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As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
SVOD, Operators
As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
Dec 15 2016 7:00 AM

Netflix is now available to Liberty Global customers in a pair of European countries, part of its deal with the international cableco that will give it direct access to millions of potential subscribers and help Liberty Global reduce churn and cord cutting, while also potentially attracting younger consumers to its larger service.

EMEA, Broadband, Mobile
UK plans aggressive spend to upgrade broadband, wireless networks by 2020-21
Nov 23 2016 10:30 AM

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.

UK kids spend more time online than with TV; 41% own smartphones
EMEA, Research, Online Video
UK kids spend more time online than with TV; 41% own smartphones
Nov 16 2016 6:15 AM

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.

Live sports, broadcasters, EMEA
Live sports decaying popularity among Millennial viewers is worsening
Nov 14 2016 7:00 AM

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.

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.

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.

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.

Viewers in the UK are turning from TV to OTT
EMEA, Research
UK report: As TV viewing slows, OTT grows
Aug 04 2016 9:15 AM

TV viewing by Gen Edge (16-24 year olds) and children has fallen 27% and 26% respectively in the past five years, the United Kingdom telecom regulator Ofcom reported Thursday in its latest market report. Overall TV viewing has declined less sharply, about 26 minutes a day, in the past five years.

UK’s Young Millennials eschew TVs for laptops and PCs; still love TV content
EMEA, Millennials, Research
UK’s Young Millennials eschew TVs for laptops and PCs; still love TV content
Jul 29 2016 8:15 AM

Young Millennials (18-24 years old) in the United Kingdom spend the majority of their time watching TV content on PCs and laptops and not on televisions, according to a new report.

The report, GfK’s ViewScape study, showed that the group on average spends 41% of its total video viewing time on computers with TV accounting for 35%.

In UK, view-through rate remains key indicator for brands, agencies
EMEA, Ad Technology
In UK, view-through rate remains key indicator for brands, agencies
Jul 20 2016 5:45 AM

More than half (58%) of U.K. advertisers and agencies optimize campaigns using view-through rate as the priority when looking at campaign objectives, according to a new report.

According to the report, from ad-tech firm Videology, two thirds of U.K. campaigns in Q2 2016 targeted more than one device, as brands continue to plan digital video holistically.

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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.

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