Pay-TV Innovation Forum Reveals 2018 Global Findings

 

  • 84 percent of pay-TV executives expect competition for paid-for video services to increase dramatically over the next five years
  • As TV and OTT converge, the pay-TV industry is evolving towards a platform-agnostic model, transitioning into a paid-for video market
  • Service providers are embarking on the next stage of digital transformation and innovation, encompassing accelerated improvements to the product and service portfolio, technology platform, commercial and operating models
  • Top three innovation areas include continued investment in next-generation advanced TV services, more diverse multiscreen propositions and super-aggregration

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, Arizona – 29 August 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, in partnership with MTM, a leading international research and strategy consultancy, today published the global findings of the 2018  Pay-TV Innovation Forum. In its third year, the programme seeks to identify how innovation is driving opportunities for content owners and service providers around the world as they face a disrupted market. The findings are based on extensive regional research conducted in Europe, North America, with a special focus on the United States, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

The 2018 programme highlights that 84 percent of pay-TV executives expect competition for paid-for video services to increase dramatically over the next five years. While participants are optimistic they can continue to appeal to paying consumers, an increasing number – 90 percent of executives – believe that pay-TV providers will have to innovate strongly to remain competitive and relevant, up from 85 percent in 2017.

The research highlights how the pay-TV industry is converging towards a platform-agnostic model, and as a result is transitioning into a paid-for-video market, spanning a variety of offerings including standalone OTT and direct-to-consumer services. This shift is another reason why 77 percent of pay-TV executives consider innovation to be one of the top three strategic priorities for the industry.

Content piracy remains a concern, with executives agreeing that the industry is experiencing a significant threat to the longterm sustainability of pay-TV and OTT businesses. 47 percent of 2018 respondents believe that piracy will lead to greater pressures on the industry over the next five years, in line with 2017 findings.

While challenges remain, this year’s research brings into focus the six key innovation areas in the industry:

– Continued investment in next-generation pay-TV services: Most pay-TV providers (65 percent) have improved their portfolios in the last 12 months, primarily focusing on the core pay-TV proposition as they deploy next-generation set-top boxes that support advanced functionalities such as third-party apps, personalised content recommendations, and 4K.

 

– More diverse multiscreen pay-TV propositions: 77 percent of executives surveyed believe that pay-TV bundles will evolve substantially over the next five years, catering to the needs of different customer groups, and 89 percent agree that delivering a seamless and personal consumer experience will be key.

 

– The next wave of aggregation – super aggregators: This model, where companies offer a range of content and services via a single subscription, is seen as a way of simplifying a fragmented marketplace for consumers, while also offering additional growth opportunities for well-established operators.

– Converging pay-TV / OTT offerings: Most traditional pay-TV providers are now looking to offer converged pay-TV/OTT services. As a result, the pay-TV market is transitioning into a paid-for-video market.

– Moving beyond the set-top box: Many industry executives believe that network infrastructure and billing relationships – rather than proprietary set-top boxes – are now the gateway to the customer.

 

– Growing focus on diversification, particularly connectivity: Fixed and mobile broadband services are expected to grow in importance in future as providers pursue bundling strategies to deliver better value and improve stickiness.

“Change is the one constant in the global pay-TV industry, driven by numerous pressures from competitors, pirates and subscribers, making it challenging for service providers and content owners to maintain revenue growth,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director, Product Marketing, NAGRA. “It has never been more important to understand new consumer expectations, anticipate future needs and innovate, and this report reflects the way pay-TV service providers around the world are taking the necessary steps to strengthen and grow their product and service portfolios.”

“It is exciting to see a growing number of service providers embarking on the next stage of innovation, encompassing product and service portfolio improvements, alongside advanced technology platforms and new commercial and operating models,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “By keeping innovation at the core of their strategies and recognising the need to diversify, service providers can continue to compete effectively and grow revenue.”


For a detailed view of the findings, including regional breakdowns and comparisons, download the report here: https://dtv.nagra.com/document-center.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visitdtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.​

ThinPrint Brings Mobile Printing to VMware Workspace ONE

Workspace ONE customers can now easily and securely manage printing from iOS and Android devices using ThinPrint Mobile Print

 

BERLIN/LAS VEGAS – August 27, 2018 (VMworld 2018 Booth #2007) – ThinPrint, the Endpoint Print Management experts and a VMware Technology Alliance advanced partner, today announced the availability of its secure mobile printing solution, ThinPrint Mobile Print, for VMware Workspace ONE. Customers of Workspace ONE can leverage the solution’s management capabilities to easily open their organization’s printer infrastructure to its mobile users. It provides employees with the ability to seamlessly and securely access all network printers from their iOS and Android devices, fully in accordance with their assigned permissions.

