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Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards – Finalists announced

RCA logoThe Finalists are announced for this year’s Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards and it’s been a banner year for both established names and up-and-comers with over 12,000 votes.

Below is the list of finalists in the 16 categories — the top three vote-getters in each category, in alphabetical order. The winners will be announced at the Streaming Forum drinks reception in London on 18 June.

 

Analytics/QOS solution

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Five Cool
  • Seachange Intl

Best Live Webcast 2013

  • Groovy Gecko
  • Showcaster
  • Vualto

Best Streaming Innovation 2012

  • Haivision
  • Ustream
  • Wowza

Cloud Video Service

  • Haivision HyperStream Live Cloud Transcoding
  • Ustream
  • Xstream MediaMaker

Delivery Network

  • Broadpeak
  • CDN.net
  • StreamZilla

Media Asset Management

  • Planet Enterprises
  • Simplestream
  • StreamUK

Mobile Video app or solution

  • Kaltura
  • LiveU
  • Realnetworks

Music & Audio Delivery solution

  • Grooveshark
  • Soundcloud
  • Wavestreaming

Online Video Platform

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Haivision
  • Sorenson

Server hardware/software

  • Thomson Video Networks
  • Wowza
  • Xstream

Streaming Services Provider

  • Haivision HyperStream Concierge – Live Event Transcoding & Internet Streaming Services
  • Livestream
  • Vimond Streaming Services

Transcoding solution

  • Haivision
  • Sorenson
  • Thomson Video Networks

TV over IP solution

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Wowza
  • Xstream

Video Advertising platform

  • Accedo Broadband
  • Gorillabox
  • Videoplaza

Video Discovery Service

  • Gravity
  • Redbee Media
  • Think Analytics

Webcast platform

  • Telestream
  • Vimond
  • Workcast
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Meet our Streaming Forum Speaker: Jason Thibeault

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Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks, USA

Jason Thibeault, Senior Director, Marketing Strategy at Limelight Networks will be presenting the keynote session on Wednesday 19 June (9-10am), The Power of Storyshowing. He will also appear on a panel session, The Future of CDNs, half an hour later on the same day. Here he tells us a little bit about himself and what he will be talking about.

 

Tell us a little about you, your background and your current role.

I am currently the Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy at Limelight Networks and responsible for much of the way Limelight is positioned in the market.

What will you be talking about at Streaming Forum? Why have you chosen this subject?

Although a deep technologist at heart, I am also a storyteller. Schooled as a professional writer my love is storytelling. The great thing about the digital world is that it transforms storytelling. They aren’t just words anymore (or just video). Magical combinations of mediums can come together to create vibrant and interactive experiences. When you bring that to the business world you realize that everyone, even organizations, are trying to tell a story and it’s how we engage with each other. This really is where I spend my time.

In my keynote, The Power of Storyshowing, you’ll learn the 9 killer things you need to tell awesome stories with video. You’ll see examples of business stories that make us cry, make us laugh, and make us want to take action. You’ll leave with one key message burning in your mind: “I have to go tell my story.”

I will also be sitting on a panel talking about The Future of the CDNs. The CDN is really fascinating. As a market and a service it’s changing. It’s evolving because we are all realizing that delivery is just one component of getting that story to our audiences. I am fascinated by this evolution of CDNs from just dumb pipes to intelligent networks that can help organizations tailor content delivery into contextually-relevant experiences for their audience. That’s powerful.

Name some key challenges faced by your clients, and tell us how you are overcoming them?

Our clients are struggling with digital marketing, with engaging with their audiences, with their digital presence. Many of the systems they use to manage and publish websites, to manage and publish videos, to store objects, to deliver them, are all disconnected. That makes it really hard to tell a consistent story across all devices anywhere in the world so that they can maximize engagement (which is what they want as engagement leads to intimacy leads to conversion). We help them wipe away some of that complexity (let’s be honest, we aren’t a silver bullet for a problem this big) by making it easier to create, manage, and deliver an awesome digital presence through a single, cloud-based platform of integrated tools for their website, video, storage, delivery/performance, and analytics.

What do you see as major trends in streaming media?  

I see streaming media getting more personalized and more interactive. Obviously video is going to dominate content over the next five years. The data trajectory is incredible. But, just as websites transformed to dynamic, contextual experiences, so too will video. It can’t be just dumb. Discovery has to be smarter, it has to be linked to who I am, what I like, where I’ve been. This will require a lot of real-time data from both the player and the evolution of the CDN but the cloud resources are there now (i.e., Hadoop clusters and elastic computing) to acquire and process it. It’s just a matter of time before the content owners and the technologists begin to integrate that into the video experiences they have been building.

