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IBC Special : IBC 2016 Preview Edition

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Britons to spend more on online video than DVDs for first time

This year, for the first ever time, Britons will spend more on video streaming subscriptions and film/TV downloads than on buying and renting DVDs, according to research and consulting firm, Strategy Analytics.

Consumers will spend £1.31 billion on streaming and downloading in 2016 (23.7% more than 2015), compared to £956 million on DVDs (includes Blu-ray), a 16.3% decline to below the £1 billion mark for the first time since 1994. Online formats will, thus, account for 58% of home video spend, compared to 42% for DVDs, whose share in 2015 was 52%.

Splitting out online and DVDs into the five main methods of accessing home video, most spend in 2016 will still go on buying DVDs/Blu-ray, but that will drop 16% to £905 million.

Streaming subscription services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, follow next and are the fastest-growing format, rising 36% to £742 million – or £1 in every £3 spent on home video. There are around 4.6 million Netflix households in Britain and 2.5 million with Amazon Prime. Around 20% of households who subscribe to a video streaming service, subscribe to at least two.

Video streaming subscriptions will be the dominant format from 2017 onwards and will account for over half of consumer home video spend by the end of 2021.

Downloading to rent will rise 8% to £338 million in 2016, downloading to buy will rise 16% to £234 million. Spend on renting DVDs will fall 24% to £51 million, or just 2% of the market.

“Five years ago, DVDs represented 86% of consumer spend on home video, in five years it will be less than 14%, with DVD/Blu-ray rental virtually extinct,” says Michael Goodman, Strategy Analytics’ Digital Media Director. “As online provides increasing ways to access films and box-sets, physical simply can’t compete. Although many people will always prefer a physical disc, retailers will have to decide whether it’s even viable to offer that format in five years’ time. Many won’t and with less high street players around, it will be online, ironically, that keeps DVDs on life support via e-commerce.”

Overall, the £2.27 billion Britons will spend on home video is a 3% rise on 2015 and the equivalent of £6.63 per household a month. However, video advertising around streamed and downloaded content will rise 23% to £593 million. Thus, overall revenues for the home video market will grow 6.6% to £2.86 billion.



From @videomageu

Ericsson strengthens TV and media operations in the UK

Ericsson has announced it will strengthen its TV and media operations in the UK by establishing a new broadcast and media services facility in MediaCityUK, Salford, Greater Manchester. MediaCityUK is currently home to leading media organisations including the BBC and ITV. The new site will go live from Q1 2017 and will deliver playout and media management services for clients like the BBC 24 hours a day.

Photo: Jabran Azam Photography

Additionally, Ericsson has extended its lease at Broadcast Centre, London.

Work is underway to establish world-class broadcast and media services facilities which will include playout suites, continuity and quality control areas, media management areas, master control facilities and a network operations center. Broadcast Centre will also house a new creative studio – home to Ericsson’s creative agency Red Bee.

Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson, says: “Every day people across the UK watch television programs prepared, managed and broadcast by Ericsson. TV and media remains a key priority for Ericsson and an important part of our ongoing growth strategy and this move really underlines our ongoing commitment to the industry and the UK. Our broadcast and media hubs in London and Salford will provide our clients with world-class facilities, ultimate resilience and leading edge technology both now and in the future, all delivered by our talented teams.”

Stephen Wild, Managing Director, MediaCityUK, says: “We are delighted that Ericsson has chosen MediaCityUK as the base for its new northern media services facility. This move further confirms MediaCityUK’s status as a location for critical broadcast operations and will enable Ericsson to take advantage of the resilient power and connectivity infrastructure designed into the campus.”

Ericsson is one of the leading global providers of broadcast and media services and has worked with some of the world’s most well-known broadcasters, platforms and content producers including BBC, Channel 4, BT Sport, ITV, FOX, DreamWorks, Disney, Liberty Global, NPO, Canal+, NOS, Bonnier Group, Sky, HBO, TV5 Monde, France 24 and many, many more.

Every year, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services distributes more than 2.7 million hours of programming in more than 90 languages for more than 500 TV channels worldwide. Ericsson’s global content discovery portfolio spans more than 10 million movies and program titles covering over 35 languages. Globally more than 200 million people interact with Ericsson’s rich metadata each week. In addition, we provide over 230,000 hours of captioning each year – more than 100,000 hours of which is live.


“Innovation Workshop” από την Imagine Communications και την AmyDV

(PR AMY) Στις 17 Μαΐου θα πραγματοποιηθεί ένα mini-συνέδριο που πραγματεύεται την ομαλή μετάβαση από το παρόν στο μέλλον της βιομηχανίας των media.

Θα μιλήσουν ειδικοί από τον χώρο των εγκαταστάσεων και της οργάνωσης από τεχνικής πλευράς των σύγχρονων επιχειρήσεων media με κέντρο το video.

Στην εκδήλωση καλούνται να συμμετάσχουν όσοι επαγγελματίες του χώρου χρειάζεται να γνωρίζουν την μορφή των πραγμάτων που έρχονται για να μπορούν καλύτερα να σχεδιάζουν και να συμβουλεύουν για το μέλλον των δικών τους επιχειρήσεων.

Η Imagine Communications είναι αφιερωμένη στη μελέτη, ανάπτυξη και εμπορία λύσεων στην Οπτικοακουστική αγορά και ειδικά στην τηλεόραση, με καινοτόμες λύσεις σε διάφορες περιοχές εφαρμογής, με προϊόντα και λύσεις όπως το Versio, το Nexio, το Zenium, ή το Epic.

Το “Innovation Workshop – Αθήνα 17 Μαΐου” θα εμβαθύνει σε θέματα και τεχνολογίες γύρω από το 4K, το IP, το Playout, Automation, Virtualization και εάν υπάρξει ζήτηση και με το Cloud και το OTT.

Συγκεκριμένα θα αναλυθούν τα παρακάτω θέματα:


* SDI over IP / How does it work?
* IP Transition – Pure IP and Hybrid IP/SDI Scenarios
* UHD–UnderlyingTechnology and Products


* AIM–Concentration on Standards!
* Monetizing cDVR and OTT (αναμένεται επιβεβαίωση)


* Software Defined Workflows
* Integrated Playout and Discrete Playout Products
* Master Control & Virtual Master Control


Ακόμη, οι εξειδικευμένοι μηχανικοί των δύο εταιρειών θα αποκαλύψουν τις νέες λύσεις της Imagine Communications με σκοπό την άμβλυνση των προβλημάτων που εξακολουθούν να υπάρχουν σε διάφορους τομείς. Οι συμβουλές τους θα σας βοηθήσουν στην επιλογή του καλύτερου τρόπου χειρισμού των υβριδικών εγκαταστάσεων που θα είναι η κύρια μορφή των επιχειρήσεων τα επόμενα έτη.

Σημειώστε την ημερομηνία: Τρίτη 17 Μαΐου 2016!

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες, καθώς και για την προεγγραφή σας επισκεφθείτε την ιστοσελίδα της εκδήλωσης

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