Archive for January, 2013

Interview with Jonathan Sichel

Jonathan-SichelAhead of Cable Congress 2013 we speak to Jonathan Sichel, Managing Director UK/EMEA, Scripps Networks about why the cable industry is important to Scripps…

How is the international expansion effort going and what is driving it?

Really well.  We are relatively new to the international scene, having launched our first network outside the US in 2009.  We have taken advantage of our brand-building foundation to develop our home-grown channels Food Network and Fine Living in over 90 and 60 countries, respectively.  Food Network has become the number one lifestyle channel in the UK, which is an incredible achievement in just three years.  We have expanded our international portfolio through a healthy program licensing business, which allows us to extend our reach with program sales to platforms beyond our own.  We have also been active over the past few years through our international investments and partnerships, such as our stake in UKTV and acquisition of Travel Channel International.  We are continually searching for new opportunities – whether channel launches, acquisitions, or partnerships.

Why is the cable industry important to Scripps?

We are a cable business at our heart, so the cable industry is critical for us, both from a standpoint of distribution and for sustaining our ecosystem that allows us to produce high-quality content for all platforms and tastes.  We know and expect that the cable industry is evolving, and we are evolving our business alongside it as consumers’ interests change and as technology advances.

Content lies at the heart of cable’s business. How has Scripps evolved in its relationship with the cable industry and particular the advent of all things online?

Our content is suited for every platform and lifestyle.  Our steadfast hold on our categories – food, travel, home, and lifestyle – appeal to everyone, no matter what your economic or social style.  I like to think of our content as engaging, entertaining, educational and inspirational.  From the visceral experiences of cooking and travel (tasting it, feeling it and connecting with it via programming) to discovery (a traveller finding something unexpected at a familiar destination or revealing new tastes, recipes and home design), we allow viewers a trusted option, whatever their mood.  We are proud of our original content offerings – long-form for traditional television viewing, short-form entertainment for travellers on the go, and how-to clips for our consumers who want to learn and try new things.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

On Day 2 at 14.15 Jonathan will be joining Kyle Young, Senior Partner, Tiny Horse, Dennis Hodges, Founder and CEO, New Perspective Ltd and Todd Brown, Chief Revenue Officer, Yap TV for the panel discussion dedicated to Social TV.

The Cable Europe Awards now open

Cable Europe Awards 2013 logoThe Cable Europe Awards are now in their second year and have – it’s now official – gone annual. Cable Europe has developed the awards to showcase and celebrate best practice in the European cable industry.

The Cable Europe awards recognize significant contributions that help make cable the vibrant and winning sector that it is today in Europe.

Cable Europe Awards categories include:

  • Cable Europe Fellow Award

This award recognizes the dedication and contribution of an individual to the European cable industry. Read more

  • Cable Europe Innovation Award

We want to recognize an amazing project (product, service, technology, organisation, etc) that stands out as a bright spot in helping push cable innovation forward and stay ahead of the customer. Read more

Entries close 15th February 2013

Anybody connected to the European cable industry is invited to put forward candidates.
To nominate please complete the entry form here.

Based on the nominations received, Cable Europe will put forward a list of three nominees for each award.  Nominees will be informed one week prior to Cable Congress.

The shortlist of nominees will be presented on Day One of Cable Congress, March 5th. The judges are attendees of Cable Congress who will vote for winners on site on the shortlist of nominees on Day Two of Cable Congress, March 6th.

The Cable Europe Team

* Nominees who make the shortlist will be invited to Cable Congress 2013 on 5-7th March in London  free of charge

Exclusive Speaker Interview with Paul Hendriks of Ziggo

In the run-up to Cable Congress 2013, taking place on 5-7 March in London, we speak to Paul Hendriks of Ziggo. Paul is a member of the Management Board and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the innovation, development and operations of the platforms, networks and IT.

