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miri-01
12-11-2012, 11:06 AM
KPN reshuffles Dutch TV offer
December 11, 2012 07.52 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Dutch incumbent KPN is overhauling its DTT and IPTV offers on January 24.

Following the news that KPN is adding TNT Benelux to its line-up, the platform is also adding Djazz.tv, Ginx, 192TV and iConcerts to it’s line-up.

For Ginx, the new agreement means a further extension of its Dutch distribution base with 300,000 homes.

Commented Ginx CEO, Michiel Bakker: “As a native Dutchman I am particularly thrilled to welcome KPN’s customers to our fast-growing viewer base.”

To make room for the new channels, the operator is removing a number of channels including VH1 Classic and Extreme Sports Channel.

KPN is also adding a number of channels to its basic tier, Xite, 2M Maroc, RTV7 (from the Dutch Caribbean) and Antenna 3. TVE, Rai Uno and Slam!TV will be removed from the basic offer.

On KPN’s DTT service Digitenne Xite will replace Slam!TV.

miri-01
12-11-2012, 11:10 AM
German entertainment electronics market to decline in 2013


Jörn Krieger | 11-12-2012


The turnover in the German market for entertainment electronics is set to decline next year from €12.6 billion (2012) to €12.4 billion.

This fall is mainly because of dropping prices and despite high sales volumes, according to the German industry association BITKOM.
The number of flat-screen TV sets sold will go down by 1.1% to 9.8 million in 2013 and sales of connected TV sets will rise by 22% to 6.2 million.
The association also expects increasing sales numbers for Blu-ray players and Blu-ray recorders, with 23% more devices predicted to be sold than in 2012.
Accessing online content will also become more important through TV sets. Every third German consumer has now hooked up their TV set to the Internet - either directly or indirectly through a separate device, for example a Blu-ray player or a games console.
In total, three-quarters of all consumers who have connected their TV set to the Web actually make use of the online function. The most popular content is free-of-charge music, for example personalised music television, Internet radio or streaming services.

miri-01
12-11-2012, 11:11 AM
Mediaset España to launch new channel

Iñaki Ferreras | 11-12-2012


Telecinco's Mediaset Spain is preparing to launch a new women's channel called Nueve, comprising quiz shows, telenovelas and talent shows, according to Europa Press.

Mediaset España already has a channel aimed at young women called Divinity. The new channel will compete with Antena 3 Group's Nova which also targets a female audience and which bases its programmes on fashion, design and decoration, as well as soap operas and movies.
The rest of Mediaset's offering consists of the general channels Telecinco and Cuatro, laSiete which shows repeats from these two channels, FDF which specialises in series, children's channel Boing, and men's channel Energy.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:30 AM
Verizon FiOS, AMC avert blackout with carriage deal
Verizon FiOS, AMC avert blackout with carriage deal

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Facing contract expiration on 31 December, Verizon FiOS has reached a renewal carriage pact with AMC Networks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"AMC Networks has agreed to an agreement with Verizon that is both reasonable and in our FiOS TV customers' best interests," the company said in its statement. "This means that there is no risk of losing any AMC Networks channels. We've worked hard on behalf of our FiOS TV customers to reach an agreement with AMC. We'll continue to fight for our customers to ensure they continue receiving all of the great programming they've come to expect."

AMC Networks has had an up-and-down carriage renewal track with pay-TV operators despite being the home of top-rated cable series like the Walking Dead and Mad Men. Over the summer DISH Network dropped its programming for several weeks. Recently the basic cable fixture has inked deals with AT&T, Suddenlink and others.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:31 AM
Cablevision adds Univision content to Optimum GO

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 12-12-2012

US Cable MSO Cablevision Systems has added Univision content to the popular Optimum TV to GO service.

Customers who receive those channels as part of their Optimum TV cable service can watch primetime dramas, news and sports from Univision's networks -- including Univision, TeleFutura, Galavisión, Univision Deportes Network and Univision tlnovelas on UVideos (Univision's bilingual digital network) anywhere in the United States, on any Internet-connected computer.

"We are pleased to add Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision's most popular shows to Optimum TV to GO line-up," said Bradley Feldman, vice president of video product management. "This year, we have expanded our TV Everywhere offering as well as Spanish-language programming. The addition of Univision's UVideos further underscores our commitment to bring customers the content and services that they value the most."

Univision and TeleFutura are available in the Broadcast Basic and above package. Galavisión, Univision Deportes Network and Univision tlnovelas are available in Optimum Value and above. Users can access the GO app within the home or via TWC's public Wi-Fi network.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:32 AM
TWC adds on-demand catalogue to TWC TV iPad app

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Time Warner Cable has released a new version of its TWC TV app for iPad to include access to 4,000 TV and movie titles on-demand, from 91 different providers.

The initial catalogue is a mix of HD and standard-def content—TWC said that it will be adding more HD as it becomes available to the TV Everywhere mix.

"Some networks don't offer their on demand product in HD, while some offer a mix of SD and HD," the company said in its blog. "We don't get absolutely everything in HD today, but we will continue to add to the catalog on an ongoing basis."

TWC said that it will be making same upgrade to the TWC TV app for PC and Android sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

"Not every app update is a big deal – usually it's just a few bug fixes, stability upgrades, adding some channels here and there," TWC said. "This one is different."

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:34 AM
AT&T U-verse adds Justice.Central.TV for legal TV

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Syndicated TV content producer Entertainment Studios has added its eighth 24-hour HD television network, Justice.Central.TV, which has gone live on AT&T U-verse IPTV in the United States.

The new 24/7 HD legal and news cable television network for court proceedings, news, talk and entertainment programming is dedicated to courtroom shows, legal news and a broad range of law-oriented original programming.

The programming includes America's Court with George Ross, which shows litigants how they can responsibly deal with their disputes and understand the consequences of their actions. We the People with Gloria Allred features the real-life advocate and leader in conflict resolution. Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez and Supreme Justice with Judge Karen are also part of the lineup.

"The timing is perfect for Justice.TV," said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. "Court programming is the second highest-rated genre on daytime television, and Justice.Central.TV is the only 24-hour HD court and legal news network."

He added, "Our goal and commitment is to make Justice.Central.TV the premier legal news network. All content will be originally produced in-house to insure the highest level of creative quality, as well as the ability to distribute our content globally on all platforms."

Entertainment Studios also owns seven other 24-hour HD niche television networks: Cars.TV, Es.TV, Comedy.TV, MyDestination.TV, Pets.TV and Legacy.TV.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:35 AM
Nevion upgrades video transport for Portugal's UPSTAR

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Portugal's UPSTAR Comunicacoes has selected Nevion to upgrade their existing video transport infrastructure with greater channel capacity, longer distance transport and increased redundancy.

Nevion worked with Portugal-based integrator Dec.Imagem on the solution for UPSTAR, which is a joint venture between Portuguese media group ZON Multimedia and Angolan satellite TV group SOCIP.

"Nevion was able to look closely at our needs and design a streamlined system that offered all the expanded services we needed while working within our current infrastructure and minimising the hardware required," said Luis Henriques, technical director at UPSTAR. "It's a system that can grow as we do and allow even greater future expansion."

Nevion provided a multi-product solution based on the Flashlink optical transport family, providing increased channel capacity without adding electrical-to-optical conversion or wavelengths. The solution includes multiple 3G time division multiplexers/demultiplexers, enabling additional signal contribution through DWDM infrastructure, as well as a redundant fibre link for signal transport in excess of 150 kilometres.

"We're continually gratified by our work with UPSTAR," said Kjetil Bonde, Nevion's vice president of sales, Europe. "They're an outstanding example of a company using the latest technology to upgrade their video transport system in ways that provide the most value and scalability."

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:37 AM
Ensequence, Audible Magic join forces for advertising portfolio

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Ensequence and Audible Magic are integrating Audible Magic's SmartID and Ensequence's award-winning iTV Manager to solutions to create a targeted advertising portfolio.

The platform will allow advertisers to connect one-on-one with audiences across devices including TV sets, tablets, laptops and smartphones. It also can monitor hundreds of broadcast streams that then trigger events across set-top boxes that activate programming and TV commercial enhancements to further engage viewers.

"The new, more interactive, more deeply engaged TV viewing environment isn't on the horizon; it's here," said Vance Ikezoye, president and CEO of Audible Magic. "And Ensequence's iTV Manager solution is playing a key role in turning the promise into a reality that's exciting for viewers and potentially much more profitable for advertisers. In fact, the integrated product's ability to recognise TV commercials and create one-on-one viewer engagement in real time is like a dream come true for these advertisers—their Holy Grail."

Audible Magic offers digital fingerprinting for recognising content in all forms across radio and television broadcasts, Internet streams, cable and satellite transmissions, stored digital files and on consumer devices such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets and other appliances. Ensequence meanwhile offers interactive and dynamic advertising products.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:38 AM
Touchdown live TV as sport dominates American screens

Joseph O'Halloran | 12-12-2012

Despite the increasing amounts of alternatives available, sporting and live events dominated in 2012 when it came to attracting US viewers, data from Nielsen has revealed.
According to the latest Nielsen Wire report, the Super Bowl XLVI “set new viewership heights” with 111.3 million viewers, 300,000 more than watched last year’s denouement to the American football season. Indeed, America’s favourite sport took the first eight places in Nielsen’s top ten TV programmes of 2012 based on a single telecast, with Danny Boyle’s masterpiece of an Olympics Opening Ceremony creeping into ninth place, closely followed by the GRAMMY Awards which took around 40 million viewers each.
Football was top scorer again when it came to regularly scheduled programming, with NBC Sunday Night Football claiming 21.3 million viewers, followed by the Wednesday and Thursday episodes of American Idol which attracted 18 million and 16.4 million viewers respectively. The leading non-sport or non-reality show was CBS’s NCIS which generated 13,629 viewers.
Yet even though the data showed just how much life left there is in live TV, Nielsen also revealed the extent to which time-shifting is playing within American viewing habits in 2012 and said that it witnessed a significant lift in programme viewership, most notably with cable programming. Viewers time-shifted more of their viewing than in 2011, as each programme more than doubled its live viewership. Cable shows comprised 90% of 2012’s list and all of the top time-shifted shows were scripted dramas.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:39 AM
KPN appoints Accenture to deliver TV services

Editor | 12-12-2012

Accenture has won a major contract with leading Dutchtelecommunications and ICT service provider KPN to supply TV services based on its Accenture Video Solution.
Under the agreement, the full financial terms of which have not yet been disclosed, Accenture is committed to adding features to KPN’s iTV and iTV Online services to the Dutch retail and wholesale markets. The latter are based on KPN’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) for content streaming and are said to guarantee improved picture stability and “best-in-class” adaptive streaming services for KPN’s clients.
Accenture is also tasked with improving service performance such as delivering KPN with a multiscreen interactive TV solution encompassing TV, tablet and smartphones. It adds that this will be possible through its products’ video software and services capabilities, while also providing KPN subs with remote recording capabilities, catch-up TV and adaptive streaming for consistent quality of service experience. In addition, Accenture says that it is planning to develop and deliver “innovative” new features and services designed to provide KPN’s subscribers with a superior user experience.
“We will provide KPN with a complete portfolio of innovative digital services that will enable subscribers to watch TV on more devices,” explained Marco Vernocchi, managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group. “We believe the Accenture Video Solution deployed by KPN is now one of the industry’s most comprehensive, feature-rich video software and services platforms available today.”

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:40 AM
Telefónica Digital chooses Ericsson to enable next phase of video platform build-out

Editor | 12-12-2012

Telefónica Digital has chosen Ericsson to lead the integration and implementation of its next-generation video platform (GVP) which will form the basis of its IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) video services.
The operator initially announced its plans for GVP in November 2012, revealing that first deployments will take place in Brazil, Chile and Spain, and that it would make use of the Microsoft's Mediaroom product suite to power pay-TV and OTT services.
In this latest development, Ericsson will become the prime integrator of Telefónica Digital's GVP, deploying its operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS).
Managed Services and offering multi-vendor support across Telefónica's entire global video ecosystem.
Within the Global Video Platform, several players are combining their different components such as IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, digital rights management systems and content management systems to provide the best video experience to Telefonica's subscribers.
Telefónica's own R&D is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP.The result of its involvement, says Ericsson, is that Telefónica will be able to gain operational efficiencies and modernise its end-to-end environment.
"Our role as prime system integrator is to make the service seamless across the multi-vendor environment, and with our managed services we ensure the global video platform runs with the high level of quality expected every day by Telefónica and their customers,” explained Paolo Colella, head of consulting and systems integration at Ericsson.
"We want people to be able to get their content whether they are on IPTV or OTT networks, on mobile or fixed,” added Vivek Dev, director of digital services at Telefónica Digital. “We chose Ericsson as the primary integrator because of their TV expertise as well as their knowledge in the IT domain."

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:43 AM
Spanish company takes Government to task on DTT licence allocation

Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

An appeal by Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 has partially been upheld by Spain's Supreme Court which declared null an agreement of the Council of Ministers on 16 July 2010.
Through this agreement, a mux with the capacity of transmitting four conventional channels was allocated to Antena 3, Telecinco, Sogecable, Veo 7, Net Televisión and laSexta. The agreement was declared null because the Court found it did not abide by the law, although this legal decision does not affect current broadcasters.
According to the decision, says Europa Press, the Government did not respect the Audiovisual Communication General Law, which was established in May 2010, and assigned additional DTT channels to the owners of the licences without them going to a public bid as is required by law.
The legal action of Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 dates back to 2005 and has already been tried in various regions with some for and some against rulings over how DTT licences have been given over the last few years.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:45 AM
SMIT opens new office in New Delhi

Editor | 12-12-2012

In response to what it calls the growing demand for secured high quality video service in India, SMIThas opened a new office in New Delhi.
The leading conditional access module (CAM) supplier said the new office will enable it to work more closely with its local partners and market its solution and service to a wider market.
“We are very excited to be inaugurating the new office in India as it marks an important step forward in this market,” commented Levent Le, SMIT deputy general manager. “We do believe that a fast-growing high quality and secure video demand is coming. With the new office and the rich experience, we will be closer to our local customers and contribute more to the DVB industry in India.”
SMIT’s CAMs see use with most of the leading European DVB operators, and with its own designed processor the company believes that it is able to provide high-secured and customised CAM to satisfy the requirements of the global premium players.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 09:47 AM
Ono and Telefónica contract could end

Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

Ono and Telefónica may end up breaking their contract regarding mobile phone services.
The situation dates back to last summer, when Telefónica declared its intention to break its current mobile network supply contract for virtual phone services with Ono, an agreement signed in 2007 and which expires in February 2013. Ono then requested a new proposal from Telefónica, but no response was given, according to Neeo.es.
Ono then formally requested the intervention of the regulator Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) which has so far not produced a resolution.
Last November the cable company presented a conflict with the Commission's Telecommunications Market (CMT) to defend its interests in the business of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
The situation has prompted Ono to consider alternatives, among which include a change of mobile phone network supplier. Both Orange and Vodafone are likely contenders as Ono looks for mobile. Ono is the fastest growing MVNO in recent months and had a total of about 315,000 customers in early October.
The quality and continuity of mobile phone service currently offered by the cable operator will not be affected by the situation. In the event that disagreements persist between the two companies, it is likely that the CMT impose precautionary measures to extend the contract without negative consequences for users.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 02:56 PM
Eutelsat brings “12-12-12” concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief to Europe
Satellite capacity offered by Eutelsat Communications will enable television networks and operators across Europe to broadcast in High Definition the exceptional 12-12-12 live concert to be held tonight in New York City to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The musical line-up performing at the “12-12-12” concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney. Celebrity presenters will include Chelsea Clinton, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kristen Stewart and Quentin Tarantino.

The live concert will cross the Atlantic via the EUTELSAT 12 West A satellite (downlink frequency 12.638 GHz, horizontal polarisation). The Free-to-Air signal will be received by Telefonica at its facilities in Madrid and reuplinked to the EUTELSAT 9A satellite (downlink frequency 12.054 GHz, horizontal polarisation)for Direct-to-Home reception as well as for cable and IP network distribution across Europe.

“12-12-12” will be distributed worldwide to nearly two billion people through television feeds, radio and online streaming and available to 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households internationally via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The concert is being produced by James Dolan, Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company; John Sykes, President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises; and Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Every single penny from ticket purchases and donations will go to serve the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:02 PM
Portugal’s Meo launches interactive app for TVI Ficçâo

Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

Portugal's pay-TV operator Meo recently launched an interactive app for its fiction channel TVI Ficçâo.

The app is free for subscribers of Meo IPTV (ADSL and fibre) and is available through the red button.

According to Tele Satelite, the interactive app allows Meo's clients to access premium content including Doce Tentaçao, which is available through a five episode package or by purchasing individual episodes.

Users can also take part in exclusive programmes through signing up to the Meo Kanal service.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:04 PM
HBO LATAM introduces TV Everywhere
Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

Premium pay-TV channel HBO Latin America has introduced its TV Everywhere platform to MiDIRECTV customers in Argentina.

From this week, with HBO GO, subscribers to the HBO premium channel package can access movies, series and special programmes from Internet-connected computers.

While HBO GO is available to premium package subscribers on DirecTV Argentina, the platform is soon to launch on other pay-TV operators in the country. HBO also plans to launch applications to provide access from tablets and mobile devices.

HBO GO has several features for customizing available services that, among other things, enable customers to receive alerts and notifications when new episodes are available and allows the creation of lists of interest with favourite shows, and allows viewers to watch programming in HD, with or without subtitles.

The service includes about 1,000 titles, divided into series, movies, documentaries, specials, kids and adults, according to Dataxis LATAM.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:05 PM
ESPN America joins SFR platform
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

Sports channel ESPN America has been added to the SFR TV platform and is now available on channel 80.

ESPN America offers the best of US sports including NFL, NCAA basket-ball and football, MLB, and X Games.

The distribution agreement for ESPN Classic, which offers the greatest sporting moments as well as sports documentaries, has also been renewed. Both channels are available in SFR's Selection and Grand Spectacle packages. The HD version is scheduled to launch on 12 February 2013.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:06 PM
Third season of Spiral wins 2012 TVFI Export Prize
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

The third season of the French thriller series Spiral (Engrenages) has won the 2012 TVFI Export Prize, given for the best internationally sold programmes, in the fiction category.

Produced by Son & Lumière for Canal+, the series is distributed by NeweN Distribution. Spiral is the most successful French fiction series in terms of international sales, having been sold to 63 territories, including the UK, where the BBC is now a co-producer.

The Animation Prize was awarded to the 3D and live image family series Minuscule from Futurikon. The series is broadcast in France on France 5 and Disney Channel and has been licensed in 80 countries.

The best-selling documentary in 2012 was Waste, the Nuclear Nightmare, produced by Bonne Pioche and distributed by Arte France. It has been sold to 23 TV channels, including Sundance Channel.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:08 PM
Troubled kick-off for new French DTT channels
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

The six new French DTT HD channels are kicking off this afternoon in a gloomy context due to the economic crisis, the advertising downturn and worries expressed by traditional TV groups.

Given the green light by the CSA and the previous French Government, the channels - Chérie 25 (NRJ Group), 6ter (M6), L'Equipe 21, HD1 (TF1), RMC Découverte HD 24 (NextRadioTV) and Numéro 23 (Pascal Houzelot de PinkTV) - have already garnered many criticisms, including those from the TF1 and M6 groups.

To others, more optimistic, the new competition is expected to drive the whole free DTT offer upward and attract new kinds of audiences and announcers.

Experts have pointed out that the six new channels, which will be carried into 25% of the territory at launch, won't break even before 2016.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:11 PM
Sky Germany buys 3D package
Jörn Krieger | 12-12-2012

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland is to show several documentaries with nature and animal footage in 3D format in the coming years.

The Munich-based company secured 13 3D documentaries from rights dealer and production company KSM.

The programmes will air on the Sky 3D channel in Germany and Austria, and in future on OTT and on-demand services Sky Go and Sky Anytime.

In addition to documentaries, Sky also screens Hollywood movies and live sports at Sky 3D including one match from the Bundesliga domestic football league per month.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:12 PM
Aflamnah launches Arabic website
Louise Duffy | 12-12-2012

Aflamnah, the first crowdfunding initiative dedicated to the Arab world, has launched an Arabic version of its online platform supporting people to find funding for their ideas including film, games, television, art, music, photography and fashion.

Aflamnah was created to engage the public to get behind an idea from the beginning to help it reach a wider audience.

This new step will increase the number of projects received in both languages, grow the number of visitors to the site, and encourage the non-English speaking communities to get involved.

Aflamnah Principal Founder, Vida Rizq said: "We are very excited to have launched the Arabic platform and it's a new milestone for Aflamnah to help us build on the success of the past five months. To date we have supported 17 projects including features, shorts, documentaries, a magazine, and a mobile art bus. It is really hard to know where the projects are going to come from next. The best moment is when a new idea registers and the second best moment is when contributions are made".

In a bid to build on the talent and creativity in the region, Aflamnah focuses on projects for the Arab world by Arabs or by individuals or organisations that care about cultures, societies and people who live in any of its countries. The premise is that an idea has to start or end in the Arab world.

People must post the information related to their idea via the Aflamnah website and once the idea has met with the guidelines they are given access to make their project live on the site. The idea owners set a funding target and make it clear what the money will be used for. They also select their funding period at 30, 60 or 90 days. They set rewards related to the contributions being made. And they need to create a video to explain their idea and most of all inspire people to take part. Aflamnah has no ownership over the projects and acts to help support projects to get successfully funded.

When I saw You by Annemarie Jacir became one of the most successful projects on Aflamnah. The project crowdfunded for money it needed for marketing and distribution. The film doubled its target through its campaign and raised over $10,000. it had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and won the International Federation of Film Societies Don Quixote Award at Carthage International Film Festival. In addition, it received Best Arab Film award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival. It is the official submission of Palestine to the Best Foreign Language Film in the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.

Aflamnah has been set up in partnership with Virtuzone, Fujairah's Creative City Free Zone in the UAE and is supported by the Dubai International Film Festival and Gulf Film Festival. Aflamnah also has an advisory committee that includes Virtuzone Chairman Neil Petch, DIFF and GFF artistic director Masoud Amrallah Al ali and twofour54's Chief Legal Officer, Greg Sweeting.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:14 PM
Zattoo takes live TV to Xbox 360
Jörn Krieger | 12-12-2012

Internet TV platform Zattoo has rolled out its service to the Xbox 360 in Germany, enabling the owners of Microsoft's games console to watch the live-streams of over 50 TV channels on their TV sets.

Access to the service is through the Xbox 360's Internet connection. The live TV offering provided by Zattoo is – just as on the open Internet – free of charge and finances itself through the commercials shown when launching the service and during channel-switching.

The Xbox 360 application is the first Zattoo app for a games console. Users who are already registered for Zattoo on their PC, smartphone or tablet can utilise their existing customer account for the Xbox 360.

Also new on the Xbox 360 in Germany are sports channel Sport1 and European cultural channel ARTE. The Sport1 app offers free of charge news and highlight videos as well as fee-based live sports and pay-TV channel Sport1+ as a live stream. ARTE uses its app to bring the catch-up service ARTE +7 to TV screens enabling viewers to watch full-length programmes they missed on television up to seven days after airing.

The apps provided by Zattoo, Sport1 and ARTE are free of charge, but access requires an Xbox LIVE Gold membership which costs €60 per year.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:16 PM
Ziggo joins Xbox 360 live TV

December 12, 2012 07.25 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Dutch cable operator Ziggo is developing an app for Microsoft’s Xbox live service, which will become available in 2013.



According to Marcel Nijhoff, CCO of Ziggo, customers are demanding to use Ziggo services on the device of their own choosing.

The Ziggo Xbox 360 App will be similar in look and feel of the Ziggo TV App for iOS and Android. Users can use Kinect control or the regular remote.

The Xbox app will offer a channel list, EPG and the possibility to view live TV. At a later stage, VOD and catch-up TV will also be added.

The number of available live channels depends on the type of subscription the customer has. Also, a XboxGold subscription is mandatory.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:18 PM
BBC eyes bigger Polish role

December 12, 2012 07.45 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


The BBC may consider taking part in the contest for the remaining slots on Poland’s first DTT multiplex, according to Jacek Koskowski, GM and VP CEE at BBC Worldwide.

Speaking to Rzeczpospolita, he added that is waiting for the tender to be announced by the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) and to see its terms and conditions before making a decision.

Asked about OTT services, he added that the BBC is trialing the subscription-based Global iPlayer in 16 markets and will again make decisions about its future once the results of these tests are known.

Koskowski also said the BBC is open to working with the Polish public broadcaster TVP in introduction of HbbTV services in the country.

BBC Worldwide currently distributes the channels BBC Knowledge, Lifestyle, CBeebies and Entertainment in Poland and recently they secured distribution on Cyfrowy Polsat, the country’s leading DTH platform.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:22 PM
Ericsson to run Telefónica video platform

December 12, 2012 07.49 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Telefónica Digital has chosen Ericsson to run the integration and implementation of its next-generation video platform in a multi-year, multi-country deal.

Telefónica’s Global Video Platform (GVP) will allow its subscribers to access video services such as live TV, video on demand and premium services, simultaneously over any network for any device.

A number of players will combine different components including IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, digital rights management systems and content management systems.

Vivek Dev, director of digital services at Telefónica Digital, said: “We want people to be able to get their content whether they are on IPTV or OTT (over-the-top) networks, on mobile or fixed. We chose Ericsson as the primary integrator because of their TV expertise as well as their knowledge in the IT domain.”

Telefónica’s own R&D unit is to develop and launch the user interface.

Paolo Colella, head of consulting and systems integration at Ericsson, added: “Our role as prime system integrator is to make the service seamless across the multi-vendor environment, and with our managed services we ensure the global video platform runs with the high level of quality expected every day by Telefónica and their customers.”

Operating in 25 countries, Telefónica is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies.

miri-01
12-12-2012, 03:25 PM
Pay-TV success for Tricolor TV

December 12, 2012 08.03 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


The Russian DTH platform Tricolor TV has secured 100,000 subscribers to its pay-TV movie channel Kinozal in only two months.

Speaking at the VI telecommunications forum Intercom-2012, Sergei Stavropol, the company’s commercial director, said this was a successful example of the monetization of services.

Kinozal was launched in July 2011 and initially offered as a free channel.

This helped it secure some one million viewers, 10% of who have decided to pay for the service since it became subscription based.

Stavropol added that the channel’s subscriber total was now growing by 0.3% a day or 9% a month.

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12-12-2012, 03:26 PM
Sky Go expands Android reach

December 12, 2012 08.05 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Sky Go has made itself available on 14 more Android devices, bringing the total to 25. The multiscreen service is now supping the Jellybean operating system 4.1 and 4.2.

Unlike the Apple iOS there are many different Android variants to the Android system.

With the upgrade, Sky Go is now available across:

· HTC: Desire X, One X, One XL, One S and One V
· Google: Nexus 4 and Nexus 7
· Samsung: Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Note 2
· Sony: Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia T
· LG: LG 4X HD

In the last quarter 2.8 million unique users enjoyed the Sky Go service with more than 2.2 million people viewing the second series of An Idiot Abroad and 1.1 million enjoying the latest season of Game of Thrones.

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12-12-2012, 03:27 PM
Cyfrowy Polsat boosts online services

December 12, 2012 08.25 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat has significantly strengthened its online on demand services ipla and muzo, both of which it acquired in March this year.

In the case of ipla, its VOD offer has been improved through new agreements with Warner Bros and Disney, along with extensions to existing agreements with Polsat and TVP.

Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD have meanwhile recently been added to the iplaSPORT with no increase in the subscription fee.

The music-based service meanwhile now has over 1.5 million clips from (amongst others) Magic Records, Sony Music and Universal Music.

It also has a number of new functionalities.

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12-12-2012, 03:28 PM
MegaFon eyes digital TV market

December 12, 2012 08.41 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


MegaFon, one of Russia’s ‘big three’ mobile companies, has announced plans to enter its digital TV market.

Quoted by AKTR and RBK Daily, Vitaly Starobudov, COO of its wholly-owned subsidiary Megalabs, said that it was a logical continuation of the company’s three screen strategy.

It envisages securing at least 1.5 million viewers across all devices (TVs, tablets and phones) by 2015, selling TV solutions to third part providers.

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12-12-2012, 03:30 PM
Virgin expands Underground Wi-Fi

December 12, 2012 09.53 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Virgin Media has added another 20 London Underground stations to its network, bringing the total to 92.

The cablenet says it is on track to reach 120 stations early in 2013.

New stations include Camden Town, Clapham Common, Notting Hill Gate and Russell Square.

800,000 have so far registered for the service, launched free in 2012, though expected to next year add a pay element.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media said: “Wi-Fi on London Underground has been an incredible success and we’ve rolled out the service to reach even more stations throughout London, from Camden Town to Clapham Common. Our wholesale agreement with EE and Vodafone will keep the majority of Tube users connected for no extra cost and every Londoner and visitor can choose from affordable PAYG options with free, up-to-the-minute travel, news and entertainment for everyone.”

Virgin Media recently announced EE and Vodafone UK as wholesale partners for its Wi-Fi service on London Underground. It means EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media customers will be exempt from further charges.

Virgin Media will also launch a Pay As You Go (PAYG) service in early 2013, with daily, weekly and monthly passes giving Tube passengers a range of options about how to get online underground.

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12-12-2012, 03:31 PM
Viewster gets Fox man for partnerships

December 12, 2012 10.10 Europe/London By Julian Clover


On demand platform Viewster has named Steve Broadhead as its senior vice president, EMEA, partnerships.

Broadhead has ten years of online video experience, being one of the founders of pioneer Utarget, before it was sold to Fox in 2008. Broadhead went onto work for Fox Networks and has also worked for Sky Media.

Available in 120 countries worldwide, Viewster has served up more than one billion videos during 2012. Its user base has increased by 700% in the last 12 months. Video content is available to watch for free with advertising or for a small fee without.

Broadhead will be responsible for managing all sales and business development activity across EMEA. He will also be charged with raising Viewster’s profile with advertising agencies.

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12-13-2012, 08:17 AM
Aflamnah launches Arabic website

Louise Duffy | 12-12-2012

Aflamnah, the first crowdfunding initiative dedicated to the Arab world, has launched an Arabic version of its online platform supporting people to find funding for their ideas including film, games, television, art, music, photography and fashion.

Aflamnah was created to engage the public to get behind an idea from the beginning to help it reach a wider audience.

This new step will increase the number of projects received in both languages, grow the number of visitors to the site, and encourage the non-English speaking communities to get involved.

Aflamnah Principal Founder, Vida Rizq said: "We are very excited to have launched the Arabic platform and it's a new milestone for Aflamnah to help us build on the success of the past five months. To date we have supported 17 projects including features, shorts, documentaries, a magazine, and a mobile art bus. It is really hard to know where the projects are going to come from next. The best moment is when a new idea registers and the second best moment is when contributions are made".

In a bid to build on the talent and creativity in the region, Aflamnah focuses on projects for the Arab world by Arabs or by individuals or organisations that care about cultures, societies and people who live in any of its countries. The premise is that an idea has to start or end in the Arab world.

People must post the information related to their idea via the Aflamnah website and once the idea has met with the guidelines they are given access to make their project live on the site. The idea owners set a funding target and make it clear what the money will be used for. They also select their funding period at 30, 60 or 90 days. They set rewards related to the contributions being made. And they need to create a video to explain their idea and most of all inspire people to take part. Aflamnah has no ownership over the projects and acts to help support projects to get successfully funded.

When I saw You by Annemarie Jacir became one of the most successful projects on Aflamnah. The project crowdfunded for money it needed for marketing and distribution. The film doubled its target through its campaign and raised over $10,000. it had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and won the International Federation of Film Societies Don Quixote Award at Carthage International Film Festival. In addition, it received Best Arab Film award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival. It is the official submission of Palestine to the Best Foreign Language Film in the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.

Aflamnah has been set up in partnership with Virtuzone, Fujairah's Creative City Free Zone in the UAE and is supported by the Dubai International Film Festival and Gulf Film Festival. Aflamnah also has an advisory committee that includes Virtuzone Chairman Neil Petch, DIFF and GFF artistic director Masoud Amrallah Al ali and twofour54's Chief Legal Officer, Greg Sweeting

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12-13-2012, 08:18 AM
Ziggo joins Xbox 360 live TV

December 12, 2012 07.25 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Dutch cable operator Ziggo is developing an app for Microsoft’s Xbox live service, which will become available in 2013.



According to Marcel Nijhoff, CCO of Ziggo, customers are demanding to use Ziggo services on the device of their own choosing.

The Ziggo Xbox 360 App will be similar in look and feel of the Ziggo TV App for iOS and Android. Users can use Kinect control or the regular remote.

The Xbox app will offer a channel list, EPG and the possibility to view live TV. At a later stage, VOD and catch-up TV will also be added.

The number of available live channels depends on the type of subscription the customer has. Also, a XboxGold subscription is mandatory.

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12-13-2012, 08:20 AM
Troubled kick-off for new French DTT channels

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

The six new French DTT HD channels are kicking off this afternoon in a gloomy context due to the economic crisis, the advertising downturn and worries expressed by traditional TV groups.

Given the green light by the CSA and the previous French Government, the channels - Chérie 25 (NRJ Group), 6ter (M6), L'Equipe 21, HD1 (TF1), RMC Découverte HD 24 (NextRadioTV) and Numéro 23 (Pascal Houzelot de PinkTV) - have already garnered many criticisms, including those from the TF1 and M6 groups.

To others, more optimistic, the new competition is expected to drive the whole free DTT offer upward and attract new kinds of audiences and announcers.

Experts have pointed out that the six new channels, which will be carried into 25% of the territory at launch, won't break even before 2016.

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12-13-2012, 09:10 AM
Troubled kick-off for new French DTT channels

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

The six new French DTT HD channels are kicking off this afternoon in a gloomy context due to the economic crisis, the advertising downturn and worries expressed by traditional TV groups.

Given the green light by the CSA and the previous French Government, the channels - Chérie 25 (NRJ Group), 6ter (M6), L'Equipe 21, HD1 (TF1), RMC Découverte HD 24 (NextRadioTV) and Numéro 23 (Pascal Houzelot de PinkTV) - have already garnered many criticisms, including those from the TF1 and M6 groups.

To others, more optimistic, the new competition is expected to drive the whole free DTT offer upward and attract new kinds of audiences and announcers.

Experts have pointed out that the six new channels, which will be carried into 25% of the territory at launch, won't break even before 2016.

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12-13-2012, 09:11 AM
Third season of Spiral wins 2012 TVFI Export Prize

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

The third season of the French thriller series Spiral (Engrenages) has won the 2012 TVFI Export Prize, given for the best internationally sold programmes, in the fiction category.

Produced by Son & Lumière for Canal+, the series is distributed by NeweN Distribution. Spiral is the most successful French fiction series in terms of international sales, having been sold to 63 territories, including the UK, where the BBC is now a co-producer.

The Animation Prize was awarded to the 3D and live image family series Minuscule from Futurikon. The series is broadcast in France on France 5 and Disney Channel and has been licensed in 80 countries.

The best-selling documentary in 2012 was Waste, the Nuclear Nightmare, produced by Bonne Pioche and distributed by Arte France. It has been sold to 23 TV channels, including Sundance Channel.

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12-13-2012, 09:13 AM
ESPN America joins SFR platform


Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 12-12-2012

Sports channel ESPN America has been added to the SFR TV platform and is now available on channel 80.

ESPN America offers the best of US sports including NFL, NCAA basket-ball and football, MLB, and X Games.

The distribution agreement for ESPN Classic, which offers the greatest sporting moments as well as sports documentaries, has also been renewed. Both channels are available in SFR's Selection and Grand Spectacle packages. The HD version is scheduled to launch on 12 February 2013.

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12-13-2012, 09:14 AM
HBO LATAM introduces TV Everywhere

Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

Premium pay-TV channel HBO Latin America has introduced its TV Everywhere platform to MiDIRECTV customers in Argentina.

From this week, with HBO GO, subscribers to the HBO premium channel package can access movies, series and special programmes from Internet-connected computers.

While HBO GO is available to premium package subscribers on DirecTV Argentina, the platform is soon to launch on other pay-TV operators in the country. HBO also plans to launch applications to provide access from tablets and mobile devices.

HBO GO has several features for customizing available services that, among other things, enable customers to receive alerts and notifications when new episodes are available and allows the creation of lists of interest with favourite shows, and allows viewers to watch programming in HD, with or without subtitles.

The service includes about 1,000 titles, divided into series, movies, documentaries, specials, kids and adults, according to Dataxis LATAM

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12-13-2012, 09:18 AM
Portugal’s Meo launches interactive app for TVI Ficçâo


Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

Portugal's pay-TV operator Meo recently launched an interactive app for its fiction channel TVI Ficçâo.

The app is free for subscribers of Meo IPTV (ADSL and fibre) and is available through the red button.

According to Tele Satelite, the interactive app allows Meo's clients to access premium content including Doce Tentaçao, which is available through a five episode package or by purchasing individual episodes.

Users can also take part in exclusive programmes through signing up to the Meo Kanal service.

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12-13-2012, 09:19 AM
Ericsson to run Telefónica video platform

December 12, 2012 07.49 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Telefónica Digital has chosen Ericsson to run the integration and implementation of its next-generation video platform in a multi-year, multi-country deal.

Telefónica’s Global Video Platform (GVP) will allow its subscribers to access video services such as live TV, video on demand and premium services, simultaneously over any network for any device.

A number of players will combine different components including IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, digital rights management systems and content management systems.

