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07-07-2010, 12:12
DSO boosts confidence in new technology

An unexpected benefit of the digital switchover in the UK is that viewers are gaining confidence in new technology. One-in-three older viewers say that getting ready for digital TV switchover has boosted their confidence with new technology.

Research published by Digital UK – the body leading the implementation of digital switchover - found that 31 per cent of over-65s in areas where analogue TV has been switched off, felt more tech-savvy as a result of converting to digital. Among all ages, 26 per cent said they felt more confident.

Most late converters to digital TV (64 per cent) said they now want to try other gadgets, from the latest TV recorders to surfing the web. The full list of devices and proportions of people keen to give them a try was:

- Digital TV recorder: 36 per cent
- Digital camera: 29 per cent
- Internet: 28 per cent
- Mobile phone: 28 per cent
- Red button service: 25 per cent
- MP3 player: 21 per cent
- Computer games: 13 per cent
- Sat-nav: 12 per cent

Nearly eight out of ten (78 per cent) said they were confident making the switch to digital TV and ninety per cent said that digital TV was better or as good as analogue. One-in-three said they wished they had made the switch sooner. Most people (53 per cent) said the main benefit of digital TV is having additional channels. Other benefits include improved reception, with nearly two thirds (60 per cent) saying that they have noticed this, and nearly one in three (30 per cent) saying that they were enjoying improved picture and sound quality.

When asked to rate the importance of digital TV as a source of entertainment, most said that if forced to choose, they would rather give up going to the cinema, listening to the radio or having a mobile phone than lose digital television.

Digital UK revealed that the switchover has now reached around five million homes. By the time the project is completed in 2012, a further 20 million households will have been through switchover.

David Scott, Chief Executive of Digital UK, said that although it was still early days for TV switchover but there was clear evidence that the benefits of digital TV were welcomed by the vast majority of those who have upgraded, with most having found it a straightforward process. "It’s also pleasing to see evidence that switchover leaves a positive legacy with significant numbers of viewers gaining the confidence to try other technologies," he noted.

07-07-2010, 12:13
WiFi to bring mobile TV to the masses

A new report by Juniper Research has found that a surge in applications which can take advantage of the increasing availability of free WiFi services are set to boost a mobile TV industry with anticipated revenues of nearly $7 billion by 2015.
According to the report, mobile TV traffic over WiFi is expected to increase by 25x over the 2010-2015 period as streamed service penetration and usage levels – also fuelled by consumer smartphone adoption – rise sharply. However, the report notes that despite the capacity relief that WiFi offers to mobile networks, greater mobile TV usage will still place the 3G and 3.5G networks under stress.
As report author Dr Windsor Holden pointed out, "Cellular networks are finding it increasingly difficult to deliver high quality mobile TV services at times of peak usage: thus, the World Cup has posed particular problems with large spikes in viewing figures. WiFi can ameliorate this in the short term, but this is only a partial remedy."
The report suggests that while the deployment of LTE networks should reduce congestion, the use of unpaired spectrum – as in the forthcoming IMB trials by Vodafone, Orange and O2 – might be an alternative or complementary solution.
However, Juniper is less sanguine about the prospects for dedicated mobile broadcast technologies such as DVB-H, citing the availability of handsets capable of receiving analogue or digital terrestrial signals, the economic downturn and changing consumer viewing habits among the reasons why such networks are widely perceived as being financially unviable.

07-07-2010, 12:14
UPDATE 1: Few staff to lose jobs in OSN move

OSN will close its Bahrain office within the next six months, according to a report by a local paper.

Staff will be either relocated to the UAE office or made redundant.

“All service facilities will go on as usual and none of our highly-regarded customers will face any problems,” said an anonymous official quoted by the Gulf Daily News.

No details have been revealed regarding the extent of any redundancies.

“It’s certainly not something to be happy about – it’s a sad move,” they added.

When contacted by DPME.com, OSN revealed that widespread job losses are not expected.

“The majority of the staff in the Bahrain headquarters will be offered positions not only in Dubai but also throughout the OSN network of offices throughout the region,” said a spokesperson. “OSN will also work with KIPCO and MAWARID [owners of the company] to provide more job opportunities across their respective business networks.”

The two companies declared that both the Dubai and Bahrain facilities would remain open following the merger.

“Since the merger, OSN had operated two headquarters, one in Bahrain and one in Dubai. After extensive evaluation, the board decided to consolidate both Bahrain and Dubai operations into a single headquarters in Dubai,” said the spokesperson.

Speaking at the time of the merger OSN CEO Marc-Antoine d’Halluin said: “It has been a delicate exercise to negotiate this merger. It will take us at least a year-and-a-half to properly integrate our platforms. The goal is to integrate from a content and technology perspective. Staff lay-offs have not been discussed as yet.”

Rumours of a consolidation of infrastructure and subsequent redundancies continued however.

Orbit operated in Bahrain from 2003 after relocating from Rome.

07-07-2010, 12:16
ESPN Star Sports unveils ESPN Player

ESPN Star Sports, Asia's biggest sports content provider, has launched ESPN Player, providing consumers with on-demand access to international sports content, while offering an engaging online experience.
Launched in Singapore with SingTel, one of Asia's leading communications groups, the new broadband service is the region's first online multi-sports service to combine video, scores, and community within a single interactive experience. ESPN Player provides fans on-demand online access to sports and programming, and allows fans to control to decide what, where, when and how they want to watch their favourite sports.
Offering both live and library events throughout the year, ESPN Player delivers sports programming available online to fans through an interactive, easy-to-use experience and access to the sports action with in-game statistics and scoreboards. In addition, consumers can share comments with their friends on social networking platforms like Facebook whilst watching
ESPN Player will feature coverage of Formula One racing, FA Cup football, MotoGP and NCAA Basketball among others. ESPN Star will launch the player in other Asian markets in the upcoming months.

07-07-2010, 12:18
Freesat adds two new channels

Freesat has confirmed that two new channels - True Entertainment and Showcase - have today joined the subscription-free satellite platform.
CSC Media-owned True Entertainment, which was formerly Showcase TV, will offer a schedule of 'true to life' programming, including films and dramatised documentaries. Showcase, which is a new channel from Information TV, will offer a broad mix of drama, music and science fiction programming.

07-07-2010, 12:20
OSN to launch 3D this summer

Pay TV operator OSN will begin offering 3D content this summer, the company has announced.

Video on demand (VOD) content will be pushed to the company’s new set top boxes, which are currently being rolled out to customers.

“OSN will bring 3D to the market this summer,” said Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, CEO, OSN. “3D movies will be sent to the new Showbox – branded Showbox HD – for users with 3D-enabled TV sets.”

Speaking at a conference hosted by The National newspaper, d’Halluin said that activities like this are intrinsically linked to the future success of the company.

“The current generation are used to getting content online for free from many different sources. The challenge facing the pay TV industry is finding a way to get them to spend money on television,” claimed d’Halluin.

“The answer is a combination of having the right technology and the right content. Technology wise, it is important to offer the best – HD is a given, 3D is also important.
If operators can bring value to the customer, then they will be happier to consider paying for it.”

07-07-2010, 12:21
Cartoon Network to launch Arabic channel
on Jul 7, 2010

A full Arabic-language version of the Cartoon Network will launch in the MENA region later this year it has been announced.

The station will show Arabic versions of the network’s major international franchises such as Ben 10 and the Powerpuff Girls, as well as the locally produced 3D animation Freej, which has an existing distribution agreement with the Cartoon Network through its production house Lammtara.

“There’s been a great deal of demand for Arabic content in this region and launching a 24/7 Arabic Cartoon Network channel is a further testament to our growing investment in the region,” said Chris Groves, senior VP business affairs and managing director for the Middle East, Turner Broadcasting.

“The new channel will take our offering to a whole new audience and we are confident that with the international success of the Cartoon Network brand, our characters will be able to meet the growing demands for quality content from the audiences without alienating our existing audiences on Cartoon Network English,” added Groves.

In addition to its agreement with Lammtara, Turner also co-production and distribution deals with the Jordanian animation studio, Rubicon.

07-07-2010, 12:22
Cyfrowy Polsat replaces Playboy TV with Blue Hustler

Polish pay-TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat is to carry adult channel Blue Hustler in place of Playboy TV.

Cyfrowy Polsat will offer Blue Hustler for PLN9.99 (€2.27) a month to anyone who subscribes to the operator’s basic package.

08-07-2010, 13:57
London, UK – 08 July 2010 - KidsCo, the international children’s channel, announced that it has secured an agreement with MultiChoice to broadcast on its DStv platform. The channel will be available to DStv subscribers in South Africa from 12 July 2010.

KidsCo will offer three programming zones for pre-schoolers, kids 6-10 and families, including animated and live action content as well as movies. Original productions such as Boo & Me and Jass Time! will sit alongside classics including Inspector Gadget, Sabrina: The Animated Series, Rolie Polie Olie and The Wiggles will be shown on KidsCo 24 hours seven days a week.

Paul Robinson, CEO at KidsCo, said: “KidsCo is committed to delivering a children’s channel that is both fun and engaging for kids around the world. We are extremely pleased to partner with MultiChoice and expand our presence in South Africa. We look forward to welcoming South African children to the international KidsCo family.”

08-07-2010, 13:59
Fox on board at new Saudi news channel
July 7, 2010 11.48 Europe/London

A new Arabic-language news network is to launch in Saudi Arabia, backed by the Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and in partnership with News Corp’s Fox News.

In a statement the prince said the 24-hour channel would be an “addition and alternative” for Arab viewers putting the operation in competition with Saudi-controlled Al Arabiya and Qatar-based Al Jazeera networks. No date has been given as to when the channel will commence broadcasting.

News Corp is already a shareholder in Prince Alwaleed’s Rotana Group, having taken a 9% stake in February. However, the news channel will be independent of Rotanta.

At its head will be journalist Jamal Khashoggi, closely linked to parts of the Saudi royal family, but who was forced out of his post as editor of the daily Al-Watan after publishing an editorial that angered religious conservatives.

08-07-2010, 14:00
Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed to launch TV news channel

The Kingdom Holding group, owned by Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, ranked by Forbes as the world’s 19th richest figure, said yesterday that it will launch a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel. The channel will highlight development in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world and aims to promote moderation on the political, economic and social aspects, Prince Alwaleed said in a statement.

“The Arab satellite broadcasting sector is no longer void as it has been a decade ago. So, the new channel has to be an addition and an alternative for viewers,” he said, referring to possible future competition with dominating pan-Arab channels Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.

The statement did not say when the channel would be on air or what would be its name. Yet, it said it would be independent of the tycoon’s Rotana entertainment network. Prince Alwaleed also announced that veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will run the channel. Mr Khashoggi was previously editor-in-chief of Saudi Arabia’s al-Watan newspaper before resigning in May over the publishing of an opinion column questioning Salafism, a form of Islam in the oil-rich kingdom. He also served as a media advisor to Saudi diplomat Prince Turki al-Faisal when the latter served as the kingdom’s ambassador in both London and Washington, the statement noted.

08-07-2010, 14:02
Space Systems/Loral to build new Hispasat satellite

Space Systems/Loral has been awarded a contract to manufacture a new spacecraft for Hispasat Group, the seventh largest satellite operator in the world and the leading operator in the broadcasting and distribution of contents in Spanish and Portuguese. Hispasat will use the new satellite to broadcast and distribute TV and radio programming in the Americas and Europe, as well as for deploying universal social services and corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks in the regions.

Amazonas 3 is a powerful, state-of-the art satellite designed to replace and expand on Amazonas 1 at 61 degrees West. It is scheduled to be available for launch in 2012. The new satellite will be capable of operating up to 33 simultaneous Ku-band transponders and 19 simultaneous C-band transponders over Europe and North and South America.

08-07-2010, 14:03
Afghanistan gets first 24-hour news TV channel

A home-grown 24-hour TV news channel has been launched in Afghanistan by Saad Mohseni, the country’s biggest media mogul. The politically connected Moby Media Group chairman last week launched a CNN-style news feed to what he expects to be about 1 million viewers shaping Afghanistan’s future, from government to foreigners and even the resurgent Taliban.

“For me, 24-hour news was a no brainer,” Mohseni told Reuters in an interview. “In Afghanistan, you need to know what’s going on. If there’s a bomb blast in Karte-Seh and you’ve got your kids going to school there, you need to know which roads are closed, if security forces are in control of the area.”

A strong critic of President Hamid Karzai, Mr Mohseni and his brother Jahid control a modest but growing media empire based out of a cluster of dilapidated houses at the end of a barricaded cul-de-sac, guarded by a dozen men armed with AK-47s. From a small upstairs office walled with flatscreens and curtained off from the street, the fast-talking ex-banker has in 5 years gone from owning a single Kabul FM radio station to cutting deals with News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch to beam-in Persian-language programmes to 120 million people in Iran and central Asia.

Mohseni’s Tolo (Dawn) 24 began broadcasting at a vital time in Afghanistan, with new US and NATO forces commander General David Petraeus arriving to take command of the fight against a Taliban at their strongest since their 2001 overthrow. At the same time, President Karzai is under pressure to match a US troop surge meant to turn the tide of the war with improved governance and development, including a crackdown on the entrenched corruption driving support away from his government.

Mr Mohseni, raised largely in Australia and a strong supporter of the American presence in the country, said the new channel aimed to inform Afghans and allow debate, providing the public with different policy alternatives and possibilities. Afghanistan’s 30 million population is on track to reach 100 million by 2050, with 60 percent under the age of 20 and rapidly urbanising. The capital is set to grow from 5 million people to 8 million by 2014, bringing new opportunities for Mr Mohseni’s Tolo.

“We are going to be grappling with a very young nation, much bigger than it is now, and we have to move forward,” he said. “Corruption is a major issue, but we all have a role to play in that. We have all made mistakes. People bribe on a daily basis. Ultimately I’m optimistic, or I wouldn’t be investing all this money here.”

08-07-2010, 14:04
Southern Chinese oppose banning Cantonese on TV

A call by officials in southern China to ditch Cantonese in favour of Mandarin for prime-time TV shows today sparked fears about the future of the dialect. Nanfang Daily, a mainland newspaper, reported that the People’s Poliitical Consultative Conference in Guangzhou had written to the local government calling for the change on local TV ahead of the Asian Games in November. Adopting China’s official language, also known as Putonghua, would promote unity, “forge a good language environment” and cater to non-Cantonese-speaking Chinese visitors at the huge sporting event, authorities were quoted as saying.

But the move has lead to fears among some Cantonese-speakers, who fear the decline of a language which serves as the mother tongue in Hong Kong, Macau, China’s southern Guangdong province, and which is widely spoken throughout overseas Chinese communities.

Mainland China made Putonghua the country’s official language in 1982, leading to bans on the use of the country’s myriad dialects at many radio and television stations.

“Is the change really necessary? If television stations cannot broadcast in Cantonese, the new generations of Guangdong people would not know how to speak their own language in the long run,” a Guangzhou resident wrote online. “All young people in Guangzhou can speak Putonghua. But the dialect presents the Canton culture. We have to support and use it in daily life,” Luo Bihua, a clerk in Guangzhou, told the South China Morning Post.

TV stations in Guangdong, which has about 110 million people, are allowed to broadcast in Cantonese only because of its proximity to Hong Kong, according to the Post. Guangzhou once spearheaded China’s economic reform, but was soon overtaken by cities such as Shanghai and Beijing. The city is now filled with migrant workers from other parts of China who do not speak Cantonese. Local authorities see the Asian Games an opportunity to remake Guangzhou’s image and reaffirm its status as one of the mainland’s key cities.

08-07-2010, 14:05
Freeview Australia powered by S&T MHEG engine

Freeview Australia has launched its long-awaited electronic programme guide using MHEG technology provided by the UK’s Strategy & Technology (S&T).

The EPG will provide eight-day listings for all 16 Freeview channels on the terrestrial platform and will be available on all services, providing Australian TV viewers a significant enhancement over the existing EPG services that only provide listings for the network they are watching.

The Freeview EPG will, for the first time, provide a consolidated platform for the consumer when navigating Freeview channels, and will also provide consistency of experience across multiple digital TVs in the home, so that the consumer only has to learn the navigation once,” said Robin Parkes, CEO of Freeview Australia.

The Freeview EPG is a customised version of S&T’s MHEG Guide product and will be available on all ‘Freeview EPG’ branded receivers that go on sale in Australia from this month onwards. S&T has delivered the MHEG application for the EPG together with schedule data processing and playout at each of the Freeview broadcasters. Magna Systems has provided installation and integration of the EPG and S&T’s TSBroadcaster carousel playout systems at each of the broadcasters’ sites.

Colin Prior, director of international sales at S&T, said the product’s introduction followed an extensive period of analysis. “Freeview Australia has deployed a solution that will enable the free to view broadcasters to offer new and innovative services via both broadcast and also in future via the broadband internet connection using the MHEG Interaction Channel capability already built-in to the Freeview receivers.”

The system is one of the most complex MHEG applications to be delivered outside the UK and includes the management of schedule data presentation as well as integrated PVR booking, series links and accurate recording, for multiple broadcasters across multiple states and time-zones. The underlying MHEG platform enables other applications to be delivered to receivers in the future while the new technology also means that the Freeview EPG will have video streaming and text capability, including a live “boxed” TV display.

08-07-2010, 14:06
Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery World, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel + Living and the spectrum of HD in the new digital television UPC

UPC for the seventh time this year is expanding its TV deal. This time it is a documentary television channel Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery World, Discovery Science and Discovery Travel & Living. These stations will be added at the end of July and August, more HD TV channels range. Number of television stations in the UPC digital TV will reach hundred and seven. Eighty-four of whom will be broadcast in Czech or Slovak language and thirteen high-definition (HD). HD programs are in UPC - unlike paid separately HD offers of other operators - available at no extra charge. All are distributed in an advanced MPEG4 compression.

"The spectrum of HD TV channels from the Discovery family of one of the best, what is the document in the European world of television available. And it goes without saying that our television customers can not be deprived of them ", commented the inclusion of five new stations Vaclav Barton, CEO of UPC, adding:" Customers can be confident that UPC digital television is the most convenient and easiest way to get to the most interesting television offer the highest technical quality. Thirteen HD TV channels in our digital television, the highest in the range of one company, there's also a compelling reason. "

Program offer television station Discovery World is based on a broad range of documentaries submitting stories from the world of contemporary history, and this unusual and original manner. Viewers can learn more about the world that surrounds them, and become familiar with the facts that affect it. The most popular pořadům include: Weaponology, Monarch or Zero Hour. Discovery World broadcasts 24 hours a day, in Czech.

Discovery Science explains the greatest technological projects, a groundbreaking discoveries, information on interesting trends in research and practical use of modern technology. All this easily understandable and often entertaining manner. Its reliable information to help find answers to the questions "what" 'how' and 'why'. The most popular pořadům include: Brainiac, Beyond Tomorrow, How it's made and Ekopolis. Discovery Science broadcasts 24 hours a day, in Czech.

Discovery Travel & Living is a lifestyle television channel aimed primarily at women. Speak on topics and problems that are facing in their daily lives face: eg health, family, career, relationships, friendship, fashion and leisure. Its scope is broad indeed, from shows such as "transformation" and the wedding planning to educating children, cooking, personal growth and adjustment, and interior decoration. The most popular serials include: Say yes to the dress, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Grand Designs, or home nanny. It broadcasts 24 hours a day in English

The program offer Discovery HD Showcase find a unique combination of the best series and programs from the Discovery portfolio. Image resolution is 1080i, which guarantees the highest quality. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, in English.

At the turn of July and August will be added to these television stations and television stations Spectrum HD. Spectrum of HD is one of the most entertaining and educational stations, which aims to promote popular science-oriented programs, both on society, civilization, history and nature and travel, or problems of family life. Station not only offers numerous programs purchased from international distributors, but also emphasizes its own production. A very local character differs from other similar spectrum of thematic television channels. Will be broadcast daily in the original version. Czech language track, however, in preparation.

All the new channels are in digital cable TV included in the highest bid and the Supreme Plus package. Prices for any of the offers it does not change.

Warning: The North Bohemia will be a new one classified television stations for technical reasons, only available in late July and early August.

08-07-2010, 14:09
UPC Direct: Eurosport 2 on ASTRA again without czech

Eurosport 2, the second pan-European sports channel Eurosport, has not broadcast a commentary in the Czech packet UPC Direct on Astra (19.2°E). Eurosport 2 in Czech is still available on the same platform of the new satellite system, Thor (0.8°W).

Czech audio track was a program on Eurosport 2 UPC Direct on ASTRA added in recent days. Now the site of Czech comments redistributed English commentary.

Eurosport 2 North East (formerly Eurosport 2 Bundesliga) is transmitted to the Czech commentary on the UPC Direct satellite Thor (0.8°W). The station is part of the basic channel packages.

Technical parameters:
Astra (19.2°E) freq 12.382 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, CA CryptoWorks + Nagravision 3

08-07-2010, 14:10
Thor 6: Etno TV is testing FTA in packet Focus Sat

Updated: The packet Focus Sat on satellite Thor 6 (0.8°W) started technical tests Romanian Etno TV station. The program is broadcast at the position marked TEST. The signal is broadcast under the free-to-air (FTA).

Etno TV brings Romanian folk music.

In the evening of July 6, 2010 broadcast of the test was again terminated.

Technical parameters:
Thor 6 (0.8°W), freq 11.747 GHz, pol. H, SR 28000, FEC 5/6, DVB-S/QPSK, service ID 1100, Video PID 5103, audio PID 5203, FTA

08-07-2010, 14:12
Lublin : 3years imprisonment for sharing

* Source: CSO Lublin

Police Headquarters in Lublin informed that in the last days of June the police departments Att. with the CSO and PG KMP Lublin, together with experts in the field of computer forensics, and company employees lege artis service from Warsaw - dealing with copyright protection - closed down in the district of Lublin three points of illegal pay-TV broadcast signals of digital platforms, that is "central sharing" . Suspected persons may now threaten punishment to three years imprisonment.

On the trail of illegal activity encountered the police in Lublin through observation and monitoring of the Internet. Persons sharing hosting service offered via the Internet to provide complete packages of various satellite platforms. "Audience" or "Levi subscribers" can get TV signal in illegal web, not being a paid subscriber platforms. According to preliminary findings from these illegal services benefited more than 30 persons.

Police action on two addresses in Lublin and one of the flats in the district of Lublin. In the attic of one of the buildings 26-year-old resident of the district of Lublin had a small "server room" specifically for sharingu. Anyone interested in the illegal removal of the signal obtain access to the server from the suspect's 26-year-old, and later provided with an password. Two residents of Lublin, at the age of 33 and 35 years can offer customers the use of digital television, using the software to receive, then the division of powers.

In the course of action the police seized, among others server with three hard disks, three satellite receivers, card reader, USB, 4 card platforms, 3 laptops, 6 hard drives, and dozens of computer storage media in the form of CDs, DVDs and memory sticks.

The exact calculation of the losses resulting from the different platforms of the organizers of criminal activity sharing, it will be possible to determine the exact number of recipients and the duration was established. Persons who were engaged in illegal pay-mailings, and the threat of punishment to three years imprisonment.

08-07-2010, 14:14
The adult channels X Theme disappear again from Hot Bird

Without knowing the reasons the eight channels of pay TV Theme X package leave the Hot Bird 6 momentarily as has happened on previous occasions.

Subscribers to the package X Theme adults continue to suffer the dire consequences of a botched project with constant changes and interruptions multiple frequencies on the grounds that these are technical problems ..

The most reciemte we have now abandoned until 7 July (so they say) frequency H 11 471-MHz, third method that used this package Theme X after being at least half a year in two of the same satellite, those of 11 642-H-H 12 360 MHz MHz

The eight channels of TV Theme Adult X become accustomed again to be active under the Irdeto conditional access system, and Viaccess.


08-07-2010, 14:15
ESPN unveils Premier League coverage

ESPN has unveiled the early fixtures of its 23 English Premier League games for the 2010/11 season, starting with champions Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion.

On August 14, ESPN will air the season's opening game as newly promoted West Brom travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. Coverage starts from 5.30pm.

ESPN will then air Newcastle's game against Aston Villa on August 22, along with Manchester United's home tie against West Ham on August 28.

The broadcaster will cover Sunderland vs Arsenal on September 18 and Bolton vs Manchester United on September 25, before airing Manchester City vs Newcastle United on October 3, Aston Villa vs Chelsea on October 16 and Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur on October 30.

In the run up to the festive period, ESPN will carry coverage of Stoke City vs Liverpool and Liverpool vs West Ham on November 13 and November 20 respectively.

Ray Stubbs will again lead ESPN's Premier League presentation team, with Kevin Keegan joining him as lead analyst.

Jon Champion will act as chief commentator, with Chris Waddle and Joe Royle being co-commentators and Rebecca Lowe handling touchline reporting.

This season, ESPN will also operate seven more cameras to increase its total match-day camera allocation to 23.

From the 2010/11 season, the sports broadcaster will also start offering exclusive mobile highlights to all 380 Premier League games under a three-season deal.

"After an exciting first season broadcasting live coverage of the Barclays Premier League, we are looking forward to the year ahead in what will no doubt be another season of great football and drama," said ESPN EMEA vice president of TV channels Jeroen Oerlemans.

"Our opening game will see ESPN take its cameras to the home of current champions Chelsea as they play host to West Bromwich Albion, in what we hope will be the first of many fantastic matches involving all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs."

Last season, ESPN snapped up the Premier League broadcast rights previously owned by collapsed Irish sports broadcaster Setanta.

After a successful debut season offering 46 live games, ESPN will this year see its allocation drop to 23 as Sky Sports holds five of the six available packs for the next three seasons.

Alongside its Premier League games, ESPN will also air 25 exclusive FA Cup matches, along with 30 Scottish Premier League matches and 27 UEFA Europa League games.

08-07-2010, 14:17
BBC forced into Facebook 'saddos' apology

The BBC has been forced to apologise after labelling Facebook users "saddos" on a microsite for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The error was first discovered on Sunday by The Media Blog on a page which was still under construction.

In a column promoting the BBC's forthcoming social media coverage of the Games, the holding page read: "Follow us on Twitter. You can also become a saddo on Facebook."

In response, the BBC's head of sport interactive Ben Gallop said: "[It was] clearly a mistake, and we are looking into how a test page came to be published.

"The 2012 Olympics site is still being built, but needless to say some of the placeholder text that was up there at the weekend was inappropriate and we apologise for that."

08-07-2010, 14:18
Sky Sports unveils Premier League games

Sky Sports has announced the opening set of fixtures from its record 115 English Premier League games for the 2010/11 season.

The sports broadcaster will start its coverage on August 14 for Tottenham Hotspur's match against Manchester City, which will be live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD.

On August 15, Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD will air coverage of Liverpool's game against Arsenal. The channels will also broadcast Manchester United versus Newcastle United on August 16.

A full list of the broadcaster's 44 live Premier League games to the end of November is available now on the Sky Sports website.

For the new football season, Sky Sports will be able to offer five of the six available packs of Premier League games, with ESPN offering the remaining batch of 23 games.

All Sky's games will be made available in high definition, with selected live matches also being offered in 3D. The Sky 3D channel is already available to pubs and clubs throughout the UK and Ireland, but it will also soon be gradually rolled out to Sky's resident customers.

Compatible with all Sky+ HD set top boxes, Sky 3D will initially be introduced at no extra cost for customers on Sky's top tier TV package and the Sky HD pack. However, they will first need to purchase a 3D-ready TV set.

Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the live Premier League matches on Sky Player and Sky Mobile TV. From July 12, Sky will offer nearly six months free subscription to the services to all of its Sky Sports customers.

"This season we will have more live Barclays Premier League games than ever before and all in HD," said Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis.

"This is a great lineup of fixtures starting with Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City and we'll show last year's top five across the first two weekends of the season.

"Monday Night Football is also back and we have a mouth-watering opening fixture between Manchester United and Newcastle United on August 16."

Sky will also air live matches from the UEFA Champions League, along with Scottish Premier League games, Spanish La Liga and some Euro 2012 home nation qualifiers.

08-07-2010, 14:20
UK retailers stop selling analogue TVs

Major electronics retailers have today officially stopped selling analogue-only television sets in Britain as the digital switchover gathers pace.

According to switchover body Digital UK, British retailers have adapted their sales strategy in preparation for the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT).

At a press briefing today, the switchover body said that retailers have been running down their stocks of analogue TVs in recent months, and last month there were no analogue sets sold in the UK for the first time.

Digital UK said that 5m homes have already made the transition to DTT, with 20m more due to follow by the end of the digital switchover in 2012.

The switchover process has already been completed in the Border region, the West Country, Wales and England's North West. It is now under way in Scotland.

BARB figures also reveal that around 24m out of 27m UK television homes already receive a digital TV service, either via Freeview (DTT), Sky and Freesat (satellite), or Virgin Media's cable TV service.

Separate research conducted by Digital UK claims that preparation for the digital switchover has helped increase levels of confidence in older people about technology.

In areas where analogue TV signals have been switched off, 31% of over-65s claimed to feel more tech-savvy as a result of moving to digital TV, and 64% said that they would now be happy to try other electronic gadgets.

The research also said that 90% of respondents felt that digital TV was as good if not better than analogue and one in three wished that they had made the switch sooner.

"It's still early days for [the] TV switchover but there is clear evidence that the benefits of digital TV are welcomed by the vast majority of those who have upgraded, most of whom have found it a straightforward process," said Digital UK chief executive David Scott.

"It's also pleasing to see evidence that switchover leaves a positive legacy with significant numbers of viewers gaining the confidence to try other technologies.”

Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, added: "TV is a really important part of many older people's lives, and it’s clear that for many, updating to digital has brought not only more choice, but also increased confidence when it comes to dealing with technology.

"The findings of this research confirm our view that with some encouragement, support and experience of the benefits of being online, more of the 6.4 million people over the age of 65 who have never used the internet will choose to come online.

"It is therefore vital that training and ongoing support is in place to ensure that those people who are interested in getting online can receive help along the way."

On June 10, Ofcom announced that Freeview HD had reached its target of 50% UK coverage in time for the start of the World Cup.

08-07-2010, 14:21
Sky expands HD reach in Austria

Sky Deutschland has signed an agreement with Austrian cable operator B.net to carry all seven HD channels on its network, the has company announced. The new deal expands distribution to cable subscribers in the Burgenland region of the country.

The cabler reaches about 80% of all households in the region, who now have access to Sky Sport HD, Sky Cinema HD, Disney Cinemagic HD, Eurosport HD, Discovery HD, National Geographic HD and History HD.

On July 13, Sky will add three more HD channels to its HD line-up. They are likely to be Sky Sport HD2, Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD, though it is not known if B.net will also take these additional channels.

B.net provides about 35,000 homes with triple play services.

08-07-2010, 14:22
Nagravision inks ONO hybrid platform deal

Spain’s leading cable operator ONO has selected Nagravision to secure its next generation hybrid TV platform. The platform will be the first broadband/broadcast content delivery network in Spain, combining traditional pay-TV with the internet and delivered over ONO’s exclusive fibre-optic network.

Nagravision’s conditional access will secure ONO’s next generation services, which will include VOD, PPV and advanced PVR functionality in its new TiVo-powered set-top boxes. Nagravision already provides ONO with information management (IMS) and content management systems (CMS), and its latest conditional access will be integrated in all next generation set-top boxes deployed by the cable operator.

ONO’s next generation TV platform is expected to launch in 2011 and to initially serve its fibre-optic network customers.

08-07-2010, 14:23
Bulgarian TV football deal under threat

A dispute is brewing in Bulgaria over money paid by TV stations to football clubs.

Standard reports that the former would like to reduce the amount as set out in a five-year contract. Its adds that in the case of the stations Pro.bg and Ring.bg, which are part of the CME group that includes bTV, the country’s leading broadcaster, the amount payable is BGN51 million (€26.07 million).

The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) has confirmed that TV stations have requested a meeting with it to review the conditions of the contract.

Bulgarian football clubs strongly oppose any changes to the contract, with smaller ones likely to go bankrupt without revenues from TV.

08-07-2010, 14:25
Baby TV gets HK slot

Baby_TVBaby TV will launch free-to-air in Hong Kong as a programming block on Asia Television’s ATV World channel following a deal with Fox International Channels (FIC).

Baby TV programming will air in a half-hour block from 9.30am every weekday.

The channel already operates on pay-TV, through an exclusive deal with PCCW’s Now TV.

Gilbert Au, Assistant Controller of Public Relations & Publicity, Asia Television Limited, said: "aTV’s mission is to serve the local community with distinctive and diversified programming. We are delighted to team up with FOX International Channels to add another dimension to our English-language programming line-up and share this well-designed and award-winning learning environment with Hong Kong families.”

"Baby TV has proven to be hugely popular across the globe because it makes learning fun and promotes positive parent-child interaction. This partnership with ATV gives FOX International Channels the opportunity to extend the rich Baby TV content to thousands of Hong Kong homes which otherwise would not have access to this incredible resource for parents,” said Mr. Rajesh Sheshadri, Territory Head, Hong Kong, FOX International Channels.

Baby TV is available in 300 million homes across Asia, Europe, north America, Latin America and Africa. The channel claims to provide age-appropriate programming for the very young.

© Rapid TV News 2010

08-07-2010, 14:26
Antena 3 TV launching men's channel

antena3Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 TV will launch a men's channel by the end of September, likely to be named Nitro. Antena 3 TV plans to form a group of thematic channels different from the traditional TV general content.

According to Silvio González, the company's CEO, the initial goal of the new channel is to reach a share of 1% at the end of this year.

As for the new channel's content, the CEO betted on making a programmimg schedule with "more reasonable prices" given the high number of existing channels in Spain but at the same time he has not ruled out including some sporting events in its contents.

Regarding the possible merger with another broadcaster, Silvio González said: "The entrepreneurial logic says the merger is necessary because the future of Spain's audiovisual should be similar to that of other markets'" such as the UK's or France's where the private broadcasters lead the TV sector. But although the CEO recognized holding conversations with Mediapro's laSexta for a possible merger he also indicated "for the moment" there is no agreement either on the economic level or on what executives’ positions could be after this merger.

With regard to the possibility of Antena 3 TV launching an HDTV channel Silvio González declared "this technology has a long way ahead and not all of the broadcasters are prepared for it".

© Rapid TV News 2010

08-07-2010, 14:27
Competition Authority eyes Canal+ power

canalFrance’s Competition Authority has called for a law to be passed to regulate Canal+’s dominant position in the pay-TV market.

