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My 10 does-the-emperor-have-any-clothes-on questions for IBC17

To get the most out of my annual pilgrimage to Amsterdam, I’ve sat down and had think about the big questions I don’t believe we have answers on in late 2017.

I came up with 10, which only represent what I’ve been working on not necessarily the complete picture. Clearly we need to take ourselves less seriously sometimes. I for one would never trust an expert who has straightforward answers to all these questions, because the honest truth is that we don’t know.

From new to old topics:

1.   What will mainstream HDR look like in 2018?

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No, UHD won’t go the way 3D went!

Last month IHS Media & Technology Digest published a report authored by Richard Cooper on UHD stating that it could be the next 3D if the industry doesn’t get its act together.

I was an early critic of 3D arguing as early as 2009 that the 3D emperor didn’t have any clothes on. Hopefully that will legitimize my total disagreement with the idea that UHD might go the same way.

In my work at the Ultra HD Forum, we compiled a list of over 50 live commercial UHD services at the end of 2016. This was never the case for 3D.
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It’s that time of year to ask again if next year will be the year of IoT

Looking at the world through the prism of a service provider (which I often do in this blog) there are at least three new things coming your way:

  1. UHD where the jury has come in: it’s just a question of when and how UHD will permeate the video ecosystem, the ‘if’ has been decided.
  2. The VR/AR jury is still out and this could be the next living room 3D failure or maybe the future of all entertainment. My advice to my consulting clients in the meantime is to take it seriously and investigate. Even if it flops miserably, it will have first had an impact on the way we think of user experience.
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Catching Up with Live OTT TV in a Changing Landscape

  • OTT live streaming, especially premium sports, will be the fastest growing sector in pay TV over the next two years
  • Quality of experience with ease of use must be delivered cost-effectively and securely for success in live OTT
  • A flexible ecosystem allowing best of breed components to be deployed provides the best hope of meeting criteria for success in live OTT in an environment that is still rapidly changing
  • Viewer loyalty and monetization can be enhanced by eliminating barriers between live and VoD with time to view as short as possible

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The same video streamed with better sound is better video. Home theatre in your pocket.

This eBook co-sponsored by Unified Steaming and DTS takes a look a the futurs of premium audio streaming.

  • Booming streaming video markets are awash with competition and innovation.
  • New audio technologies can bring a home-cinema user experience to the pocket of anyone with a pair of stereo headphones.
  • When exclusive content isn’t available, other unique features are needed to compete.
  • Commercial deployments are happening across the globe targeting both the dedicated living room and mobile devices.
  • Better multi-channel “theatrical” sound will differentiate any video experience.
  • Streaming technology has stabilized with the rise of the vendor-independent DASH standard.

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Taking TV innovation from operator speed to web speed

New approaches to development can bring TV innovation from operator speed to web speed with the right systems integration

An eBook by Ben Schwarz with additional writing from Philip Hunter

Agility and “web speed” have become rallying calls for pay TV operators in the multiscreen era where the rate at which services must evolve and new features appear has increased by an order of magnitude. Bringing on new customer-facing features within weeks was confined in the past to greenfield deployments but is now becoming essential even for operators encumbered by legacy. Innovations in software development, systems integration, operations and testing cycles are changing this, along with a new approach to systems integration.

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