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  • July 30, 2007

    Apple Q3 2006-07 results

    Apple reported strong revenue growth for Q3 2006/07, up 23.8% year on year to $5.41 billion, powered mainly by strong computer sales.

  • July 24, 2007

    BBC iPlayer: forever niche?

    On 27th July the BBC will open access to the iPlayer to UK internet users, en route to a hard launch later this summer. This PC-based application allows the user to download BBC TV content after broadcast to view on the PC for a limited time, and provides a TV-like display on the PC. Delays to the launch will mean the iPlayer enters a field already crowded by other broadcasters, including Channel 4's 4oD service, ITV's broadband portal, Sky Anytime, as well as content aggregators such as Joost and Babelgum (both currently in beta).

  • July 9, 2007

    Free’s TV Perso: another first for Iliad

    True to its reputation for innovation, France's No. 2 ISP Free has launched TV Perso, a user-generated video-on-demand service, to its 1.5 million TV-over-DSL subscribers. Users will contribute uploads, emulating YouTube's popular web-based model, as well as live broadcasts.

  • Emap
    June 26, 2007

    Emap – pick up the pieces

    Emap, the consumer and business-to-business (B2B) publisher, appears ripe for a break-up. This report examines the health of the group's principal consumer magazine and radio assets, as well as its B2B assets. The latter, in our view, could prove particularly attractive to media-hungry private equity, based on recent valuations of business media assets. The consumer magazines segment is under pressure from circulation declines, and Emap's digital strategy for its titles has yet to bear fruit. Meanwhile, Emap's radio division has not been spared the market's overall decline.

  • June 20, 2007

    Classified advertising in the UK

    This presentation expands on our report on Classified Advertising in Print and Online [2006-58], by examining the online classified market segments of recruitment, property and automotive, and their likely development to 2011. We anticipate the value of the UK classifieds market could be worth about £5.5 billion in 2011, compared to about £4.5 billion in 2006. We however expect exponential growth in online classified ad volumes, placing pressure on prices of all classifieds. Although disruptive effects on the classified supply chain are anticipated (e.g. estate agents, car dealerships), we believe these will be harder to break than new entrants might believe

  • June 3, 2007

    European internet advertising trends

    Broadband penetration and Internet usage in continental European countries are catching up with the US and UK, but consumer e-commerce and internet advertising spend still massively lag behind. Online advertising is growing more rapidly in Germany and France than in the UK, driven by rapid take-up of paid search by advertisers.

  • April 9, 2007

    UK Internet Advertising

    The internet is the UK's fastest growing advertising medium, with spend rising 41% to £2.02 billion in 2006, and a further 30% rise expected for 2007. Three drivers underpin this growth: more intense use of the internet as broadband connections become standard, very strong growth in e-commerce, which is driving up paid-for search, and improving yields through rich-media formats. These factors will continue to propel growth of internet ad spend in the near future

  • YELL
    February 7, 2007

    Yell UK and Classified Directory Advertising Services

    Yell UK is the dominant supplier of Classified Advertising Directory Services (CDAS) in the UK. Its principal competitor is BT but, as a natural monopoly, it is regulated, and has just undergone a sector review lifting the price caps currently in place. What does the future now hold for Yell, and more generally for CDAS, which has been the only growth sector in print classified advertising since 2004?

  • December 21, 2006

    US digital music sales in 2006

    US digital music sales continue to perform well, despite press reports to the contrary, with the average weekly volume of tracks sold up 75% in 2006, supported by steady sales of iPods

  • November 9, 2006

    Classified Advertising in Print and Online

    The UK newspaper industry is being engulfed by a 'perfect storm'. Overall advertising has been in a cyclical downturn since mid-2005, and public sector recruitment in particular has been weak, while readers desert newspapers (even free ones) for the internet, to which they are drawing spend on classified and display advertising. We view classified advertising in print media as being in permanent decline, anticipating an overall drop from £4 billion in 2006 to £3.5 billion by 2011

  • The Internet of All Things - Towards the Hyper-connected World
    The Internet of All Things - Towards the Hyper-connected World
    November 7, 2006

    Internet Advertising: you’ve been googled!

    Last week Google hit the headlines on the back of forecasts for its UK revenues for 2006 which we expect to reach £920 million, up 90% on 2005, cited as proof of a structural shift away from broadcast media to the internet

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    August 15, 2006

    UK DTV Platform Growth

    The UK continues to be the largest and fastest growing national digital TV (DTV) market in Europe. We now expect 75% of UK TV homes to be equipped with digital reception by the end of 2006, rising to over 85% by the commencement of digital switchover in autumn 2008.We have argued that mobile operators offering free broadband makes little sense from an economic perspective, and it now appears that it has little draw for consumers as well (which is lucky given its very high cost).A large number of mobile operators are launching ‘convergence' offers in Europe (including Vodafone across all its major subsidiaries), and this poor result in the UK suggests that this will prove a needless distraction for them

  • Digital AdEx Market Outlook – the hunter becomes the hunted
    Digital AdEx Market Outlook – the hunter becomes the hunted
    August 24, 2005

