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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...

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Not a complete guide but here’s some of the material that we cover when a new starter joins VOD Professional. A new recruit, Juliana, joined us here at VOD Professional last month and on her first day, I gave her an overview of the online video industry. I do this with all our new starters and to date, the briefing has come in the form of an unstructured two to three-hour brain-dump covering things like...

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With the recent news that 5G should be up and running by 2020, we imagine its impact on the TV industry. Tell us what you think. The year is 2020 and 5G has arrived in the UK. Running at speeds of up to 3.77 gigabits a second (which is over 300 times faster than a typical 4G connection), consumers can now download an entire HD movie inside two seconds or all 600 episodes of The Simpsons, again in...

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Device synchronisation, offline viewing… and a sleep timer? Here are some of the most commonly asked for features as requested by viewers. Back in October I completed some research for our annual VUIX conference – an event which is dedicated to online video product development and UI/UX – which attempted to answer a simple question. Does the user experience match user expectation in VOD services? You can read about the approach I took to answer that...

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An analysis of 4,000 reviews of on-demand services identifies performance, functionality and content as the three largest pain points in VOD. Last week we held our VUIX 2015 conference – an event dedicated to online video product development, user interfaces and user experience. Co-hosted by Brightcove, leading broadcasters, service providers, operators and technology suppliers from around the world all met at Kensington Roof Gardens in London (joined by a flamingo or two!) to share knowledge...

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Looking at how content delivery networks work, vendor solutions and rules for choosing an appropriate supplier. Alongside premium content, offering a clean video stream is one of the most important aspects to finding success in OTT – indeed, a fascinating white paper released by QoE (Quality of Experience) and analytics specialist Conviva last year found that 75% of viewers will abandon a poor video experiences within four minutes and that the blame often lands on the service...

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Looking at how analytics work, vendor solutions and rules for choosing an appropriate supplier. The VOD industry has undergone a number of transformational phases since 4oD, the UK’s first broadcaster on-demand service, launched all the way back in 2006. After their initial rush to get an MVP onto as many platforms as quickly as possible, service providers have variously turned their attention to UI and UX upgrades, improving (or replacing) outdated legacy systems, scaling up...

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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...

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