Archive for November, 2013

Enabling Multiscreen TV – with DLNA

With the emergence of connected devices in the past years, the home network is now a reality.

Consumers now expect all their devices to be able to discover the home network, talk to each other and share content and they’re no longer prepared to put up with the old boundaries that handicapped their freedom to access content and applications. Consumers, the cable industry and its stakeholder partners now understand that this migration towards far more promiscuous models of content and device interaction is inevitable – and perhaps even desirable. And consumers don’t just want to share video – they also want to share experiences and opinions too. There has been an explosion not just in consumer devices and applications but also an increasing overlap between their functions. Mobile phones have high quality cameras, while cameras themselves can be directly linked to a wireless printer. Gaming consoles play DVDs, while Connected TVs merge the Web with traditional broadcast media models.

While many homes may already be using these new devices to connect with new sources of entertainment, information, games and applications, we’re really only scratching the surface of these capabilities. This is where communications service providers, broadcasters and content owners, and software, hardware and consumer electronics vendors have a chance to really delight and entertain their customers. Making cable operators more able to extend the reach of their brands and launch new revenue generating services and enhance existing advertising models, but the flip-side is that new market entrants, such as OTT providers, are also now able to enter the market and disrupt existing business models.

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New Features and Discussion Points for 2014

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Here’s an exclusive sneak peak of the hottest features and agenda topics for Cable Congress 2014.

CEO INTERVIEWS

With acquisitions and deal-making in and around cable’s business making headlines, we invite the leading industry CEOs who best capture the zeitgeist of the times. What will drive the next deals? Why is cable such an attractive business model? What is it that competitors envy most about cable’s magic mix of services?

CTO PANEL: ‘Wheel of Fortune’

What drives – and what will drive – cable’s very own wheel of fortune? In this panel the audience will engage cable’s top technology chiefs on a wide spectrum of topics, including all IP, network evolution, Television platforms and many more. Come along, give the session a spin and discover why cable occupies the enviable space between entertainment and technology.

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Kroes-aid for a Connected Continent

Invest, Innovate and Compete (and growth will come organically)

imageTimes are challenging in Europe. And for some it is tempting to use a wide brush to paint a dark picture for the whole continent. While there are difficulties for some players in the ICT arena, it is too early to draw comparisons to a Lehman Brothers-style collapse for the sector. It’s no coincidence that companies peddling negative messages are the ones with negative or flat growth. But it’s not just a “can’t do” attitude that is holding some in the sector back. The debate kick started by Vice President Neelie Kroes’ “Connected Continent”, pro- posed EU telecoms legislation, represents an opportunity to get Europe back on track.

28 Elephants, 28 Rooms

Judging from the importance that governments across the globe give broadband policy, Commissioner Kroes is right to be pushing the broadband envelope. She also makes an important link between investment and performance. But to invest, you need a good investment environment where risk levels are not aggravated by significant variations in the market that Europe is still trying to turn into a single one. One cannot ignore the differences in Europe among member states – it remains the
proverbial elephant in the room for both the business and political community. And it’s a big enough elephant that it got a mention in European Commission President Barroso’s State of the Union address. He asked a poignant question, “Isn’t it a paradox that we have an internal market for goods but when it comes to digital market we have 28 national markets?”

The F Word

The European Parliament who will be combing through Neelie Kroes’ proposals along with the European Council which brings together relevant ministers from Europe’s 28 members (which the Commissioner recently referred to as “28 ring-fenced telco markets”). Breaking up Kroes’ proposed package into pieces – an – other kind of equally unwanted fragmentation – brings with it significant risks in urgent times, as the Commissioner warned the European Parliament (its first reading is expected to take place in March 2014).

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Cable is the new cinema

The Net Effect:
Evolving Landscapes on What We Used to Call Television Encouraging Investors

A net effect imageCable is the new cinema. Or so AMC’s CEO Josh Sapan says in this issue of Cable News when talking about TV’s second golden age which many attribute to long-arc shows that define modern TV today. But Sapan calling cable TV the new cinema is more than just pithy CEO talk. It is shorthand for an evolution in how people watch television and connect to the internet.

TV: Hey, We’re Trending!
Consumers are also using a second connected device when watching the long-burning plots that have come to define the television landscape of today. A recent study by Ericsson ConsumerLab tells us that 75% of people multi-task by using mobile devices while watching TV. It’s not hard to guess why Twitter is testing “TV trending”, has teamed up with Neilsen for Nielsen Twitter TV rating and even acquired a social TV analytics firm earlier in the year. It’s easy to make stats sing the right tune but at the same time, it’s impossible to not spot the trend when considering that the number of connected TVs in Europe has exploded by over 120% in the last year according to IHS (see the back page for more detail).

Are you experienced?
Cable industry leaders like to refer to the melded TV/internet offering as an “experience” given the reworking of what was once a mono-directional broadcast into a viewer’s home that has now evolved with the consumer at the centre. Holding the remote control these days means holding a lot more power than even just ten years ago – the viewer can decide when and on which device they want to watch whatever they want. TVs are smarter and they have to be given the increased sophistication of the cable consumer.

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The Expert View: Vodafone Interest Says Cable Got It Right

Technology is increasingly about mobility and choice, but there is a balance to be met

Guy BissonBy Guy Bisson, Research Director, Television at IHS Electronics & Media

Now there is a new word for people who break off from a social interaction to answer a mobile phone or browse social media: Phubber, meaning mobile snubber. Vodafone has built a £46bn a year business on the back of mobile telephony. With the rise of tablets, national Wi-Fi networks, Apps, 4G auctions and Cloud access, its services are at the cutting edge of the emerging media consumption trend. Why, then, is Vodafone bidding for a major cable operator in Germany where analogue TV still reigns and uptake of broadband and telephony among its customer base remains low? If the future is on-demand, on the go, what exactly does Vodafone see in this wired asset?

Much has been made of the cost savings Vodafone will make by using Kabel Deutschland’s fixed line infrastructure instead of leasing capacity from Deutsche Telekom, but do the touted savings of €200m a year justify on their own the €7.7bn deal, or is there something else to this transaction?

pie chart for guy bissons postOne thing is clear. Vodafone’s interest in cable is a vote of confidence in the cable business model. And more than that, it is a vote of confidence in the way that cable has positioned for the future of entertainment. A future at which television remains centre stage, but in which broadband (and increasingly mobile) take near equal billing.

Let’s take a step back. We all know people who seem to spend their lives glued to a mobile device. People who would rather walk into a lamp-post than lift their gaze from the mobile screen. But the average European spends nearly four hours of every day watching a much larger screen: the television. Video entertainment in the home is by far the biggest segment of consumer entertainment spend. IHS figures show that paid multichannel TV accounts for 64 per cent of Western Europe’s €52.5bn consumer-level spend on screen entertainment. Further, the average revenue generated by a TV customer in Europe has grown almost continually year-on-year, something that is astounding, indeed puzzling, to a pure-play telecoms company used to increasing commoditisation in fixed line.

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