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04-11-2010, 08:57
Cyfra+ widens sports offer

The Polish DTH platform Cyfra+ has added a premium sports channel package to its offer.

As of today (November 3), viewers can receive Canal+ Sport, which consists of Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Sport 2 and Canal+ Gol, for a fee of either PLN19.90 (€5.01) or PLN24.90 a month.

For the cheaper option, they have to commit to a 19-month contract, while for the more expensive one they do not have to enter into any agreement.

Anyone opting for the package will also be able to receive Orange Sport for PLN10 a month.

The Canal+ Sport package is available to all Cyfra+ subscribers other than those of its most comprehensive one, who already receive all its sports channels.

The new package will in due course also be offered by cable operators.

04-11-2010, 08:59
Sony launches Arabic producer

Sony Pictures Television is launching an Arabic production company headed by Elements TV founders Ziad Kebbi and Dany Karam.

The company - Sony Pictures Television Arabia - will target 22 Arabic speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa from Morocco to Iraq and will be based in Dubai with offices in Cairo and Beirut.

SPT Arabia will represent Sony's catalog of scripted and non-scripted formats that includes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Dragons' Den, The Dating Game and Plain Jane.

Kebbi and Karam previously founded Elements TV in 2004 that produced local versions of Deal or No Deal, Take It or Leave It and The Celebrity Farm from its offices in Beirut and Dubai.

"The Arabic-speaking countries represent an exciting market for SPT with a growing appetite for high quality, scripted and non-scripted content. With our vast catalogue of library and current formats along with Ziad and Dany, who are two experienced and talented executives, we are now in an even stronger position to grow our production business across this important market," said Kees Abrahams, president, international production, SPT.

04-11-2010, 09:01
HomeTrio does the business for TDC

The repackaging of its Triple Play services as the HomeTrio has helped Denmark’s TDC increase the number of TV RGUs by 6.8%.

In addition to the TDC TV IPTV platform, launched in February 2007, the Danish telco also runs the YouSee cablenet. TDC TV more than doubled its subscribers to 116,000 at the end of September. The YouSee Clear and YouSee Plus packages also piled on the RGUs, ending the period with 1,180,000 and 155,000 respectively.

At the same time, TDC has seen its lowest domestic copper line loss in more than two years. The 32,000 quarterly decline was the lowest since Q1 2008 and follows a period of active churn management and new price plans.

04-11-2010, 09:02
TRT HD in Digiturk

Turkish public television TRT came to pay Digiturk satellite TV with its programs in high definition televisions (HDTV), high-definition TRT. The station is being broadcast from the satellite Eutelsat W3A (7 ° E).

High-definition TV station TRT broadcasts programs produced in native HD format. So far, this program was broadcast only on the Turkish telecommunication satellite Turksat 3A (42 ° E), which can also take in Central Europe.

Technical parameters:

* Eutelsat W3A (7 ° E) freq 10.845 GHz, pol H SR 30000 FEC 5 / 6, DVB-S2/QPSK

TRT HD signal at 7 ° E is the encryption system, Irdeto 2 and Cryptoworks

Digiturk offers a wide range of programs in high definition (HDTV) distributed on three DVB-S2 transponders. Paid service provider broadcasts including Fox Sports Turkey HD HD Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo HD, Lig TV HD, Lig TV HD Tucari, TRT HD DiziMax HD DiziMax More HD MovieMax star HD MovieMax Premier HD, Eurosport HD , Sportmax HD and HD Penthouse.

Services Digiturk uses 2.3 million subscribers.

04-11-2010, 09:03
Discovery to launch TLC in more territories, seeks new acquisitions

Factual channel operator Discovery Communications is launching the TLC channel in Sweden, Denmark and Romania next year.

This comes as chief executive David Zaslav announced Discovery was looking to acquire companies outside of the US.

Discovery previously announced that it would launch female skewing channel TLC in Russia at the start of 2011 as it looks to have the network in 75 countries by the end of next year, reaching 100 million households.

"We're looking ahead to Romania in January, Sweden in February and Denmark in the second quarter," said chief operating officer Peter Liguori. "We're aggressively looking to grow distribution by fourth quarter of 2011."

The news comes as Discovery Communications announced an increase in its third quarter revenues by 11% to US$926 million (€663 million). The company saw revenues at its international networks, which include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and ID, grow from US$276 million to US$304million over the year.

Chief executive David Zaslav told analysts on its third quarter financial conference call that it was eyeing international acquisitions.

"The first place that we look is outside the US. Because we’re so strong in Latin America and Asia and India, throughout Europe, because we have real operating teams all around the world, we think we have a really unique advantage because we would have some synergy if can make the right kind of acquisition," he said. "I was just in Europe two weeks ago. I’m going again to Europe for a week next week. And those are opportunities, if we could find some assets that we think can help us grow faster."

04-11-2010, 09:04
La Sexta launches new channels

Spanish free-to-air broadcaster La Sexta has launched a pair of new channels and overhauled the programming line-up at its existing second channel La Sexta 2.

The Mediapro-backed broadcaster has launched La Sexta 3, a classic scripted series and movies channel and La Sexta HD, a high-definition version of its main channel.

La Sexta 2 will be redesigned to fit into the bouquet of channels by specialising in reality content with some news, current affairs and documentary programming.

The mornings and early afternoons slots on La Sexta 3, meanwhile, will be exclusively programmed with soaps and drama.

“With the design of all of the channels, we are entering a second phase of the history of the network offering viewers a ample range of TV content which targets a wide cross-section of the audience, but keeping true to the our defining traits which have made laSexta entertaining yet innovative and committed”, said LaSexta managing director José Miguel Contreras.

Analysts continue to speculate that there will be more consolidation in the Spanish TV market and that La Sexta will start to work more closely with Planeta-backed Antena 3. Mediaset-backed broadcaster Telecinco recently won approval to acquire its smaller counterpart Cuatro from struggling media group Prisa.

04-11-2010, 09:05
YouSee and TDC TV boost Danish telco’s numbers

Danish cable operator YouSee, owned by telco TDC, saw its YouSee Plus digital pay TV service grow by 17.4% year-on-year to 155,000 subscribers at the end of September, while its YouSee Clear basic offer had 1.18 million customers, up by 2.6% year-on-year.

TDC also had 116,000 IPTV subscribers, up 50.6%. The telco had a total 1.451 million TV customers at the end of September, up 6.8% year-on-year. Triple-play subscribers numbered 108,000, up 66.2%, while dual-play customers grew 56.5% to 288,000.

TV, together with mobile broadband, was the chief contributor to a 70,000 year-on-year growth in RGUs for the Danish telco, taking its total to 8.8 million. TDC Group revenue grew for the first nine months grew by 0.2% to DKK19.6 billion (€2.6 billion), while EBITDA grew by 2.4% to DKK8 billion.

04-11-2010, 09:07
Italian TV market expected to return to growth

The Italian TV market is expected to grow by 3.4% to €9.2 billion by 2012 on the back of an advertising recovery and pay TV growth, according to a study by ITMedia Consultancy.

The consultancy’s report, to be published next week, comes after Italy saw an 11% drop in its TV advertising business in 2009.

The consultancy expects that TV advertising will grow by 2.8% a year to €4.2 billion, with pay TV revenues growing by 5.6% a year to €3.3 billion, boosted by digital-terrestrial and IP-based offerings.

04-11-2010, 09:08
Irish DTT gets off the ground

Ireland has now officially launched its digital-terrestrial TV platform, giving access to DTT services to about 90% of the country’s population.

The digital platform currently offers simulcasts of public channels RTÉ One and RTÉ Two, commercial channel TV3 and Irish-language channel TG4. Saorview, the Irish version of the UK’s Freeview, will be launched next year ahead of a planned digital switchover at the end of 2012.

04-11-2010, 09:09
SMiT secures major Ukrainian client

The leading official CAM manufacturer SMiT has begun supplying its Conax CI Plus Chipset Pairing CAM (Secure Plus CAM) to Volia, the largest cable operator in Ukraine.

Secure Plus CAM is fully compliant with the CI Plus Specification V 1.2 standard, specified by the CI Plus Forum, and fully certified by Conax.

Commenting on the development, SMiT VP Stephen He said: “SMiT is honored to supply Volia this highly secure solution. Implementing Secure Plus CAM enables operators to be better protected from piracy and illegal access to their content. It also enables operators to increase their subscriber number by enabling end-users who already own an iDTV to access their content. End-users ultimately receive a more enjoyable experience due to the lack of remote controls and cables that the user-friendly combination of iDTV & CAM brings. This successful solution has the ability to benefit all players in the eco-system. SMiT will continue to lead the development of more and more CI Plus CAMs in different markets.”

Sergey Boyko, Volia’s president and chairman of the management board, added: “Volia today is a leader in digital TV technologies implementation in Ukraine. Viola once again proves that they are a trendsetter. We aim to provide maximum convenience for our clients and the highest quality of service. In our opinion, using CAMs for iDTVs fully meets these goals. Additionally, migration to CI Plus standard provides extra protection of the content and, as a result, the company’s revenues. Additional features of this standard will allow Volia to broaden and enhance our service offerings to subscribers owning iDTVs.”

04-11-2010, 09:10
SMiT supplies CI Plus CAMs to Volia

Conditional access module (CAM) manufacturer SMiT has begun supplying Conax CI Plus chipset pairing CAMs to Ukrainian cable operator Volia.

SMiT’s Secure Plus CAM, which is compliant with the CI Plus version 1.2 specification, has been approved by Volia, enabling users to subscribe to its services, including HDTV, via integrated digital TVs without the need for a set-top box.

04-11-2010, 09:10
Tele Columbus rebrands Cottbus network

German cable operator Tele Columbus has changed the name of its subsidiary in the city of Cottbus from AVC Communication Systems to Tele Columbus Cottbus.

The branding change is timed to coincide with the eastern German city’s film festival, which Tele Columbus sponsors. The operator has about 14,000 subscribers in Cottbus.

04-11-2010, 09:11
Cable Onda launches VOD together with DVD

The Panamenian operator Cable Onda became the first operator in such country in offering the realese of a VOD movie jointly with its DVD launching. It is about a Warner Bros movie, "Sex and the City 2", the movie version of the TV series. Habitually, VOD releases must wait a couple of months to be seen, after their relases in movie theaters and DVD sale or rent.

The strategy applied by Warner is called "Day and Date" and started to be utilized in the United States in 2006 and 2007, through Comcast and Time Warner Cable operators in some localities. After several trials, Warner confirmed that the simultaneous launching not only did not affect DVD renting negatively, but also increased it. The initiative proposes clients who downloaded a movie to buy it only at some additional cost.

The proposal is staring to form part of Latin American operators' VOD offers. Cable Onda joined Cablevisión Mexico, VTR Chile and UNE-EPM Colombia, who have already carried out Warner's "Day and Date" launching.

On the other hand, a similar strategy was adopted by Universal Pictures, Paramount and Disney, who agreed with the Latin American aggregator and integrator DLA to shorten the release window of content over such platform on the same day of its DVD release, in some cases, and up to 30 days later in others. DLA offers its VOD service to 24 Latin American operators.

04-11-2010, 09:12
Latest: Al-Baghdadiya closure

Iraq's media licensing commission said on Tuesday that it closed down the privately-owned Al-Baghdadiya television channel because it had turned into "a mouthpiece for terrorists."

The Egypt-based channel, whose programming focused heavily on Iraq, was closed because it had aired demands made by Al-Qaeda gunmen during Sunday's hostage drama at a Baghdad church that ended with 46 hostages killed, the commission said.

Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission said in a statement: "The closure came after a decision against Al-Baghdadiya for violating the rules and regulations of broadcast media organizations.” It added that the channel had broadcast what it called the 'demands of hostage-takers'," and had "turned into a mouthpiece for terrorists."

Two Al-Baghdadiya staff members were arrested for being in contact with the hostage-takers, but security sources said Tuesday that one had been released.

Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders condemned the closure in a further statement.
"This decision by the authorities was hasty and disproportionate," it said. "Before closing this TV station, there should have been an impartial investigation to establish to what degree the activities of its journalists influenced the outcome of the hostage-taking."

In telephone contact with Al-Baghdadiya the gunmen had voiced demands that included freeing imprisoned militants in Iraq and Egypt.
Iraqi troops cut the power from the privately-owned channel on Monday, interrupting broadcasts for around 15 minutes. When transmission resumed it appeared to be from outside Iraq.

04-11-2010, 09:14
Broadcasters urged to fight satellite interference

Broadcasters need to do more to fight the problem of satellite interference, an international meeting in Tunis heard yesterday. Speakers told the World Broadcasting Unions International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) that most cases of interference were not deliberate but were caused by human error or mechanical failure.

The WBU-ISOG Chairman, Dick Tauber of CNN, said there were 14 thousand instances of satellite interference a year. This was a serious problem for broadcasters, he said. They could not afford to lose a satellite signal because “that’s their life blood”.

Jonathan Higgins of BeaconSeek, a consultancy firm specialising in the use of satellite technology, said a major problem was that operators of satellite news gathering terminals (SNGs) often lacked adequate training. “Broadcasters need to do more about training their own people,” he said. “We need to get our own house in order.” He said it was illogical that SNG operators did not require any qualification or certification.

The President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union, Riyadh Najm, agreed. He said the time had perhaps come when these operators needed some kind of qualification.

The meeting heard that in addition to training, the installation of carrier identification devices in SNG units could help reduce the interference problem.

04-11-2010, 09:14
Arab satellite channels keep increasing

The number of satellite channels in the Arab region has now reached 733, an international meeting in Tunis heard yesterday. The President of the Arab States Broadcasting Union, Riyadh Najm, said 609 of the channels were private and 124 public. A total of 142 were pay-TV and 591 free-to-air, he told a meeting of the World Broadcasting Unions International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG). This was in addition to the foreign satellite channels available in the Arab region, he said.

Most satellite channels in the Arab region operated from free-zone media centres in Dubai, Egypt, and Jordan, with no published governance for their operation. Dr Najm said the growth in satellite channels meant viewers were spoiled for choice, but the content of many of the channels was not acceptable, morally or socially. An attempt had been made to agree on a pan-Arab content code for satellite channels, he said, but it had finally been agreed to treat this as voluntary guidelines.

More than 80 people are attending the WBU-ISOG meeting, which brings together broadcasters, satellite operators and broadcast service providers. The meeting, held at least once a year, is organised by the world’s regional broadcasting unions.

04-11-2010, 09:16
Australia VOD at DVD window

Foxtel and Hybrid Television Services have both reached landmark agreements with a number of Hollywood studios to start bringing forward movie release dates in line with DVD releases in Australia. Commencing immediately, selected titles on Foxtel’s existing pay-per-view movie service, and Hybrid Television Services’ Caspa On Demand service, will be released within the DVD window time-frame.

Foxtel and Hybrid Television Services have signed pay-per-view deals with all major Hollywood studios – including Twentieth Century FOX, Universal Studios, Disney, MGM, Paramount, Roadshow, SONY and Warner Bros – along with a range of independent movie distributors. Universal Studios has agreed to make all November and December movie titles available at the same time as DVD release.

04-11-2010, 09:17
Turkey renews YouTube ban

A Turkish court has reinstated a 30-month ban on YouTube days after it was removed, as a dispute continued over the video-sharing website’s refusal to remove content deemed illegal in the EU candidate country.

Access has been blocked by the Turkish government since May 2008 after users posted videos Turkey says are insulting to the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. A court in Ankara had lifted the ban, after a German-based firm at the request of Turkish authorities removed the videos by using an automated copyright system designed by Google to protect copyrighted material. YouTube later said it had reinstated the videos, arguing such videos did not violate users’ copyright.

Now a separate court in Ankara has ruled that the ban should be reinstated — this time over a secretly taped video purportedly showing a politician in a bedroom with an aide.

04-11-2010, 09:17
Time Warner picks up

Time Warner reported higher third quarter revenue, driven by strength in its networks segment, but net income fell as the company bought back some of its debt. Net income was $522 million down from $662 million. Adjusted operating income rose 5 per cent to $1.4 billion. Revenues rose 2 per cent to $6.4 billion.

“Our strategy of focusing on high-quality branded content continues to pay off. Our networks businesses delivered robust growth in advertising and subscription revenues in the quarter,” said Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner.

At Time Warner’s networks group, which includes Turner and HBO, operating income rose 23 per cent to $1.14 billion from $924 million as revenues rose 9 per cent to $3 billion from $2.76 billion. Ad revenues rose10 per cent and subscription revenues grew 9 per cent. Programming costs increased 5 per cent due largely to higher original programming expenses, the company said.

04-11-2010, 09:18
ITV says ad rules mean it makes rubbish

ITV could invest more in arts, factual programming and drama were it not for regulations, its managers has told a Lords committee. Archie Norman, new chairman of the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, and Adam Crozier, chief executive, told the communications committee that ITV had been driven into a “ratings rat race” by regulations, particularly the contract rights renewal measure that limits the increases in ad rates ITV can make when its audience goes down.

The mechanism was put in place when the last independent ITV companies merged into a national service and ITV estimates the measure has cost it £262 million (E296m) since then.

Crozier attributed a “remarkable lack of diversity” on the ITV1 schedule to the need to drive ratings, the only way to counteract the effects of the measure. It had led ITV to chase “higher-rating programmes, things like soaps and what have you”, said Crozier. Norman said it led to “lowest common denominator” shows.

Observers were surprised the new management regime at ITV should chose to campaign for removal of the scheme by rubbishing the quality of its own programmes.

The prospects for a change in regulation are slim. The Competition Commission ruled this year that it was not appropriate to relax controls because of ITV’s ability to draw mass audiences, such as the 15 million-plus who watch live results show of The X Factor.

04-11-2010, 09:20
News notifies EU on Sky bid

Sky has this morning served the formal notice of intent with the European Commission that signals the imminent tabling of a formal bid for the 61 per cent of BSkyB it doesn’t already own. The EC now has 25 days to decide whether further investigation is required on competition grounds.

Meanwhile UK government will have to decide quickly if it wants to refer the bid to Ofcom for investigation on public interest grounds. Given the history of hostility to Rupert Murdoch and News Corp from coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, a referral seems inevitable.

News Corp made a bid approach in June which the independent directors rejected on price but the sides agreed to work together on the regulatory steps necessary to facilitate a takeover if an acceptable offer were made.

Last month a group of media including the Telegraph Media Group, Trinity Mirror, Guardian Media Group, Channel 4, BT and the BBC, joined forces to complain the deal would damge media plurality in the UK.

04-11-2010, 09:20
Virgin’s TiVo with 1TB storage

Virgin Media has revealed first details of its upcoming TiVo-powered HD/3D set top box which will give customers a record breaking 1 TeraByte of PVR storage.

The new HD/3D set top box will launch alongside Virgin Media’s new TiVo-powered next generation connected TV service scheduled for later this year, and will be capable of storing up to 500 hours of content. The company says that when coupled with Virgin Media’s TV on Demand service, the new service will give UK consumers access to over 4,600 hours of TV shows, movies and music videos, including hundreds of hours of HD and 3D entertainment, plus catch up TV from the terrestrial broadcasters, all available instantly.

The box will also feature its own dedicated internal modem able to deliver HD video and other online services without impacting customers’ regular broadband connections. As a result, Virgin Media’s new TiVo-powered service will not only be able to deliver linear TV alongside an instant TV on demand offering but will also be able to support online video in HD straight to customers’ TVs without having to sacrifice other online activities when in use.

04-11-2010, 09:24
Broadcasters don’t get online TV’

Demands by broadcasters to be paid for allowing their online video to be seen through Google’s new TV platform represents a “misunderstanding” of online TV, a Google executive has said.

US networks ABC, NBC and CBS have all blocked full online episodes of their shows from being accessed through Google TV’s Web browser since the product became available last month. Rishi Chandra, Google TV’s lead product manager, likened the broadcasters’ payment demands to a network demanding fees from Microsoft so video would work on its Internet Explorer browser.

Chandra also said that although Google TV would not pay to access online shows, another Google subsidiary, YouTube, could extend its advertising revenue-share model to the living room.

“The way we would pay for content is through a similar mechanism that we pay for content through YouTube,” Chandra said. “This is the difference between Google TV and YouTube. YouTube is a service. Google TV itself is literally just a platform.”

Chandra said it’s up to content providers to decide how much to charge consumers. He said Google TV is meant to supplement the cable and broadcast TV business model by adding Web access. However, the broadcasters and other content owners think appearing via Google might encourage cord cutting.

Chandra added that Google TV is preparing to provide access to Hulu Plus, the $10-per-month online video subscription plan that allows users to access the back episodes of many current TV shows from News Corp’s Fox, NBC Universal and Disney ‘s ABC

04-11-2010, 09:25
Discovery earnings up

Discovery Communications’ earnings jumped in the third quarter, riding a robust advertising market. Net income increased 98 per cent to $186 million, from $94 million a year ago. Net income from continuing operations was up 73 per cent to $161 million. Revenues rose 11 per cent to $926 million in the quarter.

“Our ability to execute, combined with a robust advertising environment, enabled us to deliver third quarter results that exceeded our expectations,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery, in a statement. “We are committed to building the next generation of growth drivers and are producing real returns from additional investments in Animal Planet, ID and our international networks, while launching our joint ventures, The Hub and OWN. We are excited by the opportunities these investments present to further grow our business long-term and generate increased value for shareholders

04-11-2010, 09:26
Revenue rise cheers Eutelsat

Just days after the total loss of its latest satellite, Eutelsat Communications has reported a rise in first quarter revenues of 12.9% to €285.6 million, reflecting growth across the board.

In a statement, chief executive Michel de Rosen said that despite last week’s failure of Eutelsat W3B, the Paris-based operator was standing by its financial objectives both for the current period and 2010 -2013. “Eutelsat once again delivered double-digit revenue growth, reflecting the dynamism of all the Group’s markets, each of which reported a significant rise in sales. These quarterly revenues are in line with our expectations, underpinned by the full effect of the W7 satellite”.

Launched late last year Eutelsat W7 replaced the Seasat 1 satellite and serves Russia, the CIS, Central Asia and Africa, which between them have represented 28.1% channel growth over the last 12 months. Significantly, 60% of new HD channels across the Eutelsat fleet serve Eutelsat’s so-called “Second Continent”.

In all as of September 30, 2010, Eutelsat’s fleet was broadcasting a total of 3,700 television channels, up 11%, from 3,329 last year.

The operator confirmed that following the loss of W3B, Eurobird 16, W2M and Sesat 1 would remain in service at 16 degrees East until the arrival in of W3C in mid-2011.

Eutelsat will also immediately initiate a replacement satellite programme, called W3D, for a planned launch in the first quarter of 2013.

Eutelsat launch schedule
Satellit**********Estimated launch*******Transponders
KA-SAT ********* December 2010 ********* > 80 Ka beams
W3C ********** July 2011************** 53 Ku 3 Ka
Atlantic Bird 7***October – December 2011****** 50 Ku
W6A************** July – September 2012 ******* 40 Ku
W5A************** October – December 2012********48 Ku
Eurobird 2A/ Es’hail***H1 2013 *************** 24 Ku / 14 Ka

04-11-2010, 09:28
BBC One will made the historic shift to high definition this evening, starting with Jason Manford and Alex Jones on The One Show in pin-sharp detail.

The high definition simulcast of BBC One will go live tonight on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

Starting at 7pm, the channel's launch night will feature a series of shows produced in native HD, starting with The One Show and new series Wallace and Gromit: World of Inventions.

Later, BBC One HD will air HD versions of Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers, Jimmy's Food Factory, The Apprentice and Film 2010.

Any programmes not produced in native HD will be still be shown on the channel, but upscaled to the higher picture quality.

Also from tonight, the existing BBC HD channel will move to Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.

"The arrival of the UK's favourite channel in HD - as a second HD channel from the BBC - will increase the range and choice of HD programming we can offer the ever growing HD audience," said Danielle Nagler, the BBC's head of HD & 3D.

"The existing BBC HD channel has been hugely successful. It will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels, to allow all HD viewers to find programming they can enjoy. And it will now have space to accommodate more hours of new HD programmes from the BBC."

The BBC's flagship soap opera EastEnders will commence broadcasting in HD for the first time on Christmas Day.

The corporation hopes that the vast majority of BBC One content will be available in native HD by 2012, including all news and current affairs output.

04-11-2010, 09:29
BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson has slammed last month's hastily agreed BBC licence fee settlement, claiming that the deal leaves the corporation "at the government's mercy".

In a letter published in the new edition of in-house BBC magazine Ariel, Simpson accused the government of an "unprecedented attack against the BBC" after it attempted to impose the £556m cost of paying for free TV licences for over-75s on the corporation.

To avoid the massive financial burden, the BBC agreed to have the TV licence fee frozen at £142.50 for six years up to 2017. It will also assume the cost of funding the BBC World Service, BBC Monitoring and part of S4C's budget from 2015.

The corporation will further have to contribute £300m to the rollout of high speed broadband to rural areas and financially support a range of local TV services.

Simpson, who recently expressed his fears for the BBC's future, said that the settlement will leave the corporation highly vulnerable in negotiations with the government.

He likened the process to the interrogation torture technique of waterboarding, as the BBC will become "so desperate" that it could be tempted to compromise its own independence.

"The government has staged an unprecedented attack against the BBC. The rules were thrown into the rubbish bin, and [BBC director general] Mark Thompson was forced to agree to a deal which puts the BBC's future as an independent public service broadcaster into serious question," Simpson wrote.

"Our income will shrink year-on-year for seven long years, by amounts that are unknown because we can't tell how high inflation will be over that period of time.

"It'll be like waterboarding. As our head is pulled out of the bath, we'll be so desperate that we can't be certain what compromises and deals we might be tempted to make. We will be at the government's mercy."

Speaking today to BBC Radio 5 Live's Victoria Derbyshire, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt defended the "very good" licence fee deal for the BBC, arguing that it will bring "security and stability for the next six years".

Hunt accepted that the "substantial" budget cut of around 16% in real terms will result in a "tough period" for the BBC, but he is confident that the corporation will still be able to deliver quality services.

"The main reason why I think [the settlement] is good is because the thing that worried me most about the BBC when I was in opposition was that when it came to the way it used licence fee payers' money, we had this drip feed of stories about the way the BBC was spending money which we felt was very out of step with the way the public were," he said.

"What we've got here effectively is a 16% cut in the BBC's costs, but the BBC has said that this will primarily be efficiency savings. They are confident that they can continue to deliver the core of what we all love the BBC for within the means that they have at their disposal.

"So we have the best of the BBC, but have addressed many of the concerns that people had about the BBC. So I think it's a very good deal all around."

04-11-2010, 09:31
Channel 4 slammed over environmental doc

BroadcastingA leading American environmentalist has criticised Channel 4 over a forthcoming documentary that allegedly misrepresents his opinions.

Speaking to The Guardian, sustainability consultant Adam Werbach claimed that the producers of What The Green Movement Got Wrong failed to inform him of the documentary's nature before he agreed to contribute.

After seeing the film, Werbach believes that the way his contribution has been portrayed fails to reflect his actual views. He wants the contribution edited out of the programme, or he will consider making a formal complaint to media regulator Ofcom after transmission.

Scheduled to air on Thursday evening, the documentary is claimed to feature a series of environmental advocates who now argue that the green lobby should embrace certain science and technology that it previously opposed, such as nuclear energy and GM Foods.

The programme, created by Darlow Smithson, will be followed on Channel 4 by a live studio debate chaired by Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Werbach claimed that the 90-minute film "misrepresents who is to blame for many of our social and environmental problems".

He said that Darlow Smithson claimed that the documentary would focus on the ideas of Stewart Brand, author of The Whole Earth Catalogue, but the final film turned out to be much different.

"They told me they were doing a documentary about the ideas of Stewart Brand, who is a friend of mine, and looking at other inspiring ideas and new ways to protect the planet," he said.

"They didn't tell me that it was basically about nuclear reactors and genetically modified foods. They first referred to the film as the 'Stewart Brand documentary' and then they called it the 'New Environmentalists'."

He added: "I don't feel the film accurately represents my opinions, which leaves me uncomfortable. I'd rather not be part of it. Being critical of the environmental movement is important to make the environmental movement better. But to attack the environmental movement for thousands or millions of deaths in Africa is far beyond anything I believe.

"I'm upset that I was not told the proper title of this film. I would rather my contribution was edited out of the programme."

A Channel 4 spokesperson denied that Werbach had been misled about the nature of the documentary, or that his opinions have been misrepresented.

"The correspondence with Adam Werbach clearly and accurately describes the basis for the film as the eco-pragmatist thesis of environmentalist Stewart Brand," they said.

"It was made clear that the different titles for the project at the outset were working titles. There was no intention to deceive him, the final title was only chosen and confirmed at the time of billing [two weeks ago]."

Environmental charities Greenpeace and Friends Of The Earth have also attacked What The Green Movement Got Wrong on grounds that it is misleading and could spread misinformation.

In 2008, Ofcom ruled that Channel 4's The Great Global Warming Swindle treated scientific contributors unfairly and was not sufficiently impartial after receiving numerous complaints about the film

04-11-2010, 09:32
Prva Srpska Televizija in Bulsatcom


Prva Srpska Televizija appeared in the Bulgarian offer Bulsatcom satellite platform, replacing the Serbian TV station Fox (Fox Televizija). Offer this platform is available via satellite Hellas Sat 2 (39E). Prva Srpska Televizija is broadcast in 16:9 format and features entertainment, news, movies, serials, etc.. This channel is also available including of Total TV on 16E, Telekom Srbija at 12.5 E.


Hellas Sat 2 (39E)
tp. 20 (12.565 GHz, pol. H, SR 30000, FEC: 7 / 8, DVB-S/QPSK)
Encoding: Deltacom/Griffin/Irdeto2

Fox Televizija officially unveiled its new name of your station Prva Srpska Televizija on Monday, 20 September 2010 were informed about the upcoming change in the upper right corner of the station.

Website: h**p://www.prva.rs

04-11-2010, 09:34
2E: TRT Anadolu started broadcasting

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Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) has announced the launch of a new free-to-air program on TRT-5 Anadolu. The station is distributed through a Turkish telecommunications satellite Turksat 3A (42°E).

TRT5 Anadolu brings TV series, dramas, music shows (mostly folk music) and TRT news archives and other programs of local, regional television stations.

Association of local and regional television stations will be the largest supplier of programs to TRT5 Anadolu.

Technical parameters:
Turksat 3A (42°E) freq 12.694 GHz, pol V, SR 3333, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA
Turksat 3A (42°E) freq 12.729 GHz, pol H, SR 30000 FEC 5/6, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

04-11-2010, 09:35
Cable issue BSkyB intervention notice

November 4,

Ofcom has been order to investigate proposals by News Corp to take full control of BSkyB on grounds of media plurality. The Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, has issued an intervention notice under Section 67 of the Enterprise Act 2002 that requires the regulator to summit its report by December 31.

The European Commission, which was yesterday formally notified by BSkyB of its intention to proceed with the £7.8 billion (€9.41 billion) bid for the 61% of the satcaster is does not already own, is expected to announce its own decision by December 8.
“On the basis of the information and submissions available to me, I have decided that it is appropriate to issue an intervention notice in this particular case,” said Cable.

“The independent experts at Ofcom will now investigate and report to me on the media plurality issues that may arise from this proposed acquisition.”

A further announcement will be made once Cable has considered Ofcom’s report that could lead to a referral to the Competition Commission.

Last month, the BBC, Channel 4, BT, The Guardian, Trinity Mirror, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph wrote to the business secretary urging him to refer the matter to Ofcom with the purpose of scrutinising the public interest aspects of the deal, which the signatories say could have “far reaching consequences for media plurality”.

04-11-2010, 09:36
Liberty back in the black

November 4,

Liberty Global has bounced back into profit, its net income of $278.5 million (€198.4 million), equivalent to $0.99 per diluted share, in the third quarter being in sharp contrast to the net loss of $120.3 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, it posted in the same period last year.
Growth was in many ways driven by UPC Broadband’s operations in Western Europe, with their revenues in Q3 amounting to $1,058.2 million, or 39.4% more than a year earlier. However, much of this was down to Germany: year-on-year revenues in the region outside Germany, The Netherlands (themselves down) and Switzerland were 14% down on a year earlier. Those in CEE meanwhile amounted to $269.5 million, or 24.2% less than in Q3 2009.

Revenues for the first nine months of 2010 were nevertheless more positive across the board, with CEE, for instance, being 1.9% higher than a year earlier. Operating cashflow in Q3 in Western Europe and CEE meanwhile amounted to $600.6 million (+42.4%) and $136.2 million (-20.3%) respectively.

Digital cable subscriber growth was strongest in Poland (37,800 added in Q3) and Germany (36,200) in UPC Broadband’s division, along with Belgium, where Telenet gained 51,300 more digital customers.

However, Romania remained a problem, with 9,600 new digital gains offset by a loss of 42,900 analogue subscribers.

Meanwhile in the DTH sector, UPC Direct’s switch to one degree West has yet to start bearing fruit in terms of subscriber numbers.

In the highly competitive Czech Republic, the company lost 11,600 customers, while in Hungary it lost 1,600.

However, the number grew by 2,800 in Slovakia and an even more impressive 10,800 in Romania, where UPC operates Focus Sat.

04-11-2010, 12:28
Pace makes £28.75 million swoop on Latens

November 4,

Pace has purchased the Belfast-based Latens Systems for £28.75 million. Although best known as a pioneer of cardless conditional access, Latens also has its own middleware, and gateway that allows a transition between traditional cable and IP delivery. It also has offices in Hyderabad, India, and Atlanta, United States.

The £28.75 million purchase price includes a deferred payment of £10, payable in 2012, and subject to a number of conditions being met.
Latens was formed in 2002 by a clutch of former Tandberg employees including CEO Jeremy Thorp and CTO Jason Rogers. Thorp had been group managing director at NTL, where he was responsible for the design and rollout of interactive cable systems and was later CTO at Tandberg Television. Rogers, who was involved in the Cambridge interactive trials in the mid 1990s and also worked at NTL had been Tandberg’s head of architecture.

As a software-based CA company, its broadcast-centric technology comes out of the European DVB system, whereas competitors Widevine and Verimatrix are IP-based. The purchase would enable Pace to operate on both sides of the divide.

Pace, currently the number one supplier of set-top boxes, has made a series of recent acquisitions. Most notably the €351 million purchase of US gateway company 2Wire.

It is not unusual for a technology supplier with set-top boxes at its core to want to control conditional access or middleware. It is a practice operated by Motorola and Cisco, though their forerunners General Instrument and Scientific Atlanta, which Pace had looked to erode as it built up its market share in the United States.

04-11-2010, 12:29
Ad market recovery boosts CTC Media

November 4,

The Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media has posted total operating revenues of $125,265,000 (€89,236,000) for the third quarter – a 17% increase on the same period last year.
While its OIBDA was also higher at $44,677,000 (+6%), the company’s net income fell by the same percentage to $24,299,000.

CTC Media has been a beneficiary of the recovery of the Russian advertising market following a difficult 2009. Its Russian ad sales accounted for 94% of total Q3 operating revenues and were up 11% and year-on-year in rouble terms in the quarter.

National advertising was sold out 100% in Q3 (up from 7% in Q3 2009), with average price up 8% year-on-year in rouble terms, Regional ad prices were meanwhile 30% up in rouble terms in Q3.

CTC Media, which lists MTG as a shareholder, operates the CTC, Domashny and DTV television networks in Russia. It also operates Channel 31, the third most watched station in Kazakhstan.

04-11-2010, 12:29
The Russian way

To get an insight into where the TV industry is right now in Central and Eastern Europe – and perhaps more importantly where it may be heading – one need look no further than Russia, the region’s largest market.
Its cable sector, though 3-4 times bigger in terms of subscriber numbers than second placed Poland’s, is like many of its counterparts embarking on a period of consolidation. This year alone has already seen MTS, the majority owner of the second largest operator Comstar, buy Multiregion, the fifth largest, for around $208 million (€148.9 million) including debt.

Akado, the third largest operator, has meanwhile become a takeover target for – amongst others – the national telco holding company Svyazinvest, while ER-Telecom, the fourth largest operator, has just secured the investment group Baring Vostok Capital Partners (BVCP) as a 10% shareholder.

While the leading cable operator National Cable Network (NCN) has not been involved in any major takeover activity this year, chances are it may be in the near future.

Given the restrictions that exist in Russia, we are unlikely to see foreign players move into its cable industry anytime soon. However, sooner rather than later – as indeed elsewhere in the region – we will see that industry reduced to only one or two major players.

We can also expect, though at a later date, consolidation to get under way in the DTH sector. At present developments in Russia closely mirror those elsewhere in CEE, with satellite platforms continuing to spring up on a regular basis. This year alone has seen the launch of Orion Express’s Continent TV and (we believe) Telekarta, and more could well follow in the months to come, with Svyazinvest being a candidate to launch an operation.

Although Russia has made more progress than most countries in the region in rolling out IPTV services, they only account for around 2-3% of the pay-TV market and are unlikely to make a major breakthrough in the near future.

