HDR Special Report: Dolby Vision Enjoys Steady Adoption

July 22, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on HDR Special Report: Dolby Vision Enjoys Steady Adoption 

By Chris Tribbey

The Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) is featuring a series of one-on-one interviews with stakeholders in high dynamic range, or HDR. Today, Roland Vlaicu, VP of consumer imaging for Dolby Labs, discusses the status of Dolby Vision, an HDR-enabled solution for both the cinema and the home.

Vlaicu: We developed Dolby Vision as a complete end-to-end ecosystem solution while focusing on the best end-consumer experience across a variety of devices and use cases. Dolby Vision is the highest quality HDR solution available capable of up to full 12-bit dynamic range performance with full color capability and as such, is a super set of all other approaches in the market.

For stakeholders across the ecosystem, Dolby Vision provides an accurate, compatible, flexible, scalable and future proof solution. It also offers a variety of implementation approaches based on use case, bit budget, and market…

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DVDs, TVs Lead Amazon Prime Day Sales

July 20, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on DVDs, TVs Lead Amazon Prime Day Sales 

By Chris Tribbey

Amazon’s one-day Prime Day sales event — held July 15 exclusively for subscribers to its $99-a-year Prime membership service — was criticized for a lack of high-profile products and lackluster discounts on items consumers did want.

However, the criticism didn’t mean the event wasn’t a rousing success for the No. 1 online retailer: Amazon said it sold 34.4 million items to Prime members (or 398 items per second), up 18% from Black Friday in 2014, and an order count up 266% over the same day last year. Amazon said the sales event saw more Prime members buy in one day than any other day in the retailer’s history. Prime Day generated an estimated $1.2 billion in incremental sales in just one day, according to analyst estimates. Read more

RSG Media: Maximizing Profits is the Name of the Game

July 16, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on RSG Media: Maximizing Profits is the Name of the Game 

By Chris Tribbey

Since 1985, media and entertainment companies (including studios, cable and broadcast companies, MSOs and MVPDs, sports leagues, digital programmers and game companies) have used RSG Media’s expertise and software to maximize revenues from their content and advertising inventories.

Headquartered in New York (with offices in London, Delhi, and Mumbai), RSG is best known for RightsLogic, a media business rights management system that allows clients to more easily manage their content’s lifecycle, covering sales, acquisitions, planning and scheduling, and associated financials, including royalties and participations. The company also offers an advanced suite of yield and revenue optimization tools, dubbed AdVant, which uses advanced mathematics to optimize promos, pricing, proposals, and logs, helping their clients generate new revenues. Read more

CEA: 4K Contributes to Steady CE Industry Growth

July 15, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on CEA: 4K Contributes to Steady CE Industry Growth 

By Chris Tribbey

New technology — including 4K Ultra High-Def (UHD) — will help the consumer electronics industry see a 2.4% growth in revenue this year, to $285 billion, according to a mid-year consumer electronics industry report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Emerging technologies are helping the industry grow, with a more than 100% year-over-year growth this year, according to CEA. UHD TVs shipments are expected to hit 4.4 million this year, up 210% year over year, with revenue of $5.3 billion, an increase of 136%. Consumers are also continuing to look to larger screen sizes for their living rooms, with shipments of screens 40 inches and larger accounting for 63% of all shipments, up 10% from 2014. Read more

OTT Companies: The Future is Bright

July 14, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on OTT Companies: The Future is Bright 

By Chris Tribbey

By 2018 the market for over-the-top (OTT) services will at least double to $8 billion, with a high of as much as $12 billion, according to a new report that surveyed nearly 50 players in the OTT market.

The report from London-based research firm MTM found that while the big boys like Netflix will continue to see growth in the coming years, even currently niche players are making the right investments to compete in the future OTT market. Participants in the survey estimated there would be 15-20 specialist OTT providers by 2018, each having 100,000 or more paying subscribers. Read more

M&E Journal: Evolution Not Extinction: How to Successfully Navigate Digital Disruption

July 8, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Evolution Not Extinction: How to Successfully Navigate Digital Disruption 

By Harris Morris, CEO, T3Media

An age-old adage reminds us that hindsight is 20/20.

As M&E companies struggle to make sense of dramatic shifts in how they create, manage, distribute and monetize content, there is one question most haven’t been able to answer: what can we learn from the mistakes of other industries interrupted by massive digital disruption, and how can we avoid those mistakes in our own?

As a result of massive technology innovation—namely, the Internet—the way consumers access and listen to music was disrupted overnight. In the decade that spanned 1999 to 2009, the music industry’s revenues were cut in half, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. It was a stunning free fall that resulted in the loss of more than $6 billion dollars in annual revenue.

It took the music industry nearly five years to wake up to the crisis confronting it. By 2010, digital revenues had increased by 1,000 percent; but digital growth from almost nothing to something came too late.

