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Social TV Research: Engaging The Full Story Through Advertising Lessons.

Part 1: I’ve made the claim several times that when we research the effects of social media on television there are some lessons to be learned from the Ad world that are not always strictly related to advertising. These lessons provide key insights that should be studied by broadcasters, Apps, research firms and the ecosystem at large. The reason I make this statement is that all too often we try and evaluate social TV and...

Bite of Super Search Me!: Designing Video Guides

Are all video guides destined to look the same? A review of the guides in market gives the impression that the design is etched in stone – a law of nature. It’s true that the TV guide has survived decades without undergoing any serious innovation. The real culprit behind this UX stagnation is the underlying data that powers the guide. If all designers have is the same old generic metadata, they have no choice but...

Simply Smarter OTT and TV Everywhere services

Over-the-Top TV (OTT) & TV Everywhere services are revolutionizing the way TV is delivered and consumed, in the home and on the go. Xstream has been a pioneer in OTT and TV Everywhere since 1999, drawing on their extensive experience, Xstream work with world-leading Content Owners, Content Aggregators, Telcos, Cable operators and MSOs such as Telenor, Disney, Pathé, Canal Digital, Altibox, ProSiebenSat1 and Comoyo.com.

SBS Belgium taps Xstream for OTT delivery

One of Belgium’s major broadcasters, SBS Belgium, has selected Xstream’s video management system, MediaMaker, for its new OTT video service on web and mobile devices. Due for rollout later this year, SBS Belgium’s new offering will include ingest module securing an automated ingest workflow, Subscription based video-on-demand (SVOD) and Transaction based video-on-demand (TVOD) solution, encrypted with Widevine DRM. SBS Belgium is the latest broadcaster to choose Xstream’s award winning video management system, MediaMaker, for creation...

Xstream Partners with MPP Global Solutions for OTT & TV Everywhere Monetisation

Xstream the premium provider of OTT and TV Everywhere services and vendor of the award winning video management system, MediaMaker, today announced their strategic partnership with MPP Global Solutions, the leading provider of Customer Relationship Management, Payment and eCommerce Solutions to the Media and Entertainment Industries. The partnership enables content owners to monetise content through seamless, flexible platforms building on over a decade of experience of both companies.

Pathé partners with Xstream for Widevine DRM on iOS & Android devices

Pathé is one of Europe’s leading film companies, with 22 movie theaters in the Netherlands. Pathé Thuis is the company’s online video service, offering premium HD quality movies on multiple devices. As part of this strategy, Pathé Thuis turned to Xstream to deliver Widevine DRM content protection for the iOS and Android platforms, enabling it to increase the amount of video content in direct response to consumer demand. “As an over-the-top movie service, DRM solutions...

Set-top Box Over Kill

Following Amazons strong Q1 earnings, sources close to the e commerce giant have confirmed their development of a set-top box, which is set to release next year. Amazon’s progression into audience’s living rooms, following the introduction of their 14 original pilots and highly anticipated smartphone, means their keen to capitalize on audience’s changing behavior. Tweet this: Ashley Swartz asks, “aren’t we already suffering enough from set-top box fatigue?” Swartz believes the market is saturated with...

Aereo.com

My thoughts on Aereo.com I finally got in on Aereo. For me its one of those things that just simply worked right out of the box as it were. Technology is so great when it just works. The service is good, I get local broadcast TV online, more importantly on my iPad. I know some networks are very upset with this but I'm not sure why. (Ted Rogers created an media empire this way.) It...

Xstream chosen as a Red Herring Top 100

Xstream chosen as a Red Herring Top 100 Xstream the premium provider of OTT and TV Everywhere services and vendor of the award winning video management system, MediaMaker, today announced that they won the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Europe Awards and thereby also listed among the World’s most promising Technology companies. The Red Herring Europe 100 award is given to the top 100 technology companies based on their technological innovation, management strength, market size,...

What do 2013’s Upfronts mean for the 2nd screen, OTT and Social TV?

At last year’s Upfronts, the big five networks saw an increase in spend of 2%, up from $8.8 billion to 9.3 billion, while cable networks where the ringers, seeing a 5% increase year over year. Yet, the drop in TV ratings, across all major networks, left programmers in a tight bind following the 2011/2012 Upfronts. Programmers must make good on their underdelivery of audiences, says Ashley Swartz, by getting creative with less ad dollars and...

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