Digital Media and Content Distribution

Today’s launch of Amazon’s standalone streaming music service , Amazon Music Unlimited, will definitely have an impact for the streaming music industry. Amazon announced a standard $9.99 per month price, but a $2 discount for Amazon Prime members and a $3.99 per month rate for Amazon Echo owners. The Amazon Echo offering does not include the ability to listen on alternative devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. Parks Associates research indicates a...
Long an advertising and ratings powerhouse for the Peacock, one of the hottest stories to come out of Rio is the decline in NBC viewership ratings for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. There are several reasons the Rio Olympics broadcasts are not resonating quite as highly with viewers: Broadcast Delays – As has been the case in previous years, NBC delays some of its most popular events for primetime broadcast. This leads to the possibility of event results hitting the press...

William Morris Endeavor - International Marketing Group (WME-IMG) bought the UFC earlier this month for $4 billion. WME-IMG is a conglomerate of two accomplished agencies: talent agency WME specializing primarily in movies, television, and music, and IMG’ focusing on management for international sports and events. Brothers and co-owners of the UFC, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, are stepping down after the sale is finalized, but Dana White will remain on in his current role as...
Protecting customer information is not just about protecting the customer but also protecting the operators’ investments in video analytics data. Any security breach reduces customer trust in their video service provider and reduces the trust of vendors, partners, and advertisers in the ability of an operator to provide valuable analytics information and insight. Join Parks Associates and Verimatrix on Tuesday, July 19 for a complimentary one-hour industry webinar  examining...

VidCon, online video's takeover of the Anaheim Convention Center, was interesting, thought provoking, educational, and honestly a lot of fun. Between keynotes and discussions on the future of online video, I witnessed mass gatherings of fan communities and enjoyed unexpected brief meetups with Dr. Lindsey Doe of sex ed channel Sexplanations, and Michael Stevens, creator and longtime host of the channel Vsauce. Amidst the controlled chaos of online video's biggest gathering, a few key...
It appears that Comcast and its film and television subsidiary NBCUniversal will rule the Kingdom of Far Far Away after the media giant purchased Shrek franchise parent company DreamWorks Animation in a $3.8 billion acquisition announced earlier today . While the price is hefty, Comcast may not suffer from sticker shock when considering the advantages DreamWorks Animation’s assets provide Comcast’s already vast portfolio. The deal positions NBCUniversal to compete...
 

According to Parks Associates research, 33% of U.K. broadband households subscribed to an OTT video service as of 3Q 2015. New OTT video market entrants, especially those with paid services, will have to provide unique value in order to make substantial gains. However, the demand for interesting content is strong enough that there are market opportunities for new OTT video players. Nearly 20% of U.K. broadband households have recently used a Netflix service, despite the free OTT catch-up...
 
Technology for securing content and preventing piracy falls into two categories: technologies that identify and allow tracking of content and technologies that restrict access to content. Digital fingerprinting, watermarking, conditional access, and digital rights management are all solutions to help secure content. Digital fingerprinting and watermarking technologies play a significant role in identifying copyrighted content that is being distributed or accessed illegally and...
 
by Glenn Hower | Dec. 28, 2015
Tags: digital content, OTT, pay TV, security


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