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All you need to know about transportation, accommodation, food and beverage, and more …

One month left to prepare for IBC, the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology show, held every year in Amsterdam, NL, in September. For those of you who are back from summer holidays (I am thinking of my European colleagues here), it is time to start finalising all the bookings for the meetings which will determine the success of your time at IBC. …


And what it means for the consolidation of the market

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In these last few days, two deals (Seachange buying Xstream and Brightcove buying Ooyala’s OVP assets) have been announced at multiples of revenue roughly around 1. This comes after Belden/Grass Valley bought Snell Advanced Media in early 2018 at about $94.2 million (including earn-out) also at (probably) slightly less than x1 revenue.

The situation is therefore in sharp contrast with a few years ago when the mention of cloud, SaaS or OTT drove valuations to the sky : Brightcove buying Zencoder in 2012 at about x15 revenue, Amazon buying Elemental…


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A practical guide for broadcasters with an Ofcom license

If you are a broadcaster or a VOD service operating with an Ofcom license and you have viewers in Continental Europe, the uncertainty around Brexit creates a business risk. Let us see how big this risk is and what you should do about it.

As of now you are legally allowed to send your content in Continental Europe (EU27) thanks to the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive licensing regime and, by extension the Country of Origin (CoO) principle. If the UK leaves the EU, unless the UK and the EU specifically agree otherwise, this will no longer be applicable. …


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Game Changer or Hype ?

No one has escaped the recent media coverage of blockchain and the ups and downs of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin ; but how could the blockchain technology be used for the media industry itself ?

Let us start by defining what blockchain technology is and stating what its key characteristics are. A blockchain is a digital, immutable, distributed ledger that chronologically records transactions in near real time. The prerequisite for each subsequent transaction to be added to the ledger is the respective consensus of the network participants (called nodes), thereby creating a continuous mechanism of control…


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In a previous article I was describing how European TV channels need to fundamentally change from being a provider of programming for a single European country to being a provider of video content to all European viewers if they want to have the scale to compete with Netflix’s quality content.

So once they have made the strategic changes necessary to fuel such ambition and have the right content for it, they still need distribution. And there again, TV channels are suffering. Traditionally, TV channels are distributed by DTT, cable, IPTV or satellite operators. However, DTT and satellite are not well…


The necessary move from national TV ecosystems to European ones

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RTL Group’s revenue has been mostly flat in the last 5 years (at around EUR 6 billion), same for TF1 (at around EUR 2 billion), same for Mediaset (at around EUR 3.6 billion), and the list could go on. The high level dynamics regarding the revenue generation of these European Media Groups with a strong involvement in linear TV channels is a declining TV advertising revenue more or less compensated by diversification in “digital” businesses.

In the same last five years Facebook’s ad revenue has been multiplied by more than…

David Justin

President of One Six International. A 360º view on Media & Entertainment, Digital, Cloud and OTT.

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