Journalist Nadine Dereza chaired an RTS London panel peering into the future of TV in early February. What did the experts see on the horizon?
IBC technology advisor Mark Smith predicted that 5G would boost the power of mobile networks to distribute media and entertainment content.
Deloitte media consultant Khalid Hayat forecast a future of cloud-based multi-platform, high-speed networks, feeding a wide range of platforms and devices, with not just subscription video on demand (SVoD) but cheaper, ad-sup- ported VoD at perhaps half the subscription rates.
Decipher’s Nigel Walley argued that it was a good time to be a TV consumer. But he added that people wanted a simple way to aggregate their media choices and move content between devices. The future will therefore belong to the bigger global tech companies who can create global platforms.
Futurologist Matthew Griffin, CEO of the 311 Institute, spoke about how artificial intelligence, virtual reality and synthetic content could democratise production by giving everyone the tools to create content.