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Bringing Together Quality Networking and Learning Opportunities since 2004
This year’s annual Digital TV World Summit is returning to London on the 2nd and 3rd December for its 10th anniversary.
Supported by our Broadcast Partner Sky and with speakers contributing from the BBC, IRB, Samsung, Discovery, Freeview, Digital TV Group, and UKTV – this year promises to be the most exciting yet!
Digital TV World Summit is an exclusive platform to learn more about growing trends, new technologies and innovative solutions to ensure ROI and compete with growing OTT players. Our new Digital TV Café and The Future of Digital TV: Roundtable Discussions sessions are designed to inspire more interaction among our audience of senior broadcasters, satellite, cable, OTTs, OE manufacturers and content providers. Encouraging the whole digital TV ecosystem to discuss and debate the huge opportunities and key challenges facing today’s dynamic market.
A new focus for 2014 is the future of UHD and creating a roadmap to ensure the successful mainstream adoption. Attendees from across the industry will be coming together to ensure the European TV market is in the best position possible to capitalise on the opportunities that Ultra HD promises.
Key topics for the 2104 agenda include:
- Pursuing the Next Generation of Digital TV
- Delivering Premium Sport Content for an Unbeatable Viewing Experience
- Bringing Digital TV into the Connected Era
- Enabling the Widespread Adoption of 4K and Smart TVs
- Overcoming Production and Broadcast Challenges for UHD
- Strategies to Compete with OTTs: Multiscreen and TV Everywhere
Sky Deutschland AG is the leading pay-TV provider in Germany and Austria with more than 3.8 million subscribers and revenues amounting to 1.7 billion Euros. The MDAX-listed company offers subscription television as well as on-demand services for private and business customers.
The Sky platform comprises more than 70 exclusive channels, almost all of which are also available in HD. The program portfolio of Sky includes live sports together with the only German 24/7 sports news channel Sky Sport News HD, feature films, series, children’s programs and documentaries. The Sky+ hard disk receiver allows for time-shifted television and the Sky Anytime on-demand service enables customers to enjoy hundreds of constantly changing titles. Sky Go, the leading online TV in Germany, provides access to Sky programming via mobile devices and PCs. Moreover, the online media library Snap by Sky offers thousands of titles – among them blockbusters, classic films, complete series box sets and children’s programs.
Sky is the innovation leader in the German and Austrian television markets. In the past two decades, Sky has played a major role in establishing pay-TV as the third pillar of television entertainment alongside fee-financed and advertising-financed broadcasters. Sky has 2,500 employees and is based in Unterföhring near Munich.
Exclusive Speaker Interview with Peter Schulz, VP On Demand Programming, Sky Deutschland
How important is content as a differentiator for Sky Deutschland in the German pay TV market? How important is premium football and how do you plan to develop your offering over the next couple of years?
Content is what we do. There are lots of complexities around the various delivery mechanisms and user platforms. But in the end, we are tested by how well we can provide a mix of programming that people want and are prepared to pay for. Football, along with other sports, is one of the 3 key components of our platform. I sometimes describe it as a three-legged stool, consisting of sports, movies and entertainment. We will continue to invest in not only new and innovative programs, but also enhancements through production, presentation and technology to add value to the core programming assets.
To what extent can Sky differentiate its offering from that of Deutsche Telekom and the cable operators through technology and the user experience?
We are completely committed to the idea of the highest possible quality, both content and technical and to make it available to our subscribers anywhere and any time. This commitment infects everything we do, from program rights acquisition, through production, presentation and technical delivery. I think this is what sets us apart from everyone else in the market.
Who do you see as your main competitors in the market – Deutsche Telekom, cable or new OTT entrants, or the free-to-air market?
Great location ...very good networking opportunitiesDS, Erste Group
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