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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.