Author - Vijaya Cherian

Vijaya Cherian is Group Editor of the Broadcast Division at CPI Media Group, Dubai. She has spent the last ten years writing about the Middle East broadcast market from a technical and trade point of view. Vijaya is presently one of the judges for the IBC Innovation Awards.

Case Studies OTT Features

Starz of the show

In the last two years, the Starz Play team has been working towards shedding its software fat and building agile systems in-house, to take its service to a new level in terms of subscription management and video delivery. In an exclusive interview with Vijaya Cherian, Saleem Bhatti, CTO, and Khaled Benchouche, SVP of Programming and Acquisitions at Starz Play, discuss how the September launch of Starz Play Connect, a next-generation platform, will raise the company’s profile in the market...

Interviews

A Fresh Take – Gianluca Chakra

While most MENA film distributors are focused on marketing films through conventional channels, Front Row Filmed Entertainment has forged ahead with some exclusive partnerships that are making Arabic content more easily available on SVOD platforms worldwide. Gianluca Chakra, Front Row's Managing Partner, speaks about how this strategy has helped foster a more creative talent pool in the region.

Opinion

Countdown to IBC2017

Microservices … metadata harvesting … blockchain … artificial intelligence … machine learning … these are the terms I have heard discussed more prominently in the last few months, and I believe they will come under the spotlight at IBC this year.

Products

SGO announces free training software

SGO has announced the availability of its education and training focussed solution, Mistika Insight. Available immediately, the software-based tool uses the same feature architecture as SGO’s Hero Suite Mistika Ultima to educate the next generation of post-production creatives. Mistika Insight will be available for demonstrations at IBC 2017, on stand 6.A11. The free-of-charge training solution will enable students, freelancers and customers to learn how to use the advanced Hero Suite...