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Safety from the storm

“Cable’s recurring revenues means that debt is easier to finance…which means cable can more easily afford to continue to invest in network upgrades.” When  the world is struck with uncertainties and the global financial markets get a case of the jitters, the markets have a strategy called “flight to safety” and one such destination that […]

The barbarian invasions

“Hostilities have begun, but much of the cable industry seems to be in denial – and some see it as merely a light skirmish, one that the opposing side will lose when they recognize the power of their opponent.” There’s a war going on. Haven’t you heard? The cable and satellite industry is under attack. […]

Nets get together

“Some major TV companies have found another piece of broadcasting turf where they are putting aside their differences and linking arms in support of each other – the online catch-up TV domain.” Whenever two big business rivals stop fighting  and start working together, you know something important might be about to happen. Broadcasters occasionally team […]

BT and Sky play the field

“It is clear that Sky’s moves have upped the pressure on BT Vision to make its new sports bundle work. Thank goodness then that it is not just the Sky Sports package that BT has in its offensive arsenal.” In the UK, some of the biggest football stars have moved off the field and onto […]

New ways to socialise

“The opportunity for broadcasters is to figure out how to integrate this social ‘stuff’ into their broadcasts and onto other platforms without losing control of the content and, more importantly, the money.” There has been a lot of talk recently about the arrival of the connected TV and how it will change things forever. Gone […]

Cable lights up exit sign

“No-one else wanted to fund the business through its consolidation phase. But now the markets – both credit and equity – are easing and opportunities are opening up for private-equity exits and for operators to consolidate.” The recession has not treated the pay-TV business all that badly compared with free-to-air broadcasters, and the easing of […]

A bite of the Apple

“The balance of power is shifting, nurtured by social networking sites and the immediacy of Twitter and instant messaging. In this world, media that is static is less appealing.” You could have knocked Eduardo Zulueta down with a feather. The managing director of Chello Multicanal was not expecting his digital unit (which did not even […]

Pay-TV looks over the top

“The bulwark that pay-TV operators have is content packaging and pricing expertise and a relationship with their customers. However, these are not impenetrable.” A collective fit of jealousy is permeating in the TV broadcasting business and where it is going to end is anybody’s guess. Free-to-air broadcasters are looking with envy at pay-TV operators’ revenue […]

Taking the high road

“For those of us who wondered if clearer, more detailed TV pictures would be enough to convince more than the geeks among us to upgrade their TV kit, the answer seems to be ‘yes’.” The old mantra ‘content is king’ has taken a bit of a beating in the age of the internet. The quality […]

iPhone effect hits pay-TV

“People familiar with the internet and devices including the iPod and the iPhone want their TVs to work the same way. That means intuitive recommendation engines and easy-to-navigate screens.” There  is no getting around the fact that Apple’s iPhone has effected big changes in the mobile phone industry, but the iPhone effect is reverberating elsewhere, […]