At first blush, IBC 2018 resembled an iterative, incremental continuation of IBC 2017’s key themes: Android TV is firmly established in the pay TV space; the FAANG’s have left an indelible mark on the video technology industry; video technology solutions will gravitate evermore toward streaming, IT, cloud, and OTT-centric applications.

This correct but overly facile treatment of IBC 2018 belies market forces that, one year after IBC 2017, have fundamentally reshaped the segment. The video technology industry’s financial underpinnings and ownership structure have undergone upheaval; with this upheaval, the industry’s core business model, and its very conception of technology stewardship, has changed. We explore these themes, and many others, across the following sections below.


  • What does the industry's restructuring mean for the competitive landscape?
  • How are firms investing in analytics capabilities?
  • What do as-a-service business models mean for technology ownership, stewardship?
  • How can vendors address managed CPE hardware obsolescence?
  • What do Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa mean for the pay TV UX?

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David Hancock

Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment

Mr. David Hancock is a director of Research and Analysis for Cinema & Home Entertainment at IHS Markit.

Maria Rua Aguete

Technology Fellow and Executive Director, Media, Service Providers, and Platforms

Maria Rua Aguete is an executive director at Omdia, focusing on Media, Service Providers, and Platforms.

Merrick Kingston

Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Digital Media & Video Technology

Mr. Merrick Kingston is an associate director at IHS Markit, and engages in a broad spectrum of digital media and video technology research.

Paul Erickson

Senior Research Analyst, Service Provider Technology

Mr. Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit, drives connected device research and a range of topics for the broadband intelligence service.

Paul Gray

Research and Analysis Director, TV, Consumer Electronics and Devices

Mr. Paul Gray is a Research and Analysis Director within the IHS Technology group. Mr. Gray joined IHS in November 2014, when IHS acquired DisplaySearch, a leader in primary research and forecasting on the global display market.

Samuel McLaughlin

Senior Research Analyst, Service Provider Technology

Samuel McLaughlin, senior research analyst at Omdia in London, covers the global set-top box ecosystem.

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