Insights from the 2014 Connected TV Summit

At the 2014 Connected TV World Summit last week (June 11-12) in London, England, television and technology executives observed presentations and panels from industry heavyweights on a variety of topics.

The assembled attendees gained new knowledge and wisdom from the many speakers and seminars. Here’s a look at what happened, as well as some thoughts and reactions.

TV 2020: Five years that will change TV like never before

Christophe Ruffin, marketing director at French telecommunications company Orange, provided this morning presentation inspired by remarks from Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who stated in a Businessweek interview that “television will change more in the next five years than in the last 50.”

Ruffin predicted that viewers will utilize even more screens, televisions will evolve into “large monitors” and the traditional set-top box will become obsolete.

The latter point is quite interesting, as research firm Infonetics just revealed that worldwide set-top box revenue dropped in 2014’s first quarter, and an LA Times report demonstrated that the devices are the second largest consumers of energy in American residences.

The Future of Devices

David Watkins, Service Director, Connected Home Devices, Strategy Analytics

Watkins discussed the rise of smart TVs, and noted that there will be approximately 1.8 billion OTT devices throughout the world by 2017.

Making Multiscreen Viewing More Personal

Guillaume de Saint Marc, Head of New Initiatives, Cisco

Guillaume de Saint Marc provided a talk on the second-screen, and he unveiled a technology described as “the bridge” which allows tablet users to interface with content on their television by accessing a special window.

De Saint Marc also stressed the importance of big data, describing it as “the new oil.”

More to consider:

From Paul Larbey, Head of Video Business Unit, Alcatel-Lucent

From Waldo Hooker, VP, Product & Strategy, Liberty Puerto Rico

From TV application developer, Accedo

From Jon Gisby, EVP Business Development, Magine

Regarding the second-screen:

Author: Brian Cameron


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the Connected TV 2014 round up, good selection and summary of topical highlights.