Keeping up with the changing face of the broadcasting sector will be under the spotlight at this year’s SMPTE conference and exhibition in Sydney. Netflix, director of global content partner operations, Chris Fetner will address disruption and how to adapt in his scheduled conference keynote.
The fading fortunes of the Ten network may yet have a dynamic reversal with the long awaited entry of pay-TV giant Foxtel into the ownership structure.
The audio-visual set turned up in record breaking numbers at this year’s InfoComm, held in Orlando, Florida with over 39,000 attendees from 108 countries. Driven by the quest for emerging technologies, attendees were exposed to the latest developments in AoIP ( Audio over IP), VoIP and wireless network-based solutions, IPTV, drones and signage solutions and how they are morphing into the new media matrix.
The shifts in consumption of TV content continue to producing cliff hanger dramatic turns, thanks to IP networks. In the latest online traffic forecasts from Cisco, by the end of this year, there will be more mobile video viewers in North America than households that subscribe to digital TV.
The competition to create and promote the Asia Pacific’s most innovative “smart nation” was heated at this year’s CommunicAsia 2015 in Singapore. Naturally, the host state delivered a clear message for raising the bar to its neighbours. In his opening address, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, outlined the country’s technological turnaround, punctuated by moving from ranking 35 in the world in 2010 for download and upload speed to now sitting at number one, according to the Ookla NetIndex.
Mega mergers are back in the spotlight as Time Warner lures another suitor in the guise of Charter Communications.
Australian ICT companies are making an impressive show of force at this years’ CommunicAsia, held in Singapore form June 2-5. Entering its 26th year, Asia’s most significant trade show covering IT, communications, mobile and converged digital services will feature speakers from companies ranging from Google, Spotify, Cisco, Amazon, LinkedIn and Singaporean government officials. CommunicAsia2015 is held concurrently with EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015. International trade attendees are able to promote technology capabilities, witness the launch of latest innovations, engage in business opportunities and network with both major and emerging industry players from around the world.
Sydney was feted as the ‘epicentre’ of the Australian IT industry at this year’s CeBIT conference held at the city’s Olympic Park. Over 25,000 people pre-registered for the exhibition from 30 countries around the world.
The reach of IPTV services continues to transcend the traditional sectors of entertainment and media and is being adapted progressively into areas where big data video collation is integral to innovation.
The future success of IPTV and subscription ( SVOD) television may be forged on the quality of its own in-house developed content. The success of Netflix and Amazon in the creation of their own unique content is viewed as a key differentiator in the battle for audiences according to leading industry executives as this year’s MipTV held in Cannes, France.
The entertainment needs of individuals in correctional facilities is often overlooked as a key part of their rehabilitation. The advent of IPTV and digital services is now creating new pathways to rehabilitation, education and monitoring for both inmates and institutions.
Big data has swept its way into your living room via the humble TV screen. Increasingly video analytics are being embraced by the broadcast industry as the magical keys to retaining and growing fragmented audiences.
The upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas is getting more global with almost 30% of its 98,000 attendees coming from 159 countries. NAB, held April 11-16, is set to host 64 international delegations from every continent and feature Australian representation. Over 650 exhibiting companies out of the more than 1,700 total NAB Show exhibitors are headquartered outside the U.S. showcasing cutting-edge technology solutions and services for the broadcasting and screen industries.
When the world’s biggest operators spent millions on spectrum around the turn of the new millennium, it was with the promise that the advent of 3G and beyond would be all about supporting video, in unprecedented streams. Each year since, that reality is slowly becoming a reality. At this year’s mobile mecca the 3GSM Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the convergence of mobile video had come of age.
The steady rise of iiNet on the ISP domination front over the two decades has been a triumph for the notion of tech start up longevity. TPG Telecom has made an AUD$8.60 per share bid for iiNet, valuing the company at $1.4 billion. Significantly, iiNet’s humble beginnings out of founder Michael Malone’s garage is also a testament to the evolution of the broadband sector.
The Asia Pacific’s growing silver economy is expected to be worth US$3 trillion by the year 2017. According to the Asia Pacific Silver Economy Business Opportunities Report, a bi-annual publication, the Asia Pacific’s booming silver economy will be driven by the spending power of 1.2 billion ageing baby boomers by 2050. Australia, with its changing demographic patterns ranks second after Hong Kong, across Asia-Pacific countries in terms of silver industry market potential. Singapore, Japan and South Korea followed as the index’s top 5.
The Australian media industry is going through a massive digital overhaul yet TV content and the TV screen will remain central to the media experience for some time yet, according to the latest report from Deloitte.
The uptake of digital radio in Australia is experiencing growth from non-traditional listening posts, such as the corporate, transport and retail sectors.
It is estimated that 1.6 million Australians will require some sort of aged service by 2023 and ICT is being viewed as the panacea to reboot aged care services and help deliver high quality and accessible care.
The cluster of new entrants on the Australian IPTV stage are bursting through with competitive gusto. On Australia Day, Stan, the joint venture between Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment Co, officially launched and as anticipated priced at AUD$10 per month with a 30-day free trial. The new streaming provider is going head to head with Foxtel’s Presto, the soon to be landing Netflix and existing stalwarts Quickflix and FetchTV.
The ubiquity of the TV screen and forecasts on its evolution retained the premiere mantle at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Yet new strategies of getting content onto that screen emerged (again) as the hottest pieces of discourse from the podium to the show floor.