Vivek Dev, director of digital services at Telefónica Digital, said: “We want people to be able to get their content whether they are on IPTV or OTT (over-the-top) networks, on mobile or fixed. We chose Ericsson as the primary integrator because of their TV expertise as well as their knowledge in the IT domain.”

Telefónica’s own R&D unit is to develop and launch the user interface.

Paolo Colella, head of consulting and systems integration at Ericsson, added: “Our role as prime system integrator is to make the service seamless across the multi-vendor environment, and with our managed services we ensure the global video platform runs with the high level of quality expected every day by Telefónica and their customers.”

Operating in 25 countries, Telefónica is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies.

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12-13-2012, 09:21 AM
Ono and Telefónica contract could end

Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

Ono and Telefónica may end up breaking their contract regarding mobile phone services.
The situation dates back to last summer, when Telefónica declared its intention to break its current mobile network supply contract for virtual phone services with Ono, an agreement signed in 2007 and which expires in February 2013. Ono then requested a new proposal from Telefónica, but no response was given, according to Neeo.es.
Ono then formally requested the intervention of the regulator Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) which has so far not produced a resolution.
Last November the cable company presented a conflict with the Commission's Telecommunications Market (CMT) to defend its interests in the business of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
The situation has prompted Ono to consider alternatives, among which include a change of mobile phone network supplier. Both Orange and Vodafone are likely contenders as Ono looks for mobile. Ono is the fastest growing MVNO in recent months and had a total of about 315,000 customers in early October.
The quality and continuity of mobile phone service currently offered by the cable operator will not be affected by the situation. In the event that disagreements persist between the two companies, it is likely that the CMT impose precautionary measures to extend the contract without negative consequences for users.

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12-13-2012, 09:22 AM
SMIT opens new office in New Delhi

Editor | 12-12-2012

In response to what it calls the growing demand for secured high quality video service in India, SMIThas opened a new office in New Delhi.
The leading conditional access module (CAM) supplier said the new office will enable it to work more closely with its local partners and market its solution and service to a wider market.
“We are very excited to be inaugurating the new office in India as it marks an important step forward in this market,” commented Levent Le, SMIT deputy general manager. “We do believe that a fast-growing high quality and secure video demand is coming. With the new office and the rich experience, we will be closer to our local customers and contribute more to the DVB industry in India.”
SMIT’s CAMs see use with most of the leading European DVB operators, and with its own designed processor the company believes that it is able to provide high-secured and customised CAM to satisfy the requirements of the global premium players.

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12-13-2012, 09:23 AM
Spanish company takes Government to task on DTT licence allocation

Iñaki Ferreras | 12-12-2012

An appeal by Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 has partially been upheld by Spain's Supreme Court which declared null an agreement of the Council of Ministers on 16 July 2010.
Through this agreement, a mux with the capacity of transmitting four conventional channels was allocated to Antena 3, Telecinco, Sogecable, Veo 7, Net Televisión and laSexta. The agreement was declared null because the Court found it did not abide by the law, although this legal decision does not affect current broadcasters.
According to the decision, says Europa Press, the Government did not respect the Audiovisual Communication General Law, which was established in May 2010, and assigned additional DTT channels to the owners of the licences without them going to a public bid as is required by law.
The legal action of Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 dates back to 2005 and has already been tried in various regions with some for and some against rulings over how DTT licences have been given over the last few years.

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12-13-2012, 09:26 AM
Telefónica Digital chooses Ericsson to enable next phase of video platform build-out

Editor | 12-12-2012

Telefónica Digital has chosen Ericsson to lead the integration and implementation of its next-generation video platform (GVP) which will form the basis of its IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) video services.
The operator initially announced its plans for GVP in November 2012, revealing that first deployments will take place in Brazil, Chile and Spain, and that it would make use of the Microsoft's Mediaroom product suite to power pay-TV and OTT services.
In this latest development, Ericsson will become the prime integrator of Telefónica Digital's GVP, deploying its operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS).
Managed Services and offering multi-vendor support across Telefónica's entire global video ecosystem.
Within the Global Video Platform, several players are combining their different components such as IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, digital rights management systems and content management systems to provide the best video experience to Telefonica's subscribers.
Telefónica's own R&D is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP.The result of its involvement, says Ericsson, is that Telefónica will be able to gain operational efficiencies and modernise its end-to-end environment.
"Our role as prime system integrator is to make the service seamless across the multi-vendor environment, and with our managed services we ensure the global video platform runs with the high level of quality expected every day by Telefónica and their customers,” explained Paolo Colella, head of consulting and systems integration at Ericsson.
"We want people to be able to get their content whether they are on IPTV or OTT networks, on mobile or fixed,” added Vivek Dev, director of digital services at Telefónica Digital. “We chose Ericsson as the primary integrator because of their TV expertise as well as their knowledge in the IT domain."

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12-13-2012, 09:27 AM
KPN appoints Accenture to deliver TV services

Editor | 12-12-2012

Accenture has won a major contract with leading Dutchtelecommunications and ICT service provider KPN to supply TV services based on its Accenture Video Solution.
Under the agreement, the full financial terms of which have not yet been disclosed, Accenture is committed to adding features to KPN’s iTV and iTV Online services to the Dutch retail and wholesale markets. The latter are based on KPN’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) for content streaming and are said to guarantee improved picture stability and “best-in-class” adaptive streaming services for KPN’s clients.
Accenture is also tasked with improving service performance such as delivering KPN with a multiscreen interactive TV solution encompassing TV, tablet and smartphones. It adds that this will be possible through its products’ video software and services capabilities, while also providing KPN subs with remote recording capabilities, catch-up TV and adaptive streaming for consistent quality of service experience. In addition, Accenture says that it is planning to develop and deliver “innovative” new features and services designed to provide KPN’s subscribers with a superior user experience.
“We will provide KPN with a complete portfolio of innovative digital services that will enable subscribers to watch TV on more devices,” explained Marco Vernocchi, managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group. “We believe the Accenture Video Solution deployed by KPN is now one of the industry’s most comprehensive, feature-rich video software and services platforms available today.”

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12-13-2012, 09:28 AM
Touchdown live TV as sport dominates American screens

Joseph O'Halloran | 12-12-2012

Despite the increasing amounts of alternatives available, sporting and live events dominated in 2012 when it came to attracting US viewers, data from Nielsen has revealed.
According to the latest Nielsen Wire report, the Super Bowl XLVI “set new viewership heights” with 111.3 million viewers, 300,000 more than watched last year’s denouement to the American football season. Indeed, America’s favourite sport took the first eight places in Nielsen’s top ten TV programmes of 2012 based on a single telecast, with Danny Boyle’s masterpiece of an Olympics Opening Ceremony creeping into ninth place, closely followed by the GRAMMY Awards which took around 40 million viewers each.
Football was top scorer again when it came to regularly scheduled programming, with NBC Sunday Night Football claiming 21.3 million viewers, followed by the Wednesday and Thursday episodes of American Idol which attracted 18 million and 16.4 million viewers respectively. The leading non-sport or non-reality show was CBS’s NCIS which generated 13,629 viewers.
Yet even though the data showed just how much life left there is in live TV, Nielsen also revealed the extent to which time-shifting is playing within American viewing habits in 2012 and said that it witnessed a significant lift in programme viewership, most notably with cable programming. Viewers time-shifted more of their viewing than in 2011, as each programme more than doubled its live viewership. Cable shows comprised 90% of 2012’s list and all of the top time-shifted shows were scripted dramas.

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12-13-2012, 09:30 AM
Ensequence, Audible Magic join forces for advertising portfolio

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Ensequence and Audible Magic are integrating Audible Magic's SmartID and Ensequence's award-winning iTV Manager to solutions to create a targeted advertising portfolio.

The platform will allow advertisers to connect one-on-one with audiences across devices including TV sets, tablets, laptops and smartphones. It also can monitor hundreds of broadcast streams that then trigger events across set-top boxes that activate programming and TV commercial enhancements to further engage viewers.

"The new, more interactive, more deeply engaged TV viewing environment isn't on the horizon; it's here," said Vance Ikezoye, president and CEO of Audible Magic. "And Ensequence's iTV Manager solution is playing a key role in turning the promise into a reality that's exciting for viewers and potentially much more profitable for advertisers. In fact, the integrated product's ability to recognise TV commercials and create one-on-one viewer engagement in real time is like a dream come true for these advertisers—their Holy Grail."

Audible Magic offers digital fingerprinting for recognising content in all forms across radio and television broadcasts, Internet streams, cable and satellite transmissions, stored digital files and on consumer devices such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets and other appliances. Ensequence meanwhile offers interactive and dynamic advertising products.

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12-13-2012, 09:31 AM
TWC adds on-demand catalogue to TWC TV iPad app

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Time Warner Cable has released a new version of its TWC TV app for iPad to include access to 4,000 TV and movie titles on-demand, from 91 different providers.
The initial catalogue is a mix of HD and standard definition content, and TWC said that it will be adding more HD as it becomes available to the TV Everywhere mix.
"Some networks don't offer their on-demand product in HD, while some offer a mix of SD and HD," the company said in its blog. "We don't get absolutely everything in HD today, but we will continue to add to the catalogue on an ongoing basis."
TWC said that it will be making same upgrade to the TWC TV app for PC and Android some time in the first quarter of 2013.
"Not every app update is a big deal – usually it's just a few bug fixes, stability upgrades, adding some channels here and there," TWC said. "This one is different."

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12-13-2012, 09:32 AM
AT&T U-verse adds Justice.Central.TV legal network


Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Syndicated TV content producer Entertainment Studios has added its eighth 24-hour HD television network, Justice.Central.TV, which has gone live on AT&T U-verse IPTV in the United States.
The new 24/7 HD legal and news cable television network for court proceedings, news, talk and entertainment programming is dedicated to courtroom shows, legal news and a broad range of law-oriented original programming.
The programming includes America's Court with George Ross, which shows litigants how they can responsibly deal with their disputes and understand the consequences of their actions, and We the People, with Gloria Allred, which features the real-life advocate and leader in conflict resolution. Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez and Supreme Justice with Judge Karen is also part of the line-up.
"The timing is perfect for Justice.TV," said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. "Court programming is the second highest-rated genre on daytime television, and Justice.Central.TV is the only 24-hour HD court and legal news network."
He added, "Our goal and commitment is to make Justice.Central.TV the premier legal news network. All content will be originally produced in-house to ensure the highest level of creative quality, as well as the ability to distribute our content globally on all platforms."
Entertainment Studios also owns seven other 24-hour HD niche television networks: Cars.TV, Es.TV, Comedy.TV, MyDestination.TV, Pets.TV and Legacy.TV.

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12-13-2012, 09:33 AM
Connected TVs face platform fragmentation as critical challenge

Michelle Clancy | 12-12-2012

Connected television is predicted to break into the mainstream soon with over 220 million smart TV sets set to be sold worldwide in 2017, up from the 54 million that will be sold this year, according to Informa Telecoms & Media's latest smart-TV device forecasts.
However, big obstacles in terms of platform fragmentation and replacement cycles will prevent the sets from commanding the centre point for the digital home any time soon.
These numbers are promising for apps developers and consumer electronics manufacturers, but the success is not going to be enough to overtake the lead that games consoles and media-streaming devices, including set-tops like Apple TV and Roku, have in the market, Informa predicts.
The researchers said that 31% of households worldwide will own at least one smart TV in five years' time, with household penetration much higher in North America (63%) and Western Europe (64%). However, with their long life cycles, TVs are simply not the right device to be the hub of the digital home, the company said.
"Informa estimates that in 2017 more than half of the 800 million smart TV sets by that time will only be used as dumb screens," said Andrew Ladbrook, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. "Moreover, while any 'smart' TV bought in 2011 or 2012 can be used for streaming online video services for a few years, they lack the processing power and the necessary hardware to perform those smart TV functions that will be standard in 2015. Simply put, any smart TV purchased in 2012 will be effectively obsolete by 2015."
Instead, devices that are regularly replaced, including smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, media streamers and games consoles, will be the key devices in the digital home experience. Smartphones in particular, with their short lifecycles and rapidly increasing processor power, will continue to define what 'smart' means, the analyst reasons.
The manufacturers' short-term support for their smart TV products will also prove a hindrance. New services will continue to be launched solely on the latest smart TV models – HBO GO, Skype, Onlive, BBC's Sport app – which means that users who bought last year's device are excluded. Apps cannot be easily released across multiple devices, since each smart TV platform demands bespoke development.
Thus, the fragmentation of platforms and standards continues to plague the smart TV market. This situation benefits the current market leaders Samsung and LG as they attract the top services first due to their strong positions. And, while Informa believes that Google TV or Android will come to be the default OS for smart TVs, this is still some years away.
"If TVs are going to be truly smart, they must do more than offer a wide variety of online video services," Ladbrook said. "Instead they must add advanced functionality including voice control, motion control, advanced advertising, attractive user interfaces and two-way communications with other smart devices – so-called 'second screens' – allowing these devices to send video to the TV and also know what is being watched. Manufacturers should focus less on adding more content and more on improving how users can interact with that content."

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12-13-2012, 09:34 AM
Pearl Media Group and Bigflix in film distribution deal

Louise Duffy | 12-12-2012

Pearl Media Group (PMG) has signed an agreement for offering Indian movies, including the latest Bollywood releases, via the Bigflix app on JadooPLUS.

Under the terms of the deal, Bigflix will offer a selection of content on PMG’s premium OTT entertainment service outside the US and India.

JadooPLUS consists of live TV and on-demand content, targeting South Asian expatriates worldwide via connected devices such as smart TVs, PCs and Macs, tablets, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and mobile devices.

Sumit Ahuja, Co-Founder & VP of Content Acquisition and Distribution at PMG, said: “Partnering with Bigflix is an exciting opportunity for us as it builds on our current on-demand library, offering our JadooPLUS customers an even more diverse selection of Bollywood and regional films."

Sandeep Mehra, Head of International Distribution at Bigflix, added: “We’re excited about partnering with PMG, bringing our content to the largest international base of South Asian viewers on JadooPLUS. Bigflix was launched with an aim to offer Indian movies to a global audience. While Bigflix already has a presence in India and the USA, our tie-up with PMG will enable us to offer the same quality full length movies to JadooPLUS subscribers in other parts of the world."

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12-13-2012, 09:36 AM
Apple 'testing designs' for iTV

Louise Duffy | 12-12-2012

Apple is said to be working with Asian manufacturers on a device that could change the way we watch TV, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, it's not clear whether the device would be a TV or a version of the Apple TV set-top box.

According to the report, the project is still in the early stages of testing. Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision is said to have been working with Japan's Sharp Corp on the design of the new TV.

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12-13-2012, 09:37 AM
Global media monitor TVEyes enters Australian market

Louise Duffy | 12-12-2012

TVEyes global broadcast media monitoring is now available in Australia. The company's Media Monitoring Suite provides fixed-price access to Australia TV and global TV broadcast and radio.

John Harrison, managing director of TVEyes, said: "Until today, PR and media professionals in Australia have had to pay exorbitant and unpredictable fees for media monitoring services compared to going rates in other global markets. High fixed costs combined with pay-per-view pricing schemes make for an inordinately high expense. The TVEyes Media Monitoring Suite is offered on far more attractive monthly terms and unlike competitive services has zero incremental usage cost."

TVEyes officially launches in Australia on 1 January 2013 with the ABC, Nine Network and Network Ten national broadcasts and selected capital city feeds. Additional feeds throughout Australia will be added in the first quarter. Free trial accounts are available beginning today to qualified users at public relations agencies, businesses, government agencies, military and not-for profit organisations.

"Our Media Monitoring Suite enables users to create unlimited watch lists for keyword monitoring, perform ad-hoc search by keyword, phrase, date and time, and network, and then immediately stream unlimited clips – all at a fixed monthly cost that includes copyright licensing fees," said Harrison. "There's no more powerful broadcast TV monitoring system available in Australia and no competitor even comes close to our value proposition."

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12-13-2012, 09:39 AM
Deluxe Music to launch HD channel

Jörn Krieger | 13-12-2012

German music broadcaster Deluxe Music will offer its service in high definition from 17 December 2012.
Deluxe Music HD will be available via satellite to DTH households in Germany exclusively on SES' fee-based HDTV platform HD+ via Astra (19.2° East).
The channel, which screens music videos from genres such as rock, disco and soul, will be the 15th service on board HD+. Distribution will be on the frequency 10,803 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 3/4).
"With the launch of Deluxe Music HD, all music fans will be able to enjoy probably the only real German-language free-to-air music channel in HD quality," said Alexander Trauttmansdorff, managing director of parent company High View Media.
"Deluxe Music HD will initially be distributed exclusively via HD+," explained Trauttmansdorff. Further platforms will follow over the next year.

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12-13-2012, 09:41 AM
UK consumers lead world in take-up of latest TV technology

Joseph O'Halloran | 13-12-2012

The UK’s broadcasting and telecoms regulator Ofcom is claiming that the nation is leading the world in using the latest TV technology to enhance their TV viewing experience.
Ofcom’s seventh International Communications Market Report revealed that overall the average UK viewer watches over four hours (242 minutes) of TV every day, with only viewers in the USA (293 minutes) and Italy (253 minutes) watching more.
The survey found that driven by the soaring usage of the BBC iPlayer, Sky Go and Channel 4’s 4OD, UK is ahead of other countries such as Japan and even the USA in online catch-up TV is setting the pace in terms of using new technology such as smart TVs and digital video recorders (DVRs). UK consumers are also the most likely to access TV content over the internet. The findings showed that almost a quarter (23%) of UK internet users used catch-up TV every week, compared with 17% in the USA and 16% in Spain.
Ofcom added that the UK also has one of the highest proportions of TV homes with high definition – at 41%, higher than France (18%), Germany (28%) and Japan (31%). However in this regard the UK still lags behind the US where nearly half of the country’s households have HD. Over a third (35.4%) of TV sets sold in Q1 2012 in the UK were either sized 33–42” or larger than 43”, up from 6.8% in 2005. Connected TV is also a bright sport for the UK’s TV industry with 15% UK consumers claiming to own a smart TV. This is the same percentage as France, but compares well to the 10% usage in the USA.
Ofcom’s report also revealed that shows that the UK has one of the highest penetrations of smartphones, at 58%, while just under one in five (19%) has a tablet. These mobile devices were increasingly seeing use connecting to the internet, with, for the first time, UK consumers downloading more data, for applications including streaming video, on their mobiles and tablets than any other major nation.
Commenting on the findings, James Thickett, Ofcom’s Director of Research, said: “Our research shows that UK consumers continue to benefit from one of the most advanced markets for communications products and services. We have always been a nation of TV lovers, and our research shows that UK consumers are world leaders in using the latest TV technology. By catching up on programmes online or using smart TVs, the UK public is finding new ways to enhance their viewing experience.”

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12-13-2012, 09:43 AM
Netflix pegs Google, Verizon as fastest US ISPs

Michelle Clancy | 13-12-2012

Fibre-fed IPTV services take the honours for the fastest ISPs in the United States, with Google and Verizon FiOS topping new speed rankings from streaming giant Netflix.
The over-the-top behemoth has started ranking the ISPs that carry its traffic this month. "Our 30 million members view over one billion hours of Netflix per month, so we have very reliable data for consumers to compare ISPs in terms of real world performance," said Ken Florance, vice president of content delivery at Netflix, in a blog post.
Google Fiber, which has been launching a 1Gbps IPTV+broadband service in Kansas City, offers Netflix users an average speed of 2.55Mbps, edging out Verizon, which stands at an average of 2.19Mbps. Comcast (2.17Mbps), Charter (2.17Mbps) and Cablevision (2.15Mbps) followed with near-imperceptible speed differences.
Any reliance on copper for signal delivery to the home brought the throughputs significantly down, however. For instance, AT&T U-verse uses a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) architecture meant to combat both copper's distance sensitivity and fibre trenching costs by building out fibre neighbourhoods but then leveraging copper connections inside the home for final delivery. But its average speed came in at a distant 1.94Mbps.
"AT&T U-verse, which is a hybrid fibre-DSL service, shows quite poorly compared to Verizon FiOS, which is pure fibre," Florance wrote. He added that "broadly, cable showed better than DSL."
To that point, AT&T's pure-copper DSL service showed at 1.42Mbps, beating Verizon's 1.37Mbps average.
When it came to wireless, Verizon Wireless had a 40% higher performance than AT&T with an average of 0.76Mbps. It was followed by T-Mobile at 0.64Mbps, Sprint at 0.56Mbps and, finally, AT&T at 0.48Mbps.
For all providers, "the average performance is well below the peak performance due to a variety of factors including home Wi-Fi, a variety of devices and a variety of encodes," said Florance. "The relative ranking, however, should be an accurate indicator of relative bandwidth typically experienced across all users, homes and applications."

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12-13-2012, 09:44 AM
Quarter of top brands embracing online video ads

Michelle Clancy | 13-12-2012

Online video advertising is beginning to catch the notice of big advertisers, with almost a quarter of top brands (23%) now including online video advertising as part of their media marketing mix, and of those, 11% exclusively using online video.
According to its Online Video Measurement service, Kantar Media found that almost a quarter of top brands now include online video advertising as part of their overall marketing strategy.
That doesn't mean that television doesn't still reign supreme, as a full 77% continue to advertise on national television exclusively. About 12% use a mix of both online video and television advertising. Thus, there's a way to go before pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll video ads catch up with viewership. Other research paints the picture in stark terms: in November comScore reported that more than 88% of online users watched at least one online video in October, and about 22% of online video seen during the month were ads.
"Consumer interest in online video is surging, but to date companies have had little insight into how this important channel is being used for marketing and advertising campaigns," said George Carens, president of Kantar Media Intelligence North America, in a statement. "Our new service enables detailed tracking of information for the ads playing within online videos, providing a glimpse for the first time into the dynamics that are making online video one of the fastest growing digital advertising segments."
According to analysis of data from the tracking service, of the industries that used both national TV advertising and online video advertising during October 2012, restaurants and automotive companies were the most likely to use both channels, at 43% and 30% of brands advertising respectively, while Internet communications and content companies as well as resort and travel companies were the most likely to use online video advertising exclusively, at 39% and 28% respectively.

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12-13-2012, 09:45 AM
Aframe delivers film dailies via the cloud

Michelle Clancy | 13-12-2012

Aframe, a cloud video production platform company, has announced a new digital benchmark: delivery of the 'dailies' from the indie film The Birder's Guide to Everything to a 20-person team, in literally one day.
The company used a process of ingesting, storing, transcoding and delivering a link to a full day's high-res footage from the production of the film. Typically, sharing dailies is done by sending raw footage from location shoots via overnight shipments to arrive a day or two later.
Billing itself as a "quirky coming of age film featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley," The Birder's Guide to Everything is a feature-length adaptation of the 2008 short Aquarium by director Rob Meyer, which won an honourable mention from the Sundance Film Festival. After spotting what he thinks is an extinct duck, a high school sophomore and bird enthusiast persuades two dorky buddies and the "new girl in school" to join him on a quest to locate the mysterious bird. Adventure ensues as the teen comes to terms with painful aspects of his family life.
During 21 days of shooting north of New York City, post house Sixteen19 processed and uploaded dailies to Aframe, where they were securely stored and accessible to all authorised team members. Within hours, a link to an H264 proxy copy of the footage was emailed to 20 collaborators on the film.
Collaborators could access footage anywhere, anytime, without the need for dedicated, costly on-premises systems, with one co-producer even viewing dailies on his iPad while working in Qatar, the company noted.
"I've been waiting for this type of solution for a decade, and to me Aframe is simply genius," said Dean Winkler, co-founder of Laboratory and post-production and VFX supervisor for the film. "Digital storage is a huge problem, with everyone throwing valuable hard drives into some carton in an insecure back room, which are painful and time-consuming to sift through and store, let alone share. With Aframe, we store the master in a secure cloud and let everyone look at H264 proxies immediately and at their convenience – making better use of otherwise idle time and getting the footage out when it can make the greatest impact."
He added, "We're creating this film on a tight budget, and Aframe not only saved us money distributing dailies but was also a far better solution than using physical media."

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12-13-2012, 09:47 AM
Azteca appoints new TV execs for DR, Central America

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 13-12-2012

Mexican Spanish-language content powerhouse Azteca has made some personnel changes covering Central America and the Dominican Republic by appointing Ricardo Garcia as the local manager, and Rolando Santos to affiliate sales for this region.
Starting in January 2013, they will handle the distribution of its pay-TV network Azteca Internacional and the 24-hour telenovelas network Azteca Novelas.
The Azteca Internacional signal covers millions of people in Latin America with content from its channels Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, including telenovelas, game shows, musicals, light entertainment, news programmes, top series, reality shows and soccer.
Azteca Novelas offers a dedicated soap opera channel with both new and old telenovelas from the Azteca library. It showcases a range of youth-oriented, classic, historical, polemic and realistic telenovelas.

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12-13-2012, 09:48 AM
Xstream extends management software with next-gen ingest service

Joseph O'Halloran | 13-12-2012

Bidding to address major industry challenges for accepting content in a way never seen before, Xstream has launched what it calls a next generation ingest service.
The end-to-end video management software and services provider says that at the heart of its new move is the growing challenge facing the OTT and TV Everywhere market of ensuring a simple ingest workflow when importing media assets from various content providers. Xstream asserts that for many service providers with a large media assets library, the ingest workflow can be a major headache with different processes for dealing with multiple video input formats, metadata formats, subtitle formats, applying DRM encryption and transcoding for multiple platforms.
The solution is designed to allow management of all content from the provider to its final viewing platform. In addition, it is said to be able to handle and automate all major tasks related to the ingest process in terms of processing and handling large video files and related assets. These include all encoding in a seamless automated workflow, uploading and downloading from servers, image resizing, metadata, subtitles, outputting distribution ready files to any CDN and DRM encryption.
Xstream claims that its new Ingest Service will “greatly simplify” media asset ingest, offering a “completely transparent” process to fit into any media roll-out. The business benefit claimed is reduced customer time spent on setting up ingest workflows, decreased time to market and the ability to scale their offerings faster, better and wider than ever before.
“The new Ingest Service is a milestone in our product development since we believe it will solve the challenges our customers are experiencing with complicated workflows,” claims Xstream CEO and founder Frank Thorup. “With our new Ingest Service we enable the delivery of content to viewers; quicker, better, easier, with studio approved DRM and the industry’s best set-up to scale our customers’ solutions from one to many - from one day to another.”

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12-13-2012, 09:49 AM
Plizy raises $4MN to fund video discovery efforts

Michelle Clancy | 13-12-2012

Video content discovery company Plizy has raised $4 million in a Series A round from Atlas Venture.
The company will use the new funding to expand its audience, aggregating more content from providers such as Cinemax, Snagfilm and Starz, and building out its offerings across multiple platforms, specifically on Android and iOS.
Plizy previously raised $1.2 million in angel round funding, joined by the co-founder of Fotolia, Oleg Tschelzhoff. It launched its iPad app in May 2011 to allow users to find relevant online videos based on their individual 'interest graph.' It has since expanded to allow users to search, organise, watch and share any content available online. In November, Plizy launched version 2.0 with a completely new website and iPad app user interface.
"We are thrilled to have Atlas Venture as our sole investor because of our long-standing relationship with them and their success with companies like Dailymotion – the largest digital media company to come out of Europe," said Jonathan Benassaya, founder and CEO at Plizy. "As video content is fragmented across many sites there is no easy way for consumers to get access to the content they want. Plizy offers a unique service for consumers to seamlessly search, organize, watch and share any movie, TV show or video online."
Plizy now aggregates more than 550,000 movies, 200,000 shows and 100 million videos across various video services, including Amazon Prime, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Dailymotion, HBO Go, Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix, Vimeo and YouTube.

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12-13-2012, 09:51 AM
Apple, Samsung surge in consumer brand preference

Joseph O'Halloran | 13-12-2012

As tablets and smartphones are now as much an entrenched part of the broadcast industry as TV sets, the power of brands has never been stronger, and the most powerful of these are Apple and Samsung, according to Strategy Analytics.
According to the analyst’s ConsumerMetrix service — asking how likely people would be to choose each of more than 20 global brands when buying products such as mobile phones, TVs and related products — the top 17 brands in order of preference are Samsung, Sony, Apple, HP, LG, Panasonic, Dell, Nokia, Philips, Toshiba, Acer, Sharp, Asus, Motorola, Sanyo, Blackberry and Lenovo.
Over the past six months Samsung improved its score by 4.4 points, extending its leadership over Sony to 17 points, while Apple’s rating increased by 2.3 points, overtaking HP into third place. Despite the huge and incessant take up of smartphones and tablets, mobile-centric brands performed the worst over the past half-year, with Blackberry’s score plummeting and Motorola and Nokia both declining markedly. Apple beat Samsung as the most preferred brand in the highest income segment. Apple still suffers, however, in France and Germany, where its ratings are still significantly lower than in other markets.
“These survey findings suggest that the 12-month outlook for both Samsung and Apple remains rosy,” explained David Mercer, principal analyst at Strategy Analytics. “By contrast, most rivals are struggling to improve consumer support and urgently need to improve mindshare.”

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12-13-2012, 09:52 AM
Hispanic YouTube network MiTú clenches new financing


Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 13-12-2012

Latino-focused YouTube network MiTú has snagged new backing from The Chernin Group (TCG) and others in an unspecified round of financing.
MiTú said that it will use the funding to continue growing its business by partnering with new Latino content producers, focusing its efforts on the US, Mexico and Colombia markets.
"The MiTú opportunity combines two powerful trends: one, the Latino audience is one of the fastest growing and youngest demographics in the world, and two, YouTube is the largest and fastest growing online video platform in the world," said Peter Chernin, former News Corp president and chief operating officer and now founder and CEO of TCG. "MiTú not only identified those two trends, but also has been aggressive and smart about launching a consumer-focused brand in this market, targeting a younger Latino audience whose needs are unmet by traditional television. The early results have been astounding and we're thrilled to partner with them to continue to grow the business."
Other participants in the round include: Allen DeBevoise, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Machinima; Juan Cristóbal Ferrer of Mexico City-based advertising agency Ferrer Comunicación; Advancit Capital, a venture capital firm co-founded by Shari Redstone, vice chair of Viacom Inc and CBS Corp and president of National Amusements Inc, and Jason Ostheimer, previously of Blackstone Group; and Code Advisors, which was founded by Quincy Smith, former head of CBS Interactive.
"The young global Latino audience is looking for a media brand that speaks to them," said MiTú CEO Roy Burstin. "MiTú will be that brand, and partnering with The Chernin Group and our other strategic investors accelerates our ability to reach this goal."
Less than a year old, Los Angeles-based MiTú has racked up 800 million total network views and has in excess of 2.3 million subscribers. It runs 350 channels from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
"As a bi-cultural Latina, as well as a professional content creator, I am proud to help build a new platform and creative outlet for Latinos, empowering them to become successful media entrepreneurs," said MiTú co-founder Beatriz Acevedo. "We are also developing innovative content with Hispanic YouTube influencers with large, established followings, providing great opportunities for brands to engage important audiences in a scale-based, but targeted, manner."

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12-13-2012, 09:54 AM
French Government requests strategic plan from FTV

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 13-12-2012

On Wednesday, the French Minister of Culture and Communications publicly asked France Télévisions' president Rémy Pflmilin to set up a convincing strategic plan, based on public service missions.
Interviewed by radio station RTL, Aurélie Filipetti spoke up against the ongoing policy at France Télévisions, and asked for a "strategic plan based on clear missions regarding backing creation, increasing kids and educational programming, as well as quality news".
Filipetti was indirectly referring to Rémy Pflimlin's announcement last week of his plan to set up an extended nightly news programme at France 3 that would cancel weekly documentary and magazine slots. This announcement caused anger from the French TV creative and production companies.
Over the whole of the France Televisions group, some €130 million will have to be cut next year.

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12-13-2012, 09:56 AM
Discovery set to take 20% stake in Eurosport and TF1 theme channels

Editor | 13-12-2012

The Board of Directors of French pay-TV group TF1 have empowered CEO Nonce Paolini authority to continue and finalise strategic alliance negotiations with Discovery Communications.
If negotiations are successful, Discovery would take a 20% minority interest in the Eurosport group and such an acquisition would involve a cash consideration of approximately €170 million ($221.6 million).
Discovery would become a shareholder in the TV Breizh, Histoire, Ushuaïa TV and Stylía channels, with a 20% interest in each, with the ability to increase to 49% in two years. The acquisition of the interest in these businesses would involve a cash consideration of approximately €14 million ($18.2 million).
Discovery would also have the possibility (via an option granted by TF1) of raising its interest to 51% in two years’ time. Furthermore, if Discovery did exercise its option, TF1 would have the ability to exercise a put option over the remaining 49%, which potentially could give Discovery full ownership.
TF1 says that a relationship between its Eurosport division and Discovery would “unlock synergies and complementary capabilities”, particularly at the European level in both content and in development opportunities geographical expansion, new product launches and digital rollout. It added that the alliance also would aim to enhance the output of documentary, magazine and current affairs channels in order to offer French distributors a flagship range of theme channels built around the content and brand portfolios of the two groups. In the production field, the proposed alliance would pave the way for the production of magazine and documentary programmes via TF1 Production.
First revealed in November 2012, Discovery and TF1 said they would seek ways in which they can create value for both companies across their numerous complementary business activities. The move is intended to boost activities in three areas, namely: driving the growth of Eurosport; enhancing both companies’ pay-TV offerings; developing a mutually beneficial content production relationship.

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12-13-2012, 09:57 AM
Bolivia prepares analogue switch-off for 2016

Iñaki Ferreras | 13-12-2012

In order to keep pace with the most advanced Latin American countries with regard to digital TV, Bolivia, in collaboration with Argentina, has scheduled its analogue switch-off for 2016.
According to the consultancy Next TV Latin America, both countries have signed an agreement to carry out the digital switchover in 2016. The cooperation agreement has already been approved by the International Policy Committee of the Lower House.
The agreement allows for the further redistribution of television frequencies from 2016, once his contract ends.
The document was signed by Bolivia and Argentina in July 2012, and also provides for programming to strengthen Bolivia's state TV channel with educational and cultural content.

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12-13-2012, 10:02 AM
Telefónica sells Atento

Iñaki Ferreras | 13-12-2012

Spain's main telco Telefónica has closed the sale of its subsidiary Atento to a group of companies controlled by Bain Capital following the approval of the regulatory authorities.
The value of the transaction amounted to €1,051 million, including conditional deferred payment of €110 million and the granting by Telefónica of funding amounting to €110 million, reports Europa Press.
The company has estimated that this divestment reduces its debt by about €812 million at the time of closing the transaction. It also noted that this sale will lead to improvements in the company's debt in future years.
Last October, Telefónica reached an agreement for the sale of Atento totalling €1,039 million to the group of companies controlled by private equity fund Bain Capital, which counts among its founders the Republican politician Mitt Romney.
This move, together with the recent IPO of 23% of its German subsidiary, is part of Telefónica's policy of divesting non-core assets, in order to increase its financial flexibility and reduce debt.
The purchase of Atento has led to Bain Capital's first operation in Spain; it already has a presence in Europe, however, where it has offices in London and Munich.

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12-13-2012, 10:12 AM
DAILY TELEGRAPH Arsene Wenger's training methods and relationship with Steve Bould, his new assistant, have been called into question following the embarrassment of Tuesday's Capital One Cup defeat against Bradford City. Also: Fulham have withdrawn a complaint of tapping-up against Liverpool after the Anfield club issued an embarrassing apology following their attempts to sign forward Clint Dempsey in the summer.

DAILY MIRROR Arsenal fans received a boardroom apology last night as Arsene Wenger faced the biggest crisis of his 16 years at the club. Also: Everton are ready to take defender Joleon Lescott back to Goodison Park.

THE SUN Arsenal stars fear Arsene Wenger's relationship with his new assistant Steve Bould is breaking down. Also: Swansea are in the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in their 100-year history - thanks to a lucky own goal.

THE TIMES The Arsenal board will demonstrate its enduring faith in the club's embattled manager, Arsene Wenger, by encouraging the Frenchman with a £50million war chest to try and attract at least one high-calibre player at a premium price in the January transfer window. Also: For the second successive night, a Barclays Premier League club was steeling itself for a surprise exit from the Capital One Cup, but on this occasion it was not to be.

THE GUARDIAN The Bradford City captain, Gary Jones, believes Arsenal's stars ought to be embarrassed by their Capital One Cup quarter-final exit at Valley Parade on Tuesday and he twisted the knife when he said that Torquay United had put up more of a fight against his team in Saturday's League Two meeting. Also: Warren Gatland has said the decision not to include his Wales colleague Shaun Edwards among the coaches for next summer's British and Irish Lions tour was the "most difficult" of his career.

THE INDEPENDENT The Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, apologised to fans' groups at a meeting last night for the club's elimination at the hands of League Two Bradford City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, a result which he said had left him "upset and angry". Also: Manchester City's captain, Vincent Kompany, will see a specialist about the hamstring injury which forced him out of last Sunday's derby against Manchester United and, having missed training yesterday, he looks very doubtful for Saturday's trip to Newcastle.

DAILY MAIL The Football Association have given assurances to the Government that they will take decisive action to remove the stain of racism from the English game. Also: Stan Kroenke has given his total support to Arsene Wenger against a backdrop of training ground tension.

DAILY EXPRESS Arsene Wenger has marched into a blizzard of criticism after his side's Bradford City shocker. Also: Seb Hines' own-goal sent Swansea into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup for the first time.