In the case of DTT, it is some way behind the rest of the region, having fixed its ASO date at a still distant 2015. However, it has embraced HD and is showing stronger interest than most other CEE markets in 3D, with the DTH platform NTV-Plus having launched a channel in the format, in partnership with Panasonic, as recently as last month.

Russia is by no means the ‘archetypal’ CEE TV market. The progress it is making nevertheless reflects that of the region as a whole and points to a promising future.

04-11-2010, 12:31
Nilesat facing censorship claims

Egypt is getting tough with some contentious channels and, meanwhile, there’s some highly vocal Arab criticism that ordering channels off Nilesat is directly linked to upcoming presidential elections in Egypt.

‘Not so’, implies Nilesat’s chief engineer Salah Hamza. “We have no formal regulator covering satellite transmission. There is no Ofcom, no FCC, no CSA. We had always hoped that the market, perhaps with a little help from us, would regulate itself,” said Hamza. “[We thought] that a poor channel or a channel with bad ideas would close. It has been said that some channels have powerful and wealthy backers, but I can tell you that the channels we have removed are all profitable channels. They are making very good revenues. Unfortunately some of their material is very naïve.”

He explained that, in the main, the channels were promoting highly profitable “medical” remedies, usually with little or no foundation as to any practical benefit, and frequently based on plant extracts. “They would promote these plant remedies and say they would cure this or that disease or problem, or boost someone’s sexual performance. All our advice is that the claims are quite untrue.” Further adding to the complications is the fact that in some Middle East countries the products being sold are reportedly licensed as medications, but not in others!”

“Then there are other channels which claim to have this or that religious expert on the air, and frequently giving out thoughts and ideas that are plainly wrong. The problem is they are appealing for funds, and seemingly receiving them. We are happy to carry religious channels, from any persuasion, but the people on air must be qualified,” says Hamza.

Hamza said that some channels had received warnings from the countries where the uplink licences had been issued, so were fairly easy to deal with. He added that other channels were exploiting the more vulnerable viewer, with near-gambling elements. “The games were quite stupid, asking viewers to say what number comes between 4 and 6, and saying they could win $10,000 if they got it right, and depending on premium-rate telephone calls to make their returns. Worse, we understand they weren’t even selecting a ‘winner’,” he said.

“We would love to have an Ofcom to put a stop to this stupidity, but we don’t, so we have to take action ourselves. The one channel quickly became two, then three, and more as people realised how easily money could be made. We have not stopped a single channel because of religion but only to stop these quite stupid channels from exploiting viewers. We are aware of our responsibilities in this region. The whole region is conservative, and some parts are extremely conservative, especially those areas that do not have cinemas or theatres. We have a responsibility to ensure that broadcasters remember these sensitivities.”

05-11-2010, 02:56
YouView announces marketing agency lineup

YouView, the BBC-led IPTV joint venture, has today announced the advertising and marketing agency lineup that will support its launch in the first half of next year.

The venture, which aims to upgrade the Freeview and Freesat platforms to support video on-demand and internet services, has appointed Adam & Eve as its advertising agency.

Adam & Eve will handle through-the-line advertising and communications as the YouView partners - the BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, TalkTalk, Arqiva and Channel 5 - attempt to persuade consumers that they can "change the way you watch TV forever".

YouView, which is led by chief executive Richard Halton and chairman Kip Meek, has also hired OMD as its main planning and buying agency, while Momentum will provide specialist retail and experiential marketing.

The three agencies will be tasked with co-ordinating the brand launch and rollout of YouView across all media and channels by the middle of 2011.

"We believe YouView will transform the way people watch TV forever and have assembled a highly talented agency team to help deliver this," said YouView's marketing director Tim Hunt.

"Adam & Eve is one of the most creative and dynamic new agencies in the UK and we are hugely excited about its plans for YouView."

He added: "Similarly, Momentum and OMD have demonstrated real leadership in the sector and have a track record of delivering high impact campaigns.

"With the right people in place, the hard work starts now - we are all now focused on bringing YouView to life for viewers."

According to financial data released last year, YouView - previously known as Project Canvas - will have a £48.4 million marketing budget in its first four years.

05-11-2010, 02:57
BBC apologises to Geldof for aid report

The BBC has apologised to Bob Geldof over a report that suggested millions of pounds raised by his Band Aid charity to fight famine in Ethiopia was actually spent on weapons.

An apology will be broadcast today across BBC One, the BBC News Channel, Radio 4 and World Service to the Irish rock star, who hopes that it will "begin to repair some of the appalling damage done".

It follows a report in March on World Service's Assignment programme which claimed that money raised for Ethiopia's Tigray province was used by rebel forces to purchase weapons.

World Service's Africa editor Martin Plaut presented the story featuring an interview with a former Ethiopian rebel commander, who claimed that in 1985 just 5% of the $100m (£61.7m) raised for famine relief in Tigray actually reached the needy.

After the story was followed up by other BBC outlets, the Band Aid Trust submitted a complaint that the report wrongly implied the majority of money raised went to rebels.

Today, the BBC admitted that Assignment had been guilty of giving a "misleading and unfair impression" that Band Aid cash was diverted for arms sales.

"The programme gave the impression that large amounts of Band Aid and Live Aid money had been diverted," said the broadcaster.

"The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to the Band Aid Trust for this misleading and unfair impression."

An investigation by the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit ruled that Assignment "did not make the allegation that relief aid provided by Band Aid was diverted", but conceded that "this impression could have been taken from the programme".

The BBC also apologised to Band Aid trustee Geldof for suggesting that he declined to be interviewed "because he thought the subject too sensitive to be discussed openly".

In a statement, Geldof welcomed the BBC's apology, but criticised the "unusual lapse in standards by the broadcaster".

"We welcome the BBC's apologies and hope that the public corrections can begin to repair some of the appalling damage done and move forward," he said.

After setting up Band Aid in 1984 with fellow rock star Midge Ure, Geldof brought together a supergroup of music stars to record charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. In 1985 he helped stage the Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia to raise millions of pounds for charity.

05-11-2010, 02:57
Sky Italia profit down sharply on SAC and soccer costs

Sky Italia has reported a sharp decrease in operating profit as programming and subscriber acquisition costs hit its financials. The News Corp-backed Italian pay TV platform reported operating profit of US$82 million (€58 million) for the three months to end-September, a US$46 million decrease on the figure reported in the same quarter last year.

News Corp said that Sky Italia growth was offset by the cost of launching new packages for consumers and costs relating to the soccer World Cup. The pay TV platform added 58,000 subs in the quarter, taking the total to 4.8 million. The rate of net adds was the highest since end-2008.
Meanwhile News Corp reported an overall operating profit of US$1.14 billion for the quarter, compared to US$1.06 billion in the same period a year ago.

05-11-2010, 02:58
Fox HD launching on ‘n’ in Poland

The Fox HD channel is launching in Polish pay TV platform ‘n’ on November 6.

The general entertainment channel shows US-originated TV series and movies and will premier Fox International Channels’ scripted zombie series The Walking Dead among others. The ITI-backed pay TV platform has about 735,000 subscribers

05-11-2010, 02:59
Electric Sofa gives details on trio of UK channel launches

UK company Electric Sofa has fleshed out its plans for the launch of three thematic channels on the BSkyB DTH platform in the UK. It announced in July that it would launch two digital film channels, but few other details were available.

Now some channel name and programming details have emerged. The UK film channel, featuring British and British-funded movies, will be called FilmGB. A second channel will feature contemporary and classic international movies targeting 16-to-34s and a third offering will be general entertainment, with, Electric Sofa said, a mix of acquired, commissioned and in-house produced programming. The names of these two channels are not known. The company has inked a content deal with ITN Productions, which will deliver three half-hour popular culture programmes to the channels per week.

05-11-2010, 02:59
MGM files for bankruptcy

Hollywood Studio MGM has filed for bankruptcy, rejecting takeover approach from mini-major Lionsgate. The company, which produces and distributes movies and TV series as well as operating numerous branded channels around the world, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court yesterday.

It hopes to emerge from bankruptcy within 30 days in a new form, with major creditors exchanging about US$4 billion (€2.8 billion) in debt for major ownership stakes and the company being run by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the founders of Spyglass Entertainment.

They will serve as co-CEOs post restructuring.

In a joint statement they said: "MGM is emerging from one of the most challenging periods of its storied history. We are honoured and inspired at the prospect of leading one of Hollywood's most iconic studios into its next generation of unforgettable filmmaking, global television production and distribution, and aggressively pursuing, developing and exploiting new digital entertainment platforms."

MGM said it had sufficient cash on hand to operate through the Chapter 11 period and that, post restructuring, it hoped to raise US$500 million in financing to fund its operations, including a new slate of TV series and movies.

05-11-2010, 03:00
OTE and Romtelecom boost TV numbers

Greek telco OTE, which is jointly owned by Deutsche Telekom and the Greek government, has reported 40,478 IPTV subscribers for the third quarter, up 306.7% year-on-year.
OTE’s Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom had 1,003,182 combined IPTV and DTH TV customers at the end of the period, up 20.7% year-on-year. Romtelecom had 20,900 triple-play customers at the end of period.

05-11-2010, 03:01
Western Europe boosts Liberty revenue and cash flow

Strong revenue growth in western Europe helped boost cable group Liberty Global’s third-quarter performance, with the group posting revenues of US$2.25 billion (€1.6 billion), representing rebased growth of 6% year-on-year.

Liberty Global’s operating cash flow was also boosted especially by the acquisition of German operator Unitymedia. The group had cash flow of US$1.08 billion for the quarter, representing growth of 8%.

The cable operator added 167,000 organic net revenue-generating units in the quarter, ending September with 27.5 million RGUs. This comprised 16.8 million TV subscribers (including 6.5 million digital cable subscribers), 6.2 million broadband subscribers and 4.5 million telephony subscribers. For the third quarter, the company added 147,000 broadband and 110,000 telephony subs but lost 90,000 TV subscribers through analogue attrition (although it added 254,000 digital TV customers in the same period).

Liberty said that 35% of its 17.7 million customers took more than one service at the end of the period, with triple-play penetration growing by 46% year-on-year. The operator added 200,000 HD customers in the period, and HD DVR penetration now stands at about 40% of its digital base.

05-11-2010, 03:02
Samsung extends Yahoo! partnership to new countries

Samsung has announced that it will sell Yahoo! connected TV sets in 26 more countries in Europe, taking to 39 the number of countries where Samsung TVs with Yahoo! widgets are available.

The pair initially struck an agreement in January last year. Samsung’s Internet @TV service will now feature a new full-screen Yahoo! user interface.

In addition to Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and LG also make TVs with Yahoo! software embedded.

05-11-2010, 03:02
Argentine companies join to offer DTT transmitters

The Argentine companies Liecom, Edinec and Ditel are holding negotiations with INVAP, the company in charge of developing DTT in such country, with the purpose of providing it jointly with 20 1KW transmitters. "We have already moved forward in our conversations and we hope the project is defined over the course of this month", Tomás Fulgueira, representative of Liecom's Commercial and Project Department, told NexTV Latam. If the proposal is passed, devices will be installed in five locations of Buenos Aires province, thus joining the already inaugurated in that area.

"They are medium power devices and they will complement what has already been done", Fulgueira pointed out. "If the project is carried out, they should be installed between March and April 2011". So far, the Argentine Government has chosen Harris and Nec for the supply of digital TV transmitters. Sites in La Plata, Cañuelas, Baradero and Campana, in Buenos Aires province, and in Resistencia, Chaco province, have been inaugurated recently.

Liecom designs, manufactures, commercializes and installs transmitters and radio broadcasting stations under modulated frequency, TV broadcasting and VHF, UHF and MMDS paid complementary services. According to Fulgueira, in Chaco province, the company has recently installed a 20-transmitter system with six channels in each of them for the UHF operator Cablevisión, from the locality of Roque Saenz Peña.

Liecom, Edinec and Ditel are located in Córdoba province. The quality of transmitters is homologated by the Argentine National Communications Commission. The Government's digital TV project includes the installation of 46 broadcasting towers in its first stage to be concluded in June 2011.

05-11-2010, 03:03
América Móvil is the main Pay-TV operador in Latin America

As of 1Q2010 closing, América Móvil recorded 9,4 million Pay-TV subscribers in Latin America, thus keeping leadership as the main operator in the region. The company's report does not disclose the number of subscribers in the different countries where it operates. The final figure does not include clients of DTH Dish Mexico, which holds a commercial alliance with Telmex, incumbent telecommunications operator in the country. Out of the total number of subscribers, the Brazilian operator Net, which closed September with 4,06 million users, records the highest number of clients.

In Brazil, Net is owned by Embratel (América Móvil's subsidiary in such country) and Globo Group. Additionally, according to market statistics as of 2Q2010, the company owns Vía Embratel, DTH that records 656,000 subscribers. According to information released by the Colombian National TV Commission, in Colombia, the company recorded 1,72 million subscribers in August. In Chile, 271,000 DTH subscribers and 60,000 cable clients were recorded. Such results were recorded in June and were released by the Sub Secretary of Telecommunications of such country.

In Peru, according to the Peruvian regulator Osipel, as of 2Q2010, its Pay-TV unit recorded 137,000 clients; whereas in Peru, according to information disclosed by the Superintendence of Telecommunications, 11,000 subscribers were recorded as of September closing. In Central America, there is no official information about the number of subscribers. In such region, the company operates in Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

The second operator in terms of subscriber number is DirecTV, which as of 2Q2010 closing, reached 7,67 million subscribers in Latin America. Telmex Mexico renders logistic and commercial services to DTH Dish in addition to sharing the billing system.

05-11-2010, 03:04
Eurosport 2 extends Czech and Slovak reach

November 4,

The leading Czech and Slovak pre-pay DTH platforms Skylink and CS Link have added the Czech language version of Eurosport 2 to their offers.
The channel will be distributed together with Eurosport on both platforms in the two countries, while Skylink has carried Eurosport HD since October 2008.

Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport HD will all also be distributed by the soon-to-be-launched T-Mobile DTH platform in the Czech Republic.

With the addition of Eurosport 2 to Skylink and CS Link, both Eurosport and Eurosport 2 are now carried by all DTH platforms in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

05-11-2010, 03:05
Unitymedia shines in Germany
November 4,

Unitymedia is fast emerging as the darling of Liberty Global’s operations in Western Europe. Under the management of the soon to retire Gene Musselman, MD, European broadband operations, the German cablenet increased its RGUs (Revenue Generating Units) by 6% year-on-year to reach 5.952 as of September 30, 2010.
Total revenue was up 8% to €235 million during Q3 2010 and 5% to €693 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2010, with blended ARPU per customer increasing 9% to €15.17 per customer in Q3. Adjusted EBITDA increased 15% to €136 million during Q3 2010 and 11% to €385 million during the first nine months of 2010

80,000 RGUs were added in the third quarter alone, compared to 76,000 in the corresponding period in 2009. The Unity3play bundle championed by Musselman’s predecessor Palm Sandhu continues to be a significant driver for the digital TV, broadband and telephony combination.

The bundling has helped push up the sales of so-called advanced services and were responsible for 75% of internet additions achieved during the quarter. 95% of new internet subscribers also opted for the telephony service.

Unitymedia’s TV subscribers now stand at 4.5 million, comprising 3.008 million analogue (45,000 down from Q3 2009) and 1.492 million digital homes (a 37,000 increase). As a whole TV subscribers have declined by 1% over the last 12 months, a combination of the competitive environment and price increases by the operator.

05-11-2010, 03:05
Surf’s up for MEO, and so are the numbers

November 4, 2010

Portugal Telecom’s MEO IPTV service continues to perform in one of the most competitive markets in Southern Europe. Its revamp of its user interface being promoted by a commercial in 3D, itself timed to coincide with the operator’s 3D coverage of the world surfing circuit.
The result has been an IPTV service, which as telcos around Europe are increasingly finding, is starting to put an end to the erosion of fixed line telephony services.

Net additions for the first nine months of the year were 188,000, bringing the total number of pay-TV customers to 769,000, a figure equivalent to 79.8% of the fixed broadband customer base. 67,000 net additions came in during the third quarter. Pay-TV customer penetration stands at 29.7% of traffic generating

05-11-2010, 03:06
Fox HD boost Polish coverage

November 4, 2010

The Polish DTH platform n will add Fox HD to its offer this coming Saturday (November 6).
The move will confirm n as the leading provider of HD channels in the Polish market, with the current number (19) set to rise even further later this month.

TVN-backed n is one of five DTH platforms currently operating in Poland and had 739,000 active subscribers as of September 30, with the number expected to reach 800,000 by the end of this year.

TNK, its pre-pay sister service, meanwhile had an active customer base of 279,000 as of the end

05-11-2010, 03:07
Q3 growth at Com Hem

Published: November 4,

Com Hem increased third quarter revenues by 7%, bringing the Swedish cable operator SEK 1,083 million (€116.77 million), as a 14% rise to EBITDA to SEK 490 million.
At the heart of the growth has been a 12% rise in the number of digital television subscriptions, which now stand at 609,900 out of a total customer base of 1.76 million.

Broadband customers in the same period increased by 4% to 536, 900and telephony customers by 8% to 364,900, fiving the operator a total of 837,100 subscribing customers in the competitive Swedish market.

05-11-2010, 03:08
TV silver lining for Magyar Telekom
Published: November 4,

Magyar Telekom’s Hungarian DTH subscriber total almost doubled in the 12 months to September 30 this year, rising by 94.9% from 121,563 to 236,901.
Its IPTV operation performed almost as well, with 102,518 subscriber figure at the end of Q3 being 92.8% up on a year earlier.

Although the telco continued to lose cable customers – the 385,884 total at the end of Q3 was 5.7% down year-on-year – overall the number of TV customers rose by 24.2% to 725,303. However, blended TV ARPU in Q3 was, at HUF2,953 (€10.86), 10.4% down on a year earlier.

Outside its home market, Magyar Telekom’s IPTV operation in Macedonia continues to grow strongly, the 23,445 subscribers at the end of Q3 being 182.4% up on a year earlier.

Meanwhile in Macedonia, its IPTV subscriber total was up by 42.5% year-on-year to 35,038.

These positive results are largely overshadowed by the telco’s disappointing financial performance, with revenues down by 5.8% to HUF452.6 billion in the first nine months of this year and EBITDA down by 7.6% to HUF186.9 billion.

Its net income fell by 15.6% to HUF56.9 billion over the same period.

05-11-2010, 03:09
Pace makes £28.75 million swoop on Latens

November 4,

Pace has purchased the Belfast-based Latens Systems for £28.75 million. Although best known as a pioneer of cardless conditional access, Latens also has its own middleware, and gateway that allows a transition between traditional cable and IP delivery. It also has offices in Hyderabad, India, and Atlanta, United States.

The £28.75 million purchase price includes a deferred payment of £10, payable in 2012, and subject to a number of conditions being met.
Latens was formed in 2002 by a clutch of former Tandberg employees including CEO Jeremy Thorp and CTO Jason Rogers. Thorp had been group managing director at NTL, where he was responsible for the design and rollout of interactive cable systems and was later CTO at Tandberg Television. Rogers, who was involved in the Cambridge interactive trials in the mid 1990s and also worked at NTL had been Tandberg’s head of architecture.

As a software-based CA company, its broadcast-centric technology comes out of the European DVB system, whereas competitors Widevine and Verimatrix are IP-based. The purchase would enable Pace to operate on both sides of the divide.

Pace, currently the number one supplier of set-top boxes, has made a series of recent acquisitions. Most notably the €351 million purchase of US gateway company 2Wire.

It is not unusual for a technology supplier with set-top boxes at its core to want to control conditional access or middleware. It is a practice operated by Motorola and Cisco, though their forerunners General Instrument and Scientific Atlanta, which Pace had looked to erode as it built up its market share in the United States.

05-11-2010, 03:09
Pace buys Latens

Digital TV technology specialist Pace has acquired Latens Systems, the Belfast-based specialist in software-based Conditional Access/DRM and Middleware solutions for the pay-TV market in a £28.75 million (E32.72m) cash deal, of which £10 million is deferred and payable in 2012 subject to the achievement of conditions.

Latens offers its solutions across cable, IPTV, DTH,and DTT, and has offices in the UK, USA and India. Both companies were 2010 recipients of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their achievements in international trade. Pace emerged in 2010 as the world’s largest developer of digital set-top box technology, with over one third of the world’s leading 100 pay-TV providers using Pace for their digital TV solutions.

05-11-2010, 03:10
Cable issue BSkyB intervention notice

November 4,

Ofcom has been order to investigate proposals by News Corp to take full control of BSkyB on grounds of media plurality. The Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, has issued an intervention notice under Section 67 of the Enterprise Act 2002 that requires the regulator to summit its report by December 31.

The European Commission, which was yesterday formally notified by BSkyB of its intention to proceed with the £7.8 billion (€9.41 billion) bid for the 61% of the satcaster is does not already own, is expected to announce its own decision by December 8.
“On the basis of the information and submissions available to me, I have decided that it is appropriate to issue an intervention notice in this particular case,” said Cable.

“The independent experts at Ofcom will now investigate and report to me on the media plurality issues that may arise from this proposed acquisition.”

A further announcement will be made once Cable has considered Ofcom’s report that could lead to a referral to the Competition Commission.

Last month, the BBC, Channel 4, BT, The Guardian, Trinity Mirror, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph wrote to the business secretary urging him to refer the matter to Ofcom with the purpose of scrutinising the public interest aspects of the deal, which the signatories say could have “far reaching consequences for media plurality”.

05-11-2010, 03:11
Cable refers News Corp Sky bid

Vince Cable, the UK Business Secretary, has issued an intervention notice on News Corp’s bid to acquire the 61% of BSkyB shares that it does not already own.

The notice requires that Ofcom investigates the public interest consideration of media plurality and submits a report by 31 December. The European Commission will investigate the proposed acquisition on the grounds of competition and it will announce its own decision by 8 December.

The intervention, under Section 67 of the Enterprise Act 2002 was made on the basis of the submissions the Secretary of State has received, presumably including that from rival newspaper groups and the BBC.
Cable, said: “On the basis of the information and submissions available to me, I have decided that it is appropriate to issue an intervention notice in this particular case.

“The independent experts at Ofcom will now investigate and report to me on the media plurality issues that may arise from this proposed acquisition.”

Once the Secretary of State has considered Ofcom’s report, he will make a further decision on whether or not to refer the matter to the Competition Commission.

05-11-2010, 03:12
Deutsche Telekom passes million IPTV customers

Deutsche Telekom had 1.042 million Entertain IPTV customers in Germany at the end of the third quarter, up from 971,000 at the end of June and 678,000 a year earlier. The company said a total of 1.4 million Entertain products had been sold at the end of the period, representing those already connected and those sold but not yet connected.

The company plans to push a combined Entertain and home gateway strategy in Germany to make it the country’s pay TV leader.

Overall in Europe, Telekom’s IPTV base grew by 34%, driven by Croatia and Slovakia. Deutsche Telekom posted revenues of €15.6 billion for the quarter, down 4.1%, and EBITDA of €4.8 billion, down 11.7%.

05-11-2010, 03:13
Telekom in good shape

Published: November 4,

Deutsche Telekom has posted net revenues of €15,601 million for the third quarter, a 4.1% reduction on the same period last year.
Domestic operations accounted for €6,783 million (down by 5.8% on last year) and international €8,818 million. As of September 30, 2010, a total of 1.4 million Entertain packages had been sold to Telekom’s IPTV service. The 1,042,000 subscribers were up from 971,000 in June and 678,000 a year ago.

The A total of 1.4 million Entertain packages had been sold at September 30, 2010.

EDITDA amounted to €4,761 million (-11.7%), while net profit stood at €1,035 million (+7.9%).

Telekom notes that its IPTV operations in Central and Eastern Europe are booming and has confirmed its guidance for the full year following the Q3 results. Excluding the effects of the joint venture in the UK, it expects to generate adjusted EBITDA of approximately €20 billion and free cash flow of at least €6.2 billion. IPTV subscribers outside of Germany now stand at 571,000 from 339,000 in September 2009, a 34% increase with Croatia and Slovakia the principal drivers.

Commenting on the results, the company’s CFO Timotheus Höttges said: “we have come through the crisis in good shape and even succeeded in improving our KPIs”.

05-11-2010, 03:14
ITV 'in late bid for Ashes highlights'

Thursday, November 4 2010,

ITV has reportedly submitted a late bid to broadcast highlights of the Ashes cricket tournament, safeguarding the coverage for terrestrial television.

The BBC has steadfastly refused to make a move for the rights after being put off by the £1 million price tag imposed by Cricket Australia.

However, ITV is understood to have contacted the governing body about a deal after the asking price was significantly reduced, .

Buoyed by the recent success of its coverage of the Indian Premier League - watched in March by more than 500,000 viewers on ITV4 - ITV hopes to secure the high-profile cricket rights.

No agreement has yet been finalised, but industry sources believe that it is just days away, meaning cricket fans without access to Sky Sports would be able to follow the Ashes.

Should ITV secure the rights, then it would have to contend with a scheduling headache as the Sky Sports deal stipulates that highlights cannot be aired before 10pm the following day.

That would mean the highlights show would be broadcast on an ITV digital channel shortly before a new day of play begins in Australia.

Terrestrial broadcasters have recently had mixed fortunes with cricket rights. Channel 4 gained massive audiences for its coverage of the home Ashes tournament in 2005, but complained that it made a loss on the broadcast.

However, Channel 5's highlights show of England's home tests and One-Day Internationals has been a huge success, regularly attracting audiences of around 1m viewers.

05-11-2010, 03:14
VOD and Light Internet everywhere

Logiways, a digital TV software expert, has announced the successful integration of a Light Internet access solution powered by MOBINCOM’s technology in VodAccess, its Push-VoD 2.0 solution. This integration gives access to all technologies of Telecommunication, TV, VoD and Internet to all Africans, in a cheap and simple way. “Our customers demand rich and flexible solutions at an affordable cost,

05-11-2010, 03:15
Etisalat buys Zain

Zain, Kuwait’s largest telecoms company, have agreed to sell a controlling stake in the company to Etisalat, the United Arab Emirate’s operator, in what would be one of the biggest deals on record in the Middle East.

Given that Zain owns 10 per cent of its own shares, the deal would give Etisalat a 51 per cent controlling stake in the Kuwaiti operator, and would be worth almost $12 billion. If the acquisition goes through it will transform Etisalat into the world’s 19th largest operator in terms of subscriptions, with almost 138 million customers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, according to Informa Telecoms & Media, the research group.

05-11-2010, 03:16
UPC Austria sued for piracy?

The Austrian anti piracy association VAP has launched a lawsuit against cable network operator UPC Austria demanding the blockade of the website kino.to by the operator, according to Austrian newspaper Der Standard.

Kino.to is a website, where movies and TV series are offered as streams for free. Last week, VAP demanded from all Austrian ISPs that they would block access to the website, which was refused by the Austrian ISP association ISPA as they claim that there is no legal ground for such blockade. UPC denies receiving a complaint filing and claims to have no obligation to block possible illegal content for its users.

05-11-2010, 03:17
DirecTV adds 380,000 subs

DirecTV has reported an increase in third quarter 2010 revenues of 10 per cent to $6.03 billion, operating profit up 10 per cent to $1.48 billion up on $868 million in last year’s third quarter. DirecTV reported third quarter net income increased 31 per cent to $479 million.

“For the fourth consecutive quarter, DirecTV achieved double-digit revenue and OPBDA growth while also increasing EPS by 49 per cent as more consumers across the Americas continue to purchase DirecTV and SKY’s unrivaled choice of video services,” said Mike White, president and CEO of DirecTV. “Driven by our industry leading HD, DVR and interactive services, gross and net subscriber additions increased in both our U.S. and Latin American businesses for the first time in 2_ years and as a result, we widened our leading position as the world’s largest provider of pay TV services with over 27 million subscribers.”

White added, “We were also pleased to see that even with DirecTV’s strong subscriber growth and related increase in acquisition costs, consolidated OPBDA margin remained strong at 25 per cent and year-to-date free cash flow grew 26 per cent to over $2 billion due in part to our intense focus on improving productivity and capturing scale efficiencies. We also made significant progress in the quarter toward strengthening DirecTV’s balance sheet as we issued $3 billion in senior notes, repaid the remaining secured debt of $1.2 billion and repurchased $1.37 billion of our stock bringing total year-to-date repurchases to $3.6 billion.”

05-11-2010, 03:18
Media chiefs “no cord cutting here”

Results conferences have given media conglomerate chiefs to respond to analyst fears that OTT services will see their subscription bases decline because of cord cutting.

Time Warner did allow that it predicted subscribers to HBO will fall by about 1.5 million by the end of 2010, but stressed that they did not believe the reason was that consumers were shutting off cable to be entertained online. Jeffrey L Bewkes, Time Warner’s CEO, said: “We doubt we’re going to see it [cord cutting], although we’ll all watch for it.”

Chase Carey, the president of News Corporation, said simply, “I don’t see it.”

05-11-2010, 08:43
Ekioh pulling the SVG engine

Julian Clover finds the development of the latest user interfaces are very much close to home.

Quietly tucked away at the other end of the quiet Cambridge street in which Broadband TV News’ world headquarters can be found is a set-top box software developer whose work is increasingly seen on some of Europe’s major platforms.

Ekioh typifies the route taken by many of those who work in and around Silicon Fen. The careers of joint founders Piers Wombwell and Ben Laughton had intertwined through the 1990s through Acorn Computers, Broadcom, Pace Amino and ANT. Ekioh was founded in 2006 with Wombwell taking on the role of lead architect on Ekioh’s Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)-based user interface engine.

Another ex-ANT staffer, commercial director Stephen Reeder, joined the company in June having previously headed up ICTV’s European operations before it folded into Active Video.

Over the past two years, Ekioh’s SVG implementation has enabled partnerships with BeeSmart, Accedo Broadband, Ericsson, Motorola and the Kudelski-owned Quative. It is the Ekioh SVG engine that runs the TV Guide and accompanying mini guide on the Telecom Austria IPTV platform after being picked up by Ericsson, who chose to write on the Ekioh-developed platform, rather than go with html.

Wombwell explains that SVG spends its time in rendering, rather than the formatting that keeps html busy, and while it is possible to scale with html there is a loss of resolution.

Speed is important too, but as Reeder points out, although TV silicon is getting faster, so too are the demands on the user interfaces, as operators call for an Apple-like look and feel for their VOD libaries. “A large number of people are relying on HTML5, but that’s because they don’t understand the problem,” he says, indicating that the issue is due in part to developers coming from a web rather than a TV background. A disconnect that Reeder says continues into the current appetitie for apps to run alongside once standard TV services.

At IBC 2010, Ekioh joined with Dreampark to demonstrate a 3D user interface, the beauty of which falling just as much into its performance onto a five-year old set-top box as to the smoothness of the graphics. Subtitles and other on screen indicators are acknowledged as being among the most challenging aspects of stereoscopic television delivery.

The trick is that in SVG one document is rendered from two different perspectives, one for each eye, allowing the skew effect as part of the caption angles its way out of the screen.

05-11-2010, 08:44
Latvian cableco adds digital subs

Published: November 5, 2010 Europe/London

The Latvian cable operator Izzi has announced that its digital TV subscriber total has increased by 24% since the start of the year. It also expects it to grow a further 4% by the year’s end.

Commenting on the development, Izzi CEO Evija Jugno said it was down to the substantial changes in the market that have taken place in 2010, with the country having completed the transition to digital broadcasting.

Interestingly, Izzi observe that new subscribers that previously used analogue are volatile and “wander” from one operator to another, learning about their offers. As a result, cable operators are developing their products in order to secure more customers and retain existing ones.

Izzi was established in 1993 and has had a number of owners, the current one being Contaq Latvian Cable. A quad play company, it is the second largest cable operator in Latvia after Baltkom.

There was talk about a merger between the two companies earlier this year, though it would be strongly opposed on competition grounds, not least by the incumbent telco Lattelecom.

05-11-2010, 08:46
Poland's Platform n adds FOX HD

Friday, 05 November

Platform 'n,' Poland's leading DTH service, will offer FOX HD to its subscribers beginning 6 November, 2010.

The announcement - by Platform 'n' Chief Operating Officer Christian Anting - reaffirms the operator's leadership position as providing the most HD channels in the Polish DTH market. Platform 'n' delivers a total of 19 high-definition channels to its growing subscriber base of more than 735,000, and plans to launch additional HD channels later this month.

With the addition of FOX HD, Platform 'n' subscribers will now have access to top international series, such as "Glee", "Modern Family", "White Collar" and the animated productions "The Simpsons", "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show".

A major coupe for Platform 'n,' FOX HD is also set to present the international rollout of "The Walking Dead," which broke television ratings records when it premiered last weekend in the United States. Based on Robert Kirkman's wildly successful and popular comic book series, "The Walking Dead" demolished its competition, attracting in total 8.1 mln viewers on the first day of emission. Platform 'n' subscribers will be "walking with the dead" as the critically-acclaimed zombie drama makes its debut in Poland on Saturday, 6 November at 22.00h.

"We are pleased at the opportunity to welcome FOX HD and its high-quality HD content to our platform," Anting stated as he made the announcement. "We get to share top-rated series like 'The Walking Dead' with our subscribers while we strengthen our position as Poland's most innovative and advanced DTH platform. There is a big demand for quality high definition television among Polish viewers, and 'n' plans to offer them the best quality and choice."

"We are very pleased bringing to Poland one of the most popular and best entertainment channels worldwide. FOX is entirely dedicated to series and its offer consists of the best American productions of the top and most famous production companies. As we continue to expand FOX around the world, Poland's Platform 'n' stood out as a natural fit for us," said Carlos Ortega – VP – Regional Director Central Eastern Europe for FOX International Channels. "We look forward to serving this exciting new audience with our lineup and to enjoying a long relationship with Platform 'n.'"

05-11-2010, 08:47
Poker Channel premieres High Stakes Poker exclusively in 27 European countries and expands distribution to 30 million TV subscribers

Friday, 05 November

The Poker Channel, Europe's largest gaming TV network, announces a three-year license agreement with GSN (Game Show Network), giving The Poker Channel exclusive TV and online rights to three seasons of High Stakes Poker across Europe and Russia.

Starting this Sunday 7th November at 2200, The Poker Channel will give High Stakes Poker a permanent home in its prime time schedule, with one new episode airing every week. The Poker Channel will broadcast High Stakes Poker seasons 2, 3 and 4 in 30 European markets, including the UK, France and Germany, and will be the first TV channel to broadcast any High Stakes Poker series in Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Latvia.

Episodes will also be available to view on www.pokerchanneleurope.com/highstakes (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pokerchanneleu rope.com%2Fhighstakes) a day after the TV broadcast.

High Stakes Poker is considered one of the most popular poker series on TV, and features star players staking up to $1 million of their own cash in a game of no-limit texas hold'em. Pots regularly reach several hundred thousand dollars and players who lose their initial buy-in can re-buy as often as they wish.

Seasons 2-4 feature many of the all-time greats alongside some lucky amateurs: top names include Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harman, Phil "The Unabomber" Laak, Mike Matusow, Erick Lindgren, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Jamie Gold, Sammy Farha, Eli Elezra, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, and Patrik Antonius with money on the table at any one time rising to over $4.5 million. These three seasons are hosted by TV personalities Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza, and executive produced by Henry Orenstein of HSOR-- whose innovation and in-table cameras paved the way for the explosion of poker's popularity on TV--and Mori Eskandani of POKER PRODuctions.

The format is considered one of the best of its kind for teaching poker, featuring world-class strategy, bluffing and vast pots, and giving poker fans of all levels tips on how to improve their skills.

The deal with GSN—which was negotiated by Jon Helmrich of IBC (International Broadcast Communications)--coincides with further expansion of the Poker Channel, including new distribution to all TV subscribers of UPC Direct in Hungary, UPC Direct in Czech Republic, Focusat in Romania, and Vodafone in Portugal. The Poker Channel is now available 24/7 on over 60 major cable, satellite and IPTV platforms.

Chris White, MD, Poker Channel Europe, said "High Stakes Poker is arguably the most popular poker show of all - and deserves a permanent place in our prime time schedule in all 30 countries. We're delighted to expand our distribution and reach this agreement with GSN so many more viewers can watch it on TV for the first time. The appetite to watch and learn poker continues to grow around the world and High Stakes Poker is at the heart of this."

05-11-2010, 08:48
Pact agrees with BBC Trust on areas for WOCC improvement

Friday, 05 November 2010

Pact, the trade body for independent producers, has welcomed the BBC Trust's report on their review of the Window of Creative Competition (WoCC) and the recognition that there are areas in need of improvement.

Chief executive for Pact John McVay said they welcome the report's recognition that independent producers secured 72% of the WoCC and the Trusts's statement that it is 'pleased that the introduction of the WoCC does not appear to have had a negative impact on the quality of programming produced, as supported by Audience Appreciation figures'.

"Clearly the BBC management has now fully embraced the merits of commissioning the best ideas from the best suppliers in order to deliver value for the license fee payer," he said.

"But we are also relieved to see they have identified two key areas where competition needs to be improved – namely specialist factual and children's - and the barriers that production companies outside London face regarding access to commissioning which will significantly impact on their Out of London ambitions. We look forward to engaging with the BBC to address these concerns and fulfilling the Trust's recommendations."

