Published on Monday, 21 June 2010 15:07
The European Audiovisual Observatory
data) reports that despite the economic crisis in 2009, the number of channels and television platforms continues to grow in Europe.
Three key figures:
More than 245 new channels were launched in Europe in 2009; this implies a total of 7200 European television channels at the end of 2009.
DTT services have so far been launched in 24 of the 29 countries (EU 27 + two candidate countries, Croatia and Turkey), and more than 730 channels are currently transmitted via digital terrestrial means in Europe.
The cable market is consolidating while the number of IPTV, satellite and mobile TV operators continues to increase.
One of the interesting figures I came across is the fact that 114 television channels have been specifically established for mobile services, examples include Quatro Movil, HBO Mobile, RTL Mobile TV and RTE News.
This is interesting indeed, I still need to be convinced that mobile as device is a relevant carrier of "television" content.
When looking at the type of content, Cinema and Sports are the two most predominant channel genres in Europe.
Cinema and Sports are of importance for distribution platforms due to the largely broadcast exclusive content they behold.
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