Media regulation

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 audiovisual services that consumers are fast adopting.

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

Depth of expertise

Our media regulation experience extends to dealing with:

  • commercial TV and advertising: for example, reviewing European commercial TV channel strategies associated with the roll-out of digital terrestrial TV (DTT) that could be applied in a Latin American country
  • pay TV, content exclusivities and consumer spend: for example, advising on premium sports coverage and film exclusivities and associated regulation in Asia
  • public service broadcasting and state aid: for example, advising on the commercial revenue potential of a major European public service broadcaster (PSB) and the associated state aid financial support required
  • TV transmission network strategy: in particular, DTT and the digital switchover – for example, working on the DTT and switchover planning in a European country
  • new technologies and platforms: for example, advising on the potential take-up of new media services and its implications for next-generation network plans
  • non-linear TV and new business models: including net neutrality and the potential emergence of new business models associated with differentiated quality of service (QoS) levels in Asia, Europe and the USA
  • media transaction support: including the impact of regulation on satellite and terrestrial broadcasting networks, cable TV, satellite TV and commercial broadcasters.