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tonymax
03-08-2010, 11:55
Omnicable acquisition encourages Megacable's leadership

In 2Q10, the main Mexican cable TV operator, Megacable, reached 1,7 million subscribers, which accounts for a 120,000 subscriber growth as compared with 1Q10. More than the 50% of such new clients resulted from the acquisition of Omnicable, a company that recorded 62,000 subscribers in the Sates of Sonora and Baja California, in the Northeast area of the country.

Megacbable's video subscribers amounted to 1,73 millions, 316,000 out of which are digital. In 1Q10, such figure amounted to 1,61 million subscribers and 289,000 digital clients. From 2Q09 to 2Q10, the company recorded a 222,000 client growth, fostered by both Omnicable acquisition last June and the increase in sales of packages targeted to low income sectors and the Soccer World Cup broadcasting.

From 4Q09 to 1Q10, an increase of 14,000 clients has been recorded, a very distant figure from that 120,000 users recorded after Omnicable acquisition. Megacable also informed that in 2Q10 video services were digitalized in six of its main markets, "trying to increase the company's operating effectiveness and quality", thus recording a 32% increase in digital subscribers from 2Q09 to 2Q10.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 11:56
The National Telecommunications Agency released new requirements for Pay-TV licenses

The Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency informed that the companies applying for Pay-TV licenses will need to include the area where such service will be rendered and to ratify such request until 60 days after being notified by the agency. Likewise, it was disclosed that such licenses "will keep requirements already existing in telecommunications services license agreements". Such explanation resulted from critics made by several sectors after the agency decided to open the Pay-TV market.

Representatives of the Pay-TV Association, the free-to-air TV private channel Band and the main Brazilian and Latin American cable operator Net have recently criticized the measure taken by the agency by means of which a single USD 5,000 price was set for all licenses, on the grounds that only telecommunications companies would be benefited. Although the Agency ratified the abovementioned price, operators who, at the beginning expressed their worries regarding such accelerated market opening, now see the possibility of discussing with the agency. However, final documentation and criteria to grant licenses will be disclosed once the final Pay-TV plan is released.

In May, the Agency decided to suspend the limit on the number of cable TV operators in each municipality. In face of such decision, the Pay-TV Association sent a letter asking for explanations. The agency's response was sent a few days ago, almost at the simultaneously with explanations released by the agency in its web page.
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tonymax
03-08-2010, 11:57
Digiturk is testing a new transponder in DVB-S2

Turkish satellite pay-TV service launched Digiturk technical tests on the new transponder satellite Eutelsat W3A (7°E). New capacity is working in DVB-S2, so the new space will be designed especially for distribution of programs in high definition (HDTV).

It is not known what the new capacity will. Under the current tests would appear there should be attractive Fox Sports HD, Nat Geo Wild HD and other HD content.

Digiturk addition of new capacity runs another two DVB-S2 transponders to broadcast HD. Subscribers can find programs for Nat Geo HD, DigiMax More HD, MovieMax Stars HD, Lig TV HD, Eurosport HD, SportMax HD, MovieMax Premier HD and DiziMax HD.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W3A (7°E) freq 10.845 GHz, pol. V, SR 30000, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/QPSK

Digiturk platform programs are encrypted system Irdeto 2 and CryptoWorks.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 11:58
UPC Direct has no expiration date on ASTRA

Central European satellite pay television UPC Direct has not set a precise deadline parallel distribution programs, and thus turn off the main broadcasting satellite system Astra at 19.2 degree east.

"The exact date is determined, everything will depend on the state of wrapping dishes", "but it certainly will be during the autumn of 2010".

UPC Direct Service has launched an official broadcast from 19.2°E in September 2000. Luxembourg UPC DTH, which since June 2010 the oldest Central European digital satellite pay-TV operates in the summer of last year signed a contract with Scandinavian satellite operator Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) for transponder capacity on satellites Thor 5 and Thor 6 to the position of 0.8°W. Official UPC Direct broadcast from a new position with a broader program offer launched in May 2010. Simultaneously started the process of UPC from 19.2°E to 0.8°W. In addition to new programs to improve the image viewer is finally received, and also launch channels in high definition (HDTV).

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:47
Virgin tries to block Canvas

Just after revealing their ‘Virgin Player’ Virgin Media has submitted a formal complaint to Ofcom, asking the regulator to investigate Project Canvas on the grounds that it is anti-competitive and restricts consumer choice.
In a 74-page document it accuses the partners in Project Canvas, which include the BBC, ITV and rival ISPs BT and TalkTalk of departing from their stated objectives of creating a set of open standards for next generation TV. It claims it is now creating a proprietary closed platform controlling its look and feel and thereby potentially favouring it over other TV services such as Virgin's.
Virgin Media has made the move after months of dialogue with Project Canvas, including considering the possibility of creating Canvas-compatible Virgin Media set-top boxes. However, negotiations are thought to have broken down when Canvas insisted its branding and look and feel would have to be as prominent as Virgin’s.
A Virgin Media spokesman said: "We have not taken the decision to file this complaint lightly. We have worked with both the BBC and their joint venture partners successfully in the past to bring exciting new services to consumers, such as when we were the first to make BBC iPlayer available via the television screen.
However, the Canvas partners have significantly exceeded their original claims to be creating a common set of open standards which could have been improved upon by others and are now intent on controlling every aspect of how people watch TV."
Virgin added: "The BBC Trust has already acknowledged, but then completely ignored, the impact that Canvas will have on so many different organisations, from consumer electronics firms to software developers and enterprising new technology manufacturers, to independent programme makers. We strongly urge Ofcom, supported by the OFT, to thoroughly examine Project Canvas and its clear anti-competitive behaviour."
Virgin's intervention may delay the launch of Project Canvas set-top boxes, which is expected to happen before year end.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:48
Sky Deutschland E340m injection


Sky Deutschland, the struggling German satellite broadcaster, has warned on profits and announced a refinancing offer of shares of at least E340 million, backed by News Corp, which owns 45 per cent of the group’s equity.
The money will be raised from a combination of a rights issue and a loan or convertible bond “backstopped” by News Corp, which has said it will take up shares to the point where it becomes a 49.9 per cent shareholder, but no further.
If other investors do not follow suit, leaving Sky Deutschland short of its total, News Corp will lend the rest of the money either in the form of a convertible bond or as an inter-company loan. The money will be used to invest in such additional services as HD channels and marketing personal video recorders.
In a statement that warned of earnings below expectations, the company said that the full-year 2010 loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation would be “significantly” greater than the previously indicated level of E130 million-E170 million.
It blamed “slower than expected subscriber development and increased investment in key initiatives”. It said 2011 EBITDA would be “significantly better” than 2010, but would still remain negative, compared with previously announced guidance that it would break even in the final quarter of 2011. No new breakeven target was announced.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:49
Mobile TV ‘moment passed’

A study has found that disappointing adoption levels of existing mobile TV services, allied to competition both from streamed mobile services facilitated by the growing prevalence of WiFi and from mobile reception of free-to-air terrestrial networks, has lead to growing disillusionment within the industry.
The Juniper Research report found that the number of paying subscribers to networks based on standards such as DVB-H, DMB, CMMB and MediaFLO were not expected to exceed 10 million globally until 2013 at the earliest – by which time more than 180 million mobile customers will be subscribing to 3G/4G/WiFi enabled mobile TV services.
According to mobile TV report author Dr Windsor Holden, Qualcomm’s recent announcement that it is seeking to sell mobile TV subsidiary MediaFLO is understandable: “MediaFLO has been hamstrung by various factors, many of which have been outside its control. The delay in analogue switch off prevented it from gaining national coverage; its partners set the service price at too high a level which put off potential customers. When you factor in likely free to air competition over ATSC-M/H in the medium term, then clearly MediaFLO faces a difficult future in the US.”
However the Juniper Report argues that MediaFLO may have better long-term prospects in Asian markets such as Japan and Taiwan, and that its networks – and those of other mobile broadcast service providers – may be better served focusing on delivering a wide range of data services rather than as acting as pure mobile TV distributors. It also identifies a further revenue stream for mobile TV delivered to in-vehicle entertainment systems.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:50
ITV looks beyond advertising

Adam Crozier, the chief executive of ITV speaking at its results announcement, said he would make the commercial broadcaster “fit for purpose” and promised far-reaching changes that would see up to half of its revenues come from outside TV advertising in five years time.
The group’s interim results showed progress in reducing ITV’s net debt from £612 mllion (E765m) to £437 million. Revenues rose £78 million to £987 million as net advertising revenue rose 18 per cent, ahead of the market average. Cost-cutting meant ITV moved from a pre-tax loss of £105 million to a profit of £97 million.
Unveiling a five-year plan to transform the group, Crozier said that ITV had not kept pace with the changes to the media industry such as pay TV and the Internet. “We are under no illusion that ITV needs to change substantially,” he said.
Crozier confirmed ITV is looking to launch an online micropayment system and has admitted that it hopes to charge for some of the content it provides on roject Canvas. A significant part of a three-year £75m investment programme will go online. He said that ITV.com needed to be overhauled before the launch of Project Canvas, due in the second quarter next year, because the broadcaster's own website will "become much more of a destination" from that point.
Crozier also confirmed HD versions of ITV 2,3 and 4 will be available in the Sky platform.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:51
CBS supplies Hulu?

CBS, the current No.1 U.S. network, is in talks to bring its TV shows to Hulu, reveals Chief Executive Les Moonves.
He said there were talks with Hulu Plus, a paid for subscription service which the online video company launched in June charging users $9. CBS is the only major broadcaster whose shows are not available on Hulu. "Our goal is to get paid for our content in as many different ways as we can without hurting the mother ship. The key here is flexibility" said Moonves.
Meanwhile CBS said it signed a 10-year programming deal with Comcast, which includes a range of on-demand and Web video features.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:52
On Demand launched mobile SVOD in Italy, Africa

Mobile operator 3 Italia has announced the launch of Italy’s first mobile TV subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, giving subscribers on-demand access to entire episodes of hit TV shows.
The SVOD service, called ‘TV: OnDemand’, is fully managed and powered by On Demand Group, (a SeaChange International company). 3 Italia’s TV on Demand will fulfil the industry’s anytime, anywhere personal TV vision to provide the most desired programmes to any handset with complete on-demand control.
On Demand Group has also taken its mobile TV SVOD service capability into South Africa with the creation of TV:On Demand, a new offering to millions of Vodacom’s 3G customers. TV:On Demand launched with an extensive library from On Demand Group’s studio and television partnerships.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:53
Mobile broadband to reach 1bn connections in 2012

Pyramid Research forecasts that the mobile broadband market worldwide will reach 1 billion connections during 2012, segmented by 3G and 4G network technologies. Mobile operators around the world will invest billions in the spectrum and network infrastructure to deploy 4G networks, but are struggling to keep pace with 3G data traffic growth driven by the use of smartphones and USB dongles, as well as bandwidth-intensive video content and applications. These challenges require a transaction-based business case that allows them to more fully monetise the broadband traffic generated by mobile Internet services, content, and applications, according to the report.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:54
Bulgaria shuts down torrent sites

Bulgarian police have shut down four popular torrent websites in its largest ever action against Internet piracy.
The file sharing websites - nanoset.net, rapidadd.com, 4storing.com and afasta.com - were accused of illegally distributing books, films, games, music and software. Said to be run by an organised crime network, the four sites were probed for several months before their closure.
According to Bulgarian police users paid a total E2.5m in fees to get access to these services.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:55
Saudi Telecom launches interactive TV

Saudi Arabia's telecoms firm, STC has launched the advanced interactive TV service for its AFAQ DSL Shamil customers. The new service, InVision, allows customers to watch live TV channels, pause a programme and replay it later, replay clips, and record and retrieve programmes to watch them anytime for a complete week. It also provides VOD and a control panel which allows viewers to select the packages that meet their interests. It marks the first time that interactive TV has been available in the Kingdom.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:56
Dish TV selects STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics and Dish TV, India's largest Direct-To-Home company have announced that Dish TV's latest digital set-top boxes are powered by ST's highly integrated System-on-Chip STB decoder ICs. Dish TV has recently launched its HD service, Dish Tru HD, delivered via ST-equipped set-top boxes, providing access to exceptionally rich video and audio for a superior customer experience..

tonymax
03-08-2010, 18:59
ODG to power 3 Italy mobile VOD

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe

Mobile operator 3 is launching a mobile TV subscription on demand offer for its customers in Italy. The service, the first of its kind in the country, is managed by the On Demand Group (ODG) that runs a similar service for 3 in the UK.Roberto Forte, Mobile TV, Portal & Vas Director at 3 Italia, said, “This platform gives us the ability to offer true on-demand TV, bringing one of the most popular types of television to our mobile customers. The TV: On Demand service will allow our customers to watch their favourite programmes when and where they want to.”

Details of the content line-up are being kept under wraps for the time being, but are expected to include a selection of popular comedy and drama.

