Scaling OTT: Do the economics stack up? | 11 Sep 12 tags › OTT delivery of TV content is widely touted as the future of television as well as a disruptor of traditional platform-based pay television services. This view fails to take account of the current cost/benefit of delivering OTT with Unicast streaming and of the importance of platform ownership in benefitting from potential cost reductions from IP Multicast or network design. Platform-agnostic OTT services cannot be scaled at the current cost base to service the viewing demands of the average television viewer. Solutions for OTT provides risk removing many of the cost advantages that OTT providers offer over traditional pay TV.
Europe's multichannel market | 21 Dec 11 tags › The main 5 Western European markets (representing 60 per cent of the total European pay TV Market) and Poland are analysed with respect to the number of unique TV channels available on each pay TV platform (Cable, DTT, IPTV, Satellite). Platform popularity in the six markets is very much down to local conditions, with no clear frontrunner for channel choice. France has the largest number of unique TV channels of Europe's six major Markets - 716 - followed by the UK with 500. Poland has the fewest, 284.
European Court of Justice ruling on extra-territorial content access restrictions | 06 Oct 11 tags › A recent ruling from the European Court of Justice has thrown the sale of territorial rights on which the pay TV industry is based in to question. While the initial ruling centres on soccer rights, the decision has implications for all content types and the licensing of content to operators across the content distribution chain. Our briefing summarises some of the issues and suggests remedies that may have to be adopted if cross-territory sale of pay TV decoders and smart cards becomes common-place
Liberty Global International seeks buyer for Chellomedia | 24 May 13 tags › Liberty Global International (LGI) is seeking a buyer for its channel and content arm Chellomedia. Chellomedia's international channel distribution produces revenues of around $514m as of December 2012...
BT raises pressure on BSkyB with free BT Sport offer | 10 May 13 tags › BT will offer three pay TV sports channels for no extra charge to its broadband subscribers, a move aimed at defending its leadership of the UK broadband market and to offer a lower cost pay TV alternative to...
CME's sudden Czech market share loss is more than a blip | 03 May 13 tags › The continued competition between Central European Media Enterprises (CME) and Modern Times Group (MTG) has caused a rupture in the Czech advertising market. Following our previous analysis of MTG's...
Ultra High Definition TV: the full review of UHD-1 | 22 Apr 13 Following on from the initial presentation of research in February and March 2013, IHS has completed its world-leading summary of opportunity for UHD-1, Ultra High Definition television often referred to as 4k. In this presentation we extend our forecast period to 2025 and review not only the development of ecosystems needed (typified by the development of HD TV), but review each of the key trends in capture, TV sets, set-top box, pay TV strategy and TV channels strategy. Ultimately we expect the technical ecosystem for UHD to be mature and in the market by 2017, and commercial mass market to be attained around 2023. This presentation was given by Tom Morrod on behalf of SES in April 2013.
International channel strategies and benchmarking | 28 Sep 11 Guy Bisson presented on the strategies of international TV channels and benchmarked major channel owners in terms of income and reach. The presentation detailed key analysis from IHS Screen Digest's new TV Channel Intelligence service, providing granular information on more than international 400 channel brands.