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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.

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Cable growing faster than satellite, says IHS Screen Digest #CC2013

Cable is growing revenue faster than satellite competiton, according to IHS Screen Digest.

Looking at the triple-play bundle taken together, cable’s success in marketing telecom and internet services, which now accounts for the majority of cable revenue in 10 EU markets, has led it to outpacing satellite TV companies in terms of overall revenue growth, IHS Screen Digest TV research director Guy Bisson told Cable Congress attendees this morning.

Growth over the last five years has come from eastern Europe and some western European markets such the Benelux countries, said Bisson. Over the next five years, Germany will continue to grow strongly and eastern European growth will accelerate. The Nordic countries are expected to grow strongly, with others including the Benelux turning in moderate growth.

Growth will come from digitisation, said Bisson. Digital penetration across the EU 27 countries is growing and will give cable ongoing growth even if it does nothing else, he said. However, this growth will be accelerated by converting more single-play customers into telecom and internet customers as well as TV subscribers.

Bisson said cable operators also had the opportunity to embrace new lines of business, including CDN services and delivery of services from the cloud to devices outside the home.

Continued Investment Drives 5.5% Top-line Cable Growth, Adds Customers

NEWS RELEASE

Continued Investment Drives 5.5% Top-line Cable Growth, Adds Customers

Tipping point in Digital switchover helps drive European revenues to €20.6bn YE2012 as cable now counts 27mn high speed broadband users, 30.5mn Digital TV subscribers

(London, 5 March) Meeting today at Cable Congress 2013 in London, Cable Europe, the association bringing together Europe’s leading cable companies, is announcing fresh data from IHS Screen Digest that shows 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.

“What we’re seeing this year is continued growth on the revenue side which gives us almost a billion reasons to be encouraged, but the really interesting story is why,” commented Cable Europe President, Manuel Kohnstamm. “In a market where you hear a lot about the over-the-top threat, the data shows that cable is embracing the power of the platform to deliver content how and when people want it. Stay close to the consumer, look at investment as a means to innovate and grow – this thinking is helping us find our stride as a viable competitor to connect Europe. The 8.4% growth in broadband subscribers also tells us a lot about Europe’s bright, connected future.”

Key YE2012 figures from new IHS Screen Digest analysis include:

  • Revenues for cable’s grew 5.5% to €20.6bn, nearly a €1bn increase in total cable revenues
  • Triple-play growth across different categories of services:

o Digital TV +12% revenue growth
o Internet +6.5% revenue growth
o Cable telephony +5.3% revenue growth

  • Video on Demand revenue jumped by 24%
  • European broadband subscribers jumped from 25 mn in 2011 to over 27 mn in 2012 – that is 8.4% growth towards what EU leaders call the Digital Agenda
  • Digital TV subscribers rose 9.2% to 30.5mn (28mn in 2011)
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European Cable Leaders Descend on Europe’s Digital Capital

NEWS RELEASE

European Cable Leaders Descend on Europe’s Digital Capital
Industry expected to report strong top-line & subscriber growth figures for 2012

(Brussels, 4 March) With one day left until Cable Congress 2013 kicks off the European cable industry’s flagship annual event, anticipation is peaking in London where leaders across the cable, content, tech and new media space convene to talk strategy, share opinions and make predictions on the future of the industry.

Cable Congress, taking place on 5-7 March, will start with the opening news briefing which will release new year-end pan-European cable industry data from IHS Screen Digest. Offering a preview of what is to come, Cable Europe, the trade association for the European cable industry, today indicated the new YE2012 European cable figures will show:

  • Positive revenue and new customer growth
  • Strong broadband and telephony performances
  • Continued growth in Digital TV and advanced services like Video on Demand

Comprehensive statistics on growth across cable’s products will be unveiled during the event.

Manuel Kohnstamm, President of Cable Europe, said, “Cable’s continued and steady uptick in new customers is a credit to the industry’s investments in innovation to bring new products, faster speeds and better services to more people across Europe. With so much attention on the industry right now and heightened excitement for cable’s prospects, there’s no better place or time to hear from top decision-makers. It’s an often heard refrain, but this year’s Cable Congress truly promises to be our best ever.”

Cable Congress 2013 features a spectacular line-up. Highlights include:

  • CEO appearances by Liberty Global’s Mike Fries, Virgin Media’s Neil Berkett and ONO’s Rosalia Portela
  • An unmissable meeting of the minds with international CTOs from Comcast (Tony Werner), Kabel Deutschland (Lorenz Glatz), Liberty Global (Balan Nair), Time Warner Cable (Michael LaJoie) and Virgin Media (Dan Hennessy)
  • Executives representing the world’s premier content players, featuring Catherine Powell, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, Jonathan Sichel, Scripps Network Interactive, and Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel, AMC Networks
  • The second annual Cable Europe Awards, honouring contributions from individuals and companies helping to move the European cable industry forward

Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth said: “Cable Congress always puts the industry’s most important topics front and centre. Whether focused on keeping pace with consumers’ connectivity and content needs, investing in the right technologies to maintain leading networks, or securing financing for future growth, cable’s best and brightest will deliver observations and insights that you can’t get anywhere else.”

