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Digital TV Europe November/December 2010


Issue no 297


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Top of the class Welcome


to the eighth edition of Digital TV Europe’s Euro50, our annual survey of the views of 50


of Europe’s leaders in pay TV and broadband. As usual, this year’s Euro50 encompasses a wide range of activities, from traditional cable, IPTV and DTH pay TV operators to the emerging busi- nesses of connected and online TV. But it is increasingly clear from our sur- vey that these worlds are converging, a trend that is likely to accelerate sharply in the years to come. The majority, asked to identify a key future trend that will shape the industry in the next few years, mentioned a variation on the theme of the desire (and abili- ty) of consumers to gain access to content across a range of devices, via the open internet or mobile platforms, and the impact, more generally, of the internet (and of new portable devices such as the iPad) on TV viewing. While these trends present a challenge to existing pay TV serv- ice providers (opening the door as they do to new entrants that may not feel the need to invest millions of euros in network infrastructure before targeting consumers with video offerings), they also present an opportunity for those players with well-established brands to expand their presence – inside the home, outside to portable devices, and outside the reach of their existing networks via complementary over-the-top offerings.


The increasingly diverse range of organisations involved in video distribution is reflected in this year’s Euro50. But whatever their background, all of our 50 share a number of key qualities, including a vision of how the industry could evolve, and a passion for what they do. As was the case in 2009, this year we asked our readers to nominate exceptional individuals across five cat- egories: industry leader, technology leader, new media innovator, and marketer. A select group of individuals from this year’s list will be honoured at the forthcoming Euro50 Awards, to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland on February 15 2011 at the annual Cable Congress organised by cable industry association Cable Europe. The winner in each category, along with the Euro50 Lifetime Achievement award and the Digital TV Europe award, will be chosen from a shortlist to be announced ahead of that at the Euro50 Drinks on November 30 2010, at the end of the first day of Informa’s Digital TV Summit. ●


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