3 Italia will use On Demand’s Adrenalin video delivery platform and the VZ content management platform.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:00
FilmBox set for Romania

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe

FilmBox will shortly become available in Romania thanks to an agreement between SPI International and Romtelecom.

The first of its channels to launch in the country will be the movie-based FilmBox and FilmBox HD, which will make their debuts on the DTH platform Dolce and IPTV service Dolce Interactiv within a matter of weeks.

Elsewhere in CEE, FilmBox channels are broadcast in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:01
Boost for Turkey’s Dogan

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe

Turkey’s Dogan Media Group (DMG) is seeing light at the end of the tunnel in its dispute with the authorities involving record tax fines.

Hurriyet reports that to date cases involving fines of TRY865 million (€440 million) have been concluded in favour of the company, while those totalling TRY1.88 million have gone in favour of the tax administration. However, that still leaves a huge TRY2.245 billion in fines to be resolved.

The DMG is the largest media company in Turkey and has interests in the TV and print sectors. It was hit by record tax fines last year in what was interpreted in some quarters as a conflict between itself and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:02
More DTT channels for Spain

Published: August 3, 2010 Europe
Spain is gearing up for the launch of a number of new DTT-delivered thematic channels over the next few months.

El Pais says that this follows the government’s decision last month to allocate additional frequencies to the national broadcasters, allowing them to transmit up to four more DTT channels.

Antena 3 has already announced a new channel named Nitro and aimed at a male audience, along with NeoX and Nova, targeting kids and female viewers respectively.

Telecinco has meanwhile taken the first steps to launch Boing, a channel aimed at children and young viewers.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:03
Sky Sports 1, 2 go live on Top Up TV

Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 have gone live on Top Up TV's hybrid-Freeview platform today in time for the start of the new Premier League season on August 14.

Top Up TV claims to offer the lowest price for Sky Sports 1 and 2 when factored on a standalone basis, which basically means that the operator does not require users to agree a long-term contract or buy a service bundle of broadband or landline.

Customers will be able to subscribe to Sky Sports 1 for £22.99 a month or a bundle of Sky Sports 1 and 2 for £31.99 a month. Alternatively, they can opt for a bundle of Sky Sports 1, 2 and ESPN for £39.99 a month.

Any Top Up TV customers signing up to the Sky Sports channels before September 6 will also get their first month free.

"Top Up TV is delighted to have launched Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 on Freeview today, alongside our current ESPN offer," said Top Up TV chief executive Nick Markham.

"With no contract, no bundles and the lowest standalone price, Top Up TV is the simple, easy and flexible option for fans to access the very best sport in the UK."

The launch of the main Sky Sports channels on Top Up TV has been made possible by Sky's interim deal in April to enable an Ofcom-mandated "wholesale must-offer" price to come into force for carriage of Sky Sports 1 and 2 on digital terrestrial and cable.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:04
Ofcom raps Press TV's Palestine special

Ofcom has ruled that a current affairs programme on the recent attack on an aid flotilla bound for Palestine breached the broadcasting code by failing to maintain due impartiality.

The programme, titled Remember Palestine, was presented by Cherie Blair's sister Lauren Booth on Press TV, which is a news network controlled by the Iranian government.

Aired on June 5, the programme featured Booth discussing the events of May 31 when an Israeli military force boarded a pro-Palestinian aid convoy, resulting in nine people being killed.

According to Ofcom, the programme began with a pro-Palestinian song and featured anti-Israeli imagery and comment throughout, including interviewees referring to a "massacre" and a "barbarous attack" on the flotilla. Another contributor referred to Israel as being "a state above the law".

After being asked for comments by Ofcom, Press TV said that "the intensity of the descriptions in the programme merely reflected the general atmosphere around the world".

The broadcaster also said that the comment about Israel being "above the law" was in fact a "viewpoint shared by a large number of people and by many officials around the world".

In its ruling, Ofcom warned broadcasters that their right to freedom of expression is "not absolute", as they must also maintain due impartiality to the subjects being covered.

The watchdog judged that all the contributors on Remember Palestine "could reasonably be characterised as being from a pro-Palestinian viewpoint", meaning that the programme failed to maintain due impartiality.

"We considered that the programme did not contain any alternative views, which could be reasonably and adequately classed as supportive of, or which sought to explain, the actions of the Israeli military forces in relation to the aid convoy, or of the Israeli state more generally," said Ofcom.

"Overall the programme gave a one-sided view on this matter of political controversy."

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:05
Digiturk is testing a new transponder in DVB-S2

Turkish satellite pay-TV service launched Digiturk technical tests on the new transponder satellite Eutelsat W3A (7°E). New capacity is working in DVB-S2, so the new space will be designed especially for distribution of programs in high definition (HDTV).

It is not known what the new capacity will. Under the current tests would appear there should be attractive Fox Sports HD, Nat Geo Wild HD and other HD content.

Digiturk addition of new capacity runs another two DVB-S2 transponders to broadcast HD. Subscribers can find programs for Nat Geo HD, DigiMax More HD, MovieMax Stars HD, Lig TV HD, Eurosport HD, SportMax HD, MovieMax Premier HD and DiziMax HD.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W3A (7°E) freq 10.845 GHz, pol. V, SR 30000, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/QPSK

Digiturk platform programs are encrypted system Irdeto 2 and CryptoWorks.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:06
Mobile TV ‘moment passed’

A study has found that disappointing adoption levels of existing mobile TV services, allied to competition both from streamed mobile services facilitated by the growing prevalence of WiFi and from mobile reception of free-to-air terrestrial networks, has lead to growing disillusionment within the industry.

The Juniper Research report found that the number of paying subscribers to networks based on standards such as DVB-H, DMB, CMMB and MediaFLO were not expected to exceed 10 million globally until 2013 at the earliest – by which time more than 180 million mobile customers will be subscribing to 3G/4G/WiFi enabled mobile TV services.

According to mobile TV report author Dr Windsor Holden, Qualcomm’s recent announcement that it is seeking to sell mobile TV subsidiary MediaFLO is understandable: “MediaFLO has been hamstrung by various factors, many of which have been outside its control. The delay in analogue switch off prevented it from gaining national coverage; its partners set the service price at too high a level which put off potential customers. When you factor in likely free to air competition over ATSC-M/H in the medium term, then clearly MediaFLO faces a difficult future in the US.”

However the Juniper Report argues that MediaFLO may have better long-term prospects in Asian markets such as Japan and Taiwan, and that its networks – and those of other mobile broadcast service providers – may be better served focusing on delivering a wide range of data services rather than as acting as pure mobile TV distributors. It also identifies a further revenue stream for mobile TV delivered to in-vehicle entertainment systems.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:07
CBS supplies Hulu?

CBS, the current No.1 U.S. network, is in talks to bring its TV shows to Hulu, reveals Chief Executive Les Moonves.

He said there were talks with Hulu Plus, a paid for subscription service which the online video company launched in June charging users $9. CBS is the only major broadcaster whose shows are not available on Hulu. "Our goal is to get paid for our content in as many different ways as we can without hurting the mother ship. The key here is flexibility" said Moonves.

Meanwhile CBS said it signed a 10-year programming deal with Comcast, which includes a range of on-demand and Web video features.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:08
Bulgaria shuts down torrent sites

Bulgarian police have shut down four popular torrent websites in its largest ever action against Internet piracy.

The file sharing websites - nanoset.net, rapidadd.com, 4storing.com and afasta.com - were accused of illegally distributing books, films, games, music and software. Said to be run by an organised crime network, the four sites were probed for several months before their closure.

According to Bulgarian police users paid a total E2.5m in fees to get access to these services.

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tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:09
Saudi Telecom launches interactive TV

Saudi Arabia's telecoms firm, STC has launched the advanced interactive TV service for its AFAQ DSL Shamil customers. The new service, InVision, allows customers to watch live TV channels, pause a programme and replay it later, replay clips, and record and retrieve programmes to watch them anytime for a complete week. It also provides VOD and a control panel which allows viewers to select the packages that meet their interests. It marks the first time that interactive TV has been available in the Kingdom.

tonymax
03-08-2010, 19:10
Dish TV selects STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics and Dish TV, India's largest Direct-To-Home company have announced that Dish TV's latest digital set-top boxes are powered by ST's highly integrated System-on-Chip STB decoder ICs. Dish TV has recently launched its HD service, Dish Tru HD, delivered via ST-equipped set-top boxes, providing access to exceptionally rich video and audio for a superior customer experience..

tonymax
04-08-2010, 08:24
Digi Sports bought the rights of the Corgoň league

Digi Sports bought the rights to Corgoň liguPřipravovaný Digi Sport channel to ensure the broadcasting rights to other content. Romanian media company RCS / RDS acquired the rights to Slovak football league Corgoň. Since the new season, will transfer to the new paid sports channel.

Inform the daily sme.sk. Sports TV Digi Sport version for the Czech and Slovak markets still transmitting. Regular broadcasts but should start by August 14, 2010, when the new season starts in the English Premier League to be the main attraction for the new channel.

Digi TV, the Slovak Republic according to estimates, around 200 až 220 000 subscribers. Purchase of rights to broadcast English football league for the alleged 40 million U.S. dollars to help strengthen the position of platforms on the market.

Corgoň League has not yet appeared on STV. In the new season, viewers can follow the Slovak public television continues to offer attractive football - Champions League, the league of the hockey NHL, KHL, representation Slovak Extraliga and soon.

Marcel Merčiak, commentator leader STV bid Digi commenting on transfer to Digi Sport rejected. Digi TV operator has the intention to launch 10 TV channels, including full-format sports news.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 08:26
Rascom-QAF1R and Nilesat 201 ready for launch

Rascom-QAF1R and Nilesat 201 telecommunications satellites, designed and built by Thales Alenia Space, are now ready for launch. Both satellites dedicated respectively to RascomStar-QAF and NILESAT satellites operators will be launched by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket on August 4th from Kourou in French Guiana.

Emmanuel Grave, Executive Vice President for Telecom activities, Thales Alenia Space notes: “This launch is an important milestone for the African continent as both satellites will provide Direct TV and radio broadcasting services as well as Internet access and value-added broadband services.” He adds: “Rascom-QAF1R will specifically contribute to bridging the digital divide by giving Africa access to advanced communications and information technologies, in particular rural telephony.”

Nilesat 201 will enable the Egyptian satellite operator NILESAT to ensure service continuity in delivering digital Direct to Home (DTH) TV, radio broadcasting and high-speed data transmission services to the North Africa and the Middle East starting in September 2010.

Built on a Spacebus 4000B2 platform, Nilesat 201 is fitted with 24 Ku-band and 4 Ka-band transponders. It will be positioned at 7 degrees West longitude and offers a design life of 15 years. Weight at launch is 3,200 kg, and it will generate 5.9 kW of payload power at end-of-life.

RASCOM-QAF1R will ensure service continuity for the operator RascomStar-QAF and its customers, providing low cost international connections between African countries and connecting isolated villages via low cost terminals.

Based on the Spacebus 4000B3 platform, the RASCOM-QAF1R satellite is equipped with 24 equivalent 36 MHz transponders in both Ku-band and C-band. It will weigh about 3,050 kg at launch, and provide 6.4 kW of power at end-of-life. Positioned at 2.9 degrees East longitude, RASCOM-QAF1R will cover the African continent, as well as parts of Europe and the Middle East.

Thales Alenia Space participates in 15 launches this year including twelve telecommunication satellites (1), one observation satellite (2), two observation payload (3), two formation flying satellite equipments (4), five modules for the International Space Station (5).

1- ComSatBW, Arabsat 5A, Arabsat 5B, Rascom-QAF1R, Nilesat-201, W3B, Globalstar (x6)
2- COSMO-SkyMed,
3- Kompsat-5, CryoSat/Siral,
4- PRISMA
5- Node 3, Cupola, MPLM Leonardo, PMM, ATV Johannes Kepler’s Integrated Cargo Carrier,

:artist1: :mf_bookread:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:19
RCS/RDS acquires more sports rights

Published: August 4, 2010 08.33 Europe

Romania’s RCS/RDS has acquired the rights to the Slovak premier (Corgoñ) football league.

According Parabola, matches from the league will now be carried on the new channel Digi Sport, which is currently undertaking test transmissions but should make its full debut on August 14. This will coincide with the start of the English Premier League, which will be the main attraction on the channel.

The DTH platform Digi TV is believed to have between 200-220,000 subscribers in Slovakia. Its operator RCS/RDS is reported to have paid up to $40 million (€30.3 million) for the rights to the English Premier League.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:20
Swisscom TV growth mitigates profit drop

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Swisscom TV came close to doubling its IPTV subscribers in the 12 months, growing its installed base by 92.1% to 317,000.

85,000 subscribers were added in the first six months of the year alone as the Swiss telco grew both TV and mobile data communication. 111,000 customers have already signed up to the new triple play ‘Case Trio’ bundle combining fixed-line telephony, internet and TV.

