The television sector in Turkey is not doing well at all

On Election Day, we’re all stuck in front of our televisions. Some of the channels were prepped, some were not prepared at all. But ultimately there was the election, which was the key item on the agenda in many mainstream channels. Fox probably as always thought to be the winner out of the rating war, since Fatih Portakal and Ismail Küçükkaya thought to be the most trusted content. Audience doesn’t surprised. Especially in the AB socio economical class also continues to be the first among the news programs. But my impression is that if they trust Fatih and Ismail again, born in the next election, they may face a surprise.
Of course, I prefer to look at television broadcasts in terms of screen design and technique rather than content. The election night broadcast is very special. There is both visual material and a continuous flow of data. From this perspective it is very similar to Formula1. F1 combined these two broadcasts very nicely on its own OTT channels and made a special software. I waited for a channel that did that on Election Night. But unfortunately I couldn’t see it. The only innovation on the technology side was Haberturk. Years ago, they tried to bring the virtual studio back into our lives. However, in order to get the audience’s attention in the virtual studio, it is necessary to constantly change the camera angles, thus creating a sense of reality about objects that are virtual. But I think it was the first time the director had used it. They hardly ever used this feature.
The best-designed screen on election night belonged to NTV, The Star TV co-broadcast. The second place was  KanalD. ATV and only after that was FOX tv. My least favorite design was Show TV, a joint broadcast of Haberturk. I can’t say I’ve come across a screen under which to talk about design.
Judging from the election period and Apple’s WWDC, I’d like to look back a bit this week at the old world of television and analyze what’s going on. Our ranking goes from hardware-owning institutions to the convention.
From a hardware perspective, the most successful hardware Apple TV is not only technical, but also in terms of usage and design. It works fast, it doesn’t heat up, and you can use it for everything you send as a television and with projection. Even over Wifi, it transfers images at high speeds. No mosaics, no images. I think the hardware on the panel is not much preferred because of the smart TVs now. Even if they are, the software on them is not used very much. Among my recent tests, the television that impressed me the most was Sony. It opens fast and the image quality is very high.
There are two IPTV platforms in Turkey. Chronologically the first is Tivibu. But not only did it stop its development for a while, it started to go backwards. Airties equipment is inadequate. IPTV platforms are also the source of internet service, but how can not prevent freezing and mosaicization. You can’t watch a program, especially on catchup TV. You finally hate it and go back to broadcasting. As movies on the Pay TV side were not renewed, Turk Telekom could not turn this area into a business model. Interactive channels count in place. The remote, which has been in use for a long time, looks like it’s from the last century. Content production, such as the repetition of periods when Digiturk suffered a serious loss of subscribers. (churn)
The second IPTV platform is TV+. He’s having a serious branding problem. Turkcell Superonline TV+ is known on the street, but what brand he goes through is the impression that it would be right to do serious research. A finished broadcast viewing feature was on TV+prior to Tivibu. They’re better at that. And it makes a lot of sense to watch it on more than one device. He tried to solve a similar experiment at Vodafone with software without ever using hardware. However, they could not get rid of the disadvantages of being completely on the software side.
Netflix now appears to be the industry’s leader in Turkey. The quality of the broadcast is admirable, as it never leaves its subscriber empty about the content. If I was at Turk Telekom, I would transfer Netflix’s technical team to at least learn the job.
Of our two players in OTT’s world, Puhu TV doesn’t appear to be nearly in the sector anymore. I seriously wonder how they turned the serial Fi‘s success into a brand death. Blu tv, however, could not hold even in Turkey. Someone has to say that the AB socio economic  group is watching these innovative televisions and that this group is not going to be watching 01.(A serial about the Adana’a ghettos)
I’ve also studied conventional channels from the point of view of internet sites, choosing a few from the mainstream. It’s like the Show TV’s and Star TV’s site just got out of hand. The part that bothers me the most is that they get Google ads on the site. These sites are prestige sites. One wonders why they stoop to the 3-5 cents that will come from Google ads. ATV returned shortly before that fault. By the way in ATV’s website footer Windows Mobile Application Link. I found all conventional television sites to be very unsuccessful. The lack of video in the design of so many sites whose content is video is remarkable. No creativity is also obviously lacking but managers at least / ‘ I’d better go in and look at a design or two. Looking at these sites does not require creativity, nor does it require technical knowledge to look at new sites designed.


