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 [...]

ITV 2023 Results – A Tale of Two Revenue Streams

A recap from ITV’s full year results 2023 released yesterday. First, the good news. Digital performance – that is, OTT – is up across the board: - Total streaming hours viewed increased 26% YOY to 1.5bn hours - Monthly active users rose 19% to 12.5m - Overall digital [...]

Amazon’s Ad Tier: Potential Growth & ROI

The comms from Amazon - at the turn of the year - about introducing its new ad tier were fascinating for two reasons: #1) Amazon said that it was making the change because it would “allow us to continue investing in compelling content and keep increasing that investment [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2024 — Agenda Announced!

With 50+ speakers, 14 fireside chats, 7 panels and 2 presentations now confirmed, we have a full lid for OTT Question Time Live 2024!  Come join us on 30th and 31st January at London's iconic British Museum where we'll be talking to, amongst others: Faz Aftab, Director of M&E Partnerships [...]

IBC 2023 Review

#1. Where are we at, as an industry, in 2023? For me, last year’s IBC had the flavour of a giddy reunion with long-lost friends – “We’re back! How have you been? You look different in person than on a screen!” This year, the mood was more focused [...]

Current Attitudes to AI in the OTT Industry

VOD Professional is conducting a survey about current attitudes to AI (artificial intelligence) in the broadcasting and OTT streaming industry and, as a valued colleague, we'd like to hear your opinions. We'll ask you 14 questions about AI and the impact it might have on both OTT itself [...]

OTT Question Time Live 2023 — OTT in 2030

Julie Mitchelmore, VP Digital at A+E Networks EMEA, at OTT Question Time Live on 1 February 2023 in conversation with: Ben Keen, Analyst & Board-Level Advisor Lydia Fairfax, MD & Founder of Triple Crown Consulting Tom Thorne, CEO Candyspace Maureen Kerr, Partner at Arthur D Little Gulliver Smithers, [...]

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