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Rise of the machines

Earlier this year, at a special tournament in a casino in Pittsburg, four of the world’s top poker players took on a computer called Libratus. The artificial intelligence system was developed by Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, along with his PhD student Noam Brown. Computers had been extremely successful at … Continued

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IBC 2017: A new direction for MSA Focus

Well, another year goes by, and once again IBC has proven to be a trade show of shifting dynamics. Some months ago, MSA Focus published articles, explaining why we would not be taking floor space during the 2017 show (Exhibitions: To show or not to show) – a decision that proved to be absolutely the … Continued

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The challenges of Sport Broadcasting

Broadcasting live sport events in 2017 is nothing like it was two decades or so ago. You can’t seem to get through a football match or rugby fixture without being fed live odds during the interval, latest score updates and highlights from other matches. And on top of this there are the multitude of live … Continued

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The complexity and cost of buying sports rights: Is it sustainable?

Broadcast and media rights in sport are now more complicated than ever before. Despite a major influx of millennials heading over to Netflix and Amazon for their television fix, sporting events are still incredibly popular – particularly here in the United Kingdom, on the other side of the Atlantic in the United States and right … Continued

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Blurring the lines between linear and non-linear

Just a few weeks before sitting down to write this, the news broke of Facebook Watch. It is “home to a wide range of shows, from reality to comedy to live sports”, according to Facebook. Harsher people than I might suggest that it is a challenge to YouTube: a single portal to access a huge … Continued

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What is Media Asset Management (MAM)?

When the Lumiére Brothers went out in 1896 and shot The Arrival of a Train, the first ever movie, I think it is fairly safe to say they wrote down what they had filmed and how they had shot it. They probably recorded the lens aperture and any camera settings, and maybe some exposure detail … Continued

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Should we be planning for Brexit?

If you are based in the UK, it is the one topic above all else that dominates political and economic discussion. If you are in Europe it is a major concern. Outside that group, you may be forgiven for asking what all the fuss is about the United Kingdom leaving a trading bloc. Whatever your … Continued

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What’s on TV? – Looking at the EPG

At the end of the working day I drag myself reluctantly away from my desk and, like almost all honest sons (and daughters!) of toil, I slump on the sofa in front of the television. There, the first thing I do is click on the TV Guide which presents me with a list of the … Continued

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What is broadcast management software?

Let me take you on an imaginary tour of a car factory. The production line is largely automated, with all the parts appearing at the right point and the right time to be fitted. Cars are spray painted by robots. Given that there might be several levels of trim and maybe a dozen colours offered … Continued

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Building confidence & developing ad-sales revenue without increased cost or complexity – is it really possible?

With the squeeze on traditional broadcast advertising brought about by the advent of “online” and the rise in on-demand services of all descriptions, a traditional broadcast TV station’s ability to command premium prices from big spending, big budget advertisers has decreased – and as a result ad-sales revenues have suffered. Naturally, this paradigm shift quickly … Continued

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Young People Are Watching Less TV But Live Events Are As Popular As Ever

In years gone by, families would gather around the television set to watch their favourite programmes together, but those days have been and gone. The rise of on-demand services, such as BBC iPlayer and 4oD, have put an end to the need for everybody to watch shows at the same time. This has had an … Continued

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Paying for on-demand content: SVoD and TVoD

In the brave new connected world, we sometimes get so carried away by what the technology allows us to do that we forget the basics: What we are trying to achieve in the first place, and the underlying economics that allow us to do it. So let me trot out one of the oldest clichés … Continued

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How is on demand on demand?

I hate to blow my own trumpet, but I am pretty sure I coined the phrase that the consumer ideal is “the content they want to watch, where they want to watch it, when they want to watch it”. I certainly wrote it a lot 15 or more years ago, and it seemed to stick. … Continued

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Pulse Extensions: Real time data at your fingertips for more collaborative client relationships

Wouldn’t it be nice if your sales team could sell remotely? If they had “in the field” access to the latest schedules with informative EPG, airtime inventory status and buying rates allowing them to make informed decisions based on real-time data during negotiations. If they had the ability to directly create proposals and place orders … Continued

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When did video on demand start?

