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

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

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.


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

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