 

ThinPrint’s Mobile Print solution is configured and distributed with VMware Workspace ONE, an intelligent digital workstation platform that delivers apps to a variety of devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Mobile users can access all network printers in their organization, no matter which printer model or manufacturer is in use. For IT departments, management is very simple. IT admins can easily adopt printer assignments and user rights from the Microsoft Active Directory, and if required, adapt them specifically for mobile use.

 

ThinPrint’s Personal Printing feature is also integrated in the solution for added document security.  It is used to ensure printouts are only outputted when the user authenticates directly at the printer. This feature not only ensures confidential printing of documents, but also significantly reduces printing costs.

 

“Strengthening our cooperation with VMware through ThinPrint Mobile Print is a decisive step in consolidating our leadership of the Endpoint Print Management market.” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO at ThinPrint. “Every VMware Workspace ONE customer can now integrate secure mobile printing processes into their infrastructure based on their Unified Endpoint Management solution – the final component for genuine mobile productivity in many organizations and scenarios.”

 

The ThinPrint VMware Workspace ONE solution is being showcased at VMworld 2018, Booth #2007. Full details about ThinPrint Mobile Print are available at:

www.thinprint.com/mobileprint

 

More information about Workspace ONE integration can be found at: https://www.thinprint.com/en/workspace-one-printing/

 

 

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally-patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of Endpoint Print Management. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint.

 

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ThinPrint Introduces Endpoint Print Management at VMworld 2018

New initiative delivers industry’s first and only solution to fill the hole left by

Unified Endpoint Management systems

 

BERLIN/LAS VEGAS – August 27, 2018 (VMworld 2018 Booth #2007) – ThinPrint today announced its Endpoint Print Management initiative at VMworld 2018. ThinPrint’s Endpoint Print Management can effectively deliver the missing piece to any Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) system by delivering the right solutions to flexibly provision and securely manage printing for any device.

 

Corporate printing often deals with highly-sensitive and timely information. However, due to traditionally complex print mechanisms and UEM systems being conceptually incompatible, professional endpoint management environments do not include efficient and secure management of printing environments.  As a result, too much time is spent manually managing printing through driver installations and unmanaged print servers; while users experience outdated, unreliable, slow and insecure printing.  To fully benefit from UEM, printing needs to be just as centrally manageable as the endpoints and adaptable to each organization’s specific needs.

 

“ThinPrint’s Endpoint Print Management completes any endpoint management strategy, and is the essential interface that keeps users and their digital tools and devices connected to the physical world,” said Henning Volkmer, ThinPrint, Inc. CEO. “A printed document remains a necessity, as it is the easiest to use and most versatile human interface for our digital applications. Endpoint management strategies without consideration for printing are inherently incomplete and will cost organizations significant time and money.”

 

When combined with a UEM solution, ThinPrint enables easy management of how employees print securely and quickly to the right printers, from any device, while delivering full control to an organization. ThinPrint fully supports individual printing requirements for remote and virtual desktops, PCs, Macs and mobile devices. No matter what your UEM solution looks like and which endpoints you are using, ThinPrint’s comprehensive portfolio of products offers a solution to meet all Endpoint Print Management needs. While the ThinPrint Engine, ThinPrint’s flagship product, cares for seamless, accurate, high-speed printing from server-hosted desktops to local endpoints mostly for service providers, ThinPrint’s new range of products fully concentrates on ease the daily work of IT administrators on site.

 

  • ThinPrint Hub is an endpoint print appliance itself that will be manageable via a web console soon and can also manage other endpoints, such as thin clients.
  • ThinPrint Mobile Print is a solution that manages on-premises printing from mobile endpoints and is a perfect fit for endpoint management systems like MobileIron, AirWatch/Workspace ONE and Citrix XenMobile.
  • ezeep Dash manages local printing for endpoints – starting with PCs and Macs – from the cloud.
  • ezeep is a complete cloud printing service for all endpoints like PC, Mac, Chromebook, smartphones and tablets.

 

Endpoint print management solutions can either be deployed as a private cloud or public cloud option and support any endpoints, such as Macs and PCs, Chromebooks, Android, iOS devices or thin clients. ThinPrint eliminates cumbersome driver installations and secures print data while stored or in transit, releasing it only upon authentication at the printer. Endpoint Print Management eliminates the need for costly infrastructure like VPNs and reduces IT cost through automation and user self service. Employees benefit from fast, reliable and secure printing no matter which endpoint they connect from, increasing productivity and reducing help desk cost in organizations of any size.

