solutions and wealth of experience to support such a key strategic project for a national media like RTÉ,designing and integrating a future-proof OTT solution which will efficiently provide a seamless and compelling multiscreen user experience. Building on our extensive experience working with the major international players, this project further confirms our footprint in the media and broadcast sector.” ENDS For reference, please contact: Marika MacCarvill, Communications Manager, RTÉ Digital Tel: 00 353 1 208 4665 / 00 353 86 171 2568 About RTÉ Player: RTÉ Player is Ireland’s number-one broadcaster video-on-demand service, continuing to attract record-level audiences. Last month (March 2017) was the strongest month ever for RTÉ Player, attracting its highest level of viewers for any month to date, serving over 5.3 million streams and attracting over 2.1 million unique browsers. January and February this year were also the strongest on record for their respective months. In 2016, RTÉ Player attracted its highest level of audiences, serving over 50 million streams, which represents an additional 10 million streams or 26% increase on 2015. In 2016, the popular online service delivered an average of 4.2 million streams per month, and an average of 1.7 million unique browsers per month, with both figures up 30% on the previous year. Signifying changing viewing habits, live viewing on RTÉ Player was up by 74% on 2015 volumes, with 20% of monthly streams being live in 2016. Of the 2 million streams served for Euro 2016, 1.5 million streams were live. RTÉ Player’s offering continued to evolve in 2016, moving away from being a purely catch-up service, with the commissioning of more online-exclusive content and extra content around some the most popular RTÉ Television series and events of the year, as well as the addition of new permanent content hubs, including Doc Hub, Food Hub and Arts Hub. Together the online extras and exclusive shorts on RTÉ Player attracted over 3 million streams.
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May 02, 2017

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US Adults Now Spend 12 Hours 7 Minutes a Day Consuming Media

US adults will spend more than half the day with major media

In an annual contest at Coney Island, participants vie to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. It has seemed in recent years that US adults bring a similar spirit to their consumption of media, cramming as much as possible into an average day.

Thanks to multitasking (and our method of accounting for it, explained in a moment), US adults’ average daily time spent with major media will slightly exceed 12 hours this year, according to eMarketer’s latest report, “US Time Spent with Media: eMarketer’s Updated Estimates and Forecast for 2014-2019”.

But while our reports early in the decade told a story of robust gains—with increases in digital usage more than compensating for declines in time spent with nondigital media—growth has been petering out. Of course, media multitasking is what has made so much usage possible. Like a Coney Island contestant stuffing hot dogs into his mouth with both hands, people are often using multiple media at the same time. That is how the figure for time spent can add up to 12 hours a day. And note our method of accounting for simultaneous usage: If someone spends an hour watching TV (for example) and uses a smartphone to surf the web during the same hour, we count this as an hour of usage for each medium, and hence as 2 hours of total media time. One might have thought average time spent with smartphones by users would decline as the smartphone population broadened far beyond early adopters and technophiles. Instead, average time spent among users has steadily increased. eMarketer estimates that nonvoice time spent per day by smartphone users will have risen from 2 hours 18 minutes in 2014 to 2 hours 42 minutes by 2019. The proliferation of apps is clearly a factor in this increase. More and more of the digital universe is designed to cater to smartphones, and this often takes the form of apps. For users of smartphones—and, to a slightly lesser extent, users of tablets—time spent using those devices mostly means time spent using apps. And the preeminence of apps vs. the mobile web grows year by year. Time spent with the mobile web via smartphones is expected to decline throughout the forecast period, while time spent with it via tablets ticks up just slightly. During those same years, in-app time on both devices is expected to grow strongly—though the rate of increase slows in the later years. eMarketer estimates that in-app smartphone time will have increased by 42 minutes per day between 2014 and 2019.   Source:  Emarketer
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Apr 22, 2017

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The latest in TV technology – Q1 2017

It's been a while since the last overview of what's happening in the world of TV technology, so it's high time for another update. As always, the year kicked off with CES in Las Vegas, where each of the large TV brands (Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, etc) presented its plans for 2017. Same as last year, the focus in display technology was on HDR, which is becoming the new normal. While in the past LG was the only company known for OLED technology, many others announced OLED screens as well, although most of these will probably be rebranded LG displays. Another trend was a move towards extremely thin screens, with the logic, HDMI ports, offloaded to a separate module which can be hidden discretely. Old non-sensical hypes like 3D TV or curved TVs are going away. In the area of software, there were relatively few changes. There were the usual updates to webOS, Tizen, etc, but no major shifts. The only problematic case appears to be Firefox OS, which runs on some Panasonic TVs, for which the development team inside Mozilla was scrapped. In the console space, Sony is stronger than ever with its PlayStation 4. It has sold a massive 53 million consoles, dwarfing Microsoft's Xbox One sales, which are roughly half. Meanwhile, both Sony and Microsoft are steadily working on improving the software on their consoles. The next big step will be Microsoft's introduction of its Project Scorpio Xbox at E3 in June. The big news in the console space was the launch of Nintendo's new Switch console, which is basically a handheld which can also be docked to a TV. While very interesting, Nintendo has chosen to focus exclusively on gaming for now. Video streaming capabilities are expected to be added later on, but none are present on the device right now. With regards to set-top boxes, Apple appears to finally be working on a 4K and HDR version of its Apple TV. Currently, it's the only major TV platform which hasn't got that capability yet. NVIDIA pushed out a new version of its SHIELD TV at CES">CES, where Amazon">Amazon announced that it is licensing its Fire TV OS to Smart TV brands, similar to how Roku TV and Android TV work. Amazon also significantly overhauled the user interface of its Fire TV software. Roku is finally deprecating its old legacy SDK in favour of the much more versatile and pretty SceneGraph SDK. Outside of the major players, Caavo announced a set-top box to connect them all, although the price is very high at $400. Meanwhile, the shift in political power in the US has resulted in a new FCC which is unlikely to force any changes to the operator set-top box landscape in the US.
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Apr 21, 2017

Press

24i integrates with Microsoft Azure for smarter personalized discovery and user experience

24i integrates with Microsoft Azure for smarter personalized discovery and user experience Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 21st 201724i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, announced today that they have integrated the cloud-based Microsoft Cognitive Services Recommendations API to enable their customers to easily build a smarter recommendation engine. The Recommendations API is pre-integrated in 24i’s recently launched CMS, SmartOTT Backstage. “The hottest driver for Over-the-Top (OTT) growth is customized, user-specific discovery algorithms – the ability to wow consumers with a stunning personalized user experience.” said Martijn Van Horssen. “By integrating Microsoft Cognitive Services Recommendations API, we empower our customers to take personalization to the next level and significantly reduce customer churn and increase revenue growth.” Today’s viewers expect you to really know them and personalize your recommendations to help them through the search and discovery process. They also expect a service that is personalized and delightful at every stage of the experience from sign-up to discovery and viewing to renewals. With the Microsoft Cognitive Services Recommendations API, using cognitive computing to deliver a number of algorithm-derived results, such as Frequently Bought Together (FBT) products, item-to-item recommendations, and customer-to-item flows, 24i enables their customers to generate higher consumption, customer satisfaction and increased revenues with a smarter recommendation engine. “24i Media underscores our commitment to provide our customers with state-of-the-art innovation in cloud technology. ,” said Tony Emerson, Managing Director, Worldwide Media & Cable at Microsoft Corp. “By integrating Recommendations API, part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, 24i allows their clients to customize what’s being fed based on the user history so their customers end up with higher engagement and lower churn – both key metrics for successful OTT services today. Key features in the integrated recommendation API from Microsoft Azure: Recommendations; Viewers activity in the OTT service is used to recommend items and to improve conversion.
Automated workflow; The integrated recommendation engine automatically prepares an environment for an OTT provider to upload their catalogue and usage data to.
Reuse previous experience to make informed recommendations to viewers.
Use knowledge of customer interest to show related content.
Training; The recommendation engine can be trained by uploading data about past customer activity or by collecting data directly from your OTT service. When the viewer returns to your store you will be able to feature recommended items from your content catalogue that may increase your conversion rate.
Increase the discoverability of their OTT service, across devices and regions. present content to viewers that they haven’t seen before, better discoverability brings more satisfied users who watch more content, which has a positive monetization effects for the operators.
Meet 24i at NAB Show 2017, booth #SU11702CM 24i will be exhibiting at the NAB Show in Vegas, April 24- 27, booth #SU11702CM where they will be showcasing their innovative stack of services and product offerings for broadcasters, networks and content owners. To learn more about the Microsoft Azure integration, the newly launched CMS, SmartOTT Backstage or to schedule a meeting with a 24i Media representative at the NAB Show, please visit http://www.24i.com/meet-us-nab-2017/ About 24i Media (www.24i.com) 24i is a leading vendor in Internet TV apps for all devices including mobile, Smart TV, Set-top-boxes, Pc/ Mac , game consoles etc., empowering broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost. 24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom Media Networks, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Televisa, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com. For more information, please contact: Brynhild Vinskei Brynhild.vinskei@24i.com Mob: + 45 29 66 64 20
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Apr 21, 2017

Blog

The Nordics lead the SVOD market in Europe

According to the recent data from Dataxis research, the Nordic region comprising Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland leads the SVOD market in Europe. According to the report, Nordic region represented 20 percent of all SVOD subscriptions in Europe in Q4 2016 and in the same quarter number of SVOD subscriptions in Nordic region were equivalent to the number of subscriptions in Germany and Italy. The average revenue per user (ARPU) for each SVOD offer in Nordic is higher than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max 2014 Dame Dataxis estimates that the ARPU per offer in Nordic was around $10.6 in Q4 16 and this is explained by the fact that SVOD offers in Nordic cost relatively higher than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max 90 Honeycomb Heren For example, the standard offer of Netflix costs 89 DKK ($12.7) in Denmark versus 9.99 EUR ($10.7) in France. Consequently, there is a higher SVOD spending per person in Nordic than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max Heren According to Dataxis, the total customer spending on SVOD in Nordic reached almost 800M EUR ($848.2M) in 2016. There are four main SVOD actors in the Nordics: Viaplay, HBO Nordic, C More and Netflix, with the later accounting for almost half of the market. Nike Darwin Goedkoop • Netflix: Launched in Q4 2012 in Nordic. With its early launch, Netflix has immediately dominated the Nordic SVOD market offering local and international content in the language of each country. • Viaplay: Launched in 2011, it’s the historical actor in Nordic. It expanded in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in July 2016. Air Max 2015 Heren Goedkoop • HBO Nordic: Launched just after Netflix in Q3 2012. HBO offers SVOD only in Nordic but faced some constraints at the beginning to get subscribers because the offer was not aligned on Viaplay and Netflix: no free trial and 12 months’ mandatory commitment. • C More: C More, a pay TV actor, launched Filmnet in October 2012 in Sweden and in 2013 in Denmark, Finland and Norway. In 2015, Filmnet moved to C More website.An interesting move in term of monetization is the launch of SF Kids Play (an SVOD offer for kids) in Nordic in February 2016. SF Kids Play is the first SVOD offer of the giant TVOD actor in Nordic, SF Anytime (Bonnier AB Group). The launch of Amazon Prime Video in December 2016 in more than 200 countries including all the Nordic countries is going to intensify the competition and could change the top 4 in 2017.
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Apr 21, 2017

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Current VR Experiences Lack Context Required for Real Engagement

The Virtual Reality industry will surpass $10Bn in revenues globally by 2022. Nike AIR Max 2017 Dames Zwart Wit This growth will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allow the user to Experience, Preview, and Escape reality. Nike Free TR Fit Goedkoop While the virtual reality (VR) market is poised to grow tremendously over the next several years, a recent study from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service discovered that current VR experiences lack the type of context required for real engagement with the medium. Nike Air Max Thea Print Heren The research further adds that the growth in VR market will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allows users to experience, preview, and escape the reality. Early adopters of VR are the predominant gamers who are driven to the medium with the promise of ‘being there’. Nike Air Max 2017 Dame Goedkoop However, the biggest risks for the VR market are lack of context, lack of social capabilities and the hard-wired headset restricting player movement. Nike Air Max 90 Bloemeny Heren&Dame “There are a number of ways that VR can be made more compelling: design content from the ground-up for VR to make use of its immersive properties; contextualize VR experiences to provide real emotional engagement with the content; and ensure sensory engagement with VR content through the ability to touch, see, and hear what’s happening in virtual spaces.” Commented Mathew Alton, Research Analyst and report author.
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Apr 18, 2017

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End-to-end delivery of OTT Products and the Business Opportunities

Join us as we discuss OTT products and the business opportunities with our customer Sinclair Broadcasting Group and partner, Verizon Digital Media Services in a panel at NAB.

The way consumers enjoy media is constantly evolving, creating opportunities and challenges for both new entrants and established players. In 2017, the rate of change only seems to be accelerating and morphing to match modern tastes. To succeed, TV networks and broadcasters are re-imagining their businesses to meet viewers' modern expectations.

This panel will provide attendees with actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms.

During this panel, several key questions will be explored, including:

-       What are the main technical and operational challenges for going OTT?

-       Capitalizing on technology, business models and devices for scalability and OTT Success

-       How hard is it to integrate broadcast and OTT workflows?

-       How to successfully deliver OTT products across multiple brands

-       Multiplatform viewing: mobile, connected device, and smart TV

Panellists

Ben Miller, VP digital products at Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Joseph Hopkins, CRO at Verizon Digital Media Services

Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associate 

When & Where

Wednesday April 26th 2:30PM - 3:00 PM | CM|IP Pavilion in South Upper Hall

 

Add it to your NAB calendar 

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Apr 18, 2017

News

Redefine the way TV is consumed! Meet 24i Media at NAB 2017

Book a meeting and live demo with us at NAB booth #SU11702CM & discover first hand how our in-depth expertise and proven technology can help you turn viewers into fans, empowering you to increase efficiency, reduce cost and set your business up to deliver a richer, future proof, TV experience across all devices and platforms. At NAB we’ll showcase our comprehensive suite of innovative products, including:

SmartOTT Backstage: Our Content Management system (CMS) designed to empower content owners, broadcasters and operators to unlock the potential of premium video with a service that allows them to enrich and organize their content metadata, offers social interaction, smarter recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. Discover more.

SmartOTT: 24i’s off-the-shelf white- label product empowering you to remove complexity from your IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables you to simplify syndication and deliver your live and on-demand TV & video content to any screen. Learn more.

SmartOperator: Our TV Anywhere front-end solution for TV operators. It is an off-the-shelf product that offers an innovative and uniform user experience across a range of devices. Learn more.

SmartTemplate: For partners who need a standardized front-end solution at the lowest cost but with maximum quality, stability and innovation. This build- once, deploy-everywhere Internet TV app template offers your clients easy access to the OTT market space. Learn more.

SmartApp: a product customized completely to your needs by supporting each client’s specific TV and OTT strategy, requirements, brand and technology integrations. Our in-depth knowledge and expertise with streaming video and interactive TV enables us to develop tailor-made solutions with cutting edge functionalities, realizing truly competitive advantages and strategic value for your company. Learn more.

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Apr 18, 2017

Press

24i unveils cutting-edge CMS for VOD, SmartOTT Backstage

24i unveils cutting-edge CMS for VOD, SmartOTT Backstage   Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 13th 201724i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, today announced the launch of SmartOTT Backstage, a powerful Content Management system (CMS) designed to empower content owners, broadcasters and operators to unlock the potential of premium video with a service that allows them to enrich and organize their content metadata, offers social interaction, smarter personalized recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. SmartOTT Backstage is a cloud-based and modular system that sits between the clients’ video backend system and their front- end applications, a robust and flexible solution comprised of three core functionalities, an intuitive CMS, a metadata & data-source component and a robust API which enrich and organizes content. Attached to flexible integration points, SmartOTT Backstage handles curated content collections, recommended feeds, scheduling, data-sourcing and metadata whilst providing customers with the opportunity to set up and brand their front-end apps by selection from a rich variety of layout elements and branding options. “We’re super excited to announce the launch of our leading-edge SmartOTT Backstage,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “We wanted to empower our customers to take full control over their content and curation, with a comprehensive toolbox to manage data for each piece of content, enabling them to meet the demands from their viewers for a personalized service. Our newly launched SmartOTT Backstage enables our customers to leverage the power of metadata and third-party integrations to create a more personalized experience across all devices.” SmartOTT Backstage enables customers to take complete control of their product and content experience, including key features such as:

Seamless integrations; The solution further offers a comprehensive suite of connectors that integrate seamlessly with existing systems and partners, allowing customers to enable/disable a range of integrations. For example analytics (Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics) or advertisement (FreeWheel, Google DFP), recommendation, etc.

Powerful and robust API: The flexible API is designed as an independent component, which is integrated with the SmartOTT Backstage Metadata/Data-source component. It can also connect to any source containing metadata, app configurations, etc.

An optimized unified point of access for all applications to retrieve app configurations, metadata and additional services not provided by the OVP, such as recommendations powered by Microsoft Azure.

Metadata enrichment system; a tool to import the metadata from the OVP into the system allowing clients to improve and differentiate their content data

Data-source and import/export tool for all application related configurations, including but not limited to; Template, Menu, Pages, Sections, Playlists, third party integration configurations.

Personalization – combining user preferences and rich metadata for customized content recommendations.

Content and metadata orchestration; a query builder & collection editor allowing customers to create curated playlists, meaningful content collections and schedule publishing- for smarter planning and scheduling of content workflows.

App configuration tool; allowing clients to select the modules & content they want to show on each page of their front-end apps, on any device.

Intuitive branding tool; enabling customers to incorporate their brand & look across all their apps, on any device, from uploading their logo to posting a promotional message.

Advanced user & role management; offering possibilities to customize the roles within an application with granular permissions.

Easily create application pages through a defined set of page blueprints (browse, search, settings), gives customers the freedom to arrange, schedule, order and publish their content as they wish.

The SmartOTT Backstage will be demoed at the 2017 NAB Show (Booth #SU11702CM), April 24 – 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. To learn more about the SmartOTT Backstage or to schedule a meeting with a 24i Media representative at the NAB Show, please visit: http://www.24i.com/meet-us-nab-2017/ About 24i Media (www.24i.com) 24i is a leading vendor in Smart TV apps for all devices including mobile, Smart TV, Set-top-boxes, Pc/ Mac , game consoles etc., empowering broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost. 24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom Media Networks, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Televisa, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Madrid and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.
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Apr 16, 2017

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24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

We’re delighted to welcome Brynhild Vinskei to our team. In the role as Chief Markets Officer she will head the global Sales and Marketing activities at 24i Media and play an instrumental role in the strategic development, expansion and growth of the company globally. "We are delighted to welcome Brynhild as Chief Markets Officer at 24i.” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i. “Brynhild brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership and is recognized in the industry for developing and executing strategies that have accelerated growth and created significant brand value. Her insight and industry knowledge will help us elevate the 24i brand, enable us to respond to the increasing demand for our services globally, and drive revenue growth across our entire product portfolio.” Hans Disch, partner and Chief Strategy Officer at 24i, adds to that: “Brynhild is the personification of the new phase 24i has reached in successfully executing its global growth strategy. Martijn and I look forward to work with Brynhild and our executive management team, as we continue our enterprise, focused on our joint ambition of changing the future of TV – and realize it." In her most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Xstream, she helped establish the company as a leader in OTT solutions. In a career that spans 17 years, Brynhild has held senior positions managing all aspects of sales, marketing, partner management, communication, events, product marketing, strategic planning and business development. Under her leadership, 24i will continue to drive a stronger global market presence and strengthen strategic partnerships with customers and partners. Speaking of her new appointment, Brynhild Vinskei says "I am thrilled to be joining the 24i team at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. 24i has been growing extensively over the past few years and is well poised for its continued growth ambitions, helping customers to create highly flexible, personalized and cost-effective TV app solutions across all devices. The consistent 50% yearly growth in sales, achieved through its innovative product stack, validates its commitment and passion to offer their customers future proof, best-in-breed technology.
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Apr 05, 2017

Press

24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

We are pleased to share the latest news from 24i with you, announcing that Brynhild Vinskei is joining the executive board of the leading TV app specialist, 24i. More details in the press release below.

24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 16th 2017 – 24i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, today announced the appointment of former Xstream executive, Brynhild Vinskei, as Chief Markets Officer. In her new role, she will head the global Sales and Marketing activities for the company and play an instrumental role in the strategic development, expansion and growth of the company globally.

"We are delighted to welcome Brynhild as Chief Markets Officer at 24i.” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i. “Brynhild brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership, and is recognized in the industry for developing and executing strategies that have accelerated growth and created significant brand value.Her insight and industry knowledge will help us elevate the 24i brand, enable us to respond to the increasing demand for our services globally, and drive revenue growth across our entire product portfolio.” Hans Disch, 24i’s CSO, adds to that: “Brynhild is the personification of the new phase 24i has reached in successfully executing its global growth strategy. Martijn and I look forward to work with Brynhild and our executive management team, as we continue our enterprise, focused on our joint ambition of changing the future of TV – and realize it."

In her most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Xstream, she helped establish the company as a leader in OTT solutions. In a career that spans 17 years, Brynhild has held senior positions managing all aspects of sales, marketing, partner management, communication, events, product marketing, strategic planning and business development. Under her leadership, 24i will continue to drive a stronger global market presence and strengthen strategic partnerships with customers and partners.

Speaking of her new appointment, Brynhild Vinskei says "I am thrilled to be joining the 24i team at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. 24i has been growing extensively over the past few years and is well poised for its continued growth ambitions, helping customers to create highly flexible, personalized and cost-effective TV app solutions across all devices. The consistent 50% yearly growth in sales, achieved through its innovative product stack, validates its commitment and passion to offer their customers future proof, best-in-breed technology. I look forward to applying my expertise to leverage industry trends and drive revenue growth, while being a part of an incredibly innovative, ambitious and close team."

About 24i Media (www.24i.com)

24i is a leading vendor in Smart TV apps for all devices including mobile, Smart TV, Set-top-boxes, Pc/ Mac , game consoles etc., empowering broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost.

24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom Media Networks, Televisa, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms.

24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Brno.

