OTT Question Time
At OTT Question Time, we talk about the future of television with broadcasters, film studios, service providers, vendors and analysts from all over the world.
Featuring (amongst others) ITV, Sky, SVT, A+E Networks, beIN Media, Nordic Entertainment Group, Foxtel and TVNZ, we’ve recently discussed topics including content recommendation, Netflix’s technology budget, green innovations in OTT streaming, OTT pay models as well as Germany, India, France and Sweden specials.
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OTT Question Time #59 – EPGs in an OTT World
In the days of linear-only TV, the EPG (electronic programming guide) was the easiest way to find out what you might like to watch. Presented as a simple grid, or even just a list, it would tell you what’s on now, next and, if it was very sophisticated, [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
OTT Question Time #50 – Is the Great PVOD Experiment Over?
Over the past couple of years, and whilst the world has been in various shades of lockdown, film studios and distributors have ramped up the number of their titles available to watch via PVOD. Not without some reluctance. A PVOD-First strategy means potentially leaving a lot of money [...]