“Where broadband meets content”
ANGA COM has come around again, with a chance to meet up with friends and colleagues from around the European pay TV industry. Over the past year there has been a lot of consolidation in the industry so there were many new business cards to go with the new products and services that were revealed at the show.
For example, in the first half of this year, in Europe alone, we have had Arris taking over Pace, Technicolor acquiring Cisco’s set-top box unit, Vodafone combining with Ziggo in the Netherlands, BT taking over EE in the UK, Liberty Global in talks to buy Multimedia Polska, Com Hem buying fellow Swedes Boxer TV, Rovi acquiring Tivo (who own Poland’s Cubiware), Vivendi annexing Mediaset Premium from Telecom Italia, and SeaChange taking over DCC Labs. Then there is the rest of world where the same trend is playing out.
The operator mergers are aimed at producing economies of scale as system complexity increases in a multiscreen world. More services means higher integration costs, plus revenue spread over more platforms and potentially having to be shared with third parties.
For similar reasons, smaller middleware vendors and box manufacturers are not able to make the investments required to keep up with the diversity of market requirements, and so are having to sell up or close. This process then reduces choice for pay TV operators who end up being made all-or-nothing offers by end-to-end system vendors.
Fortunately Zenterio offers a way out of this spiral with its independent operating system. Zenterio OS, along with JetUI, allows operators to choose the best provider for each part of their multiscreen system without lock-in. They are thus able to build the best service for their needs without compromise.
If all these changes continue it will be interesting to see how things evolve between now and ANGA COM 2017.
See you there!
VP Channel Partner Sales