Overall Swisscom reported a 7.5% drop in second quarter profits, net income falling to SFr496 million (€360m), in part due to the part played by the weakening Euro on Italian subsidiary Fastweb. Sales at the broadband unit fell by 8.3% to SFr659 million.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:21
ACCESS makes itself at home

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe
IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A33/Hall 4, Stand A71/IPTV Zone 350. ACCESS CO., Ltd will be showcasing its TV browser and DLNA-based solutions designed to provide the consumer with seamless connectivity across all devices, including the TV and the set-top box.

“IBC 2010 presents an ideal platform for us to reach out and show how we are making seamless digital living a reality, through giving consumers a simple way of joining the dots of their digital experience and accessing their media wherever and whenever they choose,” explained Dr Neale Foster, vice president of sales & business development, ACCESS Systems Europe.

TV-centric solutions include NetFront Living Connect, a next-generation DLNA Certified software solution that makes home networking a reality; NetFront Browser, which enables a number of TV applications and environments, including catch-up applications such as BBC iPlayer and HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV); NetFront Media Player, for playback of streamed and broadcast video; and NetFront Widgets, which enables the creation of a widget ecosystem for content providers, device manufacturers and service providers.

Its European partners will host ACCESS on a stands across Halls 1, 4 and within the IP Zone.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:22
Aprico takes personalisation across three-screens

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A81a. Aprico Solutions is responding to the increased enthusiasm for three-screen services with the launch of new products suitable for running on the TV, PC, mobile or iPad.

Supported by the leading German publisher Axel Springer, Aprico offers personal TV channels, which brings together broadcast TV, VOD services and over-the-top internet content.

For PC, the commercially available watchmi plug-in for Windows Media Center is a prime example of the application possibilities of the APRICO technology on show at IBC.

The Philips subsidiary will for the first time exhibit the Aprico solution pre-integrated into DTV solutions and STBs platforms from leading technology providers. It means the technology will be readily available to platform operators, substantially reducing the time to market.

Alongside Aprico is Philips uWand remote control technology that uses touch technology with direct pointing and gesture control.

Integration into TV hardware has now been improved with a new ‘single beacon’ to receive signal from the remote.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:23
Viaccess takes control
By Julian Clover


IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A.51. Viaccess will be showcasing its new generation of pay-TV smart cards, adding the latest advanced features to the existing Viaccess toolbox. The France Telecom-owned company will show how it can guard against the latest forms of control word piracy over satellite and internet-based networks.

Reinforcing its next generation anti-piracy strategy, the company will demonstrate the mechanisms within its new generation of smart cards which enable operators to counter the increased security risk caused by the latest forms of piracy.

Viaccess will also showcase solutions to protect and enhance the value of content services, such as its best of breed hybrid security pre-integrated with the middleware and content recommendation from Orca, its fully owned subsidiary. Other solutions on display include security renewability over broadcast and broadband networks, CI Plus technology designed for IDTVs and connected TVs and shared PVR.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:24
Losses mar good Liberty showing

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Liberty Global (LGI) has posted significantly higher losses than expected for the second quarter. However, there was also much to cheer the company, with strong growth in advanced RGU take-up and digital cable penetration rising to over 40%.

Revenues in the quarter amounted to $2,172.7 million (€1,643.9 million) up from $1,811.2 million the same period last year, while operating income came to $326.5 million ($148.7 million). The net loss attributable to shareholders was nevertheless $685.5 million, up from $94.1 million in Q2 2009.

Commenting on the latter, the company said it was largely due to “higher foreign currency transaction loses, which are predominantly non-cash, and higher interest and income tax expense.”

Within Western Europe, the company noted particularly strong growth in RGU additions in Q2 in Germany (+73,000), The Netherlands (+38,000) and Belgium (+26,000). However, in the CEE region there was a sharp fall (-54,000, compared to only -1,000 a year earlier) in Romania.

Belgium, Germany, The Netherland and Poland meanwhile drove growth in digital cable, adding 267,000 new subscribers between them in the second quarter. Significantly, over 260,000 of the company’s customers also added an HD or HD/DVR service to their digital package in the quarter.

In the CEE region, the DTH platform UPC Direct continued to lose subscribers in both Hungary (-4,000) and the Czech Republic (-4,500) and gained only 200 in Slovakia.

There is likely to be an improvement seen in these figures later this year once the benefits of switching to the one degree West slot start to be felt.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:26
Sky Movie rights face Ofcom WMO

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Sky faces further regulation of its premium content after Ofcom confirmed plans to refer the sale of pay-TV movie rights to the Competition Commission.

Ofcom published a consultation on March 31, 2010 in the light of the Pay-TV Review that lead to Wholesale Must Offer (WMO) obligations being placed on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2.

The Competition Commission will now look at whether the sale of rights to show movies from the major Hollywood studios in the first pay-TV subscription window in the UK and the wholesale supply of pay-TV packages including the core premium movie channels is in contravention of the Enterprise Act 2002.

Ofcom believes that the market areas represent distinct economic markets with a combination of features that keep consumer prices artificially high. These include the limited pool of genuine premium content from the Hollywood studios, the windowing system itself, and the bundling of SVOD (subscription video on demand) rights with those for premium linear channels.

For once we have a case of the regulator acting ahead of technology. BSkyB currently has no SVOD offer of the type practiced by HBO and Canal+. This is not surprising given it currently has no television-based on demand service. But by purchasing rights it cannot immediately use, the regulator will want to know if the market is being distorted.

“We believe that we have reasonable grounds to suspect that the combination of these features prevents, restricts or distorts competition in these closely linked markets,” said an Ofcom statement. “In particular, the combination of the features identified creates a situation in which one player is enabled and incentivized to prevent, restrict and distort competition.”

Ofcom’s discussions with the studios indicated that a change in sales policies was unlikely, and it arguably faces a greater challenge than with sports rights, given that these are practices found across the world.

The Competition Commission could now seek to change the way in which movie rights are bought and sold. This could arguably affect UK cable’s major supplier of VOD content, the Disney-Sony owned FilmFlex, as well as Sky. It is within the powers of the Competition Commission to restrict the ability of firms to aggregate different types of rights or requirements to make the sale process more contestable.

It could also intervene to reduce Sky’s ability to act on incentives to exploit market power, by requiring it to provide wholesale access to linear and SVOD premium movie content on regulated terms as has been done with Sky Sports.

Such a move is likely to hasten the launch of a Sky VOD service that could take place in the autumn, once the satcaster’s Sky+ HD receivers are connected to the internet for the delivery of VOD content.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:27
Mediaset Premium shows way to CI+
By Julian Clover


Mediaset has unveiled “Premium Cam”, a deployment of CI Plus, which will enable subscribers to the terrestrial service to view their content without the need for a set-top box.

HD content has recently been added to the service, allowing Mediaset to boast that “Premium Cam HD” is the only device that can be used to access pay-TV content in HD without a decoder.

The credit card sized CAM (Conditional Access Module) slips into a suitably equipped television receiver.

Premium Cam costs €69 and Premium Cam HD €99. Both versions come with a month’s free access to the cinema and series channels.

At the end of June Mediaset Premium had 4.4 million active cards.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 12:29
New look to UPC Nederland EPG

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe
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UPC Nederland has upgraded the electronic programme guide carried on its Mediabox receiver.
The new EPG, known internally as TV Guide 2.11, has been developed in house by UPC itself. It has been built to operate on the OpenTV middleware currently deployed across the UPC network.
Improvements have been made that increase the response time, as well as including more information in the guide. The transparent background now makes it possible to see the current programme in the background.
Mark Giesbers, VP marketing at UPC Netherlands, said the EPG was one of the most heavily used services provided by the cableco. “We are obviously continuing to work to improve the look and user experience of our customers,” he said.
UPC Nederland has already announced plans to introduce remote booking for PVR customers, both over the internet, and through mobile phones.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 13:36
Digiturk is testing a new transponder with new parameters

Turkey's biggest satellite pay-TV Digiturk changed the parameters of its new satellite transponder on Eutelsat W3A (7°E). New capacity is working in DVB-S (not DVB-S2), changed the FEC.

The new transponder A8 platform Digiturk keep the symbol rate 30000, FEC has changed to 3/4. Capacity of working in DVB-S.

The new multiplex is already used by programs VH1 Europe, BBC Entertainment, BBC World News, EuroNews. Everything is in code, Irdeto 2 and CryptoWorks. Soon there would be appear as two programs in HD - Fox Sports HD and Nat Geo Wild HD.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W3A (7°E) freq 10.845 GHz, pol. V, SR 30000, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

tonymax
04-08-2010, 13:40
Real Madrid TV temporarily FTA on 9E

Spanish football club Real Madrid has its own television channel of the same name is available again FTA. This time the satellite Eurobird 9A (9°E). Big broadcasters probably will not be long - the channel is usually part of the paid services.

Real Madrid TV originally aired as a paid channel. From February 2005 to December 2007, aired freely (FTA) in order to bring events in one of the most popular football clubs, increasing number of fans. In December 2007, a distribution channel, reviewed and returned to the station paid network.

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Technical parameters:
Eurobird 9A (9°E) freq 12.092 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

tonymax
04-08-2010, 13:56
Streaming videos online has been around for a few years now. However, studies are still being conducted on how to properly deliver these content to the public that would be both fair towards the consumer and to the creators. Everybody knows the seriousness of piracy and illegal distribution of digital media. This is one of

tonymax
04-08-2010, 13:57
Liberty Global (LGI) has posted significantly higher losses than expected for the second quarter. However, there was also much to cheer the company, with strong growth in advanced RGU take-up and digital cable penetration rising to over 40%. Revenues in the quarter amounted to $2,172.7 million (€1,643.9 million) up from $1,811.2 million the same period

tonymax
04-08-2010, 13:58
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has put PC gaming back on the map this year, with the PC exclusive title shifting over 1 million units on its first day of sale worldwide. Activision says that it actually sold 1.5 million in its initial 48 hours on sale, quite a staggering figure, making it the fastest selling

tonymax
04-08-2010, 13:59
The row Rim has found itself in over security aspects of its BlackBerry range has deepened, with Saudi Arabia announcing it is going to ban the use of the handsets. The Press Association reports that the government in Saudi Arabia is ordering operators to halt BlackBerry data services such as email and web browsing, due to

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:01
IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A81a. Aprico Solutions is responding to the increased enthusiasm for three-screen services with the launch of new products suitable for running on the TV, PC, mobile or iPad. Supported by the leading German publisher Axel Springer, Aprico offers personal TV channels, which brings together broadcast TV, VOD services and

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:02
IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A33/Hall 4, Stand A71/IPTV Zone 350. ACCESS CO., Ltd will be showcasing its TV browser and DLNA-based solutions designed to provide the consumer with seamless connectivity across all devices, including the TV and the set-top box. “IBC 2010 presents an ideal platform for us to reach out and show

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:03
Sony has re-issued its latest firmware update, version 3.41, for the PS3 console due to a technical hitch with the initial release which came out last week.The company issued a statement on the PlayStation Blog stating that PS3 owners who were replacing the console’s hard disk could encounter a glitch which caused the system to

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:04
Swisscom TV came close to doubling its IPTV subscribers in the 12 months, growing its installed base by 92.1% to 317,000. 85,000 subscribers were added in the first six months of the year alone as the Swiss telco grew both TV and mobile data communication. 111,000 customers have already signed up to the new triple

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:05
If you have an Apple device running iOS4, from an iPhone to iPad, you need to be careful about what websites you’re visiting with PDF content.This is because Gizmodo has highlighted a flaw with the PDF format which can be used to malicious ends via the Safari browser in iOS4.Just visiting a website with PDF.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:06
Motorola and Verizon are putting their collective heads together to produce a tablet which they hope will carve out a segment of the burgeoning market that the iPad currently has cornered.Analysts estimate that tablet sales for 2010 will range between 10 and 13 million, with the majority of that figure represented by the iPad.The future.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:07
Remember earlier this month, we reported on the new Japanese 160GB and 320GB hard disk loaded PS3 slims, with the smaller hard drive model also coming out in a white colour option?At the time, it wasn’t confirmed that these would make European shores, but it seems that this is the case according to a report.
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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:08
The VF551XVT is a 55-inch HDTV from Vizio announced during this year’s Consumer Electronic Show. It comes with a local dimming LED backlighting and 240Hz processing. As always, Vizio sells low-priced sets, and the VF551XVT is not an exception. The VF551XVT is one of the cheapest 55-inch LCDs out in the market today. This big-screen.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:09
BT has been awarded a contract by Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, to provide the organisation with managed security services. The five year contract which was signed in June, strengthens BT’s existing relationship with Nationwide, building on an outsourced contract to provide networked IT services that was awarded to BT in 2008. BT will provide Nationwide .

