Sony DADC New Media Solutions’ Ven.ue platform has delivered its 10 millionth file as a fully cloud-based solution.The OTT solutions provider announced the milestone at IBC and said it is now averaging 190,000 file deliveries per month from a repository of 1.26 million hours of content from 450 content owners globally.“While others seem to endlessly debate the emotional, economic, and strategic merits of going all-in on the cloud, we were able to cut through the noise and deliver on this promise to our clients,” said Andy Shenkler, executive vice-president and chief solutions and technology officer of Sony DADC NMS.“The benefits we have unlocked by fully committing to a cloud strategy are clearly seen by our clients and the advantages they are realising cannot be understated.”NMS said it will continue to use the power of the cloud to increase its support for large format innovations for 4K and UHD content.Sony DADC NMS will showcase Ven.ue at at the AWS Elemental booth at IBC at hall 5, stand C80
European media groups needs to come together to create something like a “European Hulu”, according to Olivier Schrameck, director-general of French media regulator the CSA.Olivier SchrameckSpeaking at an event at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, Schrameck said that such an initiative would “of course” have to take into account “the variety of languages and cultures” in Europe.Schrameck recalled that when, in 2013, he had suggested there could be a need for a “French Hulu”, media leaders responded with incredulity.“The audiovisual industry has common interests that are stronger than its differences,” he said, warning against complacency about “Trojan horses” represented by groups that avoided their responsibilities.Schrameck said that there was need for closer collaboration between audiovisual regulators to facilitate this kind of initiative. He argued that the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), the group set up by the EC to advise on the audiovisual media service directive, would serve as a key anchor for the implementation of a directive that addressed the need for financial support for European content.He said that regulatory cooperation at European level was crucial in giving European media groups a solid framework in which to develop collaborative approach and an “organised convergence”.Schrameck said the CSA was leading by example, citing its involvement in Mediterranean area regulatory association the RIRM, which encompasses 26 countries around the Mediterranean, and Francophone area media regulators group REFRAM.
Telecom Italia CEO Amos Genish has welcomed a decision by communications regulator AGCOM to launch a public consultation on the telco’s plans for the separation of its network arm.Amos GenishSpeaking on the sidelines of a meeting for the presentation of the company’s annual report, Genish said that he was nevertheless concerned about moves to push down the wholesale prices that the network arm of the company can charge to third-party operators. He said that the regulated prices did not always seem to take into account the costs sustained by the unit.Genis said that the ruling by ACGOM opened the way to separateion of the netowr4k company by January next year. However, he said it would be necessary to create a sustainable model for wholesale prices, after sharp falls over the past two years.AGCOM said last week that TIM’s proposal for the separation of its infrastructure arm is admissible for a market analysis and would be submitted to a public consultation.TIM’s board had approved the company’s plan to create a separate legal entity for the infrastructure arm, 100% owned by TIM, in March.The move came after the Italian government triggered its ‘golden power’ to intervene in cases concerning assets of strategic national significance.