Netflix: another stellar quarter in an evolving competitive landscape

Netflix delivered a stellar set of quarterly results this week, growing its streaming revenues by 43% year-on-year and adding 7.41 million subscribers, beating expectations. Unsurprisingly, the results boosted the SVOD giant’s share price. However, questions continue to be asked about the sustainability of Netflix’s growth trajectory. The company says it expects negative cash-flow to the […]

A Future for VR TV?

Ivan Verbesselt, senior vice-president, group marketing, Nagra, looks at the future of virtual reality as an entertainment format. Virtual reality television (or VR TV) is finally here. Well, it is if we believe the hype. Long predicted to be the future of TV, VR has seen some tremendous growth over the past twelve months. Annual […]

Subs up: Sinclair, Disney and the direct-to-consumer world

The inexorable rise of subscription video-on-demand and the concomitant decline of advertising-based broadcasting is a well-established – and sometimes hotly contested – trend in the media distribution world. The impact of streaming services on traditional video consumption patterns has been most strongly felt in the US. While over-the-air TV has seen uplift from cord-cutting – […]

Bigger media: Fox, Sky, Vivendi

21st Century Fox has now proposed a possible sale of Sky News to Disney as one of two possible remedies to secure approval of its planned acquisition of the 61% of the pay TV operator that it does not already own. According to Sky, Disney has expressed an interest in acquiring the news channel even […]

Brave new world of entertainment

Is eSports, YouTube and gaming the future of entertainment? Modern Times Group’s leadership certainly believes that this is where the growth will be. Following the decision to split MTG in two, CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann said that the move would create greater focus and flexibility and enable more growth, higher profits and increased shareholder value. […]

Size matters

Recent months have seen a plethora of mega-media deals on boardroom tables. No doubt more will be coming, but not all will work out. All this buying and selling looks on the face of it to be about one thing: that bigger is better. But is the calculus as simple as size wins? Look at […]

Broadcasters get together

Spain’s leading terrestrial broadcasters teamed up this week to develop an OTT TV platform that could compete with other streaming video providers in the increasingly crowded Spanish market. The move by public broadcaster RTVE and commercial players Atresmedia and Mediaset España, which will initially see them launch an interactive TV platform, based on the HbbTV […]

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 […]

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