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Pay-TV Innovation Forum reveals the 2018 priorities for European providers

87% of European executives agree that product and service innovation, and digital business transformation are becoming more important for the European pay-TV industry

80% believe the pay-TV bundles as we know them today will change substantially during the next five years

93% see data-driven analytics as a major opportunity for the industry

NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, in partnership with MTM, a leading international research and strategy consultancy, today revealed the European findings of the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2018. The research programme, currently in its third year, seeks to explore and catalyse innovation and growth across the global pay-TV industry.

NAGRA and Cinema Buying Group-NATO Partner to Promote myCinema, NAGRA’s New Alternative Content and Live Event Service

NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the leading provider of digital content distribution and content protection, and the Cinema Buying Group-National Association of Theater Owners have signed a definitive partnership agreement. Under the agreement NAGRA will bring alternative content and live event cinema to the CBG-NATO membership. myCinema, the new NAGRA broadband-based solution premiering at Cinemacon 2018, will offer a large catalog of titles both live and previously recorded content to theater circuits of all sizes with a significant focus on serving the independent theater owners represented in the Cinema Buying Group-NATO.

Boxing clever – what does the future hold for set top boxes?

In a landscape dominated by SVOD and OTT services, the big question for many pay-TV operators is: how can the traditional set-top box (STB) evolve?

And the question is urgent: operators no longer feel they have the time to methodically develop their STBs. In the digitally transformed landscape of continuous app updates, innovations must happen faster than ever before.

It must be noted that most innovation is now done at the head-end, with end devices being the interface or conduit to a whole range of value-added services (catch-up, start-over, nPVr and more). Speed of implementation is done at the UI-UX (HTML5) level, therefore any device must be capable of running the software efficiently.

Factors at play here include ownership (requiring internal engineering resources), complexity of product, the size of the business’ subscriber base and the type of content that forms part of the service.

Service in particular is crucial because it ultimately determines what the end-point device and any associated remote control must be. For example, a premium movie offer in Ultra HD would dictate device technical requirements. Most, if not all, mobile devices are not 4K capable and therefore an STB (or connected TV) plays an important role in that type of premium service.

An app can enable 4K streams, but the device the app runs on must also be capable of 4K, as should the screen where the video would appear.


Pay-TV Innovation Forum

March – September 2018 – London, New York, Singapore, and Amsterdam

Developed by NAGRA, in partnership with leading research consultancy MTM, the Pay-TV Innovation Forum is a major international initiative that seeks to explore and catalyse innovation and growth across the pay-TV industry, at a time of unprecedented change and disruption.


24–26 April 2018 – Bali, Indonesia

New Tech Realities For Pay-TV

André Kudelski, Chairman and CEO Kudelski Group

Thursday, April 26 at 12:05pm


23–26 April 2018 – Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada