European cable: the way forward

March 12, 2014 12.39 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul, Cable Congress 2014

Mike FriesThe cable industry needs to collaborate now more than ever, according to Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global.

Speaking in a panel discussion, he cited examples such as CableLabs, Horizon and TiVo of such collaboration.

Answering a question about 4K, Fries said he did not see the step from HD to 4K being the same as from SD to HD.

Ultimately, it is a bandwidth consumption issue but has to be consumer and content driven.

Liberty Global is nevertheless prepared, with its networks being the most robust in the market.

Fries praised European regulators in Brussels for “doing a good job” and recognising the efforts of the cable industry, which now accounts for 75% of fast internet connections.

On the other hand, he said that the industry continues to experience problems from regulators individual countries.