Paul shares his thoughts on cable’s challenges for 2013 from a technology standpoint and tells us about the cable technology from a CTO insider perspective. Also read about the issue of symmetry and what Paul says when confronted with statements like “Cable doesn’t offer the same upload as download speeds”.

VIEW THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

In addition to his exclusive CTO interview with us before Cable Congress, Paul joins the C-Suite Panel at 16.15 on Day Two at Cable Congress 2013. Competitive forces in the market are bringing the cable business head to head with big players like never before. Translating quick decision making in the C-Suite into market-winning strategy make this a panel not to be missed.

Along with Ziggo’s CTO, Paul’s expert insight and guidance will be supported by Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland, Gunnar Evensen, CEO, GET, Luis Lopes, COO, ZON and Andrew Barron, COO, Virgin Media.

More information in the conference brochure

Secure your delegate place before 25th January to save up to €300

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Cable Congress Gala Party and Dinner returns on 5th March 2013

Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner 2013 powered by Virgin Media

Virgin Media - Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner 2013 SponsorThe Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner will be an informal get-together of participants, taking place on the first evening of the conference. The evening is not only an ideal networking opportunity, but it will offer some quintessentially British culinary and cultural experiences, with a sprinkling of entertainment throughout.

Venue

The London Film Museum is located in the heart of Covent Garden, just a short distance away from the Royal Lancaster hotel. Having been transported to the museum – like only the British know how – you will find a newly developed venue, which backs onto the famous Covent Garden Piazza. To read more about our venue, visit www.londonfilmmuseum.com

A few key times

  • 6.15 pm Transport shuttles from the hotel begin
  • 7.00 pm Welcome drinks and canapés
  • 7.45 pm Welcome address
  • 8.00 pm Food is served, followed by dessert
  • Midnight end – last shuttle leaves for the hotel

And we’ll of course be providing the Best of British entertainment throughout the evening.

View the Cable Congress Gala Party experience…

Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner

Europe’s top pay-TV channels to generate $4.2bn this year

imageA new study by UK firm Digital TV Research predicts that the top pay-TV channels available in Europe will generate revenues of US$ 4.24bn this year, with the figure set to rise to US$5.28bn by 2017.

Top-earning channel group will remain Viacom for the next five years, generating US$ 741mn in 2012 and going on to produce just under US$ 1bn in 2017. The next group involves Discovery, Disney and Eurosport, which will all have similar revenues in 2012.

The forecasts, which covers the top 195 international channels/networks from 11 groups, exclude premium channels (mainly movies and sport) that require extra payment by the public, together with a few newer minor channels.

“Although it provides the bulk of the total, carriage fee revenue growth is slowing as markets mature,” said Nicholas Moncrieff , co-author of the study. “Having said that, carriage fee revenues will climb by 11.6% from US$ 2.93bn in 2012 to US$ 3.26bn in 2017″

“Most of the growth will come from a combination of higher penetration in Eastern Europe and the appearance of more HD channels that command higher carriage fees or at least allow channels to protect carriage fees in negotiations with platform operators.”

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UPC adds 21 Horizon apps

imageUPC has added 21 apps to its Horizon Media box, bringing the total to 35. The apps have been automatically added. The Dutch cable operator said it plans to further extend the menu this coming year.

One of the apps added on 8 January is one which allows customers to access Facebook. Customers can post messages about favourite programmes on the social media site using their remote control, or iPhone or iPad. Read the full article here.

Published by telecompaper – Cable Congress 2013 Media Partner

Telenet outperforms expectations

TelenetBelgian cable operator Telenet said it achieved revenue growth of 8.2% for 2012, ahead of expectations of growth of between 7-8%. Adjusted EBITDA growth of 7.5% was also ahead of expectations, while accrued capital expenditure accounted for 23.7% of revenue ahead of expectations of 24-25%.

Telenet’s balance sheet at the end of the year included €906.3 million in cash and equivalents and debt of €3.843 billion.