President of the Authority, Bruno Lasserre, said at a press conference that “a law was necessary even though French government was opposed to this idea.”

But he admitted that Canal+’s dominant postion was counterbalanced by the 59 commitments agreed on by the channel at the time of the merger with satellite operator TPS. This included making some premium channels available until 2013 to third party distributors. The Competition Authority recommends extending this time period.

08-07-2010, 14:28
Telstra wants Foxtel on the T-Box

T-boxTelstra’s chief executive David Thodey has confirmed that the Australian telco is working with local pay-TV platform Foxtel to add a pay-TV dimension to its recently-launched IPTV offering, the T-Box. Telstra owns 50% of Foxtel.

The T-Box currently offers content including sport and music from Telstra’s own Bigpond internet unit, as well as on-demand movie offerings. But other linear TV is currently limited to free-to-air channels which are accesible via the T-Box’s digital-terrestrial tuner.

Offering a Foxtel package via IPTV would be the logical way for Telstra to move forward with offering pay-TV via the box. But there are, Thodey told AAP, regulatory issues with the move. With Foxtel as Australia’s dominant pay-TV operator and Telstra the dominant telco, a tie-up between the two would likely cause regulators some discomfort, particularly with Telstra owning such a large stake in Foxtel. Foxtel already offers its package over Telstra’s cable network.

Rival IPTV operator FetchTV, which has launched on the network of iiNet and is expected to launch with Internode in the coming weeks, has a small pay-TV offering including MTV, Nat Geo and Nat Geo Adventure, E! Entertainment, CNBC, Discovery Turbo, Home & Health, Travel & Living and Science, Animal Planet and BBC World News.

Telstra has claimed the T-Box is targeting the two-thirds of Australian homes without pay-TV but should regulators allow it, both Telstra and Foxtel would jump at the chance to open up a new market to the pay-TV operator while attempting to raise the revenue Telstra gets from the T-Box.

08-07-2010, 14:29
Sirius XM: ‘good growth, good outlook’

sirius-xmSatellite pay-radio operator Sirius XM has once again added subscribers in a quarter, making it three in a row, and said the trend would continue.

With 583,249 subs addeed in the second quarter of 2010, compared to a net subscriber decline of 185,999 in the second quarter of 2009, Sirius XM said it is on track to have net additions of around 1.1 million in 2010.

In the first half of this year, Sirius XM added 754,690 net subscribers compared to a loss of 590,421 net subscribers in the first half of 2009. The company ended the second quarter with a record-high 19,527,448 subscribers, an increase of more than 1.1 million subscribers from June 30, 2009.

Gross acditions for the second quarter increased by 46% and deactivations decreased by 8% compared to the second quarter of 2009. Conversion rate from a trial subscription included in the sale of a vehicle to a self-pay subscription improved in the second quarter of 2010 to 46.7%, up from 44.3% for the second quarter of 2009.

Mel Karmazin, the Chief Executive Officer of Sirius XM, said: "Our subscriber results mark the best quarter of gross additions, deactivations and net additions since the merger of Sirius and XM in July 2008. The strong execution in both adding subscribers and retaining them resulted in our record-high 19.5 million subscriber milestone, despite continued economic uncertainty,"

Karmazin added: "The further improvement in our guidance reflects the attractiveness of satellite radio but maintains a cautious outlook for continued improvement in the economy."

Sirius XM plans to release full second quarter 2010 financial results in August 2010.

12-07-2010, 06:51
Bolivia choses ISDB-T

BoliviaEurope is missing the train in Latin America’s DTT standards choice, with DVB again losing out. Some countries have already chosen the Japanese-Brazilian ISDB-T joint-venture standard and now it is Bolivia's turn to do so.

ISDB-T is the same model as chosen recently by neighbour Chile. Bolivia becomes the 11th worldwide country to make this decision, including Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, as well as the Philippines.

The implementation of the standard in Bolivia could take as long as two years according to the country's government. Bolivia wil count on Japan's collaboration in getting the technology and technical formation. First tests will be implemented next year with the standard and the government hopes it will be fully operational one year later.

12-07-2010, 06:52
HD+ exceeds 1 million smartcards

hdSatellite operator SES Astra has delivered more than 1 million smartcards for reception of its German HDTV platform HD+ to the hardware industry. The smartcards are bundled by the manufacturers with their HD+ compliant reception devices and then sent to retail stores.

Since the platform‘s launch on November 1 2009, a total of around 220,000 HD+ receivers have been sold by retailers. In May 2010, almost every third satellite HD box sold was an HD+ box. The figures were announced by SES Astra subsidiary HD Plus in Munich.

Additionally, 100,000 HD+ modules for reception devices containing the CI+ common interface slot have been delivered to the industry. With the modules, which have been available since the end of April for €79 including the smartcard, existing TV sets and set-top-boxes can be upgraded for HD+ reception. “The development of HD+ exceeds our expectations,“ Wilfried Urner, head of HD Plus, said in Munich.

The platform, which is encrypted in Nagravision, contains the HD versions of Germany‘s largest free-to-air commercial general interest channels RTL, Sat.1, ProSieben, VOX and kabel eins. With the smartcard, the package can be received for one year at no additional charge. Afterwards, viewers will have to pay €50 per year if they want to continue receiving the channels.

“We are on a very good course and will expand the offer,“ said Urner. “This year another channel will be added and we also plan to make the product more attractive through additional information services.“

12-07-2010, 06:53
Worldspace: potential problems grow

worldspaceThe Class Action against Worldspace and some former directors and advisors looks like slowing down the final asset transfer to new owner Noah Samara. A filing on July 7 to the Delaware Bankruptcy Court stated politely but bluntly that “[Worldspace’s] arguments have no merit”.

The Class Action against Worldspace has been running for a number of years and alleges that Worldspace inflated [“misrepresented”] their subscriber numbers in their IPO prospectus back in August 2005. Worldspace is attempting to deny lawyers for the Class Action further access to its past documentation at this time.

Worldspace is arguing that it has already allowed the Class Action lawyers access to 13,000 pages of documents. The Class Action lawyers argue that all the required documents are easily available on an existing disc, and should now be handed over for examination.

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court has slipped the date of the upcoming ‘Omnibus Hearing’ on Worldspace from July 12 to July 16.

12-07-2010, 06:54
Disney loses to Celador in Millionaire case

Millionaire_ABCWalt Disney has been ordered to pay nearly US$270 million in damages to UK production house Celador Entertainment after a dispute over profits from hit 90s show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

Celador originally produced the show, before selling out US rights to Disney/ABC in 1998. The company agreed 50% of the profits from the US version of the show but the amount Disney paid was less than expected. After failing to reach an amicable solution, Celador launched legal proceedings against Disney.

Damages awarded by the court cover licensing fees and money owed to Celador from the sale of merchandise.

Disney said in reaction to the ruling that it planned to appeal. “We believe this verdict is fundamentally wrong and will aggressively seek to have it reversed," a statement said.

12-07-2010, 06:55
Telekom to offer 3D via ADSL

deutsche_telekomGerman telco Deutsche Telekom will add 3D content to the digital video library of its IPTV platform Entertain. The new feature will be launched in early September during international consumer electronics fair IFA in Berlin, a Telekom spokesman said in Hamburg.

At first, only 3D movies will be offered, but games from domestic soccer league Bundesliga will be added later. Negotiations are already underway with national soccer association DFL, the spokesman said. No details were given on the subscription costs.

For 3D reception, customers need a 3D TV set with 3D glasses. Telekom‘s IPTV box is already capable of handling 3D signals.

On 7 May, Telekom entered the 3D world for the first time: The telco transmitted the opening game of the ice-hockey world cup in Gelsenkirchen live via Entertain, marking the first time a sports event from Germany was broadcast live in 3D on television.

12-07-2010, 06:56
Astro decides on 3D World Cup final

Astro_3DMalaysia’s Astro All Asia Networks will air its first 3D TV offering this weekend, with Sunday’s FIFA World Cup Final to be shown in 3D, in collaboration with Sony Malaysia.

The 3D coverage of the final between the Netherlands and Spain follows a live 3D telecast of the Netherlands vs Uruguay semi-final for invited guests on Wednesday morning.

Subscribers with the new Astro B.yond set-top and a sports package subscription will be able to watch in 3D – if, of course, they are also equipped with a 3D-compatible TV. Astro claims to be the first broadcaster in south-east Asia to offer 3D content.

Astro chief operating officer Henry Tan said: “Malaysians will experience another first with Astro - the historic live telecast of the World Cup final in 3D. This will add more excitement to our customers' viewing experience.”

12-07-2010, 06:58
Marca TV comes back to Spain

Marca_TVAxed Spanish digital-terrestrial sports channel Marca TV will return, through media groups Mediapro and Veo TV owner Unidad Editorial. The channel will be dedicated to sports information as it was before disappearing some years ago.

The comeback will coincide with the World Basketball Championship taking pace from August 28 in Turkey. The channel's management are studying the possibility of offering sports contents via pay-per-view.

At its first stage the channel will have 120 employees and its goal is to become number one in sports information TV channels.

Marca TV will use one of the frequencies assigned to Unidad Editorial on DTT.

12-07-2010, 07:04
MTVN Acquires Online Gaming Startup Social Express
Viacom Unit To Develop Games For MTV, Nickelodeon

MTV Networks has acquired Social Express, a San Francisco-based social gaming development startup, which the programmer expects to integrate into its Nickelodeon Digital group and use to launch "social games" for MTV, Nickelodeon and other brands.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MTVN said it will develop social games based on Social Express' original intellectual property, as well as shows and characters from MTV, Nickelodeon and its other brands, with the first game to be introduced in the third quarter of 2010. In addition, the Viacom unit said it plans to launch a publishing platform for independent game developers based on the Social Express platform.

Social Express, which has 10 employees, was founded in 2009 by Tony Espinoza and Neil Souza, both formerly of online-game company Zynga.

"Social gaming is one of the biggest drivers of the explosive growth in social media -- it's fun, it's engaging and it's shareable," MTVN chairman and CEO Judy McGrath said in a statement. "Social Express brings us strong experience and know-how in this burgeoning space, which we'll supercharge with the IP and scale of Nickelodeon and other MTV Networks brands to create great new social gaming experiences for our fans and cool tools for independent developers as well."

Social Express will be integrated into Nickelodeon Digital, with Social Express CEO Espinoza overseeing social gaming strategy and development as vice president and general manager of social gaming for MTV Networks' Nickelodeon Kids & Family Group. Souza will be vice president of technology for social games. Both will report to Dave Williams, senior vice resident and general manager of games for Nickelodeon Kids & Family Group, who reports to Stephen Youngwood, executive vice president for digital, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group.

In May, MTVN's game sites attracted more than 22 million unique visitors and ranked as the number one destination in the online gaming category, according to measurement firm comScore. Its game sites include AddictingGames.com, Shockwave.com, Nick.com Games, Nick.com Arcade, Neopets, GameTrailers and Xfire.

12-07-2010, 07:05
ESPN, ACC Connect On $1.9 Billion Rights Deal
12-Year Pact, Covering Myriad Sports, Platforms, Kicks Off With 2011-12 Academic Year

ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference, as expected, have concluded a comprehensive long-term deal covering football and basketball, as well as Olympic-style athletics across an array of platforms.
The 12-year pact of bundled rights gives the sports programmer, which has been televising ESPN action since its inception in1979, exclusive rights to every conference-controlled football and men's basketball game, plus women's basketball and Olympic sports matchups, and conference championships. The agreement begins with the 2011-12 academic year and continues through 2022-23.
Neither party would disclose the value of the deal, which has been reported to be worth some $1.9 billion. ACC commissioner John Swofford said during a press conference announcing the agreement that the member schools would "more than double its TV revenue" from the average of the extant pact, which expires after the upcoming school year.

Fox Sports was an aggressive suitor, offering a proposal that would have provided the ACC with a presence on the broadcast network, FX and its host of regional sports networks and other properties.

Under the new contract, some 4,800 ACC events, or about 400 annually, will appear on ESPN's television outlets, digital and mobile platforms, syndication, broadband service ESPN3 and the fledgling ESPN 3D service.
Moreover, through a new sublicense arrangement with ESPN, Raycom Sports will continue its long-standing position as the syndication home of ACC content for over-the-air and regional cable network distribution in the ACC market. The new pact will also enable Raycom to seek deals in more geographic areas. It will also continue to manage the ACC's official corporate partner program and control its digital assets, including www.theACC.com (http://www.******************/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theACC.com), the official conference Web site. The conference retains archival rights.

Rights highlights of the new agreement include:
*Football on national TV: Regular-season action on Saturday afternoon and nights, primetime Thursdays, Labor Day Monday and the ACC championship game;

*Men's basketball on national TV: The most games ever across the ESPN networks, highlighted by both regular-season matchups of the legendary Duke-North Carolina rivalry each year; for the first time, full national telecasts on all contests televised on an ESPN platform (there had been local market blackouts on handful of matchups); a new weekly Sunday franchise on ESPNU, with games tipping no later than 6 p.m.; every regular-season intra-conference game and the entire conference tournament produced and distributed via ESPN and Raycom Sports;
*Women's basketball: A record number of women's regular-season basketball games and the addition of the entire conference tournament, with the women's title tilt airing on either on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC and the semifinals on one of those outlets or the 73 million-home ESPNU;
*Olympic sports: An expanded commitment to the league's 22-sponsored Olympic sports with regular-season and championship telecasts, highlighted by baseball, whose full tournament will be televised for the first time, softball, lacrosse, and men's and women's soccer;
*Syndication: Syndication rights for ACC football, basketball and Olympic sports action for over-the-air and regional cable network distribution in ACC markets and beyond via an agreement with Raycom and through potential sublicense agreements with other national outlets;
*Digital media: Exclusive ACC football, men's and women's basketball, and Olympic sports games as well as simulcasts on ESPN3.com. Live ACC games, including football and basketball, on ESPN Mobile TV;

*ESPN 3D: Live ACC action on the recently launched ESPN 3D;

*Additional outlets: ACC action on ESPN International, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes; and extensive content rights for ESPN.com.

ESPN executive vice president of content John Skipper said that ESPN is negotiating with Time Warner Cable for a carriage pact for ESPN3 and anticipates a deal will be in place before the start of the 2010 football season. Time Warner Cable has a dominant presence in North Carolina and is well positioned in South Carolina as well. ESPN3 currently has deals with ISP affiliates extending to some 50 million broadband homes.
Swofford said the ACC considered forming its own network, but after due diligence decided its wasn't the right time or direction. "It also involves considerable financial risk and money upfront," he said, noting that the Big Ten Network, albeit successful for its member schools, could turn out to be "an anomaly."
Dollars aside, Swofford said the ESPN deal, as opposed to striking accords with other players, was the "best for our league," relative to increased exposure for football and basketball, as well as a bigger presence for the other sports. He also talked about the power of the ESPN brand, plus the ACC continuing to have its own brand identity via the far-reaching pact.
Asked during the press event, if some of the major college conferences could get left out of future rights deals carrying increased rights payouts, Skipper said ESPN's various platforms require a lot of product, noting that "college sports are generally priced well ... with great product for an appropriate price." He said the deals work for ESPN financially across its multiple platforms.
Skipper added that with ESPN committed to "acquiring marquee product," interest from conferences exploring their own network opportunities and the content needs for regional sports networks, he doesn't see the trend toward higher rights fees going away.

12-07-2010, 07:07
EchoStar XV is plotted at 11 at night July

Telecommunication satellite EchoStar XV, made by U.S. company Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) based platform 1300, the Proton carrier rocket delivered M/Breeze M in the night of 10 at 11 July 2010.

The launch is scheduled for 0:40 a lot of time at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan starting from box number 39 (July 10, 2010 at 20:40 pm our time). The separation of the satellite and the rocket will be after 9 hours and 13 minutes from the start.

EchoStar XV will start at weigh 5.521 kg, and will be used by the U.S. DISH Network satellite platform. The target satellite position is 61.5°W, which will serve for 15 years. There will be 32 Ku-band transponders.

Will the 7 Mission Proton rockets this year and the overall on 357.

In Europe, it will be possible to monitor the liftoff through two feeds to the satellite Eutelsat W2A:
Eutelsat W2A (10°E) freq 11.098 GHz, pol. H, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK
Eutelsat W2A (10°E) freq 11.107 GHz, pol. H, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

12-07-2010, 07:09
85E: El Garage TV to 15 July 2010 temporarily FTA

The Russian satellite pay-TV Continent TV (Intelsat 15 85°E) transmitting temporarily free Argentinian El Garage TV channel. Station is dedicated to the automotive industry and especially cars.

El Garage offers reviews of new products, test drive, reports from dealers. Furthermore, magazines for fans of air sports, racing cars and also programs for modelers.

El Garage is based in Buenos Aires. Broadcasts in North America and South America. Since 29 June 2010 is being broadcast in the Russian version of the program in Russia, CIS and Baltics.

Image for article: 85E: El Garage TV to 15 July 2010 temporarily FTA

By 15 July 2010 will be the broadcast station promotions under the FTA, so with a station can meet all viewers with satellite TV signals from position 85 East.

Technical parameters:
Intelsat 15 (85°E) freq 12.600 GHz, pol. V, SR 30000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK, to July 15 as the FTA channels, then the code Irdeto 2

12-07-2010, 07:14
Dance TV HD as a test packet MyTV on THOR 6 satellite

New Dutch international music and lifestyle oriented television dance scene, Dance HD TV now emerged as a problem in the Ukrainian satellite pay TV MyTV. The program is broadcast FTA briefly, then was encoded Videoguard system.

Dance TV has launched its HD broadcasts in the Wednesday, July 7, 2010 in the form of a trailer. During the summer, go to the full broadcast. Signal distribution station provides 3B Astra at 23.5°E and Ukrainian Platform MyTV is the first satellite DTH service, which began a program to test its transponder.

Dance Channel TV HD broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Event brings dance scene. Prepares lifestyle shows, interviews with musicians and others.

Technical parameters:

Thor 6 (0.8°W), freq 12.092 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2/8PSK, service ID 2021 Video PID 2211 Audio PID 2212, CA Videoguard

Platform MyTV broadcast program at a lower resolution 1280x1080. Sound is only 128 kbit/s.

12-07-2010, 07:15
Digi TV: Turning Nagravision 2 arrived in Slovakia

The company RCS/RDS, a provider of multiregional satellite pay-TV Digi TV, has made progress in removing the old system Nagravision second He is no longer used in the first two Slovak digital programs - TV Home and TV JOJ Plus. Everything suggests that the process of shutting down the old encoding arrived in Slovakia.

After a purely pay stations Minimax and Animal Planet, TV home, JOJ Plus and other channels that are now available to subscribers pay-TV Digi TV service only with the new cards. She also was blocked in the reception of programs at the so-called illegal decoders - that is, without proper abonence.

Programs as the first Slovak to disconnect the old system, the operator chose the N2 second circuit Slovak commercial TV Markíza and TV JOJ - namely TV and home JOJ Plus. It is expected that in the next few days off the old kryptovacího system will focus on programs that are broadcast in Czech or Slovak.

The advanced switching "leaky" system Nagravision 2 in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia. Program offers only for Czech and Slovak markets shutting down the old system, reaching a minimum.

Exchange operator access cards started as early as last year. Then the only concern of the Romanian exchange market. The first "off of the old coding schemes have been presented in February PPV (pay per view) channels 1 and DigiFilm DigiFilm second Two months later he was off N2 at other programs and progressive programs being shut down today.

Breaking the encryption system Nagravision 2 caused (and causes) considerable financial losses for pay television providers. For this reason, the operator had to replace cards for new subscribers to be able to turn off the old system.

technical specifications: TV Home

Satellite: Intelsat 10-02 (1°W)
Frequency: 12.531 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 23,340
FEC: 3/4
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
encryption (CA system): Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3 and 4)

Technical parameters: JOJ Plus

Satellite: Intelsat 10-02 (1°W)
Frequency: 12.687 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 3/4
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
encryption (CA system): Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3 and 4)

Digi TV platform entered the Czech and Slovak market in 2006. Customers approached by low price subscription and a wide range of multichannel desired thematic channels. Over time it became a leader in the provision of pay TV in the Slovak Republic and Czech Republic. Its market position with paid posting intends to strengthen the running of Czecho-Slovak version sports channel DigiSport that viewers will also live broadcasts of Premier League football.

Digi TV also operates in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia.

12-07-2010, 07:21
France 24 joins Digiturk

France 24 has signed a distribution agreement with the Digiturk satellite platform in Turkey. The French news channel is part of the basic package

Out-of-home broadcasting of France 24 hopes to benefit from this agreement as Digiturk is not only available to individual households, but also in a majority of luxury and upscale hotels in the country.

“This agreement is another step towards our global expansion. Digiturk is a leading platform in the region and this will enhance our global development on a strategic market » said Philippe Rouxel, VP Worldwide for Distribution, at France 24, in a statement.

“Turkey’s leading digital broadcasteDigiturk is proud to announce the launch of a new channel, France 24, on its platform. Over the past 10 years, when it comes to launching new networks and gauging audience appetites Digiturk has always been at the forefront of trends and a leader in the region through its innovations, experience and technology. With the addition of France 24, Digiturk’s varied content will once again resonate with Turkish consumers and enrich even further choice, quality and excellence in broadcasting.” said Esra Ösaral, head of content and acquisition at Digiturk.

12-07-2010, 07:24
Yahoo! Middle East brings Rotana content

Yahoo! Middle East has announced a new partnership with Rotana to stream Rotana’s wide range of multimedia content, including music, videos, movies, concerts, TV channels and radio, through its new Video Network channel for the Arabic speaking world.

Yahoo! programing from Rotana will include Ramadan-specific programmes, music from locations such Egypt, Lebanon, and the Gulf, videos, movies, concerts, TV and radio through its online facilities. This strategic agreement will also enable Yahoo! to roll out a number of added-value services for Rotana and end users such as mobile-friendly content, advertising content management, and an enhanced IPTV offering, amongst others.

“This is an exciting and important development for Yahoo! Middle East as we continue to strengthen and support Arabic content on the internet, and introduce more innovative and locally relevant content and products for our consumers in a highly engaging platform,” said Ahmed Nassef, VP and MD of Yahoo! Middle East, in a statement.

“As the region’s largest entertainment company for quality Arabic content, we are always looking to sustain a healthy growth in our audience numbers. Yahoo!’s entertainment network is the ideal platform to utilise for the ever-growing Arab online world,” said Yousef H Mugharbil,president of Digital Media, Rotana.

Following Yahoo!’s entrance in the Middle East market, since its acquisition of Maktoob.com, the largest online Arabic portal in 2009, Yahoo! has worked on a number of strategic initiatives to strengthen and support content on the internet for the Arab world.

12-07-2010, 07:26
September debut for Polish DTT

DTT should finally get off the ground in Poland this September, a whole year after the country launched its first multiplex, albeit on a trial basis.

Quoting Anna Strezynska, the president of the Office of Electronic Communication (UKE), Rzeczpospolita says that the first ‘digital islands’ are likely to appear in two months time, adding that the UKE and National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) are waiting for the government to publish licensing conditions.

The first multiplex will initially carry TVP1, TVP2 and TVP Info, along with four additional channels to be chosen by a competition. The second will meanwhile carry two channels each from TVN, Polsat, TV Puls and TV4. The third multiplex will be activated towards the end of October and at first cover four voivodships that together contain at least 58% of the population. TVP1, TVP2 and TVP2 will move from the first to third multiplex, to be replaced by thematic channels.

Poland’s Ministry of Infrastructure is meanwhile working on new digital legislation that is already attracting criticism from commercial broadcasters. In their view, the PLN400 million (€97.9 million) in subsidies for set-top box it proposals that they fund is in reality likely to be closer to PLN1 billion.

What is more, they are unhappy with the fact that TVP will not be required to contribute to this sum.

12-07-2010, 07:27
Fears over Latvian market ‘distortion’

The leading Latvian cable operators Baltkom and Izzi have criticised proposed amendments to the country’s Electronic Media Act.

According to DB, they would give the incumbent telco Lattelecom the right to operate the Latvian DTT network for a further five years. In their view, such a move would further distort the market in favour of Lattelecom, which is backed by TeliaSonera but still partly state owned.

At present Lattelecom has a licence to operate the country’s DTT network until December 31, 2013.

12-07-2010, 07:30
Dish's 'TV Everywhere' Trademark Application Suspended
Trademark Office Cites Time Warner Inc.'s Pending 'On Demand Everywhere' Application

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a "notice of suspension" to Dish Network regarding its application to trademark "TV Everywhere," and the agency cited Time Warner Inc.'s prior application to trademark "On Demand Everywhere" as potentially nullifying the satellite operator's claim on the term.

Dish declined to comment.

Dish filed to trademark "TV Everywhere" in September 2009, as first reported by Multichannel News. At the time, the term was already being used generically by TV programmers and distributors to refer to authenticated video services available on devices other than traditional television sets, including by Time Warner Inc. chairman CEO Jeff Bewkes.

Time Warner Inc. filed a similar trademark application for "On Demand Everywhere" three months earlier -- in June 2009 -- indicating that it intends to use the mark commercially. A Time Warner spokesman declined to comment on its plans to use the name.

"Since [Dish's] effective filing date is subsequent to the effective filing date of the [Time Warner Inc.] application(s), the latter, if and when it registers, may be cited against this application in a refusal to register," the PTO said in a July 1 notice to Dish.

Time Warner's "On Demand Everywhere" application cites "transmission of television broadcasting, video, images, audio and data information via the internet, satellite, cable, wireless, fiber optics and computer networks; audio and video broadcasting services over the internet and other communications networks."

The Dish application for "TV Everywhere" provides a similar description: "Television transmission services; transmission of audio, video, and data via satellite, internet, or other communication networks; television broadcasting services; streaming of video and audio via communication networks; data transmission via communication networks; peer-to-peer network computer services, namely, electronic transmission of audio, video and other data and documents among computers; providing subscription television broadcasting services; satellite communication services; rental of set-top boxes for use with televisions."

On July 6, 2010, the agency granted Time Warner a notice of approval for its claims to "On Demand Everywhere." The media company must next file a "statement of use" within six months before the trademark can be registered. Separately, Time Warner has registered the OnDemandEverywhere.com domain name.

Under PTO procedures, Dish may submit a request to remove its application from suspension to present arguments related to the conflict with the Time Warner Inc. filing.

The satellite operator currently markets its Slingbox products, including the ViP 922 "SlingLoaded" DVR, under the "TV Everywhere" banner. Slingbox technology allows users to access their full TV lineup, DVR recordings and on-demand content over the Internet via a Web browser or mobile device.

Dish also is gearing up to launch a Web site this year that will let subscribers log in to watch extra TV content.That project is being led by Bruce Eisen, Dish's vice president of online content development and strategy, who was formerly co-founder and executive vice president of CinemaNow, the streaming movie service.

Dish's "TV Everywhere" application is serial no. 77828705. Time Warner Inc.'s applications for "On Demand Everywhere" have serial nos. 77761826 and 77761831.

12-07-2010, 07:31
AT&T Threatens To Drop Rainbow Services
Telco Could Drop WeTv, IFC and AMC By Wednesday Over Contract Dispute

AT&T U-verse subscribers may miss the upcoming season of Mad Men as the telco is set to drop AMC and several other Rainbow Programming-owned services next week over a contract dispute.
AT&T is threatening to pull Rainbow services AMC, WE TV and IFC if a carriage deal isn't completed by July 14, and earlier today began informing its more than 2 million subscribersabout the potential move through a settop box message.

AT&T director of communications Dawn Benton said that the telco is open to negotiating with Rainbow and extended an initial July 1 contract expiration date with the programmer to July 14 in an effort to try to reach an agreement.
"We're willing to continue to work toward reaching a fair agreement but frankly we seem to be an impasse with Rainbow," she said. "We want to reach a fair deal with Rainbow that reflects our growing subscriber base and reflects the appropriate value of Rainbow content."
A Rainbow spokesperson called AT&T's potential action "troubling." The move could keep AT&T subs from watching the July 25 premiere of popular AMC drama series Mad Men, which yesterday was nominated for 17 primetime Emmy Awards.

"AT&T is acting in an aggressive manner that puts their corporate interests ahead of their customers," said the spokesperson. "We are negotiating in good faith with AT&T and are hopeful that we can reach an agreement as soon as possible so that our viewers don't lose out."
The network has set up a website as well as a call in number, 1-877-9-KEEP ON, for AT&T subscribers to "demand better service" from the telco.

12-07-2010, 07:33
HBO To Take `Boardwalk' Stroll In September
New Atlantic City-Themed Drama To Debut Sept. 19

Home Box Office will debut its new HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m., the network said Friday.
The series about prohibition-era Atlantic City, stars Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Dabney Coleman, Shea Whigham and Anthony Laciura.
Boardwalk Empire is executively produced by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and is directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas).

12-07-2010, 07:34
ESPN Dunks 7.3 Overnight Rating With LeBron Special
'The Decision' Could Become Net's Top News Show: AP

Early returns for LeBron James's decision were very strong for ESPN.
According to Nielsen overnights in the nation's top 56 markers, ESPN's presentation of its special, The Decision, during which James announced that he would be joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat, averaged a 7.3 rating from 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. The performance marked the highest overnight rating for any non-NFL ESPN program in 2010 and was the top-rated program in all of television, cable or broadcast, according to officials at the sports programmer.

Associated Press reported that the show is expected to be the biggest audience the sports programmer has ever registered for a news program.

The telecast peaked with a 9.6 rating from 9:15-9:30 p.m., when James officially made the announcement.

In Cleveland, where James, an Akron native, played the first seven seasons of his NBA career, The Decision averaged a 26.0 metered market rating, which was followed by Columbus with a 14.2 and Miami a 12.8.

Chicago ranked sixth with a 10.7 rating and New York seventh with a 10.4 rating. Both the Bulls and Knicks had met with James and his representatives during his free-agency courtship period.

The July 8 telecast easily exceeded the audience for ESPN's exclusive interview with Tiger Woods on March 21, 2010, which posted a 0.4 metered market rating for SportsCenter from 6 p.m.-8 p.m, and the network's exclusive interview with Alex Rodriguez on Feb. 9, 2009, which generated a 0.9 metered market rating during the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter).

James's decision attracted more than 300,000 unique viewers on broadband service ESPN3.com, one of the largest audiences ever for a non-World Cup match. ESPN.com and ESPN Mobile Web tallied more than 3 million unique visitors from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.

Additionally, visitors spent nearly 130 million minutes on the ESPN.com home page, ESPN.com NBA section, ESPN Mobile Web home page and ESPN Mobile Web NBA section throughout the day, according to network officials.

12-07-2010, 07:35
Stofa in €148m private equity sale

TeliaSonera has agreed to sell its Danish cable operation Stofa to Ratos, a listed private equity company, which specialises in the Nordic region. The sale price is DKK1.1 billion (€147.6 million) on a cash and debt free basis.

Stofa was acquired by the Swedish-Finnish telco in 1995, but has always operated as an independent company. It offers a competive triple play bundle of television, telephony and high speed internet.

“The sale of Stofa is a natural next step that will enable Stofa to continue to offer flexible and innovative product offerings,” said Stofa CEO Ole Simonsen. “We are looking forward to start a new chapter in Stofa’s development with Ratos as owner. Ratos has significant experience within innovation – an experience that will benefit all of Stofa’s customers.”

Handelsbanken Capital Market has acted as exclusive financial advisor to TeliaSonera.

The agreement is subject to approval of relevant competition authorities as well as TeliaSonera Board approval.

TeliaSonera will benefit from a capital gain of over DKK 500 million which will be reported in the third quarter 2010.

12-07-2010, 07:42
On satellite Eurobird 1 (28.5°E) began broadcasting a new test of the Indian pay-television company Zee Café, Zee Network. Test broadcasts is distributed freely, without any coding.

Zee Café will broadcast 24 hours a day program consisting of various genres such as drama, comedy, reality, music, movies, talk shows, news and more from Hollywood.

Regular broadcasts Zee Café will be encoded Videoguard and will be available to viewers platforms Sky UK.


Image for article: Zee Café is testing the satellite Eurobird 1

Technical parameters:
Eurobird 1 (28.5°E) freq 12.607 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

12-07-2010, 07:43
Panasonic goes Over The Top with AceTrax

Panasonic has announced a partnership with Acetrax to launch a movie streaming service via Viera Cast compatible TVs and Blu-ray players. Users will have the choice to ‘rent’ or ‘buy’ movies and see them on their TV screen.

The Acetrax ‘widget’ will be available from September as a software update to recent Panasonic Viera Cast TVs, and allows the user to stream movies from a selection of over 2,000 titles from a range of studios including Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, Momentum, Diva, Film Is Now, Eagle Rock and Charly Films.

Users will be able to store and access their purchases from any combination of four registered devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players, home audio systems and laptops. The quality offered is regular SD with stereo sound and is streamed using the VC1 Advanced codec.

“Connected TVs such as Viera Cast-enabled Panasonic Viera TVs will change the way in which customers will buy and consume movies in much the same way as we saw with music downloads. Acetrax has dedicated itself to providing the latest in Hollywood and local content to meet this demand,” said Leslie Golding, Acetrax’s CMO, in a statement. “What sets Acetrax apart is its ability to offer Hollywood movies as well as content from local partners across Europe that is tailored and specific to them.”

For the moment, the AceTrax service is available in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, the UK and Switzerland. Viera Cast was launched in Europe in May 2009 and is available on Panasonic’s VT20, V20, G20, D28 and D25 Viera TVs, as well as Panasonic’s 2010 line-up of Blu-ray Disc players. It currently offers contents from YouTube, Eurosport, ZDF and other sites, and supports free video and voice calls with Skype, using a separate accessory camera. The deal with Acetrax is non-exclusive.

12-07-2010, 07:50
Change in the spread of TV channels on satellite Yamal 202

Satellite Systems Satellite operator Gazprom is preparing changes in the spread of some television and radio programs to its satellite Yamal 202, which works to position 49 degrees East.

