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Ben Keen

Independent Analyst and Advisor, Technology, Media and Telecoms

Making yourself the heart of the home

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Seligman Theatre
Thursday 28 March 2019
11:20 – 13:20

The set-top box lives on, and we want to know what next-generation hardware must do, the services it can support, the new revenues it could create and the technology it should have onboard. There will be a close look at Android TV Operator Tier, including how you implement a next-generation STB deployment with this open source solution. We explore the relationship between service providers and smart assistants – like how they can create their own ‘assistant’ ecosystem or become part of somebody else’s. Experts will be asked to show how legacy STB populations can be upgraded to a next-generation UX without the need for new hardware – ensuring that ‘nobody gets left behind’.

11:20

The future of the set-top box – its role in the smart home

 

Darren Fawcett, VP Technology Solutions, ARRIS

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Darren Fawcett

VP Technology Solutions, ARRIS

11:30

Imagining the future set-top box

  • What will be the new features and services of the future STB?
  • Assessing the potential for creating new revenues
  • Technology it should have onboard

Sascha Prüter, Chief Product Officer, Vewd

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Sascha Prüter

Chief Product Officer, Vewd

11:45

Planning and implementing an Android TV Operator Tier next-generation STB deployment

  • How Android TV puts the operator STB at the centre of the home
  • Building the complete media and entertainment device with an Android TV operator tier STB
  • Partnering with the Google Assistant to deliver the best possible voice UX
  • Delivering on the smart home promise with Google, Android and the Assistant

Edward Corn, Android TV Partnerships, EMEA, Google 

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Edward Corn

Android TV Partnerships, EMEA, Google

12:00

Hindsight 20/20 –  Solving UX challenges a year after Android TV launch

  • UX findings and experiences  – how to build on strengths and solve issues moving forward?
  • The high user and usage uptake after launch
  • The benefits of being flexible with UX

James Lowther, Director of TV and Broadband, Tele2

 

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James Lowther

Director of TV and Broadband, Tele2

12:20

The well-known IPTV Platform of Swisscom was built with AOSP. Should we go for Android TV Operator Tier?

  • Pros and cons of Swisscom’s award-winning, custom-made IPTV platform which uses Android as the Operating System of their set top boxes
  • Considering the vast development advances available today with the new Android TV or Android TV Operator Tier while Swisscom still stays with AOSP
  • Elaborating why Swisscom still choose to remain on AOSP
  • Uncovering the decision-making process against Android TV Operator Tier at Swisscom

Ingmar Schmidt, Senior TV Portfolio Manager – Business Operations, Swisscom

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Ingmar Schmidt

Senior TV Portfolio Manager - Business Operations, Swisscom

12:45

Panel discussion: Hardware in the home – the road ahead

  • Can Pay TV operators afford to become ‘just’ apps when Amazon and Apple have a growing connected TV device presence, and Apple could buy its way into content?
  • Do platform owners need their own digital voice assistant, and how much impact can they have on our lives with a voice remote control vs standalone Echo-style hardware?
  • Upgrading deep-legacy STBs to a next-generation UX via software – are there any performance limits, and what are the keys to successful deployment?
  • What technologies and/or open source initiatives or standards will help service providers improve Wi-Fi performance and lower the cost of total-home coverage?
  • The future set-top box: what technology must be onboard, what new services should it support, and are there new revenue streams to add to the ROI justification?
  • What recent innovations or roadmap features on RDK and Android TV will have a significant impact on the lives of platform operators and their subscribers?
  • Smartphone companion apps failed to kill the ‘traditional’ remote control – will conversational voice assistants?
Colin Phillips

Colin Phillips

IPTV and CPE Solutions Architect
BT