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.

Together with Julie Mitchelmore of A+E Networks, Peter Docherty of ThinkAnalytics and Richard Cooper of Ampere Analysis, we discussed the huge rise in TV and OTT viewing since the COVID-19 national lockdowns started. We also talked about the content that's being watched, the people that are watching it, how titles are presented and surfaced to audiences, the number of SVODs per household and the sustainability of this level of TV viewing.

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At this week’s OTT Question Time we’re talking about building a profitable AVOD business and looking into:

  • The AVOD market opportunity in the UK, Europe and the USA: how it has evolved over the past few years, whether AVOD’s time has now come in the light of both rising OTT viewing and the greater number of SVODs and what the future might hold for AVOD
  • The AVOD platforms that content can be shared with including

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Today ScreenHits Limited is delighted to announce the launch of its new app, ScreenHits TV, allowing consumers to manage all their streaming subscriptions, AVOD and Live Channels in one easy to use app. Consumers can now easily see what is trending, share recommendations with friends and manage their favourite content across ALL their subscriptions and content channels, in a simple, easy to use traditional EPG (TV Guide) with key cost saving benefits.

The new

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At this week’s OTT Question Time we’re talking about finance in the technology, media and telecoms sector and will be asking – as well as answering – questions including:

  • Mergers and Acquisition deal flow been accelerating the technology, media & telecoms space. Will that continue as we try to exit the mother of all economic downturns?
  • Who will emerge as the winners and who will end up losing? 
  • Will global scale still be a key

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At this week’s OTT Question Time we’re talking about the future of SVOD where we’ll be looking into:

  • SVOD take-up and viewing, in different territories and across demographics, compared to linear, time-shifted, AVOD, TVOD and PVOD
  • How these trends have changed over the past 5 years and since this year’s coronavirus pandemic
  • The average number of SVODs in households across the UK, Europe and North America
  • Consumer behaviour including dipping in and out of specific

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ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and Pact have joined forces to introduce new industry wide guidelines for producing television safely in the weeks and months ahead. The guidelines are intended to enable a return to production for the television industry.

This guidance covers the broad range and scale of all TV programme making in every genre for TV and is complementary to

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The BBC has reported that since the UK’s national lockdown was announced on the 23rd of March, BBC iPlayer has seen 927 million requests (including Sky catch-up viewing) – 61% higher than the same seven-week period last year.

The BBC also said that:

  • BBC iPlayer’s biggest ever day was Sunday 10 May, with 22.5 million requests, and 1.1 million requests for the Prime Minister’s statement to the nation.
  • The success of BBC Three’s hit new

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At this week’s OTT Question Time we’re talking about content – about the making, selling and scheduling of it. Together with Wim Ponnet, the Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer at Endemol Shine, Emma Tibbetts, the former GM of UKTV Play and now founder of Chuck Data and Mike Sid, founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Mediamorph (now part of Whip Media Group) we’ll explore:

  • The challenges of producing content, in

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VOD Professional contains news, reviews, interviews and analyses from the future of TV. Online video is at a pivotal moment in its evolution and our focus is on writing about monetisation, product development and the people – from service-providers and vendors alike – who help bring brilliant content and services to our screens.

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