This is a brand-new Strategy Panel, chaired by Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News correspondent for the DACH countries and freelance media journalist.
The key topics of the panel include the growing usage and importance of new ways of consumers’ content consumption, e.g. on-demand, multiscreen TV, 7-day catch up, reverse EPG, instant replay, live pause, cloud recording; also the growing impact of SVOD players like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and new ways of content access like OpApps acting as a virtual set-top-box. How do leading industry players adjust to these changes? What are their future plans?
OpApps look like becoming more and more important. OpApp is an application allowing platform operators to offer a branded, uniform user interface with similar features across smart TV sets and set-top boxes of different manufacturers. When switching the devices on, the screen immediately appears in the operator’s ‘look and feel’. The first commercial adoption of the HbbTV OpApp was by HD+ in Germany in spring (Samsung and Panasonic), tivùsat in Italy is likely to follow.
The panel consist of a number of key players in the market, Thomas Christensen CEO, Nordija (Denmark); Jeroen Ghijsen Founder & CEO, Metrological (The Netherlands); Marc Antoine d’Halluin Chairman of the Board, M7 Group (Luxembourg); Philippe Oliva Executive Vice President of Sales and Products, Eutelsat (France); Jean-Marc Racine Chief Product Officer and General Manager of EMEAR, Synamedia (UK); Wilfried Urner CEO, HD Plus (Germany); and Christoph Vilanek CEO, Freenet (Germany).
The panel takes place on the first day of ANGA COM, Tuesday, June 4, 13.00-14.15 CET, Room 1. Jörn Krieger says: “I’m certainly looking forward to the International Content Summit, not so much because I’m hosting it, but because it’s taking place for the first time and sends an important signal to the industry: Technology is only successful if it is supported by attractive content.”