What’s the do you enjoy the most about your job in this industry?

Working with amazing clients, companies that are trying to reshape the way we tell, interact, and experience stories. Whether it’s stories about their company, or stories from the big screen, or stories about their customers, these organizations are transforming the web with their digital content and I get to be at the center of it all as part of Limelight.

 

Jason’s keynote, The Power of Storyshowing, takes place on Wednesday 19 June, 9.00-10.00.

 

The panel session, The Future of CDNs, is on Wednesday 19 June, 10.30 – 11.30.

The panel consists of:

Moderator: Dom Robinson, Co-Founder, Director. id3as & Contributing Editor, StreamingMedia.com, id3as, UK

Panellists: Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks, USA, Stef van der Ziel, CEO, Jet-Stream, The Netherlands, Miles McWilliams, Head of Global Sales – IP Transit & CDN, Deutsche Telekom, UK, Mike Smith, Solutions Engineer, Edge Comuting & CDN Services, Mirror Image Internet, UK, and James Fletcher, Marketing Director, CDN.net,UK.

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Adoption of New Media Technology: Western Europe leads the way

Western Europe is setting the pace when it comes to the adoption of new media technology, accounting for all of the Top 5 international markets in 2012, according to a new study.

The New Media Forecasts Report from ZenithOptimedia tracks the adoption of IPTV, smartphones and tablets in the top 19 digital markets in the world. In 2012, Norway ranked first, followed by France, Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.

Norway’s first place was driven by high take-up of smartphones and tablets.

Across all the markets analysed, smartphones were the most prevalent device, but smartphone penetration varied widely between countries, ranging from 73% in Sweden to 18% in Brazil. IPTV was the slowest growing of the three technologies and also had the widest range of adoption.

Looking ahead, the report forecasts that the Netherlands will claim top spot by 2015, driven by its extremently rapid uptake of IPTV which is forecast to be in 91% of Dutch households in two years.

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UK Mobile Video Audience Grows 262%

The UK mobile video audience grew by 262% in the year to December 2012 to more than 11 million, according to a report just released by comScore. During the same period the audience for video viewing across all online platforms also grew by 8%  to more than 37 million.

Not surprisingly, YouTube remains the top video destination, followed by Amazon and Facebook.

According to the report, the UK has the highest level of online engagement in Europe, with hours spent online increasing by 5% year on year and UK consumers each spending on average more than 37 hours online. Films and job search sites are the fastest growing content categories.

UK smartphone penetration stands at 64% but is increasing: 82% of phones acquired in December 2012 in the UK were smartphones, compared to 74% in December 2011. And more than 6 million Brits had both a smartphone and a tablet in December 2012. Looking at the five major European markets (Germany, UK, Italy, France, and Spain), the total mobile audience now numbers more than 240 million people, and smartphone penetration stands at 57%.

Other highlights include the finding that 15% of Europe’s 408 million internet users are in Russia where the internet audience grew 15% since December 2011, to more than 61 million.

 

 

 

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Film Release Windows Limit Digital Opportunity in Europe: Kroes

Rigid film release windows restrict flexibility, and make it harder for the sector to capture digital benefits, according to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission. Kroes, who is responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, argues in a blog post that a one-size-fits all approach does not work for audiences, or for films. Different movie outlets, whether in the cinema, on TV, on DVD or online all have their own strengths and respond to different consumer needs.

“While some films might be better served by a first exclusive cinema release – like blockbusters with a big audience appeal”, she comments, “others may do better by going online earlier.” She goes on to say that the lower digital distribution costs “may especially suit low-budget, niche films.”

All parts of the film ecosystem should be able to experiment, she argues. However she also makes it clear that she does not wish to impose anything on the film industry. Her goal, she says, is to benefit everyone in the chain – filmmakers, cinemas and audiences – through encouraging the use of digital channels to the full.

According to Kroes, a more flexible approach would boost revenues, and bring European films to wider audience. And she poses a pointed question to underline her argument: “how many of the 915 European feature films made in 2011 did you see; and how many were you able to see?”

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Most British TV Viewers Use Second Screen

Most British TV viewers have tried using a second screen, according to new research revealed today by Red Bee Media.

86% of owners of smart devices polled said that they had used their phone, tablet or computer as a second screen while watching TV. This includes using the device for a range of activities including emailing, interacting with social media, browsing and shopping on the internet. 52% of respondents said that they had used their second screen to find out more about a specific TV programme. But just 1 in 5 survey respondents reported that they had tried a synchronous companion app.

