Ad Tiers & Password-Sharing Crackdowns Go Hand-in-Hand

What happens when a streamer starts cracking down on password sharing? Some back-of-the-envelope thinking: Password-sharers (i.e. those not paying a subscription themselves) ignore messages and continue using the service for as long as they can They stop using the service altogether They legitimately subscribe to the service and [...]

Can we Stop Talking about FAST Now?

I was at the CTAM Europe Symposium in London yesterday where, together with excellent guests from Samsung TV Plus, Vevo and Virgin Media, I moderated a panel about FAST. Yes, another one. If you detect some weariness in my tone it’s because – at least for Europe - [...]

50 VOD Professionals 2024 – Nominations Now Open!

50 VOD Professionals – our list of the 50 most influential people working in the UK’s video-on-demand and OTT industry – is back for 2024! Nominations are now open and we’d like to hear from you about the brilliant people that power VOD services all over the UK: [...]

Disney’s Q2 2024 Numbers

In a wide-ranging presentation at this year’s OTT Question Time Live 2024, the excellent Ben Keen declared a winner in The Streaming Wars. Collectively, he said, Disney, Warner Bros Discovery, Paramount, Sony and Comcast had lost $600bn in value since peaking during the COVID years. “Why? Because Wall [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — The Changing Face of OTT Viewing

Opening the show at OTT Question Time Live 2024, Julie Mitchelmore, VP Digital at A+E Networks UK, asked her panel about the demographic shifts in OTT viewing over the past few years. Are younger viewers – whose early buy-in can lead to years of loyalty and repeat visits – [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — Monetising Your Platform – Lessons Learned from TiVo

In this session Joanna Burton, adviser, will discussed with TiVo’s Lisette Preston-Barnes, Business Development Director for Monetisation and Data Optimisation, and Patrick Byrden, VP of Business Development and Strategy, insights from their experiences of helping operators, content providers, TV OEMs and brands create new revenue streams from their platforms and [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — OTT in the Nordics: Local Heroes Thrive

What Streaming Wars?! Local content and services reign in the Nordics. In Sweden, SVT and Viaplay command over 50% daily viewing time. DR in Denmark boasts an 85% reach for national news. And in Norway, NRK’s gripping dramas keep audiences glued to their screens. Our panel – Annika Bidner, [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — Building FAST Brands

In this session, Yannick Ferrero, SVP Digital Distribution at Hasbro Entertainment, Anthony Layser, Executive Director, Content Acquisitions & Programming Strategy at Xumo, Paul Hastings, SVP Global Sales at Whip Media, and David Urgell, MD and founder of Neosmedia Consulting, together with Marion Ranchet of The Local Act Consultancy, explored the importance of [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — Driving SVOD Growth in a Challenging Market

The last couple of years have seen seismic change in the streaming landscape, with mergers, competing platforms and changing business models. How does a speciality service drive forward and what are the tools to continue to rise above the crowd? Kerry Ball, Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer for BritBox [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — How AI will Affect the OTT Industry

Maureen Kerr, Partner at Arthur D Little, talked to an all-star panel about how AI will affect the OTT industry across its various sub-sectors. Gulliver Smithers, former SVP Product & Technology at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Maria Ingold, founder & CEO of Mireality, Joe Ward, CEO of EDGE and Kristan Bullett, founder [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — The Personalisation Journey at ITV

In this Q&A session, Deep Bagchee, Chief Product Officer at ITV, talked to Renato Bonomini, VP Sales Engineering at ContentWise about ITVX’s evolving journey in viewer engagement, product development, and monetisation. Key topics included the uses of personalisation in user engagement and retention, measuring the success of personalisation, vendor-provider [...]

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