About Pact
Pact is the UK trade association that represents the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, children's and animation and interactive media companies. Pact offers a range of business services to its members, actively lobbies government organizations at local, regional, national and European level and negotiates minimum terms with the major UK broadcasters and other content buyers.

05-11-2010, 09:43
UPC adds SBS on-demand service

Published: November 5,

UPC Nederland has announced it will add the catch-up TV service SBS Gemist before the end of the year. The on-demand portal will offer SBS 6 Gemist, Net 5 Gemist and Veronica Gemist.
During a press conference at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam, the Dutch cable operator already said it planned to add the catch-up service from the three Dutch SBS channels to its on-demand offer. With the addition of the SBS channels, UPC will now offer catch-up TV from all three major Dutch broadcasters, including RTL and the public channels.

The SBS Gemist service will include both free to view programming as well as series available on a transactional basis, much like programming on RTL Gemist. The on-demand service from the public broadcasters is included in the basic subscription fee. Depending on the type of subscription, viewers can go back three or ten days.

UPC Nederland offers a whole range of on demand programming from a large number of channels including Disney, Discovery, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, FoxLife, Comedy Central, Ajax TV and music clips from Xite

05-11-2010, 09:44
Get rid of it, and we'll produce more arts and factual programming, bosses tell Lords

If it weren't for Contract Rights Renewal, ITV would be a bastion of cultural diversity, producing the highest of highbrow entertainment for the truly worthy, and not a load of old rubbish for the scum classes. This was, sort of, what channel bosses told the House of Lords Communications Committee in London this week.

The Committee has been investigating the decline in revenues of commercial television companies from the sale of advertising, examining the various changes to the regulation of that advertising, including the Contracts Rights Renewal (CRR) mechanism. CRR was introduced following the merger of Carlton TV and Granada into ITV back in 2003, and linked the amount that advertisers spend on the channel to ITV's audience share. If audience share drops, it means that advertisers pay less, and this has led ITV to its current lowbrow position.

ITV says it is now in a 'ratings rat race' and claims to have lost some £262 million in revenue since the CRR was introduced.

Giving evidence before the Committee, ITV's Chief Exec Adam Crozier, formerly of the Royal Mail, described the channel as providing a "remarkable lack of diversity" compared with 10 years ago, with the ad rules leading it to "chase higher-rating programmes, things like soaps and what have you".

Amid a series of massive cuts last year, the broadcaster cancelled its only arts programme, the South Bank Show, in favour of programming which grabs higher audience figures. Following announcement of the intended cancellation, the programme's presenter, Melvyn Bragg quit ITV saying, "I have had the luck and privilege to work with fine programme makers and with hundreds of the best artists of the last half century. I look forward to ITV's future arts output and wish it the best of luck."

By this he was possibly referring to the artistic offerings of Simon Cowell; Mr Cowell has just signed a new three-year deal with the channel to broadcast The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

"Ad revenue has fallen by about 22% since CRR was introduced. That has led us to invest less and less in programmes," Mr Crozier told the Committee. "It has led us to chase higher-rating programmes, things like soaps and what have you. And therefore the diversity of our schedule today is very different from the diversity of our schedule seven to 10 years ago because we have to invest in programmes that drive the biggest audiences, rather than the most unique audiences," he said. "Were we not to have CRR in place [and ITV] not have to chase volumes of impact that would allow us to have a much more diverse schedule. That is certainly the plan."

"Advertisers would like us to target more unique audiences, rather than the same audiences again and again and again but the system works against that."

ITV's Chairman Archie Norman, formerly of Asda, also gave evidence, saying "We need to be able to move away from the ratings rat race we are caught in. We are driven to look for mass audiences, so it in a sense drives us to the lowest common denominator."

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05-11-2010, 09:48
Hold out TV networks can't stem the Google tide

Few but the very faithful believed pay TV would work. Why would anyone pay for television? Existing television was free and there was plenty of it. Well it turned out there wasn't and without the pay-TV industry, we would be missing some of the best television we can watch.

Google TV appears to be experiencing some of the same. From the big broadcast networks refusing to allow access to their shows through to sniping from early adopters, Google's bright idea doesn't look so shiny right now.

Full length TV shows from ABC, CBS and NBC's online video portals can be seen on any computer, but not viewed through Google TV, either using a Googlized Sony television or Blu-ray player, or Logitech's Google Revue set-top box. Ouch.

However, as In-Stat points out in its latest look at the Google TV unphenomenon: "Blocking access to popular TV shows to some devices, but permitting any Wi-Fi-connected laptop to have full access is certainly not going to sit well with consumers".

"Google TV may look like a competitor to the broadcast TV networks right now, but in the coming months we believe they will need to come to grips with Google TV and figure out how to make it play to their monetary advantage," says In-Stat.

"And as the set-top boxes get better and better, consumers are going to want more and more of their content delivered "on demand" to their TV sets via the Internet."

Very much so. Google TV is going to happen. Google has the wit, fluidity and market punch to power its way into the welcoming homes of consumers. There already is a wealth of non-standard ways in which TV viewers are getting their television away from linear environments and they will continue to do so. Whether the big TV networks like it or not.

While there has been widespread criticism of the level of quality experienced on Google TV, there is no great or permanent obstacle here. For example, most people using HD televisions sets still don't have an HD box. Furthermore, enterprising media centre builders and buyers have been circumventing network television for years, watching what broadcast executives would like to think is fatally poor quality video.

They key issue here is not quality, or even quantity, it is control. The more control a consumer perceives they have over their viewing, the happier they area and the friendlier they are to the provider. Witness the overwhelming success of TiVo and Slingbox and their integration into other devices.

In the UK, Virgin Media has just revealed initial details of its upcoming TiVo-powered HD/3D set top box. It will provide 1 TeraByte of storage for personal recordings and is slated to launch alongside Virgin's new TiVo-based connected TV service later this year. That will provide up to 500 hours of content storage. Woohoo for British television watchers.

According to Virgin Media, coupling the TiVo services to its TV on Demand system will net viewers: "access to over 4,600 hours of TV shows, movies and music videos, including hundreds of hours of HD and 3D entertainment, plus catch up TV from the terrestrial broadcasters, all available instantly".

It's certainly not providing the potentially monster freedom of Google TV, but like any system offering more supremacy to the consumer, it is fated to win.

Meanwhile, Entone and Envivio are upping the hybrid/OTT game. Entone has unveiled its FusionTV service to allow telco operators to meld OTT content with linear HD programming.

"Consumers are clearly looking for alternatives to premium subscription TV services, but few are willing to 'cut the cord' altogether," says Kurt Scherf, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Parks Associates.

"At the same time, there are numerous operators who have chosen not to deploy IPTV solutions but want to offer a more strategic video service than just reselling satellite services. Entone's Hybrid TV model has the potential to align these interests."

And Envivio and Sezmi, provider of all-in-one personalized television services, will host a joint presentation at NewTeeVee Live in San Francisco next week, showcasting Sezmi's Hybrid TV service.

"We are on the cusp of a dramatic shift in how people watch television and where they view their content," says Envivio President and CEO Julien Signès.

"TV consumer's viewing habits are rapidly changing and they want to take ownership of their television experience and create something that fits their unique interest," says Phil Wiser, co-founder and president of Sezmi.

For broadcast network chiefs, holding on to their assets may appear a good strategy, for now at least, but there is no holding back the tide of new, non-traditional television watching. Better to get on board at the beginning, establish a reputation, win consumer hearts and minds and look forward to new and lasting revenues.

05-11-2010, 09:49
MTV pulls the plug on analogue TMF

November 5, 2010

MTV Networks will rearrange its channel line-up on the Dutch market from January 1, 2011. The all music channel TMF (The Music Factory) will end analogue cable distribution on December 31.
From the new year onwards, TMF will only be available as a digital channel on cable and other platforms. MTV Networks will use the analogue slot for Comedy Central (from 3pm till 6am) and the new young childrens channel Kindernet (6am – 3pm).

At the moment, Comedy Central is available on analogue in channel sharing with Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon will now get its own channel with a TeenNick programming block planned after 9pm.

The new Kindernet is a revival of an old brand; actually, Kindernet was the very first Dutch language dedicated kids channel. Programing will be aimed at young children till 8 years old with content coming from Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and the Belgian production house Studio 100.

With the new arrangement, MTV networks will continue to have three analogue channels available in the country, MTV, Comedy Central/Kindernet and Nickelodenon/TeenNick. The move on the Dutch market follows the withdrawal of MTV in analogue from the German market.

Meanwhile, RTL Nederland said it has plans to launch a new music channel called Radio 538 TV, while former TMF veejay Erik de Zwart announced his plans for a Top 40 TV channel. TMF-founder Lex Harding said he plans to offer his Slam!TV channel to analogue cable – at the moment the channel is only available in digital and online.

05-11-2010, 09:50
Numericable extends footprint on BBox

Published: November 5, 2010 Europe/London

The BBox fibre
Following an agreement between French cable network Numéricable and telecom operator Bouygues Telecom, the cabler is now launching a TV offer on the BBox, thereby extending its footprint across the country to all Bouygues Telecom fibre customers.

Under the name NumeriPASS, the French cabler offers a number of bouquets with up to 120 channels of which 15 are in HD. The bouquets include channels such as MTV, Eurosport, LCI, 13eme Rue, Teletoon, Canal J, Voyages and HD including Eurosport HD, MTV HD and NRJ 12 HD.

The top tier bouquet NumeriPASS Platinium offers all channels for EUR 58 a month; various thematic bouquets are available, such as PASS Cinéma, PASS Découverte and PASS Jeunesse with prices starting at EUR 10 a month. A number of channels are available a la carte, such as Mezzo, TPS Star, XXL with price from EUR 1.50 and upwards.

From early 2011, Numéricable also plans to offer a number of catch-up TV service to BBox owners taking the TV service. The new services will sit alongside the current BBox TV offer from Bouygues Telecom itself.

The agreement between the two operators was signed last December and gives them access to each others networks. Numéricable has given Bouygues Telecom access to its nationwide fibre network and the cabler has now started to offer its TV product to Bouygues Telecom customers.

05-11-2010, 09:51
Canis Media hires former regulator

Published: November 5, 2010 Europe/London

Former TV regulator Helena Brewer has joined Canis Media, where she will head the Broadcast Services Division of the channel management company.

Brewer, who spent three years at Ofcom and its predecessor the ITC, will be responsible for key accounts and will manage the technical channel services team.

“Helena brings a wealth of experience to Canis having worked in the broadcast industry for 12 years,” said Ed Hall, chief executive, Canis Media. “We have crossed paths before and I am thrilled that she has joined the company.”

Specialising in broadcast compliance and licensing, Brewer has also worked for Red Bee Media and Inview TV.

Canis Media Ventures Limited was established in 2001 and is the UK’s largest broker of Sky EPGs and advises on all areas of channel distribution on multiple platforms.

05-11-2010, 10:35
Cyfra+ launches sports package for pubs

The Polish DTH platform Cyfra+ will launch the first ever sports offer in the country aimed solely at pubs and restaurants this coming Monday (November 8).
Known as Canal+ Sport Pro, it will consist of the channels Canal+ Sport (also in HD), Canal+ Sport 2 and Canal+ Gol.

The creation of the package, which costs PLN49 (€12.5) a month with a 24-month contract plus an activation fee of PLN99 (for PVRs and HD) and PLN1 (for SD), has been helped by agreements with rights holders.

It will allow viewers to watch several major European football leagues and boxing matches.

Talks are still ongoing with the Euroleague, NBA and WNBA, along with other sports providers.

05-11-2010, 10:36
WebTube HD Box brings web TV to German TV sets

Published: November 5, 2010

The Austrian firm Estro multimedia has launched the WebTube HD Box on the German speaking markets in Europe. The new device will bring web content to regular TV sets via an HDMI cable in supposedly HD quality.
Interestingly, the box runs on the Android software platform, but does not claim to be suitable for Google TV. Using special apps, there is easy access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google maps and others.

The WebTube box connects to the internet using an ethernet connection, but with the addition of a USB WiFi stick wireless access is also possible. A simple remote control comes with the box. On-screen navigation uses a virtual keyboard on the TV screen; instead, it is also possible to connect a wireless USB qwerty keyboard.

The box measures just 94 x 74 x 22 mm. Recommended retail price is EUR 249. The box is competing with other devices such as the Apple TV and connected TV sets from Philips, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and others.

05-11-2010, 15:10
Content costs weigh on Liberty Global

Published: November 5, 2010 Europe/London

Liberty Global, which owns the UPC and Unitymedia cablescos says it is maintaining its monthly content costs at under $2 per subscriber despite pressure from content providers looking to derive additional revenues from new HD and VOD services.

The pressure facing free-to-air commercial channels unable to monetise the upgrade of existing services to high definition has been well documented. In Germany the ProSiebenSat.1 group is currently pursuing additional carriage from cable operators to replicate what it hopes to achieve through the satellite-driven HD+ package. Meanwhile in the UK ITV has struck a deal with Sky for the carriage of additional HD services within a pay bouquet while their SD conterparts remain FTA.Since the acquisition of Unitymedia in January, Germany has become a major market for Liberty Global, and President Mike Fries says HD is an important component in that marketplace. “There is value for us is launching more HD content because we’re able to put a smarter device in the home and generally we’re able to charge for that, so we’ll work creatively and constructively with providers of HD content to find win-win ways of getting that content distributed”.

Already 13 HD channels are available through Unitymedia, but although the public service channels can be found, HD versions of the key commercial channels remain absent from the bouquets. Kabel Deutschland faces similar issues, though has struck deals for the HD versions of RTL Television and Vox. Last week Unitymedia enabled the DVR functionality on its Echostar HD PVR product introduced at this year’s ANGA Cable.

Fries said Liberty was willing to spend more money on content for its digital platform in the knowledge that digital video subscribers across the UPC network provide the cableco with double the revenue. “We benefit meaningfully from a very fragmented programming deal in Europe, which means in short the cost of programming for us is a fraction of what it costs a US operator, on average we spend around €2 per subscriber per month for all of our content. That would be less for analogue subscribers and more for combined analogue and digital subscribers. That wouldn’t purchase much in the US from programme providers”.

Liberty is currently focusing on the acquisition of HD and VOD content and in the future will turn to IP and online rights for the company’s version of the TV Everywhere concept and its Horizon digital box product.

05-11-2010, 15:11
$40m int'l payday for CBS' Hawaii Five-0

CBS has sold cop drama Hawaii Five-0 in almost 200 international markets and announced that it has recouped more than US$2 million per episode for each of its freshmen dramas before they launched.

This comes as the Viacom-owned broadcaster recorded a 42% rise in profit in the third quarter with revenues of US$3.3 billion.

Chief executive Les Moonves told analysts that Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and The Defenders were all profitable before their US launch thanks to healthy sales from its international distribution arm CBS Studios International.

Moonves said: "This season we sold all three of our new dramas internationally for north of $2 million an episode each, meaning that all three were profitable before a single episode aired. Within weeks of announcing Hawaii Five-0 was on our schedule, we sold it in more than 100 markets and now it's in nearly all 200 of our overseas markets."

He also added that he was buoyed by recent advertising growth both in the United States and internationally. "The good news is that the UK, it looks like it's turning around and coming back, which is our largest market. So I think, again, other countries will follow."

05-11-2010, 15:12
Ex-BBC presenter 'warned about wrinkles'
Friday, November 5 2010,

Former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly has claimed that she was warned "to be careful with those wrinkles when high definition comes in" just months before she was dropped from the show.

The 53-year-old broadcaster is suing the BBC for sex and age discrimination after losing her job on the programme when it transferred to a primetime slot on BBC One, reports PA.

In a witness statement handed to an industrial tribunal yesterday, O'Reilly said that Countryfile director Dean Jones "sent a shiver down my spine" when he warned her that HD could be "crunch time" for her BBC career when it was introduced in February 2008.

She said: "I do not believe that a man would be asked about his wrinkles nor offered hair dye. It was clear to me that this was a reflection of the BBC's view that women on TV needed to look young."

O'Reilly, who has worked at the BBC for around 25 years, was informed in November 2008 that she would no longer appear on the rural affairs programme.

She said that she was "devastated" by the news that she would lose her job when the show relaunched in April 2009 with Julia Bradbury, then 38, and Katie Knapman, then 36.

Michaela Strachan (42), Juliet Morris (52) and Charlotte Smith (44) were also taken off the show, but main presenter John Craven, 68, and Adam Henson, in his 40s, were kept on.

In her statement O'Reilly said that she was not told why she would no longer have a role on the programme, only that Countryfile was being "refreshed".

"This news was a huge disappointment," she added.

"I was of course happy for the programme and its success but felt that this success was linked to the presenters' connection with the audience."

O'Reilly also claimed that she was victimised by the BBC because she was suspected of having "leaked stories about the BBC and ageism". The hearing continues.

05-11-2010, 15:12
BBC strike disrupts news programming
Friday, November 5 2010,

The BBC's television, radio and online news services have been disrupted today after thousands of journalists went on strike.

At midnight, members of the National Union Of Journalists started a 48-hour walkout after rejecting the BBC's final offer on changes to its final salary pension scheme.

Star presenters, including Fiona Bruce, Kirsty Wark and Nicky Campbell, were expected to join the action, which has already forced Radio 4's flagship Today programme off the air. BBC Breakfast has also been seriously disrupted.

Picket lines have been mounted at BBC sites across the UK, including Bush House, Broadcasting House and Television Centre in London.

The NUJ, which represents about 4,100 BBC journalists, has scheduled another 48-hour strike to start on November 15, with the threat of further industrial action over Christmas.

The union said that it has already received widespread support from MPs and other unions, including Bectu, which decided against joining the action.

The NUJ claims that 95% of the World Service newsroom is currently out on strike, while many Bectu members have decided against coming into work.

Jeremy Dear, the NUJ general secretary, said that he expects the strike to have a "significant impact" on the BBC's output. He added that the union is ready to re-enter talks with the BBC, but said there was "no appetite" for negotiation from the corporation.

"NUJ members across the BBC have consistently dubbed the proposals a pensions robbery," he said.

"That hasn't changed. The BBC have now left members with no choice but to take action to defend their pensions."

Yesterday, BBC director general Mark Thompson made a last-ditch appeal to employees to ensure that news services were not too disrupted during the action.

However, pre-recorded programmes filled the three-hour slot usually occupied by the Today programme, while Radio Five Live had to replace live shows with pre-recorded content.

BBC News also played recorded shows during its through-the-night news bulletins. This evening, BBC Two's Newsnight is expected to fall victim to the strike.

NUJ members voted to go on strike in protest at changes to the BBC's final salary pension scheme, proposed by the BBC to tackle its estimated deficit of between £1.5bn and £2bn.

05-11-2010, 15:13
Telecinco-Cuatro will dominate Spanish TV

5 Nov 10

Spanish broadcasters Telecinco and Cuatro will take between 44% and 50% of the entire Spanish TV ad market by 2012, according to analysts.
In the wake of Mediaset-backed Telecinco buying Cuatro, investment bank Morgan Stanley noted that the best case scenario for the group is it taking a 50% market share and delivering a 40% profit margin. The worst case scenario is a 44% market share and 18% profit margin, the bank added. The deal for Cuatro unlocks value in both broadcasters, according to Morgan Stanley, which added the combined group should be able to shave €50 million of costs from 2011

05-11-2010, 15:14
Turner records charge on Indian channel, gain on HBO CE

5 Nov 10

Turner Broadcasting has recorded a US$52 million (€37 million) charge relating to its exit from an Indian channels venture. Meanwhile, fellow Time Warner-owned channel operator HBO recorded a US$59 million gain resulting from it taking full control of the HBO Central Europe operation.
Combined third quarter revenue across Turner Broadcasting and HBO was up 9%, taking the total to US$3 billion. Within that, subscription revenue increased 10%, ad revenues 10% and program sales 2%, boosted by sales of original HBO series including True Blood and The Pacific.
Time Warner reported overall quarterly revenues of US$6.37 billion compared with US$6.26 billion in the same period last year. Profit was US$1.4 billion compared to US$1.3 billion last year

05-11-2010, 15:15
FLO TV exit will cost Qualcomm up to US$175m

5 Nov 10

Technology company Qualcomm’s exit from the mobile TV business will cost it up to US$175 million (€123 million), the company said when reporting fourth quarter results.
The restructuring charges will come as the company decides how it will exit the mobile TV sector. It could sell its FLO TV business and the associated spectrum or seek another way out of the business. The company recorded revenues of US$2.95 billion for the quarter, a 10% year-on-year increase and operating profit of US$837 million, a 40% increase year-on-year

05-11-2010, 15:16
M6 beats analyst expectations on advertising rebound

5 Nov 10

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group’s third quarter revenue grew by 7.3% year-on-year to €317.7 million thanks to strong advertising sales both for its flagship channel and for digital-only services.
Analysts at Jefferies International said that the results for the flagship channel were ahead of their expectations and the industry consensus. Jefferies upgraded its full year and 2011 earnings forecast by 9%, but maintained a “hold” recommendation due to what it sees as a tough competitive environment and difficult macroeconomic conditions.
The M6 channel saw ad revenues grow by 19.3% to €133 million, taking the channel back to the level achieved in 2008, while digital channels ad revenue grew by 21.3% to €30 million. Non-advertising revenues for the group saw flat or negative growth year-on-year.
Commercial media group NRJ meanwhile saw revenue growth of 11.2% to €71.7 million for the third quarter, with the group’s digital TV channels contributing €12.3 million, up 36.7% year-on-year

05-11-2010, 15:18
Numericable channels available on Bbox Fibre
05 Nov 10 -

French cable operator Numericable has launched its own channel packages as part of the offering provided by Bbox Fibre, according to local reports.

The Bbox Fibre service, operated by Bouygues Telecom, is available over Numericable’s fibre network as a result of a partnership signed between the pair in 2009. Numericable has now making three channel bouquets of its own available to Bbox subscribers. NumeriPASS offers 18 channels including MTV, Eurosport, LCI, 13eme Rue and Canal J for €10 a month, while NumeriPASS Premium for €20 provides additional kids channels. NumeriPASS Platinum for €58 provides all of Numericable’s channels. The cable operator is also offering thematic and à la carte packages.

Numericable’s Bbox offer includes 15 HD channels. Up to 15 catch-up TV channels will also be made available from the beginning of next year.

05-11-2010, 15:18
Argentine Cooperatives will have their Pay-TV licenses

The president of the South Telephone Cooperatives Federation, Antonio Roncoroni, pointed out that the entities of such association will request about a "100 cable TV licenses". Additionally, the federation has already started errands with the purpose of being authorized to render DTH services. In face of the impossibility that one licensee is able to render both services, Rocoroni told NexTV Latam that each cooperative "requests its license individually, and on the other hand, the Federation is in charge of applying for the DTH license". The executive believes that satellite TV authorization will "be granted before March 2011".

All these initiatives arise after the recently regulated audiovisual communications services law eliminated the old legal barrier that banned cooperatives from rendering TV services. Atthe beginning of the year, the Federation officially announced an alliance with Media Networks (Telefónica) by means of which the latter will provide its wholesale DTH solution.

According to Roncoroni, each cooperative will apply for a Pay-TV license for each city in which it will operate. "We don?t have companies that render the service to 20 cities for example, in general they operate in only one", he explained. Therefore, he considered that a single entity is not likely to hold more than one license. "Some of these authorizations have already been granted", he highlighted.

On the other hand, he confirmed that the entity had closed an agreement with the Argentine Government aimed at cooperating in DTT deployment "with facilities such as antennas and sites". In face of the possibility to rendering TV services, two entities that belong to the federation have already launched their free-to-air channels: Cooperativa from Tres Arroyos (Celta TV) and Usina Popular Cooperativa Limitada from Necochea, both located in Buenos Aires province.

The different Pay-TV initiatives of such entities were strongly rejected by the Argentine Cable TV Association which pointed out that the cooperatives will have crossed subsidies to finance this activity thus damaging small and medium size cable companies located in the interior of the country.

The Federation records 150 members. The Brazilian Oi and CTBC utilize Telefónica's system. The Ecuadorian CNT has also chosen the company recently.

05-11-2010, 15:19
Mexican operators demand DTT definitions

Alejandro Navarrete, Director of the Center for Research and Innovation in Telecommunications, warned that Pay-TV operators might lose subscribers if the Government of such country does not decide the number of channels and services to be offered through DTT, among others. The executive also pointed out that operators are getting ready to face such competition with a triple and quadruple play offer.

"(The head of State Felipe Calderón's) transition decree has several legal gaps", stated Navarrete in declarations released by La Jornada newspaper. According to the executive, a greater free-to-air TV offer might impact on cable and Pay-TV operators in general, "because if a client thinks that free-to-air TV is offering enough channels, he or she will prefer to stick to that option instead of hiring Pay-TV services". Additionally, in such document, "It is necessary to define how and who will be granted subsidies to purchase STBs, who will distribute than and whether there will be any difference between public TV and private TV blackout dates".

The Center for Research and Innovation in Telecommunications was established by the National Chamber of Cable Telecommunications Industry. The argument posed by Navarrete is similar to the one posed by the Argentine Cable TV Association, which repeatedly expressed that the Argentine Government will compete directly with cable TV by means of a 16-channel offer.

Last September 2nd, President Calderón issued a decree by means of which the analog blackout was brought forward from 2021 to 2015. Later, the Supreme Court of Justice stopped all actions started in virtue of such transition after the Chamber of Senators and Deputies submitted institutional controversy judgments, as they considered that the head of state had taken over tasks to be carried out by the Federal Telecommunications Commission. Despite such judicial setback, Calderón ratified that the analog blackout will take place in such year.

05-11-2010, 15:21
Amino wins STB supply contract for FTTH rollout in US

UK firm Amino has won a contract to provide its latest A140 and A540 MPEG-4 set-top boxes as part of a "major" rollout of IPTV services across a new Fibre-to-the-Home (FTT) network in the city of Salisbury (North Carolina) in the US.

The city-wide initiative is targeting 10,000 subscribers for its new service, as part of a major programme to deliver advanced high-speed broadband access, entertainment services and local content to the community under the brand name 'Fibrant'. Amino is reported to be partnering with middleware firm Minerva on the deployment, which is already underway.

“Fibre-to-the-Home defines a community just as good water, power and transportation has in the past," said Len Clark, City of Salisbury Sales and Marketing Manager. "Our city can now compete in a global economy and also benefit from enhanced entertainment and community services. Amino’s products are aligned with our vision and provide the leading-edge capability, functionality and performance our customers expect.”

05-11-2010, 15:22
Indian Govt wants to block illegal foreign channels

November 5th,

The Government of India is seeking to acquire a technological solution that will allow it to block direct downlinking of satellite television channels distributed through direct-to-home (DTH) services and cable operators. However, this will involve compliance from a slew of companies including DTH operators or multi-system operators.

The move is being considered to stop illegal broadcast of some foreign television channels in the country, distributed largely by local cable operators. According to senior government officials, the step was contemplated in the aftermath of riots that broke out in Jammu and Kashmir following reports about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in the US. The news was aired by an Iranian television channel that was downlinked by local cable operators in the valley, leading to protests in the valley, resulting in several deaths.

05-11-2010, 15:23
Hong Kong Govt approves three DAB radio licences

November 5th, 2010

The Hong Kong government has approved 12-year licences for three radio operators for digital audio broadcasting - DAB. They are Wave Media, Phoenix Radio and an existing operator, Metro. The radio stations will provide 13 channels.

Wave Media will offer seven, while the other two services will have three channels each. They’ll make a combined investment of almost HK$1 billion. The government says the services are expected to be launched within 18 months. In addition, RTHK will offer five DAB channels.

The operators have to offer not less than 50 hours a week in a language other than Cantonese.

05-11-2010, 15:24
The Government of Nepal has revoked the broadcast licences of 65 FM radio stations and 12 television channelsgenuine reasons behind its failure to meet the deadline

05-11-2010, 15:26
Humax TV Portal update confirmed for December
Fri, 05/11/2010 -

Humax has confirmed that the TV Portal update for its Freeview HD receiver range will be released in December.

TV Portal will add a range of broadband-enabled functionality to the HD-FOXT2 and HDR-FOXT2 including BBC iPlayer, Sky Player, YouTube and Flickr access and 'many more exciting internet and on-demand services'.

05-11-2010, 15:27
Nepal Government revokes 77 broadcast licences

November 5th, 2010

The Government of Nepal has revoked the broadcast licences of 65 FM radio stations and 12 television channels that failed to come into operation within the stipulated time. Officials at the Ministry of Information and Communications ( MoIC) were quoted by today’s Republica daily as saying the decision came as a move to discourage the tendency of holding on to the broadcast licence for too long.

According to the latest statistics, altogether 428 parties have acquired broadcast licences for FM radio stations and 26 parties for TV stations. The FM radio stations whose licences were revoked were to operate outside the capital Kathmandu Valley while most of the TV stations facing revocation of licences were to operate inside the valley.

A fourth amendment to the National Broadcast Regulations has made it mandatory to operate both FM and TV stations within one year of acquiring broadcast licences. The MoIC can give additional six months for operation if the party concerned comes with genuine reasons behind its failure to meet the deadline.

05-11-2010, 15:29
Dish Network Third-Quarter Profit Triples, Beating Estimates
Nov 5, 2010

Dish Network Corp., the second- largest U.S. satellite-television provider, said third-quarter profit tripled, beating analysts’ estimates, after the company extracted more sales from existing customers.

Net income rose to $245 million, or 55 cents a share, from $80.6 million, or 18 cents, a year earlier, Englewood, Colorado- based Dish said in a statement today. Analysts in a Bloomberg survey projected 44 cents on average.

Chief Executive Officer Charlie Ergen is touting offerings like digital video recorders and “TV Everywhere,” a service that allows customers to watch TV shows on the Internet, to help wring more sales out of existing subscribers as competition for new users intensifies. Subscriber revenue rose 11 percent to $3.19 billion.

The company’s churn, or fraction of users who canceled the service in the quarter, rose to 1.98 percent as customers rolled off cheaper promotions and didn’t renew their service. As a result, Dish lost 29,000 subscribers in the quarter, despite marketing campaigns like its “Free HD for Life.”

“Dish had a lot of customers coming off their commitment periods in the quarter, so they were looking to retain them with promotions like free high-definition,” Mitchell, who recommends buying Dish shares, said before the results. He estimated Dish would add 12,000 subscribers in the quarter.

Cable Competition

Total sales advanced 11 percent to $3.21 billion, compared with analysts’ $3.16 billion average estimate.

Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, lost 275,000 basic video subscribers in the quarter, while DirecTV, the biggest satellite-TV provider, added 174,000 U.S. customers. Cable rivals Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. dropped basic subscribers in the third quarter.

Cable operators have an edge on the satellite providers in that they can offer TV, Internet and phone in one package. Dish cited increased competitive pressures as one of the reasons it lost customers in the quarter.

Dish rose 4 cents to $20.69 yesterday in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares are little changed this year.

05-11-2010, 15:30
Lords: 'Sky takeover a chilling prospect'

Friday, November 5

SkyNews CorpBroadcastingChannel 4 deputy chairman Lord Puttnam has criticised the "chilling prospect" of News Corp's proposed takeover of Sky, warning that it poses a "genuine threat to plural, consensus-based democracy".

Speaking yesterday at a debate in the House Of Lords on media plurality, the film producer warned Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that the UK is not a "banana republic".

He also claimed that Britain was on the edge of a "slippery slope that could find us falling further and further under the influence of a US-based owner with a highly questionable interest in the benefits of a diverse and flourishing plural media in the UK".

Puttnam, who also criticised the takeover bid in September, told peers that the "unprecedented" situation poses a "genuine threat to plural, consensus-based democracy in this country". He noted that Sky's turnover is 163% times that of the BBC and it could rise to 220% by 2016.

"Where should we in this country seek to draw the line between information and influence?" he said.

"The scope for ensuring that news in particular can be manipulated to reflect a prejudicial viewpoint across different media is considerable, especially since if the other shareholders were driven out, News Corp would have all but untrammelled control on Sky News."

At the special debate, Lord Puttnam was supported in his views by the composer Lord Lloyd-Webber and the former BBC director general Lord Birt.

Despite praising Murdoch's "bold, buccaneering spirit", Birt warned that Sky was "a financial behemoth now dwarfing other players, including the BBC, financially".

He added: "I hope the government and the regulators will resist News Corporation's desire to wholly own Sky.

"The opportunities that cross-subsidy, cross-promotion and the opportunities of bundling could easily see News Corporation's dominance in newspapers increase".

Yesterday, business secretary Vince Cable ordered Ofcom to investigate News Corp's bid to acquire for the 61% of pay-TV operator Sky that it does not already own.

There has already been speculation that Sky could look to sell off its Sky News division as a way to assuage fears about news plurality and enable the deal to go through.

05-11-2010, 15:31
'S4C worth £90m to Welsh economy'

Friday, November 5

BroadcastingThe effect of Welsh-language channel S4C on the Welsh economy will be worth nearly £90 million this year, new research has claimed.

The report, conducted by the Wales Economic Research Unit at Cardiff University, said that the broadcaster is responsible for sustaining 2,100 jobs in the Welsh creative sector.

It also revealed that S4C and its independent television production companies have invested nearly £900,000 over the last two years in training schemes in partnership with Skillset and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Welcoming the report's findings, S4C Authority chairman John Walter Jones said: "The report shows clearly the economic contribution S4C makes at all levels in Wales, promoting investment in new technology and training, stimulating enterprise and helping to secure economic stability in communities throughout Wales."

As part of the BBC's new licence fee settlement agreed last month, the government announced that funding for S4C would pass from the Department Of Culture Media and Sport to the BBC.

The corporation will take over part-funding of S4C from 2013, while DCMS will reduce its grant to the broadcaster by 94% over the next five years.

However, S4C is pursuing a judicial review of the decision, which it claims will "effectively merge" the Welsh-language broadcaster with the BBC.

05-11-2010, 15:32
Brazil's GVT selects Ericsson to supply TV platform

Brazil's Global Village Telecom has selected Ericsson to provide its new pay-TV platform, based on DTH and IPTV, prior to the expected launch of commercial services in 2011.

Having beaten 18 other companies to the contract, Ericsson is now charged with providing a TV platform that uses DTH for broadcast and IP for interactive services. The service will offer a number of advanced features including remote DVR, catch-up TV from up to 30 days previously, video on demand, and access to Internet services including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

GVT states that it is still looking for three other companies to provide the satellite transmission and reception parts of its pay-TV platform. Later this year GVT plans to select a supplier of set-top boxes, and is also waiting on communications regulator Anatel to grant it a licence for the delivery of satellite TV services. The application was made on August 30th, and the telco expects to receive the licence before the end of the year.

05-11-2010, 15:33
Why the new AppleTV leaves a bitter taste in the mouth

5 November 2010

Apple has been on a roll for the last few years, yet amid the enormous success of the iPhone and iPad, the uninspiring AppleTV has stuck out like a sore thumb. However, Apple clearly hopes to turn that situation around with the biggest redesign the player has had since its launch in 2007.

The new iteration certainly looks different. It’s smaller than its predecessor, measuring a mere 3.9ins wide and deep, and just 0.9in high. The reduction in size – and price cut from £200 to £100 – was made possible by removing the hard disk. This means that the AppleTV can only be used to rent and stream video now, as there’s no way of buying and permanently storing anything on this model. However, you do still have the option of buying films and programmes using iTunes on your Mac or PC and then streaming them to the AppleTV over your home network.

All that’s left inside the smaller box are a processor and a handful of connectors, including HDMI, optical digital audio output, and both Ethernet and Wireless-N networking. Output via HDMI is limited to 720p, which will immediately put some cinephiles off altogether.

The hardware may have changed drastically, but the onscreen interface looks more familiar, with the same straightforward setup procedure and attractive menu system. I had no trouble streaming some rented HD films from the iTunes Store via a Wi-Fi connection, and it was a snap to stream both audio and video from my desktop Mac to the AppleTV too.

ITunes doesn’t hack it
However, Apple still hasn’t addressed the AppleTV’s real weakness, which is that it only enables you to view video content that is available from the iTunes Store. Although iTunes is the dominant force in the music download market, it’s just one of many outlets for film and television content on the ‘net. Without access to other non-Apple video services, the AppleTV is simply too limited in scope – especially for users in the UK.

The company is being a bit cagey about this, but it’s thought that the new AppleTV now runs the same iOS software that also powers Apple’s iPhone and iPad. It was hoped that this would allow the player to run iPhone apps, such as BBC iPlayer, and in so doing would open it up to a wider range of online video services. In the US, the AppleTV can access the popular NetFlix online rental service. However, NetFlix is only available in the US, and UK-based services such as the BBC iPlayer, 4oD, or LOVEFiLM are nowhere to be seen.

This means that UK users are restricted just to the limited and expensive selection of material that is available via the iTunes Store. A new HD release such as Kick-Ass costs a hefty £4.50 to rent via the AppleTV, with other recent releases averaging £3.50, and older, standard-definition titles going down to £2.50. The pricing isn’t attractive – especially compared to the amount of films and programmes you can watch online with a £12.99 monthly LOVEFiLM subscription.

