Analyst Blogs

Augmented and Virtual Reality Promise a Market Revolution, but Not without a 5G Backbone

Feb. 1, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
Malik Saadi , Managing Director and Vice President, Strategic Technology Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director Eric Abbruzzese, Principal Analyst

It is well understood that the continued growth of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will have a far-reaching impact on a number of markets. However, to support this far-reaching impact requires a capable connectivity backbone. A massive bandwidth requirement for premium content experiences combined with ubiquitous all-day device ...


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The Move to Server-Side Ad Insertion

Jan. 12, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Sam Rosen, Managing Director and VP, Video, OTT and AR/VR

TV consumption is making a clear migration from broadcast and classic managed IPTV platforms to over-the-top (OTT) delivery.  This occurs in both live linear channels as well as with catch-up content, defined as video on demand (VOD) assets of recently aired content played out to consumers while capturing the TV ...


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How the Hell Did Amazon just Remove Checkouts?

Dec. 7, 2016, 3:33 p.m.

Every so often Amazon makes announcement that looks like a Ryanair publicity stunt; something that sounds remotely plausible but in reality is a non-starter. The difference is that these are very much starters. We have seen the drone, the bookstore and even Amazon Dash and now we have the payless ...


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Securing IoT Devices: Regulate Now or Die Trying

Dec. 6, 2016, 11:29 a.m.
Michela Menting , Research Director

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published an interesting letter addressed to Senator Mark Warner, in response to his questions asking what the FCC is planning to do regarding the well-publicized IoT DDoS attack powered by Mirai & co botnets. Mr. Warner puts it well when he states that “Mirai’s efficacy ...


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Beyond Movies: UltraHD Sports & Linear Programming

Dec. 5, 2016, 12:15 p.m.
Sam Rosen, Managing Director and VP, Video, OTT and AR/VR

Sports leagues, advertisers, and broadcasters looking to impress sponsors, develop their future technology platform, and impressed fans have started to invest in at least a single UltraHD camera rig and production system, capable of producing a predictable pace of premium UltraHD content. Many distributors today are thinking of delivering this ...


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