DAILY STAR Ian Wright reckons Arsene Wenger should fear for his job after Arsenal's Capital One Cup flop at Bradford. Also: UEFA will decide today whether to ban Serbia from international football over the Danny Rose race row.

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12-13-2012, 10:58 AM
Euronews looks to CEE
December 13, 2012 10.15 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

A Hungarian version of Euronews will make its debut next April.

Quoting Michael Peters, the company’s CEO, local media report that it will be the 13th national service and the second after Greece to be based in a local newsroom.

Euronews is currently available in 20% of Hungarian households and is the fourth most watched news channel in the country, with 7% of viewers watching it at least once a week, according to data produced by EMS Europe.

Significantly, Peters also said that a local version of Euronews would next become available in Romania.

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12-13-2012, 11:00 AM
UPC teams up with Atmedia
December 13, 2012 10.03 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

UPC Polska has entered into an important new partnership with Atmedia and Nielsen Audience Measurement.

Under it, they have created a new audience measurement panel known as Atmedia SpotLight that allows the parties to monitor programme and commercial viewing among 12,000 pay-TV viewers in 5,000 homes in Poland.

Marcin Boroszko, CEO Atmedia Group, notes that Poland’s TV market has fragmented at lightening speed in the last 10 years, with the number of channels having increased from 35 to over 200 and number of advertisers more than doubled to over 3,000 a year.

This means that both broadcasters and advertisers have had to target increasingly narrow audiences and up to now there was no accurate method of monitoring the latter’s viewing habits.

Atmedia SpotLight will monitor the viewing of over 170 channels currently offered by UPC Polska, Poland’s leading cable operator.

Atmedia is the largest sales house of thematic media in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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12-13-2012, 11:01 AM
TF1 talks could lead to Discovery-Eurosport purchase
December 13, 2012 09.49 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Discovery Communications could eventually take full control of the Eurosport group under proposals drawn up by TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini.

The board of directors at the French commercial network have agreed Paolini finalise negotiations with Discovery. The proposal is that Discovery would take a 20% minority interest in the Eurosport group, which comprises both Eurosport International and Eurosport France for €170 million.

TF1 has granted Discovery at option to raise its interest to 51% in two years time. If Discovery were to exercise its option, TF1 could then play its own put option over the remaining 49%, which would increase Discovery’s ownership to 100%.

As well as Eurosport, Discovery would also become a shareholder in the TV Breizh, Ushuaia TV and Stylia channels. An initial 20% for €14 million could lead to a 49% share.

The channels that focus their output around documentaries, magazine and current affairs channels are prime Discovery territory.

Employee representatives are to hold discussions with management on the proposals with a decision said to be weeks away.

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12-13-2012, 11:02 AM
Major success for Ukrainian OTT
December 13, 2012 09.39 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

The Ukrainian cable operator Triolan is to start offering the OTT service Divan.tv to its subscribers from the beginning of 2013.

According to Divan.tv, they will be given access to the media player D1.TV.HD, which allows viewers to connect to the service, free of charge for two months.

At the end of this period they will then be asked to purchase or rent the equipment.

The new offer, known as Try and Buy, marks a major turning point for the OTT sector in Ukraine, where Divan.tv is currently believed to be the only player.

Its service will be available in a handful of major population centres including the capital, Kiev.

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12-13-2012, 11:03 AM
Deluxe Music joins HD+ platform
December 13, 2012 09.37 Europe/London By Robert Briel

SES has announced that its German HD platform HD+ is adding its 15th channel. Deluxe Music HD will start on 17 December 17.

Deluxe Music was launched 2005 in Germany and offers a high-end music channel now also in High Definition.

Launched on November 1, 2009, HD+ reaches over 2.8 million German TV households, allowing households in Germany to receive the following 15 free TV channels in HD quality exclusively via the Astra satellite system: RTL HD, Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, VOX HD, kabel eins HD, RTL II HD, SUPER RTL HD, N24 HD, TELE 5 HD, SPORT1 HD, DMAX HD, Nickelodeon HD, sixx HD, COMEDY CENTRAL HD and DELUXE MUSIC HD.

Customers with an HD+ set-top box can receive another 18 HD channels at no extra charge.

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12-13-2012, 11:04 AM
New exec joins Magyar Telekom
December 13, 2012 09.18 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Magyar Telekom has appointed Walter Goldenits as its chief technology and IT officer, with effect from January 1, 2013.

He will also become a member of Magyar Telekom’s Management Committee.

The scope of the chief technology and IT officer’s work encompasses all network development and operations activities, IT architecture, development and operations services and technology strategy, as well as wholesale activities.

Goldenits began his career at Mobilkom Austria in 19998 and held a number of positions at Telekom Austria from 2007 onwards.

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12-13-2012, 11:05 AM
Turner appoints Oliver Herrgesell
December 13, 2012 07.45 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Oliver Herrgesell is joining Turner Broadcasting System International as SVP of communications, it was announced by Jeff Matteson, senior vice president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System.

In his new role, Herrgesell will serve as Turner Broadcasting’s chief communications and public relations executive in markets outside the US, charged with developing communications strategy and overseeing execution of messaging related to Turner’s international business portfolio and industry position.

He will work closely with Gerhard Zeiler, president of Turner Broadcasting System International. Herrgesell will base in London at Turner International’s EMEA headquarters.

“This position and Oliver’s professional stature reflect the importance of our international business interests,” said Matteson, to whom Herrgesell will report.

“Oliver brings experience, standing and a long working relationship with Gerhard Zeiler to a senior leadership role that will have significant influence on the company’s continuing efforts to position, advantage and grow its international entertainment, animation and news brands’ profile and collective success.”

“Oliver is one of the most innovative, well-connected and respected media professionals it has been my pleasure to work with, and I’m delighted he is joining the Turner International leadership team,” said Zeiler.

“I have quickly come to depend on the strategic focus and professionalism of the Turner Broadcasting communications effort around the world. Oliver will be a strong addition to that group, a valuable resource for the Turner International regional leaders and a trusted adviser to me.”

As head of International communications, Herrgesell will provide strategic direction and thought leadership to Turner’s multi-national communications and public relations staffs in EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific, with a focus on message prioritization and coordination. He will work closely with U.S.-based communications colleagues to integrate and align on programming and other initiatives that increasingly cross the Turner Broadcasting portfolio.

Herrgesell served as executive vice president of communications, public affairs & marketing for RTL Group in Luxembourg from 2006 until earlier this year. Previously, he was chief press officer and head of internal communications for Bertelsmann AG, following a successful writing and editing career with newspapers.

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12-13-2012, 11:07 AM
Pacnet to build major new data centre in north China
By Jamie Beach December 13th, 2012

One of Asia’s biggest providers of content delivery network (CDN) services has revealed plans to build a US$ 72mn data centre in the city of Tianjin in northern China, designed to meet growing demand for data centre and managed services for both Chinese and foreign enterprises.

Pacnet will begin construction of the facility in early 2013 in the Tianjin Wuqing Business District together with the local government, with the expectation of opening it for business in early 2014. It will be Pacnet’s fifth data centre in China and will be capable of hosting 2,000 racks, making it one of Pacnet’s largest data centres.

“We are excited to work with the Tianjin Wuqing government to support their latest initiative to develop the Tianjin Wuqing Business District into a leading IT hub in North China,” said Carl Grivner, CEO of Pacnet. “We believe our strong international presence coupled with our local China expertise, will enable us to support Tianjin’s development into a key technology hub in North China.”

Pacnet announced last October that its equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (PBS), had obtained a license to expand its IP VPN service to cover 23 provincial administrative zones in China, up from 20 cities. The company currently operates over 300,000 square feet of data centre space across 24 data centres in the region that are interconnected by Pacnet’s high speed network.

On a worldwide basis, Pacnet owns and operates an extensive high-capacity submarine cable system throughout the Asia Pacific region, with over 46,000 km of fibre and connectivity to 23 data centres – including its facilities in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney.

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12-13-2012, 11:08 AM
France: 6 new HD DTT channels
Dec 13 2012
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France’s broadcasting regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel has launched six new HD DTT channels. HD1, L’Equipe 21, 6ter, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte et Chérie 25 are now available to one in two households in the urban areas.

They are available for 29 per cent of households who receive DTT via a terrestrial antenna aerial. To this end, 125 transmitters have been brought into service in the first phase: Ile de France, Burgundy, Aquitaine and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. 1,500 transmitters will be deployed during the next 12 phases up to June 2015, in order to achieve 97 per cent coverage of the population, as with other DTT channels.

Viewers watching via a terrestrial antenna aerial must search and store channels with their remote control to benefit from the new DTT channel numbering, finding all channels previously received and viewing the six new channels when they are available.

For other reception methods (satellite, ADSL, cable …), 100 per cent of viewers can access most of the new channels immediately.

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12-13-2012, 11:12 AM
TF1 and Discovery Communications continue exclusive negotiations
Dec 13 2012 By Colin Mann
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French media company the TF1 Group has revealed further details of the exclusive negotiations it has been pursuing since mid-November with US programmer Discovery Communications aimed at forging a strategic alliance which would create value for both companies across their numerous complementary business activities.

The TF1 Board of Directors, meeting on December 12, gave CEO Nonce Paolini authority to continue and finalise the negotiations in three key areas:

Develop the future activities of Eurosport

A relationship between Eurosport (the only pan-European sport channel) and Discovery Communications (whose channels are available to 1.8 billion subscribers in 217 countries), would unlock synergies and complementary capabilities, particularly at the European level, in content (sports programming, entertainment, documentaries, etc.) and in development opportunities (geographical expansion, new product launches, digital roll-out, etc.).

To this end, Discovery would take a 20 per cent minority interest in the Eurosport group (Eurosport International and Eurosport France).

The acquisition of the 20 per cent interest would involve cash consideration of approximately €170 million.

Discovery also would have the possibility (via an option granted by TF1) of raising its interest to 51 per cent in two years’ time. If Discovery exercised its option, TF1 would have the ability to exercise a put option over the remaining 49 per cent, which potentially would increase Discovery’s ownership to 100 per cent.

Develop pay-TV content in France

The alliance also would aim to enhance the output of documentary, magazine and current affairs channels in order to offer French distributors a flagship range of theme channels built around the content and brand portfolios of the two groups.

Discovery would become a shareholder in the TV Breizh, Histoire, Ushuaïa TV and Stylía channels, with a 20 per cent interest in each with the ability to increase to 49 per cent in two years.

The acquisition of the 20 per cent interest would involve cash consideration of approximately €14 million.

Develop production activities in France via TF1 Production

In the production field, the proposed alliance would pave the way for the production of magazine and documentary programmes of international standing via TF1 Production.

An agreement is expected to be signed in the coming weeks, once the relevant employee representative bodies have been consulted.

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12-13-2012, 11:15 AM
Sony offers UltraViolet movie ‘gift wrap’
Dec 13 2012 By Colin Mann
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is encouraging US consumers to do away with rolls of wrapping paper, tape and high shipping costs with the launch of the Sony Pictures Gift Store (www.sonypicturesgiftstore.com) powered by Movie eWrap.

The gift-giving destination and Movie eWrap gift-wrapping technology allows shoppers to purchase and gift any of the nearly 500 UltraViolet digital movies available in the Sony Pictures Store to provide a personalised and interactive experience for their family and friends.

Compatible with tablets and computers and optimised for touch interfaces, gift recipients simply swipe or click to see and hear decorative digital ribbon and wrapping paper ‘tear off’, revealing an UltraViolet digital movie selected from a broad collection of Sony Pictures titles.

Gifters’ family and friends will be able to access and play UltraViolet digital movies on their favourite devices anytime and anywhere. Favourites from classics including Lawrence of Arabia to recent blockbusters such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Men in Black 3 and Arthur Christmas are available. The Sony Pictures Gift Store also features a ‘Gift-Finder’, which intelligently sources the best titles to give any friend or family member based on a dynamic combination of criteria selected such as release date, genre, and box-office performance.

“Just in time for the holidays, we’re pleased to present this unique new way for movie fans to send friends and family a personalised, interactive digital movie gift,” said Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, SPHE. “With its innovative wrapping and unwrapping feature – powered by Movie eWrap – digital movie gifts are now both fun to receive and fun to give.”

“Sony Pictures Home Entertainment continues to develop some of the industry’s most ground-breaking creative concepts intended to deliver new and fun digital experiences. Movie eWrap fulfils these goals by providing consumers a uniquely digital service experience that captures the best elements of physical gift giving while leveraging the new ways people want to interact in the digital world,” stated Richard Berger, SVP of Global Digital Strategy and Operations for SPHE.

Movies as gifts are in demand according to Deloitte LLP’s 2012 annual holiday survey, as movies and music rank among the ‘top five’ gifts that consumers surveyed plan to purchase this year. SPHE suggests that UltraViolet digital movies are “the perfect gift,” providing broader access in terms of how and where people enjoy films, across a variety of mobile devices, smartphones, connected TVs and Blu-ray players, and more.

Sony Pictures Gift Store and Movie eWrap are optimised for use on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS computers along with Android and iOS devices.

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12-13-2012, 11:16 AM
Redbox Instant by Verizon goes public beta
Dec 13 2012 By Colin Mann
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After a fortnight of ‘Will they? Won’t they?’ speculation as to whether the anticipated pre-Christmas launch of the Redbox Instant by Verizon online entertainment joint venture formed between US telco Verizon and retail solutions specialist Coinstar would actually take place and move out of private beta testing, the pair have unveiled details of the disc and digital movie service, as well as revealing a host of content deals. The service will provide additional competition for Netflix

Later in December, the Redbox Instant by Verizon beta product will launch to consumers. Priced at $8.00 per month, Redbox Instant by Verizon offers a high value subscription package that combines unlimited streaming of thousands of popular movies, including titles from premium network EPIX, with four one-night credits per month for the latest movie releases on DVD at Redbox kiosks. For $1 more, or $9.00 per month, customers can opt to redeem their four credits for rentals on Blu-ray Disc at the kiosk.

By combining both disc and digital movie formats, the service says its subscriptions offer consumers access to Hollywood’s newest releases, as well as a rich catalogue of popular movies, all for a great price. Customers can also use Redbox Instant by Verizon without a subscription and select new releases available for purchase or rental, or simply reserve for pick up at their local Redbox kiosk location, giving movie-lovers more choice and flexibility in how they watch their favourite films.

“We are building a compelling entertainment choice through our ability to support both physical and digital distribution of movies that people love, made possible by the depth of relationships we’ve established with top Hollywood studios and distribution partners,” said Shawn Strickland, CEO, Redbox Instant by Verizon.

Through an agreement with EPIX, Redbox Instant by Verizon’s subscription customers will be able instantly to stream new releases such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Hunger Games from EPIX’s studio partners, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate, and MGM, 90 days after they première in the traditional premium window.

“Redbox Instant by Verizon will be an exciting new service for consumers in the digital entertainment marketplace and we are thrilled to be their partner, providing our movies from some of the world’s leading studios,” said Mark Greenberg, president and CEO of EPIX. “We have a long and successful relationship with Verizon FiOS, which was our first distribution partner at the launch of EPIX, and we are excited to build on that relationship with Redbox Instant. We are confident that the movies we have will be a popular and important part of the success of this new service.”

Movie content on Redbox Instant by Verizon will be bolstered by electronic sell-through (EST) and video-on-demand (VOD) rental agreements with major studios. New releases from Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Relativity and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be available in EST and VOD formats and will allow Redbox Instant by Verizon to support and provide multi-screen access to movies.

Avail TVN, the leading multi-platform video services provider, will deliver subscription and transactional studio content. Redbox Instant by Verizon also previously announced a content licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

At launch, Redbox Instant by Verizon will be offered via the web, as well as through home entertainment, tablet and mobile devices, including OS, Android, Samsung Blu-ray Players and TVs with SmartHub, LG Smart TV and Blu-ray Players, and Google TV. More devices will be announced in the coming months.

“Samsung’s connected customers are very hungry for new services that provide the best movies on multiple devices,” said Eric Anderson, Vice President of Content and Product Solutions, Samsung Electronics America. “Redbox Instant by Verizon provides our customers with the latest in Hollywood entertainment choice, control and discovery.”

The JV partners say that Redbox’s 10 years of offering customers the newest releases at great value, coupled with Verizon’s leadership in On-Demand and Digital Distribution of movies, has set the foundation for how Redbox Instant by Verizon will deliver content and value to the consumer. Redbox Instant by Verizon is working with movie studios to secure the freshest content selection, and intends to tap heavily into pop culture events and social conversations to help influence and surface relevant movie titles to consumers.

Starting later this month, Redbox Instant by Verizon will open to public beta and consumers will be invited to explore the service and enjoy their first subscription month free. The service says that “thousands of movie fans” have already signed up at RedboxInstant.com to be among the first to try the service.

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12-13-2012, 11:18 AM
TWC TV on demand iPad app
Dec 13 2012
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Time Warner Cable has updated its TWC TV app for iPad, suggesting it is different from other app updates, going beyond bug fixes, stability upgrades and additional channels “here and there”.

The new version of the app now brings you the breadth and flexibility of TWC’s On Demand catalogue. “Now you can watch over 4,000 TV and movie titles,” said the MSO in a company blog. “The initial catalogue is a mix of HD and standard-definition content. We will be adding more stuff on a regular basis, and adding more HD as we are able.”

TWC noted that some networks don’t offer their on demand product in HD, while some offer a mix of SD and HD. “We don’t get absolutely everything in HD today, but we will continue to add to the catalogue on an ongoing basis,” it said. “We’ll be making the same upgrade to the TWC TV app for PC and Android in a near-future release, currently targeted to launch in the first quarter of 2013.”

TWC said that current iPad app users should be able to use the latest upgrade, and will have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription package.

The major upgrades in the release are:

1. On demand – Over 4,000 TV shows and movies from 94 providers

FF / REW / Pause using standard iOS player controls (FF disabled where required).
Browse by TV Shows, Movies, Kids or network.
Search – search the On Demand catalogue by title.
Parental control – Channel blocking (network based parental control) is enforced for both TWC TV live and on demand content.

2. Live TV guide – now features ‘recently viewed channels’ button to recall quickly previously viewed live TV channels.

3. Numerous performance enhancements and bug fixes have been implemented to improve the overall user experience.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 08:15 AM
Walt Disney, Cox commit to ESPN distribution agreement

Editor | 14-12-2012
In a multi-year deal designed to provide sports, news and entertainment to Cox Customers both in and out of the home, leading MSO Cox Communications is to distribute sports, news and entertainment from The Walt Disney Company (TWDC).
Approximately 70 services are covered by the broad scope of the new multi-year agreement. The first channels available immediately to Cox customers will be ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater with WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior to be added to the roster next week. The products will be available live and via video-on-demand on a range of connected devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets and game consoles.
In a related move, ESPNEWS and ESPN Classic will be added toCox TV Connect, Cox’s proprietary app that allows customers to watch live TV on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch from anywhere in their homes. Cox is increasing the number of channels on Cox TV Connect to 90.
“This comprehensive agreement with The Walt Disney Company enhances the value of our customers’ experience with our products and services,” said Mark Greatrex, Cox Communications senior vice president, chief marketing and sales officer. “Coupled with our investment in our broadband network and the development of innovative services like Cox TV Connect and TV Online, we’re enabling our customers to access their favourite news, sports and entertainment video content whenever and wherever they want it.”
Added David Preschlack, executive vice president, affiliate sales and marketing, Disney & ESPN Networks Group: “This deal renewal with Cox marks the fifth agreement encompassing Disney’s full suite of products and services while strengthening the value of the multichannel subscription model. We are serving viewers by delivering 24/7 live access to our content via the WATCH Disney services and WatchESPN across more platforms than ever before, which is quickly becoming the new standard in content delivery.”

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12-14-2012, 08:17 AM
Concurrent launches multiscreen video assurance


Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012


Chalk up a win for the video back office and OSS landscape: Concurrent has launched a multiscreen video delivery service assurance platform that monitors pay-TV network systems in real-time to proactively identify maintenance needs and protect against system faults.
With the introduction of more content assets, new video formats, and a wide range of technologies to support multiscreen video services, operating video delivery systems is becoming more complex. Video service operators are also faced with staffing constraints as more and more demands are being placed on a limited number of maintenance technicians.
Concurrent aims to assist with this challenge. The solution, which is delivered as a service, reports on behavioural patterns and transactional trends that affect critical software routines and hardware components, while Concurrent's video assurance team works cooperatively with operators to take the recommended steps to prevent outages, improve consumer experience and plan appropriately to accommodate growth.
"With proactive alerts and historical trending reports, operators are notified when conditions exist that could impact their customers," said Rick Lopes, head of global services at Concurrent. "Concurrent's multiscreen assurance services are designed to simplify the process of operating large scale multiscreen video delivery systems by highlighting potential issues before they occur," he added.

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12-14-2012, 08:18 AM
Connected TVs face platform fragmentation as critical challenge

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

Connected television is predicted to break into the mainstream soon with over 220 million smart TV sets set to be sold worldwide in 2017, up from the 54 million that will be sold this year, according to Informa Telecoms & Media's latest smart-TV device forecasts.
However, big obstacles in terms of platform fragmentation and replacement cycles will prevent the sets from commanding the centre point for the digital home any time soon.
These numbers are promising for apps developers and consumer electronics manufacturers, but the success is not going to be enough to overtake the lead that games consoles and media-streaming devices, including set-tops like Apple TV and Roku, have in the market, Informa predicts.
The researchers said that 31% of households worldwide will own at least one smart TV in five years' time, with household penetration much higher in North America (63%) and Western Europe (64%). However, with their long life cycles, TVs are simply not the right device to be the hub of the digital home, the company said.
"Informa estimates that in 2017 more than half of the 800 million smart TV sets by that time will only be used as dumb screens," said Andrew Ladbrook, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. "Moreover, while any 'smart' TV bought in 2011 or 2012 can be used for streaming online video services for a few years, they lack the processing power and the necessary hardware to perform those smart TV functions that will be standard in 2015. Simply put, any smart TV purchased in 2012 will be effectively obsolete by 2015."
Instead, devices that are regularly replaced, including smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, media streamers and games consoles, will be the key devices in the digital home experience. Smartphones in particular, with their short lifecycles and rapidly increasing processor power, will continue to define what 'smart' means, the analyst reasons.
The manufacturers' short-term support for their smart TV products will also prove a hindrance. New services will continue to be launched solely on the latest smart TV models – HBO GO, Skype, Onlive, BBC's Sport app – which means that users who bought last year's device are excluded. Apps cannot be easily released across multiple devices, since each smart TV platform demands bespoke development.
Thus, the fragmentation of platforms and standards continues to plague the smart TV market. This situation benefits the current market leaders Samsung and LG as they attract the top services first due to their strong positions. And, while Informa believes that Google TV or Android will come to be the default OS for smart TVs, this is still some years away.
"If TVs are going to be truly smart, they must do more than offer a wide variety of online video services," Ladbrook said. "Instead they must add advanced functionality including voice control, motion control, advanced advertising, attractive user interfaces and two-way communications with other smart devices – so-called 'second screens' – allowing these devices to send video to the TV and also know what is being watched. Manufacturers should focus less on adding more content and more on improving how users can interact with that content."

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12-14-2012, 08:19 AM
Russian satellite rescued

By Chris Forrester

A Russian satellite, owned by Gazprom, that was launched to a lower-than-intended orbit has been moved to its correct orbit, according to local space officials. However, the manoeuvre will have impacted the satellite’s in-orbit life.

The Thales-Alenia manufactured Yamal-402 satellite was launched on December 9th but a problem with the Proton/Briz-M rocket meant the booster rocket stage completed its firing too early, and the satellite was not placed into its correct orbit.

Gazprom’s space subsidiary, Gazprom Space Systems, ordered the satellite to offer broadcasting to customers in Russia, Western and Central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

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12-14-2012, 08:20 AM
NHK to debut Ultra-HDTV special

By Chris Forrester


Japanese public broadcaster NHK is to broadcast its annual New Year’s Eve TV spectacular ‘Red & White Song Contest’ in Super Hi-Vision, the 8000-line high-end version of Ultra-HDTV.

The telecasts will be beamed to two locations, Tokyo Tower and at a TV station in Yokohama. A statement said: “The public viewings will coincide with the start of the live programme at 19:15pm. NHK invites viewers to come and enjoy this fusion of Japan’s most popular music show and future television technology, which will bring to life all the excitement and passion of a thrilling
event delivered live from NHK Hall.”

NHK Kohaku Utagassen (“The Red and White Song Contest”) has since grown into an indispensable part of the New Year celebrations in Japan with over 60-year-history. The participating artistes compete in two teams; women make up the Red team while men are in the White team – hence the show’s name. This year, a total of 50 artistes will take part in this colourful and hotly contested “Song Battle.” The telecast ends at 11.45pm.

Super Hi-Vision is a next-generation television system. It features ultra-high-definition images with 16 times the number of pixels of conventional HD, and stunning 3D sound using a 22.2 multichannel sound system. Super Hi-Vision creates an immersive viewing experience, making you feel like you are actually there and seated among the audience.

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12-14-2012, 08:20 AM
CBS Chello Zone extends UK platform coverage in Virgin drama deal

Editor | 14-12-2012


CBS Chello Zone Channels, currently carried on the Sky and Freesat platforms in the UK, has added cable to its platform round up in a deal with Virgin Media.
The announcement follows the expansion of the CBS-branded channels across EMEA this month, with the new-look channels launching in 83 territories including Poland, South Africa, Netherlands and Romania. CBS Chello Zone UK claims that its channels have enjoyed 86% growth since launch in 2009.
The channel, a joint venture between CBS Studios International and Chello Zone and home of CBS Drama, will bring to Virgin series including Cheers, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dallas, and UK series Bad Girls and Cutting It. Simultaneously, the launch will see Virgin Media complete the full set of CBS Chello Zone Channels, joining CBS Reality, CBS Action and Horror Channel already carried on the platform in the XL package.
Commenting on the move, Chello Zone’s Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Louise Cottrell, said: “With the channel’s growth across the EMEA territories earlier this month, this is the perfect time to extend CBS Drama’s reach to a wider UK audience. The launch onto Virgin Media is significant as it not only means the entire CBS Chello Zone UK portfolio is now available on this platform, but offers viewers the chance to enjoy the exceptional variety of dramas on the channel in addition to the offerings of its sister channels, CBS Reality, CBS Action and Horror Channel.”

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12-14-2012, 08:22 AM
Amino inks STB deal with European operator

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

Amino Technologies is to provide TV set-top boxes based on its Live media gateway platform to a leading European telecoms operator, which will enable multiscreen services throughout the home zone.
The unnamed operator will deploy the device as part of an enhanced offering delivering a range of pay-TV and over-the-top (OTT) services alongside mobile and fixed line services.
Launched in September 2012, the Live media gateway is the first hybrid/OTT media gateway to be powered by the new Intel Atom CE 5300 media processor. The result combines dual-core processing power with a range of transcoding and encoding capabilities to distribute content to TVs, smartphones and tablets around the home.
"This is a breakthrough contract with a large and growing operator," said Donald McGarva, CEO of Amino. "They recognise that the combination of trusted and secure Aminet pay-TV performance and a proven global Android apps development environment offers an exciting new way to secure and grow their customer base with a powerful multiscreen entertainment offering."

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12-14-2012, 08:23 AM
Canada declines to implement US-style retransmission fees for local TV signals

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

Canada will not be implementing a United States-style retransmission fee arrangement where cable and other TV operators will be required to pay a fee for carrying local broadcast signals as part of their cable packages.
In 2010, faced with declining advertising revenue, Canada's free-to-air stations approached the broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), asking for the implementation of a fee for carriage (dubbed a 'value for signal' system) to help fund news-gathering efforts and help cover escalating costs for creating sustained quality programming.
"Local news, entertainment and other programming distinguishes Canadian broadcasting from everything else on TV," Mirko Bibic, Bell Media's chief legal and regulatory officer, told CBC. Bell owns CTV and 30 specialty TV channels.
CRTC sided with the TV affiliates, but the case went to the courts for review. However, it is not to be: the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that CRTC does not have the authority to impose a value-for-signal plan.
The 5-4 decision was heralded with acclaim from pay-TV operators like Telus, Cogeco Cable, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, who had warned of higher costs to consumers from fees being passed along (they said it would mean an additional $10 per month for subscriptions), and the high probability of TV blackouts amid fee negotiation impasses, as the US market has seen.
Despite the broadcasters pointing to the system actually working in the US most of the time, the Court found too much potential harm to consumers. About 90% of Canadians receive their signals through their cable subscriptions.
"No provision of the Broadcasting Act expressly grants jurisdiction to the CRTC to implement the proposed regime," Justice Marshall

miri-01
12-14-2012, 08:24 AM
Azteca launches Spanish-language channel in Quebec

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

Ooh la la: Mexico's Azteca, a juggernaut of Spanish-language television programming, is headed to the Great White North with the expansion of its pay-TV network Azteca International to the central region of Quebec.
The Azteca International signal will be available through Videotron, the cable MSO subsidiary of Quebecor Media. It pulls content from Mexico's channel Azteca 13, including telenovelas, game shows, musicals, news programmes, reality shows and soccer games.
Videotron will roll the network out in the regions of Ascort Corner, Black Lake, Cape-de-la-Madeleine, Coaticook, Cowansville, East-Angus, Granby, Lennoxville, Princeville, Robertsonvile, Rock Island/Beebe/Stanstead, Sherbrooke, Victoriaville and Waterloo in the French-speaking province.
Azteca also distributes Azteca Novelas and Azteca HD in parts of Canada.
The announcement follows another move by the network to beef up its presence beyond its borders, in the Dominican Republic and Central America. It recently announced that it has appointed Ricardo Garcia as the local manager, and Rolando Santos to affiliate sales for the region. Starting in January 2013, they will handle the distribution of its pay-TV network Azteca Internacional and the 24-hour telenovelas network Azteca Novelas.

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12-14-2012, 08:26 AM
xTV adds crowdsourced content to online broadcast network

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

Online broadcast outlet xTV has inked a deal with CrowdOptic to enable crowdsourcing of sports and major events content, such as videos, photos and social media, to be shown live on xTV.
The idea is to offer TV through the eyes of people on the ground—a significant departure from traditional broadcast video.
"Seeing sports and major events through the eyes of the people physically attending is a simple yet radical concept which is great on a picture by picture basis," said Joe Ward, CEO of xTV. "However, seeing the hottest event pictures and video in an organized, interactive viewing experience in real time is a game-changing capability."
CrowdOptic analyses hundreds of millions of mobile social media posts to identify, tag and rebroadcast the most relevant videos, photos and social media content for whichever subject is of interest. That capability will now be integrated with xTV's real-time feeds and media network of more than 500,000 videos, with another 1,000+ being added each week from major media sources such Reuters, Associated Press, Newsy and others.
"Viewers of TV content are now less willing to have their viewing experience programmed for them on traditional media. Now they can program it themselves on xTV," the company said.

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12-14-2012, 08:27 AM
Cartoon Network draws record audiences on 20th birthday

Editor | 14-12-2012

As it celebrates two decades of operation, the Cartoon Network is claiming to have set new records in terms of audience figures.
Since October 1992 the network has grown from two million US viewers homes to be present in more than 375 million households in 194 countries around the world, including 99 million in its home territory.
The world's first 24-hour, all-animation cable network says that 2012 has been its most-watched year in its history during Early Prime (7-9 p.m.) among kids 6-11/9-14 and boys 9-14, in the past seven years among kids 2-11 and boys 2-11, and the past eight years among boys 6-11. All targeted kids and boys demo delivery in Early Prime grew mostly by double digits compared with 2011, ranging between 9% and 20%. Annual Total Day delivery grew across the board, ranging between 4% and 16%. Cartoon Network also claims to be the only leading kids’ network to increase its average delivery to the 2-11, 6-11 and 9-14 demographics across 2012.
"We're extremely grateful to our audiences for helping to make 2012 one of the most successful in Cartoon Network's 20 year history," commented Cartoon Network President and Chief Operating Officer Stuart Snyder. "It's truly been a remarkable year to remember, one that we're confident will fuel continued growth."

miri-01
12-14-2012, 08:29 AM
Concurrent launches multiscreen video assurance

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

Chalk up a win for the video back office and OSS landscape: Concurrent has launched a multiscreen video delivery service assurance platform that monitors pay-TV network systems in real-time to proactively identify maintenance needs and protect against system faults.
With the introduction of more content assets, new video formats, and a wide range of technologies to support multiscreen video services, operating video delivery systems is becoming more complex. Video service operators are also faced with staffing constraints as more and more demands are being placed on a limited number of maintenance technicians.
Concurrent aims to assist with this challenge. The solution, which is delivered as a service, reports on behavioural patterns and transactional trends that affect critical software routines and hardware components, while Concurrent's video assurance team works cooperatively with operators to take the recommended steps to prevent outages, improve consumer experience and plan appropriately to accommodate growth.
"With proactive alerts and historical trending reports, operators are notified when conditions exist that could impact their customers," said Rick Lopes, head of global services at Concurrent. "Concurrent's multiscreen assurance services are designed to simplify the process of operating large scale multiscreen video delivery systems by highlighting potential issues before they occur," he added.

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12-14-2012, 08:44 AM
Ten months in jail for a cardsharing manager

Michelle Clancy | 14-12-2012

The administrator of a Belgian cardsharing service has been sentenced to 10 months in prison and confiscation of the proceeds of their illegal activities admitted to a Paypal account.

Companies with Irdeto and Nagravision Groupe M7, the satellite services operator, were the unlawful practices complained loas server cardsharing network.

The investigation began in 2009 and ended with the arrest and conviction of a service manager to share the encryption keys for the Internet access of satellite TV packages TV Vlaanderen, Telesat and CanalDigitaal. The network used the web domain "www.cccam.tv".

After gathering enough evidence, the Belgian authorities have seized the offices of the now convicted of several laptops, PCs, hard drives, servers and various documents.

The prisoner has been sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay 50,000 euros from a Paypal account, which has been confiscated.

Cardsharing is the system used to share a credit card of a pay-TV platform to be able to see through an Internet connection and a receiver all channels that have contracted with the operator in another location and with another receiver.

The cardsharing is an English expression that has recently come to light for their illegal and fraudulent practice is the distribution over the Internet of pay TV signals without authorization from the holder in exchange for monthly economic assessments charge users. This offense is punishable by law and there are convictions for unlawful practice.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:15 AM
New high for streaming media players
December 14, 2012 10.37 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Streaming media player unit shipments hit a new high in 012, according to the Multimedia Research Group (MRG). Apple TV is the leading product in this area.

The growth of “over the top” (OTT) video services is attracting attention to consumer electronics products that can efficiently support streaming media services. One of these products, the streaming media player, has enjoyed significant growth over the past two years.

Streaming media players, sometimes called OTT set-top boxes or digital media adapters, consist of products such as the Apple TV, the WD TV Live, and the Roku HD.

While these products are among the ‘success stories’ of the streaming media player market, there have also been more than a few high-profile busts. Among this latter category are streaming media player products like the Logitech Revue, Seagate’s GoFlex TV HD Media Player, and Google’s recent Nexus Q.

In 2011, worldwide unit shipments of streaming media players grew to 6.8 million units. However, demand for these products continues to increase steadily and MRG in projecting that total unit shipments will exceed 8.3 million in 2012.? Despite market challenges, demand projected to remain healthy through 2016.

Key findings from this study included: worldwide streaming media product revenues are forecasted to grow 20% in 2012 compared with 2011.

Apple TV remains the leading streaming media player product on the market, recording over 40% of all global product shipments in 2011. Since 2007, Apple has shipped over 13 million Apple TV products.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:19 AM
Fine Living to debut on OSN
December 14, 2012 09.49 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Scripps Networks International’s Fine Living channel will launch January 1, 2013 on DTH platform OSN.

The lifestyle channel that claims to help viewers “design their life,” will be available in all 26 OSN territories throughout the Middle East region.

OSN subscribers will have access through the DTH platform’s basic tier package. Fine Living will be offered in English with Arabic subtitles.

“We are very pleased that Fine Living will soon join the already carried Food Network on the OSN platform,” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps EMEA.

“This new agreement is a direct result of the high standards we hold our channel brands to and the strong global need for quality lifestyle programming. We look forward to expanding our distribution relationship with OSN and continuing our success.”

“With its outstanding programming that appeals to unique tastes of audiences around the world, Fine Living is an excellent addition to OSN’s diverse programming lineup,” said Nick Thorogood, SVP of content and marketing, Scripps EMEA.

Emad Morcos, VP, business development, strategy and digital added: “Fine Living will complement our existing line-up addressing the high demand for more women oriented and lifestyle programming in the region. As we continue to grow and analyse customer preferences, we will continue to bring on board fresh content that satisfies all customer segments. Food Network has been a fantastic success and I am confident, Middle East subscribers will enjoy Fine Living which will be exclusive to OSN.”

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:21 AM
Arianespace launches new app
December 14, 2012 09.33 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Arianespace has launched a new mobile application for tablet and smartphone users around the globe, who can now follow the company’s launch activities through the swipe of a finger.

This application, called Arianespace HD, provides a wide range of features for its users, highlighted by the ability to follow live coverage of the company’s commercial missions, which are performed using a family of launch vehicles: the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

Additional features include extensive photo and video galleries, integrated news coverage of company activities, a countdown to the next liftoff and information on Arianespace, its launch vehicle family and the Spaceport in French Guiana.

