Why is the size of Turkish Pay-TV market relatively small?

It’s fair to say that Turkish Pay-TV market is saturated. There are basically 5 major players :

  1. Digiturk – DTH + OTT (beIN Media Group) -> 2600K subs
  2. KabloTV – Cable + OTT ( by government owned Turksat ) -> 1195K
  3. D-Smart – DTH + OTT ( Dogan Media’s DTH company) -> 934K subs
  4. Tivibu – IPTV + OTT (by incumbent telco Turk Telekom) -> 894K subs
  5. TV+ – IPTV + OTT (by leading incumbent mobile operator ) –> 436K*

In addition to these, there is another independent DTH operator called Filbox that is relatively small compared to the major players ( 50K subscribers ). In total, there are 6 million 110 thousand subscriptions. Let’s imagine that 20 % of the households have at least 2 subscriptions ( i.e. both Diguturk & TV+ or KabloTV & Tivibu) Hence the number of households with Pay-TV subscription is around 5 millions. That is to say out of 20 millions households in Turkey around 25% of them have Pay-TV subscription.

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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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Digital Servislerde Değiştirme Maliyeti

Google+ neden başarısız oldu, çünkü tüketicilerin Facebook’taki bağlantılarını bırakıp sil baştan yeni bir bağlantı havuzu geliştirmek için yeterli motivasyonu yoktu. Facebook’u o dönemde cazip kılan 200-300 hatta 500’den fazla bağlantı ile beslenen ekrandı. En ileri teknolojik altyapıyı da, en gelişmiş kullanıcı deneyimini de sunsan o bağlantılar olmadan sosyal medya uygulamalarının ne anlamı olurdu? (network etkisi)

Okumaya devam et “Digital Servislerde Değiştirme Maliyeti”

Fair Usage Policy will be discontinued starting 1th of May

In Turkey, the broadband fair usage policy was one of the most critical barriers that was kind of slowing down the penetration of OTT services.

If one’s broadband consumption per month is above a certain limit (typically 50 GBytes) then the fair usage policy is becoming active and the bandwidth is limited by 3 Mbps no matter to what broadband package you are subscribed to. (Please see below picture) The notification of TT seen below could be translated as: “As you exceeded the monthly fair usage threshold your broadband speed is updated as 3 Mbps on the remaining days of the month. Starting from the beginning of next month your broadband speed will be set based on your subscription package.”

Due to this limitation, it was quite challenging to secure the QoE on OTT service. Also, reaching to the fair usage threshold is just a matter of days if you watch Live TV channels through internet. This has discouraged service provider in Turkey to offer OTT box type of solutions like Now TV in UK.

Fortunately, the fair usage policy is changing this year. According to the BTK’s new regulation starting from 1st of May 2017, the broadband speed after fair usage quota will be adjusted based on one’s original speed. Also, consumption from 2 AM to 8 AM will be out of scope for fair usage quota limitation. Regarding the table below, if one’s broadband bandwidth subscription is from 16 Mbps to 24 Mbps the speed will be set to 8 Mbps instead of 3 Mbps after the fair usage threshold.

I think this is really a key step forward for OTT services. The consumers of OTT services shouldn’t be worrying if they are off-limits as the limited speed is quite still sufficient for typical use cases.

OTT nihayet beklenen patlamayi yapabilecek mi? (AKK’ya elveda!)

Oyle zannediyorum ki 5 seneden fazla bir suredir OTT TV konusu tum dunyada oldugu gibi Turkiye’de de siklikla konusulan bir konu. Tivilogy.com‘da duzenli olarak yazdigim donemlere soyle bir goz attigimda OTT kategorisinde yazilarin 2012’de basladigini farkettim. (http://tivilogy.com/category/ott adresindeki yazilari taramanizi tavsiye ederim. Sahiden internette bulabileceginiz online video hakkindaki en kaliteli Turkce icerik mecralarindan birisi  )

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uygarboynudelik.com’da 2016’in öne çıkan yazıları

Bir yılı daha deviriyoruz. Önceki senelerde yaptığım gibi bu yil sonunda da 2016 yılında blogumda en çok ilgili çeken yazıları bir liste haline getirdim, aşağıda görebilirsiniz. Daha da geriye gidip flashback yaşamak isterseniz 2014 ve 2015 yılının öne çıkan başlıkları şöyle oldu:

Not: Oldukça heyecanlı ve çekişmeli geçmesini umduğum naklen yayın ihalesi pek de beklemediğim şekilde sonlanınca sonuçla ilgili yazı yazmayı atlamışım. Kronolojik akışın bütünsel olması için sonuç ile ilgili haberin bağlantsını ekledim.

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Digital Platforms dersi vize soru ve cevaplari (Güz 2016)

Gectigimiz yillarda 2013 ve 2014 Bahar donemlerinde Kadir Has Universitesi Iletisim Fakultesi Yeni Medya bolumunde ‘Digital Broadcasting’ ismiyle ders vermistim. Hatta yapmis oldugum sinav sorularini da blogumda yayinlamistim. Asagida baglantilarini tekrar paylasiyorum:

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Okumaya devam et “Digital Platforms dersi vize soru ve cevaplari (Güz 2016)”

Netflix Turkey Launch Aftermath

Netflix has launched its service in Turkey together with localized UI and dubbing/subtitle support in 21th of September.  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was himself also present at the launch event. Webrazzi, a local techno portal has made an interview with him, you can watch it here.

Together with this launch the importance of localisation has been validated to be key one more time. As a matter of fact, Netflix is accessible from Turkey since January 2016 just like the rest of the world. Nevertheless, the ranking of the download of Netflix app has been decreased to more than 500th row around the beg of the year. Then, on Sept, the UI of Netflix has become available also in Turkish, 80% of the catalog has been Turkish subtitled if not dubbed, Finally the cost of service has slightly decreased and the currency of payment has been changed to Turkish Lira from Euro. Following these 3 major changes, the iPad app download ranking has boosted from 500+ to top 50 as seen on the graph below.

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On the other hand, one of the most debated topics was how widely is Netflix content available in Turkey. Let’s have a look details of this. On this link, one can see how much of percentage of the Netflix content in USA is available on various geographies of the world -while keeping content in USA as 100%.- Based on this source, one can access to 25% of the Netflix content in Turkey on TV shows space, while 10,65% of the movies content. The same ratios are around 50% in Ireland 40% in Finland and 30% in Germany. Netflix made a very sisimilarocal launch in Poland around the same time in September. In Poland, more or less the same level of content is available like Turkey.

In short, it’s a fact that Netflix Turkey could not offer the same level of content depth as Netflix USA. But still it’s not far if compared to the most of the countries in Europe. Considering, it’s simply a matter of content rights clearance I don’t see this as a blocker issue as this is core competence of Netflix. If the customer base in Turkey is growing fast, I have no doubt Netflix will continue investing here and making more more content available to Turkish audiences.