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Exclusive Speaker Interview with Paul Hendriks of Ziggo

In the run-up to Cable Congress 2013, taking place on 5-7 March in London, we speak to Paul Hendriks of Ziggo. Paul is a member of the Management Board and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the innovation, development and operations of the platforms, networks and IT.

Paul shares his thoughts on cable’s challenges for 2013 from a technology standpoint and tells us about the cable technology from a CTO insider perspective. Also read about the issue of symmetry and what Paul says when confronted with statements like “Cable doesn’t offer the same upload as download speeds”.

VIEW THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

In addition to his exclusive CTO interview with us before Cable Congress, Paul joins the C-Suite Panel at 16.15 on Day Two at Cable Congress 2013. Competitive forces in the market are bringing the cable business head to head with big players like never before. Translating quick decision making in the C-Suite into market-winning strategy make this a panel not to be missed.

Along with Ziggo’s CTO, Paul’s expert insight and guidance will be supported by Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland, Gunnar Evensen, CEO, GET, Luis Lopes, COO, ZON and Andrew Barron, COO, Virgin Media.

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Cable Congress Gala Party and Dinner returns on 5th March 2013

Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner 2013 powered by Virgin Media

Virgin Media - Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner 2013 SponsorThe Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner will be an informal get-together of participants, taking place on the first evening of the conference. The evening is not only an ideal networking opportunity, but it will offer some quintessentially British culinary and cultural experiences, with a sprinkling of entertainment throughout.

Venue

The London Film Museum is located in the heart of Covent Garden, just a short distance away from the Royal Lancaster hotel. Having been transported to the museum – like only the British know how – you will find a newly developed venue, which backs onto the famous Covent Garden Piazza. To read more about our venue, visit www.londonfilmmuseum.com

A few key times

  • 6.15 pm Transport shuttles from the hotel begin
  • 7.00 pm Welcome drinks and canapés
  • 7.45 pm Welcome address
  • 8.00 pm Food is served, followed by dessert
  • Midnight end – last shuttle leaves for the hotel

And we’ll of course be providing the Best of British entertainment throughout the evening.

View the Cable Congress Gala Party experience…

Cable Congress Gala Party & Dinner

Announcing the Cable Congress 2013 initial speaker line-up

December is here – we are officially in the run-up to Christmas!

Before the holiday rush reaches fever pitch, now would be a good time to secure your delegate experience at Cable Congress 2013. Taking place on 5-7 March at the Lancaster Hotel in London, the event brings together top executives from the cable, technology, content and new media industries.
 
The agenda is shaping up nicely, with a few new features and discussion points. We’re pleased to welcome a C-Suite-rich set of industry leaders confirmed to speak, including:  

  • Rosalia Portela, CEO, ONO
  • Lorenz Glatz, CTO, KDG
  • Dan Hennessy, CTO, Virgin Media
  • Dana Strong, CEO, UPC Ireland
  • Manuel  Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
  • Balan Nair, CTO, LGI
  • Paul Hendriks, CTO, Ziggo
  • Luis  Lopes, COO, ZON
  • Luc Martens, CEO, Excentis
  • Marisa Drew, MD, Global Co-Head of Global Markets Solutions Group, Credit Suisse
  • Wim De Ketelaere, CTO, Excentis
  • Martin Kull, CEO, Vestacon
  • Annet Aris, Board KDG, Sanoma, Adjunct Prof., INSEAD
  • John Hahn, MD, Providence Equity LLP
  • Svein Erik Davidsen, VP & Head of Content Acquisition, Telenor Broadcast Holding
  • Martin Kull, CEO, Vestacon
  • Todd Brown, Chief Revenue Officer, Yap TV
  • Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
  • Guy Bisson, Research Director, Television, Screen Digest

Get an advance copy of the conference agenda here 

MEET AND NETWORK WITH 850+ INFLUENCERS FROM ACROSS THE INDUSTRY

Cable Congress is more than just a conference. Online networking, networking breaks, special networking zones and the Gala Party give you the opportunity to meet everyone who is important to your business. View the attendance statistics and demographics here.

The exhibition features some of the world’s most significant solutions and technology providers: a chance for you to see, touch and try the latest products to hit to the market.

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TV Everywhere is both cable’s “best defence” and threat

TV Everywhere is cable’s best defence against cord-cutting…

…but could accelerate the unravelling of the relationships that keep the industry going, according to Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates. Speaking on a panel session at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit, Sikes said that cable operators were not actively promoting TV Everywhere services to their subscribers. He cited the example of Swisscom, which had bundled TV everywhere with its top-tier offering. This, he said, did not address the danger of lower-tier customers churning.

Parks Associates research showed that about 10% of customers were looking to “cut the cord” in the immediate future, and that very few of these would be retained by the offer of TV Everywhere services. Awareness of such services remained low, Sikes said. However, consumers did see value in TV Everywhere and a significant proportion would be willing to pay for it, which presents both an opportunity and a threat to cable as consumers could turn elsewhere for such services, Sikes added.

While cable operators had good relationships with content providers, the issues involved in delivering services over multiple operating systems to multiple devices with multiple DRMs was challenging. Sikes said that revenue from TV Everywhere would not be significant enough to pay for infrastructure needed to support it. There was also a trend towards the replacement of high-value subscription services with relatively low-value over-the-top TV Everywhere services, he said.

“Pay TV operators may be in for a long period when their return on investment on these services will be negative,” said Sikes.

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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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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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Virgin Media revamps on-demand platform

Virgin Media is relaunching its on-demand movies service as Virgin Movies.

The service is available to Virgin Media TV customers via the operator’s cable network and to non-Virgin customers via an online platform. Online users can choose to stream or download over 500 movies, which start from £1.99 (€2.48) per title.

Virgin Media said the relaunch comes after research from ICM found that around one in four people said they struggled to access films they wanted to watch.

Aleks Habdank, digital entertainment product director at Virgin Media, said “Whether you’re a Virgin Media customer or not, wanting to see a recent great film when and however it suits, is universal. So the extension of the Virgin name to our movies service is an indication of just how proud we are of the fantastic breadth and depth of ever-changing cinematic content we offer. With Virgin Movies available online, we’re ensuring people who can’t or haven’t yet got our cable services get a taste of what Virgin TV is all about.”

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