Arianespace HD is available at no cost to users of Apple iPhones and iPads, accessible through the iTunes online store. As a bonus, the application allows for customization of mobile devices with special wallpaper backgrounds and ringtones – including a countdown to liftoff.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:22 AM
Skylink and CS Link attacked
December 14, 2012 09.26 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Hackers have hit the Czech and Slovak DTH platforms Skylink and CS Link, both of which are owned by the Luxembourg-based M77 Group.

Just days ago, they attacked Skylink, informing subscribers that the service had been closed. Now, report E15 and Parabola, they are understood to have published a database of over 57,000 CS Link subscribers, containing their names, contact details, methods of payment and other information.

They have also released code details for the reception of Skylink, employing the now obsolete Cryptoworks (CAD 0D03) conditional access system, used only for the reception of programmes included in the Digital package.

Skylink and CS Link are the leading DTH platforms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and were both acquired by the M77 Group in 2011.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:23 AM
UPC cablecom introduces HbbTV
December 14, 2012 09.23 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Swiss cable operator UPC cablecom will start distributing HbbTV signals on the network from January 2013.

Subscribers will be able to use the additional digital functions offered by HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV).

From January 2013, UPC cablecom will introduce first HbbTV services. In order to use this function, subscribers must have a DigiCard or receive unencrypted digital television without a set-top box.

Each TV channel is responsible for its own HbbTV signal. Until now, cable operators seemed reluctant to distribute the HbbTV signals on their network, as this allows viewers to directly interact with over-the-top (OTT) on-demand and catch-up TV services.

Viewers are required to have a connected TV set to be able to receive the HbbTV service, which must be connected to a broadband connection.

UPC cablecom will introduce HbbTV gradually from January onwards. This means that the company will start distributing TV channels with the HbbTV signal one after the other in German-speaking, French-speaking and Italian-speaking Switzerland.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:25 AM
3+ first Swiss broadcaster on Astra
December 14, 2012 08.44 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Swiss private channel 3+ has started broadcasting from Astra’s orbital position 19.2 degrees East.

3+ is the first broadcaster based in Switzerland to use SES’ satellite capacities. The transmission via the orbital position 19.2 degrees East will expand the reach of 3+ by around 400,000 households in Switzerland.

The reception of the encrypted private channel 3+ requires a satellite receiver and the SRR Sat Access Card from the Swiss Broadcasting Organisation SRG.

The SES subsidiary SES Platform Services near Munich provides the uplink and the encryption of the channel. 3+ is one of the leading Swiss broadcasters and reaches an average of 1.7 million viewers, which is about one-third of the German-speaking Swiss population.

“The decision of 3+ to partner with Astra for its satellite transmission is an important milestone in the development of the Swiss market,” said Wolfgang Elsässer, managing director of Astra Germany and also responsible for Austria and Switzerland.

“3+ is a very popular channel and in addition to the Swiss channels of ProSiebenSat1 Media and RTL Group, satellite TV in Switzerland via Astra is now even more attractive.”

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:26 AM
Tablets push networks to the edge
Dec 14 2012
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Research from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has revealed the impact of surging video consumption, suggesting that by 2020, people will be watching seven hours of video each day versus 4.8 hours today, with a dramatic shift from broadcasting to on-demand video viewing

With Christmas expected to bring another leap in ownership of tablets, smartphones and other devices, the research suggests that increasing consumption of video content on such devices will push the wired broadband networks that carry this traffic to their absolute limits over the next decade.

Bell Labs projections suggest that, by 2020, consumers in the United States alone will access seven hours of video each day – as opposed to 4.8 hours today,and will increasingly consume this additional video on tablets, both at home and on the go.
Significantly, the research also points to a dramatic shift in viewing habits, as consumers switch from broadcast content to video-on-demand services, which will grow to 70 per cent of daily consumption compared with 33 per cent today.
The projections also suggest a twelve times increase in Internet video content as cloud services, news sites and social networking applications become more video based, and continuously accessible anywhere, anytime on tablets.

The study also highlighted how these trends will stretch the capabilities the residential broadband networks many service providers use today: as the delivery of video content rapidly moves from traditional broadcast TV to the ‘unicast’ delivery of personalised content to individuals, disproportionate pressure will be placed on the ‘IP edge’ of these networks, says Bell Labs. The IP edge is the part of the network where most of the intelligence is needed to deliver sophisticated video and high-speed Internet services is located. Broadcast is a much more efficient way of delivering video services, so the move to unicast creates enormous bandwidth demands on networks, it advises.

According to Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent, delivery of video from the cloud and from content delivery networks to tablets, TVs and smartphones – with guaranteed quality -, presents an exciting new revenue opportunity for communications service providers, but only if they are prepared to take advantage of it. “Left unmanaged, the rapid growth in video traffic can turn into a deluge and spell disaster. It is important to look at where service providers’ investments can have the most impact, and this research makes clear that the IP edge of both wireline and wireless networks – which are increasingly becoming one and the same – offers the greatest opportunity to improve network performance. At the same time, it also presents the greatest source of risk if not managed appropriately,” he warns.

Bell Labs found that on-demand video services, such as high definition premium movie services as well as video sharing sites, will become even more popular over the next five years. As a result, on-demand video will command an increased share of viewing hours, causing peak-hour traffic at the ‘edge’ of new IP-based networks to grow 2.5 times faster than the amount of traffic on the broadband connections reaching households. This challenge will need to be addressed, comprehensively, if communications service providers are to maintain their ability to deliver high-quality residential multimedia services to consumers.

The study compared data about video usage and growth from 2012 to 2020 in ‘triple-play’ (video, data and voice) communications service providers, and identified the following trends:

The total time spent watching video will grow from 4.8 hours to seven hours per-user, per-day. Much of this contribution will come from the latest generation of consumers who are more likely to multi-task – such as watching television while conducting a video call on their tablet – resulting in seven hours worth of video consumed in as little as five hours.
The proportion of time spent watching managed video-on-demand services and web-based video (‘OTT’ – providers) will grow from 33 per cent to 77 per cent. This will come at the expense of traditional broadcast TV services, whose relative share of time will drop from 66 per cent to 10 per cent.
Internet-based video consumption each year will grow twelvefold, from 90 Exabytes to 1.1 Zettabyes.
Consumption of managed video-on-demand from services providers versus OTTs is expected grow at 28 per cent annual rate, from 44 Exabytes to 244 Exabytes.
10.5 per cent of managed video consumption and 8.5 per cent of OTT video consumption will occur at the peak hour, 8:00 p.m.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:27 AM
Amazon Instant Video extends reach on iOS devices
Dec 14 2012
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Amazon.com has introduced the Amazon Instant Video App, enabling customers to stream or download Amazon Instant Video movies and TV episodes from their video library directly on their iPhone or iPod touch.

The app also makes more than 30,000 titles from Prime Instant Video available to Prime members such as hit TV shows such as American Horror Story, Downton Abbey and Fringe, as well as popular movies such as Hugo, Thor and Goodfellas, to stream instantly on their iPhone or iPod touch at no additional cost. Amazon announced the Amazon Instant Video app for iPad earlier this year. The launch means that Amazon Instant Video is now available across iOS mobile devices.

“Our customers tell us they want the convenience of being able to watch all of their movies and TV episodes, wherever they are,” said Anthony Bay, Amazon.com Vice President for Video. “Today we’re excited to extend our ‘buy once, enjoy everywhere’ approach to iPhone and iPod touch users, giving customers the chance to enjoy more than 140,000 titles from Amazon Instant Video and more than 30,000 titles from Prime Instant Video anytime, anywhere.”

To watch movies or TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video on iPhone and iPod touch, customers can simply search for the content they’ve already rented or purchased from Amazon Instant Video – including the latest hit movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Brave and The Amazing Spiderman and the latest episodes from TV series such as The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and The Vampire Diaries.

The Amazon Instant Video App for iPhone and iPod touch offers features including:

‘Your Watchlist’ feature that lets customers make a list of all the movies and TV episodes they want to watch in the future, regardless of whether they own the video or not, making it easy to keep track of specific videos for later viewing.
‘Your Video Library’ feature that gives iPhone and iPod touch customers access to purchases and rentals from Amazon Instant Video on the web.

The Amazon Instant Video App for iPhone and iPod touch is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:35 AM
Discovery Networks to launch HDTV version in LATAM


Iñaki Ferreras | 14-12-2012

Discovery Networks is to launch an HD version of its children's channel Discovery Kids in Latin America during the first quarter of next year.
The broadcaster recently released three HDTV signals, reports the consultancy Nex TV LATAM.
Discovery Kids Latin America belongs to Discovery Communications and is based in Miami. The channel is divided into four feeds: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and the rest of Latin America, and Miami. Discovery Kids and Discovery Kids HD Brazil Latin America HD had test transmissions performed in October 2012 through the Intelsat 21 satellite.
On 5 December, Brazilian cable operator Net Servicos (owned by America Movil) launched three new signals in HD: Discovery, Discovery Home & Health and Investigation Discovery (535).

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:37 AM
SyFy Spain broadcasts Star Wars in full HD

Jane Wolfe | 14-12-2012

Spain's science fiction channel Syfy is taking advantage of HD this Christmas season by offering its subscribers the entire Star Wars series in full HD.
Lider Digital reports that this will be the first time a Spanish TV channel has offered six HD movies by the acclaimed writer, director and producer George Lucas.
In addition, the channel has produced several special pieces for the occasion that will be aired for several weeks, including promos and information on the characters in the series which have been green-lighted by Lucas' company.

miri-01
12-14-2012, 10:38 AM
RTVE's looks to relaunch its children's channel

Iñaki Ferreras | 14-12-2012

Spain's national public broadcaster RTVE is studying a plan to revive its children's channel Clan and double its budget.
Last Wednesday the new head of Spanish children's television programmes, Yago Fandino, presented a plan to the board of directors of RTVE to revive the children's channel Clan and double its procurement budget, according to Europa Press.
Currently, the children's channel has an annual budget for purchases of about €4 million, according to sources, which forces it to frequently air series re-runs. The idea put forward by Fandino is to increase the channel's budget in order to reduce the number of content replacements.
Last February, when he appeared before the Joint Parliamentary Control of RTVE in the Congress of Deputies, the RTVE's former adviser Josep Manuel Silva doubted the survival of Clan as a result of the Government cutting €204 million from RTVE's budget and its obligation to broadcast the Olympic Games at a cost of €70 million.
According to RTVE, the provision of children's content through Clan is "an issue of public service and also a legal obligation".
Clan transmits in the clear on Spain's national DTT.

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12-14-2012, 07:33 PM
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miri-01
12-15-2012, 09:48 AM
Fine Living gets finer in Middle East

Editor | 15-12-2012
Scripps Networks is set to launch its Fine Living lifestyle channel in all 26 OSN territories throughout the Middle East region on the OSN DTH platform from 1 January 2013.
OSN broadcasts premium Western, Arabic and Filipino entertainment in the Middle East and Africa and has a slate comprising 100 channels offering viewers in the MENA region exclusive access to the latest blockbuster movies, series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment and live talk shows.
To be broadcast in both English with Arabic subtitles, Fine Living is designed to “help viewers design their life.” The deal, brokered by Fine Living's distribution partner Chello Zone, will see OSN offer subscribers access to in-home design, travel, cuisine and personal style programming through the DTH platform's basic tier package. The channel offers a showcase for chefs, designers, fashion gurus and lifestyle experts from around the world. These include programmes featuring Italian cooking expert Giada DeLaurentiis and home designer Vern Yip.
“We are very pleased that Fine Living will soon join the already carried Food Network on the OSN platform," commented Jon Sichel, Managing Director of Scripps EMEA. "This new agreement is a direct result of the high standards we hold our channel brands to and the strong global need for quality lifestyle programming. We look forward to expanding our distribution relationship with OSN and continuing our success."
Emad Morcos, Vice President, Business Development, Strategy and Digital added: “Fine Living will complement our existing line-up addressing the high demand for more women oriented and lifestyle programming in the region. As we continue to grow and analyse customer preferences, we will continue to bring on board fresh content that satisfies all customer segments. Food Network has been a fantastic success and I am confident, Middle East subscribers will enjoy Fine Living which will be exclusive to OSN.”

miri-01
12-15-2012, 09:50 AM
Endemol, Dainty ensure satisfaction for Rolling Stones PPV second-screen app


Editor | 15-12-2012

As The Rolling Stones Official App launches on Google’s Android platform after its debut on Apple’s iOS, leading production house Endemol and Dainty Group have revealed their commission for second-screen specialist Monterosa to power the voting feature.
Claimed to be a world’s first, the ‘By Request… LIVE’ feature in the app allowed fans watching at home or at the show on 15 December to vote for a song to be performed live at the band’s “One More Shot” telecast. A new version of the app, specially built for iPad, is imminent.
As part of the partnership between Endemol and Dainty, Group WWE, who claims to be world’s pre-eminent provider of pay-per-view programming, is distributing the “One More Shot” concert internationally.
Explaining the purpose of the application, Nick Hall at Endemol, who led design, build and content for The Rolling Stones Official App said: “By Request… LIVE builds on the Rolling Stones’ 50-year track record of breaking new ground. We’re proud to be bringing Endemol and Monterosa’s award-winning second screen experience to live music as part of the Stones’ historic '50 and Counting’ tour.“
Monterosa had already partnered with Endemol on the latter’s BAFTA award-winning second-screen experience for hit TV series The Million Pound drop and Commercial Director Tom McDonnell added: “It's hugely exciting that Endemol, The Dainty Group and The Rolling Stones have chosen Monterosa's secure second screen technology to power such an innovative moment. Bringing together the show audience with TV audiences around the world adds a whole new dimension and we believe this is a glimpse into the future of live events."

miri-01
12-15-2012, 09:52 AM
Chello DMC urges broadcasters to localise channels to stay relevant

Editor | 15-12-2012

Even though it believes that there has been
a tangible move towards adjusting language and programming for individual countries, tailoring channels to national idiosyncrasies, Chello DMC is warning that the rate of change across the industry is not great enough.
Moreover, argued Jelmer Kleingeld, Vice President Commercial Operations, Chello DMC, in a connected, increasingly non-linear world, the mounting challenge is for channel brands to stay relevant and that in this context not only does programming have to be sensitively localised, content needs to be localised and extended to an ever-expanding variety of screens each of varying sizes.
Analysing the full extent of this trend, Kleingeld calculates that approximately four-fifths of TV content broadcast around the world is still not localised in any way.
Yet for those that have localised their channels, Kleingeld says that the benefits are clear. “Audience engagement increases, the value of content is maximised and there is a commercial opportunity to be exploited,” Kleingeld asserted. “Whilst the localisation process might sound complex, creating a feed of multiple languages in multiple formats ready for local content and advert insertion is tried and tested and increasingly commonplace.”
Despite this optimism and what seems a clear opportunity, Kleingeld warned that broadcasters faced a commensurate challenge and bearing down on the industry. He argued that the growth of OTT services has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities and paths to reach audiences through TV sets, broadband and mobile devices but that this has added another layer of complexity.
“Consumers want great content first and foremost but are increasingly varying the means of technology to access it. Historically we have seen a slow migration of new services from West to East,” Kleingeld added. “However this isn’t the case with TV everywhere where the demand for content has arrived at the same time across Europe almost irrespective of what has gone before…
"Operators need to deliver through existing or new networks and need to understand the benefits and pitfalls of setting up new content distribution paths. Wherever content is delivered is irrelevant technically speaking…
"A whole world of opportunities has opened up. In the new IP meets TV world, localisation of the distribution path has joined localisation of content as a crucial requirement for channels to stay relevant to the TV audience of the future. It is this adaptability that channels need to embrace to ensure content is made available to the widest possible audience and the value of content is maximised.”

miri-01
12-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Two-thirds mobile phone video usage in-home
Dec 15 2012
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Research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence suggests that 63 per cent of digital video screening on mobile phones does not happen on-the-go, but rather at home. Over a third (36 per cent) of these home-based digital video activities happen in a room where a second screen – a TV, desktop computer or tablet – is also available for viewing purposes. According to the IAB, these findings combine to point to significant cross-media opportunities for brand marketers, whether tying mobile digital video to live television programming or linking magazine ads to relevant mobile clips.

On Device Research conducted the IAB Mobile study – The IAB Mobile Phone Video Diaries - gathering smartphone and feature phone users to keep detailed ‘day in the life’ diaries of their mobile phone video usage behaviour for two weeks, along with participation in detailed pre- and post-diary surveys.

The research also unveiled that an overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of viewers share mobile video they have watched on their phone with others. With mobile videos being ranked third on the list of high-time-spent (one hour or more weekly) activities conducted on mobile phones, behind playing games and social media, the propensity for sharing video provides a strong vehicle for taking video ads along for the viral ride.

In addition, the research refutes the idea that mobile video is something consumers use haphazardly at odd times of the day when they have nothing else going on and no other screen available. In fact, mobile video usage grows steadily throughout the day, peaking in evening “prime time TV” hours. Twenty-two percent of video interactions were to access content viewers planned to watch, while 18 percent were out of boredom, and only 3 percent because no other screen was available.

According to the study, the most frequently viewed genres in mobile video are:

Music videos (45 per cent)
Movie trailers (42 per cent)
Tutorials/How-To’s (41 per cent)
Funny short video clips (37 per cent)

Humorous short clips (66 per cent) and music videos (52 per cent) are the most likely to be shared.

“Digital video marketing has sky-rocketed over the past year, and is primed to deliver even greater returns on a variety of screens – particularly on mobile phones,” said Anna Bager, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB. “With the Digital Content NewFronts set for the spring, we’ll certainly see the depth and breadth of original video content that marketers can leverage to reach digital audiences. But this study points to a unique proposition for connecting with consumers who are watching that video content on mobile.”

“Video advertising on smartphones offers agencies and brands a unique opportunity to connect intimately with consumers on devices primed for interactive storytelling. But first we need to see mobile as a primary screen for on-demand consumption, not as an afterthought,” said David Levin, President of Creative & Technology, 360i.

When asked about their feelings towards mobile video advertising, respondents provided the following insights:

53 per cent said that they are positive or neutrally receptive towards mobile video advertising.
Nearly half (48 per cent) said that they would prefer seeing video ads that are related to the content of the video clips being watched.
A significant number (44 per cent) recalled seeing an ad while watching mobile video, with short 10-15 second spots being the most recalled format.

miri-01
12-17-2012, 08:18 AM
Endemol, Dainty ensure satisfaction for Rolling Stones PPV second-screen app


Editor | 15-12-2012

As The Rolling Stones Official App launches on Google’s Android platform after its debut on Apple’s iOS, leading production house Endemol and Dainty Group have revealed their commission for second-screen specialist Monterosa to power the voting feature.
Claimed to be a world’s first, the ‘By Request… LIVE’ feature in the app allowed fans watching at home or at the show on 15 December to vote for a song to be performed live at the band’s “One More Shot” telecast. A new version of the app, specially built for iPad, is imminent.
As part of the partnership between Endemol and Dainty, Group WWE, who claims to be world’s pre-eminent provider of pay-per-view programming, is distributing the “One More Shot” concert internationally.
Explaining the purpose of the application, Nick Hall at Endemol, who led design, build and content for The Rolling Stones Official App said: “By Request… LIVE builds on the Rolling Stones’ 50-year track record of breaking new ground. We’re proud to be bringing Endemol and Monterosa’s award-winning second screen experience to live music as part of the Stones’ historic '50 and Counting’ tour.“
Monterosa had already partnered with Endemol on the latter’s BAFTA award-winning second-screen experience for hit TV series The Million Pound drop and Commercial Director Tom McDonnell added: “It's hugely exciting that Endemol, The Dainty Group and The Rolling Stones have chosen Monterosa's secure second screen technology to power such an innovative moment. Bringing together the show audience with TV audiences around the world adds a whole new dimension and we believe this is a glimpse into the future of live events."

miri-01
12-17-2012, 08:19 AM
Fine Living gets finer in Middle East

Editor | 15-12-2012
Scripps Networks is set to launch its Fine Living lifestyle channel in all 26 OSN territories throughout the Middle East region on the OSN DTH platform from 1 January 2013.
OSN broadcasts premium Western, Arabic and Filipino entertainment in the Middle East and Africa and has a slate comprising 100 channels offering viewers in the MENA region exclusive access to the latest blockbuster movies, series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment and live talk shows.
To be broadcast in both English with Arabic subtitles, Fine Living is designed to “help viewers design their life.” The deal, brokered by Fine Living's distribution partner Chello Zone, will see OSN offer subscribers access to in-home design, travel, cuisine and personal style programming through the DTH platform's basic tier package. The channel offers a showcase for chefs, designers, fashion gurus and lifestyle experts from around the world. These include programmes featuring Italian cooking expert Giada DeLaurentiis and home designer Vern Yip.
“We are very pleased that Fine Living will soon join the already carried Food Network on the OSN platform," commented Jon Sichel, Managing Director of Scripps EMEA. "This new agreement is a direct result of the high standards we hold our channel brands to and the strong global need for quality lifestyle programming. We look forward to expanding our distribution relationship with OSN and continuing our success."
Emad Morcos, Vice President, Business Development, Strategy and Digital added: “Fine Living will complement our existing line-up addressing the high demand for more women oriented and lifestyle programming in the region. As we continue to grow and analyse customer preferences, we will continue to bring on board fresh content that satisfies all customer segments. Food Network has been a fantastic success and I am confident, Middle East subscribers will enjoy Fine Living which will be exclusive to OSN.”

miri-01
12-17-2012, 08:20 AM
Two-thirds mobile phone video usage in-home

Dec 15 2012
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Research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence suggests that 63 per cent of digital video screening on mobile phones does not happen on-the-go, but rather at home. Over a third (36 per cent) of these home-based digital video activities happen in a room where a second screen – a TV, desktop computer or tablet – is also available for viewing purposes. According to the IAB, these findings combine to point to significant cross-media opportunities for brand marketers, whether tying mobile digital video to live television programming or linking magazine ads to relevant mobile clips.

On Device Research conducted the IAB Mobile study – The IAB Mobile Phone Video Diaries - gathering smartphone and feature phone users to keep detailed ‘day in the life’ diaries of their mobile phone video usage behaviour for two weeks, along with participation in detailed pre- and post-diary surveys.

The research also unveiled that an overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of viewers share mobile video they have watched on their phone with others. With mobile videos being ranked third on the list of high-time-spent (one hour or more weekly) activities conducted on mobile phones, behind playing games and social media, the propensity for sharing video provides a strong vehicle for taking video ads along for the viral ride.

In addition, the research refutes the idea that mobile video is something consumers use haphazardly at odd times of the day when they have nothing else going on and no other screen available. In fact, mobile video usage grows steadily throughout the day, peaking in evening “prime time TV” hours. Twenty-two percent of video interactions were to access content viewers planned to watch, while 18 percent were out of boredom, and only 3 percent because no other screen was available.

According to the study, the most frequently viewed genres in mobile video are:

Music videos (45 per cent)
Movie trailers (42 per cent)
Tutorials/How-To’s (41 per cent)
Funny short video clips (37 per cent)

Humorous short clips (66 per cent) and music videos (52 per cent) are the most likely to be shared.

“Digital video marketing has sky-rocketed over the past year, and is primed to deliver even greater returns on a variety of screens – particularly on mobile phones,” said Anna Bager, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB. “With the Digital Content NewFronts set for the spring, we’ll certainly see the depth and breadth of original video content that marketers can leverage to reach digital audiences. But this study points to a unique proposition for connecting with consumers who are watching that video content on mobile.”

“Video advertising on smartphones offers agencies and brands a unique opportunity to connect intimately with consumers on devices primed for interactive storytelling. But first we need to see mobile as a primary screen for on-demand consumption, not as an afterthought,” said David Levin, President of Creative & Technology, 360i.

When asked about their feelings towards mobile video advertising, respondents provided the following insights:

53 per cent said that they are positive or neutrally receptive towards mobile video advertising.
Nearly half (48 per cent) said that they would prefer seeing video ads that are related to the content of the video clips being watched.
A significant number (44 per cent) recalled seeing an ad while watching mobile video, with short 10-15 second spots being the most recalled format.

miri-01
12-17-2012, 08:22 AM
MPAA commends USTR for identifying notorious overseas markets


Dec 15 2012 By Colin Mann

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The Motion Picture Association of America has expressed its support for the efforts of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in highlighting over 35 Internet and physical markets that exemplify key challenges in the global struggle against content theft and counterfeiting.

The USTR has released a report – Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets – identifying selected markets, including ones on the Internet, that are reportedly engaged in substantial piracy and counterfeiting, according to information submitted to the Office.

These are marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement actions or that may merit further investigation for possible IPR infringements. These markets have been selected for inclusion both because they exemplify wider concerns about global trademark counterfeiting and/or copyright piracy, and because their scale and popularity can cause economic harm to U.S. and other IPR rights holders.

According to Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs for the MPAA, the American motion picture and television industry is a major US employer supporting over 2.1 million jobs and nearly $143 billion in annual wages in all 50 states. “For all of the workers in our industry and their families, copyright theft means declining incomes, lost jobs and reduced health and retirement benefits,” he declared.

“The MPAA supports the USTR’s efforts to identify notorious overseas markets and greatly appreciates its interest in protecting the millions of hard-working Americans and the tens of thousands of businesses that rely on a healthy motion picture and television industry for their livelihoods,” he stated.

“Identifying notorious overseas markets is important for fostering legitimate commerce, improving legitimate markets’ viability and competitiveness, and boosting our country’s overall economic strength. The Notorious Markets report has fostered real improvements in the global marketplace, most recently with Taobao making significant progress to address counterfeiting of our members’ content on its site, and we are grateful to USTR for this effort,” he concluded.

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12-17-2012, 08:24 AM
UPC cablecom introduces HbbTV

Published on 16-12-2012 09:59:00

Swiss cable operator UPC cablecom will start distributing HbbTV signals on the network from January 2013.

Subscribers will be able to use the additional digital functions offered by HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV).
From January 2013, UPC cablecom will introduce first HbbTV services. In order to use this function, subscribers must have a DigiCard or receive unencrypted digital television without a set-top box.
Each TV channel is responsible for its own HbbTV signal. Until now, cable operators seemed reluctant to distribute the HbbTV signals on their network, as this allows viewers to directly interact with over-the-top (OTT) on-demand and catch-up TV services.


Viewers are required to have a connected TV set to be able to receive the HbbTV service, which must be connected to a broadband connection.
UPC cablecom will introduce HbbTV gradually from January onwards. This means that the company will start distributing TV channels with the HbbTV signal one after the other in German-speaking, French-speaking and Italian-speaking Switzerland.

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12-17-2012, 08:26 AM
Relaunched DigiTAG to fight for terrestrial broadcasting

Published on 16-12-2012 09:58:00

As the telecommunications sector eyes UHF spectrum with envious eyes, DigiTAG has said it will relaunch itself as the association that defends and promotes terrestrial broadcasting – and the spectrum it needs.

At the organisation’s general assembly in Geneva DigiTAG president Lieven Vermaele said the organisation’s new mission was to protect broadcast spectrum, while continuing to focus on promoting and harmonising digital terrestrial services and products and developing new DTT markets.


“We need a body to protect broadcasting and spectrum. Spectrum is a burning issue for the whole of the broadcasting industry and we need to ensure that there is cooperation and a coherent message from all stakeholders. We need a united front,” said Vermaele, who is also the EBU’s Director of Technology & Innovation.


It was also announced that DigiTAG will now become ‘technology neutral’ in order represent the whole terrestrial broadcast industry. This will also help towards attracting members from the worldwide broadcast community.

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12-17-2012, 08:28 AM
Inmarsat chief joins BSkyB board

Published on 16-12-2012 09:56:00

Inmarsat executive chairman Andy Sukawaty is to join the board of BSkyB as a non-executive director.

Sukawaty will take up the role on June 1, 2013, when as previously announced Lord Wilson of Dinton will step down.
Nicholas Ferguson, chairman of BSkyB, said: “Andy Sukawaty is a highly experienced and capable executive who will bring strong telecommunications industry expertise to Sky and will add further breadth and depth to the skills of the Board. We look forward to welcoming Andy to Sky”.


Sukawaty is also the non-executive chairman of Dutch cablenet Ziggo and has held a number of senior management positions in the telecommunications industry, including chief executive and president of Sprint PCS between 1996 and 2000.

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12-17-2012, 08:29 AM
ER Telecom growth continues

Published on 16-12-2012 09:54:00

The Russian cable operator ER Telecom has become the country’s second leading provider of fixed broadband internet services despite not having a presence in the capital, Moscow.

Quoting preliminary data produced by iKS Consulting, Vedomosti reports that ER Telecom is now only behind Rostelecom, with ER Telecom having overtaken Vimpelcom in the last few months.


ER Telecom’s broadband subscriber base is growing by 46-47% a year and the market by 12-15% and it has now been estimated that the operator will begin 2013 with 2.41 million, compared to Vimpelcom’s 2.36 million.
However, both will still be some way behind Rostelecom, which claimed 8.44 million at the end of Q3 this year.

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12-17-2012, 08:30 AM
OTT, VOD to dominate by 2020, driving big network changes



Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2012

With Christmas expected to bring another leap in ownership of tablets, smartphones and other devices, new research from Bell Labs suggests that increasing consumption of video content on such devices will push the wired broadband networks that carry this traffic to their absolute limits over the next decade. Meanwhile, Internet video will become an increasingly large piece of the pie, claiming the majority of viewing by 2020.

Bell Labs predicts that by 2020, consumers in the United States will access seven hours of video each day – as opposed to 4.8 hours today. And, they will increasingly consume this additional video on tablets, both at home and on the go.

The research also points to a dramatic shift in viewing habits, as consumers switch from broadcast content to video-on-demand services, which will grow to 70% of daily consumption by 2020, compared with 33% today. The study also found that the proportion of time spent watching managed video-on-demand services and Web-based video from over-the-top (OTT) providers will grow from 33% to 77%. This will come at the expense of traditional broadcast TV services, whose relative share of time will drop from 66% to 10%.

Internet-based video consumption each year will thus grow twelvefold, from 90 Exabytes to 1.1 Zettabyes. Consumption of managed video-on-demand from service providers vs. OTT is expected grow at a 28% annual rate in the period, from 44 Exabytes to 244 Exabytes.

The projections also suggest a twelve times increase in Internet video content as cloud services, news sites and social networking applications become more video-based, and continuously accessible anywhere, anytime on tablets.

Importantly, the study also highlighted how these trends will stretch the capabilities the residential broadband networks many service providers use today: as the delivery of video content rapidly moves from traditional broadcast TV to the 'unicast' delivery of personalised content to individuals, disproportionate pressure will be placed on the IP edge of these networks, where most of the intelligence is needed to deliver sophisticated video and high-speed Internet services.

"Delivery of video from the cloud and from content delivery networks to tablets, TVs and smartphones with guaranteed quality presents an exciting new revenue opportunity for communications service providers, but only if they are prepared to take advantage of it," said Marcus Weldon, CTO at Alcatel-Lucent. "Left unmanaged, the rapid growth in video traffic can turn into a deluge and spell disaster. It is important to look at where service providers' investments can have the most impact, and this research makes clear that the IP edge of both wireline and wireless networks, which are increasingly becoming one and the same, offers the greatest opportunity to improve network performance. At the same time, it also presents the greatest source of risk if not managed appropriately."

Bell Labs found that on-demand video services, such as high-definition premium movie services as well as video sharing sites, will become even more popular over the next five years. As a result, on-demand video will command an increased share of viewing hours, causing peak-hour traffic at the edge of new IP-based networks to grow 2.5 times faster than the amount of traffic on the broadband connections reaching households. This challenge will need to be addressed, comprehensively, if communications service providers are to maintain their ability to deliver high-quality residential multimedia services to consumers, it concludes.

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12-17-2012, 08:34 AM
Verizon adds NFL Network and RedZone to FiOS Online

Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2012

Verizon has expanded its FiOS TV sports programming slate for TV Everywhere with the launch of online access to NFL Network programming. The addition of Watch NFL Network to FiOS TV Online gives FiOS customers who receive NFL Network and NFL RedZone as part of their TV package the ability to view programming online from the two channels from anywhere in the U.S., with a broadband connection.

The agreement follows a similar deal between Cablevision and the NFL recently.

Watch NFL Network offers live streaming access to NFL Network and RedZone programming, including Thursday Night Football games, NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay and the new morning show NFL AM. Live streaming of NFL RedZone, where viewers can watch every touchdown for every game on Sunday afternoon, is available every Sunday during the regular season.

"We are thrilled to give FiOS TV customers anytime, anywhere access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone, as we continue to expand the FiOS offering and give our customers a truly borderless lifestyle," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "Sports programming, especially football, has always been an important feature for so many of our FiOS TV customers. Watch NFL Network will ensure they never have to miss their NFL programming again."

Hans Schroeder , senior vice president of media strategy and development for the NFL, said, "This authentication agreement with Verizon is part of a larger NFL Media initiative to deliver NFL content to fans and consumers in as many ways possible."

In the future, the programming will be made available to FiOS TV customers on tablets as well, the company noted.

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12-17-2012, 08:35 AM
Service Electric Cablevision to carry 3D TV network 3net

Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2012

The 3net 3D television network joint venture from Discovery, Sony and IMAX has signed up its first cable distributor, Service Electric Cablevision, which serves 100,000 customers in northeast Pennsylvania. The MSO joins existing distributor DirecTV in carrying the channel.

3net went live on the cableco's channel 500 with several original shows premiering. Those include a new episode of From the Basement, featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the wildlife special Savage Migration, and I, Human, the world's first 3D look inside the human body.

"For our customers who own or plan to purchase 3D capable TVs, we want to ensure Service Electric Cablevision provides them with more value for their entertainment investment," said Donald Brandt, director of programming at Service Electric Cablevision. "3net was the perfect addition because it provides our customers 3D programming 24 hours a day with content from Discovery, Sony and IMAX. As the first cable company in the nation, we are proud to also be the first cable company to offer 3net."

The network will also debut a raft of movies, including animated favourites Monster House and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Open Season.

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12-17-2012, 08:36 AM
NASA to live-stream lunar probe crash into the Moon

Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2012

NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft on Monday, 17 December via broadcast on NASA Television and streaming on the agency's Website.
The coverage will also be streamed live on Ustream.

The two probes will hit a mountain near the lunar North Pole at approximately 2:28 p.m. Monday, bringing their extended science missions to an end. Commentary will originate from the control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. Coverage will last about 35 minutes and include live interviews with GRAIL team members. GRAIL's final resting place on the moon will be in shadow at the time of impact, so no video documentation of the impacts is expected.

"NASA wanted to rule out any possibility of our twins hitting the surface anywhere near any of the historic lunar exploration sites like the Apollo landing sites or where the Russian Luna probes touched down," said David Lehman, GRAIL project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Both spacecraft have been orbiting the moon since Jan. 1, but are being sent purposely into the moon because they do not have enough altitude or fuel to continue science operations. Both spacecraft will hit the surface at 3,760 MPH (1.7 kilometers per second).

Data from the GRAIL twins are allowing scientists to learn about the moon's internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. The duo's primary mission yielded the highest-resolution gravity field map of any celestial body. Future gravity field models developed from data collected during the extended mission will be of even higher resolution. The map will provide a better understanding of how the moon, Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed and evolved.

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12-17-2012, 08:38 AM
A+E networks lunches dedicated TV Everywhere iPad apps with Comcast Xfinity


Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2012

A+E Networks has introduced the company's first dedicated iPad apps for TV viewing, for the A&E, History and Lifetime networks. Comcast Xfinity customers are the first to be able to authenticate into the apps to view exclusive clips as well as full episodes and movies, with more distributors expected to join in early 2013.

"With our new apps, A+E Networks will be on the forefront of supporting the industry's efforts toward TV Everywhere," said David Zagin, the president of distribution for A+E Networks. "We are looking forward to partnering with our distributors in the future to bring their customers more of our great programming."

The apps, which include "Continued Watching" and "Queue" features, will be available for the iPod Touch and iPhone next month. Android versions will follow at some point early next year.

Titles include A&E's Storage Wars and Duck Dynasty; History's Pawn Stars and Swamp People; and Lifetime's Dance Moms and Project Runway.

"By offering the A&E, History and Lifetime watch apps, we are giving fans of our networks an opportunity to consume our leading libraries of original quality content wherever and whenever they want it," said Dan Suratt, executive vice president of digital media and business development for A+E Networks.

Matt Strauss, senior vice president of digital and emerging platforms for Comcast Cable, added: "In partnering with A+E Networks, Comcast continues to build on its industry-leading TV Everywhere offerings, and yet again positions Xfinity TV customers at the forefront to access great programming on multiple devices. We're pleased to be the first provider to offer our customers A+E Networks' compelling content on its app, and also online at Xfinity.com/TV."

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12-17-2012, 08:39 AM
French licence fee will rise to €131 in 2013

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 17-12-2012

French deputies have voted in favour of raising the PSB licence fee from €125 to €131 in 2013 in metropolitan France, while it will rise to €85 in overseas territories.
This increase will bring €49 million to France Télévisions and aims to compensate the 2.3% fall in public funding and ad revenues.
In 2013, France Télévisions will have to make €130 million in costs cuts across its channels and is required to submit a strategic plan to French Minister of Culture.

