Publications

Format: Jun 2016
Sector(s) Datesort ascending
Google Home takes on Amazon Echo

Google Home will compete against Amazon’s Echo in the contest to supply voice-activated home hubs to US homes

Google claims Home is better at voice-based search due to its superior capabilities; pricing is unknown, but is likely to be at par with Echo ($179)

Prime, Fire devices and media services are competitive advantages for Amazon in the US that will make it hard for Google Home to succeed there

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Samsung
  • Spotify
Internet, Media, Music and Radio, Technology, Telecoms 26 May 2016
Channel 4 setting new records: 2015 annual report

2015 has been a very good year for Channel 4: excellent remit delivery, record revenues and record investment in content origination, supported by the stabilisation of audience share for its main channel, which we expect to continue in 2016.

The spectre of privatisation nevertheless looms. The government may have backed away from full privatisation, but part privatisation is still on the table. In our view, this has even less merit and promises even more conflicts of interest than full privatisation.

Channel 4 should be encouraged by the government’s White Paper on BBC Charter Renewal, which has strongly endorsed its commitment to public service broadcasting under the next 11-year Charter.

  • Channel 4
Media, TV 24 May 2016
Vodafone Q4 2015/16 results: Positive growth in Europe

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth reached positive territory in the March quarter, having recovered from a long term decline that it has suffered since 2009, thanks mainly to market stabilisation within the countries where it operates

The company’s service revenues are now growing in Germany, Italy and Spain, with the UK now the laggard, having suffered from recent billing migration issues

With Europe’s major mobile markets now stabilised, Vodafone’s continued high investment levels gives it an opportunity to develop a competitive advantage and outperform its competitors, rather than just keeping up with them

  • Vodafone
Telecoms 24 May 2016
Onwards and upwards: TalkTalk Group Q4 2015/16 results

TalkTalk Q4 2015/16 results firmly indicated that operations had moved on from the cyber-attack; record low churn and strong mobile (+90k) and fibre (+72k) traction with stable gross adds were all in line with the revised strategy announced last quarter and marked the best net adds performance for the year

Wholesale subscriber net adds (+49k) were critical to on-net base stability against retail net losses (-49k), highlighting the short term value of wholesaling as a hedge against heightened (and expensive) retail competition although long term sustainability will rely on traction in retail

FY17 guidance targets EBITDA of £320-360m, with an implied 17-20% margin (+3-6ppts on FY16), which is accessible from MTTS projections, lost costs from revised trading plans, and lower CPAs before counting revenue growth contributions. The operating cost impact from blinkbox, York fibre and other new cost structures appears benign for the moment

  • TalkTalk
Fixed Line, Telecoms 24 May 2016
Novel disruption for consumer books

Consumer book sales look unusually resilient in the context of the extreme changes in other print media sectors, newspapers and magazines, over the past decade

Ebook and ecommerce sales have offset the high street sales decline, although the declining number of retail outlets casts a long shadow over the future of discovery

New options for authors, particularly self-publishing ebooks, threaten the existing funnel of authors to publishers, but could also be a new source of talent

  • Amazon
Media 18 May 2016
Expanding and upgrading: Virgin Media Q1 2016 results

Virgin Media broadband net adds of 70k were the highest in 6 years, with record market net adds share of 35% in a slowing broadband market, and the strongest consumer cable revenue growth in over a year. Project Lightning roll-out and strong marketing were the key drivers and are expected to continue over the year
 
Recent momentum has been largely dual play driven but TV investments, including exclusive on demand content, and a software upgrade and refreshed set top box to be launched in H2 2016, should help with ongoing TV net losses particularly as cost pressures mount from wholesale sports content

Project Lightning updates informed that of the 4m total premises budgeted for network expansion to 2020, at least 25% of these will be connected via FTTP, signalling increased infrastructure competition with Openreach whose G.fast roll-out plans potentially diminish the current cable network speed advantage (though further cable upgrades are both possible and would recover this)

  • Virgin Media
Fixed Line, Telecoms 17 May 2016
Facebook leans in to video

Facebook has become the second largest online video platform after YouTube by viewing time, largely thanks to muted autoplay streams - for the moment

This is about to change as Facebook seeks to grow viewing and expand inventory with a new standalone video hub, live streams and revenue share models for professional content

