Light Reading will tackle the big technology and business changes buffeting the European cable industry at our inaugural Cable Next-Gen Europe conference in London on Nov. 6.
Sweeping changes are rocking the European cable industry these days, prompting cablecos to adapt their approaches or adopt entirely new, often divergent strategies to survive and thrive.
For one thing, several of Europe’s largest MSOs are now consolidating their cable holdings in key markets, scaling back their focus to their most profitable, best positioned systems. In the leading example of this strategy, Liberty Global Europe BV is shedding its systems in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania and may soon be selling its Swiss system as well, slashing the number of European markets covered from 11 to six and possibly five. (See Liberty Stages European Retreat and Liberty Global: A Tale of Two Companies?)