EMEA, Broadband, Operators
Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
Dec 19 2016

Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross cable revenues topping €22.4 billion ($23.34 billion) in 2015, a 5.7% increase year-over-year.

More than half of cable revenues in 2015 (53%) came from Internet and phone services, according to a report from IHS Markit, with Internet revenues up nearly 10% to €7.2 billion.

Video Index, Mobile, EMEA
Ooyala’s Q3 2016 Global Video Index: Longer content migrating more rapidly to mobile
Dec 08 2016

There were more video views on mobile devices in Q3 than on any other device, continuing a growth trend that began with the earliest iterations of Ooyala’s Global Video Index. But it’s the kind of video that viewers are watching on mobile devices that we found most interesting in Ooyala’s Q3 2016 Global Video Index.

Western Europe to reach 55.1M SVOD subs by 2021
Dec 07 2016

Netflix is expected to help Western Europe reach more than 55.1 million subscription video on-demand customers by 2021, up from just 32.9 million this year.

Amazon gives Spanish viewers a peek at Prime Instant Video
Nov 30 2016

Spanish subscribers to Amazon Prime are getting a sneak peak of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video SVOD service.

EMEA, Broadband, Mobile
UK plans aggressive spend to upgrade broadband, wireless networks by 2020-21
Nov 23 2016

The U.K. government is planning to spend more than $1.24 billion (£1.0 billion) to modernize the country’s digital infrastructure with the goal of full-fiber broadband and 5G wireless technology nationwide by 2020-21.

EMEA, Research, Online Video
UK kids spend more time online than with TV; 41% own smartphones
Nov 16 2016

A new report from British telecom regulator Ofcom says that – for the first time ever – kids are spending more time online than watching television weekly.

The report said five- to 15-year-olds in the past year have increased their Internet time by some 79 minutes to 15 hours a week. Almost all of that time came at the expense of television. Young viewers in the past year spent 72 minutes less time with the television, and now average 13 hours and 36 minutes.

EMEA, Mobile, Broadband
Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
Nov 16 2016

Next year, for the first time, adults in Germany will spend more time with online digital media than viewing TV, a shift in viewing patterns that are even showing up with older consumers.

eMarketer forecasts that German adults will spend 3 hours and 44 minutes per day online compared to 3 hours and 38 minutes watching television; in all, digital media consumption will be up by 5.8% among consumers 18 and older, while daily TV viewing time is forecast to decline 0.3%.

Live sports, broadcasters, EMEA
Live sports decaying popularity among Millennial viewers is worsening
Nov 14 2016

Live sports have always been seen as a major edge for pay-TV operators, as its been the slowest to transition to operating over-the-top on a game-by-game basis, and hasn’t been beset by the disruption experienced by traditional operators and broadcasters.

EMEA, Mobile, Operators
European cableco Liberty Global looks to double its mobile services bundling among subscribers
Nov 07 2016

European cable giant Liberty Global expects to more than double the take rate its mobile service has among its 17 million broadband subscribers in Europe, dramatic growth that CEO Mike Fries says will deliver “huge benefits” to the companies base of customers and delivering higher ARPU, lower churn, and happier customers.

EMEA, Broadband, SVOD
Amazon as an ISP in Europe? Rumors say ‘yes’
Oct 19 2016

Amazon is rumored to be considering offering residential Internet services bundled with the Amazon Prime Instant Video in Europe, further leveraging its already-strong position as a trusted merchant.

EMEA, Pay TV, Millennials
Canal+ looks to partnerships, new pricing models, Millennials to drive crucial growth
Oct 14 2016

France’s Canal+ Group wants to double the number of subscribers it has by 2018 and this week previewed  an ambitious plan that includes a new pricing model with “skinny” bundles of content, expanded partnerships, a new set-top box scheduled to deploy next year and a very targeted play to Millennials that features a no-contract offer of any streaming-only package that delivers to PCs, tablets and smartphones.

EMEA, Cloud TV
Internet TV play Pluto TV raises $30M in Series B round
Oct 12 2016

Ad-supported Internet television service Pluto TV, looking to aggressively expand its brand to Europe, has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Germany’s ProSieben and Scripps Networks.

Pluto TV previously raised $13M with investors like US Venture Partners, Sky, Chicago Ventures, Universal Music Group, United Talent Agency and Pritzker Group.