Report: Making the cloud work for TV

written by: Richard Kastelein

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videologoThe ‘cloud’ is not just about OTT but crucial IT concepts like virtualization and hosting and the use of vast and ‘elastic’ compute and storage resources. Using this kind of cloud can make Pay TV operators more agile, with benefits across nearly every part of their operation. Like OTT, this ‘cloud’ could be another game-changer and this report outlines why, addressing the impact on multiscreen TV, data analytics, video processing, the production environment, the STB and the UI. It investigates the impact of cloud infrastructure at pioneers like Netflix and Comcast and outlines the transformational ‘cloudification’ work that Deutsche Telekom has been undertaking and its implications for IPTV.

The report also includes insights from Bouygues Telecom, Channel 4, BBC, IHS Technology, Ovum, Cisco, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Akamai and Elemental Technologies, among others.

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This report was written and published by Videonet

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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