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12-17-2012, 08:40 AM
Euronews to launch 24/7 Hungarian Service in April

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 17-12-2012

European international channel Euronews has announced the launch of its 24/7 Hungarian service based in Budapest next April and the opening of a local bureau incorporating a full newsroom.
The Budapest office will produce Euronews in Hungarian both on air and online for Hungary and for Hungarian-speaking communities around the world. This project involves the recruitment of more than 35 permanent employees who will join Euronews in Budapest, its headquarters in Lyon and its Brussels' office.
The Hungarian structure will run under Hungarian law and will be a 100% subsidiary of Euronews Group.
It will be the second Euronews service to be produced entirely in the home country of a language after Euronews Greek, which will be launched next week.
Euronews is already broadcast in Hungary, mainly in English and German. Today, the channel is available by satellite, cable and ITPV to 20% of Hungarian homes (787,000 households).

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12-17-2012, 08:43 AM
BBC expands US distribution with Time Warner Cable

Editor | 17-12-2012

Following a successful year for the corporation in the United States, BBC AMERICA and BBC World News have expanded their distribution on Time Warner Cable (TWC) systems.
BBC World News will be added to the digital basic package in most TWC offerings before the end of December 2012, seeing increased distribution in principal American cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle. Overall, as result of its expanded relationship with all US operators, the BBC claims that its news channel will have grown its reach by over ten million new homes in 2012, available in 25 million full-time homes once the TWC deal launches.
With BBC AMERICA — which has enjoyed success with Doctor Who, Copper, Luther, Top Gear and the Golden Globe-nominated series The Hour — in January 2013 TWC will debut a new drama Ripper Street and new original series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. New episodes of Doctor Who, Copper, Luther, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Being Human, The Thick of It, plus new original drama Orphan Black and mini-series Spies of Warsaw have also been announced for 2013.
"It's been a record-breaking year for BBC AMERICA, as our iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has reached new heights and we've created new original programming including Copper, our highest-rated series premiere ever," said Sandy Ashendorf, EVP network distribution, BBC Worldwide America. "We're excited to expand BBC AMERICA's partnership with Time Warner Cable and launch BBC World News, which has seen record distribution growth in the past year."
Jim Egan, chief operating officer, Global News Ltd, said: "I'm delighted to see BBC World News coming to Time Warner Cable — this is another important foothold for our global news channel in the highly competitive US market. We are really pleased by the growing demand in the US for a global news network which is both non-partisan and non-sensational in approach. BBC World News is about serious news, with on-the-ground reporting and analysis from different parts of the world and a mandate to inform and provide a balanced view. We know that audiences around the world value the channel's distinctive world view and we are pleased that more US viewers now have access to it."

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12-17-2012, 08:45 AM
4oD claims first UK Windows 8 VOD app

Editor | 17-12-2012

As the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers ramp up production of laptops and tablets based on Microsoft's latest operating system, Channel 4 is claiming a coup with the first UK video on-demand VOD app for Windows 8.
The app, offering access to 4oD, the channel's VOD service, is designed to enable users to watch shows from Channel 4, E4 and More 4 as well as the 30-year archive of the UK's fourth largest broadcaster. Content will include the likes of Fresh Meat, Homeland, Father Ted and The Inbetweeners.
4oD is also available online at Channel4.com as well as YouView, Virgin Media, BT Vision, YouTube, iOS mobiles and tablets, PS3 and XBox. In 2013, it will be available on Sky's on-demand service, Android, Freesat's Free time and Samsung connected TVs.
Channel 4 regards Microsoft as a strong global brand which aligns with its key ABC1 16-34 audience and says the partnership will see the two companies work with clients collaboratively to create something that is bespoke and utilises all 4oD platforms as well as linking in to relevant content on Channel 4 to provide a fully integrated cross-media brand experience.
The broadcaster has also launched a dedicated ad package for three months that will see Windows 8 and 4oD co-branded idents taking the first pre-roll ad across every platform. The channel believes that traffic will be in the ballpark of 120 million streams. Co-branded TV ads will run throughout the Channel 4-owned portfolio, immediately following on-air 4oD promos, to publicise 4oD on Windows 8. The creative for the promo ads will be designed and produced by Channel 4's in-house agency 4Creative and the ad package managed by Universal McCann and Michael McSharry, group digital manager at Channel 4.
Commenting on the move, Sarah Rose, director of commercial & business development at Channel 4 said: "This exciting collaboration has seen various teams at Channel 4 and other key stakeholders work closely together to deliver something that not only showcases our leading commercial VOD platform on Windows 8, but also Channel 4's ability to deliver a complete pioneering commercial solution."
Anand Krishnan, senior director, developer and platform evangelism group at Microsoft Ltd, added: "We love the way Channel 4 is bringing Windows 8 to life with its 4oD app. It is creative apps such as this that will continue the great momentum and excitement around Windows 8."

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12-17-2012, 08:51 AM
Azteca expands into Quebec

Iñaki Ferreras | 17-12-2012

As part of its international expansion, Mexico's national private broadcaster Azteca has announced the arrival of its bundle of pay-TV signals to the Canadian region of Quebec.
Azteca started broadcasting in the region in early December, through an agreement with Videotron, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc, reports Todo TV News.
Azteca will distribute the best content from Azteca 13 to Quebec, including soap operas, game shows, music, news, sports and reality shows.
Azteca currently reaches millions of homes in Latin America and Spain. In addition, the company broadcasts Azteca Novelas and Azteca HD in Latin America, Puerto Rico, Europe and Canada.

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12-17-2012, 08:52 AM
3+ Switzerland to stay alone on Astra

Jörn Krieger | 17-12-2012

Swiss commercial broadcaster 3+ will not be joined by its sister channels on Astra (19.2° East).
No satellite distribution of further channels operated by the 3 Plus Group is currently planned, a spokeswoman from the Swiss TV broadcaster told Rapid TV News.
3+ launched on Astra last week to increase its reach by rolling out to DTH households. 3+ HD and sister channels 4+ and 4+ HD will therefore remain only available on Swiss cable networks.
3 Plus Group is the first domestic Swiss TV broadcaster to have chosen Astra for DTH satellite distribution. Public broadcaster SRG uses the competing satellite system Hot Bird (13° East) operated by Eutelsat.
Despite this, 3 Plus Group isn't worried about any disadvantages regarding its reach in the Swiss DTH community and doesn't plan to transmit in parallel on Hot Bird. "Satellite households in Switzerland are usually equipped with so-called twin-LNBs which are able to receive channels both from Astra and Eutelsat," explained the spokeswoman. "A dual illumination on Astra and Eutelsat is therefore not necessary."

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12-17-2012, 08:54 AM
Dailymotion launches SVOD kids' service

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 17-12-2012

From this week, French video sharing platform Dailymotion will offer a new SVOD kids' service, called Kids+.
Available through its website and dedicated app (iOS and Android), this €4.49 monthly and ad-free secured offering will give an unlimited access to more than 1,000 kids' programmes.
Besides unlimited viewing, Kids+ allows the user to create playlists, select the screening time, personalize the home page and set up parental controls. The new offer will initially be available in France, Belgium and Switzerland. English and German versions are scheduled to kick-off in the coming weeks.
To set up this new service, Dailymotion has inked deals with content editors and producers including Canadian Cookie Jar, which owns the rights to animated hit series such as Inspector Gadget , Arthur , Strawberry Shortcake and Horseland.
Rights owners are paid according to the number of subscribers and what viewers are watching.

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12-17-2012, 09:11 AM
Cord-cutting to hit Europe in 2013

Joseph O'Halloran | 17-12-2012

Even though the majority of European pay-TV operators feel immune from US-style cord-cutting, this is a false sense of security, new research from IDATE is warning.
Having just published an in-depth study on the phenomenon of cord-cutting, based on an analysis of the North American market, IDATE feels that lessons can and should be drawn for Europe, where certain weakness within the European audiovisual industry could create a US-style scenario.
Looking at the US, the analyst feels that cord-cutting, in addition to a general traditional television and video services churn, is emerging and indicates a much broader set of upheavals in the TV industry whose context it describes as “very tense”. In addition, IDATE believes that there is a permanent instability in the market and that the current inability to devise sustainable collaboration schemes only increases the risk. It regards disintermediation as the key issue facing the US market and potentially Europe.
“OTT (over-the-top) video services will continue to expand and influence the TV access market because they meet user demand: flexibility and richness of content offerings, user-friendliness (these new entrants usually offer much more accomplished consumption interfaces), prices (a monthly subscription to Netflix equals the purchase price of a DVD), anywhere, any terminal usage patterns – unlike operators' segmented offerings,” said Jacques Bajon, project leader of the study, “More importantly, if Google's gamble pays off, the changes could be much more fundamental and rapid”.

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12-17-2012, 09:34 AM
Euronews collaborates with BandNews Brazil

Iñaki Ferreras | 17-12-2012

European TV News broadcaster Euronews and Brazil's news broadcaster BandNews have signed an agreement for the exchange of editorial contents and service production between both company's journalistic departments.
Both companies will benefit from the deal by exchanging specialist journalists for a better coverage of the news from the two continents. The collaboration covers all of the digital platforms of both companies, according to Tele Satelite.
BandNews is Grupo Bandeirante de Comunicaçao's main information network. This group includes the radio and television stations Bandeirantes, BandNews TV, Band Internacional, TV Minuto and BandNews FM.

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12-17-2012, 09:43 AM
Jilion launches HTML 5 online video player creator

Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2012
Jilion, maker of a cloud-based HTML5 video player, has launched SublimeVideo Horizon, the first HTML5 video application framework for developing branded, tailor-made video players, aimed at designers and advertisers for embedding in Web pages.
The platform offers support across all browsers, including legacy Internet Explorer 6, and the latest mobile platforms, including Apple iPads, Google Nexus and Microsoft Surface tablets.
The solution builds on Jilion's first HTML5 video player platform, SublimeVideo.net, which provides Web publishers with a plug-and-play universal video player solution. SublimeVideo Horizon brings modularity to the platform with a range of colours, shapes and fonts for on-screen customization. The resulting player can then be embedded in any Website or blog.
Jilion has also integrated YouTube support so that Web publishers can host their videos on the world's largest video platform, while playing them through their own customised, branded players.
"There is a tremendous amount of sophisticated technology operating behind the scenes of this seemingly simplistic and beautiful resulting experience," said Zeno Crivelli , Jilion co-founder. "We spent more than a year developing SublimeVideo Horizon to be the most powerful, no-compromise and brand-friendly video player solution in the world."
Other in-video engagement features include the ability to display a 'buy song' or 'tour date' button on screen to drive sales for music, a 360° viewer for cars, houses and other physical-based brands and in-stock information for e-commerce sites.
"The world is adopting mobile as its primary video viewing platform," said Mehdi Aminian, Jilion co-founder. "Brands, marketers and advertisers are in dire need to deliver their audience a sophisticated and seamless viewing experience, despite the painfully fragmented browser technology landscape."

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12-17-2012, 09:44 AM
Ono's TiVo launches new HDTV channels

Iñaki Ferreras | 17-12-2012

Spain's main cable operator Ono is to launch new HDTV channels this Christmas through its interactive service TiVo: Canal Hollywood HD and MGM HD.
The channels will be available from 19 December.
Canal Hollywood is a movie channel offering a large selection of films for all tastes and audiences. MGM is the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer channel with the best titles from the major studio.
TiVo offers real HDTV to its clients in a lot of its contents including premieres, films, documentaries, concerts and the 20+ channels it has in its offering.
Currently Ono has some 750,000 subscribers to its TV offering.

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12-17-2012, 09:46 AM
Telecom Italia rejects proposed investment from Naguib Sawiris



Iñaki Ferreras | 17-12-2012

Telecom Italia's board of directors has rejected an investment proposal by Naguib Sawiris, owner of the Egyptian operator Orascom.
According to some Italian media, Sawiris offered Telecom Italia an investment of $5,000 million through a capital increase, which would have led to a 30% control of the group's capital.
The Italian telco had emerged as a possible interested group in the purchase of the Brazilian DTH- IPTV operator GVT, and Sawiris' offer would have helped finance this, reports Next TV Latam.
After the French group Vivendi confirmed its intention to sell GVT, four possible buyers emerged as interested companies: DirecTV (USA), Grupo Oi (Brazil), America Movil (Mexico) and Telecom Italia (Italy). Telecom Italia and Oi have confirmed that they will join the bidding.
Vivendi is seeking to raise at least $8,900 million from the sale of GVT and it expects to receive bids during Q1 2013.

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12-17-2012, 10:27 AM
Tricolor TV looks East

December 17, 2012 08.09 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s leading DTH platform Tricolor TV plans to develop its services in Siberia.

Speaking in a press conference in Novosibirsk, company representatives said that the region, which will be served by a new satellite located in the 56 degrees East position, has great potential for the platform.

They added that the eastern regions of Russia have a population density of only a third of the central part.

While this holds back the development of wired TV services, it presents no problems to satellite operations.

Although Tricolor TV currently serves Siberia through the Bonum-1 satellite, it is nearing the end of its life and has from this month been reinforced by Direc TV-1R. However, from the end of next year the 56 degrees East slot will be served by the new satellite Express –AT-1.

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12-17-2012, 10:28 AM
Russia awards DTT licences

December 17, 2012 07.26 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Rozkomnadzor has announced the winners of the tender for Russia’s second DTT multiplex.

They are Akcept (Ren TV), TV Center (TV Center – Moscow), Network Television Stations (CTC), New Channel (Domashny), Sport (VGTRK), NTV Plus Sport Plus (NTV Plus), Zvezda (NTK Zvezda), Mir (Mir), TNT Teledisk (TNT) and Muz TV (Muz).

Each of the winners, which surprisingly did not include any of the channels operated by ProfMedia, will have to pay R36.7 million (€907,100) and sign a 10-year contract with RTRS within three months.

They will then have to pay an annual fee that should eventually rise to R944 million for broadcasting their services to cities with a population of over 1 million.

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12-17-2012, 10:29 AM
Ukrainian DTH platform eyes Q1 launch

December 17, 2012 08.52 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


The new Ukrainian DTH platform Lybid TV has started test broadcasting and is now expected to launch commercially in the first quarter of 2013.

However, quoted by Kommersant, its development director Vyacheslav Mordachev said that it has still to receive a licence. He added that Lybid TV would target viewers living up to 30km from large cities as they are not currently able to receive quality TV services.

Mordachev also said that reception equipment and installation costs for Lybid TV would amount to around $70 (€53.2).Viewers would be offered 20-25 national packages for free for a period of three years, followed by a nominal $5 a month, along with a number of premium and pay-TV packages.

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12-17-2012, 10:32 AM
Viasat inks NBA deal

December 17, 2012 09.16 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


Viasat has entered into a new multi-year partnership with the NBA under which it will provide season-long coverage of the latter in Russia, the CIS and Georgia on Viasat Sport East.

The channel is available on the Raduga TV DTH platform, in which Viasat’s parent company Modern Times Group (MTG) holds a 50% stake.

It is also distributed by third party satellite, IPTV and cable networks.

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12-17-2012, 10:33 AM
Ziggo and UPC pull out of LTE auction

December 17, 2012 09.19 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Dutch cable operators Ziggo and UPC have pulled out of the LTE spectrum auction because the price was getting too high.

The two cablers formed a joint venture to bid for one of the four LTE licences in the 800 MHz spectrum range earmarked for high-speed data traffic.

KPN, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Tele 2 each secured a licence. Total revenue for the four lots is €3.8 billion with newcomer Tele 2 paying €160 million for its licence.

Ziggo and UPC said in a joint statement that the price was getting too high for them to make a profitable business.

They also said the current Wi-Fi hit spot roll-out (from Ziggo), the existing MVNO agreements and the 2.6 GHz licence owned by the JV should provide enough opportunities to offer wireless broadband services to its customers.

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12-17-2012, 10:35 AM
Cisco hires Barclays to sell Linksys

December 17, 2012 09.36 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Cisco Systems has hired Barclays to find a buyer for Linksys, which makes routers for home wireless access, said people familiar with the situation, reports Bloomberg.

Cisco wants to sell Linksys as part of its strategy to exit consumer businesses while expanding in corporate software and technology services.

The unit is likely to fetch much less than the $500 million Cisco paid for it in 2003.

Spokespersons for Cisco and Barclays declined to comment.

Cisco CEO John Chambers eliminated 7,800 jobs over the past year and closed businesses such as the Flip video-camera unit.

In addition to Linksys, Cisco also operates in the home market with its Scientific Atlanta set-top-box unit.

Last year, the company acquired the NDS Group for $5 billion.

Barclays is also advising Google on the sale of its Motorola Home Business, which sells set-top-boxes and equipment to cable-television-providers.

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12-17-2012, 10:36 AM
Canal Digital launches 4G broadband service

December 17, 2012 09.39 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Sweden’s Canal Digital has launched a new 4G broadband service in partnership with owners Telenor.

The DTH platform says the greatest difference will be felt in the 91% of population who live outside of urban areas, where fibre has yet to be fully developed.

The plan has become necessary because of the increasing demand for web-based ‘TV-Everywhere’ type services.

“Several of the services we offer require connectivity so it feels natural to be able to offer the customer a broadband solution. We have been waiting for a wireless option with a high enough capacity, now this is a serious option. In combination with our television programming via satellite, it is 4G with its flexibility, future technology, said John Nordin, managing director, Canal Digital Sweden.

At the same time Telenor will directly offer Canal Digital’s DTH packages.

“As the 4G coverage improves it is becoming a real option for many who had previously only been able to use older broadband technologies such as ADSL. By partnering with Canal Digital, we reach out to even more potential customers and can offer them a good package with TV and broadband, says Jonas Lindström, director of mobile services at Telenor Sweden

4G is the fastest growing broadband technology, in the first quarter of 2013 is estimated 99 percent of the Swedish population has access to 4G technology.

Increased speed and responsiveness of the 4G network means that there is no practical difference between 4G and fixed broadband.

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12-17-2012, 10:38 AM
Zattoo comes to Xbox 360 Live

December 17, 2012 09.59 Europe/London By Robert Briel


The streaming live TV platform Zattoo is now available on the Xbox 360.

Owners of the Microsoft game console can now access 55 live streaming TV channels

Zattoo’s live TV channels are available free of charge in the countries where the service is available, such as Germany and Switzerland.

The move follows more worldwide initiative of adding live TV streaming to the box 360.

The French-German culture channel Arte has also introduced its own catch-up TV app for the Xbox 360, Arte +7.

German sports broadcaster Sport1 also has a new app offering free access to sports news and highlights as well as a premium service for streaming live sports.

All three TV apps are free, but a subscription to Xbox Live Gold is compulsory to use the live streaming TV apps.

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12-17-2012, 10:39 AM
Channel 4 launches Windows 8 app

December 17, 2012 10.03 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Channel 4 has become the first UK broadcaster to launch a video on demand app developed for Windows 8.
Alongside the new app, a dedicated ad package launched on Friday (December 14) that will run for three months. Windows 8 and 4oD co-branded idents will the first pre-roll ad across every platform. Co-branded TV ads will also run across the Channel 4 portfolio.

Sarah Rose, director of commercial & business development at Channel 4 said: “This exciting collaboration has seen various teams at Channel 4 and other key stakeholders work closely together to deliver something that not only showcases our leading commercial VOD platform on Windows 8, but also Channel 4′s ability to deliver a complete pioneering commercial solution.”

Unusually for the normal model for UK video on demand, Channel 4’s 4oD offers both current and library shows from the last 30 years.

The creative for the promo ads are designed and produced by Channel 4′s award-winning in-house agency 4Creative.

The ad package was managed by Universal McCann and Michael McSharry, Group Digital Manager at Channel 4.

4oD is also available online at Channel4.com as well as YouView, Virgin Media, BT Vision, YouTube, iOS mobiles and tablets, PS3 and XBox. In 2013, it will be available on Sky’s on demand service, Android, Freesat’s Free Time and Samsung Connected TV.

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12-17-2012, 10:41 AM
Double launch for Star TV

December 17, 2012 10.13 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Star Network has gained additional distribution on both Norway’s Canal Digital Kabel TV and the UK’s Virgin Media.

Star Plus, Star Gold and Star Life Ok are launching as part of Canal Digital’s Optional Basic Pack.

Gisle Pedersen, CEO, Canal Digital Kabel-TV said: “The Star Channels with their Hindi entertainment and Bollywood movies will be a popular addition to our optional basic package, which surely will find its audience”.

Separately, Star Gold has joined Virgin Media’s ‘Asian Mela’ bundle that also includes Star Plus and Star Life Ok.

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12-17-2012, 10:42 AM
UPC hits new DTH milestone

December 17, 2012 11.02 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


UPC DTH now has a total of 700,000 in the four CEE markets it operates in.

This represents an increase of almost 200,000 in the past two years, with the subscriber base growing by more than 10% each year.

Commenting on the figure, Magnus Tersnjö, MD of UPC DTH, said: “It is a pleasure to see our efforts paying off by passing this milestone of 700 000 customers in our countries. Our growth is an obvious indication of all the efforts we make to provide great programming and offer a wide variety of packages.”

He added: “In the future we will continue focusing on customer experience and looking for new product innovations. In 2013 we look to provide our customers with not only more programming, such as further HD channels but also equipment which will enhance the viewing experience.”

UPC DTH has platforms in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.

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12-17-2012, 02:34 PM
It is a pleasure to see our efforts

December 17, 2012 11.02 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul



Commenting on the figure, Magnus Tersnjö, MD of UPC DTH, said:*
This represents an increase of almostin the past two years, with the subscriber base growing by more than 10% each year.

Commenting on the figure, Magnus Tersnjö, MD of UPC DTH, said: “It is a pleasure to see our efforts paying off by passing this milestone of 98customers in our countries. Our growth is an obvious indication of all the efforts we make to provide great programming and offer a wide variety of packages.”

He added: “In the future we will continue focusing on customer experience and looking for new product innovations. In 2013 we look to provide our customers with not only more programming, such as further HD channels but also equipment which will enhance the viewing experience.”

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12-17-2012, 02:37 PM
NHK ponders 2016 for U-HDTV

Dec 17 2012 By Chris Forrester

News reports out of Japan say that public broadcaster NHK is contemplating starting its ‘Super Hi-Vision’ 8K test transmissions in 2016, some 4 years sooner than originally planned.

NHK had earlier specified 2020 as the target date in order to transmit the 2020 Olympic Games – and Tokyo is hoping to be the host city for the event. Sources told Japan Times that there are still hurdles to be overcome, not least accumulating 8000-line programming for the new service.

However, it seems the Japanese government is also backing a speedier entry for Super Hi-Vision which it sees as providing a boost to the nation’s ailing consumer electronics industry

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12-17-2012, 02:40 PM
UK government sets out IP next steps

Dec 17 2012 By Colin Mann

New plans to make sure UK creativity and innovation supports growth have been set out by Business Secretary Vince Cable. Speaking at The Big Innovation Centre in London, Dr Cable launched a range of measures that will improve services to business, strengthen enforcement, and help consumers get the most out of creative products and services.

The plans, which will involve a step change in the way the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) delivers services, include:

launching a superfast patent processing service to deliver patents in just 90 days and a faster trade marks examination service which will deliver a full examination report in five days, instead of 10;
a campaign to educate smaller businesses about getting the best value from their creativity and innovation;
action to help consumers and young people understand the importance of respect for IP and the harm counterfeiting or illegal downloading can do; and
working with key partners, such as the City of London Police, to tackle IP crime such as counterfeiting and online piracy.

The new measures, which will come into effect in 2013, aim to encourage and help businesses get the best value from their ideas and boost growth.

The IPO will also expand the way it operates, moving beyond just granting rights and do more to support businesses in understanding the opportunities available to them at home and abroad. This will include piloting an IP advisory service for small and medium businesses with high-growth potential. The IPO will work more closely with organisations where businesses already go for advice such as trade associations, UKTI, chambers of commerce, banks and accountants.

“Our creativity, our openness to and talent for innovation, is a key pillar of our return to robust growth. So it is right we work to create the environment in which creative, innovative businesses of all shapes and sizes flourish,” he stated. “A vital part of getting this is making sure that the intellectual property landscape encourages and cements success and growth. The new vision for how we support businesses and consumers is central to achieving this.”

Making sure consumers are protected from counterfeiters and better understand the use and value of intellectual property is also key. A new national consumer campaign will be launched in the Spring to help raise awareness about counterfeiting and piracy and ensure that the rights of creators and innovators are better enforced.

The activity will in particular focus on young people, reaching out to them in schools, theme parks and on the web, to educate them about their responsibilities in downloading materials and also protecting their own ideas.

There will also be further strengthening of the IPO’s IP attaché network which places a business attaché in challenging overseas markets to help British businesses and encourage improvements to the nation’s IP environment. In 2013, a new attaché will be placed in Singapore to serve South Asian markets, supporting those already in place in China, India and Brazil.

The UK will host an enforcement summit next summer inviting countries from around the world to share best practice and work together to combat problems.

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12-17-2012, 02:42 PM
ATVOD responds to Ofcom Channel Flip decision

December 17, 2012

UK media regulator Ofcom has upheld an appeal by Channel Flip Media against an ATVOD determination that in April 2011 it was providing an on-demand programme service on the www.channelflip.com website.

In order to fall within the scope of the regulations overseen by on-demand services regulator ATVOD, a service must satisfy a number of statutory criteria, as set out in section 368A of the Communications Act 2003. In April 2011, ATVOD ruled that the Channel Flip service, which offered consumers on-demand access to short-form comedy videos by TV personalities, met those criteria and that Channel Flip Media was in breach of its statutory obligation to notify the service to ATVOD. Following ATVOD’s ruling, the Channel Flip website underwent significant changes, and, according to ATVOD no longer resembles the service on which it ruled.

The appeal decision turned on whether the videos were comparable, in form and content, to those normally included in television broadcast services and took account of research conducted a year after ATVOD had made its decision.
ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson said:

“The question of whether video content is ‘comparable’ to programmes normally included in television broadcasts is far from straightforward. We will now consider the appeal decision carefully and analyse the implications for future decisions as to whether a particular service is, or is not, subject to regulations designed to protect consumers.”

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12-17-2012, 02:43 PM
Canal Digital Kabel-TV adds Star bouquet

December 17, 2012

Norwegian cable operator Canal Digital Kabel-TV has added a raft of channels from South Indian broadcaster Star Network to its pay TV offering.

Canal Digital Kabel-TV has launched Star Plus, Star Gold and Star Life OK in the Optional Basic Pack. Star Plus and Star Life OK are general entertainment channels, while Star Gold airs Bollywood movies. All channels air in Hindi with English subtitles.

Gisle Pedersen, CEO of Canal Digital Kabel-TV said: “The Star Channels with their Hindi entertainment and Bollywood movies will be a popular addition to our optional basic package, which surely will find its audience. We are delighted to now be able to offer the channels to our subscribers”

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12-17-2012, 02:44 PM
High price means UPC and Ziggo pull out of LTE auction

December 17, 2012

Dutch cable operators UPC and Ziggo have decided not to bid for LTE frequency.

The operators, which have participated through a joint-venture in the Dutch multiband spectrum licences auction for mobile services, have not acquired a new spectrum licence during this auction having considered the price too high given the additional revenues they expected to get from owning a licence.

In a statement, Ziggo said both companies have experience in offering mobile services and are planning to expand their mobile offering in the coming years using the already acquired 2.6 GHz spectrum in 2010, via Wifi and through existing MVNO agreements.

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12-17-2012, 02:45 PM
Local authorities take stake in Euronews

December 17, 2012

Three French local authorities have become shareholders in news broadcaster Euronews.

The allocation of shares to the Rhône-Alpes Region, the department of Rhône and the Greater Lyon Urban Community was unanimously approved at a general meeting of shareholders last week. Each authority will take a 1.5% stake in Euronews.

Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, said, “As CEO, but also as a long-time resident of Lyon, I am particularly delighted and proud of this event, which is exceptional and a first in France. It further strengthens our historic ties with the local area. Like Atlanta, London and Doha, our goal is to make Lyon, the Department and Region a world media capital. Our channel and all of our digital platforms will ensure a high profile for Lyon, thanks in particular to the quality and variety of major international events held in the city and region.”

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12-17-2012, 02:47 PM
Chellomedia expands management team

December 17, 2012

Chellomedia has announced a management shake-up that includes two new appointments.

The Liberty Global-owned channel operator has appointed Simon Freer as chief commercial officer. In addition to overseeing revenue growth in the existing portfolio of 66 channels, the former global head of TMT at private equity firm 3i Group will lead Chellomedia’s corporate development team and will be responsible for developing the business through partnerships and M&A.

Ron Huisman has been promoted to chief financial officer, a post he will take up early next year. Huisman is currently vice-president for M&A at Liberty Global, where he has worked since 2000.

Meanwhile, Mike Moriarty, Chellomedia’s managing director for central Europe, is expanding his areas of responsibility and will take on the additional roles of director of Chello Benelux and managing director of Chellomedia Investments.

Niall Curran, president of Chellomedia, said, “I am delighted that Simon Freer and Ron Huisman are joining Chellomedia’s team. Their extensive experience in developing businesses is a perfect complement to our strong TV operations expertise, and positions us well to pursue the many opportunities that we see in our markets. I also look forward to continue working with Mike as he expands his focus to another of our core markets, the Benelux. The combination of experience and new talent in the Chellomedia team will help us deliver on the many exciting routes to grow our content businesses and for which we continue to enjoy the support of Liberty Global, one of the world’s great cable companies.”

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12-17-2012, 02:48 PM
Netflix bumped from Nasdaq 100 Index

December 17, 2012

Netflix has been dropped from the list of the top 100 companies on the US Nasdaq exchange and Discovery and Liberty Global have been added.

Netflix’s share price has risen and fallen dramatically in recent times following key events including an aborted plan to split its service into separate streaming and delivery offerings and its ongoing international roll out.

The 100 Index covers the largest companies on Nasdaq, outside of the finance and financial services sector.

Netflix will be removed from the top 100 Index on December 24 along with a handful of other companies including Electronic Arts and RIM.

Accordingly, other companies including Discovery Communications and Liberty Global were added to the Index, which already includes the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple.

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12-17-2012, 02:49 PM
MPAA commends USTR for identifying notorious overseas markets

Dec 17 2012 By Colin Mann
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The Motion Picture Association of America has expressed its support for the efforts of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in highlighting over 35 Internet and physical markets that exemplify key challenges in the global struggle against content theft and counterfeiting.

The USTR has released a report – Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets – identifying selected markets, including ones on the Internet, that are reportedly engaged in substantial piracy and counterfeiting, according to information submitted to the Office.

These are marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement actions or that may merit further investigation for possible IPR infringements. These markets have been selected for inclusion both because they exemplify wider concerns about global trademark counterfeiting and/or copyright piracy, and because their scale and popularity can cause economic harm to U.S. and other IPR rights holders.

According to Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs for the MPAA, the American motion picture and television industry is a major US employer supporting over 2.1 million jobs and nearly $143 billion in annual wages in all 50 states. “For all of the workers in our industry and their families, copyright theft means declining incomes, lost jobs and reduced health and retirement benefits,” he declared.

“The MPAA supports the USTR’s efforts to identify notorious overseas markets and greatly appreciates its interest in protecting the millions of hard-working Americans and the tens of thousands of businesses that rely on a healthy motion picture and television industry for their livelihoods,” he stated.

“Identifying notorious overseas markets is important for fostering legitimate commerce, improving legitimate markets’ viability and competitiveness, and boosting our country’s overall economic strength. The Notorious Markets report has fostered real improvements in the global marketplace, most recently with Taobao making significant progress to address counterfeiting of our members’ content on its site, and we are grateful to USTR for this effort,” he concluded.

“Piracy and counterfeiting, including online sales of pirated and counterfeit goods, is a problem that hurts the US economy, harms some of this nation’s most creative and innovative entrepreneurs and companies and threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle-class American workers,” declared United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk. “We highlight the notorious markets that have a negative impact on legitimate businesses and industries of all sizes that rely on intellectual property to protect their goods and services,” said Ambassador Kirk. “I applaud the actions that some markets have taken to begin ridding their virtual and physical marketplaces of pirated and counterfeit goods, as well as enforcement actions taken by certain governments that have resulted in the shutdown of several other markets. It is through both voluntary and government actions that we will continue to improve the landscape for IPR owners and companies and their workers here at home that rely on IPR protection.”

This past January, shortly after the release of the previous Notorious Markets Review, the US Department of Justice filed criminal copyright charges against defendants associated with the website MegaUpload, the cyberlocker site that actively promoted the unauthorised distribution of protected content through subscriptions and reward schemes for frequent uploaders. As a result of these actions, several cyberlockers in the past year have changed their business models in ways that reduce or eliminate piracy; others, such as btjunkie, also included in last year’s list, have shut down their operations completely. In addition, the Mexican Government took action to shut down the operations of the previously-listed Bit Torrent Tracker Demonoid. Both Modchip.ca and Consolesource, which were listed for involvement in the marketing of circumvention devices, have also reportedly been shut down before Canada implements its recently enacted Copyright Modernization Act, which includes new provisions against trafficking in circumvention devices. As a result of these actions, these sites are not included in this year’s report.

Notwithstanding the progress made during the past year, there are several markets that continue to operate despite legal rulings or enforcement actions against them. In particular, the vKontakte website continues to operate, via its social media site, a music service that courts in Russia have found to be infringing. And in Ukraine, the website Ex.ua, which offers unauthorised downloading and streaming of various content, was shut down on January 31 by criminal law enforcement authorities, but was back online by February 2. Servers and evidence seized in the raid of Ex.ua’s offices were reportedly returned and the criminal case was reportedly closed in June with no further action. “We urge the Governments of Russia and Ukraine to follow through on ensuring that notorious markets are not allowed to continue infringing operations,” says USTR.

USTR has identified notorious markets in the Special 301 Report since 2006. In 2010, USTR announced that it would begin to publish the Notorious Markets list separately from the Special 301 Report, in order to increase public awareness and guide related trade enforcement actions. USTR published the first stand-alone Notorious Markets list in February 2011, as an Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, and the second such report in December 2011.

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12-17-2012, 02:51 PM
Two-thirds mobile phone video usage in-home

Dec 17 2012
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Research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence suggests that 63 per cent of digital video screening on mobile phones does not happen on-the-go, but rather at home. Over a third (36 per cent) of these home-based digital video activities happen in a room where a second screen – a TV, desktop computer or tablet – is also available for viewing purposes. According to the IAB, these findings combine to point to significant cross-media opportunities for brand marketers, whether tying mobile digital video to live television programming or linking magazine ads to relevant mobile clips.

On Device Research conducted the IAB Mobile study – The IAB Mobile Phone Video Diaries - gathering smartphone and feature phone users to keep detailed ‘day in the life’ diaries of their mobile phone video usage behaviour for two weeks, along with participation in detailed pre- and post-diary surveys.

The research also unveiled that an overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of viewers share mobile video they have watched on their phone with others. With mobile videos being ranked third on the list of high-time-spent (one hour or more weekly) activities conducted on mobile phones, behind playing games and social media, the propensity for sharing video provides a strong vehicle for taking video ads along for the viral ride.

In addition, the research refutes the idea that mobile video is something consumers use haphazardly at odd times of the day when they have nothing else going on and no other screen available. In fact, mobile video usage grows steadily throughout the day, peaking in evening “prime time TV” hours. Twenty-two percent of video interactions were to access content viewers planned to watch, while 18 percent were out of boredom, and only 3 percent because no other screen was available.

According to the study, the most frequently viewed genres in mobile video are:

Music videos (45 per cent)
Movie trailers (42 per cent)
Tutorials/How-To’s (41 per cent)
Funny short video clips (37 per cent)

Humorous short clips (66 per cent) and music videos (52 per cent) are the most likely to be shared.

“Digital video marketing has sky-rocketed over the past year, and is primed to deliver even greater returns on a variety of screens – particularly on mobile phones,” said Anna Bager, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB. “With the Digital Content NewFronts set for the spring, we’ll certainly see the depth and breadth of original video content that marketers can leverage to reach digital audiences. But this study points to a unique proposition for connecting with consumers who are watching that video content on mobile.”

“Video advertising on smartphones offers agencies and brands a unique opportunity to connect intimately with consumers on devices primed for interactive storytelling. But first we need to see mobile as a primary screen for on-demand consumption, not as an afterthought,” said David Levin, President of Creative & Technology, 360i.

When asked about their feelings towards mobile video advertising, respondents provided the following insights:

53 per cent said that they are positive or neutrally receptive towards mobile video advertising.
Nearly half (48 per cent) said that they would prefer seeing video ads that are related to the content of the video clips being watched.
A significant number (44 per cent) recalled seeing an ad while watching mobile video, with short 10-15 second spots being the most recalled format.

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12-17-2012, 02:52 PM
Local authorities take stake in Euronews

December 17, 2012

Three French local authorities have become shareholders in news broadcaster Euronews.

The allocation of shares to the Rhône-Alpes Region, the department of Rhône and the Greater Lyon Urban Community was unanimously approved at a general meeting of shareholders last week. Each authority will take a 1.5% stake in Euronews.

Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, said, “As CEO, but also as a long-time resident of Lyon, I am particularly delighted and proud of this event, which is exceptional and a first in France. It further strengthens our historic ties with the local area. Like Atlanta, London and Doha, our goal is to make Lyon, the Department and Region a world media capital. Our channel and all of our digital platforms will ensure a high profile for Lyon, thanks in particular to the quality and variety of major international events held in the city and region.”

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12-17-2012, 02:53 PM
High price means UPC and Ziggo pull out of LTE auction

December 17, 2012

Dutch cable operators UPC and Ziggo have decided not to bid for LTE frequency.

The operators, which have participated through a joint-venture in the Dutch multiband spectrum licences auction for mobile services, have not acquired a new spectrum licence during this auction having considered the price too high given the additional revenues they expected to get from owning a licence.

