Tom said “Charging people for the licence fee is a lot easier if they think that they’re getting value, and they can only think they’re getting value if they’re watching the programmes. But will it attract the hardest-to-reach viewers? Probably not, because they’re watching a declining amount of linear TV.”
Francois said “We often talk about war in streaming, especially between Netflix and Disney, as if only one was going to remain. They are rivals but we can see that the two manage to grow. It's like TF1 and M6. And there is also room for other groups."
Joseph said “[Tech companies] weren’t as far ahead as you might think with remote working before. They had that image, but expectations at these companies, particularly in head office, were the same as in other sectors – to be present in the office. The pandemic changed that, and unquestionably companies such as Facebook have embraced the change.”
He added “All the tech companies have gone on a back and forth journey regarding remote working. They are settling on the idea that it has worked better than hoped, but that fully distributed teams on a permanent basis isn’t an optimum situation."
Claire Enders has never shied away from her reputation within football as a “prophet of doom”. In fact, that is how she billed herself as she launched into her now-annual prediction at the Financial Times’ Football Business Summit that the game’s TV rights bubble has burst. “I’m here again to spread cheer in the frenzied hearts of football executives."
Claire said “DAZN is hanging on to Germany and Italy as key markets and in both it is trying to carve out a competitive position."
Tom said "But one thing that's changed [since the Sorokin deal and since the pandemic] is that platforms can now create their own viral stories. With so many people watching, they can take a piece of programming, put it at the top of their platform, and make it a hit. Look at Tiger King, that guy had talked to loads of people before, but Netflix made it international, so everyone was talking about it at the same time."
Julian said "There isn't really that much scope for the rights values within cricket to move that much over the next few years."
Claire said "These ventures were always planned for a time when the BBC’s grip on the news agenda would have been loosened, if not diminished. Things have changed radically.”
Douglas said "Public policy processes that start by naming the companies always really worry me because this isn’t about Google and Facebook, it’s about search and social media distribution techniques.The problem is if you design something for Google, you’ve then got to design something else for the next business that comes along.”
He added “The question that’s been raised in Australia is very similar to a question that’s been raised in the UK. One of the points we made in the Cairncross Review was incredibly simple… which is that one of the things a democracy should do is make sure that there are incentives in place for quality news origination."
Francois said "Infuriated customers find Trustpilot and write a scathing review. Satisfied customers, if not prompted, will not bother. The underlying problem is, specialised sites like Trustpilot... are stuck in a conflict of interest: to generate audiences they need to host critical, credible voices; to keep clients they need positive reviews and ratings."