"Video Cord Cutting" : much ado about nothing ? - Florence  Le Borgne, Head of TV & Digital Content Practice, Digiworld by IDATE
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"Video Cord Cutting" : much ado about nothing ? - Florence Le Borgne, Head of TV & Digital Content Practice, Digiworld by IDATE

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The development of OTT (over-the-top) services has left American cable operators facing the threat of mass cancellations of premium TV subscriptions. If the number of cable TV subscribers is indeed ...

The development of OTT (over-the-top) services has left American cable operators facing the threat of mass cancellations of premium TV subscriptions. If the number of cable TV subscribers is indeed diminishing in the United States, it would appear to be due more to competition from other networks than as a direct consequence of Netflix’s undeniable success. And at a time when OTT offerings are becoming increasingly available to European consumers too, what steps are being taken on both sides of the Atlantic to adapt to the significant surge in these new services?

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     "Video Cord Cutting" : much ado about nothing ? - Florence  Le Borgne, Head of TV & Digital Content Practice, Digiworld by IDATE "Video Cord Cutting" : much ado about nothing ? - Florence Le Borgne, Head of TV & Digital Content Practice, Digiworld by IDATE Presentation Transcript

    • Video Cord-cutting: Much ado about nothing? Contact Florence LE BORGNE Head of TV & Digital Content Practice f.leborgne@idate.fr +33 4 67 14 44 43 Consulting . Research . DigiWorld Institute 20th November 2013
    • Cord-cutting? What does it mean? A still vague notion: “ Cord cutting refers to the process of cutting expensive cable connections in order to change to a low-cost TV channel subscription through over-the-air (OT) free broadcast through antenna, or over-the-top (OTT) broadcast over the Internet. ” (Techopedia) “ Cord cutting is the practice of stopping a cable or satellite television service in favor of less expensive options, such as Internet TV ” (WhatIs.com) “ Cord cutting: 1/ Switching from cable or satellite TV to Internet-based TV 2/ Switching from a wired technology to wireless. For example, moving from cable TV to satellite TV. ” (Computer Desktop Encyclopedia) But closely linked to the rapid take-off of video Internet services such as Hulu and Netflix
    • What evidence? A still dynamic pay-TV market in the USA… +22.6% 84.6 million subs to pay-tv 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 100.9 million subs to pay-tv
    • What evidence? …as well as in EU5 +54.5% 40.4 million subs to pay-tv 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 62.5 million subs to pay-tv
    • Mixed signals 49% of 18-24 living at home with their parents said they were highly inclined to sign up for an online subscription video service once they move out on their own, compared to only 31% that were highly inclined to sign up for a traditional pay-TV service. (TDG, Late Millennials: A Study in Media Behavior, August 2013) 18-24 year-old moving into their first non-college home are as likely to sign up immediately for a cable, satellite or telco TV service as they are to delay or pass up on it altogether. By the time they turn 24, 89% living on their own subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service, which is about the average penetration of pay-TV across all broadband households. (TDG, Late Millennials: A Study in Media Behavior, August 2013) 47% of US consumers in the 13-to-54 demographic have used Netflix at some point, but 51% of the streaming service’s customers would churn if their pay TV provider offered a similar service. (GfK, Over the Top TV, July 2013) Viewing numbers for series including Mad Men, Breaking Bad as well as older shows including Heroes outstripped those for its USD100 million (EUR76 million) original series House of Cards. (GfK, Over the Top TV, July 2013)
    • Much ado about nothing? Evidence is not evident, but: - The success of Netflix is evident The move from incumbent pay-tv providers towards OTT services is evident The interest of Google for Internet TV services is evident … Netflix has definitely introduced a break in video consumption - A first step towards a new audiovisual landscape? Some questions to be addressed: - What new OTT services? What are the end-user expectations? Who will be the main market players? What risks of disintermediation for incumbent pay-TV providers? Are the STB the gateway to control the TV set? How the regulation can help or hinder the development of OTT services? What future for pay-TV and OTT services by 2018?