The change in distribution is scheduled for 21 July 2010 at 10:00 am Moscow time (8:00 pm our time) on the transponder number 4, which will merge the two DVB-S multiplex one.

old parameters valid until 21 July 2010:
Yamal 202 (49°E) freq 3.705 GHz, pol. L, SR 15550, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK: RTR Planeta, Rossija 24, REN TV 0h, REN TV +2 h

Yamal 202 (49°E) freq 3.741 GHz, pol. L, SR 38000, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK: TVC Europe TVCI, 0h Zvezda, Russia Today, Al-Yaum Rusiya, Russians Hoy , radio: Megakom, Obšestvennoje Rossijskoje Radio Zvezda FM

new parameters to be valid from 21 July 2010, 8:00 pm CET:
Yamal 202 (49°E) freq 3.743 GHz, pol. L, SR 34075, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK: RTR Planeta, Rossija 24, REN TV 0h, REN TV +2 h, TVC Europe TVCI, 0h Zvezda, Russia Today, Al-Yaum Rusiya, Russians Hoy, Radio: Megakom, Obšestvennoje Rossijskoje Radio Zvezda FM

12-07-2010, 07:51
23.5 E: Morning Prague uplink outage

Today, 10 July 2010 in the morning there was a signal failure of two transponders on 23.5°E, which transmit programs to the Czech and Slovak markets. Outage affected the frequency 12.525 GHz (Astra 3A) and 11.992 GHz (Astra 3B).

The reason for this failure was a problem in the uplink power. Trouble was removed around half past eight, and program services during the morning will gradually accrue. First problem was solved by a transponder with Czech TV, Prima TV and TV Noe (12.525 GHz).

The above two transponders spread programs platform CS Link and Skylink.

12-07-2010, 07:52
26E:Sports HD package ADMC initiated tests

On satellite Badr 6 at the position 26 degrees East started technical trials of a new sports package, Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC). The multiplex is broadcast by testing a total of 5 channels in HD.

Regular broadcast multiplex Abu Dhabi will be launched in mid-July. The operator of its programs will transfer from English Barclays Premier League and both HD and standard definition transmissions and Formula 1

Abu Dhabi will bring 380 Premier League matches as well as additional magazines, and comments in Arabic and English.

Abu Dhabi Sports channel will be distributed as encrypted and will be paid Irdeto2 system.

Technical parameters:
Badr 6 (26°E) freq 11.766 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2/8PSK

Paid package also tested on Atlantic Bird satellite 4A (7.2°W), on freq 11.449 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2/8PSK, so the menu will be accessible to households in the region Central Europe for which the service will be addressed.

12-07-2010, 07:53
Antenna Hungária testing 3DTV without glasses

Antenna Hungária Zrt and iPont Kft concluded a unique 3DTV test recently, broadcasting 3D video content through a terrestrial digital video broadcasting system and visualizing it on a special “glass-free” device.

The software development of iPont Kft allows users to watch TV in three dimensions without wearing 3D-glasses. The video content was broadcast in FullHD format with 8MBit/s speed. This technology has not been used in Hungary, nor globally, and with an extensive development, consumers can soon enjoy the solution and the product could have a huge success on the global market.

12-07-2010, 07:54
Face-saving compromise lets China, Google do business

China’s renewal of Google’s Internet licence reflects a face-saving compromise between a political powerhouse and a technology titan who both sought to avoid a painful break-up, analysts said. “It’s not a complete surprise because I think the politics were that the Chinese wanted to avoid a big fight,”
said James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“With (Chinese President) Hu Jintao coming to Washington it was not the best time to reshape the agenda of the meeting by messing with Google,” Mr Lewis told AFP. He noted that China’s decision to renew Google’s Internet Content Provider licence came after the company stopped automatically redirecting Chinese Web surfers to Google’s uncensored search engine in Hong Kong. Instead, Chinese visitors to Google’s search engine in China, Google.cn, must now click on a link to land on the Hong Kong site.

“It’s good sometimes to do face-saving things,” Mr Lewis said. “It gave everyone a nice way to move along for the next few months. It’s good for Google as well as for China.” He added, however, that the Chinese authorities are “still not happy” with Google over its decision to stop censoring Web search results to protest cyberattacks last year that the California company said came from China. “I think they’ll still look for things they can do to Google,” he said.

While Google and China may have reached a temporary truce, Mr Lewis said the Chinese goverment has a “long-term problem.” “They like technology, they like access to the global information infrastructure but they don’t like the political implications,” he said.

Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China, said “China’s approval of Google’s licence reflects that despite all the recent rhetoric, China wants Google to stay.” “The significance may be that making a principled stand to do business in a way that that does not violate fundamental rights… will not automatically get you kicked out of China as many businesses fear,” Ms Hom told AFP. She said, however, that for China to provide a truly hospitable climate for foreign businesses, “it will take more than granting one company one licence.”

The US State Department, which has made Internet freedom a top priority, had an unusually muted reaction to China’s decision to allow Google to remain in the country. “It’s a matter between Google and the Chinese government,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in response to a question from reporters.

12-07-2010, 07:55
BBC Monitoring faces ‘grim’ cuts - report

According to a report in Media Guardian, BBC Monitoring (BBCM) faces budget cuts and significant job losses as part of the coalition government’s austerity measures. Chris Westcott, director of BBCM, told employees in a briefing on Monday that the “situation is grim” and the organisation is at a “tipping point”. It could even be closed down, he warned.

BBCM employs about 450 people in the UK and overseas, with a main base at Caversham Park in Reading. It tracks and translates press, TV and radio reports from 150 countries in more than 100 languages. The organisation’s role and funding is being examined by the government as part of it strategic defence and security review, the first for 12 years.

12-07-2010, 07:56
Regulator may drop most charges against Canal Plus

France’s competition regulator may drop most of the accusations against Canal Plus following a recommendation by head regulator Virginie Beaumeunier, French newspaper La Tribune reported.

The authority is likely to accept Beaumenunier’s recommendation not to challenge agreements made when Canal Plus bought rival pay-TV company TPS in 2006. This would greatly reduce Canal Plus’s potential liability to fines, according to the newspaper.

Canal Plus is still being investigated and could be fined over claims it has not respected commitments made at the time of the purchase.

12-07-2010, 07:57
CanalSat wins first battle against Omnia Plus 6.0

French satellite platform seems to be tiring to hackers with two daily changes of key system Viaccess conditional access thus counteracting the attempt to illegally pirating its signal.

The current situation is that the current review of Omnia and Bis TV only supports from various forums but added that they are preparing to make autorroll algorithm, ie the upgrade with the intent to extract the keys at once.

However, missing days to remove and eradicate completely CanalSat coding Viaccess PC 2.6 with what it achieved close this deceptive practice. The announcement of autorroll must have liked them not too much to reinforce key changes. Other well-known CAMs are continually changing the key but the French platform not know how to act to give ground to the illegal viewing of TV channels.

12-07-2010, 07:58
YES, Samsung Play 3D Ball With Time Warner Cable In Albany
Operator's July 11 Customer Appreciation Day Will Include 3D Yankees-Mariners Telecast

Time Warner Cable in Albany, N.Y., will show its customers some love on Sunday July 11, inviting them to watch the Single-A Jamestown Jammers play the local Tri-City Valley Cats game in Troy, N.Y., for free.
The MSO's subscribers will also get a chance glimpse TV's future by watching the New York Yankees-Seattle Mariners pioneering 3D telecast of Major League Baseball.
Looking to give back to its sub base and demonstrate some of its advanced products, Time Warner Cable Albany purchased all of the ducats and then invited customers to bring in their bill to service center, where they received a free family four-pack, including tickets and voucher for free hot dog and soda.
It was a promotional home run as more than 6,000 people redeemed their bill for tickets, including standing-room ones to check out the Cats, the Houston Astros' affiliate.

Meanwhile, YES's 3D coverage of the Yankees-Mariners is a coincedental bonus, so to speak.
Looking to bolster and offset some of its costs for its event at the ballpark, Time Warner Cable reached out to Samsung and YES about how they might want to participate in the subscriber event. The conversation quickly turned to the Yankees-Mariners 3D telecast on July 11 as a showcase for the nascent format. On July 10, YES and Fox Sports Northwest were scheduled to present the first MLB game in 3D with their telecasts of the middle contest of the set between the clubs at Safeco Field in Seattle.
The Samsung/YES 3D Experience area on July 11 will feature couches, a large screen TV and a slew of "active" 3D glasses. With up to 100 employees, sporting "cable guy and cable girl" jerseys on hand, TWC's team expects to move a lot of people through the area, giving them a chance to watch part of the game in the enhanced format. The Yankees-Mariners game begins at 4:10 p.m. (ET), while the first pitch of the Cats' contest is scheduled for 5 p.m.
"Time Warner Cable's Customer Appreciation Night provides us the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day at the ballpark with more than 6,000 of our customers and say ‘thank you,' " said Time Warner Cable Albany vice president of operations John Quigley. "We have wonderful partners for this event and once we learned about the July 11th 3D Yankee game, we knew Samsung and YES would help us make a full 3D experience come to life for our guests."
Baseball in the field and in 3D are just part of the activities at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Sunday. TWC will erect "Ask the Cable Guy/Ask the Cable Girl" stations, where customers can have any of their service and billing queries answered, throughout the ballpark. There will also be product demonstration areas, recruiting stations, prize wheels and a RoadRunner mascot (the MSO's high-speed service) doling out goodies to the kids. Employees will toss out trinkets to fans in the stands and anchors and talent from local news outlet YNN are scheduled to appear.
Moreover, a 30-foot inflatable RoadRunner balloon will be stationed beyond the outfield. An interactive weather wall a Movie On Demand bus, plus displays from HBO, Starz and In Demand are also on tap, according to TWC officials.
In addition to Time Warner Cable, YES's 3D telecasts on July 10-11 will also be carried by seven other distributors, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, Blue Ridge Communications, Comcast, Cablevision, Service Electric Broadband Cable and Cox in the Yankees TV territory of New York, Connecticut and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

For their part, Cox's customers in Connecticut without 3D-capable TVs are being afforded the opportunity to watch the games at Best Buy outlets in Manchester and Meriden.
FS Northwest officials said Comcast would carry the 3D versions of the games throughout the state of Washington, while Time Warner Cable will make them available in the eastern part of the state. At press time a spokeswoman said the RSN, which is owned by DirecTV, continues to talk with other carriers about picking up the 3D ballgames.
As mentioned, the contests mark the first time MLB games will be presented in 3D. They will also serve as prelude of sorts to Fox's 3D coverage of MLB's All-Star Game in the format on July 13.
Presented by Panasonic and DirecTV, the Yankees-Mariners games will air sans commercials. Between innings, YES's telecasts will feature taped segments about the Bronx Bombers, while the announcers -- FS NW's Mariners play-by-play man and National Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus, Mariners voice Dave Sims and YES's Ken Singleton -- will supply extra analysis, commentary and take viewers around the action in the big leagues.

On Sunday, the 3D telecast is also expected to go interactive, with the announce team fielding questions from an audience of YES clients and executives attending a 3D game screening in Manhattan.
YES and FSN Northwest will also produce traditional HD telecasts of both games.

Senior vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Matt Cacciato said YES began working with distributors' engineers about a month ago to make sure things were in place from a technical standpoint.
He said promotional plays -- YES developed customizable, 30-second promos for its affiliates and a number of different sized banner ads for their Web sites -- began running in the middle of last week.
YES will take stock from this production and operational experiment, while gaining feedback from affiliates about the telecasts' 3D performance and look, as well as viewer experiences.
The RSN has hired 3D specialist PACE and NEP's SS31 (formerly SS3D) 3D mobile truck, the same setup used by ESPN to produce coverage of The Masters this spring. PACE CEO Vince Pace will be in the truck serving as 3D stereographer.
Many from that crew will be make the trek down the coast for Fox and DirecTV's presentation of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, which will air on the DBS leader's rookie n3D service.
The cameras will be placed in traditional baseball camera positions: "low-first" base, low-third, high-home and center-field. In addition, there will be a low-home, a position that isn't available in that many stadiums, and one that could capture plays at the plate and better inform viewers of the competition between the pitcher and batter.
As such, Time Warner Cable customers no doubt will get a little more than they expected in going out to the ballgame on Sunday.

12-07-2010, 07:59
Disney Nets 45% Audience Advance With 2010 World Cup
Tourney On Pace To Supplant 1994 Event As Most-Watched In U.S. History

With two matches to play, ESPN networks have scored a 45% audience advance with their coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average a 1.9 national rating, 36% higher than the 1.4 mark through the same stage of the 2006 tourney in Germany, according to Nielsen data. The average household audience grew 41% to 2.23 million from 1.58 million, while viewership expanded 45% to 2.98 million from 2.06 million.
ESPN officials said key male demos - ages 18 to 34, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 - were ahead 27%, 46% and 50%, respectively.
The top-rated markets through 62 games are Miami with a 3.8, New York and Washington, D.C. with a 3.4 apiece, San Diego at a 3.3 and San Francisco's 3.2 average.
The 2010 tournament is up over the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the U.S. and is on pace to be the most-watched FIFA World Cup in U.S. television history, according to ESPN officials.
The third-place match between Germany and Uruguay kicks off July 10 at 2:30 p.m. on ABC with Ian Darke and John Harkes on the call from Port Elizabeth.
Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku will announce the final, pitting Spain against The Netherlands from Soccer City in Johannesburg, on ABC July 11 at 2:30 p.m.

12-07-2010, 08:01
Astra 1G, a satellite of the European satellite operator SES Astra, was parked at the target orbital position 31.5 degrees east. In this position will now ensure the transmission of television and radio programs, and data services.

Astra 1G according to the plan will replace the existing Astra 2C satellite, which then moves back to a position 28.2°E for the needs of UK and Irish Market (UK Sky platform and Freese).

The results of operation of the Astra 2C to Astra 1G should occur next week. It is not yet known satellite coverage of the new position. Recall that Astra 2C to 31.5°E in two volumes - East and West. The second allows for signal reception in Central Europe with parabolas from approximately 60 cm. Eastern alliance can take us even with parabolas from a diameter of about 120 cm.

Astra 1G originally worked on 23.5°E. The satellite was free at the end of June after the results service on new satellite Astra 3B.

26-07-2010, 12:05
Tele 2 sets Open Cable pricing

Dutch telecoms operator Tele 2 will this Tuesday start marketing its Open Cable product with prices starting at €5 a month representing a savings of up to 70%.

Tele 2 will start to sell 4-in-1 bundles including analogue cable, digital IPTV, broadband access and telephony priced at €29.95 with analogue cable costing just € 5.00.

For people who buy broadband access and telephony at €24.95 the price for analogue cable is €10.00. These prices mark a new chapter in multi-play marketing in Holland. UPC, for instance, now offers a 4-play product with analogue and digital basic cable, telephony and 25 Mbps broadband for €45 a month.

Ziggo sells a similar package, with a lower speed broadband (2 Mbps) for €41.50 a month.

In addition, it will also be possible to just buy analogue cable from Tele 2 at €15.00 a month, which is about 10% cheaper than the regular price charged by UPC and Ziggo, which charge between €16 and €17 a month for their basic analogue tier.

Customers who buy analogue cable from Tele 2 will of course not be able to upgrade to the cabler’s digital tiers and premium channels, but are able to buy the IPTV service from Tele 2.

Tele 2 is able to sell analogue cable products in the UPC and Ziggo networks following a ruling by the Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA. Other parties, including Deutsche Telekom’s Online and Your TV are believed to start selling their analogue products anytime soon.

26-07-2010, 12:07
Tivuitalia new DTT network for Italy

Tivuitalia, a company controlled by Italian broadcast equipment manufacturer Screen Service Broadcasting Technologies (SSBT), has become the country’s latest DTT network operator.

The group has filed with the national regulator AgCom a "declaration of commencement of activities" as a national TV multiplex operator. Tivuitalia will be a network provider for channels seeking distribution throughout Italy.

In recent months, SSBT, through its subsidiary Tivuitalia, has followed a strategy of acquiring transmission facilities, achieving coverage of about 57 per cent of the population, equal to 32 million inhabitants.

According to Antonio Mazzara, president of Tivuitalia and CEO of SSBT, future objectives include the extension of coverage to over 90 per cent of the Italian population and possible participation on the tender that will assign additional national frequencies in SFN, on the basis of the plan prepared by the AgCom for the digital switchover.

26-07-2010, 12:08
CNNi launches iPhone application

CNN announced the launch of international version of their application for iPhone. Available free on the App Store, this new application specifically designed to offer its users a privileged access to international information and customized over the 24 hours a day and seven days a week, offering news in real time through a constant stream of videos, articles and photos. More info: cnn.com/mobile.

26-07-2010, 12:10
Antena 3 begins to unveil details of its future canal Nitro

Announced a few weeks ago, is one of the future of DTT channels has raised more expectations among all who have submitted so far. Antena.Nitro will be a channel exclusively dedicated to male, thus completing the group's offer on DTT Antena 3 has already Antena.Nova (public female) and Antena.Neox (young audiences). To get you started, the group has decided to move forward little by little some elements of its new channel before its official launch, through its corporate website: antena3.com/nitro. Here you can get an idea of some of the contents of the channel, now mainly series, which will expand gradually.

26-07-2010, 12:12
New media a focus for new CNBC distribution VP

Licensing on demand video clips and long form programming will be on the agenda of CNBC’s new vice president of distribution, Justine Powell.

In a statement, the business and financial news channel said that increasing the channel’s overall distribution remained a key priority. As of June this stood at 130 million households.

“Justine’s appointment will help us to build on our recent distribution growth. Justine has a great track record of working internationally with a variety of partners to develop and syndicate content, which will help us to further cement our place as the premier source of business and financial news and analysis,” said Powell will report to Mick Buckley, President and CEO, EMEA, CNBC.

Powell joins CNBC from MTV International where she was vice president digital media with responsibility for Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Prior to that she spent four years at the BBC, most recently as senior manager, BBC Future Media & Technology where she was involved in the launch of BBC iPlayer on major portals and social networking sites including MSN, Yahoo and MySpace.

26-07-2010, 12:14
Digital TV Labs puts CI Plus to the Test

IBC 2010 – Hall 2, Stand C27. Digital TV Labs, the official testing centre for CI Plus is launching a CI Plus test tool for use by manufacturers. The CI Plus Test Tool has been designed to assist in the development, testing and debugging of CI Plus implementations on host receivers. The objective is to allow manufacturers to streamline the build process and reduce time by bringing pre-validated product to Digital TV Labs for certification.

CI Plus was developed as the successor to the DVB Common Interface, improving security, and allowing conditional access modules to be plugged in directly to a TV display. Over 20 operators have already adopted it.

Digital TV Labs is now offering bespoke CI Plus conformance regimes to ensure that all aspects of a receiver product – typically IDTVs – adhere to that specific operator’s network requirements. The company is also running testing services for Freeview Australia and Freeview HD.

Also on show will be the Evora iSuite DVB Test Framework covering DVB-T/C/S across 28 countries, Digital TV Wiki, Pan EU Reference Book and RF Capture Test Suite.

26-07-2010, 12:15
DMC to run 3D

IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand D.39. Following its inaugural 3DTV broadcast earlier this year the Digital Media Centre (DMC) will be showcasing the delivery of 3D content.

Amsterdam-based DMC made its 3D broadcast debut in April with the relay of the US Masters Golf Tournament. DMC tackled challenges such as transatlantic contribution, live transmission and satellite uplink and distribution to multiple countries.

“Following 10 years as European leaders in TV distribution and content delivery here in Amsterdam, we’re excited to be demonstrating the very latest advances in playout operations,” said Robin Kroes, VP Commercial, Operations and Corporate Development at DMC

On demand services – a key part of the DMC offering – will also be demonstrated as part of the latest advances in channel playout.

26-07-2010, 12:17
Latens takes middleware everywhere
IBC 2010 – Hall 4, Stand B60. Middleware and conditional access specialist Latens is turning its attention to the concept of TV Everywhere. Its new ECO UI 5 Middleware comes pre-integrated with conditional access for multiple devices including the Apple iPad, where Latens’ software-based CA comes into its own.
Key features include broadcast broadband video, DVR, remote DVR, DLNA enabled services, internet applications for TV and home networking.
Latens is also turning its attention to the management of over-the-top television services, managing content and rights across multiple devices from a central headend.

26-07-2010, 12:18
Multimedia launches kids VOD
The Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has introduced a new VOD offer aimed specifically at school and pre-school children.
Known as Bajki bez przemocy (Stories with violence), it consists of content from KidsCo and Nickleodeon and is categorised according to viewing age. The offer will gradually increased and be provided free of charge until November 1 this year.
Multimedia Polska’s VOD service currently consists of over 1,100 film titles and is available to all the operator’s digital subscribers.

26-07-2010, 12:21
UPC reassures Czech viewers
UPC Czech has announced that the channels TV Prima HD and TV Noe will continue to be offered without interruption, both in Prague and all other localities in which the company operates.
This should reassure its subscribers, given that DTT transmission of the two channels has just ceased in Prague and environs. They have until now been carried on the third multiplex, which is operated by the Czech Digital Group (CDG).
Late last week the Czech Telecom Office (CTU) withdrew permission for the CDG to use a frequency (46) on the multiplex. The CDG has indicated it will take legal action against the regulator.

26-07-2010, 12:22
Ukrainian channels look to Russia

Ukraine is seeking wider distribution of its TV channels in neighbouring Russia.

According to AKTR and Sat Expert, Russia’s National Radio and TV Council has received a letter from Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting help in the matter.

It has been concluded that the best solution is for such channels to have carriage on cable networks and the DTH platform Tricolor TV. Both have extensive coverage and there is the added bonus that Ukrainian channels would be able to reach direct agreements with cable operators without any government interference.

It is believed that carriage of the channels solely on the DTH platform NTV-Plus, as has previously been suggested, would be insufficient to meet demand from viewers in Russia.

26-07-2010, 12:24
Buoyant Pace plans new gateway acquisition

Pace increased its first half profits by 46% on the back of a 12.9% rise in volume shipments. Announcing its results for the six months ending June 30, 2010, the world number one supplier of pay-TV set-top boxes signalled a further step into the residential gateways market with a proposed £308 million (€367m) acquisition of 2Wire Inc.

Shipments of 9.6 million units included new customers Multichoice, M7, Sky Deutschland and Astro, delivering pre-tax profits of £45.4m.

“These results were produced despite some challenges within the supply chain, due to the skill of our operations teams, scale and strong supplier relationships,” said Pace CEO Neil Gaydon. “With today’s announcement of our proposed acquisition of 2Wire, we expect to widen out our US customer base and opportunity as well as develop Pace’s technology capability.”

With a medium term operating margin of 8% now in sight, Pace has raised its expectations for the second half of the year, anticipating “at least mid-single digit over the medium term”.

The move for 2Wire is designed to widen the company’s US customer base follows the earlier acquisition of the Paris-based IP and cable gateways specialist of Bewan Systems SA. Pace says that the proposed acquisition will strengthen the development of its home entertainment convergence strategy while taking it into the telco market.

2Wire is currently owned by a consortium including Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Telmex, and Oak Investment Partners. Its ten-year relationship with A&T means that at a stroke Pace will become the number one provider of telco residential gateway devices in the US and the number three globally.

The Acquisition is conditional on shareholder approval from both Pace and 2Wire, certain regulatory consents and finalisation of Pace’s bank financing arrangements

26-07-2010, 12:26
Irish national broadcaster RTE could be privatised

RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, has been dealt a double blow by two unconnected events - director general Cathal Goan has announced he is stepping down and the station has been put on a list of state companies to be considered for privatisation.

The decision of 56-year-old Goan to quit his €320,000-a-year post after just one term has come as a surprise, as he had started his broadcasting career with the station and was considered “a lifer”. No reason was given for his refusal of a second term, nor has he spoken of his plans. He has agreed to stay on until a successor is chosen.

The appointment of Goan, a programme maker, to the top job had been widely welcomed and RTE chairman Tom Savage, in a tribute, described him as a man with ” a unique understanding of the special role that RTE has in Irish cultural life”. Communications minister Eamon Ryan said he had made “a genuine contribution to the arts in Ireland”.

During his seven-year term he had also presided over the financial restructuring of RTE, cutting costs and jobs to reduce the station’s €68 million budget deficit to less than €20 million. Internal candidates are being tipped to succeed him when the job is advertised in the coming weeks. The person chosen will have the immediate task of overseeing an ambitious redevelopment of the station’s Dublin campus, including the construction of a €350 million high-definition digital TV and radio studio.

Meanwhile, uncertainty surrounds the future status of the national broadcaster, currently funded through a combination of licence fee and advertising, as a result of its inclusion on the list of state companies to be considered for possible privatisation. The aim is to ease the national debt by selling them.

A special review group has been appointed to examine the companies listed and report back to government by the end of the year. What will alarm RTE is that the group is headed by economist Colm McCarthy, the man who recommended the arts council be emasculated and the arts ministry scrapped to reduce state spending.

26-07-2010, 12:27
Football rivals BT and BSkyB square up

July 26, 2010

Some of the UK's biggest firms will be in the spotlight this week during a major test of confidence.

The biggest crisis in BP's long history threatens to tip the oil giant into the red for the first time since 1992 tomorrow as it gives more details on the havoc wreaked by the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Although the final bill is not yet known, the provisions for the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster could submerge the £3.3bn in underlying profits expected for the second quarter, a 60 per cent rise on a year earlier.

BP reported its first quarter figures just a week after the explosion when the magnitude of the disaster was not yet apparent and media scrutiny was focused on the looming General Election.

But since then the company has axed its dividend for the first time since the Second World War - and the company and its chief executive Tony Hayward found themselves at the centre of a storm not seen since disgraced Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin refused to give back his pension.

Shares are down more than a third from their peak - hitting pensions on both sides of the Atlantic - while the firm has set up a 20 billion dollar compensation fund to assuage fury in the US.

The cost of the clean-up is estimated at around £2.6bn so far, with assets in the US, Canada and Egypt sold to rival Apache raising £4.6bn for the cause.

Although BP should finally kill the leaking well next month with the completion of a relief well - and begin restoring its battered reputation - heavy financial penalties also await.

Charles Stanley analyst Tony Shepard said the Gulf spill would be a "permanent feature in the results for some time," adding: "There is no doubt BP has valuable assets and attractive cashflows going into the future but uncertainty remains over the potential liabilities."

Rival Royal Dutch Shell's results on Thursday should be far less eventful, with Mr Shepard expecting a 25 per cent increase in underlying profits to around £2.6bn for the second quarter.

The firm - left in the slow lane by BP until the Gulf of Mexico spill - is looking to dispose around 15 per cent of its refining capacity as well as developing new production sources, with 13 projects due to come onstream over the next year.

"The group has a rich selection of potential new projects which are expected to add some 8 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources and which will help underpin production growth to 2020," he added.

Transport group National Express expects to show "good progress" in boosting half-year profits on Thursday thanks to a major cost-cutting drive under former Tube Lines boss Dean Finch.

Mr Finch is getting to grips with the tough task of reviving the business following a disastrous year for its rail arm, which returned its loss-making East Coast franchise back to the government in November.

At this stage last year, the East Coast deal sent the firm plunging into the red with a £48.1m pre-tax loss. But a cost crackdown by the new chief executive is helping shore up results, while the firm says revenue trends are "resilient".

BoA/Merrill Lynch analyst Mark Manduca forecasts pre-tax profits of £155.6m for the full year, 34 per cent ahead of 2009. But analysts will also be interested in the firm's view of the likely impact of Budget cuts on prospects going forward.

British Gas parent Centrica will see profits from its residential business almost double in results for the first half of the year as shivering households cranked up the heating in a bitterly cold winter.

Citigroup analyst Peter Atherton is expecting operating profits of £583m from British Gas for the first six months of 2010 - up from £299m previously - with its business division also forecast to double profits to £132m.

Although the high profits on Wednesday are sure to spark anger in some quarters, Centrica says a reasonable level of returns is needed to invest in new sources of production.

Both British Sky Broadcasting and telecoms giant BT report on Thursday, but the figures come at a tense time for relations between the two firms.

BT, which reports first quarter figures as BSkyB posts annual results, announced earlier this month that it was slashing the cost of watching Premier League football to as little as £6.99 a month in a major push into the pay-TV market.

But in a canny move, rival BSkyB increased prices for its sports customers from September in a move triggering higher charges for wholesale customers such as BT.

Friday's update from British Airways will reveal the impact of a nightmare first quarter for the airline, which has already said that it "could hardly have had a worse start" to the year.

The opening three months of BA's financial year saw it hit by Iceland's volcanic eruption, which closed most of European airspace for almost a week in April, and crippling strike action.

BA has already lost around £120 million from the volcanic disruption, while it said the first wave of industrial strikes cost it £43 million - with the group widely thought to be facing a total bill from the disputes of £150 million.

26-07-2010, 12:30
Sky Broadband to sponsor Channel 4 films

Sky Broadband is to sponsor the peaktime transmission of films on Channel 4, E4 and More4 for the next twelve months in a seven-figure deal.

The sponsorship will build on its 'Broadband Happily Ever' fairytale positioning.

The deal, which was brokered by MediaCom, includes the sponsorship of peaktime films on the three Channel 4 channels as well as their +1 and high definition versions and the daily early evening film on Film4.

Robert Tansey, group brand marketing director at BSkyB, said: "Sky Broadband provides a high quality, great value service, and we believe this sponsorship deal is the right way of helping customers get the message about what we have to offer."

In June Sky appointed Engine to handle the advertising for its Sky Broadband service, after a pitch against roster agencies.

Sky Broadband has over 2.5 million customers and around one in five of Sky's 9.77 million homes takes all three of Sky TV, Sky Broadband and Sky Talk.

26-07-2010, 12:32
Farncombe secures Mirifice Professional Services

Farncombe Consulting Group is to purchase the Professional Services arm of Mirifice Ltd. The deal extends Farncombe into engineering services and testing practices, while leaving Mirifice to concentrate on its multimedia services monitoring and automated set-top testing businesses.

“This agreement is a perfect fit for us,” said Farncombe managing partner Dr Stephen Upton. “The Mirifice team complements and strengthens the skills and experience that Farncombe can offer its existing clients. Farncombe now has the capability to provide end-to-end consulting services to the digital video sector: from strategy and business planning through to implementation and testing.”

Andrew Barker, CEO, Mirifice Ltd said although the company had established itself as a TV consultancy, the principal objective had always been the products business and the time was now right to separate the two. “We weren’t going to have the focus on the consultancy to expand it in the way the team might have liked,” Barker told Broadband TV News. “The products business was where I wanted to focus, but the consultancy was still very healthy and growing.” He added that design and test work that Mirifice had carried out for clients such as Virgin Media and BT Vision compared with Farncombe’s focus on strategy meant the combined company could now run from strategy through to implementation.

All Mirifice Professional Services employees and associates have now transferred from Bath to Farncombe, including Managing Partner Gary Marshall and Sales Director Geoff Aitken. A number of employees who previously worked for Mirifice in London will also transfer to the Bath operations.

26-07-2010, 12:35
Orange in talks with Canal+
The French telecoms operator Orange is in talks with Canal+ about the future of its premium TV channels, according to local reports.
There is a possibility that the Orange Cinéma Séries channel will merge with Canal +’s movie channel TPS Star. Further news is likely on Thursday, July 29, when France Telecom, the owner of Orange, is expected to report the Q2 results.
France Telecom is reconsidering the future of its content business since its CEO Didier Lombard stepped down. Stéphane Richard, the new man at the helm, recently announced the company will concentrate on its core business rather than be involved with content and premium TV channels.
At the moment Orange Cinéma Séries has 480,000 subscribers, while its sister channel Orange Sport has 320,000. TPS Star is a legacy from the old TPS DTH platform, which was taken over by the Canal + Group from a consortium of TF1, M6 and France Telecom.
Interestingly, according to French news reports, Orange is looking for another partner for its sports channel. Richard seems to be looking to tie up with News Corp for its sports channels rather than with the Canal Group.
Orange Sports shares the rights to the French football league (Ligue 1) with Canal+ till 2012.

27-07-2010, 10:07
42E: TRT HD parameters changed, remains FTA

Unscrambled HD channels Turkish state television TRT HD changed its parameters to the satellite Turksat 3A (42°E). Free broadcast signal can receive all satellite viewers with HD set-top box. Change parameters held in early July. It is now officially broadcasting from the new frequency.

TRT HD stations aired recently on the frequency 11.490 GHz, pol. V . and 12.688 GHz, pol. V. These signals have been disconnected and is broadcast on the new parameters:

Turksat 3A (42°E) freq 11.041 GHz, pol. V, SR 6400, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2/8PSK

Most of the content on TRT HD is distributed freely (FTA). Some programs are but because of restrictions on broadcasting rights encoded N.D.S Videoguard. Encoded content can monitor D-Smart subscribers.

27-07-2010, 10:09
26E: Le Bouquet de Canal + switched to Badr 5

The new Arab telecommunications satellite Badr five Arab satellite operator Arabsat has been from the original satellites Badr 4 and Badr 6 pay-TV broadcasters moved Le Bouquet de Canal +.

Le Bouquet de Canal +, the Arab version of the French CanalSat pay-TV, has moved one of her transponder on Badr 4 to Badr 5 and two more transponders of the Badr Badr 6 at the fifth Frequencies and reception parameters remain. Significantly, however, changed the cover, which is more directed at the Arab world countries and coverage in Europe is more limited.

Platform Le Bouquet de Canal + is currently the only regular broadcast of new 5th Badr Other multiplexes are at the end of last week disconnected. The service is only muxy with test content (test pattern, test card).

Technical parameters - Le Bouquet de Canal +:
Badr 5 (26°E) freq 12.265 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK
Badr 5 (26°E) freq 12.303 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK
Badr 5 (26°E) freq 12.322 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

27-07-2010, 10:10
26E: Fox Movies HD in menu Abu Dhabi Sports

Offer paid sports package, Abu Dhabi Sports will include unsportsmanlike channels in high definition video. Enjoy, fans of movies, documentaries and news.

The multiplex Abu Dhabi Sports on satellite Badr 6 (26°E) appeared Tests HD programs Abu Dhabi National Geographic Adventure HD, Abu Dhabi National Geographic Wild HD, Abu Dhabi Fox Movies HD and Abu Dhabi Sky News HD.

These programs are broadcast in the conditional access system Irdeto 2 on these parameters:
Badr 6 (26°E) freq 11.823 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK

The same programs will be offered to customers from a competitive system of satellite Nilesat/Atlantic Bird at Position 7 Wed West:

Atlantic Bird 4A (7.2°W), freq 11.488 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK

Abu Dhabi Sports platform will be operated by Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC). Regular posting should be opened in the coming days.

Abu Dhabi Sports Channel will bring to his 380 matches, Premier League football, additional magazines, comments.

27-07-2010, 10:11
36E: RuSong TV shortly before the start

According to unofficial information, will be on Tuesday 27 July 2010 started a test broadcast of new Russian music TV RuSong TV. Start of regular broadcasting is scheduled for 01 August 2010.

RuSong Station TV will broadcast via satellite Eutelsat W4 36°E position, which will replace the broadcast of another channel X-ray TV (Russian TV Travel Guide).

