Hey CTPiX family,

we are wondering: is there a way for major European streaming services to challenge the dominant U.S. giants Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube? The time seems right to do so: recently we have seen a whole range of announcements from European video and broadcasting corporations to collaborate:

  • the BBC and ITV have created BritBox, a new subscription streaming service

  • ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Channel have teamed up for 7TV, a new integrated streaming platform

  • France’s top three broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 are building an OTT platform, named Salto.

Will they play a significant role in the big game of VoD? Do they stand a real chance to build real European champions? Can they establish an online audience and, more importantly, a successful business model?
Join us in this debate with some of the most innovative players from the current frontline in the streaming business. This panel will explore why Europe should (and will?) play a prime role in the streaming market.  
The panel will be preceded by a video welcoming address from Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox
Soumya is President of BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster. In this role, Soumya is responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, with a focus on bringing the best British content to the service through acquisitions, licensing, co-productions, and key partnerships.

Robert Amlung, Head of Digital Strategy, ZDF German Television
Robert is a news journalist with a background in technology. For 20 years and in various functions, his main challenge has been to help big traditional broadcaster to transition into the digital age. He founded ARD’s news website tagesschau.de in 1996, and ZDF’s on-demand video service ZDFmediathek in 2007. Robert has a special interest in the convergence of TV and the internet.

Alexandar Vassilev, CEO, 7TVAlexandar is CEO of 7TV, a joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Channel. The new platform aims to bring all favourite live, premium and sport video content under one roof and deliver an unparalleled user experience, while helping global and local content creators connect with their audiences. Most recently Alex was product manager for Google Search. At 7TV his ambition is to build an unrivaled direct-to-consumer brand.