The industry had lost control of its consumers—and left innovators to take control of the market. Basic economics would seek to explain the massive revenue losses as a function of diminishing demand. In fact, the opposite is true: there has been an explosion of (legitimate) choice, flexibility and access to music for consumers. Demand isn’t the issue. Read more

Akamai: Internet Connection Speeds Rise

June 25, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Akamai: Internet Connection Speeds Rise 

By Chris Tribbey

In just three months the global average Internet connection speed has jumped 10% to 5 Mbps, and quarterly global average connection speeds among the top 10 countries remains well above 10 Mbps, according to Akamai’s first quarter “State of the Internet” report.

South Korea continues to lead every country with an average Internet connection speed of 23.6 Mbps, while the United Kingdom posted the fastest average mobile connection speed at 20.4 Mbps, up 28% from the fourth quarter of 2014. Read more

M&E Journal: Mining Metadata Gold with Semantics

June 24, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Mining Metadata Gold with Semantics 

By Matt Turner, Chief Technology Officer, Media and Publishing, MarkLogic Corporation

With the rise in the value of metadata and its direct impact on the new digital business, metadata is becoming a critical asset for product creation and distribution. This is driving the need for more accurate and flexible metadata. To address this need, organizations need to look beyond the traditional tools and technologies for managing metadata and embrace new approaches, including NoSQL databases and semantic technologies to create, manage and deliver more accurate and complete metadata.

Traditional metadata management processes define, up-front, the meta-data required for the organization, using tools that range from Excel spreadsheets to taxonomy and ontology management tools. These tools all define a fixed set of attributes for the metadata, typically in the rows and columns of a relational database. This process means creating a row for every possible type of metadata including dates, contributors, asset information and categories.  Read more

Levels Beyond, Rightsline Partner Up

June 23, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Levels Beyond, Rightsline Partner Up 

By Chris Tribbey

Rightsline, a software-as-a-service rights and contract management platform, and Levels Beyond, creators of the Reach Engine streamlined media management software platform, have announced a new partnership that will see the two develop joint APIs, supporting visual integration within both their platforms.

“The powerful combination of Rightsline and Reach Engine offers media companies greater flexibility and control than ever before,” said Art Raymond, CEO of Levels Beyond. “Content owners and licensees must have rock solid, up-to-date rights information about every minute of sellable content at their fingertips, and the results of this exciting new partnership are going to give our clients just that.” Read more

M&E Journal: Third Party Quality Control Needed Now More Than Ever

June 17, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Third Party Quality Control Needed Now More Than Ever 

By Ramón Bretón, Chief Technology Officer, 3rdi QC

We all remember the good old days: the 2000s when DVD sales were skyrocketing. Consumers weren’t just upgrading their home video collections from VHS to DVD, they also were amassing an even greater collections of discs, spurred on by the vastly improved quality and bonus features previously unavailable on VHS.

The novelty and convenience of DVD (no rewinding!) also contributed to the public’s rapid embrace of the format. Unlike LaserDisc, DVD resonated with film buffs and the average consumer alike. Each year from 1998 to 2004 saw a remarkable increase in U.S. consumer spending on DVD rental and sell-through, while the peak years of 2004 through 2009 saw total spending on DVD and Blu-ray reach between $15 billion and $20 billion each year, according to Rentrak and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group data.

Ensuring the promise of perfect quality

A large part of the allure and sales pitch of DVD was its “perfect” quality and special features. Errors such as digital hits in the video, misspellings on menu pages, out of sync audio and incorrect subtitles all caused discs to be re-pressed with replacement discs issued to consumers.

These gaffes, which were frequently and embarrassingly detailed in on-line home entertainment forums, not only ate into the studios’ profits, but threatened the reputation of the format as a whole. Read more

VideoNuze 5th Annual Online Video Advertising Summit Set For June 16th

June 12, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on VideoNuze 5th Annual Online Video Advertising Summit Set For June 16th 

If you need to know everything about online video advertising, then join 400+ industry colleagues at VideoNuze’s 5th annual Online Video Advertising Summit on June 16th in NYC. Hear from executives at Bonnier, Conde Nast, Digitas, Hearst, MediaVest, Reuters, Roku, Starcom, Viacom, Zenith and many more! MESA newsletter readers get 20% off with Media Partner ticket here: http://videosummit2015.videonuze.com/ Use code: MESA15

Solekai: A Focus on Digital Video

June 11, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Solekai: A Focus on Digital Video 

By Chris Tribbey

San Diego-based Solekai — a software engineering design services company that specializes in the design, development, integration and testing of digital media and cloud software — in just the last few years has taken on a new focus: video formats and technology implementations for DASH and 4K.

Whether it’s been scalability testing for video formats for broadband providers, or streaming 4K video from a smartphone to a TV via Wi-Fi, the company is aiming to be a go-to for the all the videos needs of its clients.