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Apr 04, 2017

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Internet advertising expenditure to exceed US $200bn this year

Global internet advertising expenditure will grow 13% to reach US$205bn in 2017, according to Zenith’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts.This will be the first year in which more money will be spent on internet advertising than advertising on traditional television (which will total US$192bn).
  The sheer scale of internet advertising means its growth rate is slowing. Internet ad spend grew 17% in 2016, down from 20% in 2015, and the report expects growth to slow to 13% in 2017, 12% in 2018 and 10% by 2019 (though it will continue to add US$23bn-US$24bn a year). In this environment, it is vital that platforms and publishers address advertisers’ valid concerns about viewability and brand safety to secure sustainable growth. As the market matures, advertisers need to know for certain that their ads are being actively viewed by real people in appropriate environments. “Internet advertising has contributed all of the growth in global ad spend since the beginning of the decade, and has stimulated much of the innovation we’ve seen in the market,” said Vittorio Bonori, Global Brand President. “Innovation is proceeding as fast as ever, and we believe that this is what will continue to drive brand growth for advertisers.” The global ad market has grown at a steady pace of 4%-5% a year since the beginning of the decade, and Zenith expects it to continue to do so through to 2019. The forecast for 2017 is for 4.4% growth (unchanged since the last forecasts in December), down slightly from 4.6% growth in 2016. There also should be another 4.4% growth in 2018, followed by 4.2% in 2019. These rates are slightly below the growth rates that the IMF forecasts for nominal GDP.
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Mar 30, 2017

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Decline in North American pay-TV subs

According to a new study from Digital TV Research, the number of pay-TV subs in North America is predicted to fall by 10 million by 2022. Digital TV Research says the 9% decline to 102 million subscriptions does not indicate a massive cord-cutting problem. However, the number of non-pay homes will climb from 20.69 million to 41.56 million over the same period [the number of total households will increase by 11 million. This includes non-TV households]. To put it another way, pay TV penetration will drop from the peak of 87.4% in 2013 to 75.2% by 2022. The number of pay-TV subscribers declined by 2 million in both 2015 and in 2016. However, the rate of decline will slow from now on, although the 2022 total will be 5 million lower than the end-2016 total, according to the North America Pay TV Forecasts report. Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, explained: “Where are the lost subscribers in the decade to 2022 going? Some analog cable subscribers will give up paying for TV services rather than convert to an often more expensive digital platform.” He continued: “Cord-cutting is also a factor. It has been somewhat exacerbated by the traditional pay TV operators starting their own OTT platforms: satellite TV platform Dish provides Sling TV and DirecTV Now has recently started. Other distractions include Hulu, HBO Now and, of course, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.” Cable has been losing subscribers since 2011. This is partly due to the fact that not all of the 18 million analog cable subscribers at end-2010 will convert to digital cable TV platforms – or any digital pay TV platform for that matter. The free-to-air DTT household total will climb by 10 million between 2016 and 2022 to 31 million – presumably many of these sets will gather dust as these homes will have limited channel choice. The digital cable TV total will remain flat at about 57 million subs from 2015. Satellite TV will also stay flat at about 36 million from 2015. However, IPTV will lose subscribers. Much of the IPTV loss is attributable to AT&T encouraging its U-Verse subscribers to its DirecTV satellite platform. In Canada, Bell is doing the opposite: encouraging its satellite TV subs to convert to its IPTV platform. Pay TV revenues [subscriptions and PPV] in North America peaked in 2015 at $108.58 billion. Revenues will fall by 12.7% - or by $13.76 billion - to $94.82 billion in 2022. Cable revenues will decline by $12.13 billion - $2.19 billion less from analog cable and $9.94 billion lower for digital cable. Satellite TV will grow by $1.93 billion, but IPTV will fall by $3.55 billion – or by a massive 32.5%.   Source: Digital TV Research 
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Mar 27, 2017

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US now a “binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation”

American consumers' status as a binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation enters 2017 with strong momentum according to Deloitte's 11th "Digital Democracy Survey." Nearly three-quarters (73%) of US consumers and nearly 90% of millennials have watched binged video content, according to the findings in the new report. With 84 percent of Americans on social networks – social media has evolved well beyond "socializing" and is being used to discover new content, get news and resolve customer service issues. "American consumers continued to stream, binge watch and demand more media in 2016. As the growing forces of social media and over-the-top services continue to accelerate, particularly among millennials and Generation Z, the consumer rules," said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and U.S. media and entertainment leader, Deloitte LLP. "The shift to streaming, mobile, on-demand services and personalization are significant opportunities in 2017. Brands can bring new value, services and incredibly entertaining content to the empowered consumers across all age groups in a manner that can be monetized." Among the key findings from Deloitte's Digital Democracy survey include: Streaming, pay TV, binge watching - full speed ahead Almost half (49 percent) of U.S. consumers and nearly 60 percent of generation Z (Gen Z), millennials a nd Generation X (Gen X) subscribe to at least one paid streaming video service. However, the survey notes that despite the growth of paid streaming services, U.S. consumers spend more time streaming video via free services (40 percent) than paid streaming subscriptions (35 percent). Seventy-four percent of consumers across U.S. households still subscribe to pay TV such as cable or satellite, but 66 percent of subscribers say they keep their pay TV because it is bundled with their internet. Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of U.S. consumers (up 3 percent from 2015) and nearly 90 percent of millennials and Gen Z have binge watched video content; almost 40 percent of millennial and Gen Z binge watchers do so weekly. Millennial and Gen Z binge watchers report watching an average of six episodes, or five hours of content, in a single sitting. The device of choice for key demographics remains split; Gen Z and millennials spend about half their time watching television shows and movies on devices other than a TV. Additionally, Gen X favors the TV by over 60 percent and Baby Boomers watch over 80 percent of programming on the TV. Nearly all (99 percent) millennials and Gen Z are multitasking while watching TV, averaging four additional activities, such as texting, browsing the web, using social networks, reading email and online shopping. Advertising – big opportunities for mobile and online in 2017 Sixty-seven percent of consumers, and over 70 percent of Gen Z and millennials, find mobile ads on their phone to be irrelevant; however, 37 percent of consumers find it valuable to receive location-based ads on their smartphone and use them regularly. More than 80 percent of consumers will skip an online video ad if allowed. Almost half (46 percent) of consumers said they pay more attention to an ad they can skip versus an ad they cannot skip. Forty-five percent of millennials use ad-blocking software, with 89 percent of the group saying their primary reason is to avoid all advertising. In fact, 40 percent of them also noted use of ad-blocking software on their smartphones. Online recommendations on social media (27 percent) are more influential than TV ads (18 percent) for Gen Z in influencing buying decisions. The Social Network is the Network Eighty-four percent of all consumers and over 90 percent of Gen Z and millennials are on social networks. Over 50 percent of Gen Z and millennials use social networks to learn about new TV shows, citing it to be more useful than TV commercials. Thirty-three percent of millennials and Gen Z get their news primarily from social media, with 21 percent saying that TV is still their most popular news platform. Over 70 percent of millennials have used social media to interact with corporate customer service in the last year; 71 percent of those that have used social media to resolve customer service issues believe they will get a better company response because it's public. Source: Deloitte
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Mar 23, 2017

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MILLENNIALS ON MILLENNIALS: A LOOK AT VIEWING BEHAVIOR, DISTRACTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA STARS

It’s hard enough to hold one person’s attention, let alone an entire generation’s. Millennials have grown alongside advancements in technology and media platforms, they engage in media like no one else and they’re “grown up” and have money to spend, placing them in intriguing territory with regard to media habits. When it comes to television, their eyes are glued to the screen. With commercials, they’re still tuned in—but their eyes are on their cell phones. Nielsen’s Millennials on Millennials report offers critical insight into the evolving media habits of this highly digital demographic, and it was produced by a team of Nielsen Millennial associates keen to help clients engage and reach a generation that every modern marketer is seeking a connection with. As marketers and advertisers look for the best opportunities to reach this demographic, they need precise insight into the evolving viewing and consumption habits of Millennials, which are closely watched and coveted. A new report from Nielsen, the Millennials on Millennials report, reveals three things you might not have known about Millennials. 1. MILLENNIALS LOVE TV-CONNECTED DEVICES TV still constitutes the majority of video consumption, but every other screen is much more valuable to Millennials. TV-connected devices compose four times the percentage of Millennials’ total video minutes than adults 35 and older: TV-connected devices account for 23% of Millennials’ total time with video, compared with just 6% for consumers 35 and older. And as a result, Millennials spend about 27% less time watching traditional TV (89% among 35+ vs. 66% among Millennials). 2.MILLENNIALS ARE A DISTRACTED AUDIENCE The report looked at a handful of popular, primetime programs to understand the dynamics of multi-tasking and attention among Millennials compared with other generations. During premiere episodes of various primetime programs in the fall of 2015, Millennials were least likely to change the channel during commercial breaks. Less than 2% of 18-34-year-olds changed the channel during commercials, compared with 5.5% of 35-54-year-olds and more than 8% of viewers 55 and older. Given their engagement with other devices, however, Millennials had the lowest program engagement and lowest ad memorability scores during the studied shows. Knowing that audiences, including Millennials, may opt to skip advertising if given the choice, content providers often disable ad-skipping features in their VOD content. In terms of openness to advertising, however, Millennials are quite open to viewing ads as long as the content they are viewing is free on their mobile devices. As a result, marketers and advertisers have a notable opportunity to present their value propositions to young viewers who are tapping into the realm of content available via their connected devices. 3.SOCIAL MEDIA STARS ARE “CELEBRITIES” Among Millennials, social media stars are becoming synonymous with the word “celebrity.” In a write-in section of the Nielsen report, numerous respondents named several social media stars multiple times when asked: “Please list your current top five favorite celebrities.” When tested against mainstream stars, social media stars hold their own in terms of celebrity status. For example, according to Nielsen’s N-Score, a measure of a celebrity’s marketability, male Millennials have a higher opinion of trending social media stars than they do for sports stars, pop stars, actors and actresses Source: Nielsen, http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2017/millennials-on-millennials-a-look-at-viewing-behavior-distraction-social-media-stars.html
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Mar 22, 2017

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A New Survey Finds Original Content Investment Paying off for Netflix and Amazon Video

New Survey Finds Original Content Investment Paying off for Netflix and Amazon Video Great news for the exploding SVOD arena – a greater number of consumers are paying for multiple OTT products. According to a new research by 451 Research, 19% of streaming subscribers are paying for three or more services – up 4 points over the previous year. These streaming enthusiasts are creating their own bundles of video services, starting with Netflix (95%) and Amazon Video (82%) then adding a combination of subscription and a-la-carte platforms including Hulu, HBO Now and iTunes. The firm’s latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape study, based on a survey of 1,270 people in North America, said that increased adoption speaks to the rise of consumer self-bundling, led by Netflix and Amazon Video, with additions of services like Hulu and HBO Now. Among all respondents who pay for a streaming service, 79% say they subscribe to Netflix and 53% to Amazon Video and continues to be the growth story, up 5 points over the past year. Access to movies (50%) remains the top reason why consumers pay for streaming video services; viewing complete seasons of TV shows (45%) is a close second and has increased 6 points in just six months.  Importantly, 33% of streaming subscribers chose their service for its original content, up 8 points year over year. Original content has always been a major differentiator forHBO Now and Showtime, but the VoCUL survey highlights a growing importance of original content among Netflix users (36%; up 9 points over a year) and Amazon Video users (36%; up 14 points over a year).  While both Netflix and Amazon Video users in the VoCUL survey have shifted towards watching more original content over the past two years, there is an even faster increase among Amazon Video users (from 7% to 31%) who say original content is their most watched type of video content, compared to Netflix users (from 20 to 32%).  “Netflix and Amazon Video have spent billions creating exclusive original content to differentiate themselves within a competitive streaming TV market, and our latest surveys show that it’s resonating with customers. Viewing original content has become a much more important factor over the past year in choosing streaming services, and the data shows consumers are simply watching more of it.” said Andy Golub, managing director of 451 Research's Voice of the Connected User Landscape end-user surveys and research. The study found that 41% of those who own an OTT device have a Roku streaming player or streaming stick, followed by an Apple TV device (35%), a Google Chromecast adapter (26%), Amazon Fire TV Stick (13%) or an Amazon Fire TV box (10%). Access the complete report here: https://451research.com/report-long?icid=4213?&utm_campaign=2017_press&utm_source=press_release&utm_medium=press&utm_content=apply_for_trial&utm_term=q1_2017_vocul_4213_pr
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Mar 20, 2017

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NAB 2017 IN LAS VEGAS

Venue This year we are visiting The NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 22-27, 2017 and we are located in the South Upper hall, booth #11702. Attend the NAB on us, simply use the guest pass code LV8529 when you register here: https://goo.gl/JyhOue  What can you expect? Our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will join a Panel Debate: "End to End Delivery of OTT Products and the Business Opportunities". This panel will actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms. Date: Wednesday April 23rd Time: 2:30 - 3:00 pm Location: CMIP Debate Theater | Connected Media | IP Pavilion Also, he will attend a Penal debate presentation; "TV innovation and future trends: a 2020 vision", where the future trends will be discussed. Date: Wednesday April 23rd Time: 4:00 - 4:45 pm Location: CMIP Debate Theater | Connected Media | IP Pavilion Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! We are looking forward seeing you there! About NAB NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life".
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Feb 20, 2017

Events

BVE 2017 IN LONDON

This year our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will be speaking at the BVE, Connected Media in London - "Target and grow your audience by launching a TV App successfully". Connected Media Europe is being launched at BVE 2017 – a signature destination to explore the technologies that enable audiences to receive, discover and interact with content across any device, anywhere. Connected Media Europe will be perfectly placed within the main BVE 2017 event to demonstrate and discuss IP-focused technology including IPTV, OTT, mobile, social, and cloud. We are visiting UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event from February 28th until the 2nd of March 2017. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CMO, Brynhild Vinskei and Partner Manager Madelon Olsthoorn. Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please send an email to: chantal.favre@24i.com We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media And follow us on Instagram: About BVE BVE is the UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event, with a 20-year history dedicated to the broadcast, production and post-production sectors. In recent years, the show has evolved into an all-encompassing event that also covers the Connected Media, AV Systems Integration, Live Production, VR and creative sectors. It attracts more than 15,000 visitors who attend to discover and learn about the latest products, services and trends from more than 300 leading manufacturers and distributors.
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Oct 31, 2016

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 2016

It's been a while since my last "the latest in TV technology" post, so I'm happy to once again give an overview of the most relevant news of the last few months. With the holidays coming up, many of the major platforms in the TV technology landscape announced and released updates to their hardware and software lineup. Consoles Both Microsoft and Sony presented slimmer versions of their current consoles. Microsoft announced the Xbox One S and that it is working on a major upgrade called Project Scorpio, while at the same time releasing a major overhaul of its Xbox One operating system to move it completely to a Windows 10 base. Sony presented a slimmer version of the PlayStation 4, without changing the name and added the PlayStation 4 Pro to its lineup, while also releasing a big software update. Nintendo It is Nintendo where things are really interesting. While its current generation Nintendo Wii U is hardly selling, therefore Nintendo recently announced the new Nintendo Switch, which is to launch in March of 2017. The concept is quite different from the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, with a focus on being able to use the console with your TV and on the move. For those with nostalgia, it also released a mini rebuild of its old Nintendo Entertainment System. 4k option Also hoping to do well during the holiday season, Roku completely renewed its hardware lineup, which now ranges from $29 all the way up to $130. That undercuts Google's $35 Chromecast, even though it has a slow device. Google instead moved to more pricey heights, with its new Chromecast Ultra with 4K support. That leaves Apple TV as the only platform which does not offer a 4K option. Finally, Amazon only renewed its streaming stick and is planning a UI overhaul. Smart TV In the Smart TV space, Vizio was acquired by a Chinese company calledLeEco, which itself just announced a few Android TV devices for the US market. That old VCR you probably have connected to some old TV somewhere might become extinct. The last company that produced VCRs has officially ended production. Careers We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page http://24i.com/careers if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To stay up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog: http://technology.siekerman.nl. Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media
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Mar 12, 2016

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AT THE ‘CORE’ OF TV INNOVATION

Last week the fourth season of popular Netflix series House of Cards became available to subscribers, quickly trending on Twitter in this relevant US presidential election year. If you are one of the estimated 5 million people who will view the series, then the idea of ‘binge-watching’ as many episodes as you wish is now just the new normal. But when Season One was launched in February 2013, the notion of releasing an entire season at once and giving consumers choice over when to watch each episode was a new and innovative approach. The traditional model of content viewership has been fundamentally disrupted. Studios, content owners and producers simply do not have the same control over when and how people consume their content. Netflix has been an important part of this trend, but the company can’t take all the credit. There is no shortage of innovations giving content consumers greater choice and power. ‘Democratization’ of video content has in many ways been a good thing, but it has also put many industry players under a lot of pressure. At 24i we see our mission as helping content owners, operators and broadcasters keep a piece of the $500 billion TV industry pie they once controlled, and we do that by allowing them to adapt to the cutting edge technologies and ways of thinking that have caused the disruption in the first place. Our company’s history stretches back to the days of very first internet-connected TVs in 2009. At that time, we were one of the first to experiment with the development of TV apps. But because the industry was – and is – so fragmented now, we had to rebuild each application over and over again for different TV brands and platforms. That is why we have built the innovative AppCore, which allows apps to be developed that seamlessly integrate with various devices and platforms, including connected TVs, Set Top Box boxes, mobile devices, tablets and game consoles. Among a number of products in our 24i Shop, our Smart Apps can also be easily used by the disruptive insurgents in the world of TV such as Roku, Apple TV, Android, or gaming console. We have also developed a 24i Studio, which provides custom solutions to larger broadcasters and the 24i Factory, helping other TV app developers use our leading building blocks. While we are now a global company, our headquarters in Amsterdam put us in a unique position to innovate in this space. Often described as a technology “guinea pig” the Netherlands is a perfect testing place for new products and services. With a population of 17 million well-educated tech-lovers, high levels of English literacy and world-leading broadband connections, the Dutch are thought leaders in digital media and entertainment technology. So we have teamed up with six of our compatriots to form Dutch Media Innovators, a consortium of forward-thinking organizations passionate about digital media. But we also recognize that the United States – in many ways the birthplace of television – is also home to innovators, entrepreneurs and individuals eager to see innovation in content delivery and consumption. Starting with the world-famous SXSW Interactive festival kicking off in Austin, Texas, this week, we will be part of a two-year program on the lookout for collaboration, knowledge sharing and commercial arrangements with US companies. You never know it might be the beginning of a powerful partnership, just like the one featured in House of Cards. 24i is a member of the Dutch Media Innovators consortium on the hunt for collaboration with US businesses and organizations. It will be attending SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, TX, this week. Get in touch with us by sending an email to info@24imedia.com.
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Feb 01, 2016

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – FEBRUARY 2016

Each year the world of TV technology starts with a bang, when the madness of CES signals the end of the holidays. CES is the main stage of the year for consumer electronics brands to make product line announcements, so it's always full of Smart TV news. Other TV platforms such as set-top boxes and game consoles generally receive less attention. This year the magic word for Smart TVs was High Dynamic Range or HDR. It's a display technology which allows for higher color ranges than before, with a noticeable impact. In contrast with 4K last year, curved TVs the year before and 3D glasses even earlier, this improvement may actually matter to consumers. Hence, every Smart TV brand jumped on board, with the industry settling on Ultra HD Premium as the common branding for HDR. Some specific bits of information which were interesting in recent weeks were LG launching a TV running Roku OS instead of its own webOS, intriguing transparent and rollable displays by several manufacturers and the appearance of 4K Blu-ray players. Sony is still doing very will with its PlayStation 4, having sold almost double the units that Microsoft has managed with its Xbox One. One of the biggest news items to come out of CES was actually Netflix's worldwide launch, as it added 130 countries at once. In general though, there weren't many big changes at CES this year. Samsung is sticking to Tizen, LG is using webOS again, Sony and Philips are sticking with Android TV and Panasonic is still using Firefox OS. All of them are going through incremental improvements, but none are doing any major overhauls as we saw in the previous two years. Android TV is adding a few more lesser known brands to its stable, but notable big ones. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Jan 07, 2016

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KALTURA INTEGRATES 24i MEDIA’S TV EVERYWHERE INTERFACE WITH ITS OTT TV PLATFORM

Uniform multiscreen UI, combined with Kaltura’s backend platform, reduces time to market for OTT TV launches New York, NY, January 5, 2016 – Kaltura Inc., provider of the leading video technology platform, today announced that it has partnered with TV app developer 24i Media to offer the SmartTemplate user interface as a new front end for its OTT TV platform. The integration of the SmartTemplate TV app with Kaltura’s OTT TV backend platform means that companies can now launch a full multiscreen OTT service in a matter of weeks – the fastest time to market available today. The integration builds on both companies’ expertise from large-scale OTT deployments, offering scalability and a template-based approach for easy customization and enhancements at any time. 24i’s TV Everywhere interface includes templates that have been incorporated into Kaltura’s OTT TV platform. This allows companies to launch a uniform OTT user experience across multiple devices from the outset. Supporting live and on-demand content, the interface offers an intuitive dashboard for easy navigation, social sharing and personalized user profiles across smart TVs, tablets, mobiles and other connected devices. Also, all future innovations on the Kaltura OTT TV roadmap will be supported on the TV app, meaning that customers can transition smoothly as new versions are released, with minimal time and investment. Kaltura and 24i’s templates support smart TVs and lean STBs as well as game consoles, and even allow the service provider to cherry-pick specific platforms to use for their various audiences, based on territory and other criteria. The templates also incorporate Kaltura’s engaging viewer experience that is easy to use on any device. According to Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO, “TV is changing rapidly, and it’s increasingly difficult for service providers, content owners, broadcasters and operators to keep pace. Our goal is to ensure that our customers stay ahead of the game by continually offering them product enhancements, greater flexibility and scalability. By integrating 24i Media’s OTT TV app with our backend, we significantly lower the entry barrier for reaching the ten foot experience, and offer customers even more choice to launch a fast, cost-effective multiscreen OTT service today that can be easily enhanced in the future.” “Introducing our SmartTemplate TV app with Kaltura is another milestone for 24i Media,” said Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i Media. “Together we offer an integrated, world-class end-to-end solution for OTT deployment, with maximum functionality and innovation at minimal costs and implementation hassle. Our successful cooperation with Kaltura confirms and strengthens our ambition to shape and form the spearhead of the future of TV by delivering simply the best front-end user experience in close cooperation with our strategic partners.” At CES, Kaltura will demonstrate how the integration of 24i Media’s TV Everywhere interface with Kaltura’s backend platform provides a uniform cross-device experience on mobile, web, and smart TVs, with applications that can run on Roku, Apple TV, smart TV, Amazon Fire and more. About Kaltura Kaltura’s mission is to power any video experience. A recognized leader in the OTT TV (Over the Top TV), OVP (Online Video Platform), EdVP (Education Video Platform) and EVP (Enterprise Video Platform) markets, Kaltura has emerged as the fastest growing video platform, and as the one with the widest use-case and appeal. Kaltura is deployed globally in thousands of enterprises, media companies, service providers and educational institutions and engages hundreds of millions of viewers at home, in work, and at school. The company is committed to its core values of openness, flexibility, and collaboration, and is the initiator and backer of the world's leading open-source video-management project, which is home to more than 100,000 community members. For more information visit www.kaltura.com, www.kaltura.org, or www.html5video.org. About 24i Media: 24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains high value TV apps for all internet-connected screens: Smart TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, tablets and mobiles. With more than 35 media professionals, 24i services world-leading broadcasters, operators and content-owners, like RTL, FOX, KPN, Pluto.TV and NGSN, enabling them to gain a massive competitive advantage in the media industry with innovative and break-through TV apps, enabling new monetization strategies by establishing interactive and personalized relationships with TV content consumers. As a highly focused and skilled front-end specialist, 24i is a true network organization and works in strategic partnerships with TV platform manufacturers, technology solutions providers, OVPs and other suppliers in the TV chain. 24i is founded in 2009 and headquartered in The Netherlands (Amsterdam), with offices in Spain (Madrid), Argentina (Buenos Aires) and the USA (Los Angeles). For more information, visit www.24i.com. Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media
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Nov 20, 2015

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WHAT MAKES A MODERN TV PLATFORM?

