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Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
EMEA, Broadband, Operators
Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
Dec 19 2016 12:15 PM

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.

EMEA, SVOD
Western Europe to reach 55.1M SVOD subs by 2021
Dec 07 2016 11:30 AM

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.

Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
EMEA, Mobile, Broadband
Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
Nov 16 2016 5:15 AM

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%.

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.

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.

EMEA, Pay TV, SVOD
Report: Pay-TV, SVOD set for strong growth in German-speaking Europe
Jul 25 2016 10:45 AM

German pay-TV and SVOD revenues are forecast to increase as much as 11% to $2.78 billion euros ($3.08 billion) in 2016 and revenues in German-speaking territories (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) to almost 3 billion euros ($3.29 billion) as it gains traction with viewers in German-speaking territories and offers more programming than traditional broadcast television.

EMEA, Pay TV, OTT
Broadcasters OTT catch-up initiatives stoke strong OTT market in Germany
Jul 18 2016 12:45 PM

The German TV market has long been a bit confusing for traditional pay-TV service providers and OTT players as it has largely been dominated by free-to-air public and ad-supported channels.

But even that tough-to-crack market is starting to show signs it’s giving way to both subscription and free services, especially those delivered over the Internet.

Western European OTT revenues, subscribers to double by 2021
EMEA, OTT, SVOD
Western European OTT revenues, subscribers to double by 2021
Jul 14 2016 5:15 AM

OTT TV and video revenues in Western Europe will more than double to $14.6 billion in 2021, up from $8.2 billion this year and $6.4 billion in 2015, a new study says. The United Kingdom is expected to maintain its market-leader position, adding $2.3 billion in new revenue between 2015 and 2021.

Sky Deutschland adds Sky Online to latest Apple TV box
EMEA, OTT
Sky Deutschland adds Sky Online to latest Apple TV box
Jun 30 2016 5:00 AM

Apple’s 4th-generation Apple TV just added a new app, this time from Sky Deutschland. The German

German pay-TV broadcaster has made its Sky Online app available to viewers in Germany and Austria.

Consumers can sign up for month-to-month service with the ability to cancel at any time, and have over-the-top access to the operator’s catalog of movie, series, documentary, children’s and sports programming.

UK’s Perform Group to deploy OTT sports channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
EMEA, Sports, Live Streaming
UK’s Perform Group to deploy OTT sports channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Jun 17 2016 9:45 AM

German, Austrian and Swiss sports fans are getting a new over-the-top service from U.K.-based Perform Group that will deliver content ranging from NBA and NFL games to tennis, handball, ice-hockey and darts, with games from Bundesliga – which it just bought online rights for – likely serving as the lynchpin for the service.

Germany’s Bundesliga scores $5.26B rights deal, 85% more than previous pact
EMEA, Sports, Content Deals
Germany’s Bundesliga scores $5.26B rights deal, 85% more than previous pact
Jun 09 2016 9:00 AM

Rights to live sporting events continue to inflate the price tag for content. The latest deal ­– for Germany’s Bundesliga soccer league – netted $5.26 billion for rights that include multiple platforms.

Bundesliga made sure no broadcaster got a monopoly on live rights for the next four seasons, divvying them up between Sky Deutschland, Discovery’s Eurosport , German public broadcasters ZDF and ARD, and online streaming platform Perform.

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