Greg Jarvis, VP of sales digital media, sat down with the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance to discuss the changing face of digital video, the content security needs of content providers and how Solekai fits into the UltraViolet ecosystem. Read more

Solekai: A Focus on Digital Video

June 8, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections · Comments Off on Solekai: A Focus on Digital Video 

By Chris Tribbey

San Diego-based Solekai — a software engineering design services company that specializes in the design, development, integration and testing of digital media and cloud software — in just the last few years has taken on a new focus: video formats and technology implementations for DASH and 4K.

Whether it’s been scalability testing for video formats for broadband providers, or streaming 4K video from a smartphone to a TV via Wi-Fi, the company is aiming to be a go-to for the all the videos needs of its clients.

Greg Jarvis, VP of sales digital media, sat down with the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance to discuss the changing face of digital video, the content security needs of content providers and how Solekai fits into the UltraViolet ecosystem. Read more

PwC Forecast: Disc Revenue Decline Helped by OTT

June 3, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on PwC Forecast: Disc Revenue Decline Helped by OTT 

By Chris Tribbey

Over-the-top (OTT) video services will help push overall electronic home video revenue to more than $16.5 billion in 2019, with more OTT services offering original content and helping to lure consumers away from traditional pay TV bundles, according to a new report.

By 2017, electronic home video revenue ($12 billion) is expected to surpass box office revenue ($11.8 billion) by 2017, according to the “Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2015-2019” from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Meanwhile, physical disc will continue to see declines, according to the report: physical disc rentals will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -14% ($730 million in revenue), while disc sell-through will see a CAGR of -8.4% ($4.54 billion) in 2019.

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Cybercrime Solutions Top Agenda of ISSA-LA Information Security Summit (CDSA)

June 1, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Cybercrime Solutions Top Agenda of ISSA-LA Information Security Summit (CDSA) 

By Chris Tribbey

This week will see the seventh annual Information Security Summit, held by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA).

And while attendees at this year’s event can expect the usual — a full day of security management programs for security and IT professionals, with the best and brightest in the cyber security industry on hand — there’s something unique about the June 4 program, according to ISSA-LA president Stan Stahl.

The unprecedented cyber attack against Sony last year has put everyone in the media and entertainment industry on notice, he said: cyber security for content companies can no longer be reactionary. And protecting your content is just part of the equation.

“As we discussed at our panel at the recent HITS (Hollywood IT Society) conference, the Sony attack has created a ‘new normal’ for the entertainment industry, where managing information security is becoming as important as managing content security,” Stahl told the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA). “This makes our summit the must-attend event for both information security and IT professionals, and for the executives responsible for managing these important areas.”

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space150 Acquires Hollywood-based Creative Agency ONE+K Studios

June 1, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on space150 Acquires Hollywood-based Creative Agency ONE+K Studios 

Digital agency space150 today announced the acquisition of Los Angeles-based agency ONE+K. The move adds 50 new employees and 11 editing bays to the agency’s 120-person roster across Minneapolis, New York and LA, and is part of the firm’s five-year roadmap to strengthen in-house capabilities in video production.

“We’ve always believed in art and science living together,” said Billy Jurewicz, CEO and Founder of space150. “ONE+K’s approach to content creation — blending creative and code — perfectly complements the space150 ethos and mission. This acquisition will help both companies’ clients move past TV-centric production models to a content engine built for brands publishing digital content every day.”

ONE+K specializes in building consumer marketing campaigns and creating engaging content to enhance the consumer experience in movies, TV shows, music, books and games. The company has been a key partner to many of the world’s top media and technology companies, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Disney, Apple, HBO, and Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

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IHS: 4K TV Pick-Up Higher Than Expected

May 28, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on IHS: 4K TV Pick-Up Higher Than Expected 

By Chris Tribbey

Better-than-expected demand for 4K TVs this year will drive worldwide TV shipments to a record high in 2015, according to a new report from research firm IHS.

Global TV shipments should hit 265 million units this year, up 5% from 2014, with 4K shipments up higher than expected, to 40 million units, or 15% market penetration. That would be an increase of nearly 110% year over year. Larger-sized panels are becoming increasingly popular with consumers, according to IHS, with 27% year-over-year growth forecasted for displays of 49 to 55 inches and 26% growth for displays between 58 and 65 inches. Displays smaller than 40 inches will grow less than 2% this year.
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M&E Journal: Adopting Predictive Analytics in the Age of the Connected Consumer

May 27, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Adopting Predictive Analytics in the Age of the Connected Consumer 

By Suzanne Clayton, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Communications, Media and Entertainment, SAS

In the mere five years since the first iPad appeared, connected devices have transformed the entertainment world.

With the number of mobile, connected devices today surpassing the number of humans on Earth, the time is now for media and entertainment companies to capitalize on the consumer data pouring in from the Web, email, social media and other digital sources. But where to begin? Media and entertainment companies curious about technology buzzwords are naturally wondering: What resources do we need for predictive analytics? How much data is “big data”? Should Hadoop be part of our information strategy? Where should we focus first? How do we bridge organizational data silos? How can we be more data-driven? And can data make our supply chain more efficient? We are talking about information modernization.

