The HDMI dongle has been cast as villain in the story of traditional pay TV and broadcasting, but it may well emerge as a hero.
Broadband TV News and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting will be hosting a special event in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, on May 6.
The sale of a majority stake in Poland’s TVN to Scripps Network Interactive has come as something of a surprise.
The Wi-Fi connected HDMI dongle is emerging as a serious solution not just for accessing online content but also for bringing broadcast services to legacy TV sets. There are several reasons why this is happening, perhaps the primary one being the state of flux the TV and broadcasting industries are currently in.
What is already a good event will be even better next year when Cable Congress heads east to Poland.
The HDMI cast dongle was legitimised when Google launched Chromecast mid-2013 and since then has gained force as a disruptive product potentially threatening pay TV operators, set top box makers and especially the smart TV.
Poland continues to underline its position as one of the most dynamic TV markets in Central and Eastern Europe.
Netflix is clearly causing excitement in Central and Eastern Europe.
It should come as no surprise that the conflict in Ukraine is having an adverse effect on the country’s TV industry. Russia’s, too, is taking a hit.