Internet delivery is playing an influential role in delivering programs. For viewers to have the best quality of experience, engineers and technologists must expand their understanding to appreciate the intricacies of computer networks & internet delivery.
A core promise of OTT is greater customer satisfaction through a more personalised viewing experience. Instead of linear channels with scheduled content that we may or may not be interested in, OTT enables us to combine tailored VOD and Live content into a single viewing window. This specific personalised viewing dynamic tunes the experience more precisely for a consumer which in turn increases commercial value for advertisers and OTT operators. We should expect a win-win-win for consumer, advertiser and content provider.
Telco fixed access networks are “the last mile” to homes and commercial buildings. They play a key role in the delivery of OTT Video, and are undergoing big changes to support its growth. Telco fixed access networks were originally built in the 19th century to deliver telegraph services, evolving during the 20th century into telephone services. Today they provide vital telecommunications services supporting all aspects of a nation’s life including government, business, education and entertainment. Companies in this sector include the likes of British Telecom, Telecom Italia and AT&T. Over the last 30 years, the voice-first PSTN network has evolved to support data services over broadband, and today telco’s are deploying new data-first access networks.
OTT has dramatically expanded the range of delivery outlets for content and continues to do so. This has had a direct effect on content production, enabling almost any organization or person to create and distribute live content, which has increased the volume of content being created. Whether this content is for entertainment, news, education or communications, video is our preferred communication medium and people generally turn to this whenever possible.
Demand for bandwidth is growing at a remarkable rate. The demand is so high that Equinix’s Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 4 forecasts a 45% CAGR specifically for interconnection bandwidth from 2019-2023. This will bring global interconnection bandwidth, used specifically by businesses that need to guarantee throughput capacity, from 5,000 Tbps in 2020 to 16,000 Tbps in 2023.
OTT offers an amazing promise – to significantly increase the return on advertising spend by targeting consumers more effectively.
On October 27, 2020 The Federal Communications Commission issued an order to expand its captioning mandate for broadcasters to include audio description requirements for 40 designated market areas (DMAs) over the next four years. The move came after the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) directed stations in the top 60 DMAs to provide what it calls “described programming.”
The effect of OTT-based delivery is wide-reaching, stretching all the way back to the original content production domain and creating new technical requirements and opportunities.
One of the surprises from the latest research published by Nielsen was the significant rise in audiences watching live linear TV. Lockdown has not only sent SVOD viewing soaring through the roof but linear TV is expanding rapidly. One reason for this, according to Nielsen, has been greater adoption of streaming by older age groups. Moreover, they aren’t expected just to revert back again. Even Netflix launched a scheduled programming feature recently targeting older audiences in France in a move likely to be replicated in other territories. The move is also seen as a response to advertising video on demand services. There’s one playout provider focussed on playout for linear TV channel management with a groundbreaking SaaS cloud playout platform. We spoke with Veset CEO Igor Krol to learn more.