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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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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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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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Synchronized Second-Screen technologies panorama

Second-screen is THE hot topic in the industry these days : as a recent study on the US market confirmed, tablets have become the most used second-screen over laptops when people watch TV, and up to 70% of the people do use additional devices during viewing sessions, in order to get additional information on the watched content or to exchange on social networks. And the tablets adoption rate is not gonna fall down as more and more competition provides new entry level tablets at less than 200 bucks. Tablet are becoming a commodity hardware in the households and this raises great interest in the broadcast world for at least two reasons : always connected devices provide realtime qualified and qualitative information on the viewers, and those devices allow to extend the user experience bey...

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What to see @ IBC 2011 : a selection of products for Streaming Workflows

If you got a plane for Amsterdam in September, there's a chance that it's not (only) to make you bulldog walking under the red lights : you will probably be undermining your new pair of shoes in the alleys of the RAI, seeking the freshness of streaming video innovations. Each year the trip is too short - and the feet do hurt - especially if you didn't carefully select your target booths in advance in order to see the more interesting technology breakthroughs. While making this preparation exercise, I thought that I could share my choices, in order to save your time and shoes a bit, and to hear back your tips as comments. So here are some suggestions of visits to arrange if your job is to build streaming-media-oriented-production-workflows like I do. See you there * !  

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