Italy, France and Spain to push Western Europe beyond 100 million pay TV subscribers
Strong growth in pay TV subscribers in Italy, France and Spain will push the total number across Western Europe beyond 100 million in June, new research has revealed.
The market will continue to grow at least for the next five years, according to the Western Europe Pay TV Forecasts report.
The Western European pay TV market is mature, but, unlike North America, it will still gain subscribers between 2016 and 2022. Although this only represents a 6.7 percent increase, it means nearly seven million more subs to take the total to 106 million. Western Europe will cross the 100 million pay TV subs mark in June this year.
Much of the subscriber growth will come from countries with traditionally low pay TV penetration: Two thirds of the region's next additions will come from Italy (up by 1.47 million or 20 percent between 2016 and 2022), Spain (up by 1.36 million or 23 percent) and France (up 1.41 million or 11 percent). However, subscriber growth will be lower than three percent for eight of the 18 countries covered in the report.
Simon Murray, Principal Analyst, said: “Better news is that the number of digital pay TV subscribers will increase by 15.6 percent (14 million) over the same period. Analog cable subs will fall from 8.0 million in 2016 to 0.5 million in 2022.”
Published in May 2017, this 186-page PDF and excel report combines two of last year's reports: Digital TV Western Europe Forecasts and the Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts in one convenient place. It can be purchased at www.researchandmarkets.com/research/v2wzwz/western_europe
SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data
SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation.
“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.
In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”
Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.
Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”
SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”
With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.
“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”
Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.
“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”