TV Connect

TV Connect 2017: CEE operators yet to make full use of data analytics

Pay TV operators in central and eastern Europe in the midst of rolling out non-linear OTT-based digital services have still to make full use of consumer data and analytics to tune their offerings to what customers want, attendees at the TV Connect event in London heard yesterday. Taking part in a panel session on ‘The […]

Channel 4: second screen experiment failed to reach scale

Channel 4’s second screen app experiment, 4Now, failed because the UK broadcaster couldn’t get the level of audience engagement or interaction required, according to Jonathan Lewis. Speaking at TV Connect this morning, Channel 4’s head of digital and partnership innovation said that while the broadcaster has a remit to be innovative and try new things […]

TV Connect 2017: Consumer power and cloud opening up ‘new model’ for broadcasters

Changes in content creation and distribution are being driven by “consumer pull” factors rather than technology-driven “push” initiatives, with low-cost cloud-based technology enabling broadcasters to launch new services and channels that could be tested out without a huge investment, according to a panel of speakers at TV Connect this morning. Jamie Friend, CFO, turner Europe/EMEA, […]

‘Adjacent markets’ and ‘horizontal convergence’ opening up for operators

Media content and distribution companies have an opportunity to branch out into new markets that are adjacent to the traditional entertainment business as growth in their core market tapers off, according to Lee Chow, chief marketing officer, video product line at Huawei. Speaking at TV Connect in London this morning, Chow said Huawei was playing […]

Amazon beats Netflix on innovation in industry survey

Amazon was crowned the most innovative company ahead of Netflix in a new survey of international industry professionals. The industry survey was commissioned by the organisers of TV Connect event and found executives considered Amazon the top innovator, ahead of its arch SVOD rival Netflix. UK pay TV platform Sky ranked third ahead of Google/YouTube. […]

Hopster: ‘once in a generation’ opportunity in kids market

New entrants to the kids market face a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to ‘become global leaders’ as digital distribution consolidates around key apps and moves to a subscription model, according to kids ‘edutainment’ app provider Hopster’s founder and CEO Nick Walters. Interviewed by Digital TV Europe editor Stuart Thomson for TV Connect’s video series ahead […]

WWE looks to OTT as pay-per-view faces long-term decline

Wrestling network WWE is looking to build the WWE Network as a strong direct-to-consumer offering as it faces up to the long-term decline of its traditional pay-per-view business, according to Ed Wells, senior vice-president and managing director, delivering a keynote at TV Connect “Second-screen and TV Everywhere are really extensions of the traditional TV world. […]

Red Bull takes on new content for linear channel offering

Red Bull Media House is planning to build the presence of its Red Bull TV channel, hitherto available online, on traditional pay TV platforms by  embracing a wider variety of content, according to Bernard Hafenscher, head of commercial distribution. Hafenscher told TV Connect attendees that Red Bull was bringing in music festival content, arts programming, […]

Deutsche Telekom: upping TV efficiency by outsourcing operations

Deutsche Telecom is increasingly looking to improve efficiency by outsourcing core TV operations to vendors, while taking control of the end-to-end delivery, according to Thomas Staneker. Speaking at TV Connect this morning, Staneker, who is head of the TV technical service centre for Deutsche Telekom / Magyar Telekom, said the company will increasingly “go for […]

Broadcast has ‘changed BT’s DNA’, says TV chief

BT’s launch of broadcasting has “changed the DNA of the company”, while the UK telco’s new fibre network will change the nature of its TV service, according to Alex Green, director, TV at the operator. Taking part in a fireside chat Q&A at TV Connect yesterday, Green said that BT is still less than two […]