Millennial blues

OK I’m going to admit something personal to you all – I’m not a millennial. And, guess what? Neither are most of the bigwigs in the cable and satellite industry. Maybe this is the reason why it has taken until early 2016 for a company as large as Liberty Global to get a handle on […]

Online TV and video: a corporate finance perspective

Mergers and acquisitions in the media space look set to accelerate this year, says Cavendish Corporate Finance’s Linda Sullivan. This year promises to be another very busy year for media mergers and acquisitions (M&A), following an exceptionally strong 2015. Last year saw headline grabbing transactions, led by Charter Communications’ acquisition of Time Warner Cable, while transactions bridging […]

How to use Big Data to reach your audience

Broadcasters need to digitise their operations and gather relevant data to retain consumer loyalty, says Partho Bhattacharya, MD & president, Invenio Business Solutions. Over the past few years we have seen huge changes to the way people consume media. Customers can now watch their favourite shows on catch-up, download them to view later, and even access […]

CES 2016 preview: top consumer tech trends 

Ericsson’s chief technology officer, broadcast and media services, Steve Plunkett, looks at this year’s top trends for CES. As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens to an estimated 170,000 attendees in Las Vegas this week, it provides an insight into the consumer tech trends we can expect for 2016 and beyond. Here are the likely […]

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. […]

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