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Virgin Media Q2 2008 results: continuing improvement but not yet firing on all cylinders

VMed’s Q2 results represent a further step in the recovery of the business, with fixed line churn continuing to fall and operating cash flow (OCF) continuing to grow, helped by a dramatic improvement in OCF at Virgin Mobile

Media, TV, Fixed line, Telecoms August 2008 Access this report

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ITV 2008 interim results: battening down the hatches

ITV interim results for 2008 confirmed expectations of a sharp downturn in H1 profits combined with dire predictions for net advertising revenues in the second half of the year, although ITV has so far succeeded in outperforming the rest of the commercial sector in 2008

Media, TV August 2008 Access this report

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Carphone Warehouse Q1 trading update: weathering the storms

Carphone Warehouse had a solid quarter on the distribution side given the current environment, with 6-7% underlying organic retail growth and roughly stable like-for-like figures

Mobile, Fixed line, Telecoms August 2008 Access this report

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Sky FY 2008 results: sound progress

Another strong quarter of pay-TV and Sky+ growth in the face of a severe retail downturn makes us more confident that Sky will achieve its target of 10 million DTH pay-TV subscribers by the end of calendar 2010 despite falling short of the required run rate of annual net additions in FY 2008

Media, TV August 2008 Access this report

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BT FY 2008-09 Q1 results: wholesale hit compounded by weak performance at Global Services

BT’s Q1 results were weak, with declining like-for-like revenue and EBITDA, although cash flow grew strongly thanks to a lull in capex

Fixed line, Telecoms August 2008 Access this report

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Web TV: Project Kangaroo heads to the Competition Commission

Project Kangaroo, the planned joint venture between BBC Worldwide, ITV and C4 to pool archival resources and supply video-on-demand (VOD) to UK retail and wholesale customers, was referred by the Office of Fair Trading to the Competition Commission on 30th June

Media, TV, Internet July 2008 Access this report

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Ofcom’s review of Openreach’s financial framework: BT one, unbundlers nil?

This report explains Ofcom’s ongoing review of Openreach’s financial framework, why it is important, the myriad factors involved, our view on the likely outcome and the implications for BT and unbundlers, in particular Carphone Warehouse and BSkyB

Fixed line, Telecoms July 2008 Access this report

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Vodafone June 2008 KPIs: economic woes... or competitive struggles?

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth dropped by two full percentage points in the quarter to June 2008; Spain plummeted from +5.1% to -2.5%, but the UK and Italy’s underlying growth also fell, with only Germany stable

Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms, Telecoms July 2008 Access this report

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Setanta facing the credit crunch

The TV advertising sector is haemorrhaging in the economic downturn, but troubles could also be brewing in the pay-TV sector. Sky still looks secure, but Setanta appears more exposed in its role of ancillary pay-TV provider in the high stakes and high risk world of premium sports

Media, TV July 2008 Access this report

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BT Next Generation Access: a one billion pound toe in the water

BT’s announcement of a project to extend fibre beyond the exchange for some existing homes as well as newly built ones is good PR, a useful regulatory gambit, and offers the prospect of regaining some initiative from unbundlers and Virgin Media at the wholesale and retail levels respectively

Fixed line, Telecoms July 2008 Access this report

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Tiscali UK - where now?

The current process for a sale of Tiscali Spa in whole or part appears to be breaking down, just as the prospects for standalone ISPs in the UK are becoming less certain

Fixed line, Telecoms July 2008 Access this report

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UK broadband market Q1 2008

The decline in broadband market growth has accelerated, with market net additions in Q1 down on Q4 for the first time in three years. Household penetration reached 59%

Fixed line, Telecoms July 2008 Access this report

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Cable & Wireless/Thus: a deal worth doing

In our view the potential for synergies from an acquisition of Thus by C&W, though more limited than might be supposed, would still have a significant impact on the combined entity at the EBITDA level

Mobile, Telecoms July 2008 Access this report

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Competition concerns for the TNS-GfK merger

We expect the TNS-GfK merger proposal to be examined closely by the European Commission, and anticipate competition concerns to be raised in the market for television audience measurement (TAM)

Media June 2008 Access this report

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France Télécom premium TV play

Having acquired national broadcast TV rights for premium content, France Télécom’s Orange TV will launch on satellite on 3rd July and introduce subscription football and film and series services from August, in a first for a major European telecoms incumbent

Media, TV, Non-UK Media, Telecoms June 2008 Access this report

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DAB radio - nice platform, shame about the take-up

Consumer take-up both of DAB receiver hardware and of listening to digital-only radio stations has been slow, in spite of considerable investment in content and in transmission infrastructure for the platform by the BBC and commercial radio since 1995

Media, Music and Radio June 2008 Access this report

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UK DTV forecasts to 2017 June 2008 update

Digital TV growth has consistently exceeded expectations since the launch of Freeview in October 2002, while 2007 saw a record annual increase in digital TV homes reception from 72.0% to 82.3%. These forecasts update our previous forecasts of DTV platform growth issued in December 2007 (see UK DTV Homes Platform Forecasts: 2003-2017 [2007-116]), taking into account the very strong final quarter of 2007 and recent market developments

Media, TV June 2008 Access this report

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French anti-piracy law clears another hurdle

France’s Council of State gave the green light to the draft law on ‘Creation and the Internet’, to combat internet piracy of content. If it completes the final hurdle of adoption by the Parliament, most likely in the autumn, France could become the first country to adopt a three-strikes rule to disconnect file-sharers

Media, Internet, Non-UK Media June 2008 Access this report

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Mobile revenue growth: March 2008 quarter and outlook

European revenue growth improved by a whole percentage point this quarter, jumping to 2.2% from 1.2% last quarter. Most of this (0.7 percentage points) was due to a reduced regulatory impact, and this should continue to improve throughout this year, with the impact due to drop from about 4% to less than 1% by early next year

Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms, Telecoms June 2008 Access this report

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UK Commercial Radio Q1 2008

UK commercial radio revenues increased by 6.7% in Q1 2008 year-on-year, resulting in four consecutive quarters of growth for the first time since 2004

Media, Music and Radio June 2008 Access this report

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