We're also shocked to see that the UK version of the AppleTV is limited to film rentals only. The ‘TV Shows’ option available on the US version is missing here.http://www.sat-universe.com/images/smilies/clapping.gif

It is still possible to rent TV programmes using iTunes on a Mac or PC and streaming them across your home network, but a device that can’t directly rent or buy TV programmes hardly seems to merit the name AppleTV.

The latest rumour is that the AppleTV will indeed get its own version of the iPhone App Store sometime in the future, and that this will finally allow it to gain access to other online video services. That would massively enhance the player’s appeal, but right now the material available to UK users via iTunes alone is too limited and too expensive for us to recommend the AppleTV in its current form.

05-11-2010, 15:38
Pay-TV subscriptions on the up, study shows
Friday, November 5th 2010

Research has shown an increase in pay-TV subscriber numbers.
The worldwide number of people signed up to paid-for digital TV services is on the rise.

New figures published by ABI Research revealed that global pay-TV subscription numbers hit 692 million by the end of the third quarter of 2010, up two per cent on the previous three-month period.

Although growth in customer volumes for cable and satellite services - such as Sky and Virgin Media - has slowed in some developed markets, it is expected to remain strong in regions including eastern Europe and Latin America.

Practice director at ABI Research Jason Blackwell commented: "Pay-TV subscriber growth is holding steady in a number of world regions."

In its recently-released financial results for the third quarter, leading cable TV provider Virgin Media announced its total number of television subscribers surpassed 3.76 million, up from 3.66 million between April and June.

Virgin Media chief executive Neil Berkett described the company's performance during the period as "strong".

05-11-2010, 15:39
Hacked Apple TV Gets Plex App

It was only a matter of time before tinkerers had their way with the hackable Apple TV, with one hacker making a custom weather app. Now, someone else has come along and added Mac media center Plex to the set-top box.

Plex Forum member Quiqueck said in a post that he had been fiddling with the app and a jailbroken Apple TV 2 for a while, and although he had some success, the Plex app isn't without its limitations. First, you can only use Plex for video playback only--no music, app management or images. Second, the hack is still a little buggy. Large sections of Plex time out during loading time and the “Local Servers” screen only updates by pressing up or down on your remote.

However Quiqueck appears to still be working on the app hack, and is asking people who use his hack to report back if they encounter any new problems.Hopefully then he will be able to get Plex for Apple TV working to its full potential in the near future.. If not, someone could always try adding a hack of the VLC player app.

05-11-2010, 15:39
F1 HD upgrade not guaranteed, says Ecclestone

Formula 1 racing's long-awaited upgrade to HD might be delayed past 2011 because the technology is not ready.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he is still not sure the 2011 season will be shown in high definition.

Even if the upgrade goes ahead, it will at best be '50 per cent HD and 50 per cent standard definition'.

In September, Ecclestone indicated that the 2011 Grand Prix season would be broadcast in HD.

Speaking to Germany's motorsport-total.com, he said the problem lies with in-car cameras, which are still too large and heavy to mount on the cars.

Current in-car cameras are extremely lightweight, and Formula One's TV operation would also have to find double the bandwidth to beam the signals back from around the track.

Ecclestone has been cautious about introducing new viewing technology into F1 since his attempt to introduce a multi-view service for pay-TV collapsed after just one year.

Income was poor because fans weren't willing to pay for the extra screens while the races were also shown on free-to-air TV, and because of severe piracy problems in the German and Italian TV markets at the time.

With many broadcasters still showing F1 on free-to-air channels, there's also little incentive for Ecclestone to upgrade to HD.

05-11-2010, 15:40
Ireland launches Freeview but Freesat won't be at 28E

Ireland's free-to-air digital TV service won't use the Astra 2 satellites for its full launch in 2011.

Ireland's answer to Freeview - called Saorview - launched across Ireland on October 31.

The first-stage service reaches 90 per cent of the population and carries RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TG4 and RTÉ News Now. There are also several radio channels, and TV3 is expected to join when it haas overcome some commercial issues.

A second stage will launch in Spring 2011 with high definition sport, drama and film; news services; interactive services and dedicated children’s services, and will reach 98 per cent of the population by 2012.

RTE is also planning to launch Saorsat - a free-to-air satellite TV service exclusive to Ireland - in Spring 2011 to reach the final two per cent.

This can't be achieved with the Astra 2 group at 28 degrees East - used by Freesat and Sky - because it also covers the UK and parts of Europe.

But is might be done with Eutelsat Ka-Sat, a new satellite launching later this year which uses highly focussed beams in higher Ka-band frequencies.

The Irish government is already planning to use Ka-Sat to supply broadband to remote communities, so it would be ideal for getting TV to the same locations.

However, no deal for TV has yet been announced between RTE and Eutelsat.

Like all EU countries, Ireland must switch off its analogue TV transmitter network by the end of 2012.

05-11-2010, 15:41
Life's a Pitch, an online football fanzine featuring debate and exclusive interviews, has been launched by BT Vision.
BT Vision has launched an online football fanzine in a bid to demonstrate its long-term commitment to covering the sport.

The telecoms giant won the right to sell Sky Sports 1 and 2 for the first time ahead of the start of the 2010-11 Premier League season and has unveiled the Life's a Pitch website in support of this.

According to the digital TV provider, the online resource will feature "hard-hitting debate" and a number of exclusive interviews with big-name players, including Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale and striker Peter Crouch.

Welsh international Bale was on hand at London's Southbank for the launch and gave his backing to the site, commenting: "It's fantastic for fans to have such a wealth of content and information.

"I think BT has a great new football offering on their Sky Sports BT Vision service."

05-11-2010, 15:42
CWC Caribbean IPTV?

UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) is considering the launch of IPTV services across a number of the countries in which it operates in the Caribbean in the second half of its 2010/11 fiscal year.

Tony Price, the company’s CEO, unveiled the plans during a conference call to discuss the company’s first financial results since it was officially established as a standalone company on March 26th 2010 as part of the demerger of UK-based Cable & Wireless (C&W).

“Our range of services has grown with TV, broadband and mobile data offerings, opening the way for triple-play, and I think in the next year quadruple play”, the executive said, and referring specifically about the launch of quad-play services in the Panamanian market he noted: “A year ago if you’d asked me I would have said it was never going to happen because people procure mobile in a different way to other services … Triple-play is producing good returns. Pay-TV is going great but most interestingly our broadband market share has gone from 60% to 70% on the back of triple-play, so that proves that triple-play does cut churn and does offer the scope to recover market share that you’ve lost to a new entrant.”

05-11-2010, 15:42
EU copyright rules need major overhaul

European copyright rules are out of date and require a major overhaul, European Union Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes told the Forum d’Avignon.

According to Kroes, those who will prosper in the digital age are those who understand that convergence is one of the keys. “The convergence of media provides an incredible opportunity for the artists and creators of our times, and also for their public – you and me,” she said. “Just like cinema did not kill theatre, nor did television kill radio. The Internet won’t kill any other media either.”

“Our fragmented copyright system… has ended up giving a more prominent role to intermediaries than to artists,” Kroes said. “It irritates the public who often cannot access what artists want to offer and leaves a vacuum which is served by illegal content, depriving the artists of their well deserved remuneration.”

“Instead of a dysfunctional system based on a series of cultural Berlin walls, I want a return to sense,” she said. A committee of experts, chaired by Maurice Levy, will report on possible solutions in early next year. Kroes said the commission will examine divergent national private copyright levies. It will also investigate multi-territorial and pan-European licensing.

05-11-2010, 15:43
Global pay-TV market served 692m subs in Q3

In Q3-2010, net subscriber addition in the global pay-TV market increased 2 per cent over Q2-2010 according to ABI Research’s pay-TV market data.

“The global number of pay-TV subscribers reached 692 million in the third quarter of 2010,” reported ABI Research practice director Jason Blackwell. “Pay-TV subscriber growth is holding steady in a number of world regions.”

According to ABI, pay television markets have experienced many changes resulting from the entry of a number of new television platforms. Platforms such as digital terrestrial TV and online video are stimulating more competition to the traditional pay-TV services. As a result, ABI notes slower subscriber growth in satellite and cable television services.

The slow growth in subscribers is notable especially in Western Europe and North America where the penetration rate is high. However, satellite and cable TV growth is expected to remain strong in the regions such as Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Pay digital terrestrial television has seen success in countries such as France, Italy and Spain. Italian pay terrestrial television provider Mediaset is the leader in the pay terrestrial TV market. Mediaset added nearly 300,000 subscribers in Q to reach a total subscriber base of 4.4 million. “At this moment Western Europe, with a comprehensive 99 per cent of the terrestrial pay-TV market, holds the largest terrestrial television market share,” commented research associate Khin Sandi Lynn.

There was strong growth in worldwide IPTV subscriptions in the third quarter of 2010, with more than 2.7 million IPTV subscribers added. Global broadband penetration is increasing, as well as the broadband speed. High-speed broadband opens an opportunity for operators to offer IPTV services. Western Europe remains the largest IPTV market, followed by the Asia-Pacific region and North America.

ABI Research expects that the worldwide IPTV subscriber base will exceed 53 million at the end of 2011.

05-11-2010, 15:45
PrimaCom acquired by lenders in debt-for-equity swap

The lenders of German cable operator PrimaCom have confirmed that they have taken over the company in a debt-for-equity swap. In exchange for writing down PrimaCom’s loans, the lenders – including US-based hedge fund Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Avenue Capital Group and London-based Alcentra Group – will acquire all of the shares in holding company Medfort Sarl, which bought PrimaCom from former parent PrimaCom AG in July 2010 after the company filed for insolvency. The lenders also agreed to provide €30 million through a second lien loan to allow the company to expand its business.

PrimaCom said on June 14th 2010 that the District Court of Charlottenburg had started insolvency proceedings for the non-operating PrimaCom Holding, after its shareholders failed to come to an agreement with creditors regarding repayment of a €29.2 million loan. The following month, the cableco said it had secured a €15 million credit line from a consortium of banks, allowing the operational business of the PrimaCom group to continue.

07-11-2010, 06:42
Telecom NZ, Sky TV in broadband partnership talks

At its September results briefing, Telecom Retail chief executive Alan Gourdie said his company was talking to Sky TV in New Zealand about becoming a possible iSky partner.

Sky TV’s new iSky service, launching by Christmas, will provide TV programmes and movies on-demand, delivered to a MySky HDi box via broadband.

A raft of ISP partners were recently announced for iSky – but Telecom, whose retail division holds around 57 per cent share in the home broadband market – was conspicuously absent. At the time, it was assumed that Telecom was protecting its relationship with TiVo, which offers a similar content over-broadband service, Caspa.

Gourdie said that if Telecom does reach an arrangement with Sky TV, it will continue with TiVo (whose parent company, Hybrid TV, is one third owned by TVNZ).

The iSky partners already announced are Vodafone, Slingshot (the retail arm of CallPlus), Orcon, Xnet, Woosh and Farmside.

07-11-2010, 06:43
More legal content services best way to counter piracy

The digital media industry needs to offer more legal ways to access content, such as streaming and micropayment systems, to overcome piracy, suggests research by BDRC Continental.

At the Media Research Group conference in Malta, director of media and Internet research James Myring presented the company’s first study of digital content piracy.

“If piracy is to be reduced, it can’t be through threats and sanctioning. Carrot and stick need to work together,” said director of media and Internet research James Myring. “The availability of legitimate alternatives like Spotify and other streaming sites has reduced piracy, our research indicates. Streaming sites are of interest to content owners because they don’t have to worry about losing control. The idea of keeping all their content in the cloud is appealing.’

“Users get annoyed by having on-demand stuff taken down after a week. They want content whenever and wherever they are. It’s reasons like this that prompt some to download illegally. The industry has much to do,” he added.

07-11-2010, 06:44
The latest addition to Western Digital's acclaimed range of media players is the WD TV Live Hub, basically a WD TV Live with the addition of a 1Tb internal hard drive and some new features.

Costing a competitive £199, the Live Hub is a Full-HD 1080p media player which suports a wide range of media types including .mkv, .mp4 and .mov. Media can be copied freely between the internal 1Tb hard drive, external USB storage devices and other networked DNLA devices such as NAS drives including the recently announced WD My Book Live Home Network Drive.
WD TV Live Hub acts as a media server for HD video, music and photos, and also features Internet 'widgets' for applications such as YouTube, Picasa and Facebook.

A newly-designed GUI includes customisable screen backgrounds and user interface themes, as well as setting of favourites and content ratings. Standard wired or wireless USB keyboards can be attached for simpler text input for activities such as searches of local content and YouTube and Facebook interaction. Connections include two USB ports and HDMI 1.4, composite video and component video output, and other features include automatic sync of shared digital media folders from PCs and Macs on the network with the internal hard drive, and WiFi compatibility (with an adaptor).

07-11-2010, 06:45
Strike knocks flagship shows off air

Thousands of BBC journalists walked out this morning in a 48-hour strike over pensions, in a move that knocked some of the broadcaster’s flagship shows off air. The walkout by around 4,000 members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) began at midnight UTC and was expected to cause major disruption, with television and radio shows enjoyed by millions pulled entirely or cut back.

Radio Four’s flagship “Today” programme, which has about 6.5 million listeners each morning, did not go out this morning, replaced instead by a series of pre-recorded shows. Meanwhile the BBC’s rolling news channel was expected to be restricted to regular updates, possibly as short as two minutes, with the rest of the channel filled by repeats, reports said.

Picket lines will be mounted at BBC offices across the country in the first of two strikes planned for this month, with the second due to take place on November 15-16. Negotiations about proposed pension changes between BBC journalists and management broke down last month, with 70 percent of the NUJ’s members voting against the broadcaster’s latest offer on pensions.

At the heart of the dispute are the BBC’s plans to reduce a pensions deficit of £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion, €1.7 billion) by capping increases in pensionable pay. “NUJ members across the BBC have consistently dubbed the proposals a pensions robbery,” said NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear. “That hasn’t changed. The BBC have now left members with no choice but to take action to defend their pensions.”

In a statement, the BBC said it was “disappointed” at the strike, particularly as four other unions had agreed a deal, adding: “It is the public who lose out and we apologise to our audience for any disruption to services.”

In a message to staff, BBC chief Mark Thompson insisted the offer made to journalists was a “fair one.” The industrial action “may manage to take some output off the air or lower its quality,” he said. “But strikes aren’t going to reduce the pension deficit or make the need for radical pension reform go away.”

07-11-2010, 06:48
Dutch public broadcasters agree budget savings

The Dutch public broadcasters have agreed how to cut 50 million euros per year from the budget in order to fulfil the required 200 million euro savings by 2015 contained in the coalition agreement. Details are contained in a document that Dutch Public Broadcasting (NPO) together with the different broadcasting foundations has prepared and shared with CDA Minister Marja van Bijsterveld (Media).

The broadcasting foundations will collectively make 25 million euros of annual savings, and NPO will save the same amount by operating more efficiently. The structure of public broadcasting will be simplified by reducing the number of broadcasting foundations from 22 to eight. The number of digital channels and websites should also decrease.

07-11-2010, 06:49
A major UK pub chain has launched a new website to promote upcoming Sky Sports 3D events.

Sports fans can track down their nearest Orchid pub with Sky Sports 3D access via a new website.

The Orchid Group has 84 establishments with access to the digital TV provider's 3D sporting coverage, each of which has a special "3D zone" designed to enhance the experience.

Sports enthusiasts who check out the new website will be able to locate their nearest Orchid bar with a 3D screen and download a fixture calendar direct to their online diaries.

A list of the amenities offered in each pub - such as extra-cold beer, big screens and cash machines - is also featured.

Marketing manager at the company Wayne Penfold commented: "With an ever-growing list of major sporting events now being broadcast in 3D, it's important we promote the fact that there is no better 3D experience than in [a] local pub."

Pay-TV giant Sky launched what it described as the first in-home 3D channel in Europe at the start of October, kicking off with coverage of the Ryder Cup.

07-11-2010, 06:50
Sub Losses Plague Dish In Q3

Subscriber losses continued to plague Dish Network in the third quarter, as the second largest satellite TV service provider in the country lost about 29,000 customers in the period, a sign that some analysts said pointed to its focus on price conscious customers.
It was the second consecutive quarter of subscriber losses for Dish - the satellite giant lost about 19,000 customers in the second quarter. And depending on the analyst, it was either a sign of the folly of targeting lower-end customers or a temporary rough spot as Dish weeds out lower-tier customers for those buying HDTV and other advanced services
In a research report Friday, Sanford Bernstein cable and satellite analyst Craig Moffett singled out the subscriber "shrinkage" as a sign that Dish is once again headed for rough waters.
"The travails of the low end consumer poured cold water on Dish's nascent recovery from the rough patch it had hit in 2009 and, as any Seinfeld fan will recall, with cold water comes shrinkage," Moffett wrote.
While financial growth was in line with most estimates - revenue at $3.2 billion was marginally ahead of consensus - and average monthly revenue per customer increased 6.8% to $74.24, Moffett was discouraged by higher churn and greater subscriber acquisition costs. In the period, churn rose to 1.98%(well above consensus expectations of 1.8%) and SAC was $795 per gross addition, again above consensus of $741).
"In most monoline businesses, when trends turn negative, investors get scared," Moffett wrote. "We expect a similar reaction here. Longer term risks of disintermediation ("cord cutting") pose an existential threat to satellite's broadcast-only video business, and cable's broadband dominance poses the risk of competitive foreclosure. If near term results are negative, and long term expectations are worse, it's very hard indeed to make a case for expanding multiples."
Other analysts said the subscriber losses were likely self-induced - Dish spent less effort trying to retain less profitable customers.
In a note Friday Pivotal Research Group principal and media & communications analyst Jeff Wlodarczak wrote that price increases, customers dropping pay TV in favor of over the air television and the weak economy all played a role in the subscriber losses.
"It appears that Dish was more focused on driving better financial results (partly through reduced retention) likely letting pre-paid subscribers bleed off," Wlodarczak wrote. "We highlight that Dish could have likely raised retention $50 million during Q3 [and] reported a financial beat and positive subscriber growth."
Dish shares were up 42 cents each (2%) to $21.11 per share in afternoon trading Nov. 5.
Dish executives hinted on a conference call with analysts Friday that the subscriber losses could continue in the fourth quarter, adding that the full impact of its 30-day carriage battle with Fox Networks is not yet fully known.
"Clearly the Fox dispute in the short term is going to have an impact," Dish executive vice president Tom Cullen said on the call. "During a programming interruption you are going to lose subscribers. The effect of that continues even after the programming comes back up because you have to reengage on both the activation and churn front." He declined to quantify what impact hat may have on the fourth quarter.
Fox pulled its FX network, National Geographic channel and 19 regional sports networks from Dish on Oct. 1. The networks were restored on Oct. 29, after the two parties reached a deal.
Dish chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said on the call that while the dispute presented some short term pain for Dish, it was worth it because Dish now has a more solid relationship with Fox.
"Our partnership now is very solid," Ergen said. "The long term results will hopefully outweigh the short term impact."

07-11-2010, 06:51
ESPN 3D's World Cup Presentation: More Effective For Match Enjoyment, Ads
Comprehensive Study Indicates 3D Coverage Outscored 2D Telecasts Across Host Of Metrics

New York -- Study groups viewing the World Cup in 3D enjoyed the matches more than those who watched the 2D version of the futbol telecasts, their recall for the enhanced format ads was greater and generally speaking there were fewer adverse health impacts from eyeing the format than bouncing a soccer ball off one's head.
Those were among the key takeaways from a comprehensive research study by ESPN Research + Analytics, which compiled results, spanning over 700 measures, from more than 1,000 testing sessions and 2,700 hours of participants watching live or nearly live games during the programmer's 3D coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the Disney Media and Ad Lab in Austin, Texas. ESPN hosted a presentation for reporters here on Thursday morning, when it disclosed some of the study's findings.
Professor Duane Varan, executive director and chief research officer of the Disney Media & Advertising Lab, who spearheaded the study, said the research, which used systems from five different 3D manufacturers and active and passive glasses, found that participants reported that their enjoyment of the match grew to 70% in 3D, versus 65% for the 2D view, while their feeling of the game's "presence" surged to 69% in 3D from 42%.
From an advertising perspective, the numbers were also encouraging on at least five fronts: ad recognition grew from 83% in 2D to 94% in 3D; cued recall improved from 68% to 83%; indications of the likelihood of intent to purchase rose from 49% to 83%; ad likeability jumped from 67% to 84%; and more favorable brand disposition increased to 72% from 76%.
It should also be pointed out that only four ads -- a 3D SportsCenter-themed promo, and spots for Toy Story 3, Gillette and Sony, the official sponsor of the ESPN 3D network -- aired during the pre-, post-game and halftime segments, as the run-of-match coverage was presented commercial-free.
The study did not reveal any major difference between passive and active 3D TV sets, relative to the overall impact or enjoyment of the programming. Still, participants gave their thumbs up to the passive frames as being more comfortable and less distracting than the heavier, battery-operated active glasses that most manufacturers are currently providing with their 3D-enabled TV sets.
Health issues, stemming from 3D viewing, were largely a non-factor with concerns about dizziness and nausea dismissed, and incidents of eye strain, headaches and fatigue minimal compared to those watching in 2D. Respondents also evinced no adverse reaction relative to depth perception. Comfort levels for the participants increased over time, presumably as they became more acclimated to the glasses and the images, However, short breaks in 3D viewing were deemed to beneficial overall.
Thus far, the sports giant has produced 38 events in 3D, and is en route to its goal of airing 100 in the enhanced format during ESPN3D's first year, which kicked off with the World Cup from South Africa last June.
ESPN vice president/strategic business planning and development Bryan Burns, noting that the ESPN 3D is available to more than 62 million through affiliate commitments, said "We're headed in the right direction. We're right where we should be."
Both Burns and Artie Bulgrin, senior VP of ESPN Research + Analytics, said that ESPN 3D will outpace where ESPN HD was after its first year in terms of set penetration and actual viewing. Bulgrin pointed out that many early purchasers of HD sets didn't get the necessary set-tops that would have enabled them to watch the programming in that enhanced format.
"The [3D adoption] curve will move more rapidly [than withHD], provided there is enough content," Bulgrin predicted.

07-11-2010, 06:52
Senate Commerce Committee To Hold Retrans Hearing Nov. 17
Cablevision, News Corp. Among Parties Communications Subcommittee Is Expected To Invite

As expected, the Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing Nov. 17 on the retransmission consent regime, a committee source confirmed Friday.

Multichannel News had reported Oct. 19 that Kerry was looking at holding a hearing that week.

Committee chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) is teeing up legislation, a discussion draft of which he sent to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski. That came in the midst of the bitter Fox/Cablevision retrans fight.

Calling it a "broken system," Kerry had said the legislation would try to fix the two-party system, in this case negotiating parties, for the sake of a third party: consumers. As he telegraphed in a statement following Fox and Cablevision's failure to come to terms Oct. 15, the bill would keep signals on the air while the FCC evaluates both parties and recommends, or doesn't recommend, binding arbitration, during which carriage would also continue.

According to various sources, among the parties the committee is expected to invite are representatives of Cablevision and News Corp., the central parties in the most recent and highest-profile retrans impasse, and Genachowski, who has told Kerry he supports a congressional review of retransmission consent. "Under the present system, the FCC has very few tools with which to protect consumers' interests in the retransmission consent process," Genachowski told Kerry in a letter Oct. 29.

Another possible witness would be a representative of Time Warner Cable, which has been one of the leading voices for retrans reform via the American Television Alliance and a petition to the FCC to change the retrans rules, including mandating outside arbitration and keeping stations on the air during retrans disputes.

07-11-2010, 06:53
Scripps Nets Come Off U-Verse As Pact Expires
Food, HGTV, DIY, Cooking, GAC Lose 2.7M Subs In Pact Dispute

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Food Network, HGTV, Cooking, DIY and GAC came off AT&T U-verse TV lineups Friday morning in a move Scripps called "surprising" after it offered a temporary extension.

Scripps said it offered a "third extension" to AT&T that would have kept the networks on through the rest of the year, while negotiations continued.

SNI president John Lansing said the two sides had agreed on fees already, ahead of the contract's expiration (before extensions) last month. The dispute now is over broadband and other new technology distribution platforms that go beyond traditional cable carriage, he said.

Food Network's Guy FieriFood Network's Guy FieriThe channels came off AT&T U-Verse at 1 a.m., AT&T said. U-Verse TV has about 2.7 million customers.

AT&T said it was replacing the channels in the meantime with "a free preview" of TLC on channels 450/1450, Bravo on channels 452/1452, Planet Green on channels 454/1454, ION Life on channel 456/1456 and CMT Pure Country on channel 529.

AT&T said Scripps "ultimately refused to put in writing key terms that had been agreed upon verbally, leaving our customers without a fair deal as our extended contract expired."

Using language similar -- possibly stronger -- than that used by Cablevision against Fox Networks in their recent impasse (though that dispute mostly involved broadcast stations), AT&T said SNI "is demanding that AT&T pay double what other competitors pay -- including smaller-sized affiliates -- and has yet to provide a proposal that gives AT&T a choice in the channels we carry and pay for, despite repeated requests."

AT&T also said "Scripps Networks also wants this premium price for inferior access to their content for our customers on other platforms, even though other competitors get this at much lower prices. With such an uneven playing field, they are harming AT&T's ability to provide customers with a new video choice. We will continue to fight for a fair deal to bring these channels back to our lineup because our customers deserve the programming they want, at a fair price."

Scripps said "the remaining issues involved in the negotiations revolve around AT&T U-verse's demands to use Scripps Networks' video -- video that was created specifically for its lifestyle networks and video that Scripps owns -- in ways that go beyond normal business practices."

SNI president John Lansing said in a statement: "AT&T U-verse demanded unreasonably broad video rights for emerging media where business models have not even been established. Accepting their demands would have restrained our ability to deliver our content to our viewers in new and innovative ways."

Again ramping up the verbiage, AT&T said: "Unfortunately, this is yet another example of a network punishing its own viewers for leverage in programming negotiations."

AT&T dropped Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel in September when that deal expired.

SNI channels were off Cablevision for about three weeks in January in a fee dispute.

Channel drops have been a frequent occurrence lately. MSG Networks outlets are off Dish Network in a lingering dispute, and G4 as of this week is off DirecTV.

07-11-2010, 06:54
Ex-Channel M boss says local TV will work

The former chief executive of the failed Manchester television station Channel M has today insisted that the government's local TV plans will prove successful.

Mark Dodson, the former boss of MEN Media, was made redundant this February when Channel M was mothballed by its owner, the Guardian Media Group.

Speaking at a City University conference on local television, Dodson expressed his belief that "the city TV model is the only model that's going to work quickly enough" for local TV, reports the Press Gazette.

He said that Channel M generated annual revenues of £4.3 million and attracted around 300,000 viewers a week, but was hindered by a lack of support.

"There's no currency in the advertising market for local TV, the Barb figures are not sensitive enough. There's no network for national advertising... and the analogue signal that we inherited from government was not fit for purpose," he said.

"We had just got on Freeview at a time when the investment and patience had run out."

However, Dodson added: "Just because Channel M failed it doesn't mean city TV will fail. Within three years we will have a network of TV stations in Britain starting with eight city-based networks that will help more rural stations down the line."

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt hopes to create a network of local TV stations in the UK to create the same kind of vibrant services as seen in countries such as the US.

He has tasked Lazard's head of investment banking Nicholas Shott with investigating local television, including how regulation could be changed to stimulate the sector.

Media analyst Claire Enders, who is currently serving on Shott's panel, told the conference that a public subsidy will be required to really make local TV work.

"You are not going to see massive amounts of investment in this space because it's not worth it. Local advertising is anaemic, the local press has been in decline for 20 years," she said.

"Advertising agencies want big bang for their buck, the last thing they are interested in is local TV. Subsidy is required and that subsidy might take different forms."

However, former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, who helped launch Trinity Mirror's failed Live TV local news network in 1995, dismissed the chances of local TV ever proving a success.

"The idea of local TV is a complete disaster and anybody going into it is completely nuts," he said.

"You can't invest enough money to make it look good, but if it doesn't look any good people think it is amateurish and don't want to watch it."

07-11-2010, 06:55
French MasterChef finally dishes up success

Shine format MasterChef finally took off on French network TF1 in its final episodes, with the series ending yesterday on 5.9 million viewers.

The final of the cooking competition show brought in a 28% four-plus market share and a 37% share of women under 50.

Since launching at the end of August, the French adaptation of MasterChef stalled at an average of around 4.4 million viewers. This translated into four-plus shares that were only just acceptable to the leading terrestrial channel, although it was sometimes beaten by M6 series Bones. Fortunately, MasterChef's market shares were much better among the ad-friendly demo of women under 50.

The show finally started to take off last month, climbing to 4.7 million viewers on October 7, 4.8 million on October 14, down to 4.6 million on October 21 and back up to 5.6 million last week. This has given the show a better chance of being renewed.

07-11-2010, 06:56
Digital TV platform YouView appoints marketing agencies

Adam & Eve, OMD and Momentum will be involved in raising awareness of the launch of YouView.
Internet connected digital TV platform YouView has appointed a number of advertising agencies to promote its forthcoming launch.

The joint venture between some of the UK's biggest broadband and TV companies, including the BBC, BT, ITV and TalkTalk, revealed it will use the services of three agencies - Adam & Eve, OMD and Momentum.

These partners will co-ordinate the rollout of YouView's various channels by mid-2011.

Marketing director at the organisation Tim Hunt insisted that all the parties involved in YouView - formerly known as Project Canvas - are committed to bringing the initiative "to life".

Mr Hunt added: "We believe YouView will transform the way people watch TV forever and have assembled a highly talented agency team to help deliver this."

Speaking at a recent Broadcast Journalist Guild event, YouView chairman Kip Meek said pay-TV giant Sky would be welcome to get involved with the joint venture, but not as a shareholder.

This is despite the fact Sky has been critical of the project in the past. will be involved in raising awareness of the launch of YouView.
Internet connected digital TV platform YouView has appointed a number of advertising agencies to promote its forthcoming launch.

The joint venture between some of the UK's biggest broadband and TV companies, including the BBC, BT, ITV and TalkTalk, revealed it will use the services of three agencies - Adam & Eve, OMD and Momentum.

These partners will co-ordinate the rollout of YouView's various channels by mid-2011.

Marketing director at the organisation Tim Hunt insisted that all the parties involved in YouView - formerly known as Project Canvas - are committed to bringing the initiative "to life".

Mr Hunt added: "We believe YouView will transform the way people watch TV forever and have assembled a highly talented agency team to help deliver this."

Speaking at a recent Broadcast Journalist Guild event, YouView chairman Kip Meek said pay-TV giant Sky would be welcome to get involved with the joint venture, but not as a shareholder.

This is despite the fact Sky has been critical of the project in the past.

07-11-2010, 06:57
CBS has kicked off a US$1.5bn share buy-back scheme after reporting a 53% leap in third quarter profit, thanks to gains in advertising, cable revenue and a cost-cutting exercise.

The US company said yesterday that it had earned US$317.3m in the three months to September 30, up from US$207.6m a year earlier.

The upswing came despite a 1.8% dip in revenue to US$3.3bn, due to the fact there were no new seasons of Medium, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, Everybody Hates Chris and Numb3rs in syndication.

But ad revenue at the main CBS network was up 7% and on a local level the figure was even higher, with ad revenue at CBS Television Stations up 25% year-on-year.

The entertainment division, which houses the national CBS channel, CBS Television Studios and CBS Studios International, reported a 12% drop in revenue to US$1.62bn. This was due to the absence of the aforementioned programmes.

But overseas sales were strong. CBS has sold Hawaii Five-0 in almost 200 territories, with two other new shows, Blue Bloods and The Defenders, also doing well.

"This season we sold all three of our new dramas internationally for north of US$2m an episode each, meaning that all three were profitable before a single episode aired," said CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves on a conference call yesterday.

"Within weeks of announcing Hawaii Five-0 was on our schedule, we sold it in more than 100 markets and now it's in nearly all 200 of our overseas markets."

Over in the company's cable division, which runs Showtime Networks, Smithsonian Networks and CBS College Sports Networks, revenue rose 12% to US$370m. Showtime subscriptions were up 7% to 64.9 million, the company said.

There were improvements in operating income across the board and operating costs fell significantly thanks to restructuring over the past 12 months. "Just as we saw last year, each quarter in 2010 is delivering higher profits than the quarter before," said Moonves.

"The operating environment continues to improve, and we are reaping the benefits of our lower cost structure, with margins that are approaching pre-recession levels."

Moonves added that CBS's content "continues to flourish."

"In the first five weeks of the fall television season, we were number one in every key demo," he said. "All of our freshman shows are off to a very strong start, which sets us up for future growth through retransmission fees, domestic and international syndication."

Moonves said the prospects for real returns from emerging digital platforms were also improving but he emphasised the strength of the broadcasting advertising market on both the national and local levels.

"As we close out the year, we believe that the fourth quarter will continue the trend of improving upon the quarter before it. We see a strong finish to 2010 and a very bright future ahead," he said.

07-11-2010, 07:00
Employees of BBC, consisting of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), began the second day of strikes against the schema changes to pension benefits.
According to the staff union, the strike, which began at midnight on Friday, producing tangible results.
Today Programme of Radio 4 has been canceled, but the news at 18:00 and at 22:00 have been aired in full.
NUJ, numbering in their ranks 4,100 employees BBC, rejected the "final offer" leadership Broadcasting Corporation about the pension scheme, which voted in support of other unions.
Another 48-hour strike is planned for November 15 and 16.
Previously reported that the Government can not compel employees BBC to stay on the job. The fact that the BBC is a public organization, whose board of trustees appointed by the British queen.
Nationals of the UK are paying a special fee in the budget, which means there is a corporation. The right to strike in Britain denied only policemen who are not allowed even to join a union.
As reported in October, BBC has agreed to the 340 millionth reduction in the budget, which amounts to a tenth of the annual fee for a TV license, which is taxed at home in the UK.
The corporation said that budget cuts preferable to the alternative proposed by the government. Officials wanted to oblige the BBC to reimburse payments to pensioners over the age of 75 years. In this case, the payment of the corporation would have amounted to 556 million pounds per year, this amount would continue to grow.
Government David Cameron has announced budget cuts immediately after his election victory in early 2010. The main reason for savings is the rapid growth of public debt, which over the past two years amounted to more than 50%.
Also worth noting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UK in the next few years off his funding of the World Service BBC and give it to the main balance the British Broadcasting Corporation.

07-11-2010, 07:02
New holographic TVs predicted by 2017

New breakthroughs in the development of holographic 3D technologies mean that we could well see holographic TVs within our homes by 2017.

Researchers from the University of Arizona have now developed the fastest 3D motion hologram.

The Star Wars-like tech is currently at the stage where it refreshes every two seconds, but the researchers claim that refresh rates will be good enough to develop 3D holographic TVs for the consumer market within the next seven to ten years.

3D Holographic TV

The team uses 16 different cameras focused on one particular object to create the illusion of a 3D object.

The hologram itself is created by shooting holographic pixels ('hogels') using a laser on a plastic screen, which reacts chemically to the laser and subsequently stores the image on a screen.

It is this new type of plastic that allows the hologram to refresh once every two seconds.

"It is very very close to reality," noted physicist Nasser Peyghambarian of the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Something that was science fiction is something we can do today."

Physicist Pierre-Alexandre Blanche added: "Star Wars was a great movie and we got a lot of feedback because of Princess Leia."

However, quickly smashing our sci-fi dreams, he adds the disclaimer that: "You need a screen, a support to display the image.

07-11-2010, 07:02
Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum – 3DTV coming NovemberPhilips has finally offered up a UK release date for its Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum TV range.

The 3D version of Philips' rather good 21:9 series features Bright Pro, 400Hz Clear LCD technology, Perfect Pixel HD processing and Ambilight Spectra 3 - all of whcih combine to create an awesome cinema-like picture quality.

Alongside these features there's a number of impressive specs, including: a contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, 2000 LEDs inside and a decent screen size of 58 inches.

3D ready

Philips' Clear LCD technology is key to the 21:9 as it reduces cross-talk. Given that the 21:9 Platinum is a 3D TV this is a vital feature to have, as problems with cross-talk is one of the main bugbears of the technology.

The Philips 21:9 Platinum uses active shutter 3D and the TV itself comes complete with a built-in 3D transmitter.

There is also internet capabilities on the 21:9, which hooks you up to Philips Net TV. Alongside this is a built-in web browser.

The Cinema 21:9 Platinum edition (58PFL9955) comes complete with a built-in 3D transmitter. Annoyingly 3D glasses aren't bundled so you will have to get them through the optional PTA03 pack.

The Cinema 21:9 Platinum edition has a November UK release date and will cost £3,999.

08-11-2010, 07:09
CNC English channel begins broadcast in North America

China Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC)’s English channel has further extended its international reach with the successful launch of satellite broadcasts in North America today. The CNC English service, channel 167 on Galaxy Satellite-19, is broadcast at Ku band without encryption and the signals are clear and smooth, according to the CNC service’s monitoring sites across North America.

