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Virgin Media has added 11 new live channels to its cloud-based Virgin TV Anywhere entertainment service.The channels consist of four ITV networks, four A+E Networks UK channels and three Viacom networks and take the total number of channels available on the service to 75.The introduction of ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3 and ITV 4 means that viewers can watch shows including Coronation Street and Britain’s Got Talent on the move. The A+E Networks channels are History, H2, Bio, and CI, which air shows like American Pickers and Dance Moms.The Viacom channels, which were previously available on computers only but are now also available to stream on tablets, are MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.Virgin TV Anywhere is available online to all Virgin TV customers, and through mobile and tablet apps for Virgin TiVo customers. The apps offer extra tools like remote recording options and are currently available for iOS devices, with Android due to follow later this year.
Cisco has launched a new facility to enable customers of its Infinite Video platform to test new features with users before making them generally available, with Israel’s Yes one of the first pay TV operators to use the service.The Infinite Video Platform Labs will enable Cisco customers to gather feedback from users before launching new features based on the platform. The IVP Labs will include A/B testing capabilities and what Cisco describes as a ‘microservice-based architecture” to enable the fast delivery of tests.According to Cisco, Israel’s Yes used IVP Labs to design and test a feature that delivers a personalised user interface to different audience segments and viewers. The feature is integrated with Yes’s personalized recommendation engine, and was demonstrated by the pair at Las Vegas’ Wynn Hotel during the Consumer Electronics Show.“One of the benefits of moving to IVP is the ability to innovate faster at lower cost. Gone are the days of costly professional services engagements to make minor changes with high downtimes. Being able to provide immediate feedback, and adapt the functionality accordingly, is a critical success factor in the new video world,” said said Yitschak Elyakim, CTO, Yes.“We are releasing new features for IVP every two weeks,” said Rajeev Raman, senior director of product and strategy, service provider video software, Cisco.“IVP Labs demonstrates our commitment to a common code that continuously expands capabilities while improving quality. Our aim is simple: to create a community in which our customers – and their customers – can directly contribute to shape the IVP roadmap and help define the future of video.”
Youssef Tuma, managing director, Accenture Communications, media and technology, talks to DTVE about his company’s latest research into consumer behaviour and the market impact of changing patterns of content viewing. What are the key changes that are now taking place in the way people view content, according to Accenture’s latest research?Consumers are choosing video over other forms of content, watching all lengths of video on all types of devices, and seeking out video wherever and whenever it is convenient for them. Video will make up 70% of all global internet traffic by 2018*. While the TV set remains the principal device for premium content, overall viewing is rapidly fragmenting across multiple devices and formats. Accenture’s research** shows that the diversity is growing, with more than half of the devices in use for video consumption today being either PCs, tablets, smartphones or other multiplatform devices.As consumers spend more time watching online videos, short form video is now a firmly entrenched content form supported by a sophisticated ecosystem that rivals more traditional media. At the same time, viewing of longer form video on non-TV devices is growing. Looking forward, consumer viewing of live events on mobile devices out of home is gaining momentum. On demand, time shifting and binge watching on all platforms are trends that are now very much in play, driving a rising need for media companies to understand and leverage context to influence how a consumer selects, engages with and consumes content.*Accenture Research analysis based on Cisco Visual Networking Index Global IP Traffic Forecast and Service Adoption (2013–2018)** 2015 Accenture Digital Consumer SurveyWhat impact will the use of data likely have on the video business and what challenges and opportunities does the availability of massive amounts of data have for content companies?In the same way that web-scale platform companies constantly mine and leverage data to enhance and target offers, TV and video services need to engage consumers with predictive and personalised interactions based on past behaviour, behaviours of similar consumers, and real-time interactions that create a genuine sense of intimacy for every individual. The collection and interrogation of data can also unlock the power of a creative workforce: a key source of differentiation in the digital market. Once a media organisation becomes more mature with its use of data, it can—and should—be harnessed to better inform decision making about content, from curation to commissioning.Promoting the collection and consolidating analysis of viewing data, user preferences, recommendations and ratings—as well as data from social media and other sources—can greatly increase the accuracy of decisions to, for example, recommission a second series or new season and support decision making about curation, discovery, and recommendations. This capability is not only contained to consumer applications; the factors that underpin successful digital and social marketing are also all grounded in the ability to gather and use more data more intelligently. Extending digital reach, engineering higher loyalty and elongating the time consumers want to spend on each digital channel visit depends upon an appropriate operating model which, enabled by data, provides video businesses with fresh insights, improved consumer offers and relevant suggestionsHow will ‘digital natives’ disrupt the market, how much of a challenge do they pose for traditional media companies and do they have any weaknesses?‘Born digital’ players such as Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook are vying to become ‘go-to’ providers for the new digital video ecosystem. They’re marshalling their uniquely digital heritage that gives them inherent understanding of how digital consumers behave and what they want, alongside mastery of the capabilities to target and serve them effectively. These digital natives can deliver digital experiences and enable capabilities at global scale. They’re adept at highly personalised targeting, analytics and actionable insight, retail transactions, aggregation and optimised distribution—and can use those capabilities far more effectively and efficiently than (most) video content providers today.However, traditional content providers such as cable and broadcasters still, for the time being, command a hefty slice of consumer loyalty. Consumers in the 2015 Accenture Digital Consumer Survey trust broadcasters and cable companies more than others to deliver a quality video over the internet service to their TV screen. That loyalty is very important, but it can’t be taken for granted. As technical innovations continue to develop quickly and consumer behaviours continue to evolve rapidly, traditional players have no time to lose in acquiring and developing the new digital capabilities they’ll need to compete in the longer term.Why is scale so important for media companies as consumption patterns shift? How do you define optimal scale?Increasing the number of digital subscribers is important in the face of what is likely to be relatively low average revenue per user (ARPU) and a fairly inelastic market for non-aggregated OTT that makes anything other than marginal price increases unlikely to be acceptable. Scale is critical for both ad-driven and subscription digital business models in order to collect sufficient volumes of data that will allow for the creation of meaningfully sized consumer segments to attract marketing budgets whose effectiveness can accountably be measured. Scale is also important in order to collect sufficient amounts of engagement data to create statistically relevant models with significant digital segments that enable high-value capabilities such as hyper-targeting and highly contextualised digital interactions.Before they decide on which business model they will pursue to compete in a digital world, it is imperative that content providers first implement strategies that will allow them both to acquire and support sufficient scale. This is required to promote significant interactions with their platforms so they can better understand the behaviours of their digital consumer base. Then if they are enabled by cloud platforms, for example, they can harness and handle any unpredictable demand that will underline those interactions.Which types of traditional media organization stand potentially to gain from the changes taking place and which are more vulnerable? What should the winners do to consolidate their advantages and, conversely, is there anything traditional business who do not want to compete through technology can do to arrest their decline or protect their business?The ability to engage, retain, and monetise consumers in the digital world requires an efficient operating model that combines agile product development and a strong technology delivery capability. That’s a prerequisite for developing, testing, learning, and reacting to consumer demands as content-based features (discovery, consumption, and interaction) are shipped into digital products.Content providers and broadcasters face some far-reaching choices. They need to decide—and decide quickly—between two clear strategic options. They may choose to build their own platform (comprising both the right technology and supporting organisation) on which to ride the waves of disruption. If not, they will need to partner with others who possess the relevant capabilities and, in doing so, hone their abilities to successfully and sustainably their content on partner platforms. It’s a highly strategic choice that will determine the future of content providers’ businesses. It is also a choice they need to make very soon—before consumers make it for them.