Facebook’s lofty ambitions to become a destination for long-form, premium video content will be harder to achieve and less compatible with current strengths than for online news 

  • Facebook
Non-UK Media, Media, Mobile, Non UK Media, Technology, TV 16 May 2016
BT Q4 2015-16 results: Sound investment-driven growth strategy

BT Group’s revenue growth slipped back to 1.3% in Q4, but this reflected the reversal of various one-off boosts in the previous quarter, with underlying trends still solid across the group, with Consumer and Openreach still the standout performers

We do not think that BT’s approach of keeping the BT and EE consumer brands separate will maximize the cross-selling opportunity, but we consider this opportunity to be modest at best in any case, and therefore not worth the risk of a disruptive integration

On both fixed and mobile, BT is using cost savings to invest in faster speeds, better coverage and improved service to drive competitive advantage and price premia, a very sound strategy in our view

  • BT
  • EE
Fixed Line, Telecoms 13 May 2016
Does short form video affect long form content?

Short form video is growing. It is easy to create, share and, with the rise of mobile technology, incorporate within communication

But despite the novel flexibility that mobile technology offers, the actual video most desired is surprisingly traditional

Buzzy, short form content fills gaps that have always existed; yet, despite the hype, it will remain supplementary to long-form programming

  • BBC
  • Google
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
Media, TV 12 May 2016
Internet Trends: Mobile engagement from babies to boomers

While internet and device penetration among younger age groups are approaching saturation, the over 55s have seen an explosion in smartphone adoption, up 83% year-on-year, expanding opportunities for monetisation

More than 50% of ecommerce transactions are now through mobile. Smartphones widen the scope for anytime anywhere mcommerce events and larger-screened phones and tablets facilitate high value transactions

Internet advertising continues to grow quickly, display faster than search and classifieds. Online advertising spend in H2 2015 grew 14% year-on-year to just over £2 billion and the rise of mobile ad spend is dramatic

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google
Internet, Media, Mobile, Technology, UK Media 3 May 2016
Content marketing online in Europe to 2020

Paid placements for content marketing online in Europe will increase by 186% from 2014-2020, to over €2 billion

It is a particularly exciting area for premium publishers, who can leverage their content expertise to reverse the flight of ad money to lower-cost properties. Almost all are developing creative content offerings to capture this value

Metrics and measurement, disclosure and cost remain as challenges for content marketing online, but growth is strong due to high commitment to spend from advertisers

  • Facebook
  • Guardian Media Group
  • Vice Media
  • Yahoo
Non-UK Media, Internet, Media, Mobile 3 May 2016
Sky Q3 2015/16 results: Content scale is king

Europe’s leading pay-TV operator Sky has extended its long run of strong quarterly results with revenues up 5% in the first nine months of 2016 and operating profits up 12% as Sky retains its intense focus on cost efficiencies and synergies across the group

The KPIs were largely very positive, though the churn uptick from a very low base in the UK & Ireland in recent quarters raises questions about the factors at play, while the one notable short-term uncertainty is the outcome of the Bundesliga auction during Q4

Of the big themes highlighted in the results release, Sky’s commitment to building major content partnerships at a European level stands out as it faces the growing online challenge from Netflix, Amazon et al.

  • Sky
Media, TV, UK Media 27 April 2016
Brexit risks for the creative industries

A post-Brexit recession will cause a hyper-cyclical decline in the advertising revenues of broadcasters and publishers

The Vote Leave idea of the UK joining a free trade area for goods with the EU would sever UK access to the Single Market for services, damaging the export-reliant audiovisual group, among many other sectors of strength

Made-in-the-UK IT, software and computer consultancy services will lose eligibility for government procurement tenders once the UK is an outsider to the EU

  • Discovery
  • NBC Universal
  • Sony
Non-UK Media, Media, Public Policy, TV, UK Media 22 April 2016
UKTV viewing still on the rise - 2015 results

2015 has been a very good year, with revenues up 13%, helped by buoyant market conditions, in which TV spot advertising revenues increased by 7%. EBITDA also increased by £8 million in spite of an extra £25 million spent on programming

2015 saw UKTV overtake Sky to become the non-PSB channel group with the highest advertising Share of Commercial Impact (SOCI) delivery among adults 16+, while Q1 figures suggest the gap will widen in 2016

The horizon beyond 2016 is less clear as further revenue growth will rely much more on organic factors, in which respect UKTV’s online offering UKTV Play has much promising potential, if it can be realised