 

As the first and only provider of Endpoint Print Management, ThinPrint is opening up new cooperation opportunities with its long-standing partners, including VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, as well as new players like BlackBerry, IBM, Ivanti and MobileIron, who all position themselves under the UEM umbrella.

 

For more information about Endpoint Print Management visit www.thinprint.com/endpoint-printmanagement

 

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally-patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of Endpoint Print Management. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint.

 

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IBC 2018: NAGRA to Tackle Content Value Chain

NAGRA AT IBC 2018: SMARTLY DIGITAL FOR THE CONVERGED PAY-TV AND OTT ERA

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – August 24, 2018 – At IBC 2018, NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will demonstrate new propositions and current innovations that address the entire content value chain – from content and service creation to content delivery and consumption. NAGRA’s latest technologies and solutions in end-to-end content value protection, engaging user experiences and smart business operations, will be on display on stand 1.C81 under the theme “Smartly Digital.”

“Pay-TV service providers are at a crossroads between OTT add-on services and true digital transformation, where the lines between pay-TV and OTT are blurring and making way for the ‘post-OTT’ era,” says Ivan Verbesselt, Senior Vice President, Group Marketing, NAGRA. “To grow and thrive, service providers must become ‘smartly digital’ – by embracing cloudification, actively claiming the aggregation role and leveraging data-driven principles to define and evolve their consumer propositions, they can embark on a journey of continuous solution renewal to optimize the next phase of growth in a vastly different competitive landscape.”

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature NAGRA, OpenTV, Conax, NexGuard, and DVnor product lines all under the NAGRA brand. Key demonstration areas include:

  • Content Value Protection: from Origin to Consumption featuring cloud.SSP, the new NAGRA cloud-based Security Service Platform, a true multi-tenant solution that elastically scales and flexibly delivers the latest technologies “as-a-service” to pay-TV operators. New NAGRA featured capabilities also include: comprehensive Android TV security; cloud-based Direct-to-TV security with cloud.TVkey, supported by TVkey 2.0; off-the-shelf and flexible Conax CAS and multi-DRM technologies; and the latest developments in anti-piracy services and watermarking to defeat piracy through active security, including a brand-new client-side watermarking solution for OTT, enabling immediate detection and takedown of illicit restreaming of linear or pay-per-view live sports content.

 

  • Internet TV Evolution highlighting a new customer implementation and the latest features of NAGRA’s OTT user experience platform, OpenTV Signature Edition. The platform actively drives multi-generation audience engagement, active content monetization and continuous service evolution. A new Sports Micro Portal enables the delivery of all sports content in one immersive, operator-controlled environment. OpenTV Signature Edition also integrates an Android TV operator-tier solution, enabling easy on-boarding of apps and SVOD services in a unique and operator-branded user experience on a wide range of devices. Addressing specific multiscreen TV needs, demonstrations will also include the Conax GO Live OTT platform, a turnkey end-to-end OTT solution for streaming live TV to Android and iOS devices with a guaranteed deployment time of less than 30 days.

 

  • Smart Business Operations showcasing cloud-based and “as-a-service” technologies and business models to simplify, personalize and improve pay-TV business operations, including: NAGRA Insight, an AI-driven, pay-TV data platform that enables service providers to improve their bottom line, take control of the data they own and create personalized actions that drive business growth; DVnor Organizer, a cloud-based media asset management and its component, the DVnor Collaborative Player, that simplify VOD content workflows and significantly reduce post-production delivery times to address the challenges service providers face with costs, complexity and video quality; both are integrated with NexGuard watermarking to prevent pre-release content leaks.

NAGRA IBC Events and Happenings:

  • The Pay-TV Innovation Forum’s 2018 global findings provide the backdrop to NAGRA’s IBC showcase. A flagship report will be released ahead of the show. In its third year, the Forum addresses the key opportunities and challenges facing pay-TV service providers and content owners, exploring the winning strategies, technologies, products and services that could help them unlock new growth opportunities and drive innovation in the ‘post-OTT’ era.

 

  • “Television Heroes @ IBC”: NAGRA will host an exclusive thought-leadership and debate session featuring European industry leaders, followed by a networking event, on Friday, September 14 at 6 p.m. It will explore the digital transformation drivers that underpin “Hero Brands”, from new content partnerships to back office technologies to the adoption of client platforms such as Android TV.

 

  • Awards: NAGRA is a finalist in two categories of the 2018 CSI Awards: “Best Content Protection Technology” with the NAGRA Security Services Platform, and “Best TV User Experience – Product Innovation” with OpenTV Signature Edition. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 14 at 4 p.m.

 

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization  of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter at and LinkedIn.

 

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