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Web browsers are deprecating Flash. What next?

​Going Flash-Free with Video: Transitioning Successfully January 24th 2017 - 12:00 PM

As web browsers move rapidly to sunset their support for Flash, companies that rely on Flash for video playback are being forced to make changes. Apple has led the charge in driving the need for this change by disabling Flash by default in Safari 10, and Chrome and Firefox are quickly following suit. Some media companies migrated to HTML5 video players in early 2016 in anticipation of these industry-wide changes, but others have remained in a ‘wait-and-see’ mode to see if Flash really is going away. Companies that haven’t moved to an HTML5 video player are now stuck between a rock and a hard-place. For them, it’s either risk the impact of Flash being disabled and react as needed, or remove this risk at the expense of making this migration an immediate priority. The reticence of those that remain reliant on Flash has to do with not being able to properly evaluate the risk and effort involved.

We’ve been closely involved in this transition with our customers, providing us a diverse and holistic view of what all is involved. Here are the major things you can expect, and why moving to HTML5 video sets your company up for future success.

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The original Nagra tape machine.

Rethinking Content Protection in an OTT World January 23rd 2017 - 01:50 PM

In the world of pay-TV there is only one constant: the need for robust content protection. Despite standardization efforts across the industry, device fragmentation still poses a challenge for pay-TV service providers that want to offer secure premium content over the internet.

From PCs to tablets to smartphones, different video-enabled devices employ different security techniques to protect their content. While all platforms will implement a digital rights management (DRM) client or support a downloadable DRM component, the level of protection on offer differs widely.

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Belgian Telco Proximus Upgrading Headend with ATEME January 19th 2017 - 10:00 AM

ATEME announced that Proximus, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Belgium, is upgrading its ATEME-based video headend with TITAN full-software solution in order to reap the benefits of its new features and R&D enhancements.

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Traditional ways of watching TV have been changing fast

Sports Broadcasters: the Ball’s in Their Court January 18th 2017 - 11:00 AM

Video-on-demand (VOD) is here to stay. Almost two thirds of respondents to a Nielsen study of more than 60 countries say that they now watch some form of VOD content. The rise of over-the-top (OTT) video delivery has itself been astonishing. Simply put, traditional ways of watching TV have been changing fast. The steady shift from linear TV has led to an entirely new set of consumer habits and expectations. It is younger audiences, in particular, that are forcing the change: they are increasingly demanding with their desire to watch what they want, when they want, and on the device they have to hand.

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The BBC believes iPlayer mark 2 can be world beater.

BBC goes for binge to take on Netflix January 17th 2017 - 11:00 AM

Public service broadcasters (PSBs) must take on the global online video giants, chiefly Amazon and Netflix, at their own game if they to survive and thrive over the next decade. This verdict was delivered by BBC director general Tony Hall speaking to staff in Birmingham, UK, to set the stage for the corporation’s new 11-year charter period during which given rules over factors such as governance and finance apply.

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Risks of piracy increase with the rise of OTT delivery.

Stealing Live OTT Streams: Piracy On The Open Seas Of The Internet January 13th 2017 - 01:00 PM

There are more than 2.7 million adverts for devices that play out illegal streams of live content on e-commerce websites like Amazon, eBay and Alibaba according to research by Irdeto. The value of the billions of dollars broadcasters and content owners spend on live sports and entertainment content is undermined by online piracy. Because of this, pay TV services have become more expensive than ever before because they need to compete for viewers and subscribers while spending huge amounts on media rights.

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