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Power Has No Gender

Rosalia Portela, CEO of ONO and Dana Strong, CEO of UPC Ireland speak to Cable News on challenges encountered along the way to the top and give some free advice on what it takes to get there.

Power has no gender

Fortune 500’s current list of female CEOs is currently at its longest ever. Women are at the top of 18 of the companies. It is safe to say that the glass ceiling is cracked but by no means has it been shattered. And when we look closer to home in the tech sector, the list is shorter – HP, Xerox and Yahoo! stand out. The cable industry has some power brokers of its own who are pioneers, role models and the face of inspiration for women in business leadership in Europe and beyond.

Challenge Management

Reaching the top requires good challenge management skills. ONO’s CEO, Rosalia Portela was forthcoming about encountering hurdles, “Throughout my career I have found many preconceptions that I have had to face by proving, with work and effort, that women are capable of achieving all the professional goals we set ourselves.” Ms. Portela went on to say that she “found preconceived ideas on how far women could go, a fact that included a certain fear of the unknown that required more effort and determination in our case.”

Sitting in class back in secondary school, Dana Strong, CEO of UPC Ireland recalls one of her teachers leading a discussion about the proverbial glass ceiling. “It just seemed like a challenge too good to refuse” for Strong. Having changed her mind on becoming a doctor, she was searching for something new. “Whether consciously or sub-consciously I chose a university that has one of the best business schools in the world. Once I achieved the right grades and enrolled in Wharton, I set the wheels in motion.”

Cable’s chiefs offer free advice: “I urge young women to have the tenacity to believe that good performance will be recognised. Also I would council young talent to have strong self-awareness about what you are good at and what you aren’t. Use your strengths and work on your weaknesses,” says Strong.

Results Based

Leadership in the business world is changing, giving reason for optimism. “Giving a woman a position of responsibility generated a lot of insecurity in those who dared to make that decision and, of course, any mistakes that could be made were placed on our shoulders,” concedes Portela. “We have been able to overcome this by showing, with great determination and guaranteed results, that we are capable of everything we set out to achieve.”

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CABLE CONGRESS 2013

Rosalia Portela and Dana Strong are joining Annet Aris of Kabel Deutschland, Sanoma and Adjunct Prof. INSEAD, Berit Svendsen of Telenor Norway and Miranda Curtis of Liberty Global in the Panel Discussion: View from the Top, moderated by a CNN news anchor, Nina Dos Santos. View the latest agenda here.

UPC adds 21 Horizon apps

imageUPC has added 21 apps to its Horizon Media box, bringing the total to 35. The apps have been automatically added. The Dutch cable operator said it plans to further extend the menu this coming year.

One of the apps added on 8 January is one which allows customers to access Facebook. Customers can post messages about favourite programmes on the social media site using their remote control, or iPhone or iPad. Read the full article here.

Published by telecompaper – Cable Congress 2013 Media Partner

Interview with Leandro Boschelle, Cablecom

Interview with Leandro Boschelle, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Cablecom, an affiliate of UPC and owned by Liberty Global

What developments have you witnessed in the IP cable industry in the past 12 months?

Clearly I see two major developments: an increased proliferation in the number of video-capable devices in general, all connected wirelessly and highly used within the home environment; and TV sets gaining more IP capabilities and accordingly more integrated applications. 

By integration I mean primarily the ability to turn the TV into a display of all types of video content, ranging from traditional linear TV to Web-originated video streams and applications.

What impact is the move to IP cable having on your business?

The impact is an increased focus from the product development teams on converged services. Convergence in the sense of consuming content and applications everywhere and seamlessly across devices, from TV to iPads, iPhones and other more.

Does the move to IP cable place an operator on an equal technological footing as, for example, an IPTV rival?

I would go so far as to say that we are about to leapfrog our IPTV competition. The investments most cable operators are making in upgrading networks to DOCSIS 3.0 will provide them with a competitive advantage over the next five years. Cable is best placed to offer customers the necessary network capacity to use converged services in conjunction with HD video quality ubiquitously in the footprint. Here in Switzerland, our broadband connections start where DSL ends in terms of speed. Fibre-to-the Home penetration is still too low to be commercially significant for our rivals.

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IBC 2012: Taking care of business – Part 1

This year’s IBC event lacked a big, overarching theme, or new “wow” topic to get journalists, analysts and market-watchers foaming at the mouth. And that’s no bad thing. It’s the sign of a maturing industry, and as a result, the show retained a healthy focus on improving existing products and trying to get the big things – multiscreen, OTT, hybrid – right. Nevertheless, there was plenty on show that highlighted that the market remains miles away from anything resembling certainty.

HEVC is here, sort of
Encoding ain’t sexy, but it provided arguably the biggest new development of the show. The arrival of HEVC, or H.265, promises to be a genuine game changer, and vendors were showing off their capabilities in force, even though the standard is not yet fully ratified, and few were able to actually show live demos. Most vendors stuck to the well-aired strapline that HEVC will provide a 50% reduction in bandwidth for comparable picture quality to AVC/H.264. But Elemental – also one of the only companies that provided a live demo rather than a video – also showed the improvements in picture quality that operators could achieve if they did not try and reduce bandwidth. Which begs an intriguing question: who will use HEVC to reward their consumers, by offering much better picture quality for the same bitrate, and who will reward themselves, by offering the same quality for less resources?

Horizon is here, definitely
No “sort of” caveat with UPC’s near-mythical Horizon set-top box, which after significant delays has now officially launched in the Netherlands, with Switzerland and Germany to follow in the coming months.  The verdict?

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Blog by Guy Bisson, Research Director, Television, IHS Screen Digest

OTT: MOVE ALONG, NOTHING NEW TO SEE HERE

Every morning, around 8am, I rest my head gently on the shoulder of a woman I’ve never met. A short man nuzzles my armpit with his nose while the blond locks of the girl to my left tickle my face as they catch a brief draft. I can’t stand straight, the noise is ear-splitting and there’s no space to hold a paper or book. It’s my daily trip to the office, chauffeur courtesy of London Underground.

Through a chink of space between the shoulders of my fellow travellers, I entertain myself by reading advertisements for dating sites, tropical beach paradises and, more recently, an offer to “imagine a TV channel that learns what you want to watch.” “Lovefilm is not a TV channel”, it continues, but “it has more movies available to watch instantly online through your TV than all the other TV channels put together.”

Interesting, if slightly schizophrenic, pitch. Amazon-owned Lovefilm’s recent advertising blitz has, of course, been prompted by the arrival in the UK of a trans-Atlantic rival in the form of Netflix. Both services steam content to the TV over-the-top, via PCs, connected TVs, games consoles and other Internet devices. More interestingly from a business perspective, both claim that their main rival is not one another, but pay TV giant Sky.

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