RuSong TV will offer domestic (Russian) music. It is already in the order of a third channel operator. In addition to the planned RuSong TV company also operates the said X-ray TV and TV music television Bridge.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W4 (36°E) freq 12.303 GHz, pol. L, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

27-07-2010, 10:12
Arabsat 5A began commercial operation to 30.5 E

UAE satellite operator Arabsat launched commercial operation of its new telecommunications satellite, Arabsat 5A to its orbital position 30.5 degrees east, which is gradually migration programs and services of the older satellites Arabsat 2A.

In Central Europe it is possible for the satellite Arabsat 5A tune some signals from the C band, the income requirements for monitoring transmissions from the Ku band are similar to Badr 6 at position 26°E.

On satellite Arabsat 5A is already in operation in several C-band transponders:
Freq 3.708 GHz, pol. R, SR 2200, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA, ETV Ethiopia
Freq 3.711 GHz, pol. R, SR 2200, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA, TV Oromiyaa
Freq 3.718 GHz, pol. R, SR 2593, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA, RTD
Freq 3.823 GHz, pol. L, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA, multiplex Arabsat
Freq 4.125 GHz, pol. R, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, Irdeto2 + Viaccess PC 4.0 + KeyFly, multiplex Al Jazeera Sport

Arabsat 5A was delivered 26 June 2010 Ariane 5 launchers The satellite has a total of 28 transponders in C and 24 Ku-band.

27-07-2010, 10:14
Pace to buy US broadband company, profits up 46%

UK digital TV technology specialist Pace is widening its US reach into the telco market with the proposed acquisition of 2Wire, a leading provider of advanced residential gateways and associated software and services for the broadband service provider market, in a $475 million deal. 2Wire has established customer relationships in the tier one telco market, in particular with service providers in North America.

Pace intends to finance the acquisition from existing cash resources, together with new bank facilities. The new bank facilities are currently under negotiation and the Acquisition is conditional, among other things, upon final agreement being reached on the terms of these facilities.

The Pace Board believes the deal will enhance its established position in cable and satellite markets in the US with entry into the tier one telco market. At the same time, 2Wire’s software and gateway expertise will support Pace’s development of its home entertainment convergence strategy.

Once the deal is complete, Pace, already the number one global digital set-top box company, would also become the number one provider of telco residential gateway devices in the US and the number three globally. Pace says the addition of 2Wire’s software and gateway expertise will strengthen the development of its own home entertainment convergence strategy.

The acquisition of Bewan in April 2010 extended Pace’s technology capability into gateways, and the proposed acquisition of 2Wire represents a further step in Pace’s overall strategy and development. Pace believes that in the world’s most developed markets, its customers’ TV-led home entertainment and broadband services are moving towards integrated, converged offerings, making gateway devices and the related software, applications and services increasingly important.

The 2Wire announcement comes as Pace revealed a 46 per cent rise in first-half pre-tax profit, to £45.4 million.

27-07-2010, 10:15
ISPs battle three-strikes rule

Irish ISP UPC has said that it will continue to vigorously defend itself against liability proceedings taken against it in the country's courts by music companies.

The company is the latest in a series of ISPs to take issue with copyright holders' insistence that they police customers' Internet traffic. Ireland's biggest ISP, Eircom, was successfully taken to court by the IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association) and is currently sending warning letters to customers who have allegedly infringed copyright through illegal downloading. The IP addresses of those customers are supplied by IRMA, which is using a third-party firm, Dtecnet, to identify customers who are sharing a specific list of its members' copyright works on peer-to-peer networks.

UPC said that it does not condone piracy, but considers that "there is no basis under Irish or European law requiring an ISP to monitor or block subscriber traffic on its network."

However, the so-called ‘three strikes’ rule - where customers receive three warnings before their Internet connection is cut off - features in French and UK legislation, where it has met with similar anger from ISPs. In France the HADOPI law has met with criticism from European Digital Rights (EDRI) and the French Data Network (FDN). The law allows a fine and the suspension of the users' Internet connection for one year.

Meanwhile in the UK, the Digital Economy Act adopted earlier this year leaves the door open for similar three-strikes action against Internet users suspected of illegal downloading or file-sharing, although it has not so far been enforced. Many consumer groups have been outraged, and the country's two largest ISPs, BT and TalkTalk, have asked the High Court to carry out a judicial review of the Act, in order to establish whether it contravenes existing privacy laws.

The Irish courts will rule on the UPC case on October 11th.

27-07-2010, 10:16
France Telecom, Vivendi to merge cinema channels?

France Telecom's Orange and Vivendi's Canal Plus are in talks over a merger of their cinema pay-TV channels, according to reports in French newspapers.

Canal Plus would bring its TPS Star movie channel and Orange at least one of the channels from its Orange Cinema Series platform to the 50-50 venture, dailies Le Figaro and La Tribune said.

The deal, if confirmed, would mark a truce between the two groups, which have been competing in French pay-TV for over two years.

27-07-2010, 10:17
Less than 1% of BitTorrent files confirmed legal

The large majority of content found on BitTorrent is illegal, a study out of the University of Ballarat in Australia has confirmed. Researchers from the university's Internet Commerce Security Laboratory scraped torrents from 23 trackers and looked up the content to determine whether the file was confirmed to be copyrighted. They found that 89 per cent of the files they sampled were confirmed to be illegally shared, and most of the remaining ambiguous 11 per cent was likely to be infringing.

The total sample consisted of 1,000 torrent files—a random selection from the most active seeded files on the trackers they used. Each file was manually checked to see whether it was being legally distributed. Only three cases—0.3 per cent of the files—were determined to be definitely not infringing, while 890 files were confirmed to be illegal.

Additionally, 16 files were of ambiguous origin and 91 files were pornographic, which were unclear due to their oft-mislabelled nature. "[M]any files were tagged as amateur (suggesting no copyright infringement) but further inspection revealed that they were in fact infringing," wrote the researchers.

Basically, the 89 per cent is a baseline number when it came to infringing files, and the three most shared categories were movies, music, and TV shows—among those categories, there were zero legal files being shared. Assuming all 16 files of ambiguous legality were in fact legal, the researchers said that there was an overall figure of 97.9 per cent infringing content being distributed on BitTorrent.

27-07-2010, 10:18
Tsai family eyes Carlyle's cable TV unit

The Tsai family, the controlling shareholder of Fubon Financial Holding and Taiwan Mobile, is in talks with Carlyle Group to buy its Taiwan cable TV unit Kbro in a private deal, after an attempt to buy Kbro through Taiwan Mobile failed to receive regulatory approval.

"Everyone knows we always wanted to buy the cable TV company, but the regulator didn't approve it. We want to expand into the content providing industry, so we are in discussions with Carlyle in the direction of private investment," Fubon Chairman Daniel Tsai commented. "It's not a hundred per cent done deal yet, and we hope to get regulatory approval this time by way of private investment."

27-07-2010, 10:18
ABC iView on Bravia

Australian pubcaster ABC TV’s catch up television service, ABC iView has taken the next step, moving off the computer screen and onto an Internet-connected television service for the first time –going live on Bravia Internet Video, Sony’s IPTV service over the weekend.

ABC iView’s debut on Bravia Internet Video comes at a time of great growth for the catch up service. June was a record month, in which iView recorded 2.235 million visits - its highest number of monthly visits ever. 581,000 visitors came to the service, 55 per cent of whom visited once and 45 per cent visited more than once.

ABC TV’s Head of Multiplatform, Arul Baskaran, says the launch marks an exciting moment for ABC TV. "iView’s move to Sony’s IPTV service sees the merging of two great entertainment platforms – with lots of benefits. As more and more people are choosing iView as a way to enjoy ABC TV’s great content, we want to make accessing the service as easy as possible – which is what this joint project with Sony delivers."

27-07-2010, 10:19
UFC subpoenas user-generated websites

The UFC’s (Ultimate Fighting Championship) parent company, Zuffa, has served subpoenas on Justin.tv and Ustream.tv — in its latest efforts on its anti-piracy campaign.

The two websites allow members to broadcast live, streaming video, such as UFC pay-per-view events, to an unlimited Internet audience.

According to a statement released by the UFC, more than 36,000 people viewed the UFC 108 event on January 2nd that was uploaded from one IP address. More than 78,000 viewed the UFC 110 event from the same IP address on February 21st.

In serving the subpoenas, the UFC is demanding that the sites disclose the identities of those pirating its content.

The UFC earned an estimated $349 million in pay-per-views in 2009. The company has had nine pay-per-view cards in 2010. Each event costs $44.95.

27-07-2010, 10:21
KidsCo launches Big TV

KidsCo is launching a new channel, Big TV. The NBC Universal-backed kids channel operator will initially roll out its new offering in Africa and it will target an older demo than the core KidsCo offering.

KidsCo, a three-way joint venture between NBC, Corus and Cookie Jar, has been aggressively rolling out its main channel internationally since its inception almost three years ago.

Its second channel BigTV will initially launch just in on the MyTV platform in Nigeria - the main KidsCo channel is the most popular kids offering in the West African country - but there is scope for it to roll out elsewhere. "We'll see how it works," KidsCo managing director Paul Robinson told Informa Telecoms & Media. "At the moment it's a brand extension, but could it roll out in other markets? Yes, absolutely."

Focusing on 8-to-14 year-olds, the programming line-up at launch will include My Parents are Aliens, Even Stevens ands 100 deeds for Eddie McDowd. The channel launches on August 1.

"Until now, KidsCo has focused on delivering engaging and educational entertainment to 6-10 year-olds and families exclusively," said Sara Wookey, director of broadcast at KidsCo. "The launch of BigTV will enable us to provide continuity for our existing audience and engage with an older market."

Bahjat Mirza at My TV said: "The launch of KidsCo was an instant success with our younger viewers and parents alike, and we wanted to provide age-appropriate, quality content for aspiring adults."

27-07-2010, 10:23
Swisscom launches HD VOD

Swisscom has launched a high-definition on-demand service.

A selection of Hollywood blockbusters, including Avatar, The Hurt Locker and Up In The Air, are available in HD from CHF7.50 (€5.50) per film. The Swiss cable operator is offering its customers one HD film for free to promote the service.

Swisscom’s on-demand service is currently available in Zurich and Graubünden. It will launch in Basle this autumn with the remaining network being upgraded next year

27-07-2010, 10:23
Sky Deutschland to re-acquire ad firm

Sky Deutschland is set to buy back online advertising firm Premium Media Solutions, which it sold two years ago, according to local reports.

Sky's board is understood to have approved the acquisition, which will be confirmed on Thursday. The German pay-TV operator will purchase a majority of the company from media firm Christian Unterseer, which acquired its stake in 2008. The price of the takeover will likely be in the low single-digit million euro range.

27-07-2010, 19:46
- Average broadband prices per Mbps of speed actually delivered, fell by 44% in the last year
- Customers are paying an average of £2.30 per Mbps of broadband speed actually received in 2010, versus £4.11/Mbps in 2009
- Sky tops the value for money rankings in terms of speed actually delivered versus cost (though Virgin Media tops the speed rankings)

On the back of Ofcom’s latest annual broadband speed review (http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2010/07/increase-in-uk%E2%80%99s-average-actual-broadband-speed/), Simplifydigital reveals how broadband speeds actually delivered compare to prices paid by UK broadband consumers.

Charlie Ponsonby, CEO of Simplifydigital.co.uk explains:

“We have taken the latest Ofcom data which reveals the broadband speeds actually received by UK broadband customers, and compared it to the prices paid.”

“Our rankings show the definitive picture of who offers the best value broadband service versus speed delivered and we strongly advise reading it before buying”.

The very good news is that average broadband prices per Mbps of speed actually delivered, fell by 44% in the last year. Customers are paying an average of £2.30 per Mbps of broadband speed actually received in 2010, versus £4.11/Mbps in 2009.

Customers are paying less as average broadband speeds have increased and prices have remained largely static over the last 12 months.

There are however some big variations between broadband providers.

Winners and losers in Simplifydigital’s Broadband Price v Speed Rankings

Today’s Ofcom study shows that if you simply want the fastest broadband speeds available, then Virgin Media is your best bet.

Fibre-optic (cable) broadband from Virgin Media was shown to be almost twice as fast as comparable packages from DSL broadband providers (using copper wire), such as BT, TalkTalk and Sky.

But in terms of price per Mbps of speed actually delivered, at £1.80/Mbps, Virgin Media comes second in our rankings.

Virgin Media is beaten into second place by Sky Broadband (but only if you are a Sky TV customer).

Sky Broadband for Sky TV customers costs just £1.41 per Mbps of speed delivered, which is the best value available in the UK today.

However the average Sky Broadband speed delivered, according to the latest Ofcom survey, is 7.8 Mbps versus 15.9 Mbps for the equivalent Virgin Media package.

Charlie Ponsonby continues:

“If you are a Sky TV customer, then Sky offers the best value broadband per unit of speed delivered, but although cheap you are very likely to get less speed than the equivalent Virgin Media package.”

“So if you are a speed freak, we recommend Virgin Media, but if you think with your wallet (and you happen to be a Sky TV customer), we recommend Sky Broadband.”

The data is based on Simplifydigital’s own package price data and Ofcom’s recent research on actual broadband speeds. The Ofcom research provides statistically significant broadband speed data for the first time as it is based on over 18 million service performance tests in over 1,500 broadband households during May 2010.

What to do if you are unhappy with your broadband speed

Chris Williams, Head of Products at Simplifydigital comments:

“How to speed up my broadband connection is the number one question we are asked and unfortunately there is no easy answer. You can plead with your current provider, you can try to optimize your in-home broadband set up, and you can switch packages or provider - but the latter may not offer any improvement. Hence we strongly advise talking to an impartial expert like Simplifydigital before doing anything”.

27-07-2010, 19:49
Qatar Telecom to show English Premier League.

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has signed an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) enabling the telco to broadcast every football match from the upcoming season of the English Premier League on its IPTV service 'Mozaic TV+', according to iptv-news.com.

The deal means that the telco will be the only pay-TV provider in Qatar to offer live coverage of all 380 games from the English Premiership, along with previews, reviews and analysis of games. The new season of the English Premiership kicks off on August 14.

"Qtel believes that sport brings people together, and we're determined to offer the widest choice in matches and events for fans to follow," said Waleed Al Sayed, Executive Director of Customer Services at Qtel. "The English Premier League is one of the most exciting competitions in the world, so bringing coverage of every match to Qatar is a real coup for Qtel."

Mozaic TV+ was launched in May 2007 and offers over 125 linear channels, with Asian/Western and Arab/Western packages available, costing QAR 250 (US$ 68.70) per month for the basic service. The telco had reached 10,000 subscribers for its IPTV service by the middle of last year.

27-07-2010, 19:50
RTA will broadcast experimental private channels in TDT

The Argentine Government authorized by Decree Radio y Televisión Argentina (RTA) the installation, functioning and operation of the experimental free-to-air digital TV system, which temporarily will broadcast through private channels in those areas where licenses have been granted. To such ends, frequencies already assigned to RTA will be utilized and 22-to-15 channels under UHF band will be included.

At present, RTA "does not produce the total number of channels required to broadcast experimentally", decree 1010, published in the Official Bulletin, explained. Therefore, "own and third parties' channels created for free-to-air or pay TV stations" will be broadcasted. The State will be able to execute agreements with the owners of such channels, which in turn will have to enable them free-of-charge.

According to Argentine Digital TV forums, the decree would formalize the broadcasting of third parties' channels in the state-owned network, which is already happening in frequencies assigned to RTA before the release of the official document. Several users state having received between 11 and 15 channels a few weeks ago, though there are no details about the number or received channels. The following are mentioned: the cable channel Crónica, a Japanese channel and another channel from Neuquén, which repeats the private channel Telefé programming, among others.

Since it is a temporary measure, it has not been specified whether in the future free-to-air TV channels will be able to utilize the network deployed by the Government for RTA in the whole country, or they will have to generate their own networks. The Government estimates that by 2012 about 100 rebroadcasting facilities, which provide coverage to the 95% of the territory. After the experimental stage, the National Digital Audiovisual Communication Services Plan that will govern the broadcasting conditions during the transition towards digital systems.

27-07-2010, 19:51
Band criticizes Pay-TV license low price

The Brazilian free-to-air TV broadcasting company Band criticized the decision taken by the National Telecommunications Agency by means of which a single USD 5,000 price was set for Pay-TV licenses and alleged that "the intention is to grant licenses almost free-of-charge so as to benefit telecommunications companies". A few days ago, the Brazilian Pay-TV Association also expressed its position. The intention of such state-owned body is to encourage competition in the market.

A report issued by the state-owned channel pointed out that the initiative accounted for a "strong beat to tax payers". According to estimates disclosed in the program, license granting will be about USD 5 millions worth under the new system. Such value accounts for the 1% collected in 1997, when cable license auctions were held. During those 13 years, licenses accounted for about an updated amount of USD 519 millions for the State. With such resources, the Government might "build 25 hospitals and do up the Maracaná soccer stadium, thus leaving it ready for the World Soccer Cup 2014".

"With these new rules, the main beneficiaries will be telephone companies, which will manage to enter the sector by paying almost nothing", the report forecasted. The decision of the Agency was also criticized by the President of the Brazilian Pay-TV Association Alexandre Annenberg, who considered that such measure "will damage small operators" and will pose technical restrictions that will prevent "more than five companies from operating in the same municipality".

27-07-2010, 19:53
UK IPTV services compromised by broadband performance gap

New data released by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has found that a gap still persists between the advertised speeds for broadband services and what speeds users are typically receiving.

The gap has direct ramification for those who wish to experience rich services such as online video and may hinder broader adoption of IPTV.

According to the Ofcom data , the UK’s average actual fixed-line residential broadband speed has in fact increased by over 25% over the past year from 4.1 Mbit/s to 5.2 Mbit/s as ISPs increasingly move to offer higher speed broadband packages. Moreover, nearly a quarter of UK fixed-line residential broadband connections had a headline or advertised speed of above ‘up to’ 10 Mbit/s in May 2010, compared to just 8%.

Yet despite these advances, there was also a growing gap between actual speeds delivered and the speeds advertised, in particular those delivered using DSL technology. DSL services promising ‘Up to’ 8/10 Mbit/s were typically delivering on average 3.3 Mbit/s, somewhat below the recommended minimum constant speeds that experts would suggest an IPTV delivering acceptable quality would need. ‘Up to’ 20/24 Mbit/s DSL packages were typically offering only 6.5 Mbit/s on average. Cable fared much better with ‘Up to’ 10 Mbit/s cable services offering typically 8.7 Mbit/s.

Commented Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive said: “Ofcom’s research shows that average speeds have increased which is good news, but there is scope for a further step change in the quality of the UK communications infrastructure. Actual speeds are often much lower than many of the advertised speeds which makes it essential that consumers are given information which is as accurate as possible at the point of sale.”

Ofcom believes that many consumers could take some relatively simple steps to improve their broadband performance and provides advice at h**p://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/guides/

27-07-2010, 19:55
RTVE subsidy under threat

Spain's Ministry of Economy and Taxes has proposed to RTVE's president Alberto Oliart that it cut down the state's subsidies to RTVE by €35 million, around 6%.

The move has prompted fears that the reduction could worsen the already weak financial situation of the broadcaster, which has a yearly total budget of €1,200 million.

The proposed cuts are part of a plan of economic adjustment designed by the government, with authorities all across Europe on a belt-tightening crusade.

But the situation of the public company could even get worse in the near future because the rhythm of incomes is not what its executives had forecast according to the newspaper 'El País'. This year, the first without advertising, RTVE will get €580 million from the state. The end of advertisements mean for the public audiovisual group a cut of €500 million in incomes per year. In order to compensate for this the government has given RTVE an extra loan that together with the subsidy represents a total of €700 million.

The state funds for RTVE come from the new tax on the private broadcasters and the telephony companies that pay for using the radioelectric space. But the stocks do not match for the public broadcaster.

On the one hand it forecasts the incomes from the radioelectric tax will be inferior to that foreseen according to the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce. On the other hand the private broadcasters and the telcos are late in their payments under the new law. These payments represent a total of €260 million.

By law the national private broadcasters must pay 3% of their incomes (1.5% in the case of pay-TV) while the telcos must contribute with 0.9%. RTVE's problem comes from the fact it has not yet had a single Euro from any of these sectors.

And what is worse is the private broadcasters have appealed over the new tax to the European Commission, while the tax on the telcos is also being studied by Brussels.

27-07-2010, 19:56
German TV viewers embrace HD and 3D

The live coverage of the recent football World Cup in HDTV by German TV broadcasters ARD, ZDF, RTL and Sky Deutschland has been lauded as a success for the technology and there is growing interest in 3D TV as well.

A survey of 1,500 people conducted by market research institute Forsa on behalf of satellite operator SES Astra found that just over a third (34%) of people said that they watched one or more games in HDTV – at home, at friends’ houses or at public venues. Among younger people this share was 51%.

Two thirds of the people who watched matches in HD said that the quality of the transmissions was considerably better than the conventional format. Around the same proportion (62%) said that watching the games in HD was more enjoyable.

German viewers are also beginning to embrace 3DTV. The survey found that 40% of people taking part in the survey were interested in such services and this figure soared to almost two thirds (63%) among those aged 14-29.

“The results show the high acceptance of HDTV among viewers in Germany,” Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Deutschland, said in Munich. “In collaboration with broadcasters, we will further promote this development. From mid-August viewers will be able to receive a total of 22 German-language HD channels on Astra.”

27-07-2010, 19:57
Spain's Orange TV adds music channel

Spain's IPTV operator Orange TV is to introduce Chello Multicanal's Sol Música channel for music fans.

Sol Música will replace the existing music channel Pachá TVand claims to be different from the rest of Spanish music channels because it showcases national modern music from the most successful artists to the new bands. It does though also include international music.

The programming schedule of Sol Música mainly targets a younger audience with music videos, reports on the bands, interviews and live shows. But the channel also offers specialized programs such as 'Sol Rock', 'Sol Indie', 'Sol Techno' and 'Sol Latino'.

Concerts and events are also organised by the channel around Spain.

27-07-2010, 19:59
Carlyle trying again for Kbro sale

Private equity group Carlyle is again looking to offload its investment in Taiwanese cable operator Kbro after a deal agreed last year fell through.

The prospective buyer this time is the Tsai family, which also controls Taiwan Mobile – last year’s failed acquirer.

Back in September 2009, Taiwan Mobile agreed to buy Carlyle’s 1.1 million-subscriber cable operator in a deal worth TW$32.8 billion (then around US$1 billion). Carlyle would have received 15% of Taiwan Mobile in exchange.

But regulation got in the way of the deal, with the government’s indirect stake in Taiwan Mobile through a financial company the issue. Under Taiwanese law, the government is not allowed to own stakes in media companies.

This time, according to reports, Carlyle has agreed to sell Kbro to the Tsai family for TW$65-70 cash, with the family also taking on Kbro’s TW$20 billion in debt.

With Taiwan’s government considering amending the law to allow companies in which the government has a stake to own up to 10% of media companies, the Tsai family could roll Kbro into Taiwan Mobile at a later date.

Kbro, formerly Eastern Multimedia Company, is Taiwan's largest MSO with 12 cable TV systems numbering 1.1 million subscribers. The Tsai family already control a small Taiwanese operator, TFN, with around half a million subscribers.

27-07-2010, 20:00
Portugal's Sport TV hits US

Portuguese regulatory authorities Entidade Reguladora para la Comunicaçâo Social (ERC) has authorised the launch of Portuguese-language sports channel Sport TV in the US.

The American version of the channel will be called Sport TV Américas. In the first phase the channel will be addressed to the Portuguese American audiences based in the US and Canada, based principally in the New York and Toronto metropolitan areas respectively.

The channel will transmit via satellite and cable and will be broadcast both in SD and in HD.

In the first year Sport TV Américas foresees to offering a weekly programming schedule of about 86 hours.

Distribution of the American version will be handled by Seabra Portuguese Televisión (SPT).

27-07-2010, 20:02
First under sea cable for Africa

Africa has a new communications link with Europe bringing together Portugal and the African country of Nigeria via the Spanish island of Tenerife.

Infrastructure has been built by the company Main One which has been in charge of the deployment of the under-sea fibre optic cable between Portugal and the African country. It is hope that the project bridges, literally and metaphorically, the digital divide between the African continent and Europe.

The total project consists of 7,000 km of cable and has cost about US$400 million.At the presentation of the project, the first simultaneous video conference between Africa, Europe and India took place. Previously, something like this was not possible before due to scarce capacity. The cost of communications transmission between the continents will be lower.

The system will offer 1.92 Terabytes per second of broadband which is typically equivalent to about ten times the speed the region offers currently. After the first phase of implementation, connections will be completed to Casablanca, Tenerife, Dakar, Abidjan and Bonny. In the future cable will reach down to Libreville, Boma, Luanda and Cape Town.

Tenerife will be present in Main One's project through its future connection with the NAPWACI, which is a project by Tenerife's municipal authorities searching to develop a neutral data centre to concentrate and distribute international connectivity. Also planned is base infrastructure for local information technology companies interested in competing abroad. At the same time the centre will serve international companies wanting to operate in Western Africa from an EU territory.

27-07-2010, 20:03
Cedar Point inks Polish cable deal

The Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska is to deploy a VoIP solution supplied by Cedar Point Communications.

Under the terms of an agreement between the parties, it will use the Safari C3 Multimedia Switching System, with the goal being to simplify service delivery, optimize operational cost and provide more reliable IMS and PacketCable 2.0 based services for residential and business customers on a single infrastructure.

Multimedia Polska is the third largest cable operator in Poland in terms of subscriber numbers. Cedar Point meanwhile already has deployment relationships elsewhere in Europe with Germany’s Kabel Deutschland and NetCologne.

27-07-2010, 20:05
Surf’s up Virgin broadband poles

Virgin Media is to offer residents of a Welsh village access to broadband internet for the first time. The Cableco has signed an agreement with Surf Telecoms to run internet and television services over existing electricity poles to residents in Crumlin, Caerphilly.

Although Virgin has previously engaged in the delivery of services running above ground – a trial in Woolhampton, Berkshire begun in March using purpose built infrastructure – this is the first time in the UK that an existing commercial infrastructure has been used.

In addition to broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps, subscribers will also be able to access Virgin’s TV service. The trial will get underway next month and is scheduled to run into 2011. The former railway town of Crumlin has a population of 5,724, though the numbers participating in the trial will be measured in tens.

Jon James, executive director of broadband, Virgin Media, said: “Working in partnership with companies like Surf Telecoms, we can more rapidly and efficiently expand the reach of fibre optic networks to towns, villages and communities right across the UK.”

The trials are part of Virgin Media’s efforts to expand its network that currently only reaches half of the country. Analysis suggests that the approach taken in Crumlin and Woolhampton could accelerate delivery of next generation broadband, though the cableco called on “focused measures” from government to make it possible.

Richard Doble, design and policy manager, Surf Telecoms, said it was an innovative approach that could bring broadband to many of his 2.5 million customers across South West England and South and West Wales for the first time. “The possibilities of aerial deployment promise a valuable use of existing infrastructure and an interesting new commercial opportunity for utility companies. We’re pleased to be at the forefront of this innovation.”

It is not uncommon for electricity companies to be involved in broadband delivery, Scottish Power ran Thus, before selling out to Cable & Wireless in 2008. A more workable example is the Norwegian energy company Lyse, which runs a broadband and IPTV subsidiary.

28-07-2010, 07:23
ScandiTV coming to US and Canada

ScandiTV, a new service and the top provider of Scandinavian television channels and movies for adults and children in North America, officially launches on August 1st. ScandiTV, based in California, is dedicated to providing the very best entertainment and to increase media and cultural exchanges between Scandinavia and the Americas.

ScandiTV will deliver programming to consumers’ TV sets via IPTV and has secured strategic partnerships with major Scandinavian media companies and will be constantly expanding its line-up of live television channels and VOD programming. The company will further expand its service to Latin America in the future.

28-07-2010, 07:24
ZumoCast service launch

The makers of ZumoDrive have unveiled ZumoCast, a new service that allows the enjoyment of a consumer’s entire personal video collection at home or on-the-go through applications on the iPad and iPhone and a web browser on any computer.

"Video is the killer app on the next generation devices like the iPad and iPhone," said David Zhao, creator of ZumoCast. "Just as the streaming services from Netflix and Hulu are transforming the way you watch subscribed video, ZumoCast is changing the way you consume your own personal content."

While ZumoDrive makes it simple to upload and stream content from the always-on hosted ZumoDrive cloud, ZumoCast turns users' computers into personal clouds that serve content directly to their mobile devices.

By using people's computer storage in this way, ZumoCast avoids the time it takes to upload content to the hosted ZumoDrive cloud and the cost incurred once it's stored there.

ZumoCast is currently available on the iPad and the iPhone and will be available on a host of additional mobile platforms shortly. Additional features like video sharing and enhanced music and photo interfaces will add to the richness of the service in the upcoming months.

The entire ZumoCast service, including its premium features, will be available for free during a beta period.

28-07-2010, 07:26
"Future of TV will rest on stable global standards"

The telecommunications industry sent out a strong message of support for ITU standards for IPTV at recent event held at ITU headquarters. Gathered in Geneva for the first of a new series of ‘ITU Interop’ events, IPTV manufacturers took part in a set of tests to demonstrate seamless global interoperability between their various IPTV devices, which have been manufactured to comply with ITU-developed standards, known as Recommendations.

ITU has been busy pioneering a raft of new standards for the technology, which is set to transform global viewing habits in coming years. Experts agreed that stable global standards will be key to take-up of IPTV, avoiding costly and confusing ‘format wars’ and reduced choice for consumers.

Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau said that proprietary solutions may offer fast deployment in the short term, but in the medium and longer term buyers would be subject to vendor lock-in, with the risk of costly upgrades and reduced content and hardware choice. "Industry consortia-based 'standards' are mostly region-specific with little or no implementation. This event proves that ITU global standards are ready to go, and in fact are already being implemented," he stated.

28-07-2010, 07:28
Wireless HD video-enabled product shipments to hit 13m by 2014

Although slow progress best describes the fate of wireless HD chip vendors in 2010, the five-year outlook is for a robust triple-digit growth rate of wireless HD video-enabled products through 2014 according to In-Stat. The number of shipments is projected to rise from the current levels of less than 1 million to nearly 13 million by 2014.

"The long term projection is for significant growth in wireless HD video-enabled product shipments. However, these technologies are likely several years away from hitting the sweet spot of the consumer electronics (CE) and PC markets," says Brian O’Rourke, Principal Analyst for In-Stat. "There are still significant price and performance issues that need to be overcome before device manufacturers fully adopt these technologies."

Some of the findings include:
- Alternative video transmission technologies, WHDI, WirelessHD, and WiGig Alliance, are vying for a dominant position. Among the differentiating factors are whole-home range, price, and performance issues, single source, and time-to-market issues.
- WHDI and WirelessHD chip ASPs will both fall over 25 per cent annually through 2014.
- WirelessHD, is championed by chipmaker SiBeam and backed by NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and LG.
- WHDI (backed by AMIMON) and WirelessHD (backed by SiBeam) device shipments will both grow at triple-digit annual percentage rates through 2014.
- WiGig Alliance members include: Broadcom, Dell, Intel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, NXP, Panasonic, and Samsung.

28-07-2010, 07:29
Novabase to set up R&D company in France
From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portuguese IT company Novabase is to set up a company in France which will be devoted to research and development of technologies in the area of digital TV.

Novabase Digital TV will be located in the region of Caen and foresees an investment of E600,000 by the end of the year, and of E1.2 million in 2011.

The company suggested that the basis for creating the enterprise was the recruitment of a highly specialised team of Trident Microsystems, a leading company on the residential market of digital entertainment and a partner of Novabase in the development of Chip-on-Board and of the System-in-Package.

For its part, Novabase is a leading European company in the introduction of digital TV, operating particularly in the area of High Definition TV and the provision of TV content on mobile devices/laptops.

28-07-2010, 07:31
Francisco binding offer for Grass Valley

Francisco Partners, a California-based private equity firm focused on investments in technology-based companies, has made a binding offer to Technicolor for the acquisition of the Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business activities.

With nearly $5 billion of capital under management, Francisco Partners is one of the world’s largest technology-focused private equity funds. The firm was founded to pursue structured investments in technology and technology-based companies with a strong foundation and secure market position.

The binding offer from Francisco Partners is for 100 per cent ownership of the current Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business, which would operate as ‘Grass Valley’ going forward. The offer values the Broadcast business at $100 million. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2010, subject to the relevant customary regulatory administrative approvals and consultations.

"This binding offer is a key step in the largest of the disposals we decided to make as part of the strategic refocus of our activity portfolio. This will clarify and solidify our financial profile. This is also positive news for Grass Valley Broadcast employees and customers who will benefit from the engagement of a new shareholder recognized as a leader in technology-based businesses," said Stephane Rougeot, Chief Financial Officer of Technicolor.

"This is positive news for the company and our customers," said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President and head of the Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business. "We are encouraged that we are taking a major step towards completing the divestiture process with this binding offer from Francisco Partners. The opportunity to be part of Francisco Partner’s portfolio gives Grass Valley a solid foundation to continue to work tirelessly to maintain our core values of innovation, performance, and passion that have benefited our customers throughout the years. Our customers worldwide will continue to receive the high quality and service that they have come to expect from Grass Valley, with continued focus on raising the bar in our industry."

The Transmission and Headend businesses, which are in the process of being separated from the Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business, are not included in the offer received. Technicolor will continue the planned divestiture of these businesses separately. These businesses plan to individually operate going forward.

28-07-2010, 07:32
Nilesat 201 in orbit in the summer of 2010

Completed initial assembly of the third Ariane 5 rocket, which is to be raised at the end of July 2010 A top member of the ESC-A missiles and equipment have been installed on top of the cryogenic section of the basic vehicle. Installation of Ariane 5 was made on the premises of assembly Gujańskiego Kennedy Space Center in Kourou, then the rocket will be transported to the finishing facilities that have recently been seized by an Ariane 5 from the satellites Arabsat-5A and COMS.

In the third mission in 2010, Ariane 5 will be communications satellites Rascom-QAF 1R and Nilesat two hundred and first Arianespace intends to conduct a six to seven Ariane 5 missions this year. The first flight in 2010 took place on 21 May and was successful. Then placed in orbit ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2.

