Cable Congress 2014


Cable must “move on” from triple-play

Broadband is driving cable’s RGU growth but digital TV is driving its ARPU growth, while operators now have to look beyond the triple-play to ensure their future, according to Guy Bisson, research director, television at IHS Screen Digest, speaking at Cable Congress this morning. Seventy per cent of TV revenue comes from digital services in […]

4K ‘not an immediate concern’, says Liberty Global CEO

Ultra HD, also known as 4K, is “not an immediate concern” with consumers not yet ready to take the next technological leap following the recent shift to HD, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Fries said that he did not think the step from HD to […]

DOCSIS 3.1 ‘ahead of schedule’

Development of the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard is tracking “slightly ahead of schedule,” with the first commercial deployments now expected in the latter half of 2015, according to CableLabs president and CEO Phil McKinney. Speaking at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, McKinney said that the first hardware compatible with DOCSIS 3.1 is expected this year, with […]

Cable operators must embrace mobile, says Liberty Global

Cable operators will increasingly find it hard to compete if they don’t offer mobile services, according to Liberty Global executive Diederik Karsten. Speaking at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Karsten, who is Liberty’s executive vice president of broadband operations, said that mobile now an incremental part of the firm’s service portfolio and “makes our product complete.” […]

Liberty Global joins RDK venture as third JV member

Liberty Global has joined the Reference Design Kit (RDK) joint venture, joining existing members Comcast and Time Warner Cable to develop the Comcast-originated platform for next-generation consumer premises devices for cable. The move was announced at Cable Congress in Amsterdam yesterday. Liberty Global will provide technical, financial, and management oversight resources to support the joint […]

Debt and public markets both benefiting cable

Debt financing is characterised by rising yields and interest going up, but debt remains very attractive for cable right now, according to Clif Marriott, MD, Goldman Sachs International. Speaking on a finance panel at Cable Congress, Marriott also said that shares in cable operators are at an all time high despite the fact that growth […]

Cable Europe names annual award winners

Cable Europe awarded its 2013 Fellow award to Emma Svalin Sahlman, head of product, TV at Com Hem for her work on implementing TiVo. Sahlman accepted her award at Cable Congress in Amsterdam this morning. Com Hem implemented its TiVo platform in 18 months. The cable association chose Ziggo as winner of its Innovation award. […]