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Com Hem stable in competitive Swedish market

Com Hem reported an increase in profits for the third quarter…

…despite the heavy competition in the Swedish market that continues to claim subscribers. Revenues for the period ending September 30, 2012 came in at SEK 1,133 million (€131.91 million), though the number of connected subscribers remained unchanged in the quarter at 1.75 million, arguably an achievement against competition from IPTV and OTT rivals.

Operating profit was SEK 167 million.

“In a very competitive market, we deliver a stable income which will enable us to continue to invest in products and services, including our new TV platform TiVo as we roll onto the market in 2013”, said Tomas Franzén, CEO, Com Hem.

TiVo is currently slated for launch in the second quarter of 2012.

During the third quarter work on the final phase of the Com Hem channel plan commenced. This involves a restructuring of the network to both minimize errors and create more space on the network.

By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

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Com Hem: “Alpha trials for TiVo are planned around Christmas”

Expert Interview with Jens Persson, Com Hem

Jens Persson, Manager R&D at Swedish cable operator Com Hem, on plans to deliver TiVo-based TV services, the network improvements this required, and the need to deliver services which are agnostic of access technology.

Can you tell us more about ComHem’s TiVo project?

After evaluating a number of different alternatives on the market, Com Hem decided to move forward with TiVo as a new middleware partner.

The solution will deliver a completely integrated customer experience on every platform (coax, IP, iOS, Android, PC, Mac) supporting linear TV, VOD and OTT on all devices.

The TiVo solution will offer the customer a great experience when watching TV in the living room and on TV Everywhere (out of home) services through intelligent (and remote) recording, series linking, search and browse, TiVo recommendations, VOD, companion device, apps (YouTube, gaming, Twitter etc).

The metadata – combined with a well thought out user interface for all devices – will support the customer in getting the absolute best out of their TV package and relationship that they have with Com Hem.

What network improvements were needed?

This project has quit a big impact on our network. More or less a brand new parallel platform from the backend to the set-top box is needed. Starting with the backend, this will be the Adrenalin platform from Seachange, which will be integrated to our BSS system and to ¨Tivo Mind¨.

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Pushing boundaries: next-gen cable services

As European cable operators tentatively begin to roll out next generation platforms, Graham Pomphrey, Digital TV Europe (@DTVEGraham) assesses the chosen strategies and considers the challenges being faced.

On the Horizon

Although we are at an early stage, the maturing of some western pay TV markets, and the potential for saturation within them, has seen some operators look to advance their already popular services. The strategy is to either upsell additional services like huge VOD libraries, connected TV functionality and associated broadband connection, or to attract often scarce new subscribers. Virgin Media and Ono are already doing the former with TiVo technology, Zon Multimédia is using NDS-based middleware for its Iris platform while Liberty Global’s Horizon is set to launch in the Netherlands in the third quarter, to be followed by Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland later this year.

Liberty Global’s CEO Mike Fries has said Horizon will have a transformative effect on the company by enabling the cable giant to satisfy consumer demand to be able to draw content from the web to the TV, and to receive their ‘cable’ experience across multiple screens. “It will set our customer’s expectations and the quality of the consumer experience at a whole new level,” Fries told DTVE at the Cable Congress event earlier this year.

There is no doubt that Liberty Global has a strong market position, with a customer base of around 18.4 million and existing relationships with content partners. The biggest challenge is how to market the service. With around 10 million subscribers taking analogue services and operations in various emerging markets, Liberty Global, will need to market the service carefully. Fries has already said that Horizon will be “not that expensive”.

Making progress

While Horizon has been on the metaphorical horizon for some time – reports first emerged about the platform as far back as 2010 – cable operators Virgin Media and Ono have already launched services that merge traditional TV with web services. Partnering with US middleware-and-DVR specialist TiVo, both operators have been able to pioneer advanced services in their respective countries.

Virgin Media’s TiVo platform allows users to pause and rewind TV, offers advanced search and recommendation, provides access to catch-up services from the UK’s public broadcasters, including iPlayer, and offers access to web apps from Twitter, eBay, Facebook and Spotify amongst others.

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Become a Cable Congress Sponsor…

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Now Open

Following the huge success of Cable Congress 2012 which attracted over 850 senior-ranking delegates from over 35 countries representing the cable, content, technology and new media industries, we are delighted to open sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for 2013!

With Cable Congress attracting such a high-level of attendees each year, perception is everything. The Cable Congress team have a number of exclusive-to-one-brand sponsorship opportunities that guarantee maximum visibility and truly separate your brand from the competition.

Below is a list of just some of the sponsorship opportunities currently available:

  • Cable Congress Café Sponsorship
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  • Internet Café Sponsorship
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The Revolution Will Be Televised (pick a screen)

Change seldom comes with warning but is always expected in the technology sector. 2011 brought us a new chief at Apple, HP having decided to spin off its PC business, Motorola being sold to Google and the loss of another woman tech leader after Carol Bartz’s high profile Yahoo! exit. In the meantime, social media applications have helped the world keep an eye on big change in the Middle East.

Disruption Central

Also no stranger to changes of late, Rupert Murdoch once said that “the world is changing very fast and that the big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” This certainly applies to the role of the screen.
No such thing as a TV anymore?

Time Warner’s Chairman and CEO, Glenn Britt caused a stir this year by casually (and publicly) signalling the beginning of a new era where content is more important than how we view it, “There’s no such thing as a TV anymore.” It’s not a fatalistic remark, however. It is a heads up for the business of providing content. EU and worldwide policy makers are not free of the associated challenges. The management of copyright and rights clearance is a task that won’t get easier for business or policymakers. Streamlining will require effort that is widely seen as needed for Europe’s ever-modernizing single market.

I want it all, I want it now

tvThe number of devices is increasing. If you’re not watching a video clip on YouTube from your laptop, you might be checking the news on your handheld device or sending a tweet on your iPad – all with the TV on. We access content daily without thinking twice about the devices we’re using. Content passes through an increasing number of devices much more easily than in the past. Once a buzzword, convergence is something that consumers simply expect. It’s why cable providers are integrating their video services through broadband access, iPads and PCs.

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