    TF1 – Digital Challenge

    Television's old world of analogue scarcity produced a clutch of big names in free-to-air (FTA) commercial broadcasting: ITV1, TF1, Mediaset, RTL and Sat.1/Pro7 being among the most prominent in Europe - companies grown rich and powerful through advertising demand and lack of competition. Today, they face the common challenge of making a successful transition into the new world of digital plenty. Can they prosper? Or must they disappear like dinosaurs in a whirl of audience fragmentation, ad avoidance, on demand, downloading, video-streaming, convergence, piracy and whatever else the future holds? The new UK management team, led by former Energis CEO John Pluthero, still has the opportunity to improve C&W UK's longer-term position Rapid implementation of a Next Generation Network to cut costs and refocusing Bulldog remain critical
  • August 10, 2005

    E-Recruitment and UK Regional Newspapers

    Recruitment ad spend has led the growth of ad revenues of regional newspapers in recent years. Declining recruitment ad volumes in Q2 2005 and weak outlook for H2 2005 will significantly reduce ad revenue growth in 2005 from the 4.9% of 2004. This outlook will adversely impact groups that are more heavily reliant on recruitment ad spend, such as Northcliffe Newspaper Group and Trinity Mirror Group, and both have confirmed the challenging nature of the current trading environment in their results.

  • May 12, 2005

    UK Mobile Consumer Trends

    The UK mobile market can give the unwary observer the impression of strong subscriber growth, dangerously high levels of competition for the incumbents, and high levels of consumer enthusiasm for both advanced handsets and advanced mobile data services. These impressions are however all incorrect or misleading, as our recent UK mobile user survey helps to show.

  • April 27, 2005

    UK Digital TV Platform Growth

    The success of Freeview has ignited demand from channel operators to jump on board. The lure of Freeview is exemplified by this week's decision of Channel 4 to broadcast E4 free-to-air. The enticement is the advertising promise of such a large potential audience. But, how big an advertising opportunity is it really?

  • April 20, 2005

    Digital Terrestrial Television in France

    Digital terrestrial TV (DTT) launched in France on 31st March. We expect significant enthusiasm for the wider channel choice available to the 15 million French homes (62%) served only by analogue terrestrial feeds and the roughly 40% of homes that cannot receive a satellite feed. 14 channels were launched on a free-to-air (FTA) basis, and low prices of entry-level STBs have led to brisk sales.

  • July 14, 2004

    Online Advertising Europe 2004

    Online advertising outperformed other media in 2003 in the three biggest European markets of the UK, Germany and France, a trend which we expect to continue in 2004-06. Paid search has been the principal driver of growth in the UK market (up 70% in 2003), but interest of advertisers has cooled as steep price rises have reduced its cost effectiveness as a customer acquisition tool. Paid search is taking off in France and Germany, and will fuel growth in 2004-06.

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    June 7, 2004

    UK Digital TV Platform Growth

    UK digital TV (DTV) growth is rocketing ahead, but how fast? Ofcom and BARB – the two ‘official' sources – agree that growth has been faster since Q4 2003 and that Freeview is the main reason, but are issuing increasingly divergent estimates. Ofcom is, in our view, overestimating Freeview and BSkyB homes. We prefer BARB's methods and rely on its estimate of 48.1% of UK TV homes (11.7 million DTV homes).

  • May 5, 2004

    Happy Birthday iTunes

    Happy Birthday iTunes! It is just over a year since Apple launched iTunes and the media continues to talk up the second coming of the music industry, whose saviour appears in the form of affable Steve Jobs. iTunes sold a total of 70 million tracks online in its first year, well below its target of 100 million, but a respectable showing, especially since it spawned a small flock of competitors determined to out-sell iTunes.

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    March 26, 2004

    E-Recruitment and Regional Newspapers

    A new menace hangs over the future of regional newspapers, an industry already suffering from declining display advertising and paid circulation. Starting with the NHS Electronic Recruitment Programme (ERP) launched this month, we expect the public sector will shift recruitment activity to its own sites, in the wider context of e-Government objectives to bring all services online by 2005.

  • July 17, 2003

    BT Yahoo! Broadband

    BT and Yahoo! recently announced the launch of BT Yahoo! Broadband for September 2003, a co-branded DSL transport/personalised home page/broadband portal service. The goal is to revitalise BTopenworld, which lost 10 percentage points in DSL market share in H1 2003. The new service will be provided to BTOW subscribers at the same price as the DSL service today, improving BTOW's value-for-money proposition and providing clear proprietary differentiation over other ISPs.

  • July 8, 2003

    Online Advertising Outlook 2003

    Online advertising in the UK, Germany and France proved to be extremely resilient in 2002, despite a difficult advertising environment generally, victim of the soft economic conditions in Europe. Based on interviews with industry players, this report identifies the changing environment for online advertising and prospects for 2003.

  • June 25, 2003

    Interactive TV Advertising

    This report examines the revenue potential of Direct interactive TV advertising (DiTV) for BSkyB and other UK channels. This advertising format exploits the technology of BSkyB's Digibox to provide the viewer with a means of directly responding to advertising campaigns featured on the television. As the gatekeeper to the Digibox, this report confirms that BSkyB will gain the most from the development of the market for DiTV, collecting up to 80% of the revenue generated.