United Kingdom - Digital Economy and Digital TV - Insights, Statistics and Analysis

Synopsis

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.

Key developments:

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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Digital Media
    • 2.1 Overview of digital media
    • 2.2 Key general trends
    • 2.3 Business models – bundled offers
    • 2.4 Regulatory issues
      • 2.4.1 Ofcom
      • 2.4.2 Digital Dividend Review
      • 2.4.3 Digital switchover licensing
    • 2.5 Digital TV (DTV)
      • 2.5.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • 2.5.2 Cable TV
      • 2.5.3 Satellite TV
      • 2.5.4 Digital Terrestrial TV
      • 2.5.5 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • 2.5.6 VoIP
  • 3. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Availability of digital services (UK) – 2009 - 2011; 2013
  • Table 2 – Adoption of services – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 3 – Broadcast HD homes by provider – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 4 – Proportion of bundled services by type – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 5 – Proportion of homes with bundled services by type – 2011 - 2012
  • Table 8 – TV revenue – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Multichannel take-up in UK households – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 10 – Market share of TV homes by platform (primary sets) – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 11 – Online TV revenue by sector – 2004 - 2011
  • Table 13 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 14 – Virgin Media ARPU – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 15 – Virgin Media revenue – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 16 – Free-to-view satellite households – 2003 - 2012
  • Table 17 – BSkyB subscriber statistics – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 18 – BSkyB annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2012
  • Exhibit 5 – Digital broadcasting switchover timetable – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 20 – Freeview enabled TVs – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 21 – Virgin Media VoD use – 2007 - 2011
  • Table 23 – VoIP users as percentage of total internet subscribers – 2005 - 2013
  • Chart 1 – Virgin Media proportion of bundled subscribers by type – 2007 - 2013
  • Chart 3 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2013
  • Chart 4 – BSkyB subscriber statistics – 2007 – 2013
  • Chart 5 – BSkyB revenue, operating profit and EBITDA – 2007 - 2014
  • Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media
  • Exhibit 2 – Operators’ service bundling offers – 2014
  • Exhibit 3 – Technology developments in bundled services – 2013
  • Exhibit 4 – Snapshot of digital TV services and providers
  • Exhibit 6 – Popular VoIP providers – 2013

Focus Report profile

Technologies

Broadcasting
Digital Media
Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages: 24

Status: Current

Last update: 29 April 2014
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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