Fresh viewing methods and innovations have turned traditional TV on its head. John Bensalhia speaks to YouView’s Ryan French about the cloud services and DevOps processes that underpin broadcasting 2.0
When John Logie Baird demonstrated the pioneering television in 1926, he couldn’t have foreseen that in the future, everyone would be able to tune in wherever and whenever they like.
Recent advances in TV technology mean our favourite programmes can be enjoyed not just on traditional televisions, but on laptops, mobile phones and iPads. The emergence of smart TV has also introduced a litany of benefits. As YouView’s Ryan French explains, a key driver has been sophisticated use of cloud services.
“The benefits of internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes are clear when compared to traditional broadcast technology,” Ryan says.
“Through the effective use of cloud services, we can deliver a much higher quality experience to our end users and we can release new features faster, and innovate at a much quicker pace. This includes an aggregated search across multiple content providers, enhanced and image-rich UI, and surfacing more relevant content.”
As the connected home becomes more and more common, a smart TV or set-top box is the perfect device for integrating with a range of other devices that you may find in your home.
“With the emergence of multiple VOD services, from Netflix and Amazon, to catch up services such as BBC iPlayer, a smart TV or set-top box can allow you to consume content on your own terms,” says Ryan.
“Traditional PVRs become less relevant in a world where you can watch content on demand, on a range of devices, at a time that suits you.”