European Research Update

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Europe’s Top Video Trends of Early 2014

As 2014 has moved into spring, Europe’s ever-dynamic video marketplace continues to be a changing landscape for service providers and technologies. Here are a few of the video-related trends that we see emerging in Europe.]

Consolidation in pay TV

Across European markets, multinational giants continue their acquisitions. Liberty Global has added several leading cable operators to its portfolio, including Unity Media and Kabel B&W (Germany), Virgin Media (U.K.), and Ziggo ...read more

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Insights on Smart Home and Entertainment Services from CONNECTIONS™ Europe Speakers

Some of Parks Associates speakers at CONNECTIONS™ Europe provide insights on smart Home and entertainment services. More information about CONNECTIONS™ Europe at www.connectionseurope.com

 

Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff, Inc.

What do you feel is the biggest obstacle to growth in entertainment services and/or smart home services?

Historically, price has been the biggest obstacle towards achieving mainstream adoption of the connected home. While there is still somewhat ...read more

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Broadband Ubiquity and the Growing Case for Usage-based Models

Initiatives for broadband network expansion are taking a more prominent place in public policy worldwide as business, education, healthcare, and leisure sectors are all increasing their reliance on high-speed Internet connections.

Through a combination of legislation, regulatory framework, and incentives for private development, national governments throughout the world are adopting national broadband plans and establishing national broadband networks to encourage universal broadband ...read more

Monday, April 01, 2013

Key Takeaways from Cable Congress and TV Connect

Parks Associates recently attended and participated in two key events in Europe - Cable Congress and TV Connect.

Sessions and discussion at both events magnified the difficulties for pay-TV operators in the markets for TV and value-added services. Low margins, competition from OTT, and regulatory and economic factors create new challenges in navigating this space, especially as companies are working to determine their future strategies in value-added services.

A key point coming out ...read more

Friday, February 01, 2013

Launching Connected Home Solutions in the U.S. and Europe

Many countries throughout Europe have exceeded the 50% mark for broadband penetration. In particular, broadband subscriptions in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland exceed 85% of households. In Italy and Portugal, 55-60% of households have broadband subscriptions.

Broadband creates the foundation for the connected home, opening a conduit for many new control and management applications. This high-speed, persistent connectivity enables cloud services like real-time feedback and ...read more

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Evolving Consumer Video Habits: Western Europe

The large and growing online population in Western European countries creates a significant audience for digital media services, albeit with many challenges for providers wanting to reach this audience.

Several broadband markets throughout Western Europe show an increasing level of maturity. Germany has the largest fixed broadband market in Western Europe, with over 29 million subscribers. France has an approximate 70% household penetration, with an extremely competitive broadband ...read more

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Smart Risks for Pay-TV Providers

More than 18 million U.S. households had a smart TV at the end of 2011, and rising adoption of this device, combined with changing entertainment consumption habits, creates new challenges for pay-TV providers.

There are potential advantages, of course. Innovative pay-TV providers can leverage this new platform to develop and deploy apps, branded social media, and their own OTT (over-the-top) services. The smart-TV platform can serve as a DVR/set-top replacement, lowering equipment and ...read more

Sunday, July 01, 2012

New Roles for Service Providers

At the end of 2011, about 583 million households worldwide had broadband service, representing 31.7% of all households and 88.3% of Internet households. Europe had over 155 million broadband households at the end of 2011, representing over 30% of broadband households worldwide. Germany is Western Europe’s largest broadband market with over 26 million homes subscribing to broadband services and a penetration rate of over 66%.

In the U.S., approximately 71% of all U.S. households will ...read more

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Trends Impacting Global Broadband Markets

The global marketplace for broadband services is dynamic and growing. At the end of 2011, approximately 660 million households subscribed to an Internet service, and about 580 million, 32% of all global households, received broadband service.

The populous countries in Western Europe have high broadband penetration - but predictably, they are showing signs of slowing growth.

  • Germany is Western Europe’s largest broadband market with over 26 million homes subscribing to broadband
  • ...read more

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Challenge in Developing New Revenue Models

The evolution of new platforms, usage models, and digital media market players is threatening many of the traditional revenue models for operators. Old models of EU government/public and ad-based funding are plagued with uncertainty in an increasingly online world. For a time physical media was the next stage of delivery, but digital distribution is making physical copies increasingly obsolete while also creating a generation of users raised on the notion that content, particularly music, is ...read more

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