Since its launch on 1 July, the CNC English service, CNC World News, has broadcast English news programmes 24 hours a day, covering breaking news and major political, economic and cultural news around the globe. Viewers in Asia and the Pacific can tune into CNC English programmes via Asia-Pacific Satellite-6, and users of the iPad and iPhone are also able to watch the channel’s around-the-clock programmes.

Users can also have access to the English broadcast of China’s Xinhua News Agency on xhstv.com and on mobile phones of China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.

Currently, the Xinhua TV channels broadcast an average of 2,000 minutes of news programmes each day, providing the longest hours of TV news services among the world’s media organizations. By launching video news services, Xinhua made a big step in its transformation from a text-and-photo-based news agency to a multimedia empire. Xinhua is now rolling out a new programme aimed at adjusting the functions of its overseas arms to enhance the localization of its products, and the video news service is one of the priorities of the programme.

Now, many US and Canadian cable broadcasters and TV stations can broadcast CNC programmes as the CNC English-language channel has a North America-wide coverage through satellite distribution. Some US and Canadian media organizations have expressed interest in cooperating with Xinhua in the area of video news services.

08-11-2010, 07:10

James Cameron has warned against going overboard in the rush to convert 2D films to 3D. The multi-Oscar-winning director added that such ‘retrofitting’ should be saved only for classic films.
Cameron’s comments came during a speech at Beverly Hills’ Blu Con conference, in which he equated the practice of adding 3D after production to shoehorning.

The director added that it was a mistake to apply 3D post-production imaging to the most recent Harry Potter film, the Deathly Hallows: Part One, following on from Warner Bros announcement last month that it would convert the latest installment of the kids’ favourite to 3D before its scheduled November release date in the UK and US.

He said: “"My personal philosophy is that post conversion should be used for one thing and one thing only - which is to take library titles that are favourites that are proven, and convert them into 3D - whether it's Jaws or ET or Indiana Jones, Close Encounters... or Titanic.

“Unless you have a time machine to go back and shoot it in 3D, you have no other choice. The best alternative is if you want to release a movie in 3D - make it in 3D."

This came after the October announcement that the 3D sequels to Cameron’s Avatar will be released in 2014 and 2015. The original remains the highest-grossing film of all time, with $2.77 billion (£1.76 billion) accumulated from box offices worldwide.

08-11-2010, 07:11
Arianespace to launch first Azerbaijan satellite

Azerbaijan has penned a deal to launch its first satellite, with international firm Arianespace. The impossibly named International Relations and Accounting Center of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan (or IRAACOTMCAITOTROA for short) is planning to launch the satellite via an Ariane 5 rocket, from Arianespace's Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana by the end of 2012.

The satellite will be fitted with 36 active Ku- and C-band transponders, built by Orbital Sciences Corporation of the United States, using a STAR-2 platform. It will deliver communications services for all of Azerbaijan, as well as Central Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

We are very pleased to have chosen Arianespace, which is the leading company in space transportation,” said Dr. Ali Abbasov, the Azerbaijan Minister of Communications and Information Technologies. “We are sure that Arianespace’s experience and expertise will guarantee a successful launch for our country’s first satellite.

08-11-2010, 07:12
With broadcasters seeking payment for allowing their programming to be viewed through the new Google TV Internet-connected platform, a Google executive last week said the attempt represents a “misunderstanding” by the TV industry of what Google is trying to do.

ABC, CBS and NBC have blocked full episodes of their shows from being accessed through Google TV’s browser since the product became available last month. They are demanding payment for their programming.

Rishi Chandra, Google TV’s lead product manager, compared the broadcasters’ payment requests to a network demanding fees from Microsoft so video would work on its Internet Explorer browser.

Speaking at a Streaming Media West conference in Los Angeles, Chandra said Google TV is meant to supplement the cable and broadcast TV business model by adding access to the Internet. A smart TV platform based on the Android operating system, Google TV instantly searches the Internet and TV for content using a search bar.

HBO, TBS, TNT, CNN and the Cartoon Network were among the first channels to cooperate with Google TV. However, the networks have resisted. Some analysts have said the broadcasters’ blockade is intended to discourage people from canceling their monthly subscriptions with cable and satellite TV service providers by eliminating the option of watching online episodes for free on their Internet-connected televisions.

Chandra said Google TV will not pay for access to online shows, although YouTube — a Google subsidiary — could extend its advertising revenue-share model to the living room.

“The way we would pay for content is through a similar mechanism that we pay for content through YouTube,” Chandra told the Associated Press. “This is the difference between Google TV and YouTube. YouTube is a service. Google TV itself is literally just a platform.”

Chandra also said Google TV is preparing to provide access to Hulu Plus, the $10-per-month online video subscription plan that allows users to access the back episodes of many current TV shows from News Corp.’s Fox, NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, such as “Glee,” “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.”

08-11-2010, 07:14
BBC iPlayer launches for Blackberry

The BBC has launched a mobile application to enable owners of Blackberry smartphones to catch up on TV and radio programming on the BBC iPlayer.

Anyone with a Blackberry Storm 2, Blackberry Bold 9700 or Blackberry Torch 9800 in the UK can now download the Blackberry iPlayer app.

The app only works with smartphones powered by the Blackberry OS 5.0 operating system and a WiFi connection is required to use the service.

The version of iPlayer works exactly the same as it does online, with options to watch live BBC shows, or access on-demand content.

Last month, iPlayer was rated as the most user-friendly catch-up TV service in the UK in a survey conducted by user experience consultancy Webcredible.

08-11-2010, 07:16
This year the biggest change in television coverage on election night was not on traditional TV, it was streaming video on social media websites.

Every television network dramatically increased their connections to social media, with several networks streaming live coverage on Facebook and YouTube. Also, tweeting was widely used throughout the night.

New organizations have learned that an increasing number of Americans get their news from social media sites when friends note or point out stories of interest. The phenomenon has been driving a tighter integration of news organizations with social media platforms.

CNN teamed with the social media tracking service Crimson Hexagon for a series of interactive pages that used data from social media users to track important election night issues. Crimson Hexagon is one of several companies that use sophisticated software to analyze billions of bits of social media content to track trends and consumer attitudes.

For CNN’s midterm election coverage, Crimson Hexagon supplied data that CNN.com used to build interactive Web pages showing how Twitter users were reacting to issues such as the Tea Party and the high profile races in Nevada, Washington, Florida and California.

The results illustrated how social media tracking data is playing an increasingly important role in elections both for journalists and the politicians they cover.

Though social media wasn’t used within most television coverage, all the major networks embraced it as a way of distributing their coverage. ABC News had two live feeds on Facebook — one of its network coverage and a town hall meeting at Arizona State University that featured ABC correspondents. ABC also streamed election video to its iPad application.

CBS streamed election results on Google’s YouTube, and users could watch a live stream of NBC News’ coverage on their Facebook walls and on Twitter.com.

MSNBC’s Election Day online visits were 38 percent above normal, according to the network. Mobile traffic to the site was up 60 percent over its mobile average, the highest traffic since the 2008 elections.

MSNBC.com generated more than 5 million video streams on Election Day and its aftermath. The service featured real-time results, blog posts, interactive maps, social media and video from NBC News as well as MSNBC.

The streaming enabled the networks to counter the limited time they usually get on-air for election coverage. “It’s a full-time effort to reach as many people in as many places as possible and still have the big event on television at 9:30,” Jon Banner, executive producer of ABC’s World News, told the Associated Press.

“The future is here,” said Rick Kaplan, “CBS Evening News” executive producer. “You can sit here and say, ‘I’ll dabble,’ but that’s silly. There’s so much that you can do now.”

At some point, Kaplan said, viewing habits for events such as election night will become nonlinear, with viewers not distinguishing between what they see on television or computer screens.

The 2008 election was considered a milestone in “two-screen” viewing, with viewers following returns on TV screens but looking up information at the same time online, said Mark Lukasiewicz, head of special events coverage for NBC News.

This year, network executives watched to see how many people made use of smart phones or tablets like Apple’s iPad for following election results. ABC’s iPad app allowed viewers play a “what if” interactive game, using their predictions to illustrate how they might affect the balance of power.

The Poynter Online organization’s Regina McCombs called ABC’s iPad coverage “my favorite experience of election night,” with the best touch interface of any available. “The video stream quality was good but inconsistent, with the video coming and going. When it hung up, it would (usually) restart on its own,” McCombs wrote in her mobile technology blog.

08-11-2010, 07:17
Hulu Plus comes to Sony devices

US premium online service Hulu Plus has announced the availability on Sony Bravia 2010 TVs, with the service expanding to other Bravia devices in the near future.

“As we scale our infrastructure throughout the preview period, we want to open the service to a larger subscriber base,” writes Rob Wong on the Hulu Plus blog. “To make it easier for people to try out Hulu Plus, you no longer need an invitation to subscribe. In the next week, all PS3 owners with a PlayStation Network account, which is free, will be able to download and subscribe to Hulu Plus. This will also coincide with an updated PS3 application that incorporates some of the feedback we’ve received to date.”

Over the past few weeks Hulu Plus has added several titles to the service, including new fall shows like Raising Hope, No Ordinary Family, and The Event, and back seasons of hit shows including Monk, Psych, and Battlestar Galactica.

At the moment, Hulu Plus is available on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad as well as on some Samsung HDTVs and Blu-ray players = and Sony has just been added to the list.

08-11-2010, 07:20
VMMa acquires Vitaya lifestyle channel

The Vlaamse Media Maatschappij (VMMa), a 50/50 joint venture between Belgian publishers Roularta Media Group and De Persgroep, has acquired lifestyle channel Vitaya, an analogue lifestyle channel mainly aimed at female viewers and the digital channel Vitaliteit. The two channels will be added to the VMMa portfolio consisting of VTM, 2BE, JIM and vtmKzoom.

Peter Quaghebeur, Director General VMMa, said in a statement: “Vitaya fits perfectly into our channel portfolio. Besides our general entertainment channel VTM, we also operate the male skewed 2BE, music channel JIM and vtmKzoom for children. Vitaya, a channel that focuses on women is complementary to our TV offering. In addition, Vitaya, like our four existing TV channels, is a strong brand. In tomorrow’s media landscape it will be crucial to have strong brands. We are confident that with the expertise that exists in our group we will strengthen Vitaya’s position.”

Yvette Mignolet, managing director of Vitaya: “For our shareholder Investar Vitaya has always been a financial stake. It is logical that they, as people from the banking sector, eventually wanted to sell Vitaya. Vitaya is now in the hands of VMMa, a powerful media company that has the ability to grow Vitaya. The synergy wth VMMa will benefit Vitaya and bring new opportunities that were previously not feasible. Moreover, Vitaya will stay in Flemish hands. “

08-11-2010, 07:21
Deutsche Welle facing far-reaching reforms

Deutsche Welle (DW) is facing far-reaching reforms. “Technological innovations, particularly through the Internet, and great financial pressure make changes necessary,” said director Erik Bettermann. The international broadcaster plans to adopt a new structure which will also reduce the number of employees by 2014. According to Mr Bettermann, the number of affected jobs will “lie in the triple digits.”

The DW directors last week held a meeting which agreed on key issues for the reform plan. A working group of directors will, over the coming months, develop proposals on how the plan can best be implemented. The plan envisages that radio broadcasting on shortwave will in future be maintained only for Africa. In other regions of the world, DW content will increasingly be put on the Internet and local partner stations. DW’s presence in Latin America and Russia should be increased. However, Southeastern Europe is not among the core regions.

The 30 languages currently broadcast by Deutsche Welle will be maintained, but the present division of tasks according to media types is expected to be phased out. The editors will in future produce content for television, radio and online through a trimedial process.

DW has calculated that it will be required to operate with a smaller budget for the next few years. “We are not exempt from the economies being made by the federal government,” said the director. Even if DW’s budget could be kept at the current level of 273 million euros per year, by 2014 this would effectively mean a decrease of 23 million euros due to rising costs and inflation.

08-11-2010, 07:22
Egyptian state TV obliged to allocate time for all political parties

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has issued a ruling requiring Minister of Information Anas al-Fiqi to allocate broadcasting time on state-run Egyptian television to all political parties in order to allow them to present their election platforms.

The Administrative Court said in its ruling that it has accepted an appeal submitted by political opponents against a previous ruling that rejected a lawsuit calling for air time for all political parties, as controlling air time is contrary to Article 8 of the Egyptian constitution, the law regarding political parties and the principle of equity provided for in the constitution. The court added that the Egyptian constitution does not restrict media freedom as it is state-owned or state controlled, and officials are not entitled to prevent political parties from broadcasting their platforms on the state-run satellite.

08-11-2010, 07:23
TRT Belgesel officially on 13E


Belonging to the Turkish public broadcaster Türkiye Radyo Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), TRT Belgesel documentary channel, became available to customers of satellite HOT BIRD orbital position 13E. TRT Türk Besides, this is the second Turkish TRT channel on 13E. Channel, of course, is transmitted uncoded version (free-to-air).

Inclusion of TRT Belgesel the most popular in Europe, the satellite should not be surprising, since the main objective is to promote the creation of the channel around the world of Turkish heritage. The station encourages learning about Turkish culture, history and art. In addition, the production schedule, which includes a number of documentaries on tourism, society, science and technology, nature, sports and environmental protection. All this, of course, relate to Turkey. Belgesel TRT was launched October 17, 2009. Originally broadcast under the name Turizm ve Belgesel TRT (TRT Tourism and Document).

In the form of interest, Belgesel TRT has already been emitted from 13E. Transfer briefly was launched at the beginning of August. tp. 72 (12.149 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK). The actual transmission will no longer be implemented on a permanent basis through the following parameters.


Hot Bird 8 (13E)
tp. 65 (12.015 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4; DVB-S/QPSK)

ID: TRT Belgesel
V PID: 517
PID: 700
PID PCR: 133
SID: 460
PMT PID: 261
Encoding: none

TRT Belgesel should not be a stranger to readers receiving signals from satellites Turksat 2A (42E) and Eutelsat W3A (7E).

Website trt.net.tr / trtbelgesel

08-11-2010, 07:24
LG have introduced two new 3D enabled plasma TVs with 600Hz sub field drive technology, the LG 50PX990 and LG60PX990.

With the arrival of 3D TV, plasma has been enjoying something of a resurgence. A quicker panel response time has the advantage of reducing 'Crosstalk', an undesirable side effect associated with 3D images.

Initially focusing on LCD 3D screens, LG have been prompted to concentrate more resources on their plasma division with screens which promise to reduce the 'Crosstalk' phenomenon. This occurs when images intended for the left or right eye remain on screen fractionally too long causing leakage into the image intended for the other eye, with resultant 'ghosting'.

The new screens feature MPF (Multi-Picture Format) support, which lets users view 3D pictures taken by their 3D cameras directly on the 3D TV screen.

The PX990 are amongst the first 3D Plasma TVs with THX certification, which indicates a level of display capability on par with the film maker's studio. Elsewhere you get DLNA certification, Wifi connectivity and LG’s Netcast web portal.

As well as regular 3D you also get LGs take on 'Pseudo' 2D-3D conversion which gives any video source an extra dimension. You also get a pair of 3D glasses with each TV.

LG have also added a Freeview HD tuner and their Tru Black filter for enhanced contrast.

The LG 50PX990 and LG60PX990 are available in the UK now.

08-11-2010, 07:25
Best Buy Europe Launches UK Online Shop Despite £29m Loss

Best Buy Europe – a retail project jointly owned by US consumer electronics merchant Best Buy and UK-based mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse – has signalled its intention to grab more market share in the United Kingdom’s electronic retail landscape by launching an e-commerce platform this week, even as the subsidiary group incurred a £29 million loss for the six months to 30th of September this year.

All the tech products (including flat-screen HDTV sets) and services found in Best Buy retail outlets throughout the UK will be available at the same price on the newly launched BestBuy.co.uk web store. The online shop will also offer some exclusive items and discounts that cannot be picked up in the company’s brick-and-mortar stores.

The BestBuy.co.uk web shop comes with a price promise – customers who manage to find a stocked item at a lower price will be eligible for a price match plus a refund of 10% of the difference between Best Buy’s price and the cheaper price. However, there are a couple of catches: Best Buy will only price match a limited number of competitors such as PC World, Comet, Currys, Argos and John Lewis. Also, the company’s price match policy specifically excludes promotional or sales offers, which drastically reduces the potential savings.

UK customers will receive free delivery when buying from the BestBuy.co.uk website. They can also choose to take advantage of the Reserve and Collect option where they can reserve a product at their nearest local store, and pick up the item within an hour of being notified (either by SMS text or email) that it’s ready for collection.

Best Buy Europe posted an operating loss of £29 million for the six months ending 30th of September according to Carphone Warehouse’s latest interim results, with the full-year losses estimated to reach between £50 and £55 million. Unconcerned, the group put the loss down to first-year startup and launch costs with a significant sum of once-off investments in retail and online infrastructure.

08-11-2010, 07:26
Sales of 3D TV sets in the USA have only barely exceeded half the target forecast for 2010, even though three-quarters of the year have passed, according to numbers released by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the United State’s de facto trade organisation for the consumer electronics industry.

The CEA reported that 655,000 units of 3D TVs were shipped in the US from January to September this year, just slightly more than half of the 1.05 million units of annual shipment initially predicted by the body.

Although there remain only 3 months for 3DTV shipment volume to pick up and make up the shortfall for its annual forecast to come true, CEA is confident that it can be achieved. A spokeswoman from CEA defended the organisation’s estimated figures as “realistic”, claiming that traditionally more HDTV displays are purchased in the fourth quarter as consumers loosen their wallets during the year-end festive holidays.

Nevertheless, these official sales figures will come as a blow to TV manufacturers who have trumpeted 3D technology since the beginning of the year to stimulate flat-screen HDTV purchases. The fact that these numbers come from the United States of America is especially damning, because the country is undeniably the number one market targeted by TV makers due to the sheer size and purchasing power of its population.

In truth though, the 3D TV sales figures reported by CEA can hardly be described as surprising if many recent consumer surveys – including those outside the US – are anything to go by. Most polls and industry analysts agree that there are still a significant number of factors putting the public off buying a 3D TV, namely high prices, the need to wear special 3D glasses to watch 3D content, and a persistent paucity of available 3D content.

08-11-2010, 07:29
Failed W3B Satellite To Remain in Orbit for Decades

The Eutelsat W3B satellite declared a total loss less than 24 hours after its Oct. 28 launch because of a leak in its propulsion system will spend the next 20-30 years in its parking orbit following ground teams’ inability to guide it into a controlled atmospheric re-entry, satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space said Nov. 5.

The company said that it has rendered the satellite inert to the extent possible — emptying its helium pressurization tank and whatever fuel remains in liquid state and can be discharged, as well as draining its batteries — to minimize the likelihood that W3B explodes on contact with any orbital debris it may encounter in its elliptical orbit.

The satellite, which weighed 5,370 kilograms at launch, developed a large leak in a line delivering oxidizer to the propellant tank at some point between lifting off aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Europe’s Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, and when it was released into orbit.

08-11-2010, 16:50
Russian ad sales market finalised

The future structure of the TV ad sales market in Russia from 2011 onwards has now essentially been agreed and – somewhat surprisingly – is little different to the one it will replace.
According to Kommersant, Video International (VI), until now the leading ad sales house with a market share of around 70%, will continue to service the leading broadcaster Channel One. It will also provide services to Prof Media, YUTV and the National Media Group, thereby claiming a new market share of 34.27%.

Two of VI’s former customers – CTC Media and RTR – have created their own sales houses, while Gazprom-Media/Alcazar will serve NTV, TNT and TV Center.

08-11-2010, 16:51
Good start for Slo//vak DTH platform

November 8,

The Slovak DTH platform Magio Sat has made a positive start, ending the third quarter with over 30,000 subscribers.
Operated by the incumbent telco T-Com, it was launched at the beginning of this year in a market already served by four other platforms – Skylink, CS Link, UPC Direct and Digi TV.

T-Com, which also operates an IPTV service using the same Magio brand name, says it plans to support Magio Sat through the launch of a new, subscription-free DTH service.

08-11-2010, 16:52
AXN HD goes live on Poland’s n

Published: November 8, 2010 Europe/London

Poland’s so-called ‘next –generation’ DTH platform ‘n’ is today launching the HD version of Sony’s action channel AXN.

The channel, distributed in Eastern Europe by HBO Polska, will feature popular US dramas including CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds and NCIS. It also features the reality game show The Amazing Race.

“Monday marks the launch of the second HD channel for Platform ‘n’ this month and increases our number of HD channel offerings to 20 – the largest of any DTH platform in Poland,” said n COO Christian Anting. “The group of channels distributed by HBO Polska is a source of the best entertainment for our viewers”.

AXN HD was one of a number of channels licensed this month for Central & East East Europe by the UK regulator Ofcom. It followed clarification on when a licence was required for regional variations.

08-11-2010, 16:53
Sky reaches 10 million homes

November 8,

Sky’s direct-to-home satellite service is now available in ten million homes, the first pay-TV platform in Europe to achieve the milestone.

Confirming the target had been reached; the satcaster said the 36% of households in the UK and Ireland represented over 25 million people. The target was first announced in August 2004, since when an additional 2.4 million customer’s have signed on Sky’s dotted line. It has become the subject of much debate in media circles as to if the level could actually be reached amid a background of plateauing subscriber numbers elsewhere in Europe.
Around a third of customers have now upgraded to high definition and almost a quarter take Sky’s broadband and home telephony services.

Earlier this year Sky also passed the £500 subscriber annual ARPU mark, a figure that had reached £514 by the time the Q1 results were published for the end of September.

“To be the choice of 10 million families is a big achievement for the whole team at Sky. It’s the result of a constant appetite for change and years of hard work behind the scenes to give our customers a great entertainment experience,” said BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch. “Sky has always been a forward-looking company and we will push on from here by continuing to invest in content and innovation. That’s the best way to satisfy existing customers and create new reasons for people to join in and take more from us.”

Sky has become a byword for innovation, in addition to the much-publicised 3D launch, this year has also seen the debut of a terabyte Sky+ personal video recorder (HD is now standard) and the satcaster has now begun to exploit the hybrid capabilities of its set-top inventory through the introduction of its Pull VOD service Sky Anytime+.

Criticism continues to come its way from rivals, be it over proposals by News Corp to officially take control of the company, or for the perceived lack of UK-originated drama that ignores the investment made in sports and news.

Early next year Sky will take advantage

08-11-2010, 16:54
Sky now has 10m digital TV customers

Monday, November 8th 2010

Pay-TV giant Sky has reached a goal in subscriber numbers that it set six years ago.
Sky has hit a milestone in its digital TV subscriber numbers.

The broadcaster announced today (November 8th 2010) that it has hit its target of ten million TV customers in the UK and Ireland, a figure which represents 36 per cent of households in these two countries.

This goal was set in summer 2004, since when Sky subscriptions have swelled by 2.6 million.

Furthermore, the company revealed around a third of its customers are signed up to high-definition TV, while almost a quarter get their broadband, home phone and TV services from Sky.

Chief executive of Sky Jeremy Darroch hailed the news as a "big achievement" and insisted the company will continue to invest in content and innovation in future.

He added: "That's the best way to satisfy existing customers and create new reasons for people to join in and take more from us."

In the three months ending on September 30th 2010, Sky added 96,000 new customers

08-11-2010, 16:55
International iPlayer in 2011

Published: November 8,

The long-awaited international version of the BBC iPlayer will finally make its debut next year, according to John Smith, chief executive, BBC Worldwide.
Writing in the Telegraph, Smith said that internet delivered television represented a means of creating “locally flavoured” direct routes to the consumer that also included linear channels such as BBC America.

“Not only will that mean international fans of, for example, Doctor Who can get their fix legitimately (rather than downloading programmes illegally), but it has the potential of opening up a new revenue stream for the entire UK production industry, alongside sales to traditional broadcasters,” wrote Smith.

The BBC-produced motoring magazine Top Gear is consistently in the top 10 of most illegally downloaded programmes, particularly in the United States.

BBC Worldwide has had a presence on YouTube since 2007 through an entertainment channel, also called BBC Worldwide, and the factual channel Explore. BBC World News is also available as are and language versions in Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Urdu.

A global iPlayer was first mooted in 2007, when it formed a part of BBC Worldwide’s objective for a commercial iPlayer, with proposed launches in the UK, United States and Australia.

08-11-2010, 16:56
FashionTV partners with Google TV Ads

Published: November 8, 2010 Europe/London

FashionTV (FTV) has announced it will partner with Google TV Ads to make its cable advertising time available through Google’s TV Ads platform. FashionTV, the international fashion & lifestyle channel reaching 350 million homes worldwide is looking to expand its reach to a wider range of advertisers, including those that are new to the medium.

Advertisers that use the Google TV Ads platform will be able to reach the audience of FashionTV. They can also gain access to data since the platform reports data from millions of set-top-boxes that return anonymous data from their subscribers, allowing advertisers to measure viewership of their ads. With this data, advertisers can better understand what consumers are responding to and adjust their campaigns to maximize the return on their TV ad investments. Google’s digital platform built into the AdWords system also makes it easier for advertisers to find relevant programming through its keyword and audience search functionality.

“FashionTV has the wealthiest and most upscale audience that is otherwise hard to reach for many advertisers. We are pleased to have Google as our partner and we are certain that its involvement will help us gain more clients and will help our advertisers to learn more about our audience” said Orna Gusinski, senior vice president of FashionTV, in a statement

With Google’s auction-based pricing system, advertisers only pay for impressions delivered. FashionTV joins Google TV Ads’ growing list of inventory, which also includes DISH Network, DirecTV, Bloomberg TV, and History International, among others.

08-11-2010, 16:57
Numericable launches 3D on demand

Published: November 8, 2010 Europe/London

French cable network Numericable has officially launched a dedicated 3D channel. Ma Chaîne 3D will be available in over eight million households and will include coverage of the WBA heavyweight boxing fight on November 13 between David Haye and Audley Harrison, which is being shown as a simulcast with Ma Chaîne Sport.

Ma Chaîne 3D was initially launched as a pilot last September. As a full blown channel it will include films, animation, documentaries and sport, both free and on pay-per-view. Prices range from €0.99 for short films to €6.99 for movie titles.

More than 20 titles will be available at launch and the cableco anticipates being able to carry additional content on a weekly basis. It already has over 40 titles in its library.

The channel will be receivable on Numericable’s installed base of 3D decoders. Transmissions, which require an image resolution greater than 50 megapixels, will be at between 11 Mbps and 16 Mbps.

A special 3D pack, including a pair of €150 3D glasses, is being offered as an incentive to new subscribers. Its high street stores are being kitted out with the latest Panasonic screens to lure in audiences.

08-11-2010, 16:58
Bid TV renews Arqiva shopping uplink

Published: November 8, 2010 Europe/London

Popular UK shopping channel Bid TV has renewed its multiplexing and uplinking contract with Arqiva. The agreement extends the relationship between the two companies to 15 years and includes an upgrade of the channel’s multiplexes at Arqiva’s London facility.

Malcolm Campbell, Commercial Director at Arqiva Broadcast & Media, said: “Over the past ten years Arqiva’s teleport services have supported the growth of Bid TV into three successful channels – Bid TV, Price-Drop TV and Speed Auction TV. Amongst the core services we provide to these channels are multiplexing, uplinking and satellite capacity enabling their distribution to the UK DTH market”.

Arqiva currently provides management and delivery of over 400 standard and high definition TV channels worldwide.

08-11-2010, 16:59
Eutelsat W3B stuck in wrong orbit for 30 years
Mon, 08/11/2010 -

Stricken satellite W3B will spend the next 30 years gradually falling to Earth after a rapid de-orbit was ruled out.

Engineers working for Eutelsat and sat-builder Thales Alenia Space had hoped to burn up the satellite in the atmosphere within a few days.

Now it appears the remaining fuel is too cold to use because the elliptical geostationary transfer orbit keeps W3B out of sunlight for too long.

Thales has now drained the satellite of all possible fuel and other volatile substances so it's less likely to explode if hit by space debris.

Space News reports that W3B will probably orbit Earth for 20 to 30 years before atmospheric drag brings it down to Earth.

The 5,370kg satellite was launched on October 28 aboard an Ariane 5, but soon revealed a fuel leak which would make it impossible to put into operation.

The next plan was to boost it into a graveyeard orbit, but the fuel leak had not left enough on board.

The problem has now been traced to a large leak in a line delivering oxidiser to the propellant tank, which begain sometime between lift-off and release into the transfer orbit.

The transfer orbit ranges from 249km to 35,900km, travelling through some of the most congested and debris-strewn regions above the Earth.

08-11-2010, 17:00
TV fails to contribute to Lagardère ad revenue boost
08 Nov 10 -

Lagardère Active, the media arm of the French conglomerate, reported revenues of €1.289 billion for the first nine months of the year, up from €1.226 billion year-on-year. However, revenues at the Lagardère Entertainment TV arm fell in the third quarter due to the low number of programme deliveries during the period. Lagardère Entertainment revenues for the first nine months were up slightly on the previous year.

Lagardère said the Active unit’s revenue grew by 5.6% in the third quarter, compared with growth of only 0.6% for the first half, thanks to a strong recovery in the advertising market, notably for its magazines business. The company said it expected the pace of year-on-year ad revenue growth for the rest of the year to be less strong than in the third quarter.

08-11-2010, 17:01
Kroes calls for rethink on copyright
08 Nov 10 -

Neelie Kroes, the EU’s digital agenda commissioner, has called for a debate about reform of European copyright law, arguing that the current regime is not adapted to the digital age.

Speaking at a forum in Avignon, Kroes indicated that the interests of authors would be better served by the creation of a pan-European system of rights collecting that would allow the creation of pan-European websites to distribute content. Currently fees are collected by national rights collection agencies. Kroes said the current system favoured intermediaries rather than authors of works.

08-11-2010, 17:02
NTV Plus adds Playboy TV
08 Nov 10 -

Russian pay TV provider NTV Plus has added Playboy TV to its programming line-up. The channel will air from 23.00-04.00 daily as part of the operator’s Night package.

08-11-2010, 17:03
Confirmed: Six HDTV channels on Kabel Deutschland on Tuesday


Kabel Deutschland begins tomorrow, Tuesday officially marketing its new "HD" option with six high-definition premium channels. The providers confirmed on Monday morning to request for digital television.

Preparations for the functional connections are already in full swing. Thus, in Leipzig cable network on the 130 MHz frequency (formerly S04/S05) brought up just four placeholder for high-definition channels. It lists a station scan the editors found in the morning. In addition, existing customers can already now initiate an online activation of their smart card. However, this is not possible via the Customer, but via the menu "products" in the main menu and then clicking on "television".

Subscribers with Kabel Deutschland connection to the future in addition to Fox HD, TNT and TNT HD Series HD film also received Syfy HD, National Geographic HD and Sport1 HD, but they must fall as expected, also in the bag (DIGITAL TELEVISION) reported. For the so-called high-option charges the company an additional cost of 9.90 € per month. The conclusion of the premium cable package with 30 additional digital home pay channels is not absolutely necessary.

A non-binding test of high-definition programs available from Kabel Deutschland is not provided . Instead, customers may have to stop for at least twelve months and to terminate the contract six weeks before the expiry of the term. In addition, HD-compatible receiver and a TV with Full HD resolution is required. It is possible the Kabel Deutschland including the use of the 6 Launched in September HD personal video recorder from Sagemcom that a surcharge of 5 € per month and one-time shipping is offered of 9.90 € (DF) reported.

Currently, not all areas of the site up to date in the FAQ section it says something like "The public's First HD Channel HD, ZDF and Arte HD HD can be received via cable already Germany. With other providers, we are currently in talks to the HDTV offer further. "

According to information from digital TV cables, Germany will not until Tuesday morning around 9.00 clock officially informed about the new offering. The company left open the question of whether the SD version of Sport1 is also fed into the networks of Kabel Deutschland timely .

08-11-2010, 17:04
UPC Netherlands to carry SBS catch-up, moves forward with upgrade
08 Nov 10 -

Commercial broadcaster SBS’s Dutch catch-up TV service, SBS Gemist, is expected to be made available to UPC Netherlands’ cable subscribers later this month, according to local reports.

Separately, UPC Netherlands has said it will launch interactive digital TV, internet and telephony services in the municipalities of Brummen, Liesveld, Lochem, Maasdriel, West Maas and Waal, Zaltbommel and Zederik by summer 2011, making the services available to an additional 60,000 homes. UPC is expected to complete the modernization of its network across the country by the end of next year.

08-11-2010, 17:04
France Télévisions installs disaster recovery
08 Nov 10 -

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has installed a disaster recovery system supplied by Thomson Video Networks and ProConsultant Informatique.

France Télévisions will use Thomson’s Sapphire broadcast servers andn ProConsultant Informatique’s Louise broadcast management software to provide backup for 19 channels, delivered in the MPEG-2 and H.264 formats.

08-11-2010, 17:05
European cable losing TV market share
08 Nov 10 -

Cable remains the leading platform for pay TV services in Europe, but it is steadily losing market share, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media. In 2000 cable accounted for 77% of all pay TV subscriptions in Europe. By end-2009 this had fallen to 54% and will drop to 43% by end-2015, according to Informa’s forecasts.

DTH is the largest gainer in terms of market share. It accounted for 23% of the pay TV market, by subscriptions, in 2000 and that rose to 28% in 2009. Informa predicts this proportion will fall away slightly, to 27%, by end-2015.
IPTV accounted for 9% of pay TV homes in 2009 and that is forecast to rise to 18% by end-2015.

08-11-2010, 17:06
BT rolls out fibre optic broadband in Harrogate

Monday, November 8th

Harrogate in North Yorkshire is the latest community to benefit from BT's fibre deployment.

BT has made its fibre optic broadband service available to more residents in North Yorkshire.

The first homes in Harrogate are now able to connect to the technology, which offers download speeds of up to 40Mb/s - a figure that could rise to 60Mb/s in the future.

When the improvements are finished over the next few weeks, around 33,500 businesses and homes in the area will be able to access super-fast broadband from BT.

This development comes as part of the telecoms giant's UK-wide fibre deployment, which the company has claimed is one of the largest investments in the world that does not rely on funding from the public sector.

John Anderson, regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber at BT, said: "This is another exciting development in the region's fast-moving broadband story."

Around 90,000 properties in the London communities of Parsons Green, Merton Park, Mile End, Skyport and New Cross are also set to get access to fibre optic broadband over the coming weeks.

08-11-2010, 17:07
Sky News show Sunrise bolsters team line-up

Monday, November 8th

A new weather presenter has been added to Sky's Sunrise team.
Sky subscribers who regularly tune in to the Sunrise news programme may notice that a new weather presenter has been added to the team.

Nazaneen Ghaffar joined the ranks of the Eamonn Holmes-fronted show today (November 8th 2010), having worked for the BBC and ITV for almost four years.

It is not the first time Ghaffar has met Holmes, as she revealed she once queued up to meet him at a charity auction in Tunbridge Wells.

The weather expert went on to state the digital TV show is "pretty much a dream job" for her and said she could not wait for her first appearance.

"Nazaneen knows everything about the weather, but she also has lots of personality and energy. I'm sure she'll be a big hit with our viewers," added Peter Lowe, assistant editor at Sky News.

At the end of September, Sky News won an International Emmy Award for its coverage of the Taliban in Pakistan

08-11-2010, 17:08
CloverLeaf Digital, an independent provider of interactive television applications and services

CloverLeaf Digital, an independent provider of interactive television applications and services, has announced the introduction of its AppDaily TV apps solution. CloverLeaf’s television apps solution includes a quick-access personalised dashboard and app store, a full suite of localised news and information apps, social networking apps, and CloverLeaf’s DashDaily community publishing apps.

Providers of IPTV and other managed video service providers now have an easy-to-launch comprehensive solution for offering apps to their video subscribers. The AppDaily quick-access dashboard – allowing each subscriber to personalize their on-screen menu of apps; the AppDaily app store – where apps can be added or removed from the dashboard; a suite of localized news and information apps with the content that interactive TV viewers use most; and social networking apps for updating and viewing content on popular social networking services.

The AppDaily solution, available on major television platforms, supports service-provider branding and third-party app management, in addition to CloverLeaf’s family of apps. Available in both panel and full-screen modes, all of the AppDaily apps are easy to use, easy to find, easy to personalize, and easy to integrate into the television viewing experience.

Initial AppDaily apps include: several News Apps covering national and international news; Sports Apps with coverage of pro and NCAA sports; local and out-of-town Weather Apps; local cinema and entertainment guide Apps; daily horoscope and state lottery results Apps; Customer Care Apps, CloverLeaf’s popular DashDaily Community Publishing Apps; and social networking including Facebook and CloverLeaf’s TweetDaily Twitter App. Future apps include personalized photo albums; and revenue-generating apps such as yellow pages, local traffic, real estate ads and pizza ordering.

“Large and small video service providers have told us they needed a managed TV apps solution that is compelling for their customers and easy to launch,” CloverLeaf’s Managing Partner Lawrence Brickman said. “With AppDaily, service providers now have an exciting apps solution designed for their customers, their networks, their competitive needs, and their bottom lines.”