In a statement, Ziggo said both companies have experience in offering mobile services and are planning to expand their mobile offering in the coming years using the already acquired 2.6 GHz spectrum in 2010, via Wifi and through existing MVNO agreements.

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12-17-2012, 02:54 PM
Canal Digital Kabel-TV adds Star bouquet

December 17, 2012

Norwegian cable operator Canal Digital Kabel-TV has added a raft of channels from South Indian broadcaster Star Network to its pay TV offering.

Canal Digital Kabel-TV has launched Star Plus, Star Gold and Star Life OK in the Optional Basic Pack. Star Plus and Star Life OK are general entertainment channels, while Star Gold airs Bollywood movies. All channels air in Hindi with English subtitles.

Gisle Pedersen, CEO of Canal Digital Kabel-TV said: “The Star Channels with their Hindi entertainment and Bollywood movies will be a popular addition to our optional basic package, which surely will find its audience. We are delighted to now be able to offer the channels to our subscribers”

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12-17-2012, 02:56 PM
ATVOD responds to Ofcom Channel Flip decision

December 17, 2012

UK media regulator Ofcom has upheld an appeal by Channel Flip Media against an ATVOD determination that in April 2011 it was providing an on-demand programme service on the www.channelflip.com website.

In order to fall within the scope of the regulations overseen by on-demand services regulator ATVOD, a service must satisfy a number of statutory criteria, as set out in section 368A of the Communications Act 2003. In April 2011, ATVOD ruled that the Channel Flip service, which offered consumers on-demand access to short-form comedy videos by TV personalities, met those criteria and that Channel Flip Media was in breach of its statutory obligation to notify the service to ATVOD. Following ATVOD’s ruling, the Channel Flip website underwent significant changes, and, according to ATVOD no longer resembles the service on which it ruled.

The appeal decision turned on whether the videos were comparable, in form and content, to those normally included in television broadcast services and took account of research conducted a year after ATVOD had made its decision.
ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson said:

“The question of whether video content is ‘comparable’ to programmes normally included in television broadcasts is far from straightforward. We will now consider the appeal decision carefully and analyse the implications for future decisions as to whether a particular service is, or is not, subject to regulations designed to protect consumers.”

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12-17-2012, 03:01 PM
H1TV launches motion detect remote control app

December 17, 2012

Croatian telco operator H1 Telekom has released a free app that turns iPhones and iPads into motion detect remote controls.

The H1TV app lets users change channels, adjust the volume and browse through channels by waving their hand. The app also offers a detailed EPG and allows users to browse the H1TV VOD library and watch trailers. Registered H1TV subscribers can also watch live TV channels on their mobile devices.

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12-17-2012, 03:02 PM
Liberty Global to buy back US$1 billion of stock

December 17, 2012

International pay TV platform operator Liberty Global has said it plans to buy back another US$1 billion (€760 million) of its own shares.

The company, which has pay TV operations in 13 countries and also owns Chellomedia, has already been aggressively buying back its stock.

Liberty embarked on a stock repurchase programme in 2005, since when it has repurchased over US$9 billion of equity.
The company will acquire different classes of its own shares through 2013, taking the cumulative buyback total to over US$10 billion.

The news came on the same day it was confirmed that Liberty Global was joining the Nasdaq 100 Index of top-performing companies.

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12-17-2012, 03:09 PM
UK government sets out IP next steps

Dec 17 2012 By Colin Mann
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New plans to make sure UK creativity and innovation supports growth have been set out by Business Secretary Vince Cable. Speaking at The Big Innovation Centre in London, Dr Cable launched a range of measures that will improve services to business, strengthen enforcement, and help consumers get the most out of creative products and services.

The plans, which will involve a step change in the way the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) delivers services, include:

launching a superfast patent processing service to deliver patents in just 90 days and a faster trade marks examination service which will deliver a full examination report in five days, instead of 10;
a campaign to educate smaller businesses about getting the best value from their creativity and innovation;
action to help consumers and young people understand the importance of respect for IP and the harm counterfeiting or illegal downloading can do; and
working with key partners, such as the City of London Police, to tackle IP crime such as counterfeiting and online piracy.

The new measures, which will come into effect in 2013, aim to encourage and help businesses get the best value from their ideas and boost growth.

The IPO will also expand the way it operates, moving beyond just granting rights and do more to support businesses in understanding the opportunities available to them at home and abroad. This will include piloting an IP advisory service for small and medium businesses with high-growth potential. The IPO will work more closely with organisations where businesses already go for advice such as trade associations, UKTI, chambers of commerce, banks and accountants.

“Our creativity, our openness to and talent for innovation, is a key pillar of our return to robust growth. So it is right we work to create the environment in which creative, innovative businesses of all shapes and sizes flourish,” he stated. “A vital part of getting this is making sure that the intellectual property landscape encourages and cements success and growth. The new vision for how we support businesses and consumers is central to achieving this.”

Making sure consumers are protected from counterfeiters and better understand the use and value of intellectual property is also key. A new national consumer campaign will be launched in the Spring to help raise awareness about counterfeiting and piracy and ensure that the rights of creators and innovators are better enforced.

The activity will in particular focus on young people, reaching out to them in schools, theme parks and on the web, to educate them about their responsibilities in downloading materials and also protecting their own ideas.

There will also be further strengthening of the IPO’s IP attaché network which places a business attaché in challenging overseas markets to help British businesses and encourage improvements to the nation’s IP environment. In 2013, a new attaché will be placed in Singapore to serve South Asian markets, supporting those already in place in China, India and Brazil.

The UK will host an enforcement summit next summer inviting countries from around the world to share best practice and work together to combat problems.

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12-17-2012, 03:11 PM
NHK ponders 2016 for U-HDTV

Dec 17 2012 By Chris Forrester
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News reports out of Japan say that public broadcaster NHK is contemplating starting its ‘Super Hi-Vision’ 8K test transmissions in 2016, some 4 years sooner than originally planned.

NHK had earlier specified 2020 as the target date in order to transmit the 2020 Olympic Games – and Tokyo is hoping to be the host city for the event. Sources told Japan Times that there are still hurdles to be overcome, not least accumulating 8000-line programming for the new service.

However, it seems the Japanese government is also backing a speedier entry for Super Hi-Vision which it sees as providing a boost to the nation’s ailing consumer electronics industry.

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12-17-2012, 03:13 PM
Sol Música launches on YouTube

December 17, 2012 13.37 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Chello Multicanal ‘s Sol Música will launch its own channel on YouTube on December 17.

The Spanish music channel’s presence on the web TV portal will take the form of an audiovisual library composed of exclusive content produced by the channel over the past fifteen years, which will gradually be uploaded on the platform.

Sol Música has taken a leading role in supporting and filming Spanish artists and filming live performances; more than 400 live performances by Spain’s most important bands Melendi, Amaral, Estopa, Maldita Nerea, Macaco, Bunbury, Dover, as well as other international artists like Nelly Furtado and Juanes; the new Youtube site will give users free access to over 400 concerts and 1,500 interviews from any point around the world.

Sol Música is one of 22 channels produced and operated by Chellomedia’s Madrid based business, Chello Multicanal.

“YouTube is the world’s number one music platform, and we realised that the amazing musical heritage Sol Música has accumulated over its fifteen-year history should be present on this universal video-sharing platform,” said
Eduardo Zulueta, managing director of Chello Multicanal, “Once again, Chello Multicanal wants to take every single opportunity to keep connected an audience eager to discover all kind of cross-media experiences”

Javier Lorbada, director of Sol Música, added: “The channel has continued to honour its commitment to contemporary Spanish music without neglecting international hits, and we have always supported emerging talent”.

The commitment to Spanish music has resulted in Sol Música recording some 400 concerts, as part of a series called A Solas, a series which features live performances, including from Melendi, Amaral, Estopa, Maldita Nerea, Macaco, Bunbury, Dover, Nelly Furtado and Juanes; A Solas counts as one of the longest-running productions on pay-TV. All these concerts, most of which are acoustic, will now be part of Sol Música on YouTube.

The 1,500 interviews on Sol Música’s new platform feature first-class Spanish performers such as Alejandro Sanz, Malú and El Canto del Loco, as well as international singers such as Lady Gaga, Shakira, Paulina Rubio and Mika.

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12-17-2012, 03:15 PM
Senior management changes at Chellomedia

December 17, 2012 13.46 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Niall Curran, President of Chellomedia, the international content company of Liberty Global, has announced changes in the senior management team.

Simon Freer, former Global Head of TMT at 3i Group PLC, has joined Chellomedia as CCO. In addition to overseeing revenue growth in the existing portfolio of 66 channels, Simon will lead Chellomedia’s corporate development team and will be responsible for developing the business through partnerships and M&A.

Chellomedia will also be bolstered by the appointment of Ron Huisman as CFO, a post he will take up during Q1 2013. Ron is currently Vice President for M&A at Liberty Global, where he has worked since 2000 in Strategic Planning, Finance and M&A roles. He has worked on many of the transactions through which Liberty Global has expanded its business over the past decade.

In the operating businesses, Mike Moriarty expands his scope of responsibility, taking on the roles of managing director Chello Benelux and managing director, Chellomedia Investments in addition to his current role as managing director of Chellomedia, Central Europe.

Mike joined the Group in 1993 and has served in senior finance and management posts, including as CEO of UPC Hungary, and managing director of Liberty Global Ventures prior to heading up Chello Central Europe in 2006.

President, Chellomedia, Niall Curran said, in a statement: “I am delighted that Simon Freer and Ron Huisman are joining Chellomedia’s team. Their extensive experience in developing businesses is a perfect complement to our strong TV operations expertise, and positions us well to pursue the many opportunities that we see in our markets. I also look forward to continue working with Mike as he expands his focus to another of our core markets, the Benelux.

“The combination of experience and new talent in the Chellomedia team will help us deliver on the many exciting routes to grow our content businesses and for which we continue to enjoy the support of Liberty Global, one of the world’s great cable companies.”

The Chellomedia Central senior team is completed by Rutger Andree Wiltens, who joined as General Counsel, April 2012. Angela McMullen, currently CFO, will continue to be part of the senior team as MD Special Projects reporting to Niall Curran after Huisman’s arrival next year. Susan Elkington, EVP, Entertainment Development, remains in the corporate team, reporting to Simon Freer.

Curran took over as Chellomedia’s president in July, having previously been COO.

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12-17-2012, 03:16 PM
Koreans change priorities: OLED vs. 4Kx2K

December 17, 2012 14.08 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Korean TV panel makers are in the process of adjusting their priorities, according to David Hsieh of DisplaySearch.

The adjustment is mainly due to difficulties in commercialising AMOLED TV, but also to the fact that the outlook for 4Kx2K (ultra HD) TV is becoming more promising.

Since the beginning of 2012, when both Samsung and LG Display demonstrated 55” AMOLED TV at CES, both have been claiming they will mass-produce large size AMOLED TVs panel within the year. However the commercialisation plan has been delayed repeatedly.

At the same time, aggressive pricing of some large size LCD TV on Black Friday and the resulting sales shows that, for many end users, a larger and cheaper LCD TV is more attractive than a high-end, slim, and fancy OLED TV. The emphasis on AMOLED TV has been reduced, and the new focus is on the high definition.

A fundamental challenge for AMOLED TV remains manufacturing yield. Pilot production indicates that 55” AMOLED TV panel straight yield (without repair) is in single digits due to instability in the large backplanes (using LTPS or oxide TFT). Total yield (after repair) is estimated to be less than 30%. Finally, frit encapsulation is too fragile for large area TV, and is resulting in reduced panel life.

Because of the high manufacturing costs, 55” AMOLED TV set prices are expected to be in the $10K range, a very high price compared to comparable LCD TVs. Also, due to the lifespan and reliability issues, after service costs are not predictable. There may be a need for a large advertising and education campaign to highlight AMOLED’s advantages compared to LCD TV.

After IFA 2012, Korean panel makers lost some confidence in AMOLED, and began to feel that they could not justify a further investment into capacity expansion for AMOLED. At the same time, the visual quality of 4Kx2K became clearer to consumers. For panel makers, 4Kx2K LCD TV seems to be easier to manufacture than 4Kx2K AMOLED TV.

The ways in which Korean panel makers are adjusting their AMOLED and 4Kx2K TV panel development priority are shown below.

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12-17-2012, 03:17 PM
New Anti-Piracy Alliance launched

December 17, 2012 14.20 Europe/London By Robert Briel


The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance was launched in Paris on December 17 building upon the work of its predecessor AEPOC.

AAPA represents the major players in the pay TV industry, including the largest technology security vendors. The Alliance’s mission is to support the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content.

AAPA’s role is to facilitate the co-ordination of intelligence and anti-piracy activities amongst its members and to interact with EU institutions to ensure that there is effective legislation to achieve successful enforcement action.

Commenting on the launch of AAPA, VP Christine Maury-Panis, general counsel at Viaccess, said that: “Piracy never goes away. As new technologies emerge and new ways of distributing audiovisual content become more popular, it is crucial that we have all the possible tools to work with collaboratively against the persistent threat of piracy, which causes enormous damage to jobs in the creative and other sectors. AAPA provides an efficient industry alliance which is able to support the fight against piracy of paid content delivered via the set top box, mobile phone, tablet, etc.”

Launching AAPA at the HbbTV Symposium in Paris, Sheila Cassells, AAPA executive director, commented that: “At IBC two years ago we started a discussion about the security issues surrounding connected TV. Since then AAPA members have been active in developing security for smart TVs, etc and making OTT content available. We need to ensure that all stakeholders recognise the importance of implementing and maintaining content security robustly and this Symposium provides an opportunity to continue to reinforce this message.”

Current AAPA members are BSkyB, Conax, Eutelsat, INSIDE Secure, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Melita, Nagra, NDS, Nova, Open Tech, Pace, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Verimatrix, Viaccess, Ziggo, Zon.

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12-17-2012, 03:19 PM
Liberty Global announces stock repurchase

December 17, 2012 13.53 Europe/London By Broadband TV News Correspondent


Liberty Global has announced the authorization of a new $1.0 billion stock repurchase program and its intention to spend this amount during 2013, consistent with prior years.

Through December 14, 2012, Liberty Global has repurchased approximately $925 million of its equity during 2012, bringing its cumulative buyback total since inception in 2005 to over $9.0 billion.

Under this new $1.0 billion stock repurchase program, Liberty Global may acquire from time to time its Series A common stock, Series C common stock, or any combination of Series A and Series C common stock. The stock repurchase programme may be effected through open market transactions and/or privately negotiated transactions, which may include derivative transactions.

The timing of the repurchase of shares pursuant to the program will depend on a variety of factors, including market conditions. The programme described above may be implemented by brokers for the Company within certain pre-set parameters and purchases may continue during closed periods in accordance with applicable restrictions. The programme may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

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12-18-2012, 08:50 AM
Com Hem taps TMS in Metadata Agreement

Editor | 18-12-2012

Com Hem has inked a deal with TMS to use its On Entertainment metadata in its next generation entertainment guides.
Com Hem offers pay-TV, broadband and fixed telephony services to more than 1.7 million households in Sweden and, in what will mark the debut of TMS in Sweden, will use On Entertainment metadata in linear TV schedules, VOD services, TV Showcards, Celebrity Profiles, Image Gallery and other offering.
With the new technology the leading Swedish video services provider says that it will be able to offer subscribers guides which facilitate “seamless” search and discovery of linear and on-demand television programming. The TiVo-based user experience will be consistent across Com Hem guides on TV, tablet, smartphone and computers. The operator will also employ a standardised user interface to maximise subscriber satisfaction and encourage increased video consumption.
TMS metadata already sees use in 40 countries by companies such as Microsoft, Google, TiVo, Comcast, IMDb, Virgin Media UK, DIRECTV Latin America, SKY Brasil and Cablevision Mexico. The entertainment guides Com Hem will make available to their subscribers across multiple devices “require high quality data offerings and expertise,” said John Kelleher, TMS President and Chief Operating Officer. “TMS is in a unique position to help Com Hem bring these guides to life for the benefit of their subscribers and we look forward to contributing to the success of this initiative.
The result, says TMS, is that Com Hem will be able to offer “rich, deep and connected data” that can enable unified search, image-driven navigation and smart content recommendations. Furthermore, TMS Unique IDs will enable the connection of multiple datasets and allow Com Hem subscribers to find content regardless of the source.

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12-18-2012, 08:51 AM
Com Hem taps TMS in Metadata Agreement

Editor | 18-12-2012

Com Hem has inked a deal with TMS to use its On Entertainment metadata in its next generation entertainment guides.
Com Hem offers pay-TV, broadband and fixed telephony services to more than 1.7 million households in Sweden and, in what will mark the debut of TMS in Sweden, will use On Entertainment metadata in linear TV schedules, VOD services, TV Showcards, Celebrity Profiles, Image Gallery and other offering.
With the new technology the leading Swedish video services provider says that it will be able to offer subscribers guides which facilitate “seamless” search and discovery of linear and on-demand television programming. The TiVo-based user experience will be consistent across Com Hem guides on TV, tablet, smartphone and computers. The operator will also employ a standardised user interface to maximise subscriber satisfaction and encourage increased video consumption.
TMS metadata already sees use in 40 countries by companies such as Microsoft, Google, TiVo, Comcast, IMDb, Virgin Media UK, DIRECTV Latin America, SKY Brasil and Cablevision Mexico. The entertainment guides Com Hem will make available to their subscribers across multiple devices “require high quality data offerings and expertise,” said John Kelleher, TMS President and Chief Operating Officer. “TMS is in a unique position to help Com Hem bring these guides to life for the benefit of their subscribers and we look forward to contributing to the success of this initiative.
The result, says TMS, is that Com Hem will be able to offer “rich, deep and connected data” that can enable unified search, image-driven navigation and smart content recommendations. Furthermore, TMS Unique IDs will enable the connection of multiple datasets and allow Com Hem subscribers to find content regardless of the source.

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12-18-2012, 08:52 AM
AEPOC evolves into AAPA to continue battle against piracy

Editor | 18-12-2012

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) has been officially inaugurated picking up the baton from its predecessor AEPOC to facilitate the co-ordination of intelligence and anti-piracy activities and to ensure effective legislation to achieve successful enforcement action.
AAPA says that it represents the major players in the pay-TV industry, including BSkyB, Conax, Eutelsat, INSIDE Secure, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Melita, NAGRA, NDS, Nova, Open Tech, Pace, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Verimatrix, Viaccess, Ziggo and Zon. The Alliance’s stated mission is to support the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content.
Commenting on the launch of AAPA, Vice-President Christine Maury-Panis, General Counsel at Viaccess, said: “Piracy never goes away. As new technologies emerge and new ways of distributing audiovisual content become more popular, it is crucial that we have all the possible tools to work with collaboratively against the persistent threat of piracy, which causes enormous damage to jobs in the creative and other sectors. AAPA provides an efficient industry alliance which is able to support the fight against piracy of paid content delivered via the set top box, mobile phone, tablet, etc.”
Launching AAPA at the HbbTV Symposium in Paris, Sheila Cassells, AAPA Executive Director, added: “[For the last two years] AAPA members have been active in developing security for smart TVs, etc. and making OTT content available. We need to ensure that all stakeholders recognise the importance of implementing and maintaining content security robustly.”

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12-18-2012, 08:54 AM
RT English goes fully HD worldwide from new, state of the art studio

Editor | 18-12-2012

After moving its studios and HQ to a brand new facility in Moscow RT, global international news network RT has switched all of its English-language news broadcasting in high definition.
The HD broadcasting launch, on the eve of the seven-year anniversary of the news channel, is said to marks another important achievement by RT who claims “extraordinary growth” since its inception when it comprised just one TV channel, airing in English and employing some 300 journalists. Today the network employs more than 2000 professionals, and its five channels broadcast in English, Arabic and Spanish, reaching 550 million people in more than 100 countries around the globe. In 2012, RT became the first Russian TV channel ever to garner a second nomination an International Emmy award.
RT quotes Nielsen study data showing that it is second most watched foreign news channel in key cities in the US based on weekly viewership and adds that according to BARB data it is the third most watched news channel overall in the UK. In addition it boasts more than 830 million online views to date and that a 2012 Pew Research Centre study found that its YouTube channel is the largest provider of news video footage on the platform. The network’s online video agency claims more than 13,000 subscribers, including TV channels and agencies from 185 countries.
“We are incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished in just seven short years,” commented Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor in chief. “The switch to HD is just the next step as we continue to grow and expand. The upgraded capabilities of our new, technologically sophisticated facility allow us to stay ahead of the competition.”

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12-18-2012, 08:57 AM
Me-TV signs up Belo station in Norfolk

Michelle Clancy | 18-12-2012

The Me-TV Network has announced an affiliate agreement with WVEC, Norfolk, Virginia (DMA # 44) which introduces the Belo Television Group to the classic TV network family.
The station will launch Me-TV in January and it will air on channel 13.3. The Me-TV Network clears more than 84% of the country, serving 139 affiliates.
"What a terrific holiday present for Me-TV, our first Belo station, and a terrific station in a dynamic market at that," said Neal Sabin, president of content and networks for Me-TV backer Weigel Broadcasting Co.
"We are excited to join the Me-TV family, and to offer so many family-friendly classics to our Hampton Roads audience. There is literally 'something for everyone' on Me-TV, including some of the most successful TV shows of all time," said Brad Ramsey, president and general manager of WVEC.
Me-TV, a.k.a. Memorable Entertainment Television, launched nationally in December 2010 and is owned and operated by Me-TV National Limited Partnership and distributed by MGM Television. True to its name, Me-TV's library includes almost 100 series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television, as well as independent series owners and producers.
Me-TV's line-up includes classic programmes including M*A*S*H, The Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies, Perry Mason, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, and Hawaii Five-O.

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12-18-2012, 08:58 AM
Rogers turns to Argo for affiliate network revenue management

Michelle Clancy | 18-12-2012

Canadian pay-TV giant Rogers Media has selected Argo Systems' Medea application to manage its affiliate revenue operations for Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and The Shopping Channel.
Argo System's Medea allows Rogers Media to drive operational efficiencies by automating affiliate finance processes to ensure key contractual terms, subscriber data and revenue is being managed accurately.
"By implementing Medea, we have been able to make improvements to the affiliate management processes, reduce our revenue processing time and have better insights arising from reporting improvements," said Aivy Reinfelds, vice president of television development and distribution at Rogers Media. "We are now able to track and manage our affiliate revenue in a more efficient way, and manage revenue with greater insight and confidence."
Medea serves as a sub ledger for all billing, collections and financial management of subscriber fees, and brings key stakeholders together to manage distribution sales, launch channels with operators, ensure proper payment and provide critical management reporting for all network services.
"Rogers Media is a leader in the Canadian television industry," said Eric Levitan, COO of Argo Systems. "With Medea, pay and specialty networks are able to increase their operational efficiencies, unite contract terms with subscriber counts, and take advantage of the increased business intelligence that is available to them."

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12-18-2012, 09:00 AM
Short-form video ads offer 25% better recall than long-form

Michelle Clancy | 18-12-2012

Despite the assumption that ads in long-form online video content are more effective because they're more TV-like, a study from AOL has found that ads in short-form content actually produce significantly higher recall, brand affinity and purchase intent than those in long-form content.
To explore the effect of content length on ad effectiveness, AOL partnered with Qualvu and released a study designed to provide insight into how consumers perceive ads within both long- and short-form premium video content, with ten minutes being the demarcation line between the two. And it turns out that short-form video produced a 25% higher brand recall and a 42% higher purchase intent for the featured product or service.
Unsurprisingly, viewers are adopting traditional avoidance behaviours during ads within long-form videos, AOL found. Long-form video ad viewers are 52% more likely to think the ad detracts from their experience, because they are seen as too frequent and interruptive. As a result, viewers chose to avoid them altogether (by walking away, going to other sites, multitasking with their phone). This is the same "annoyance" behaviour that is demonstrated when viewing television without the use of a DVR.
Meanwhile, almost half of respondents incorrectly believed they saw an ad at the end of the long-form video.
The study also found that consumers want more targeted and humorous ads in both formats. In fact, 67% of respondents would be willing to answer a question to make their ads more personalised and enjoyable.
Consumers also understand the exchange of free content for advertising, but they want to make sure their time trade-off of watching ads also benefits them, AOL noted. Overall, coupons, contests and links were found to be the most positive forms of engagement.

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12-18-2012, 09:02 AM
Liberty makes opening bid for Telenet

Editor | 18-12-2012

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Binan Investments, Liberty Global has made its opening voluntary and conditional cash offer of €35.00 per ordinary share for Belgian cable company Telenet.
In a statement Liberty regards such an offer price per ordinary share as “highly attractive” for Telenet shareholders and that it will provide “a meaningful premium to relevant benchmarks.”
Indeed Liberty added that a time when the cable TV sector is trading at multi-year highs, the offer represents additional value for Telenet shareholders pointing out that not only does it represent a 12.5% premium to the September 19, 2012 Telenet closing share price, but also a 15.2% premium compared with Telenet’s peers including Ziggo, Kabel Deutschland, Virgin Media and LGI itself based on trading multiples for 2013 estimated EBITDA minus estimated capital expenditures.
Liberty has been the controlling shareholder in Telenet since February 2007 and, at 30 September 2012, owned, through Binan, 50.2% of Telenet’s issued and outstanding share capital. It originally announced its intention to launch a share offer to the rest of the investors at this time with the intention of using full control to strengthen its presence in the Benelux region.

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12-18-2012, 09:03 AM
Discovery rings in the changes

December 18, 2012 08.31 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Discovery Networks CEEMEA has announced a key changes to its leadership team in Central and Eastern Europe.

It sees Phillip Luff move from his position of country manager for emerging business to country manager for North East Europe, He will be replaced by James Gibbons, who moves to the UK from his position leading Discovery’s operations in Japan.

Luff will return to Moscow to replace Egor Borisov, who will leave Discovery at the end of this month.

In his new role, Luff will be responsible for business development and strengthening Discovery’s position in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Baltic Republics and Central Asia.

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12-18-2012, 09:05 AM
Verizon, Redbox tap Avail-TVN for ViewNow turnkey VOD

Michelle Clancy | 18-12-2012

Verizon FiOS and the Redbox Instant, from Verizon's over-the-top (OTT) joint venture with Coinstar, are both leveraging a new subscription video-on-demand (VOD) platform from Avail-TVN.
The ViewNow turnkey platform will give the services thousands of hours of SD and HD movie content in multiple formats including adaptive bitrate content.
Verizon FiOS launched the service in October as part of an agreement that includes multiscreen rights in the future.
"Today's consumers have a number of choices for library movie services and we're pleased to introduce a value-oriented, large library of movies for FiOS families with Avail-TVN's new ViewNow package," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon.
ViewNow integrates content from major and independent studios that can be delivered in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 as well as in a range of adaptive bitrate (ABR) profiles to allow for delivery to traditional set-top boxes as well as alternative viewing devices. This means PCs, iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, tablets and other smartphones.
In addition to multi-platform rights, the service includes download rights on a large number of titles. Content is delivered via Avail-TVN's innovative hybrid delivery platform, which leverages both satellite and an extensive fibre ring.
With ViewNow, Avail-TVN manages the complex business rules associated with multi-platform content including those that govern subscriber account attributes, viewing devices, viewing rules and content security. Service providers have the flexibility to utilise the package to support a variety of business models.
"Launching a subscription movie service today has many facets: securing appropriate programming rights, provisioning files in multiple compression formats, managing a complex and changing set of business rules, integrating with a wide range of technology partners and providing effective marketing and promotional tactics," said Ramu Potarazu, CEO at Avail-TVN. "With ViewNow, Avail-TVN combines all of these disciplines and offers our service provider customers a flexible package of great movies with the managed services to support a compelling consumer offering."

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12-18-2012, 09:06 AM
AT&T U-verse TV adds Starz TV Everywhere access

Michelle Clancy | 18-12-2012

AT&T U-verse IPTV subscribers that carry subscriptions for the Starz, Encore and MoviePlex premium cable nets, can now authenticate into the networks' respective 'Play' apps for TV Everywhere.
The AT&T U-verse TV launch of MoviePlex Play is Starz Entertainment's first for the authenticated online premium service.
Provided at no additional monthly charge for Starz subscribers, the three authenticated online Play services offer original programming and commercial-free movies. They are all available via dedicated apps for iPad, and iPod touch, or on the Web at www.starzplay.com, www.encoreplay.com, and www.movieplexplay.com.
"We're very pleased to further expand our Starz offering and give U-verse customers access to [our content] online and across mobile and tablet apps," said Jeff Weber, president content and advertising sales at AT&T. "We are delighted to be the first service to launch MoviePlex Play and provide even more options for our premium customers to enjoy great movies and original programming from Starz across multiple platforms."
"The Play services have been warmly received in the marketplace and are in great demand from our distributors. We are very happy that AT&T is now on board as the latest launch partner and able to help debut the new MoviePlex Play service," said Ed Huguez, president of affiliate distribution for Starz Entertainment. "The Play platforms are an exciting way for premium subscribers to enjoy the great depth and breadth of programming offered across the three flagship services from Starz."
AT&T U-verse also offers Starz Online, Encore Online and MoviePlex Online authenticated online services via U-verse TV, Uverse.com and the U-verse TV Everywhere app for tablets and smartphones.

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12-18-2012, 09:08 AM
Amazon adds The Closer, Falling Skies to Prime Instant Video

Michelle Clancy | 18-12-2012

Amazon.com has snagged an exclusive content licensing agreement with Turner Broadcasting System, and Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution to add Falling Skies and The Closer to its Prime Instant Video catalogue.
Fans will be able to access all seven seasons of the Warner Bros Television-produced TNT series The Closer and current as well as future seasons of the TNT drama series Falling Skies on Prime Instant Video.
"Subscription-on-demand services continue to grow in the consumer marketplace, and this deal represents a way to help expand our viewership from TV Everywhere and introduce a wider audience to this hit series," said Deborah Bradley, senior vice president of programme acquisitions for Turner Broadcasting.
Prime Instant Video now features more than 30,000 movies and TV episodes for Amazon Prime members to stream instantly on Kindle Fire HD or any compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation and the Wii U.
Falling Skies, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, ranked this year as basic cable's No 1 summer drama with key demos and tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader.
The Closer is the only show in basic cable history to rank No 1 for five consecutive years. Emmy-winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions.
"[The] agreements with TNT and Warner Bros add two great TV series to Prime Instant Video," said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. "Falling Skies and The Closer are some of Turner's most-watched and highly talked about series and we're happy to offer them exclusively for Prime members to enjoy. Amazon Prime just got even better."

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12-18-2012, 09:10 AM
Rising HD, IPTV to drive global pay-TV market to 907MN subs in 2013

Joseph O'Halloran | 18-12-2012

Whether in 2013 economies face the edge of the fiscal cliff or not, the pay-TV sector is set to remain robust throughout the year, according to a new survey from ABI Research.
In its Pay-TV Subscribers’ Market Data report, ABI predicts that the global pay-TV market will add nearly 47 million subscribers by the end of 2012 to reach a total of 864 million subscribers. The analyst observed growth across satellite, cable, and IPTV markets but a flattening digital terrestrial TV (DTT) market. In all, it expects that the pay-TV market will continue to grow in 2013 to reach 907 million subscribers.
The main growth drivers highlighted in the ABI report are high definition TV services and, interestingly, IPTV, which the analyst said has been increasing rapidly over the past few years. In 2013, ABI forecasts that the worldwide IPTV subscriber base is expected to add over 9 million subscribers to reach 79.3 million. More than half of the net addition will be from Asia-Pacific; China alone is expected to add more than 3 million subscribers.
Growth in Asian Pacific markets such as China and India will impact positively on the cable market in the short term, maintaining the largest market share of the overall pay-TV market in 2013. However, ABI notes that the rapidly growing IPTV sector will cause cable’s market share to decline to 65.4% in 2013, from 66.2% in 2012.
Furthermore, says the report, at present a third of worldwide pay-TV subscribers are using HDTV services, with penetration highest in North America followed by Western Europe which account for 84% and 76% of total pay-TV subscriptions respectively. “Worldwide HD service adoption is expected to grow. ABI Research forecasts that 38% of global pay-TV subscribers will be subscribing to HDTV services in 2013,” commented Khin Sandi Lynn, research analyst.

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12-18-2012, 09:11 AM
Vértice 360 plans capital extension in 2013

Iñaki Ferreras | 18-12-2012

Spanish TV production company Vértice 360 plans to extend its capital in 2013, with the entry of new shareholders.
The group's president Manuel García Durán, who is also head of Ezentis, explained in an interview with Europa Press that with this infusion of capital, the company expects to be in a strong market position both domestically and internationally.
García Durán explained that Vértice 360 is made of two major divisions: audiovisual and content. Regarding the content division, he said: "We are restructuring the debt of that division, reducing personnel costs, with a linear decrease of 30% of salary and with EREs, in order to relieve the fixed cost of the company."
He also explained that when he took over the company's management in January 2012 it had an equity position with 45 banks without maturity syndicate and it was impossible to meet the tax debt which totalled over €14 million.
As for the audiovisual division, García Durán pointed out that the equity fund HIG Capital, which manages Jaime Bergel, has recently agreed 49.99% of Vertice 360 audiovisual services for €20 million, which had been a boost for the firm.

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12-18-2012, 09:13 AM
Xfinity goes mobile download

December 17, 2012


Xfinity TV digital customers can now download thousands of premium TV and movie choices from Showtime, Starz, Encore and Movieplex via the app onto their Apple or Android smartphones or tablets. Xfinity TV digital customers who subscribe to these premium networks can simply download an available movie or TV show over an Internet connection, then watch it wherever their travels take them.
“Millions of smartphone and tablet users in the US watch video on their mobile devices. With that in mind, Comcast is continuously innovating the TV experience and developing new features and tools that provide our customers with more options for how, when and where they watch content,” said Charlie Herrin, Senior Vice President of Product Design and Development at Comcast Cable. “Today’s Xfinity TV Player enhancement underscores that commitment to our customers by adding more flexibility for them to watch entertainment on their terms – now without having to rely on an Internet connection to watch their favourite programming while on-the-go.”
All customers will be able to download content over an available WiFi Internet connection. In addition, as part of their innovation technology joint venture, Comcast and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to offer Verizon Wireless customers the flexibility to download and stream content directly to mobile devices over its 4G LTE network.
Comcast offers its Xfinity TV digital customers two apps – the Xfinity TV Player app and the Xfinity TV app – for making viewing and managing entertainment easier than ever. The Xfinity TV Player app is designed for customers who simply want to watch video on their mobile devices – now with more than 18,500 streaming On Demand choices via Apple and Android devices, as well as the thousands of downloadable choices currently available. The company’s Xfinity TV app helps customers personalise and manage the TV viewing experience including scheduling DVR, remote tuning and a queue where it is possible to keep track of the latest TV shows and movie releases. Both apps can be downloaded free-of-charge on Google Play and Apple iTunes.

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12-18-2012, 09:14 AM
BBC pay-tv in Burma for first time

December 17, 2012


BBC World News, the 24-hour news and information channel, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies together with BBC World Service in Asia in English, will launch on Forever Group’s pay TV platform in Burma on 1 January 2013.
The BBC has a long history of providing vital news and information to Burma, via BBC World Service. Since its first broadcast in 1940, BBC Burmese has been an essential source of information for people living in Burma, as well as for the Burmese diaspora. The launch of these pay TV channels and the BBC World Service global English radio, will see this programming potentially reach around 250,000 homes in Burma on Forever Group’s pay TV platform.
One of two major private broadcasters in Burma, Forever Group is one of the earliest digital TV broadcasters in the region and broadcasting in DVB-T and DVB-T2. Forever Group is also extending its digital TV network all over the country using the DVB-T2 system.
Mark Whitehead, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BBC Worldwide Channels Asia, said: “I am pleased to be able to announce the launch of the BBC channels in Burma. We are very pleased to be part of Burma’s growing economy, and excited to be delivering our wide range of highly rated and award-winning programming – from programmes specially designed for pre-schoolers, to the best of UK comedy and drama and high quality international news to new viewers.”
Peter Horrocks, Director, Global News, said: “For many years, the BBC has delivered accurate, impartial international radio services to the Burmese people, serving as a vital lifeline service to Aung San Suu Kyi and those across the country. I’m so pleased that the BBC is now able to take the next step forward with the country to offer that same impartial news via television as well. It is a great sign of progress for Burma and I’m honoured for the BBC to play a role in opening the country up to the world.”
Winn Maw, CEO of Forever Group Co. Ltd, commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Worldwide. High quality content is a key factor in driving our subscription growth, and we are confident that BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies, together with BBC World Service radio will make Forever Group’s international line-up even stronger,”

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12-18-2012, 09:15 AM
Avail-TVN ViewNow VoD

December 17, 2012


Avail-TVN, the multiplatform video services company, has launched its new movie Subscription VoD service – ViewNow. Designed to provide a vast library of titles that can be accessed on any device, ViewNow offers thousands of hours of SD and HD movie content in multiple formats including adaptive bitrate (ABR) Verizon FiOS launched the service in October as part of an agreement that includes multiscreen rights in the future.
“Today’s consumers have a number of choices for library movie services and we’re pleased to introduce a value-oriented, large library of movies for FiOS families with Avail-TVN’s new ViewNow package,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon.
ViewNow offers thousands of hours of movie content from major and independent studios that can be delivered in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 as well as in a range of adaptive bitrate (ABR) profiles to allow for delivery to traditional set-top boxes as well as alternative viewing devices such as PCs, iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, tablets and smartphones. In addition to multiplatform rights, the service includes download rights on a large number of titles. Content is delivered via Avail-TVN’s innovative hybrid delivery platform, which leverages both satellite and an extensive fibre ring.
With ViewNow, Avail-TVN manages the complex business rules associated with multiplatform content including those that govern subscriber account attributes, viewing devices, viewing rules, and content security. Service providers have the flexibility to utilise the package to support a variety of business models.
“Launching a subscription movie service today has many facets: securing appropriate programming rights, provisioning files in multiple compression formats, managing a complex and changing set of business rules, integrating with a wide range of technology partners, and providing effective marketing and promotional tactics,” said Ramu Potarazu, chief executive officer at Avail-TVN. “With ViewNow, Avail-TVN combines all of these disciplines and offers our service provider customers a flexible package of great movies with the managed services to support a compelling consumer offering.”