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:10
Imperva announced today that it achieved 55 percent growth in Q2 2010 over Q2 2009. The company’s success is driven by significant success in global growth. “Imperva’s performance in Q2 was impressive. Businesses today recognize that data security is a strategic imperative and that early detection and response to cyber attacks is a critical part of.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:11
Trusteer today announced that it has uncovered a large Zeus version 2 botnet being used to conduct financial fraud in the UK which is operated and controlled from Eastern Europe. The botnet appears to be controlling more than 100,000 infected computers, 98% of which are UK Internet users. The criminals have been harvesting.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:12
Liberty Global’s first CI Plus deployment has got off to a good start, with the Swiss cable operator Cablecom posting over 6,000 DigiCards in use at the end of June. Cablecom ended Q2 with 415,000 digital subscribers, a 4% increase in the quarter and 10% more year-to-date. It also had around 496,000 internet customers (1%.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:13
Onde Numérique, a French pay radio operation founded by former Worldspace executive Franz Cantarano has acquired some of the liquidated assets of the Worldspace organisation. The company has picked up a number of regulatory, technological and marketing assets following the January 2009 liquidation of Worldspace France and Worldspace Europe. These include the L-band MusicaA filing.
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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:14
sipgate today announced the launch of a team version of its UK telephone service, which will allow SMEs to save costs through cloud based phone services. sipgate Team offers telephony functions via an online web portal, through which each employee can go to their inbox to access phone logs, recordings, voicemail messages and faxes. Users.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:15
An 18% increase in advertising helped ITV’s pre-tax profits soar to £97m in the first half, compared with a £105m loss in the same period last year. However the broadcaster isn’t resting on its success and has announced a five-year transformation plan that will introduce sweeping changes in management, culture and organization. The broadcaster wants .

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:16
Discovery Channel has received a licence from the UK communications regulator Ofcom for a potential 3D channel. The award of the Digital Television Programme Service (DTPS) licence to Discovery Communications Europe Limited is made in the July list of newly licensed television services. However, a spokeswoman for Discovery Communications Europe confirmed to Broadband TV News .

:chef:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:17
The global market for telecoms equipment is currently healthy and will enjoy accelerating growth in 2011, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

:cowboy::alien:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:18
As part of the build-up to the CDN World Summit 2010 event, taking place in London this September, we speak to Brian Joe, Senior Planner of Content Distribution at Verizon Communications.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:19
Onde Numérique, a French pay radio operation founded by former Worldspace executive Franz Cantarano has acquired some of the liquidated assets of the Worldspace organisation. The company has picked up a number of regulatory, technological and marketing assets in a move that received the endorsement of the bankruptcy Court in Toulouse, France. It follows the.


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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:19
Discovery Channel has received a licence from the UK communications regulator Ofcom for a potential 3D channel. The award of the Digital Television Programme Service (DTPS) licence to Discovery Communications Europe Limited is made in the July list of newly licensed television services. A spokeswoman for Discovery Communications Europe confirmed to Broadband TV News that.

:alien:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:20
Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE has confirmed it will be using MHEG-5 as the middleware for the Irish digital terrestrial system. “Our principal initial objective with reception equipment is to encourage the development of a competitive horizontal market,” says Emer Conlon, IT project manager, RTÉ Publishing. “The key reason for selecting MHEG is the broad consumer.

:rm_alig:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:21
Vodafone released an update for HTC Desire owners this morning, who were expecting it to be the imminent upgrade to Android 2.2, or Froyo as it’s also known.Froyo, which was rolled out on the Nexus One back in June in the UK, comes with a considerable speed boost, full Flash support, and device tethering amongst.

:gun:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:27
Discovery Europe licensed for 3DTV

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Discovery Channel has received a licence from the UK communications regulator Ofcom for a potential 3D channel. The award of the Digital Television Programme Service (DTPS) licence to Discovery Communications Europe Limited is made in the July list of newly licensed television services.

A spokeswoman for Discovery Communications Europe confirmed to Broadband TV News that the broadcaster had been issued with a licence, but said there was nothing further to announce.

Earlier this year, Discovery Communications, Sony and Imax announced plans to launch a 3D television network in the United States. A launch is scheduled for early 2011.

The 24-hour network headed by Discovery executive VP and chief operating officer Tom Cosgrove will screen a mix of natural history, space, exploration, engineering, science and technology programmes.

Should a European launch be forthcoming it would be the first third party channel to join the Sky platform after its own Sky 3D, which was recently given a consumer launch date of October 1.

In March Sky reopened in launch queue to 3D and HD broadcasters. 3D channels will be required to broadcast no fewer than six hours of non-repeating programmes during a seven-day period. This compares to 12 hours for other TV and radio channels listed in its EPG. Sky says the minimum may be increased as additional 3D content becomes available.

Growth of 10% in its US networks and 15% internationally helped Discovery Communications grow revenues by $98 million (€74m) to $963 million. Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (OIBDA) grew 18% to $455 million.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:29
MHEG confirmed for Irish market

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE has confirmed it will be using MHEG-5 as the middleware for the Irish digital terrestrial system.

“Our principal initial objective with reception equipment is to encourage the development of a competitive horizontal market,” says Emer Conlon, IT project manager, RTÉ Publishing. “The key reason for selecting MHEG is the broad consumer choice based on existing product development in other markets and the short-term availability of receiver products using existing supply channels. We have seen the success of MHEG in the UK and elsewhere and that simply isn’t the case for other middlewares. MHEG has very strong manufacturer support.”

RTÉ has initially specified the MHEG 1.06 profile with the addition of HD capabilities with the broadcaster looking at further options as the DTT project develops.

The news was welcomed by David Cutts, MD of S&T and founder of IMPALA: “A vibrant supply chain is vital to support the effective rollout of new platforms and services. Over its years of success manufactures have consistently supported MHEG, via a stringent conformance regime and the development of country-specific profiles. We are pleased that these benefits have been recognised by RTE.”

MHEG-5, which has been a part of the UK terrestrial system since its launch in November 1998, had been mooted as Ireland’s middleware of choice since the involvement of the Swedish Boxer. At that time the possibility of a Nordic-wide rollout was on the cards, and although this did not proceed, RTE did join the Nordig alliance and will use Teracom’s testing facility for set-top boxes entering the Irish market.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:30
French pay radio acquires Worldspace assets

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Onde Numérique, a French pay radio operation founded by former Worldspace executive Franz Cantarano has acquired some of the liquidated assets of the Worldspace organisation.

The company has picked up a number of regulatory, technological and marketing assets in a move that received the endorsement of the bankruptcy Court in Toulouse, France. It follows the January 2009 liquidation of Worldspace France and Worldspace Europe. The assets include the L-band MusicaA filing (1467-1492 MHz), filed by the French Administration in 2006 with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), at the 21 degrees East orbital location.

Onde Numérique is developing a bouquet of 50 commercial free channels tailored for France. It has signed an agreement with conditional access company Viaccess to develop a security system for the subscription service that will target both the home and in-car market.

“The development of a conditional access system tailored to our specific digital radio service requirements is a significant step for Onde Numérique, said Cantarano, who spent three years at Worldspace as VP Strategy & External Affairs following stints at Thales Alenia Space, ESA and CNES.

Onde Numérique, currently engaged in a fundraising effort, and plans to launch its pay radio services throughout France in Q4 2011.

Worldspace filed for bankruptcy in October 2008. The bulk of its assets were acquired in June 2010 by Yazmi USA, a company backed by Worldspace founder Noah Samara.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:31
Good performance from Cablecom CI+

Published: August 4, 2010 Europe

Liberty Global’s first CI Plus deployment has got off to a good start, with the Swiss cable operator Cablecom posting over 6,000 DigiCards in use at the end of June.

Cablecom ended Q2 with 415,000 digital subscribers, a 4% increase in the quarter and 10% more year-to-date. It also had around 496,000 internet customers (1% up in the quarter and 2% year-to-date), while its telephony subscriber total was around 318,000 (2%, 5%).

Turnover amounted to CHF277 million (€201.9 million), a 0.5% increase on the same quarter in 2009.

Cablecom began its CI Plus deployment in mid-May this year.

:smartass:

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:33
Comedy Central HD 'to launch on Virgin'
Wednesday, August 4 2010,


Virgin Media will soon start offering its subscribers a high definition version of MTV Networks' Comedy Central channel, it has emerged.

As spotted by members on Digital Spy's V+ HD forum, Comedy Central HD will launch on Virgin Media's electronic programming guide at position 133.

After the launch, the Comedy Central channel bouquet will run as follows:

Comedy Central 132
Comedy Central HD 133
Comedy Central +1 134

Comedy Central Extra, which is currently available at position 134 on Virgin Media's programming guide, will move to channel 185.

Launched in the US in January 2009, Comedy Central HD airs a schedule of original shows in high definition, including The Sarah Silverman Programme, Comedy Central Presents, Reno 911! and newer episodes of South Park.

It is presently unclear when the channel will become available on Virgin Media, with a spokesman for the firm just saying "watch this space".

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:34
Eurosport iPhone app tops 2.5m downloads
Wednesday, August 4 2010,


Eurosport has announced that its iPhone application has been downloaded over 2.5 million times since its launch a year ago.

The free app, which offers live results, statistics and breaking news from Eurosport.com on Apple's iPhone, has attracted a total of 2,518,432 downloads to date.

It is currently available in nine different language versions and has topped download lists in France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

"Eurosport innovates to provide quality content across all media devices, and mobile is the perfect way to enjoy, share and experience sports news and events," said Eurosport chairman and chief executive Laurent-Eric Le Lay.

"Any first birthday is always a very special time and, together with the 2.5 million downloads, it is proof that we are delivering the global sports fans what he wants, when he wants it and where he wants it."

Eurosport new media director Arnaud Maillard added: "This is a life-cycle, and though today we celebrate the free app's first birthday we will continue to innovate and grow our diverse online and mobile offering for the iPhone and iPad."

In May this year, Eurosport launched an iPad version of the app, which has so far been downloaded over 118,000 times, making it the most popular iPad sports app in Europe.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:41
Playboy forms takeover panel
04 Aug 10 -

Adult content provider and channel operator Playboy has formed a committee to evaluate the takeover proposal lodged by company founder Hugh Hefner. The committee, which will help formulate the company’s official response to Hefner’s offer, comprises LA-based lawyer Sol Rosenthal and Shing Tao, chairman and chief investment officer of private investment group Pacific Star Partners.

Last month Hefner put together a cash offer of US$5.50 (€3.45) a share for the company, valuing it at about US$185m. Penthouse owner FriendFinder subsequently lodged a higher bid, but that would require Hefner to sell his stock in Playboy.

tonymax
04-08-2010, 14:41
Arqiva launches MCE TV on CanalSat
04 Aug 10 -

Broadcast services provider Arqiva has announced that it has launched French channel MCE TV onto French DTH platform CanalSat. Arqiva is providing encoding, encryption, multiplexing and uplink services, as well as the connectivity between each of these elements.

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tonymax
04-08-2010, 18:48
Digi TV deal with the pirates. end of Nagravision 2
04/08/2010


RCS / RDS, the operator of a multiregional satellite pay-TV Digi TV, today completed the migration to a newer version of Nagra Conditional Access Media Access (Nagravision 3 and 4). Simultaneously, the elimination of Nagravision 2 (CAID 1801) for all remaining programs.

Neither television nor radio program on Digi TV disuse Nagravision second Important change for the Czech, Slovak and all of the market, pay TV, which is generally expected to resolve the possible illegal income, a 'leaky' system Nagravision 2 give long. All programs are now available to operator only with the new access cards, Digi TV, the operator began sending customers to gradually since last autumn. In the Czech and Slovak Republics began to exchange cards this spring. Disconnected from the first programs were N2 PPV (pay per view) channels with a lucrative content Digi Film 1 and Digi Film 2.

With the draw and the upgrade was definitely Nagravision to block pirated programs, income paid to the operator who struggled the last three years. Possible illegal income platform, causing huge financial losses.

Digi TV is the largest provider of pay-satellite services in the Czech and Slovak Republics, which is estimated to be about 220 thousand (CR) and 300 thousand clients (SR). Number of subscribers as the operator itself published. The service has gained customers, mainly due to its broad multi-channel offer a relatively low cost (in the Czech Republic 260, - CZK per month). The platform uses capacity on satellites Intelsat 10-02 (1 ° W) Thor and 6 (0.8 ° W). To receive a subsidized necessary set-top box, which is paired with an access card.

Further increase in the number of subscribers expected by the service this autumn. The operator is obtained on the following three seasons attractive broadcasting rights to Premier League football and Slovak Corgoň league. Rights apply to the new Czecho-Slovak program Digi Sport, which will be built in Bratislava. Digi Sport will be exclusively available at Digi network in the Republic and Slovakia. Digi Sport channel is to be the only attraction to customers. Gradually they start other projects.
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tonymax
04-08-2010, 18:49
N.DS appoints Rodricks

N.DS has announced an increased focus on advanced advertising solutions in the Asia Pacific region, reinforced by the appointment of Darryn Rodricks as Director, Advertising Solutions, Asia Pacific.

Rodricks will be responsible for the positioning and sale of N.DS’ advanced advertising solutions to major advertisers, advertising agencies, content providers and pay-TV operators across the Asia Pacific region. Rodricks is a seasoned advertising industry professional with 17 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region. For the previous nine years he held the position of Vice President of Integrated Sales and Marketing with Star TV based in their Hong Kong office.