Nilesat 201 will go to 7W orbital position, where the Nilesat satellite will replace the one hundred and first It was equipped with three Ka-band transponders and 24 Ku-band transponders. Currently stationed on 7W Nilesat 101 and Nilesat 102 ATLANTIC BIRD 4A. Rascom-QAF 1R will turn on the 2.8 E. The satellite features 12 Ku-band transponders and eight C-band transponders will replace the first Rascom-QAF


28-07-2010, 07:34
4 August Ariane 5 will fly with Nilesat 201

Launcher Ariane 5 ECA is ready to carry out a third mission in 2010, Arianespace to launch satellites Nilesat 201 and RASCOM-QAF1R production Thales Alenia Space will 4 August 2010 hours year. 17:45 (22:45 our time) from Gujańskiego Space Centre in Kourou. The upcoming mission is designated V196, signifying the 196th flight of Ariane rocket family. Ariane 5 for this mission was delivered to Arianespace earlier this month by EADS Astrium.

Nilesat 201, first separated from the rocket and orbital position will 7W. The satellite will provide a number of broadcasting services to North Africa and the Middle East for the Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat. It was built on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform and is equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders and four Ka-band transponders. Nilesat 201 will be off weight of more than 3,200 kilograms.

QAF1R RASCOM-off mass of 3,000 kg, will reach the African continent and parts of Europe and Middle East orbital position 2.85 E. It was built on the Spacebus 4000B3 platform and is equipped with 12 Ku-band transponders and eight C-band transponders.


28-07-2010, 07:36
TNV - Tatarstan Novy Vek in packet NTV Plus

26th July 2010 is the basic offer of the Russian satellite platform NTV Plus appeared Tatarstan Novy Vek Station (TNV). Posting is intended for residents of Tatarstan who live abroad.

Some programs TNV are part in Russian and in Tartar language. Both languages are official languages in this region of the Russian Federation.

On the channel TNV informational programs, politics, talk shows, sports, entertainment programs, programs for children, soap operas and films.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W7 (36°E) freq 11.785 GHz, pol. R, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, CA Viaccess

The same program is still distributed by Eutelsat W4 satellite as a FTA channel SCPC


28-07-2010, 07:38
36E: RuSong TV shortly before the start

According to unofficial information, will be on Tuesday 27 July 2010 started a test broadcast of new Russian music TV RuSong TV. Start of regular broadcasting is scheduled for 01 August 2010.

RuSong Station TV will broadcast via satellite Eutelsat W4 36°E position, which will replace the broadcast of another channel X-ray TV (Russian TV Travel Guide).

RuSong TV will offer domestic (Russian) music. It is already in the order of a third channel operator. In addition to the planned RuSong TV company also operates the said X-ray TV and TV music television Bridge.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W4 (36°E) freq 12.303 GHz, pol. L, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK


28-07-2010, 07:39
Hustler TV cable network INEA

INEA introduces to its offer new TV Hustler TV. Hustler TV is the channel the erotic, which offers high-quality entertainment for adults. The program is available to subscribers Package INEA Max. Together we now offer access to over 150 digital programs, including as many as 17 in HD, so in terms of quantity and quality of our programs are in the forefront among the Polish cable operators and satellite.

Hustler TV programming offer includes the hottest and popular adult movies, filmed by the world's best studio and producers such as Hustler Video, Evil Angel, and zero Tollerance, and many others. In addition, Hustler TV presents more titles from the lists of the top 10 DVD AVN than any other television channel for adults.

Hustler TV is available on the largest and most reputable platforms in Europe, offering viewers variety, which does not provide any other channel for adults.

The program is broadcast daily from 23:00 to 06:00.

28-07-2010, 07:41
26E: Le Bouquet de Canal + switched to Badr 5

The new Arab telecommunications satellite Badr five Arab satellite operator Arabsat has been from the original satellites Badr 4 and Badr 6 pay-TV broadcasters moved Le Bouquet de Canal +.

Le Bouquet de Canal +, the Arab version of the French CanalSat pay-TV, has moved one of her transponder on Badr 4 to Badr 5 and two more transponders of the Badr Badr 6 at the fifth Frequencies and reception parameters remain. Significantly, however, changed the cover, which is more directed at the Arab world countries and coverage in Europe is more limited.

Platform Le Bouquet de Canal + is currently the only regular broadcast of new 5th Badr Other multiplexes are at the end of last week disconnected. The service is only muxy with test content (test pattern, test card).

Technical parameters - Le Bouquet de Canal +:
Badr 5 (26°E) freq 12.265 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK
Badr 5 (26°E) freq 12.303 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK
Badr 5 (26°E) freq 12.322 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

28-07-2010, 07:43
Optus aids Australian switchover

Optus has secured four multi-million-dollar deals to deliver digital free-to-air television services in Australia over its fleet of satellites. As the digital switchover gathers pace, it has made deals with the ABC, SBS, Southern Cross Media Group and Imparja Television.

Each of the broadcasters have signed a 10-year deal with Optus to transmit digital television signals into black-spot-bound households where terrestrial digital TV signals cannot reach.

Optus director of satellite Paul Sheridan said the telco had begun delivery of digital television satellite signals and said TV viewers in Mildura were already receiving the signals since the government started its analogue switch-off programme earlier this month. The government plans to replace all analogue television signals with digital-only signals by the end of 2013.


28-07-2010, 11:17
Grass Valley purchased by Francisco Partners
Published: July 28, 2010 09.57 Europe

Months of uncertainty at Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional have ended after owners Technicolor received a binding offer from investment firm Francisco Partners.

The offer to the former Thomson-branded company covers the complete portfolio of the company whose interests centre around production and transmission.

In an open letter to customers Jeff Rosica, head of the Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business, said Francisco Partners work closely with the businesses they acquire to drive long-term value creation. “They have a very strong track record and heritage in this type of transaction, the extraction of a vigorous business from a large parent corporation and creating a solid, independent company”.

Francisco’s other investments have included the internet security firm Barracuda Networks, AMI Semiconductor, carrier systems providers MetaSwitch Networks and micro circuit developers C-MAC MicroTechnology.

28-07-2010, 11:19
Tough times for Spain’s ONO
Published: July 28, 2010 09.50 Europe
The leading Spanish cable operator ONO has posted revenues of €368 million for the second quarter, down 3.2% on the same period last year. Its half-year revenues were down by an even higher 3.6% year-on-year to €741 million.

EBITDA was also down in Q2 (€176 million, -2.0%) and H1 (€352 million, -2.9%), while net profit was down in Q2 (€11 million, -18.1%) but up in H1 (€28 million, +8.5%).

ONO’s residential subscriber total was unchanged in Q2 (1,904,000) and only 0.1% higher (1,903,000) than a year earlier. Residential cable customers fell by 0.1% to 1,821,000 in Q2 and were 0.7% down on a year earlier.

On the plus side, ARPU rose by 0.1% to €51.6 in Q2 (0.8% year-on-year), while net churn fell by 0.8pp to 13.4% (2.5pp year-on-year).


28-07-2010, 11:20
Sogecable and Astra bolster Spanish satellite HD

Published: July 28, 2010 09.34 Europe
SES Astra is to lease another two transponders to Sogecable as part of the development of its high definition offer. The transponders will go live later this year.Sogecable has been broadcasting on Astra at 19 degrees East since 1993, but the Spanish paycaster continues to dual illuminate its Digital+ pay package on the domestic Hispasat system at 30 degrees West.

Astra currently reaches 1.9 million free and pay-TV households in Spain. As of June 30, 2010 subscriber numbers to Digital+ stood at 1,784,843.

In all 135 HD channels are broadcast across the Astra satellite system.

28-07-2010, 11:21
CME turns the corner

Published: July 28, 2010 07.41 Europe
Central European Media Enterprises (CME) appears to have finally turned the corner after one of its most challenging years ever in the CEE region, where it has commercial TV interests in six markets.

Results published by the company show that its total net revenues in Q2 amounted to $201,276,000 (€154,852,000), as opposed to $182,967,000 in the same period in 2009. The corresponding H1 figures were $345,367,000 and $319,287,000 respectively.

Net income was meanwhile $165,169,000 ($24,081,000) in Q2 and $122,875,000 (-$20,357,000) in H1.

Commenting on the results, Adrian Sarbu, president and CEO of CME, said: “Our results in Q2 2010 are stronger than in Q2 2009. Revenues on a constant currency basis increased by 15% and OIBDA by 6%, despite a 4% decline in TV ad spending. The decisive actions we took in last four quarters to reposition our business, including the sale of our Ukrainian operations, acquisition of bTV in Bulgaria and integration of Media Pro Entertainment, have paid off. The first half of the year was difficult with only Czech Republic and Slovenia starting to recover. The second half will be challenging but our continuing audience leadership uniquely positions us to take advantage of any improvements in our markets.”

28-07-2010, 11:22
Surprise move in Romanian DTT licensing
Published: July 28, 2010 07.21 Europe
The Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information (MCSI) would like to grant the licence for what will be the country’s third DTT multiplex without a tender.

ZF reports that MCSI has prepared a draft resolution that would result in the National Radiocommunications Company (SNR) securing the licence by August 1 at the latest and for a fee of €1 million. However, the National Audiovisual Council (CNA) has apparently rejected the resolution.

A tender for the first two DTT multiplexes will be held shortly, with the winners announced no later than October 15.

The MCSI believes the SNR is well placed to operate a multiplex as it already has an infrastructure allowing for the national distribution of the public channels TVR1 and TVR2.

28-07-2010, 11:23
FilmBox expands to Spain

Published: July 28, 2010 06.56 Europe

FilmBox channels will shortly become available in the Spanish TV market thanks to an agreement signed between SPI International and the local independent film distributor Vertice 360.

Negotiations on carriage of the channels are already under way with all leading platforms in Spain.

SPI produces and distributes the FilmBox channels FilmBox, FilmBox Extra, FilmBox Family and FilmBox HD on cable and DTH platforms worldwide.

They are extensively available in the CEE region, where new full HD channels will shortly be launched, and new services are also being prepared for Africa, Western Europe and Asia.


28-07-2010, 11:25
Sogecable and Astra bolster Spanish satellite HD
Published: July 28, 2010 09.34 Europe
SES Astra is to lease another two transponders to Sogecable as part of the development of its high definition offer. The transponders will go live later this year.Sogecable has been broadcasting on Astra at 19 degrees East since 1993, but the Spanish paycaster continues to dual illuminate its Digital+ pay package on the domestic Hispasat system at 30 degrees West.

Astra currently reaches 1.9 million free and pay-TV households in Spain. As of June 30, 2010 subscriber numbers to Digital+ stood at 1,784,843.

In all 135 HD channels are broadcast across the Astra satellite system.

28-07-2010, 11:27
Thor 6: UPC Direct tests with the new FEC

UPC DTH provider of paid satellite TV Central UPC Direct, carries out further technical tests on a single satellite transponder position on THOR 6 0.8 degrees west.

Test with a transponder frequency 11.881 GHz (0.8°W), which provides nearly identical content, which offers even the frequency 12.382 GHz from the main satellite system Astra 19.2°E.

The original FEC 7/8 was changed to 5/6. Decreases by about 2 Mbit/s multiplex capacity but on the other hand, significantly improving the revenue in difficult weather conditions.

Technical parameters:
Thor 6 (0.8°W), freq 11.881 GHz, pol. V, SR 28000, FEC 5/6 (previously 7/8), DVB-S/QPSK

Frequency 11.881 GHz is not an official part of the leased transponder capacity UPC DTH. Subscribers is not recommended to follow up on this frequency. These stations is found in a much better technical quality of the official frequencies of the UPC Direct satellite Thor 5 and Thor 6.

28-07-2010, 11:28
Sogecable has ordered two transponders on ASTRA

Luxembourg satellite operator SES Astra signed a contract with the Spanish pay-TV operator Sogecable, operator Digital+, a contract for two transponders on the development offers high-definition televisions (HDTVs).

The two new transponders Digital+ already in operation and gives subscribers the new HD channels (freq 10.729 and 11.629 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK).

Sogecable is a long term customer of SES ASTRA transmits the orbital position 19.2°E since 1993. The company operates a pay-TV service Digital+ brand, which currently has 1.8 million subscribers. SES Astra satellites receives 1.9 million FTA and Pay-TV households in Spain.

SES ASTRA is the leading HD platform in Europe. Currently offers 135 HD channels for some 6 million viewers with HD equipment.

28-07-2010, 11:49
MBO for Trace TV
Published: July 28, 2010 11.12 Europe

French Urban Media company Trace TV has completed an MBO, leaving chairman and CEO Olivier Laouchez and his management team with a 51% holding in the company.

Citizen Capital and Entrepreneur Venture hold the remaining 49% in the newly formed Trace Partners. Trace was previously owned by Alliance Trace Media, a Dutch holding company controlled by Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group.

Trace is the second most watched music channel in France and has more than 20 million subscribers in 150 countries, of which 9 million are in Europe, 6 million in Africa and 1 million in Asia. Over 50% of revenues come from emerging markets, boosted by Trace’s position as the number one music channel in Africa.
Already profitable three years after launch, the company is predicting revenues of €12 million for 2010.

Further launches are planned including Trace Sports HD.

28-07-2010, 11:51
Antik planning Google TV integration
Published: July 28, 2010 11.00 Europe

Slovenian set-top developer Antik Technology says it plans to integrate Google TV into its Juice receivers.

The company says that Google’s Android-based system is designed to work with any TV operator, enabling owners of its Juice set-top boxes to move seamlessly between Web and TV content. “We want to bring the Android platform into our set-top boxes soon, and Google TV should follow after that, which will give users almost-endless possibilities of rich entertainment experiences,“ said Igor Kolla, CEO, Antik Technology.

The Android-powered Juice devices will run the Chrome web browser, opening up additional entertainment possibilities. Support for existing Android applications will be built in and it is anticipated that custom TV apps will follow. Users will also be able to control their TV through an Android-enabled smartphone.

Antik Technology plans to finish the integration of Google TV by the end of the year in anticipation for a European launch for Google in 2011.

Broadband TV News is unaware of any Google TV announcements that relate specifically to a European launch date.


28-07-2010, 11:53
On 28 July 2010, the company SPI International has signed a cooperation agreement with the Spanish film distributor Vertice 360th This means that soon the family Filmbox channels will be available in Spain. Currently the negotiations regarding the distribution channels Filmbox family, with other partners in Spain.

We are very pleased with the start of cooperation with such a great partner as the 360th Vertice This is another step in a dynamic, stable development of the SPI Group. We are planning further investments - said Loni Farhi, President of SIA International.

Channels Filmbox family presents films that have won the most prestigious awards, noisy images of Hollywood and European cinema. It's also the best film directors, television series and miniseries, which gained recognition worldwide and high-budget Hollywood productions with excellent cast.

Family Channel Filmbox includes 4 channels: Filmbox, Filmbox Extra, Filmbox Family and Filmbox HD.

28-07-2010, 18:47
Virgin wants out of UKTV as core results improve

Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media, used its Q2 results announcement to give the clearest indication yet that the company will try to offload its 50 per cent stake in UKTV. Virgin, which owns UKTV jointly with BBC Worldwide, values its 50 per cent holding at £351 million (E421m) including outstanding loans to the unit of £116 million.

"It is not a strategic investment, we look at it from time to time. There are ways and means of realising it through divestment," Berkett told the Guardian. The problem is that the BBC, as partner and main supplier to the channels, has a veto over any deal and is unlikely to come up with a price itself to meet Virgin’s expectations. However, as UKTV is no longer core, Virgin may adjust its expectations, as it ultimately did when letting its wholly owned channels go to Sky.

Virgin Media beat analyst expectations to add a net total of 9,100 new households to its cable subscription base in the three months to the end of June, as revenue grew seven per cent to £964 million.

Virgin Media, which has been heavily marketing its high-speed internet services, added 28,100 broadband customers to take its total base to 4.21 million. The company said that more than 650,000 customers now subscribe to its 20Mbps and 50Mbps services, a 43 per cent year-on-year increase, or about 17 per cent of its total broadband base. Of these 74,000 have selected the top-speed 50Mbps service, a 28 per cent increase on last quarter.

The company also added 22,300 net new TV subscribers. Overall, Virgin added 25,900 TV customers; however, 3,600 analogue customers were disconnected. The company's digital TV subscriber base stands at about 3.7 million. More than half use Virgin's VOD services. The company said that about 260,000 customers signed up for HD TV in the second quarter, a year-on-year increase of 79 per cent, taking the total HD user base to 1.2 million.

The company announced a share buyback scheme of up to £375 million. Berkett said he had been able to announce a share buyback because Virgin had completed a root-and-branch refinancing and felt confident of continued strong performance in its cash flow. He said he was seeking to reduce the group’s net debt, currently £5.9 billion, to three times operating cash flow over the next two years, compared with the current 3.8 times.

VM’s pre-tax loss for the first half of 2010 compared with the same period a year ago widened from £186 million to £249 million, mainly because of increased interest costs and fees paid in its financial restructuring.

28-07-2010, 18:48
UK mobile spectrum auction ‘soon’

The UK government has laid down a statutory instrument instructing Ofcom to co-ordinate a combined auction of 2.6 GHz and 800MHz spectrum "as soon as possible".

"Under our plans, our mobile industry will have access to the 21st-century infrastructure it needs to give UK consumers the latest technologies and even better coverage for broadband on their mobile phones," said Ed Vaizey, the communications minister.

The government hopes the airwaves auction will take place by the end of 2011.

28-07-2010, 18:50
Ono strong quarter on multi-play

Spanish MSO Ono increased its revenue in the second quarter as more customers took multi-play services, despite the net number of TV subscribers declining.

The TV subscriber base fell by 4,000 in the quarter, reaching 966,000 at the end of June. Ono blamed the recession "that is forcing some customers to drop the service to conserve disposable incomes". It has also stopped offering TV services on a standalone basis. Ono’s total cable customer base stood at 1.821 million, down slightly from 1.835 million a year earlier. The number of RGUs reached 4.004 million, up from 3.940 million. The operator increased its broadband subscriber base by 4.1 per cent to 1.356 million and telephony customers increased 2.1 per cent to 1.682 million. As a proportion of the total customer base, 37.2 per cent took a triple-play bundle at the end of June, up from 36.4 per cent at the end of March.

Ono boosted revenues by 3.2 per cent year-on-year to E368 million, of which E291 million came from residential cable customers. EBITDA was up 2 per cent to E176 million.

28-07-2010, 18:51
3DTV not such a big deal....?

While 3DTV may be gaining momentum from the consumer electronics industry, Hollywood, and TV programmers, the technology doesn’t yet warrant significant investment from cable operators, according to the a report from Heavy Reading.

"Unlike technologies that demand quick attention by MSOs -- including wideband Internet, broadband video, interactive TV advertising, business services, and wireless -- cable can allow for 3DTV to simmer on the back burner," commented analyst Craig Leddy, author of the report.

Worldwide, iSuppli reckons 27.7 million internet-enabled TVs will ship this year, against just 4.2 million 3D TVs.

iSuppli reckons connected TV shipments will grow by 50 per cent each year for the next two years, and by double-digit amounts thereafter up to 2014, when they are forecast to hit 148.3 in the year (that’s 54 per cent of all flat-panel TVs).

But 3D TVs will continue shipping in far smaller numbers. "This is because 3D is still dealing with a number of barriers, including cost, content availability and interoperability, while IETV provides immediate benefits by allowing TV viewers to access a range of content readily available on the internet," says iSuppli TV analyst Riddhi Patel.

28-07-2010, 18:54
3D requires content

International research firm Parks Associates reports a modest increase in awareness of 3DTV among US broadband households in 2010, but the mainstream viability of 3D depends on availability of premium video content and not one-off events such as the World Cup.

The firm's latest report Trends in 3DTV finds 13 per cent of households are familiar with 3DTV, an increase from 10 per cent from the previous quarter. In some cases, 48 per cent of these households are willing to pay for 3D content, provided they have access to the right types of content, including movies and TV shows.

"Efforts such as the ESPN 3D broadcast of the 2010 World Cup are great experiments and effective in building awareness of the technology, but they have not resulted in extraordinary 3D TV sales," said Pietro Macchiarella, research analyst, Parks Associates. "As content and service providers launch new 3D channels and Blu-ray discs, consumers will start to see more value in this technology, and shipments will increase as a result. By 2014, 80 per cent of the TVs sold in the US will be 3D-ready."

Parks Associates research indicates 3D movies generate the most interest from US consumers. One-third or fewer of consumers are willing to pay for 3D television shows and sporting events, but nearly one-half are willing to pay for 3D movies. "Hollywood's push to increase its 3D production benefits consumer awareness of the 3D experience and stimulates interest in bringing it to the living room," Macchiarella said.

28-07-2010, 18:56
37% of TVs will be 3D by 2014

DisplaySearch forecasts 3.4 million 3D TVs to be shipped in 2010, with the market expected to reach 42.9 million in 2014. Based on this forecast, 3D TV market penetration is expected to grow from a 5 per cent share of total flat panel TVs in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2014.

"TV manufacturers have managed to launch products very rapidly. We have seen a full range of 3D TVs in sizes from 40" to 63" already available, and without a doubt, there will be another wave of new products at the IFA show in Berlin in September," noted Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research.
"Through the first half of 2010, only two flat panel TV makers in the US launched 3D TV products—Panasonic and Samsung," observed Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research at DisplaySearch. "Based on early indications, the launch of 3D TVs is similar to Samsung’s rollout of LED LCD TVs at the beginning of 2009, albeit at a slightly slower pace. This would be in line with our forecast of just over 2 million 3D TVs shipped in North America for 2010."

Despite the forecasted growth for 3D TVs, the consumer electronics industry is running ahead of content availability, as 3D content for TV remains limited to a small number of movies, plus some sports events on pay TV, which are dependent on cable providers. Blockbuster movies in 3D, such as Avatar, will not be available for 3D TV in 2010. In addition, the low penetration of Blu-ray players, and especially HD broadcasts, outside of North America and Japan affects content availability. Consumers may be tempted to wait for the ecosystem to develop in order to have enough material to watch. This, coupled with other significant obstacles for 3D implementation in the home, like consumer perceptions of 3D glasses, remain unresolved.

28-07-2010, 18:57
Disney buys Playdom for $750m+

The Walt Disney Company bought leadership in the social game business by acquiring Playdom in a deal worth as much as $763.2 million.

Playdom is a start-up that make simple online games and sell virtual goods. Such companies have grown by taking advantage of social networks like Facebook. Disney will initially pay $563.2 million for Playdom, which is the No. 3 social game company on Facebook with about 42 million monthly players. The deal includes $200 million in additional payments if Playdom achieves growth thresholds.

John Pleasants, Playdom’s chief executive, will join Disney as an executive vice president. Playdom is expected to work to develop titles based on Disney characters and franchises.

"When deciding how to place a bet we thought we should do it at a significant level and not just take a little shot," Disney’s chief executive, Robert A. Iger, said.

28-07-2010, 19:00
Satellite's Worldwide High

TV channel broadcasting continues to drive the satellite industry to new revenue highs, says Euroconsult. Despite economic turmoil across the past two years, Euroconsult says the industry grew both in terms of transponder demand (+5.3 per cent) and revenues reaching $10.3 billion revenue in 2009. The broadcast of TV channels accounted for half of that revenue increase with the fastest growth (minus DirecTV and Dish in the US) coming from Latin America.

Says Euroconsult's "Satellite Communications & Broadcasting Markets Survey, Forecasts to 2019," the global market value of capacity used for the traditional FSS market will reach around $14.8 billion in 2019, or $18.8 billion when including the wholesale market value of capacity used through emerging BBS systems dedicated to broadband traffic. That's an upward revision from previous forecasts.

28-07-2010, 19:01
Childs for UKTV?

Darren Childs is expected to become chief executive of UKTV, owner of the Dave channel, according to reports.

UKTV's former chief executive, David Abraham, resigned to become CEO of Channel 4. Childs is currently managing director of BBC Worldwide Channels, overseeing a portfolio of international brands that includes BBC America. The division also owns the BBC's 50 per cent share in UKTV. The other half is owned by Virgin Media.

UKTV has a turnover of about £200 million (E240m) a year. Since Abraham’s arrival at C4 it has struck a deal to sell UKTV’s advertising.

28-07-2010, 19:03
MTV gears up for cross platform sell

MTV has doubled its digital sales staff to cater for demand for campaigns across all its platforms.

The MTV Networks Digital team has increased from six to eleven and it intends to further integrate digital into the ad sales business so it can create cross-platform campaigns for brands that are looking to target its 16-24-year-old audience.

28-07-2010, 19:04
Telstra fined $18.5m for blocking access

Australia’s Telstra has been fined $18.5 million for illegally blocking broadband competitors from using its local exchanges. The Competition and Consumer Commission had taken Telstra to the Federal Court of Australia for refusing competitors access 27 times to installing ADSL equipment at seven exchanges around Australia.

Telstra said the telco had acknowledged mistakes were made and will not be appealing the decision.

28-07-2010, 19:05
Discovery channel on FLO TV

FLO TV and Discovery Communications have announced the premiere of a new Discovery Mobile Channel on the FLO TV mobile TV service. The Discovery Mobile Channel on FLO TV will offer consumers full-length programming of popular series such as Discovery Channel's Cash Cab, Deadliest Catch and Man vs Wild and programming events like Shark Week. The channel also will spotlight series from Discovery Communications portfolio of networks.


28-07-2010, 19:07
Vulkano platform for mobile media

Monsoon Multimedia is launching Vulkano, a tightly integrated hardware and software platform that has a powerful video processor and local storage. When connected to a set-top box and a TV, Vulkano enables a complete video experience across Android, Blackberry, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and the living room TV. Vulkano allows users to experience their TV channels, videos and photos on whichever screen they want, when they want it.

By downloading a free software application on to their device, consumers can watch and control any home TV channel through a wired, Wi-Fi or 3G connection from anywhere in the world. They can schedule a recording through an included EPG and transfer and watch these recordings at any time on their TV, computers, smartphones or iPad type devices. Software players for PCs/Macs and iPads also come with Pause/Live functions.


29-07-2010, 07:52
Comcast Reports Strong Q2
Comcast kicked off the second-quarter earnings season Wednesday by reporting strong results ---revenue and cash flow were up about 6% each.
And though the nation's largest MSO may have missed analysts' targets for basic and high-speed data growth, they appear to be attracting higher margin customers.
Overall, Comcast had a strong second quarter financially - beating analysts' expectations for revenue and cash flow growth for the period. Free cash flow, up 15.8% to $1.4 billion in the quarter, also outpaced consensus estimates. Overall, operating cash flow margins remained stable at 41.3% (vs. 41.1% in 2009) suggesting that although Comcast has fewer customers, they are spending more.
The Philadelphia-based MSO seemed to miss the mark on basic customer losses - Comcast shed 265,000 basic customers in the period, vs. the consensus estimate of 169,000 losses - and high-speed data additions (118,000 customers vs. consensus of 204,000), but stayed ahead of the pack on telephony additions (230,000 in the period vs.consensus estimates of 200,000).
In a research note, Miller Tabak media analyst David Joyce wrote that the high-speed data growth was "surprisingly light," but could be explained at least in part by typical second quarter seasonality as college students and vacationers leave for their summer homes and strong growth in the first quarter when high-speed additions were about 399,000. Joyce also pointed that profit margins were maintained at 41.3%, meaning that the customers that remained are spending more.
Sanford Bernstein cable and satellite analyst Craig Moffett wrote in a research note that while Comcast missed consensus for high-speed data additions, they still outpaced their telco competition.
"Comcast's gain of only 118,000 broadband subscribers was a bit light of consensus expectations of 204K... but is a clear game, set, and match win versus subscriber losses for the TelCos," Moffett wrote. "Our long term bull case for cable - at least, before regulatory concerns clouded the picture - is that cable will win the broadband wars."
On a conference call with analysts, Comcast executives said that the national digital transition also played a role in basic- subscriber losses. Chief operating officer Steve Burke said that many of the customers that were added were part of deeply discounted offerings. When those promotions rolled off, Comcast was disciplined in the new offers it presented.
"These are price-sensitive, high churn customers and we elected not to chase them," Burke said.
Later, Comcast Cable Communications president Neil Smit estimated Comcast added about 100,000 customers through the digital transition last year.
Breaking out the segments, cable revenue was up 5.1% in the period to $8.9 billion and operating cash flow increased 5.4% to $3.7 billion. Programming segment revenue rose 18.1% to $454 million and OCF was up 34.4% to $152 million as advertising revenue rose across all properties coupled with additional ratings strength at E! Entertainment, Versus and G4 helped drive advertising growth.
Burke said the resurgence of the advertising market -- he estimated ad revenue was up about 23% in the period -- bodes well for its pending NBC Universal joint venture. Burke estimated that today, advertising represents about $2.5 billion in annual revenue for Comcast (both cable and programming). Once NBCU is added to the mix, ad revenue jumps to about $10 billion annually.
"Having the advertising market rebound is a very good thing for the combined company," Burke said.
On the NBCU front, Burke said that Comcast executives are meeting with NBCU execs weekly to identify growth opportunities and that they anticipate receiving regulatory approval for the joint venture by the end of the year.


29-07-2010, 07:55
Turner's TV Everywhere Goes Live With Verizon FiOS TV

Turner Broadcasting System has launched online-video services with Verizon FiOS TV offering access to full episodes of TNT and TBS shows within 24 hours of airing on TV.

FiOS TV subscribers can access Turner's online programming directly on the "TV Everywhere" sites for TBS (tbs.com/tveverywhere) and TNT (tnt.tv/tveverywhere), logging in using previously registered username and password. If customer log on through the Verizon FiOS TV Online site, they are redirected to Turner's respective network sites.

TBS's TV Everywhere site"TBS's TV Everywhere site"Shows currently in rotation on the service include TNT's The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage, and TBS's Lopez Tonight, House of Payne and Meet the Browns. Turner expects to launch additional networks in the next few months.

Adobe Systems is providing the authentication capability and media-streaming for the Turner services via its Flash platform. The programmer also is using ad-serving network FreeWheel, which Turner said it will use to "complement" Nielsen measurement of C3 video (linear, online, VOD) beginning in September.

"We are excited about this deployment and the next iteration of authenticated multiscreen content distribution," TBS vice chairman Andy Heller said in a statement. "It is more imperative than ever that TV Everywhere gains traction throughout the industry given the rapid deployment of tablets and the ability of mobile devices to display long-form video directly from Web sites."

Advertisers currently featured on TBS's TV Everywhere service include Unilever's Dove soap, while TNT's is running ads for Mars' M&Ms.

The TNT version provides a "boss button," which pauses the video and display a bogus spreadsheet in its place; TBS has one too, labeled "panic." Turner's TV Everywhere services also provide options to create a playlist; view content in full-screen mode; and watch in "HD," although it isn't clear what bit rate the video is being delivered.

Verizon, in addition to the Turner networks, has said it is working to add a number of content providers to its TV Everywhere service, including Fox News, CBS, MTV Networks, Hallmark Channel, Smithsonian Channel and the Tennis Channel.

FiOS TV Online already offers the TV Everywhere services offered by HBO and Epix, a joint venture of MGM, Paramount Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment.

In a related development, Turner's parent company, Time Warner Inc., has filed for trademark protection on the term "On Demand Everywhere" and has registered the OnDemandEverywhere.com domain name.

29-07-2010, 07:57
Comcast/NBCU Support Comment Deadline Extension

Comcast and NBC Universal support the request by the American Cable Association and other critics of the deal for a two-week extension of the Federal Communications Commission deadline for comment on their 599-page defense of their proposed joint venture.

Comcast confirms that it plans to tell the FCC Wednesday that it has no problem giving them the extra two weeks - -until Aug. 19 -- but with the expectation that the agency will not stop its shot clock on review of the deal, which gives the commission until the end of August to vet the deal, though the clock is informal.

The American Cable Association and other small and midsized telcos requested the extra days, saying they were not enough time to go over the document.

Comcast points out that the extra two weeks will give those parties about the same amount of time it had to comment on the numerous filings in initial comments. Initial comments were due June 21, and Comcast's response was due July 21.

29-07-2010, 07:58
Mun2 Taps Mogollon As General Manager

Bicultural programmer mun2 has named Diana Mogollon its general manager.
In her new post, Mogollon, who had been serving as the network's vice president, programming and marketing, will focus on developing and driving overall mun2 Television strategy and providing operational leadership across the business. Diana Mogollon"Diana Mogollon"Working with the senior management of the network that targets bicultural Latinos ages 18 to 34, she also will be responsible for identifying opportunities that will drive ratings, digital traffic and align the organization for future growth.

Succeeding Alex Pells who stepped down in December, Mogollon will report to Telemundo COO Jacqueline Hernandez, who has been heading the day-to-day operations of the NBC Universal cable property.
"Diana's deep understanding and knowledge of the U.S. Hispanic audience has been an integral part of our successful marketing strategy and initiatives over the last five years," said Hernandez in announcing the promotion. "In this critical role she will leverage that success and take the mun2 network and brand to new heights, connecting with the most influential segment of the U.S. Latino population."
As vice president of programming and marketing since 2005, Mogollon has been instrumental in developing innovative marketing platforms that reach and speak to the network's viewers including the annual music series Descarga. Mogollon also worked closely with programming and productions in support of all of the company's West Coast productions, including 12 Corazones and El Grito specials.
Prior to joining Telemundo, Mogollon served as the vice president of Galan Entertainment and was responsible for supervising all aspects of the company's wide-range of production, development, sales and marketing. Mogollon began her career in television at Lifetime cable network working on original movies and specials as the coordinator in the original programming department.

29-07-2010, 08:02
ACC Announces Finalists For Beacon Awards
68 Finalists In Contention For Communications, Public Affairs Laurels

The Association of Cable Communicators announced today that there are 68 finalists for the 2010 Beacon Awards honoring excellence in cable communications and public affairs in various categories.
The winners will be announced during the Beacon Awards luncheon and ceremony on Sept. 16, 2010, at the Hilton New York, the concluding event of ACC's annual conference, Forum 2010: Competition Everywhere. Multichannel News in the co-sponsor, media sponsor and official publication of the Beacon Awards.

A total of 53 ACC members chose the finalists during a two-phase judging process. The finalists demonstrate the cable industry's commitment to communications and public affairs and represent initiatives implemented over the past year in areas such as community relations, competitive communications, multicultural public relations and social media communications.

"Across the country, cable communicators work every day to promote their companies' products and brands in ways that contribute to the bottom line and make a significant impact for their customers and communities," said Anthony Surratt, 2010 Beacon Awards chair and vice president, corporate communications, Time Warner Cable, in a statement. "The Beacon Awards recognize the best of this work, and the 2010 finalists display ingenuity, creativity and innovation in the face of increased competition and demand for resources."

