June 2017




Last year, F a c e b o o k confirmed that it would buy o r i g i n a l programming & offer video content. It has signed up former MTV executive Mina Lefevre to head up the new platform.

Facebook has now commenced buying video content which has a distinct millennial feel. Its producing partners also have their own page on Facebook.

Facebook's content is very different from Netflix or HBO.

Titles in production reportedly included a Virtual Reality dating show and other shows involving A-list celebrities. The social networking site will own the episodes lasting 20 to 30 minutes, but it would not own the 5 to 10 minutes videos, according to a Reuters report.

Creators of the shorter videos will also be able to host the video on any other site that they wish to but only after a predetermined period of time. Diverting the audience will eventually bring the ad world towards Facebook.


The Western European pay TV market is mature, but, unlike North America, it will add 6.7% more subscribers between 2016 and 2022, according to the Western Europe Pay TV Forecasts report from Digital TV Research.

Western Europe will cross the 100 million Pay TV subs mark in June 2017.

"Better news is that the number of digital Pay TV subscribers will increase by 15.6% (14 million) over the same period," advised Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. "Analogue cable subs will fall from 8.0 million in 2016 to 0.5 million in 2022."

Much of the subscriber growth will come from countries with traditionally low Pay TV penetration: 66% of the region's net additions will come from Italy (up by 1.47 million or 20% between 2016 and 2022), Spain (up by 1.36 million or 23%) and France (up 1.41 million or 11%). However, subscriber growth will be lower than 3% for 8 of the 18 countries covered in the report.

IPTV will add more than 8 million subscribers between 2016 and 2022, but DTH will lose nearly 1 million subs.

Despite the number of Pay TV homes increasing, Pay TV revenues remained flat at around $28 billion (€25.6bn). DTH will remain the most lucrative Pay TV platform, but its revenues will decline by nearly $1 billion between 2016 and 2022. Mirroring its subscriber increases, IPTV revenues will climb by 27.6% between 2016 and 2022 to $5.87 billion - or up by $1.27 billion. Digital cable TV revenues will grow by $0.71 billion, but analogue cable revenues will decline by $1.13 billion.

By 2022, Liberty Global, Sky and Vodafone will together account for 42% of the region's Pay TV subscribers & will take 53% of Pay TV revenues.


Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC) has announced the completion of digitizing its cable TV networks, becoming the first MSO in the Taiwan market to do so.

TBC began digitization of its cable TV networks in March 2009 and has cumulatively invested more than NT$10 billion (US$318 million), offering each subscriber 2 free digital STBs, totalling 1.75 million units.

TBC plans to provide its subscribers with 4K/8K STBs before the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

TBC is also upgrading to DOCSIS 3.1 to be able to offer 1 Gbps download speeds.

MSO KBRO has digitized cable TV networks in 4 metropolitan areas where it provides fiber-optic broadband Internet-access services at a maximum download speed of 500Mbps, which will be extended to all its subs by Q-1 2018.


A total of 431 TV channels are available in Italy via the main distribution platforms (DTT, DTH) at the end of the first quarter of 2017, according to a report by Confindustria Radio Televisioni (CRTV).

Of the total, 366 are produced in Italy, of which 128 are available on DTT while 294 are distributed via satellite/DTH (FTA and pay-TV). This figure includes 40 time-shifted channels and 36 pay-per-view services.

259 TV channels are transmitted in Standard Definition and 105 in High Definition (of which 28 free-toair). There is also a channel in 3D and another in Super HD.

There are a total of 130 FTA channels (98 are available on DTT and 63 on the Tivusat DTH platform), while 236 are Pay TV (207 distributed by Sky Italia, 30 by Mediaset Premium).

The main channel producers are Sky Italia (119 channels), Mediaset (39), RAI (26), Fox International Channels Italy (24), Discovery Italia (21), Viacom Media Italia (13) and Walt Disney Italia (11).


Spain's Pay TV subscribers has increased but revenues have not risen as expected, according to the latest report from the CNMC.

In Q-3 2016, Pay TV reached 6,010,000 subscribers, up 140,000 over the previous quarter. IPTV lead the growth with a rise of 134,000 subscribers to 3.34 million, followed by cable with 36,000 Pay TV adds to 1.48 million.

Pay-TV operators' income over the 12 month period to September 2016 amounted to €1.775 billion, down 7.4% yearon- year, despite a 10.6% growth in subscribers.


Sony Pictures Entertainment named Tony Vinciquerra its new chairman and CEO, succeeding outgoing boss Michael Lynton.

Vinciquerra takes charge on June 1 and will oversee the company's TV and movie business.

Tony Vinciquerra was Group Chairman at Fox Networks, before he joined Sony Pictures.


Euronews has implemented its 'Next' strategic plan, where the single multi-language Euronews channel has been split into 12 separate channels.

"With Euronews Next, customisation is at the heart of this transformation. Euronews will adapt its output to the needs of the consumer it serves, empowering the uniqueness of our multiculturalism," said Michael Peters, CEO Euronews.


C u s t o m e r satisfaction with Pay TV fell by 1.5% to 64%, tied with I n t e r n e t S e r v i c e providers for last place among 43 industries tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

ACSI's results show that wireless service is the only telecom industry to improve.

Internet service providers, fixed-line telephone and cell phones are unchanged, while pay- TV is the only industry to deteriorate.


Romania has around 7.3 million Pay TV subscribers, representing 97% of households.

According to data published by the regulator ANCOM, 4.7 million of the total subscribed to cable, 2.4 million to DTH and 95,000 to IPTV.

Significantly, digital cable services grew by 10% in 2016, while IPTV take-up increased by 14% and the DTH subscribers remained unchanged.

65% received cable (mostly urban) and 33% DTH services (mostly rural).

Digital penetration among cable subs was 44%, a growth of just 3% in a year. n