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Insights and analysis for the media industry and beyond

  • The Cost of Piracy in a Crisis

    The Cost of Piracy in a Crisis

    Millions of people have been told to stay home. However, while social distancing and isolation continue to wreak havoc on the economy, streaming services is one sector of the entertainment...

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  • Thoughts on Software Trustworthiness Best Practices

    Thoughts on Software Trustworthiness Best Practices

    Software is the invisible fabric that enables the world to interact, transact, and function. Software is at the heart of an amazing and bewildering explosion of functionality: from running your...

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  • Increased cyber risks for video game publishers from record breaking usage

    Increased cyber risks for video game publishers from record breaking usage

    With the Covid-19 crisis escalating worldwide, the intense focus on this pandemic is affecting everyone’s attention span in unprecedented ways. Distraction by an unknown threat means people not...

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  • Will ISPs face a backlash as millions work from home?

    Will ISPs face a backlash as millions work from home?

    Millions of us are working from home as COVID-19 restrictions take hold. For some, Wi-Fi strength is going to be a significant challenge. How will this experience change the way we work – and...

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  • A day at ConExpo 2020: Space age construction machines, celebrating operators and awkward human interaction.

    A day at ConExpo 2020: Space age construction machines, celebrating operators and awkward human interaction.

    In spite of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges engulfing communities and economies all over the world, ConExpo went ahead and delivered another awe-inspiring show. Handshakes were replaced with...

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  • Smart Home Management: How to give subscribers what they really want

    Smart Home Management: How to give subscribers what they really want

    In recent posts, I’ve examined key questions ISPs should ask when procuring smart home management including security, accuracy, flexibility and futureproofing. But now let’s focus on features to...

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  • How to future-proof subscriber smart homes? The secret is open standards

    How to future-proof subscriber smart homes? The secret is open standards

    A wise computer scientist once said, “The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from.” But which standards matter in smart homes? From OpenWRT and RDK to EasyMesh and...

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  • Procuring smart home management and the great hardware versus software debate

    Procuring smart home management and the great hardware versus software debate

    In the third of a five-part blog series helping network service providers to avoid costly procurement mistakes, we consider the relative benefits of software and hardware-based solutions for smart...

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  • The Cable Haunt vulnerability: A wake-up call to all broadband providers

    The Cable Haunt vulnerability: A wake-up call to all broadband providers

    If early January is any guide, 2020 should be the year when network service providers finally get serious about router security. The year had barely begun when researchers revealed a new critical...

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  • IoT Fingerprinting and the value of insight on the smart home experience

    IoT Fingerprinting and the value of insight on the smart home experience

    Selecting a smart home management system is a high-stakes process for ISPs, so it is important to ask the right procurement questions. IoT Fingerprinting should be at the heart of any management...

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  • How to solve the Smart TV challenge for OTT

    How to solve the Smart TV challenge for OTT

    Disney+ and Netflix have both been criticized for failing to support some Smart TVs. If these big budget players can't achieve full device reach, what hope is there for smaller operators? How can...

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  • Five questions every ISP should ask before procuring a smart home management system

    Five questions every ISP should ask before procuring a smart home management system

    With an increasingly crowded field of vendors for smart home management systems, how can ISPs be sure they choose wisely? In my list of key areas to investigate during procurement, security is...

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  • Has piracy really burst the TV sports rights bubble?

    Has piracy really burst the TV sports rights bubble?

    Global online piracy has created a crisis for the pay TV industry that could completely rewrite the industry’s economic model, with major impacts on sports rights. But could it also have some...

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  • Lessons from the Disney+ Launch: How OTT operators can survive the streaming wars

    Lessons from the Disney+ Launch: How OTT operators can survive the streaming wars

    Disney+ is finally here! But the OTT market is already crowded and there are more high-profile launches due in 2020. How can all these OTT services survive when consumer budgets and viewing time...

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  • Stopping credential sharing – limit devices or streams?

    Stopping credential sharing – limit devices or streams?

    Credential sharing is becoming a major problem hurting operators’ growth. In the US, it is estimated that 34% of 18 to 34-year-olds are sharing their credentials to watch streaming content.

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  • Wi-Fi is “more important than chocolate”: Why ISPs are getting serious about the smart home experience

    Wi-Fi is “more important than chocolate”: Why ISPs are getting serious about the smart home experience

    A recent survey of 8,000 Europeans found quality broadband and Wi-Fi in our homes is now more valuable to consumers than sex, holidays, their favorite TV channels or chocolate.

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  • IBC 2019 Shows the Velocity of Live

    IBC 2019 Shows the Velocity of Live

    IBC 2019 may go down as one in which live IP video came of age. However, with the rise of live and cutting of latency, this does not make any difference to the security requirements as premium OTT...

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  • OTT’s burgeoning health can’t avoid piracy alert

    OTT’s burgeoning health can’t avoid piracy alert

    The OTT landscape is about to go into overdrive. These are high stakes with billions of dollars on the table which presents an unprecedented challenge to the industry’s attempts at security – and...

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  • Smart CSPs can deliver the Trusted Home

    Smart CSPs can deliver the Trusted Home

    Some 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be sold in the next few years, a large proportion of which will be to augment the smart home for everything from heating, ventilation and...

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  • Managing piracy and malware – the twin threats to open platforms

    Managing piracy and malware – the twin threats to open platforms

    The wave of pay TV operators buying into Android TV has turned into an unstoppable tide, but it carries a security risk that pay TV operators have never had to deal with before – malicious apps...

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