:artist1::mf_aussie:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:08
No Five HD on Freeview before 2012



Ofcom has revealed that Five HD will not arrive on Freeview before 2012 after the broadcaster failed to submit a launch date or programming schedule.

Last June, the media regulator reached a provisional decision to reserve capacity for Five on the new Freeview HD platform, with the aim of Five HD becoming available in 2010.

However, Five was "unable to resolve certain key criteria" at the end of last year, including its failure to inform Ofcom of an exact launch date and schedule for the channel.

Ofcom said that other applicants for the available capacity, Channel 4 and S4C, were also unable to provide "confirmation of their ability to launch a service within a defined timescale". The two broadcasters recently submitted a joint proposal for the launch of Film4 HD on Freeview.

In a ruling today, the media regulator said that it has therefore "decided not to reserve capacity for either of the applicants at this time".

BBC HD and ITV1 HD are already available on Freeview HD, with the forthcoming launch of Channel 4 HD not expected to be affected by the Five situation.

Any available capacity on Mux B that is not reserved by Ofcom immediately reverts to the BBC, which could open up the possibility of a sister channel to BBC HD.

However, that is likely to prove contentious with some viewers considering the recent controversy over picture quality on the channel on Freesat.

"The BBC will now consider options to ensure the capacity can be used to provide high definition services that will further benefit viewers of digital terrestrial television," said Ofcom.

"This brings forward by around two years the date when it was anticipated that further capacity on Multiplex B would revert to the control of the BBC Trust."

Next year, Ofcom intends to offer commercial public service broadcasters another chance to apply for a HD channel on Freeview to come effect from 2012.

A Five spokesman confirmed to The Guardian that the broadcaster, which made a loss last year, is "not in a position" to take up the fourth Freeview HD channel at this stage.

He added: "It was always going to be financially challenging to provide the fourth HD service on DTT at a time when all advertising-funded businesses are under considerable pressure.

"However, we remain committed to launching a HD version of Five and intend to apply for the fifth HD stream when Ofcom advertises it next year. We hope to provide the fifth service on the Freeview HD platform in 2012."

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:09
Successful launch for Nilesat

The third Ariane 5 mission in 2010 successfully launched a pair of Thales Alenia Space-produced satellites: Nilesat 201 and Rascom-QAF1R on Wednesday, August 4.

Nilesat 201 will be utilised by Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat to deliver digital Direct-to-Home TV and
radio broadcasting – along with high-speed data transmission services – to North Africa and the Middle East.

Rascom-QAF1R will ensure service continuity for its operator, RascomStar-QAF, providing African access to advanced communications and information technologies – in particular rural telephony.

“This was the 38th consecutive launch success for Ariane 5,” said Arianespace chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall in comments after the flight in a statement. “Since the start of 2010, we already have launched six large
telecommunications satellites – which, I want to underscore – is more than all our competitors combined.”

Le Gall also detailed the company’s two new launch contracts: GSAT 10 for the Indian Space Research Organization and Intelsat-20 for Intelsat.


:lighten:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:10
Conax to unveil new CA platform

IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A81a. Conditional access provider Conax says it plans to release details of a new CA platform at the IBC 2010 event in Amsterdam (September 9 – 14).

The Telenor-owned company says the new CA, labeled Conax Contego, will further strengthen the company’s commitment to excellence in providing pay-TV operations with superior quality, open standards, content security solutions combined with the freedom of choice for security-evaluated consumer devices and pricing models.

“This year at IBC, Conax will launch a completely new security platform – content protection is being transported to a truly new dimension,” said Conax EVP products & markets Geir Bjørndal. “Conax Contego has undergone lengthy testing within an advanced customer operation and confirms Conax’ reliability in developing the highest quality, multi-platform content security platform.”

Major clients for the existing CA system include ITI Group, Poland; Essel Group, India; Tele2Vision, Sweden; Digitenne (KPN), The Netherlands and Canal Digital in the Nordic region.

In March Conax announced plans to offer a fully integrated DVB set-top box platform that combines its conditional access solution with the user interface and PVR features of TiVo.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:11
Sky Italia back to subscriber growth

News Corp’s Italian DTH operation returned to positive subscriber growth in the quarter ending June 30, 2010. Sky Italia added a net 45,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, though having lost 56,000 on the year, the Eutelsat-delivered platform ended the period with 4.7 million subscribers.

News Corp chief financial officer David DeVoe described churn of 13% as “considerably better” than that experienced several quarters ago.

Operating income of $97 million for the quarter represented a decrease of $163m on the same period in 2009.

DeVoe said there were early signs of success for the July channel repackaging. “We believe this increased choice for the Italian consumer will stimulate subscriber growth and the response to this new package has been quite encouraging.”

In the new packaging structure introduced on July 5 subscribers are able to choose a premium package from Football, Movies or Sports and combine it with two basic ‘World’ packages for a monthly €29.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:13
Comedy Central HD 'to launch on Virgin'

Virgin Media will soon start offering its subscribers a high definition version of MTV Networks' Comedy Central channel, it has emerged.

As spotted by members on Digital Spy's V+ HD forum, Comedy Central HD will launch on Virgin Media's electronic programming guide at position 133.

After the launch, the Comedy Central channel bouquet will run as follows:

Comedy Central 132
Comedy Central HD 133
Comedy Central +1 134

Comedy Central Extra, which is currently available at position 134 on Virgin Media's programming guide, will move to channel 185.

Launched in the US in January 2009, Comedy Central HD airs a schedule of original shows in high definition, including The Sarah Silverman Programme, Comedy Central Presents, Reno 911! and newer episodes of South Park.

It is presently unclear when the channel will become available on Virgin Media, with a spokesman for the firm just saying "watch this space".

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:15
Playhouse Disney for Poland

Playhouse Disney will make its debut on Polish cable in September, when it launches on UPC Polska.

It will be added to what the operator terms its ‘Kids Zone,’ which already includes Disney Channel and Disney XD, and bring the total number of kids channels offered by UPC Polska to 11.

Separately, unofficial reports say that UPC Polska reached the figure of 300,000 digital TV subscribers at the end of July/beginning of August.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:16
Digi TV completes Nagra upgrade

Romania’s RCS/RDS has finally begun to address piracy problems surrounding its pan-regional DTH platform Digi TV. Details have also begun to emerge of the latter’s subscriber numbers.

Parabola reports that the platform has completed the transition from Nagravision 2 to Nagravision 3 and 4, thereby hopefully stemming what were believed to be huge financial losses. It also says that Digi TV has around 220,000 subscribers in the Czech Republic and 300,000 in Slovakia.

However, another source – Medialne– puts the Digi TV Czech and Slovak subscriber figures at 300,000 and 280,000 respectively.
:artist1:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:17
KabelBW completes TeleColumbus acquisition

German operator KabelBW has completed the acquisition of the local cablenets from Tele Columbus in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Last May, the two operators announced they had reached agreement on the sale of the local networks to KabelBW. After receiving the green light from the Bundeskartellamt, the sale has now been completed. No financial details about the deal have been made public.

As a result, KabelBW is now adding 43,000 homes to its fold in the cities of Reutlingen, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Schwäbisch Gmünd and Wertheim. In the coming months, KabelBW plan to roll outs its full product portfolio to the newly acquired customers.
:mf_bookread:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:22
ITV gets back into the Monkey business

Britain’s third channel is throwing off the past with a five-year plan to get modern, writes Julian Clover.

Given the history behind ITV, 50 years and counting, there is always a buzz around what the commercial broadcaster is planning. Last Friday, as news of the pay-TV plans began to emerge, I read of one analyst talking of 50 HD channels that would rival Sky. Another said ITV would launch a channel focussing on men; presumably like Men and Motors, the last of the old Granada Sky Broadcasting channels that ITV had closed a few weeks back in order to make way for ITV1 HD.

It is HD versions of ITV2, 3 and 4 that are leading the broadcaster’s return to pay, a place it hasn’t really been since the closure of ITV Digital, the ill-fated precursor to Freeview. The standard definition channels, at least ITV3 and ITV4, were launched after the closure of ITV Digital and grew by 12% in the first six months of 2010.

CEO Adam Crozier and his team have turned to Sky for the distribution deal. That will be the same Sky from where ITV1 HD was previously withheld in order to build up Freesat, the free-to-air platform that received little mention in the results this week, despite being in over one million homes.

On the subject of Freesat, still no announcement on the ITV Player joining the BBC iPlayer on the free-to-air satellite platform, as was promised for the first six months of 2010. Crozier acknowledges that ITV’s catch-up TV service is simply not pushing its weight online. ITV Player is equivalent in size to the much smaller 4oD from Channel 4. Its video views were even down on last year, the lack of Susan Boyle bumping up numbers, even if YouTube took most of the traffic in the first place.

The issue of commercial channels, as opposed to pay-TV or public broadcasters, not being able to fund the move into HD has been previously identified by Astra, which has seen the majority of private channels broadcasting in the format encrypt their signals.

The tie-up with Sky is just one step in ITV’s new pay-TV strategy. The three-year contact comes with the option to renew for a further two. In return ITV gains a carriage fee for the HD versions of its channels while those in SD will remain free-to-air.

Micropayments are also back on the agenda, micropayments being trialled on ITV.com, which Crozier wants to transform into a destination site. He admits the user experience is not as good as other sites and with Canvas on the horizon he wants the viewer to have the best possible experience.

Monkey, the knitted star of ITV Digital’s advertisements, now advertises PG Tips tea. But ITV has finally realised that it is in the channel and content distribution business as much as spot advertising.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:23
Carey: No increase in BSkyB offer


Chase CareyNews Corp is remaining firm on its £7.8 billion (€9.41 billion) offer for the 60% of BSkyB the media giant does not already own. In an investor call on Wednesday News Corp deputy chairman Chase Carey described the bid, rejected by BSkyB’s independent board as “full and fair.”

“We’ve been able to sit with our current investments for many years and have other options for our cash,” said Carey.

In June 2010, News Corp announced it has made a 700 pence per share cash offer for the BSkyB shares it did not already own. Although the two companies were unable to agree on the price, they did enter a cooperation agreement.

Rather than discussing any possible premium, Carey said the immediate focus was on getting regulatory approval for the transaction. A filing with the European authorities in Brussels is due to be made in the next few weeks, a process expected to take up to a month, and potentially triggering a second two month stage before being handed to UK regulators.

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch gave his backing to Sky Deutschland where the company is underwriting a €340 million cash injection. “Germany is far the biggest and richest market in Europe. We now have a management team we have great confidence in and we’re going to see it through,” said Murdoch.

The international channels business, which includes Fox Life and National Geographic is seeing significant growth particularly in Latin America and Asia, contributing an additional 40% in earnings. :rambo:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 08:24
KidsCo adds to European footprint


KidsCo has announced launches in Cyprus, Poland and Turkey, adding as a result almost one million European homes to its reach.

In Cyprus, the channel has made its debut on Cablenet, while in Poland it is being carried on VOD by Multimedia Poska, Poland’s third largest cable operator. In Turkey, the channel is being carried on TTNet.

KidsCo is a joint venture between NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment Inc (Nelvana) and Cookie Jar Entertainment. Aimed at children aged 6-10 and families, it made its debut in September 2007. :smartass:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:38
The Ariane 5’s evening mission from the Spaceport successfully orbited NILESAT 201 for Egyptian-based Nilesat, and RASCOM-QAF1R for the Pan-African satellite operator, RascomStar-QAF.

Satellite Name: Nilesat 201
Status: moving
Position: 7° W (7° W)
Norad:
Cospar number:
Operator: Egyptian Radio and TV Union
Launch date: 4-Aug-10
Launch site: Guiana Space Center
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch mass (kg): 3200
Dry mass (kg):
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Model (bus): Spacebus-4000B2
Orbit: GEO
Expected lifetime: 15 yrs.
Details:
28 Ku-band and 4 Ka-band transponders to provide direct-to-home television, radio and data-transmissions in Middle East, Africa, the Gulf States
Beams:
Ku-band Middle East beam

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:39
Erotic Penthouse HD channel testing in packet Digiturk

Erotic channel High Definition HD Penthouse started technical tests in the offer of Turkish satellite pay-TV Digiturk on satellite Eutelsat W3A (7°E). The signal is encrypted systems CryptoWorks and Irdeto 2

Penthouse HD broadcasts at night on one of the DVB-S2 transponders platform, Digiturk.

The platform will shortly be extended for another two attractive HD programs - Fox Sports HD and Nat Geo Wild HD.

Technical parameters:
Eutelsat W3A (7°E) freq 10.887 pol H, SR 30000, FEC 5/6, DVB-S2/QPSK

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:40
TV joy for Magyar Telekom

Magyar Telekom is becoming an increasingly important player in the Hungarian pay-TV marketplace.

According to data published by the company, it ended the second quarter with 707,050 TV customers, a 29.5% increase on the same period last year.

The biggest growth was seen in its satellite TV service, which saw subscriber total by 152.1% to 221,213. That for its IPTV service nearly doubled (97.7%) to 87,070, though the number of cable customers fell by 3.7% to 398,767. Furthermore, blended TV ARPU was down by 13.9% to HUF2,894 (€10.27).

