Tags "Ott"

Digital Players are Expanding Their Offer in the Race for Killer Content

As noted in the second chapter of our previous Trends report, social networks have accelerated their acquisition of live broadcasting rights, whereas over-the-top (OTT) television platforms continue to invest in drama series and youth programming. In their ongoing quest for new audiences, the giants are now adapting their strategies by investing in new content verticals. This article presents... Read More »

The Internet Economy:  Insights on Canada vs. the U.S.

The results are in. The Internet is estimated to be worth $1.12 trillion to the U.S. economy. That translates to the equivalent of 4.1 million full-time jobs and an additional 6 million derived or indirect jobs. But what do these findings mean for the tech landscape north of the 49th parallel? First, a little background.... Read More »

Speed Watching: An Analysis of Accelerated Consumption

Speed watching is testimony to how media consumption has mutated in this era of overabundant content. It is difficult to know exactly how widespread this practice is, but it is a reminder of viewers’ increasing empowerment over what they watch. When VCRs hit the market a quarter-century ago, the way content was viewed changed forever,... Read More »

OTT’s impact on Canada’s video production ecosystem

Over-the-top (OTT) content providers are boosting the global video production market, including TV production and acquisition expenditures in Canada, according to data gathered by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The last few years have often been referred to as a golden age for television, a statement that is confirmed by BCG’s report titled The Future... Read More »

How Amazon Became the Top Rival to Netflix

Amazon made important strides in 2016, winning Emmy Awards and attracting major talent to its innovative online pilots and day & date theater/online releases. A look back on its recent history and a number of forecasts on its future will show just how innovative Amazon really is. From Amazon “Unbox” to Amazon Video Launched in... Read More »

2015: The Year of Multiple Tipping Points

In the media and entertainment industries, 2015 was not marked by the birth of an entirely new invention, but can instead be summed up as the year of multiple tipping points, when several key breakthroughs that had been building up started along their mainstream paths. -- Frédéric Guarino could not have picked a better title... Read More »

Are VPNs legal in Canada?

Do you use a VPN to watch American TV? You may want to read this… The evolution of the virtual private network (VPN) truly exemplifies the innovation of digital societies to re-purpose a technology for multiple needs. The VPN originated as a means of providing greater security for conducting online transactions or accessing confidential documents,... Read More »

Back to the future…of television

Even if according to Duncan Stewart over-the-top content (OTT) does not represent an immediate threat to linear television, many in the Canadian industry are worried by the impact of Netflix and other Google TVs on our cultural landscape. Six key players participated in a heated discussion around these concerns on Monday.  Moderated by Telus’ Michael... Read More »

OTT in Canada: the flip side of the coin

The panel OTT Services: The Future of Television allowed us to hear how newcomers see their role in the Canadian landscape. David Hyman from Netflix, Donagh O'Malley from GoogleTV and Avner Ronen from Boxee all had things to say about how they see their contribution to the industry. "We are NOT a cord-cutting device," insisted Donagh... Read More »