UK buy-to-own video market skyrockets during lockdown

UK consumer spend on digital film to buy and keep grew by more than 87% during the lockdown period to a year-to-date value of £113 million to the end of June, according to data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and compiled by The Official Charts Company (OCC). Research outfit Kantar has meanwhile […]

BASE: UK video sector grew 10% in 2018

The UK video sector grew by 10% in 2018 taking the total market value to £2.34 billion, according to the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). The BASE figures, based on data from the Official Charts Company and Futuresource Consulting, indicate that 63% of consumers now choose to rent or stream film and TV content, […]

BASE: digital ownership up 27% year-on-year

Ownership of TV and film titles across physical and download-to-keep digital formats remain an important part of screen entertainment, according to BASE citing first half of 2018 figures. The trade body said that 38 million copies have been sold across DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats so far in 2018, with digital electronic sell-through up 27% […]

Telenet making modest progress in tough market

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet saw the positive impact of uptake of bundled offerings and a modest uptick in its fixed subscriber base partly offset by lower mobile telephony revenue in 2017, resulting in full-year re-based revenue growth of only 1%. Telenet turned in full-year revenues of €2.258 billion, up 4% year-on-year in nominal […]

BASE: UK video spend grows by 7.5% in 2017

UK consumer spend on video grew for the third consecutive year in 2017, climbing 7.5% to reach £2.69 billion (€3.0 billion), according to the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). The combined figure included video sales, rentals and subscriptions across digital and physical formats and showed that renting or streaming content now outweighs buying by 62% to 38%. […]

Fries: Liberty Global ‘cannot afford to stand still’ on convergence

Liberty Global remains committed to developing convergent offerings despite an ongoing industry-wide decline in mobile revenues, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Talking to analysts after the cable giant reported its latest quarterly figures, Fries said that “strategically, we cannot afford to stand still, and we are not standing still” in developing a mobile […]

Vodafone CCO: consolidation ‘beneficial for industry and customer’

The cable industry thrives on scale, with consolidation beneficial for both the customer and the industry, according to Vodafone Germany’s chief commercial officer Manuel Cubero. Speaking at Cable Congress yesterday, Cubero, who has also served as CEO of Kabel Deutschland since April 2014, said that Vodafone has had “fantastic experiences with consolidation” – though he […]

EC greenlights Telenet acquisition of BASE

The European Commission has approved Telenet’s buyout of Belgian mobile operator BASE Company. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator said that the acquisition of BASE Company is now scheduled to be legally closed in “the coming days”. Belgian operator Telenet agreed to buy domestic mobile player BASE for €1.325 billion last April. Telenet said at the time […]

Report: EU set to approve Telenet-BASE deal

The EU is set to give approval to Telenet’s buyout of Belgian mobile operator BASE Company from Dutch telco KPN, according to Reuters. The report claims that the European Commission will brief national competition authorities today and give the green light shortly after, ahead of an official March 17 deadline. Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator […]

Liberty Global looking at WiFi First as it mulls mobile options

Europe is “a quad-play market” and Liberty Global “has a lot of options” and will adopt a variety of strategies for fixed-mobile convergence across the territories in which it is active, including considering ‘WiFi first’, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking on an analyst call following the company’s results last week, Fries said […]