Long reads


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 […]

Age of Discovery

Discovery plans more international launches to follow that of TLC in the Nordic territories. Stuart Thomson talked to Discovery International president and CEO Mark Hollinger. Discovery Communications International is planning further international launches, following the March 4 debut of female lifestyle-oriented channel TLC in Norway on the Canal Digital, GET and Lyse networks. Discovery aims […]

Down with the kids

With competition in the kids programming market becoming more intense, channel providers are looking to ways to cement brand loyalty at as young an age as possible. Andy Fry reports. St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, doesn’t get too many mentions in the TV trade press. But his famous epithet “Give me the […]

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 […]

Eastern approaches

Central and eastern Europe has seen strong digital growth in recent years. DTVE’s CEE 2010 presents a statistical snapshot of the region, and in the following pages looks at possible growth patterns over the next few years. Despite the impact of the global recession, Eastern Europe ended 2009 with 44.6 million digital homes, up 35% […]

Towards the light

As the European fibre-to-the-home industry prepares for its annual gathering under the auspices of the FTTH Council Europe, whose 2010 conference will take place in Lisbon from February 24-25, Stuart Thomson assesses the current state of fibre in Europe. The economic climate may not seem to be suited to an industry that requires large upfront […]

Channelling on-demand

Video-on-demand services are becoming ubiquitous, taking many forms across Europe. The business models for pay-TV operators are becoming clearer, but what about channel providers? Graham Pomphrey reports. Much has been written about the growth potential for video-on-demand services. High-profile launches on various platforms, including PC, as well as the rise in popularity of catch-up viewing […]

Russian rise in pay-TV

The CSTB event held in Moscow this February will highlight key trends in the Russian and CIS pay-TV and broadband industries. Informa’s latest Eastern Europe TV report and World Broadband Information Service provide a snapshot into this evolving market. Russia is home to a vibrant but underdeveloped pay-TV market, in which ownership of TV companies […]