  • UKTV
Media, TV 21 April 2016
Inside Facebook’s ad machine

Facebook is extending its lead over rival Google in the fast-growing market for mobile display advertising, helping publishers solve the dilemma of mobile content discovery

Facebook’s success with advertisers is enabled by a mobile-centred data platform with unparalleled capabilities to profile users and identify them across devices and online properties

Strategic investments in online video, messaging, and virtual reality all bode well for the future of Facebook’s ad business, although regulatory uncertainty on privacy looms on the horizon

  • Facebook
  • Google
Internet, Media, Mobile, Technology 20 April 2016
Sky’s German breakeven hangs on Bundesliga auction

At present, Sky exclusively holds all pay-TV domestic live rights to Germany’s top football league. The 2017-2021 rights auction will conclude in early June. It contains a new soft ‘no single buyer’ clause referring solely to online rights

Sky’s real threat comes from potential bids for the main TV packages by deep-pocketed telecom or digital platforms. This could see Sky losing games and shouldering significant cost increases

We think Sky’s German operations will break even by fiscal 2017. Beyond this, profitability is heavily dependent on the auction’s outcome. If it were to retain all live rights, Sky could afford to increase Bundesliga costs by up to 40% over the four-year period. Anything beyond this would lead to Sky making losses

  • Amazon
  • Discovery
  • Sky
  • Sky Deutschland
  • Vodafone
Non-UK Media, Media, TV 20 April 2016
Vivendi, Mediaset and the Latin strategy

Vivendi is to acquire the main pay-TV division of Italy’s Mediaset in an all-share transaction, creating a ‘strategic alliance’ between the two groups. Each partner will own a 3.5% stake in the other. The deal is positive for Mediaset but the benefits for Vivendi can only accrue long term

Mediaset Premium claims two million subscribers and recorded €640 million revenue in 2015. However, EBIT losses amounted to €115 million and are likely to more than double through 2016 and beyond. The deal has no discernible impact on Premium’s bigger rival Sky

Vivendi and Mediaset will also jointly operate a ‘global’ online video platform and collectively develop content production and distribution. The pair’s respective assets are sizeable but domestically focused with little demonstrable international synergy

  • Sky
  • Vivendi
Non-UK Media, Media, TV 18 April 2016
Away from home: The online challenge for PSBs

On TV, UK public service broadcasters (PSBs) have operated within a privileged ecosystem; a guaranteed electronic programme guide (EPG) prominence placing their channels at the forefront, helping sustain their market share and spawning digital families

But technological changes within the TV set are eroding this prominence, and on devices, such structural advantages are non-existent

To confront dramatically falling mobile engagement, despite consistently excellent content, the PSBs need to collaborate and replicate their privileged linear position or they will struggle against the major SVOD players

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • ITV
Media, TV 14 April 2016
Media & Telecoms: 2016 & Beyond slides

Enders Analysis co-hosted its annual conference in conjunction with Deloitte, Moelis & Company, Linklaters and LionTree, in London on 8 March 2016. The event featured talks from 22 of the most influential figures in media and telecoms, and was chaired by Sir Peter Bazalgette. 

This document contains slides presented by Andrew Griffith, Group CFO and Managing Director of Consumer Businesses at Sky, and Tom Mockridge, CEO of Virgin Media.

Edited transcripts of the presentations and panels from the conference are available here.

Videos of the presentations are available on the conference website.

  • Sky
  • Virgin Media
Complimentary Press, Media, Technology, Telecoms, TV 12 April 2016
Media & Telecoms: 2016 & Beyond transcripts

Enders Analysis co-hosted its annual conference in conjunction with Deloitte, Moelis & Company, Linklaters and LionTree, in London on 8 March 2016. The event featured talks from 22 of the most influential figures in media and telecoms, and was chaired by Sir Peter Bazalgette.

This report provides edited transcripts of the talks, and you will find accompanying slides for some of the presentations here.

Videos of the presentations are available on the conference website.

  • BBC
  • BT
  • Channel 4
  • DMGT
  • Guardian Media Group
  • News UK
  • Sky
  • Sony
  • TalkTalk
  • Trinity Mirror
  • UKTV
  • Virgin Media
  • Walt Disney
Complimentary Press, Media, Technology, Telecoms, TV 12 April 2016

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