IBC 2019 made three things clear: the field of vendors is narrowing; the breadth of solutions offered across this field is dwindling; the consequent search for - and essentiality of - value creation is peaking.
The Analyst Team
Andrew Young is responsible for researching professional video technology for the service provider team within Omdia. This includes market sizing and market forecasting the technologies that underpin the video workflows between postproduction and consumer device playback. Specific research areas include video processing, media asset management, and video delivery.
Andrew draws on multiple years of expertise from his time working at Screen Digest, IHSMarkit, and now Omdia. He has co-authored a major report on the global broadcast and media technology industry for the IABM and has worked on many bespoke consultancy projects covering broadcast and media technology all over the world.
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.
Senior Research Analyst, Service Provider Technology
Mr. Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit, drives connected device research and a range of topics for the broadband intelligence service.
With over 13 years of technology industry experience, Paul’s topical experience has included consumer electronics, pay and broadcast TV, digital content, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, HD broadcasting and services, digital set-top boxes, IPTV, over-the-top video hardware and services, home audio, advanced user interface technologies and digital rights management.
Paul’s current coverage areas include connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving connected device research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Paul worked as a competitive intelligence and strategy analyst within the enterprise software sector for IBM and Vignette Corporation, as well as served as a consultant on a number of independent projects for Dell, Compaq, Silicon Graphics and AT&T. He was also the director of DVD and HD market research at DisplaySearch, and was featured at the 2009 International CES as an expert panelist speaking at the Blu-ray Disc Association press conference.
Paul has been quoted in a variety of industry publications and news outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, NPR, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, Variety, Bloomberg, Wired, Home Media Magazine, PC World, CNET, Stuff, CE Pro and Cable & Satellite International.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, both in the US. Paul can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
Senior Analyst , Service Provider Technology
Stelios focuses on the video processing segment and specializes in content delivery network and online video platform segments. He provides research and analysis through market reports and scorecards, analyst insights, databases, and custom consulting to the service’s subscribers.
Stelios joined the business in 2013. Since then, he has worked in various consultancies and projects for industry-leading companies. He has also provided market insights for several segments such as satellites, data transmission, media managed services, drones, and video processing. BBC and CNET have cited his work. Prior to his analyst role, he gained experience at WIND Hellas, a telecommunications company, and was a trader for Prelium Investment Services. Stelios holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Piraeus, Greece.
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