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The world’s biggest broadcasters usually have four main revenue streams:

  • Content production – which is either commissioned independently, in partnership, or self-funded;
  • Content distribution – the content is sold to other broadcasters, perhaps in other territories, or aggregators like Amazon and Netflix;
  • Digital revenue – which comes from digital advertising (AVOD) or subscriptions (SVOD);
  • And linear advertising income which has traditionally been the biggest pot.

Together, these revenue streams form something of a virtuous circle

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I remember a morning, sometime in 2001, when I got into the office to find a couple of my colleagues, standing in the kitchen, having an animated conversation about “it”.

It’s a hoverboard,” speculated one. “Finally!

It’s an urban delivery network that uses pipes!”, replied the other. 

The speculation about “it” blazed across the internet and news media for the rest of that day; jet-propelled “Moon Boots” and an

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2019 has already been a busy year for industry mergers, acquisitions and funding rounds. In January, Accedo raised $17m in equity to drive growth; Sky took a stake in Synamedia (which itself was created last year from the sale of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions business) and RTL Group acquired Yospace. Last week, Seachange bought Xstream and then Brightcove announced that it was acquiring Ooyala’s online video platform business

As part

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Last month, Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster, UKTV, announced that it had added elements of machine learning and AI – specifically in terms of personalisation, content recommendation and building up taste profiles – to its iOS, Android and Amazon FireOS VOD apps.

AI is a hot topic in the industry right now and I wanted to learn more, so I spoke to Oliver Davies, UKTV’s Director of Digital Product, about these product enhancements. Here are four

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On January the 7th, the BBC announced plans to reinvent its iPlayer service with the aim of “…making it a destination in its own right, with box sets, live programming and archive titles that champion quality UK content and offer great programmes for longer.

A related consultation document recognises that in the future, “BBC iPlayer will be the main way that audiences watch BBC television programmes and not just a catch-up

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In 2018, media and entertainment providers have worked hard to revolutionise the way they deliver content to consumers across a changing media landscape, especially in terms of gaining a deeper understanding of metadata to connect viewers to content. Charles Dawes, senior director, international marketing at TiVo, takes a look at what trends and developments he predicts may emerge in 2019.

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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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