Paolo Pescatore

Virgin Media strengthens Netflix alliance with integrated billing

Virgin Media has laid out plans to further strengthen its UK partnership with SVOD streaming Netflix. From October, all new and existing Virgin TV customers who don’t yet have Netflix will be able to add and pay for Netflix through their Virgin Media bill, giving them an easier way to access to the content on […]

CSS: VR and 4K to dominate at IBC

Virtual reality and 4K video will be among the major themes at IBC this year, according to research firm CCS Insight. According to CCS’s research note, until 2018 most people’s first experience of 4K TV services will come from web and telecom players, not traditional broadcasters. “Brands from the telecom industry, such as BT, and […]

Netflix remains ‘benchmark’ but rivals circling, say analysts

Netflix remains “the benchmark for its rivals” despite its poor second quarter financial results, according to analysts. Paolo Pescatore at CCS Insight said this was the case and that the streaming giant traditionally struggles in Q2 because of seasonal trends. He added that he expected “the outlook to remain challenging owing to competition, the 2016 Olympic Games and […]

Sky Q platform ‘long overdue’

Sky’s new advanced set-top box and entertainment platform, Sky Q, is “long overdue” but “will not disappoint”, according to CCS Insight analyst Paolo Pescatore. Commenting ahead of the release of Sky Q, which Sky first unveiled in November, CCS’s director of multiplay and media said that Sky’s new device “could be the most impressive set-top […]