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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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