The UK remains at the forefront of media convergence in Europe. The country’s comprehensive DSL and extensive cable network are being continually upgraded to provide an improved delivery platform for converged and bundled offerings, while additional investment in FttH and FttC is providing a network capability to ensure customers’ ability to use future high-end services. The digital broadcasting industry, including satellite, digital cable, digital terrestrial and IPTV services, is well established – the UK has the highest level of digital TV penetration in Europe, with a substantial multichannel environment. This report examines the UK’s markets for bundled and convergent services, including developments in Video-on-Demand, IPTV and VoIP. It also assesses the country’s broadcasting markets, providing statistics and analysis on the closing analogue free-to-air environment and the pay TV and cable sectors.
Digital UK argues for more spectrum allocation for DTTV use; BSkyB launches cross-platform Now TV service; regulator shows 53% of households receiving bundled services; News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB; Liberty Global agrees to buy Virgin Media for US$23.3 billion; regulator’s market data; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2013; market developments to April 2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
British Telecom, Virgin Media, BSkyB, Freeview, BBC, Tiscali.