D-Smart’s Blu service is rebranded as BluTV powered by a new logo and new website design.
Now, the service costs 6.9 TRY / month. There are a total of 30 Live TV channels around half of which are basically premium channels such as NBA TV, Nat Geo, Eurosport, BBC.
In addition to Live TV channels, there is also a wide variety of VOD titles from several genres.
As a matter of fact, this simply seems yet another OTT service. So far, in Turkey OTT TV business model is yet not correctly formulized. Around 2 years ago, I’ve posted an article about the OTT players in Turkey. (link) I think none of them could achieve to build a profitable business model since then.
The real challenge for an OTT TV service is first to overcome the barrier of collecting money. if this service is an extension of an Service Provider’s existing bill, things are much more straightforward. For instance, if any OTT service is provided by an ISP or mobile operator, chances are the user will be OK to get charged an extra by the monthly bill she/he is already paying.
Nevertheless, if the service is an all-access type of service such as Netflix then the OTT player have to build an payment channel with the subscriber. To that end, the provider shall either ask the credit card info of the user or ask for mobile payment. In any case, it’s quite discouraging to fill out all the payment data. That’s why I had difficulties to feel optimistic about the OTT TV services in Turkey. I think either Tier-1 operators OTT TV service or world-leader like Netflix could compete in this industry.