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  • June 10, 2020

    Netflix – Looking towards 2025

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    Netflix had an excellent first quarter in 2020 with the tail end encompassing lockdown and likely eliminating churn, as usage exploded
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  • June 4, 2020

    Women and UK TV – Insights from our conference in December [...]

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    In the past five decades, women have acquired an unparalleled financial autonomy by participating in higher education, joining the workforce and becoming entrepreneurs, despite still present barriers
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  • May 29, 2020

    Quibi – Adjusting expectations

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    For an unproven service to attract 1.3 million active users in its first five weeks is impressive. But by its own account, Quibi’s launch underwhelmed
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    May 19, 2020

    UK Journalism on the precipice – Rescue required as financi [...]

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    Journalism is on the precipice with more than £1 billion likely to fall off the industry’s topline. Several years of projected structural revenue decline in advertising and circulation have occurred in just the past few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, with no letup in sight  
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  • May 14, 2020

    Global advertising platforms playing a long game in retail, payme [...]

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    This report is the first of several that will look at the way global platforms are change affecting traditional markets for business and consumer services. This first report provides an overview of their longer-term strategies, and a SWOT analysis of their current position.
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  • May 12, 2020

    COVID-19 games industry update – Resilient and (mostly) on [...]

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    Consumer demand for games and consoles has surged during lockdown. Sales are on track for the best year ever, while games production has been resilient, with studios and platforms adapting quickly to distancing and working from home  
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  • May 11, 2020

    UK ITV Q1 2020 results – Could be worse, but may get so

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    ITV recorded total advertising Q1 revenues up 2% year-on-year (£426 million) and in line with their 6 March (pre-lockdown) guidance, on the back of a strong February performance of +8%.  
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  • April 22, 2020

    UK online advertising during the lockdown

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    In response to COVID-19 and the associated lockdown and economic crash, advertisers have slashed budgets. Online budgets are not immune  
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    April 21, 2020

    Historic UK news media collaboration – Government campaign [...]

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    COVID-19 has inspired an industry to collaborate with a nationwide UK Government advertising campaign across the national, regional and local press
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  • April 17, 2020

    COVID-19 impact on ANZ media: major structural and regulatory cha [...]

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    As COVID-19 spreads in Australia, social-distancing and quarantine measures are becoming the norm. This means that a large number of people are now working from their home and spending time indoors. Alternatives to electronic media such as cinemas, live entertainment, and (importantly) sporting events are closed.  While some subscription media will benefit from this situation, those focussed on sport will feel a harsh impact.
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  • April 15, 2020

    Pay-TV resilience – How this time is different

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    When we look back at consumer expenditure on pay-TV and alternative entertainment options during past economic downturns across major countries, we find a broad confirmation of the industry’s comparative resilience
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  • April 14, 2020

    UK News media challenges brought to a head – Structural cha [...]

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    COVID-19 has sent online news surging, with publishers experiencing massive traffic uplift, as trusted news sources become increasingly important
  • April 9, 2020

    COVID-19 UK TV impact – Permanent change without interventi [...]

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    COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented decline in advertiser demand for TV, and while the steepest drop has occurred, broadcasters will feel the impact over a long period of time.
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  • March 31, 2020

    Football and COVID-19 – Avoiding meltdown

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    In a likely scenario, the suspended football season could be concluded in empty stadiums in a June and July rush, nevertheless with severe financial consequences
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  • March 30, 2020

    Coronavirus and the UK economy – Unprecedented crisis

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    To fight against the UK’s incipient pandemic, a full lockdown is in place for all but essential workers in healthcare, telecoms, food, utilities and banks.
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    March 27, 2020

    UK Radio and online audio – The resilience of broadcast

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    Broadcast radio has maintained its reach and listening time over the past decade: younger people listen less than before, but this is made up for by an ageing population
  • March 26, 2020

    Amazon’s Premier League performance – No challenge for pr [...]

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    Amazon aired its first set of Premier League matches in December, with proxy figures supporting reports that it attracted up to 2 million concurrent viewers
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  • March 16, 2020

    Reaching sports audiences – All platforms necessary

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    Free-to-air broadcasters, pay-TV operators and OTT services all have a role to play in serving sports audiences
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  • March 13, 2020

    Gaming’s mainstream decade – Five defining themes for the [...]

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    2020 promises a year of transition for the games industry: eSports and games broadcasting are competing with traditional programming; game streaming services are becoming meaningful platform competition; and new consoles are on the way
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    March 11, 2020

    Disney+: Non-exclusive deal with UK Sky Q

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    Available from launch on March 24, at this stage there will be no bundling—Sky users will pay £5.99/month, either in their bill, or log-in having signed up direct from Disney—and as such there will likely be less co-promotion and prominence on the user interface than has been seen for Netflix.
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  • March 10, 2020

    Amazon Advertising: From Duopoly to Triopoly in advertising?

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    Over the past two decades, global ecommerce giant, Amazon has focused on owning entire market verticals with books being the first market that it dominated. However, to think of Amazon as just an online retailer, would be underestimating the depth and breadth of its presence across multiple markets. Amazon’s ultimate aim is to curate the customer’s entire e-commerce journey. Amazon not only sells products; it also produces television shows and movies; publishes books; operates the world’s largest streaming video-game platform; manufactures a growing array of products. More recently the bright spot was Amazon’s advertising business, which appears to be picking up speed again.
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  • March 9, 2020

    Webscale Playbook: Apple

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    Apple has come far since its inception in 1976. It has progressed from selling user-friendly computer systems (Macintosh, iMac) and portable media players (iPod), to become a dominant force in mobile devices, starting with the launch of iPhone in 2007. In August 2018 it became the first-ever public company to breach the US$1 trillion mark by market capitalization. In fact it is the ‘iPhone’, touted as the pioneer of the smartphone revolution, that has significantly helped Apple in its journey to trillion-dollar valuation. The popular device, which dethroned the likes of Nokia and Blackberry back then, continues to be Apple’s bread and butter, and accounts for more than half of its overall revenues (54.7% in FY2019).

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  • March 5, 2020

    Virgin Media UK: Pain before gain

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    Virgin Media’s subscriber base fell again in Q4, although strong ARPU growth allowed a slight acceleration in cable revenue growth to 1.8%, and a deceleration in OCF decline to 1%. Liberty Global group OCF guidance of mid-single digit decline in 2020 is likely to be mirrored at Virgin Media, as regulatory pressure and market competitiveness continue to bite, and mass-market demand for ultrafast remains nascent.
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  • March 4, 2020

    Nine 1H20 update – results in line with expectations

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    In this report, we briefly analyse the reported 1HFY20 earnings for Nine and highlight some of the key trends across both businesses.
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