PSB solidarity and collaboration

The Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) are in the process of sliding from TV dominance to middling contenders, in terms of content expenditure and significance to viewers

There are calls from many sides that the PSBs need to collaborate in order to thrive, in an era when global debt-funded SVOD services are making all the running

This note explores what can realistically be achieved by PSB collaboration; where partnerships work best; and the areas best avoided

The Economist

26 October 2018 - 11:43am -- Claire O'Brien

Matti Littunen was quoted in The Economist on Amazon’s ambitious drive into digital-advertising. Advertisers can buy space at the top of product searches or pay to sponsor products. In addition, some search results are labelled “Amazon’s choice”, which favour important vendors and advertisers, says Matti Littunen of Enders Analysis, a research firm. (Amazon does not disclose how products get this designation.) And as Amazon becomes a manufacturer and seller of more of its own private-label items, it will have to decide how much prominence to give paying advertisers and how much to its own goods.

The Economist

26 October 2018 - 10:14am -- Claire O'Brien
Claire Enders was quoted in The Economist on the appointment of Philip Jansen as CEO at BT. Claire said BT’s immediate challenge was a potential “no deal” Brexit and the knock-on effect for its pension deficit, which stood at £4bn at the end of June. “BT’s strategy is set. Its priorities [are] around cost-cutting,” she said.

US department stores, Amazon, and omnichannel fashion retail

Amazon is finding women’s fashion, a missing piece of its household-centric model, a tougher nut to crack than downmarket apparel

Higher-end US department stores are pushing back with an omnichannel model, emphasising long-term partnerships, a clever full-price/outlet model, and experiences which cross the online-offline divide

In apparel, Amazon and big box retailers have already triumphed over lower-tier American department stores, and even prestigious fashion brands are finding it harder and harder to refuse cooperation with the giants

the Independent

25 October 2018 - 1:09pm -- Claire O'Brien
Tom Harrington was quoted in the Independent on the accuasations that Netflix has been using “intrusive” advertising tactics to mislead subscribers based on their ethnicity.  Tom said “Netflix’s recommendation engine is second to none, and works almost seamlessly in the background. But the algorithm for targeted artwork is shown as downright clunky when, say, [some] users are offered artwork for ITV’s Lewis with black actors despite both leads and almost the entire cast being white. Netflix knows a lot about you, perhaps even race, but their understanding of what to do with this information is currently rudimentary.”

Bloomberg Businessweek

25 October 2018 - 10:08am -- Claire O'Brien
Matti Littunen was quoted in Bloomberg on the spiraling problems Facebook has fueled around the globe. “The question for Facebook is how serious are they about going into these markets and bearing the costs of properly entering the markets,” says Matti. “Putting boots on the ground, making sure it’s a good experience in that market for the long term, and making sure there’s not going to be political problems.”

Disney, Fox, Sky and Comcast: future relationships

With Comcast’s acquisition of Sky confirmed and Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox on the path to regulatory clearance, how will the relationships of the various parties evolve?

Disney is betting on a standalone SVOD service in the US. However, its content deal with Sky in Europe is lucrative, and the performance of DisneyLife in the UK suggests its US strategy may not fit elsewhere

Wall Street Journal

24 October 2018 - 10:20am -- Claire O'Brien
Jamie MacEwan was quoted in the WSJ on plans by Dyson to build electric cars in Singapore, aiming to make its mark on the auto industry in fast-growing Asian markets.  Jamie said “Choosing Singapore over a European approach puts away worries over the impact of Brexit on the automotive supply chain. The only cloud on the horizon is if Dyson is eventually required to open another plant in China with a local partner, as several European car makers have done.”

BBC News

23 October 2018 - 2:15pm -- Claire O'Brien
Gill Hind was quoted by the BBC on the decision by John Lewis to no longer sell DVD players (once stock runs out). Gill said its decision to ditch DVD players was as much about retailers' desire to offer the latest innovations to consumers as the rise of streaming services alone.

Financial Times

19 October 2018 - 10:44am -- Claire O'Brien

Douglas McCabe was quoted in the FT on the decline in print advertising and the effects on Johnston Press. Douglas said “The fundamental problem is not just the decline in print, it’s also that Johnston Press and other local publishers have not been able to generate meaningful revenues online. A lot of the marketing money has not stuck to the local news bundle, as publishers had hoped.”


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