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  • April 2015

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  • EditorGoran Nastic

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    Editors report:At an IHS conference late last year, Erik Huggers, argued that IPTV has no long term future. Huggers is not the first to make such a claims but his prediction seemed more prophetic coming from the man who led the iPlayer and orchestrated Intels OnCue OTT efforts (now part of Verizon). Huggers said that telcos should instead focus on boosting their broadband pipes in a world moving increasingly towards IP streaming and internet TV

    delivery. IPTV networks are indeed more restricted by geographic boundaries but a new breed of more open systems is emerging that are much more flexible. They embrace software, cloud, virtualisation and multi-screen, taking IPTV into a new, less monolithic era that is more tightly coupled with OTT and thereby promising payTV at Web speeds. This will enable service providers and broadcasters to better compete with more nimble pure-OTT players. Our cover story, on page 20, looks at what the future has in store for IPTV 2.0. Will this be enough? Goran Nastic, editor


    4 CSI Summit All the latest speakers you can see and hear at our event

    06 News & analysisAll the latest industry and research news

    12 Analyst cornerStrategy Analytics looks at screen mirroring dongles and the threat they pose for Smart TVs

    14 T-VoDIs there still a future for transactional video-on-demand in a world where consumers increasingly embrace subscription-based VoD offers?

    18 Smart home Selling and packaging smart home solutions is not easy but there are a number of options available to manufacturers and service providers

    20 COVER STORY - IPTV/OTTEric Huggers has predicted the death of traditional IPTV and its replacement by OTT delivery. But IPTV 2.0 can fight back

    23 WiFiWireless and WiFi, both indoors and outdoors, are now the main priorities for cable operators

    29 DTG columnThe first ultra HD plugfests in the UK show that UHD interoperability still has a long way to go

    30 CSI AwardsFind out more about this years awards

    32 DTH in RussiaSatellite TV is facing a new set of opportunities and challenges in the country

    35 Cloud DRMsTo what extent are DRMs migrating to hosted or cloud environments and what is the impact of this move?

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  • For the latest updates follow us @CSISummit #CSISummit

    Future of TV Business ModelsThursday 21 May 2015St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

    Key themes under the spotlight will include: The future of movie release windows

    Emerging commercial opportunities for

    content distribution

    Transactional video (TVoD) vs SVoD

    Impact of direct-to-consumer OTT services

    A la carte TV

    Online piracy

    Advertising evolution

    Cross-platform audience measurement & data

    How programmatic is changing the buying


    The multi-screen battleground

    Summit 2015

    The linear TV programming model is ripe for replacement - Reed Hasting, CEO, Net ix

    Programmers going OTT are playing with re - Tom Rutledge, CEO, Charter

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    Panel discussions on current and developing trends in the media chain

    Contact Hammad Uddin, +44 (0)207 562 2422,


    Shifting business models - a new digital landscapeCan the current advertising and affi liates revenue survive in the digital age? How are windowing

    strategies evolving in a multi-platform world? Can EST survive in an era of sVoD? Does the death of

    Blinkbox mean T-VoD is dead? How will the studios handle this?


    Paul Maidment, Director, Kite Media Consultancy

    Philip Mordecai, Director, Curzon Home Cinema

    New Panellist announced: Riccardo Donato, Head of VOD, BBC Worldwide

    Fighting online piracy - a winnable ght?Are we further than ever in combating digital pirates? What impact are OTT devices having on the

    problem? How has the movie industry evolved with advancements in technology? What options are

    open to content owners and broadcasters in tackling sports and movie piracy?


    Sheila Cassells, Executive Director, Audiovisual Anti-piracy Alliance

    Tim Cooper, Operations Manager; Anti-Piracy, MarkMonitor

    Sundeep Samra, Product Manager, Data Centre and CDN Services, EMEA, Level 3

    New Panellist announced: Kieron Sharp, Director General, FACT

    TVs multiscreen battlegroundWhat is the future relationship for consumers and industry between multiple television screens and

    devices? How will use of diff erent devices aff ect television content?


    David Mercer, VP, Principal Analyst, Strategy Analytics

    Tony Henderson, Operating Systems Group, Microsoft PlayReady

    New Panellist announced: David Cutts, Director, VuTV

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  • news in brief

    Free unveils 4k Android boxFrench telco Free has introduced

    what it claims is the worlds first

    4k-capable set-top box based on

    Android TV. The box combines

    TV, broadband and fixed-line in a

    new effort to shake-up the

    countrys telecoms market. The

    new box will be offered as part of

    its standard triple-play service.

    Free is supplying the Freebox

    mini 4k instead of the Freebox

    Crystal to new customers in fibre

    and copper unbundled areas. The

    two-device system consists of a

    Freebox mini 4k server and a

    player. The Freebox Mini 4K

    supports ADSL2+, VDSL2 and

    FttH connectivity and its

    Bluetooth-based remote control

    can recognise voice commands.

    Sky invests in OTT start-upSky has put a further $5m in

    1Mainstream, an OTT company

    that provides automation

    technology for content delivery of

    linear and on-demand video to a

    range of connected devices. such

    as Apple TV, Xbox, Android TV

    and Samsung. It enables content

    companies to launch OTT

    services across platforms in only

    a matter of weeks and with

    almost no upfront costs. The

    investment builds on the $2m

    already invested by Sky in August

    2013. Since its initial investment,

    Sky has used the platform to

    broaden distribution of its OTT

    services such as Sky News and

    Now TV to its digital audience.

    New analyst firm on the block

    A new analyst firm has lunched

    founded by veteran Screen Digest

    employees Guy Bisson, Richard

    Broughton, Ben Colbeck, and

    Dan Stevenson. Ampere Analysis,

    will be a resear


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