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Brexit Threatens UK TV Industry in 2017

Our research has found that UK-based international broadcasters face very serious challenges in a post-Brexit world, and we predict that the consequent impact is likely to start being felt in the summer of 2017. The UK is currently by far the biggest location in the EU for companies broadcasting television channels to other EU member states, but our research has identified that this pre-eminent position is now under threat. Whilst it isn't usual to think of television channels as a commodity w...

June 20, 2017

The Myths of Convergence and EPG Prominence in a Divergent World

For two decades now the digital revolution has been driven in part by one word, for most of us this word was a Holy Grail. It was a Shangri La for entrepreneurs, digital angel investors and public markets – the word was Convergence. Thinking about it, at one point before the 2000 Tech Crash I was even a director of a company called Convergence. The business principle seemed clear, that the models for content distribution would tend towards a single model, or pipe, or platform, and that inv...

March 21, 2017

The EMP view of what Brexit means for the TV Market

The largely London-based UK media industry seemed shocked to its core when the announcement of the 'Leave' vote was made in the early hours of 24 June. Despite the many voices questioning the polls in the days beforehand, and the fact that most polls were bumping against their margin of error, many businesses with a London-centric view of the world were genuinely surprised by the result, to the extent that most media companies were largely closed on Friday 24 June as normally robust media execut...

July 25, 2016

Birmingham City Blues...

Our Managing Partner Ed Hall was a bit surprised and a little bit delighted to announce that he has been selected as one of the Birmingham Post's Power 250! Ed said: 'Yes, according to that magnificent newspaper, I am apparently one of the 250 most influential business people in Birmingham. Now of course it turns out that this is due to my time as founder and chairman of Comux, the national infrastructure business for local television, which ended 18 months ago, but I thought I would accept t...

April 5, 2016

CONNECTED TV vs WEB TV

Hosting and managing a huge number of video assets is a complex and highly-skilled business sector, but providing and managing the UI and search interface at the consumer end is a market where lots of people have been playing. There are hundreds of mobile content browsers, apps, embedded content gardens on new TVs, or a range of boxes and sticks to be plugged in. Lots of clients ask for the relative value and potential growth pattern for each of the markets, but we wonder if the devices are ju...

January 22, 2016

NEW EPG POSITIONS RESHAPING ENTERTAINMENT?

Over time channels launch and close, and sometimes move around the Sky (DTH) programme guide, and viewers have largely got used to it. Channel numbers are not quite the same commodity that they were ten years ago when channels wanted to build viewer memory in a particular 3-digit number. Now proximity and virtual TV village-building is more important. If your +1 is miles away then will people be bothered to scroll or click away to find it? There is always the risk that an unseen episode of ...

October 20, 2015

WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

For the second time we are producing the Pop Up Carol concert for Walking With the Wounded, a great charity that supports our wounded veterans. We do this as a voluntary exercise to show our support for a cause we feel strongly about. Last year it was a fabulous evening on the steps of the Royal Exchange with the Band of the Coldstream Guards, Military Wives Choir, the Bishop of London and the indomitable walkers Harry Bucknall and Jock Davis who arrived with bagpipe salute from Dorset... This ...

October 9, 2015

WHAT TO LEARN NEXT WEEK IN AMSTERDAM?!

So what are you planning to do at IBC? The options to get distracted with the latest kit and leave your card in a bucket in a few competitions for a new GoPro are fun, but I think you need to focus on a key goal. Obviously meetings are part of the reason, and sometimes you get so busy that the wandering gets left behind. But I always try to focus on one industry trend or technology that I need to learn more about and use the opportunity to visit stands and ask more about it. Over the years I...

September 2, 2015

SKY EPGs for Sale - Video

Watch the video to find out more about the process of transferring SKY channel numbers, and see our experiments with streaming video from the office too! http://www.ustream.tv/channel/access-to-the-sky-epg...

July 22, 2015

Busy Days at EMP

Since we moved into our new offices in March the team at EMP has been incredibly busy. With 4 Sky EPG deals and a Freeview capacity lease to date we are very busy supporting our clients, and we are delighted that we have been able to help EPG owners realise value for their assets. With the UK's most experienced EPG transfer team now based at EMP, clients are quickly coming to realise that if they want unmatched experience and knowledge of the market, EMP is the place to start. But it's not ju...

July 22, 2015

Living the OTT life

I spoke to a senior executive about an OTT product last week, name redacted, who told me about a service on an OTT platform which had generated fewer views on Freeview than it had on Kindle Fire. That was deeply concerning, how can a platform that has a potential reach of about 20 million homes be delivering such appalling value to viewers and broadcasters? Another broadcaster spoke to me a year ago about a trial they were involved in which had attracted less than 100 paying customers. T...

May 19, 2015

Westminster Media Forum

A good morning today attending the Westminster Media Forum looking at local media and its future. There were some great speeches and facts from people who know what they are talking about, and then an awful lot of rubbish from people who don't. Some people will never be happy... A few facts to end the day. Local TV is a success, there are now 17 stations on air, broadcasting to about nine million UK homes. The BBC has not 'given' money to the local licensees: it has bought content from...

April 21, 2015

Is Easter the time to experiment?

It's a funny season for broadcasters: rabbits, eggs, Jesus, bank holidays, but no real theme for TV (unless you are the GOD Channel). On the other hand, it is a public holiday, children get excited about it, everyone knows what it is and the whole country buys chocolate eggs....

February 19, 2015

Ed Hall explains the launch of Brighton's DTT antenna

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