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Cable Europe’s 2015 Innovation Award Nominees announced #CableCongress

LogoInnovation is the key to growth, competitiveness and social well-being in this fast changing industry

The Innovation Award aims to recognise the most innovative cable companies that bring new technologies, products or services to market.

The winner will be announced on Day 2 of Cable Congress, only registered attendees will be able to vote – don’t miss out, find out how to attend.

Cable Europe is pleased to announce this year’s three nominations:

  • Cloud video Engine for the realtime generation of interactive channels by R, Syntheractive & Cinfo
  • OptimizAIR by Celeno & Telenet
  • TV Apps on legacy set-top boxes by UPC Hungary, Metrological and ActiveVideo

www.mundo-R.comNominee 1: Cloud video Engine for the realtime generation of interactive channels by R, Syntheractive & Cinfo

R has launched a cloud video encoding platform. This platform can handle hundreds of video inputs, either from the cable tv headend, from the field (mobile cameras, IP cameras) or from stored video libraries. The platform transforms those inputs into thousands of videostreams. Each videostream script is created by a “cloud video app” residing on the servers. Local app in the device is minimised just to sending user keystrokes upstream and DRM protection, if needed.

This Project has been developed in house, through our daughter video company Cinfo in collaboration with a local startup (Syntheractive) and the University of La Coruña.

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celonoNominee 2: OptimizAIR by Celeno & Telenet

Celeno’s innovative OptimizAIR 2.0 enables Telenet to safely turn home routers into community hotspots while ensuring home users continue to receive uninterrupted Wi-Fi service with a high quality of experience. It also provides Telenet with exciting new opportunities to expand their service offering and entice new and existing customers.

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UPC hungaryNominee 3: TV Apps on legacy set-top boxes by UPC Hungary, Metrological and ActiveVideo

Bringing online content to pay-TV subscribers is a win-win for the online and pay-TV industries, but until UPC Hungary teamed up with Metrological and ActiveVideo last summer, no one had been able to do it at scale without the purchase of costly set-top boxes. UPC Hungary worked with its partners to offer over 20 apps on TV via any set-top box in the UPC Hungary subscriber footprint. This has provided UPC Hungary with a powerful new service differentiator that is a world’s-first achievement for cable: the ability to offer an almost limitless source of online content to every subscriber, without the cost and time-to-market that rolling out new set-top boxes would have entailed.

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The winner will be announced on Day 2 of Cable Congress – don’t miss out, find out how to attend.

Cable Decision Makers Take Stage This Week at #CableCongress

Brussels edition will highlight dynamic connections in the cable ecosystem

(Brussels, 9 March 2015) Cable Europe’s Cable Congress, the premier annual industry gathering, returns to Brussels, the decision-making centre of Europe, between 11-13 March. The 2015 programme will focus on dynamic connections in the cable ecosystem and feature a star-studded line-up of C-level executives across cable, content, technology and new media.

To kick off the event, Cable Europe will present brand new EU28 statistics from IHS on the latest growth trends in the European cable industry. Europe’s cable industry now serves more than 112 million Revenue Generating Units (RGUs), the industry metric measuring the number of TV, internet and telephony subscriptions.
More statistics on revenue and subscriber growth in these three product areas will be unveiled during a Day 1 press conference taking place on 11 March at 9:30 at The Square in Brussels.

“Cable Congress could not be happening at a more exciting, transformational time for our industry,” said Executive Chairman of Cable Europe, Matthias Kurth. “Technology is moving at an incredibly fast pace, driving the creation of new business models, platforms and services that can offer the consumer all the content they want, when they want, where they want it, to any device. But cable provides much more than simply connectivity or content. Thanks to several waves of investment-driven innovation, cable technology today offers an enhanced TV experience and state of the art broadband access. I’m excited to hear more from decision makers across the ecosystem on how we can continue to be a key enabler of a premium digital lifestyle.”

