May 16, 1997Brent & Siempre in the woodshop.
Netflix and Amazon accounted for just 5% of the Turkish subscription-video market in 2017 in terms of subscribers, placing them behind a number of Turkish players, according to IHS Markit.The research firm said that Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone Turkey captured 77% of the Turkish over-the-top subscription video market for non-multiscreen service subscriptions in 2017.“Many local operators are capitalising on their position as media and access technology conglomerates, to provide their OTT media services as part of larger bundles and reducing the price of these services to next to nothing,” according to the research note.Much like Now TV in the UK or DirecTV Now in the US, IHS said that these bundled virtual pay TV services offer first- and third-party channels, both live and on-demand – though at a discounted rate or on an exclusive basis to existing customers of the operator.“Having claimed the majority of the market, these local players have left Netflix and Amazon with little room,” said the research. “Despite localising the service in November 2016, Netflix has been unable to readily draw in Turkish consumers to the platform, owing to its relatively high cost and a relative lack of Turkish original content.”The research note was penned by Max Signorelli, research analyst, home entertainment, IHS Markit, and Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, principal research analyst, service providers and platforms, IHS Markit.
Pay TV operators have launched OTT services to complement their mainstream offerings and to provide a TV Everywhere experience, allowing users to view content via tablets, smartphones and the web.At the same time, standalone OTT providers, spearheaded by Netflix, have popularised the SVoD model. Netflix and other OTT providers have also sought to team up with TV platform operators to deliver their offering s to the TV screen with the high level of Quality of Experience that can be facilitated by an infrastructure-based service provider.As consumers become more used to TV Everywhere and OTT offerings, they are becoming more demanding and more aware of Quality of Experience. At the same time, in a crowded environment, OTT providers are attempting to differentiate their services based on the overall experience of using the service.DTVE recently surveyed over 130 senior industry figures from over 50 countries, including telecom, cable and telecom pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content companies, to share their views on the success factors for OTT, the relative importance of Quality of Experience and the emerging relationship between OTT providers and infrastructure-based internet service providers. The resulting report, which is now available to download free of charge, provides a highly useful insight into how key industry players view the importance of the consumer experience in determining the success or failure of OTT TV services.
SPI International has acquired the brand assets of Film1, the Dutch premium television and video on demand service, from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks. According to the deal, SPI will own Film1 brands and will continue to operate all of its digital services with platforms. As of August 1, 2019 SPI will fully own the Film1 brand and will operate four pay movie services brands under the Film1 umbrella: Film1 Premiere, Film1 Drama, Film1 Action and Film1 Family. SPI will continue to offer both linear channels as well as its digital services in the Netherlands. Film1 currently offers Dutch and international productions on its movie channels, which are available on various cable, DTH, and IPTV platforms.“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Film1 brands in the Netherlands. SPI has been providing premium movie services for hundreds of operators in 45 countries for over 20 years. As the Home of Good Movies, SPI continuously strives to bring the best and most compelling content to its viewers all around the world. Through the addition of the Film1 brands to our diverse suite of linear channels and state of the art digital services, we are proud to share our extensive selection of premium content with all movie lovers in the Netherlands,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI International.