Those that had tried using a companion app reacted positively to the experience: 78% of this group said that they thought that smart devices offered a better way to engage with their favourite TV shows compared to more traditional methods such as phone-ins or red button services.

More than 2000 UK-based smart device owners were polled in the survey.

Delivery and monetisation in a Multi-Screen World is the subject of a panel discussion at Streaming Media Europe next week, featuring Hewlett-Packard’s Dion Eusepi, Robert Gribnau from Octoshape, Helge Høibraaten of Vimond Media Solutions, Xstream’s Frank Thorup, and Sami Kanninen, Head of WebTV at Finland’s MTV Oy. More details here.

 

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YouTube Launches Original Channels from UK, France and Germany

YouTube is extending its Original Channels lineup with a ‘new generation’ of channels from the UK, France and Germany. The company announced back in October 2011 that it was adding  nearly 100 new original channels from established producers and media companies, with the first tranche of channels all coming from US content producers.

The UK channel lineup includes On Earth, featuring natural history content from BBC Worldwide, Jamie Oliver’s Food Channel (Jamie Oliver Ltd and FreshOne), and Truthloader, a citizen journalism channel from ITN Productions. French channels include celebrity news from Endemol’s It’s Big and extreme sport channel X-Treme Video. German channels include motoring, humour, fitness and entertainment.

YouTube’s top 25 original channels are now averaging over a million views each week, according to a blog post by Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Global Head of Content.

The ways in which broadcasters and content producers are fostering deeper relationships with their online and broadcast audiences will be a major focus at Streaming Media Europe next week, with speakers including the BBC and Channel 4. 

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Digital TV Now in Over 50% of Homes Worldwide

A new report estimates that the digital TV market worldwide now stands at over 50% of TV households, despite real disparities between countries.

Looking ahead to 2016, the number of TV households worldwide will reach more than 1.5 billion, an increase of more than 9% in 5 years, according to the report from IDATE. The penetration of digital TV households worldwide will be 77% of TV households by 2016.

Cable will remain the main access mode for these households, but will gradually lose ground to satellite and IPTV which the report forecasts will account for 30% and 7% of TV households, respectively, by the end of 2016. Terrestrial TV will continue its decline despite the development of hybrid TV solutions, dropping to the number three access method by 2016 with approximately 26% of the global market.

The global TV industry’s revenue will come to €340.1 billion in 2012, estimates the report. Pay-TV revenue will grow an average of almost 3% annually between 2012 and 2016, and advertising revenue will see strong growth of more than 21% during the same period. The reports also forecasts that public financing and license fees will increase significantly during the period.

 

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Olympics drive record usage of BBC iPlayer

The London Olympics drove record usage of the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, according to the BBC, with 196 million requests during the month of August. Usage on mobile and tablet devices also broke records, contributing almost a fifth of total requests in the month.

The BBC’s data includes all scheduled TV channel output but excludes the 24 web-only sports streams produced for the Olympics.

Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development for BBC Future Media will be giving the opening keynote on Wednesday 17 October at Streaming Media Europe. To attend the keynote for free, register here.

 

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Streaming Media Europe Readers’ Choice Awards: Finalists Announced

The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Streaming Media Europe Readers’ Choice Awards.

Almost 4,000 readers submitted their votes for a total of 304 nominees in 15 categories.

Below is the list of finalists — the top three vote-getters in each category, in alphabetical order. The winners will be announced at Streaming Media Europe in London later this month. The Awards ceremony will take place during the drinks reception in Streaming Media’s Expo on Tuesday 16 October and entry is FREE for all pre-registered exhibition visitors. Click here to register and celebrate with the lucky winners!

Analytics/QOS solution
ADTECH
Bridge Technologies
Touchcast

Video Advertising platform
Gorillabox
Smartclip
Videoplaza

Music & Audio Delivery solution
Grooveshark
Soundcloud
Spotify

Best Live Webcast 2012
Interlake Media
Showcaster
Streaming Tank

Video Discovery Service
Redbee
ThinkAnalytics
Veeseo

Best Streaming Innovation 2012
BBC
Vimond
Wowza

Webcast platform
Polycom
Sonic Foundry
StreamUK

Delivery Network
Alcatel-Lucent
Octoshape
Qbrick

TV over IP solution
Haivision
Vimond
Xstream

Streaming Services Provider
Qbrick
i2i Media
Xstream

Mobile Video app or soln
LiveU
Polycom
RealNetworks

Cloud Video Service
BeBanjo
Sorenson
Mixmoov

Online Video Platform
Qbrick
Vizrt
Xstream

Server hardware/software
Haivision
Wowza
Xstream

Transcoding solution
Realnetworks
Sorenson
Wowza

 

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