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I’ve been working in OTT for over 15 years and started VOD Professional in 2011 with the aim of understanding how to build brilliant online video services. I conduct research and analysis, write reports and whitepapers, and help bring clients and vendors together. Catch me on our weekly debate show, OTT Question Time, or join our mailing list to get notifications about our publications, events and best practice webinars.

 

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OTT Question Time #48 – Innovations in Green OTT Streaming

OTT Question Time #48 – Innovations in Green OTT Streaming

If you’re analysing the environmental impact of OTT streaming you can choose to jump down any number of rabbit holes. The most obvious one is how much online video is actually being watched by any given person over the course of, say, a year? And what does that “cost” in terms of carbon emissions? (Short answer to that second question: Netflix estimates that an hour of streaming on its service is the equivalent to driving...
OTT Question Time #47 – The Other Streaming Wars

OTT Question Time #47 – The Other Streaming Wars

When we talk about The Streaming Wars who do we think of as the major players? Amazon, Disney and Netflix, undoubtedly, but also, given its huge customer base and deep pockets, Apple TV+? And surely Sky too as a trusted, multi-territory brand with bags of experience? But outside of this theatre there’s a parallel drama going on – what we might call The Streaming Skirmishes – between another group of huge companies like Discovery, NBCUniversal,...
OTT Question Time #46 – Sky Glass

OTT Question Time #46 – Sky Glass

Sky’s launch, last month, of Sky Glass – the company’s new Smart TV – was celebrated in both the trade and national press. For consumers, Sky Glass offered the chance to subscribe to Sky TV without the need for a satellite dish or a separate set-top box. For the industry, it was an exciting new expansion of the OTT device family – one that could be developed for, partnered with and learnt from. And it...
OTT Question Time #45 – Germany OTT Special

OTT Question Time #45 – Germany OTT Special

At this week’s OTT Question Time, 5pm CET / 4pm UK, Thursday 28 October, we’re going to Germany! Not literally, alas, but we will be discussing the country’s flourishing OTT landscape with a panel of resident experts: Ralph Wagner, CEO of Axinom, the independent media consultant, Anette Schaefer, and Stefan Blickensdörfer, CTO of 3SS. Together we’ll explore: Germany’s TV landscape: the big satellite and cable operators How German consumers, who have been used to a...
OTT Question Time #44 – Netflix’s Technology Budget

OTT Question Time #44 – Netflix’s Technology Budget

Netflix’s technology and development budget has gone from $163m in 2010 to a whopping $1.83bn ten years later – an increase of over 1,000%. Certainly, large chunks of this increase can be apportioned to storage, content delivery and staff costs but what are they spending the rest of the money on? That was the topic up for discussion at this week’s OTT Question Time on Thursday 21 October, 4pm UK. Together with Matt Westrup, SVP...