A SeaChange spokesman says that SeaChange senior management, with participation from Davi, moved ahead with a strategy last quarter to eliminate the position of a dedicated CTO and to have the heads of its three business units (platform, in-home and advertising) share the CTO duties. SeaChange Chief Architect Sam Ganesan is now running the global video platform business, and the company expects to appoint a GM for its platform technologies unit "shortly," the spokesman adds.
Rovi Corp. intends to stop providing TV listing data in over-the-air broadcasts by April 2013 as deals with data broadcasting partners expire, reports Multichannel News. The move doesn't affect traditional cable set-tops or consumer devices that receive that data over the Internet, but it will impair guides in analog TVs, some digital TVs and DVRs that receive that data over the air or via a cable TV link in the U.S. and Canada, the report adds.
Almost half (49 percent) of 2,010 U.S. and U.K. consumers surveyed by Accenture say they've viewed over-the-top video through a connected TV, in addition to the content they typically view via traditional pay-TV providers. Broken down further, 60 percent of U.S. consumers between 18 and 24 said they watch at least a quarter of their video over-the-top, versus 54 percent in the U.K. Pay-TV operators, meanwhile, aren't standing still about this trend and are developing their own apps for "smart" TV platforms. (See Concurrent Helps Cable Connect to Smart TVs.)
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.