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12-18-2012, 09:17 AM
Portugal: Zon Multimedia and Optimus to merge

From Branislav Pekic in Rome
December 17, 2012

Portuguese multimedia company Sonaecom and Kento/Jadeium – owned by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos – have reached an agreement on the merger of telecommunications operator Optimus and pay-TV operator Zon Multimedia.
Dos Santos is the biggest shareholder of Zon Multimedia, owning 28.8 per cent, while Sonaecom controls 100 per cent of Optimus.
Total revenues at Optimus in 2011 reached €754.7 million, while Zon Multimedia’s revenues from pay-TV, broadband and voice services (MVNO and fixed) amounted to €757.9 million. In terms of market value, Zon has a market capitalisation of €870 million, while Sonaecom is worth €565 million.
As a result of the deal, Optimus will be incorporated into Zon Multimedia and the new company will be equally owned by Sonae and Isabel dos Santos. Portugal’s Competition Authority will have to decide on the operation and a decision is not expected before February 2013.
According to analysts, the merger, which could be completed by July 2013, could generate synergies of between €300-€500 million. Zon Multimedia already has over 50 per cent of the local pay-TV market and, following the merger, would also have 37 per cent of the fixed broadband market in Portugal.

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12-18-2012, 09:18 AM
66% mobile phone video usage in-home

December 17, 2012

Research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence suggests that 63 per cent of digital video screening on mobile phones does not happen on-the-go, but rather at home. Over a third (36 per cent) of these home-based digital video activities happen in a room where a second screen – a TV, desktop computer or tablet – is also available for viewing purposes. According to the IAB, these findings combine to point to significant cross-media opportunities for brand marketers, whether tying mobile digital video to live television programming or linking magazine ads to relevant mobile clips.
On Device Research conducted the IAB Mobile study – The IAB Mobile Phone Video Diaries - gathering smartphone and feature phone users to keep detailed ‘day in the life’ diaries of their mobile phone video usage behaviour for two weeks, along with participation in detailed pre- and post-diary surveys.
The research also unveiled that an overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of viewers share mobile video they have watched on their phone with others. With mobile videos being ranked third on the list of high-time-spent (one hour or more weekly) activities conducted on mobile phones, behind playing games and social media, the propensity for sharing video provides a strong vehicle for taking video ads along for the viral ride.
In addition, the research refutes the idea that mobile video is something consumers use haphazardly at odd times of the day when they have nothing else going on and no other screen available. In fact, mobile video usage grows steadily throughout the day, peaking in evening “prime time TV” hours. Twenty-two percent of video interactions were to access content viewers planned to watch, while 18 percent were out of boredom, and only 3 percent because no other screen was available.
According to the study, the most frequently viewed genres in mobile video are:
Music videos (45 per cent)
Movie trailers (42 per cent)
Tutorials/How-To’s (41 per cent)
Funny short video clips (37 per cent)
Humorous short clips (66 per cent) and music videos (52 per cent) are the most likely to be shared.
“Digital video marketing has sky-rocketed over the past year, and is primed to deliver even greater returns on a variety of screens – particularly on mobile phones,” said Anna Bager, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB. “With the Digital Content NewFronts set for the spring, we’ll certainly see the depth and breadth of original video content that marketers can leverage to reach digital audiences. But this study points to a unique proposition for connecting with consumers who are watching that video content on mobile.”
“Video advertising on smartphones offers agencies and brands a unique opportunity to connect intimately with consumers on devices primed for interactive storytelling. But first we need to see mobile as a primary screen for on-demand consumption, not as an afterthought,” said David Levin, President of Creative & Technology, 360i.
When asked about their feelings towards mobile video advertising, respondents provided the following insights:
53 per cent said that they are positive or neutrally receptive towards mobile video advertising.
Nearly half (48 per cent) said that they would prefer seeing video ads that are related to the content of the video clips being watched.
A significant number (44 per cent) recalled seeing an ad while watching mobile video, with short 10-15 second spots being the most recalled format.

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12-18-2012, 09:19 AM
C4 Windows 8 app

December 17, 2012


Channel 4 has become the first UK broadcaster to launch a VoD app for Windows 8. 
In a supporting advertising package Windows 8 and 4oD co-branded idents will pre-roll across every platform. Co-branded TV ads will also run across the Channel 4 portfolio.
Sarah Rose, director of commercial & business development at Channel 4 said: “This exciting collaboration has seen various teams at Channel 4 and other key stakeholders work closely together to deliver something that not only showcases our leading commercial VoD platform on Windows 8, but also Channel 4′s ability to deliver a complete pioneering commercial solution.”
“We’re very excited to be working with Microsoft, a strong global brand which aligns perfectly with Channel 4′s engaged ABC1 16 to 34 audience,” said Channel 4 group digital manager Michael McSharry. “It demonstrates how we can work with clients collaboratively to create something that is new to market, bespoke and one that utilises all our 4oD platforms as well as linking in to relevant content on Channel 4 to provide a fully integrated cross media brand experience.”

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12-18-2012, 09:20 AM
Euronews launches Greek DTT service

December 17, 2012 18.15 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Euronews’ new 24/7 Greek service will be launched on Tuesday, December 18, at 10am CET.

Euronews Greek will be available in Greece and Cyprus on digital terrestrial networks as well as on a number of cable, satellite and IPTV platforms.

The wholly-owned subsidiary is based in an office in the centre of Athens, which will accommodate the Greek newsroom.

The Euronews Greece structure is a 100% subsidiary of Euronews Group employing more than 40 people.

The launch of a country-based newsroom is part of a groundbreaking ‘glocal’ strategy by Euronews to reinforce its local presence in key areas of the world. The channel launched its new Hungarian service in Budapest last week

Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews said in a statement: “This launch is a big step forward and will ensure to the Greek-speaking community an unrivalled window on world news and a recognized expertise on European affairs.

“The presence of a local team will highly improve our coverage in Greece, both in quantity and in quality, due to the permanent exchange between the journalists based in Athens and the editorial team based in our HQ in Lyon. The news coverage, in all domains, will be an opportunity to enhance the standing and influence of Greece on a European and international scale.”

Euronews Greek is available across Europe on Eutelsat Hotbird, in Greece through major platforms such as Nova, ON Telecom, OTE, Forthnet.

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12-18-2012, 09:21 AM
Taiwan Broadcasting System rolls out HD

Louise Duffy | 17-12-2012

Chinese public broadcaster Taiwan Broadcasting System has used ATEME’s Kyrion encoders to roll out HD for digital terrestrial television.

“This is a complex system, for which we need absolute reliability as a public broadcaster, at an affordable cost,” said Chin-chang Chen, engineering manager at Taiwan Broadcasting System. “ATEME’s solution came on top against all of our selection criteria.”

“We pack one HD MPEG-4 and 3 SD MPEG-2 channels in less than 15 Mbps, and yet the video quality is superb,” said Chao-I Lee, who supervised the deployment of the system at the broadcasting centre in Taipei on behalf of Taiwan Broadcasting System’s engineering department.

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12-18-2012, 09:23 AM
BBC pay-TV channels launch in Burma for the first time

Louise Duffy | 17-12-2012

The BBC and BBC Worldwide today announced the inaugural launch of three of its pay-TV channels in Burma – BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies.

All three channels, together with BBC World Service in Asia in English will launch on Forever Group’s pay-TV platform in Burma on 1 January 2013.

One of two major private broadcasters in Burma, Forever Group is one of the earliest digital TV broadcasters in the region and broadcasting in DVB-T and DVB-T2. Forever Group is also extending its digital TV network all over the country using the DVB-T2 system.

Mark Whitehead, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BBC Worldwide Channels Asia, said: “I am pleased to be able to announce the launch of the BBC channels in Burma. We are very pleased to be part of Burma’s growing economy, and excited to be delivering our wide range of highly rated and award-winning programming - from programmes specially designed for pre-schoolers, to the best of UK comedy and drama and high quality international news to new viewers.”

Winn Maw, CEO of Forever Group, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Worldwide. High quality content is a key factor in driving our subscription growth, and we are confident that BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CBeebies, together with BBC World Service radio will make Forever Group’s international line-up even stronger.”

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12-18-2012, 09:24 AM
Harag W' Marag wins Special Jury Award at Dubai International Film Festival

Harag W' Marag wins Special Jury Award at Dubai International Film Festival
Louise Duffy | 17-12-2012

Harag W' Marag has won the Special Jury Award at the Dubai International Film Festival, which took place from 9-16 December. The film was competing with 17 other productions from across the Arab World.

Harag W' Marag is the first feature by WIKA for Film Production and Distribution. The feature directorial debut of Nadine Khan, it stars Ayten Amer, Ramsi Lehner, Mohamed Farrag and Sabry Abdel Monem. The film is produced and edited by Dina Farouk with a story by Nadine Khan and a screenplay by Mohamed Nasser.

A social drama, the film is the story of lost love in a controversial setting; Zaki (Farrag), Mounir (Lehner) and Manal (Ayten Amer) are in their twenties, and living in a confined community where basic needs are met yet chaos and disorder brew. The two boys are in love with the same girl who finds herself the subject of a bet for a football match between them, the winner marries Manal. This story reflects a football and play-station youth and how they deal with their emotions in a community that is increasingly closed off and isolated.

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12-18-2012, 09:27 AM
Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance launches

Dec 17 2012 By Colin Mann

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The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA), the successor body to AEPOC, the European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services (Association Européenne pour la Protection des Œuvres et services Cryptés) has been launched at the HbbTV Symposium in Paris. Plans for the revised Alliance and focus were exclusively revealed by advanced-television.com July 15.

AAPA represents the major players in the pay-TV industry, including the largest technology security vendors. The Alliance’s mission is to support the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content.

Building upon the work of its predecessor body, AAPA’s role is to facilitate the co-ordination of intelligence and anti-piracy activities amongst its members and to interact with EU institutions to ensure that there is effective legislation to achieve successful enforcement action.

According to AAPA Vice-President Christine Maury-Panis, General Counsel at Viaccess, piracy never goes away. “As new technologies emerge and new ways of distributing audiovisual content become more popular, it is crucial that we have all the possible tools to work with collaboratively against the persistent threat of piracy, which causes enormous damage to jobs in the creative and other sectors. AAPA provides an efficient industry alliance which is able to support the fight against piracy of paid content delivered via the set top box, mobile phone, tablet, etcetera.”

Sheila Cassells, AAPA Executive Director, launching AAPA, noted that at IBC two years ago , a discussion about the security issues surrounding connected TV had been started. “Since then, AAPA members have been active in developing security for smart TVs, etcetera and making OTT content available. We need to ensure that all stakeholders recognise the importance of implementing and maintaining content security robustly and this Symposium provides an opportunity to continue to reinforce this message,” she stated.

The current AAPA members are BSkyB, Conax, Eutelsat, INSIDE Secure, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Melita, Nagra, ***, Nova, Open Tech, Pace, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Verimatrix, Viaccess, Ziggo and Zon.

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12-18-2012, 09:28 AM
Study: European cord-cutting looms

Dec 17 2012

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IDATE has published a study on cord-cutting, based on a detailed analysis of the US market, the world’s most advanced, so that lessons can be drawn for Europe.

Cord-cutting is emerging and indicates a much broader set of upheavals in the television industry. First, the economic crisis fuels tensions surrounding the primary income of the established players (advertising and subscription). Then, there is an underlying trend of consumption-by-the-unit and a shift towards non-linear usage patterns that threaten to shatter lucrative packaging schemes. Finally, the entry of Internet industry players who master these new usage patterns and are a step ahead when it comes to interfaces will be a key element in the future.

The traditional television players – channels and distributors – are facing a true pincer effect. Channels are seeking alternative growth models that include enhanced B2B with distributors and entry into the online market in search for a springboard for advertising growth. For their part, distributors are seeing Internet players encroach onto their networks, while rights holders and channels continually weigh the benefits of partnering with them. The instability is permanent and the current inability to devise sustainable collaboration schemes only increases the risk. The key issue is disintermediation. In the US, where the threat of cord-cutting is greatest, industry players’ strategies are mainly defensive:
• Rights holders and TV channels use to hesitate between traditional distributors and the new ones (i.e. Internet-based);
• Distributors are attempting to retain their subscribers with multi-screen offers by focusing on the Internet access growth engine (itself a vehicle for disintermediation) and – in a new trend – by working together. Europe may think that it is temporarily preserved from the US tension. Indeed, pay TV does still have its growth drivers. Nonetheless, the European audiovisual industry has certain weaknesses:
• Europe lags behind in many ways in terms of technology (network deployment) and content offerings, especially because of the continent’s cultural and linguistic fragmentation.
• It is partially dependent on US audiovisual products, while the entrants in the internet market that master technology and interfaces come from the US.

According to Jacques Bajon, project leader of the study, “OTT video services will continue to expand and influence the TV access market because they meet user demand: flexibility and richness of content offerings, user-friendliness (these new entrants usually offer much more accomplished consumption interfaces), prices (a monthly subscription to Netflix equals the purchase price of a DVD), “anywhere, any terminal” usage patterns – unlike operators’ segmented offering. More importantly, if Google’s gamble pays off, the changes could be much more fundamental and rapid”.

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12-18-2012, 09:29 AM
Rising HD, IPTV to drive global pay-TV market to 907MN subs in 2013

Joseph O'Halloran | 18-12-2012

Whether in 2013 economies face the edge of the fiscal cliff or not, the pay-TV sector is set to remain robust throughout the year, according to a new survey from ABI Research.
In its Pay-TV Subscribers’ Market Data report, ABI predicts that the global pay-TV market will add nearly 47 million subscribers by the end of 2012 to reach a total of 864 million subscribers. The analyst observed growth across satellite, cable, and IPTV markets but a flattening digital terrestrial TV (DTT) market. In all, it expects that the pay-TV market will continue to grow in 2013 to reach 907 million subscribers.
The main growth drivers highlighted in the ABI report are high definition TV services and, interestingly, IPTV, which the analyst said has been increasing rapidly over the past few years. In 2013, ABI forecasts that the worldwide IPTV subscriber base is expected to add over 9 million subscribers to reach 79.3 million. More than half of the net addition will be from Asia-Pacific; China alone is expected to add more than 3 million subscribers.
Growth in Asian Pacific markets such as China and India will impact positively on the cable market in the short term, maintaining the largest market share of the overall pay-TV market in 2013. However, ABI notes that the rapidly growing IPTV sector will cause cable’s market share to decline to 65.4% in 2013, from 66.2% in 2012.
Furthermore, says the report, at present a third of worldwide pay-TV subscribers are using HDTV services, with penetration highest in North America followed by Western Europe which account for 84% and 76% of total pay-TV subscriptions respectively. “Worldwide HD service adoption is expected to grow. ABI Research forecasts that 38% of global pay-TV subscribers will be subscribing to HDTV services in 2013,” commented Khin Sandi Lynn, research analyst.

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12-18-2012, 09:31 AM
Vértice 360 plans capital extension in 2013

Iñaki Ferreras | 18-12-2012

Spanish TV production company Vértice 360 plans to extend its capital in 2013, with the entry of new shareholders.
The group's president Manuel García Durán, who is also head of Ezentis, explained in an interview with Europa Press that with this infusion of capital, the company expects to be in a strong market position both domestically and internationally.
García Durán explained that Vértice 360 is made of two major divisions: audiovisual and content. Regarding the content division, he said: "We are restructuring the debt of that division, reducing personnel costs, with a linear decrease of 30% of salary and with EREs, in order to relieve the fixed cost of the company."
He also explained that when he took over the company's management in January 2012 it had an equity position with 45 banks without maturity syndicate and it was impossible to meet the tax debt which totalled over €14 million.
As for the audiovisual division, García Durán pointed out that the equity fund HIG Capital, which manages Jaime Bergel, has recently agreed 49.99% of Vertice 360 audiovisual services for €20 million, which had been a boost for the firm.

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12-18-2012, 03:38 PM
MTV 81 to showcase Japanese pop culture

December 18, 2012 09.56 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Viacom International Media Networks has announced the international launch of MTV 81, an English language advertiser-supported digital platform designed to showcase Japanese artists and pop culture to international audiences.

MTV 81 – with ‘81’ referencing the international calling code for Japan – offers original content including live performances, artist profiles, news and interviews with those shaping Japanese pop culture and trends.

Targeting 18-34 year olds worldwide, MTV 81 leverages MTV Japan’s connection to music, fashion and pop culture while offering an internationally focused insiders point of view on what is shaping the pop culture landscape in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and other cultural hot spots.

MTV 81 was created in collaboration and partnership with Dentsu Inc, the largest advertising agency in Japan. The site has launched with advertising support from Intel and Daiichikosho.

Ji Hee Nam, VP of digital for Viacom International Media Networks Asia said in a statement, “MTV 81 was designed to provide a curated connection to Japanese pop culture for audiences all over the world. MTV’s insights and editorial expertise can cast a bright spotlight on the artists and influencers who are shaping the pop culture landscape and take it out to a wider, global audience.”

Nam continued: “2012 has been a watershed year for Asian music and Japan has often been cited as a hotbed for creative inspiration. We see MTV 81 as a way for Japanese artists to develop a stronger and more passionate global following and broaden their international fan base.”

The editorial team for MTV 81 is lead by music journalist and editor Mark Jarnes.

The pool of contributors comprises of music writers, bloggers, label executives and editors at some of Japan’s leading English-language publications including The Japan Times and Time Out Tokyo.

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12-18-2012, 03:40 PM
KE reveals receiver study findings

December 18, 2012 10.09 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has published the results of a study it undertook into DTT set-top boxes in the country.

Undertaken in the period October 1- November 15 this year, it examined a total of 45 models chosen at random and found that four failed to comply with minor administrative requirements.

A further six, though complying with European norms, failed to meet its own technical requirements.

The UKE says that the study does not mark the end of its checks on digital TV reception equipment, undertaken in the interest of consumers.

It will continue to carry out checks on DTT, DTH and cable set-top boxes in 2013.

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12-18-2012, 03:41 PM
SES: Breitbanddienst über Satellit mit 20 Mbit/s für Konsumenten in Frankreich

December 18, 2012 10.25
SES hat bietet als erster Satellitenbetreiber einen Satellitenbreitbanddienst mit Downloadgeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 20 Mbit/s für Konsumenten in Frankreich an. Der neue Dienst nutzt die Ka-Band-Kapazität auf dem SES-Satelliten ASTRA 2F und ist ab sofort über NordNet, die Satellitenbreitbandtochter von France Telecom-Orange, verfügbar.

Das Breitband-Paketangebot „Internet Satellite JET" bietet Downloadgeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 20 Mbit/s, VoIP-Telefonie und HD-Fernsehen ab 29,90 Euro im Monat. NordNet nutzt Endgeräte der neuesten Generation von Gilat Satellite Technologies.

Patrick Biewer, Managing Director bei SES Broadband Services, sagte: „SES leistet wieder Pionierarbeit im Bereich der Satellitenbreitbanddienste in Europa, indem es als erster Betreiber einen mit terrestrischen Angeboten vergleichbaren Dienst zu einem sehr wettbewerbsfähigen Preis anbietet. Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass das neue Ka-Band-Angebot eine hervorragende Lösung für Nutzer in abgelegenen Orten ist und den Absatz in Frankreich erheblich steigern wird."

„Wir sind sehr froh, dass wir nun schnelle Internetverbindungen mit Downloadgeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 20 Mbit/s für Haushalte in ganz Frankreich anbieten können", sagte Francis Piet, CEO bei NordNet. „Dank der neuen Ka-Band-Kapazität auf dem SES-Satelliten ASTRA 2F und der langjährigen Erfahrung von SES Broadband Services im Satellitenbreitbandmarkt sind wir uns sicher, dass unser neues Breitband-Angebot „Internet Satellite JET" ein Erfolg in Frankreich werden wird."

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12-18-2012, 03:42 PM
Twitter and Nielsen create social TV ratings

December 18, 2012 10.25 Europe/London By Julian Clover


Nielsen, the benchmark of US TV audience figures, has teamed with Twitter to define social TV audience measurement and analytics.

The Nielsen Twitter Rating comes as a result of a multi-year agreement between the two companies and will launch ahead of the autumn TV season next year.

“The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating is a significant step forward for the industry, particularly as programmers develop increasingly captivating live TV and new second-screen experiences, and advertisers create integrated ad campaigns that combine paid and earned media,” said Steve Hasker, President, Global Media Products and Advertiser Solutions at Nielsen.

“This effort reflects Nielsen’s foresight into the evolving nature of the TV viewing experience, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Twitter ecosystem partners on this metric to help broadcasters and advertisers create truly social TV experiences,” added Chloe Sladden, Twitter’s vice president of media.

The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating has been designed to complement Nielsen’s existing TV ratings, giving TV networks and advertisers the real-time metrics required to understand TV audience social activity. These ratings will build on top of NM Incite’s SocialGuide audience engagement analytics platform. NM Incite is a joint venture between Nielsen and McKinsey & Co., and the hub of Nielsen’s social media analytics efforts.

SocialGuide, recently acquired by Nielsen and NM Incite, currently captures Twitter TV activity for all US programming across 234 TV channels in English and Spanish, and more than 36,000 programmes.

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12-18-2012, 03:42 PM
Colombia delays DTT roll-out

Iñaki Ferreras | 18-12-2012

Colombia's DTT implementation may take longer than expected, with the country's National Television Authority (ANTV) postponing for a year the deadline of 31 December by which 49.88% of the country's population should have had a digital TV signal.

On its website, the company has reported that this delay is in response to a request by national public broadcaster Radio Televisión Nacional de Colombia (RTVC) to change the time, because the deployment of the national transmission utility under DTT DVB-T2 standard is overdue.

In the statement RTVC says that although recruitment processes and infrastructure have been opened and will be awarded at the end of 2012, the proposed coverage can't yet be met.

The implementation of digital terrestrial television, which began in 2010, had a proposed schedule of coverage of 49.88% of the population by December 2012 and 63.60% by the end of 2013, reports Prensario Internacional.

ANTV wants the 63.60% coverage to become a reality in 2013, so that deadline is not due to change, and by 2018, the DTT signal is hoped to reach 92.26% of the Colombian population.

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12-18-2012, 03:44 PM
OTE focuses on content]

December 18, 2012 09.48 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


Greece’s OTE has signed a new agreement with Disney studios in order to strengthen its movie portfolio.

According to Digital TV Info, it will also add History HD to the channel line-up of its television service OTE TV in the next few days.

This follows the addition of Travel HD Channel just last week.

OTE TV currently has over 100,000 IPTV and satellite subscribers.

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12-18-2012, 03:44 PM
thePlatform boosts video workflow across formats and devices

Editor | 18-12-2012

In a bid to provide customers with scalable choices for transcoding, ingest, and file transfer technologies, thePlatform has launched a suite of smart workflow features designed to work across multiple formats and multiple devices.
Explaining the rationale for its launch, the white label video publishing company said that many media and entertainment companies remain reliant on inefficient or manual processes for creating the various types of video formats, aspect ratios, bitrates and encryption rules needed to reach a growing number of devices.
In addition, it argues that some use old transcoding technology that creates one file at a time, and others must still place phone calls to their vendors just to set up new device publishing profiles.
thePlatform asserts that its new smart workflow capabilities will allow users to access the latest cloud, hardware and software transcoding technologies to create multiple files from one source file in real-time, set up new publishing profiles themselves online, and leverage the most modern innovations in fast file transfers, video ingest technology, and more.
The new smart workflow capabilities are said to be made possible by integrations with companies such as Elemental and Harmonic for next-generation transcoding, Aspera for fast file transfer, and Akamai for its latest HTTP ingest technology supported as part of Akamai's new Sola Media Solutions.
"Multiscreen video publishing has never been more complex, and coordinating the workflow is the key to success," explained Marty Roberts, senior vice president of sales and marketing for thePlatform.
"Companies face divergent technical and business requirements, an ever-expanding number of devices and new technology choices on a daily basis. Our smart workflow is designed to alleviate much of this complexity for customers, while providing the flexibility to take advantage of the latest innovations to improve efficiency and scale. Next generation transcoding, fast file transfers, and smart ingest services are just some of the latest capabilities mpx now supports."

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:45 PM
Latvian cable merger revived

December 18, 2012 10.57 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

A merger between Latvia’s two leading cable operators Baltcom TV and Izzi could again be on the cards.

According to DB, negotiations have taken place between the companies’ owners and an application submitted to the Competition Council, which is required to issue a permit for any deal to go ahead.

Baltcom was established in 1991 and is currently owned by RPAX One SA, Mackonar Impex Limited and the Latvian State Radio and Television Centre.

Izzi, on the other hand, was formed in 1994 and is backed by the Luxembourg-based company Contaq Latvia Cable.

A proposed merger between the two companies was first mooted in summer 2010.

It appeared to be a done deal in early 2011 only to fall through.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:46 PM
Cisco Spain looks to the cloud for audiovisual development



Iñaki Ferreras | 18-12-2012

In an interview with Rapid TV News, Jesus Solana, telco division director, digital media & broadcast at Cisco Spain, said that the media market has entered a new era, characterised by the exponential increase of video-ready devices and video traffic video services.
According to the Cisco VNI report, in 2014 there will be over 12,000 million terminals connected to IP networks, TVs, tablets, game consoles and other consumer devices, which receive all types of content across the Web. In turn, new over-the-top (OTT) online video services will compete in trying to attract consumers as the global community of online video will increase from the 1,000 million current users to 1,700 million by 2015.
In 2010 traffic for online video-length series from TV and movies from services like Netflix almost tripled compared to short video services like YouTube.
"Thus, consumers still have an insatiable appetite for OTT content to enjoy on the service provider's network, a trend that will continue to increase and therefore requires finding new ways to monetize that content. At the same time it provides a rich TV/video experience to consumers," said Solana.
All these new devices and services - connected through a broadband service that will quadruple in speed between 2011 and 2016 from 10.2Mbps to 40Mbps - are accelerating the growth of Internet video traffic in Spain, according to Solana. He believes that by 2014 all forms of video, TV, video-on-demand, Internet video and P2P will represent over 91% of all consumer IP traffic, the equivalent of 6,000 million DVDs crossing the network each month.
This is how media and distribution companies (broadcasters) looking for ways to monetize video growth, adopting innovative distribution platforms and interactive content are able to break the constraints of closed networks and unique devices, Solana says.
He says that the aim is to enable consumers to access content, applications and communication channels on any device and any network which is all part of a new generation of a unified experience which is both easier for consumers and offers new revenue opportunities for content providers and operators.
In this new scenario, multimedia, media companies and telecom operators are strategically positioned, but are faced with great challenges. The demand for content across multiple devices and in HD imposes strong requirements on systems and networks of production and processing, as well as the contribution and distribution networks that reach the end user, says Solana.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:46 PM
TV reinvents itself using 'feel good' factor

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 18-12-2012

TV content is challenging the difficult economic times by placing emphasis on people's generosity and willingness to help each other, reports the new Eurodata TV Worldwide-IMCA TV trends survey.
"The growing number of channels and content platforms, combined with the multiplication of screens and digital activities, means the competition has never been so strong or the hunger for contents so intense," says both Julia Espérance, media consultant at Eurodata TV Worldwide and Valentin Tual, media consultant at IMCA.
"Broadcasters and producers are bringing people together using strong brands (formats, actors, and presenters), daring to mix up genres and explore themes that go off the beaten track, as well as experimenting with new strategies to interact with viewers."
Solidarity is thus at the heart of the UK format Hotel GB (Channel 4), in which the channel's best known presenters take over the management of a hotel with the help of a group of jobseekers. Profits from the show go to charity.
Other talent quest shows also experiment with the theme of work, such as the South Korean programme Super Challenger Korea (TVN), which challenges aspiring bankers.
In the UK, talent quests are also getting more socially aware, for example the show Tourette's: Let Me Entertain You that aired on BBC3. This show helps people whose musical talent has been overshadowed by the fact that they have Tourette's Syndrome

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:48 PM
59% of French prime time shows available on catch-up


Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 18-12-2012

French DTT channels are still enriching their VOD offers, with 59% of the shows airing between 5pm and 12am now available on catch-up TV.
According to a study by tv-replay on behalf of CNC, this figure compares to 56% in November 2011.
Among the programmes, traditional channels have 75% of their programming available on catch-up. France 2 leads with 90% of its content on offer via catch-up, followed by TF1 (85%). The new DTT channels have a weaker offering as they average between 23% to 69% (Public Sénat).

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:49 PM
New French DTT channels get 8MN viewers on first day


Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 18-12-2012
Around 8 million viewers watched the six new French DTT HD channels "at least for one instant" on the day of their launch on 12 December, according to audience figures from Médiamétrie.
The six new channels - HD1, L'Equipe 21, 6 Ter, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte HD 24 and Chérie 25 - registered a 1.4% global audience over the day.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:50 PM
Euronews launches multi-platform service

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 18-12-2012
International news channel Euronews has announced the launch of its 12th edition in Greek.
The channel will be available on major Greek and Cypriot platforms such as Nova, ON Telecom, OTE, CyBC DTT network and PrimeTel, on Euronews Express and Live mobile apps as well as online. It will also soon be available on Euronews Radio.
Targeted to Greece, Cyprus and the Greek-speaking population worldwide, Euronews' 24/7 Greek service will be the first to be locally adapted and will be broadcast from Lyon.
The Euronews Greece structure is a 100% subsidiary of Euronews Group, employing more than 40 professionals. The new bureau in Athens will be officially inaugurated in early 2013.
Euronews Greece is currently available across Europe on Eutelsat Hotbird 13A satellite, and will soon be carried through numerous cable, satellite and IPTV partners.
80% of homes in Greece, out of 3.7 million households, already receive Euronews. In Cyprus, Euronews covers 100% of the TV population (300,000 households).

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:52 PM
KPN sells Spanish unit to Orange

December 18, 2012

Dutch telco KPN has reached agreement to sell its Spanish mobile unit, KPN Spain, to Orange Spain for an undisclosed fee.


KPN Spain provides mobile services as an MVNO to 380,000 Spanish customers under the Simyo brand. KPN said customers would not be affected by the sale.
KPN said the sale fits with its strategy to divest non-core assets and to focus on its core footprint.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:54 PM
Eutelsat 21B enters commercial service

December 18, 2012

Eutelsat has announced the full entry into commercial service of its new Eutelsat 21B satellite at 21.5° East.

The transfer of all traffic from the Eutelsat 21A satellite was carried out overnight by Eutelsat’s control centre.

The new satellite offers increased bandwidth, with 40 Ku-band transponders compared with 29 on Eutelsay 21A.

Eutelsat 21A will be redeployed to 48° East where it will continue to provide full commercial service. The Eutelsat 70B satellite, launched on December 3, is currently undergoing in-orbit testing and is on track to enter service at 70.5° East in mid-January 2013.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:55 PM
Zon Multimedia announces Optimus merger

December 18, 2012

Portugal’s largest cable operator Zon Multimedia has signed a deal to merge Sonaecom’s telco unit Optimus into its business.

In a joint statement, the parties said they had “reached a deal to promote jointly with the boards of Zon Multimedia and of Optimus a merger operation by incorporating Optimus into Zon”.

Zon ended June with 730,9000 triple-play subs and reported second quarter operating revenues up 1.4% to €214 million.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:55 PM
Music channel Sol Musica launching on YouTube

December 18, 2012

Sol Musica, the Iberian music channel, has launched its own YouTube channel. The linear channel has been running for fifteen years and the YouTube service rolled out this week.

Exclusive content from Sol Musica will be uploaded to the online channel and at launch it had 400 concerts and 1,500 interviews with music stars including Nelly Furtado and Juanes.

Sol Musica is run by Chellomedia’s Madrid based business, Chello Multicanal. Chellomedia is the content arm of Liberty Global.

Eduardo Zulueta, managing director of Chello Multicanal said: “YouTube is the world’s number one music platform, and we realised that the amazing musical heritage Sol Música has accumulated over its fifteen-year history should be present on this universal video-sharing

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:56 PM
Music channel Sol Musica launching on YouTube

December 18, 2012

Sol Musica, the Iberian music channel, has launched its own YouTube channel. The linear channel has been running for fifteen years and the YouTube service rolled out this week.

Exclusive content from Sol Musica will be uploaded to the online channel and at launch it had 400 concerts and 1,500 interviews with music stars including Nelly Furtado and Juanes.

Sol Musica is run by Chellomedia’s Madrid based business, Chello Multicanal. Chellomedia is the content arm of Liberty Global.

Eduardo Zulueta, managing director of Chello Multicanal said: “YouTube is the world’s number one music platform, and we realised that the amazing musical heritage Sol Música has accumulated over its fifteen-year history should be present on this universal video-sharing

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:57 PM
Anti-piracy group AAPA launches

December 18, 2012

A new anti-piracy group, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA), has been created.

The AAPA represents various players in the pay TV industry, including the technology security vendors. Its aim is to support the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content.

Building upon the work of its predecessor AEPOC, AAPA’s role is to facilitate the co-ordination of intelligence and anti-piracy activities amongst its members and to interact with EU institutions to ensure that there is effective legislation to achieve successful enforcement action.

Launching AAPA at the HbbTV Symposium in Paris yesterday, Sheila Cassells, AAPA executive director, said, “At IBC two years ago we started a discussion about the security issues surrounding connected TV. Since then AAPA members have been active in developing security for smart TVs, etc. and making OTT content available. We need to ensure that all stakeholders recognise the importance of implementing and maintaining content security robustly and this symposium provides an opportunity to continue to reinforce this message.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:58 PM
Management shake-up at Discovery

December 18, 2012

Discovery Networks has rejigged several senior management positions with Phillip Luff taking a new position, James Gibbons relocating to take a new UK-based role and Egor Borisov leaving the channel operator.

As part of the shake-up James Gibbons will replace Phillip Luff as country manager for emerging business, working out of Discovery’s UK hub.

Gibbon will relocate from Asia-Pac where he has been responsible for managing Discovery’s operations in Japan for the past five years. He will be responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the emerging business region and its channel brands including TLC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and ID Investigation Discovery. He will also oversee Discovery Network’s new office in Istanbul earlier this year.

Luff, meanwhile, will become country manager for north east Europe, based in Discovery’s Moscow office. He previously served in the same role in 2011. Luff will replace Egor Borisov who will not renew his contract with Discovery when it expires at year-end.

In his new role, Luff will be responsible for business development and strengthening Discovery’s position in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Baltic States and central Asia.

Kasia Kieli, president and managing director for Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa said: “James has been instrumental in driving our business in Japan, and this combined with his many years of knowledge and experience of working within the Discovery family means that he is well-placed to spring-board our business in markets where we believe there is potential for greater growth, such as Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 03:59 PM
Com Hem signs TMS metadata deal for TiVo

December 18, 2012

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has signed a deal with metadata company TMS for the forthcoming launch of its TiVo service.

The operator will use TMS’ On Entertainment metadata in its next generation entertainment guides that will offer seamless search and discovery of linear and on-demand programming. The user experience powered by TiVo will be consistent across the Com Hem guides on TV, tablet, smartphone and computes.

ComHem’s Tivo platform is scheduled to launch next year.

“The advanced entertainment guides Com Hem will make available to their subscribers across multiple devices require high quality data offerings and expertise,” said John Kelleher , TMS’ president and chief operating officer. “TMS is in a unique position to help Com Hem bring these guides to life for the benefit of their subscribers and we look forward to contributing to the success of this initiative.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:00 PM
Partners with Twitter for TV ratings

December 18, 2012

Twitter and media measurement company Nielsen are creating a ratings system based on the amount of Twitter conversation around TV shows.

The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating will deliver a syndicated-standard metric around the reach of TV conversation on Twitter. Nielsen said the system aims to give TV networks and advertisers real-time metrics to help them understand TV audience social activity.

It is expected to launch during Q3 next year, initially in the US.

The launch follows Neilsen’s recent acquisition of SocialGuide, which captures Twitter TV activity for all US programming across 234 TV channels in English and Spanish, covering more than 36,000 programmes.

“Our users love the shared experience of watching television while engaging with other viewers and show talent. Twitter has become the world’s digital water cooler, where conversations about TV happen in real time. Nielsen is who the networks rely on to give better content to viewers and clearer results to marketers,” said Chloe Sladden, Twitter’s vice-president of media. “This effort reflects Nielsen’s foresight into the evolving nature of the TV viewing experience, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Twitter ecosystem partners on this metric to help broadcasters and advertisers create truly social TV experiences.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:02 PM
LG makes “too low” Telenet offer

December 18, 2012

Liberty Global has made a per share offer of €35 for the remaining stake it does not own in Belgian cable operator Telenet.

The European cable giant made the offer despite previous protestations from Telenet that the offer is too low. The Belgian cabler claims independent valuation specialists Lazard put a valuation range for the price per share of Telenet at €37 to €42. Nevertheless, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Binan Investment, LG has made an offer of around US$2.5 billion (€1.9 billion) for the remaining shares, which is equivalent to €35 per share.

