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State of the Industry survey highlights fast-changing business models and piracy as key challenges for 2018

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (TV Connect) - 23 April 2018

State of the Industry survey highlights fast-changing business models and piracy as key challenges for 2018 as connected entertainment landscape evolves 

Concerns echoed across multiple industry sectors including broadcast, mobile, and marketing in Media + Networks annual survey

London, UK ---- Media + Networks, the community platform behind video distribution event TV Connect, has announced the results of its annual State of the Industry survey as part of its Digital Week, a free-to-join, online event which took place 12 – 16 March 2018. Canvassing the opinions of more than 300 respondents representing 78 companies from multiple sectors including broadcast, OTT, cable, and content creation, the survey identified changing business models and content security as the dominant challenge in content delivery industries. 

Considering the increasingly competitive and fast-moving connected entertainment and content distribution market, the survey discovered that piracy, as well as shifting business models weigh heavily on the minds of industry leaders spearheading change across cable and satellite, advertising, broadcast and more. Driven by professional pirates operating the most complex interfaces, content piracy demands organisations to tackle the issue head on. The need to look at cutting-edge solutions, new opportunities, and innovators that will help combat this risk and shape the industry’s future is more important than ever.

Delving deeper, findings from the survey also identified other key themes, trends, and innovations which are shaping the modern content distribution model. Content investment, multi-platform delivery, cloud infrastructure, VR and AR, and monetisation are just a few recurring priorities that were highlighted frequently across multiple industry sectors.  

“This year’s survey has echoed concerns from many broadcasters around piracy and security. As OTT delivery becomes the new normal, all content delivery sectors are being forced to address how they make money and what the right business model is,” said Niall Hunt, digital content lead at Media + Networks. “We conduct this research to help the industry make informed, confident decisions for their businesses concerning technology and innovation. Digital Week gave us the best platform to discuss the results and accelerate industry-wide change, as well as raise important topics in the video ecosystem each day.” 

Commissioned ahead of Media + Network’s flagship video distribution event, TV Connect 2018, Digital Week saw participants discuss and uncover exclusive, highly-anticipated findings from the State of the Industry survey – driving debate during 2018 and beyond. Featuring a rich programme of exclusive webinars, Digital Week’s trend-focused, idea-generating online sessions tackled more of the industry’s pressing issues and can be accessed online for free. Bringing together market pioneers and leading influencers from media, technology, and telecommunications, Digital Week gave attendees the opportunity to engage with participants in Q&A style segments and view downloadable reports, whitepapers, and interviews. 

Targeted at those interested in the future of video content delivery, Digital Week was perfectly placed to equip viewers with the right tools and information ahead of TV Connect on 9 and 10 May 2018. Returning to West London’s iconic Olympia exhibition centre, TV Connect helps lead the future of video distribution, demonstrating the latest innovations and technologies that will switch-up the ways audiences consume video. Featuring exhibitors providing solutions in content discovery, network optimisation, AI, live streaming, mobile video distribution and much more, TV Connect 2018 is set to be better than ever before. 

To catch up on all the webinars and discussions from Digital Week – click here. 

If you’d like to attend TV Connect, register for a free visitor pass or purchase an all-access delegate pass which includes access to all the congress sessions, as well as to the exhibition floor, networking events and all feature areas – click here. 

To apply for a TV Connect press pass – click here. 

About Media + Networks
Media + Networks is an organisation dedicated to showcasing the latest news, trends, and innovations that are shaping the future of content delivery. Taking place throughout the year across the EMEA region, Media + Networks’ events are idea-generating digital hubs – bringing together the video industry’s current and future leaders. A highly-diverse, technology-driven, and audience-centric events programme offers attendees rich, insightful content to accelerate digital transformation industry-wide.  To find out more, visit Media + Networks website.

Contact information 
Media + Networks Digital Week
Vickie Shoesmith 

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry 
TV Connect’s PR agency 

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