Long reads


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 […]

The premier league

The great and good of the European broadband and pay-TV industry gathered at London’s Hyatt Regency Hotel at the end of November to honour the winners of the inaugural Digital TV Europe Awards. Eutelsat chairman Giuliano Berretta and BSkyB customer group chief Brian Sullivan scooped two of the top awards at the inaugural Digital TV […]

The high road

While demand for HDTV is beginning to take off in key markets such as the UK, the economics remain challenging for many players. Graham Pomphrey and Stuart Thomson assess recent developments. High-definition TV has always presented something of a challenge to international channel providers. All know they need to make the move to HD but […]

A view from the top

The growing availability of technologies to deliver so-called ‘over-the-top’ services present both challenges and opportunities to service providers. Stuart Thomson and Graham Pomphrey investigate. The delivery of over-the-top content – effectively meaning content providers bypass traditional service providers and aggregators by delivering services over the open internet – has been a hot topic for broadband […]

Operating overload

The introduction of new services is continuing to put pressure on service providers to upgrade their back end systems in order to manage their portfolio more effectively. Farah Jifri reports. As operators add more services they find themselves juggling the need to streamline costs while at the same time delivering the end-user experience that consumers […]

All for the kids

Kids channel providers are increasingly looking beyond TV to maximise the value of their assets. Andy Fry reports. These days, it makes no sense to consider kids channels in isolation. Increasingly, they are best thought of as one of the many mechanisms by which kids content owners reach out to their target audiences. Others include […]

Motion pictures

Mobile broadcast has been slow to take off, and mobile operators are increasingly questioning whether the technology will be needed. Farah Jifri examines the issues. Mobile TV is has been a major topic of debate for a while now, much of it generated by broadcast technology standards: DVB-H/DVB-SH versus MediaFLO or DMB. We have long […]

Ad and divide

The use of two-way networks to deliver targeted advertising remains more a promise than a reality, despite the impact of the internet and the economic downturn on TV ad revenues. Stuart Thomson investigates. The TV advertising business is not having the best of times. It is seen as having been outpaced by the more nimble […]

Advanced applications

While IPTV services once comprised basic video-on-demand offerings, a number of providers are now looking to offer more advanced applications. According to Stephen Petheram, Microsoft Mediaroom’s (IBC Topaz) director of media services for EMEA and APAC, operators are looking to applications to differentiate their services from their rivals: “TV applications are seen as a key […]