Industry Sector Insight
Views, market intelligence and trends in our industry sectors
With the country voting 52% to 48% in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, we face a period of unprecedented commercial and legal uncertainty. Olswang's Media group examines some of the key potential outcomes of that result for media businesses operating in or from the UK...
24 June 2016
The next few months see the roll-out of the next major update of the popular standard form construction contracts produced by the Joint Contracts Tribunal. The various contracts are being launched in stages. We've reviewed the two Minor Works Building Contract forms and highlight the main areas of interest.
23 June 2016
With the fast-moving nature of automotive technology, there is no doubt that automotive transport is soon set to become very different. Connecting cars to the internet creates an opportunity for several new business models fed by thousands of apps and data flows, and autonomous connected cars will allow drivers to use the internet in a self-driving car in the same way as they would at home or at work. The use of data collected by machine learning algorithms allows these cars to deliver a personalised customer experience to drivers and passengers, however this creates privacy issues in relation to personal data usage, and the only way for the Internet of Things (IoT) to reach its full potential for innovation is by building consumer trust.
13 June 2016
While today’s digital world continues to evolve and the pace at which we embrace the changes in how communication services are consumed remains rapid, the underlying fundamentals have not changed. The core asset is still the network; it is the competitive advantage. Infrastructure remains essential for delivery, and network differentiation can mean the difference between business success and failure...
03 June 2016
Digital Single Market
The media sector will be pleased to hear that audio-visual content services are excluded entirely from the scope of the draft Geo-blocking Regulation that was published last week. The exclusion covers "audiovisual services, including cinematographic services, whatever their mode of production, distribution and transmission, and radio broadcasting"...
31 May 2016
In the world of football, one of this week's key announcements was that José Mourinho was named as Manchester United's new Manager. However, the official announcement of this appointment was delayed whilst concerns surrounding trade mark ownership were resolved...
27 May 2016
Employment status is a perennial issue for businesses in the UK, and one that seems only to be getting more complicated with the rise of the so-called "gig economy". The shift in our ways of working shows no sign of slowing, and it has also recently been suggested that unscrupulous employers might seek to utilise self-employment status as a way of avoiding paying the new national living wage.
27 May 2016
With the introduction of a legal right to high-speed broadband high on the UK government’s agenda, Olswang considers the key aspects of the Queen’s Speech relating to the telecoms sector...
26 May 2016
With the UK voting 52% to 48% in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, we face a period of unprecedented commercial and legal uncertainty. In this series of articles, Olswang considers some of the practical contingency planning that companies might consider at this time....
06 May 2016
Olswang recently hosted a discussion with industry experts from across the media, film, production and advertising sectors on the role that brands are playing in the financing and production of content. Whilst not a new concept, the LEGO movie to the Formula E "Leap Of Faith" demonstrates that brands are increasingly behind some of the most engaging content around...
28 April 2016
The EU's Digital Single Market ("DSM") initiative has been a major policy focus of the EU Commission installed in 2014. The DSM package aggregates a wide range of policy areas, including e-commerce, physical delivery services, copyright law, VAT, telecoms infrastructure, mobile roaming, data regulation and digital skills, with the aim of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth in the EU...
18 April 2016
Intellectual property and 'big data' are quickly becoming part of the broadcast landscape. What is 'big data', and how is it collected and managed? How will it deliver monetisation? Olswang Partner and Head of Digital Elle Todd recently joined Advanced Television for a panel discussion with top media practitioners from Beenius, 4C Insights, IBM and Tata to debate the key questions...
18 April 2016
Digital Single Market
A timeline detailing the Digital Single Market story so far...
15 April 2016
This week, Olswang and Regulus Partners co-hosted Sir Alan Budd, one of Britain’s foremost economists and the man who chaired the 2001 Gambling Review Body (whose report gave rise to the Gambling Act 2005). Sir Alan recounted his experiences from that time, explaining the processes, pitfalls and issues arising from the eventual legislation – and in so doing offering valuable lessons for any future review.
14 April 2016
The EU's Digital Single Market ("DSM") initiative has been a major policy focus of the EU Commission installed in 2014. The DSM package aggregates a wide range of policy areas, including e-commerce, physical delivery services, copyright law, VAT, telecoms infrastructure, mobile roaming, data regulation and digital skills, with the aim of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth in the EU. The DSM package is politically driven by EU politicians' need to demonstrate results of the European project to their increasingly sceptical citizens – hence the focus on populist benefits such as mobile roaming and content portability. However, the DSM package created controversy within the audiovisual content industry following various statements by senior EU Commissioners criticising geo-blocking...
06 April 2016