Advanced Television

Content costs primary concern for operators

June 3, 2011

A survey by CASBAA has provided new insight into the issues of most concern for platform operators of cable TV, DTH, IPTV and other forms of video delivery to consumers across the Asia Pacific. 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.

Key findings from the survey include:
* Content costs are the number one concern affecting overall business in 2011 (71.4 per cent) followed by distribution costs and regulatory environment (both 42.9 per cent)
* 72 per cent 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 per cent) and expansion/acquisition in current markets (66.7 per cent)

“The Operators Group Survey represents an example of how the Association promotes the interests of its diverse membership as the voice formultichannel TV in Asia,” commented Simon Twiston Davies, CEO of CASBAA. “Born out of these findings, CASBAA works to address regulatory and piracy issues with the comprehensive annual Regulating for Growth overview, as well as a dedicated Wireless Access Group to tackle satellite issues and ongoing intellectual property rights lobbying – to name but a few.”

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