The telco’s data division is also performed well, with the number of DSL (448,662, +6.2%) and cable broadband (162,493, +15.1%) customers, along with and fibre optic connections (13,663, +1,452.6%) all rising.

Outside its home market, Magyar Telekom ended Q2 with 21,071 (+286.7%) subscribers in Macedonia, along with 33,070 (+50.2%) in Montenegro.

Its general financial performance nevertheless left something to be desired, with revenues down to HUF297.8 billion (-7.1%), EBITDA to HUF119.5 billion (-8.8%) and net profit to HUF32.4 billion (-27.5%) in H1 compared to the same period in 2009.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:41
Back Rai Africa on Eurobird 9 ° E - Fq: 11938 - SR: 27500 - FEC: 3 / 4
Visible only with Smart Card SexView expired (CAID: 0500:20910):mf_bookread:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:43
Digi TV completes Nagra upgrade

Romania’s RCS/RDS has finally begun to address piracy problems surrounding its pan-regional DTH platform Digi TV. Details have also begun to emerge of the latter’s subscriber numbers.

Parabola reports that the platform has completed the transition from Nagravision 2 to Nagravision 3 and 4, thereby hopefully stemming what were believed to be huge financial losses. It also says that Digi TV has around 220,000 subscribers in the Czech Republic and 300,000 in Slovakia.

However, another source – Medialne– puts the Digi TV Czech and Slovak subscriber figures at 300,000 and 280,000 respectively.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:44
KabelBW completes TeleColumbus acquisition


German operator KabelBW has completed the acquisition of the local cablenets from Tele Columbus in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Last May, the two operators announced they had reached agreement on the sale of the local networks to KabelBW. After receiving the green light from the Bundeskartellamt, the sale has now been completed. No financial details about the deal have been made public.

As a result, KabelBW is now adding 43,000 homes to its fold in the cities of Reutlingen, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Schwäbisch Gmünd and Wertheim. In the coming months, KabelBW plan to roll outs its full product portfolio to the newly acquired customers.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:45
ITV gets back into the Monkey business

Britain’s third channel is throwing off the past with a five-year plan to get modern, writes Julian Clover.

Given the history behind ITV, 50 years and counting, there is always a buzz around what the commercial broadcaster is planning. Last Friday, as news of the pay-TV plans began to emerge, I read of one analyst talking of 50 HD channels that would rival Sky. Another said ITV would launch a channel focussing on men; presumably like Men and Motors, the last of the old Granada Sky Broadcasting channels that ITV had closed a few weeks back in order to make way for ITV1 HD.

It is HD versions of ITV2, 3 and 4 that are leading the broadcaster’s return to pay, a place it hasn’t really been since the closure of ITV Digital, the ill-fated precursor to Freeview. The standard definition channels, at least ITV3 and ITV4, were launched after the closure of ITV Digital and grew by 12% in the first six months of 2010.

CEO Adam Crozier and his team have turned to Sky for the distribution deal. That will be the same Sky from where ITV1 HD was previously withheld in order to build up Freesat, the free-to-air platform that received little mention in the results this week, despite being in over one million homes.

On the subject of Freesat, still no announcement on the ITV Player joining the BBC iPlayer on the free-to-air satellite platform, as was promised for the first six months of 2010. Crozier acknowledges that ITV’s catch-up TV service is simply not pushing its weight online. ITV Player is equivalent in size to the much smaller 4oD from Channel 4. Its video views were even down on last year, the lack of Susan Boyle bumping up numbers, even if YouTube took most of the traffic in the first place.

The issue of commercial channels, as opposed to pay-TV or public broadcasters, not being able to fund the move into HD has been previously identified by Astra, which has seen the majority of private channels broadcasting in the format encrypt their signals.

The tie-up with Sky is just one step in ITV’s new pay-TV strategy. The three-year contact comes with the option to renew for a further two. In return ITV gains a carriage fee for the HD versions of its channels while those in SD will remain free-to-air.

Micropayments are also back on the agenda, micropayments being trialled on ITV.com, which Crozier wants to transform into a destination site. He admits the user experience is not as good as other sites and with Canvas on the horizon he wants the viewer to have the best possible experience.

Monkey, the knitted star of ITV Digital’s advertisements, now advertises PG Tips tea. But ITV has finally realised that it is in the channel and content distribution business as much as spot advertising.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:46
Meo continues to make hay


Portugal Telecom’s Meo IPTV service ended the second quarter with 702,000 subscribers, 2,000 more than the company had announced at the beginning of the month, and equivalent to 75.3% of the telco’s ADSL customer base. In all 122,000 new subscribers were added in the first half of the year including 57,000 in the second quarter.

The continued success of the pay-TV platform has its drawbacks, the impact on Capex resulting in a 3.7% year-on-year decline in EBITDA to €347 million.

Despite the state of the Portugese economy the two-year old pay-TV platform continues to innovate, launching Facebook, Oceanlook, Picasa and Flickr integration and participating in a live 3D trial at the Portugal, Estoril Open tennis.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:47
Carey: No increase in BSkyB offer


Chase CareyNews Corp is remaining firm on its £7.8 billion (€9.41 billion) offer for the 60% of BSkyB the media giant does not already own. In an investor call on Wednesday News Corp deputy chairman Chase Carey described the bid, rejected by BSkyB’s independent board as “full and fair.”

“We’ve been able to sit with our current investments for many years and have other options for our cash,” said Carey.

In June 2010, News Corp announced it has made a 700 pence per share cash offer for the BSkyB shares it did not already own. Although the two companies were unable to agree on the price, they did enter a cooperation agreement.

Rather than discussing any possible premium, Carey said the immediate focus was on getting regulatory approval for the transaction. A filing with the European authorities in Brussels is due to be made in the next few weeks, a process expected to take up to a month, and potentially triggering a second two month stage before being handed to UK regulators.

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch gave his backing to Sky Deutschland where the company is underwriting a €340 million cash injection. “Germany is far the biggest and richest market in Europe. We now have a management team we have great confidence in and we’re going to see it through,” said Murdoch.

The international channels business, which includes Fox Life and National Geographic is seeing significant growth particularly in Latin America and Asia, contributing an additional 40% in earnings.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:48
Peace breaks out on net neutrality?

Google and Verizon re said to be nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to tier its speed and quality of service. The charges could be paid by companies, like Google’s YouTube, to Verizon to ensure that its content received priority.

Such an agreement could overthrow the sanctity of net neutrality. In its place, consumers could soon see a new system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service.

Any agreement between Verizon and Google would also displace the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service, which was severely restricted by a federal appeals court decision in April. The court said (in a verdict on Comcast’s right to managing traffic) the FCC lacked the authority to require that an Internet service provider refrain from blocking or slowing down some content or applications, or giving favour to others. The FCC has since been trying to lead ‘all party’ talks to reach a solution while being clear it prefers net neutrality.

If a deal is completed, Google, whose Android operating system powers many Verizon wireless phones, would agree not to challenge Verizon’s ability to manage its broadband Internet network as it pleased.

Verizon, acknowledged the talks, saying, "We’ve been working with Google for 10 months to reach an agreement on broadband policy." But it added, "We are currently engaged in and committed to the negotiation process led by the F.C.C. We are optimistic this process will reach a consensus that can maintain an open Internet, and the investment and innovation required to sustain it."

Google also confirmed the talks and admitted it wanted a less confrontational position than ‘neutrality or nothing’. It said an announcement was likely shortly.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said his company is trying to bring together various factions. "We're trying to find solutions that bridge between sort of the 'hard-core Net neutrality or else' view and the historic telecom view of no such agreement."

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:49
Optik TV on Xbox 360

Telus and Microsoft are bringing a North American premiere to Canadian homes, enabling the Xbox 360 to directly access Telus' Optik TV service.

Optik TV customers can now use the Xbox 360 gaming console as a digital STB to enable PVR Anywhere features, such as scheduling the recording of up to three shows simultaneously on one PVR unit. The Microsoft Mediaroom software that powers Optik TV now also supports delivery of Optik TV to the Xbox 360 to provide functionality for watching television anywhere in the home, as well as all the gaming benefits customers already know.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:50
Sony Ericsson to make more video content following C4 deal

Sony Ericsson says it will continue to innovate in online video content after its mobile music show Pocket TV was picked up by Channel 4. The show, created by agency Iris and produced by JA Digital, was first shown last year as a form of branded content for the mobile manufacturer, and caught the eye of the broadcaster following its success online.

The first series attracted more than 3 million views online, and the second, which finished earlier this month, attracted 8.4 million across YouTube, PlayStation 3 and MSN.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:50
Raduga TV works with Irdeto

Irdeto announced that Raduga TV, a leading Russian satellite TV operator, has implemented Irdeto's Conditional Access System (CAS) and Secure Chipset to protect its DTH Satellite Digital Video Broadcast services and STBs. The solution, which is live across Russia, responds to the growing demands of the Russian market. J’son & Partners Consulting predict around 24 million Russian households, or 53 per cent of the total population, will be receiving pay-TV services by 2014.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:51
Envivio delivers DTH for Red Intercable

Envivio has delivered a complete DTH video headend as part of the "Headend in the Sky" project of Argentina's Red Intercable, a leading video service provider and content aggregator servicing more than 240 cable operators in Argentina. The project features end-to-end integration by Envivio and has enabled Red Intercable to augment its existing cable services by blanketing the entire country with high fidelity HD and SD TV and on demand services delivered via satellite.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:52
MTV confirms Comedy Central HD launch


MTV Networks has confirmed plans to launch a high definition version of Comedy Central on Sky and Virgin Media.

Comedy Central HD will launch on Sky channel 222 on August 9, but will not become available on Virgin Media until September 1.

The channel will broadcast high definition versions of shows such as Two And A Half Men, 30 Rock and South Park, along with new UK commissions.

"Showcasing Comedy Central content in HD is a real coup for our viewers and an important expansion for the MTV Networks HD offering," said MTV Networks UK and Ireland managing director David Lynn.

"We'll continue to investigate HD opportunities that will excite our audience."

Comedy Central UK managing director Jill Offman added: "We've always been the funniest channel on TV, now we'll be the best looking one too."

Comedy Central HD will take position 133 on Virgin Media's electronic programming guide. After the launch, the Comedy Central channel bouquet will run as follows:

Comedy Central 132
Comedy Central HD 133
Comedy Central +1 134

Comedy Central Extra, which is currently available at position 134 on Virgin Media's programming guide, will move to channel 185.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:53
Sky rebrands Virgin1 as Channel One

The Living TV Group has confirmed plans to rebrand the Virgin1 channel as Channel One.

From September 3, Virgin1 will be renamed Channel One, with a completely new logo and revamped on and off-air branding.

Despite the changed identity, the channel will continue to broadcast the same schedule of US imports and homegrown shows on Freeview (20), Sky (121) and Virgin Media (119).

The rebranding exercise follows Sky's recent £160m acquisition of VMtv, including the Challenge, Bravo and Living brands, along with Virgin1.

After agreeing the deal, Sky confirmed that it would not be licensing Virgin's branding for Virgin1 and so it has now opted to rename the network.

The Living TV Group managing director Jonathan Webb said: "Channel One continues the journey we began with Virgin1 in 2007.

"Channel One will continue to embody the wit and warmth of Virgin1, and inherits the jam-packed schedule that has propelled the channel to market-beating growth over the last few years."

Spearheading Channel One's autumn/winter 2010 schedule will be US drama series V, picked up as part of a rights deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

The mini-series, which aired on pay-TV channel SyFy earlier in the year, tells the story of how humans deal with an alien invasion of the Earth.

Starring Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell, Boyz n the Hood actor Morris Chestnut and The 4400's Joel Gretsch, V will return for a second season in the US in November.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 09:54
Channel Five agrees Warner Bros deal


Channel Five has agreed an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for a raft of new and archive movies and TV shows.

Under the agreement, the Richard Desmond-owned broadcaster will have exclusive terrestrial rights to the third season of hit drama The Mentalist.

In the autumn/winter schedule, Five USA will air Jerry Bruckheimer Television's undercover police drama Dark Blue, which stars Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott.

The digital channel will also broadcast Blade: The Series, which is based on the comic books and film trilogy about an immortal warrior who battles vampires.

Sister channel Fiver will broadcast action drama Human Target, which stars Fringe actor Mark Valley as a mysterious security agent for hire.

Channel Five's managing director of digital channels and acquisitions Jeff Ford said: "I am thrilled to have secured this wide-ranging deal for Channel Five. I am delighted to welcome back the critical and ratings smash The Mentalist for another season.

"The addition of Dark Blue and Human Target strengthens our burgeoning slate of quality offerings on the digital channels. Plus, the movie lineup is an exciting mix of terrestrial premieres and blockbuster films for all the family."

Warner Bros. International Television president Jeffrey R. Schlesinger added: "We are always looking to place our programming on the right networks where they can thrive and connect with viewers.