In addition to the release of new industry data, the 2015 Cable Congress programme is packed with engaging sessions and high-profile executive appearances, including:

  • Leading C-suiters on winning strategies in an era of transformation, including Mike Fries (Liberty Global), Guillaume de Posch (RTL Group), Matt Brittin (Google Europe), Philipp Humm (Vodafone) and Manuel Cubero (Vodafone & Kabel Deutschland)
  • All-CEO “footprint focus” on Central and Eastern Europe with Severina Pascu (UPC Romania / Hungary), Harald Rösch (Blizoo Media and Broadband), Levente Málnay (AMC Networks International – Central Europe) and Tomasz Żurański (Vectra).
  • Globally renowned trend analyser Shari Swan, CEO & Founder of Streative Branding
  • CTOs from Liberty Global, Ziggo, ONO and NBNCo.
  • An exclusive interview with BEREC Chair 2015, Fátima Barros.
  • A focus on finance and dealmaking with Marisa Drew (Credit Suisse), Andrew Barron (ComHem), Burkhard Koep (Altice) and Clif Marriott (Goldman Sachs) and Andrea Salvato (Liberty Global)

New content, programme updates and interviews are being added regularly to www.cablecongress.com.

Cable, Content and Technology Set to Converge in Europe’s Capital #CableCongress

Cable Congress, the annual flagship event for the European cable and media industries, returns this year to Brussels between 11-13 March to focus on the interplay between platforms and content in a converged world. The industry’s leading business figures and technologists will explore strategies to deal with new challenges and opportunities in this era of convergence, emerging business models and hyper competition.

Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth commented: “The last year will go down in cable history as one of strategic shifts, featuring greater investments in mobile and new partnerships with content and technology players. Cable has always been a technology leader, making massive investments in infrastructure and bandwidth to enable a truly smart pipe capable of delivering best-in-class customer experiences. This year’s Congress will highlight our increased integration with content creators, apps players and over-the-top platforms, the role private sector investment should play in our future, and pathways to better regulation – all while keeping the consumer top of mind.”

The 2015 edition of Cable Congress also takes place at an important time in the policy cycle on the heels of an ambitious EU investment plan to support broadband and digital infrastructure and as the European Commission begins to prepare its strategy to realise a Digital Single Market in Europe. This year’s events will be one of the first to bring all relevant stakeholders together to discuss how to turn these ambitions into reality and bring concrete benefits to European consumers.

The 2015 Cable Congress programme will feature the launch of new EU28 industry data and trends from IHS Screen Digest, the presentation of the Cable Europe Awards recognising innovation and achievement, and an impressive line-up of speakers. Highlights include:

  • BBC World News Presenter Babita Sharma as Master of Ceremonies
  • An exclusive interview with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries by CNN’s Becky Anderson
  • Keynote presentations by Guillaume de Posch (Co-CEO, RTL Group) and Philipp Humm (Regional CEO Europe, Vodafone)
  • Views from the top with leading executives Giorgio Stock (Turner Broadcasting System), Manuel Cubero (Vodafone & Kabel Deutschland), Matt Brittin (Google), and Wilfried Urner (SES Platform Services)
  • A CEO panel on Central & Eastern Europe featuring Severina Pascu (UPC Romania/Hungary), Harald Rösch (Blizoo Media and Broadband), Levente Málnay (AMC Network International), and Tomasz Zuranski (Vectra)
  • A dedicated policy track featuring a fireside chat with Fátima Barros, (Chair ANACOM & Chair 2015 BEREC)

New content, programme updates and interviews are being added regularly to www.cablecongress.com.

EUROPE, A LEADER NOT A LAGGARD by Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman, Cable Europe #CableCongress2015

Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman, Cable Europe

Matthias Kurth,
Executive Chairman,
Cable Europe

Since I joined Cable Europe in 2012 I’ve become accustomed to a particular feeling that the New Year brings. I’m not referring to the promise of change and betterment (though I have made a few of my own resolutions for 2015), but of the excitement and anticipation that builds in the run up to Cable Congress.