Audiences have always had a desire to watch programmes when they like, despite the best endeavours of broadcast schedulers to give them the right content at the right time. So when – and how – did video on demand start? The first move, of course, was the home video recorder, which first made it onto … Continued

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Bikes, Boots & Boats: Race the Sun Report

On Saturday 24th June 2017 an intrepid team from MSA Focus participated in this year’s Race the Sun in support of the children’s charity Action Medical Research, dedicated to improving the health of babies and children. The day of the event had finally arrived, with Team MSA Focus (Tony Rees, Martin Long, Mathew Dymond and … Continued

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Cloud Services: A Positive Shift Across The Industry

Cloud services and cloud computing have been helping to transform and adapt media and technology ideas for quite some time. In fact, early cloud services date back as far as the 1950s, however a seismic shift has occurred in recent years. Nowadays, cloud computing is everywhere – the change was both quick and fundamental, and … Continued

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Early Adoption puts finger on the Pulse for Siminn

Following a series of successful workshops over the course of the last nine months, several existing and prospective clients are looking at early adoption of ForeTV Pulse: The latest generation of MSA Focus’ class leading Broadcast Management Solution, ForeTV; with long-standing MSA Focus customers and ForeTV users, Icelandic TV network Siminn, already signed up and … Continued

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Why is TV scheduling important?

Before tackling the question why is TV scheduling important, we should take a step back. The first question to be answered is: what is a TV channel? A television channel is a brand. To take just one definition from the many marketing gurus on the web, a brand “is your promise to your customer. It … Continued

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What to look for in a digital asset management system

Asset management is nothing new. We have had asset management systems since the dawn of television. We just did not call it that. Imagine a can of film on the shelf in the vault. It has technical metadata: we can see whether it is 16mm or 35mm. The label on the front of the can … Continued

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The Rise of Cardiff’s Media Industry

Wales has long been a valued location for the film and television industry. The BBC began broadcasting in Cardiff way back in 1923 but the vast majority of development has occurred in recent years. According to a report conducted by the city council, employment in the film, television and multimedia sector increased by over 40% … Continued

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MSA Focus Asian Roadshow dates and locations

MSA Focus Asian Roadshow dates and locations. It’s not too late to book an appointment     If you are interested in the team visiting your station to discuss and demonstrate the industry leading functionality and time saving toolsets available in ForeTV Pulse, please contact Mr LC Phua in our Kuala Lumpur office directly (lcphua@msafocus.com.my) … Continued

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Television advertising: a shift in the dynamics?

Advertising via television is nothing new, companies have been marketing via TV since the mid-1950s, but there has been a clear change in the way that businesses have gone about this in recent times. The rapid growth of digital, from standard web to social platforms and video-on-demand systems has contributed to a new era of … Continued

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ABU shows successful introduction of ForeTV Pulse

MSA Focus’ attendance at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia once again proved to be very successful. Taking place from 6th-9th March 2017, this year’s show was hosted by the Royal Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, a new venue for 2017. For MSA Focus this proved to be a positive change, with … Continued

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MSA Focus to Race the Sun for Action Medical Research

An intrepid team from MSA Focus will be participating in this year’s Race the Sun in support of the children’s charity Action Medical Research, dedicated to improving the health of babies and children. The challenge is for a team of four to cycle, hike and canoe their way around a set course around the stunning … Continued

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Long Form vs Short Form Content: Which is more effective?

The whole ‘long form vs short form’ argument is nothing new. For years, technology experts have pushed to find ground-breaking results to prove once and for all which form is the best for guaranteeing positive results and feedback. For me, it is hard to suggest that one form is better than the other. If you … Continued

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New dates & events for the MSA Focus Asian Roadshow 2017

MSA Focus has extended its annual Asian Roadshow to include participation in the Advance Digital Tech Group Co Ltd (ADT) of Thailand Seminar from 9th – 11th June. Following the success of last year’s roadshow to Asia, which saw MSA Focus demonstrating its latest software innovations across a number of countries including: Malaysia, Singapore and … Continued

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Exhibitions…….…to show or not show, that is the question

The annual IBC Exhibition and Conference held in the Amsterdam RAI during September has been the centre piece of the European Broadcasting Industry calendar for many years. Indeed MSA Focus has attended religiously since the company’s conception in 1988 (at which time IBC was held in Brighton, UK). Over the years MSA Focus has also … Continued

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MSA Focus Announces Asian Roadshow 2017

MSA Focus are excited to announce their 2nd Annual Asian Roadshow. Following a very successful roadshow to Asia last year, which saw MSA Focus demonstrating its latest software innovations across a number of countries including: Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand via dedicated industry seminars, forum discussions and specific solution demonstrations, MSA Focus are pleased to announce … Continued

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MSA Focus to attend ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2017

Once again demonstrating its commitment to keeping broadcasters and integrators in the Asia-Pacific region informed of the latest developments in BMS technology; MSA Focus is pleased to confirm its attendance at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 6-9 March 2017: The team from MSA Focus will be officially introducing ForeTV … Continued

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ForeTV provides greater Integration for SingTel

Integration and interoperability are key to an efficient workflow, where data can be transferred, consumed and processed seamlessly across a number of specialised systems via a central management and administration point without hindrance or delay to the end user. Established MSA Focus’ partner and Asia’s leading communications & ICT group, Singapore-based SingTel, continue to leverage … Continued