It begins with assessing your business information and analytics maturity – your people, processes, data, technology and culture. The process of conducting this assessment is called business analytics modernization assessment. It typically takes a few days to complete. Media and entertainment companies run the gamut on information and analytical maturity. They range from using Excel for analysis to pockets of predictive analytics, typically in marketing, to a centralized BI and analytics team and strategy.
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Jargon Technologies Announces Indigo Ultra Beta Program

May 15, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Jargon Technologies Announces Indigo Ultra Beta Program 

Jargon Technologies has announced the launch of a preview program for Indigo Ultra™, a comprehensive authoring platform for Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, and ULTRA HD Blu-ray™.

Indigo Ultra™ is based on Panasonic’s original authoring platform, and provides a streamlined, easy to use solution for authoring complex next-generation titles.

“We decided to provide this preview release to our customers, so they can get a head-start on authoring ULTRA HD Blu-ray™ titles,” said Bhanu Srikanth, CEO of Jargon Technologies.
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M&E Journal: Data Driven Media is Happening Now

May 13, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Data Driven Media is Happening Now 

By Steven L. Canepa, General Manager, and Richard Maraschi, Solutions Leader, Big Data & Advanced Analytics, IBM Global Media & Entertainment Industry

The transition from audience demographics to consumer microsegments is underway. For years, technology promised that soon — very soon — we’d be able to use data about what people watch and discuss to determine not just what types of media to suggest to viewers, but also what to create for them.

It seemed like tech nirvana, always just out of reach. Until now, that is. New enablers such as cloud, social media, mobile and digital distribution platforms are providing access to more data than we’ve ever had before. Driven in part by people tapping out 98,000 tweets, 700,000 Google searches, and 168 million emails every 60 seconds, the amount of data being created is growing at a 40 percent compound annual rate.

The new challenge is how to turn all that data into insights and value. Advances in analytics are propelling media companies forward, and evolving the focus from the idea of serving audiences to the notion of shaping offers that engage individuals. Analytics enable the discovery of actionable insights regarding consumers and the ability to create audience profiles.

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Blu-ray Ultra High-Def Spec Completed

May 12, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Blu-ray Ultra High-Def Spec Completed 

By Chris Tribbey

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced May 12 it’s completed the specification for Ultra High-Def (UHD) Blu-ray, allowing for the delivery of UHD 4K content on disc and the creation of UHD Blu-ray hardware, and opening the door for the release of the first UHD Blu-ray products in time for Christmas.

Disc sales continue to trend down every quarter, but UHD TV sales keep heading nowhere but up. The availability of 4K content — currently restricted to select streaming services — on disc could prove a boon for the struggling home entertainment market.

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Security Takes the Stage at Next Week’s HITS Conference, May 14

May 7, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Security Takes the Stage at Next Week’s HITS Conference, May 14 

Hollywood IT execs today are undergoing the biggest ‘close-ups’ of their careers with a string of high-profile events keeping security top of every studio IT departments’ ‘priority list.  New technologies are creating new vulnerabilities that require new defenses.

Cybersecurity preparedness will be the subject of three sessions at next week’s Hollywood IT Summit (HITS), Thursday, May 14 in Century City.

Stan Stahl, President, Information Systems Security Association, L.A. Chapter (ISSA-LA), will be moderating a panel of security experts on how technology, people and processes can prevent the loss of revenue, disclosure of information, embarrassment of company personnel, tarnishing of the brand and even blackmail.

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Studios Tout Digital Gains

May 1, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Studios Tout Digital Gains 

By Chris Tribbey

This week DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) released its home entertainment tracking report for the first quarter of 2015, and the data was noteworthy: despite a more than 13% drop in DVD and Blu-ray Disc sellthrough and an 8% dip in disc rental, overall home U.S. home entertainment spending was up by the barest of margins.

And Hollywood has digital to thank: both electronic sell-through and subscription VOD revenues grew more than 20%. According to DEG, first-quarter home entertainment spending was $4.6 billion for the first quarter of the year, up less than 1% from the same quarter a year ago, thanks to digital.

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M&E Journal: The Role of IoT in the Future of M&E

April 29, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: The Role of IoT in the Future of M&E 

By Bhanu Srikanth, CEO & Co-Founder, Jargon Technologies

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of real-world objects (“Things”) accessed through the Internet.

A Thing in IoT has a unique identifier and contains embedded technology, which is able to transmit data over the Internet without any human intervention. A Thing can be any natural or man-made object.

A typical IoT device would have sensors for its specific purpose. Some examples of IoT devices are pacemakers that transmit data to the hospital, animals injected with biosensors to track migratory patterns, street cameras that send emergency alerts upon detecting accidents, aircraft transponders that transmit GPS location at all times, and energy/water monitors for a smarter, more-efficient city. An IoT device can not only sense but can actually “do” things.

