US pay TV: cord-cutting, cable and content

Another week, another set of statistics heralding doom for the US pay TV business. Stuart Thomson weighs up the evidence.  This week saw the release of new statistics highlighting the dire trajectory of the US pay TV industry. While analysts’ respective counts of the extent of the losses may vary slightly, the direction of travel […]

Mobile-first means opportunities for operators

Operators need to cater for the growing trend towards mobile-first viewing, writes Arpad Jordan, head of media processing and delivery at Ericsson. Mobile consumption is exploding. Consumers are not only shifting where they are watching, but also on which device to consume certain types of content. They are now rating their user experience through the […]

Big telecoms and bigger tech: the shape of battles to come

Stuart Thomson looks at the current and future shape of the competitive landscape facing cable and telecom operators in Europe.  European cable’s need for scale was once again high on the news agenda this week, which saw executives gather in Dublin for their annual Cable Congress get-together. Liberty Global chief Mike Fries – not in […]

Murdoch outfoxed by Comcast Sky bid

Stuart Thomson looks at the likely fallout from Comcast’s audacious bid to take over Sky. The biggest news in pay TV this week is clearly Comcast’s move to outfox Fox and acquire Sky for £22.1 billion (€25 billion). Comcast’s move throws a fresh obstacle in the long and tortuous path followed by Rupert Murdoch in his […]

Original ideas

As Europe’s leading telcos post their full-year financial results, Stuart Thomson takes a look at their different content strategies and how they fit into the wider competitive landscape for multiplay services.  The full-year results for Europe’s leading telecom operators started to hit the headlines this week, with Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Orange among the telcos […]

English Premier League: Sky, BT and the Amazon question

Stuart Thomson looks at the implications of this week’s Premier League rights award to Sky and BT, and speculation over Amazon’s intentions.  Coverage of this week’s Premier League auction results focused on the reduced amount paid by the winners to secure the bulk of rights on offer, and on the absence – so far – […]

Keeping it original

Telefónica flexed its muscles as a creator of original content this week by announcing major plans to make its home-grown programming available across much of the Spanish-speaking world. Under the plan, Movistar+ original series will arrive to 12 more countries this year across Central and South America, which will take the company’s original content footprint to […]

TDC and MTG’s Nordic powerhouse

TDC’s €2.0 billion buyout of MTG’s Nordic Entertainment and Studios businesses will create a regional powerhouse that is well placed to deal with today’s rapidly changing media landscape. Announced yesterday, the deal will establish a fully converged provider of media and communications services with a footprint that extends across Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The […]

BamTech’s European push highlights the future of online sports

Last week BamTech Media, the Disney-owned streaming media company that powers online services for the likes of Eurosport, ESPN, the NHL and Fox Sports, opened up a major new European headquarters in Amsterdam. Two of its top execs took the time to speak to DTVE, in a busy week of news and developments in the online […]

YouTube’s battle for advertiser approval

YouTube’s battle to create a safe space for advertisers took another turn this week when it announced on Tuesday that it is introducing stricter criteria for which channels can run ads. The move follows a turbulent year of negative headlines and questionable content that has laid bare advertising industry concerns about what their inventory is placed […]

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