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EBU BroadThinking 2014: Forget Multiscreen, We Are Heading Towards ONE Screen

This year the EBU BroadThinking Conference was sounding like a holistic swirl, a milestone in the trend of technology to define sets that are greater than the sum of their parts, through creative evolution. « Where Broadcast Meets BroadBand », you get some interesting fusion effect occurring and diluting the traditional boundaries of the screens, with the handheld devices being part of the big screen experience or extending it rather than trying to scalp it, in an environment where all the devices converge towards a restricted set of standards rather than tracing their own line.   While we by default think that standardization kills creativity, events like BroadThinking show that it's the opposite: if we gather energies to solve common problems together, we can both come up with

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[IBC 2013 Report] MPEG-DASH Ecosystem Status

While the present article is frozen at the time of writing, the implementations directory is still updated to reflect the current market offer in all areas related to DASH. Update 03/20/15 : for a newest DASH technical status, please read my State of MPEG-DASH 2015 article on Streaming Media. Update 06/28/14 : for a newest DASH deployment status, please read my State of MPEG-DASH Deployment article on Streaming Media Europe. You might also be interested by the dual Adobe & Microsoft interview I made on this occasion. Update 11/15/14 : I added the Youtube video of the presentation I did on the DASH Ecosystem Status at the Akamai Edge 14 Conference (scroll down to find it, as well as the slidedeck). While most of IBC's buzz was generated by the shiny HEVC + 4K couple, it wa

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EBU BroadThinking 2013 – the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 2 & DEMOS Report

  Nothing was more welcome after day 1 of EBU BroadThinking 2013 than a good night of sleep, in order to reset the tech hype counters and make some mental room for two new sessions on broadcasters' CDNs and the latest advances of hybrid platforms. What would be the best broadcasters' CDN architectures today, what would be their smartest (green) evolutions, would CDN-Federation standards finally bring interop reality over hopes, what would be the most advanced deployments and future of HbbTV, how it compares with YouView in the UK : day 2 agenda was looking quite attractive - and indeed the presentations were packed with valuable informations and experience feedbacks.   So here is the recap of the most interesting DAY 2 presentations and a short report on some insightful de...

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EBU BroadThinking 2013 – the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 1 Report

Geneva in late March doesn't feel as wild as a Las Vegas boulevard, but still there was a reasonable amount of gaming excitement at the EBU headquarters, where several events were following each other, beginning with a DASH Interoperability Forum meeting which was closely followed by the BroadThinking event, where industry actors and broadcasters come to show off their latest implementations advances and/or share the results of their real-life deployments or research studies. A good way of managing the transition between TV Connect and NAB...   Where Broadcast meets Broadband : that's the promise of the EBU's hybrid event which flies between industry competition, standardization efforts and broadcasters' realpolitik - all wrapped in a warm and funny ambiance provided by the vari

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OTT Video Services : Trends and Technologies [slide deck]

As a teaser for my upcoming blog post ("OTT distribution optimization technologies"), here is a bonus study for you, dear readers... It aims at isolating the main OTT Video Services trends (End-user driven & Production driven) and at pointing out relevant technologies with their maturity estimation and corresponding Vendor + Technology offer tuples. For a better presentation quality, you can download the PDF from the link below. Enjoy and share your thoughts/technology suggestions in comments !   Download PDF version

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NAB 2012 OTT Advancements & Doubts

NAB 2012 closed its doors two weeks ago, so it's a good time to draw an appraisal on various themes concerning OTT issues, and especially premium OTT issues, that have been handled through industry technology offer during the tradeshow. Here we'll go from production to distribution and examine the salient NAB facts and products, at least the ones which have a potential influence on OTT workflows evolution in the coming months (or years ?). Encoding workflow : standard integration takeover is not for this year... As FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Service, a workflow standardization and interoperability effort from EBU and AMWA) began to fly over the radar at NAB 2011, many NAB attendees (including me) were eager to check one year after if the initiative was gaining traction among

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