The 2010 Beacon Awards finalists listed by category are as follows:

Cause Marketing

Jimmy V Week - ESPN - New York, NY

Competitive Communications

Apples to Apples - Bresnan Communications - Purchase, NY
Husker Football - DirecTV Just Doesn't Get It! - Cox Communications - Omaha, NE

Community Relations

Connect a Million Minds - New York City - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
Connect a Million Minds Texas Launch - Time Warner Cable/Central Texas - Austin, TX
Hunt Fish Feed - Sportsman Channel - New Berlin, WI
Suddenlink eCycling - Suddenlink Communications - Jonesboro, AR
This Ones For You: Kansas City Royals Telecast to Afghanistan - FSN Midwest - St. Louis, MO
Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY


America The Story of Us Educational Outreach - A&E Television Networks/History - New York, NY
Connect a Million Minds Texas Launch - Time Warner Cable/Central Texas - Austin, TX
Connecting Students with Veterans - Time Warner Cable - San Diego, CA
Cracking the Codes in the Digital World - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
Ovation Arts Education Toolkit - Ovation - Santa Monica, CA
TWC Hang Tough Video Contest - Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI

Events and Observances

CAMM Week - New York City - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
Comcast Helps Vermont Students Get Cyber Safe - Comcast-Western New England Region - Berlin, CT
Fueling the Future - Cox Communications - Phoenix, AZ
Hockey Day Minnesota - Fox Sports Network- North & Wisconsin - Minneapolis, MN
Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Government Relations

Capital Dateline Goes Online - Florida Cable Telecommunications Association - Tallahassee, FL
HoopLA - The Legislative Basketball Game & Gala - Cox Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
Legislative Briefing - Comcast - Exton, PA
Suddenlink Community Connections Television - Suddenlink Communications - Jonesboro, AR
Take a Veteran to School Day - A&E Television Networks/History - New York, NY
Time Warner Cable My Gov't On Demand - Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

Internal Communications

2010 Employee Survey - Cox Communications - Atlanta, GA
Let's Connect: Introducing Time Warner Cable's Mission & Values - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
Let's Connect. TWC NEW/WPA e-Newsletter - Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio - Akron, OH
Time Warner Cable UpDate - Time Warner Cable - San Diego, CA
Uniting through our Differences - Communicating and Committing to Diversity - Cox Communications - Springdale, AR

Integrated Communications

Handbook On Demand - Time Warner Cable Kansas City - Kansas City, MO
Huskers on Demand - Time Warner Cable - National - Lincoln, NE
Let's Connect: Introducing Time Warner Cable's Mission & Values - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
Saints Text-to-Win Facebook Fanraiser - Cox Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
Techapalooza - Where Business and Technology Meet - Cox Communications - San Diego, CA

Multicultural Public Relations

Cox and here! Networks - Proud to Show Our PRIDE! - Cox Communications/Las Vegas System - Las Vegas, NV
The Hampton Roads Black List - Cox Communications - Chesapeake, VA

Media Relations - Programming Publicity

2nd Annual Expedition Week - National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC
Discovery Channel's LIFE Program Publicity Campaign - Discovery Communications - Silver Spring, MD
Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) - IFC - New York, NY
Vote with Your Remote On Demand Film Festival - Time Warner Cable - El Paso, TX

Media Relations - Technology/Product

C-SPAN Video Library - C-SPAN Networks - Washington, DC
ESPN360.com Rebrand to ESPN3.com - ESPN, Inc. - New York, NY
Introduction of Optimum Select: Changing the Way TV Viewers Interact with Advertisers - Cablevision Systems Corp. - Bethpage, NY
Road Runner 4G Mobile - Time Warner Cable - San Antonio, TX


ESPN's "30 for 30" - ESPN - Bristol, CT
Footsteps of Lincoln - Comcast - Elmhurst, IL
TWC Sports Does NBA Jam Session - Time Warner Cable - Irving, TX

Public Service Announcement

A Thin Line - MTV Networks - New York, NY
Characters Unite PSA Campaign - USA Network - New York, NY
Hang Tough Video Contest - Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI
Healthy Kids Make Happy Kids - Comcast - Philadelphia, PA
Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds PSA Launch Series - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY

Reputation/Brand Management

I Am Time Warner Cable Technology - Time Warner Cable, Metropolitan Los Angeles Division - El Segundo, CA
Midwest Region Telemarketing Ribbon Cutting - Time Warner Cable - Wisconsin Division - Milwaukee, WI
Remarkable Women - Lifetime Networks - Los Angeles, CA
The Nebraska Connection - Time Warner Cable - National - Lincoln, NE
The Recovery Project - A&E Television Networks/History - New York, NY
Trust Begins with Me Campaign - Cox Communications New England - West Warwick, RI

Social Media Communications

A Thin Line - MTV Networks - New York, NY
Discovery Channel's LIFE Social Media Campaign - Discovery Communications - Silver Spring, MD
Expedition Week - National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC
Explorer: Inside Guantanamo - National Geographic Channel - Washington, DC
The Ultimate Internet Tier - Cox Communications New England - West Warwick, RI
Twitter, NBA & TWC Sports - Time Warner Cable - Irving, TX

Web sites

Channel You - Time Warner Cable - New York, NY
Time Warner Cable Southern California Newsroom - Time Warner Cable - El Segundo, CA

29-07-2010, 08:04
HSN Secures 'Shop by Remote' Patent

Two days after rival QVC disclosed plans to offer an interactive TV shopping application, HSN announced that earlier this month it was awarded a patent covering aspects of its own Shop by Remote service.

HSN was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,752,083, "System for Improved Interactive Television Processing," on July 6, 2010. The patent covers many of the proprietary aspects of the HSN Shop by Remote platform, according to the shopping channel, and provides for a "transactional environment" between a server and one or more display devices.

"We intend to explore all appropriate business strategies to generate value from the issued patents, which may include direct monetization via non-exclusive licensing arrangements," John McDevitt, vice president of advanced services for HSN, said in a statement.

HSN Shop by Remote"HSN Shop by Remote"HSN's Shop by Remote app, launched in 2006, is currently available in more than 30 million homes through Comcast -- which has enabled the app for 14 million subscribers to date -- as well as Dish Network, Verizon Communications' FiOS TV and Time Warner Cable Oceanic in Hawaii.

QVC is working with interactive-TV developer Ensequence on an on-screen shopping application based on CableLabs Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format specification. The companies had said they expected to deploy their T-commerce app with Comcast sometime in early 2011, but earlier this week the MSO said it is only considering the QVC app and does not have specific deployment plans at this point.

Meanwhile, although Ensequence had previously developed an EBIF-based "Shop by Remote" application for HSN in 2008, according to HSN it has not been activated with a distributor. The EBIF app HSN has deployed with Comcast was developed by Ericsson.

In addition to the patent covering "Shop by Remote," HSN has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,756,758, "Method and System for Improved E-Commerce Shopping," which covers presentation of multiple video product presentations via a live feed as well as related prerecorded segments.

HSN, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., is an operating segment of HSN Inc., which is 33% owned by Liberty Media. Liberty owns 100% of QVC.

29-07-2010, 08:06
NBCU Elevates Fleeher To SVP, CFO TV Networks & Digital Distribution

NBC Universal announced a series of promotions in its TV Networks & Digital Distribution unit, headed by the elevation of Jeff Fleeher to senior vice president and CFO.
On the TV Networks Distribution front, both Jennifer Chastain and Wendy Gross have been upped to director, field sales and marketing, while Carly Greenberg and Fred Haug were named manager, affiliate marketing. On the Digital Distribution side, both Emily Powers and Brad Trullinger will take on the role of director, with Trullinger continuing his work with the TV Networks Distribution group.
Jeff Fleeher"Jeff Fleeher"In his expanded role, Fleeher will continue to manage NBC Universal's financials for the TV Networks Distribution and Digital Distribution sales teams, while coordinating the business operations for each group. His financial oversight includes the distribution of NBC Universal's cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo owned-and-operated stations, Olympic Games content on cable and broadband, as well as video-on-demand, pay-per-view and set top box content across the cable, satellite and telecommunications industry. Fleeher's financial purview also extends to "all-in" content deals with major distributors, including AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

Since 2007, Fleeher had served as the vice president and CFO for both the TV Networks Distribution and Digital Distribution division, where he played a key role in securing long-term distribution deals with major affiliates, as well as the distribution of the Olympic Games on cable.
"Jeff has been a tremendous asset to our business," Bridget Baker, president, TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal in a statement. "He's a natural leader whose understanding of the financial and operational sides of distribution will continue to serve the company well."
Added JB Perrette, president, Digital & Affiliate Distribution and Content Distribution Strategy, NBC Universal:"Jeff's hard work and diligence over the past three years have been instrumental to the growth of our business and the success of NBC Universal as a whole.
In his new post, Fleeher continues to report to both Baker and Perrette.

As director, field sales and marketing, Chastain will continue to manage her current responsibilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C., while adding Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia to her territory. Since joining the field team in November 2007 with NBCU's acquisition of Oxygen, she renewed several direct deals with NCTC members, and signed-up over 35 new Olympic Games affiliates. Chastain, whose affiliate accounts include Time Warner Cable/Carolinas and Cox/Virigina, will continue to report to Heather McCallion, vice president, field sales.

Gross, director, field sales and marketing, will continue to handle distribution and field marketing in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and Utah. Key renewals include pacts with New Wave, Fidelity and Wehco Video. In 2010, she worked closely with her clients on several key promotional partnerships with MSNBC, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and Bravo's Top Chef Mobile Tour. Gross will continue to report to Bridget Farley, vice president, field sales.

In her new role, Greenberg will work with the affiliate marketing team to develop promotions and on-going marketing support for several NBC Universal brands, including NBC HD, MSNBC and Chiller. Her oversight also encompasses the affiliate Web site, www.nbcunetworks.com (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcunetworks.c om), and to support national accounts such as Time Warner Cable and Cox. Previously, Greenberg supported key industry events, including this year's NCTA Cable Show & NBCU Connection, in addition to CES and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Greenberg now reports to Erin Breen, vice president, marketing.

For his part, Haug will develop pro-social community relations programs for the company's affiliates in partnership with NBCU's leading cable brands. Responsible for developing curriculum, creating and fulfilling contest kits, and managing in-market events, Haug will also be involved in other affiliate marketing projects. Previously, Haug worked closely with the affiliate marketing group on various nationwide affiliate projects, including Bravo's Top Chef Tour and USA Network's "Character Project." He reports to Melissa Tolchin, vice president, marketing.

Powers, expanding on her previous role as manager, will continue to provide strategic analysis and support to NBC Universal's broadcast affiliate relations team, while also negotiating digital TV and film distribution deals in the U.S. and Canada. In her new role, Powers also will help shape the company's strategy around new initiatives such as 3D. Previously, Powers helped to set up a framework for a new business model with affiliated stations, and secured a VOD film deal with hotel aggregator LodgeNet. Her new responsibilities notwithstanding, Powers will continue to support the TV Networks Distribution team on negotiations. She continues to report to Jennifer Pirot, vice president, digital distribution.

Trullinger, as director, Digital Distribution & TV Networks Distribution, will continue to manage the New England and Caribbean territories in the field, while adding out-of-home distribution to his responsibilities. During his eight-year tenure, his sales efforts have resulted in new launches in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as several new OOH deals, including RMG health clubs and MTN cruise ships. In his new role, Brad will continue to manage his territory in the East Region, reporting to McCallion, and will expand NBC Universal's OOH business by securing distribution for the company's cable networks in outlets such as financial institutions and retail outlets, reporting to Pirot.

29-07-2010, 08:08
History Enters 3D Orbit with DirecTV
Will broadcast The Universe on "n3D" channel

Cable programmer History, a unit of A&E Television Networks, will deliver its first stereoscopic 3D broadcast this Friday, July 30, by airing a 3D version of the season five premiere episode of its series, The Universe, on pay-TV operator DirecTV.

History's 3D broadcast will be shown at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DirecTV's new 3D channel, "n3D", which is sponsored by set-maker Panasonic. On the same day, DirecTV will also offer a 2D version of this episode on The 101 Network.

The season five premiere of The Universe, titled "Seven Wonders of the Solar System," was natively produced in 3D by Flight 33 Productions, which shot interviews and B-roll with 3D camera rigs and generated the show's 3D animations in-house. Technicolor provided stereoscopic encoding for the program. The show makes extensive use of CGI graphics to visualize recent findings from the latest space probes and examines various marvels of the universe including mountain ranges on Saturn's rings and the famous red spot on Jupiter. It also includes what History describes as the highest resolution images ever taken of the lava flow on Mars that might indicate volcanic activity.

"Offering this programming in 3D will enable our viewers to completely immerse their senses in the uncharted landscape that makes up our solar system," said Derek Chang, EVP of content strategy and development for DirecTV, in a statement. "This is the type of programming that lends itself perfectly for 3D and still looks amazing in HD. We are excited to be partnering with History as they embark on their first 3D mission and look forward to continuing to deliver compelling 3D content to our viewers."

"This is a great opportunity for History to partner with DirecTV to showcase our hit series The Universe in 3D," added David Zagin, EVP of distribution for AETN. "The 3D experience greatly enhances the graphics of The Universe and adds an exciting new element to History's programming."

29-07-2010, 08:16
Gulli testing FTA on the position of 85.2 E

French children's channel Gulli started test broadcasting on satellite, Intelsat 15 (85.2°E). Currently, no signal station is encrypted. FTA broadcasters last long as a signal station is designed for cable and satellite pay-TV.

Gulli is broadcast in Russian. Channel broadcasts 24 hours a day.

Image of the Article: Gulli testing FTA on the position of 85.2 E

Technical parameters:
Intelsat 15 (85.2°E) freq 12.523 GHz, pol. V, SR 9950, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK

Gulli is a television channel for children and their parents. Broadcast includes documentaries, series, stories, games and interactive show for the whole family.

29-07-2010, 08:18
Digi TV: TV Nova, CT4, Film+ and Sport1 without Nagravision 2

UPDATED: Shutting down programs on a platform Digi TV at Nagravision 2 for the Czech and Slovak markets continues. Company CCC/RDS, the service provider, turned off the old conditional access system Nagravision 2 for another 4 programs in Czech.

On the old cards Digi TV programs are no longer available CT4, Nova TV, Film and Sport 1+. Turning off the old system of N2 (CAID 1801) at these stations were to block unauthorized reception of popular programs - that is, without receiving proper abonence.

During the afternoon she returned to Nagravision 2 TV Nova and Prima TV, in contrast, the old system of N2 expired.

Nagravision off the old version should not cause problems with receiving proper Digi TV subscribers. In case of technical problems with the customer can contact the hotline operator.

Technical parameters - Film +:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.643 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical Parameters - CT4, TV Nova, Sport1, Prima:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.643 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Digi TV transition to a newer version of Nagravision 3/4 (Media Access Nagra) imply a need for exchange access cards to all subscribers. The event is more secure programs against illegal income.

29-07-2010, 08:22
ABC TV - a new channel with movies on satellite Badr 4

Badr 4 satellite on the Arab satellite operator Arabsat launched late last week scheduled a new Arabic TV broadcasts under the name ABC TV (also known as ABC, Movies). ABC TV is a new channel that can deliver an audience not only in the countries of the Arab world but also the Europeans.

ABC TV (an abbreviation of the Arabian Broadcasting Company) is a new television project of the Arab Media Fujairah. TV aims to reach out to viewers the Western concept. Does not intend to compete with movie channels like MBC2, Fox Movies, Fox Series, MBC Action, MBC Max MBC Persia, and others that are mostly no significant differ - perhaps just a logo. ABC TV Channel aims to bring the program for the whole family - the viewer should be in different time zones to find the shows, as expected.

ABC TV broadcasts in the morning culinary programs in the afternoon for children and youth in the evening for adults - documentaries, series and movies. All of the above programs as competing stations are broadcast in English to Arabic localization is performed through open subtitles.

Technical parameters:

Satellite: Badr 4 (26°E)
Frequency: 12.092 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR (Symbol Rate): 27500
FEC: 3/4
coverage: Middle East, North Africa + Europe

Satellite: Atlantic Bird 2 (8°W)
Frequency: 11.595 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR (Symbol Rate): 27500
FEC: 3/4
coverage: Middle East - can not receive a transponder in Central Europe

ABC TV reception is possible even in Central Europe (Czech Republic and Slovakia) with a parabolic relatively small size has a diameter of 90 cm from the fourth satellite, Badr It's the same satellite from which post and changed the station MBC, as well as free broadcast HD sports channels Dubai Sports HD, HD Al Kass and many other SD channels.

Of satellite Atlantic Bird 2 Stations can not be monitored - transponder uses a regional association of the Middle East.

Company Fajairah Media also operates television channels and Dunia TV Zoal TV and FM radio stations Furairah, and the Spice Coast Radio.

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29-07-2010, 10:22
Star CJ Network India, the 50:50 JV between Star India and South Korea's CJ O Shopping, is gearing up to launch its home shopping channel Star CJ Alive on 1 August.

The channel launch comes after a 10-month-long pilot phase as a six-hour slot on Star Utsav and is set to expand the market currently occupied by a lone warrior, HomeShop18.

Star CJ comes with a tagline "Ab Super Shopping TV Pe" (now super shopping on TV). The channel boasts of approximately 300 select, premium branded products across the categories of home appliances, electronics, telecommunications, fashion and skincare. It will also showcase lifestyle enhancing products.

Launching Star CJ Alive as a six hour slot a year back worked to our advantage by giving us an opportunity to study the market and its needs along with the consumer behaviour pertaining to the home shopping industry in India. We realised that even though the industry is still in its nascent stage, there lies a huge potential in the years to come, given the increasing discretionary income of Indian consumers," says Star CJ Network India CEO Paritosh Joshi.

For starters, the channel will be available in 40 cities spread across Maharashtra, Delhi NCR, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Says Star India CEO Uday Shankar, "We have built alliances with an array of entities to augment our business and increase our offerings to our audience. We are very pleased to launch Star CJ Alive, our round-the-clock dedicated premium home shopping channel. Given the popularity Star enjoys and the response that the channel has received since its launch last year as a six-hour slot on Star Utsav, we are confident that Star CJ Alive will soon be living up to its promise of transforming lifestyles for its audience."

While promoting Star CJ Alive across the Star network of channels, the marketing plan will entail taking airtime on Hindi GECs like Zee TV and Sony Entertainment, English and Hindi movie channels such as HBO, Star Gold, UTV Movies, Zee Cinema and English and Hindi news channels. The campaign will be further supported by print, outdoor and radio.

The homeshopping business is still at an evolution stage in India. HomeShop18 posted a revenue of just over Rs 500 million in FY'10 and is targeting Rs 700-800 million this fiscal.

Says HomeShop18 CEO Sundeep Malhotra, "There is a limitation in being a lone player and developing the market. Star CJ's launch will help the market to expand."

29-07-2010, 10:23
MUMBAI: Channel [V] has partnered with Select Media Holdings and have jointly announced the ‘Channel [V] Sound Box Music Awards’, to recognise and honour Bollywood and non-Bollywood Hindi music talent.

Select Media Holding will produce the event while it will be jointly hosted by Channel [V].

Channel [V] GM Prem Kamath said, “So far music has been widely recognised as a category in popular Bollywood awards, but for the first time in India, we are set to recognise and felicitate the contribution of great musicians through an exclusive award function. In terms of scale, scope and bringing the entire music industry, this initiative will be unprecedented.”

Added Select Media Holding’s Rajnish Khanuja, “We are very happy to partner with Channel [V] and host an award that will bring connoisseurs of Indian music together."

Select Media Holding is one of the largest Indian aggregator of film content for television and its publishing arm, Select Publishing company, brings out the weekly film trade magazine ‘Box Office India’. It will shortly be launching ‘Sound Box’, a monthly music magazine.

Commenting on the awards, T-Series MD Bhushan Kumar said, “It gives me immense pleasure that Channel [V] has taken this initiative to recognise the talent that exists in the music industry and this is sure to be a boost to the music industry at large."

Universal Music India MD Rajat Kakar added, “There is a lot of young and budding talent in the music industry and these awards are sure to give an impetus to their talent and will prove to be a robust platform to recognise them.”

The two parties are in process to finalise the details of the event.

29-07-2010, 10:24
UPDATED: Shutting down programs on a platform Digi TV at Nagravision 2 for the Czech and Slovak markets continues. Company CCC/RDS, the service provider, turned off the old conditional access system Nagravision 2 for another 4 programs in Czech.

On the old cards Digi TV programs are no longer available CT4, Nova TV, Film and Sport 1+. Turning off the old system of N2 (CAID 1801) at these stations were to block unauthorized reception of popular programs - that is, without receiving proper abonence.

During the afternoon she returned to Nagravision 2 TV Nova and Prima TV, in contrast, the old system of N2 expired.

Nagravision off the old version should not cause problems with receiving proper Digi TV subscribers. In case of technical problems with the customer can contact the hotline operator.

Technical parameters - Film +:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.643 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical Parameters - CT4, TV Nova, Sport1, Prima:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.643 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Digi TV transition to a newer version of Nagravision 3/4 (Media Access Nagra) imply a need for exchange access cards to all subscribers. The event is more secure programs against illegal income.

29-07-2010, 15:45
UPC Direct: End of test on 11.881 GHz

UPC Direct satellite platform, Luxembourg UPC DTH, completed technical tests on one of the transponders of the satellite Thor 6 (0.8°W). Transponder is not currently used for digital broadcasting.

Technical tests conducted on the UPC Direct frequency 11.881 GHz, pol. V, SR 28000, first with the FEC 7/8, then the FEC 5/6. After completion of the tests was to test the contents of multiple disconnected again.

UPC Direct uses the new position, 0.8°W, where satellites are parked Thor Thor 5 and Thor 6 of 10 transponders, which serve the needs of Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Romanian market. Additional capacity used in conjunction with Scandinavian operator Canal Digital.

29-07-2010, 15:49
Virgin launches online media player

Virgin Media has launched a beta version of its first online and mobile TV player. The Virgin Media Player embraces the multiscreen concept seen in the US through content from broadcasters including ITV, Living, Disney, Cartoon Network and National Geographic.A new agreement with MTV Networks UK & Ireland adds a slate of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon shows that include South Park, Jersey Shore, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Squarepants and The Hills.

“MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon already offer some hugely popular shows on our TV on demand platform so we’re delighted to be expanding our line-up across all three screens,” said Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media.

The beta trial will be available to Virgin Media’s XL TV customers that also have a broadband connection. It continues the cableco’s policy of placing extra value in its big basic package, for example subscribers also receive ESPN at no extra cost.

It also provides linkage with the fourth plank of Virgin’s quad player offer as mobile customers will be able to view an hour of Virgin Media Player content as free. Special mobile versions of content from MTV and Channel 4’s 4oD portal will be made available.

The service is being run by On Demand Group, which already provides input into Virgin Media’s existing VOD service, and has been pioneering the three-screens concept in Europe. Early advertisers on the service include Cadbury, Kellogg’s and its own FilmFlex.

An online music video and movies on demand service is already available from the cableco.

29-07-2010, 15:50
Arris sees short-term slowdown in CMTS

Published: July 29, 2010 Europe

Arris CEO Bob Stanzione says the company sees optimism for broadband delivery products, but has warned of a short-term decline in demand for CTMS units. “We’re seeing more of a product mix than we expected and that’s going to have an impact in the current quarter,” Stanzione told a second quarter investor call.

The company shipped close to 1.4 million DOCSIS 2 and DOCSIS 3 CPE units in Q2, up 18.4% quarter-on-quarter to the highest level of the last six quarters. Stanzione said the highest promotion of customer premises equipment (CPE) sales was for DOCSIS 3 that represented 14% in Q1 and 24% in Q2.

“A few operators who have a DOCSIS 3 infrastructure in place seem to have shifted some of their high speed data capex investments from the network to the home and as a result we now expect a short term slowdown in our CMTS sales along with a sharp increase in DOCSIS 3 CPE sales.” Stanzione said the company was confident the decline was a temporary phenomenon.

International remains a solid growth area with sales up more than 26% year-over-year.

Income at Arris Group edged up in the second quarter, orders from US MSOs Comcast and Time Warner helped the cable technology supplier increase earnings by $1.9 million to $280.4m year-on-year. First half revenues were $547.1m, up from $532m.

29-07-2010, 15:51
Paul Dale is ITV CTO

Published: July 29, 2010 Europe

ITV has named Paul Dale as its new chief technology officer. The former CTO of Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro has previously worked for both the BBC and BSkyB and will now lead ITV’s newly formed Technology and Platforms directorate, with responsibility for transmission, broadcast services and platforms.
“ITV has lagged behind its competitors for too long in terms of technology. Paul’s arrival signals a commitment to reshape completely our digital future, said ITV chief executive Adam Crozier. “At Astro, he led the transformation of the company into an innovative 2010 platform. His experience and expertise will be vital as we continue with our plan to transform ITV.” Dale will be the first CTO to sit on ITV’s management board.

“Every technology-dependent business has the ability to grow and remain relevant in a changing world,” said Dale. “With the right technology behind them, broadcasters, content owners and, more importantly, ITV have a wealth of opportunity ahead. As CTO, I will be working with the management team to progress the transformation plan, unlocking ITV’s full potential to create a sustainable business with more ways for viewers to watch and interact with ITV’s great brands and content.”

Lancaster University educated Dale became an apprentice technician for British Nuclear Fuels before gaining his first taste of broadcasting as a founder and director of community radio station Bailrigg FM, where he spent three years. He became a project manager for *** before joining British Interactive Broadcasting as its head of development in 1999, moving through its various iterations as Open and Sky Interactive.

Dale was made the BBC’s first controller of Future Media and Technology in 2007, moving to Kuala Lumpur as CTO of Astro in 2008.

29-07-2010, 15:53
Pressure grows on Israeli platforms

Published: July 29, 2010 Europe

The Israeli platforms HOT and Yes will required to provide their subscribers will low cost packages offering a limited number of channels, according to Moshe Kalon, the country’s communications minister.
Quoted in Haaretz, he added that if they refused, then they would be forced to do so by law.

A section in the new Economic Arrangements bill had included a requirement for operators to carry limited TV packages as well as the current multichannel ones, which cost around NIS200 (€40.37) a month, but was dropped by the Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. He has since agreed to reinstate it shortly.

In a separate development, MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has announced that Comedy Central Israel will make its debut on January 1 next year. The 10th localised Comedy Central service worldwide, it will be launched in partnership with Ananey Communications and distributed by the cable operator HOT.

29-07-2010, 15:54
Telefonica TV back on course

Published: July 29, 2010 11.22 Europe

Telefonica’s Spanish TV business bounced back in the first half of 2010 after a net loss in the first six months of 2009. A net 45,000 new subscribers were added in the six months to June 30, 2010, taking the installed base to around 748,000, a market share of 18%.

Across the world Telefonica TV grew by 8% year-on-year as the subscriber base grew to 2.7 million.

The majority of Telefonica’s TV subscribers are to its Spanish IPTV service and cable networks in Latin America. In Europe it has TV operations in Germany and the Czech Republic with 133,000 and 58,200 subscribers respectively.

29-07-2010, 15:55
FilmBox expands in Poland

Published: July 29, 2010 Europe

UPC Polska will shortly add a number of FilmBox channels to its offer. From August 2, it will include FilmBox, FilmBox Extra, FilmBox Family and FilmBox HD.
Commenting on the development, Piotr Reisch, CEO of SPI International Poland, the owner of the family FilmBox channels, said: “Cooperation with UPC, the largest cable network in Poland, cannot be overestimated. We are planning further investment. Soon, our offer will be supplemented with other channels: FightBox HD, FilmBox Action HD and HD FashionBox.”

29-07-2010, 15:56
Sky 3D to launch October 1

Published: July 29, 2010 Europe
BSkyB has confirmed that Europe’s first 3D channel will make its consumer debut on Friday October 1. Transmitted in the side by side format, Sky 3D will offer viewers a line-up of sport, movies, entertainment and the arts.

Sky 3D is compatible with all of the 3D TVs being introduced by Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic, and works with both ‘active’ and ‘passive’ 3D formats.
“As with HD, 3D is set to transform the way TV is enjoyed in homes nationwide. Following hot on the heels of the success of 3D cinema, Sky customers will now be the first anywhere in Europe to experience 3D TV from the comfort of their living rooms,” said Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch. “They can look forward to a fantastic mix of live sport, blockbuster movies, and innovative entertainment and arts shows.”

This year’s Ryder Cup from Celtic Manor will be carried in 3D across three days as Europe takes on the US in the most anticipated golfing event of the year.

Two of the biggest grossing 3D films to date, Bolt and Monster vs. Aliens, will make their 3D debut. A number of other movie titles will be shown in the run up to Christmas including Alice in Wonderland; Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Coraline; Fly Me To The Moon, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and My Bloody Valentine. Agreement has been reached with major Hollywood studios Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks to screen their 3D content.

Sky 3D will also continue to show live Premier League football, the mainstay of the 3D pubs channel that launched on Easter Saturday, with further announcements on entertainment and arts content due in the run up to the launch.

All Sky+ HD viewers with a 3DTV will be able to receive Sky 3D, as no set-top box upgrade is required. There is no additional fee to customers on the top tier already paying £51 (€61.2) per month for the satcaster’s Movies, Sports, Entertainment and HD Packs.

29-07-2010, 15:59
BT puts faith in Sky Sports for subs growth

Published: July 29, 2010 Europe
BT Vision reported a dismal second quarter for its IPTV service adding just 14,000 new customers, its lowest figure for two years. It ended June 30, 2010 with 481,000 subscribers.
The telco must now hope that the faith it put into the Ofcom pay-TV enquiry and the arrival of Sky Sports on its network revives its fortunes in the second half of the year. An advertising campaign is underway, but so too are rival campaigns from BSkyB and Top Up TV, which is also adding Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2.

BT is offering BT broadband customers access to one of the two channels at a starting price of £6.99 per month.

In related news, Ofcom has today given approval to the carriage of Sky Sports 1 and 2 on the DTT platform using capacity on Multiplexes B and D jointly leased by the BBC and Arqiva.

29-07-2010, 20:04
BT Vision sign-ups sluggish

BT Vision quarterly sign-ups slowed to their lowest for two years during Q2, as the hybrid Freeview/IPTV service added 14,000 customers, taking it up to 481,000.

The results come ahead of BT Vision’s Sky Sports offer – pricing the premium sports channels significantly lower than Sky – which the company hopes will have a sizable impact on its subscription figures once the new Premier League season kicks off.

BT reported six per cent higher EBITDA of £1.39 billion, despite four per cent lower revenue of £5 billion.

The consumer-facing BT Retail division recorded the biggest revenue drop - of seven per cent, down to £1.9 billion.

BT added 96,000 net broadband customers in the quarter, giving it 40 per cent UK market share.

The telco says it has now rolled fibre out to cabinets serving more than 1.5 million properties, and is rolling out another 100,000 per week, giving customers up to 40Mbps through the BT Infinity package. But broadband-and-circuits revenue in BT Wholesale is down by £69 million.

29-07-2010, 20:05
Comcast revenue up, profit and TV subs down

Revenue at Comcast rose the fastest since late 2008, but costs associated with the proposed merger with NBC Universal cut into profit, and the cable giant lost 265,000 cable TV subscribers.

The US cable operator reported that quarterly sales were $9.5 billion, up 6 per cent when compared with the year-earlier quarter of $8.98 billion. Net income was $884 million, down from $967 million. Comcast reported $59 million in legal and other costs in the NBCU transaction in the current quarter and a $137 million tax benefit in the 2009 second quarter.

"We are very focused on profitable growth," chief executive officer Brian L. Roberts said in a statement, adding in a conference call that he believed the company was "striking a balance" between financial gains and pleasing customers.

29-07-2010, 20:07
Telefonica H1 net profit up 9.4%

Spain’s Telefonica has reported a 9.4 per cent increase in first half net profits, to E3.775 billion, a 16 per cent increase in 2Q10.

Pay TV accesses stood at 2.7 million at the end of June 2010, up 8 per cent year-on-year in organic terms.

29-07-2010, 20:08
Sky to become UK home of HBO

Sky and Home Box Office (HBO) have entered into a multi-year output deal which will see Sky become the home of HBO programmes in the UK and Ireland. The agreement is part of Sky's ongoing commitment to invest in standout content that differentiates the pay-TV experience and creates more reasons for customers to subscribe.

Under the agreement, all new HBO-commissioned programmes and series will be broadcast exclusively, and in HD, on Sky channels. The first HBO production to be seen on Sky as part of the output deal will be ‘Boardwalk Empire', the much-anticipated drama from director Martin Scorsese.

In addition, future seasons of existing HBO shows - such as ‘Entourage' and ‘Big Love' - will be broadcast exclusively on Sky channels in the UK and Ireland at the conclusion of their current broadcast rights agreements.

29-07-2010, 20:10
Dale for ITV CTO

UK broadcaster ITV has appointed Paul Dale as Chief Technology Officer. He will report directly to Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV. Dale moves from a similar role with Asian pay-TV operator Astro. He was also formerly Sky’s Media Technology Director, as well as Development and Operations Director.

He will lead ITV’s newly formed Technology and Platforms directorate and will be responsible for transmission, broadcast services, platforms and exploiting technology to help deliver the company’s transformational change plan.

Crozier described Dale’s appointment as the latest addition to the transformation team that ITV was putting together over the next three to five years. "ITV has lagged behind it competitors for too long in terms of technology. Paul’s arrival signals a commitment to completely reshape our digital future," he added.

Dale’s innovations at Astro include screening the recent FIFA football World Cup in 3D, as well as transitioning from SD to HD to 3D, and introducing PVR, online and mobile access within the last 12 months.

Dale, whose previous roles included Controller of Worldwide Partnerships and Controller of Future Media and Technology at the BBC, said that having a CTO on ITV’s management board was an acknowledgement that "great content and technology" go hand in hand to create a sustainable business that will take the broadcaster into the future. He saw technology as key to making ITV the entertainment choice for all generations, using many platforms from the TV to the computer and mobile.

29-07-2010, 20:12
V trumps 3DTV in 2010

While the consumer electronics headlines this year have been dominated by 3D television news, the real story in 2010 is about Internet-Enabled TVs (IETVs), according to iSuppli Corp.

Global shipments of IETVs (TV sets with built-in Internet capability) will amount to 27.7 million units in 2010. In contrast, 3D set shipments will total only 4.2 million this year. While 3D television shipments are set to soar in the coming years, iSuppli’s forecast shows the biggest near-term growth story is in IETV.

