The truth behind Generation Z’s TV viewing habits

Arqiva’s managing director of satellite and media, David Crawford, explores the true TV habits of Generation Z – and what they might mean for the future of TV. It has become a recurring theme among observers of the TV industry that young people have rejected broadcast television and no longer choose to watch linear TV. […]

Netflix: the troubled teen

Can Netflix’s business plan elevate the company from teenage upstart to dependable adult? Kate Bulkley reports. Eighteen is a difficult age for humans and so, it seems, for at least one media company. Netflix, which came to life in 1997 as a DVD rental company by post and then in 1999 as an SVoD service, made […]

Cable’s survival strategy

If there’s one thing you can rely on with John Malone it’s that his big media deals get the attention of the entire industry, writes Kate Bulkely. The recent agreement by Malone’s Charter Communications to buy Time Warner Cable for US$55 billion (€50 billion) is an example of Malone’s ability to turn heads. Malone secured […]

Digital Single Market: Blurred signals from Brussels

Content owners are sceptical about the EU’s plans for a Digital Single Market. They want to protect the status quo on selling rights. Raymond Snoddy reports. Ross Biggam, director general of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), believes you need a degree in Kremlinology to work out exactly what the European Commission is […]

OTT’s eastern promise

Over-the-top distribution is the new normal and the days of launching conventional linear TV channels may be numbered, writes Kate Bulkley. The appetite for buying bundles of channels hasn’t yet gone away – look no further than companies including AMC Networks, Discovery and Scripps Networks Interactive, which continue to acquire (and also launch) channels in […]

MIPTV Digital Fronts: in review

Preeya Naul, director of publisher solutions at Rightster, looks at the impact of Vice and other developments in the online video world at the recent MIPTV in Cannes. I recently attended MIPTV’s ‘Digital Fronts’, a unique part of the annual event that was launched last year to debate the future of TV and digital content. […]

Why IPTV operators need to go OTT

Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo, argues that telcos need to adopt OTT technology to remain flexible and cost effective. The media world has been evolving at a dramatic pace over recent years. IPTV, which emerged not so many years ago as a revolutionary new way for telcos to use their IP networks to deliver TV is […]

BT TV’s power team

Kate Bulkley profiles the top trio at BT who are tweaking Sky’s tail and leading the telco’s TV strategy. When the auction for Premier League football rights reached its climax last month a tremor passed through the UK television business, not to mention the City. But, for the BT bidding team, the breakdown of the […]

African pay TV opportunities

One of the main questions for 2015 will be where the new growth is going to be found in the pay TV and broadband business, writes Kate Bulkley. Finding new investment opportunities is for the committed, the visionary and the risk-takers. It means hunting out the most exciting markets for new investment and even new […]

The way we view now

As Amazon signs Woody Allen to make his first TV series, are on-demand services poised to wreck the broadcast model? Stephen Price is sceptical. The traditional way of watching television, as a family around a static set in the corner of the living room, is over, we are told. TV ownership has – for the […]

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