Content In the end, it all comes down to content. And as Tim Cook put it during his introduction of the new Apple TV, content in this brave new world means apps. You can have the greatest TV platform in the world, but without the right apps with the right content, a platform is completely irrelevant. The list of apps grows every month, and includes such well known names as Netflix, YouTube, HBO Now, Hulu Plus, Showtime, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Sling TV, CBS All Access, BBC iPlayer, Plex, Wuaki.tv, Crackle, Twitch and PlayStation Vue. Also important are the various sports apps, such as NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Red Bull TV, WWE and UFC. And these are just the major, mostly international services. Each country will have its own local variations and there are many other niche-focused services. Creating an overview of which apps are available on which TV platforms is nearly impossible with such a diverse list. Any such overview would also be outdated almost immediately, with apps being launched left and right each week, so I’ll leave that as an exercise to the reader for a rainy Sunday afternoon. For a long time, the wide selection of apps was one of Roku’s most important strengths which made it stand out from the rest of the crowd. However, now every platform is on a mad scramble to get as good an app coverage as it can, so Roku’s head start is growing smaller each month. Open App Store A TV platform can have all the content and each app in the world available on it, but if users don’t know its there or can’t find it, it might as well have not have bothered. In this modern world you get content through apps, so discoverability starts with getting those apps from an app store. Here a clear distinction becomes visible between traditional and modern TV platforms. On the hand there are the older, closed, tightly controlled ecosystems. Any service that wants to launch an app on these platforms, has to get in direct commercial contact with the platform owner and negotiate a contract. As a result, most of the major apps are available on these platforms, but the long tail of many smaller, niche apps is usually almost completely absent. Apps on these platforms are counted in dozens, sometimes hundreds, instead of thousands or even more. Good examples are the Samsung and LG TV app stores and the same barriers are in place if you’re trying to get a video streaming app onto an Xbox or PlayStation. By contrast, there is a growing range of platforms with a more modern, open app store, with legal, commercial and operational models strongly based on what is usual on smartphones and tablets. Roku was the early entrant in this area, but it currently faces competition from Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and the behemoth of Apple’s app store. Microsoft has given indications of moving to a similar model of a unified Windows 10 app store on Xbox One, but details are still uncertain. These open app stores tend to contains thousands of apps. Although a significant part of these are less than stellar, the selection of lesser known high quality apps is significant enough to make this a relevant benefit above the older, closed model. Professional Software Development Platform An open app store will only be filled if it is easy for software developers to create the apps that have to fill it. A good software development environment depends on several characteristics, such as how widespread knowledge of the chosen programming language is and the quality of the SDK, IDE, debugging tools and documentation. Another factor of importance is how well the process of launching an app in the app store is streamlined, including speed of the app certification process and clarity of the rules and requirements that are applied. The software development platform is an area where companies such as Apple and Google have a clear advantage, because development for their TV platforms ties closely into development for their other devices, which have very mature software development environments. This is much more difficult for companies that are traditionally not very active in software development, such as the consumer electronics brands which create most Smart TVs and have always had a focus on hardware. Unified Search With the number of apps multiplying at a staggering rate, finding content in that maze of apps becomes increasingly difficult. A feature which has been seeing widespread adoption in the last year is unified search. On many platforms, you can now use a single search functionality in the operating system to look for a certain show or movie and get a quick overview of which of the apps offer that content. Amazon was one of the first to offer this functionality, and although it received a lot of negative feedback for the limited selection of apps covered by the search service when it launched, that number has grown significantly since then. By now it’s hard to imagine a modern TV platform without it. A related discoverability-enhancing feature is in the area of recommendations. Some TV operating systems give apps the option of recommending a few pieces of content to the user in the general operating system user interface, before the user enters the app. Android TV and Apple TV are good examples of this. It’s a very powerful mechanism to expose the user to great content without the user having to open each app separately. To get back to search for a moment, an important obstacle to making it usable is how to enter what you are looking for. That brings us to the next feature. Voice Search Entering any type of text through the arrow buttons on a TV remote control is plain simply a nightmare. Many variations of on screen keyboards have been tried, but none really work. Entering text is slow and error-prone. Text entry mainly happens in the areas of user login and search. The first was tackled long ago through solutions which display a simple connect code on your TV screen and allow you to log in with that code on a website with a more type-friendly device such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This works because it’s usually something you have to do only once per app, so it’s worth the effort of using a second device. Search however is more difficult than login because of its frequent use and free format. You have to be able to enter anything you might want to search for at any time, so it has to work quickly and easily and allow for many variations. The solution turns out to be voice search. It took a long time for speech recognition to advance sufficiently to deal with the complexities of recognising voice search queries, although the problem is simplified because it is limited to pattern matching on a clearly defined set of content. It is Amazon which deserves a compliment for being the first to roll out a decently working implementation with its original Fire TV. But the technology is fast becoming a commodity with platforms such as Roku, Android TV and Apple TV now offering the feature as well. Although voice search features are slowly evolving into more generic voice control features, it is the basic voice search which solves a real problem, by significantly reducing the need for user input through the remote control. Good User Interface With the content taken care off, another important characteristic of modern TV platforms is the quality of the user interface. Looking back at Smart TV user interfaces from the years around 2010, these were often not very attractive to look at, not very intuitive or performant. Correspondingly, usage was very low, with most people preferring to use other devices. Smart TV operating systems were always the worst performers when it came to this topic. Credit has to be given to LG for being the first to improve significantly with the launch of webOS in 2014. Samsung took a step forward in 2015 with Tizen, as did Sony and Philips with Android TV and Panasonic with Firefox OS. The current state of user interfaces is nearly on par with what any user would expect from a smartphone or tablet. The graphical design is attractive and the experience of using them is snappy and effective. Roku, which has typically been well regarded for its simple user interface, is actually starting to fall behind a bit here, with a design which is starting to show its age compared to the competition. Perhaps a good example of the handicap of a head start. High Quality Hardware While you can design the most spiffy user interface imaginable, if the hardware it runs on isn’t fast enough to offer it in a smooth way, the overall user experience is still bad. Fast hardware is expensive though and various manufacturers have chosen different strategies to deal with this. The simplest strategy is that which was often chosen in Smart TVs in the past: not spending the money. As a result, for many years Smart TVs had a well deserved reputation for being slow and painful to use. A different strategy was chosen by Roku: embracing the slowness of low cost hardware and tailoring the software running on top of it to perform even on budget-range devices. This strategy has served Roku very well over the last few years, allowing it to grab a significant market share. More recently, as Moore’s law keeps bringing the cost of hardware down and technology giants such as Amazon, Google and Apple are becoming more active in the space, fast hardware has started to become the norm. Amazon deserves another compliment here for the hardware quality of the original Fire TV, which also set the precedent of set-top boxes being decent devices for casual console games. Another area in which the hardware can be very distinctive is the quality of the networking options, such as a hardwired ethernet connection and 5 GHz WiFi. Very few things are more annoying while watching video than pausing for buffering. The original Chromecast suffered from such problems, so it was no surprise to see significant improvements in that area in the second generation. The same requirement of quality of the hardware also applies to the remote control. First of all there are the physical characteristics such as the chosen material, sturdiness and how it feels to the touch, but just as important is the button configuration. Compare the massive number of keys on a Smart TV remote control from a few years back to what you find on a current LG pointer remote control or the new Apple TV Siri Remote and the evolution in the direction of less is more becomes clear very quickly. Other Considerations While the characteristics mentioned above are crucial, there are many more that also matter: • International Availability: having a real shot at becoming one of the dominant modern TV platforms requires being available worldwide. This is quite doable for major consumer electronics and technology companies such as Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Apple. For more niche companies such as Roku though, this is a much larger challenge. • Games: although not a primary requirements, the usability of a TV platform for gaming can be a differentiator from competing devices. The Xbox, PlayStation and Wii U have an obvious lead here, but half-decent gaming capabilities are also present in devices like the Amazon Fire TV and the Apple TV. Gaming will only attract a subsection of the potential user base, but in a struggle to become the dominant TV platform, it can offer one more reason to choose to buy a device over another. • 4K / UHD / HDR: one would be justified to question how much of an improvement Ultra HD technologies really offer to the average consumer with an average TV. It is nonetheless going to become the new normal in the next few years. Any modern TV platform attempting to compete at the top level would be remiss not to support it. Take for instance the new Apple TV, of which the lack of 4K support was noted as one of the few negative points in almost all reviews. Hype or not, 4K is here to stay. • Casting: introduced to the masses by Apple’s AirPlay and eagerly adopted by Google’s Chromecast, casting is the broadly defined concept of using an app on your smartphone, tablet or other device to pick content to play on your TV device. Although of itself a feature which relegates a capable TV platform to a mere glorified video player, casting is fast becoming such a normal use case that support for such user interaction should be part of any modern TV platform. • HDMI Support: any new Smart TV these days could reasonably be expected to have at least three or four HDMI ports, but that can mean many things. HDMI is a broad standard with all sorts of variations and versions, for instance for external control (HDMI CEC), content protection (HDMI HDCP) or 4K content. Any high quality, modern TV platform should offer support for the most important HDMI flavours. It is possible to go on and on, but the many features listed above give a good overall view of what should be offered by a modern TV platform. I would not expect any of the major platforms to score 10 out of 10 on in every single area and that is also not necessary for them to be competitive, but the top platforms will come quite close. The list shows clearly how far we’ve come in just the last few years and promises many good things for the future of TV. Innovation is not likely to stop and I would expect any such list a few years from now to contain several new features which are currently not practical yet or haven’t even been thought of. For more TV Technology News follow technology.siekerman.nl
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Sep 24, 2015

AN IMPRESSION OF IBC2015

Time flies! It’s been over a week since we exhibited at IBC (International Broadcasting Convention), our second time at this most influential annual event for media professionals, worldwide. The endless RAI Conference Center halls seemed even bigger than last year and attracted many different attendants from all over the world, well over 55,000. As for us, we’ve had an amazing time at IBC 2015, meeting old friends and greeting many new, interesting people at our booth, showing them our latest TV apps and OTT innovations. At our booth we introduced, among others: - ‘NS Now’ – the OTT service for Uruguayan operator Nuevo Siglo on Smart TVs with advanced content protection technology (together with our partner Conax) - Our set-top box-less operator solution on Philips Smart TVs - Smart Operator on Entone set-top boxes and other RDK compliant devices - The first Dutch interactive HbbTV app for TV advertisers - The brand new app for Next Generation Sports Network on Roku - RTL’s Videoland as the first of its kind 4K/UHD premium video app in the European Smart TV market Furthermore, we were honored to be the host to many booth tours organized for professionals in the broadcast industry as well as for a growing number of booth tours specifically catered to advertisers and media buying agencies. Again this year, we enjoyed our daily ‘Happy Hour’ with cold beers and the traditional Dutch delights called ‘bitterballs’ while, of course, welcoming great guests. The IBC would not be the same without our colleagues from Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Madrid, so we flew them in to join us and to join their respective clients and partners attending IBC 2015. In addition to our busy appointment schedules at the booth, we were also invited to speak as TV app thought leaders at two occasions. Our CSO, Hans Disch, spoke at the conference session 'Media Innovators from the Low Lands’, while our CEO Martijn van Horssen and CTO Pieter Siekerman shared their insights on the latest developments in the OTT landscape and highlighted how this changes the game for TV content distribution. Last, but not least, we are proud to be a founding member of the Dutch Media Innovators network, launched at IBC 2015: a collaboration of Dutch media companies & the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Dutch government) with the goal to foster business activities in California, USA. IBC 2015 has been fantastic! We’d like to thank everyone who helped us making this event so successful and we’re already looking forward to IBC 2016 in our hometown Amsterdam!

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Sep 18, 2015

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24i MEDIA AND CONAX POWER NUEVO SIGLO’S OTT SERVICE

Amsterdam/Oslo/Montevideo: September 18, 2015 – 24i Media has launch Uruguayan cable operator Nuevo Siglo ‘NS Now’ Over-The-Top (OTT) service for Smart TVs at IBC 2015 – a highly innovative TV app based on the Smart Operator solution of Amsterdam-based TV app developer 24i Media. Nuevo Siglo already provides OTT content on hybrid set-top-boxes, tablets and mobile devices secured by advanced content protection technology and DRM solutions from Conax. The leading Uruguayan operator is now partnering with 24i to include connected TV screens in their TV Everywhere offering which will be protected and enabled by the Conax Contego™ security backend. 24i Media offers the Smart Operator solution as a TV Everywhere front-end that enables operators to deliver an enriched TV experience to any screen. This ensures that the user enjoys a uniform experience on all devices. 24i’s Smart Operator facilitates an OTT delivery of a rich and interactive TV experience to all connected devices, including Smart TVs, game consoles and even set-top boxes. It optimizes the familiar experience of live TV and video-on-demand, and extends it with many features, including Pause & Restart TV, personalized user profiles & recommendations, Cloud PVR, and Social TV. “It is very important for us to work with experienced regional partners, says Mario Oliveira, CTO, Nuevo Siglo. 24i is providing high quality service and valuable expertise in rolling out the new solution. Conax continues to offer Nuevo Siglo both a robust, flexible and proven eco-system and the freedom to choose additional OTT components and services as our business grows. Thus, we are very satisfied with the combination of technologies and partners in providing our operations with the ability to easily deploy the new Smart Operator app for further enhancing our consumer offering moving into new generations of content consumption.” Eduardo Mandia del Castillo, Sales & Programming Director of Nuevo Siglo, comments: “To serve our customers with the most complete offering, it was vital for us to extend the reach of ‘NS Now’ to include Smart TVs. While doing this, we wanted to keep the same interface that users recognize from their tablet and mobile. 24i’s track record ensured that they are more than capable of delivering on this goal. And they proved that in an efficient and effective implementation process.” Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, says: “Our Smart Operator is suitable for this project because it’s a platform-agnostic product that fits to any back-end system. It can be integrated with Nuevo Siglo’s current technology framework without adjustments from their side. We are excited to work on this project with Nuevo Siglo, one of our first Latin-American clients.” Nuevo Siglo implemented the Conax Contego platform in 2014 which provides content protection and DRM solutions for their pay-TV operations enabling live and on demand content consumption across hybrid set-top-boxes and multiscreen devices. “Conax’ partnership with 24i is an indication of the Conax Contego platforms flexibility to adopt new solutions from partners to enable operators like Nuevo Siglo to take their secure pay-TV offerings to new devices and at the same time have complete control of the user experience”, stated Rohit Mehra, SVP Americas, Conax. “Conax is very pleased with our cooperation with 24i and applaud Nuevo Siglo’s forward thinking and aggressive moves into finding new ways to offer their customers access to their on demand library.” About 24i Media 24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains high value TV apps for all internet-connected screens: Smart TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, tablets and mobiles. With more than 35 media professionals, 24i services world-leading broadcasters, operators and content-owners, like RTL, SBS, FOX, KPN and NGSN, enabling them to gain a massive competitive advantage in the media industry with innovative and break-through TV apps, enabling new monetization strategies by establishing interactive and personalized relationships with TV content consumers. As a highly focused and skilled front-end specialist, 24i is a true network organization and works in strategic partnerships with TV platform manufacturers, technology solutions providers, OVPs and other suppliers in the TV chain. 24i is founded in 2009 and headquartered in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) with offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. About Conax A part of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S), Conax is a leading global specialist in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices. The Conax Contego™ unified security hub provides telcos, cable, satellite, IP, mobile, terrestrial and broadband operations with an innovative portfolio of flexible and cost-efficient solutions to deliver premium content securely. Conax’ future-ready technology offers modular, fast-time-to-market solutions that enable easy entry into a world of secure multiscreen, multi-DRM content delivery. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, ISO 9001 & 27001 certified Conax technology enables secure content revenues for 400 operators in 85 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.conax.com. For more information please contact: 24i Media Chantal Favre Executive Assistant chantal.favre@24i.com +31 20 820 20 25 Conax Leslie Johnsen Head of Public Relations and Communications leslie.johnsen@conax.com +47 414 58 043 Nuevo Siglo Valeria Alvarez Marketing Manager valvarez@nuevosiglo.com.uy Skype +59821715
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May 12, 2015

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24i MEDIA LAUNCHES BREAKTHROUGH 4K OTT TV APP FOR VIDEOLAND

Amsterdam, May 12, 2015 - Leading TV app developer 24i Media has launched a new 4K/UHD smart TV app on behalf of Videoland, the leading video-on-demand company owned by RTL, serving the Dutch and Belgian markets. 24i’s new app for Videoland will initially be available on Samsung, LG and Sony smart TVs, and it is the first of its kind to deliver 4K and UHD-quality “TV everywhere” content to Europe’s smart TV market. “As the demand for streaming HD video grows, delivering that content in a user-friendly format required by leading-edge, connected devices grows that much greater. A large number of these devices are smart TVs. The 4K display market could be at least $52 billion by 2020 and our work with Videoland and RTL is an early milestone in what will eventually be a standard in the market, which we believe will be led by smart TVs” said 24i CEO Martijn van Horssen. 24i Media’s app for Videoland is the first to deliver 4K content for European market smart TVs, which are quickly replacing traditional sets across the globe. In conjunction with the Videoland release, 24i has also upgraded its Smart Operator app with live 4K capabilities on selected platforms, as a “virtual set-top box” application, combining traditional and OTT content delivery in a single, platform-agnostic user experience. The Smart Operator app enables fast software updates via the cloud to meet firmware and TV platform upgrades immediately and to improve quality and reduce playback bugs. The Smart Operator therefore not only realizes new and innovative revenue streams, it also drastically lowers costs of logistics, service and CAPEX for operators. “I am very proud that we have again proven our ability to operate on the forefront of future TV developments. Streaming 4K-quality content on a smart TV, without the need for a set-top box or other hardware add-on, is the future not just of ‘TV Everywhere,’ but of television itself. Being able to provide subscription or transaction-based access to 4K content generates substantial new revenue streams for TV app owners. This next-generation TV app for our longtime client RTL is the latest step in a long list of TV innovations with them, from the catch-up services we started with to the new up-and-coming cross-sell possibilities of 4K content in innovative OTT and MCN propositions, engagements and transactions ” added van Horssen. About 24i Media 24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains TV apps for any screen, from smart TVs to set-top boxes, game consoles, tablets and mobiles. Operating from offices in Amsterdam, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, a talented team of media engineers and media professionals develops solutions for international clients such as RTL, Pathé, Nubeox, FOX Sports and many others. 24i is an innovative media technology company established in 2009, when the first connected TVs were just hitting the market. Since then, 24i has grown into a thought and product leader for TV app development, partnering with TV manufacturers, broadcasters, operators and content owners. With new initiatives such as over-the-top TV services, market dynamics for TV content delivery are changing rapidly. 24i Media aims to become a dominant player in this market. Follow 24i Media on Twitter www.twitter.com/24i_Media
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Jan 08, 2015

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24i MEDIA SECURES FUNDING FROM NEWION

Yesterday we made the public statement that we’ve secured funding from Newion Investments. With this significant investment we will be able to maintain our present organisational growth, to expand our product innovations and to accelerate our global market strategy. Getting “smart money” on board was a clear step on our strategic roadmap and we are happy that we now secured appropriate funds whilst maintaining our entrepreneurial and innovation driven spirit. This is our press release: 24i Media secures funding from Newion Dutch TV app developer strengthens product and market development Amsterdam/Heerenveen, 7 January 2015 – Amsterdam-based TV app software company 24i Media today announced that it has secured funding from Newion Investments. The investment will be used to scale up the organization to meet the rapidly increasing market demand for TV apps and to expand into new countries. 24i Media conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains high-value TV apps for any screen, from smart TVs to set-top boxes, game consoles, tablets and mobiles. With AppCore, its unique and proprietary TV app technology framework, 24i simplifies and streamlines app development and maintenance for TV platforms. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i Media, is delighted to welcome Newion Investments as a new shareholder: “24i Media wants to become the market leader in technology for TV front-end applications. As an experienced professional investor specializing in software, Newion Investments will enable us to achieve further national and international expansion. This is essential for us to secure and expand our leading position as an innovative TV app developer.” Van Horssen goes on to say, “It will take a considerable leap to cross the adoption chasm for TV apps and position ourselves as a dominant player in the global TV app market, but this is actually just a small step in our strategic roadmap.” Frank Claassen, a partner at Newion, said: “TV apps will disrupt the TV market. 24i Media has a sophisticated product in a large dynamic market poised for tremendous growth. We see our investment in the company as a valuable addition to our portfolio and are confident that we can add significant value to its future development. Given the current level of adoption of its technology and new market opportunities abroad, we are convinced that the company will see further substantial growth in years to come.” About 24i Media - www.24i.com 24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains TV apps for any screen, from smart TVs to set-top boxes, game consoles, tablets and mobiles. Operating from offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, a talented team of media engineers and media professionals develop solutions for international clients such as RTL, Pathé, Nubeox, FOX Sports and many others. 24i is an innovative media technology company established in 2009, when the first connected TVs were just hitting the market. Since then, 24i has grown into a thought and product leader for TV app development, partnering with TV manufacturers, broadcasters, operators and content owners. With new initiatives such as over-the-top TV services, market dynamics for TV content delivery are changing rapidly. 24i Media aims to become a dominant player in this market. About Newion Investments – www.newion-investments.com Newion has been one of the most successful investment companies in its sector since it was founded in 2000. Its portfolio includes Collibra, iWelcome, Reasult, Vector Fabrics and MaPS Systems. Newion is currently investing from its third fund with € 50 million in committed capital, and focuses on business-to-business (software) companies in the Benelux. The European Investment Fund is a cornerstone investor in the Newion II fund through the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). For more information please contact: Newion Investments, Frank Claassen: T +31 (0) 513 640 633 E claassen@newion-investments.com W www.newion-investments.com 24i Media, Hans Disch: T +31 (0) 6 5121 6209 E hans@24i.com W www.24i.com
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Nov 12, 2014

