Media policy and regulation support

The media industry is facing significant structural and cyclical changes worldwide, and Analysys Mason continues to support clients through these changes.

The digitalisation and multiplication of platforms including terrestrial, cable, satellite, IPTV, Internet and, more recently, mobile,  is leading to a multiplication of the number of TV channels and fragmentation of traditional audiovisual services.

Moreover, the Internet and the expansion of high-speed broadband networks favours the exponential growth of new, non-linear and OTT audiovisual services that consumers are fast adopting.

Consumption of non-linear TV and OTT services is still relatively small in comparison with that of linear TV, and will continue to be in the short term. Nevertheless, governments, regulators, investors and all players in the media value chain are reviewing their frameworks, business models and strategies to ensure that they are well-positioned during the current media markets transformation and for when the new media market rules are established.

How we can help you

We have a global reputation for advice on policy and regulation, including expertise areas that are critical to television and radio and content in general:

  • Economic cost modelling: including long-run incremental cost (LRIC) for interconnection and wholesale price setting, we have applied LRIC in the media context for setting platform access charges. We are world leaders in cost modelling of fixed and mobile networks. Our experts also deliver more general quantitative skills on content rights valuation, business planning/demand forecasting and broadcasting spectrum valuation. 
  • Competition and market assessment: including assurance of efficient competition in media markets, review of media markets (former Market 18 in EU), margin squeeze, assessment of content exclusivities and remedies, assessment of public value and market impact, expert witness support etc.
  • Licensing and regulatory support: including TV licensing and obligations, advertising regulation and econometric models, spectrum allocation and pricing (AIP), digital switchover (DSO), media plurality reviews, rights issues (e.g. territoriality and portability), content prominence/‘must be found’, country of origin versus country of destination principles etc.
  • Policy formulation and implementation: including identification of market failures and designing remedies, assessment of level playing field of linear vs. non-linear TV, assessment of ‘must carry’ and ‘must offer’ regimes, assessment of carriage and retransmission fees.

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