Pay TV Operators


Interview: Mike Fries President and CEO, Liberty Global

Digital TV Europe’s editorial team named Liberty Global’s Mike Fries as Industry Leader of the Year at our Euro 50 Awards last month (held at Cable Congress in Switzerland). Ahead of the show, he talked to Stuart Thomson about the company’s current plans. Liberty Global has long stood at the forefront of European cable’s drive […]

The IPTV survey

Which developments in the IPTV industry most surprised you last year? I think the rate at which there has been growing acceptance within the industry of OTT no longer being a threat, but complementary, has come as a surprise to many. Alan Delaney, Ericsson Fibre networks becoming a reality, even faster than expected (including coming […]

Charge it

OSS and BSS systems are increasingly being called upon to support multi-play and multi-screen services. Anna Tobin surveys recent developments. Now we can watch TV on our telephones and shop for telephones on our TVs. We can download VOD on to our PCs and surf the net on our tablets. We can play with our […]

The third dimension

BSkyB will launch a dedicated 3D TV channel this year. With other operators set to follow, Graham Pomphrey assesses broadcaster strategies and the latest technologies on offer for this much-hyped technology. 3D video has, until recently, been confined to the cinema. If you exclude the limited forays into anaglyphic technology, that is. You may know […]

Play it again

The emergence of multi-screen delivery of content has had a significant impact on the channel playout business, reports Anna Tobin. Broadcasters have always hungered for good content to bring in audiences and revenues. Now, however, that content can be repackaged for multiple outlets: mobile devices; PC and TV, for example, the industry has realised that […]

Mapping the future

As demand for narrowcast video services grows, cable operators both in the US and Europe face a number of critical technology choices. Stuart Thomson looks at some of the key developments. US cable giant Comcast is currently pulling the industry towards its vision of the next-generation cable architecture. The focus of its current activity is […]

Testing times

A slow-down in subscriber uptake in the face of stiff competition, as well as the looming threat from OTT providers, could force IPTV operators to invest more in quality assurance. Stuart Thomson reports. It is well-known that IPTV networks require a great deal of care and attention, as telecom infrastructure was not designed with video […]

Only connect

Hybrid platforms and connected TVs have been key topics of late, with interest fuelled by initiatives such as Project Canvas in the UK and HbbTV. Stuart Thomson looks at how service providers may stand to gain or lose from new technological innovations. In the eyes of a number of observers, hybrid platforms are increasingly seen […]

Channel choices

Despite the financial downturn of the last two years, central and eastern Europe still provides solid opportunities for growth to pay-TV channel providers. Stuart Thomson reports. Central and eastern Europe may have lost its glister as a source of high returns to western investors of late. But to pay-TV channel providers the countries of the […]

Platform perspectives

While pay-TV providers across CEE have been hit by the financial crisis, most believe there is still plenty of scope for growth, while consolidation and convergence present further opportunities. Stuart Thomson & Graham Pomphrey assess operators’ strategies. The TV distribution business across central and eastern Europe remains more fragmented than that of western Europe. In […]