Technological regulations on an orient mindset only leads to new problems

I will be giving a speech in London for Content Delivery World in november. While working on choosing the topic, one of the things that came to mind was the differences between developing and already developed countries whilst creating the regulations.
Of course, the reason of those differences are diverse perspectives. I’m sure CEO’s of developing countries are going though these differences, however, I’m not really sure if they analyse the situation and create awareness to submerge it into the corporal structure afterwards, or sweep it under the carpet.
We feel these differences especially on technology sector. For instance, when it comes to copyrights, we automatically think about illegal movie distribution and viewing on the east. The law on this subject is clear enough to not leave any room for any commentary. However, the illegal use is still pretty common in daily life. In this case, it seems easier to just ignore the situation rather than creating a solution. Only in the west, problem is solved firstly by pay tv’s and then the humanitarian approach of europe commission. After a while, the distance between two different viewpoints gets bigger. For instance, a website called hitspor in Turkey puts up a video of a football match with their own commentary without any copyright infringement, and they are still faced with an access denial. At the same time, Europe commission bends the copyright regulations to a point that the subscriber can access to the content they paid for regardless of the country they reside in.
For that matter, with a recent regulation, it was decided that the jailbroken(Jailbreak – way of a software restriction removal) devices would not be out of warranty or insurance.
We can also see the differences of viewpoints on two different high courts working on the same subject. While Europe comission came to the conclusion of child content to be seperated from adult content on the OTT TV regulation, the same subject ended up reaching the odd conclusion of a license request from Turkey for any kind of news material that includes Turkey.
I came across a news that recently a competition authority has fined Apple and Samsung for deliberately slowing down devices for a substantial amount. Since it was against the theory I have mentioned until now, I was curious to read on. I found out that the mentioned competition authority belonged to Italy government.
I know that they have reproaches on the aforementioned companies in their developing country. However, the point of origin is mostly the viewpoint of taxes not being paid to the government. And this is way far-off the humanitarian viewpoint.
In my conferences, I prefer to link the digital transformation to a difference of viewpoint, the humanitarian approach rather than the technological advances. This strategy is valid for not only the companies, but also for any structure that wishes to realize their digital transformation. In other words, when it comes to digital transformation, we need to shift the whole paradigm of the structure to a humanitarian viewpoint before giving everyone new numbers, computers, managing paperless documents and ERP’s. This is valid for not just management and marketing but also HR, sales and even IT.
This digital transformation is valid for not just companies, but also governmental organizations, NGO’s and even government themselves.
As long as this strategic paradigm shift is not applied, everything from the investments to regulations and legislations will turn useless, and this will also lead to bigger problems. I believe the stepping stone for the developing countries for the next ten years will be this change of viewpoint.


