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IP to have huge impact on European TV market

Industry analyst LLuis Borell from Spanish telecoms consultancy Analysys Mason has predicted that IP is set to have a huge impact on the European TV market, with a third of revenues coming from IPTV in a decade.

Speaking at a conference session on ‘Multichannel Broadcasters: Is IP really having an impact on broadcasting? [15 September] Borell predicted that in a €91bn European TV market IP services could make up a huge €30bn in just a decade.

“A 30 per cent switch to the delivery of services over IP is a huge change. The big question is how will that impact the market?”

Borell said that there would be a big sea change in the competitive dynamics of the TV market, driven by the large number of service launches based around VoD and catch up over OTT.

He listed developments such as the launch of Molotov TV in France, YouTube TV, Amazon Channels, iFlix Live TV and Disney going direct to consumers as evidence of the diversity of the latest crop of OTT offers.

Another big market trend is fragmentation, added Borell, who pointed out that not all consumers want the same thing from TV services and that IP is the best suited technology for delivering a wide range of services to audiences – some of whom want niche services and some who want all-you-can-eat buffets.

“The market is evolving and becoming more segmented and IPTV is best suited to coping with the different tastes of consumer, who are eager for attractive new seamless TV and VOD offers.”

“Overall the trends for the TV market is strong with demand for video increasing. But the nature of that demand is changing.”

“In terms of distribution of video, IP-only and hybrid models are the ones which are likely to prevail – because they are based on OTT technology which is available and scalable.”