United Kingdom - Digital TV Market - 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 FttP 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; Sky launches cross-platform Now TV service; News Corp withdraws bid for Sky; Liberty Global acquires Virgin Media, set in train £3 billion investment program; regulator’s market data; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

British Telecom, Virgin Media, Sky, 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 Streaming media
    • 2.5 Regulatory issues
      • 2.5.1 Ofcom
      • 2.5.2 Digital Dividend Review
      • 2.5.3 Digital switchover licensing
    • 2.6 Digital TV (DTV)
      • 2.6.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • 2.6.2 Cable TV
      • 2.6.3 Satellite TV
      • 2.6.4 Digital Terrestrial TV
      • 2.6.5 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • 2.6.6 VoIP
  • 3. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Proportion of bundled services by type – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 2 – Proportion of homes with bundled services by type – 2011 - 2012
  • Table 5 – TV revenue – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 6 – Multichannel take-up in UK households – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 7 – Market share of TV homes by platform (primary sets) – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 8 – Online TV revenue by sector – 2004 - 2012
  • Table 10 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Virgin Media ARPU – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Virgin Media revenue – 2003 - 2014
  • Table 13 – Free-to-view satellite households – 2003 - 2012
  • Table 14 – Sky subscriber statistics – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Sky annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2012
  • Exhibit 5 – Digital broadcasting switchover timetable – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 17 – Freeview enabled TVs – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 18 – Virgin Media VoD use – 2007 - 2011
  • Table 20 – VoIP users as percentage of total internet subscribers – 2005 - 2013
  • Chart 1 – Virgin Media proportion of bundled subscribers by type – 2007 - 2014
  • Chart 3 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2015
  • Chart 4 – Sky subscriber statistics – 2007 – 2014
  • Chart 5 – Sky revenue, operating profit and EBITDA – 2007 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media
  • Exhibit 2 – Operators’ service bundling offers – 2015
  • Exhibit 3 – Technology developments in bundled services
  • Exhibit 4 – Snapshot of digital TV services and providers
  • Exhibit 6 – Popular VoIP providers

Focus Report profile

Technologies

Broadcasting
Digital Media
Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages: 24

Status: Current

Last update: 21 May 2015
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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