08-11-2010, 17:12
Mexico grants 39 DTT authorizations

The Mexican Federal Telecommunications Commission authorized 39 licensees to broadcast through DTT simultaneously with their analog broadcastings. With these new authorizations, 117 channels have already bee passed since 2005. As a condition to obtain such authorizations, the agency requested licensees to finish installation works and trial operations within a 240-business-day term, among other issues to be fulfilled.

In a press release, the Commission pointed out that authorizations were granted to licensees that broadcast their channels in the states of Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Morelos, Coahuila, Guerrero, Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Tabasco.

Likewise, the press release highlighted that authorizations were grounded on the agreement executed on July 2nd, 2004 by means of which the DTT technological standard was adopted, and fixes Mexican transition policy. The Commission also pointed out that it "is the agency qualified to grant temporary additional channels and the procedure for such use, after verifying that licensees have met all relevant requirements".

Such clarification results from the fact that last October, the Supreme Court of Justice accepted constitutional controversies submitted by the Chamber of Senators and Deputies against the presidential decree that has recently brought the analog blackout forward to 2015, since it was considered that President Calderón unduly had taken over responsibilities that belonged to the Commission. In virtue of this, the regulator submitted two claims before the highest court: one against its suspension, its effects and impact on society, and another regarding the admission (of controversies), "since we consider that the claimer has no juridical interest and because finally the Commission is an deconcentrated agency regardless of the Executive Power", according to Mony de Swan, president of the agency, wrote in Twitter.

08-11-2010, 17:13
Cablemás digitalizes new cities with Conax

The Mexican operator Cablemás has recently digitalized its Pay-TV service in the cities of Tijuana, Cuernavaca and Juárez, and has already started such migration to Chihuahua and Mérida. In its second stage, in 2011, most cities where the company operates have been digitalized, according to what Cecilia Pedraza, Cablemás CTO, told NexTV Latam. For the first stage that covers 400,000 subscriber base Evolution Digital STBs with Conax CAS were purchased.

In Cuernavaca and Tijuana, the company has a simulcast operation with Verimatrix and Conax. In Chihuahua and Mérida, migration will be carried out with Conax. In these last two cities, the digital platform might be available by December end or 2011 beginning. On the other hand, in the cities of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, "the digital service has been available since 8 months ago in hotels and residential areas with Scientific Atlanta's technology", Pedraza commented. Next year, "solution DVB-c is expected to be implemented for residential subscribers". To such ends, the company is planning to acquire some additional 800,000 devices with Conax CAS, both for Cancún and cities previously digitalized with that system.

The selection of Conax and Evolution Digital "stemmed from security, quality and functionality requirements needed in a market as competed as the Mexican market, higher implementation speed. This is included in our main objective of having an open platform with Digital Video Broadcasting of Conditioned Access (DVB CA) that enables us to choose from a list of STB suppliers", the executive added.

Cablemás is the second Mexican cable operator. It also has an IPTV cable hybrid network, the first one in Latin America. As of 1Q closing, Cablemás recorded 963,662 Pay-TV subscribers, according to information disclosed in its report issued by Televisa Group, owned by the operator.

08-11-2010, 17:14
Loral’s Net Income Slides; SS/L Backlog at $1.73 Billion

November 8, 2010

Loral Space & Communications’ 2010 third quarter net income slipped to $72 million, down from $108 million in the third quarter of 2009 due to lower foreign exchange gains for Canadian operator Telesat, Loral announced Nov. 5.
For the first nine months of 2010, net income was $82 million, compared to $172 million for the first nine months of 2009. Loral’s combined segment revenues and adjusted EBITDA for the quarter were $527 million and $207 million, respectively, which were 24 percent and 43 percent improvements over the previous year.

Loral said its cash position continues to be strong, growing $32 million in the previous three months to $174 million at the end of September. There were no drawings against the available $95 million revolving credit facility at Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).
“Both Telesat and SS/L have focused on operating efficiencies and growth strategies over the past several years. The effect has been continued strong bookings and margin improvement resulting in record performance that even exceeded our plans,” Loral CEO Michael Targoff said in a statement.

SS/L reported revenue before eliminations of $325 million during the quarter —up 28 percent from the $254 million reported in the third quarter of 2009. SS/L received its fifth large communications satellite order for the year during the quarter and was awarded an additional contract just after the quarter’s end to bring the total awards to date for the year to six. SS/L also completed a satellite for Sirius XM Radio, which was launched in October and has performed post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

SS/L's backlog stood at $1.733 billion at the end of September.

08-11-2010, 17:15
SES World Skies Signs New Clear Channel Deal

November 8, 2010

Clear Channel will renew its capacity deals with SES World Skies for 144 MHz of capacity on four satellites to deliver connectivity and content to subscribers and audiences in the United States.

Under the agreements, Clear Channel has secured 46 MHz on SES-1, 36 MHz on AMC-8, 36 MHz on AMC-9 and 26 MHz on AMC-1 to offer a wide range of services, including radio broadcast and backhaul, Internet access, SNG and turnkey disaster recovery communications. Thousands of commercial radio stations across the United States use Clear Channel for satellite-delivered content, distribution or emergency backup services.

Clear Channel is developing and delivering some of the best broadcast, broadband and disaster recovery solutions in the business on our satellites. This series of capacity agreements represents the renewal of our long-term relationship and shared commitment to driving innovations that continue to evolve and enhance the delivery of connectivity and content across the country,” Steve Bunke, vice president of North America Media Sales for SES World Skies, said in a statement.

08-11-2010, 17:16
Verdict Research: UK Home Entertainment Retailing 2010 provides analysis of the music, video and video games markets.

It looks at the major issues affecting these sectors and the key growth trends and drivers. It also profiles the top operators, including Amazon, Asda, GAME, HMV, iTunes, Play and Tesco.


*Market size, inflation and sales 2000-2010 for all three markets

*Market and channel shares for each of these markets 2000-2010

*Digital and online penetration by market

*Analysis of 14 major retailers by their performance in each market.


It looks increasingly likely that 2008 will come to represent the time when the video games market peaked once and for all.

By the time a major new console hits the market to provide the next major potential upswing in sales in 2011 or beyond, digital distribution will have made huge strides, leading to retail being largely bypassed.

With consumers cutting back on impulse purchasing, the video market suffered a tough time in 2009. Shoppers budgeted tightly and video sales were squeezed by consumers instead visiting the cinema, using rental services such as Netflix, downloading films illegally, or utilising video on demand services and movie channels.

The growth of downloading has started to lift music sales volumes, due to the widespread adoption of Digital Rights Management free downloads and a growing antipathy towards piracy slowly pushing consumers towards legitimate purchasing.

However, the value of music sales has been restricted by the deflationary pressures from downloading

Reasons to Purchase

*See how these incredibly turbulent and fast moving sectors will evolve over the next few years


Assess which retailers are best placed to survive and thrive and which are most likely to join Woolworths, Zavvi etc in failing


Establish how legislation, subscription and streaming services, blu-ray and so on will impact the industry

08-11-2010, 17:17
ViaSat Reports Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter results

Monday, 08 November

ViaSat Inc, an innovator in satellite and other wireless networking systems and services, announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 that included new contract awards of $251.7 million, revenues of $197.9 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $43.1 million and non-GAAP diluted net income attributable to ViaSat common stockholders of $0.32 per share, or $0.18 per share on a diluted GAAP basis.

Year-to-date, ViaSat reported new contract awards of $404.6 million, total revenues of $389.9 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $80.7 million and non-GAAP diluted net income attributable to ViaSat common stockholders of $0.55 per share, or $0.26 per share on a diluted GAAP basis.

"Our fiscal second quarter results for new orders, adjusted EBITDA and cash flow were good," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO. "Earnings per share continue to be impacted by significantly higher tax rates due to the delayed extension of the federal R&D tax credit. Revenue and earnings this quarter also reflects the uneven order flow we've experienced over the last several quarters. However, we believe there is better potential for meaningfully stronger orders in the second half of our year compared to the first – due to a blend of new program award decisions, continued favorable demand for defense satellite and encryption products, as well as follow-on orders that have remained delayed by defense budget and approval processes. The new Blue Force Tracking contract, and our memorandum of understanding with JetBlue Airways for in-flight aviation broadband over ViaSat-1, both represent new growth market opportunities we have pursued diligently over the last two years. Longer term, commercial networking product orders are gated by new satellite launches scheduled to begin in the current quarter."

Financial Results(1)

(1) ViaSat uses a 52 or 53 week fiscal year which ends on the Friday closest to March 31. ViaSat quarters for fiscal year 2011 end on July 2, 2010, October 1, 2010, December 31, 2010, and April 1, 2011.

(2) All non-GAAP net income numbers have been adjusted to exclude the effects of amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition related expenses, and non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, net of tax. A reconciliation of specific adjustments to GAAP results for these periods is included in the table titled "An Itemized Reconciliation Between Net Income Attributable to ViaSat Inc. on a GAAP Basis and Non-GAAP Basis" contained in this release. A description of our use of non-GAAP information is provided below under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information."

(3) Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) attributable to ViaSat Inc. before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted to exclude the effects of non-cash stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related expenses. A reconciliation of specific adjustments to GAAP results for these periods is included in the table titled "An Itemized Reconciliation Between Net Income Attributable to ViaSat Inc. and Adjusted EBITDA" contained in this release. A description of our use of non-GAAP information is provided below under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information."

Government Systems Segment

The Government Systems segment posted quarterly revenues of $94.9 million, a 7.6% decrease from the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. The decrease was primarily related to lower revenues in tactical data link products and services and information assurance products, offset by higher sales of our government satellite communication systems. New contract awards in our Government Systems segment for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 were $165.3 million.

Commercial Networks Segment

For the Commercial Networks segment, revenues were $44.3 million for the second quarter, an 18.5% decrease from the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. The revenue decrease was primarily due to lower sales associated with satellite networking technology development programs and consumer broadband products, which was partly due to ViaSat no longer recognizing revenue for equipment sales to WildBlue Communications following our acquisition of WildBlue in December 2009. The decrease was offset by increased sales of next-generation broadband equipment and satellite antenna systems products. New contract awards in our Commercial Networks segment for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 were $28.6 million.

Satellite Services Segment

Our Satellite Services segment contributed revenues of $58.6 million for the second quarter, which was a $55.1 million increase compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. The revenue increase was primarily related to the acquisition of WildBlue in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010. New contract awards in our Satellite Services segment for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 were $57.8 million.

Selected Second Quarter 2011 Business Highlights

• Awarded $37.7 million of first article and initial production terminals for the U.S. Army next generation high-capacity low-latency Blue Force Tracking (BFT) equipment as part of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) Program. The total value of the IDIQ contract vehicle ordering agreement is $477 million.

• Entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with JetBlue to develop a new Ka-band in-flight broadband access system for customers on the JetBlue fleet of more than 160 aircraft, including two-way transmission bandwidth services using our WildBlue-1 satellite and our anticipated high-capacity satellite, ViaSat-1.

• WildBlue was awarded $19.5 million in grant funding by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) to provide affordable broadband services to unserved and rural areas in 24 Western and Midwestern states. Together with a $14 million RUS grant to DISH Network (a WildBlue distribution partner) for the Eastern states, WildBlue® broadband service is expected to be offered to rural unserved communities nationwide with additional incentives under the ARRA satellite project program.

• Received a $14 million award from NATO for turnkey integration and installation of three UHF Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) Network Control Stations (NCS). Two fixed NCS sites are intended to support NATO operations in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and other theatres, and a third, portable NCS is designed to enable "quick-response" operations to support global NATO missions.

• Received a $16.5 million award from Lockheed Martin Corporation for an additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator. This system is the third such simulator to support aircraft development and testing.

• Received a $10.8 million award from the U.S. government for an additional ArcLight® mobile broadband network to provide more capacity in Afghanistan to support numerous airborne ISR missions. This award increases the number of ViaSat owned and operated networks to three in theatre.

• Acquired the SKYLink® airborne broadband service from ARINC Incorporated and began transitioning over 80 private business jets to our Yonder® high-speed Internet access network for mobile satellite communications.

• Introduced the AltaSec® IPS-250 inline network encryptor (INE), the first network encryptor to be compatible with the new Cryptographic High Value Product (CHVP) Suite B standards specified by the National Security Agency (NSA). Suite B security enables U.S. warfighters and government agencies to create secure IP networks without the expensive logistics and lifecycle costs associated with Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI).

• Completed the acquisition of the Stonewood Group, a producer of encrypted data storage devices for government and commercial customers.

08-11-2010, 17:18
Hybrid TV "finally come of age"

Hybrid TV platforms are changing the competitive landscape for both pay-TV and broadcast TV by addressing operator shortcomings in an increasingly tough market, to the ultimate benefit of viewers, according to a new report from IMS Research.

“While some doubted how quickly it would happen, augmenting traditional video delivery methods with additional content and services over IP has finally come of age,” according to Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at IMS Research. The report predicts that hybrid pay-TV set-top shipments will reach nearly 87mn units in 2015.

In the UK, Freeview and YouView embody the value of hybrid TV for the broadcast audience, according to the report, while Sky and other satellite TV providers are deploying VOD over IP. Firms such as Entone and Netgem are delivering hybrid solutions to bring competitive pay-TV functionality to smaller providers, while Google TV is making continual progress in the CE market.

While pay-TV operators are augmenting their service offerings, and broadcasters are deepening the value proposition of free TV, ultimately hybrid TV benefits the viewer, according to IMS Research. “Hybrid TV viewers enjoy greater depth and value from pay and free TV than ever before," stated Mr. Erickson. "With broadband adoption accelerating, the hybrid concept will continue to spread quickly.”

08-11-2010, 17:18
Portugal Telecom adds 67k pay-TV subs in Q3

Portugal Telecom had reached 769,000 subscribers for its pay-TV service 'Meo' (delivered via IPTV and satellite) by the end of the third quarter of this year, having added 67,000 customers in the three month period.

The telco reports that more than 50% of its IPTV customers have already used the VOD element of the service on a paid basis, consuming an average of 2.3 movies per month. In the third quarter of 2010, the most watched movie was Couples Retreat, followed by The Princess and the Frog and Sherlock Holmes.

Total revenues across all operations for the third quarter of this year reached €952.2mn, up 0.3% year-on-year, while operating profits fell 20.2% by the same comparison to reach €164.5mn.

08-11-2010, 17:20
RTL 2 HD to launch in December
08 Nov 10 -

Commercial broadcaster RTL plans to launch an HD version of its German RTL 2 channel in early December.

RTL 2 technical director Stefan Uhl told a German website that RTL 2 HD, which will launch on the Astra satellite platform, will be a simulcast of the existing channel. He gave no date for the launch of the channel on cable and IPTV platforms.

08-11-2010, 17:20
Netgear for wireless TV

Netgear has revealed a new category of wireless router that enables customers to connect televisions to the Web wirelessly.

Patrick Lo, Netgear’s chairman and chief executive officer, said “A lot of the new Internet-connected televisions have an Ethernet port in the back. We want to offer products that can help customers stream very high bandwidth content wirelessly, without having to plug in cumbersome wires and drag them throughout their homes.”

Among the new products Netgear will offer a “3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit” that can stream 1080p high-definition video throughout the home, even over long distances, using hubs that can boost the signal.

The new wireless products can be plugged directly into existing Ethernet jacks in modern Internet-ready televisions and then stream video or other Web content wirelessly. Lo said that most customers who planned to buy a new television would most likely buy a device with some sort of Ethernet connection. By offering wireless products in this category he hopes to double his $1 billion a year in revenue.

08-11-2010, 17:22
Chernin to back Asian start-ups

Peter Chernin, the former president of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has said he will set up a new media group aimed at helping start-up companies across Asia. Chernin said the Hong Kong-based venture, CA Media, would launch media, entertainment, and technology businesses to make the most of the “tremendous opportunity” the region represents.

“We see tremendous opportunity across Asia, but particularly in India, China, and Indonesia. These markets provide the ideal blend of economic, demographic, and industrial dynamism required to build a pan-Asian media organisation of significant scale. In Asia, there is less distinction between ‘traditional media’ and ‘new media’”.

“Many of these areas in Asia are so underdeveloped in terms of media, in some cases 10 years behind the US, and in others 20 years, and that presents a real opportunity,” Chernin told the WSJ.

Chernin left News Corp in June 2009.

08-11-2010, 17:24
Nilesat 10 year contract with Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications has confirmed that Nilesat, the Egyptian satellite company, has signed a 10-year contract for five transponders at the 7° West orbital position. The capacity will be activated in the first phase on Eutelsat’s Atlantic Bird 4A satellite, and subsequently transferred to Atlantic Bird 7 which is scheduled for launch and deployment at 7° West in 2011.

This new contract forms part of the strategic agreement signed in March 2009 between Eutelsat and Nilesat to collaborate on a long-term basis on optimising resources at the 7° West position, which is used by both companies for satellite broadcasting across North Africa, and the Middle East.

08-11-2010, 17:25
Minerva unveils xTVFusion platform

Minerva Networks, supplier of IPTV infrastructure software which powers more than 200 deployments worldwide, has unveiled a new platform for the delivery of blended Television and OTT video services to broadband subscribers on multiple screens.

The new xTVFusion platform addresses the needs of Cable, Satellite and Telecom operators as well as ISPs, CLECs and Broadcasters who want to offer blended Television and OTT video services. Minerva xTVFusion will enable operators to offer more content, on more devices to their subscribers as well as attract new customers beyond their managed broadband network.

08-11-2010, 17:26
KidsCo launches on Greek IPTV
08 Nov 10 -

NBC Universal, Cookie Jar and Corus Entertainment-owned kids channel KidsCo has secured carriage on the IPTV service operated by Greek telco On Telecoms.

The channel launches this month on the service, which On Telecoms launched in 2007. KidsCo is already carried on the IPTV service operated by Greece’s incumbent telco OTE.

08-11-2010, 17:27
KidsCo in Greece

KidsCo, the international children’s channel, has secured a deal with Greece’s largest triple play provider, On Telecoms. KidsCo content will be available to viewers in Greece via IPTV, from November 2010. KidsCo will broadcast its range of family-friendly programming across On Telecom’s basic package and will be available to viewers 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

08-11-2010, 17:28
BBC's Thompson sorry for Sky letter
Monday, November 8 2010,

BBC director general Mark Thompson has reportedly apologised to the BBC Trust over his decision to sign a protest letter against News Corp's proposed takeover of Sky.

Last month, the Trust quizzed Thompson on how "appropriate" it was for him to join a group of media companies in signing the letter submitted to business secretary Vince Cable objecting to the deal.

According to The Guardian, the Trust has released part of the minutes from its meeting on October 21, in which Thompson "acknowledged that he had not discussed the co-signing of the letter directly with the chairman [Sir Michael Lyons] or engaged with trustees".

The minutes also reveal that Thompson "stated his regret" for getting involved in the row about News Corp's bid to acquire the 61% of Sky that it does not already own.

However, the Trust also gave no indication that it was unhappy with the contents of the letter, simply stating that there would be "no further comment" on the situation.

Thompson faced criticism for getting personally involved in the Sky takeover protest, including an objection from Stephen Mitchell, the BBC's deputy director of news.

However, the controversy is now rather academic as Cable has intervened in News Corp's £7.8 billion takeover of Sky in response to concerns about its impact on media plurality in the UK.

Cable has ordered Ofcom to investigate the deal on grounds of public interest as the enlarged company would include four major national newspapers and a pay-TV company boasting profits of more than £1bn.

08-11-2010, 17:29
BBC chief ‘sorry’ for joining Sky deal lobby

It has been revealed BBC director-general Mark Thompson had to apologise to the BBC Trust for signing the open letter criticising News Corp’s bid for Sky and asking the UK government to intervene (as they now have).

The BBC Trust “expressed concern” about whether it was “appropriate” for Thompson to sign the controversial letter which was also from all News Corp’s rival newspaper groups and commercial TV stations all saying the bid’s success would reduce media plurality.

The BBC Trust decided to release part of the minutes of its 21 October meeting early and they record that Thompson “acknowledged that he had not discussed the co-signing of the letter directly with the chairman or engaged with trustees”. Thompson “stated his regret” for entering the controversy about the News Corp bid without informing the regulator first.

08-11-2010, 17:30
MTV2 Tackles Rights To H.S. Football Docu Series
‘The Ride' Series To Premiere Nov. 13
, 11/8/2010

MTV2 has acquired rights to the documentary series The Ride: The Road To The U.S. Army All American Bowl and will premiere the 13-episode series Nov. 13.
The RideThe series follows the lives of eight high school quarterbacks as they compete and strive to secure a roster spot in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, according to the network.
The first seaon of The Ride aired last year on Fox Sport Net.
"We are pleased to partner with Backfield Productions, LLC to bring The Ride to MTV2," said Eric Conte, senior vice president of programming and production for MTV2 in a statement. "‘The Ride is a courageous journey, blending elements of competition, intense passion and heartache that undoubtedly will resonate with MTV2 viewers. Watching these eight young high school football players compete for their ultimate dreams taps right into the vein of our young male audience and is sure to touch and inspire both die-hard and casual football fans alike."

08-11-2010, 17:31
Cablevision Powers Up VOD Ad Portal For MXenergy
Channel Features Energy-Saving Tips

Cablevision Systems' latest video-on-demand advertising client is MXenergy, an alternate supplier of natural gas and electricity in the U.S. and Canada.

The deal is for an initial period of three months. MXenergyTV, now available on channel 654 to Cablevision digital cable subscribers, features "Attainable Sustainables," a multipart series of original content with simple tips to help consumers save energy shot mostly in and around Connecticut.

"We have been at the forefront of the sustainability movement and are always looking for creative ways to get the message out to consumers," MXenergy president and CEO Jeffrey Mayer said in a statement. "We see Cablevision's terrific interactive television platform as the ideal vehicle to engage the public with these messages."

Stamford, Conn.-based MXenergy, founded in 1999, is one of the nation's largest independent suppliers of natural gas and electricity.

Other advertisers that have launched branded interactive VOD channels with Cablevision in recent years include Mattel, Pillsbury, Disney Vacations, the U.S. Navy, Dove Chocolate, General Motors, BMW and Sony. The dedicated VOD showcases provide long- and short-form video, polls and other information for consumers.

08-11-2010, 17:32
Disney Junior to Launch in February 2011

Published: November 8, 2010

BURBANK: The new kids' service Disney Junior, aimed at children 2 to 7 and their families, will make its debut in February 2011.

Disney Junior will launch content across the daily block on Disney Channel, an integrated website, VOD, mobile and paid-download platforms. Among the new series headed to Disney Junior are Jake and the Never Land Pirates, an animated series combining new and classic Disney characters Captain Hook and Smee; a series of Disney Poetry Shorts; the short-form series Mickey Mousekersize and Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps; Babar the and the Adventures of Badou; and Tinga Tinga Tales. Playhouse Disney hits Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso and Imagination Movers are also part of Disney Junior. The new brand will be available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes, as well as millions of other viewers on 25 Disney Junior channels and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world.

Carolina Lightcap, the president of Disney Channels Worldwide, said: "Disney Junior differentiates itself by placing a focus on story and character, the hallmarks of Disney since its inception. We'll take memories of the Disney experience, held by generations of parents and kids, and bring them to life on TV and beyond, with elements that encourage early childhood learning, wrapped in strong emotionally connected storytelling." She continued, "We will showcase classic Disney characters in new ways, and we are equally committed to creating new original characters that we hope will become the classics of the future."

08-11-2010, 17:33
Time Warner Bulks Up On-Demand Offerings

Published: November 8, 2010

NEW YORK: More than 300 hours of new on-demand programming from ABC, Disney and ESPN has been added to the Time Warner Cable service, which is also gearing up to launch the Primetime HD On Demand channel for digital cable customers at no additional cost.

A variety of prime-time, sports and kids' programming from channels such as ABC, ABC Family, ESPN and Disney XD is now available on demand through Time Warner. The cable provider has also announced the launch of a new high-definition channel showcasing hit prime-time programming on November 10. Primetime HD On Demand will feature programming from ABC, NBC and CBS in high definition. This includes more than 100 hours of hit programming, with titles such as 30 Rock, The Office, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Medium and CSI.

“We are very excited to provide more of the quality programming that our customers have come to expect, in both standard and high definition,” said Melinda Witmer, the executive VP and chief programming officer for Time Warner Cable. “Now it is even more convenient for customers to have their favorite programming at any time, making it simple and easy for them.”

08-11-2010, 17:34
CET Universe, a provider of technology for professional audio and video production, has supplied RFD-TV, the nation's first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving rural America, with a Constellation Andromeda server and storage management appliance to allow the engineering and production teams to perform multitiered storage management, archiving and backup functions through a single user interface.

The new Constellation Andromeda server has been installed in RFD-TV’s central operations in Nashville, TN, and is compatible with edit and storage systems, including Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro, and virtually all NAS and SAN storage systems. It allows customers to rapidly access files, sessions or archive collections, including those stored on LTO tape systems or offline by using video proxies that match time code for precise retrieval and manipulation.

Barry Watts, director of commercial operations for RFD-TV, said the value of a single interface software system that can manage all of its assets complements the network’s central operations center’s approach to running a 24-hour network in the most efficient manner possible. The entire staff can access the Constellation system for a wide range of ingest, archive and edit functions.

CET Universe, formerly the technology division of Media Distributors, introduced the Constellation Andromeda Server earlier this year. The product is a combination of the Constellation VCM asset, storage and archive management software with automated workflow capability, integrated into a customized MS Windows 7 server.

The Constellation Andromeda Server is sold standard with an onboard LTO Tape Drive and hard disk RAID-protected storage.

08-11-2010, 17:35
Broadcast professionals were presented with a series of industry trends and asked to indicate which one was the most commercially important to their business over the next few years.

Broadcasters continue spending for HD transition

For the most part, large-scale broadcast industry capex tends to be project-based. Our most recent research into where money is being spent in the broadcast industry shows that the top two projects globally are “upgrading infrastructure for HD/3Gb/s operations” and “upgrading transmission and distribution capabilities,” both of which are undoubtedly influenced by the move to HDTV.

As broadcasters migrate to HDTV operations, much of the industry’s infrastructure is being replaced, making the move to HDTV a strong driver of broadcast industry capex.

At a time when we are now several years into the HD transition, what continues to drive broadcasters to move to HDTV operations? Are broadcasters moving to HD for engineering reasons (e.g., delivering better image quality to viewers) or for commercial reasons (e.g., to remain competitive in the marketplace)?

As part of the 2010 Big Broadcast Survey, we asked a global sample of more than 5600 broadcast professionals about the most important trends in the broadcast industry. Respondents were presented with a series of industry trends and asked to indicate which one was the most commercially important to their business over the next few years.

In order to better understand the drivers behind each trend, respondents were then asked a series of questions about the one industry trend that they indicated was most commercially important to their business, e.g., respondents who indicated that the transition to HDTV operations was the trend most important to their business were asked why this is the case.

21-02-2011, 01:50
UPC Direct expanded tests of new coding system
Published: February 19, 2011, 2:16 yesterday | Author: editor

Satellite platform UPC Direct extended technical tests of the new encryption system Cryptoworks. In addition to the Nickelodeon children's channel using a new CAID 0D97 two programs provider.

CAID 0D97 new channels using the Channel Fishing and Hunting (hunting and fishing) and DoQ (documentary films). Both stations are IKO Media Group Cable TV. The new conditional access system and is now three programs UPC Direct .

0D97 new coding system is similar SkyLink ICE. Operator's intentions are not yet known. Theoretically it may be a new conditional access system of UPC, which will replace the current penetrated CryptoWorks, either because of the poor security of the existing system, possibly due to cessation of production Cryptoworks original cards.

Technical parameters:

* Thor ( 0.8 ° W ), 11.747 GHz freq, pol H SR 27500, FEC 5 / 6, DVB-S/QPSK

21-02-2011, 01:51
Canal Digitaal: Changing channels in film Film1
Published: February 19, 2011, 7:03 yesterday | Author: editor

Five years after the start of the Dutch premium movie channels under the brand Film1 , 25th pass February 2011 marked the transformation. All stations will broadcast Film1 under new names. Will the graphics and content.

Each channel Film1 will be thematically focused. Film1 Premiere (Movie now 1.1), the main channel movie premieres and blockbusters. Film1 Action , a second channel, Chellomedia and focuses on thrillers, action and horror movies. Film1 Family (now Film 1.2) - both the name suggests - brings viewers the family films and Film1 Festival (now the film 1.3) will provide art films.

Canal Digitaal Film1 programs broadcast on the satellite Astra 23.5 ° E and 19.2 degrees .

21-02-2011, 01:52
UPC DTH to break CryptoWorks
Published: February 19, 2011, 12:17 Yesterday | Author: editor

Recently isolated cases of piracy occurred, involving a system of shared access Cryptoworks, as used by UPC DTH S.à.rl, and other operators in Europe, the encoding of your content.

UPC DTH works with his partner for the CW system - ****** company, is a global company focusing on security software and media technology to develop rapid and lasting solution to this problem.

Company UPC DTH clearly states that it takes this illegal conduct very seriously and will do everything possible to have this unfair action stopped. DTH UPC in collaboration with its suppliers of conditional access, as well as local authorities take the drastic steps soon to ensure that our programs remain secure distributed. Anyone who develops such unfair activities may be subject to civil or criminal action, and anyone who would like to take this opportunity to use this unfair advantage, may not only be the subject of legal proceedings, but certainly also affected by this loss of acquired services. UPC Direct will remain a secure service provided only loyal paying customers.

21-02-2011, 01:53
Skylink: We plan on swapping
Published: February 20, 2011, 3:47 TODAY! | Author: editor

Company Towercom and TradeTec , operators of satellite platform Skylink , to prepare the plan for the exchange of smart cards operating in Cryptoworks conditional access system.

CryptoWorks has recently become a target of hacking attacks. First Austrian ORF / Austria Sat, then Central Pay-TV UPC Direct has been broken. In the first case discovered a key to the illegal income in the second case cards for unauthorized reception of our programs. Skylink therefore does not break lightly.

" The plan of swapping work, another option in the long term we have , "says the site parabola.cz Skylink Jaromir Glisník, CEO TradeTec . " For now, neither set timetable or commercial framework .

Yet unsolved problem of the financial requirements of the draw. " The economy is in addition to swapping the greatest logistics challenge. At least part of the costs associated with the draw will be forced to pass on to our customers , "chief suggests possible steps TradeTec U.

" We are looking for a way to exchange cards with our customers to offer some advantages to not view the exchange of cards as a negative step , "said Jaromir Glisník.

21-02-2011, 01:57
Tests of the "Tricolor Sibir 36E

2011-02-18 5:38:06 p.m. / Janusz Sulisz
Last updated: 2011-02-20 10:43:29 p.m.
Source: tele-sat.info/sat-digest.com
Russian platform "Tricolor Sibir , which is a version of the package "Tricolor for viewers living in Siberia , has launched a test satellite for Eutelsat W7 (36E) in the beam-driven targeted Siberia . One transponder is used for circular polarization, working at the bottom of the satellite bandwidth (10.7 - 10.95 GHz). Transmission of all channels is encoded in the system DRE-Crypt , but at the beginning of a short broadcast uncoded Soyuz TV .

So far, "Tricolor Sibir use of satellite capacity Bonum 1 stationed at position 56.0 degrees East (three transponders), but his work in orbit is slowly coming to an end.

Bonum 1 went into orbit Nov. 22, 1998 year, and his life was determined about 11 years, ie until the end of 2009. As planned in its place AT1 Express goes into orbit in late 2012, the package sender "Tricolor may seek alternative capacity in orbit, to ensure continuity of service in the event of interruption of work by satellite Bonum 1 earlier.

In addition, "Tricolor is already using the services of the operator Eutelsat to 36.0 ° E for the package "Tricolor broadcast to other areas of Russia , thus extending the cooperation would be quite understandable.

For the tests on the satellite Eutelsat W7 (36.0 ° E) used is the frequency 10.804 GHz, pol. R, SR 30000, FEC: 5 / 6 (DVB-S/QPSK) . There is a copy of the broadcast media packages from satellites Bonum 1 (56.0 ° E) of 12.380 GHz, pol. L, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4 (DVB-S/QPSK) .

Available channels:
- Domashniy Magazin
- Music Box RU
- Sport Plus
- Mir (+3 h)
- TNV - Tatarstan Novy Vek
- Agro TV
- Kuray TV (CW)
- Katun TV
- Club TV
- HD Life
- Teleputeshestviya HD

A review of the current map coverage beam controlled Eutelsat W7

Reception in Poland from the position 56.0 degrees East has so far been almost impossible (required antenna 3m above), but the beam steered at 36.0 ° E is already a bit better, in the east of the country should be enough points around 1.8 m.

21-02-2011, 02:00
Al Jazeera Channel in position 21.6 degrees East

2011-02-20 7:52:30 p.m. / George Kruczek
Last updated: 2011-02-20 9:28:26 p.m.
Source: Resiveri.Net
Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera started broadcasting Al Jazeera Channel on satellite W6 (21.6 ° E) . This version of Al Jazeera is now available through a number of satellites - including HOT BIRD 9 (13 ° E), HOT BIRD 6 (13 ° E), ASTRA 1M (19.2 ° E), BADR-4 (26 ° E), W7 (36 ° E) Hellas Sat 2 (39 ° E) Turksat 2A (42 ° E), ATLANTIC BIRD 4A (7.2 ° W) Nilesat 101 (7 ° W) NSS 7 (22 ° W).

Technical parameters of the Al Jazeera Channel on 21.6 ° E:

W6 (21.6 ° E)
tp. F2 (12.517 GHz, pol. V, SR 02894, FEC: 3 / 4; DVB-S/QPSK)
ID: Al Jazeera Channel
V PID: 308
PID: 256 (Arabic)
encoding: none

21-02-2011, 02:01
TV RTL 102.5 at 12.5 ° W

2011-02-19 8:29:15 p.m. / Janusz Sulisz
Last updated: 2011-02-20 9:54:48 p.m.
Source: Telesat-news.net
Italian music television station RTL 102.5 RadioVisione started broadcasting signal from the transponder F1 satellite Atlantic Bird 1 position at 12.5 ° , which is leased by the Italian operator Telecom Italia Media (TIM) . Signal transmission RTL 102.5 RadioVisione transmitters used to operate digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) in Italy, managed by TIM. The same channel is broadcast on Hot Bird - 13E of the frequency 11.623 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4.

Technical parameters RTL 102.5 RadioVisione :

Satellite: Atlantic Bird 1 - 12.5 ° W
Frequency: 12.545 GHz
Polarization: H
SR: 17,455
FEC: 3 / 4
V PID: 790
PID: 791
Standard: DVB-S/QPSK

A short video demonstration of the channel

21-02-2011, 18:56
CS Link : Nova HD transponder changes
Nova HD version for TV Nova in HD, as the client satellite platform CS Link transponder on the Astra 3B (23.5 ° E). To continue receiving the necessary new search. Provider modulation will now Towercom , which operates a competing service, Skylink .

Nova HD will be provided to clients March 8, 2011 CS Link from the original (12.070 GHz) and a new frequency (12.109 GHz). It is the result of an agreement M7 Group, new owner of Vision Media , representatives of the competing operator. Cryptoworks Conditional Access System ( CAID 0D0F) has to Nova HD to new frequency is not connected.

August 3, 2011 to the Nova HD on the old frequency end. This will provide room for expansion to offer additional programs. The freq 12.070 GHz is scheduled to include a new program for women Prima Love, which starts just to the March 8, 2011, and CS Link will become a distribution platform for other operators. The program will be provided to clients and Skylink .

New parameters for tuning Nova HD
Frequency: 12,109 MHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 3 / 4
Standard: DVB-S2
Modulation: 8PSK


February 21, 2011

21-02-2011, 18:58
CS Link : AXN channels tested on a new frequency
Family serials and movie channels, AXN - AXN, AXN Sci-Fi and AXN Crime is testing a new transponder on the Astra 3B (23.5 ° E). Ongoing preparation for migration and AXN from Prague uplink platform CS Link Kavci the mountains on the uplink in Hilversum, the Netherlands, from where it will be some programs for clients of the CS Link to broadcast in the future.

Service CS Link is operated by Media Vision . Council at the recent 13th Session change registered owner - the transfer of 100 percent of the shares of Company D, SP CORPORATION BV M7 Group SA company

M7 Group becomes the new service provider, CS Link will be extended family and satellite platforms, which operates - in the Netherlands, Canal Digitaal, TV Vlaanderen, Belgium and Austria Austrias and BODY.

Technical parameters:

Satellite: ASTRA 3B (23.5 ° E)
Frequency: 11.914 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
SR: 27500
FEC: 3 / 4
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK

Set top box for these parameters, see the three new positions CZ AXN, AXN Sci-Fi and AXN Crime GB GB. The first two still running loose Rijnmond TV broadcasting station. For AXN Crime is not yet connected pids, so some channel set-top boxes may not be tuned.

According to the Web parabola.cz should start broadcasting in the new AXN frequency, no later than March 1, 2011. Everything related to major changes in the platform CS Link , they are about.

