Fi, PuhuTV, BluTV and Originals content

One of the most popular local TV series of this season on Turkish TV industry was ‚Fi‚. It was simply a drama but also unique due to a number of reasons. First of all, it was a series available ONLY online as a OTT content but not broadcasted in the classical sense.  Even though this is quite common in US like examples of many Netflix Originals, it’s quite rare that a TV series with a remarkable budget level like ‚Fi‘ is not broadcasted all over Turkey but only available through a OTT service.

At this point, I’d better give a quick background information about the service that owns ‚Fi‘. The OTT service is called PuhuTV. It’s backed by a major broadcaster group in Turkey, Dogus Media. PuhuTV has been launched commercially early this year as a free-of-charge, ad-based catchup TV service hosting major TV series from a variety of channels. In order to create an awareness in the market and make some noise, they’ve made a sensational launch for their first and for the time being only ‚Originals‚ content Fi. As there is no Live TV channel offering on PuhuTV, the commercial launch event has been publicly available on YouTube TV. At launch night, the first 3 episodes of Fi has been released. As a matter of fact, producing original content like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video is doing in US is already done before by BluTV which is another OTT service. BluTV is owned by one of theTurkey’s major TV broadcaster Dogan Holding. As of today, there are 3 original, exclusive content on BluTV. On top of these, Netflix Turkey is also working on a brand-new local Originals nowadays specific for Turkish market.

Coming back to the popular TV series Fi, it was not made available all at once, but along a series of weeks unlike the Netflix /Amazon Originals. Typically all the episodes of a OTT type of TV series‘ new season are made online on the commercial date which is announced earlier. Then, audiences are looking forward the launch date and watching many episodes in a row once they are available. (i.e. Game of Thrones of HBO, House of Cards of Netflix) Unlike the typical scenario, even though the first 3 episodes of Fi have been made available online in April at the launch event, Fi fans had to wait another few weeks in order to watch the remaining episodes. PuhuTV had relased remaining episodes one by one every week. Eventually, the last episode was online on 16th of June as the season final. I’ve thought about the reason whyPuhuTV management decided to release the episodes over the course of 2-3 months instead of making the complete set of episodes of Fi made online at once,

Even though BluTV and PuhuTV are similar OTT services there is a significant difference between them. While BluTV is a subscription based service, PuhuTV is a free-of-charge, ad-based service. That’s why PuhuTV had to wait the rating results of the first 3 episodes. The result was really impressive. According to the results that has been shared, the first 3 episodes have been watched a total of 3,5 million views within the first 50 hours. For the advertisement agencies, this is the most critical KPI that they care. That’s why PuhuTV management should have first waited to get these results in order to convince the advertisers more easily.  Following the fascinating results of the first 3 episodes which were basically missing ads, we’ve seen many ads as in the form of product placement (embedded into to the content in a relatively natural way). Actually, for a service that is free-of-charge the audiences are more tolerant to ads.

It remains to be seen if this ad-based model will be sustainable in Turkish market. By nature, Turkish TV sector is quite competetive and dominated by more than 500 FTA channels broadcasting  via satellite with a country-wide penetration of more than 70 percent.


Fi dizisinin tum bolumleri birden yayinlanmadi, acaba neden?

Fi dizisinin yayinlanma yontemi Originals dizilerin alisildik yonteminden farkli gelisti. Ilk once Nisan ayinda gorkemli bir lansman partisi ile ilk 3 bolum online oldu. Sonrasinda Mayis ayinda 4’ten 9’a kadar olan bolumler araliklarla yayinlandi, dizinin son bolumleri ise Haziran ayinda (#fi1011 9 Haziran, #fi12 yani sezon finali ise 16 Haziran Cuma yayinlandi.

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Netflix Originals, BluTV, Masum, PuhuTV, Fi

Türkiye’de son dönemde yeni bir trend var. Bu aslında globalde Netflix’in başını çektiği bir akım. Tarihsel olarak OTT oyuncuları (Pay-TV operatörleri) farklı içerik sağlayacılarından bütçelerine göre ve belli bir stratejiyi takip ederek dikkatlice yaptığı seçimler ile çeşitli içerikleri bir araya getiriyorlardı.(content aggregation) Gelgelelim son yıllarda özellikle OTT TV teklifleri çeşitlenip, sayıca arttıkça rekabette ayrışmak zorlaştı.  Bu konudaki zorluğu aşmak için Netflix, Originals adıyla ilk olarak 2013 yılında „House of Cards“ dizisinin uctan uca prodüksiyonunu üstlendi. Bu, öncesinde büyük medya kuruluşlarının (Doğan, Doğuş, HBO, TWC vb.) üstlendiği bir misyon iken ilk defa bir OTT servis sağlayıcısı böyle bir alana giriş yapmış oldu. Bugün, Netflix Originals etiketiyle sayısız içerik mevcut. Netflix 2017’de toplam 1000 saat Originals içerik üreteceğini ve bu iş için toplam 6 milyar USD harcayacağını duyurdu! Ne para ama..

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IHS Markit Research ile e-söyleşi

Ingiltere merkezlı IHS Markit Research firmasından Senior Analyst arkadaşım Constantinos benimle bir e-söyleşi yapmak istemişti. Eposta üzerinden soru-cevap şeklindeki iletişimimizi bu platformun okuyucuları için faydalı olabileceği düşüncesi ile buraya da taşıdım. Aklınıza takılan, açıklanmasına ihtiyaç duyduğunuz bölüm olursa bana her zamanki gibi üzerinden erişebilirsiniz.


What is the current state of the OTT Market in Turkey? Is it a very niche market, with no real impact on the subscribers of the Pay TV players (like Digiturk, D-Smart, Turk Telekom, Turksat)? It has a very small percentage of subscribers, let ‘say less than 1% of the Pay TV Market?

If the OTT landscape in Turkey is examined deeply it’s seen that it is mainly dominated by OTT extensions of the legacy Pay-TV operators. In other words, the majority of the OTT consumption is done by the services provided by Pay TV players, hence almost no impact on the major players. Digiturk, Turksat, TT and Turkcell are all offering their OTT services as a bonus to the main TV offering. D-Smart’s BluTV is kind of different in the sense that with the new organisation and ambition Dogan Group is trying to position BluTV as a isolated product apart from D-Smart but they are still struggling. On top of this, there are still a number of independent OTT players like Netflix, Filmbox etc but due to the lack of marketing power and brand awareness they are not that competent and hardly gain new customers. Overall, taking into account the total number of OTT users in Turkey they could arrive up to 2,6 million mainly powered by TT and Turkcell TV+ customers while the global pay-TV market in Turkey is close to 6 million.

Here are the up-to-date figures:

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D-Smart OTT service D-Smart Blu rebranded as BluTV

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.