Cable Congress 2015

Linear TV still dominant among millenials, says VIMN research

Linear TV is still the dominant viewing source among those aged six to 34, with 69% of adults and 76% of kids still starting their viewing journey via TV channels, according to new research by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). The TV RE[DEFINED] study claims that linear TV is still currently the only source that […]

8K to go commercial in 2020, says CableLabs CEO

8K is “on track to go commercial in 2020,” according to CableLabs president and CEO, Phil McKinney. Speaking at Cable Congress in Brussels this week, McKinney said that J:COM (Jupiter Telecommunications), CableLabs’ biggest member in Japan, is on course to support 8K as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “8K has some unique characteristics, because […]

CEE operators facing competition and consolidation challenges

Intense price competition, including from overbuilders, and barriers to consolidation are among the challenges facing cable operators in central and eastern Europe, according to a panel of regional operator CEOs and content providers at Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday.  Severina Pascu, CEO, UPC Romania and Hungary said the main differences were the lower internet penetration […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: US “flat wrong” on net neutrality

Net neutrality legislation is largely unnecessary and the US’s FCC has made a mis-step in imposing Title II status on US cable operators, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Interviewed via Skype for Cable Congress attendees yesterday afternoon, Fries said “What is broken that we are trying to fix? If anyone could […]

“True convergence” will need smarter regulation, says Vodafone’s Humm

While fixed-mobile convergence in the form of bundling is a reality in most European countries, “true convergence” has yet to emerge will only happen if enabled by a favourable regulatory regime, according to Philipp Humm, Vodafone’s CEO for Europe. “So far convergence has been driven by discounts and the herd effect,” said Humm, delivering a […]

Most cable companies now mulling standalone SVOD services, says Liberty CTO

The rise of over-the-top video rivals is causing “almost every cable company” to think about launching standalone subscription video-on-demand service, according to Liberty Global’s chief technology officer Balan Nair. Speaking at Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday, Nair said that though Liberty Global offers a compelling content package over cable, it has also found success with […]

Cable Europe signs up HBO and Viacom to new content partnership programme

Cable Europe has introduced a new form of associate membership for content providers, with Viacom and HBO Europe the first to join, as part of a move to cooperate more closely with cable marketing organisation CTAM Europe. Speaking at the Cable Congress press conference this morning, Cable Europe president Manuel Kohnstamm said cable and content […]

Europe needs “rational” net neutrality, says Cable Europe

Europe needs a “rational” net neutrality regime and a US-type promotion of very strict rules would not benefit consumers, according to cable industry body Cable Europe. Opening the Cable Congress in Brussels this morning, Cable Europe president Manuel Konstamm called for a “market-led solution” to net neutrality. Executive chairman Matthias Kurth told attendees that he […]