"Despite aggressive promotions from the industry and intense consumer interest generated by the blockbuster Avatar and other titles, the 3D TV market in 2010 will be limited to a small pool of enthusiastic early adopters," said Riddhi Patel, director and principal analyst for television systems at iSuppli. "In contrast, IETV is entering the mainstream in 2010. This is because 3D is still dealing with a number of barriers, including cost, content availability and interoperability, while IETV provides immediate benefits by allowing TV viewers to access a range of content readily available on the Internet."

Shipments of IETVs in 2010 will rise by a remarkable 124.9 per cent from 12.3 million units last year. Significant growth will continue during the following years. All told, IETV shipments will expand at rates north of 50 per cent for the next two years, and then continue to increase at solid double-digit rates until the end of 2014. By then, global IETV shipments are anticipated to reach 148.3 million units, accounting for 54 per cent of the total flat-panel TV market.

29-07-2010, 20:14
Ofcom removing out-of-date rules on TV ad sales

UK comms regulator Ofcom has said it will remove a number of rules governing the way TV airtime is sold to media buyers and advertisers, and said it is part of Ofcom's work of removing unnecessary regulations, and ensuring any remaining rules are fit for purpose.

The Airtime Sales Rules, which will be lifted ahead of the next TV airtime deal season in the autumn, require ITV1, Channel 4 and Five to sell all their advertising airtime, and restrict the way in which all broadcasters can sell bundles of advertising airtime across their portfolios of channels.

Ofcom has also given careful consideration to whether it is appropriate to launch a broader market study of TV advertising. A market study is a considerable endeavour with significant resource implications, and given the information currently available Ofcom's view is that an own-initiative market study is not justified at this time. Ofcom will keep this decision under review by monitoring any stakeholder concerns and wider market developments.

29-07-2010, 20:15
ITV awarded Rugby World Cup rights

Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has confirmed that, subject to contract, ITV has been awarded the UK Broadcast rights for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and Host Broadcast rights for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.

Under the terms of the new deal, ITV will broadcast live coverage of every match from the 2011 tournament in New Zealand and the 2015 tournament in England. All matches will also be shown online at ITV.com with the deal also encompassing highlights and clips packages on television, online and mobile.

29-07-2010, 20:17
Digital TV channel gets exclusive rights to Liverpool match

UK seventh-ranked football team Liverpool’s Europa League qualification match with Macedonian side FK Rabotnicki scheduled for the evening of July 29 is being exclusively screened by Primetime. The digital TV pay-per-view channel is the only station in the UK to be screening it live.

Football fans will have to access Sky's digital TV network (Sky channel 480) or online for a one-off fee of £4.99. It will be the first time that Primetime has broadcast a football match, with the channel typically screening mixed martial arts fights and boxing.

29-07-2010, 20:19
N.DS boosts senior management team in China

N.DS, provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, has expanded its senior management team in China with the appointment of three Vice Presidents, Water Wang, Tom Zhang and the Yvonne Wang. In his role as Vice President, New Initiatives and Business Development, Water Wang will oversee N.DS’ Next Generation Broadcast (NGB) activities as well as the Telco sector in Greater China. Tom Zhang, Vice President, Cable Business, will be responsible for developing N.DS’ cable business in the region.

These new appointments reflect the strategic importance of China to N.DS. China is experiencing a period of intense growth in digital pay-TV, outstripping all other markets. According to Media Partners Asia, with over 66 million digital pay-TV subscribers, China is the largest market in the world for digital pay-TV subscribers. By 2014 this market is predicted to reach 198 million subscribers. In parallel, cable TV revenues will increase from $9 billion in 2009 to $17 billion in 2014.

29-07-2010, 20:19
Topfield licenses ANT HbbTV solution

ANT, provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, has revealed that digital STB specialist Topfield has selected the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform for its latest range of set-top boxes. The new devices will be capable of delivering HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) services and will be available in the German retail market in 2010, with France to follow in 2011.

29-07-2010, 20:21
Sky to launch Europe's 'first' 3D channel in Oct

UK-based Sky will launch a 3D TV channel on October 1 this year, the satellite broadcaster has announced.

The service – Europe’s first 3D channel, according to Sky – will kick off with a line-up of movies and live sport.

It will be available to any home that has an HD set-top box and a 3D-capable TV.

The launch weekend highlights will include this year’s Ryder Cup, with three days of live coverage from Celtic Manor. It will also feature two of the biggest grossing 3D films to date: Bolt and Monster vs. Aliens.

The Sky 3D channel line-up will then continue to expand in the run-up to Christmas.

Movies shown will include Alice in Wonderland; Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Coraline; Fly Me To The Moon; and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Sky has agreed with Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks to show their films in 3D.

Sky will also offer a range of live sport, including Premier League football.

“As with high definition, 3D is set to transform the way TV is enjoyed in homes nationwide,” said Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s chief executive.

Sky has been transmitting 3D content to selected pubs and clubs since April 2010.

It now seems only a matter of time before OSN launches a 3D movie channel and Abu Dhabi Sports sets up a dedicated 3D channel for Premier League games.

29-07-2010, 20:22
Sky commits to UK comedy

Sky has today announced a major commitment to backing original British comedy, with a raft of new shows coming to flagship entertainment channel Sky1.

The satellite broadcaster has set aside a multi-million pound investment fund for UK-produced commissions to complement its US imports, such as Modern Family and The Simpsons.

Sky has already commissioned a slate of new British comedies for broadcast in standard and high definition, including Stella from Gavin & Stacey writer Ruth Jones.

Former Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay will star in Mount Pleasant, which is about the "not-so-perfect life" of Mancunian thirty-something Lisa, while eccentric comedy This Is Jinsy will focus on the "bizarre residents" of the fictional Island of Jinsy.

Airing at Christmas, Little Crackers will feature a season of autobiographical comic shorts from Britain's best-loved stars, including Dawn French, Catherine Tate and Stephen Fry.

The new comedy strategy is being led by Sky's head of comedy Lucy Lumsden, who joined the broadcaster in June 2009 from the BBC, where she helped develop hit shows such as Little Britain, Gavin And Stacey and The Mighty Boosh.

"It's been an exciting time spreading the good news about Sky's investment in comedy and I'm delighted that we've been able to attract a wealth of comedy talent," said Lumsden.

"Sky's investment in original comedy is testament to our long-term commitment to original and innovative programming."

Stuart Murphy, director of programmes for Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3, said that it is "great to be working with Lucy again", after the duo previously commissioned comedy together at the BBC.

He added: "She is the leader in her field and has made sure that customers benefit from her considerable experience and brilliant sense of humour. This really will be content worth paying for."

Sky's comedy announcement follows its commitment to drama in 2008, which resulted in commissions of Martina Cole's The Take, Skellig, Terry Pratchett's Going Postal and Chris Ryan's Strike Back.

29-07-2010, 20:23
Ofcom fines adult broadcaster Bang £157k

Ofcom has fined Bang Channels and Bang Media a total of £157,250 for "extremely serious and repeated breaches" of the Broadcasting Code.

Bang Channels and Bang Media, which are under common ownership, were found to have breached broadcasting guidelines in their "adult sex chat" and "daytime chat" promotions aired between June and November 2009.

Bang Channels operates the Tease Me bouquet of channels on the Sky platform, while Bang Media owns and operates the Tease Me TV service on Freeview.

The channels broadcast content promoting adult sex chat services, in which viewers are invited to contact on-screen female presenters via premium rate telephony services.

Ofcom ruled that the "unsuitable" adult material used to promote the services was "shown for the sole purpose of sexual stimulation". Some footage contained simulated masturbation and oral sex, including close-ups of genital and anal detail.

The media regulator said that in some cases the material transmitted should have had mandatory restrictions, such as PIN controls, while other broadcasts contained material deemed equivalent to a BBFC 18-rating, which is prohibited from broadcast.

Ofcom also found that 14 breaches had occurred due to Bang Channels and Bang Media operating a "wholly inadequate compliance system" which amounted to" manifest recklessness".

A further two breaches were found after both licensees failed to provide recordings to Ofcom after a request had been issued.

Bang Channels also continued to broadcast the offending material even after it had been found in breach of the broadcasting code and given full warning by Ofcom.

"Broadcasters who operate in this area should be aware that Ofcom treats the transmission of this sort of sexual content, without suitable protections, with the utmost seriousness and such repeated compliance failures will not be tolerated," said Ofcom.

Bang Channels will now have to pay a financial penalty to the HM Paymaster General of £147,250, with Bang Media having to pay £10,000.

29-07-2010, 20:25
Sky profits soar amid HD demand

The World Cup and a spate of high definition channel launches helped Sky add more than 400,000 HD subscribers in the second quarter, as its total customer base closed on 10m.

In the three months to June 30, the satellite broadcaster reported that revenue grew 11% to £5.9 billion, with operating profit up 10% year-on-year to £855m.

Sky, which has confirmed plans to expand its Sky 3D channel to residential subscribers on October 1, attracted 429,000 customers to its Sky+ HD service over the quarter, up 47% year-on-year. The firm said that 30% of its 9.86m customer base now takes Sky+ HD.

The operator's high definition channel commitment has now reached 43 channels, with plans to grow the HD lineup to 50 by Christmas.

In total, Sky has attracted 90,000 net new customers to ensure it remains on track to reach the target of 10m subscribers by the end of 2010.

The firm added 119,000 broadband customers in the second quarter to bring its total base to 2.6m. The service also reached profitability for the first time since it launched in 2006.

Sky said that 20% of its customers now opt for a "triple play" package of TV, broadband and landline, up 36% year-on-year. Average revenue per user was up 9% year-on-year at £508, with customer churn standing at 10.5%, down from 9.9% in the same period last year.

"We've had another good quarter to bring our financial year to a strong close. Customers are choosing Sky in ever greater numbers, not just for TV but across our entire product range," said Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch.

"High definition goes from strength to strength, with more than twice as many customers as a year ago. At the same time, customers are choosing broader bundles of services, with one in five now taking all three of TV, broadband and telephony. Overall, customers are taking 45% more additional subscription products than a year ago.

"Strong customer demand is increasingly reflected in our financial results, with double-digit growth in each of revenue, operating profit and cash flow. Earnings per share are up 20% to a record 31.1p and we are proposing a further 10% increase in the full year dividend, which has now doubled over the last five years."

Also today, Sky has agreed an exclusive deal for rights to all new programming from US network HBO, as well as making a commitment to support UK-produced comedy.

"We're looking forward to a new slate of original UK comedy on Sky1 HD and the launch of 3D TV to residential customers on October 1. The recent acquisition of the Living TV Group will help us to broaden our entertainment offering still further in the future," said Darroch.

"It has been a good year for Sky but we stay focused on the challenge ahead. The economic outlook remains uncertain and, against that backdrop, we'll pursue the consistent set of priorities that have served us well so far. Executing on these plans will build a larger, more profitable business for the long term."

30-07-2010, 09:33
Fashion TV increases its channel, now with Fashion One

A new version of Fashion TV channel par excellence as Fashion TV is just starting on the satellite Eutelsat Hot Bird (13 ° East) being the seventh separate bid can be captured in open.

Fashion One has started its broadcasts on the satellite Hot Bird 6 (13 ° East) in the frequency V 11 585-MHz (DVB-S, MPEG-2, SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4.)

In fact its signal could already captured since last June via satellite Türksat 3A (42 ° East) in the frequency 11 096-V MHz (DVB-S, MPEG-2, SR 30000, FEC 5 / 6) for market- Turkish television.

Fashion One is added to other versions of the channel's own fashion such as Fashion TV, Fashion TV Arabia, Czech Fashion TV, Fashion TV SEE, Fashion TV Türkiye, World Fashion Channel.

Fashion TV began life in the late 90s, in particular in 1997, through the 19.2 ° East Astra satellites forming part of package of the French platform CanalSat and Canal Satellite Digital Spanish, now Digital +.

30-07-2010, 09:40
13E: More Fashion Channel FTA - Fashion One

On the European satellite system, Hot Bird (13°E) began broadcasting another fashion channel - Fashion One. The program is being broadcast freely (FTA), making it available to all viewers position 13°E with an interest in fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Fashion One began broadcasting in June last year on satellite Turksat 3A (42°E), the frequency 11.096 GHz, pol. V, SR 30000, FEC 5/6, and previously aired DVB-S/QPSK especially for the Turkish market, although the signal satellite signal covers a large part of Europe.

Fashion Channel One is in the order of nine FTAs fashion program, which may be interested in fashion tune. In addition to the work station Fashion TV, Fashion TV Eastern Europe, UK Fashion TV, Fashion TV Arabiya, Fashion TV United + Slovak, SEE Fashion TV, Fashion TV Türkiye and World Fashion Channel.

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Image for article: 13E: More Fashion Channel FTA - Fashion One

Fashion TV first channel of this type began broadcasts in 90 years - particularly in the 1997th With the advent of digital satellite broadcasting gradually formed regional variations.

Fashion One technical parameters:
Hot Bird 6 (13°E), freq 11.585 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

30-07-2010, 09:42
A new Ukrainian TV station Unian FTA at 4W

28 July 2010 at the satellite Amos 2 (4°West) appeared testing the new Ukrainian TV broadcast TV UNIAN (Ukrainian Independent News Agency). Station plans to broadcast its own shows 70 percent of production.

100% will be broadcast in Ukrainian language. Unian TV channel will be included in the group channel 1 +1.

Unian will be available throughout the territory of Ukraine. Will broadcast 24 hours a day.

License for digital TV broadcasting Unian Ukrainian National Council awarded 14 July 2010.

Most TV airtime UNIAN complete information, cultural, educational and entertaining programs and sessions for children.

Technical parameters:
Amos 2 (4°W), freq 10.722 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

30-07-2010, 19:36
Digi TV: HBO Hungary also without Nagravision 2

Premium movie channel HBO for the Hungarian market is already encrypted with the old system of Nagravision conditional second The company RCS/RDS disconnect the system for HBO Hungary. This program is available at the moment only the new cards Digi TV.

Shutting down the old system Nagravision 2 is part of the operator to deal with the leaky system, and illegal income paid content.

Disconnecting the old system Nagravision 2 runs slowly. Currently, this system remains to be disconnected in about third of TV channels offered by Digi TV.

All programs are coded system platforms Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3/4).

Technical parameters:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.563 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

30-07-2010, 19:39
Children's channel Tiji temporarily FTA on 85E

Intelsat satellite at orbital position 15 to 85.2 Wed east may be more attractive to tune broadcast free channel for children. Station named after them Tiji Gulli second television, which are temporarily available FTA.

Posting Tiji is addressed in particular the youngest viewers. This corresponds to the station's program schedule. Television was launched in March 2000. Tiji, like Gulli channels belong to a group of French media group Lagardère.

Image for article: Children's channel Tiji temporarily FTA on 85E

Technical parameters:
Intelsat 15 (85.2°E) freq 12.523 GHz, pol. V, SR 9950, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK

Free broadcast Tiji probably will not last long. Tiji as Gulli are paid services for the needs of cable and satellite platforms.

30-07-2010, 19:45
Mediaset Premium at breakeven

Published: July 30, 2010 Europe
Mediaset’s pay-as-you-go DTT package entered operational breakeven in the second quarter.

The total of 4.4 million active cards at the end of June 2010 compared favourably with the 3.7 million at the same point in 2009. Revenues from card sales, re-charges and Easy Pay subscriptions amounted to €229.7 million, an increase of 55% on the €148.3 million of the first half of 2009.

EBIT rose to €339 million, an increase of 20.8% on the second quarter. Net profit also increased by 23.3% to €155.3 million.

Mediaset’s satellite rival Sky is yet to report, but has struggled to add new subscribers in recent quarters.

30-07-2010, 19:50
Triple play drives ZON growth

Published: July 30, 2010 Europe

The Portuguese pay-TV operator ZON is enjoying considerable success in migrating its subscribers to multiple play bundles. However, its overall subscriber total is falling.

Results published by the company show that it ended Q2 with 1,576.900 basic subscribers, or 0.9% less than a year earlier. Of these, 1,166,300 (-1.1%) received cable services. On the other hand, the number of triple play customers stood at 571,900 (+46.3%) and almost one in two cable subscribers (49%) received triple play services.

ZON also saw a reduction in its DTH subscriber total in Q2, down 0.4% year-on-year to 410,600, but its blended ARPU was up by 6.2% to €35.6.

HD channels are already an important differentiator for ZON, the 15 it currently offers being the largest number by any platform in Portugal.

The company had operating revenues of €216.2 million (+9.5%) in Q2, along with EBITDA of €76.2 million (+15.9%). Its net income rose by an impressive 41.7% to reach €13.6 million.

30-07-2010, 19:51
Switch Now campaign drives Ziggo revenue rise

Published: July 30, 2010 Europe
A massive increase in triple play customers helped Ziggo compensate for second half loses in basic cable subscriptions. Revenues increased by 7% to €676.7 million, including a 36% increase (€60.2 million) from paid-for digital TV services. EBITDA of €388 million was up 13% against H1 2009.

The Netherlands’ largest cable operator reported a 2.9% fall in total TV subscriptions, the figure masked in part by the conversion of over 20% of its analogue subscribers to the digital format. The number of homes signed up to its ‘All in 1’ triple play bundle leapt by 67.5% from 476,000 to 797,000 as the result of a “Switch Now” marketing campaign.

“Our focus on customer satisfaction, product improvements and network infrastructure investments continues to deliver robust subscriber additions and revenue growth,” Ziggo CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen said in a statement. “Combined with strict cost control this has resulted in a solid financial performance. We are confident of achieving our full year objectives”.

The cablenet has also been promoting its HD offering ahead of the football World Cup in June. This resulted in the number of subscribers taking its HD package increasing from 70,000 to over 117,000 subscriptions. New HD additions are currently running at 30,000 per month and the cableco says there remains considerable room for growth.

Ziggo has 4,107,000 homes passed of which 3,120,000 take television services, including 1.4 million receiving digital services; 1,492,000 broadband internet and 1,073 telephony.

The number of RGUs per customer rose by 9.9% to 2.36 and ARPU by 11.2% to €32.67.

30-07-2010, 19:53
Positive half year for SES

Published: July 30, 2010 Europe

Satellite operator SES has posted revenues of €844.9 million for the first half of this year, a 4.5% increase on the corresponding period in 2009. Its EBITDA was meanwhile 3.3% higher at €632.7 million, and operating profit rose by 4.5% to reach €386.3 million.

The first half this year has been eventful for SES and its subsidiaries in a number of respects. SES Astra, for instance, was able to add 21 additional transponders to its capacity through the launch of Astra 3B in June. In total, its technical reach at the end of June stood at 125 million TV homes, or 3 million more than a year earlier, and it broadcast 135 HD channels.

SES World Skies meanwhile launched the SES-1 satellite in May and new platforms (such as Claro TV, in Puerto Rico) began to use the company’s services in a number of territories.

Commenting on the results, SES president and CEO Romain Bausch said: “SES continued to implement its growth strategy during the first six months of the year, launching and bringing into service three new satellites. These satellites brought important replacement and incremental capacity, for the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean region. We are negotiating the disposal of ND SatCom as part of our strategy to focus services activities on developing demand for capacity on our satellites. The overall development of group activities and the financial result for the period is entirely in line with our previous guidance.”

30-07-2010, 19:54
RTÉ transmission network faces sale

Published: July 30, 2010 Europe

Ireland’s transmitter network could be put up for auction, following a report by the State assets review group.

Communications minister Eamon Ryan said he was opposed to the privatisation of the country’s state-owned electricity, gas and postal services, but it would be right to look at the future of RTE’s network division.

It is not the first time that a sale has been mooted. In 2002 plans to sell off the network were dropped after the potential sale price slipped from €70 million to €30 million.

Ryan made his comments as he outlined plans for Ireland’s digital switchover, which he said was on course to complete by the end of 2012. He expressed confidence that RTE had sufficient finance to meet the €70 million cost of upgrading the network of 51 transmitters. However, he expressed disappointment that there would be no commercial services following successive failures in bringing in a partner from the private sector.

It is anticipated that 98% of the country will be served by terrestrial transmitters, 97.2% of the population being covered by the second quarter of 2011.

RTE is planning a ‘Freesat-style’ service to cover outlying areas.

30-07-2010, 19:56
Belgacom demonstrates IPTV demand

Published: July 30, 2010 Europe

Belgium continues to be a hotspot for genuine IPTV as demonstrated by the telco Belgacom, which added 54,000 additional TV subscribers in the second quarter, traditionally one of the poorest for subscriber growth.

It takes the installed base at the end of June to 868,000, a year-on-year increase of 47%. Some 44% of Belgacom’s customers take two or more services and the company says that an increasing number take four services; 115,000 customers receive a second stream. TV revenues represented €86 million; ARPU fell to €19.1, the seasonal fall being attributable to the end of the football season.

Belgacom’s success is the more remarkable for being in a country with cable penetration in the mid 90s.

In the first half of the year revenues from IPTV grew by 46% to €86 million.

30-07-2010, 19:57
Private TV station torched in Sri Lanka capital
July 30th, 2010 -

Unidentified attackers set fire to a private television station in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo today after smashing editing equipment, police said. About a dozen men stormed the Siyatha television studious in Colombo and exploded a petrol bomb after systematically destroying equipment inside the news room studios, a journalist from the station said. “The station is off the air because our equipment has been destroyed,” the journalist said, asking not to be named. “About a dozen men had come into the building after breaking open the gates.”

Siyatha owners were earlier seen as supporters of the ruling party, but government sources accused them of backing the opposition candidate during President Mahinda Rajapakse’s re-election bid in January. A police spokesman said an investigation was underway following the pre-dawn attack. The attackers were armed with automatic weapons, and assaulted two unarmed guards who required hospitalisation.

Today’s attack was the first targeting a private television station since an identical torching of another private TV network near the capital in January last year. No one has been brought to justice in connection with that attack.

30-07-2010, 19:57
Sky: No more free channels

BSkyB will not launch any more free to air channels, according to chief executive Jeremy Darroch. Sky is increasingly looking towards a paid-for channels model. It announced in June that Sky Sports News would be subscription only from later this summer and will be replaced on Freeview with a time-shifted version of Sky 3. Its other two Freeview channels are Sky 3 and Sky News.

Darroch said: "We have no plans to launch any free to air channels. We like pay, we like the way it allows us to grow subscription revenue and keep the investment cycle. In direction, we are going the other way and Sky Sports News is going behind a paywall in August."

When Sky bought Virgin Media Television, now renamed Living TV Group, it did not license the Virgin brand and it is yet to announce what it intends to do with the Freeview channel Virgin1.

30-07-2010, 19:58
France Telecom confirms talks with Canal+, football league

France Telecom-Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has confirmed that the group was in talks with Canal Plus about its Orange Cinema Series subscription TV package and with the French professional football league for its Orange Sport channel.

French newspaper Les Echos quoted Richard as saying that "discussions with Canal Plus are not completed. Let's not go faster than the music. Many subjects are involved". He sees an agreement with the Vivendi subsidiary as "a possibility among others", even if "we have much in common with Canal Plus, notably our subscription models".

Concerning Orange Sport, talks are ongoing with the football league. The group will "evaluate different options during the summer to probably choose to go further in September, exclusively with one of its potential partners".

30-07-2010, 20:00
IPTV leads Spain’s pay-TV growth

Spain’s pay-TV is slowly increasing, with IPTV leading the growth in terms of subscribers.

The latest report from the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) reveals that in the first quarter of 2010 pay-TV reached 4.46 million subscribers against 4.2 million the same period the previous year. IPTV registered the highest growth adding over 100,000 subscribers, from 711,000 to 823,000. Mobile TV was second in capturing pay TV subscribers going from 277,393 to 362,000. Cable TV grew by 22,000 subscribers, from 1,269,000 to 1,291,000 with satellite TV losing around 200,000 clients, from 2,001,295 to 1,798,845.

By companies, Telefonica captured 30,000 new clients to 732,000 and pay DTT service Gol TV, 43,000 new clients up to 190,499, in comparison with the last quarter of 2009. Sogecable and ONO did it not very well as they lost 47,000 and 5,000 subscribers, respectively.

Overall, according to CMT, total audiovisual revenues amounted to E1.527 billion against E1.715 billion in the last quarter of 2009. Ad revenues reached E621.8 million, down E11 million compared with the same period last year. Pay TV fees stood at E342 million, similar to E341 in the first quarter of 2009, with pay-per-view revenues going down, though, to E20.8 million against E61.1 in 2009. Satellite TV earned E263 million against E390 in the first quarter of 2009, cable TV E73 million against E76 million, terrestrial TV E553 million against E578 million in 2009 and Mobile TV E3.7 million against E4.3 million in the last quarter of 2009.

30-07-2010, 20:01
Australian IPTV users stung by Labour broadband plan

Users of TVs that are Internet enabled are set to be hit hard by the National Broadband Network NBN Co, under proposed costings put forward by Labour’s Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.

Conroy is also proposing that users are automatically locked into paying for a new fibre service unless they specifically choose to opt out of the new fibre to the home service.

Set to be hardest hit are TV viewers who want to take advantage of content delivered to their TV via services like the Telstra BigPond Movie service.

What the Federal Government is proposing is the introduction of a $35 basic charge for Internet and voice service, and $50 for faster Internet and voice.

On top of this the Labour Government is proposing that IPTV users will be hit with additional costs. Currently most carriers are charging $0.15 cents a megabyte for additional broadband outside of a contract. Based on an average movie size of between 1 GB and 1.5 GB the cost could blow significantly unless the provider of the service is delivering unmetred broadband with the movie service similar to what Telstra is currently doing with their BigPond movie service.

Confirming an increase in the coverage of its national broadband network, Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy said he would support a rollout where people were automatically connected to the network unless they chose to opt out of it.


30-07-2010, 20:02
Etisalat poised to launch VOD

UAE telecoms operator Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) plans to launch a VOD service next month. According to Humaid al Suwaidi, the chief executive of Etisalat’s cable division E-Vision, an announcement on the launch of the service will be made ‘in the next two weeks.’ Al Suwaidi added: ‘VOD and subscription-VOD is the way we believe people will be watching TV in the future. We have realised its importance, and we have been working on it.’

30-07-2010, 20:03
Technicolor and DirecTV sign STB extension

Technicolor has announced the signing of a three-year contract extension to provide a wide range of SD and HD set-top boxes to DirecTV, the popular US video service. Technicolor is also the preferred provider of 3D services, enabling the launch of DirecTV's first 3D VOD service.

In a separate deal, Technicolor confirmed that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with US telco Verizon to become one of Verizon’s suppliers to provide its next-generation FiOS broadband home routers. These routers aim to enhance the experience of residential customers served by its advanced fibre-to-the-home access network.

As of the end of second-quarter 2010, the FiOS network passed 15.9 million premises and had 3.8 million FiOS Internet and 3.2 million FiOS TV customers.

30-07-2010, 20:04
Humax Freeview+ HD

Humax’s UK arm has confirmed that its HDR-FOX T2 for Freeview+ HD set-top box will be on sale from 16th August 2010.

Humax suggests the STB is primed to become the hub of the home. The two USB ports enable the playback of media such as photos, videos and mp3s directly onto the TV screen and files can be copied from the box onto USB storage devices. Through its Ethernet port, the HDR-FOX T2 can connect with a home network, enabling the sharing of content with PCs or other selected storage devices using Powerline, Ethernet cable or wireless USB accessories.

Future upgrades to the box will also enable communication with selected Humax set-top boxes anywhere in the home later this year. The HDR-FOX T2 also supports the future delivery of broadband content for on-demand and catch-up services, including Sky Player – Sky’s online TV service, which is set to be available in 2010 offering a wide range of live TV channels including Sky Sports and a comprehensive video-on-demand service.

Graham North, Commercial Director at Humax Electronics, said that although the company supported open platform IPTV service Project Canvas, it was not possible to support it in all its complexities, so the company was making it possible to receive other over-the-top services. "Our belief is that OTT will be the future growth of TV," he added.

31-07-2010, 08:19
Sky 3D: commercial launch on October 1

The operator BSkyB (Sky) confirmed that Thursday the availability of its 3D Sky for UK residential market from 1 October this year, just for your reception to be a subscriber to Sky + HD package (no additional cost so) and have a screen "3D Ready". Per weekend launch is planned a sports programming and film particularly attractive: the live broadcasting of the 2010 edition of the Ryder's Cup, the competition of golf that pits traditionally Europe and the United States, and the dissemination of film "Bolt" and "Monster vs.. Aliens." Agenda is also broadcast regular games in the Premier League, English football. Later (until Christmas) will be issued to major Hollywood releases in 3D, following agreements with the studios Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks: "Alice in Wonderland," "Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs", "Coraline," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince" and "My Bloody Valentine" are some of the titles announced. Remember that the Sky 3D, launched last April and broadcast on Astra 2B/28, 2 This can only currently be seen in 1,500 pubs in Britain and Ireland.

31-07-2010, 08:20
Eurosport launches pan-European advertising offers for London 2012

The two years of the onset of the London Olympics in 2012, Eurosport - Diffuser Partner of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic broadcaster since 1992 - announced the launch of an international offer of trade promotion specifically dedicated to this great event. The commercial offer Eurosport "Road to London 2012" allows customers to brands join in the next two years the countdown to the Games in London by offering them the opportunity to advertise during the Olympic international sports events broadcast in that period by the channel. The brand advertisers will also be able to reserve advertising space for the period of two weeks of direct action of their own Olympics. Eurosport is planning a cover 24h/day and 7 days / week that will give rise to more than 350 hours of sports content to display on your main pan-European channel, Eurosport, plus many more hours of specific programs and created content both for TV but also for internet and mobile platforms.


31-07-2010, 18:52
BBC to launch new channels in India
July 31st, 2010 -

India is a key growth market and the BBC Worldwide Channels are already working on widening the reach of its channels and introducing new ones in the country, a senior official said, The Times of India reports.

Darren Childs, Managing Director of the BBC Worldwide Channels, said: “We have identified India as a high-growth market and will be making substantial investments in bringing quality content and increasing distribution here”. Mr Childs said the Indian pay television market is set to grow immensely in the next five years, making it a key market for the future growth of the company.

The BBC was aiming to have two-thirds of its sales come from the overseas market by 2012 and India was a “tier one priority” market that would help achieve this target, he said. Currently, only three BBC channels – BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and Cbeebies – are available in the country.

It would re-launch BBC Entertainment by the end of this year and have a wider distribution for its channels, Mr Childs said. “We will also look at bringing other channels like BBC Knowledge and BBC Lifestyle in India at the appropriate time”.

31-07-2010, 18:54
RFE/RL to broadcast US sports coverage?
July 31st, 2010 -

Pac-10, a college sports conference which operates in the western United States, may soon be known by radio listeners in Eastern Europe and beyond. Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott held a conference media day in New York City this week, outlining his plans to expand coverage of the conference. He announced that the organisation will be re-named Pac-12, having added Colorado and Utah to its list of members.

Amongs other things, Mr Scott is planning to extend TV coverage of USC football to the UK. He added “I’m also working on an exciting AM/shortwave radio deal with Radio Free Europe. The Steve Sarkisian coach’s show is going to absolutely kill in Armenia!”.

31-07-2010, 18:56
AWR selects its financial officer as new president
July 31st, 2010 -

Dowell Chou. Photo: AWR.

The Adventist World Radio board has selected the ministry’s vice president for finance, Dowell Chow, to serve as its new president. He first joined the ministry in 2005 and has served as its vice president for finance. Mr Chow replaces Benjamin Schoun, who last month was appointed a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. In his new role, Schoun will still serve AWR as its board chair.

AWR provides thousands of hours a day in broadcasting in 107 languages over AM, FM, shortwave, Internet and podcasting. Based at the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, AWR employs 31 people, including staff in offices overseeing operations in Europe, Africa and Asia. Most of the hundreds of local studio and engineering staff worldwide are employed by local church entities.

Mr Chow said some of AWR’s key operations include its extensive network of FM radio stations, training for local partners and the ministry’s offerings of podcasting - last month the organization launched a website with podcasts in more than 80 languages.

31-07-2010, 18:57
Switzerland’s global voice turns 75
July 31st, 2010 -

Seventy-five years ago on Sunday, swissinfo’s predecessor, a shortwave radio service from the Swiss Broadcasting Corp., transmitted its first signal round the world. To celebrate the station’s rich history as the “voice of Switzerland abroad”, swissinfo has compiled excerpts of some of the more memorable programmes, interviews and reader pictures collected throughout the years.

“Dear Swiss men and women in South America,” said Rudolf Minger, Swiss president at the time, using the first words sent over the station’s first broadcast on August 1, 1935.

Over the decades, shortwave broadcasts eventually grew more obsolete, and the last radio programme of what became Swiss Radio International aired in 2004. But the station’s mission lives on. Today the multimedia platform, swissinfo.ch, has assumed a federally mandated duty to inform the Swiss abroad and an international audience about news and events in Switzerland.

To hear Minger’s address, Winston Churchill’s post war speech from 1946 in Bern, and an interview with Louis Armstrong from 1955, among many other excerpts, visit the 75th anniversary special.

01-08-2010, 14:08
ICTV : 4 August stop signal encoding

After showing the World Cup 2010, the channel has prepared a pleasant surprise for the audience. In the night of 3 and 4 August ICTV stop signal coding programs via satellite. Thus, the Ukrainians will be able to watch your favorite TV projects anywhere in the country.

During decoding the signal parameters of the satellite "Amos 2" will remain the same. Namely: position 4°West, f = 10759 MHz, S/R - 30000 Mb/s, polarisation - horizontal, FEC - 3/4, V pid - 97, A pid - 98.
Today ICTV owns one of the largest private networks broadcasting in Ukraine. Watch Program ICTV has the ability to 95% of the population of Ukraine, which is almost 41 million people.

ICTV is now closer to its audience. Plug-and exposes on the remote control button under № 1 channel ICTV, so as not to miss the fun!

01-08-2010, 14:10
New channels on the platform NTV-Plus

Please be advised soon start broadcasting on the platform NTV-Plus three new channels:

On August 3, 2010:

Selfish TV
Channel is addressed primarily male audience. No channel for family viewing. The diversity of emotions and situations in the short kinoform from around the world. Free experiments, spontaneous feelings, unpredictable reactions. TV Channel "Selfish" - a male view of the world, plus an elegant entertainment for people with taste. A new TV pilot format for adults.
Country-content producers - Russia, France, the Netherlands, England, Germany, USA, Canada, Mexico, etc.