For instance, a smoke-alarm that detects smoke in an area can automatically activate a sprinkler system in that area; security monitors, when detecting a breach, could automatically secure exit areas without any manual operation. Experts agree that the impact of IoT is going to be much wider than the impact of the Internet itself across all aspects of our life.

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M&E Journal: Transforming IT to Put People Ahead of Technology

April 25, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily, M&E Exclusive · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Transforming IT to Put People Ahead of Technology 

By Whitney Bouck, SVP Global Marketing & GM Enterprise, Box

Today’s business world is characterized by disruption. Rapid technology changes have gone beyond simply changing the pace of business and are disrupting entire business models and industries. Look at what the Internet did to retail bookstores, or connectivity to the home thermostat. Social media has created radical transparency into business operations and customer experiences.

Businesses are also changing from within as the behaviors and habits of the workforce shift. A new generation of workers chooses not to have a landline telephone at home, own desktop computers or read printed magazines, preferring instead to use tablets and laptops.

Increasingly, they bring these expectations for social collaboration and connectivity to work with them. Every business is on the front lines of these changes, but nobody is closer to this than IT. Most IT departments and cultures originated in a world where technology was a scarce resource, provisioned and controlled by the business from the inside out.

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Deluxe and Technicolor Launch Joint Venture In Digital Cinema

April 23, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Deluxe and Technicolor Launch Joint Venture In Digital Cinema 

Deluxe and Technicolor announced today that they have entered into a binding agreement to create a new digital cinema joint venture, Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema, which will specialize in theatrical digital cinema mastering, distribution and key management services.

This joint venture in digital cinema will bring together best-in-class technologies, personnel, work processes and facilities to provide seamless and exceptional services to its customers on a greater global scale.

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M&E Journal: Creating the Intelligent Media Business

April 22, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Creating the Intelligent Media Business 

By Robert Ambrose, Media and Entertainment Industry Director, Oracle

The digital economy is fundamentally changing the expectations of consumers and shaking up the way many long-established organizations do business. That was brought home to me on June 11 when I came close to missing a flight home from a business trip to Madrid, Spain, thanks to a 24-hour strike by taxi drivers, who were protesting against Uber, the car service app. The speed with which Uber arrived on the scene and unsettled the centuries-old transport industry acts as a warning to media and entertainment businesses.

Our industry has its own ‘Ubers’ like Netflix, Spotify and BuzzFeed, and more will spring up without warning. The success of incumbent players depends on their ability to meet the needs of audiences with compelling consumer-centered experiences, while ensuring that they can update their business models and respond instantly when a disruptive new service appears.

No media business can be agile, flexible and ready to innovate without the right foundation. Media CFOs are charged with delivering a finance function that underpins the launch of new charging models and digital revenue streams, while also improving the efficiency of business operations. This may include a single, streamlined order-to-cash process covering all parts of the business: traditional and digital, B2B and direct-to-consumer, sales and subscriptions, products and bundles.

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DASH Industry Forum Publishes New Guidelines Ahead of NAB

April 9, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on DASH Industry Forum Publishes New Guidelines Ahead of NAB 

By Chris Tribbey

Ahead of next week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, the DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF) has published version 3.0 of its interoperability implementation guidelines for MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP).

“What we did in version three is add the next big codecs for the industry,” said Iraj Sodagar, chairman of DASH-IF. “The other big addition is support for these DRM systems. It also enables enhanced live services and ad insertion.” The new guidelines for MPEG-DASH (an adaptive bitrate standard for the streaming of media content over the Internet) include interoperability points for enhanced live, VOD and time-shifted video streaming, using AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 codecs, the group said.

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Mediamorph Launches New Studio Avails Solution

April 8, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Mediamorph Launches New Studio Avails Solution 

By Chris Tribbey

For the better part of a decade, cross-platform entertainment data management and analytics firm Mediamorph has been working with every major film studio on digital distribution solutions, helping them track and automate the information they send to and receive from their partners.

Consider the company’s new cloud-based offering — dubbed Studio Connect — another step toward making digital distribution more efficient for the studios, according to Mediamorph CEO Rob Gardos.

Studio Connect automates title avails consolidation, management and publishing to the avails specification of the Entertainment Merchant Association (EMA), and other output formats, including CableLabs’ Asset Distribution Interface (ADI). The goal: replace the manual, expensive and error-prone process of pulling together titles, avail dates, pricing and metadata from disparate systems for films and TV shows, with a fully automated process.

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RLJ Entertainment Tabs Mediamorph for Analytics

April 2, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on RLJ Entertainment Tabs Mediamorph for Analytics 

By Chris Tribbey

Independent distributor RLJ Entertainment has tabbed cross-platform entertainment data management and analytics firm Mediamorph to help garner more insights into its digital sales, the companies announced.

