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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...

All 4’s unique proposition combines a vast catalogue of premium TV boxsets with live broadcast channels, 30 day catch up and a growing collection of exclusive shows, all completely free and available on over 20 different platforms. s. With this offering come some unique – and some not so unique – product challenges. This talk will provide an insight into how Channel 4 approaches those challenges and shares some of the success stories, along with...

The current economics of online video publishing are too complex and inflexible for many media companies to thrive, as more and more of the revenue and profit potential is concentrated in a small number of dominant organisations. Allen Dickson discusses how media businesses need to improve the user experience, reduce operational costs and increase revenue potential to enable them to flourish in the future.

18 days, 38 different sports and 1816 events – The UX team at Viaplay had a daunting task in building a consistent, simple and elegant user experience for the Olympics in Rio. Creative Director Christoffer Kittel will talk about Viaplay’s design process and how to account for a branded cross-platform experience in the complex world of live sports.

What’s going to be on your development roadmap in the next 12-18 months? Will you concentrate on populating your service to even more platforms? Or perhaps you’ll be upgrading the products that you already have out there? And what about VR, AI, personalisation, content recommendation and monetisation? Join our modern-day Melisandre’s and Saruman’s from ITV, STV, EE, Freesat and Arsenal FC who’ll be making their predictions for the shape of VOD to come! The panellists...

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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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