Reasons always abound for why Cable Congress is the must-attend event for the industry. In the last few years the cable sector has been in a permanent state of change. Competition with telecommunication companies, infrastructure carriers and content providers has driven a constant reshaping of business models.  We’re seeing M&A activity and continued investor appetite on one side and fast changes in technology and value creation strategies on the other. It’s an exciting mix. Cable Congress is the only place where leading players come together to discuss these trends, how to deal with emerging challenges and how to create new opportunities.

“We’re seeing M&A activity and continued investor appetite on one side and fast changes in technology and value creation strategies on the other.”

I’m particularly excited about Congress coming back to Brussels following a year that has brought many changes to the EU’s political landscape and a strong commitment by the new European Commission to the digital economy. With many policymakers from the European Commission and the European Parliament expected to be in attendance, I look forward to hearing more about plans to realise the Digital Single Market in Europe. Critically though, the digital agenda and further investment in high speed broadband can only be enhanced if we all have trust in a stable and forward-looking policy framework. To do this, we need balanced policy discussions focused on finding smart solutions, which we will kick off with dialogue at the Congress.

“We need balanced policy discussions focused on finding smart solutions.”

While we often hear in Europe that we are playing catch up with the US in the technology space, when I compare the investment climate in Europe with the United States, I am actually rather optimistic about some of the regulatory trends. Take net neutrality. Whereas President Obama has indicated he wants to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Telecommunications act that stems from the 1930s, I see early indicators of a markedly more rational and fruitful solution in Europe. The European Commission, along with an increasing number of national governments, is convinced there is a win-win solution to be had between upgrading internet access and driving the development of innovative, specialised services such as videoconferencing, telemedicine and M2M communications. This contrasts starkly with President Obama’s message, which came as a shock to investors, and leads to uncertainty about the investment environment in the US.

“I believe Europeans might have the opportunity to lead the way when it comes to investment in broadband and digital infrastructure.”

In fact, I believe Europeans might have the opportunity to lead the way when it comes to investment in broadband and digital infrastructure. While every investor will think carefully about the legal and regulatory infrastructure it interacts with, it is clear that better broadband and private investment can form a cornerstone of Europe’s digital agenda. To be sure, regulation played an important role in opening up former government monopolies, but the landscape has changed dramatically in telecommunication over the last 15 years. A modern way of regulation has to reflect that and leave more and more ground to market forces and innovation. Europe is moving in the right direction.

 

Cable Congress will be taking place in Brussels from 11-13 March 2015, The SQUARE, Brussels. For more information and to register, please click here.

New Year, New Discussion Points for 2015 #CableCongress

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Cable Congress 2015 in Brussels will highlight the key issues facing the European cable industry with new perspectives and panel discussions to truly reflect the business and technological paradigm of operating in a converged environment.

The digital transformation of content, the challenges of monetising brands in a fragmented space, the battleground of technology driven business choices: all will be challenged and debated by the widest range of senior industry players.

Here’s an exclusive sneak peak of the hottest features and agenda topics for 2015: 

CEO PANEL: The View from the Top

Convergence is the new consolidation and competing platforms are fast becoming “frenemies”.  The question no longer is who is winning the race, but which race are we actually competing in.  Hear from industry leaders as they discuss the latest trends and challenges and tell us what keeps them awake at night.

Footprint focus – Central & Eastern Europe

The Central & Eastern European market varies greatly from its Western neighbour, both in structure and in end user behaviour.  Will the consolidation and convergence we’ve seen in Western Europe be replicated in the East?  What are the “crown jewels” and the killer applications driving these vibrant markets forward?

CONTENT PANEL – The Hits Business

New technology continues to disrupt viewing habits, yet traditional TV platforms are thriving.  Learn how programme-makers are adapting to (and profiting from) these changing conditions, as leading content creators reveal the secrets of their success.  What is the DNA of a profitable TV show in 2015?  And how are platforms and content producers coming together to future-proof their businesses for 2020 and beyond?