RLJ will use Mediamorph’s cloud-based platform and data management services to track license usage and revenue from Internet-based platforms as well as cable VOD licensees.

“Revenue from digital channels continues to grow rapidly and is an indispensable part of our business,” said Mike Pears, EVP of content sales at RLJ Entertainment.

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M&E Journal: The Next Evolution in Cloud Services: Managed DAM

April 1, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: The Next Evolution in Cloud Services: Managed DAM 

By John Libby, President, MediaMax Online

Does this sound familiar? A time critical digital asset like an image, ad or video needs to be quickly created and delivered. The process requires many steps for review, approval, edits, final approval, mastering, distribution, reporting and inventory management.

Marketing, sales, executives and even finance are awaiting the success of the asset. In the case of most companies, this process gets repeated frequently in many time zones, territories, languages and variations along with timing and security requirements. Technology and personnel are clearly the linchpins to the successful workflow that can and will occur at any time.

Enter, the “cloud.” Cloud is a marvelous marketing term to rebrand “off-premise” business functions enabled by Internet connectivity. Thankfully, the cloud is much more than hype as evidenced by the considerable business improvements, cost efficiencies and seemingly endless entrepreneurial creativity exploding from the Internet. This realized delivery on the cloud promise fuels the continued adoption and expansion of cloudbased technology, services and staffing.

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PwC: Telcos Score High with Digital Consumer Care

March 24, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on PwC: Telcos Score High with Digital Consumer Care 

By Chris Tribbey

Telecommunications companies are contacted more than any other industry by their customers looking for help, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), beating out retail.

However, telco companies — long given poor ratings for customer satisfaction — do have a leg up in one area when it comes to customer service: they have the best reputation for handling digital customer care, over banks, retail, technology broadband and travel companies. Entertainment companies ranked on the low end of digital customer service, beating out only healthcare and business service companies.

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FotoKem Restores ‘Sound of Music’ for 50th Anniversary of Classic Film

March 23, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on FotoKem Restores ‘Sound of Music’ for 50th Anniversary of Classic Film 

FotoKem’s restoration of Twentieth Century Fox’s The Sound of Music will kick off the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on March 26 in Hollywood.

This marks the second consecutive year that a movie restored by FotoKem has opened the TCM Classic Film Festival. Last year, Twentieth Century Fox’s Oklahoma! was unveiled for attendees. FotoKem completed the restoration of both 65mm classics through 8K scans from large-format film elements, down-sampled to 4K for restoration and digital cinema mastering.

FotoKem, which provides digital workflow and creative finishing solutions, and continues to operate one of the last motion picture laboratories in the United States, has been providing skillful restoration and preservation services for decades. Their expertise in the entire post production process makes the facility uniquely positioned to restore and deliver 65mm sourced images to today’s audiences. “We’re honored to have been entrusted with the job of digitizing and restoring the The Sound of Music,” says FotoKem’s Andrew Oran.

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M&E Journal: One Cloud, Many Uses: Leveraging Private Clouds Built for M&E

March 18, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: One Cloud, Many Uses: Leveraging Private Clouds Built for M&E 

By Andy Hurt, Front Porch Digital

Private-cloud solutions offer more than disaster recovery, which is what people often think of when they consider cloud implementations. Disaster recovery is certainly an important use case, but a private cloud can do so much more. Once the content is in the cloud, a private cloud can be configured to accommodate a variety of workflows, in many cases automating repetitive processes while scaling massively.

The ideal private-cloud for any M&E organization starts with a content storage management (CSM) system, which automatically retrieves broadcast-quality content from any storage infrastructure — disk, datatape library (with the aid of a robot), optical archive, etc. — and delivers it to an edit station, a playout device, or wherever else it might be needed. CSM systems were invented for media companies.

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Rightscorp: A Different Approach to Piracy Infringement

March 16, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Rightscorp: A Different Approach to Piracy Infringement 

By Chris Tribbey

In 2009 when France’s nationwide anti-piracy law (HADOPI) was first passed, it was put up as a model for how to approach piracy on a state level, one that offered a three-strikes, graduated response to dealing with online copyright infringement by Internet users.

By the time the law was revoked in mid-2013, it had cost the French government 12 million euros to implement, and had resulted in the settlement of a mere 230 or so copyright cases.

So you’ll forgive Christopher Sabec, CEO of Los Angeles-based Rightscorp, Inc., if he is proud of the company he co-founded in 2011. To date, his company has handled more than 1.5 million copyrights, and settled 180,000 copyright infringement cases from 230 participating Internet service providers (ISPs), recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in otherwise lost revenue for content owners. In short, Sabec said, “We think we’ve proven our business model.”

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M&E Journal: Post-Production Steps Out of the House

March 11, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on M&E Journal: Post-Production Steps Out of the House 

By FilmTrack

It is a widely accepted fact that the media management role of the post house, along with key staff positions such as the digital imaging technician (DIT), remain exceptionally important in the modern film industry. The management of the media itself and the need for efficient quality control has also helped enhance the role of the post house.