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24i DEVELOPS REDESIGNED VIDEOLAND APP FOR SEVERAL TV PLATFORMS

Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 12, 2014 – Videoland has launched its new VoD app on Samsung Smart TVs, with other devices following soon. With the release of the completely redesigned TV app, Videoland is taking the battle to Netflix and other players in the Dutch VoD market head-on. The renewed Videoland platform offers both TVoD for Hollywood blockbusters and SVoD for library content, in addition to Videoland-exclusive content such as hit series ‘The Blacklist’. The app, created by Amsterdam-based TV app developer 24i, introduces several new features and compatibility with an extended range of TV-platforms. Among the new features is the option to have multiple user profiles in one account, individually keeping track of each user’s preferences and progress in films and series. “Competition in the VoD market is soaring, so it was necessary to take Videoland to the next level. Now, the combination of premium content and an excellent user interface based on the latest technologies delivers a one of a kind experience”, says Co Mast, CEO of Videoland’s parent company The Entertainment Group. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, comments: “Videoland is a sophisticated application that is a hundred percent ‘future-proof’. Both Videoland and 24i are on top of new developments in the market, it is exciting to see how all this knowledge comes together in a single application.’’ The case study of the Videoland app is available here.
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Oct 18, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 2014

Time flies when you're having fun and while it seems like only yesterday that Google presented Android TV, it just announced that it will be launching its Nexus Player set-top box next month, giving consumers their first opportunity to use Android TV, before it arrives in force next year in various Smart TV brands. Chromecast - Google's other approach to TV - has been getting a lot more competition recently. First Microsoft released not one but two mobile-to-TV screen mirroring devices, one from inside Microsoft itself and one from the acquired Nokia part of the business. While these are actually very different from Chromecast in their functionality, another initiative is much closer. Matchstick started a Kickstarter project recently for an open source Chromecast clone, which reached its funding goal very easily and is aiming for a february 2015 release. Roku announced that it has sold more than 10 million Roku devices in the US and meanwhile is trying to broaden its adoption by also marketing itself as a platform for third party set-top boxes through its Roku Powered program. Apple doesn't appear set for any big Apple TV surprises this year and instead settled for a modest Apple TV UI update. Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service, expanding the beta to PlayStation 3 and its PlayStation TV micro console, which was just released in the US. Meanwhile Microsoft's Xbox One is now available in China. At Microsoft they're working on pretty cool things, like the RoomAlive concept. Philips showed off something in the same range with Afterglow, which is best described as Ambilight on steroids. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Sep 13, 2014

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24i EXTENDS NUEVO SIGLO’S OTT SERVICE TO SMART TV AND GAME CONSOLE

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 13, 2014 – Uruguayan cable operator Nuevo Siglo has contracted Amsterdam-based developer 24i to implement their ‘Smart Operator’ solution, thus enabling the operator to add Smart TVs and game consoles to their OTT service ‘NS Now’. The Smart Operator is a TV Everywhere front-end solution that enables operators to deliver an enriched TV experience to any screen. Nuevo Siglo already provided OTT content on tablet and mobile and is now partnering with 24i to include Connected TV screens in their offering. 24i’s Smart Operator enables OTT delivery of a rich TV experience to all connected devices, including Smart TVs and game consoles. It delivers the familiar experience of live TV and video-on-demand, and extends it with many features, including Pause & Restart TV, personalized user profiles & recommendations, Cloud PVR, and SocialTV. The Smart Operator technology ensures the user enjoys a uniform experience on all devices. With the appointment, 24i and Nuevo Siglo enter into a long-term agreement, as the Smart Operator is employed in a license-based model. Eduardo Mandía del Castillo, Sales & Programming Director of Nuevo Siglo, comments: “To serve our customers with the most complete offering, it was vital for us to extend the reach of NS Now to include Smart TVs and game consoles. While doing this, we wanted to keep the same interface that users recognize from their tablet and mobile. 24i’s track record shows that they are more than capable of delivering on this goal.” Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, says: “Our Smart Operator is suitable for this project because it is a platform-agnostic product that can be fitted to any back-end system. It can be integrated with Nuevo Siglo’s current technology framework without adjustments from their side. We are excited to work with Nuevo Siglo, our first Uruguayan client, on this project.” 24i demonstrates its Smart Operator solution at the IBC trade fair in Amsterdam, hall 14, booth L05 until September 16th.
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Sep 12, 2014

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24i ENGINES TV AND MULTI-SCREEN FRONT END FOR DEUTSCHE GLASFASER

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 12, 2014 – Dutch TV app developer 24i today announced that the leading German fibre operator Deutsche Glasfaser is the launching customer of its new product ‘Smart Operator’. 24i’s TV Everywhere front-end solution enables Deutsche Glasfaser to reach out to its consumers with a uniform all-screen front-end for its ABOX set-top box and for SmartTVs, game consoles and mobile devices. Over its state-of-the-art fibre-optic network, Deutsche Glasfaser offers an IPTV service for linear TV and Video on Demand. This includes innovative features like recommendations, Pause & Restart TV, Cloud PVR and user profiling. With 24i’s platform agnostic front-end, Deutsche Glasfaser offers a uniform and interactive TV and VoD experience for in-home viewing on all connected consumer screens available. Seamlessly connected to its proprietary back-end and entitlement system, the 24i Smart Operator front-end facilitates a superior interaction and functional possibilities for a personalized and extendable video content delivery by Deutsche Glasfaser. Niels Jonkman, business manager Deutsche Glasfaser Medien states: “24i is a leading innovator within the TV app space. Since we strived to set a new standard in quality and functionalities of IPTV and multiscreen video services, we decided to develop our solution with 24i as our front-end partner. The combination of 24i’s technological innovation and a pragmatic realization led us to a TV interface on all platforms, that our customers will enjoy by its beautiful simplicity and new functionality.” Martijn van Horssen, CEO 24i, underlines the joint approach: “We thank Deutsche Glasfaser for their trust in our technology and our team. Our joint effort resulted in a Smart Operator implementation that will raise the bar for TV watching in Germany. We strive to continue our cooperation and keep on working on the TV experience of tomorrow. The launch of the Deutsche Glasfaser TV solution is a giant leap for realizing 24i’s product strategy. We are grateful we made that step together with DGF’s team.” 24i demonstrates the Smart Operator and other TV app solutions at the IBC trade fair in Amsterdam in hall 14, booth L05 until September 16th.
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Sep 10, 2014

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24i TO LAUNCH TV EVERYWHERE SOLUTION ‘SMART OPERATOR’ AT IBC2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 10, 2014 – TV app developer 24i introduces its product ‘Smart Operator’ at the annual trade show IBC in Amsterdam. The Smart Operator enables TV operators to reach out with their TV channels and VoD content to any consumer screen worldwide, from TV to mobile phone. The Smart Operator is an IPTV and OTT TV Everywhere front-end solution that enables operators to bring an interactive TV experience to any screen. It offers a uniform interface and interoperability across all connected devices, ranging from Smart TVs, game consoles and set-top boxes to tablets and smartphones. The product enriches the traditional TV experience of live TV and Video-on-Demand with a multi-screen approach and innovative features like SocialTV, Pause & Restart TV, Cloud PVR and User Profiling & Recommendations. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, comments: “With the Smart Operator, offering a modern, multi-screen TV experience is now within reach for any operator, on a pay-per-user basis. Their consumers enjoy a personalized TV offering on all of their devices, wherever they are. Imagine watching live TV on your tablet in the train and switching to your Smart TV when you get home. A uniform TV experience, platform agnostic: that’s our innovative and strategic offering to operators and broadcasters.” The multi-platform IPTV and OTT TV app can be deployed on top of any existing or newly chosen back-end system. A separate set-top box is an option, not a necessity. 24i demonstrates the Smart Operator and other TV app solutions at the IBC trade fair in Amsterdam in hall 14, booth L05 until September 16th.
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Aug 19, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – AUGUST 2014

At this year's I/O keynote, Google proudly presented its latest attempt to conquer the living room: Android TV. It will run both on set-top boxes and full-blown TV sets, with the main launch partners being Sony, TP Vision (Philips) and Sharp, which will use the platform for their 2015 lineup. Android TV is being approached as an integral part of the full Android ecosystem and will use the Google Play Store for app distribution. In contrast to many other TV platforms, it will be open to all developers and here at 24i we're of course already working hard on creating apps for it. In addition to Android TV, Google announced several updates to Chromecast, such as new methods for pairing and new options for mirroring. All Android TV sets will also act as Chromecast. By now there are hundreds of apps that support Chromecast. Everything taken together, Google is building up a very strong position in the TV market and it will be very interesting to see how big its impact will be over the next 12 to 24 months. Microsoft and Sony have been going toe to toe with their gaming consoles. Microsoft is very actively updating its Xbox One, amongst others with greatly improved media support and a Digital TV Tuner for the European market. Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service and is opening it up to the public for testing. It's also working on interesting game sharing functionality. So far it appears Sony is the strongest of the two, having sold its PlayStation 4 more than 10 million times. The other contenders in the market have naturally been busy as well. Amazon has been busy expanding the app catalog on its Fire TV, including Flappy Bird. Roku just announced that the first Roku TV sets are close to going on sale. Mozilla has apparently been working on a Firefox OS streaming stick. Samsung released an SDK for its Tizen TV platform, but is having serious difficulties launching Tizen smartphone hardware, with no news on the TV hardware. And as far as Apple TV is concerned, we might be forced to wait a bit longer. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Jun 15, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – JUNE 2014

A few weeks ago Microsoft announced major changes to the Xbox One: it dropped Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One package and dropped the requirement for a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to use media apps on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The change of heart was widely regarded as a response to disappointing sales numbers compared to Sony's PlayStation 4. Sony has been showing stronger sales of its PlayStation 4 and announced it will be expanding the sales area of its related PlayStation TV set-top box to the USA and Europe. Definitely also have a look at Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. LG has been on a strong run with its 2014 webOS TV sets, selling 1 million of them already. LG has been working on another very interesting initiative as well, launching the open source Connect SDK, which is intended to make it easier to add support for playback on TV to mobile apps. Samsung has also been busy building new software for TV, specifically its new Tizen TV sets and SDK. Apple and Google have been relatively quiet since our last update. There was no real Apple TV news at its developer conference WWDC, although its sales numbers are still impressive. Google's Chromecast has been steadily growing its international availability and support in mobile apps. Amazon has also been busy improving its Fire TV set-top box slowly but surely, by expanding its embedded voice search to other apps and adding an HBO Go app and HBO content to its Amazon Prime subscription service. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Apr 15, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – APRIL 2014

The biggest news this month was the entry of Amazon Fire TV into the space. Amazon launched its new set-top box at a press event in early April. It has several interesting features, including voice search (to find movies, series, actors and genres), high performance specifications which allow for a very snappy interface and impressive support for gaming with a dedicated Amazon Fire Game Controller. The device runs on Amazon's Android flavour Fire OS and has an open App Store through which external developers can release apps. Obviously we're excited to see Amazon's initiative and we've got a few Fire TVs on the way from the US! Google is moving into TV from multiple angles. Its Chromecast has become available in a large number of countries, including most of Europe. Google has already sold millions of units and with more and more smartphone and tablet apps adding support for Chromecast through the Google Cast SDK, this number is certain to rise. Meanwhile Google is not content with just Chromecast and is apparently going full steam ahead with Android TV as well. Roku recently expanded its product range with a Roku Streaming Stick which is now for sale in the US. Just like Google, Roku is also betting on multiple horses and integrating its platform directly into TV sets as well. Roku's CEO gave an interesting interview recently which is definitely worth watching. Both Microsoft and Sony have been very busy selling their new generation of gaming consoles. Sony has sold at least 6 million PlayStation 4s, while the latest Xbox One numbers indicate almost 4 million by January. The Xbox One is coming to 26 more countries in september, so those numbers are sure to grow. In step with Microsoft's approach of selling the Xbox One as both a gaming console and a media hub, it has added a Media Remote to its product line. 24i is proud to be a certified app developer for both Xbox (One and 360) and Playstation (4 and 3). We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Aug 15, 2017

Binge Viewing is Pervasive, Though Age Plays a Key Role in Frequency

86 Percent of Adult Broadband Users Binge View at Least Occasionally, With 58 Percent of 18-34s Binging Daily

According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG),  binge viewing — that is, viewing more than one episode of a TV series back to back — is rapidly becoming universal, with nearly nine-in-ten ABUs binging at least occasionally. But the frequency of binge viewing skews strongly in favor of younger adults.TDG's new analysis, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot, identifies and profiles three groups of adult broadband users in terms of their binge viewing habits.

Heavy Bingers (binge daily, comprise 14 percent of ABUs),

Medium Bingers (binge monthly but not daily, comprise 51 percent of ABUs), and

Light/Non-Bingers (21 percent of ABUs that binge less than once a month, 14 percent that do not binge at all).

Importantly, TDG analysts found that the frequency of binging is strongly correlated with the viewer's age. For example, 58 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34, while 56 percent of Light/Non-Bingers are age 45 and older."The fact that 31 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34 further illustrates just how different millennial viewing habits are from those of older generations," notes Michael Greeson, President and Principal Analyst at TDG. "For more than a decade, TDG has predicted and observed a structural transformation in what it means to 'watch TV,' with viewing behavior slowly changing from an activity defined by flipping between different live shows on different networks, to one characterized by on-demand binging of individual series."As these consumers age and younger generations steeped in quantum habits follow behind them, Greeson argues that this behavior will only become more prominent, further impacting programming and distribution strategies.View TDG's latest analysis of contemporary viewing behavior, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot for an insight into the different segments of binge viewers — who they are, how they behave, and what drives their decisions and preferences.

Source: TDG Research 

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Jul 31, 2017

Broadcasters Investigate OTT Opportunities

Consumers who have dropped their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of over-the-top access to their content can use an antenna to get their local over-the-air content for free. But that’s not enough in today’s environment. For those broadcasters who want to follow the consumer to OTT, the technology is easily available, but the business models are still evolving. “It appears that the industry is trying to bring local broadcasts to the internet, given the change to viewing habits of today’s TV content consumer,” said Jim DeFilippis, CEO of TMS Consulting, Inc., in Los Angeles. However, some content may still need to be tailored for the right audience. “For mobile viewing, shorter content—such as news clips—is more acceptable to the mobile viewer,” he added. While the traditional model of “if you build it they will come” may still hold true, viewers are heading towards OTT even if there is still building to be done.

“A lot of viewers are moving to OTT and they’re not waiting for content providers to go there,” said Louis Gump CEO of NewsOn, an Atlanta-based company that provides local newscasts on OTT and mobile platforms. “The question is, are you there in a way that’s relevant to those viewers. And if you are, then you either retain and grow your user base and if you aren’t then it isn’t going to be quite as relevant to those viewers. We see it as strategically essential for a large portion of the media companies that produce long-form video, to be there, and maybe for all.” IP EVERYWHERE Disney Media Networks recently announced that it had signed on more than 160 stations for its landmark “Clearinghouse” initiative that could jumpstart digital distribution options for its affiliates. This will mean that ABC-owned stations—which are part of the Disney/ABC Television Group—could soon offer live programming via the ABC app, MVPDs and OTT access points to 90 percent of U.S. TV households.
“Disney/ABC has been delivering stable live local/national programming streams almost identical to OTA and MVPD feeds—to desktop, mobile and connected TVs for the last several years,” said John Rouse, executive vice president, affiliate relations at ABC in Los Angeles. “We are also in the process of transitioning our linear broadcast operation to IP so our team is both broadcast-centric and fully versed in IP, which gives us the ability to really re-think and re-invent a consumer experience that is stable for OTT platforms. We want local programming to be available to as many people in as many ways as possible.” Across the board the industry is adapting to these changing viewing habits, and addressing the continued move by many to OTT platforms. Richard Brandon, CMO of Edgeware, says the U.K.-based company’s customers include traditional broadcast and cable operators, as well telcos who “operate like traditional broadcasters.” With so many different players there has been fragmentation in the delivery of content, Brandon added. As a result people are opting to pay for smaller bundles where possible and even ditching what were traditional delivery methods entirely. LIVE FROM NEW YORK (AND ANYWHERE ELSE) With Hulu’s recent launch of its $40 per month live TV service, it appears that the biggest change with OTT this year—the ability to handle that live content—has been overcome. This allows streaming companies to begin to operate more like the telcos and even the cable providers—not to mention the broadcasters. “Many OTT operators in general either have started or are planning to start live streaming channels in the near future,” said Alex Holtz, director of market development for news and content delivery at Grass Valley. “Basically it is going to be a very competitive managed service that is similar to the cable and ITV businesses.” Just as cable struck deals for the carriage of local content, so too could OTT offer that content. “It is a natural transition,” added Holtz. “And it will in turn change the content, notably with the 24/7 news cycle. Breaking news is going to Twitter Periscope, Facebook Live and even YouTube. There is already a tremendous outreach to ‘cord cutters’ and ‘cord nevers.’ And over time you’ll see local carriage going to pure-play OTT providers.” To accommodate local audiences, U.S. broadcasters may need to work with MVPDs and virtual MVPDs to provide an OTT-ready version of the live, linear feeds; and the MPVDs can package these channels into their OTT offerings. “U.S. local broadcasters want and have to provide their linear channels over-the-top so that they can reach mobile viewers, but there are two main difficulties,” said Jean Macher, director of market development at Harmonic in San Jose, Calif. “From a technology standpoint, local broadcasters are too small to tackle the complexity of setting up an OTT service. From a content standpoint, local broadcasters can stream the content they produce but for content that is aired and not owned—i.e., network programming, syndication, even some ads—the rights to the content are often for over-the-air only. Thus, they cannot take their existing 24/7 linear channel and make it available over-the-top.” Already many local broadcasters are connecting with their respective audiences in other ways, and this includes streaming live to websites and mobile apps. “For the consumer they get alerts on their devices and that takes them to a mobile player,” said Holtz. “You click on a news story and go straight to the stream.” REVENUE STREAMING OTT has advantages for content providers to reach an audience even as fragmentation continues, but exactly what it means for traditional revenue streams is still being determined. “We are seeing behavioral changes and how OTT can accommodate it,” said Ian Young, product manager at Snell Advanced Media. “What is important to note is that when a broadcaster gets into OTT, revenue may not be the primary motivator… there are new costs involved.” These costs can include the need for IT staff, as well as different architecture and equipment. “It is sort of an inefficient way to do this as it requires different equipment, so as a company we recognize this and want to empower operational staff to keep the usual broadcast efficiency,” Young said. At the same time, revenue streams from advertising could prove to be more effective as ad content can be more tailored to the audience. Referring to the earlier days of streaming. “even when content was sent over the internet everyone got the same ad,” said Edgeware’s Brandon. “But now streams can be unique, and this means ads can be much more targeted to the individual. However, it takes a number of factors to get it to line up and it is more complicated than it looks at first sight.” Metadata is an important part of the equation. “OTT provides better monetization of content through improved targeting driven by better utilization of customer metadata,” said Yuval Fisher of Imagine Communications in Dallas. “This is part of the sophisticated targeting of content that happens online, and it is now starting to happen in targeted forms of broadcast video.” This could also provide a needed opportunity for broadcasters to get back revenue that they had been losing to online platforms, but it will require culling data from various sources. “Today your local food chain [grocery store] may know more about you than the broadcasters,” added Brandon. “Broadcasters need to understand their audience so that they can better target the ads that streaming can provide.” As this evolves, OTT could become another entry point for viewers to access a robust national as well a local programming experience. “The platform we are building for delivery to OTT platforms has a great deal more functionality, including the ability to replace content in real time, dynamically insert ads, and add markers and triggers for things like cloud DVR or instant VOD,” said ABC’s Rouse. Source: TV Technology

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Jul 25, 2017

Millennials have a Netflix account. Gen Z is playing video games.

More Americans are using more devices, regardless of age. Which age group is most keen on what varies and could have a profound effect on the future of devices.

In general, smartphones are the most pervasive technology measured among all age groups, according to new data from measurement company Nielsen, which tracks American households that have TVs.

Seventy-three percent of people aged 2 to 20, known as Generation Z, have video game consoles, 7 percentage points more than the next-most-likely gamers, millennials. Generation Z is also fondest of tablets, with 78 percent having one in their homes. But as Gen Z is still so young, it’s possible they’ll lessen their video game and tablet habits as they grow up. People between 2 and 20 account for 26 percent of Americans and is the most racially diverse age group.

Millennials (age 21-37) are the most likely to have access to video-on-demand services like Netflix. Relatedly, they’re most likely to own multimedia devices — technology like Chromecast or Apple TV that streams online content onto TVs.

PCs are most popular among Generation X (age 38-52), 85 percent of whom have one in their homes.

The only device measured that saw substantial declines among all age groups was, unsurprisingly, DVD players. Still, DVD players are available in 62 percent (millennials) to 81 percent (boomers, age 53-70) of households.

Smart TVs and multimedia devices are the least pervasive gadgets among all age groups, but they’re still relatively new. They also have very high growth rates (24 percent to 31 percent year over year).

Source: Recode

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Jul 25, 2017

How To Launch An OTT App

Over the top (OTT) television is changing the way people watch video. Whereas television screens were once used almost exclusively for linear TV, today’s viewers use may connected devices, media adaptors and Internet TV apps to consume digital content. The average American, per eMarketer, watches more than 12 hours of OTT content each week. That figure is expected to grow to nearly 19 hours by 2020. From a consumer perspective, this growth shouldn’t come as a surprise. OTT is a convenient medium, one highly immersive and tailored to the viewer’s tastes in terms of content and advertising. Broadcasters and content owners can no longer reach their audiences solely through traditional channels. They need OTT offerings that enable viewers to access their preferred content on any device, anytime. Unfortunately, building a good OTT app can be easier said than done. Throughout the development process, video publishers must navigate a number of key choices that will ultimately make or break their execution. 1. Be Where Your Target Audience Is The always-connected consumer is driving cultural changes in content consumption that impact how companies connect with and engage consumers. Chances are, your audience watches OTT content across a massive number of mobile devices, smart TVs, consoles and media adapters. To be successful, you need one app for each device. The right digital agency can provide a future-proof template solution that allows you to quickly get to market with personalized apps for a variety of digital environments. Once you’re up and running, this technology lets you seamlessly launch new channels across multiple devices, as well as \publish and monetize content with a tailored template. 2. Personalization Is The Key To Engagement A critical ingredient to OTT success is establishing a one-to-one relationship with consumers that turns viewers into enthusiastic “fans,” those more passionate than your average loyal subscriber. By creating a user profile for every viewer, you can deliver personalized recommendations that guide customers through a potentially overwhelming content library. These users return to your properties every day, creating a cycle that allows you to learn more about your customers and deliver highly personalized experiences. This means monetizing your service more effectively and broadly. 3. Each Screen Has Its Own Unique User Environment In OTT, every screen you stream presents the user with a unique viewing experience. For instance, the relatively large size of TV screens creates a much more immersive environment for users, making these devices perfect for long-form content and binge watching. Tablets and smartphone devices allow content providers to take advantage of interactive features not found on the big screen. Mobile devices are also a great place to stream short-form content tailored to the individual user. Each device is likely to have different kinds of people watching. For instance, kids and Millennials watch video almost exclusively on tablets and smartphones. Tailor accordingly. 4. Help Audiences Find Your Content Even if you have quality content and a great user experience, your app won’t be worth much if no one knows it exists. Buy promoted placements on the homepages of OTT platforms like Roku. This gets your app in front of viewers at the precise moment they’re deciding what to watch next. It’s also important to open additional lines of communication beyond the OTT channels. By establishing email contact, you can drive repeat viewership by letting people know when you’ve added new content to the app. 5. The Way To Measure Success Consumers are extremely sophisticated about the quality of the video services they use. With access to more video than ever before on any device, people expect a more personalized service and a flawless viewing experience. If you fail to meet these expectations, viewers won’t return. It’s important to measure how many people are watching your content, how long they’re engaging for, and how smoothly they’re receiving your video feed. If users encounter buffering every time they try to stream your content, they’re not going to stick around. OTT is a fast-moving space where content owners need to remain flexible in order to keep up with the latest innovations and consumer trends.

