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OTT Question Time #58 – Disney+ & Netflix Going AVOD

On the one hand, last week’s news that Disney was planning to launch an ad-supported tier for Disney+ came as a bit of a surprise. After all, the SVOD, which has only been live since 2019, is still growing strongly and is forecast to overtake Netflix – in [...]

OTT Question Time #57 – The Return of Bundles

In the old linear-only world, the proposition from Pay-TV companies was attractively simple. Join us and we’ll give you everything you need. Broadband! Landlines! Mobile! And as much television, from regular channels and premium providers, as you could ever hope to have. Problem was that customers were paying [...]

50 VOD Professionals 2022 – 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 2022! Nominations are now open and we’d like to hear from you about the brilliant people that power VOD services all over the UK: [...]

OTT Question Time #56 – Aggregators vs. D2Cs

With the launch of Peacock last year, the further rollout of HBO Max this spring, and Paramount+ coming soon to the UK, D2Cs (direct-to-consumer OTT services) are massively in vogue. At the same time, aggregators seem to be falling out of favour. NBCUniversal, for example, has pulled streaming [...]

OTT Question Time #55 – OTT Product Development 2022

Take a look back at the history of OTT product development and you can see distinct cycles in action. 2005 to 2012, for example, was the pioneer phase which saw broadcasters setting up systems and workflows, digitising back-catalogues and launching their first-gen VOD services. Many of those services [...]

OTT Question Time #54 – SVOD Pricing Strategy

Thousands of SVOD services - niche, regional and multinational - have launched around the world over the past 15 years and for each of them, someone (or perhaps a group of people) has decided what the monthly subscription cost should be. How do they do that? Have they [...]

OTT Usage in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK & the USA

In October 2021, and together with Whip Media, we conducted what we think is the world's biggest-ever survey on binge-watching.  32,741 respondents across seven countries - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA - told us about their viewing habits: how often they binged, [...]

OTT Question Time #53 – France OTT Special

With a population size comparable to the UK, a flourishing TV and film production sector, and a growing list of native-language titles appearing on the international streamers, it’s a little surprising that we don’t hear more about France’s OTT landscape. Especially so since last December when France became [...]

OTT Question Time #52 – Talking about ITV’s OTT Strategy

As a broadcaster, and as an OTT service-provider, ITV is a fascinating company to study and analyse. Sure, it comes with a legacy tech stack but has often been willing to embrace vendor and platform solutions to quickly get to market. It operates using lean teams full of [...]

OTT Question Time #51 – The Netflix Effect on OTT

There was a long stretch of time, from around 2012 to 2017, when Netflix was the big buzz term in the OTT industry. Everywhere I went – panels, speeches, conferences – it felt like everyone was talking about it. Netflix the disruptor. Netflix the pioneer. Netflix, both the [...]

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