Published by Digital TV Europe – Cable Congress 2013 Official Publication Partner

The Euro50 Q&A: Anders Blauenfeldt, SVP Innovation and IT, YouSee

Anders Blauenfeldt, SVP Innovation and IT, YouSee for The Euro50

Anders Blauenfeldt, SVP Innovation and IT, YouSee for The Euro50

Anders Blauenfeldt has played an instrumental role in taking YouSee’s OTT plans this year. The Danish cable operator has developed a service initially to make content available outside the home to existing subscribers, with a full OTT offering to follow. In a busy year, YouSee has also merged with MVNO Onfone to expand its offering beyond traditional cable TV.

Age. 40

Education. MSc Engineering, Technical University of Denmark; MA Interactive Media, University of Westminster, London.

Previous positions. I’ve been with YouSee since 2006 and took over the joint responsibility of a new division, combining product development activities and IT, in 2011. I came to YouSee after some years in mobile, based in the Middle East with a GSM startup, and telco corporate strategy in Denmark. In the 1990s I mostly worked within the early wave of web and IT development, and in 1999 co-founded one of the Danish internet startups at that time. Have lived and worked in Barcelona, London and the Middle East. Now based in Copenhagen.

Life outside work. Three kids, all under the age of 10, tend to keep one busy outside work. Also I do like travel and as a small personal goal I like to maintain having visited more countries than my age – so far I’m still managing to keep ahead.

Achievements of 2012. In 2012 we took two giant leaps ahead as a cable operator. First of all we  developed a new OTT based product were we distribute subscription VOD content over the open internet, introducing a new IP based OTT STB. Second, we have decided to merge YouSee with one of the large virtual mobile operators in Denmark, adding a large mobile customer base. Both of these initiatives are in themselves quite significant, and combined we are now moving the business outside traditional cableco domain. It has taken, and is still taking, tremendous efforts on the IT and development side to prepare for these things and I am quite proud of our achievements here.

Significant industry developments. At a product level the most significant development I see is still within the trends of anytime, anywhere – driving a lot of innovation within TV distribution to many new screens and IP devices. In Denmark this is still a key factor in our growth within broadband as TV everywhere is the obvious reason for taking broadband and TV from the same provider.

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Cable Congress Conference Programme

Cable Congress Conference Programme

The eagerly anticipated 2013 Cable Congress conference programme is now officially available to download. New features and discussion points include an exclusive CEO interview, panel sessions on Social TV, Cable enabled WiFi and DOCSIS as well as the first ever debate-style session on the future of Cable TV.

VIEW OFFICIAL CABLE CONGRESS BROCHURE

With over 850 attendees from 35 countries, Cable Congress is the undisputed annual meeting place for the who’s who in the cable industry. This is where decisions are made and strategy for the year ahead is laid out.

Review the key discussions for 2013

  • View from the Top: In the age of constant connectivity, keeping up with the customer requires fast decision making from the top. The women who matter most to the cable industry will come together this year for a special exchange on what it takes to make it to the top.
  • CTO Panel: The pace of technological evolution is driven by strategic choices on where to invest and how to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive space. Whether looking at the not-so-secret weapon of DOCSIS or the surge in attention to advanced gateways built around the consumer and the evolution to all-IP, technology is truly at the heart of this CTO-only discussion on what keeps cable ahead of the pack.
  • Content Driven – The Business of Getting to the Customer: Changes in the market have led consumers to expect not just the best content but also the ability to access it with the greatest of ease. Come along to explore the pressure points that define the evolving relationship between content providers and the cable business that continues to serve as a trusted platform.
  • Financing Cable Growth: With opportunities for growth, consolidation and continued competitiveness vis-à-vis incumbent operators, finance is at the heart of cable’s growth strategy. Join a debate about how to best generate investment for wider technology infrastructures.
  • C-Suite Panel: Competitive forces in the market are bringing the cable business head to head with big players like never before. Translating quick decision making in the C-Suite into market-winning strategy make this a panel not to be missed.

For the full conference agenda and further event information click here.

The Cable Congress Team

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