How Innovation Will Shape the North American Pay-TV Market

The North American pay-TV industry is the largest and most mature markets in the world. Service providers in the region are leading the way in introducing next-generation features, including 4K (offered by 25 percent), content recommendations (35 percent), and voice control (10 percent).

In this advanced and competitive market, pay-TV providers need to continue innovating to maintain the relevance and adapt to intensifying competition. NAGRA, in partnership with MTM, released a market report entitled “The Pay-TV Innovation Landscape in North America” to map the innovations and strategies that will drive the next phase of growth in the industry.

Among some of the key findings are:

  • App-based OTT pay-TV services and Smart Home solutions were stated as the top-two opportunities to drive growth over the next five years.
  • Providers also taking steps to expand their content offerings, including through adding standalone OTT service
  • Service providers are interested in further monetizing their services through advanced advertising and data services

To learn more about the key findings in the report, visit here.

Cable-Tec Expo 2016 Connects with Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to the 2016 Cable-Tec Expo, taking place September 26-29. The organizers promise energizing days full of learning, exchanging knowledge, and exploring technology exhibits, network with new and familiar industry colleagues at the multitude of breakfast, evening, and live cable challenge events Cable-Tec Expo has to offer.

The numbers stack up; 400 technology exhibitors representing more than 60 countries will attract a lot of footfall at the show.

Visitors can expect technical workshops aligned with the most critical issues on the horizon for the industry with the hot topics for the show being:

  • Delivering Gigabit: Addressing both Fiber and Hybrid Fiber Co-Axial networks.
  • Video Services: The big issue examined here is the impact of IP
  • SDN/NFV: A wide array of workshops on a key industry topic for today

Cable-Tec Expo 2016 is not all hard work. There are the annual International Cable-Tec Games – considered the Olympics of the industry.

Why not let us know what you consider to be the key industry trends this year.

Big Bang! Public Cloud Explodes to $200bn in 2016

If we needed any further evidence of the impact ‘The Cloud’ is having, then look no further than the latest report on the subject from analyst firm Gartner.

Gartner’s 2015 Cloud Adoption Survey identifies the take up is being driven by cloud system infrastructure services currently growing at 43 percent a year, with estimates that cloud services are set to increase to $208.6bn in 2016. This is up from $178bn in 2015.

Why are they growing? Money – specifically the cost savings. Organizations are hailing a 14 percent reduction in budgets as a consequence of adopting public cloud services.

Challenges still remain, however. Market limiters, such as concerns over security and privacy, keep the right foot of adoption hovering over the brake.

How do you feel about using public cloud services?

IBC 2016: Transformation in the Digital Era Theme Permeates Exhibition and Conference

IBC 2016 (September-8-13) will host more than 55,000 visitors across 15 exhibition halls at Amsterdam’s RAI. Navigating the halls of this must-attend event looking for the latest product launches is not easy feat.

With so much to do and see, VisiTech PR put together some tips on how to make the best of your IBC experience.

  • Download their mobile app and carry in your pocket the show’s conference program, exhibitor list and overview of the feature areas
  • If you are interested in digital cinema and post-production, Fraunhofer IIS will showcase the latest advances for cost-efficient, future-proof, secure and standards compliant solutions. These include updates to its easyDCP solution, which now brings support for HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) workflows
  • If you are interested in live OTT, be sure to visit Net Insight and see a demo of how their Sye solution enables true live and synchronized OTT streaming across different devices
  • If you are interested in content protection technology, NAGRA will showcase its anti-piracy security services leveraging scalable automated online detection through advanced watermarking technology as well as shutdown activities to broadly protect pay-TV service provider business models

Are you attending IBC this year? If so, what are you looking forward to the most? Comment below or let us know in Twitter.