Package: Egoist TV (Russia and Ukraine)

Broadcasting time: day

Language - Russian

On August 5, 2010:

Entertainment channel. The program - domestic and foreign films, detective and comedy series, educational programs about travel, nature, documentaries, and sports, fishing, music, humor.
Package: Basic (RF)
Broadcasting time: day
Language: Russian

Channel Business Information, a draft of Russian media holding "Expert". The program's network - information-analytical broadcasts. Its share in the air is about 60%. Political and economic news, analytical reviews and commentaries, interviews with leading politicians and businessmen of Russia and other countries. The program channel as the transfer of business history, culture, lifestyle, cars, concerts, rock legends and film festival in the original language with Russian subtitles.
Package: Basic (Russia and Ukraine)
Broadcasting time: day
Language: Russian
Options broadcasting new channels will be announced.

01-08-2010, 14:11
Fashion TV SEE ended at 10E, broadcasts more to 16E

Fashion TV SEE, the French fashion channel version for Southeast Europe (SEE - South Eastern Europe) has ceased distribution of the Eutelsat W2A satellite at the orbital position 10°E. SCPC channel is here now has a thanks for posting and monitoring parameters of the income of the mutation Fashion TV.

As previously stated Fashion TV SEE ends for economic reasons. Countries of the former Yugoslavia, and after about 1.5 year, returning the European version of Fashion TV. Viewers can watch it freely from the Hot Bird satellite system (13°E) freq 10.815 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 5/6 DVB-S.

Technical parameters - Fashion TV SEE:
Eutelsat W2A (10°E) freq 11.152 GHz, pol. H, SR 2269, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/QPSK, FTA

Surprisingly Fashion TV SEE still airs on transponder Serbian Pink TV platform at the orbital position 16°E. And there will soon be broadcast ended.

Technical parameters - Fashion TV SEE:
Eutelsat Sesat (16°E) freq 11.178 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

01-08-2010, 14:12
Start Comedy Central HD - not in Poland!

Number of programs in high definition television (HDTV) in the UK continues to grow. Only this year, BSkyB joined a few new HD channels such as ESPN America HD, Five HD, Sky Sports4 HD and Sky News HD. The latest HD channel from Viacom, and provided a channel Comedy Central HD. Scrambled in N.D.S-VideoGuard test HD channel Comedy Central is on the Astra 2B (28.2°E), with the frequency 12.090 GHz, pol. V, SR 29500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2/QPSK.

01-08-2010, 19:20
Blackberry services to be suspended: Etisalat
by Brooke Sever on Aug 1, 2010

Etisalat was by the UAE Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) today to suspend BlackBerry services providing email, web browsing, instant messaging and social networking from October 11, 2010. It said the suspension would remain in place until "an acceptable solution can be developed and applied which brings the BlackBerry services in line with the UAE's telecommunications regulations."

The regulator informed the UAE government last week that is was concerned the communication format fell outside the jurisdiction relating to the country's mobile phone laws.

“Certain Blackberry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions,” a regulator spokesman said.

Etisalat have issued the following statement:

"This is an important decision made by the Regulatory Authority and we fully understand the legal and social considerations behind the decision.

Etisalat has an obligation to act within the law and the regulations of the TRA, while at the same time, providing our customers with the best service. Etisalat has a significant share of customers in the UAE for its mobility services, including BlackBerry customers and hence it is very important for us to ensure our customers enjoy continuity of services.

Etisalat's focus at the current time is to make sure its valued customers experience continuity of mobility services. In line with its commitment towards its customers, Etisalat will soon be announcing a range of alternative mobility products and services for its existing blackberry customers."

Customers and industry experts have expressed concerns that the move is a veiled attempt to censor content. Unlike SMS, Blackberry's instant messages are not stored, meaning their content cannot be tracked or accessed by outside parties.

02-08-2010, 20:00
Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

Viasat Broadcasting has signed extensions to two major sports rights contracts. The rights to Formula One motor racing in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and golf’s American PGA Tour across the Nordic region, the Baltic states, Russia and Bulgaria have both been secured until the end of 2015.

Viasat has held the Scandinavian rights to Formula One since 2005, while the US PGA Tour has been a staple of the Viasat schedules since the launch of TV3 in 1987.

Live coverage of all Formula One races and qualifying sessions will continue to be shown in Sweden and Norway on the dedicated motor sports channel – Viasat Motor, and on TV3 Puls in Denmark. Race highlights will be shown on new sports-focused free-TV channel TV10 in Sweden and on Viasat4 in Norway.

US PGA Tour golf will continue to be broadcast on pan-Nordic and Baltic dedicated golf channel Viasat Golf, as well as on Viasat Sport HD in Sweden and Norway. Coverage for the extended contract period between 2011 and 2015 will be available on Nova Sport in Bulgaria and on Viasat Sport East in Russia.

The US PGA Tour comprises a total of 600 hours of live broadcasting each year from the US PGA Tour itself, as well as the Nationwide Tour and the Champions Tour.

02-08-2010, 20:02
\Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

The leading Czech broadcaster TV Nova is looking for a new CEO, with Petr Dvorak having been promoted by its operator Central European Media Enterprises (CME).

Quoted in HN, Dvorak, who is now VP of broadcasting at CME, said he would have had a conflict of interest had he stayed in his previous position. Dvorak remains a director of CET 21, the other managers being Oliver Meister, VP for external relations at CME, and Adrian Sarbu, CME’s president and CEO.

In is new role, he is responsible for CME’s activities in all six countries in CEE, including the Czech Republic, in which the company operates.

There is a possibility that TV Nova’s new head will be appointed from within the company


02-08-2010, 20:03
Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

A new satellite delivered channel named CSB TV has made its debut in Poland.

Speaking to Wirtualne Media, Adam Chmielecki, a representative of the channel’s operator Media Kaszëbë, said that the service, which is currently transmitting on a trial basis, would start live broadcasts from the middle of this month and produce five hours of its own programming daily from September.

CSB TV is being distributed by Hot Bird at 13 degrees East and can be received with Cyfrowy Polsat decoders. It is aimed principally at the Kasubian minority living in the north of the country and will carry programming in both the Kasubian language and Polish.

Media Kaszëbë is co-operating with the Silesia-based regional station TVS.


02-08-2010, 20:04
Broadcom powering Sky Deutschland STBs

Published: August 2, 2010 09.49 Europe

Broadcom has said that its BCM7325 and BCM7335 chipsets are being used in the new range of set-top boxes being deployed by Sky Deutschland.
The single-chip BCM7325 solution will power the next generation of HD non-DVR STBs, manufactured by Pace and unveiled at Anga Cable in May, while the single-chip BCM7335 will be at the heart of Sky Deutschland’s first integrated Sky+ DVR.

The system-on-a-chip solutions enable multi-channel high definition and digital video recorder functionality. This includes support for MPEG-4, *** MediaHighway, and Flash-based user interface.

Both chips meet the European Commission’s Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Digital TV Service Systems to lower power consumption.


02-08-2010, 20:06
Price shock for Slovenian IPTV

Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

Tax increases that came into effect in Slovenia at the beginning of this month will have a direct impact on subscription fees charged by providers of electronic communications services.
The incumbent telco Telekom Slovenije has already announced that, in the light of its heavy investment (€13 million in Q1 this year alone) in infrastructure also used by alternative providers and “unrealistically low prices”, it will be introducing a number of changes from September.

These will see the cost of all its IPTV service SiOL TV package rise by €3 a month, other than for those that include the internet, which will remain frozen until the end of the year. There will also be a charge on €7 a month, again with some exceptions, for subscribers who access SiOL TV through its fibre-optic network. They already benefit from being able to receive such additional services as HD channels.

Also from September, Telekom Slovenije will re-introduce packages, varying in price from €26-37 a month, that do not include the internet.

Dnevnik reports other IPTV providers (Amis and T-2) will also increase their prices in September. It adds that according to the latest available figures, Telekom Slovenije has 113,088 TV subscribers and a 61% share of the country’s IPTV market. The telco also has a 45.2% share of the fixed broadband access market.


02-08-2010, 20:07
Pinot steps down at Globecast

Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

Globecast has confirmed that its chairman and CEO Christian Pinon is to leave the communications services provider on September 30 to join the television products division of sister France Telecom company Orange France. His place will be taken by Olivier Barberot, the former executive VP of human resources at France Telecom/Orange.

Pinon has been in post for over 10 years, rejoining France Telecom after 12 years with Alcatel Telspace, where he served both as CEO and later chairman.

Barberot, 55, joined France Telecom in March 2003 as a member of the executive committee in charge of development and optimisation of human skills. He has been executive vice president in charge of human resources for the group and operations in Poland since 2006.


02-08-2010, 20:11
All words SPEKRUM in the post

Documentary channel SPEKTRUM today introduced its audiences in the innovative format - the new logo, graphics and widescreen 16:9 format. A new coat SPEKTRUM TV brings youthful, modern and attractive appearance.

TV SPEKTRUM started 15 years ago and is currently among the most popular channels in the documentary offers cable and satellite TV.
Image for article: SPEKRUM is presented in a new coat

SPEKTRUM is part of the tender CS Link, Digi TV and UPC Direct

02-08-2010, 20:12
Express AM2 ceased operation at position 80E

Russian telecommunication satellite Express AM2 satellite operator RSCC cease its operation at the orbital position 80 degrees east. Services now provided by C-band satellite Express MD1 at the same location.

Ku-band capacity on the 80°E is no direct compensation. Broadcasters moved its services to other satellites Series Express. Recent clients of Express AM2 went to 01 August 2010. They were paid TV Viva TV Orion Express. This new pay-TV operates under the name Continent and TV broadcasts by satellite on Intelsat 15 (85.2°E).

Express satellite fleet is in disrepair. In addition to problems of Express AM2 satellite operator has difficulty even with the Express AM1 satellite position at 40°E.


02-08-2010, 20:13
Telenet in 3D research partnership

Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

Telenet has signed a three-year research contract with the Laboratory for Neurophysiology and Psychophysiology at the KU Leuven Medical School.

The research project led by Professor Guy Orban will focus on the neutral processing of 3D images in the human brain using functional imaging.

The cooperation between the Flemish cableco and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven was established in the as part of the “Digital Wave 2015” plan, an innovation programme launched by Telenet to help Flanders maintain its pioneering role in an environment that is very quickly turning digital.

“For Telenet, it is not only important to know how the customer reacts to new television products in commercial terms,” said Jan Vorstermans, executive vice president, technology and solutions, Telenet. “The way in which viewers process 3D images, and the influence of 3D on the general viewing experience are equally relevant when outlining new digital plans”. Vorstermans said it was essential to clearly assess how sustainable and how responsible new products are.

Professor Orban and his team are world leaders in research on the neural mechanisms of visual 3D shape processing. “We have discovered the gradient neurons that extract this 3D shape from the flow of visual information reaching the brain from both eyes”, says Professor Orban. “We have been able to identify the areas where these neurons are situated in the human brain using functional imaging.”

As part of the current project Professor Orban will investigate how information reaching the brain is then used to perceive actions in 3D and how processes then differ in real life. “In concrete terms we can, for example, compare the experience of being present at a football match to watching the same football match on the new digital 3D TV”.

The co-operation between cableco and university will last for an initial three years with both parties able to use any findings that emerge.

02-08-2010, 20:15
Cisco to supply first Virgin-TiVo PVR
Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

Virgin Media has turned to long-term supplier Cisco for its first ‘TiVo inside’ set-top when the navigation technology becomes the cableco’s prime middleware later this year. However, plans to retrofit TiVo into the operator’s existing set-top boxes have hit a stumbling block after it emerged the technology was not suitable for all of the receivers currently deployed on the network.

A new Cisco personal video recorder is due to be shipped shortly before Christmas when TiVo will soft launch. The rollout is anticipated to get underway in earnest early in 2011. The manufacturer has already been named by Spanish cablenet ONO for its own TiVo deployment.

Cisco is already a supplier of Virgin’s V+ digital video recorder, a relationship that goes back past the legacy brands of Telewest and NTL, and last September it was announced Cisco would deploy core and edge network technologies as part of he deployment of its Internet Protocol (IP) TV distribution platform and upgrade of its legacy digital TV infrastructure.

In an investor call last week Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett described TiVo as a platform that would work for the cableco’s TV customers in the same way that DOCSIS 3 had been implemented for its broadband internet subscribers. “We will be first mover into next generation TV and I think we will also be best mover. It will be a superior product to Sky’s codename Darwin, it will be a better product than Canvas, and it will be first out”.

In addition to new deployments it is hoped the TiVo software will be downloaded into a part of the existing installed base. “The current V+ HD, ie non-DVR boxes that we are sourcing from Cisco, are compatible with TiVo, so we could drop TiVo onto those, but the Samsung DVRs are not, so we would probably launch DVRs that we would source from Cisco initially and they would be new to requirements,” said Berkett.

He explained that TiVo boxes could be rolled out within the existing capital guidance and that if there were a suitable pricing mechanism found, this could be expanded further.

Going forward, the cost on a per-box basis was no more than with the existing TV Navigator/Liberate middleware, though with the two technologies overlapping it is clear that a final renewal of the SeaChange-owned middleware will be required before the turn of the year.

02-08-2010, 20:18
UPC cuts prices in Poland
Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

UPC has implemented across-the-board price reductions for its internet services in Poland.

Its Fiber Power 5 package is now being offered for PLN49.50 (€12.28) a month and Fiber Power 10, which was previously Fiber Power 8, for PLN58.50. Its fastest internet offer – Fiber Power 120 – has been reduced to PLN135 a month.

Further reductions are also being offered for its Fiber Power and TV packages, with one being provided at half price indefinitely. There are in addition reductions for Fiber Power/HD channel packages.

The most expensive, Max HD with a PVR and Fiber Power 50, is reduced from PLN200 to PLN150 a month and cheapest, Select HD and Fiber Power 5, from PLN145 to PLN92.50 a month.


02-08-2010, 20:19
Arqiva puts MCE TV onto CanalSat

Published: August 2, 2010 Europe

Arqiva has launched student channel MCE TV onto French DTH platform CanalSat (Astra, 19 degrees East). Arqiva is providing encoding, encryption, multiplexing and uplink services, as well as the connectivity between each of these elements.

Malcolm Campbell, Commercial Director at Arqiva Satellite & Media, said: “New customers are the lifeblood of any business and we are delighted that MCE TV has chosen Arqiva to launch their channel onto the CanalSat platform. A speedy launch was made possible by our provision of a robust temporary solution which has now been replaced by a range of permanent teleport services.”

MCE launched last October and is already available on cable and ADSL throughout France.

02-08-2010, 20:21
SeeSaw eyes international expansion

UK VOD website SeeSaw is set to expand internationally following "surprise" interest in licensing the group's technology. The move comes as the chief executive confirms the service is trying to broaden reach to computer game consoles and tablet devices. Pierre-Jean Sebert said the group is in negotiations with media companies in two countries to license its technology.

"It started as an opportunity, but we have now equipped ourselves in a strategy to deal with international expansion, on a business to business basis through partnerships," Sebert said.

One deal is said to be with a European broadcaster and the other further afield. The SeeSaw brand may be licensed as well as the technology.

02-08-2010, 20:22
Think tank calls for Licence Fee scrapping and BBC reform
From Colin Mann in London

Free-market policy research body The Adam Smith Institute is proposing that the TV Licence Fee should be abolished, and that the BBC should instead become a subscription service. The think tank makes its arguments in a report - Global Player or Subsidy Junkie? Decision time for the BBC - written by media expert and former BBC producer David Graham.

The report makes a number of points against the Licence Fee, arguing that it criminalises poor people, that it forces people to pay for genuinely ‘free’ services funded by advertising, that it obliges the BBC to replicate a crude commercial model based on mass-audience advertising, and that universal broadband and the Internet make a "licence" to broadcast obsolete.

The Institute contends that the report actually focuses on a more positive argument, suggesting that the BBC is a hugely important British institution that should be working harder for the country. "At the moment, the BBC invests heavily in opinion management and capturing UK regulators. Instead, it should look outwards towards the international media market, exporting prime time content to other countries (particularly in the EU) and competing for the first time with the major US studios," it recommends.

Rather than just exploiting the exclusive benefits of public subsidy, the Institute argues that the BBC should be contributing substantially to the national economy, and that shifting to a voluntary subscription model is the best way to make this happen. It would also allow the public, for the first time, the chance to make its own choices, as well as making the BBC more responsive to consumer demands and interests, says the Institute.

According to David Graham, continuing with the current funding model means justified hostility from the rest of the industry, contraction and decline for the BBC.


02-08-2010, 20:23
Channels, DTH lock horns over Trai move

DTH operators are at loggerheads over Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai's) recommendation on lowering the cap on the wholesale rate that broadcasters can charge DTH operators.

"Trai's recommendation is a small step in the right direction, as it has brought down the cap from 50 per cent to 35 per cent," said CEO of Tata Sky, Vikram Kaushik. Trai has recommended that broadcasters charge DTH operators only 35 per cent of the fee they charge regular cable TV operators for their channels. This is because DTH allows an accurate record of subscribers opting for different channels, unlike the regular cable TV, where broadcasters must rely on the data reported by operators.

"The recommendation brings to light Trai's concerns over the severe under-reporting by cable operators. It will bring down the disparity in the prices paid by cable operators and DTH companies to broadcasters," said Director and CEO of Airtel DTH Services.

However, broadcasters object to the recommendation, as it will curtail their earnings from the DTH companies. "What is the logic of 35 per cent? It's a completely random number. We are completely taken aback by the recommendations. It has come as a shock," said STAR India head Uday Shankar. He said the Indian Broadcasters Federation would protest against it.


02-08-2010, 20:24
Half of Zon subscribers now take triple-play
02 Aug 10 -

Almost half of Portuguese pay-TV leader Zon Multimédia’s subscriber base now take triple-play services from the operator.

Zon reported 571,900 triple-play subscribers at the end of the second quarter, taking penetration to 49%, up from 33.2% at the same point last year. Blended ARPU was €35.60, up 6.2% year-on-year.

The operator had 3.694 million revenue-generating units at the end of June, up 13.6% year-on-year. Basic cable and DTH subscribers declined slightly, but the number of double-play customers rose. The company experienced a slight slowdown in subscriber growth in the second quarter, in part due to price increases, it said. However, Zon said that this had been compensated by a significant improvement in profitability thanks to higher ARPU and low subscriber acquisition costs.

Zon reported revenues of €216.2m for the quarter, up 9.5% year-on-year. EBITDA was €76.2m, up 15.9%, and net income was €13.6m, up 41.7%.


02-08-2010, 20:25
MTG renews motorsport and golf deals
02 Aug 10 -

Modern Times Group (MTG) has renewed a raft of major sporting rights that will see international motor racing and golf tournaments continue to air on its Scandinavian Viasat channels.

It has renewed rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, where it airs on channels including pan-regional net TV3, Viasat Motor, Denmark's TV3 Puls, Norway's Viasat4 and Sweden's TV10. The US PGA Tour golf will also continue to air on TV3, Viasat Golk and Viasat Sport HD in the region until 2015. The tournament will also air on Russia's Viasat Sports East and Bulgaria's Nova Sport.


02-08-2010, 20:26
Romtelecom acquires Champions League rights
02 Aug 10 -

Romanian telco Romtelecom has acquired rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League football on its Dolce Sports channel.

Romtelecom has acquired exclusive rights to air 112 live matches, match highlights and a weekly highlights and analysis package via its Dolce IPTV and DTH offers and its NextGen network.

The remaining 34 matches will be aired live on free-to-air channel TVR, with Dolce Sports offering highlights.

Dolce TV has over 900,000 subscribers, with NextGen’s TV service has about 160,000 customers, according to Romtelecom.


02-08-2010, 20:27
Akado adds three new channels
02 Aug 10 -

Russian service provider Akado has added three new TV channels to its line-up today.

The operator has begun carrying domestic Russian thematic channels Psykhologia 21, Voprosy i Otvety (Questions and Answers) and Domashnye Zhiotnye (Pets), produced by Stream.

Akado said that its new thematic digital channel packages, introduced a year ago as an alternative to its big basic offer, were now taken by a quarter of all digital subscribers.


02-08-2010, 20:28
BSkyB (LSE:BSY) today confirmed it will launch Sky 3D, Europe’s first 3D channel, to millions of Sky homes on Friday 1st October 2010. The announcement coincided with the filming of a spectacular dance routine at St Pancras station, where Bollywood dancers performed in front of 3D cameras as part of a new SkyArts 3D production in partnership with English National Ballet.

Sky’s ground-breaking service will launch with an exciting line-up of movies and live sport . It will be available to any Sky+HD home that has invested in a 3D-ready TV. The launch weekend highlights will include:

* This year’s Ryder Cup, with three days of live coverage from Celtic Manor, as Europe take on the US in the most eagerly awaited golf event of the year.
* Two of the biggest grossing 3D films to date – Bolt and Monster vs. Aliens – will make their 3DTV debuts

The Sky 3D channel line-up will then continue to expand in the run-up to Christmas with a number of movie titles including: Alice in Wonderland; Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Coraline; Fly Me To The Moon, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and My Bloody Valentine. Sky has agreed with Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks to showcase the very best of Hollywood in 3D.

Sky will also offer a range of live sport, including Premier League football, from launch. Further shows spanning entertainment and the arts will be announced closer to the service’s launch.

All Sky+HD viewers with a 3D TV will be able to receive Sky 3D, as no set-top box upgrade is required. At no extra charge, customers who subscribe to Sky’s top channel and HD pack will receive access to a wide range of 3D movies, entertainment and sports.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, said: “As with High Definition, 3D is set to transform the way TV is enjoyed in homes nationwide. Following hot on the heels of the success of 3D cinema, Sky customers will now be the first anywhere in Europe to experience 3D TV from the comfort of their living rooms. They can look forward to a fantastic mix of live sport, blockbuster movies, and innovative entertainment and arts shows.”

Today’s announcement builds on the successful launch of the world’s first commercially available 3D channel in April 2010. Sky 3D is now available in more than 1,500 pubs and clubs across the UK and Ireland. Over a million sports fans have already marvelled at a range of sports broadcast live in 3D since the channel’s launch. Sports covered to date include football, rugby union, cricket, rugby league and darts.

Sky 3D is compatible with all of the 3D TVs being introduced by Sony Corp., Samsung, LG Electronics and Panasonic, and works with both ‘active’ and ‘passive’ 3D formats.

03-08-2010, 08:17
Disney Channel on the platform NTV-Plus

Instead, the channel Jetix platform NTV-PLUS 10 August 2010 to start broadcasting channel Disney Channel.

Disney Channel - Channel for a family audience. In the broadcast channel - the original production company Disney, as well as programs and series produced in Russia.

The youngest audience is addressed to the classic Disney animation, block gay cognitive gears "Uznavayka", which includes the series "My friends Tigrulya and Winnie", "Mickey Mouse Club", "handy Manny", "Little Einsteins".

And for adolescents and young adults - a Comedy Series: "Hannah Montana", "Wizards of Veyverli Place,», «Jonas», «Fun at the break," animated series "Fines and Ferb."

For those interested in news from the world of movies, music and games - the program «Disney 365", "Kinoputeshestvenniki", "On the Line!".

And for viewers of all ages - well-known blockbusters from the company's Disney: «Pirates of the Caribbean," "Finding Nemo," "Cars," "High School Musical" and others

03-08-2010, 08:18
Daring! TV replace XXX Xtreme on 06.09.2010

Hard Xtreme XXX erotic channel will be the beginning of September this year, replaced by a new program called Daring! TV. The term rebranding of Daring! TV was set on 06.09.2010, 5:00 am this morning on Czech time.

"The name of Daring! Is a top brand adult films company Beate Uhse, which represents the best of European productions in this genre. The new program/channel connects the selected films Daring study with those from the highest quality programs, an extensive video library of Sapphire to be the leader among Adult TV channels in Europe, "said the new program Daring! TV Peter Zemínová of Chello Central Europe, which represents the station with us.

XXX Xtreme was launched as a premium channel in the summer of 2005, the Central European pay TV UPC Direct, and the only DTH service offers 24-hour broadcast. XXX Xtreme channel later appeared in the paid offer satellite services CS Link and Skylink.

XXX Xtreme is another channel with adult kontentem undergoing transformation. Recall that in November 2005 have been replaced by the original station Private Blue and Private Gold with new programs Hustler TV and Blue Hustler.

03-08-2010, 08:19
Digi TV: HBO2, Spektrum, Private Spice, and 6 more TV without N2

A total of nine programs, yesterday ended the old system Nagravision 2 (CAID 1801) satellite pay TV Digi TV. Its operator, the company RCS/RDS, turn off the old coding in 9 channels. It is a broadcast station and the Czech and Slovak market.

Off a leaky system Nagravision 2 is now affected stations AXN CE, HBO2, Spektrum, TVR Cultural, Viasat Explorer, B1, Romania Prima TV, CNN International and Private Spice. All these programs are encoded only in later versions of Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3/4).

The above-mentioned programs work Digi TV subscribers with a new access card, which sent a service to its customers over the past weeks. The reason for the exchange of cards and changes in the coding block pirated income is paid content.

Technical parameters - AXN CE:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.531 GHz, pol. V, SR 23340, FEC 3/4 , DVB-S/QPSK

Technical parameters - HBO2, Spektrum:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.563 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical parameters - TVR Cultural:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.563 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical parameters - Viasat Explorer:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.643 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical parameters - B1, Prima TV Romania:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.687 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical parameters - CNN International:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.717 GHz, pol. V, SR 18400, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Technical parameters - Private Spice:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.723 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK


03-08-2010, 08:23
Footprint satellite Nilesat 201

Already on this Wednesday evening, is scheduled to start the launcher Ariane 5 (flight 196) with new telecommunications satellites, Nilesat 201 and Rascom QAF1R. The two satellites would be interesting for viewers in Europe.

Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat plans to replace the outgoing satellite Nilesat 101 by new satellite Nilesat 201.The satellite will be equipped with 24 transponders in Ku-and 4 Ka band. Coverage of a new satellite is shown on following the map.
Image for article: Footprint satellite Nilesat 201

The main zone Nilesat 201 will be North Africa and the Middle East, where the EIRP values reach 50-52 dBW, expanded coverage of Africa brings to the center of the EIRP value of 45-49 dBW. To Europe, the coverage is limited. Yet can not predict whether it will be possible signals from Nilesat 201 taken in central Europe.

Rascom-QAF1R will work to position 2.85°E. There will be a total of 12 transponders in Ku and C band 8. In Europe, it will be possible to receive signals in particular from the C band.

03-08-2010, 08:24
Digi Sport starts 14th August. Offers Italian and French league

The forthcoming channel Digi Sport satellite platform Digi TV, whose main attraction is the English Premier League, actually starts 14th August, at a time, he takes a year of this popular football competition. Server iDNES.cz station's editor confirmed JAROSLAV ŠIŠOLÁK. "Czech viewer would have had from August 14 smoothly tune," said Šišolák. This confirms the information that was recently brought daily Sport.

Digi Sport should not increase the price policy Digi TV satellite platform. "According to recent information that I have, so it should be," said Šišolák. Currently, the station prepared ten commentators from Slovakia, in the foreseeable future, it should occur here but the Czechs. Digi Sport but would not only build on the Premier League, from which it will offer five to six transmission of each round. Appear should now also French and Italian League and the American Major Soccer League.

03-08-2010, 08:25
Turkish TRT Belgesel started at 13E

Turkish public media TRT (Turkish Radio Television Corporation) was launched 01 August 2010 to distribute its channel TRT Belgesel a European satellite system, Hot Bird (13°E). The program appeared on transponder Antenna Hungaria.

TRT Belgesel is a new TRT channel focusing on tourism and documentary films. The program started in October 2009 over the Turksat 3A satellite systems (42°E) and Eutelsat W3A (7°E). It is now available for viewers in Europe through one of the key European satellite systems.

Channel TRT Belgesel brings documentaries to promote Turkish cultural and natural heritage. Station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Next station TRT Belgesel in multiplex Antenna Hungaria appeared also news and information station TRT Türk (formerly International TRT). Both programs are broadcast FTA.

Technical parameters:
Hot Bird 8 (13°E) freq 12.149 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

TRT Türk also sends the transponder RRsat on freq 10.971 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. Posting here will end soon.

03-08-2010, 11:46
TivuSat closes in on half million

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe
One year after its launch the Italian free-to-air satellite platform TivuSat is close to reaching 500,000 homes.

As of July 31, 2009 the Mediaset-RAI-Telecom Italia operation had 475,000 households hooked up to the 50-channel package delivered from the Eutelsat Hotbird neighbourhood.

In February the number of cards actually activated stood at 150,000, against 790,000 cards that had entered the retail supply chain.

03-08-2010, 11:48
Virgin and the 7 myths of Canvas
Published: August 3, 2010 Europe
Virgin Media has officially submitted a complaint to the communications regulator Ofcom, urging it to launch an investigation into Project Canvas on the grounds that it is anti-competitive, restricts consumer choice and jeopardizes the future development of next generation TV in the UK.

The cableco has released a seven-point document aimed at dispelling some of the myths it believes have sprung up around the hybrid platform.

Virgin argues that far from the stated objectives of creating a proprietary closed platform, the broadcasters should instead be competing with each other in the UK’s competitive market. It believes the combination of three of Britain’s most prominent public service broadcasters and two of the largest internet service providers will both stifle innovation and eliminate consumer choice.

03-08-2010, 11:50
Banks back Romanian DTT bid

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe
Romania’s National Telecommunications Company (SNR) has received bids from three banks to help it finance the licence fee for the second DTT licence currently being auctioned by the regulatory authority ANCOM.

According to ZF, the banks – Banca Romaeasca, BCR and Banca Transilvania – would like to provide a loan of €5 million, repayable in quarterly instalments over a five-year period. The date of the first repayment would be Q1 2012, following the transition to digital broadcasting.

Romania will initially have two DTT multiplexes, each carrying seven channels and received by a minimum 80% of the population by the end of 2011.

The deadline for bids for the two multiplexes, which are also currently being contested by RCS/RDS, Romtelecom, TDF SAS, Media Village, ORS and General Satellite Sofia, is the end of this month.

03-08-2010, 11:51
ITV puts multichannels behind paywall

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe

HD versions of ITV1, ITV2 and ITV4 will be made available on the Sky platform this autumn, the broadcaster announced Tuesday.

Moving the channels to pay is expected to be the start of a new long-term strategy by ITV as it seeks to move away from its reliance on advertising. It also reflects what has happened in continental Europe where terrestrial channels have also struggled to find a model that runs on advertising alone. Germany’s commercial broadcasters for example formed the HD+ platform.

ITV2 HD will launch in October with ITV3 and ITV4 following shortly afterwards/

“For the past decade ITV has not faced up to the challenges presented by the rise of internet-based platforms, the continuing growth of pay-TV and subscription services and the globalisation of content,” said ITV chief executive Adam Crozier. “Over time we expect to move to a position whereby half of ITV’s revenue base will be derived from non-television advertising sources and today we are announcing our move into pay television with the agreement to make HD versions of ITV 2, 3 and 4 pay channels on Sky.”

The standard definition versions of the channels will continue to be broadcast across the major TV platforms. A timeshifted version of the main channel, ITV1 +1 will launch in the autumn of 2011.

The decision was welcomed by Mike Darcey, Sky’s Chief Operating Officer: “The subscription model best rewards those committing to HD and continues to drive its growth. We therefore welcome ITV’s move to embrace pay TV to satisfy the demands of millions who now regard anything less than HD as a compromise.”

ITV is also expanding its online investment, setting aside an initial £75 million.

Revenues from the DTT multiplex operator SDN were £24 million, an increase of 14% year-on-year. Two new contracts, replacing those that had expired, were entered into during the first six months of the year. This has resulted in initially limited revenues but increases during 2011.

ITV’s previous failings in the pay-TV sector are well documented; terrestrial pay-TV platform ITV Digital (Previously On Digital) closed in 2002 after four years of operation.

03-08-2010, 11:53
Thematic channels drive Polish ad growth

Published: August 3, 2010 08.02 Europe
Poland’s ad market grew by 8.2% in the second quarter and is likely to be at least 3.5% larger for the year as a whole than in 2009, according to data produced by Starlink.

Published in Rzeczpospolita, the data shows that net ad spend in H1 this year amounted to almost PLN3.6 billion (€902.6 million), or 4.7% more than in the same period in 2009.

There are fundamental changes currently taking place in the Polish ad market aside from the growth in internet spend.

In the TV sector, traditional stations are losing out increasingly to thematic channels, with ad spend on the latter growing by up to 59% in H1 this year to a figure of PLN306 million. This was alongside an increase of 8.5% for the TV sector as a whole.

Significantly, TV sponsorship also grew by 5-7% in the first half of this year.

03-08-2010, 11:54
Sky Deutschland secures €340m cash injection

News Corp is to underwrite a €340 million refinancing of Sky Deutschland as the satcaster issued a profit warning. The new money will go towards an expansion of HD services, the accelerated deployment of Sky+ and enhanced customer service.

The rights offering is expected to take place in September/October 2010 using Sky Deutschland’s authorized capital. News Corp, through News Adelaide Holdings, has committed as a backstop to the rights issue in a move that could potentially increase its stake in Sky Deutschland up to 49.9% should other shareholders not choose to participate.

Sky Deutschland said it anticipated EBITDA for the full year would remain negative and would be significantly lower than previously indicated because of a lower than expected subscriber development. Full year 2011 is expected to be significantly better, but still remaining negative.

The pessimistic outlook came as Sky Deutschland reported subscription revenues up 18.7% year-on-year; ARPU also climbed to €28.62 from €25.20 in the second quarter of 2009. However, despite repackaging and a substantial marketing campaign, only 6,000 new subscribers were added, taking total subscribers to 2.476 million.

What has been achieved is the lowest annualized churn rate in four years, falling to 16.3% from 20.8% in Q2 2009. HD penetration increased to 14.9%, almost doubling over a 12-month period.

Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland AG, said while he was happy that the business was moving in the right direction, he was not satisfied with the pace of development. “In my time at Sky Deutschland, it has become clear to me that we must further invest now in those areas that fundamentally differentiate us for customers, and that will accelerate growth in subscribers and ARPU. We also need to shore up our financial position to enable us to focus on growth. I am confident this will allow us to achieve the necessary momentum to build a sustainable business for the future.”

The Sky+ PVR has been put at the centre of Sky Deutschland’s plans for future development, recognising that the product attracts new subscribers, who take more packages and services and churn at potentially lower levels. . Since November 2009, all Sky customers taking a box from Sky receive full warranty cover, backed by 24/7 customer support.