For the latest news on Cable Congress 2013, please visit www.cablecongress.com, talk to us @CableEurope on Twitter & follow the discussion live on using #CC2013.

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For more information, please contact:

Gregg Svingen
Cable Europe
Director of Communications
M: +32 476 490 603
E: gregg.svingen@cable-europe.eu
Jessica Fernandez Cable Europe
Communications & Office Manager
T: +32 2 556 2104 E: jessica.fernandez@cable-europe.eu

About Cable Europe
Cable Europe is a trade association that groups all leading broadband cable TV operators and their national associations throughout Europe. The aim of Cable Europe is to promote and defend the industry’s policies and business interests at European and international levels, and to foster cooperation among its members. The European cable TV industry services more than 94 million broadband, TV and telephony subscriptions throughout the EU 27 (around 70 million households). www.cable-europe.eu

About IHS Screen Digest
IHS Screen Digest is the pre-eminent firm of industry analysts covering global media markets. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Monterey, California, we employ a team of 40 specialist analysts covering film, television, broadband, mobile, cinema, home entertainment and gaming. Our online services and reports provide the information and analysis that hundreds of media companies worldwide base their decisions on. www.screendigest.com

Virgin Media and Liberty Global leaders meet at Cable Congress #CC2013

The big news that Liberty Global has secured a deal to acquire Virgin Media for US$23.3 billion signals a change at the top of the global cable business and has stoked excitement and interest well beyond the tech sector. Such a combination translates into a world leading broadband communications company with 25 million customers spanning across 14 countries.

In less than two weeks’ time, executives of Virgin Media and Liberty Global and other leading cable executives will convene at Cable Congress to give an inside edge on the latest news that you won’t get anywhere else, share their opinions and predictions and, together with other key industry leaders, discuss the bright future of cable and its customers.

Watch our exclusive CEO interview with Mike Fries, the President and CEO of Liberty Global at 16.30 on Day 1 when Becky Anderson, CNN presenter takes the stage to ask the burning industry questions everyone wants to hear.

Also, be sure not to miss the CEO Keynote Speech at 14.00 on Day 1 when you will hear from Neil Berkett, the CEO of Virgin Media.

Cable Congress 2013 will feature the launch of new industry data with the contribution of fresh IHS Screen Digest data, the latest trends and an incredible line-up of industry all-stars across cable, content, technology and new media. New content, programme updates and speaker interviews are being added regularly to www.cablecongress.comwe’re getting hundreds of hits a day so come see why.

The Online Networking Tool is now live and by registering to attend the conference, you have the opportunity to spend the next two weeks scheduling one-to-one business meetings with Cable Congress delegates.

CABLE CONGRESS GALA PARTY hosted by Virgin Media_small

The Cable Congress Gala Party is an informal get-together for all participants, taking place on 5th March at The London Film Museum. The evening is not only an ideal networking opportunity, but will also offer quintessentially British culinary and cultural experiences, with a sprinkling of entertainment throughout. Read more here.

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PREMIER OF ‘RECTIFY’ SERIES Sundance Channel

You will be treated to a special screening of the first episode of ‘Rectify’ from the award-winning producers of Breaking Bad, taking place on Day 2 during a special drinks reception. Watch this special sneak peak of Rectify, which premieres exclusively on Sundance Channel this spring!

Serendipitous Investments Spell a Win, Win for Cable

By Guy Bisson

The majority of UK television channels could save money on their standard-definition broadcast costs by using Over-The-Top (OTT) Unicast to fulfil their actual viewing demand rather than the most cost effective broadcast technology. That was a key finding in a recent report we produced as a follow up to our earlier analysis that showed scaling OTT delivery to platform levels was not cost effective at current cost levels.

These two findings place the cable industry in an interesting position. On the one hand cable (and other multichannel broadcast platforms of scale), can remain confident that in the near-term, OTT-only competitors will face rapidly scaling costs when trying to replicate a full-service pay TV offer (and even more so when HD is considered). On the other hand, low-consumption channels may soon be considering whether a switch to OTT distribution as primary means of reaching the end consumer is starting to make sense.

As with many things in business, threat is opportunity and opportunity, threat. The threat: longer term, OTT distribution will begin to provide an alternative to closed network multichannel for individual channels wishing to reach a mass audience. But if the threat is clear, the opportunity is three fold. Opportunity lies in the positioning of cable as a platform for distributing OTT content, both to the end consumer, but also in the business-to-business segment of the TV distribution value chain, working with channels to distribute their signal as a CDN and last mile channel.