"You don't have to be a mind reader to know the best continuing home for The Mentalist is Channel Five, where they have contributed to this show becoming one of the most popular US series being telecast in the UK today.

"The commercial appeal of shows like Dark Blue, Human Target, Blade and these selected top feature films also make this programming perfectly suited to be telecast and succeed on Five's family of channels."

Five has also secured a raft of film rights, including terrestrial premieres of 300, Beowulf, 10,000 BC and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The broadcaster will also air a range of archive titles, such as The Matrix trilogy, The Last Samurai and The Perfect Storm.

:artist1:

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:15
RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 plan common catch-up platform

Published: August 6, 2010 Europe
German private broadcasters RTL Deutschland and ProSiebenSat.1 are working on a single, common online TV platform to offer free access to private and public catch-up TV programmes. The new platform will be available in Germany and Austria.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and Media Group RTL Deutschland GmbH, through its subsidiary RTL interactive GmbH, are planning a joint venture for the operation of an open technical platform for catch-up TV. Public broadcasters will be welcome to join the platform, which will offer programmes up to seven days after their original broadcast.

Programmes will be streamed, rather than made available to download. Access to the content will be free of charge to the viewer. The programming and marketing of the content will remain in the hands of the respective broadcasters. The planned platform is subject to approval by the competent European Commission Directorate General for Competition. An application for approval is submitted today.

For the operation of the platform, ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and RTL interactive GmbH are planning to set up a joint company which will take care of the necessary technical services such as hosting and streaming.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:16
UPC picks Technicolor EMTA

Published: August 6, 2010 Europe
UPC Broadband is to deploy a new EMTA from Technicolor as part of its EuroDOCSIS 3.0 service. The TWG870 will be rolled out in the Netherlands, Poland and Austria. It will fully automate the subscriber installation process.

“Technicolor was able to deliver a complete package which makes it very easy for our subscribers to install and set up themselves. The new TWG870 is a very powerful end-user-friendly product,” said Karen Kinsey, VP supply chain management at UPC Broadband.

The TWG870 incorporates voice telephony with a four-port gigabit Ethernet router and 802.11n wireless connectivity. It allows the bonding of up to eight downstream channels, offering internet access speeds of up to 300Mb/s to the home. Support of the 802.11n standard greatly increases the range as well as speed of access on the home network.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:17
Battle for remaining Paris DTT channel

Published: August 6, 2010 Europe

Not less than 18 parties have applied for a license with the French media regulator CSA for the remaining digital terrestrial capacity in Paris. A single channel became available after public broadcaster France Ô left the R1 multiplex.

The interested parties include France 24, NextRadioTV, France Télécom Orange, NRJ Group and Euronews, but also a number of hopeful local broadcasters. This prompted the existing local and regional broadcasters to appeal to the CSA not to endanger the “fragile advertising market.” They rather see that the Council will grant an HD channel the licence.

France Ô vacated the R1 multiplex, as it now has national distribution in another mux.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:18
UPC, Ziggo take Tele 2 to court

Published: August 6, 2010 Europe
Today, Friday August 6, Dutch cablers UPC and Ziggo are taking Tele 2 to court for unfair advertising practices. In two separate cases, the cable operators argue that Tele 2 is making an unfair claim of selling cable TV services “from EUR 5.00″.

According to UPC, Tele 2 is ubnclear in its advertising that the 5 euro offer is only good as part of a full prduct bundle including IPTV, telephony and broadband internet access. Ziggo argues that the product Tele 2 is selling concerns only the analogue cable TV prudct, not the full range of digital TV and additional services.

As a result of the Open Cable ruling by Dutch telecoms watchdog OPTA, Tele 2 has started selling analogue cable TV as part of their product portfolio. The company has set different pricing levels for the product ranging from EUR 5.00 to EUR 15.00. The cost price to Tele 2 is around EUR 8.50, which the operator has to pay to UPC or Ziggo.

The procedures are part of an ongoing war-of-words between the operators. Some time ago, KPN and Tele 2 accused UPC of unfair advertising practices when comparing prices between the various bundles. As a result, UPC had to correct its advertising.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:20
Ireland rules out commercial DTT until 2013

Published: August 6, 2010 Europe
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has said it does not see a possibility for the launch of a commercial digital terrestrial television service in the Republic until after analogue switch off.

In a statement the BAI reiterated its disappointment that none of the three applicants to the 2008 licensing process had been able to bring matters to a satisfactory conclusion.

The Authority and its predecessors have been battered by the failure of successive commercial operations, including consortia led by Teracom (Boxer) and telco Eircom, to take up licence offers.

Public broadcaster RTE is now pressing ahead with plans for a two-multiplex system, covering 98% of the country, and expected to be on-air this autumn.

A review of the circumstances surrounding the failure saw all three applicants highlight the economic circumstances facing Ireland and made particular reference to the role of RTÉNL.

The Authority said that in order for a future commercial launch to proceed it would be necessary for it to engage formally with transmission services provider and to exercise a statutory mediation process in the event of disagreement on the terms of the transmission arrangements between RTÉNL and any future successful applicant.

A review of when commercial services might launch will be taken in 2011 with the possibility that the Authority might then invite expressions of interest. This means a competition could be held during 2012 with a view to a commercial multiplex going on air during 2013.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:21
Virgin1 rebrands as Channel One


Published: August 6, 2010 Europe

Virgin1 is to rebrand as Channel One following the acquisition by BSkyB of the former Virgin Media Television (VMtv).
The new name will be taken on September 3 with the channel continuing to broadcast across DTT, satellite and cable.

“Channel One continues the journey we began with Virgin1 in 2007,” said Jonathan Webb, managing director of the renamed Living TV Group. “Channel One will continue to embody the wit and warmth of Virgin1, and inherits the jam-packed schedule that has propelled the channel to market-beating growth over the last few years.” Arguably the channel goes back further still to the launch of FTN (as in Flextech Television Network) launched in January 2003.

The Channel One name might also be familiar, it was the given name of Associated Newspapers attempt to establish a network of local stations in the mid 1990s.

Living +2 as also been rebranded by BSkyB to Living Loves.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:22
Deutsche Telekom launches Interactive TV Award 2011


Published: August 6, 2010 Europe

Deutsche Telekom has launched the Interactive TV Award 2011. It’s the third time that the German telecoms operator invites external professionals to present their ideas and concepts on the television of tomorrow. Under the motto “Television in tune with our lives”, the contributions should take the development of Entertain, the IPTV offering from Deutsche Telekom, further forward in consideration of our connected lives and work. Deutsche Telekom would like to engage in open discussion with entrants – irrespective of what prize they win and beyond the competition. For the best, there are cash prizes worth a total of €135,000.

“The new ideas and concepts will flow into the further development of Entertain,” explained the patron of the Interactive TV Award 2011, Dr. Christian P. Illek, Director of Marketing at Telekom Deutschland, in a statement. “And the competition opens the gates to collaborating with Deutsche Telekom – even beyond winning the prize. We’ve invited many of last year’s entrants to enter into discussions with us. As such, I can only wholeheartedly encourage all developers and creative minds to present their visions to us of an interactive television experience with Entertain.”

The Interactive TV Award 2011 is divided into two categories. Firstly, as a competitive developer, entrants can put forward an application in the “Developer” category that would also pass the practical test on the platform environment of our television service Entertain. The technical basis in this category is the Microsoft Mediaroom Presentation Framework (MPF).

There’s also the “Freestyle” category. “Here, creative minds can score big time with any idea you’ve come up with that is impressive in terms of its creativity. For instance, in previous rounds we had contributions from usability designers, TV start-ups and authors. Think about the television of tomorrow – and let technology be technology!” according to the press release.

The Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award 2011 are open to individuals are just as well as companies or institutions. The first round for submitting ideas has been started on August 2, 2010 and will end in October 2010. For details regarding the 2011 competition as well as the Terms and Conditions of Entry on the Interactive TV Award see the dedicated website.

Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain currently has 1,000,000 subscribers in Germany, and has the potential to reach 17 million households.

tonymax
06-08-2010, 18:24
Conax to launch new security platform at IBC

Amsterdam, August 5th: Conax, a global provider of content security solutions for digital multi-channel pay-content, announced today that it will launch Conax Contego, a completely new conditional access platform, at IBC Exp in Amsterdam. The Conax Contego total solution will further strengthen the company’s commitment to excellence in providing pay-TV operations with superior quality, open standards, content security solutions combined with the freedom of choice for security-evaluated consumer devices and pricing models.

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“This year at IBC, Conax will launch a completely new security platform - content protection is being transported to a truly new dimension,” announces Geir Bjørndal, EVP Products & Markets, Conax. Conax will demonstrate that it has again developed advanced technology that transforms the future of securing pay-content operations to the present.”

“Conax Contego has undergone lengthy testing within an advanced customer operation and confirms Conax’ reliability in developing the highest quality, multi-platform content security platform.”

Through the new platform, Conax is making the next step in further developing its highly successful open partnering policy based on open interfaces. A broad portfolio of set-top box and pay-TV partners is testament to the value of the Conax approach. Conax’ strategy provides the competitive advantage over other security solutions. Operators deploying Conax technology enjoy superior security combined with a best-in-class total platform through strategic partner products and services.


About Conax (w//w.conax.com)
Conax, a leading global provider of security solutions for digital TV and content distribution, provides content protection for premium pay-TV content via all types of networks - cable, satellite, IP, terrestrial, and MMDS. Through its global network of partners, Conax is able to offer state-of-the-art content security to more than 350 digital TV operators in over 80 countries around the globe. Conax is ISO 9001 certified and ISO 27001 security certified. All Conax products are compliant with open standards.

Conax headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway, with subsidiaries in USA, India, Germany, China and Brazil and sales & support offices in Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Canada.

Conax is part of the Telenor Group (w//w.telenor.com). Telenor Group has telecom operations in 14 countries, 174 million mobile subscriptions worldwide and is among the largest mobile operators in the world.

tonymax
07-08-2010, 13:48
QVC Plus from frist September on ASTRA

The operator of the German version teleshoppingového channel QVC is planning to start on 1 September 2010 a new channel QVC Plus. Tests have been ongoing for several months on the Astra 1H (19.2°E) as the FTA program.

QVC Germany, the German offshoot of the American QVC teleshopping station, launched in 1996.

QVC Plus technical parameters:
Astra 1H (19.2°E) freq 12.552 GHz, pol. V, SR 22000, FEC 5/6, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

tonymax
07-08-2010, 13:50
UPC extends Polish VOD service


Published: August 7, 2010 Europe

UPC Polska has extended its on demand service UPC na Zadanie to the city of Kielce. As a result, it is now available on over 75% of the operator’s network throughout Poland.
UPC na Zadanie offers viewers over 240 movies from the leading studios Warner Bros, Paramount and Walt Disney Pictures, along with the distributors Monolith and Syrena Films.

Some of the titles are in HD, and the service also includes HBO on Demand, along with programmes from several channels, among them JimJam, Cartoon Network, History and History HD.

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:12
Maucher new CEO of earth television

Published: August 7, 2010 Europe

Michael Maucher has been appointed CEO of earth television network and its parent compnay Telcast International. The senior management team of the Telcast Media Group companies now consists of founder Thomas Hohenacker as President and Group CEO, Michael Maucher, CEO and Dirk Wolf as CFO.

Thomas Hohenacker, founder, President and CEO of parent company Telcast Media Group said in a statement: “Michael joined the companies 10 months ago as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and has since contributed substantially to the development of the Telcast Media Group of companies.?? His vast experience in the international IT sector and his management skills will help us to grow our new business areas especially on the web, mobile and etravel.?? We are looking forward to building on our exciting presence in the new media world. Michael will focus on all operational issues of the companies whilst I will focus on the strategic development of the Group.”

Mr. Maucher added:” I am obviously delighted to be stepping up to the role of CEO of earth television network and Telcast International. I have enjoyed the last 10 months enormously and Thomas, Dirk and myself look forward to continuing to grow the companies which are already market leaders in worldwide broadcast quality camera coverage, 3DTV and in offering innovative marketing solutions to the multi media needs of the communications, travel and entertainment industries.”

Mr. Maucher’s career to date includes senior management positions in IT, banking and latterly as Partner in an IT headhunting consultancy. He has worked for Dow Jones Telerate and Nixdorf Computers and was MD for American NASDAQ listed software company MapInfo across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy.

:alien:

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:13
Net neutrality disarray as FCC fumes and Google back pedals

Revelation that Google and Verizon were allegedly close to a deal on traffic management has thrown net neutrality consultations into chaos in the US. Clearly stung that two participants in his ‘all party’ consultation process were negotiating a bilateral deal concurrently, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski cancelled further talks. “Any outcome, any deal that doesn’t preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable,” he told reporters.

Google, equally stung by heavy criticism in the press and blogosphere that it is ‘betraying’ the basic tenet of the web, denied anything had been agreed with Verizon. The FCC’s problem is that a federal appeal court decided in April, in a test case brought by Comcast, that it didn’t have the powers to stop operators throttling traffic. Ever since the FCC has been trying to find a compromise way forward involving network owners and content providers.

