TBI Tech & Analysis: What Disney+ Hotstar’s Indonesia success tells us about global streaming

Disney+ Hotstar has stormed into Indonesia with incredible success since launching last year, while other global operators such as Netflix and Amazon Prime continue to struggle. Omdia’s Rob Gallagher explores how the streamer has taken the top spot. “Succeeded where Netflix and Amazon have failed.” You don’t hear those words often in the online video […]

How Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight landed inspirational women on YouTube

Nick Betts, executive producer at Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight Productions, explains how the company’s first show made it to screen, with If I Could Tell You Just One Thing launching yesterday on YouTube. It was my first day in a new job. I was hoping to get through it by not forgetting anyone’s name and to […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Diving into Asia & Oceania’s streaming potential

Pay-TV is stagnating in Asia and growth has already largely come to a halt in Oceania, says Omdia senior analyst Jun Wen Woo, but streaming offers fast-growing potential. The number of pay-TV subscriptions (cable, digital, terrestrial, IPTV and satellite) in Asia & Oceania has essentially stagnated, with 673 million in 2020 compared with 677 million […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival 2021

The 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival again made headlines this week, with US-based streamers using the online event to highlight their European intentions, while the ongoing debate over the future of Channel 4 provided plenty of fodder for conversations of a more domestic nature. Among the most noteworthy commissions to be revealed was Nautilus for Disney+, […]

Where the hell are all the formats?

Siobhan Crawford, head of sales and acquisitions at Belgium’s Primitives, the distributor of The Mole and Reputation Rehab, asks what the future holds for formats in an increasingly talent-led business. The words “creative renaissance” were uttered this week at the Edinburgh TV Festival, referring to the positive impact of Covid on creativity in our industry. […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Predicting the future & effects of digital ad growth

Online advertising will account for more than 70% of worldwide ad revenue by 2025. As more advertisers become accustomed to digital advertising’s data-driven approach, how should traditional media players adapt to offer similar functionality in their businesses? Marija Masalskis, senior principal analyst for TV, video and advertising at TBI sister research organisation Omdia, looks Stateside […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How Italian viewers are adapting to OTT

  Italian viewers are expected to continue their migration to OTT services over the next five years but pay TV will remain the dominant force on revenue generation, according to recent analysis by TBI sister research organisation Omdia.  Its latest report on the Italian market, Italy: Trends in Pay TV and Online Video – 2021, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Why TV will trump cinema for post-pandemic US audiences

The global pandemic has caused monumental shifts in both the way that audiences are served and consume content with few signs of bouncing back to the ‘old normal’. From the accelerated rise of new global streaming services to the emerging switch to day-and-date PVOD models, however short-term those strategies may be, the landscape is clearly […]

How to adapt FAST in the ‘golden age of VOD’

Anne Corsak of Flame Distribution tells TBI how FAST TV (Free Ad Supported Television) is transforming the business and offering new avenues for rights and originals. The future is FAST. As a 17-year veteran in the television industry, one of the most important lessons I have learned about this business is how to adapt. Nothing […]

Getting the most out of hybrid working

Olly Strous is CTO at UK-based factual production outfit Zinc Media Group, whose various labels are behind productions such as Fighter Pilots: The Real Top Gun and Ian Wright: Home Truths. Here, he considers how companies can best approach a partial return to the office as pandemic restrictions ease. The last year has shown us […]