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


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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:

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 2012; market developments to March 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

British Telecom, Virgin Media, BSkyB, Freeview, BBC, Tiscali.


1. Synopsis
2. Digital Media
2.1 Overview of digital media
2.2 Key general trends
2.3 Business models – bundled offers
2.4 Regulator issues
2.4.1 Ofcom
2.4.2 Digital Dividend Review
2.4.3 Digital switchover licensing
3. Digital TV (DTV)
3.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
3.1.1 BT Vision
3.1.2 BBC
3.1.3 BSkyB
3.1.4 Virgin Media
3.1.5 Tiscali TV
3.1.6 TalkTalk
3.2 Cable TV
3.2.1 Virgin Media
3.3 Satellite TV
3.3.1 BSkyB
3.3.2 Freesat from Sky
3.3.3 freesat from the BBC
3.4 Digital Terrestrial TV
3.4.1 Set-top Boxes (STB)
3.4.2 BBC
3.4.3 Freeview
3.4.4 Virgin Media
3.5 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
3.5.1 Virgin Media
3.5.2 BBC
3.5.3 ITV
3.5.4 Other developments
3.6 VoIP
4. 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 - 2012
Table 14 – Virgin Media ARPU – 2007 - 2012
Table 15 – Virgin Media revenue – 2007 - 2012
Table 16 – Free-to-view satellite households - 2003 - 2012
Table 17 – BSkyB subscriber statistics – 2007 - 2012
Table 18 – BSkyB annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2012
Exhibit 5 – Digital broadcasting switchover timetable – 2008 – 2012
Table 20 – Freeview enabled TVs – 2004 - 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 – 2012
Chart 3 – Virgin Media subscribers by sector – 2007 – 2012
Chart 4 – BSkyB subscriber statistics – 2007 – 2012
Chart 5 – BSkyB revenue, operating profit and EBITDA – 2007 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media
Exhibit 2 – Operators’ service bundling offers – 2013
Exhibit 3 – Technology developments in bundled services – 2013
Exhibit 4 – Snapshot of digital TV services and providers – 2013
Exhibit 6 – Popular VoIP providers – 2013

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