In a statement, LG said it disagreed with certain methodologies used by Telenet’s Independent valuation expert, adding that it “believes that an offer price of €35 per ordinary share is highly attractive for Telenet shareholders and provides a meaningful premium to relevant benchmarks”.

It added that the offer represented a 12.5% premium to the September 19, 2012 Telenet closing share price, and a 4.9% premium over Telenet’s all-time high trading price prior to the announcement of the offer.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:02 PM
DI Discovery rings in the changes


December 18, 2012 08.31 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul



Discovery Networks CEEMEA has announced a key change to its leadership team in Central and Eastern Europe.

It sees Phillip Luff move from his position of country manager for emerging business to country manager for North East Europe, He will be replaced by James Gibbons, who moves to the UK from his position leading Discovery’s operations in Japan.

Luff will return to Moscow to replace Egor Borisov, who will leave Discovery at the end of this month.

In his new role, Luff will be responsible for business development and strengthening Discovery’s position in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Baltic Republics and Central Asia.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:03 PM
OTE focuses on content

December 18, 2012 09.48 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Greece’s OTE has signed a new agreement with Disney studios in order to strengthen its movie portfolio.

According to Digital TV Info, it will also add History HD to the channel line-up of its television service OTE TV in the next few days.

This follows the addition of Travel HD Channel just last week.

OTE TV currently has over 100,000 IPTV and satellite subscribers.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:04 PM
Gartner: 85% of flat-panel TVs getting smart

December 18, 2012 10.57
Nearly 85 per cent of all flat-panel TVs produced in 2016 will be smart TVs, according to information technology research and advisory company Gartner. Worldwide unit production of flat-panel smart TVs will grow from 69 million in 2012 to 198 million in 2016. Worldwide unit production of smart TVs in 2013 is expected to reach 108 million, says the firm.
However, analysts said that smart TVs alone won’t spur demand in the market. TV manufacturers must recognise the need to offer some compelling reasons for consumers to choose their brand over a competitor’s.
“In the end, the choice may be all about the extra content that one TV brand offers over another. Consumers will be asking questions such as, which Internet TV services can the TV access? Are these the sites I think are valuable? Can I use my smartphone or tablet with this TV?” said Paul O’Donovan, principal research analyst at Gartner. “It is critical for the TV industry during this global economic downturn and decline in consumer confidence levels, to sustain sales and maintain or grow market share — especially in emerging markets. This is difficult when demand has slowed, so the extra functionality offered by smart TVs becomes the product differentiator — if prices are already competitive and all other variables are equal between brands, he advised.
Gartner defines a typical smart TV as having the ability to search the Internet for video content and then play that content back. It may or may not include a browser, but there is the functionality to add apps from an app store operated either by the TV manufacturer or by a third party. The functionality of the smart TV can include an interactive capability with live TV broadcasts, as well as a range of connectivity options to other consumer devices such as smartphones, tablets or PCs.
“With connectivity to smartphones and tablets comes the ability to pull content from the Internet on one device and push that content to the TV. For those TV manufacturers that also make smartphones and tablets, the marketing advantage of the smart TV makes educating the consumer a lot easier,” suggested O’Donovan.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:04 PM
Networking key feature for flat panel TVs

December 18, 2012 10.57

According to market research firm DisplaySearch, in 2011, more than 27 per cent of TVs shipped worldwide will be able to connect to a network, a figure that is expected to rise 54 per cent to 155 million by 2015. The firm’s Q3’11 DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report suggests that in addition, 16 per cent of TVs shipping in Latin America in 2011 will be network-capable.
“The products shown at IFA Berlin this September demonstrate how networking is becoming a core feature of TVs,” advises Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research. “The idea of TVs and companion screens is a powerful value proposition, both for selling smart phones and tablets that communicate with the TV, but also for mobile services to be enjoyed on the best screen.”
DisplaySearch suggests that the latest generation of TV semiconductors, combined with digital broadcasting, is providing a fertile platform for rapid innovation in TV, in both mature and emerging markets.
At the same time, the TV semiconductor business is struggling with the problems of hyper-competition. Consolidation is still playing out, including the rise of MStar Semi and Mediatek. TV manufacturers are restructuring their business models following losses in the first half of 2011. In addition, new lower cost LCD panel technology using LED backlights, shifts to out-sourcing, and new set designs are being investigated.
DisplaySearch also suggests that integration and innovation in semiconductors is powering new capabilities, with networking emerging as an important new function. Consumer research suggests that the connection rate of TVs doubles when they have a wireless networking capability. TV manufacturers are responding and analysis of product ranges shown at IFA Berlin reveals how far wireless is filling product ranges.
“Consumer wishes are very clear – no new wires,” advises Gray. “The incorporation of wireless allows more than just networking, with powerful ad-hoc functions such as transfer of photos and video from a smart phone to a TV using Wireless Direct, or a programme guide to be navigated without interrupting viewing.”
At the same time, suggests DisplaySearch, TV IC innovation is not just extra featuring; it is enabling a re-shaping of the TV value chain. With TV manufacturers re-structuring their value chains, the latest TV ICs enable them to assemble sets from ‘open cell’ LCDs instead of buying complete LCD modules. One of the key enabling technologies is integration of the LCD timing controller into the main TV chip. This is examined in detail in the report.
“IC innovation is not just about decorating sets with extra featuring, but enables set makers to slim down their manufacturing,” adds Gray.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:05 PM
TV set-top makers to challenge EC ruling

December 18, 2012 10.57


STB makers and pay-TV platforms are considering legal action against the European Commission after a tax ruling left many of them facing millions of pounds in unexpected costs. Basic set-top boxes, which are classified as communications devices, are exempt from tax when imported into the European Union. But a change to the rules last month means any box with a hard disc drive or Ethernet connection will be treated as a recording device, which is liable for tax at 13.9 per cent.
A reclassification of digital video recorders such as the Sky+ box, could cost BSkyB alone £15 million (E18m) a year from next month. Charges covering the past three years could force the company to pay another £25 million-£30 million.
Pay-TV operators including BSkyB, UPC and Sky Italia have joined manufacturers including Thomson and Pace to mount a challenge.
The companies are considering an appeal to the European Court of Justice, or through the World Trade Organisation. The new rules have already triggered a dispute with the US trade department, which has started a formal consultation procedure on the issue.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:06 PM
Hulu revenue up 65%, doubles subs

December 18, 2012 10.01


Hulu has reported that its revenue rose by 65 per cent in 2012 to $695 million. The US joint venture of Disney, Fox Broadcasting and NBCUniversal, is a private company and doesn’t report quarterly financials, but CEO Jason Kilar revealed some year-end figures in a blog.
He said Hulu generated $100 million in revenue in 2009 and more than $400 million in 2011. Its Hulu Plus subscription product, which launched in November 2010, boasts three million paying subscribers today, more than twice what they were at the end of 2011.
The service the shows on offer by 40 per cent in 2012 to 60,000 TV episodes, 2,300 TV series and 50,000 hours of video on Hulu and Hulu Plus. Kilar also said Hulu spent more than $500 million to acquire content this year.
“Since the launch of Hulu in October 2007, we have generated over $1 billion for our content partners,” Kilar blogged. “In 2012, we served more than 1,000 advertisers, 28 per cent more than last year. Our advertising service consistently sets the standard in online video advertising, including our practice to only charge advertisers when their ad has been streamed through completion.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:06 PM
Ofcom: BT Vision tops pay-TV complaints

December 18, 2012 10.01

Ofcom has published its latest complaints data, revealing the most and least complained about major telecoms and pay-TV providers between July and September 2012.
This is Ofcom’s seventh quarterly report, which aims to help consumers make informed decisions when considering a new service or provider and also to incentivise operators to improve their performance
From July to September 2012, Ofcom received the most complaints about BT Vision at 0.23 complaints per 1,000 customers. Despite a marginal decrease from 0.25 the previous quarter, complaints about BT Vision are still six-times greater than the industry average. Complaints were partly driven by problems with service provision.
Virgin Media attracted above industry average complaints at 0.06 complaints per 1,000 customers, while Sky had the lowest number of complaints – 0.02 per 1,000 customers.

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:07 PM
Pro7/Sat 1: What’s next?


December 18, 2012 10.01

It has been a weekend of frenzied activity as Discovery Communications mopped up the SBS broadcasting segment of ProSiebenSat1 and took a useful slice out of TF1, and meanwhile Liberty Global pitched its offer for Benelux cable MSO Telenet. Full marks to Discovery for further extending its interests outside its pure ‘factual’ entertainment reputation. Indeed, one cannot help but praise the Discovery team for adding value and excitement to its portfolio of assets. If only the BBC via its Worldwide division had done the same!
But where does this leave ProSeben/Sat1 now. Pro7/Sat1 achieved a 10x recurring EBITDA price of €1.32 billion for the sale of SBS, and the word from Pro7 is that it will use €500 million of the proceeds to pay down corporate debt and the balance returned to shareholders. At the end of the day Pro7’s debt ratio will be a very healthy 2.0x and some time next year it will eliminate the dual-share structure whereby the current preference shares will be converted into ordinary stock. One anxiety is that Pro7’s current preference shareholder/sponsors (KKR/Permira with 53 per cent of the stock) are looking to exit the company, and this is causing some concern, although a note from investment bankers Morgan Stanley says this is only hypothetical at this stage.
Morgan Stanley stress in their note that Germany’s network TV market is structurally stable (although Sky Deutschland might argue with that), but importantly audience fragmentation and regulation ought not to affect.
But the bank also asks what the next story might be for Pro7/Sat 1? “We believe one of Pro7’s key catalysts has played out,” says the bank. “Further upside would, in our view, come from (i) higher than expected advertising revenue in German-speaking markets; (ii) stronger than expected growth in Digital, Adjacent and Content; or (iii) speculation about a potential takeover from a trade buyer at a premium to the current share price if private equity did decide to sell out.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:08 PM
Spotify on TiVo Premiere

December 18, 2012 10.01

TiVo has confirmed the availability of leading music streaming service Spotify for its TiVo Premiere boxes in the US.
On TiVo, consumers can sign-in with an existing Spotify Premium account ($9.9 per /month) to seamlessly and immediately enjoy their current playlists through their television. It will allow TiVo owners to stream music through their home theatre system, as well as browse playlists, albums and artists, and search for related artists using the TiVo remote control.
“Integrating Spotify with the TiVo interface brings a more seamless user experience to Spotify fans, and introduces TiVo fans to a new way to listen to millions of songs for free,” said Pascal de Mul, Global Head of Hardware partnerships, Spotify. “Through this, users will be able to stream their playlists through their TiVo and home theater sound system and share their music with friends.”

miri-01
12-18-2012, 04:52 PM
VSAT and broadband satellite growth

December 18, 2012

NSR’s Broadband Satellite Markets, 11th Edition report has found that satellite broadband Internet access subscribers will exceed 5.2 million globally in 10 years, and the enterprise VSAT installed base will reach nearly 2.9 million sites. In addition, backhaul services and even IP trunking will make important strides as services shift to provisioning with HTS and O3b capacity.
“The launch of new high throughput satellites in North America finally began to impact the growth curve for satellite broadband Internet access services in 2012,” stated Patrick M. French, NSR Senior Analyst and the report author. “NSR expects that these services will prove their mettle in the coming 12 to 18 months in North America, and this should give the needed nudge to other regions like Western Europe and Latin America.”
Looking to enterprise VSAT, the report predicts that developing markets like Latin America and parts of Asia will have larger installed VSAT bases than mature markets like North America within a few years. “The impact of government social inclusion projects within the broadband VSAT market cannot be understated,” noted French. “Plus, not everything is broadband. Classic narrowband verticals like lottery and ATM networks have recently been highlights of the sector and are expected to show significant gains in the coming years.”
Beyond VSAT and broadband access, the backhaul and trunking markets will undergo a critical metamorphosis in the coming years. Traditional C- and Ku-band services become ever less cost effective as the data load at the 3G/4G backhaul sites exponentially increases. The satellite industry has a solution for this, and the migration to O3b and HTS provisioned backhaul sites is key to offering substantially more capacity at a much cheaper price. The same applies to IP trunking that will see increased bandwidth demand as it moves to O3b and even HTS-provisioned services despite a declining installed base of sites.

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12-18-2012, 07:56 PM
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12-20-2012, 08:43 AM
OMVC to integrate functions within NAB
Dec 19 2012
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The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), which has served as the principal proponent for Mobile Television in the US since 2007, is to integrate functions with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), suggesting that the alliance reflects the maturity of Mobile TV, accelerates its commercialisation, and solidifies its role in the larger broadcast television ecosystem.

The key functions currently coordinated by the OMVC executive director, including OMVC’s technical groups, advocacy efforts and marketing activities, will be integrated into the NAB from January 1 2013.

“The purpose of the OMVC was to help develop a Mobile TV standard, create an ecosystem for broadcasters, manufacturers and other interested parties and to encourage device development,” said Anne P Schelle, who has served as OMVC’s executive director since shortly after it began. “We’ve done that, and with the recent launch of Dyle mobile TV, operated by a consortium of broadcasters known as the Mobile Content Venture, and similar activities by the Mobile500 Alliance, Mobile TV is available in more than 35 US markets covering some 55 per cent of the population,” Schelle added. “Integration with the NAB is the logical next step as the commercialisation of Mobile TV enters its next exciting phase,” Schelle said.

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith applauded the OMVC’s work and pledged the association’s full support for building further momentum for Mobile TV. “The NAB is honoured to assume the duties carried out so successfully by the OMVC,” said Senator Smith. “Through the joint efforts of the OMVC, ATSC and innumerable technical groups, the groundwork has been laid for an exciting new TV experience delivered to mobile devices. The NAB, as the voice of the broadcast industry, is the perfect home for this activity as it blossoms into the next great US technology story,” he added.

Building on her OMVC leadership and accomplishments, Schelle will continue her Mobile TV evangelism as a senior policy consultant to the NAB to help assure a smooth transition.

“Mobile TV is a key part of broadcasters’ future, and the power of the NAB will enable the industry to speak with one voice, to continue our advocacy efforts before the FCC and Congress and to significantly expand the reach of Mobile TV services for American TV viewers. I look forward to working hard to keep the momentum going, while collaborating with the talented NAB staff, Television Board and broad membership on the transition,” Schelle said.

Mobile TV, based on the ATSC A/153 broadcast standard, transmits live local news, sports, entertainment and emergency information to a wide variety of mobile devices. The OMVC says that by delivering popular video programming to a large audience over existing broadcast spectrum, Mobile TV helps to reduce congestion on less efficient wireless broadband networks.

The OMVC is composed of 36 members that own and operate over 500 commercial television stations, as well as the Association of Public Television Stations, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service, which represent an additional 360 public television stations.

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12-20-2012, 08:45 AM
EC urges innovative solutions for greater online content access
Dec 19 2012 By Colin Mann
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Following the December 5 orientation debate on content in the digital economy which agreed a way forward for modernising copyright in the digital economy, the European Commission has adopted a Communication which sets out parallel tracks of action to be undertaken during this Commission’s term of office to ensure that the EU’s copyright framework stays fit for purpose in the digital environment.

Commission President José Manuel Barroso said that exploiting the full potential of the digital economy was vital to delivering growth in Europe. “It is extremely important for us to work with industry in order to accelerate solutions which tap the potential of digital markets to develop new business models. A modern copyright framework can be win-win for all stakeholders, providing sustainable incentives for creativity, cultural diversity and innovation, and improving choice and access to legal offers for consumers,” he declared.

A structured stakeholder dialogue, jointly led by Commissioners Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services), Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), will be launched in 2013 to seek to deliver rapid progress in four areas through practical industry-led solutions.

These areas are cross-border access and the portability of services; user-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material; facilitating the deposit and online accessibility of films in the EU; and promoting efficient text and data mining for scientific research purposes.

In parallel, the on-going review of the EU framework for copyright legal will be completed, based on market studies, impact assessment and legal drafting work, with a view to a decision in 2014 on whether to table legislative reform proposals.

Issues to be addressed by the stakeholder dialogue:

Cross-border access and the portability of services

Distribution of content is often limited to one or just a few Member States, with rights holders or online platforms electing to impose cross-border sales restrictions. The Commission’s objective is to foster cross-border on-line access and ‘portability’ of content across borders. This work should take stock of current industry initiatives and deliver practical solutions to promote multi-territory access.

User-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material

The Commission notes that on average, every minute, people upload 72 hours of video to YouTube, and over 150,000 photos to Facebook. Sometimes this user-generated content ‘re-uses’ existing material (such as re-mixes, mashups and home-made videos with a soundtrack added) and so is often covered by some form of licensing by rights holders, in partnership with certain platforms, but this is not transparent to the end user. In parallel, small-scale users of content struggle to identify how to acquire licences. The Commission’s objective is to foster transparency and ensure that end-users have greater clarity on uses of protected material. This work should identify relevant forms of licensing and how to improve information for end-users.

Audiovisual sector and cultural heritage institutions

It is difficult for online service providers to develop catalogues of European films for online availability, particularly those which are ‘out-of-distribution’ (works whose rights holders are unwilling or unable to exploit them). The Commission’s objective is to facilitate the deposit and online accessibility of films in the EU. This work should deliver concrete solutions for both commercial and non-commercial uses.

Text and data mining

Text and data mining (TDM), an automated research technique for the purpose of scientific research, requires contractual agreements between users and rights holders to establish technical access to the relevant material. The Commission’s objective is to promote efficient TDM for scientific research purposes. This work should explore solutions such as standard licensing models as well as technology platforms to facilitate TDM access.

The stakeholder dialogue will be invited to present its results before the end of 2013.

In 2010, the Commission adopted the Digital Agenda for Europe which endeavoured to open up access to content as part of its strategy to achieve a vibrant Digital Single Market and identified a number of actions in the field of copyright. The Digital Agenda has just been updated by the Commission.

In 2011, the Commission adopted a strategy entitled A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights, which proposed a further series of measures to promote an efficient copyright framework for the Digital Single Market. Against this background, the Commission has taken a number of actions, including:

new legislation on orphan works;
a legislative proposal on collective rights management currently being negotiated by the European Parliament and the Council; and
Memoranda of Understanding on out of print books, and access to works by the Visually Impaired.

The Commission has also published a call under the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme 2012, on ‘European Rights Information Management’.

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12-20-2012, 08:48 AM
Akamai aims to speed up mobile video
Dec 19 2012 By Colin Mann
Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services Tom Leighton, co-founder and recently announced CEO-elect of cloud platform specialist Akamai Technologies, has revealed that the company is working on technologies better to handle mobile video. Speaking to the MIT Technology Review, Leighton said that Akamai is looking at services which will prioritise different kinds of mobile Web traffic and use distributed devices for storing or ‘caching’ video content depending on what device is being used to access that content. He suggested that the performance of mobile devices, especially on cellular networks, could be be very poor. “If you look at download speeds from top commercial sites, they’re equivalent to landline speeds nine years ago – that’s like the Dark Ages of the Internet. Users expect it to be like TV – bang, it’s on. Change a channel and it just changes. They think the Web is supposed to work that way,” he said. According to Leighton, Akamai’s new site performance service – Aqua Ion – launched in October, would speed things up. “If a site is picture-rich, we can reduce the amount of bandwidth you need to get served. With Aqua Ion, when you go to a website, you actually go to an Akamai server on the network. We detect what device you are using, and we know how well it’s connected. We will compress the picture or other object depending on what kind of device and connection you have. That relieves the network and provides a better experience for the user,” he explained. He said that Akamai was working on this for HTML to find chunks of HTML that were common from one page to another, break it into little pieces, and find the pieces that could be cached which had probably been seen before. “This might account for 95 per cent of a Web page. Then we can figure out, with good accuracy, what content you will be looking for when you visit a Web page based on usage profiles which include IP address, location, access speed, and type of device. And we pre-stage all that content on a server near you, or better yet on your device. It’s really fast because what you are looking for might already be on your device,” he suggested. In terms of speeding up video, Leighton noted that for major sporting events, consumers were using Akamai technology without knowing it. “The video is being delivered from an Akamai server near you. The next generation of that technology will make greater use of end-users to distribute content. We call it client-assisted delivery. If you have a well-connected, well-powered machine, your machine can be used to send the information to a neighbour. Then we don’t have to send all the information to each neighbour individually,” he said, adding that currently, 30 million devices, typically laptops or desktops, were doing this. “But there are billions of devices out there. We would like to move this into tablets and other well-connected devices. We want to be on every device – anything that has the right connectivity, and the right CPU and the right memory. This enables us to achieve great scale, lower cost, and high quality,” he advised.

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12-20-2012, 08:49 AM
Akamai aims to speed up mobile video
Dec 19 2012 By Colin Mann
Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services Tom Leighton, co-founder and recently announced CEO-elect of cloud platform specialist Akamai Technologies, has revealed that the company is working on technologies better to handle mobile video. Speaking to the MIT Technology Review, Leighton said that Akamai is looking at services which will prioritise different kinds of mobile Web traffic and use distributed devices for storing or ‘caching’ video content depending on what device is being used to access that content. He suggested that the performance of mobile devices, especially on cellular networks, could be be very poor. “If you look at download speeds from top commercial sites, they’re equivalent to landline speeds nine years ago – that’s like the Dark Ages of the Internet. Users expect it to be like TV – bang, it’s on. Change a channel and it just changes. They think the Web is supposed to work that way,” he said. According to Leighton, Akamai’s new site performance service – Aqua Ion – launched in October, would speed things up. “If a site is picture-rich, we can reduce the amount of bandwidth you need to get served. With Aqua Ion, when you go to a website, you actually go to an Akamai server on the network. We detect what device you are using, and we know how well it’s connected. We will compress the picture or other object depending on what kind of device and connection you have. That relieves the network and provides a better experience for the user,” he explained. He said that Akamai was working on this for HTML to find chunks of HTML that were common from one page to another, break it into little pieces, and find the pieces that could be cached which had probably been seen before. “This might account for 95 per cent of a Web page. Then we can figure out, with good accuracy, what content you will be looking for when you visit a Web page based on usage profiles which include IP address, location, access speed, and type of device. And we pre-stage all that content on a server near you, or better yet on your device. It’s really fast because what you are looking for might already be on your device,” he suggested. In terms of speeding up video, Leighton noted that for major sporting events, consumers were using Akamai technology without knowing it. “The video is being delivered from an Akamai server near you. The next generation of that technology will make greater use of end-users to distribute content. We call it client-assisted delivery. If you have a well-connected, well-powered machine, your machine can be used to send the information to a neighbour. Then we don’t have to send all the information to each neighbour individually,” he said, adding that currently, 30 million devices, typically laptops or desktops, were doing this. “But there are billions of devices out there. We would like to move this into tablets and other well-connected devices. We want to be on every device – anything that has the right connectivity, and the right CPU and the right memory. This enables us to achieve great scale, lower cost, and high quality,” he advised.

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12-20-2012, 08:50 AM
Telefonica buying 20% of Digital Plus

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Telefonica is set to take a 20 per cent stake in Prisa-controlled DTH platform Digital Plus, for E400 million, valuing the platform at E2 billion – far from Prisa’s original expectation of E2.5 billion. The acquisition takes place 18 months after Telefonica sold its 16.73 per cent stake in Sogecable, Prisa's subsidiary that controls the pay-TV platform, for E650 million and after Prisa rejected a joint bid by Telefonica and Vivendi Universal.
It is not ruled out that Italy's Mediaset may take another 20 per cent in the platform as the group has been looking to widen its presence in Spanish TV, where it already owns the controlling stake in free-to-air channel Telecinco.
Prisa has been looking to sell the digital platform to help pay off its E5 billion debt and restructure its media business, including commercial TV channel Cuatro. At the end of September, Digital+ counted 1,899,216 subscribers paying an average of E39.30 a month

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12-20-2012, 08:54 AM
Four candidates for Digital Plus

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Prisa's takeover of Sogecable, owner of Digital Plus and Canal Plus,
has lead to reports of four candidates in play to buy the DTH platform Digital Plus, which has two million subs.
The likely buyers are seen as Telefonica, News Corp, Vivendi and the Mexican TV mogul Carlos Slim. Prisa is said to have begun negotiations with Slim and Prisa CEO Juan Luis Cebrián, and former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González (a Slim advisor) are preparing to travel to Mexico for face to face talks that could end up with Slim taking up to 20 per cent in Prisa and acquiring Digital Plus and Canal Plus.
Nonetheless, it is felt in Madrid that the most likely candidate remains Telefonica, which after pulling out of Sogecable’s shareholding structure could find it easier to merge its IPTV service Imagenio with Digital Plus avoiding legal obstacles from the Competition Authorities

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12-20-2012, 08:55 AM
Prisa bids for Sogecable

From David Del Valle in Madrid

The Spanish media group Prisa, owner of newspaper El Pais, has launched a bid for the rest of Sogecable, Spain’s largest pay-TV group, that it does not already own, valuing the pay-TV operator, owner of Digital DTH platform Digital Plus and premium channel Canal Plus, at E3.8 billion.
Prisa already has 50.03 per cent of Sogecable. Other major shareholders are Telefonica with around 17 per cent and France’s Vivendi with about 4.8 per cent.
At E27.98 per share, Prisa is paying a premium of 5.6 per cent to Sogecable’s closing market price but nearly a quarter less than the 37 euros per share it paid for a 20 per cent stake in November 2005.
“Prisa’s intention is for Sogecable to be at the core of its audiovisual activities,” the firm said in a statement. Market rumour has pointed to Prisa hiving off Sogecable’s pay-TV division Digital Plus and keeping its free-to-air TV channel Cuatro, which has been gaining market share.
A legal battle over broadcasting rights for Spanish soccer games with unlisted TV firm Mediapro has bruised Sogecable’s shares over the latter half of this year, and Prisa has taken advantage of that to build up its stake.

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12-20-2012, 08:57 AM
Sogecable losses 10,000 subscribers in football war

From David Del Valle in Madrid

The dispute over football TV rights between Sogecable and Mediapro has led the largest pay-TV group to lose 10,000 subscribers in the third quarter of the year. Nonetheless this was a net of 40,000 more than a year ago reaching a total of 2.046 million. The company is also seeing a drop in the ARPU, from E 45.7 as of June 30 to E41.4 by the end of September, although in line with the ARPU in the third quarter of the previous year.
Nevertheless, Sogecable has managed to return to profit with a net benefit of E50.3 million in the first nine months of the year, compared to a E25.9 million loss for the same period in 2006. Sogecable’s digital DTH platform Digital+ churn was slightly up at 11 per cent on September 30, compared to 11.7 a year ago.
Sogecable announced that the advertising revenue rose 34 per cent in the third quarter to E51.5 million helped by rising audiences at its free-to-view channel Cuatro which raked in a 39 per cent rise in advertising revenue to E46.2 million.
The pay-TV group plans to launch, along with Telefonica, its Trio Plus package from the 1st of December, offering the triple play in an attempt to boost subscriptions and increase its penetration rate in the market.

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12-20-2012, 09:00 AM
32 candidates for 13 mobile TV frequencies

From Sotires Eleftheriou in Paris

The French broadcasting regulator CSA received 32 candidates for the 13 mobile TV DVB-H frequencies by the closing time for applications. Many of the proposals come from existing channels broadcast on traditional platforms (DTT, cable, satellite, IPTV). In addition there were some created specifically for the mobile platform; whether mobile phone or pocket TV. Under the rules no candidate can be attributed more than three frequencies.
Among the candidates from the major broadcasting groups were TF1 with three channels (TF1, LCI, Eurosport), Canal+ also with three channels (Canal+, i-Tele, Infosport) and M6 with three channels (M6, W9 and Teva). The new broadcasters who have come into the sector with the launch of DTT were also present: Bolloré (Direct 8 Mobile), Lagardere Active with six projects (Elle TMP, Canal JMP, Gulli, Virgin 17, MTP1 and MCM Top), NRJ (with NRJ 12), Groupe AB (with NT1 Remix) and NextRadioTV with three projects (BFM TV News, Business 24/7 and RMC sport).
Orange one of the main MNOs also filed an application as a content provider with O’TV and Orange Sport TV, the latter channel already being present on its mobile network. The press was also present: L’Equipe with its L’Equipe TV sports channel, while the financial daily Les Echos and the horseracing channel Equidia joined forces in a project called E3TV. Alain Weill, who is buying the financial daily La Tribune, has a project called Business 24/7.

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12-20-2012, 09:02 AM
Canal Plus: TV channels should finance mobile TV

Television channels, and not mobile phone operators, should finance the distribution of programming on mobile phones, according to Canal Plus head Bertrand Meheut.
'TV channels should pay for the network as they already do for traditional television,’ Meheut told the Les Echos. ‘If mobile phone operators pay for the network, they will demand in exchange a substantial part of the payment made by the customer. Certain TV channels are susceptible to the siren calls of the mobile phone operators because they don’t want to pay, but they should be well aware of the risks.’

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12-20-2012, 09:04 AM
Canal Plus: TV channels should finance mobile TV

Television channels, and not mobile phone operators, should finance the distribution of programming on mobile phones, according to Canal Plus head Bertrand Meheut.
'TV channels should pay for the network as they already do for traditional television,’ Meheut told the Les Echos. ‘If mobile phone operators pay for the network, they will demand in exchange a substantial part of the payment made by the customer. Certain TV channels are susceptible to the siren calls of the mobile phone operators because they don’t want to pay, but they should be well aware of the risks.’

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12-20-2012, 09:05 AM
Vast majority of sets to be smart TVs by 2016 says Gartner

Joseph O'Halloran | 20-12-2012

In a highly competitive TV set market, gaining an edge will be a hugely difficult task and connecting TVs to multiple platforms will likely be the only way for TV manufacturers to differentiate says research firm Gartner.
Indeed in its analysis of the growth of connected TV, the leading analyst predicts that by 2016 nearly 85% of all flat-panel TVs produced will be smart TVs, with worldwide unit production of flat-panel smart TVs growing from 69 million in 2012 to 198 million in 2016. Worldwide unit production of smart TVs in 2013 is expected to reach 108 million
Yet Gartner cautions that connectivity alone will not spur demand in the market: it notes that sustaining sales and maintaining or growing market share is difficult when demand has slowed during the global economic downturn and the commensurate decline in consumer confidence levels. It adds that manufacturers must recognise the need to offer some compelling reasons for consumers to choose their brand over a competitor's, so the extra functionality offered by smart TVs becomes the product differentiator.
"In the end, the choice may be all about the extra content that one TV brand offers over another. Consumers will be asking questions such as, which Internet TV services can the TV access? Are these the sites I think are valuable? Can I use my smartphone or tablet with this TV?" commented Paul O’Donovan, principal research analyst at Gartner.
"With connectivity to smartphones and tablets comes the ability to pull content from the Internet on one device and push that content to the TV. For those TV manufacturers that also make smartphones and tablets, the marketing advantage of the smart TV makes educating the consumer a lot easier."

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12-20-2012, 09:06 AM
France: mobile TV model conflict

French media companies, including Lagardere, Bollore, NRJ, and BFM, want to offer free mobile TV channels, while MNOs plan to charge a monthly subscription of E5 to E15, reports Les Echos.
Under the broadcasters’ plans, at least some mobile TV channels will be free to air. Using the same model as for DTT, customers would buy equipment that would later allow them to watch channels in unlimited mode, free of charge. Manufacturer Sony is pushing for the freeview model. Most broadcasters want a system with both free and pay channels.
Bollore said it wants a “large proportion” of mobile TV channels to be free. France Televisions “favours a free model in principle”, Sony wants it to be predominant. Bouygues Telecom, a sister company of broadcaster TF1, is staunchly in the pay TV camp. Orange warns that anything other than pay mobile TV would jeopardise investment. French media regulator CSA is due to launch a tender in October. The body said that the majority of respondents to a consultation want at least a part pay system.

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12-20-2012, 09:08 AM
ARRIS acquires Motorola STB business

Editor | 20-12-2012

Broadband media technology specialist ARRIS Group and Google have confirmed that ARRIS and Motorola Mobility, a Google subsidiary, have entered into a definitive agreement under which ARRIS will acquire the Motorola Home business from Motorola Mobility, for $2.35 billion in a cash-and-stock transaction approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
Motorola Mobility’s Home business delivers the smart, simple connected home, which is driving the evolution of TV. The company is a global IP business that is pioneering advancements in the cloud, the network, and the home to enable the desired IP Connected Home and future service provider revenue streams. Its end-to-end platform includes advanced software and network technology, services and systems integration, content security, managed home solutions, and next-gen home devices that deliver rich user experiences.
ARRIS beat off interest from Pace and Technicolor and private equity concerns. Google August 2012 hired Barclays Plc to seek buyers for the unit, which has been losing market share to players such as Pace. Motorola tried unsuccessfully to sell the business in 2009 for $4.5 billion. The emergence since then of devices such as Apple TV and Roku was widely expected to drive the price tag lower.
The acquisition will be on a cash-free, debt-free basis and is expected to be significantly accretive to ARRIS’ Non-GAAP earnings starting in the first full year after closing.
Under the terms of the agreement, upon closing of the transaction, Google will receive $2.05 billion in cash and approximately $300 million in newly issued ARRIS shares, subject to certain adjustments provided for in the agreement, representing an approximately 15.7 per cent ownership interest in ARRIS post-closing.
ARRIS says that acquiring Motorola Home will enhance its ability to provide next-generation consumer video products and services, supporting a more comprehensive product offering while also accelerating its ability to deliver a comprehensive set of industry-leading new products for broadband to a wide spectrum of customers. The transaction will increase ARRIS’s patent portfolio and provide a licence to a wide array of Motorola Mobility patents.
“This transformational combination of two complementary businesses will create a leading end-to-end provider of today’s video, data, and voice products and tomorrow’s next-generation IP-based broadband products,” said Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS. “Ever-expanding consumer demand for bandwidth will continue to drive growth across cloud and network technologies we provide that enable innovative home entertainment products and services.”
“Acquiring Motorola Home builds on ARRIS’ rich history, creating a global player with significant footprint, revenue and cash flow. It also adds expertise in video and a larger presence in the home to our core strengths in voice and data, ensuring we are even better positioned to capitalise on and manage the evolution toward multi-screen home entertainment. We look forward to working with the Motorola Home team as we integrate their complementary product portfolio and engineering expertise to accelerate best-in-class end-to-end solutions to a broader customer base and increase value for shareholders,” Stanzione continued.
The combined operation will have a global presence with over 500 customers in 70 countries, more than tripling ARRIS pro forma combined revenue to approximately $4.7 billion for the trailing four quarter period ended September 30, 2012. The combined entity will offer a wide array of products and solutions and will have an expanded customer base encompassing the full spectrum of broadband content and service providers.
“Our Home business has been a vibrant part of Motorola Mobility’s portfolio, innovating while delivering strong financial performance,” said Dennis Woodside, Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Mobility, the Google subsidiary that is the parent of Motorola Home. “The industry faces its biggest technology transformation, and together ARRIS and Motorola will be able to accelerate related innovations such as the introduction of the IP Connected Home environments that service providers need and that their consumers crave.”
“We share a similar vision and strategy with ARRIS for the industry’s migration to IP. The combination of our solutions, expert technologists and roadmaps promises to transform how service providers deliver the smart, simple connected home to consumers throughout the world,” said Marwan Fawaz, the Executive Vice President of Motorola Mobility who leads Motorola Home.
Motorola Home is a profitable business that generated revenues of $3.4 billion for the trailing four quarters ended September 30, 2012. The combination is expected to generate approximately $100 – $125 million in annual cost synergies.
The transaction is expected to close by the second quarter of 2013, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions.
The cash portion of the consideration to be received by Google at closing will be funded through debt financing commitments from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Canada.
Evercore Partners is acting as lead financial advisor and Troutman Sanders is acting as lead legal counsel to ARRIS on this transaction. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is also advising ARRIS. Barclays is acting as financial advisor and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is acting as legal counsel to Google on this transaction.

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12-22-2012, 08:34 AM
No downloading ban in the Netherlands


The Dutch Parliament has adopted a motion that prohibits a ban on illegal downloading. Instead, a fee on all electronic devices is levied.

The parliamentary vote means that the Dutch government will not force ISPs to block internet access by private users, such as the French ‘three strikes’ rule (Hadopi). According to the parliament, the issue of illegal downloading would be better addressed by improving and simplifying the provision of legal content.


Parliament also voted to introduce a so-called ‘private copy fee’ on all electronic devices sold, including laptops, PCs, smart phones, hard drives, PVRs.
Various stakeholders have long pushed for a fee on electronic devices in addition to the one already charged for blank media such as tapes, writable CDs and DVDs.


But a number of companies, including Acer, HP and Dell as well as CE manufacturers fear the costs of such a levy will be very high and plan to take the Dutch state to court over the issue.
According to estimates by Dutch right holders, the new levy would initially bring in around €60 million, but a recent study published by PwC said that the Dutch film and music industry has lost no more than €12.1 million in revenue due to illegal copies

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12-22-2012, 08:36 AM
GfK renews German TV ratings contract

Jörn Krieger | 21-12-2012

German market research company GfK will continue to officially measure the audience figures of the country's TV channels.
AGF, the association comprising the TV broadcast groups ARD, ZDF, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, has signed a new contract with the Nuremberg-based institute to compile the official TV ratings until 2018.
The contract is worth around €130 million.
GfK measures the audience figures based on a panel of 5,000 households which are representative of the German population. The data is provided to TV channels, advertising sales companies, media agencies and advertisers daily.
GfK has been measuring TV consumption for AGF since 1985.