Content costs top concern for operators: CASBAA

Staff writer
16 Jun 2011

Content costs is the number one concern affecting the overall business of pay TV operators in 2011, followed by distribution costs and regulatory environment, a new survey said.

Conducted amongst the 24 members of the CASBAA Operators Group, the seven-question survey provides an indication of the concerns that platforms in the region have.

The survey said content costs are the number one concern affecting overall business in 2011 (71.4%) followed by distribution costs and regulatory environment (both 42.9%) .

The survey said 72% of respondents think the market will be better than last year but none believed it would be “the best year ever.”

Regulatory issues and piracy were identified as the biggest threats to business in 2011. Principal business investments over the next 12 months will be on increasing content/channels (66.7%) and expansion/acquisition in current markets (66.7%).

Pay-TV operator members of CASBAA include A-TV, Astro, Bharti Airtel, Chunghwa Telecommunications, Cignal TV, EchoStar, First Media, Global Broadcasting Network, Hinduja, HiTRON, Hong Kong Cable Television, Indovision, JSat/Skyperfect, K+, KBRO, Macau Cable, PCCW, Reliance, Singtel, Sky Cable, StarHub, Taiwan Broadband, Tata Sky, TFN Media, Telkomvision, TM Net, TrueVisions and TVBI.

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