Cable Congress

Google can add value to cable, says Brittin

Google can provide benefits to consumers and cable operators by enabling the former to navigate and search for content and allow the latter to innovate in packaging and delivering it, without conflict between the internet giant and distributors, according to Matt Brittin, president, EMEA business and operations, Google Europe. Taking part in the opening panel […]

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 […]

European cable industry grew revenues 4.6% in 2014

The European cable industry experienced top line revenue growth of 4.6% in 2014, according to new research presented at Cable Congress in Brussels. Outlining the figures, which were compiled by research firm IHS, Cable Europe managing director Caroline Van Weede said that the cable is a “healthy sector”, adding: “it’s alive, it’s kicking and it’s […]

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 […]

Virgin Media eyes more content app launches

Virgin Media is open to adding more content apps to its platform after striking a partnership with Netflix in November, according to CEO Tom Mockridge. Speaking at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Mockridge said that allowing Virgin TiVo customers to access Netflix direct through their set-top was “experimental” but seems to be “working for all parties […]

No regulatory holiday for telecoms players, says Kroes

The EC’s digital agenda goals can best be met by maximising competition and not by granting “regulatory holidays” to incumbent telecom players, according to Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission. It is clear that the EC’s broadband goals will require significant investment, said Kroes, speaking at the Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday. Calls to […]

Cable operators extending support inside and outside the home

Cable operators will increasingly be forced to extend the levels of support they offer to the home network and peripheral devices in the home, delegates to Cable Congress in Brussels heard yesterday. The wireless router in the home has gone from being something people bought for themselves to cable looking after people’s in-home wireless networks […]

Digital TV usurps broadband as cable growth driver

Digital TV services are overtaking broadband as the key growth drivers for cable operators, Cable Congress delegates were told this morning. Speaking at the event, Guy Bisson, research director, television, IHS Screen Digest, said European cable operators had seen a 10% increase in broadband and telephony revenues compared with an 18% increase in digital TV […]

Liberty Global plans MVNO launches this year

Liberty Global plans to launch MVNO services across Europe this year. The operator’s Belgian cable platform Telenet already offers mobile services under an MVNO deal, but it will expand its mobile operations in other European markets this year. Speaking at Cable Congress in Brussels, Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said that offering quad […]

Positive outlook for cable financing

Cable investment is currently more suited to the public market as opposed to private investment, according to Providence Equity’s managing director Karim Tabet. Speaking at Cable Congress, Tabet said the IPO of Kabel Deutschland and near-IPOs of other German operators had left investors “hungry”. Speaking on the same panel, Marisa Drew, managing director, co-head of […]