This week we breakdown the number from Viacom18 of 16 million concurrent streams for the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Jio Cinema, highlighting that the bitrate was around 1Mbps, making comparisons to other events difficult. We also discuss potential new DTC streaming strategies the WWE and UFC could take since their rights deals with ESPN, FOX and NBC Universal all expire by 2026. We recap some industry news that Apple has acquired Wave One, a startup specializing in AI-based video compression with a method for analyzing video files and learning the best way to compress them. And the news from AMD of a new media acceleration solution, that’s targeting video streaming applications that are highly personalized and interactive by nature, demanding low to ultra-low latency.
Companies and services mentioned: Viacom18, Jio Cinema, Endeavor, UFC, WWE, NBC Universal, Peacock, FOX, Disney, MLB, WWE, CBS, Pac-12, Roku, Apple TV, Netflix, Wave One, Apple, AMD, IMAX.
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