HomeAuthor Kauser Kanji

I've been working in online video since 2005 and have held senior roles at NBC Universal, Trinity Mirror and Virgin Media. I've also worked on VOD projects for the BBC, Netflix, Sony Pictures, DR in Denmark and a host of broadcasters and service-providers all over the world.
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At this week’s OTT Question Time – and after only 28 episodes! – we’re finally hosting a session dedicated to talking about Netflix. Is there anything left to say about the streaming giant? Sure there is. We’ll start with a quick history of Netflix’s origins as a DVD-based company, its pivot to online video, how it created its iconic UI and content recommendation system and its customer acquisition strategy, domestically and internationally. Together with our

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I've been working on a client project this year for a European broadcaster and part of the job has been to figure out how to take payments for their new SVOD service. Should they go direct and perhaps set up accounts with companies like Recurly and Stripe? Maybe let their new end-to-end platform partner handle it? Or how about engaging with a specialist payment solutions provider? These are some of the questions we discussed with

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At this week’s OTT Question Time (Thursday 28th January, 4pm UK) we talked about the VOD landscape in India which, according to PWC’s latest Entertainment & Media Outlook, is the world’s fastest growing OTT market. Indeed, with a population of 1.37bn and 40+ major OTT services already in operation, PWC suggests that India will overtake Australia, Germany and South Korea to become the sixth-largest OTT market by 2024. In this light, and together

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At OTT Question Time this week (Thursday 14 January, 4pm UK), we rang in 2021 with some industry predictions for the year ahead. Together with renowned analysts Allan McLennan of PADEM Media Group, Maria Rua Aguete of OMDIA, Simon Murray of Digital TV Research and Tony Maroulis of Ampere Analysis we discussed:

  • The upcoming launches (or international rollouts) of new SVODs like Peacock and HBO Max
  • The prospects for the incumbent streamers like Netflix, Amazon

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What would 2020 have been like for the OTT industry if there had never been a pandemic? In many ways it might have been business as usual: VOD viewing - compared to linear - would have gently increased along with addressability and AVOD revenues. Disney+ and Peacock would still have launched. Quibi might have been a success. And PVOD may have remained a greyed-out item on executive wish lists - desirable but with little likelihood

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How do you know how many people have watched a title on your OTT service? How do you know how much of the show they watched? Whether they switched off after six minutes or enjoyed it so much that they immediately binged through the rest of the season? What content should you recommend they try next? And can you infer (if not measure outright) how highly your subscribers value your catalogue or if they're about

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It's been nearly two months since ITV launched its new addressable advertising platform, Planet V, and at this week's OTT Question Time (Thursday 26 Nov) one of the architects of the service, Rhys McLachlan, joined our panel. Together with Leon Siotis, President EMEA of SpotX and John Tigg, VP & Managing Director, EMEA at Cadent, we talked all things addressable including:

  • The different flavours of addressable TV advertising
  • The size of the

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We've undoubtedly been living in a golden age of television. The number of original scripted series in the USA has more than doubled since 2010 (from 216 to 532 in 2019). The range of platforms we can watch on - both in terms of hardware (TVs, phones, tablets) and services (like Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer) - has massively expanded over the same period. Content production budgets have increased, consumers are spending more on subscriptions

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OTT viewing has boomed during this crazy year and as a result, content discovery and recommendation has never been more important. How are audiences finding TV shows and movies to watch? How do they access hidden gems or titles they might have missed? How are they made aware of both fresh releases and newly-available long tail content? And how do they assess the value of their SVOD and pay-TV subscriptions? We asked these questions to

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Disney has played a long OTT game. Through the last decade, the company monetised established distribution channels and pay windows – cinema, DVD / TVOD / EST, SVOD, free-to-air – whilst continuing to make mass audience TV shows and movies. It acquired the Marvel and Star Wars universes and developed (or re-developed) both franchises into new recurring global revenue streams. And instead of relying on multiple technology vendors, it bought a majority stake in Bamtech

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