Understanding the future of entertainment
Hazel Ford - 5/10/18
The sacking of Italy’s mobile networks: Iliad entrance likely to drop market value

The May 2018 entrance of Illiad into the Italian mobile market will likely see average monthly mobile revenue per customer drop by 15% over the next six years. Illiad aggressively undercut existing mobile data prices, launching rolling monthly contracts for just €5.99. The offer included 30GB of data and combined it with a series of first-come-first-serve flash sales for the first million subscribers. Iliad continued with its promotional strategy, eventually signing up over 2m subscribers in its first four months of operation.

As a majority prepay market, (>60% of mobile subscriptions are pay-as-you-go), Italian subscribers can switch mobile operators easily. Operators have been quick to react, increasing the call and data allowance of bundles as well introducing limited offers of their own. Wind increased its data allocation to 70GB for €15, while TIM introduced a new 2000 minutes and 20GB data allocation for €10 to try and slow Iliad’s growth. With the recent Italian 5G auction, Italian telcos committed to pay over €6.5bn in license fees over the next five years. As ARPUs continue to decline, subscriber retention will be critical for operators to ensure positive financial results.

Toby Holleran - 3/10/18
Is Sky the limit for Comcast?

If a combined Comcast/NBCUniversal and Sky decided to pull all owned content off Amazon and Netflix in the UK and pushed it to Now TV, Sky's streaming service would grow by around 20% in volume, boosting its competitive position in the UK market. Now TV's offer would grow from around 11,700 hours of content to 13,900 hours with all of NBCUniveral's programming. Hayu (already integrated as part of the Now TV optional bundles) adds a further 4,100 hours, bringing the total catalogue size to 18,000 hours—just 200 hours smaller than Amazon Prime's UK catalogue if NBCUniversal's content was removed. With content owners increasingly looking to hold onto their own content, a move to gradually unwind existing content agreements is a distinct possibility following the recent round of merger activity. 

After an intense battle in which Comcast and Fox went head-to-head in an auction for Sky, Comcast's £17.28 a share offer finally sealed an agreement to buy Sky at a total value of £29.7bn. The round of deal making is centered on new strategies based on a future in which streaming services and direct to consumer offers take priority, and major content creators increasingly keep their own content for their own services. Comcast has also suggested it would be willing to sell its 30% stake in Hulu to Disney to help fund the acquisition, which could potentially give the Mouse House a 90% stake in the third biggest US streaming service.

Control of Hulu would play well into Disney's plans for its direct-to-consumer portfolio. It has stated its intentions to create three distinct offerings in the US when it launches its new services next year. At that time, its current titles, which account for 1,200 hours of content, will disappear from Netflix. In addition to a new SVoD service for kids, it will also use the Hulu brand for general entertainment and drama and ESPN+ for sports. Both Hulu with Live TV and ESPN+ recently hit 1m subscribers in the US.

As Comcast owns NBCUniversal (which also owns Dreamworks Animation), Comcast could decide to follow in Disney’s footsteps and shift its content away from Netflix and Amazon in Sky markets and place it on its newly-acquired streaming services in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Comcast and Sky have already partnered to offer NBCUniversal's reality TV streaming service, hayu, on Now TV devices in the UK. Despite placing its bets on a traditional satellite pay TV platform, Comcast is likely to also be looking to expand its streaming footprint internationally using Now TV and its sister entities.

Richard Broughton - 9/10/18
Interview: Twitter

In the run-up to the SportsPro OTT Summit, Ampere speaks with Theo Luke, Twitter's Director of Sports Partnerships (EMEA) to find out more about the social media platform's ambitions in the streaming sport space.

Richard Broughton - 27/09/18
US Movie Audiences

US movie viewing is still highly fragmented, with different consumer groups relying on a whole range of access mechanisms to consume movies.

Alexios Dimitropoulos - 19/09/18
Fickle Fans: The World Cup effect

After the FIFA World Cup, fan loyalties are exposed - with sports fans in under-performing nations quickly shifting preferences to other events.

Alex Varatharajah - 19/09/18
Euro content bonanza: SVoD giants face adding hundreds of titles to meet EU quotas

Ampere looks at the catalogues of the Big 5 EU markets to see in SVoD services are fulfilling the upcoming quota for local content set out by the EU.

Fred Black - 7/09/18
Netflix and Amazon's original drama strategy evolves

Amazon's and Netflix's announced upcoming original titles show a clear focus on big budget genres sci-fi & fantasy and drama.

Henry Beckwith - 5/09/18
Older Americans and younger Brits struggle to find TV to watch

TV is serving the young better in the US than in the UK, but for older viewers the situation is reversed.

Sarah Fisher - 29/08/18
eSports gain in popularity as German broadcasters ramp up coverage

eSports continue to grow in the US and interest by German broadcasters suggests a burgeoning market there too.