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Cable Europe and CTAM Europe Announce Enhanced Partnership with Global Content Providers #CableCongress

HBO Europe and Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe first to sign up

(Brussels, 11 March 2015) Cable Europe and CTAM Europe are announcing today at Cable Congress in Brussels that they are joining forces to enhance cooperation with the content, programming and production sector. HBO Europe and Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe are the first to sign formal joint membership agreements with the two bodies in a move that reflects increasing convergence between content and distribution platforms and offers Associate Membership of Cable Europe alongside continued engagement in CTAME’s marketing and intelligence activities.

Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth commented: “This move puts consumers even more firmly at the heart of all we do by combining cable’s high quality connectivity service and technology superiority with world-class, deeply enriching content. Cable is a truly smart pipe based on future-proof technology that is unmatched by other platforms. That’s why our industry is uniquely positioned to work horizontally with multinational cross-platform providers to set the agenda in an increasingly converged content environment.”

The membership package will enhance co-operation and expertise on strategic issues of mutual interest and concern as well as strengthen both sectors’ respective activities. Together the members will build ‘know-how’ across all aspects of the wider industry in order to advise and learn, strengthen relationships and build on synergies in their external dialogue with mutual stakeholders. The partnerships will also create a new forum for the development of collaboration and best practice in areas such as affiliate marketing.

Stefan Liebig, Vice President Content, Distribution and Sales Northern Europe, Viacom International Media Networks commented: “Closer cooperation between cable and content drives growth for all players in the ecosystem and deliver a better experience for consumers. We’re excited to be teaming up with cable operators and other content players.”

Alek Kutela, Senior Vice President of Marketing at HBO Europe, said;
“We are delighted to partner with Cable Europe and CTAM Europe and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Cable Congress, taking place in Brussels from 11-13 March, will dive deeper into the issues and opportunities raised by convergence, changing content consumption trends and increasing platform competition. To learn more please visit: www.cablecongress.com

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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.

All Aboard to Cable Congress, Next Stop Amsterdam

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2014 Event to Highlight European Cable Sector’s Flourishing Future on its High Train to Growth

(Brussels, 10 March) Cable Europe’s Cable Congress, the much anticipated annual industry gathering taking place from 12-14 March in Amsterdam, is shaping up as just the ticket for those steeped in the converging worlds of entertainment and technology. An all-star line-up of leaders from across cable, content, tech and new media will be on hand to discuss the latest trends and developments in the industry, as well as their strategies to compete and grow in the years to come.

The flagship conference will kick off with the release of brand new 2013 year-end pan-European cable industry data supplied by IHS. Highlights are expected to include continued growth in new customers as well as a powerful top-line increase in total cable revenues.  Europe’s cable industry now serves more than 109 million Revenue Generating Units (RGUs), an industry metric measuring the number of services – TV, internet and telephony – delivered to customers. More statistics on growth in these three product areas, as well as in digital services like Video on Demand, will be unveiled on Day 1.

“There’s no blowing smoke about what the cable industry is delivering to European consumers,” according to Cable Europe’s Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth. “Tunnel vision, when focused on the customer, is a game changer that cable is exploiting. Last year saw cable operators upgrading commercially available broadband speeds to 200 Mbps and even 500 Mbps in European markets. At this year’s Cable Congress we’ll hear more about how the industry is leveraging the power of these networks, in combination with new services and the inclusion of over the top and premier content, to deliver the absolute best value to its customers. This year is a can’t miss for those interested in the future of cable in Europe.”

In addition to the release of new industry data, the 2014 Cable Congress programme is packed with engaging sessions and high-profile executive appearances, including:

  • Keynote speech by visionary President & CEO of AMC Networks, Josh Sapan
  • C-Suite panel hosted by CNN’s Nina Dos Santos, featuring Michael Fries, Liberty Global, Manuel Cubero, Kabel Deutschland, Carsten Dilling, TDC and Bert Habets, RTL Nederland
  • A fireside chat with René Obermann, Ziggo
  • Cable’s technology wheel of fortune with Paul Hendriks, Ziggo, Balan Nair, Liberty Global, and Lorenz Glatz, Kabel Deutschland, hosted by Babita Sharma, BBC News
  • The third annual Cable Europe Awards, honouring contributions from individuals and companies helping to move the European cable industry forward
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities, with 69% of attendees at C-level, Director and Board Level

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

Cable Europe Innovation Awards: A good New Year’s Resolution

Cable Europe Awards
12-14 March 2014, RAI, Amsterdam

Submit your innovation or nominate a fellow by 31st January

At the beginning of the year we often look back on the past year and make our resolutions for the year to come. You can combine both by submitting your most innovative project of 2013 for the Innovation Award or your brightest candidate for the Fellow Award.

