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Evan Shapiro Pulls Back the Curtain on the M&E Q4 Earnings Reports

Major media and entertainment companies' quarterly earnings calls ought to pull back the curtain on what's really happening in the industry, but they routinely bury unflattering numbers in expert spin, and the press on hand rarely asks questions tough enough to draw out the real story. With 4Q earnings calls putting a bow on 2023, M&E industry cartographer Evan Shapiro pulls no punches in this real-time response, digging deep into the data to hold the spin doctors accountable, giving Streaming Media Connect attendees an unvarnished view of the industry that they won't get anywhere else.

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Netflix, Disney, and the State of Paid Subscription Sharing

At the end of 2023 when Netflix reported eye-popping profits from its widely publicized crackdown on subscription-sharing and the surcharge sharers would henceforth have to pay, concerns arose around the industry that other subscription streaming services from premium to niche would soon be following suit and restricting the common practice of subscription sharing with their user base. In this candid debate from February's Streaming Media Connect 2024, TVREV's Alan Wolk, ESHAP's Evan Shapiro, and Hub Entertainment Research's Jon Giegengack discuss who's cracking down and how much they're enforcing new restriction, and what if any benefit smaller-market services are likely to gain from following Netflix's lead.

Emerging Trends in CTV and Streaming Monetization

Google TV Senior Director of Engineering Shobana Radhakrishnan discusses ongoing shifts in M&E content consumption like the growth of CTV and streaming relative to traditional linear broadcast, the continued fragmentation of the streaming content market, and how the transition to more advertising-based monetization models will impact the overall revenue picture in 2024-26 in this clip from her Streaming Media Connect keynote.

How WebRTC Impacts Stream Resiliency for Contribution and Distribution

Strategizing for low-latency streaming at scale and choosing WebRTC or another protocol means juggling multiple priorities and assessing stream resiliency on both the contribution and distribution ends. Dolby.io's Ryan Jespersen and AWS's Evan Statton make the case for WebRTC in this clip from Streaming Media Connect.

How FAST Strategy Is Changing as the Ecosystem Matures

As we move well into the era of FAST 2.0, will the strategies that brought FAST success in its early days still pay off and ensure continued growth? Is it time for FAST pioneers to re-innovate? And what can the success of primetime YouTube channels teach FAST brands about evolving their strategic roadmap in a mature, less Wild West-like FAST ecosystem? Tastemade's Evan Bregman, ESHAP's Evan Shapiro, Gusto TV's Chris Knight, and TMB's Cameron Saless discuss in this clip from Streaming Media Connect 2023.

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All-in-One Streaming Tools Let You Do It All—But Should You?

Today, we are seeing a similar conglomeration of features and abilities in today's production hardware, enabling one person to "do it all!" This begs the question: Should you do it all?

Live Sports Streaming and the Edison Tone Test

There can be little doubt that live sports streaming has a lucrative and dazzling future. But first, it needs to get past the Tone Test stage.

Effective K–12 Video Strategies

The revolutionary change over the past 10 years has made production technologies accessible to teachers and even students. And 4 years ago, of course, almost everyone was forced to rely on educational video to keep schools asfunctional as possible. Today, we can identify several use cases of teacher-produced educational video that are particularly effective.

Should We Trust Nielsen Math?

After reviewing Nielsen/Gracenote's 2023 State of Play report, Data-Driven Per­sonalization: The Future of Streaming Content Discovery, I found the numbers they cited to be very much on the creative side. I don't get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I think about their research.

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