The reason for moving programs AXN channel to another frequency is needed to release the uplink capacity in Prague for the newly prepared program.

It is thus a further change, which in this day / post. Today, the frequency change was announced NOVA HD (go the freq 12.109 GHz).

Martin Vyleťal

February 21, 2011

21-02-2011, 19:00
CS Link : Extended offer of Boomerang, Discovery HD, Brava HDTV and more
TV platform CS Link is preparing for further expansion of programming, including pay channels in high definition ( HDTV ). This afternoon, February 21, 2011 in the uplink in Hilversum in the Netherlands, the preparations for the launch of new channels for customers of satellite platform CS Link .

All new programming positions at the time of the text not connected video and audio pids, which meant that some set top boxes do not have to tune into a new position. The new positions are created as virtual preset channels with the extension of existing UK, which has in the future and especially to simplify the tuning of electronic program guide (EPG) in Czech or English. The position is seconded by provoderem CanalDigitaal (M7 Group owns Canal Digitaal newly CS Link ).

CS Link will provide a paid package of programs in high definition ( HDTV ). Viewers will also see, among other stations, Discovery HD Showcase, Brava HDTV and Penthouse HD1. On the operator will not miss either directly (HD version of Prima TV in high-def).

Technical parameters - Boomerang, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel and Living Penthouse HD1:

Satellite: ASTRA 3B (23.5 ° E)
Frequency: 11.739 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 5 / 6
Standard: DVB-S2
Modulation: QPSK

Technical parameters - Discovery HD Showcase, Brava HDTV :

Satellite: ASTRA 3B (23.5 ° E)
Frequency: 11.856 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 5 / 6
Standard: DVB-S2
Modulation: QPSK

Technical parameters - Extreme Sports Channel:

Satellite: ASTRA 3B (23.5 ° E)
Frequency: 12.128 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 5 / 6
Standard: DVB-S2
Modulation: QPSK

Paid HD channels will be provided by DVB-S2 transponder MPEG-4/HD, the SD MPEG-4/SD station, which will mean that income will be necessary HD set-top box.

All the channels described above does not currently broadcasting. The launch of channels and the inclusion of stations in the menu will keep you informed.

Martin Vyleťal

February 21, 2011

21-02-2011, 19:02
Ziva TV resumed broadcasting. So far, only on the Internet
Published: February 21, 2011, 0:26 TODAY! | Author: editor

Slovak station interactive TV Ziva resume its broadcasts. Channel order is already possible to watch but so far only on the Internet at tvziva.sk stations in Windows Media format.

Ziva TV channel interrupted broadcasts to January 1, 2011 due to migration of television to new premises. Exclusion should be after the first quarter - that is, until March 31, 2011.

Broadcast TV Ziva is not yet possible to track the satellite, although the station says on its website the distribution satellite , THOR 6 and Astra ( 23.5 ° E ).

Since March 31, 2011 Ziva wants a TV broadcast by digital terrestrial broadcasting ( DVB-T ) for Bratislava and its surroundings on the K68.

21-02-2011, 19:04
75,000 users ASTRA2Connect
Published: February 21, 2011, 11:50 TODAY! | Author: editor

Two-way satellite Internet ASTRA2Connect benefited at the end of 2010 a total of 75,000 clients. Service is provided in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, where the satellite operator SES Astra has received a number of new clients.

At the end of 2010 was delivered to the German market more than 1.5 million smart cards to receive HD + service. It sold more than 400,000 + high-definition set-top boxes and over 100 000 Common Interface. HD + provides access to eight high-definition programs, Germany's leading broadcasters.

21-02-2011, 19:06
Wonderful Years That Sucked in HD on HD Television
Published: February 21, 2011, 11:57 TODAY! | Author: editor

Czech Television (CT) will be broadcast Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 20:55 pm on CT1 Czech film The Wonderful Years That Sucked. The picture will be aired simultaneously on HD Television program in HD. Libuse Safrankova frail and Andrew in the film comedy based on the famous novel by Michael Viewegh (1997).

A comedy with humorous exaggeration the fate of an ordinary family in communist "timeless", when Czechoslovakia was occupied by Soviet troops. Life be more like a farce than a tragedy, but the boundary between the two extremes was thin and easily crossable. The film's protagonists often find themselves the existential and political pressure, but the final solution of the story is friendly and the law ironic genre.

" It was not us that we vyretušovali more fun because of all the unpleasant and negative, what happened in the years 1962-1990, but on the other hand, we have no intention of emphasizing the dreariness and ugliness this time. It seemed to us is so obvious that we do not want it to anyone tired. More importantly for us, human relationships, desires and passions , "says director Petr Nikolaev. He cast the main roles Libuse Šafránková Vetchy and Andrew, also played by V. Javorsky, J. Wehrenberg, J. Jezkova, V. Cibulkova, V. Long, V. Preiss, A. Merry, Violet K. M. Kantorková, J. Zahalka, S. Zindulka and more. Screenplay John Smith, Cam Martin Duba. The film won the readers of Cinema 1997 Award for directorial debut to premiere at Alexandria and the price at the Prix Europa in Berlin.

21-02-2011, 19:07
Channels Deutsche Welle cease the dissemination of the 23.5 E
Published: February 21, 2011, 16:10 TODAY! | Author: editor

All radio service Deutsche Welle and television station of the same name of a temporary cease distribution of the Astra 3B ( 23.5 ° E ) within the multiplex broadcast media.

Television and radio station Deutsche Welle in recent days appeared on the frequency 11.973 GHz, pol V, SR 27500, FEC 5 / 6 because of interference from the broadcasting of foreign programs on the satellite operator of the Hot Bird ( 13 ° E ). For this reason, broadcast media provide alternative distribution to eliminate interference.

News and information are television recently to interference. This is confirmed by the BBC Persian and Qatar Al Jazeera Channel , which therefore had to temporarily broadcast simultaneously on several frequencies and satellites.

21-02-2011, 19:09
Peter Majerik New Managing Director At Media
Published: February 21, 2011, 17:14 TODAY! | Author: editor

Peter Majerik - that is the name of a New CEO At Media for the Czech Republic, which enters into the media's Office at 1 April 2011. Peter Majerik At Media will work with existing operating director Stepan Wolde, commercial director John Makalu and Sales Support Director Rudolf Kukačem.

According to Marcin Boroszko, CEO At Media Group, this nomination is a great opportunity for the Czech team: " Peter brings to Majerik At Media unique market knowledge. At Media's philosophy is based on how you look at the unique needs of clients and Peter Majerik itself these deep knowledge and needs of the advertisers. We hope that Mr. Majerik will be highly beneficial for the further development of thematic channels in the Czech Republic .

Peter Majerik to the Czech media market for almost 20 years of experience. He has held positions in senior management positions at several companies, including media agency Carat, where he spent 11 years as Managing Director for the Czech Republic. In the last two years he served as CEO of ZenithOptimedia Prague, the fastest growing media agency in the Czech market. Peter Majerik is also a marketing lecturer at Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Finance and Administration and a regular correspondent for the magazine Fresh Marketing.

Peter Majerik He says a new challenge, saying: " I am glad that I can become part of the network At Media. I firmly believe in the success of thematic television channels for unique content, which represent. The loyalty of its audience is an ideal tool that allows you to reach the chosen target group, and a very effective way. "

Stepan Wolde, operating director of AT Media, adds: " When you start selling model in GRP in 2010, comes in the Czech Republic next phase of development. With Peter Majerik At Media gets new energy, know-how and concentration allows to transform the quality of thematic TV into an effective intervention for advertisers . "

At Media is a provider of advertising time and space in the Czech Republic since 2008. Its portfolio representing 22 thematic channels, amounting to about 3% of the audience in the target group of viewers 15-54:

Disney Channel, MiniMax, AXN, Animax, Music Box, Ocko, CS Film, Deko, DoQ, Movie +, F & H, MGM, Pepper, Spectrum, Sport1, Sport2, Sport 5, Universal Channel, Zone Romantica, Public, Meteo TV National Geographic Channel

At Media offers advertising time and space in Poland (since 1998) and Hungary (since 2010).

21-02-2011, 19:11
CS Link: Nova HD is already available on the new transponder
Published: February 21, 2011, 17:33 TODAY! | Author: editor

Clients satellite platform CS Link can no longer receive the station Nova HD (TV Nova broadcast in high definition video) on a new transponder. The new frequency is already connected to the CAID Cryptoworks cards (0D0F).

Posting Nova HD will present a transponder (freq 12.070 GHz) completed no later than March 8, 2011. Viewers CS Link have several days to retune their set top boxes to new parameters.

new technical parameters - Nova HD

3B * Astra ( 23.5 ° E ) freq 12.109 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S2/8PSK

Nova HD channel to clients CS Link provide Towercom , competitive operator services Skylink .

Besides the frequency is also different standards and modulation. On some of the top boxes need to set the pilot to ON (enabled).

21-02-2011, 19:12
SkyLink : end of registration cards Cryptoworks
Czech-Slovak satellite platform Skylink announced the possibility for the registration cards have inactivated CryptoWorks.

Of Irdeto Access BV - owner Cryptoworks conditional access system - launched in January 2007 five-year downturn CryptoWorks process that will culminate in the 31st 12th 2012 final termination of its support.

For this reason, the Skylink gradually implemented the necessary steps to replace the new CryptoWorks Irdeto conditional access system:

• 12/2009 - installation and testing technology for the new coding system Irdeto

• 06/2010 - launch of Irdeto cards (ICE Cards)

• 07/2010 - end of wholesale card Cryptoworks

• 12/2010 - download unsold cards Cryptoworks the sales network

The next step is to stop registration cards yet inactivated. From 15 3rd 2011 will no longer be activated Cryptoworks card and register it in the customer system, Skylink .

Which of registration cards are concerned.
Skylink operates two systems marked Cryptoworks CAID 0D03 and 0D70. These systems
belong decoder cards bearing TRADE and TECHNOLOGY, TT Card, Skylink and Skylink ,
serial number:

CAID 0D03 (white card)
03436xxxxxxxxx (except cards and Television Season)
CAID 0D70 (blue card)

Skylink This step continues the process of decay Cryptoworks coding system and calls on owners of unregistered cards to register implemented as soon as possible.
Instructions for registration are included in each package card Skylink . Registration can be done very simply by filling out the registration form either online (recommended) on the website https: / / registrace.skylink.cz or by completing a written form sent by post.

February 21, 2011

21-02-2011, 19:14
Hustler HD/3D March in Europe
Published: February 21, 2011, 18:58 TODAY! | Author: editor

Since March 2011, the erotic channel Hustler TV broadcast in high definition ( HDTV ) and three dimensions ( 3DTV ). The company Sapphire Media International , the largest distributor of materials for adults in Europe, reported on the launch of the new station for adults under the Hustler brand, which will provide content in 3D.

The company confirmed its interest in HD and 3D, and quickly growing VOD service. Digiquest Electronics Limited will provide the distribution of smart cards across Europe.

Hustler HD/3D start in March 201 at the satellite Hot Bird ( 13 ° E ) and will provide a wide range of HD material from the library of Hustler. The channel will broadcast the 3D content - some as a parody of the acclaimed films - " This Is not Old XXX "and the premiere of" This Is not the Ghostbusters 3D XXX "and Sapphire's own 3D content. The company will also collaborate in the provision of distributors of 3D content.

21-02-2011, 19:15
CS Link : Eurosport UK Test and Hustler TV to 19.2 E
Luxembourg by Group M7 expanded technical training for its satellite platform CS Link . Two more virtual programming positions with names Eurosport UK Hustler TV UK and appeared on the Astra satellite system, 19.2 ° E, where it runs its other transponder capacity.

The uplink facilities in Hilversum (Netherlands) today brought great changes involving the addition of new virtual program positions. All are ready for satellite platform CS Link by M7 through Hroup Media Vision 's own.

Discovery Channel Science Discovery Travel and Living, Boomerang and Extreme Sports Channel MPEG-4/SD stations and high-resolution Brava HDTV , Discovery HD Showcase and Penthouse HD1 (only 00-06h) are the latest programs, the operator will provide clients with .

The Astra (19.2 ° E) was created a virtual position for Eurosport and Hustler TV . Both positions are in the style of other preferences - that is, including the extension CZ, which indicate the destination for the Czech and Slovak market.

technical parameters of the test Eurosport UK, Hustler TV UK:

Satellite: Astra (19.2 ° E)
Frequency: 12.344 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
SR: 27500
FEC: 3 / 4
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK

* CS Link : Nova HD transponder changes
* CS Link : AXN channels tested on a new frequency
* CS Link : Extended offer of Boomerang, Discovery HD, Brava HDTV and more

It is not surprising that the Czech version of the Eurosport TV CS Link in the future to provide our clients with different positions and from 19.2 ° E, where the program is provided to clients Canal Digitaal, TV Vlaanderen, Skylink and the future CS Link . One program position after Eurosport UK to 23.5 ° E to extract it to extend the offer other new services.

Erotic Channel Hustler TV is experiencing its great comeback. At the beginning of the existence of a platform CS Link program was provided at night. Then it was broadcast from discontinued for economic reasons. Today, the operator can offer a 24 version.

Channels Eurosport UK and Hustler TV UK has so far not broadcast video and audio PIDs. Some set-top boxes because new positions may not be tuned. Posting is currently only for tests. Officially, these programs are from 19.2 degrees now offered.

Martin Vyleťal

February 21, 2011

24-02-2011, 01:37
Russian platform scene at W7 - 36 ° E

2011-02-23 11:53:35 / Anita Dabek
Last updated: 2011-02-23 3:15:11 p.m.

New Legend Media , one of the major service providers in Russia uplink channels to platforms and pay TV, has chosen orbital position 36 ° E Eutelsat Communications for the new platform, with Russian and international channels to complement the NTV-Plus and the "Tricolor TV . After signing a long-term contract with Eutelsat a new project called Scene will use two transponders on the satellite W7 (36 ° E) .

Starting a service scene gives further impetus to the position of 36 ° E , which is New Media Legend describes as the most popular in Russia for the satellite position. More than 7 million households in Russia, up to the Urals uses antennas aimed at the 36 ° E platform NTV-Plus and the "Tricolor TV . Scene allow channels such as NHK World TV and Europa Plus TV for a larger range.


12.015 GHz, pol. R, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK
Evropa Plus TV, iTV, Youzhny Region Don, NHK World TV

12.054 GHz, pol. R, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK
TV3, NTK-Orbit PRO Dengi, TV Club, Vosimoj channel, TV ARM RU, TTC

24-02-2011, 03:34
Polsat News is testing a new program

2011-02-23 10:35:48 / Paul Nietrzpiel
Last updated: 2011-02-23 12:18:46

Polsat News after the broadcast of the afternoon "events" around hours. 16.10 is testing a new program , modeled on the "Guest Event" . Talks conducted by the presenters 'events' are broadcast on weekdays. So far the news appearing in the band , "This is the day" does not have a separate top or title. However, if the program develops, it will permanently to the station schedule.

- If the tests are passed successfully, we will introduce it in March to schedule Polsat News. Gain when opening and name - said Jarosław Gugała, director of the department of information and journalism groups Polsat.

The decision in this case is made by the end of the week.

24-02-2011, 03:35
Viasat subscribers Viaplay

2011-02-23 11:51:21 / Anita Dabek
Last updated: 2011-02-23 2:03:05 p.m.

Modern Times Group (MTG) will launch in March 2011 in the Nordic pay-TV service on demand multiscreen. The new service, Viaplay , will enable subscribers to Viasat to use a single ID and password to gain access to content Viasat pay TV on any device connected to the Internet. Solution OTT (over the top) is the first of its kind in Scandinavia. Will provide Internet access to thousands of movies, relationships, sports, TV series and the services catch up with your favorite tv channels free.

Starting Viaplay follows the successful implementation of pay TV Internet services ViasatOnDemand in February 2010. Then, as a result of an agreement with LG , ViasatOnDemand been made available on all LG TVs with Internet access. Viaplay new service that replaces Viasat OnDemand makes Viasat premium content are widely available on any device connected to the Internet in the price of 199 crowns per month (Sweden, Norway) 159 SEK / month (Denmark). Current subscribers to the package Viasat Gold for Viasat satellite platform will initially have free access to the service multiscreen.

The full package includes: live broadcasts of matches of the UEFA Champions League and Barclays Premier League, Formula 1, NHL hockey, movies Book of Eli, the Green Zone , and Robin Hood , series Two and a half and Mentalist , reality shows and programs for children. Subscribers will be able to opt for a dedicated packages.

24-02-2011, 03:36
December 1970 in TVP INFO

2011-02-23 5:24:32 p.m. / Anita Dabek

On Thursday, 24 February. WSK will be a special preview screening of Antoni Krauze - "Black Thursday. Janek Wiśniewski fell " . Patron of the film is TVP1 , and Swidnica Show - TVP INFO , whose Thursday's program includes a lot of memories of the tragic events of December 1970.

That day on the air TVP INFO will host the image makers, among which are such outstanding personalities of the Polish culture as a director Antoni Krauze, Peter Fronczewski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Peter Garlicki, Slawomir Orzechowski, Witold Debicki, Michal Lorenc - author of music - whether Starving , the contractor "Ballads of Janek Wisniewski" , which is thrilling theme of "Black Thursday".

In addition to the filmmakers also invited witnesses and participants of the bloody events of December 1970, which tells a moving Antoni Krauze, together with the authors of the screenplay - Michal Pruski and Miroslaw Piepką. Film and December 1970 year will be Feb. 24 main subject of talks and discussions in the regular channels TVP INFO: "Guest Day", "Twenty-passed" and "INFO Journal" .

"Black Tuesday". Janek Wiśniewski fell, over which he became honorary patronage of the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, enters the repertory theaters throughout the country on 25 February.

Already today, the first reviewers say about the big event not only for the historical dimension, but also art, pointing to the remarkable momentum of staging and gripping action. They also point to the masterful creations of Peter Zenon Kliszki Fronczewskiego as well as Pszoniak Wojciech Wladyslaw Gomulka, as well as touching on-screen debut roles Marty Honzatko and familiar with "In God for copper," Michael Kowalski.

"Black Thursday. Janek Wiśniewski fell "is a moving and faithful to the historical facts of the story of the brutal suppression of protesting workers by troops and police, which occurred 17 December 1970 on the streets of Gdansk and Gdynia. Workers' revolt led to five days earlier introduced drastic price increases for food. The viewer gets to know these dramatic events such as through the history of one of the victims' families, the Gdynia shipyard worker, 34-year-old Bruno Drywy, who died Dec. 17 from a shot in the back of the bus rapid urban rail-Gdynia Shipyard. He leaves a wife and three children.

24-02-2011, 03:36
TRK Ukraine without a license on the news channel

2011-02-23 5:37:24 p.m. / Raphael Olchowik
Last updated: 2011-02-23 11:30:25 p.m.

Ukrainian broadcasting company TRK Ukraine gave a license to broadcast satellite channel Novosti sports channel for Football + . Thus, the National Council to abrogate issued in September 2010. permission for Football + . The changes were adopted at the last meeting of the National Council on 23 February.

TRK Ukraine in September last year, was ready to run Football + (which was a complete programming schedule, as long-term contracts were signed with contractors), but could not do that because of delays in the procedure of calculating license fee. That is why the company decided to license the channel przerejestrować Novosti , whose run at the moment it is assumed only for the third quarter of 2011.

Once the license has been issued for the channel (February 2008), there was a crisis. Now the priority is the inauguration of the channel Futbol + , because approaching the UEFA European Football Championship Euro 2012 , and Ukraine together with the Polish they will co-host.

In connection with the loss of license for the channel, it is expected that the message encoded in ******** test called NOVYNY satellite ASTRA 4A (4.8 E) on the frequency 12.130 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S, will be replaced by the canal Football + . The exact time limit of the station has not yet been determined.

Football + sports channel will be in addition to football, football . In addition to the transmission of different football events, there will be information and analysis, opinions of experts, coaches and players.

24-02-2011, 03:37
Shop 24 Direct as a channel 24 in Germany

2011-02-23 6:17:51 p.m. / Raphael Olchowik
Last updated: 2011-02-23 11:30:41 p.m.

Teleshopping channel 24 Shop Direct , which specializes in the sale of CDs and DVDs with the best hits, clock began broadcasting in German via satellite ASTRA 1H (19.2 ° E) . 1924 Shop Direct for several years gave their advertising blocks in the various stations in Germany, Now it's time for a separate channel. Its sender is a company ACDM - AC Distribution & Marketing GmbH , Berlin.

Transmission Shop 24 Direct technical parameters were used that had previously been used by regional television Austrian Tirol TV .


ASTRA 1H (19.2 ° E)
tp. 92 (12.246 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4; DVB-S/QPSK)

ID: tirol tv (no ID yet changes places)
V PID: 2559
PID: 2560 (ger)
PCR PID: 2559
SID: 10109
PMT PID: 105
Provider: BetaDigital
Encoding: none

Website www.shop24direct.de - Die beste Musik aller Zeiten...

24-02-2011, 03:38
TELEKO can operate a digital radio broadcasting
Published: February 24, 2011, 00:59 TODAY! | Author: editor

CTO decided after five tenders for rights to use radio frequencies to provide digital radio broadcasting and mobile multimedia applications. The winner was Pribram by Teleki, Ltd.

TELEKO may start regular broadcasting and digital multimedia broadcasting in the DAB, DAB + and DMB. Inform the DigitálníTelevize.cz .

DAB represents a significant expansion of programming, higher quality audio and operation supporting multimedia applications. DMB brings passengers in vehicles on-line information (arrivals, departures, arrivals, departures, warning messages or calamity, up to date information). DMB also allows broadcasting for mobile receivers.

TELEKO can provide a digital terrestrial broadcasting 41% of population on the territory of Hradec Kralove, Liberec, Ústí nad Labem, and the Southern Region.

24-02-2011, 03:39
28.5 E: Action and vintage CBS TV in the new frequencies
Published: February 23, 2011, 18:33 Yesterday | Author: editor

The British version of the film channel CBS Action changed the satellite Eurobird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) Transponder. The program continues to broadcast under the FTA . For the continuation of income is needed to make a new search.

CBS Action brings contemporary action series and movies. The program is available to UK Sky subscribers at position 148, for Freesat customers is at position 137th The owner has a set-top boxes can tune to the station again.

Technical parameters:

* EuroBird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) freq 11.222 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 2 / 3, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

The second change relates to a music station vintage TV . The channel began testing a new transponder under the name 55022nd Vintage brings music and trends from 1940 to 1980. Posting is distributed in the FTA .

Technical parameters:

* EuroBird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) freq 12.523 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 2 / 3, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

24-02-2011, 03:39
Digital + received in January, 30,000 new clients
Published: February 23, 2011, 17:58 Yesterday | Author: editor

Spanish satellite pay-TV service Digital Plus gained during the first month of 2011 a total of 29,468 new subscribers. 10,662 customers use a multichannel offer received from the satellite and DVB-T .

Canal + via a distribution network Telecable, Orange and ONO attract additional 18,806 new subscribers. Canal + Sport League had 912,453 customers.

Operator Digital + provides its own set-top box called iPlus PVR functions, receive 20 channels in high definition (HD) and 3D. iPlus currently uses 319,381 clients, representing 18 percent of customers Digital +.

24-02-2011, 03:40
Retro Fox wants to expand in Europe
Published: February 23, 2011, 17:03 Yesterday | Author: editor

Source: parabola
Fox International Channels (FIC) wants to expand its thematic Retro Fox in Europe. Fox Retro brings a series of the 70s and 80 of the last century and is currently among the 10 most popular channels on Sky Italia, the Italian platform. Therefore, FIC is looking for expansion opportunities.

Retro Fox at the end of January 2011 the eighth most-watched channel Sky Italia from the 32 stations. The target group of 15 to 54 stations with one of the highest values of average time in primetime among Pay-TV and 34 minutes.

Retro Fox brings the classic series like Starsky & Hutsch, Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, Love Boat, Miami Vice, "M * A * S * H, The Dukes of Hazzard.

24-02-2011, 03:40
CME, owner of TV Nova has increased sales and profits
Published: February 23, 2011, 17:33 Yesterday | Author: editor

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. ( CME ) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended 31 December 2010. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased compared with the fourth quarter of 2009 to U.S. $ 23.0 million to the value of U.S. $ 257.4 million.

OIBDA for the fourth quarter increased by 20.4 million U.S. dollars to the value of U.S. $ 64.8 million. Operating income for the quarter increased by 17.6 million U.S. dollars to the value of U.S. $ 41.9 million. Net loss attributable to shareholders of CME for the quarter was U.S. $ 26.1 million compared with a loss of USD 55.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Fully diluted loss per share for the quarter improved by $ 0.48 in value (0.41) U.S. dollars. The results for the fourth quarter of 2010 include the company's Entertainment and Media For bTV acquired by CME in December 2009, respectively, in April 2010 and contains previously owned Ukrainian company CME , which were sold in April 2010.

Net income for the year ended 31 December 2010 amounted to U.S. $ 737.1 million and OIBDA amounted to U.S. $ 107.3 million. Operating profit for the full year was 22.9 million USD. Net profit attributable to shareholders of CME for the full year amounted to U.S. $ 100.2 million and fully diluted earnings per share were $ 1.57.

Adrian Sarbu, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CME , said: " The fourth quarter revenues and OIBDA increased due to the restructuring of the CME and the onset of economic recovery in some of our markets. 2010 was the first year, when we operate as a fully vertically integrated media company. Now we follow the six major television broadcasters, integrated content division, The Media Entertainment and rapidly growing segment of new media. In 2011, we expect a recovery in all our markets. Our priority is to achieve revenue growth, OIBDA and free cash flow . "

25-02-2011, 02:17
New Legend Media is testing the possibility of capacity Eutelsat W7
Published: February 24, 2011, 9:58 yesterday | Author: editor

Company New Media Legend started technical tests on the satellite Eutelsat W7 (36 ° E). The aim of experiments is to determine the possibility of using a higher symbol rate (SR) than the standard value of 27 500 ksymb / s.

New Legend Media, therefore, activated a Freq to 11.900 GHz, pol R, SR 29900, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S2/8PSK new multiplex. So far, no programs. Used only for testing purposes.

A similar move - a change in symbol rate - with their transponder recently conducted an operator pay-TV service Sky Italia on Hot Bird satellite system ( 13 ° E ). SR is the transponder change from 27,500 to 29,900 ksymb / s. Increasing the SR increased the overall capacity of the multiplex.

25-02-2011, 02:18
Hockey Nova Sport in 3 / 2011
Published: February 24, 2011, 11:28 Yesterday | Author: editor

Cable and Satellite Pay TV Sport Nova has planned for the third month of 2011, a total of 26 hockey broadcasts, most of which will be broadcast live. The CT 10 direct broadcast transmissions and the remaining 16 will direct traffic and to relive the NHL.


Friday March 4, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

Tue March 8, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

Friday March 11 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

After March 14, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

Thurs, March 17th, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

After March 21, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

Thurs, March 24th, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

Friday March 25 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

After March 28, 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff

Thurs March 31 2011, 17:25 CT - Playoff


Thu / Fri, March 3, 2011, 1:05 NY Rangers, Minnesota

Fri / Sat, March 4, 2011, 3:05 Calgary-COLUMBUS

Sat, May 3, 2011, 23:00 Los Angeles-Vancouver

Sun, June 3, 2011, 21:30 NY Rangers-PHILADELPHIA

Thu / Fri, March 10, 2011, 2:05 Wed LOUIS-MONTREAL

Fri / Sat, March 11, 2011, 3:05 Colorado-Anaheim

Sat, March 12, 2011, 20:05 Pittsburgh-Montreal

Sun, March 13, 2011, 23:55 WASHINGTON, CHICAGO

Tue / Wed, March 15, 2011, 1:05 NASHVILLE-LOS ANGELES

Thu / Fri, March 17, 2011, 2:05 CALGARY-COLORADO

Fri / Sat, March 18, 2011, 1:05 NY Rangers-Montreal

Tue / Wed, March 22, 2011, 2:05 Colorado-Columbus

Thu / Fri, March 24, 2011, 0:05 PHILADELPHIA-PITTSBURGH

Fri / Sat, March 25, 2011, 0:35 OTTAWA-WASHINGTON

Sat, March 26, 2011, 19:25 BOSTON-NY RANGERS

Tue / Wed, March 29, 2011, 1:35 BOSTON-CHICAGO

25-02-2011, 02:22
Kino Polska Muzyka starts in May
Published: February 24, 2011, 11:48 Yesterday | Author: editor

In the May 2011 launch Kino Polska SA, a new musical TV-movie channel called Music Theater Poland . The new station will broadcast for Polish music. The station appears in the menu Polish satellite platforms and for cable operators. It is not yet known who will offer the channel.

Channel Kino Polska Muzyka will be aimed at fans of the Polish songs, Polish cinema and the history of Polish pop culture. Kino Polska Muzyka mission will be a presentation of Polish music from different historical periods. The station is preparing to broadcast a series of archival recordings, musical hits from the time parents and even grandparents.

The company is currently preparing another thematic channel - Cinema Nostalgia Poland . The company has asked the Polish regulator to grant a license.

25-02-2011, 02:23
Ocko made a video how to tune the satellite loop
Published: February 24, 2011, 13:57 Yesterday | Author: editor

Czech Ocko TV station filmed the instructional video to its viewers how to tune the satellite loop to facilitate the tuning of the program from the position of Astra 23.5 ° E .

Why Ocko decided this video shoot, explains chief technology Óèko Hnilička Luke: " We recorded a video mainly to facilitate the tuning of the stitches on the satellite receieveru for new users of the satellite. Another reason was the fact that half a year after the transfer of the stitches on the new satellite ASTRA 3B questions are going to disappear links of the supply of satellite channels caused the departure of ASTRA 1G, which ceased operations. The video is filmed with a slight exaggeration, so that it was close to our young viewers . "

The video will be placed on the website chytsi.ocko.tv on websites www.ocko.tv, pages stitches on stream.cz to youtube.cz and eyelets on Facebook pages.

Ocko Air FTA and is thus available to all satellite viewers 23.5 E, including the client platform CS Link and Skylink .

25-02-2011, 02:24
Bedtime: Fairy Tales for puppies for CT1 and HD
Published: February 24, 2011, 14:28 Yesterday | Author: editor

Fairy tales for bedtime puppies will tell thirteen nights from Sunday, the 27th February for CT1 at 18:45. New series creator favorite bedtime stories he made about the nature and pets Vaclav cottages. Performed by John Paul. Music Jaroslav Samson Lenk.

Tales for puppies, viewers can watch the CT1 standard definition and at the same time (from 18:45) also on HD Television HD.

The series will meet again with female Bavarian bloodhound handle, known from the cartoon and Tap Handles. The evening before falling asleep will be his five children Adince Brock Cilc, Drake and Edym talk about timid bunnies liščátku wandering about lost and found deer, a strange and Puppy Bobrik Borik on jezevčím wandering and happiness of finding jezevčího paradise, a meeting with wild boar and an expedition to mossy rocks, and a meeting last autumn.

" I believe that the Tales will appeal to small and large. And so, the rise of television and computers, cell phones off and go somewhere in nature , "says Vaclav Chaloupky, creator of the cartoons Medes brothers, Vydrýsek, Tuláček, striped friends, boys from the lock Strange Way urchin Aladdin and other programs and series about nature, its beauty and natural laws of life of its inhabitants and how they behave correctly.

Handles in part narrates lent his voice to John Paul, along with Vaclav Chaloupka (script and direction) on the part of Tales of the Certificate collaborators Jaroslav Samson Lenk (music and songs), Peter Marsik (screenplay and editing), George Bálek (camera ), Leos Martinek (sound) and others.

Madla and puppies live with caring animal breeders Wenceslas (Chaloupky V) in the gamekeeper's lodge in the forest. She wants her children have grown out of clever boys. Carefully because they care about education. At the beginning of each part of the audience will see what new puppies learned what's experienced. From the first steps, feeding, vet visits, playing in the yard, walks into the forest, mischievous bits, up to the moment when they will be big enough to be able to go to new homes. But puppies are not the only heroes of fairy tales. Gamekeeper's lodge in the woods and there are many other animals. Common and rare, like Parukářka Chickadee, Boreal Owl, hawks, or wood grouse.

Some stories hit the people who help animals and those who causes them trouble. Plays a big role in the lodge itself as a haven diverse group of animals that have Vaclav Chaloupky assembled and expertly cares about them. Are you and the director so used, it is possible to make even the most unusual scenes such as a trip across the animal "family" into the forest.

25-02-2011, 02:26
Spring Premier League start of the Sport Nova
Published: February 24, 2011, 19:02 Yesterday | Author: editor

The three-month wait is over, the words are coming Premier League football. Summary of the spring season 2010/2011 will start on Friday, the 25th February at the screens Nova Sport live on subsistence match Slavia Praha - Brno Zbrojovka.

From 18th around we can see our top competition every week in an attractive night time, with kickoff at 20.15 hours. The dramatic duels under artificial lighting promise more traffic and unforgettable scenery, they love the players themselves.

We fight »stitch" the rival of the Moravian metropolis much tell how it will evolve to keep fighting. Descent is currently threatened by the whole bottom half of the table and is likely to decide until the finish.

Equally exciting plot for promising racing championships. Sparta Prague defender of the trophy at the end of autumn fell ahead of Viktoria Plzen leaders and the remaining 13 laps to catch up with just a four-point loss. Interesting also is evolving battle for the bronze medal. The European Cup are currently the closest player Olomouc, Jablonec and Mladá Boleslav.

Nova Sport and the team of experts in the regular studies of the stadium multiple champion of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Horst Siegl, a member of the league club Arsenal. The former is certainly as great zakončovatel curious as to who becomes king of shooters. After the fall had to close this honor Michael Hubník Olomouc, but his collection of 12 goals already nerozmnoží. In the winter, because he went to Warsaw Legion. A similar fate met the Spartan Bonyho Wilfried, who moved to Arnhem, Netherlands.

The crown for the league top scorer so you can make the claim above Thomas Pekhart with 11 goals. Jablonec star will host the spring in Sparta, where he should replace just mentioned Wilfried and prepare the red jerseys on a summer European Championships jednadvacítek. Also Pilsen Jan Rezek dvacetigólovou the brewing season. So far scored ten times.

All the crossword will be deciphered later on Saturday, 28 May, when playing the 30th final round. A Nova Sport on his studies at the stadium will be missed.

Source: Nova Sport

25-02-2011, 02:26
CS Link: Eurosport UK now available to 19.2 E
Published: February 24, 2011, 20:16 Yesterday | Author: Martin Vyleťal

Pan-European sports channel Eurosport commentary with the Czech is already available to clients and CS Link from the Astra satellite system at a position 19.2 degrees . This is just a test posting, not intended for DTH reception.

Czech Eurosport is the position of 19.2 degrees from the transponder broadcast Canal Digitaal on freq 12.344 GHz virtual programming position Eurosport UK . This position is attached crypto card CryptoWorks CS Link (0D0F) but also Cryptoworks and Irdeto card Skylink (0D03, 0D70, 0D96, 0624). Virtual position was mainly due to the possibility of providing the EPG in the Czech language. EPG has a virtual position is provided. It will probably run next week.

Eurosport UK is the first software platform CS Link , which is within the capacity provided simulcryptu Canal Digitaal operator, M7 Group and the new owner of the CS Link .

Technical parameters:

* Astra ( 19.2 ° E ) freq 12.344 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK

Eurosport UK channel for subscribers CS Link will continue to be provided by Astra 3B ( 23.5 ° E ).

25-02-2011, 02:28
28.5 E: Channel 4 HD FTA plans to resume broadcasting
Published: February 25, 2011, 3:12 TODAY! | Author: editor

British TV Channel 4 plans to restore the freedom to broadcast its program in HD, Channel 4 HD. In connection with the termination of encrypted broadcasting in the NDS VideoGuard will go into the satellite station FTA platform Freesat.

Big broadcasters Channel 4 HD will be broadcast by satellite Eurobird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) within the DVB-S2 multiplex, which means that income will be possible in practically all of Europe with parabolas small size.

By February 28, 2011 the operator Sky UK EPG make reconfiguration and sets the parameters for receiving Channel 4 HD the new position. The March 10 should be based on the available information coding disconnected and launched FTA proliferation. The April 1, 2011 is scheduled for official launch Freesat platform.

Technical parameters:

* EuroBird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) freq 12.607 GHz, pol V, SR 27500, FEC 2 / 3, DVB-S2/QPSK, FTA

Currently, there is possible to observe the technical tests Channel 4 HD.

26-02-2011, 02:10
BBC Persian left 13 degrees

2011-02-24 6:49:28 p.m. / Raphael Olchowik
Last updated: 2011-02-24 9:50:26 p.m.
Source: Inf
Broadcast in Farsi, a British news channel BBC Persian , ended transmission via the orbital position HOT BIRD 13 ° E . Channel capacity used tp. 77 the parameters of 12.245 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S satellite Hot Bird 8 . Now, viewers in Europe can watch this channel from the satellite Eutelsat W3A (7 ° E) . Transfer clock is also implemented on the Internet.

