The definition of what is meant by television is uncertain, and the pace of communications regulation is falling behind technological change, according to a new report. Connected Television in the UK and Ireland has just been published by Deadline Media Television.
In this detailed analysis of the landscape, the UK and Ireland, between them, have the largest and most competitive broadcasting sector in Europe. Connected television currently accounts for 4% of broadcasting industry revenues which industry expert, and author, Roger Stanyard, says will rise to around 15% in 2017. He also points to the issue of UK standards, which are lacking, and states that YouView has failed and needs to promote the MHEG-IC platform. Also, the regulatory lag is likely to cause huge problems in providing a competitive market for high speed broadband, with LLU and facilities-based competition beginning to break down.
¨Underlying connected television is a battle between content owners weak on technology and technologists who have no compelling content. There is no obvious outcome,¨ says Stanyard.