Did you know that the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary alone had more than 400.000 words? Don’t Panic! If you are a beginner in this area you won’t have to learn as many terms. But you might find some of them very useful and we want to help you with this transition to media and entertainment.

Every single industry has their own jargon and we are not an exception! Whether you are not yet familiar with some of these terms or if you have been in the industry for some time, this dictionary will come in handy to keep them under control.

These are words you will start hearing:

  • OTT is an acronym which stands for “over-the-top” and refers to media content that is delivered to viewers over the internet (rather than through traditional cable, satellite or broadcast infrastructure).
  • The OTT landscape today is more diverse than ever encompassing a wide range of Paid services (on the left) and Free services (on the right).
  • SVODs stands for Subscription Video On Demand and refers to services which charge users a regular (usually monthly) fee in exchange for access to content. Examples of these services include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Britbox.
  • A la carte OTT ‘channels’ refers to a pricing model for Pay-TV services in which customers subscribe to streaming services offered by individual television networks or content aggregators rather than a service that gives them access to multiple ‘traditional’ channels. Examples include CBS All Access, HBO Now or Noggin.
  • vMVPDs (which stands for ‘Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributors’) are services that include multiple live channels without relying on traditional cable or satellite infrastructure. This differentiates them from traditional Pay-TV services (known as MVPDs). Examples include NowTV in the UK or Hulu with Live TV in the US.
  • TVE stands for TV Everywhere and refers to users accessing streaming video content from a TV channel brand or Pay-TV provider (which sometimes requires users to ‘authenticate’ themselves through an account with their Pay-TV provider). The content on these services is often a combination of live channels and on-demand content. Examples include HBO Go, Comcast Xfinityor Viacom’s suite of ‘Play’ products outside the US e.g. MTV Play.
  • Free AVODs are Advertising-supported Video On Demand services, examples of which include PlutoTV, Crackle, ITV Hub or Tubi.

Do you miss common terms in your day to day? Let us know! We would be delighted to generate a second volume of our new Dictionary of the Entertainment Industry.

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