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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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1980

My uncle’s house in Peterborough. 4 adults, 7 children, 1 baby. A weekend of watching Indian movies on VCR late into the night. The video recorder was hired. The remote control was wired, connected by a two metre cord to the machine. Delicious midnight feasts: samosas, bhajis, chutneys, curry, real Coca Cola (not diet). Pretending to be asleep on the sofa afterwards just so I could stay downstairs for longer.

1995

My first real

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BritBox, the streaming service created by BBC and ITV, today opened for business, bringing the greatest collection of British boxsets with the finest homegrown talent to viewers for £5.99 a month in HD and across multiple devices.

BritBox has signed a partnership deal with Channel 4 for British TV boxsets from All 4 and British films from Film4. The three-year deal will see 1000+ hours from All 4 – with a range of comedy, drama

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TiVo has announced that Vodafone Group is deploying TiVo’s Personalized Content Discovery (PCD) to deliver engaging, highly-relevant entertainment experiences to its subscribers. Vodafone offers broadband, TV, mobile and telephone services to 640 million customers in 24 countries as one of the world’s leading mobile communications providers. 

 Vodafone is introducing PCD as part of the new Vodafone TV service in Portugal, the first country to deploy its new “Intelligent Voice Search” feature. It uses TiVo’s Conversation,

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Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced that it’s continuing to expand its TV Everywhere OTT video platform via the integration of additional server-side dynamic ad insertion (SSDAI) capabilities, partnering with Switzerland-based Ad Insertion Platform (AIP) in Europe.

Frédéric Torasso, Product Manager TV Everywhere OTT Video with Globecast, said, “The growth in viewer numbers for OTT video services can be seen around the world. However, the monetisation of those services has

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At IBC, Synamedia, the world’s largest independent video software provider, will unveil a torrent of new additions to its video network (formerly video processing) portfolio designed to ratchet up the quality and cost effectiveness of live streaming. New solutions will also help customers make more intelligent use of virtualization and cloud, as well as smooth service providers’ infrastructure transformation journey to IP.

As the industry moves closer to achieving synchonized latency between live broadcast

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3 Screen Solutions (3SS), a leading provider of software solutions for set-top box (STB) and multiscreen digital entertainment, has announced that a multiservice provider in Northern Europe has selected 3READY Android TV combined with Technicolor middleware and hardware to power its upcoming TV service.

The operator is soon to launch its hybrid, next generation service with 100+ channels to serve subscribers via digital terrestrial (DVB-T), digital cable (DVB-C), IPTV and streaming OTT, all via a

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Amazon, in collaboration with several of the industry’s most recognizable brands, today announced a lineup of more than 15 new Fire TV Edition products for customers around the globe, including the world’s first Fire TV Edition smart TV with built-in far-field voice control, the first OLED Fire TV Edition smart TV, and the first-ever Fire TV Edition soundbar.

Customers have told us how much they use and love Fire TV Edition smart TVs in 

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At IBC 2019 ThinkAnalytics™ will launch ThinkAdvertising, a new addressable advertising solution that provides pay-TV and OTT providers with deep insights from rich viewing, behavioral and demographic data, supported by ThinkAnalytics viewer personalization and segmentation models. Available now, it will be demonstrated publicly for the first time on the ThinkAnalytics booth (hall 1, stand A74).

By combining data-driven learnings from ThinkAdvertising with their in-house customer and demographic data, TV operators can offer advertisers the

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