However, current trends in the industry have reduced the need for a traditional post house as it was once understood. For example, one of the most outwardly visible signs of Hollywood’s conversion from film to digital is the successive closure of the town’s once great film processing labs. In May, the Deluxe Hollywood Lab, which was built on the Fox Hollywood film lot in 1919, finally closed its doors. Technicolor has shuttered both its Glendale lab and its iconic boxy black building on the Universal lot (now a cutting-edge NBC Universal media center.) And this past year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences offered the ultimate posthumous tribute to the film-processing business when it presented an honorary Oscar to the men and women who operated the labs, with Chris Nolan giving a stirring eulogy for their “more than a century of service to the motion picture business.”
These lab closings have helped spark an intense debate over the direction of post-production in the digital age. One of the key questions is whether a centralized brick-and-mortar post facility still makes sense at a time when so many film companies are turning to a cloud-based post-production model, in which work is globally dispersed and subcontracted to a wider range of companies.

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Adobe Digital Index: Poor User Experiences Hurting Mobile Metrics

March 9, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Adobe Digital Index: Poor User Experiences Hurting Mobile Metrics 

By Chris Tribbey

Media and entertainment companies are by far providing the best mobile experience, seeing the highest percentage of Web site visitors from both smartphones and tablets, compared to other industries, according to a new report from Adobe.

And in the fourth quarter of 2014, the average time spent viewing media and entertainment video content on desktop computers was 5:49 — 14 times longer than on a smartphone.

However, poor user experiences on mobile are hurting Web site consumption metrics, including page views, visit rate, and conversion, according to the analysis by Adobe Digital Index (ADI).

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Deluxe: ‘Thousands’ of Unclaimed Assets in the Vault

March 3, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Deluxe: ‘Thousands’ of Unclaimed Assets in the Vault 

By Chris Tribbey

When Deluxe closed its film lab in Hollywood last year, it was simply a reaction to the changing times, with traditional film elements being replaced by digital technologies.

However, nearly a year after the facility was shuttered, Deluxe is still dealing with an unexpected problem: it’s still sitting on “thousands” of unclaimed film elements at the defunct facility, and its still working on tracking down the owners. When the lab closed last May, despite working with major studios and others to ensure tens of thousands of film elements were claimed, the lab was left with approximately 150,000 unclaimed elements. Today, roughly 40,000 elements remain unclaimed, and Deluxe is starting to run out of ideas on what to do with them.

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Content Owners Tout Digital Wares

February 13, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Content Owners Tout Digital Wares 

By Chris Tribbey

During the recent quarterly earnings reports from major studios this month, a pattern emerged: while box office performances and broadcast dollars were covered, digital is increasingly being touted as a bigger part of the companies’ bottom lines.

Here’s a recap of the digital mentions from CBS, Warner, Disney and Fox.

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PwC: New York Overtaking Tokyo as No. 1 M&E Spending City

January 27, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on PwC: New York Overtaking Tokyo as No. 1 M&E Spending City 

By Chris Tribbey

By 2018 New York is set to overtake Tokyo as the world’s No. 1 major metro city in terms of spending on media and entertainment, and worldwide entertainment and media employment is set to grow 16% by 2025, according to a new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Looking at the projected media and entertainment (M&E) growth of 30 major metro cities, PwC’s “Cities of Opportunity: The Urban Rhythm of Entertainment & Media” report forecasts M&E spending by 2018 will reach $184 billion. In 2013 there were an estimated 5.85 million M&E sector jobs in the 30 cities in the PwC study. By 2025 that number will hit nearly 7 million.

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Broadband TV Conference: Content Democratization Changing TV

January 23, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Broadband TV Conference: Content Democratization Changing TV 

By Chris Tribbey

Service operators, content owners, OTT providers and other industry stakeholders will converge in Los Angeles March 3-4 to tackle the changing face of television at the sixth annual Broadband TV conference.

Produced by X Media Research, with the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) and the Second Screen Society as partner organizations, the two-day event will see executives from AT&T, CBS, TiVo, Verizon Digital Media Services, YuMe, Rovi, AllDigital and more tackling everything from the roll of second screen apps to the future of OTT channels.

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Meeting the Security Challenges of Fast-Paced TV & Film Productions

January 20, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Meeting the Security Challenges of Fast-Paced TV & Film Productions 

Martin Rushworth, Director of Technology at Sohonet: To create a movie, studios will normally choose to setup a new company, give it a budget and ask it to deliver a feature length masterpiece in the shortest time possible. A tall task for a start-up, but given the right producers, great creative and technical talent, modern content-creation tools and the global community of production and post-production service companies, it happens time and time again with the successes apparent especially now as we enter this years awards season. In the time from when the production company is created to theatrical release, typically a period of just two or three years, a lot happens to say the least.