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Finger on the Pulse: MSA Focus on IBC2016 & Beyond

With the dust settled on another IBC, MSA Focus’ MD Mark Evans reflects on the bold move to ditch the traditional trade stand and take a different approach to the show, along with thoughts on moving forward to 2017 with ForeTV Pulse. “IBC 2016 really worked for us and I think this type of alternative … Continued

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The future is on demand

From any direction, the requirement is for an enterprise view of SVoD,  says Mark Evans, Managing Director, MSA Focus. The big trend today is being driven by consumers, who want one thing above all others. They want to choose when, where and how they watch programmes. Live events – particularly sport – apart, the idea of … Continued

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MSA Focus to raise pulses at IBC 2016

MSA Focus, always looking at ways to improve, evolve and maximise potential are doing IBC differently this year. In a bold move, they have jettisoned the traditional stand in favour of a concentrated presence………………… in the pub! To celebrate the introduction of their latest Broadcast and VOD management solution, ForeTV Pulse, MSA Focus will be … Continued

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Lionsgate select MSA Focus for On Demand

MSA Focus is extremely proud and excited to announce that American entertainment company and premier global content leader Lionsgate has selected ForeTV Pulse to underpin its new subscription video-on-demand services. Lionsgate has teamed up with Comic-Con to create Comic-Con HQ, an s-VOD service dedicated to providing both original content as well as a curated selection … Continued

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ForeTV provides RESTful solution for Astro

With the advent of cloud services, systems connectivity and cross network http data transfer, more and more organisations are looking to leverage the benefits of such technologies, allowing them to focus on their, often more complex, core systems and workflows. It is therefore essential that these key systems have the ability to accommodate such changes … Continued

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PCCW Media continue to evolve with ForeTV

MSA Focus’ on-going partnership with PCCW Media, a leading pay-TV service provider in Hong Kong, has resulted in some true “real world” gains over the last year. This includes new developments focussed on the evolution of workflow, to maximise efficiency and provide greater agility in Ad-Sales operations for their flagship Now-TV offering; currently the largest … Continued

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Encompass opt to beIN with ForeTV

MSA Focus further cements its position at the heart of global sports broadcasting, as ForeTV is selected by digital media and content delivery services specialists; Encompass Singapore, to underpin its channel management services for beIN Sports, the latest sports content provider to join the Encompass stable. Encompass is a global technology services company focused on … Continued

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MSA Focus offers path forward through Thai Seminar

On Friday 24th June MSA Focus in association with systems integrator Advance Digital Tech Group Co Ltd (ADT) of Thailand, conducted a very successful seminar in Bangkok, Thailand. Attended by over 100 delegates representing more than 20 organisations from throughout Thailand; the seminar was focussed on a discussion of the various challenges faced by broadcasters, … Continued

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Introducing ForeTV pulse

Yet again MSA Focus are forging ahead, with the latest evolution of their industry leading Broadcast Management Solution ForeTV – the heartbeat of many operations across the world.

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Renewal and expansion with ForeTV

ForeTV continues to provide broadcasters across the globe with a solid platform on which to manage, fully exploit and expand their channel roster.

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Free run for ROS (run-of-schedule) with ForeTV

MSA Focus continues to enhance ForeTV’s reputation as one of the most configurable and adaptable broadcast management solutions on the market.

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SingTel develop with ForeTV

MSA Focus continues its support of Asia’s leading communications & ICT group with the development of a series of enhancements to further improve operational workflow in the management of their television offerings.

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More ForeTV for Astro

MSA Focus continue to develop they’re awarding winning Broadcast Management Solution, ForeTV in the support of Malaysia-based satellite broadcaster Astro’s continued evolution.

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A&E Mundo want more TV with ForeTV

Long-standing MSA Focus customers A&E Mundo (Venezuela) have recently completed an upgrade to the latest version of the award winning ForeTV broadcast management solution.

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From London to Singapore it’s ForeTV for CNBC

Renowned business and financial news channel, CNBC are the latest in a string of long term customers to extend their relationship with MSA Focus by selecting ForeTV as the management solution to take them forward.

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SingTel go ForeTV for mio TV

MSA Focus continues to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with yet another major deal to provide its world leading broadcast management solution; ForeTV.

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RTB maintains Focus on the future

MSA Focus is very proud to announce the continuation of its relationship with Brunei’s national state broadcaster and valued customer, RTB (Radio Televisyen Brunei).

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Fox Manila go live with ForeTV

MSA Focus are pleased to report that phase 1 of the implementation project is now complete, with Fox Manila successfully going LIVE with ForeTV right on schedule in the first week of April 2014.

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MSA Focus start 2014 with successful attendance of ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium

MSA Focus have again started the year positively with another successful visit to the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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