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Do you remember the first time you heard about video-on-demand? My introduction to the concept was in 1998 when I was working at Nettec PLC, an early internet consultancy, and I visited the offices of a potential client, Bryan Morrison, a music producer and agent, in London. A silver-haired, straight-talking cockney, fond of smoking big cigars, Bryan had represented, amongst others, Pink Floyd in the 1960s and, latterly, Wham! and George Michael. Now, during the...

As viewers – especially younger audiences – turn their backs on linear TV, DR is repositioning DRTV from being a catch up service to a destination in its own right, targeting users that missed not just a particular show but DR’s linear channels altogether. DR is relaunching DRTV in 2018 and the ambition is to retain its position as the Danes’ most trusted content provider and to become the #1 VOD service in Denmark. This...

Smartphones, tablets, connected TVs and services such as YouTube aren’t even in their teen years but have already had a huge impact on the TV industry. But what will the next set of transformational technologies be? This talk takes a look at a few new technologies on the horizon that have the potential to impact the TV experience and looks at some of the ways that the BBC has been working with the industry to...

The enduring allure of TV and video is the emotional connection people have with the content. Ida Olsen, formerly of Channel 4 and the BBC, and now working for Sony Crackle, asks what VOD services can learn from some of the areas in which traditional TV has been successful. Her talk encompasses: linear/ simulcast; content augmentation with AR / VR; serendipity and channel-hopping; continuity in terms of tone and presentation; channel brand identity and the...

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What could an SVOD version of iPlayer look like? Who would its audience be? And what kind of revenues and uptake could it hope to achieve? You may have seen the news a couple of weeks ago that the BBC’s budget was effectively being cut by around £650m after the British government announced that the corporation now had to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s. In return, it may be able to...

The past several years have seen phenomenal growth of HBO’s digital streaming platforms, across both TV Everywhere and Over-the-Top offerings (HBO GO and HBO NOW). Meeting the rapidly changing needs of our audiences and partners has required an evolution across several fronts, including toolsets, processes, communications, and design principles – all within a quickly maturing Digital Products division. As we grow as a team, and advance the features and UX of our HBO platforms, we...

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