It’s been an exciting year at Spicy Mango – we’ve hired new team members, been to some fantastic events and spoken at a number of them, and worked on some very exciting projects with some great clients. We’ve certainly earned ourselves a bit of a break over the festive period!

We’ve got several years of experience under our belts in the broadcast sector and we thought it was about time we started sharing some of that expertise. Here’s a roundup of some of our articles and news that you might have spotted in the broadcast and technology press.

Can you go OTT sensibly?  

The future of TV is OTT. In fact, OTT has arguably become the mainstream. With a job in broadcast requiring a plethora of different skill sets, engineering the OTT model can be tricky business, particularly if that service provider is a traditional broadcaster. The DIY approach might be a logical step, but it doesn’t always provide the best results. Chris Wood, CTO, explains how to build a sustainable OTT model for TVB Europe and ITProPortal and why it’s worth bringing in the experts.

Are we entering the Field of Streams?

The new OTT approach to TV is being driven by a newly defined demographic – the ‘MilleXZials’. These fanatical adopters of digital media are not just Gen Z and Millennials – they are the 35 – 51 year olds in Generation X. This collective demand for “I want TV whenever and wherever I want it” is forcing traditional broadcasters to rethink their business models. Check out Chris’ articles on VideoNet and VanillaPlus to find out why a change in mindset is needed.

Women in Broadcast 

As with most industries, broadcast remains heavily dominated by men, particularly when it comes to the technology side of things. Our Software Engineer, Angelika, spoke to WeAreTheCity about being a woman in broadcast and how she has forged a career path she loves.

Our partnership with Digital Element

Earlier this year, we announced our partnership with Digital Element. We have been supporting them with the integration of their IP Geolocation Technology, NetAcuity Pulse, which has been integrated into the OTT platforms of some of the world’s most prominent media channels. Our CTO, Chris Wood hosted a panel with Charlie Johnson, VP UK and Ireland, Digital Element earlier this year at SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid to show a use case of geolocation data for Discovery Eurosport. If you missed it, you can watch their panel session below.   

Brexit and broadcast  

Brexit remains big news. Until the 29th March 2019, there is no certainty on what could happen but there is bound to be an impact on the broadcast sector. UK channels are governed by EU rules and are currently allowed to broadcast into EU countries. Given the fact that the UK may no longer have access to the Digital Single Market post-Brexit, the option to watch Amazon Prime, Sky Go and similar paid for OTT services abroad may no longer exist. Our VP Marketing, John Griffiths, sheds some light on the potential outcomes for AV Technology and Real Business.

Stranger Things

Have you heard? The third season of Stranger Things is coming out in the summer of 2019! We haven’t got starring roles unfortunately, but we do know a thing or two about ensuring that stranger things don’t impact your OTT experience and turn it upside down. After all, creating the content is one thing, but you are going to lose viewers if they can’t watch it. Our CTO, Chris Wood shares his tips with Telemedia, VideoNet and InBroadcast.

2019 trends

It’s that time of year again where everyone starts to put their money on what could happen over the next 12 months. From Brexit and Disney to big acquisitions and 5K TVs, there is bound to be some big changes in 2019. Check out eight trends impacting broadcast from Chris Wood in Broadcast Magazine. Chris has also been featured in a great predictions round up on CSI Magazine and you can read our blog post here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our content this year! If you would like to speak to us about our services, do get in touch. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at Spicy Mango.

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