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Jul 14, 2017

U.S. cord cutters watch more Netflix than Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube combined

Netflix is continuing to dominate streaming services in the U.S., not only in terms of penetration in cord cutters’ homes, as reported in April, but also in time spent watching. According to data from comScore, cord cutters are watching more Netflix each month than YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video combined. But Hulu users are more engaged with the service on a daily basis, the study indicates. The data from comScore was cited by MarketingCharts in its own report released this morning, and follows on earlier findings that the user base for subscription video services has now topped the cable TV audience, indicating a shift in how people in the U.S. are today watching television. Netflix in April accounted for 40 percent of over-the-top viewing hours, compared with 18 percent for YouTube, 14 percent for Hulu, and 7 percent for Amazon Video. It also has the most monthly viewing days per household at 12.3 days. But when you look at viewing behavior on a day-by-day basis, Hulu is far ahead of the pack. On average, U.S. cord cutters are watching 2.9 hours of Hulu per day, which is ahead of Netflix (2.2 hours), YouTube (2.1 hours), and Amazon Video (2 hours). Though MarketingCharts’ report didn’t delve deeply into why that’s the case, the primary reason is simply due to the fact that Netflix has higher penetration in the U.S. However, the new figures may point to key differences in how consumers watch the different streaming services, too. Netflix, for example, likely encourages more binge watching sessions, because of how it drops entire seasons of shows at once – like the recent release of Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black,” where a single event – a prison riot – is told across 13 episodes. The entire season feels like one, long story, not a dozen or so separate ones. Meanwhile, Hulu’s partnerships enable streaming access to network and cable TV programming, which in turn has people tuning into its service on a more regular basis to see if new episodes of their favorite shows are available. Or, in other words, Hulu is taking the place of traditional TV in the cord-cutting era, while Netflix has become associated with an entirely different style of viewing. In fact, Netflix has been credited with the invention of this new storytelling “art form” – something that sits in between being a TV show but isn’t quite a film, either. Storytellers have adapted their content to cater to binge watchers, too, by telling these longer stories, and sometimes even crafting entire first seasons that function as the “pilot,” instead of just the first episode. Plus, these TV stories don’t have to rely as much on things like manipulative cliff-hangers – a holdover from the network TV era where shows needed a hook to pull people back next week. Now, storytellers can instead count more on Netflix’s auto-play feature, which loads up the next episode immediately after the current one ends. On Netflix, it takes more effort to stop watching than to keep bingeing. The new data doesn’t definitively prove that these factors have contributed to why Netflix is capturing more viewing hours, but they likely play a role. Source: Techcrunch

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Jul 10, 2017

European OTT / VOD Providers Leverage Population Diversity and Changing Subscriber Preferences to Expand Installed Base

There is a high level of activity in the European over-the-top (OTT) / Video-on-Demand (VOD) services market in terms of financial investments, new features, and service launches. The fragmented ecosystem, with over 450+ unique video on demand service providers in the region, is transforming as partnerships between various stakeholders in the value chain increase to capture market share. About EUR150 million was invested in 2016 in content and technology firms to drive expansion of connected video services. However, intense competition, price sensitivity among consumers, regulatory uncertainty due to Brexit policies, and the digital single market strategy of the European commission, are some of the challenges that could restrain the growth of the market in the near term. Content personalization and customization strategies are crucial for growth, finds Frost & Sullivan's Digital Transformation team "Various events in the media industry in 2016 and early 2017 reflect that the OTT video industry in Europe is undergoing major transformation," states Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Analysts Vidya S Nath and Swetha R K. "Despite being a highly fragmented market, there have been several new launches with innovative features and services." "Despite intense competition, a fragmented structure and regulatory pressure, the diversity of the population and changing subscriber preferences ensures that there is still space for everyone," notes Swetha R K. "Strong content strategy and technological innovation will be the key to differentiation." Key factors fuelling growth in the European OTT market include: • OTT/ VOD services being offered by the entire ecosystem of media companies including, Pay TV providers, broadcast  networks, OTT portals, and social media companies • Expanding Internet penetration levels and demand for travel-friendly options to watch TV that promote online multimedia consumption; • Innovation in the form of several advanced value-added features and novel business models; • Diverse international and local content and attractive bundling offers from TV providers that fuel OTT service adoption among a tech-savvy population; • Low penetration in Central and Eastern Europe, where demand for local content is booming; and • Need for an assortment of service providers for different requirements of an OTT video operator, including compression, streaming, real-time video analytics, user experience, and payment options. "While the next 12 months hold a promising market outlook for OTT growth, the key to survival and sustenance of growth will depend on how various service providers are able to drive personalization and customization while differentiating their service value proposition, " reveals Nath. Nordic TV Summit – exploring Content personalization and customization strategies According to the new research from Frost & Sullivan, content personalization and customization strategies are crucial for growth. At the annual Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen, Sept. 28th, we’ll talk more about the need for content personalization and customization strategies, get insight from industry pioneers, share best practice and much more. Visit www.nordictvsummit.com for more details about this must attend event. Source: Newswire

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Jun 29, 2017

Smart TVs to drive internet-connected TV growth

By the end of 2020 there are forecast to be 260 million installed devices attached to the Internet and able to deliver apps to TVs, according to the latest NPD Connected Intelligence forecast. This represents 31% growth in TV-connected devices over the forecast period, led by smart TVs and streaming media players. In fact, smart TVs will drive nearly half (48%) of installed Internet-connected TV device growth through 2020, while streaming media players will contribute 31 percent of ownership growth. The TV-Connected Device Forecast looks to shed light on how new generation smart TVs and evolved streaming media boxes and sticks will shape home entertainment. According to the forecast, by 2018, and through the end of the forecast period, household penetration of smart TVs will achieve relative parity with streaming media players as platforms delivering apps to TVs. “Sales of smart TVs and continued growth in streaming video will contribute to the increase of installed internet-connected TVs,” said John Buffone, executive director, industry analyst, NPD Connected Intelligence. “Additionally, 4K mass market adoption plays an important role, as nearly all 4K TVs are internet capable.” The rate of attaching connectable-TV devices to the internet is projected to increase from 73% in 2016 to 81% of installed units by 2020. This will eventually lead consumers to choose a preferred device and result in a diminished use of other devices. From January 2013 through January 2017, usage of installed internet capable TVs to access online content increased from 30 to 55%, demonstrating growing consumer interest in streaming video. As such, streaming media player original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Google, Roku and Amazon, continue to partner with TV OEMs to integrate their operating systems directly into displays. “All trends point to smart TVs and streaming media players driving the majority of growth in TV-connected devices. When you compound the increased usage for streaming video, it points to further dominance of these platforms, as they provide the premium content and ease of use consumers demand,” noted Buffone. Source: BroadbandTV News 

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Jun 26, 2017

AR and VR to merge with reality

Seven out of 10 consumers believe that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become mainstream in media, education, work, social interaction, tourism and retail, according to Ericsson’s latest ConsumerLab report. It adds that media is already being transformed and consumers expect virtual screens to start replacing TVs and theatres in less than a year. The report, entitled Merged Reality insights into how consumers expect VR and AR to merge with physical reality, and that 5G will be a key technology for such experiences to become mainstream. It also says that when boundaries between people’s perception of physical and virtual reality start to blur, this could result in a drastic impact on lives and society. The way people live, work, and consume information and media will fundamentally change. However, realities will not merge if the user is tethered to a computer or cut off from physical reality. Early adopters of VR/AR expect next-generation networks like 5G to play a central role. Thirty-six percent have expectations on 5G to provide VR/AR mobility through a stable, fast and high-bandwidth network, while 30% of early adopters also expect 5G to enable tethered headsets to become wireless. The qualitative research in the report included an innovative focus group discussion series completely in VR with participants from North America and Europe, as well as traditional focus groups with current users of VR from Japan and South Korea. A series of qualitative VR tests with 20 Ericsson employees were also done to understand how lag in VR can trigger nausea. In the quantitative part of the study, the report presents insights from a survey of 9,200 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US, aged between 15-69. with awareness of the concept of VR. Source: Broadband TV News

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Jun 23, 2017

Futuresource: Smart TVs the top way to tune into Netflix

Smart TVs are the preferred way for customers to access content provided by a streaming service as revealed by FutureSource Consulting. According to a Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, smart TV was the leader in six markets that it had studied. Presenting data at the Futuresource New Content Horizons event in London, Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, said that the smart TV led in each of the six markets it had analysed. Spain led with 49% of Netflix users opting to watch via smart TV, followed by Italy at 42%, the UK at 35%, Germany at 32%, the US at 30% and France at 28%. Streaming media devices like Google Chromecast were the second-highest favoured option for accessing Netflix in four of the six countries, with PC or laptop viewing proving second most popular in Spain and Italy. Viewing Netflix via a set-top box did not rank among the top five viewing methods in any of the six markets – apart from France, where it came in fifth place with 8% of viewers saying they liked to view the SVOD service this way. Despite this, set-top box ownership in Western Europe climbed by 39% between 2012 and 2016 to have a presence in 111 million households, according to Futuresource. Smart TV ownership climbed by a larger 163% over the four-year period but only appeared in 79 million homes in the region in 2016, while digital media adaptor ownership grew by a massive 458% to appear in 22 million Western European homes. Wetherill said Futuresource expects 20 million set-top boxes – excluding free-to-air boxes – to be shipped in Western Europe this year, down just 1% year-on-year. This compares to 19 million smart TVs, up 6% year-on-year, and 13 million digital media adapters, up 16% year-on-year. “There’s a range of different devices there for consumers to be enjoying OTT content – it’s a complex landscape out there,” said Wetherill. “We know that the move from broadcast to IP is an irreversible trend, but for some of the reasons I’ve outlined, it will take time to move from a) to b) – in fact many years. The set-top box will remain part of that landscape for some years to come. “As somebody once described it, and it will no doubt be described again, the set-top box is kind of like the cockroach in a nuclear winter. It will be one of the things that survives this whirlwind of development in content and hardware. Source: Digital TV Europe  

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May 17, 2017

Most Americans can get internet on their TV — but they’re still mostly watching plain old TV

People who do stream online video like Netflix are doing so more often.

More than half of all Americans, or 56 percent, have the ability to watch internet video on their TVs — but they’re still watching regular TV most of the time.

Since 2015, there has been a 20 percentage-point increase in the share of adults who can get internet video on their TV, either through the TV itself or by using a device like a Chromecast, according to a new report from ad trade agency Interactive Advertising Bureau.

But a large portion of the time (39 percent), people are using these TVs to watch old-fashioned live TV. As for internet video, they’re streaming Netflix or YouTube or Hulu about 24 percent of the time.

Fortunately for subscription streaming services like Amazon and Netflix that offer TV-on-the-internet packages, that share is going up.

People who do use their TVs to watch Netflix or Hulu are doing so more often. About half (46 percent) of people with streaming-enabled TVs watch streaming video daily, up from 32 percent in 2015.

What are they streaming? Seventy-nine percent watch TV shows (either currently airing, or shows that have aired in the past), whereas a close 70 percent watch subscription originals like Netflix’s “Stranger Things” or Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Source: Recode

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May 08, 2017

What Does ‘Watching TV’ Really Mean Anymore?

A new report suggests that Gen Z is a native digital video generation that overwhelmingly equates “watching TV” with an online source. Analysis of the survey from Tremor says they also may be the first to fully embrace digital video advertising by seeing ads as indistinguishable from actual TV shows, and they will lean heavily toward connected TVs. The study is based on an online survey administered to 1,020 respondents ages 14-50 in March of this year by the Center for Generational Kinetics. At The Center for Generational Kinetics, we call the generation after Millennials "Gen Z or iGen.” This corresponds within their research defining them as cloud natives rather than digital natives; their world is “iEverything,” with a lowercase “i.” Other popular names for this fast-emerging generation are Generation Z and Centennials The study suggests the term “watching TV” now holds a different meaning for many people with 84 percent of adults aged 14-50 surveyed equating “watching TV” with devices such as an Apple TV or PlayStation. Specifically, 70 percent of Gen Z consider watching TV through an online source, whereas 74 percent of Gen X consider watching TV to be through traditional cable or satellite services. “The transition of television programming to a digital, streaming-first culture has been happening at a rapid pace,” Karen Ring, senior director, insights and analytics at Tremor Video, observes. “Gen Z, who in two years will make up 20 percent of the workplace, is in a prime position to create an inflexion point in favor of online consumption.” The data suggests Gen Z respondents are 40 percent more likely to watch multiple episodes of TV in solid, focused chunks, much like reading chapters in a novel. More than half of those surveyed said they prefer to stick to a single show until they finish the series, rather than intermix shows. Additionally, a majority (54 percent) of Gen Z respondents said that they either don’t mind or enjoy watching ads, compared to smaller portions by Millennials (45 percent) and Gen X (43 percent). While the youngest generation claims to watch less TV than their parents do, they still have a low tolerance for a heavy ad load.   Source: CED Magazine 

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May 03, 2017

Free trials often end up to Subscription

Nearly one out of three people who try out a video-streaming service during a limited free period end up subscribing, according to new research by Parks Associates. While spending on transactional services has declined, average monthly spending on subscription OTT video has increased, reaching $7.95 per U.S. broadband household in 2016.   Most households build their services around at least one of the top three services, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, which also show among the most effective trial conversion rates. "Free OTT trials are effective in converting a sizeable portion of trial users into subscribers," Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associate said. "There is a potential for free trial abuse, but only roughly 1% of consumers are 'serial trialers' who abuse free trials to avoid paying for services. Most consumers use trials for their intended purpose of trying out a service before deciding whether or not to continue as a paid subscriber." According to Parks, more than a fourth of US broadband households tried out at least one online video service in the last six months with a free trial. Of these, 47 percent subscribed to at least one trial service after the free period expired. Source: Parks Associate

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May 02, 2017

US Adults Now Spend 12 Hours 7 Minutes a Day Consuming Media

US adults will spend more than half the day with major media

In an annual contest at Coney Island, participants vie to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. It has seemed in recent years that US adults bring a similar spirit to their consumption of media, cramming as much as possible into an average day.

Thanks to multitasking (and our method of accounting for it, explained in a moment), US adults’ average daily time spent with major media will slightly exceed 12 hours this year, according to eMarketer’s latest report, “US Time Spent with Media: eMarketer’s Updated Estimates and Forecast for 2014-2019”.

But while our reports early in the decade told a story of robust gains—with increases in digital usage more than compensating for declines in time spent with nondigital media—growth has been petering out. Of course, media multitasking is what has made so much usage possible. Like a Coney Island contestant stuffing hot dogs into his mouth with both hands, people are often using multiple media at the same time. That is how the figure for time spent can add up to 12 hours a day. And note our method of accounting for simultaneous usage: If someone spends an hour watching TV (for example) and uses a smartphone to surf the web during the same hour, we count this as an hour of usage for each medium, and hence as 2 hours of total media time. One might have thought average time spent with smartphones by users would decline as the smartphone population broadened far beyond early adopters and technophiles. Instead, average time spent among users has steadily increased. eMarketer estimates that nonvoice time spent per day by smartphone users will have risen from 2 hours 18 minutes in 2014 to 2 hours 42 minutes by 2019. The proliferation of apps is clearly a factor in this increase. More and more of the digital universe is designed to cater to smartphones, and this often takes the form of apps. For users of smartphones—and, to a slightly lesser extent, users of tablets—time spent using those devices mostly means time spent using apps. And the preeminence of apps vs. the mobile web grows year by year. Time spent with the mobile web via smartphones is expected to decline throughout the forecast period, while time spent with it via tablets ticks up just slightly. During those same years, in-app time on both devices is expected to grow strongly—though the rate of increase slows in the later years. eMarketer estimates that in-app smartphone time will have increased by 42 minutes per day between 2014 and 2019.   Source:  Emarketer

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Apr 22, 2017

The latest in TV technology – Q1 2017

It's been a while since the last overview of what's happening in the world of TV technology, so it's high time for another update. As always, the year kicked off with CES in Las Vegas, where each of the large TV brands (Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, etc) presented its plans for 2017. Same as last year, the focus in display technology was on HDR, which is becoming the new normal. While in the past LG was the only company known for OLED technology, many others announced OLED screens as well, although most of these will probably be rebranded LG displays. Another trend was a move towards extremely thin screens, with the logic, HDMI ports, offloaded to a separate module which can be hidden discretely. Old non-sensical hypes like 3D TV or curved TVs are going away. In the area of software, there were relatively few changes. There were the usual updates to webOS, Tizen, etc, but no major shifts. The only problematic case appears to be Firefox OS, which runs on some Panasonic TVs, for which the development team inside Mozilla was scrapped. In the console space, Sony is stronger than ever with its PlayStation 4. It has sold a massive 53 million consoles, dwarfing Microsoft's Xbox One sales, which are roughly half. Meanwhile, both Sony and Microsoft are steadily working on improving the software on their consoles. The next big step will be Microsoft's introduction of its Project Scorpio Xbox at E3 in June. The big news in the console space was the launch of Nintendo's new Switch console, which is basically a handheld which can also be docked to a TV. While very interesting, Nintendo has chosen to focus exclusively on gaming for now. Video streaming capabilities are expected to be added later on, but none are present on the device right now. With regards to set-top boxes, Apple appears to finally be working on a 4K and HDR version of its Apple TV. Currently, it's the only major TV platform which hasn't got that capability yet. NVIDIA pushed out a new version of its SHIELD TV at CES">CES, where Amazon">Amazon announced that it is licensing its Fire TV OS to Smart TV brands, similar to how Roku TV and Android TV work. Amazon also significantly overhauled the user interface of its Fire TV software. Roku is finally deprecating its old legacy SDK in favour of the much more versatile and pretty SceneGraph SDK. Outside of the major players, Caavo announced a set-top box to connect them all, although the price is very high at $400. Meanwhile, the shift in political power in the US has resulted in a new FCC which is unlikely to force any changes to the operator set-top box landscape in the US.

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Apr 21, 2017

The Nordics lead the SVOD market in Europe

According to the recent data from Dataxis research, the Nordic region comprising Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland leads the SVOD market in Europe. According to the report, Nordic region represented 20 percent of all SVOD subscriptions in Europe in Q4 2016 and in the same quarter number of SVOD subscriptions in Nordic region were equivalent to the number of subscriptions in Germany and Italy. The average revenue per user (ARPU) for each SVOD offer in Nordic is higher than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max 2014 Dame Dataxis estimates that the ARPU per offer in Nordic was around $10.6 in Q4 16 and this is explained by the fact that SVOD offers in Nordic cost relatively higher than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max 90 Honeycomb Heren For example, the standard offer of Netflix costs 89 DKK ($12.7) in Denmark versus 9.99 EUR ($10.7) in France. Consequently, there is a higher SVOD spending per person in Nordic than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max Heren According to Dataxis, the total customer spending on SVOD in Nordic reached almost 800M EUR ($848.2M) in 2016. There are four main SVOD actors in the Nordics: Viaplay, HBO Nordic, C More and Netflix, with the later accounting for almost half of the market. Nike Darwin Goedkoop • Netflix: Launched in Q4 2012 in Nordic. With its early launch, Netflix has immediately dominated the Nordic SVOD market offering local and international content in the language of each country. • Viaplay: Launched in 2011, it’s the historical actor in Nordic. It expanded in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in July 2016. Air Max 2015 Heren Goedkoop • HBO Nordic: Launched just after Netflix in Q3 2012. HBO offers SVOD only in Nordic but faced some constraints at the beginning to get subscribers because the offer was not aligned on Viaplay and Netflix: no free trial and 12 months’ mandatory commitment. • C More: C More, a pay TV actor, launched Filmnet in October 2012 in Sweden and in 2013 in Denmark, Finland and Norway. In 2015, Filmnet moved to C More website.An interesting move in term of monetization is the launch of SF Kids Play (an SVOD offer for kids) in Nordic in February 2016. SF Kids Play is the first SVOD offer of the giant TVOD actor in Nordic, SF Anytime (Bonnier AB Group). The launch of Amazon Prime Video in December 2016 in more than 200 countries including all the Nordic countries is going to intensify the competition and could change the top 4 in 2017.

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Apr 04, 2017

Internet advertising expenditure to exceed US $200bn this year

Global internet advertising expenditure will grow 13% to reach US$205bn in 2017, according to Zenith’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts.This will be the first year in which more money will be spent on internet advertising than advertising on traditional television (which will total US$192bn).   The sheer scale of internet advertising means its growth rate is slowing. Internet ad spend grew 17% in 2016, down from 20% in 2015, and the report expects growth to slow to 13% in 2017, 12% in 2018 and 10% by 2019 (though it will continue to add US$23bn-US$24bn a year). In this environment, it is vital that platforms and publishers address advertisers’ valid concerns about viewability and brand safety to secure sustainable growth. As the market matures, advertisers need to know for certain that their ads are being actively viewed by real people in appropriate environments. “Internet advertising has contributed all of the growth in global ad spend since the beginning of the decade, and has stimulated much of the innovation we’ve seen in the market,” said Vittorio Bonori, Global Brand President. “Innovation is proceeding as fast as ever, and we believe that this is what will continue to drive brand growth for advertisers.” The global ad market has grown at a steady pace of 4%-5% a year since the beginning of the decade, and Zenith expects it to continue to do so through to 2019. The forecast for 2017 is for 4.4% growth (unchanged since the last forecasts in December), down slightly from 4.6% growth in 2016. There also should be another 4.4% growth in 2018, followed by 4.2% in 2019. These rates are slightly below the growth rates that the IMF forecasts for nominal GDP.