We hear a new technology emerging every day. Each day, we run into a lot of technology related issues. We ask ourselves what the new technologies will bring. The answer to all these questions is decentralization. I believe everyone will remember the data collection incident of Cambridge Analitica happened last week and still in effect. Let’s look at the incident from another angle. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google and even Apple of Tim Cook, who had a spat with Mark over press about the incident… All these companies have a database surrounded by a software as a structure.
This structure is the one which became common with databases appeared in technology stand. The most important reason of this structure is the need of using the resources in the most effective way. If all data is in one place, storage, access, index and reaching the results will be easy. This structure belongs to a world before internet.
The Internet is a military project designed the networked computers’ unable to make connections. The goal is to keep the damage to minimum by making configuration on a Spiderweb like structure to keep potential damages to computers from outer world minimum.
In the pre-internet period, connections were very important due to a straight, worm like network structure were used. In this period, if two computers in the middle of the network are disconnected from the network, two different networks are formed; for this reason, the structure of the network was disrupted. In order to solve this problem, the solution network in the military sense was made in the network as form of network (web). Although this seemed like a technical solution at first, it was the beginning of an idea that would change the world’s upcoming 30-40 years. The fact that structures don’t have a center strengthen that structure.
In later periods, we see that all the network technologies on the internet have put into practice in different forms. Some events have even accelerated the adoption of this idea. The best example of this is Clinton’s sex scandal, I think. Those who remember this period will understand what I’m talking about when I say cigar, oval office and Monica Lewinsky. The conversation between Clinton and Lewinsky revealed in the case file then fell into Press’ hands. Without knowing that a very small text file of 100 KB would be a breaking point in the history of the World of the Internet, the CNN Informatics Department put the text file on web servers so that people could download it. It was not possible to reach CNN’s servers that day and the next few days. When millions of people wanted to get the file from the servers at the same time, the servers became unresponsive. This was the collapse of centralized web servers. Afterwards, the CNN Informatics Team separated the servers from each other to never be merged again and transferred such content to the CDN (Content Delivery Network). CDNs are also one of the best examples of a content reaching with a decentralized structure.

As a matter of fact, in the last period when world says “Bitcoin”, experts such as İsmail Hakkı Polat says “blockchain”, that’s why. Blockchain brings decentralized security instead of a centralized authentication. This will cause security to change from the root in all areas, especially on the Internet. I do not know if it is a correct narration, but after the blockchain technology on the internet, we will change to a structure that can instantly identify the fraudsters in an instant, instead of thousands waiting for control of their identity in front of a door and on a queue. In fact, one of the issues that bothered CPU time in Bitcoin is the delay in the system of giving the task of validation to a structure which is always accustomed to revealing the identity. We will see that it also changes in other sub-coins.
My suggestion to those who are interested in the philosophy instead of its technology, I can give example of Russian diplomats’ deport in many countries around the world. If something like this happened 20 to 30 years ago, it would be the justification for the new world war. But now everyone is reacted with a smile. Because now, you do not have to be close to the center to establish a diplomatic link with a country. In fact, it is not clear what is the center of what in this world. I would like to say that the most influential idea of ​​the next decade will be decentralization.
This architecture will change the way we all do business, manage and even learn and communicate. We’ve already begun to see how it changed the payment options, do not you?

Apple announced Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy

Apple today announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps for the world’s most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem.

The iOS App Development Center, to be located at a partner institution in Naples, will support teachers and provide a specialised curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, Apple will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the driving forces behind the more than 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe and presents unlimited opportunities for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the continent.”

Apple is a powerful engine of growth across Europe and the company’s ecosystem now supports more than 1.4 million jobs, including 1.2 million attributable to the community of app creators, software engineers and entrepreneurs building apps for iOS, as well as non-IT jobs supported directly and indirectly through the app economy.*

The unprecedented growth of the App Store has helped developers in Europe earn over €10.2 billion from selling their apps around the world.

In Italy, over 75,000 jobs are attributable to the App Store and the developer community is vibrant. IK Multimedia launched its first app in 2009 and since then has had over 25 million downloads. Musement, launched in 2013, is now available in seven languages and 300 cities across 50 countries, making it easy for people to book travel and excursions on the go.

Roberto Macina, CEO and founder of Qurami, said: “Apple’s continued innovation inspires us to create the best mobile experiences and make our customers’ lives just a little bit easier. Apple’s app ecosystem is the anchor for our business, and developing across Apple’s operating systems has enabled us to easily and quickly bring the Qurami experience to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users.”

Thousands of companies are expanding because of their work with Apple, which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities large and small across Europe. Milan-based Laboratorio Elettrofisico makes some of the most sophisticated magnetization equipment in the world and their technology enables some of the industry-leading magnetic features found in Apple products. Apple also works with Europe’s leading manufacturers of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, which create tiny components that power some of the incredible sensor and audio technologies found in iOS devices.