And what makes the situation so interesting today is through the miracle of happenstance, cable finds itself in an ideal position to fulfil these roles. Happenstance because the infrastructure investments made by cable operators in fibre and DOCSIS 3.0 where not done to facilitate OTT delivery but to diversify revenue streams when the core business of television was under increasing competitive and price pressure. And just how far cable has come from its days as a distributor of television only is evidenced in the fact that as of 2012, nine of the 27 markets in the European Union derive more cable revenue from telecoms services than from television.

For channels themselves, the reality of the business is that a switch today to only OTT Unicast delivery would be commercial suicide for all but the most niche of channels. Success in the TV channel business still requires reach. And the other factors that go into the reach equation, notably consumer behaviour and service availability, are still lacking.
OTT costs today are not substitutive and will remain incremental on broadcast for the near to medium term. The burden placed by the need to meet increasing OTT demand on larger-consumption channels, which must maintain fixed broadcast costs, is thus potentially onerous.

For business, that means there will be increasing demand for a solution to these costs as OTT consumption continues to scale. The larger the channel, the bigger the problem. The future of broadcast infrastructure provision will thus rely on finding a way to bundle flat-rate OTT delivery with some form of broadcast distribution for the scheduled feed.

For cable finding a way to capitalise on that long-term future will pay dividends. With a wired network, consumer-facing ISPs and an increasingly strong stake in the distribution of multiscreen content around the home, cable is a long, long way down that path already. The rationale for major take-overs that bolster pan-European footprints like the recent proposed take-over of Virgin Media by Liberty Global, start to take on a whole new perspective beyond the usual analysis of free cash flow and business synergies when this future is considered.

European Cable Industry Spreads the Love in Digital Capital

(Brussels, 14 February) Cable Europe, the trade association for the European cable industry, today celebrates consolidation and the role it plays in building strong cable players, stimulating healthy infrastructure and promoting competition ahead of its annual flagship industry gathering.

In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day and ahead of Cable Europe’s annual conference with 69% of attendees at C-level, Director and Board Level, Cable Congress, takes place in London from 5-7 March 2013.  We look back over the past decade at how successful pairings have resulted in the consolidation of the European cable landscape. Where Europe once boasted around 10,000 providers, today this number is closer to 7,000 stronger, more efficient and more competitive operators.

Yet, despite the wave of combinations in recent years, the cable industry still remains highly fragmented. It will need further consolidation to compete over the long term and to help meet Europe’s Digital Agenda policy objectives of increased connectivity for consumers.

Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth added:  “Cable’s investment in fibre- rich high speed networks plays an important if not sometimes invisible role in meeting the entertainment and connectivity needs of Europe’s sophisticated consumers. As the unique crossroads of technology and content that keeps us entertained, informed and connected, it’s entirely fitting that this year’s Cable Congress will take place in London, Europe’s undisputed Digital Capital and one of the most connected cities in the world.”

Cable Congress 2013 will feature the launch of new industry data with the contribution of fresh IHS Screen Digest data, the latest trends and an incredible line-up of industry all-stars across cable, content, technology and new media. Highlights include:

  • BBC World News Presenter Babita Sharma as Master of Ceremony
  • CNN anchor Becky Anderson’s exclusive interview with Liberty Global CEO Michael Fries
  • Keynote speech by Neil Berkett, CEO, Virgin Media
  • Ed Vaizey, MP & UK Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries
  • CEO panel featuring Berit Svendsen, Telenor Norway, Rosalia Portela, ONO and Dana Strong, UPC Ireland
  • Lorenz Glatz, CTO, Kabel Deutschland

New content, programme updates and interviews are being added regularly to www.cablecongress.com and don’t forget that 22 February is the last day to submit nomination entries for Cable Europe’s 2013 Fellow and Innovation Awards.

Regulation, Innovation in the Spotlight at Cable Congress Policy Session

Platform competition, “most effective way of driving progress”

(Brussels, 8 March) Europe will play a leading role in the world’s connected future, according to a panel of experts gathered for a special policy session at Cable Congress in Brussels.

“If you look ahead to the 2020-30 timeframe, we see the EU as a major player in new technologies that will see a transformation of this sector and enable innovative companies, whether they are content or service providers, to be a winner without a vast stock of IP,” said Robert Madelin, Director General, DG INFSO.

Madelin’s comments came amid a lively exchange that covered a number of important policy issues that affect the cable industry. On the subject of the future of state aid, George Serentschy, Chair, Berec, told delegates that he thought platform competition was the most effective way of speeding roll out of next generation networks and increasing take-up rates. Serentschy also mentioned that he did not believe pushing down copper prices would lead to faster roll out of NGA. “I’m very skeptical of linking industrial policy with costing methodologies. We should be very clear that these two things are not interlinked and I don’t believe that costing calculations are good and viable tools to make industrial policy.”

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