They say history tends to repeat itself and just like what it did to music, digital has completely transformed the TV industry. But rather than heed the warning signs, listen to frustrated consumers or embrace new models enabled by technology, TV networks were more concerned with negotiating favorable affiliate contracts, not upsetting the MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors) such as Comcast or Charter, and preserving the status quo. It was comfortable. It was how business has always been done.
Whether or not you believe the future of TV is OTT (Over the Top, as in no cable box), having a solid strategy and solution that captures this continuing trend is paramount to any business that uses video or sees the overwhelming potential. It’s become common for consumers to “cut-the-cord” and give up cable TV and opt for SVOD services such as Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Now.
During the television industry’s “Post-network era” we witnessed the dominance of the big three networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC deteriorate. Cable companies began to offer subscribers in the United States content “bundles” that included a variety of new and exciting networks at once economical rates. Finally there was choice, and plenty of it.
Can anybody out there explain what exactly is going on out there in the world of OTT/TVE/IPTV/SVOD?
Every once in a while, different technology revolutions change the mindset of how humans interact with computers. The user interface (UI) is the bridge between us and those amazing machines that influence and affect the day-to-day life of just about every single human on earth.
Everyone is feeling the pressure of life in the digital age: You must deliver your product or project on time and under budget, without sacrificing quality or customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, getting the project finished means that you and your team are often putting in extra hours, which could contribute to ‘burning out.’
You have no doubt heard myths about haunted houses or that you can see the Great Wall of China from space (you can’t!). But are you also buying into the myths of the outsourcing and corporate independence world?