Wyplay has become the latest set-top middleware and UX vendor to embrace the Android TV platform, and market a custom launcher for Android TV’s Operator Tier. Debuted in Q1 2017, and formalized in the second and third quarters of the same year, Operator Tier affords Android TV adoptees considerably more latitude in designing a device’s home-screen, app carousel, icons, and content placement.
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Dan heads global research on service provider set-top boxes, consumer premises equipment (CPE), content security, and user interfaces. He has extensive experience in producing custom research for all aspects of television technology, influencing the strategies of many of the sector’s largest companies.
His expertise includes a nuanced understanding of how service providers distribute content around the home, and how consumers interact with content. Dan worked previously at Mitsubishi Electric, where he designed image-processing algorithms. He is a graduate of the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, and has a Bachelor of Science in physics.
Merrick Kingston engages in a broad spectrum of digital media and video technology research, focusing on subjects ranging from back-end network infrastructure to front-end digital video software. His expertise spans IP video distribution, digital media business models, audience measurement and analytics, and the complex technology value-chain that stretches from video backend to end-user device.
As part of the Omdia consulting business, Merrick has undertaken a wide complement of work with companies from across the value chain; his experience spans product and market-entry strategy, due diligence, competitive review and landscaping, customer profiling, and the assessment of anti-competitive practice. Merrick holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. He speaks fluent Danish, French, and Italian.
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