I wanted to focus on one element of this – security – or should I say making sure the production keeps control of all the high-value creative output, and that no one else has it.

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Adobe: Marketers Say Personalization is Key

January 19, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Adobe: Marketers Say Personalization is Key 

By Chris Tribbey

Regardless of the size of your business, getting personal with your customers is proving more important by the day, according to Adobe’s “2014 Digital Marketing Optimization Survey” results.

The study had more than 1,000 respondents worldwide — 60% from North America — and looked at interactive benchmarks around optimization and personalization across digital channels, Adobe said.

No matter the industry or scale of a business, 75% of all marketers in the Adobe study said they believe that personalization is important to their company’s long-term goals.

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CEA: 2015 an ‘All-Time High’ for Consumer Electronics

January 7, 2015 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on CEA: 2015 an ‘All-Time High’ for Consumer Electronics 

By Chris Tribbey

To open the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Jan. 6, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) had some good news to share: Revenues for the consumer electronics industry will hit $223.2 billion this year, up 3% from 2014, and an all-time high for the industry.

Emerging product categories — a category that includes 4K Ultra High-Def (UHD) TVs — is expected to 108% year-over-year in 2015. The emerging product category — which also includes wearables and robotics — represents less than 5% of forecasted CE industry, but will contribute nearly $11 billion to overall CE revenue in 2015.

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Experts: Lessons to be Learned from Sony Cyber Attack

December 23, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Experts: Lessons to be Learned from Sony Cyber Attack 

By Chris Tribbey

With Sony Pictures still reeling from the biggest cyber attack to ever hit the entertainment industry, the need for aggressive cyber security — and a plan to address security breaches when they occur — has been brought to the forefront.

The Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) sat down with four experts in the cyber security industry to discuss what happened to Sony, and how other media and entertainment companies can look to avoid a similar breach.

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Adobe: Marketing Opportunities Galore with Tablets

December 17, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Adobe: Marketing Opportunities Galore with Tablets 

By Chris Tribbey

With mobile devices accounting for nearly 30% of online video starts, and TV Everywhere video starts up more than 100% during the third quarter of the year, the time is ripe for advertisers to hone their focus on tablets, according to the latest data from the Adobe Digital Index (ADI).

Accounting for both unfettered online viewing and authenticated TV Everywhere services, ABI’s third quarter research found that the smaller the screen gets, the fewer video views per visit. While video viewing on smartphones was up 56% year over year, nearly 25% more ad views per video start happened via a Web browser vs. apps, according to ADI’s data.

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Deluxe Expands 4K Capabilities of Deluxe OnDemand

December 15, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Deluxe Expands 4K Capabilities of Deluxe OnDemand 

By Chris Tribbey

Deluxe has upgraded its cloud-based content supply and VOD management solution Deluxe OnDemand to include end-to-end 4K capabilities, for both the living room TV and mobile devices, the company announced.

The upgrade allows service providers to launch 4K Ultra High-Def (UHD) services without additional infrastructure investment or workflow costs, and includes digital re-mastering of 4K content, conversion and high efficiency video encoding (HEVC, or H.265), transcoding, DRM, and CDN hosting and delivery.

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Buckle Your Seatbelts for Tuesday’s Content Protection Summit Keynote by Kurt Sutter

December 8, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Buckle Your Seatbelts for Tuesday’s Content Protection Summit Keynote by Kurt Sutter 

By Paul Sweeting

On the ever of the “Sons of Anarchy” finale on Tuesday night, series creator and Content Protection Summit keynoter Kurt Sutter has penned an apology to fans of the show for the leak of a “Collector’s Edition” retrospective book on the series that contained spoiler material.

The book, written by Tara Bennett, contains information on the fate of all the show’s characters and was officially slated for release after the finale airs. But copies were mistakenly shipped early to some booksellers and pre-order customers.

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Study: Gamers Resisting the Idea of Digital Downloads

December 5, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Study: Gamers Resisting the Idea of Digital Downloads 

By Chris Tribbey

Gamers may tend to agree that digital distribution is where gaming is going, just don’t expect them to give up their discs any time soon.

That’s according to a new survey from entertainment research firm MarketCast, which interviewed 1,000 gamers who use new and old consoles and the PC to play. The research found that, even though downloads account for 20% of console game purchases today, those downloads are simply expanding on disc purchases, not replacing them.

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Hackers Keep Sony Pictures Entertainment Network Down

November 25, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off on Hackers Keep Sony Pictures Entertainment Network Down 

By Chris Tribbey

Hackers brought down Sony Pictures Entertainment’s internal network Monday, and the studio’s worldwide network stayed down Tuesday as the studio worked to undo the damage, according to several news reports.

A group calling itself Guardians of Peace (GOP) managed to hack into the studio’s network Monday, with employees encountering a threatening message on computer screens when they logged in.

Above “Hacked by #GOP,” the message read: “We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be [sic] met. We’ve obtained all your Internal data, Including your secrets and top secrets.

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