Super Mobility 2016: Everything Wireless Under One Roof

As one of the leading wireless shows in the world Super Mobility 2016 is a ‘must go show’ and now is a great time to plan your visit. With more than 1,000 exhibitors on the show floor demoing new product and solutions and a full three-day conference schedule, our team listed some of the key highlights of this year’s edition:

  • Virtual reality: Expect to see and hear a lot about virtual reality at the show. This conference session will address the use augmented reality and virtual in mobile
  • Consumer habits and trends: From mobile banking to managing remote production, mobile devices and technologies are being vastly used worldwide. This conference session will address different needs that are driving mobile use and adoption around the globe
  • Stellar keynote: hear from industry experts and entrepreneurs alike. The day-3 keynote session, slated for Friday, will bring musician, producer and philanthropist John Legend to the stage.

Don’t forget to download Super Mobility 2016 show app and let us know what you thought about the show.

IBC 2016 – Get Ready for the Biggest Media Show of the Year

IBC 2016 takes next week in the RAI, Amsterdam. Some 55,000 visitors are expected to attend the show and have the opportunity to meet more than 1600 exhibitors. So what can you expect at this year’s show?

Amongst the hot topics this year are advances in digital cinema, Ultra HD and the transition to IP. The result is an exciting conference program and halls dedicated to new and future technology. Our team has put together a list of must-see conference sessions and zones.

If you are going to the show we would love to hear what you considered to be the highlights.

SET Expo 2016 to Discuss VR and Connected TVs in LATAM

SET Expo, one of LATAM’s biggest media shows, kicks off next week welcoming more than 16,000 visitors expected to view products and applications from over 400 exhibitors. In its 28th year, the show has an extensive Conference Program aiming to discuss key innovation and trends in the region.

Among key topics at the Conference, expect to see:



  • Virtual reality: a panel discussion in which industry palyers will comment on how to accelerate this technology throughout the industry, including content production, distribution and consumption =
  • Connected TVs: a panel debate that will explore the use of social media and other apps with digital TV broadcasts
  • News and Sports Production: a pannel  debate that discusses the delivery and consumption models for live digital news and sports broadcasting

Are you attending SET Expo this year? Let us know the topics you don’t want to miss.

Myth Dispelled! The Internet Can be Used for Live TV Broadcasts

Live transport of broadcast quality video over the Internet has long been considered impossible. However, to handle the demands of broadcast services, new solutions have emerged that bridges the gap between the best-effort nature of the Internet and the high reliability and quality requirements for broadcasting.

Recently Sky News Arabia announced it is building a new global content contribution platform connecting 10 global news bureaus with its main hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The company has selected Net Insight’s Nimbra VA series to connect the news bureaus globally.

You can find more information about this announcement here.

A Download on On-Demand Viewing in the UK

UK industry regulator Ofcom recently released its latest Communications Market Report. The report showcases some unique stats around the continued rise of on-demand viewing and audiences age gaps in the UK. Here are a few tidbits recently reported on by BroadbandTV News:

  • It’s not just movies and TV on-demand – those ages 16-24 feel playing video games is just as important as watching TV. In terms of older audiences…
  • Time spent in front of a screen increased among those over the age of 55
  • In line with these viewing demands, OTT services such as Netflix rose from 18 to 26 percent.

This is just a sample of the facts and figures from the report. There’s plenty more to learn, from the devices being used, market revenue, take-up of service bundles and even time spent on media and communications throughout the day.

Anything from the report surprise you? We would love to know your thoughts!

The 411 on Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 will be launched at the company’s Ignite conference, which runs from September 26 to 30 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Several things are new. One is that Windows Server 2016 will be priced and licensed per core, rather than per physical processor.

Another is that the Datacenter and Standard editions have a new installation option called Nano Server, a stripped-down version designed for lightweight virtual machines, or a low-overhead host for virtual machines.

But, as with the current Windows Server 2012?R2 version, there will be no print server clustering.

Printing is still a decisive factor for many business processes, and the continued lack of print server clustering is a major cause of downtime and loss of productivity. While Hyper-V is meant to be a safeguard against this, it protects against hardware failures, a small fraction of printing errors.

Leading print management software provider ThinPrint has timed to perfection the launch of its latest version, ThinPrint 11, to overcome this barrier. Learn more here.