Report: The Connected Home and Multi-Device Video: The Big Picture

written by: Richard Kastelein

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shutterstock 86448232Digital TV Europe in conjunction with AirTies has recently published a free report called The Connected Home and Multi-Device Video: The Big Picture.  Multiroom TV – the distribution of pay TV services to multiple TV screens within each home served – has become an established feature of most service providers’ offerings.

DTVE surveyed 235 senior industry participants from 61 countries to find out how they viewed multiroom and multi-device delivery of video services and what challenges they face in supporting such services. Our sample included satellite operators, cable operators, telecom service providers, mobile operators, over-thetop consumer IP video service providers and free-to-air broadcasters.

Multiroom TV is now being supplemented by multiscreen or multi-device offerings – meaning that TV services are available to users via consumer electronics devices such as tablets and smartphones as well as via traditional set-top boxes, initially within the home. Increasingly, service providers are also supporting distribution to devices including tablets and smartphones outside the home as well via 3G, LTE and public WiFi networks.

TV operators face a range of challenges in delivering these services and, in particular, in ensuring a consistent user experience across networks over which they have limited or no control. While consumers are likely to be more forgiving of service dropouts outside the home they are increasingly coming to expect that the service delivered to others TVs, tablets, smartphones, game consoles and other devices within the home should be at least as good as that delivered to the main TV screen.

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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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