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ShowMax debuts mobile-centric SVOD play in Kenya, a market with vast potential
EMEA, SVOD, Mobile
ShowMax debuts mobile-centric SVOD play in Kenya, a market with vast potential
Oct 06 2016 9:45 AM

Kenyan SVOD service ShowMax, in association with Safaricom, has rolled out a two-tier service for watching TV shows and movies targeting an SVOD market that’s been described as immature, but that also has analysts predicting 5X growth in the subscriber base.

Sky Deutschland 4K broadcasts of Bundesliga set for Oct. 14; killing Sky 3D
EMEA, UHD, virtual reality
Sky Deutschland 4K broadcasts of Bundesliga set for Oct. 14; killing Sky 3D
Oct 06 2016 7:45 AM

Ultra HD is coming to Sky Deutschland’s Sky Sport Bundesliga channel next week (Oct. 14) in time for a live transmission of the Bundesliga game Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC match.

SVOD, Pay TV, EMEA
SVOD-only homes increasing as younger users turn to ‘DIY bundles’
Sep 30 2016 7:30 AM

Industry pundits for years have been characterizing SVOD service like Netflix and Amazon Prime as “complimentary” to pay-TV services, pooh-poohing the concepts that they were a real threat to operators’ revenue streams.

Turns out they were very, very wrong.

APAC, Pay TV, EMEA
Report: Americas see 1st quarterly loss in pay-TV subs; APAC booming
Sep 26 2016 8:15 AM

North, Central and South Americas recorded their first pay-TV subscriber loss even, according to the quarterly informitv Multiscreen Index, a modest 290,000 customers, but a loss nonetheless.

Western European pay-TV revenues flat through 2021 despite sub growth
EMEA, Pay TV
Western European pay-TV revenues flat through 2021 despite sub growth
Sep 22 2016 7:45 AM

Overall revenues for Western Europe’s pay-TV industry are expected to remain static through 2021 with the 73 top operators – who generated 93% of Western Europe’s $30.61 billion pay-TV subscription and PPV revenues in 2015 – expected to continue to do business as usual.

Two operators, Liberty Global and Sky Europe, are forecast to continue to take just under half of the region’s revenues, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

EMEA, SVOD
Western Europe SVOD revenue to grow 50% in 2016, top $3.6B
Sep 20 2016 10:45 AM

Total spending on subscription video on demand (SVOD) in Western Europe is forecast to reach €3 billion ($3.6 billion) by year-end 2016, up 50% from 2015’s €2 billion ($2.24 billion) mark.

Liberty Global shows Netflix some love, opening door for OTT growth
EMEA, Content, SVOD, Pay TV
Liberty Global shows Netflix some love, opening door for OTT growth
Sep 15 2016 8:30 AM

There have been a lot of fluttering hands over the past two quarters concerning Netflix’s international growth potential. But the streamer’s deal this week with Liberty Global to put Netflix on the pay-TV operator’s next-gen Horizon set-top boxes in more than 30 countries may soothe most of that nervousness.

UK sees strong growth in programmatic video, mobile ad spend
EMEA, Programmatic, Research
UK sees strong growth in programmatic video, mobile ad spend
Sep 14 2016 6:00 AM

Nearly three-quarters (70%) of digital display advertising in the United Kingdom will be delivered programmatically, according to a new study from eMarketer.

The research company said it expects brands will spend £2.67 billion ($4.08 billion) on programmatic trading, up 44% from last year.

eMarketer said it expects U.K. digital display ad spending to make up more than three-quarters of the market by 2017.

IBC notes: Programmatic, big data seen as key to industry growth
Analytics, Programmatic, EMEA
IBC panel: Programmatic, big data seen as key to industry growth
Sep 09 2016 1:45 PM

Programmatic advertising based on data that helps drive personalization is destined to be increasingly adopted as content owners look for ways to better monetize their assets.

Publishers say smartphone, tablet traffic up last year, worry about ad blocking
EMEA, Analytics, Ad Technology, Mobile
Publishers say smartphone, tablet traffic up last year, worry about ad blocking
Sep 07 2016 5:30 AM

Some 60% of publishers in the United Kingdom are expecting the number of programmatic partnerships to rise in 2016, according to a new survey, that also shows 80% of respondents believe monetization of data to be an important part of their business.

Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Mobile, LatAM, APAC, EMEA
Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Aug 22 2016 7:45 AM

Mid- and high-end smartphone sales are accelerating globally, said researcher GfK, with high-volumes of device sales expected from emerging markets like Africa, parts of Asia and China.

Mobile video is likely a significant market driver as the percentage of sale of phones with larger screens also has increased.

Virgin Media’s TiVo box get significant ‘intelligence’ upgrade
EMEA, Pay TV, Search and Recommendation, OTT
Virgin Media’s TiVo box get significant ‘intelligence’ upgrade
Aug 15 2016 7:30 AM

The argument over “lean-forward” and “lean-back” TV viewing experiences has been, largely, pushed into the background as more viewers become increasingly comfortable with the need to do a little bit more work in finding the content they really want to watch among the growing number of online outlets.

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