Cable Congress, 11-13 March 2015, The SQUARE, Brussels, 
register now at the early bird rate

Reminder: Call for Papers ends this Friday

The Call for Papers ends on 10th October

You have time until Friday, 10th October to submit your paper. If you would like to share your experience on the latest trends and developments in the industry, then please do get in touch.

Visit here to submit your entry and for more information.

Papers that are not included on the programme due to space limitations can still be selected for the Cable Congress e-Book.

About Cable Congress

Cable Congress is recognised as the leading event dedicated to the cable and media industries in Europe. In 2014, the congress attracted over 850 participants from over 33 countries of which more than 75% were Director or C-level executives.

The high quality of attendees reflected a broad cross section of the industry, with 18% of delegates representing cable operators and service providers, 36% equipment and set top box vendors, 12% content providers. Visit here for the full attendee breakdown.

Sponsorship Opportunities

With a largely C-suite level audience, being seen at Cable Congress is essential for any major player in the global cable industry. If you’re interested in sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact Rhis.Edwards@cablecongress.com.

Cable Congress 2015 | Call for papers officially open

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Cable Europe’s Cable Congress, the much anticipated annual industry gathering, returns to Brussels on 11th – 13th March 2015.

The research and production process for the Cable Congress conference programme is now underway, giving you the opportunity to bring the industry’s hottest topics to life at the event.

Call for Papers Now Open

We are now taking submissions. If you would like to share your valuable experience on the latest trends and developments in the industry, then please do get in touch. Send the title and a short synopsis of your paper by filling in the form, and provide your thoughts on the programme.

The deadline for entry is 30th September and all submissions will be reviewed by experts in each area to ensure that the line-up for next year is the most comprehensive and compelling to date.

Papers that are not included on the programme due to space limitations can still be selected for the Cable Congress e-Book.

About Cable Congress

Cable Congress is recognised as the leading event dedicated to the cable and media industries in Europe. In 2014, the congress attracted over 850 participants from over 33 countries of which more than 75% were Director or C-level executives.

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Cable Congress 2015: sponsorship opportunities open

Dear  All

Following the success of Cable Congress 2014 which attracted over 850 senior-ranking delegates from 33 countries representing the cable, content, technology and new media industries, we are delighted to announce that the sponsorship opportunities 2014 are now officially open.

Be Where Business Happens

Featuring world-class brands and companies in entertainment, technology, applications and telecommunications, the exhibit floor at Cable Congress is a real-time reflection of the cable broadband economy.

Are you looking to showcase your latest cable technology in front of the most influential industry gathering of the year? If the answer is yes then visibility at the congress is an absolute must. See who sponsored last year.

The Exhibition at Cable Congress will feature the latest cable technology, and showcase the leading content players.

If you have products or solutions to help our delegates overcome their current challenges then you need to be there. The event is designed to offer you excellent business development and lead generation opportunities.

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Contact Christopher, for sponsorship information today – email christopher.wells@cablecongress.com or call +44 (0) 207 017 6446 / +44 (0) 782789 3124.

About Cable Congress

Cable Congress is recognised as the leading event dedicated to the cable and media industries in Europe. The conference attracts top industry executives year on year.

The high quality of attendees reflected a broad cross section of the industry, with 18% of delegates representing cable operators and service providers, 36% equipment and set top box vendors, 12% content providers. See who attends here.

With a largely CxO and Director level audience, being seen at Cable Congress is essential for any major player in the global cable industry. Please get in touch for more information.

11th – 13th March 2015, The Square, Brussels – Mark your calendars

We look very forward to hearing back from you.

Christopher Wells
Commercial Manager – Cable Congress 2015

E: christopher.wells@cablecongress.com
W: www.cablecongress.com
T: +44 (0) 207 017 6446
M: +44 (0) 782789 3124

Cable Congress 2014 Addresses Changing Industry Dynamics, Highlights New Opportunities

(Amsterdam, 14 March) Cable Europe’s Cable Congress 2014, the flagship gathering of the European cable industry, today concluded three days of dynamic discussions on the flourishing future of cable amid a changing competitive landscape. Cable’s infrastructure was widely acknowledged to be the industry’s most important asset – key to helping cable move into new growth areas, satisfy customer demand for bandwidth-consuming entertainment and communications services, enable new and innovative product platforms such as over-the-top, and drive further consolidation, including convergence with mobile.