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Mar 30, 2017

Decline in North American pay-TV subs

According to a new study from Digital TV Research, the number of pay-TV subs in North America is predicted to fall by 10 million by 2022. Digital TV Research says the 9% decline to 102 million subscriptions does not indicate a massive cord-cutting problem. However, the number of non-pay homes will climb from 20.69 million to 41.56 million over the same period [the number of total households will increase by 11 million. This includes non-TV households]. To put it another way, pay TV penetration will drop from the peak of 87.4% in 2013 to 75.2% by 2022. The number of pay-TV subscribers declined by 2 million in both 2015 and in 2016. However, the rate of decline will slow from now on, although the 2022 total will be 5 million lower than the end-2016 total, according to the North America Pay TV Forecasts report. Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, explained: “Where are the lost subscribers in the decade to 2022 going? Some analog cable subscribers will give up paying for TV services rather than convert to an often more expensive digital platform.” He continued: “Cord-cutting is also a factor. It has been somewhat exacerbated by the traditional pay TV operators starting their own OTT platforms: satellite TV platform Dish provides Sling TV and DirecTV Now has recently started. Other distractions include Hulu, HBO Now and, of course, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.” Cable has been losing subscribers since 2011. This is partly due to the fact that not all of the 18 million analog cable subscribers at end-2010 will convert to digital cable TV platforms – or any digital pay TV platform for that matter. The free-to-air DTT household total will climb by 10 million between 2016 and 2022 to 31 million – presumably many of these sets will gather dust as these homes will have limited channel choice. The digital cable TV total will remain flat at about 57 million subs from 2015. Satellite TV will also stay flat at about 36 million from 2015. However, IPTV will lose subscribers. Much of the IPTV loss is attributable to AT&T encouraging its U-Verse subscribers to its DirecTV satellite platform. In Canada, Bell is doing the opposite: encouraging its satellite TV subs to convert to its IPTV platform. Pay TV revenues [subscriptions and PPV] in North America peaked in 2015 at $108.58 billion. Revenues will fall by 12.7% - or by $13.76 billion - to $94.82 billion in 2022. Cable revenues will decline by $12.13 billion - $2.19 billion less from analog cable and $9.94 billion lower for digital cable. Satellite TV will grow by $1.93 billion, but IPTV will fall by $3.55 billion – or by a massive 32.5%.   Source: Digital TV Research 

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Mar 27, 2017

OTT Viewing Climbs, Traditional TV Usage Drops

Traditional TV viewing continued to fall in February. However, new connected TV and other OTT viewing are still rising. Total TV usage was down 4.2% on a total day basis for 18-49 viewers, with English-language broadcast networks losing 10.3%, according to Pivotal Research Group.

Total TV usage was down 4.2% on a total day basis for 18-49 viewers, with English-language broadcast networks losing 10.3%, according to Pivotal Research Group.

Internet-connected TV viewing from OTT devices such as Apple TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast soared nearly 60% to account for 9.9% of total TV usage. Share of TV usage in February 2016 was 6.0% and February 2015’s 3.6%.

Ad-supported cable networks accounted for a 40.7% share (down from 43.3 a year ago); English broadcast network usage now accounts for 19% (versus 20.4% a year ago); and video game console usage, 9.2% share (8.7% in February 2016). National TV commercial (C3) impressions among 18-49 dropped 7.2%, with prime time down 4.8%. Pivotal says total national TV advertising loads in minutes per hour were up to 10.8 from 10.6. Viacom networks commands the largest 18-49 C3 commercial share -- at 15.3%. NBC Universal is next at 13.6%; Time Warner, 12.2%; 21st Century Fox, 10.5%; Disney-ABC Television, 8.6%; Discovery Communications, 6.8%; Scripps Networks Interactive, 5.4%; CBS, 5.3%; and AMC Networks, 4.0%.

Source: Mediapost

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Mar 22, 2017

A New Survey Finds Original Content Investment Paying off for Netflix and Amazon Video

New Survey Finds Original Content Investment Paying off for Netflix and Amazon Video Great news for the exploding SVOD arena – a greater number of consumers are paying for multiple OTT products. According to a new research by 451 Research, 19% of streaming subscribers are paying for three or more services – up 4 points over the previous year. These streaming enthusiasts are creating their own bundles of video services, starting with Netflix (95%) and Amazon Video (82%) then adding a combination of subscription and a-la-carte platforms including Hulu, HBO Now and iTunes. The firm’s latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape study, based on a survey of 1,270 people in North America, said that increased adoption speaks to the rise of consumer self-bundling, led by Netflix and Amazon Video, with additions of services like Hulu and HBO Now. Among all respondents who pay for a streaming service, 79% say they subscribe to Netflix and 53% to Amazon Video and continues to be the growth story, up 5 points over the past year. Access to movies (50%) remains the top reason why consumers pay for streaming video services; viewing complete seasons of TV shows (45%) is a close second and has increased 6 points in just six months.  Importantly, 33% of streaming subscribers chose their service for its original content, up 8 points year over year. Original content has always been a major differentiator forHBO Now and Showtime, but the VoCUL survey highlights a growing importance of original content among Netflix users (36%; up 9 points over a year) and Amazon Video users (36%; up 14 points over a year).  While both Netflix and Amazon Video users in the VoCUL survey have shifted towards watching more original content over the past two years, there is an even faster increase among Amazon Video users (from 7% to 31%) who say original content is their most watched type of video content, compared to Netflix users (from 20 to 32%).  “Netflix and Amazon Video have spent billions creating exclusive original content to differentiate themselves within a competitive streaming TV market, and our latest surveys show that it’s resonating with customers. Viewing original content has become a much more important factor over the past year in choosing streaming services, and the data shows consumers are simply watching more of it.” said Andy Golub, managing director of 451 Research's Voice of the Connected User Landscape end-user surveys and research. The study found that 41% of those who own an OTT device have a Roku streaming player or streaming stick, followed by an Apple TV device (35%), a Google Chromecast adapter (26%), Amazon Fire TV Stick (13%) or an Amazon Fire TV box (10%). Access the complete report here: https://451research.com/report-long?icid=4213?&utm_campaign=2017_press&utm_source=press_release&utm_medium=press&utm_content=apply_for_trial&utm_term=q1_2017_vocul_4213_pr

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Oct 31, 2016

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 2016

It's been a while since my last "the latest in TV technology" post, so I'm happy to once again give an overview of the most relevant news of the last few months. With the holidays coming up, many of the major platforms in the TV technology landscape announced and released updates to their hardware and software lineup. Consoles Both Microsoft and Sony presented slimmer versions of their current consoles. Microsoft announced the Xbox One S and that it is working on a major upgrade called Project Scorpio, while at the same time releasing a major overhaul of its Xbox One operating system to move it completely to a Windows 10 base. Sony presented a slimmer version of the PlayStation 4, without changing the name and added the PlayStation 4 Pro to its lineup, while also releasing a big software update. Nintendo It is Nintendo where things are really interesting. While its current generation Nintendo Wii U is hardly selling, therefore Nintendo recently announced the new Nintendo Switch, which is to launch in March of 2017. The concept is quite different from the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, with a focus on being able to use the console with your TV and on the move. For those with nostalgia, it also released a mini rebuild of its old Nintendo Entertainment System. 4k option Also hoping to do well during the holiday season, Roku completely renewed its hardware lineup, which now ranges from $29 all the way up to $130. That undercuts Google's $35 Chromecast, even though it has a slow device. Google instead moved to more pricey heights, with its new Chromecast Ultra with 4K support. That leaves Apple TV as the only platform which does not offer a 4K option. Finally, Amazon only renewed its streaming stick and is planning a UI overhaul. Smart TV In the Smart TV space, Vizio was acquired by a Chinese company calledLeEco, which itself just announced a few Android TV devices for the US market. That old VCR you probably have connected to some old TV somewhere might become extinct. The last company that produced VCRs has officially ended production. Careers We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page http://24i.com/careers if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To stay up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog: http://technology.siekerman.nl. Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Feb 01, 2016

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – FEBRUARY 2016

Each year the world of TV technology starts with a bang, when the madness of CES signals the end of the holidays. CES is the main stage of the year for consumer electronics brands to make product line announcements, so it's always full of Smart TV news. Other TV platforms such as set-top boxes and game consoles generally receive less attention. This year the magic word for Smart TVs was High Dynamic Range or HDR. It's a display technology which allows for higher color ranges than before, with a noticeable impact. In contrast with 4K last year, curved TVs the year before and 3D glasses even earlier, this improvement may actually matter to consumers. Hence, every Smart TV brand jumped on board, with the industry settling on Ultra HD Premium as the common branding for HDR. Some specific bits of information which were interesting in recent weeks were LG launching a TV running Roku OS instead of its own webOS, intriguing transparent and rollable displays by several manufacturers and the appearance of 4K Blu-ray players. Sony is still doing very will with its PlayStation 4, having sold almost double the units that Microsoft has managed with its Xbox One. One of the biggest news items to come out of CES was actually Netflix's worldwide launch, as it added 130 countries at once. In general though, there weren't many big changes at CES this year. Samsung is sticking to Tizen, LG is using webOS again, Sony and Philips are sticking with Android TV and Panasonic is still using Firefox OS. All of them are going through incremental improvements, but none are doing any major overhauls as we saw in the previous two years. Android TV is adding a few more lesser known brands to its stable, but notable big ones. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.

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Nov 20, 2015

WHAT MAKES A MODERN TV PLATFORM?

Content In the end, it all comes down to content. And as Tim Cook put it during his introduction of the new Apple TV, content in this brave new world means apps. You can have the greatest TV platform in the world, but without the right apps with the right content, a platform is completely irrelevant. The list of apps grows every month, and includes such well known names as Netflix, YouTube, HBO Now, Hulu Plus, Showtime, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Sling TV, CBS All Access, BBC iPlayer, Plex, Wuaki.tv, Crackle, Twitch and PlayStation Vue. Also important are the various sports apps, such as NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Red Bull TV, WWE and UFC. And these are just the major, mostly international services. Each country will have its own local variations and there are many other niche-focused services. Creating an overview of which apps are available on which TV platforms is nearly impossible with such a diverse list. Any such overview would also be outdated almost immediately, with apps being launched left and right each week, so I’ll leave that as an exercise to the reader for a rainy Sunday afternoon. For a long time, the wide selection of apps was one of Roku’s most important strengths which made it stand out from the rest of the crowd. However, now every platform is on a mad scramble to get as good an app coverage as it can, so Roku’s head start is growing smaller each month. Open App Store A TV platform can have all the content and each app in the world available on it, but if users don’t know its there or can’t find it, it might as well have not have bothered. In this modern world you get content through apps, so discoverability starts with getting those apps from an app store. Here a clear distinction becomes visible between traditional and modern TV platforms. On the hand there are the older, closed, tightly controlled ecosystems. Any service that wants to launch an app on these platforms, has to get in direct commercial contact with the platform owner and negotiate a contract. As a result, most of the major apps are available on these platforms, but the long tail of many smaller, niche apps is usually almost completely absent. Apps on these platforms are counted in dozens, sometimes hundreds, instead of thousands or even more. Good examples are the Samsung and LG TV app stores and the same barriers are in place if you’re trying to get a video streaming app onto an Xbox or PlayStation. By contrast, there is a growing range of platforms with a more modern, open app store, with legal, commercial and operational models strongly based on what is usual on smartphones and tablets. Roku was the early entrant in this area, but it currently faces competition from Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and the behemoth of Apple’s app store. Microsoft has given indications of moving to a similar model of a unified Windows 10 app store on Xbox One, but details are still uncertain. These open app stores tend to contains thousands of apps. Although a significant part of these are less than stellar, the selection of lesser known high quality apps is significant enough to make this a relevant benefit above the older, closed model. Professional Software Development Platform An open app store will only be filled if it is easy for software developers to create the apps that have to fill it. A good software development environment depends on several characteristics, such as how widespread knowledge of the chosen programming language is and the quality of the SDK, IDE, debugging tools and documentation. Another factor of importance is how well the process of launching an app in the app store is streamlined, including speed of the app certification process and clarity of the rules and requirements that are applied. The software development platform is an area where companies such as Apple and Google have a clear advantage, because development for their TV platforms ties closely into development for their other devices, which have very mature software development environments. This is much more difficult for companies that are traditionally not very active in software development, such as the consumer electronics brands which create most Smart TVs and have always had a focus on hardware. Unified Search With the number of apps multiplying at a staggering rate, finding content in that maze of apps becomes increasingly difficult. A feature which has been seeing widespread adoption in the last year is unified search. On many platforms, you can now use a single search functionality in the operating system to look for a certain show or movie and get a quick overview of which of the apps offer that content. Amazon was one of the first to offer this functionality, and although it received a lot of negative feedback for the limited selection of apps covered by the search service when it launched, that number has grown significantly since then. By now it’s hard to imagine a modern TV platform without it. A related discoverability-enhancing feature is in the area of recommendations. Some TV operating systems give apps the option of recommending a few pieces of content to the user in the general operating system user interface, before the user enters the app. Android TV and Apple TV are good examples of this. It’s a very powerful mechanism to expose the user to great content without the user having to open each app separately. To get back to search for a moment, an important obstacle to making it usable is how to enter what you are looking for. That brings us to the next feature. Voice Search Entering any type of text through the arrow buttons on a TV remote control is plain simply a nightmare. Many variations of on screen keyboards have been tried, but none really work. Entering text is slow and error-prone. Text entry mainly happens in the areas of user login and search. The first was tackled long ago through solutions which display a simple connect code on your TV screen and allow you to log in with that code on a website with a more type-friendly device such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This works because it’s usually something you have to do only once per app, so it’s worth the effort of using a second device. Search however is more difficult than login because of its frequent use and free format. You have to be able to enter anything you might want to search for at any time, so it has to work quickly and easily and allow for many variations. The solution turns out to be voice search. It took a long time for speech recognition to advance sufficiently to deal with the complexities of recognising voice search queries, although the problem is simplified because it is limited to pattern matching on a clearly defined set of content. It is Amazon which deserves a compliment for being the first to roll out a decently working implementation with its original Fire TV. But the technology is fast becoming a commodity with platforms such as Roku, Android TV and Apple TV now offering the feature as well. Although voice search features are slowly evolving into more generic voice control features, it is the basic voice search which solves a real problem, by significantly reducing the need for user input through the remote control. Good User Interface With the content taken care off, another important characteristic of modern TV platforms is the quality of the user interface. Looking back at Smart TV user interfaces from the years around 2010, these were often not very attractive to look at, not very intuitive or performant. Correspondingly, usage was very low, with most people preferring to use other devices. Smart TV operating systems were always the worst performers when it came to this topic. Credit has to be given to LG for being the first to improve significantly with the launch of webOS in 2014. Samsung took a step forward in 2015 with Tizen, as did Sony and Philips with Android TV and Panasonic with Firefox OS. The current state of user interfaces is nearly on par with what any user would expect from a smartphone or tablet. The graphical design is attractive and the experience of using them is snappy and effective. Roku, which has typically been well regarded for its simple user interface, is actually starting to fall behind a bit here, with a design which is starting to show its age compared to the competition. Perhaps a good example of the handicap of a head start. High Quality Hardware While you can design the most spiffy user interface imaginable, if the hardware it runs on isn’t fast enough to offer it in a smooth way, the overall user experience is still bad. Fast hardware is expensive though and various manufacturers have chosen different strategies to deal with this. The simplest strategy is that which was often chosen in Smart TVs in the past: not spending the money. As a result, for many years Smart TVs had a well deserved reputation for being slow and painful to use. A different strategy was chosen by Roku: embracing the slowness of low cost hardware and tailoring the software running on top of it to perform even on budget-range devices. This strategy has served Roku very well over the last few years, allowing it to grab a significant market share. More recently, as Moore’s law keeps bringing the cost of hardware down and technology giants such as Amazon, Google and Apple are becoming more active in the space, fast hardware has started to become the norm. Amazon deserves another compliment here for the hardware quality of the original Fire TV, which also set the precedent of set-top boxes being decent devices for casual console games. Another area in which the hardware can be very distinctive is the quality of the networking options, such as a hardwired ethernet connection and 5 GHz WiFi. Very few things are more annoying while watching video than pausing for buffering. The original Chromecast suffered from such problems, so it was no surprise to see significant improvements in that area in the second generation. The same requirement of quality of the hardware also applies to the remote control. First of all there are the physical characteristics such as the chosen material, sturdiness and how it feels to the touch, but just as important is the button configuration. Compare the massive number of keys on a Smart TV remote control from a few years back to what you find on a current LG pointer remote control or the new Apple TV Siri Remote and the evolution in the direction of less is more becomes clear very quickly. Other Considerations While the characteristics mentioned above are crucial, there are many more that also matter: • International Availability: having a real shot at becoming one of the dominant modern TV platforms requires being available worldwide. This is quite doable for major consumer electronics and technology companies such as Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Apple. For more niche companies such as Roku though, this is a much larger challenge. • Games: although not a primary requirements, the usability of a TV platform for gaming can be a differentiator from competing devices. The Xbox, PlayStation and Wii U have an obvious lead here, but half-decent gaming capabilities are also present in devices like the Amazon Fire TV and the Apple TV. Gaming will only attract a subsection of the potential user base, but in a struggle to become the dominant TV platform, it can offer one more reason to choose to buy a device over another. • 4K / UHD / HDR: one would be justified to question how much of an improvement Ultra HD technologies really offer to the average consumer with an average TV. It is nonetheless going to become the new normal in the next few years. Any modern TV platform attempting to compete at the top level would be remiss not to support it. Take for instance the new Apple TV, of which the lack of 4K support was noted as one of the few negative points in almost all reviews. Hype or not, 4K is here to stay. • Casting: introduced to the masses by Apple’s AirPlay and eagerly adopted by Google’s Chromecast, casting is the broadly defined concept of using an app on your smartphone, tablet or other device to pick content to play on your TV device. Although of itself a feature which relegates a capable TV platform to a mere glorified video player, casting is fast becoming such a normal use case that support for such user interaction should be part of any modern TV platform. • HDMI Support: any new Smart TV these days could reasonably be expected to have at least three or four HDMI ports, but that can mean many things. HDMI is a broad standard with all sorts of variations and versions, for instance for external control (HDMI CEC), content protection (HDMI HDCP) or 4K content. Any high quality, modern TV platform should offer support for the most important HDMI flavours. It is possible to go on and on, but the many features listed above give a good overall view of what should be offered by a modern TV platform. I would not expect any of the major platforms to score 10 out of 10 on in every single area and that is also not necessary for them to be competitive, but the top platforms will come quite close. The list shows clearly how far we’ve come in just the last few years and promises many good things for the future of TV. Innovation is not likely to stop and I would expect any such list a few years from now to contain several new features which are currently not practical yet or haven’t even been thought of. For more TV Technology News follow technology.siekerman.nl

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Jul 01, 2015

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – JULY 2015

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10, although no date has been shared yet for when the Xbox One will move to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform base. Sony's PlayStation 4 meanwhile is doing quite well, selling more than 22 million units. Both Sony and Philips are in the midst of rolling out their Android TV devices. Sharp, which also has Android TV devices, quite unexpectedly announced it will run Roku on some other models. Panasonic meanwhile decided to go for Firefox OS this year. Apple is still very silent about Apple TV, although there are many hints and rumors indicating an upcoming public SDK. Google was also not very vocal about Android TV and Chromecast at Google I/O, with only minor software updates being announced. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.

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Oct 18, 2014

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 2014

Time flies when you're having fun and while it seems like only yesterday that Google presented Android TV, it just announced that it will be launching its Nexus Player set-top box next month, giving consumers their first opportunity to use Android TV, before it arrives in force next year in various Smart TV brands. Chromecast - Google's other approach to TV - has been getting a lot more competition recently. First Microsoft released not one but two mobile-to-TV screen mirroring devices, one from inside Microsoft itself and one from the acquired Nokia part of the business. While these are actually very different from Chromecast in their functionality, another initiative is much closer. Matchstick started a Kickstarter project recently for an open source Chromecast clone, which reached its funding goal very easily and is aiming for a february 2015 release. Roku announced that it has sold more than 10 million Roku devices in the US and meanwhile is trying to broaden its adoption by also marketing itself as a platform for third party set-top boxes through its Roku Powered program. Apple doesn't appear set for any big Apple TV surprises this year and instead settled for a modest Apple TV UI update. Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service, expanding the beta to PlayStation 3 and its PlayStation TV micro console, which was just released in the US. Meanwhile Microsoft's Xbox One is now available in China. At Microsoft they're working on pretty cool things, like the RoomAlive concept. Philips showed off something in the same range with Afterglow, which is best described as Ambilight on steroids. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.

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Aug 19, 2014

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – AUGUST 2014

At this year's I/O keynote, Google proudly presented its latest attempt to conquer the living room: Android TV. It will run both on set-top boxes and full-blown TV sets, with the main launch partners being Sony, TP Vision (Philips) and Sharp, which will use the platform for their 2015 lineup. Android TV is being approached as an integral part of the full Android ecosystem and will use the Google Play Store for app distribution. In contrast to many other TV platforms, it will be open to all developers and here at 24i we're of course already working hard on creating apps for it. In addition to Android TV, Google announced several updates to Chromecast, such as new methods for pairing and new options for mirroring. All Android TV sets will also act as Chromecast. By now there are hundreds of apps that support Chromecast. Everything taken together, Google is building up a very strong position in the TV market and it will be very interesting to see how big its impact will be over the next 12 to 24 months. Microsoft and Sony have been going toe to toe with their gaming consoles. Microsoft is very actively updating its Xbox One, amongst others with greatly improved media support and a Digital TV Tuner for the European market. Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service and is opening it up to the public for testing. It's also working on interesting game sharing functionality. So far it appears Sony is the strongest of the two, having sold its PlayStation 4 more than 10 million times. The other contenders in the market have naturally been busy as well. Amazon has been busy expanding the app catalog on its Fire TV, including Flappy Bird. Roku just announced that the first Roku TV sets are close to going on sale. Mozilla has apparently been working on a Firefox OS streaming stick. Samsung released an SDK for its Tizen TV platform, but is having serious difficulties launching Tizen smartphone hardware, with no news on the TV hardware. And as far as Apple TV is concerned, we might be forced to wait a bit longer. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.

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Jun 15, 2014

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – JUNE 2014

A few weeks ago Microsoft announced major changes to the Xbox One: it dropped Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One package and dropped the requirement for a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to use media apps on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The change of heart was widely regarded as a response to disappointing sales numbers compared to Sony's PlayStation 4. Sony has been showing stronger sales of its PlayStation 4 and announced it will be expanding the sales area of its related PlayStation TV set-top box to the USA and Europe. Definitely also have a look at Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. LG has been on a strong run with its 2014 webOS TV sets, selling 1 million of them already. LG has been working on another very interesting initiative as well, launching the open source Connect SDK, which is intended to make it easier to add support for playback on TV to mobile apps. Samsung has also been busy building new software for TV, specifically its new Tizen TV sets and SDK. Apple and Google have been relatively quiet since our last update. There was no real Apple TV news at its developer conference WWDC, although its sales numbers are still impressive. Google's Chromecast has been steadily growing its international availability and support in mobile apps. Amazon has also been busy improving its Fire TV set-top box slowly but surely, by expanding its embedded voice search to other apps and adding an HBO Go app and HBO content to its Amazon Prime subscription service. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.