To change the technical parameters of the broadcaster said on its website. To this end prepared a short animation that shows how to switch from satellite dish 13 ° E to 7 ° E , or exchange the converter held Monoblock. View>

It is not given the reason for the resignation of the media at 13 ° E , but you can guess that this is a distortion of what station periodically faces. Multiplex A1 occupy mainly Iranian stations thrown from 13 ° E .

New technical characteristics:

tp. A1 (10.721 GHz, pol. H, SR 22000, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK)

ID: BBC Persian
V PID: 101
PID: 102 (Far)
PID PCR: 101
SID: 1
PMT PID: 100
Provider: BBC
Encoding: none

26-02-2011, 02:11
Polish Cinema Music starts in May

2011-02-24 10:14:08 / Paul Nietrzpiel
Last updated: 2011-02-24 10:56:26
Source: Polish Cinema
In May 2011 Cinema Polish TV SA, will launch television channel music and film , which will be a nostalgic yet modern. Climate stations will be in line with the television programming Polish Cinema . The new channel will feature Polish popular music - both in the selected archival and contemporary recordings attractive. The station will be available both in the range of satellite platforms and cable networks - for the moment it is not known exactly where.

- The music channel aimed at Polish Cinema lovers will be Polish song, Polish cinema and the history of Polish pop culture. The mission of the Polish Cinema presentation of Polish music will be recorded music from different eras of history in our entertainment scene. We take care of the Polish music - Joan declares spit-Wojciechowska, Director of Polish Cinema Television Program - We prepare a lot of archival recordings, seek out musical hits from the days of our parents and even grandparents. We combine our experience and knowledge of Polish cinema with our musical passions. I think we will invite our audience in a wonderful sentimental journey, yet there is nothing that connects generations as the music!

Music that shaped generations

Polish Cinema Music festivals remind hits with songs of yesteryear, the newly discovered our parents' music store, remind Polish song hits such as recording or Red Guitars Mark Grechuta, Czeslaw Niemen, songs Dżem, booths Stonehill, Anna Jantar lyrics, Irena Jarocka, Edyta Geppert , Alicja Majewska, Wojciech Mlynarski, Zauchy Andrzej Seweryn Krajewski and Maryla Rodowicz.

Diversification will be specifically developed for the station program - Lexicon of Polish music featuring Polish music from A to Z and a program of archival recordings of music from the 80th year 70.i The repertoire will also be implemented with a wink programs that we remember with fondness the old days, concerts and musical wishes greeting card to loved ones.

The song in the film, a film in song

A new channel package Polish Cinema will combine well-known repertoire of film-screen Cinema Poland Television with recorded music from Polish archives. Cinema Polish Music will continue its modern way of presenting the archives from the period of communism. Created joint film and music series, such as already known to viewers from the screen Cinema, Poland - "The Wonder Years 60th," "They went into space," or "propaganda of success" - but this time for the music channel will explore the unique recordings of old songs and recordings.

There will be biographical film about the musicians, documentary film showing how emerged known and popular album, touring and recording life stars of Polish show business. There will also be a special strand of feature films on the subject of music and recordings of Polish Newsreel featuring the famous concerts.

The gem in the repertoire of the station will be screenings of Polish animated cinema surprising musical illustration.

A new place for Polish music

The network schedule will also include a lot of news. The antenna of this new station will feature contemporary music videos, CD release concert and recordings. Cinema Polish Music will be informed about what is going on and purchased. Upcoming bands are also tables showing inter alia, copyright very interesting Polish alternative music scene, a program about the history of Polish hip-hop and music videos for lovers of strong sound.

Music connects generations

One of the most exciting and anticipated program proposals Polish Music Theater is a band with covers of contemporary hits all-Polish, from pre-war hits Mieczyslaw Fogg through songs Agnieszka Osiecka to contemporary arrangements of songs from the 60s and the period of the 70s "propaganda of success

The program also does not run out of bandwidth with the Polish jazz. Station Cinema Music Poland prepares such review of films with music by the most eminent Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda's jazz-Trzcinski, the author of film music for the film "Knife in the Water," "Mammals," "Innocent Sorcerers" and many short films and animated films from the 60s

It will be possible to see reviews of films with music by Wojciech Kilar, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Michal Lorenc, and Zbigniew Preisner.

Persistent Polish song festival

Polish Cinema Music and time machine will take us to different periods of Polish history of pop culture, stage and cinema. This connection to the best of Polish cinema and Polish music: emotion and imagination.

Cinema Polish Music Polish nostalgic as blues, jazz and passionate as the Polish and cheerful as the Bean. Cinema Polish Music is a mirror of our Polish soul. What in the game, you can hear and see soon.

Polish Cinema Music has started broadcasting in May 2011. The station will be available both in the range of satellite platforms and cable networks.

26-02-2011, 02:12
UPC Direct has 312,700 customers and is growing
Central satellite pay television UPC Direct has a total of 312 700 clients, and starts again in all countries where it operates a slightly growth. In the last quarter of 2010 received a total of 17,500 customers, of which the majority in Hungary.

Czech Republic
September 30, 2010 for the Czech Republic and Slovakia completed broadcasting service UPC Direct on Astra satellite system. Although the service is completely finished there was limited time and number of its own transponders. Instead of the original five started from 1.10. The platform used for the Astra has only four transponders. Fully preserve the Hungarian offer but still transponder operates a number of programs in the Czech and Slovak.

For the Czech and Slovak markets and began a new era of income UPC from the new orbital position of 0.8 ° W satellite Thor 5 and THOR 6 , which launched the official broadcast in May last year. The new system provides the operator a wider range of programs in a better technical quality, including programs in high definition ( HDTV ).

The December 31, 2010, the Company UPC DTH , satellite platform operator, a total of 85,500 clients in the Czech Republic. During the last three months of last year from 2,200 customers, which is falling again after a few number of clients.

1,326,900 households in the Czech Republic on 31 December 2010 was within reach of cable networks of UPC CR. Analog TV UPC benefited 112,500 households (10,700 clients per quarter), 411,800 digital customers (+9.400). Internet connection from the company had 408,400 households (+9.400), used the telephone service 187 100 (+3600).

Recently, Direct Satellite also manages the Slovak Republic, which still shows a slight increase. At the end of 2010 there was an operator 37 500 clients and over the last three months where he gained 3,500 customers.

The reach of cable networks of UPC SK Slovak households was 495 100 (+900), analog cable television accepted 136,400 (-9,400), 85,200 digital households (6900). On the Internet, through a network of UPC Surf 71,300 Slovak households (+3.400). Telephony had 34,000 customers (+2.100).

Traditionally, the most successful satellite platform in Hungary, where at the end of the operator filed 185,700 customers during the quarter in this market gained 11,800 subscribers.

Cable TV from UPC is within reach 1,250,100 households can receive analog supply 334,900 (22,600), 247,500 digital customers (+21.700). Internet UPC had 369,300 households (+11.200) and telephone service to 275,500 customers (+8 thousand).

UPC DTH does not operate while in Romania offer UPC Direct but there are fellow pay-TV Focus Sat. The market operator gained in the last quarter and a total of 28,400 subscribers to 226,600 customers here. Growth in all markets operator exceeded half a million clients. In total there to 539,300.

26-02-2011, 02:12
Tricolour to the broadcasting Siberia to 56E
Published: February 25, 2011, 20:46 Yesterday | Author: editor

Nacionalnaja sputnikovaja kompaniya, operator of Russia's satellite platform Tricolor TV has announced that the latest tests, specialists will ensure the normal operation of the satellites Bonum 1 (56 ° E) until mid-summer 2012.

Assessment experts showed that the satellites are out of fuel for the next 1.5 years.

Tricolor TV has received several proposals from operators of satellite systems, the possibility of any transfer Tricolor TV Sibir on a different orbital position. One of the tests being done on satellite Eutelsat W7 at position 36 ° E in the Book of Siberia.

The Company shall take all measures to ensure quick and easy reconfiguration of dishes for our customers.

26-02-2011, 02:13
Germany prepares Sky News, Sky Sports HD
Published: February 25, 2011, 14:54 Yesterday | Author: editor

German satellite pay-TV service Sky Germany is preparing its first 24-hour HD sports news channel Sky Sports News HD . The station will be provided in Germany and in Austria.

Channel News, Sky Sports HD will be available to all Sky subscription package Welt. The program will also be distributed in SD resolution. Viewers will bring up to date sports information 24 hours a day, focusing especially on Germany and Austria.

The operation of the new station will take care of more than 100 employees. Start a new station will require an investment of 48 million. Launch is scheduled for broadcast next winter.

The company asks Bayerischen Landesmedienanstalt (BLM) for a license to the new channel.

26-02-2011, 02:14
Vladimir Zelezny became adviser HE TV
Published: February 25, 2011, 12:46 Yesterday | Author: editor

Former Director of TV Nova began to operate in the television field and became a management consultant encoded Czech-Arab television station TV HE . HE TV channel broadcast free via satellite Atlantic Bird 4 A (7.2 ° W). Posting to gradually put on other satellites will have better coverage of Central Europe.

New TV on the Czech market may not copy the TV Nova and Prima TV. " There are no chances ahead is great. New TV operators in the Czech market to succeed, it must find a very unusual and special field , "said Vladimir Zelezny in a video interview, which provided the Czech media server, which will be published this Sunday.

Czech-Arab station broadcasting to the Arab minority in the Czech Republic. " Our broadcast includes films, series, fairy tales, music, drama and documentaries, and beautiful scenery from around the world. We try to show calm and quiet, we all to a greater or lesser extent we need , "said Pavel Dolezal, Director of HE TV .

26-02-2011, 02:14
16E: Fox International Channels runs Ultisima
Published: February 25, 2011, 12:37 Yesterday | Author: editor

The Eutelsat Sesat 1 ( 16 ° E ) appeared two channels of encoded test named as SD Utilisima Bulgaria and the Balkans Ultisima SD . They herald the arrival of thematic channels for Utilisima ženx aged 18-49 years.

Program menu will consist of programs on lifestyle, health, beauty, fashion, cooking, interior decorating and child rearing. Brand Utilisima owned by Fox International Channels.

Regular broadcasting is scheduled for International Women's Day - March 8, 2011. Utilisima will be available in Bulgaria and the other Baltic republics. The station will be part of offers of cable and satellite platforms.

History Utulisima dates back to 1984 when it first appeared under that program block called on the Argentine TV Channel 2 . About 12 years later the program block from a separate station.

In 2006 the brand was taken over by Utilisima Fox International Channels . Due to the popularity of the brand, it was decided to expand the program to Southeast Europe.

Technical parameters:

* Eutelsat Sesat ( 16 ° E ) freq 12.695 GHz, pol H SR 5355, FEC 2 / 3, DVB-S/QPSK

26-02-2011, 02:15
593,000 customers, Sky HD programs follows Germany
Published: February 25, 2011, 10:59 Yesterday | Author: editor

Sky Deutschland nearly doubled the number of clients receiving HD programs to almost 593,000. Sales also increased significantly. This follows from the operator's financial results for the fourth quarter 2010th

From October to end of December 2010 platform gained a total of 131 thousand new clients and achieved a new high 2.653 million. During 2010, Sky Germany won 325,000 new clients HD package including 133,000 in the fourth quarter.

Given the increase in subscription revenue and advertising increased in the fourth quarter Sky Deutschland revenues of 263.7 million euros (4th quarter 2009: 230.2 million). ARPI reached a new high 30.22 euros (27.45 euros a year earlier). Total expenses increased by 378.9 million euros (321.6 million). German Sky increased distribution costs and expand HD offerings.

For the full year, sales rose 8.4 percent from 902.1 to 977.8 million euros.

26-02-2011, 02:16
Ukrainian MyTV resume broadcasting
Published: February 25, 2011, 10:09 Yesterday | Author: editor

Ukrainian satellite pay-TV service MyTV operated by Digital Fly Ukraine will become part of a large international media company. At the meeting of the National Council for Television and Radio's 23rd February 2011 announced the CEO Albert Feldman.

According to him, is a potential partner of the Digital Fly Ukraine 's largest provider of global content. In early April the company plans to restore service, which ended in December 2010. Feldman said that by April will not be published name of the company, which will be owned Ukrainian company.

Ukrainian National Council 23 February to assess the results of control envisaged Digital Fly Ukraine. The inspection found that the actual number of subscribers is 442 (not 180,000 as stated in the license). The provider of pay-TV National Council informed of technical problems with satellite and temporary interruption of transmission.

" In connection with the process we were forced to suspend broadcasting in December. We changed the satellite and later expanded number of programs. In the period April 1 to 12 are planning to resume broadcasting , "said Albert Feldman. Clients were notified in December for possible broadcast interruptions. After recovery of the Digital Fly Ukraine intends to commence active marketing campaign to attract new customers. On April 12, 2011 is scheduled for presentation platform.

According to the magazine publisher médias Alexander Glushenka for entry into the Digital Fly Ukraine in the international media corporations to enter foreign channels, which have not yet been provided on the Ukrainian market.

26-02-2011, 02:16
28.5 E: Channel 4 HD FTA plans to resume broadcasting
Published: February 25, 2011, 3:12 yesterday | Author: editor

British TV Channel 4 plans to restore the freedom to broadcast its program in HD, Channel 4 HD. In connection with the termination of encrypted broadcasting in the *** ********** will go into the satellite station FTA platform Freesat.

Big broadcasters Channel 4 HD will be broadcast by satellite Eurobird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) within the DVB-S2 multiplex, which means that income will be possible in practically all of Europe with parabolas small size.

By February 28, 2011 the operator Sky UK EPG make reconfiguration and sets the parameters for receiving Channel 4 HD the new position. The March 10 should be based on the available information coding disconnected and launched FTA proliferation. The April 1, 2011 is scheduled for official launch Freesat platform.

Technical parameters:

* EuroBird 1 ( 28.5 ° E ) freq 12.607 GHz, pol V, SR 27500, FEC 2 / 3, DVB-S2/QPSK, FTA

Currently, there is possible to observe the technical tests Channel 4 HD.

02-03-2011, 14:30
Rusiya Al-Yaum disturbed by Libya

2011-03-01 0:40:12 / Raphael Olchowik
Last updated: 2011-03-01 9:39:40
Source: Tele-Sat.info
Russian news channel in the Arabic language Al-Yaum Rusiya is disturbed by the authorities in Libya. This position presented Israeli satellite operator RRSat Global Communications Network . Difficulties in removing the channel was observed by satellite transmission realized ATLANTIC BIRD 4A (7 ° W) with the frequency 10.892 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S.

According to representatives of RRSat , the Libyan authorities are trying to block the citizens of its country's access to objective and independent information about developments in Libya and the Middle East.

Rusiya Al-Yaum is also available on the satellite HOT BIRD 9 (13 ° E ), the frequency 11.319 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, DVB-S. For these parameters there were no obstacles to the reception.

02-03-2011, 14:31
Skylink - Gopa, new payment methods
From 1 3rd 2011 Skylink introduces a new payment method, through which customers can subscribe online optional software packages or bonus programs.

After logging into your customer account Skylink on the registration Web site https: / / registrace.skylink.cz customer chooses the service - an optional package or program that can pay immediately online through a payment gateway company Gopa.

Gopa centralized payment gateway payment methods in one place, in order to offer customers secure payment solutions and simple procedure for payment of services. Customers also offers the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the offered payment methods before making payment. After selecting the preferred method of payment (without prior authorization in the payment system Gopa) the customer is redirected to the payment gateway Gopa, where the user is prompted to enter data (depending on the selected payment method) and complete the payment.

Company Gopa customers Skylink offers the following payment methods:

Gopa wallet
is the electronic version of normal everyday wallet for quick payments, send or receive money online.
Suitable for customers registered with Gopa (www.gopay.cz / new-registration).
Instant activation of services paid for Skylink .

MoneyBookers wallet
Electronic wallet for global Internet payments and international transfers.
Suitable for customers registered with Moneybookers (Moneybookers.com - Send Money - Receive Money - Online Payments - Money Transfers).
Instant activation of services paid for Skylink .

Payment System SuperCASH offers cash prizes via the method of payment terminals SAZKA as and the Czech Post.
Suitable for customers who prefer payment in cash.
Activation of Skylink immediately after the payment of terminal SAZKA.

Payment system for cashless payments from a current account at mBank.
Suitable for customers who have a bank account at mBank.

Instant activation of services paid for Skylink .

Payment system for cashless payments from a current account at Raiffeisenbank.
Suitable for customers who have a bank account at Raiffeisenbank.
Instant activation of services paid for Skylink .

Payment system for cashless payments from a current account with Commercial Bank.
Suitable for customers who have a bank account at Commercial Bank.

Instant activation of services paid for Skylink .

Credit Card
Payments by credit cards VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, Amex, JCB verified by the 3D-Secure.
Suitable for customers who are card-enabled online payments.
Instant activation of services paid for Skylink .
The new payment method that will allow a prepay service Skylink online with instant activation. For customers who are unwilling or unable to pay online by credit card, the payment instrument Gopa very good alternative.

Payment methods via the gateway Gopa customers can now use the Skylink had the Czech Republic, respectively. Customers who have a customer system Skylink on file currency "CZK".

For customers in the Slovak Republic who have registered currency "euro" Gopa payment gateway will be available at a later date.
The original method of payment shall remain in force for the future.

02-03-2011, 14:32
UPC Direct launched in the Czech sound of Nat Geo Wild

Documentary channel National Geographic Wild started today on satellite pay-TV platform UPC Direct dissemination of Czech audio tracks. With a little delay with clients and service has paid Central Czech sound NGC Wild.

Nat Geo Wild carries most of the DVB programs with Czech subtitles. The operator station but decided to meet the specific needs of Czech and Slovak markets and gradually moves through the localization of the Czech dubbing. The Czech audio track is, therefore, can usually hear the original English sound, some programs have already been dubbed into Czech. Similarly, the Czech dubbing migrates as the main channel of the National Geographic Channel.

Technical parameters:

Satellite: Thor 6 (0.8 ° W)
Frequency: 11.938 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
SR: 28000
FEC: 7 / 8
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
CA system: Nagravision Cryptoworks and 3 / Nagra Media Access ( UPC Direct ) ***** (Focus Sat)
Service ID: 30711
Video PID: 601
Audio PID: 610 Hungarian, 611 Czech, 612 English
DVB Subtitle: Czech, Romanian
Nat Geo Wild focuses on the world of nature, natural phenomena and the future of our planet. The documentary also deals with station wild animals, revealing the background of dramatic natural events and phenomena and explains the impact of climate change on global ecosystems.

Channel Nat Geo Wild broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The station is part of the basic program offers Direct Medium.

02-03-2011, 14:33
Bulgaria Air Cinema bTV surgery in the Rose Garden
Published: March 2, 2011, 8:15 TODAY! | Author: editor
Successful Czech series Surgeries in the Rose Garden that every Tuesday and Thursday evening broadcast on Czech TV Nova, is now also broadcasts in Bulgaria. The local television company bTV broadcasts it to its thematic program bTV Cinema.

bTV Cinema series broadcast weekdays at 18:00 pm local time (17:00 pm our time) called sred rozi Clinic ", which can be loosely translated as Surgery again in the Rose Garden. For the series is created by Bulgarian dubbing voice-over.

Image for article: Bulgaria Air Cinema bTV surgery in the rose garden

Television bTV own media company CME (Central European Media Enterprises). Like the Czech TV Nova. CME has decided to strip the successful Czech export to markets where it operates television broadcasting.

CME operates in Bulgaria next station bTV worthy series and movie channel bTV Cinema Comedy bTV comedy, action and adventure channel bTV Action and Ring.bg.

CTV channels distributed via satellite. Due to limitations of broadcasting rights is a signal station bTV encrypted and only available to subscribers of the Bulgarian DTH platforms.

02-03-2011, 14:36
Hispasat 1E with the first signals on 30W
Published: March 2, 2011, 5:55 TODAY! | Author: editor

New Spanish telecommunications satellite Hispasat 1E launched the first technical tests on the target orbital position 30 Wed west, where the satellites are parked and Hispasat 1C Hispasat 1D.

The Hispasatu 1E in operation the first two DVB-S2 mux. The first operates on the transponder 1, freq 11.222 GHz, pol H SR 30000 FEC 5 / 6, DVB-S2/8PSK/CCM.

Druhý multplex is on Freq 12.591 GHz, pol H SR 30000 FEC 1 / 2, DVB-S2/QPSK/ACM/VCM.

Both multiplexes operating in the European union, which no major problems and covers an area of Central Europe. Currently, both the multiplexes do not have any services.

Hispasat 1E was handed an Ariane 5 carrier rocket at the end of 2010. The satellite has 53 transponders in Ku band in the range of 10.7 to 10.95 GHz with a bandwidth of 36 MHz, also in the band 11.2 to 11.44 GHz (sp 36 MHz), 11.7 to 12 1 GHz (36 MHz sp) and also in the range of 12.1 to 12.5 GHz with a bandwidth of 33 MHz.

02-03-2011, 14:38
36e: Tricolor completed tests for Siberia
Published: March 2, 2011, 3:27 TODAY! | Author: editor

Russia's satellite platform Tricolor TV ceased broadcasting technical tests Tricolor Sibir in Eastern Russia in the directional beam to the satellite Eutelsat W7 (36 ° E).

Platform Tricolor TV used to test the frequency 10.804 GHz, pol R, SR 30000, FEC 5 / 6, DVB-S/QPSK. The multiplex is broadcast several programs on the system platform DRE Crypt conditional access.

Posting Tricolor TV Sibir 36 ° E to serve as an example the possibility of the spread and coverage for the operator platform Nacionalnaja sputnikovaja kompaniya.

Tricolor TV Sibir provides its services on DVB-S transponder in MPEG-4 satellite on Bonum 1 down to 56 ° E. Lifetime is over. According to the satellite operator Space Apparatus ahead 1.5 years of operation.

02-03-2011, 14:39
Another left the position of Bulgarian TV 16E
Published: March 2, 2011, 2:24 TODAY! | Author: editor

The vast majority of the programs of the Bulgarian satellite pay-TV platform, Total TV has left satellite position 16 ° E , Eurobird satellite staffed 16A Eutelsat Sesat and Eutelsat W2M. A service called Satellite BG now gives the Astra 3B ( 23.5 ° E ).

During the short period of record distribution on parallel 23.5 ° E and 16 ° E were subscribers to tune the position of parabola 23.5 ° E , allowing subsequent deactivation channels for the position of 16 ° E .

Due to the departure of the Bulgarian program capacity platform Total TV, there was 1 March 2011 to significant changes in the freq 10.796 GHz, pol V, SR 30000, FEC 3 / 4, where they remained only Total TV programs for the countries of former Yugoslavia.

The departure of Bulgaria has been disconnected multiple programs on freq 11.138 GHz, pol H. Other changes also affected the frequency 11.011 GHz, pol V, where the Bulgarian program remained a BNT World. But even that will die soon. Spare FTA broadcast was launched on freq 11.639 GHz, pol H SR 27900, FEC 2 / 3, DVB-S.

02-03-2011, 14:40
EN Mini-change graphics. Every evening at 19:45 with fairy tales
Released: March 1, 2011, 21:01 Yesterday | Author: Martin Vyleťal

Children's channel EN Mini preparing major changes. In mid-March to present the audience with a completely new graphics. In the second half of this month, will expand the film offers for this station.

At the same time launched a new entertainment portal csmini.cz, where visitors will find VoD, interactive games, film songs and more.

Every night at 19:45 pm, CS Mini Air bedtime stories. Mini CS in transmitting this time. It will be a program window in the EN Television Movie.

Once a week in the broadcast CS Film and once a month to CS Mini will be broadcast included a chart of recent and old film clips. He said the magazine informs UPC Leos Pohl of the Czechoslovak film company engaged in film and TV EN EN Mini.

Operator CS Film CSFmag.cz also launched portal that provides news about the Czech and Slovak films.

02-03-2011, 14:40
Digi TV: New Receiver, DVB-S2 and MPEG-4
Released: March 1, 2011, 20:16 Yesterday | Author: editor

RCS / RDS , the Romanian operator of cable television and international satellite platform Digi TV , revealing his future plans. The company plans a new generation of receivers supplied by Hyundai and Humax.

The new set-top boxes are in the first stage to play a key role in the transformation of Serbia to digital TV broadcasting, which ends April 4, 2012.

According to Marcel Popa, CEO of Digi Sat, Serbian branch of the RCS / RDS , the new combo type receiver, which allows simultaneous reception of DTH services Digi TV and digital terrestrial television ( DVB-T ). This is especially important for the Serbian market. Public channels are not part of the DTH platform. Because of "mus-carry" stations in this manner will be accessible to subscribers Digi TV .

The operator also intends to introduce broadcasts in DVB-S2 and compression MPEG-4, which will run the HD PVR, VOD and PPV services. Using DVB-S2 capacity significantly save on satellite Intelsat 10-02 ( 1 ° W ).

"Mnohasystémové" receivers will be introduced on other markets where it operates RCS / RDS .

02-03-2011, 14:44
Nova Hellas is the DVB-S2 transponder
Released: March 1, 2011, 19:31 Yesterday | Author: Martin Vyleťal

Greek satellite platform Nova Hellas from March 1, 2011 has its own DVB-S2 transponder on the Hot Bird satellite system ( 13 ° E ). Gained by changing standards for one of its leased transponders.

The changes affected the frequency 12.130 GHz, pol H, which worked with the parameters of SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK. Since March, the multiplex broadcast standard DVB-S2 with 8PSK modulation. Change the parameters of the transponder capacity has increased significantly from the original multiplex 38 Mbit / s on the new 59.9 Mbit / s, which is getting 21.9 Mbps for free, which can be used to further expand HD offerings.

Edit Parameters transponder Nova Hellas is expected - the transponder to transmit three HD programs - Nova Cinema HD, Nova Sports HD and National Geographic HD MPEG-4/HD, followed by MPEG-2/SD station FX, Summer Cinema Nova, Fox Life , Disney Channel (all ******) and FTA new promo demo channel.

Technical parameters:

* Hot Bird ( 13 ° E ) freq 12.130 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S2/8PSK

02-03-2011, 14:46
In June the launch Polish TV.DISCO
Released: March 1, 2011, 18:56 Yesterday | Author: editor

28th February 2011 4fun Media Company SA, Poland has asked the media regulator KRRiT (Krajowa Council radiophony Telewizji i) the granting of licenses for the music station TV.DISCO . The channel is to start in June 2011.

It will broadcast 24 hours a day, viewers will find the station in all reputable cable networks and satellite platforms. Satellite distribution will be provided under the FTA (free). It will be the third stop of the music portfolio 4fun Media SA and Canal 4fun.tv rebel tv.

TV.DISCO the music channel and has become an alternative to existing stations with pop music and pop-dance. TV.DISCO will bring genres like disco, dance, techno, disco, polo, house, eurodance. The new station will be rotated out of 80 hits and 90 years as ABBA, Boney M, Bad Boys Blue, Modern Talking, as well as disco polo (Bayer Full, Boys, Spike, Tomasz niecik) and thematic musical band.

TV.DISCO no competition for 4fun.tv, it fills a gap in the program menu 4fun Media SA for viewers and advertisers.

02-03-2011, 14:47
Cyfra + is expanded to Sportklub
Released: March 1, 2011, 18:30 Yesterday | Author: editor

1st March offer satellite platform Cyfra + has extended the station SportKlub . It's already 16 sports channel, available satellite viewers in Poland. Sportklub is available at no additional charge for subscribers compact package, Optimum, compact HD Optimum HD and HD prestige.

The station was assigned to the 111th program sets the position in Cyfra +.

Sportklub brings world-class football: FA Cup, Carling Cup, npower Championship matches of the English national team, including the qualification for Euro 2012, Shelda Community, the Belgian League and others.

Sportklub is the only television channel in Poland, which has the rights to the prestigious MotoGP motorcycle.

Cyfra + next SportKlub also provides sports station Canal + Sport, Canal + Sport HD, Canal + Sport 2 Canal + Golf, Eurosport, Eurosport HD, Eurosport 2, Eurosport 2 HD TVP Sport, TVN Turbo Polsat Play, Orange Sports, Orange Info, Extreme Sports and ESPN Classic.

Cyfra + ever expanding range. Early entry into the platform channel BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge and Czwórka.

Technical parameters:

* Hot Bird 8 ( 13 ° E ) freq 12.322 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S/QPSK

02-03-2011, 14:47
CS Link is expanding the Prime HD
The supply of satellite platform CS Link enters another HD channel - HD Prima (Prima TV program in HD resolution). After the program, the new HD and HD Television is another TV is provided by Media Vision in high-definition TV.

Channel Prima HD began broadcasting today, March 1, 2011 DVB-S transponder operated by the Luxembourg satellite operator SES Astra on the frequency 12.168 GHz. The program is from the beginning Cryptoworks encryption systems for access cards CS Link . Frequency is not new. For example, it sends the Czech music TV Ocko and many foreign language programs.

Technical parameters:

Satellite: ASTRA 3B (23.5 ° E)
Frequency: 12.168 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 3 / 4
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
CA system: Cryptoworks ( CAID 0D0F)
Availability: Card CS Link
SID 5202
Video PID: 1281
Audio PID: 1932 Czech, 1283 Czech (AC3)

Prima HD is included in the offer unpaid and available to all customers CS Link .

It automatically get all new customers and all those who have previously purchased fare HD. Existing customers who still have unpaid HD can now order the new tariff Unpaid 2 HD for CZK 200 and receive both free of charge to high-definition programs - Prima Nova HD and HD. The third honorary HD Television program is activated automatically to all customers.

Prima HD is delivered at a resolution of 1440x1080 with a constant video bit rate 6 Mbit / s. There are two audio tracks - MPEG-quality 192 kbit / s and AC3 at 384 kbit / s.

Prima HD is the first swallow of the M7 Group, which recently acquired control over the Media Vision , a provider of satellite services. According to the tests, which were launched last week, the operator will also offer pay-HD programs - Discovery HD Showcase, and Bravo HD1 Penthouse HDTV and a number of programs in MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 SD - Discovery Science, Discovery Travel and Living Boomerang, Extreme Sports and Hustler TV. All the capabilities of simulcryptu platform Canal Digitaal owned a seven em again.

02-03-2011, 14:48
Anixi HD goes back to the satellite Astra 19.2 E
German commercial station Anixi HD is back on the European Astra satellite system at 19.2 degrees east longitude. Since March 2011, the program is available in HD FTA satellite viewers all.
Television Anixi HD in September last year has significantly reduced its distribution of HD at 19.2 ° E, which aired only in the evening and night hours on the shared capacity to HD demo channel SES Astra. A few months later - in late November, the company Anixi HD Television GmbH & Co.. KG for financial reasons, decided to end the spread of HD distribution at 19.2 ° E. The cable and IPTV networks went Anixi HD signal from the Astra 3B (23.5 ° E) freq 12.032 GHz, pol H SR 27500, FEC 9 / 10, DVB-S2/QPSK.

In German-speaking countries is almost entirely taken only Astra and 19.2 ° E. Departure from this hot spot on the Astra came broadcaster considerable number of spectators, who won for the years of its existence. Anixi HD began test broadcasts in April 2006. For the month of TV celebrates 5 years after entry into the television era of high resolution and launch the first German station, which were initially only available in HD.

Because of low initial extension of high-definition set-top boxes in homes in the later version was a classic Anixi SD resolution.

planned technical parameters:

Satellite: ASTRA 1KR , 19.2 ° E
Frequency: 10.773 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
SR: 22000
FEC: 3 / 4
Standard: DVB-S2
Modulation: 8PSK
Service ID: 21100
Video PID: 255
Audio PID: 259
CA system: none, FTA broadcasters

Besides Anixi HD broadcast FTA on the Astra satellite system at 19.2 ° E and other programs - HD ARD (Das Erste HD), ZDF HD, Arte HD and HD TV Servus. Viewers in Germany are also available to offer a platform HD + and other stations in HD in the paid TV Sky Deutschland.

Anixi Anixi HD and SD should be the last projects broadcasters. The company plans to launch a channel with a three-dimensional image Anixi 3D .

04-03-2011, 05:49
Discovery HD Showcase early in Czech
Released: March 4, 2011, 3:21 TODAY! | Author: editor

Discovery HD Showcase , an international documentary program in high definition ( HDTV ), according to unofficial information, will soon produce and broadcast programs with the Czech dubbing. After years of waiting, the audience will also see the planned location.

Discovery HD Showcase would be unofficial and preliminary information broadcast in Czech during May (May), 2011th

Starting location for satellite viewers depending on the provider M7 Group and the Canal Digital Group , which provide signals to subscribers platform Skylink , respectively. UPC Direct and possibly future clients with services CS Link .

04-03-2011, 05:50
Canal Digitaal tests Nagravision system
Released: March 4, 2011, 5:11 TODAY! | Author: editor

Dutch satellite platform Canal Digitaal Luxembourg company owned by Group M7 started technical tests of the new conditional access system Nagra Media Access (using Nagravision).

The two programs Holland Doc 1924 and 1924 Consumenten TV was connected to the system Nagravision CAID 1817th Both stations were previously encoded Mediaguard.

Technical parameters:

3B * Astra ( 23.5 ° E ) freq 11.739 GHz, pol V, SR 27500, FEC 5 / 6, DVB-S2/QPSK

Nagravision system involvement may be associated with the gradual phasing out Mediaguard system and the gradual migration to the CAID Nagravision.

04-03-2011, 05:52
Ocko since March in the new programs and new
TV Ocko change from 7 substantially its program in March. Popular Shows moderated its program schedule for several years, ending its broadcast programs and replace them with a similar format, but under new names, with new graphics and attractive dramaturgy.

The first one is still miXXXer , replacing DJ show spectator favorite especially for younger viewers. Carrier element program, thus the performance of music spectators will be retained but will be complemented by interesting guests, which viewers will be able to chat through Facebook, invitations to interesting events and reports. Moderators will show Marc Skrivankova, Nasty, and Michael Klein. Broadcast time is Monday-Thursday from 14.00 to 16.00 hours on Friday from 14.00 pm and re-run on Saturday from 10.00 am to be part of the broadcast field miXXXer extra . For each week viewers will sprout presenters Andrew Polak, and Claire Hajdinová Rate Region.

The second order is still in Face2Face , which is the successor to the Inbox, the major talk shows eyes. "Just as in the Inbox program, and it will be in Face2Face interview with a guest presenter from Showbiz. F2F but it will be dynamic. Our smart and well prepared presenters will be from people trying to get the maximum. F2F will be on current events connected with our guests. About their privacy. Their views in society and to domestic and international music scene. The aim of the program is to bring a guest viewers, off his "mask of celebrity", describes the new show program director Silvia Óèko Peck. The post will rotate moderator Tobiášová Teresa, Diana and Pan Kobzanova Council. In the premiere, viewers will see the 21st hour March, 18,00

After a two-month pause, the screen returns Óèko flagship every music television, and that is a chart. The new chart will be broadcast Óèko called Ocko charters and will be accompanied by Marc Skrivankova, which was moderated by two years and T-music chart. Ranking in the chart will influence the audience vote on their website eyes. Broadcast will premiere on Friday at 18.00 pm, the performances on Saturdays at 14.00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am

New name - Morning Fresh - received broadcast on weekdays between 6.00 am and 9.00 pm, accompanied by information about the weather and the exact time. Weekend mornings will be named then relax weekend . The transformation of the studio audience can look forward to Bravo TV . The overall change in the programming schedule will be joined by a brand new summer graphics ident, klipových bars and some programs. The author of the new graphics are a team of TV Ocko.

March 2, 2011

04-03-2011, 05:53
HD AXN Czech started test broadcasting on Eurobird 16A
The Eurobird satellite distribution 16A, which works on the orbital position 16 degrees east, began technical testing program broadcast AXN Central Europe (AXN CE) in high definition ( HDTV ). AXN HD to meet the demands of the market, and viewers who are looking for stations in HD.

The distribution multiplex Sony Pictures TV International contains a number of programs broadcast by AXN family with us - specifically, AXN CE (SD), AXN Romania, AXN Crime and AXN Sci-Fi.

Program position in high resolution identifies as AXN-CE-HD broadcast and the compression format MPEG-4/HD with video bit rate 7.8 Mbps There are three audio tracks in AC3-quality 384 kbit / s with a localized version of the Hungarian and Czech. There is also an original audio track (often in English). Signal distribution system is encrypted Power VU and is intended only cable, satellite and IPTV operators.

Technical parameters:

Satellite: Eurobird 16A (16 ° E)
Frequency: 10,911 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 5 / 6
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
CA system: Power VU
Service ID: 1876
Video PID: 610
Audio pids: 611 Hungarian, 612 Czech, 613 original / English
DVB Subtitle: Czech, Hungarian

According to the channel will probably sign the HD version of AXN Central common for Czech, Slovak and Hungarian market with a simulcast of the SD mutations AXN CE.

Family Channel AXN owned by Sony Pictures International . The Czech and Slovak market is operated by HBO Czech Republic. SD AXN, AXN Crime and AXN Sci-Fi are part of the Czech and Slovak offers UPC Direct and CS Link . The main channel AXN is also available in the package Digi TV .

March 3, 2011