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By Michael Inouye | 4Q 2018 | IN-5299


Identifying Some Intriguing Pieces


The video market is in an interesting place. Earlier in the year, ABI Research discussed reframing the pay TV concept to better incorporate some of the trends in today’s environment, but increasingly, thoughts and discussions within the video market are moving toward addressing how the video market will change in the coming years. Incumbents, for example, are exploring ways to adapt or alter course, and while this has resulted in revenue declines and divestures/spin-offs (e.g., Cisco and Ericsson of their media/entertainment groups), these are not surprising near-term outcomes as synergies change and dynamics of the market shift. Some of the key targets identified include Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) and dynamic advertising. Before discussing how these technologies will impact the video market, it is worth identifying some intriguing developments and statements both within and tangential to the video space.

The Spread of Virtual Assistants

As the number of smart homes expands and these homes become “smarter,” we a…

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