The NBN has shifted gears with a green light from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to allow the company to buy Optus’ broadband network and TV for $800 million.
Disruptive technologies including driverless cars, single camera virtual reality, 4D and automated post-production tools will be showcased at this year’s IBC conference and exhibition being held in September in Amsterdam.
The rapid competition gripping the Australian IPTV market has pushed one of the industry’s local pioneers to diversify with expansion into China. Quickflix, one of the earliest providers of streaming video in Australia announced that it is poised to acquire an as yet unnamed Chinese film and TV company to form a global streaming platform for Chinese content.
Australia’s most significant industry event for AV and Systems Integration professionals, Integrate will be hosted in Melbourne in August.
U.S streaming platform provider Roku is entering the Australian market in a partnership with Telstra. The deal, which is similar to relationships the streaming services provider has struck with international media companies, is termed the ‘Roku Powered licensing program’. Under the strategic agreement Telstra will leverage the Roku streaming platform to deliver its new streaming service and player, branded Telstra TV, to consumers.
The Australian digital signage market is anticipated to grow by 15% in 2020 as a wide range of industry segments, including the financial services and outdoor segments take the digital platform seriously.
Despite more than 50 years of history and countless methodologies, advice and books, IT projects keep failing.
Despite the recent rise of new IPTV and streaming services in Australia, around 5.2 million of consumers or 26 per cent of internet users have viewed at least one item of online content illegally in the first three months of this year.
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.