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Streamline Channel Origination: The Benefits of Horizontal Integration

Channel origination combines file-based playout and channel in a box (CiaB) functionality, and couples it to the content distribution chain to streamline video delivery workflows.

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Your Guide to Start and Expand OTT Channels

Demand for OTT channels is growing, consumer habits are changing, and it’s creating a clear impact on the OTT market. A recent report found that the global OTT market is set to grow by $77.73 billion between 2019 and 2023, increasing at a CAGR of over 13% during the forecast period. Whether you’re a pay-TV operator, a video content provider, broadcaster, or even a newcomer to the market, OTT channels represent an opportunity to expand your global footprint. An OTT channel can help you increase revenue and reach new viewers, including cord-cutters. In fact, it is predicted that by 2023, the number of pay-TV households in the U.S. will stand at 72.7 million, with cord-cutters estimated at 56.1 million.

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Channel Origination in the Cloud: A Key Trend for 2020

Spotting new or emerging trends can be difficult, especially early on. Just because there is a lot of hype around a new technology or solution doesn’t guarantee mass adoption will really happen.

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6 Reasons to Shift to OTT for Live Streaming Sports

According to Digital TV Research, online TV episode and movie revenues will more than double from $68 billion in 2018 to $159 billion in 2024, with $17 billion added in 2019 alone. This blog will explain why now is a great time to launch an OTT channel, especially for live sports.

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Plug and Play: Why it Matters for IP Simplicity

The media industry is accustomed to plug-and-play devices thanks to technologies like USB and HDMI. These technologies ensure that send and receive functions “just work” when two devices are connected. Plug and play is certainly easier than using serial ports which require you to set the data rate, data bits, parity, stop bits and flow control at each end and also make sure they match before you can connect two devices together. The whole idea of plug and play is to take the burden off of the user and leave it up to the devices to determine how to talk to one another. Let's explore how plug-and-play benefits different media system workflows, including SDI, media over IP, and SMPTE ST 2110.

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Virtualized Playout System Options for Your Video Business

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are looking for an alternative to dedicated hardware for playout.  Virtualized playout is a topic that has been covered extensively by industry publications and social media posts. With all of the playout options offered in various forms by multiple vendors for broadcast applications, we'd like to clear some things up.  The industry consensus seems to be that virtualized playout means a channel-in-a-box (CiaB) offering running on customer provided hardware. It may or may not, in fact, make use of virtualization, or in other words run a virtual machine (VM) (i.e., computer software with access to shared hardware resources). The definition of virtualization can also encompass private and public cloud. And as if that was not enough, virtualized playout can be extended to include master control and decentralized control.

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