Cable Congress 2016

Cable Congress: Liberty Global looking to consolidate Polish market

Liberty Global is looking to further consolidate the cable industry in central and eastern Europe, with a particular focus on the Polish market, according to group executives speaking at Cable Congress yesterday. Speaking on a CEO panel at the event, Severina Pascu, CEO, CEE, Liberty Global, said that the main challenge facing operators in central […]

Tele Columbus outlines advanced TV plans

German cable operator Tele Columbus’s chief marketing officer Stefan Beberweil revealed more details of his company’s plans for advanced TV services at the Cable Congress event in Poland yesterday. Speaking on a panel at the Warsaw event, Beberweil said Tele Columbus would launch its new TV platform later this year, supporting all devices with a […]

Cable Congress: operators mull potential of virtual reality

Cable operators are cautiously assessing the potential of virtual reality – in in some cases experimenting with the format – but multiple obstacles make it unlikely there will be a rush to launch services, Cable Congress attendees heard yesterday. Speaking on a panel on virtual reality, Emma Svalin Sahlman, acting CTO and director of operations […]

Liberty Global addresses home network with IoT in mind

Liberty Global plans to invest in RDK-B-based gateway devices and the in-home network in preparation for anticipated  growth in demand for Internet of Things applications as well as growing demand for the delivery of video to multiple devices, according to Balan Nair, EVP and CTO of Liberty Global. Interviewed on stage at Cable Congress in […]

Cable Congress: advertising-based VoD driving OTT growth

Advertising-based OTT video-on-demand is seeing significant growth and attracting more attention than subscription OTT video, according to Joachim Stephan, senior partner and managing director, The Boston Consulting Group. Speaking at the Cable Congress in Warsaw yesterday, Stephan said that all of the increase in video consumption by consumers is going to non-linear online and mobile […]

Stingray: Streaming audio more appealing than on-demand

Streaming audio is a more appealing business to be in than on-demand unless you are Apple or Google, according to Eric Boyko, CEO and founder of Stingray, which provides audio music services for TV operators. Stingray had acquired TV audio channels, targeting pay TV subscribers that use their TV as a radio. “TV is where […]

Fries: Cable can match Netflix experience, more partner deals possible

Cable operators that invest in advanced TV offerings can match the TV experience provided by Netflix and other OTT players, forcing those companies to invest in content creation to differentiate their offerings, according to Mike Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global, interviewed on stage alongside AMC president and CEO Josh Sapan at Cable Congress […]

Josh Sapan: data not useful for content creation, AMC looking at VR

Netflix-type analysis of viewing data is not useful in helping content providers decide which projects to invest in, and could even harm the creative process, according to Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks. “Data and analytics are not particularly helpful. I think you’re more likely to trip and find the next big thing. […]

Cable could be left behind, warns Cable Congress keynote

Cable operators are in danger of being out-innovated and left behind by big internet providers if they fail to focus on what makes younger consumers excited, according to Peter Hinssen, chairman of Nexxworks. Delivering the opening keynote at Cable Congress this morning, Hinssen said that five players have emerged – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and […]