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11 July 2019

OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

US NFL rights are in the firing line for OTT sports distributor DAZN according to the company’s CEO Len Blavatnik. He told Bloomberg that DAZN strives to be a major player in OTT sports rights, citing that the US and Canada have the highest penetration of OTT the world over. DAZN already has rights to stream NFL content in Canada.


ThinkAnalytics has declared a milestone – becoming the first company to scale to over 100 million monthly active users in the cloud. Despite an extensive customer list, the impressive feat concerns just 4 of the vendor’s OTT customers – the BBC, DAZN, Tata Sky and Viacom 18 – using AWS cloud infrastructure with ThinkAnalytics content discovery software to meet peak demand and deliver high-quality personalized viewing experiences. ThinkAnalytics notes that one unnamed customer recently scaled to run at over 1 million requests a minute without a single glitch.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is hosting a lecture in London next Tuesday featuring industry experts from Ofcom, Sky and ThinkAnalytics. Big data and privacy are the central topics, aiming to enlighten attendees in how the industry uses return path data and giving panelists an opportunity to justify modern society’s glutinous use of data.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) isn’t an immediately familiar name in the media technology industry, yet the analytics firm is responsible for supplying data to some of the richest sports franchises including the NFL. PFF has this week migrated its entire infrastructure to AWS, using AWS compute, storage, database, serverless, analytics and machine learning services to improve operational efficiency and drive deeper meaning from game statistical data.

Luxembourg-based RTL Group plans to combine its Nordic video business United Screens with its Berlin unit Divimove, as well as folding in RTL MCN in the Netherlands.


Media asset management firm Tedial will unveil new features at IBC including multi-sport configurations for automatically generating highlights or auto-clipping any genre of sport rapidly. The vendor has also partnered with automatic speech recognition specialist Speechmatics so operators can search for comments during a live event, create file locators and import files to generate speech-to-text. Tedial’s flagship product SmartLive also now includes a new module for publishing all types of content to social networks in one click.

Google’s YouTube has returned to Fire TV devices with full Alexa support and Amazon Prime Video has been granted Chromecast support, after the two technology titans put aside their differences.

LG has expanded its Rovi patent portfolio license to include a lineup of undisclosed TiVo patents.

Dutch operator Simpel was the country’s largest MVNO in Q1 2019, showing the strongest organic growth to overtake previous MVNO market leaders Lebara and Lycamobile, according to research from Telecompaper.

AT&T recently invested half a million dollars into free TV streaming service Locast and BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield reckons this was a very smart move destined for market expansion which will likely impact future broadcast retransmission fee negotiations. Richfield references the carriage dispute with Nexstar Media which suspiciously occurred shortly after AT&T made the investment.

Anevia will debut its new NEA-CDN 5 cloud-native CDN technology at IBC, reducing or even eliminating the need for capacity planning and allowing operators to add their own CDN to existing network infrastructure. NEA-CDN 5 reduces network load by caching user requests and content to protect origin servers from multiple requests.

Mobile ad company AppLovin wants to be known as a mobile gaming platform from now on, acquiring SafeDK to offer tools to game developers relating to user acquisition, monetization, analytics and publishing.

The world’s five largest content production hubs – the US, UK, France, Germany and India – account for 76% of all identified movies on TVoD services and 75% on SVoD services in these same five countries. The Films in VoD Catalogs report found that national VoD platforms contain a larger share of EU movie content than multi-country services.

Sony’s Indian VoD entertainment platform Liv has reached 100 million Android app downloads, according to Sony Pictures Network India, since launching in 2013.

Streaming network owner Tastemade has sourced video management platform provider Telaria to monetize OTT and connected TV inventory programmatically. Tastemade claims over 250 million monthly active users and over 2.5 billion monthly views.

Satellite technology manufacturer NovelSat has secured a grant from BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation, a joint US-Israeli scheme, to further its cooperation with video compression company igolgi. The funding, of an undisclosed sum, will go towards developing a satellite video distribution project to improve content transfer between content providers and distributors.

Joyn (née 7TV), the joint entertainment streaming initiative from ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, is using German multiscreen software outfit 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) to develop and integrate the service’s front end using the 3Ready UI framework. 3SS also supported the Joyn engineering team in the development phase of the apps for iOS, Android mobile, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV and other smart TV devices.

Live events graphics Moov is behind the BBC’s Wimbledon AR experiences, supplying it’s a 3-camera set-up with StarTracker camera tracking technology from partner Mo-Sys and AR technology from RT Software. Each camera feed is passed through RT’s render engine which drives both the player cut outs and the ‘Magic Window’ in real time.

Internet advertising will account for 52% of global ad spend in 2021, according to a forecast from Zenith, rising from 47% this year.


Sports events organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) is using the content marketplace from Globecast for clipped content sharing – increasing content monetization opportunities through facilitating cross-platform live content publishing plus VoD content creation and distribution.


Cox Media Group has selected a suite of applications from AI OS developer Veritone, powered by the vendor’s aiWare technology, for use in over 60 radio stations across 11 markets. Veritone’s Essentials applications will provide analytics and insights for CMG Radio’s direct sales teams and national advertising partners.

The Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) is creating a dedicated Ethiopian TV environment with fleet operator SES to migrate popular channels to a new neighborhood hosted on SES NSS-12 at 57-degrees East as of August 2019. A total of 14 association members will control over 50% of the country’s viewership of 4 million satellite TV households, while some 16 million homes remain without TV services.