According to the industry’s leading technologists, cable’s pipe – with almost 1 GHz of capacity and a long and useful evolution path – is barely out of grade school from a high-speed data perspective. With CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 deployment on track and set to support 10 Gbps downstream and up to 1 Gbps upstream, there is a lot more life in cable’s networks. “DOCSIS 3.1 was created with high capacity goals in mind to satisfy subscriber bandwidth demands deep into 2020 decade,” according to Ayham Al-Banna, Systems Architect at ARRIS.

Driving higher capacity and faster speeds in cable’s existing infrastructure is important over the long term as customer demand for over-the-top content, new applications and digital services skyrockets, but Guy Bisson of IHS believes cable is well positioned vis-à-vis its competitors. “Because of the enormous potential of DOCSIS 3.1, cable will continue to beat telco competitors on speed at a similar price point,” Bisson said. “The next network challenge will be over-the-top. In five years from now, 20% (or one hour) of the average person’s total daily TV consumption will be non-linear.”

As Cable Congress 2014 draws to a close, industry players expressed confidence in their ability to deliver on cable’s promise of faster speeds, higher-quality content and services and greater competition. Keeping up the happy marriage between cable and content, through deeper partnerships, multi-screen access, and advances in user-friendly functionality, will continue to be a key strategic focus in the years ahead.

Cable Europe’s Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth commented: “We’ve heard this week that infrastructure matters, and that cable needs to leverage its investments to drive growth in new areas as we increasingly move to converged services. At the same time, regulators need to ensure the industry can continue to consolidate so that cable’s investments and innovations can reach consumers on a larger scale.”

Cable Europe’s Cable Congress will be back in 2015, taking place in Brussels on 11-13 March.

Infrastructure Driving Growth and Deals #cablecongress

Infrastructure Driving Growth and Deals Positions cable operators to move beyond triple play, pursue cable-mobile convergence

(Amsterdam, 13 March) Strong growth in the cable industry will continue in 2014 and beyond, participants at Day 2 of Cable Europe’s 2014 Cable Congress heard this morning. Cable customers have overwhelmingly embraced digital TV services, with over half of European customers now having made the switch, but significant opportunities remain in Eastern Europe and for providers to move beyond successful triple play packages to offer new services.

“There is a bar of gold sitting on the mantelpiece if you are investing in Central European cable,” according to Guy Bisson, Research Director Television at IHS, pointing out that conversion to digital in Central Europe has only just passed 25%. “Revenue-wise TV is key,” he added, “because it boosts the value of the customer and moves them into the triple play.”

Across Europe, IHS research shows that video-on-demand services grew by almost 20% in 2013, demonstrating the take up of new services. According to Bisson, the challenge for cable now is to move from “pure breed to hybrid,” building on the success of triple play to include mobile, over-the-top, home networks and Wi-Fi roaming. “Infrastructure matters,” says Bisson, giving cable a significant advantage in the future delivery of communications and entertainment services.

Cable’s superior infrastructure is also a key driver of consolidation in the industry, with an increasing number of deals in Western Europe in recent years. Bisson points out that deals in Western Europe have been valued at up to €3,000 per home, compared to around €1,000 per home in Central and Eastern Europe.

Clif Marriot, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, believes “we’re making our way in Europe towards concluding the first wave of consolidation, which is creating one cable operator in each regional market. Cable-mobile convergence is next.” With respect to deals in the content space, the panel suggested that partnerships rather than M&A would remain the primary focus for operators.

For the latest news on Cable Congress 2014, please visit http://www.cablecongress.com, talk to us on Twitter via @CableEurope, and follow all of the discussion live using #cablecongress.

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