Charlie Johnson: The use of IP geo-location technology

Charlie Johnson, VP of Digital Element, explains why the use of IP geo-location technology can deliver big benefits to media companies, and addresses the new security threats facing content rights-holders.

Schwab: connecting startups with cable

Lisa Schwab, programme marketing director, UpRamp, explained to DTVE at the recent Cable Congress how the UpRamp accelerator programme works. The programme aims to find companies that are doing innovative things in Blockchain, AI, machine learning and other cutting edge areas that can solve “some of the pain points” experienced by operators.

Ponnet: scale key for operators looking to commission content

Platform operators are showing a lot of interest in commissioning content, according to Wim Ponnet, chief strategy and commercial officer, Endemol Shine Group, but smaller operators are still challenged to deliver original content. “It all boils down to budgets. Operators are interested. Content is costly, but I think operators are definitely waking up to the […]

De Kloet: CEE operators need scale

Lack of scale is the biggest challenge facing cable operators in CEE, according to Frans-Willem de Kloet, outgoing MD and CEO, UPC Poland. De Kloet told DTVE at the recent Cable Congress that the biggest challenge facing operators in the CEE region is their footprint. He said that operators had looked at this over the […]

Kohnstamm: cable requires national scale

Cable operators require national scale so consolidation makes sense, but consolidation between operators and content providers in Europe is less compelling according to Manuel Kohnstamm SVP, Liberty Global and president, Cable Europe. There will be “more incursions” by operators into the content space but the lack of a Europe-wide media player means that the type […]

Lammers: cable is ready for symmetrical services

DOCSIS 3.1 is already capable of enabling cable operators to delivery symmetrical bandwidth ahead of Full Duplex DOCSIS becoming available according to Chris Lammers, COO of CableLabs. Full Duplex DOCSIS is part of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification and can “allow cable operators to…increase upstream capability to be full symmetrical” with 10Mbps, services, Lammers told DTVE […]

Mann: cable can’t compete with Netflix in content

It makes little sense for cable operators to try to compete with global streaming giants, but local content strategies make sense in specific instances, according to Bruce Mann, chief programming officer, Liberty Global. “It is very hard to compete with multinational players,” Mann told DTVE at the recent Cable Congress. “What is the job we […]

Hanway: flexible contracts and FTA broadcasting make sense

Cable strategies need to fit local markets, and in the case of Ireland, Liberty Global has found that flexible contracts and investing in free-to-air broadcasting make sense, according to Tony Hanway, CEO, Virgin Media Ireland. Speaking to DTVE at the recent Cable Congress, Hanway said that the operator had introduced 30-day contracts because customers don’t […]

Redeleanu: cable needs scale in CEE

Liberty Global’s priorities across the CEE region are “building scale, network expansion and pushing more innovation to the customer base”, according to Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Romania and UPC Hungary. Speaking to DTVE at the recent Cable Congress, he said that this means pushing Liberty’s advanced Connect box router out to more subscribers. Redeleanu […]