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Apr 15, 2014

THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – APRIL 2014

The biggest news this month was the entry of Amazon Fire TV into the space. Amazon launched its new set-top box at a press event in early April. It has several interesting features, including voice search (to find movies, series, actors and genres), high performance specifications which allow for a very snappy interface and impressive support for gaming with a dedicated Amazon Fire Game Controller. The device runs on Amazon's Android flavour Fire OS and has an open App Store through which external developers can release apps. Obviously we're excited to see Amazon's initiative and we've got a few Fire TVs on the way from the US! Google is moving into TV from multiple angles. Its Chromecast has become available in a large number of countries, including most of Europe. Google has already sold millions of units and with more and more smartphone and tablet apps adding support for Chromecast through the Google Cast SDK, this number is certain to rise. Meanwhile Google is not content with just Chromecast and is apparently going full steam ahead with Android TV as well. Roku recently expanded its product range with a Roku Streaming Stick which is now for sale in the US. Just like Google, Roku is also betting on multiple horses and integrating its platform directly into TV sets as well. Roku's CEO gave an interesting interview recently which is definitely worth watching. Both Microsoft and Sony have been very busy selling their new generation of gaming consoles. Sony has sold at least 6 million PlayStation 4s, while the latest Xbox One numbers indicate almost 4 million by January. The Xbox One is coming to 26 more countries in september, so those numbers are sure to grow. In step with Microsoft's approach of selling the Xbox One as both a gaming console and a media hub, it has added a Media Remote to its product line. 24i is proud to be a certified app developer for both Xbox (One and 360) and Playstation (4 and 3). We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.

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Jun 27, 2017

24i to speak at TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco

24i to speak at TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco 24i will attend and speak at the 11th TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) taking place in San Francisco June 28-29th at the Golden Gate Club, The Presidio. TVOT SF 2017 will feature networking/business development opportunities for attendees, innovative and effective branding options for sponsors and exhibitors, close to 200 World-Class speakers and panellists, hands-on workshops and Master Classes, the presentation of the 14th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television, and much more. More details here http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com At TVOT SF, 24i's VP of Business development, Linda Abrams, will be joining the panel "Understanding the OTT Content Ecosystem: SVOD, Skinny Bundles and Beyond" in the Hawthorn Room on Thursday, June 29th at 3:30 pm. This session will explore the contours of the OTT content ecosystem (including subscription- and ad-supported VOD services, skinny bundles, niche programming offerings and more) and debate its likely future trajectory and its potential impact on the TV industry as a whole. Topics for discussion will include: How are OTT programming services being marketed to consumers, and what is being done to address their high rates of churn? How will issues with the delivery infrastructure on which they rely--such as ISP data caps and the FCC's plans to reverse Title II net neutrality--impact their development? What will be the impact on the space of social-media/video giants such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat rolling out new programming services? To what extent are OTT programming services' user experiences and business models restricted by the expectations and established business practices of their content providers? How much progress have they made in innovating the presentation and discoverability of content through personalization and other methods--are they, as one prominent commentator recently put it, still "hamstrung by the legacy of broadcast TV"? If one of the major strengths of OTT programming services is their ability to generate granular data on viewer behaviour, how well have they been leveraging this advantage to date? How will the accountability enabled by new cross-platform audience measurement methodologies impact the space? The panellist include: Howard Horowitz, President, Horowitz Research (Moderator) Linda Abrams, VP Business development, 24i Ed Lee, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku Arlen Marmel, General Manager, VRV, Ellation Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO, Xumo If you're attending the TV of Tomorrow Show, let us know. We'd love to catch up for a coffee and chat about the future of TV. Book a meeting with us below.

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May 17, 2017

Broadcast Asia 2017 in Singapore

About Broadcast Asia Broadcast Asia 2017, Asia’s must attend international event for the pro-audio, film and broadcasting industries, wants you to leave your ‘Imagination Unbound’. Witness the state-of-the-art technologies / solutions presented by leading brand owners and solutions providers. Take away insightful knowledge from industry’s experts in BroadcastAsia2017 International Conference and join the various engaging and informative activities on the exhibition floor. The Venue Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Raffles Boulevard Suntec City, 039593 Singapore

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May 16, 2017

OTT Days in Singapore, May 24 at the Pan Pacific Hotel

We’re delighted to invite you to join the OTT Days in Singapore- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT taking place during BroadcastAsia on May 24th from 3:00pm- 6:30pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo.

Across a half day, the OTT Days event in Singapore offers a free-to-attend summit that informs, inspires and connects members of the video, media and technology community with a combination of unique networking features and a high-level speaker program.  Join us as we discuss how video distribution is changing, how to meet the demands of the highly empowered viewers, how content will be funded, how to optimize technology to meet the growing industry demands. You will hear from the people who are pioneering new strategies and partnerships and exploiting new market opportunities. OTT Day Singapore is dedicated to exploring the OTT Ecosystem, providing attendees with a 360-degree insight into the entire OTT Ecosystem. The OTT Days event in Singapore is a must attend event for everyone working in the OTT Ecosystem, Entertainment, technology and IT professionals, content owners, media executives, analysts, investors and venture capitalists, broadcasters, operators, MSOs etc. The OTT Days event in Singapore is hosted by Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo. For more information about the OTT Days in Singapore and to register for free tickets, please visit www.ottdays.com Networking Drinks reception We wrap up the OTT Days event in Singapore with a networking drinks reception at the Pan Pacific hotel. Network with c-level executives from the media and entertainment industry in the APAC region in a relaxed environment.

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Apr 18, 2017

Kick off NAB with us!

Together with Vimond, Vindicia and Dutch Media Innovators, we are delighted to invite you join us for drinks and snacks as we kick of the 2017 NAB show. Join us for a fun networking event where you’ll get to meet and greet with industry professionals from across the world in one of the finest suites in Vegas. When & Where: Sunday April 23rd from 5pm-8pm in the penthouse at Nobu hotel at Ceasars Palace. The event is free to attend - you just need to sign up here to request your ticket. Download invite  

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Mar 27, 2017

MEET US AT THE NAB SHOW 2017 IN LAS VEGAS

This year we are visiting The NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 22-27, 2017 and we are located in the South Upper hall, booth #SU11702CM Attend the NAB on us, simply use the guest pass code LV8529 when you register here: https://goo.gl/JyhOue  About NAB NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life".

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Mar 27, 2017

MIPTV 2017 IN CANNES

Venue This year we are visiting MIPTV at the Palais des Festivals, 1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France. We are looking forward to meet you there! About MIPTV MIPTV (Marché International des Programmes de Télévision)is the global marketplace for TV and digital content for all genres and all screens. It is an event which takes place annually in Cannes, France, using the facilities and infrastructure which the town has developed over the years to host other important events such as the Cannes Film Festival amongst other events.

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Mar 23, 2017

TV CONNECT 2017 IN LONDON

Venue This year we are visiting TV Connect from 28-30 March, located at the Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway London, E16 1XL United Kingdom. Air Max Thea Flyknit Goedkoop What can you expect? Our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will attend the panel discussion:"Effective Revenue Models in a Multiplatform World" where he will discuss the following questions: How will the market develop during the next 3-5 years? What are the winning strategies for European broadcasters – in free-to-air and pay-TV, OTT and multi-platform? How will industry revenues develop – and what capabilities and operating models will be required? More information about this panel: https://tmt.knect365.com/tv-connect/agenda/2?stream=0&stream=19&format=Panel+discussion&format=Presentation#effective-revenue-models-in-a-multiplatform-world Time: 29 March 2017 16:15 - 16:40 We are looking forward to meet you there! About TV Connect TV Connect focuses on the evolution of the connected entertainment industry. Nike AIR Max 2017 Heren It brings together a unique mix of leaders in OTT TV, pay-TV, Air Max 2015 Flyknit Goedkoop broadcast, Air Max 2015 Zwart Blauw Rood Goedkoop cable, broadband and telco, Nike Air Max 90 Bloemen Dame with leading technology providers. Theme for this year Disruptive Convergence: Redefining the audience-driven TV world.

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Feb 20, 2017

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2017 IN BARCELONA

This year we are visiting the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona from February 27th until the 2nd of March 2017. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen and Ismael Velasco our Product Manager. The MWC will be a great opportunity to discuss some of our latest projects and new OTT technology innovations. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please send an email to: chantal.favre@24i.com We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Feb 20, 2017

BVE 2017 IN LONDON

This year our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will be speaking at the BVE, Connected Media in London - "Target and grow your audience by launching a TV App successfully". Connected Media Europe is being launched at BVE 2017 – a signature destination to explore the technologies that enable audiences to receive, discover and interact with content across any device, anywhere. Connected Media Europe will be perfectly placed within the main BVE 2017 event to demonstrate and discuss IP-focused technology including IPTV, OTT, mobile, social, and cloud. We are visiting UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event from February 28th until the 2nd of March 2017. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CMO, Brynhild Vinskei and Partner Manager Madelon Olsthoorn. Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please send an email to: chantal.favre@24i.com We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media And follow us on Instagram: About BVE BVE is the UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event, with a 20-year history dedicated to the broadcast, production and post-production sectors. In recent years, the show has evolved into an all-encompassing event that also covers the Connected Media, AV Systems Integration, Live Production, VR and creative sectors. It attracts more than 15,000 visitors who attend to discover and learn about the latest products, services and trends from more than 300 leading manufacturers and distributors.

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Dec 14, 2016

CES 2017 IN LAS VEGAS, US

This year we are visiting CES in Las Vegas from January the 5th until the 9th 2016. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen. The CES will be a great opportunity to discuss some of our latest projects and new OTT technology innovations. Of course, we can tell you all about our product line of 2016. Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please send an email to: chantal.favre@24i.com We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Oct 28, 2016

NAB SHOW NEW YORK 2016

The world-renowned National Association of Broadcasters acquired Content & Communications World (CCW) in 2014 and in 2015 reintroduced it as NAB Show® New York. Members of our team will be present at this event including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen and Mitch Askenas our VP Global Sales. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please send an email to: chantal.favre@24i.com Where Javits Convention Center 655 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001 When 9 - 10 November 2016 We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Oct 25, 2016

OTT DAY 2016 IN NEW YORK

This year our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will be speaking at the OTT Day in New York - "Target and grow your audience by launching a TV App successfully". Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen, Linda Abrams our VP Business Development & Marketing in the US and Mitch Askenas our VP Global Sales. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please contact:  chantal.favre@24i.com Where Javits Convention Center 655 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001 About OTT Day OTT Day brings together media, entertainment, operator, broadcasting and digital technology executives for a half day free-to-attend seminar to share ideas, develop new business opportunities and network with industry peers. The agenda of the OTT Day features a unique blend of expert discussions, case stories, practical tools, and inspiring keynotes from industry thought leaders. The agenda is geared toward intensive relationship-building and provide you with a sneak peek into the future of the OTT ecosystem. Visit www.ottday.com to register and learn more about the OTT Day in New York, speakers, conference agenda and more. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, Elemental and Xstream. We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Oct 25, 2016

NEXTV CEO SUMMIT IN MIAMI, USA

Meet 24i next week at the CEO SUMMIT 2016 in Miami  from 3 - 4 November 2016. This is the third edition of the Latin American Summit of TV, video and Entertainment business related CEOs. This new edition of NexTV CEO Latin America 2016 is placed in Coral Gables, a Miami district with the largest hub of TV businesses for Latin America. 24i is excited to attend this event for the first time! Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen and our VP Business Development & Marketing in the US, Linda Abrams. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please contact: chantal.favre@24i.com. About NexTV CEO Latin America The TV, Media and Entertainment Business in Latin America is facing numerous challenges and players in the industry are exploring new avenues and strategies to adapt to the evolving TV, video and music ecosystem. Over more than 50 CEOs from influential players of the sector including Pay TV operators, FTA broadcasters, Telcos, TV Channels, Studios, TV Producers and VOD aggregators, Technology suppliers across Latin America are expected to attend the two-day conference. Where The Biltmore – Miami- Coral Gables 1200 Anastasia Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134, United States We are looking forward seeing you there! Source: http://nextvceolatinamerica.com Follow 24i on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Oct 24, 2016

STREAMING MEDIA WEST 2016 IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Meet 24i next week at Streaming Media West 2016 in Huntington Beach, CA from 1 - 2 November 2016. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen and our VP Business Development & Marketing in the US Linda Abrams. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please contact: chantal.favre@24i.com. About Streaming Media Streaming Media’s conferences and expositions are the largest and most prestigious events in the world for online video experts, producers, media and broadcast executives, content creators. Bringing together leading companies and technologies, Streaming Media events are the industry’s meeting place for streaming media professionals who want to learn more about the business, technology, and content of online video. We are looking forward seeing you there! Source: http://www.streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2016 Follow 24i on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Oct 19, 2016

MEDIENTAGE 2016 IN MUNICH, GERMANY

Every fall MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN takes place at the International Congress Center Munich (ICM). This year it will be held from Tuesday to Thursday (25 - 27 October 2016). 24i is excited to attend this Fair for the first time and we will be represented by our CSO Hans Disch and our VP Global Partnerships Madelon Olsthoorn. About MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN This fair covers trends, practical solutions and technical innovations in the fields of broadcast, online and multimedia, mobile media, publishing and production as well as advice and information by trade associations and institutions operating in the media industry. To schedule a meeting please contact: chantal.favre@24i.com Source: http://www.medientage.de Follow 24i on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Oct 17, 2016

VUIX 2016 IN LONDON, UK

24i is looking forward to attending VUIX 2016 at The British Museum in London, which is being held on the 18th and 19th of October. About VUIX VUIX is an annual conference dedicated to online video product design, development, strategy and user experience. It’s an opportunity for broadcasters, operators, service-providers and technology suppliers from around the world to come together and share their insights on producing, project managing, launching and promoting successful VOD products across a range of platforms and monetisation models. To schedule a meeting please contact: chantal.favre@24i.com Source: http://http://vuix2016.com Follow 24i on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Apr 06, 2016

OTT FORUM IN LONDON, UK

OTT in the next generation means creating an end-to-end, cross-device, personal experience which features on-going engagement and supports emerging business models. Confirmed attendees include Individuals representing BT, Harmonic, Spotex, Kaltura, TalkTalk. Please join us at the Executive OTT Forum in The Soho Hotel in London on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST). For more information or to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/executive-ott-forum-tickets-24402180579 Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Mar 07, 2016

SXSW 2016 IN AUSTIN, TX

SXSW is coming up; and 24i will be there! Next week one of the most inspiring global events takes place in Austin, Texas: SXSW 2016. 24i will be represented at the SXSW Interactive show by our CEO Martijn van Horssen and our CSO Hans Disch. As proud founding member of the Dutch Media Innovators initiative, we are looking forward to welcoming you at the Amsterdam booth #1309 at the SXSW Trade Show from the 13th – 16th of March 2016! About SXSW The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion. Source: http://www.sxsw.com/about Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Feb 12, 2016

OTT DAY 2016 IN LOS ANGELES

This year 24i Media will be speaking at The OTT Day in Los Angeles organized by our partner XStream. We’re delighted to invite you to join the half day-free-to-attend OTT Day in Los Angeles, CA on March 10th. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen, Linda Abrams our VP Business Development & Marketing in the US and Madelon Olsthoorn our VP Global Partnerships. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please contact: chantal.favre@24i.com. About OTT Day OTT Day brings together media, entertainment, operator, broadcasting and digital technology executives for a half day free-to-attend seminar to share ideas, develop new business opportunities and network with industry peers. The agenda of the OTT Day features a unique blend of expert discussions, case stories, practical tools, and inspiring keynotes from industry thought leaders. The agenda is geared toward intensive relationship-building and provide you with a sneak peek into the future of the OTT ecosystem. Visit www.ottday.com & learn more about the OTT Day in Los Angeles, speakers, conference agenda and more. We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Jan 15, 2016

NATPE 2016 IN MIAMI

This year we are visiting NATPE 2016 next week in Miami from January 19 until the 21st. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen, Linda Abrams our VP Business Development & Marketing in the US and Jesús Herrero our VP Global Sales. To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please contact: chantal.favre@24i.com. About NATPE Celebrating over 50 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE's commitment to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content development, creations, production, financing and distribution across all platforms. NATPE is the most important international "must-attend" Market and Conference held in the U.S. NATPE Miami reflects an ongoing commitment to creating a market for the linear and digital communities, as well as advertisers and brands. NATPE breaks down the barriers by setting new expectations and possibilities, and creates the environment where deals get done across every platform. Source: https://www.natpe.com/about We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media

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Jun 08, 2015

MEET US AT ANGA COM 2015

ANGA COM has been Europe’s leading business platform for broadband operators and content providers for more than 10 years. This year, the event will take place from 9 to 11 June in Cologne (Köln) in Germany. Come and see 24i Media at ANGA COM. We will showcase our Smart Operator OTT/TV Everywhere solution at the booth of our partner ABOX42 (booth 10.1/M17). To schedule a meeting or demo session with Hans Disch or Dennis Kokkelink, please contact chantal.favre@24i.com

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Mar 10, 2015

24i MEDIA EXHIBITS AT NAB SHOW 2015

Amsterdam // Las Vegas - 24i Media the worlds leader in TV App Solutions proudly announces its presence at the NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 13 th to 16 th 2015. At booth number SU9825 we will be demonstrating the latest Developments in OTT apps for smart TVs, STBs, Game Consoles and Mobile devices. Feel free to contact our team to schedule a meeting or demo session. Click the link below or send an email to chantal.favre@24i.com Book a meeting directly 

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Dec 10, 2014

24i EXHIBITS AT FICOD MADRID

Last week we exhibited at the digital content fair FICOD in Madrid. Attended by many interesting companies, from small software developers to large telcos, and speakers with international appeal in the media technology field, we were in good company. As was demonstrated by two of the main speakers, NY Times columnist Nick Bilton and Oculus VR COO Laird Malamed, consumer technology will (as always) see many changes and innovations in the coming years. From virtual reality in your living room, to all kinds of ‘wearables’ and even ‘insertables’, like a tattoo that can act as an LCD display and has wifi. Even though we don’t expect to start developing for LCD tattoos any time soon, big shifts are occurring in the TV field as well. Our VP Southern Europe & Latin America Jesús Herrero was also one of the conference’s speakers, and in his presentation he elaborated on the way TV is changing. We were glad to see the subject attracted considerable attention, and even led to an interview with the fair’s ‘Plató TV’ (pictured above). Next to this we demonstrated our portfolio at our stand, where we had the chance to meet many interesting people and tell them about 24i and what we do. It was a good fair for us and we look forward to being back in Madrid soon!

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Aug 27, 2014

IBC IS COMING UP

After some vacation downtime, we're busy preparing for IBC. This year will be the first time 24i is exhibiting at this event! During IBC we will launch the first deployment of the Smart Operator, our TV Everywhere solution. We will host a demonstration of the Smart Operator at the Content Everywhere hub, on Monday the 15th at 10:30. Of course we’ll also be showing our Smart App portfolio at IBC. You can try all of our products yourself at our booth, or schedule a demo with one of our team members. If you'd like to do that straight away, use this link. If you have a full schedule you could always join our happy hour, every day from 16.00 onwards! We’ll make sure to have a cold beer and some traditional Dutch bitterballen waiting for you. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

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May 08, 2014

JOIN US FOR ANGACOM 2014

In two weeks from now we will be attending ANGACOM to speak to our partners, clients and future clients. ANGACOM is europe’s leading business platform for broadband operators and content providers for more than 10 years, so as 24i we can not miss it. We look forward to seeing you there, contact me on jacob.zwagemaker@24i.com to schedule a meeting!

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Jul 11, 2017

24i is nominated for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

We’re delighted to have been nominated for the best multiscreen solution in the 2017 Streaming Media Europe Readers Choice Award. The award is an annual industry competition hosted by Streaming Media Magazine, which lets readers choose their favourite streaming technology. 24i and our turnkey, world class TV app solution, SmartOTT, has been nominated in the category for best Multiscreen solution. A category covering Over-the-top and "catch-up" solutions for delivering television content online to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets, and more. Cast your vote here today! 24i’s front-end solution for Over-The-Top TV distributors is an off-the-shelf, customizable template product that enables customers to remove complexity from their IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables you to simplify syndication and deliver your live and on-demand TV and video content, from one to hundreds of TV channels, to any screen. With this cost -efficient, turn-key solution operators can quickly expand their reach among the next generation of TV viewers, worldwide. This nimble and ever-evolving product offers a best-in-class user experience that drives engagement, turning viewers into fans and increases revenue. Powerful and flexible, SmartOTT, is a turnkey TV app solution for all devices, empowering leading operators, broadcasters, media companies and content owners across the world to seamlessly create, manage, distribute and monetize their premium content across all networks and devices. Powered by 24i’s proven AppCore production framework, the template-based SmartOTT solution ensures fast time-to-market and proven UI & UX. Learn more about SmartOTT!    Your vote is highly appreciated! We’re naturally pretty pleased with being nominated for this prestigious award. Your vote would be highly appreciated. Voting closes on August 1st so cast your vote today!  We’re also delighted to see that so many of our awesome partners are amongst the nominees. Congrats – you’ve got our vote! Thank you! We appreciate your support! Cast your vote here today! 

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May 16, 2017

Top trends shaping the APAC’s Pay-TV landscape in 2017

Consumer habits will continue to evolve with rapid advances in technology. In an increasingly fragmented market across Asia Pacific, innovation driven by consumer needs will be a key tool in the arsenal of pay-TV operators, both big and small. Operators who can offer their customers greater choice and value will flourish in 2017 and beyond.

Over the last few years, technology has transformed the consumption of television. As a result, the pay-TV industry is undergoing a period of change and development with intensifying competition and business model disruption. In Asia Pacific, the industry is projected to grow at a 5.8 per cent average annual rate from 2016 to 2021. However, traditional pay-TV platforms are being threatened by the rise of video on demand (VOD) and over-the-top (OTT) services. 2016 saw the entrance of Netflix in markets across Asia. Other OTT players in the region such as iFlix, Hooq and Viu are also vying for a share of the market.

Although the markets in Asia Pacific are at varying stages of change and evolution, given the differences in economic conditions, demographics, penetration of broadband and pay-TV, and content preferences, there is no doubt that pay-TV providers across the region must develop viable new offerings to retain and grow their customer base.

On every front, at every step in the OTT workflow and ecosystem, evolving technologies and changing consumer habits are driving the industry and impacting the way content is created, delivered, viewed and monetized. Keeping pace in an increasingly fragmented market driven by consumer needs is challenging. Join us at the OTT Days event in Singapore we look into the myriad of technical and business decisions faced when launching an OTT solution.

Here we take a look at some of the top trends that are expected to shape the pay-TV landscape in 2017:

Moving from analog to digital: In order to provide enhanced services to customers and meet regulatory requirements on analog switch-off, pay-TV providers across the region are expected to continue the move to digital broadcasting. This will be seen across countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam as they work towards switching off analog broadcasting entirely. Customers will benefit from more programming options and higher quality images and sound.