The nominees will get the deserved attention at Cable Congress, for example by giving the nominees for the Innovation Award the opportunity to showcase their innovation in a 3 minute video shown to all attendees on Day 1 of the Conference. Of course being a Cable Congress Awards winner is a clear message of excellence, quality, innovation and leadership that will bolster your position in the eyes of your existing and prospective customers, partners, suppliers and competitors.

So don’t hesitate and submit your project or nominate your candidate for the Fellow Award now. You have until January 31th to submit and get the opportunity to shine in the spotlights at Cable Congress 2014.

About the Awards:

Cable Europe Innovation Award

Innovation is what makes our industry flourish and that innovation deserves to be put in the spotlight for all to see, share and be inspired by. Read more on the Cable Europe Innovation Award. Submit your project now.

Cable Europe Fellow Award

The Fellow Award allows the great people that go the extra mile to make the impossible happen to shine in the spotlight. Read more on the Cable Europe Fellow Award. Nominate a Fellow.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JANUARY 31ST 2014

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Extra information on the nomination process:

Anybody connected to the European cable industry is invited to put forward innovation projects & fellow candidates.

– Nominees for the Cable Europe Innovation Award can only be projects from a European cable company, which can include joints projects with a partner vendor, content provider, consultant, etc.
– Nominees for the Cable Europe Fellow Awards can only be individuals from a European cable company. Nominees are not part of the C-level management team of the company.

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

The Winner of the Innovation Award will be chosen by the attendees of the Cable Congress via an interactive voting.

The Winner of the Fellow Award will be chosen by the Executive Committee of Cable Europe.

Statement on the Single Market #cable @cableeurope

A Single Market as a Platform to Boost Investments in Networks and First Class Broadband Experience in Europe

European Heads of States have given their green light this week for EU action in support of the digital economy to create an integrated single digital and telecoms market. It is the first time that the digital economy has been brought to the highest level of European decision making and this is applauded by Cable Europe.

To support a booming European digital economy there is a need for a continuous flow of investments in to underlying broadband infrastructure. A number of network providers have emerged over the last 15 years competing for customers and supplying broadband connectivity to the benefit of the whole economy at large.

“We are committed investors in our networks that we upgrade in anticipation of our customers’ needs. Cable companies have recently launched 500 Mbps services and further upgrades of the networks to deliver ultra fast speeds are yet to come, pushing competitors to react.  The continued growth of 8.4% in cable broadband subscribers tells us that the demand for connectivity is healthy – and on an upward growth trajectory” says Cable Europe Chairman Matthias Kurth.

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Announcing the #CableCongress 2014 initial speaker line-up

December is here – we are officially in the run-up for the holiday season.

Before the holiday rush reaches fever pitch, now would be a good time to secure your delegate experience at Cable Congress 2014. Taking place on 12-14 March at RAI in Amsterdam, the event brings together top executives from the cable, technology, content and new media industries. Register here.

cable congress testimonialsCable Congress offers an extensive programme featuring the most influential and visionary leaders from the industry. With more than 80 speakers coming from Europe, the US and Asia, this conference provides international insight on the latest developments in the fields of strategy, investments, technology, marketing, content and regulation.

Programme update

The 2014 Cable Congress brochure is very soon to be published. The agenda is shaping up nicely, with a C-Suite-rich set of industry leaders confirmed to speak, including:

  • Dee Forbes, President & MD, Discovery Networks, Western Europe
  • Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
  • Robin Bienenstock, Senior Sell-Side Equity Research Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
  • Rosalia Portela, CEO, ONO
  • Jordan Casey, Founder & CEO, Casey Games
  • René Obermann, CEO, Ziggo
  • Paul Hendriks, CTO, Ziggo
  • Phil McKinney, President & CEO, CableLabs
  • Josh Sapan, President & CEO, AMC Networks Inc.
  • Jesus Perez Agua, President & CEO, FOX International Channels
  • Dale Barnes, Director of Advanced Technology & Innovation, Virgin Media
  • Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC/Sundance Global Channel AMC Networks
  • Marisa Drew, MD, Co-Head of EMEA Investment Banking Departmen/Global Co-Head of Global Markets Solutions Group, Credit Suisse
  • Annet Aris Adjunct, Professor of Strategy, INSEAD and Board Member, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
  • Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior VP & Chief Policy Officer, Liberty Global, Inc. & President, Cable Europe
  • Babita Sharma, Presenter, BBC World News
  • Guy Bisson, Research Director, Television IHS

Stay tuned for the full detail of the presentations and the extensive top level speaker list.

