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Designing OTT user interfaces and experiences for Smart TVs presents some unique challenges. Compared to smartphones and tablets, which can be deeply personal devices, television sets were – and increasingly are again – where families watch together. TV on a TV is watched from a distance rather than up close. Navigation and search are controlled via handheld remotes or voice. And there’s a whole lot more screen real estate to play with and fill. How do you...

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A CMS – a content management system – does exactly what it says on the tin, right? It’s a system for managing content. But when it comes to streaming services, and looking at how content interfaces with both their back and front-ends, what is the scope of an OTT CMS? Does it manage, for example, the process by which video files are ingested and transcoded? What about then adding images and other metadata to those...

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Together with Bjarne Andre Myklebust of NRK, Kerensa Samanidis of M&E Digital Consulting and Allan McLennan of PADEM Media Group, we discussed the effect of the various national lockdowns on broadcaster, operator, pay-TV and service-provider roadmaps. Specifically, their operational, product, strategic and technical plans and how they've rapidly evolved in Q1 and Q2 2020.

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A ground-breaking initiative to develop a digital and an Over-The-Top (OTT) broadcast platform for British Olympic and Paralympic sports has today been announced by a group of leading sports’ National Governing Bodies, UK Sport, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association. In their first move, the collective of British sports’ bodies have appointed Dominic Coles as the Chair of the newly incorporated GB Sport Media, the over-arching organisation that will manage and take the...

IMDb, the #1 movie, TV and celebrity website in the world, announced today that IMDb TV, a free streaming video channel formerly known as IMDb Freedive, will triple its content selection, bringing thousands of new titles to the ad-supported service in the coming months. Additionally, IMDb TV will launch in Europe later this year, bringing a premium collection of movies and TV shows to customers for free. Through new deals with studios like Warner Bros.,...

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UKTV has announced that its on demand app, UKTV Play, is now available on Apple TV where its vast catalogue of shows can be easily discovered. The service is also integrated with the all-new Apple TV app which brings together different ways to watch TV, as well as universal search and Siri, so users can easily find and play shows seamlessly on their iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. UKTV Play boasts a diverse catalogue of quality and exclusive...

Disney has announced an impressive slate of headline titles for its new Disney+ direct-to-consumer service, launching in the US in November 2019. Titles such as the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, classic Disney and Pixar animations and a host of family-friendly Fox titles – including 30 seasons of the Simpsons – as well as Original films and TV shows. Based on its ongoing tracking of SVOD catalogues globally, Ampere Analysis has prepared this exclusive comparison...