Greater collaboration between pay-TV and OTT providers: The evolving consumer appetite for more on-demand and multiscreen viewing is transforming the TV market. As per the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, a research programme launched by NAGRA in partnership with MTM, Asia Pacific’s OTT video industry is developing rapidly, with around 100 million people subscribing to online video services in 2015. As such, pay-TV providers will have to further embrace all things OTT, including enhancing their core TV service with OTT partner offerings or integrating OTT into their hardware and infrastructure. The increased OTT investments will broaden content options, resulting in happier subscribers, who will have more viewing choices.

TV User Experience (UX): Modern consumers are looking for a seamless, easy-to-use TV experience combining linear and on-demand viewing across all screens. Pay-TV providers will have to rise to the challenge to remain competitive. This includes providing a better integration of the technology ecosystem into a rich UX that delivers the same services on all screens.

More flexibility with personalisation of pay-TV packages and pricing offers: Contract obligations for large channel bundles are losing traction, and one-size-fits-all business models are no longer going to cut it. By leveraging OTT, pay-TV providers are adjusting their business models with new offers, including skinny bundles and a-la-carte options. This also includes more app-based services, stand-alone OTT and TV Everywhere offerings to connect consumers to the content they love.

Diversification into adjacent services: Service providers looking to strengthen their offerings will explore diversification into adjacent offerings, including dynamic data-driven advertising and smart home solutions (such as in-home security and automation). These new services will be driven by large telcos and service providers. In particular, for pay-TV providers that own broadband networks, data is just too big of an opportunity to not be explored. Further investments should be expected from advanced providers looking at leveraging their own network infrastructure to develop new monetization engines.

Taking a broader view on content protection: The growing trend of streaming premium live TV channels and 4K content over the internet is forcing pay-TV operators and content owners to revisit their content security policies. Simply securing content distribution over managed networks is not enough anymore. Controlling piracy with a holistic approach is the new normal. For service providers, this will mean expanding beyond protecting distributed content over any network to incorporating cyber-security media services and forensic watermarking into their portfolio. This will be a necessity to meet content owner requirements and sustain revenues.

Local and regional programming: While the market for global content remains strong, quality local and regional content will become increasingly important for providers and will serve as a key differentiator in an increasingly competitive market. The Pay-TV Innovation Forum research by NAGRA and MTM found that Asia Pacific is characterised by very high levels of cultural and linguistic diversity, with many consumers having a strong preference for content in a local language. As such, providers will be tasked with building a strategy that incorporates both local and global content in order to cater to the diverse customer base in Asia Pacific.

Source: Digital Market 

You are invited!

We’re delighted to invite you to join us at the OTT Days in Singapore- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT. You will hear from the people who are pioneering new strategies and partnerships and exploiting new market opportunities.

Across a half day, the OTT Days event in Singapore offers a free-to-attend summit that informs, inspires and connects members of the video, media and technology community with a combination of unique networking features and a high-level speaker program. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo.

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Apr 21, 2017

Current VR Experiences Lack Context Required for Real Engagement

The Virtual Reality industry will surpass $10Bn in revenues globally by 2022. Nike AIR Max 2017 Dames Zwart Wit This growth will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allow the user to Experience, Preview, and Escape reality. Nike Free TR Fit Goedkoop While the virtual reality (VR) market is poised to grow tremendously over the next several years, a recent study from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service discovered that current VR experiences lack the type of context required for real engagement with the medium. Nike Air Max Thea Print Heren The research further adds that the growth in VR market will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allows users to experience, preview, and escape the reality. Early adopters of VR are the predominant gamers who are driven to the medium with the promise of ‘being there’. Nike Air Max 2017 Dame Goedkoop However, the biggest risks for the VR market are lack of context, lack of social capabilities and the hard-wired headset restricting player movement. Nike Air Max 90 Bloemeny Heren&Dame “There are a number of ways that VR can be made more compelling: design content from the ground-up for VR to make use of its immersive properties; contextualize VR experiences to provide real emotional engagement with the content; and ensure sensory engagement with VR content through the ability to touch, see, and hear what’s happening in virtual spaces.” Commented Mathew Alton, Research Analyst and report author.

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Apr 20, 2017

Kick off NAB with us!

Together with Vimond, Vindicia and Dutch Media Innovators, we are delighted to invite you join us for drinks and snacks as we kick of the 2017 NAB show. Join us for a fun networking event where you’ll get to meet and greet with industry professionals from across the world in one of the finest suites in Vegas. When & Where: Sunday April 23rd from 5pm-8pm in the penthouse at Nobu hotel at Ceasars Palace. The event is free to attend - you just need to sign up here to request your ticket. Download invite  

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Apr 18, 2017

End-to-end delivery of OTT Products and the Business Opportunities

Join us as we discuss OTT products and the business opportunities with our customer Sinclair Broadcasting Group and partner, Verizon Digital Media Services in a panel at NAB.

The way consumers enjoy media is constantly evolving, creating opportunities and challenges for both new entrants and established players. In 2017, the rate of change only seems to be accelerating and morphing to match modern tastes. To succeed, TV networks and broadcasters are re-imagining their businesses to meet viewers' modern expectations.

This panel will provide attendees with actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms.

During this panel, several key questions will be explored, including:

-       What are the main technical and operational challenges for going OTT?

-       Capitalizing on technology, business models and devices for scalability and OTT Success

-       How hard is it to integrate broadcast and OTT workflows?

-       How to successfully deliver OTT products across multiple brands

-       Multiplatform viewing: mobile, connected device, and smart TV

Panellists

Ben Miller, VP digital products at Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Joseph Hopkins, CRO at Verizon Digital Media Services

Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associate 

When & Where

Wednesday April 26th 2:30PM - 3:00 PM | CM|IP Pavilion in South Upper Hall

 

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Apr 18, 2017

Redefine the way TV is consumed! Meet 24i Media at NAB 2017

Book a meeting and live demo with us at NAB booth #SU11702CM & discover first hand how our in-depth expertise and proven technology can help you turn viewers into fans, empowering you to increase efficiency, reduce cost and set your business up to deliver a richer, future proof, TV experience across all devices and platforms. At NAB we’ll showcase our comprehensive suite of innovative products, including:

SmartOTT Backstage: Our Content Management system (CMS) designed to empower content owners, broadcasters and operators to unlock the potential of premium video with a service that allows them to enrich and organize their content metadata, offers social interaction, smarter recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. Discover more.

SmartOTT: 24i’s off-the-shelf white- label product empowering you to remove complexity from your IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables you to simplify syndication and deliver your live and on-demand TV & video content to any screen. Learn more.

SmartOperator: Our TV Anywhere front-end solution for TV operators. It is an off-the-shelf product that offers an innovative and uniform user experience across a range of devices. Learn more.

SmartTemplate: For partners who need a standardized front-end solution at the lowest cost but with maximum quality, stability and innovation. This build- once, deploy-everywhere Internet TV app template offers your clients easy access to the OTT market space. Learn more.

SmartApp: a product customized completely to your needs by supporting each client’s specific TV and OTT strategy, requirements, brand and technology integrations. Our in-depth knowledge and expertise with streaming video and interactive TV enables us to develop tailor-made solutions with cutting edge functionalities, realizing truly competitive advantages and strategic value for your company. Learn more.

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Apr 16, 2017

24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

We’re delighted to welcome Brynhild Vinskei to our team. In the role as Chief Markets Officer she will head the global Sales and Marketing activities at 24i Media and play an instrumental role in the strategic development, expansion and growth of the company globally. "We are delighted to welcome Brynhild as Chief Markets Officer at 24i.” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i. “Brynhild brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership and is recognized in the industry for developing and executing strategies that have accelerated growth and created significant brand value. Her insight and industry knowledge will help us elevate the 24i brand, enable us to respond to the increasing demand for our services globally, and drive revenue growth across our entire product portfolio.” Hans Disch, partner and Chief Strategy Officer at 24i, adds to that: “Brynhild is the personification of the new phase 24i has reached in successfully executing its global growth strategy. Martijn and I look forward to work with Brynhild and our executive management team, as we continue our enterprise, focused on our joint ambition of changing the future of TV – and realize it." In her most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Xstream, she helped establish the company as a leader in OTT solutions. In a career that spans 17 years, Brynhild has held senior positions managing all aspects of sales, marketing, partner management, communication, events, product marketing, strategic planning and business development. Under her leadership, 24i will continue to drive a stronger global market presence and strengthen strategic partnerships with customers and partners. Speaking of her new appointment, Brynhild Vinskei says "I am thrilled to be joining the 24i team at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. 24i has been growing extensively over the past few years and is well poised for its continued growth ambitions, helping customers to create highly flexible, personalized and cost-effective TV app solutions across all devices. The consistent 50% yearly growth in sales, achieved through its innovative product stack, validates its commitment and passion to offer their customers future proof, best-in-breed technology.

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Mar 27, 2017

US now a “binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation”

American consumers' status as a binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation enters 2017 with strong momentum according to Deloitte's 11th "Digital Democracy Survey." Nearly three-quarters (73%) of US consumers and nearly 90% of millennials have watched binged video content, according to the findings in the new report. With 84 percent of Americans on social networks – social media has evolved well beyond "socializing" and is being used to discover new content, get news and resolve customer service issues. "American consumers continued to stream, binge watch and demand more media in 2016. As the growing forces of social media and over-the-top services continue to accelerate, particularly among millennials and Generation Z, the consumer rules," said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and U.S. media and entertainment leader, Deloitte LLP. "The shift to streaming, mobile, on-demand services and personalization are significant opportunities in 2017. Brands can bring new value, services and incredibly entertaining content to the empowered consumers across all age groups in a manner that can be monetized." Among the key findings from Deloitte's Digital Democracy survey include: Streaming, pay TV, binge watching - full speed ahead Almost half (49 percent) of U.S. consumers and nearly 60 percent of generation Z (Gen Z), millennials a nd Generation X (Gen X) subscribe to at least one paid streaming video service. However, the survey notes that despite the growth of paid streaming services, U.S. consumers spend more time streaming video via free services (40 percent) than paid streaming subscriptions (35 percent). Seventy-four percent of consumers across U.S. households still subscribe to pay TV such as cable or satellite, but 66 percent of subscribers say they keep their pay TV because it is bundled with their internet. Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of U.S. consumers (up 3 percent from 2015) and nearly 90 percent of millennials and Gen Z have binge watched video content; almost 40 percent of millennial and Gen Z binge watchers do so weekly. Millennial and Gen Z binge watchers report watching an average of six episodes, or five hours of content, in a single sitting. The device of choice for key demographics remains split; Gen Z and millennials spend about half their time watching television shows and movies on devices other than a TV. Additionally, Gen X favors the TV by over 60 percent and Baby Boomers watch over 80 percent of programming on the TV. Nearly all (99 percent) millennials and Gen Z are multitasking while watching TV, averaging four additional activities, such as texting, browsing the web, using social networks, reading email and online shopping. Advertising – big opportunities for mobile and online in 2017 Sixty-seven percent of consumers, and over 70 percent of Gen Z and millennials, find mobile ads on their phone to be irrelevant; however, 37 percent of consumers find it valuable to receive location-based ads on their smartphone and use them regularly. More than 80 percent of consumers will skip an online video ad if allowed. Almost half (46 percent) of consumers said they pay more attention to an ad they can skip versus an ad they cannot skip. Forty-five percent of millennials use ad-blocking software, with 89 percent of the group saying their primary reason is to avoid all advertising. In fact, 40 percent of them also noted use of ad-blocking software on their smartphones. Online recommendations on social media (27 percent) are more influential than TV ads (18 percent) for Gen Z in influencing buying decisions. The Social Network is the Network Eighty-four percent of all consumers and over 90 percent of Gen Z and millennials are on social networks. Over 50 percent of Gen Z and millennials use social networks to learn about new TV shows, citing it to be more useful than TV commercials. Thirty-three percent of millennials and Gen Z get their news primarily from social media, with 21 percent saying that TV is still their most popular news platform. Over 70 percent of millennials have used social media to interact with corporate customer service in the last year; 71 percent of those that have used social media to resolve customer service issues believe they will get a better company response because it's public. Source: Deloitte

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Mar 23, 2017

MILLENNIALS ON MILLENNIALS: A LOOK AT VIEWING BEHAVIOR, DISTRACTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA STARS

It’s hard enough to hold one person’s attention, let alone an entire generation’s. Millennials have grown alongside advancements in technology and media platforms, they engage in media like no one else and they’re “grown up” and have money to spend, placing them in intriguing territory with regard to media habits. When it comes to television, their eyes are glued to the screen. With commercials, they’re still tuned in—but their eyes are on their cell phones. Nielsen’s Millennials on Millennials report offers critical insight into the evolving media habits of this highly digital demographic, and it was produced by a team of Nielsen Millennial associates keen to help clients engage and reach a generation that every modern marketer is seeking a connection with. As marketers and advertisers look for the best opportunities to reach this demographic, they need precise insight into the evolving viewing and consumption habits of Millennials, which are closely watched and coveted. A new report from Nielsen, the Millennials on Millennials report, reveals three things you might not have known about Millennials. 1. MILLENNIALS LOVE TV-CONNECTED DEVICES TV still constitutes the majority of video consumption, but every other screen is much more valuable to Millennials. TV-connected devices compose four times the percentage of Millennials’ total video minutes than adults 35 and older: TV-connected devices account for 23% of Millennials’ total time with video, compared with just 6% for consumers 35 and older. And as a result, Millennials spend about 27% less time watching traditional TV (89% among 35+ vs. 66% among Millennials). 2.MILLENNIALS ARE A DISTRACTED AUDIENCE The report looked at a handful of popular, primetime programs to understand the dynamics of multi-tasking and attention among Millennials compared with other generations. During premiere episodes of various primetime programs in the fall of 2015, Millennials were least likely to change the channel during commercial breaks. Less than 2% of 18-34-year-olds changed the channel during commercials, compared with 5.5% of 35-54-year-olds and more than 8% of viewers 55 and older. Given their engagement with other devices, however, Millennials had the lowest program engagement and lowest ad memorability scores during the studied shows. Knowing that audiences, including Millennials, may opt to skip advertising if given the choice, content providers often disable ad-skipping features in their VOD content. In terms of openness to advertising, however, Millennials are quite open to viewing ads as long as the content they are viewing is free on their mobile devices. As a result, marketers and advertisers have a notable opportunity to present their value propositions to young viewers who are tapping into the realm of content available via their connected devices. 3.SOCIAL MEDIA STARS ARE “CELEBRITIES” Among Millennials, social media stars are becoming synonymous with the word “celebrity.” In a write-in section of the Nielsen report, numerous respondents named several social media stars multiple times when asked: “Please list your current top five favorite celebrities.” When tested against mainstream stars, social media stars hold their own in terms of celebrity status. For example, according to Nielsen’s N-Score, a measure of a celebrity’s marketability, male Millennials have a higher opinion of trending social media stars than they do for sports stars, pop stars, actors and actresses Source: Nielsen, http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2017/millennials-on-millennials-a-look-at-viewing-behavior-distraction-social-media-stars.html

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Mar 20, 2017

NAB 2017 IN LAS VEGAS

Venue This year we are visiting The NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 22-27, 2017 and we are located in the South Upper hall, booth #11702. Attend the NAB on us, simply use the guest pass code LV8529 when you register here: https://goo.gl/JyhOue  What can you expect? Our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will join a Panel Debate: "End to End Delivery of OTT Products and the Business Opportunities". This panel will actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms. Date: Wednesday April 23rd Time: 2:30 - 3:00 pm Location: CMIP Debate Theater | Connected Media | IP Pavilion Also, he will attend a Penal debate presentation; "TV innovation and future trends: a 2020 vision", where the future trends will be discussed. Date: Wednesday April 23rd Time: 4:00 - 4:45 pm Location: CMIP Debate Theater | Connected Media | IP Pavilion Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! We are looking forward seeing you there! About NAB NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life".

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Aug 24, 2016

MEET 24i AT THE IBC 2016 IN AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 9-12

IBC 2016 is just around the corner! At 24i, we’re getting all fired up to see you and our many industry colleagues at the IBC, hosted in Amsterdam, our hometown. Join our global team throughout the week for unbeatable hospitality, a glimpse of the latest industry innovations and a demo of 24i’s break-through TV app solutions. MEET US! This year we are visiting The IBC 2016 in Amsterdam from September 9-12. We are located in Hall 14 (Content Everywhere), booth F.27. Happy Hour Another tradition is our famous Happy Hour featuring cold beer and some traditional Dutch “bitterballen” every day, starting at 17.00 hrs at our booth L05 in Hall 14 (Content Everywhere). On Sunday, September 11th at 10:00am, 24i's CEO Martijn van Horssen will share his insights on the latest developments in the OTT landscape and will highlight how this changes the game for TV content distribution. Free to all exhibition visitors. Location: Content Everywhere Hub in Hall 14. If you’d like to schedule a meeting or demo with one of our team members, please contact Chantal Favre or simply book us here. We look forward to seeing you at IBC 2016!

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May 17, 2016

MEET 24I AT THE INTX SHOW 2016 IN BOSTON, MAY 16-18

Learn about 24i’s OTT/TVE solutions because what you don’t know, can hurt you. To be successful in today’s increasingly fragmented media ecosystem, it’s imperative that programmers give viewers access to their favorite TV content, whenever and wherever they want. That’s the promise of TV Everywhere and 24i is here to help you deliver it. With great fanfare, 24i recently introduced its Smart OTT product to meet the needs of media companies looking for a simple and cost-efficient off-the-shelf, TVE/OTT solution. This front-end TV app enables content owners to build an app once and quickly deploy it (and maintain it) on all relevant connected TV platforms and devices. Book your meeting and see for yourself at our Booth #781. 24i will demo this TVE/OTT product and showcase many of our world-class apps for leading broadcasters, cable networks and operators around the world at this year’s INTX, May 16-18. We look forward to seeing you in Boston! Feel free to contact our team to schedule a meeting or demo session. Please send an email to chantal.favre@24i.com

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Apr 18, 2016

KALTURA & 24I HAPPY HOUR AT THE NAB SHOW 2016

It’s not too late to join us at NAB this week! Join Kaltura & 24i Media for the TV Apps Happy hour on the 19th of April at 5 PM at the South Upper Hall number: #SU7316! We are looking forward to having a drink together and showing you the future of TV. Feel free to contact our team to schedule a meeting or demo session. Click the link below or send an email to chantal.favre@24i.com Book a meeting directly.  About Kaltura Kaltura’s mission is to power any video experience. A recognized leader in the OTT TV (Over the Top TV), OVP (Online Video Platform), EdVP (Education Video Platform) and EVP (Enterprise Video Platform) markets, Kaltura has emerged as the fastest growing video platform, and as the one with the widest use-case and appeal. Kaltura is deployed globally in thousands of enterprises, media companies, service providers and educational institutions and engages hundreds of millions of viewers at home, in work, and at school. The company is committed to its core values of openness, flexibility, and collaboration, and is the initiator and backer of the world's leading open-source video-management project, which is home to more than 100,000 community members. For more information visit www.kaltura.com, www.kaltura.org, or www.html5video.org.

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Apr 18, 2016

24i & IRIS.TV HAPPY HOUR AT THE NABSHOW

24i and IRIS.TV invite you to join us for drinks at the IRIS.TV Suite at The Cosmopolitan in the East Side Tower suite nr 3093. WHEN Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) WHERE The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - 3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 About IRIS.TV IRIS.TV is a personalized video programming system that allows publishers and content owners to generate more video views and engage users across all devices. The software is designed to increase consumption and simplify operations for web and mobile video distribution, matching content based on audience preferences and user interactions. The video programming platform is powered by Adaptive Stream™, a personalization engine that delivers relevant content in a television-like experience, programmed to each viewer’s interests.

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Apr 13, 2016

MEET US AT THE NAB SHOW 2016, LAS VEGAS

This year we are visiting The NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 16-20, 2016 and we are located in the South Upper hall, booth 14504 Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CEO, Martijn van Horssen. Introducing SmartOTT. 24i will publicly announce the launch of SmartOTT: the off-the-shelf, front-end OTT solution that enables media companies, broadcasters, content owners and digital publishers to quickly enter the market, simply and cost-efficiently to gain instant availability and reach on all relevant streaming TV platforms. We will also showcase our latest partner solutions including Kaltura’s OTT Now product. Feel free to contact our team to schedule a meeting or demo session. Click the link below or send an email to chantal.favre@24i.com Book a meeting directly  We look forward to seeing you at NAB 2016!

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Mar 12, 2016

AT THE ‘CORE’ OF TV INNOVATION

Last week the fourth season of popular Netflix series House of Cards became available to subscribers, quickly trending on Twitter in this relevant US presidential election year. If you are one of the estimated 5 million people who will view the series, then the idea of ‘binge-watching’ as many episodes as you wish is now just the new normal. But when Season One was launched in February 2013, the notion of releasing an entire season at once and giving consumers choice over when to watch each episode was a new and innovative approach. The traditional model of content viewership has been fundamentally disrupted. Studios, content owners and producers simply do not have the same control over when and how people consume their content. Netflix has been an important part of this trend, but the company can’t take all the credit. There is no shortage of innovations giving content consumers greater choice and power. ‘Democratization’ of video content has in many ways been a good thing, but it has also put many industry players under a lot of pressure. At 24i we see our mission as helping content owners, operators and broadcasters keep a piece of the $500 billion TV industry pie they once controlled, and we do that by allowing them to adapt to the cutting edge technologies and ways of thinking that have caused the disruption in the first place. Our company’s history stretches back to the days of very first internet-connected TVs in 2009. At that time, we were one of the first to experiment with the development of TV apps. But because the industry was – and is – so fragmented now, we had to rebuild each application over and over again for different TV brands and platforms. That is why we have built the innovative AppCore, which allows apps to be developed that seamlessly integrate with various devices and platforms, including connected TVs, Set Top Box boxes, mobile devices, tablets and game consoles. Among a number of products in our 24i Shop, our Smart Apps can also be easily used by the disruptive insurgents in the world of TV such as Roku, Apple TV, Android, or gaming console. We have also developed a 24i Studio, which provides custom solutions to larger broadcasters and the 24i Factory, helping other TV app developers use our leading building blocks. While we are now a global company, our headquarters in Amsterdam put us in a unique position to innovate in this space. Often described as a technology “guinea pig” the Netherlands is a perfect testing place for new products and services. With a population of 17 million well-educated tech-lovers, high levels of English literacy and world-leading broadband connections, the Dutch are thought leaders in digital media and entertainment technology. So we have teamed up with six of our compatriots to form Dutch Media Innovators, a consortium of forward-thinking organizations passionate about digital media. But we also recognize that the United States – in many ways the birthplace of television – is also home to innovators, entrepreneurs and individual