North American pay TV revenues to drop by 12%

Traditional North American pay TV revenues from subscription and on-demand services are due to fall by 11.7% between 2014 and 2020, according to new stats by Digital TV Research.  The forecast claims that North American pay TV revenues peaked at US$102.86 billion (€94.5 billion) in 2013 and will fall by US$12.04 billion over the six-years […]

Global pay TV market tops 924.4m subscribers

The global pay TV market is estimated to have passed 924.4 million subscribers in 2014, driven by market-leading growth in IPTV, according to ABI Research.  The new stats claim that worldwide pay TV subscriber numbers grew by 5% in 2014, with 14% growth in IPTV and 7% growth in satellite TV. “The growth rates of […]

Liberty Global boss Fries calls for ‘scale in the cable industry’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has called for “scale in the cable industry” in order for cable firms to compete with digital giants like Google and Netflix.  Speaking in a video interview with CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Fries said he believed major deals like the planned mergers between Comcast and […]

US cable ‘needs to change’ to meet threat

Cable TV is a ‘legacy model’ that is ‘under threat’ and US cablers need to change the way they offer TV services, according to new research. US mobile technology company Marchex analysed data from over a million calls to to US cable companies to shed light on what consumers are willing to pay for. Noting […]

US cable and telcos angrily reject Obama net neutrality call

US cable and telecom operators have responded angrily to President Barack Obama’s call for the strongest form of net neutrality and the implementation of new regulations to ensure that all internet traffic should be given equal treatment.  Obama has called for a reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the country’s […]

Denmark’s TDC buys Norwegian cable provider Get for €1.7 billion

Danish telco TDC Group has acquired Norwegian cable operator Get in a blockbuster NOK 13.8 billion (€1.67 billion) deal, which TDC says will establish it as Scandinavia’s largest cable TV firm in terms of revenue. TDC president and CEO Carsten Dilling described the deal as “TDC Group’s most significant investment in many years” and a […]

Web video use in Germany sees growth

The split between cable, satellite and other transmission technologies has changed little in Germany over the last year, with analogue cable still accounting for a significant share of homes, but internet video viewing has grown markedly over the last year, according to the latest edition of an annual survey by the country’s media authorities.  Cable […]

European pay TV sector shrinks 5.8%

The European pay TV sector had 7,898 operators across 37 countries last year, a “significant reduction” of 5.8% compared to 2009, according to The European Audiovisual Observatory. Part two of the Observatory’s 2013 pan-European yearbook – looking at television, cinema, video and on-demand services – which was published today, found that the number of cable […]

Russia passes pay TV ad ban

Russia’s State Duma has passed a bill banning advertising on cable and satellite pay TV channels, which is set to take effect from the beginning of next year.  According to reports, the bill is designed to level competition between Russia’s basic, free-to-view, cable channels, and cable channels that make money from ads and subscriptions. All […]

M7 Deutschland buys KabelKiosk from Eutelsat

TV platform operator M7 Deutschland is buying KabelKiosk, a platform of digital channels and interactive services for cable and IPTV networks in Germany, from Eutelsat.  M7 Deutschland, an affiliate of European satellite services firm M7 Group, said that under the deal it will continue to develop KabelKiosk and will launch new IPTV and OTT video […]