James said “If you look at companies’ stated plans — even dismissing some of them as speculative — you get to a market that doesn’t make any sense in terms of the degree of overlap."
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Claire said issues like this may continue to crop up, given the technical limitations of ageing batteries.
"Technology in newer devices improves in leaps and bounds, not as a steady crawl, creating issues when releasing software updates which have to work on devices with often wildly different capabilities. Apple generates 84% of its revenue from selling new devices, making them reluctant to hold back updates to ensure older models keep working smoothly."
She added "Until problems of devices and software updates outlasting and exceeding the capabilities of aging batteries are resolved, this challenge will recur."
According to calculations from Enders Analysis wonk Abi Watson, she estimated that Harry Potter made up around 17 per cent of Bloomsbury total revenues in the latest financial year.
European mobile service revenue was positive for the first time in five years this quarter as a resurgent mobility boost combined with the return of roaming revenues.
Q2 is set to be a mixed bag, with inflation-plus price increases expected in the UK, an elevated boost from the roaming recovery, but also some weakness in the B2B market.
We are also seeing the early impact from end-of-contract notification rules, particularly in Germany, and we expect ARPU pressure and churn to pick up elsewhere as the impact becomes more widespread.
Douglas said “there is no consumer demand problem within publishing, but often we are held back on the supply side by not being willing to experiment and risk.”
James said “The timing looks linked to Altice’s takeover restrictions lapsing in June, and this may be more a warning about further control being acquired than an objection to the 18 per cent stake per se."
“BT is highly sensitive in national security terms — it does work for a government that it is not allowed to talk about, as well as being crucial for network resilience. I would not expect the government to allow a full takeover or control to pass to a foreign investor.”
Some prominent news media—notably the Financial Times, Guardian and New York Times—generate most of their consumer revenue online, shining a light on the industry’s long-term sustainability
Many newsbrands are also moving towards two-thirds reader funding, one-third advertising, emphasising that their business, not just their operating purpose, is journalism; where relevant, the legacy of the advertising boom period (1980s to mid 2000s) is finally shaking off
Perhaps most importantly, an extraordinary decade of transformation has instilled executive and cultural confidence at the top end of the market. Realising the same outcome for popular, local and magazine media will require even more radical transformation—but positive signals are emerging
Alice said “Video sharing platforms are ad supported and streaming services are mainly subscription supported and those are highly distinct business models – Spotify licenses music and video sharing platforms do not license the content and that gives them a breadth the streaming services lack."