In the meantime, visit www.cablecongress.com for event information, join the our LinkedIn Group, and follow the event Blog.

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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Announcement from Cable Europe

Call for Papers Officially Open

We are currently putting together the agenda for Cable Congress 2014 and looking for inspired individuals to bring the industry’s hottest topics to life at the event. The Call for Papers is now officially open!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HERE

Cable Congress offers an extensive programme featuring top executives from the cable, technology, content and new media industries.

Attendees represent the most influential and dynamic audience, ranging from operators and service providers to content suppliers, equipment manufacturers, vendors, software & services providers, press, analysts, industry regulators and investors. The event facilitates the exchange of information and best practices for all major players in the cable industry.

Space on the agenda is limited. This is your opportunity to help shape the agenda for 2014. Is there a subject that you would like to present? A new development in the market that you are well placed to talk about? Then please do get in touch. We are now taking submissions – send the title and a short synopsis of your paper by filling in the form and get your thoughts on the programme!

The deadline for entry is Friday 27th September and all submissions will be reviewed by experts in each area to ensure that the line-up for this year is the most comprehensive and compelling to date. Make sure you join our LinkedIn group and join in the discussions with fellow professionals in this field.

Special Notice:
The best papers will be published in an e-book that will be sent to everybody attending Cable Congress. Papers that are not included on the programme due to space limitations can still be selected for the e-book.

Submissions will be used to select topics and speakers for the programme. All submissions will be responded to by the Programme Committee by no later than 14th November.

12 – 14 MARCH 2014, RAI, AMSTERDAM – Mark your calendars

We look very forward to hearing back from you.

The Cable Europe Team

Dates Announced for Cable Congress 2014

Mark your calendars: 12 – 14th March 2014, RAI, Amsterdam

This year’s event saw over 850 senior-ranking attendees from 39 countries come together at the time of great activity within the sector and in a city where technology, media and entertainment are leading globally. Here’s a quick summary of this year’s key features.

Executives of Virgin Media and Liberty Global met at Cable Congress to give an inside edge on the latest acquisition news and discuss the bright future of cable and its customer

Both, Michael T. Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global, and Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media appeared at the event to talk about their views on the industry and the recently announced merger of the two businesses. Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, told CNBC about plans to enter one of the most competitive and dynamic markets in Europe in an exclusive broadcast interview

Cable Europe announced fresh data from IHS Screen Digest that showed 5.5% top-line revenue growth across Europe, representing nearly €1bn in new revenues for 2012

The upward trend is explained by a shift towards digital for customers increasingly relying on the high speed fibre-rich broadband connections for which cable is known as well as the trend of increasingly accessing video content over cable’s high performance telecom networks. Guy Bisson, Research Director at IHS Screen Digest, broke down latest figures and leading trends in cable industry during a CNBC interview and explained why cable providers are extremely well-positioned to capitalize as the industry moves towards content provided over the internet.

For the Cable Congress TV’s executive speaker interviews conducted by Digital TV Europe, visit www.cablecongress.com/videos.

On the second day of the conference Cable Europe announced the Cable Europe Award 2013 winners

The Cable Europe Innovation Award, voted on by delegates at Cable Congress, was awarded to Belgian operator VOO and SeaChange for their multi-screen TV solution VOO Motion.

Jose Pascoal, Planning, Engineering & Services Architecture Director, ZON Multimedia was honoured with the Cable Europe Fellow Award in recognition of his individual dedication, talent, consistent excellence and contributions to the cable industry. Read the full coverage of the awards ceremony here.

Video

Video: Cable Congress 2013 – Caroline van Weede, Cable Europe

Caroline van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe, talks about digital growth in the cable industry and about regulatory issues.

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