Advanced Television

Nick Snow

Nick Snow

Nick Snow is the founder and publisher of advanced-television as well as Euromedia and IP Television magazines. In 1984 he worked in the debut issue of Cable & Satellite Europe and over the years his companies have published many of the industry’s most highly regarded titles.

SoftBank, SoftTouch?

So, SoftBank has ‘rescued’ WeWork in a deal that will cost it at least $10 billion and pretty much guarantee WeWork’s departed Svengali founder $1.7 billion. The rescue was from a proposed $47 billion IPO that was becoming a car crash going over a cliff. SoftBank is a major shareholder in WeWork – some reports […]

October 23, 2019

Is Netflix now an accident waiting to happen?

In the latest issue of Euromedia we look at the dawning of the era of D2C. It is, I suppose, the natural evolution of the stunning success of the era of SVoD as exemplified by the ‘world domination’ of Netflix. Netflix has achieved much: it has disintermediated traditional gatekeepers, it has changed viewing habits and […]

October 1, 2019

Happy families at last at ViacomCBS?

The saga of the Viacom and CBS relationship is a strange one, worthy of the most unlikely of soap operas, or the most outlandish of Greek myths. CBS gave birth to Viacom, then spun it off, then married it, then acrimoniously divorced it and, now, has married it again. In the 60s, CBS was the […]

August 14, 2019

Can creative industries create a crisis?

We are now staring down the barrel of a no-deal Brexit. How did that happen? Doubtless various creatives are already planning ‘the Brexit biopic’ but this is not the time to contemplate what calumny brought us here. We are where we are. And it isn’t a good place. A handful of mainly old, white, southern […]

July 29, 2019

No more licence for PSB funding

A young person away at college has a knock on the door. An individual with an ID card and a body cam demands a series of answers and reads them their rights on the basis they may have committed the criminal offence of not having a current BBC TV licence. The person in question – […]

July 9, 2019

Social Media and TV: frenemies?

Love, lust, envy, intrigue, hatred, violent threats, networking: just another episode of Game of Thrones? Or just another day on social media? Both, of course. As the cultural phenomenon de jour, Game of Thrones is commonly referenced in professional media chatter and all across social media. Its origins, in the far-off history of 2011, are in […]

June 5, 2019

D2C competition: Winter is coming

Netflix continues to grow fast and can appear invulnerable. It has just reported record subscriber growth. But, alongside, it is also making records in cash burning – $460 million versus $287 million in the same quarter a year ago. And this is before new competition arrives in the form of Disney+ and Apple TV+. The […]

April 18, 2019

Apple TV, hard core at last?

Apple finally puts some flesh on the bones, or fruit on the vine, of Apple TV. But is it really hard core about its TV proposition? Tuning in live to its launch, it was frustrating for us media watchers that we had to wait through the new News proposition, Games proposition and Pay proposition as […]

March 26, 2019

Social media shape shifters

There are two things we know without doubt about social media platforms: they are big and their main purpose in life is to be engines of profit. Long gone is any naive belief in their patronising mission statements reminiscent of 1970s cola adverts. Just like big food, big oil, big pharma or big anything else, […]

February 11, 2019

When is BT cheap enough for DT?

Deutsche Telekom has been limited to holding a 15 per cent stake in BT for three years, but this ends on January 29th. And BT obviously thinks it may launch a takeover bid. According to reports, BT is consulting takeover advisors Robey Warshaw and Goldman Sachs. Its shares are at a five-year low and the […]

January 7, 2019