However, abandoning the consensus search, Edward Lazarus, FCC chief of staff, who convened the meetings, said “the effort has been productive on several fronts, but has not generated a robust framework to preserve the openness and freedom of the Internet, one that drives innovation, investment, free speech and consumer choice.”

The F.C.C. is studying the possibility of reclassifying broadband service under the Communications Act. The proposed new designation would allow the agency to apply stricter regulation to broadband service and to further its efforts to expand broadband access to rural areas, particularly where it is not profitable for Internet service providers to offer connections.

“All options remain on the table as we continue to seek broad input on this vital issue,” Lazarus said.

In canceling the talks the FCC clearly dismisses the furious back pedaling of both Google and Verizon after the story appeared in the NY Times. Both say there is no agreement and Google even denies the talks despite on the record quotes from CEO Eric Schmitt. Google says; “we remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet."

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:14
No commercial digital TV before 2013, says Irish authority

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has ruled out introducing commercial digital terrestrial television (DTT) until after analogue television services are switched off at the end of 2012. The BAI said it would review possible dates for the launch of commercial DTT at the end of 2011, at which point it might seek fresh expressions of interest.

A competition could be held in 2012 with a view to commercial DTT coming onstream in 2013, it said. It also indicated that it intends to ask the Department of Communications to give it the power to mediate between future commercial DTT operators and RTÉ NL, which controls the transmission network. The failure of the original commercial DTT licensing awards, which began in 2008, has been attributed to both the deteriorating economic climate and the failure of the first- and second-choice applicants to successfully conclude negotiations with RTÉ NL.

The authority said it had “decided that it would not be practicable” to reactivate the licensing process “in the immediate future”. It cited economic circumstances and the need for legislative change.

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:16
Ofcom bargains for its future

The new government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said it will look to cut the role of Ofcom by 2012 and it has emerged that Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards is getting in some pre-emptive cuts of his own presenting the department with ways it might reduce its remit and costs. Symbolically Richards took a 10% pay cut in July and has told Ofcom’s 900 staff to expect redundancies.

Among the powers Ofcom has offered to dispense with is the obligation on public service broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, to submit annual statements of programme policy to Ofcom. Richards said: "The new Government wants to be clear that in certain areas it is in charge of policy. As far as I'm concerned, that is absolutely fine and not problematic.

The DCMS said: "The broadcasting sector is currently heavily regulated and we believe that it is time to remove unnecessary regulation. We will remove or reduce regulation in areas where it is possible to do so in advance of a new Communications Bill, but this is a complex sector and we will need to get the interdependencies right."

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:17
BBC should be co-op

The BBC should transform itself and lead the way in public service reform by becoming a cooperative, so say Tessa Jowell, former culture minister and David Milliband, candidate for Labour party leader.

Owned by the British public and paid for directly through each household's TV licence, it is only right that ordinary members of the public should have a real say in how it is run," Miliband and Jowell said. "Under a mutual model, membership of the BBC could be open to everyone who pays the licence fee. This would give licence fee payers a way to have a democratic voice in the priorities of the BBC."

Under the plan BBC members would have the right to elect representatives to a members' council that in turn would elect a majority of members of the BBC Trust.

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:18
How people watch multi-screen

To get a better sense for how the world is watching video Nielsen recently completed a survey of more than 27,000 online consumers in 55 countries, asking simple questions about how they watch video. Internet access still varies considerably by region, so the results of an online survey are not representative of the total global population, but show us how an important subset of the global population (the connected population) is consuming video across multiple platforms. The results from the survey, with corresponding syndicated Nielsen insights where available, were released today in a new report, “How People Watch – A Global Nielsen Consumer Report.”

Key Findings were:
Online Video: approximately 70% of global online consumers watch online video; but North Americans and Europeans lag in adoption. More than half of global online consumers watch online video in the workplace.

Mobile Video: is already used by 11% of global online consumers: penetration is highest in Asia-Pacific and among consumers in their late 20s.

Tablet PCs: are expanding the definition of mobile video. Globally, 11% of online consumers already own or plan to purchase a tablet PC (such as an iPad) in the next year.

Television: is a universally important platform for video consumption, with connected consumers in many markets spending 4+ hours per day watching television.

HDTV (High-Definition TV): is improving the TV viewing experience for as many as 30% of global online consumers. Adoption is highest among older consumers and in North America, where HD content has proliferated.

3DTV (Three-Dimensional TV): will have a small but important audience: 12% of global online consumers own or have definite intent to purchase a 3DTV in the next year.

“Over the Top” TV: televisions with Internet connections are gaining interest. About one in five (22%) global online consumers owns or has definite interest in buying a television with Internet connection in the next year.

:mf_unclesmile:

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:19
Dish App Turns iPad into scheduler and remote control

DISH Network announced a free app for the Apple iPad: DISH Remote Access. DISH Remote Access is the first and only app from a TV service provider specifically designed for the iPad that allows users to control their televisions and manage their programming remotely.

Similar to the version available for the iPhone and iPod touch, DISH Remote Access for the iPad is a fully-featured remote DVR scheduler that provides DISH Network customers with complete access to all DVR functions and features. Users can schedule DVR recordings on multiple receivers, delete timers, browse and search nine days of shows, and manage their DVR libraries by setting recording priorities, resolving recording conflicts and deleting programs they have already watched. The DISH Remote Access app is compatible with most DISH Network SD and HD DVR receivers including the ViP 922, the world's only DVR with built-in Sling technology.

"At DISH Network, we are excited about the potential of tablet computers - like the Apple iPad - to enhance the TV viewing experience and enable consumers to remain connected to their TVs everywhere," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of Customer Technology for DISH Network.

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:20
Hauppauge HD video recorder supports Windows Media Center

HAUPPAUGE has announced that the HD PVR is now supported as a TV video recorder in Windows Media Center. With a free software update from Hauppauge, Windows Media Center can now use the HD PVR to record high definition TV programs from a cable TV or satellite set top box. HD PVR can record HD TV from any cable TV or satellite set top box which has a component video output. In addition to high definition video, HD PVR can record 5.1 channel audio through its optical audio connections.

Windows Media Center is a feature of all Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional versions, and has currently been installed in over 50 million PCs. Windows Media Center allows users to watch and record TV on their Windows 7 PC. HD PVR adds to Windows Media Center the ability to record high definition premium TV programs, as long as the user has a subscription to those services through their cable TV or satellite operator.

tonymax
07-08-2010, 20:21
Widevine, Sonic enable movie streaming to mobile

Sonic Solutions and Widevine announced they are collaborating to provide retailers the opportunity to offer movie services on a broad array of mobile devices and smart phones from a range of manufacturers. Combining Widevine's digital rights management (DRM) and adaptive streaming technologies with Sonic's RoxioNow entertainment platform, the expanded device support will help increase the reach of retail partner storefronts by facilitating the efficient, secure, and optimised delivery of movies and other video content to popular Android, iPad, iPhone, and Blackberry devices.

"By teaming with Widevine we are able to seamlessly overcome the technical hurdles of digital rights management and platform optimisation behind the scenes, enabling our partners to deliver a compelling, hassle-free movie experience to their customers," said Mark Ely, Executive Vice President, Sonic Solutions. "With the new mobile support, we continue to build out an open, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of 'movie-enabled' devices and allow our partners to touch more consumers in more places."

tonymax
08-08-2010, 12:40
39E: Ukrainian packet will change parameters at 15 August

Ukrainian satellite platform Ukrkosmos with free broadcast TV and radio programs on 15 August 2010 changed the parameters of income on the Greek satellite Hellas Sat 2 - change the frequency and symbol rate (SR).

Existing technical parameters:
Hellas Sat 2 (39°E) freq 11.512 GHz, pol. H, SR 30000, FEC 7/8, DVB-S/QPSK

Ukrkosmos programs now spreading Malyatko, NTA, Menu, TV, Culture TV Ukraine, KDRTRK, UTR, Maxx TV Kahkeshan TV, the Eco TV, 2T, Cinema, Planeta Ukraine, Svit. All the MPEG-2, except the last four channels using MPEG-4/H.264. In the multiplex are also radio programs, and Media Studio Retail Chocolate and data services.

New technical parameters from 15 August 2010:
Hellas Sat 2 (39°E) freq 11.681 GHz, pol. H, SR 21500, FEC 7/8, DVB-S/QPSK

:baby:

tonymax
08-08-2010, 12:52
Announced launch date of the launch vehicle Ariane 5 satellite Eutelsat W3B in position 16 East
15 September 2010



W3B :: 16° EAST :: PREDICTED DOWNLINK COVERAGES

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Predicted Europe A

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Predicted Europe B
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tonymax
08-08-2010, 19:16
Croatian Radio and Television plans drastic staff cuts
August 8th, 2010 -

Croatian State Radio and Television (HRT) could be letting go of as many as 600 employees as part of its restructuring plan, local media has reported. The company’s acting director Josip Popovac declined to say how many jobs would be cut until the plan was completed.

“It is true that within the framework of the plan we will have to make some cuts, but it is irresponsible to speak about the details until the plan is finished,” he said, adding that the number would not be as high as 600.

The Croatian daily Jutarnji List writes that the brunt of the cuts will be among the company’s administrators and technicians, while the majority of journalists are likely to be spared. The company currently employs around 3,500 people.

tonymax
08-08-2010, 19:19
Iranian Green Movement to launch TV station


RASA (Resan-e Sabz-e Iran or Iran’s Green Media) has officially announced on its website that it will soon be launching a satellite TV station dedicated to the Iranian people’s struggle for achieving their most basic rights. RASA has vowed to provide Iranians with forthright journalism and analyses as well as a genuine willingness to reflect the views of the Iranian people and to frankly discuss all issues related to Iran, something currently missing among the state-owned media apparatus.

Viewers can get a preview of RASA TV’s programming on its website rasatv.net. The movement also has a Facebook page.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:13
this channels only is politic,again goverment of republic islamic iran.

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:14
Sky Italia reaches 4.7 million subscribers

In this summer period in which most companies take stock of the financial year just closed we have experienced the results of many operators, satellite or pay TV and this week he has had to publish their figures Sky Italia. These are not are a surprise to those who follow the evolution of the industry and discover the dynamism of the Italian market. The Italian operator is growing at more than 45,000 subscribers, bringing the total to 4.7 million by the end of June (when they closed the year 2009/2010). The company also announced a net profit of 97 million euros.

:moptop:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:16
UKTV officially on the block

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe
Virgin Media is ready to complete its withdrawal from the content business by placing its 50% interest in UKTV for sale. Its partner in the business is BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm.

UKTV currently runs ten core channels including Dave and Yesterday, both of which have Freeview distribution, and Gold, the former UK Gold, the only survivor of the company’s 1997 launch. The other channels in the portfolio are Alibi, Blighty, Eden, Home, Good Food and Watch.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday (August 9) that Virgin had hired investment banks UBS and Goldman Sachs in a bid to raise some £350 million (€421m) from the sale. UBS was previously engaged in the sale of VMtv, sold to BSkyB in June for £160 million.

BSkyB has naturally been linked with a bid – UKTV is the largest supplier of channels to Sky after Sky itself – though such a move is likely to attract the attention of the competition authorities. A more likely bidder would be ITV, which recently announced plans to bolster its pay-TV credentials.

In any case, BBC Worldwide has a first right of refusal.

:artist1:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:17
AirTies to tie up the home

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – Hall 5, Stand B41. As the emphasis on viewing content throughout the home increases, AirTies will be showcasing its wireless home media network, featuring a range of self-provisioning set-top boxes and wireless media access points linked wirelessly with UPnP servers, VoIP phones, printers, PCs, storage devices seamlessly supporting both IPTV and OTT services.

Included is the Air 4420, a self-service wireless video gateway, offering 802.11n high-speed wireless connectivity. It works on 2.4/5 GHz with 802.11g or 802.11m wireless connectivity that should provide speeds in the region of 300 Mbps – enough, which according to AirTies executive VP of sales & marketing Jim Lomax is enough to transport three HD signals around the house.

One unit is connected to the home gateway and another to the TV or set-top box, a one touch set-up effectively sets itself up including the provision of security keys. They will launch in the UK in the second half of the year. “Anything that has an Ethernet port on it, these will connect, explains Lomax”. He says that with costs of several hundred dollars in running Ethernet cable between set-top boxes in different rooms, costs can be significantly reduced. There are also issues with changes in the household environment, something as simple as doing the vacuuming can set off interference, so the Airties unit continually scans for a new channel should such problems arise. The connectivity can also be extended to other devices, such as games consoles.

Also on display will be the high definition Air 7124, wireless, IPTV/WebTV set-top box (STB), is targeted at IPTV and OTT operators and eliminates the need for cables between multiple STBs, allowing the device to be located anywhere in the home with single-touch, automated customer installation.

:bike:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:18
New player in Czech pay-TV market

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

The Czech Republic will shortly see the launch of a new pay-TV provider, distributing its services via both cable and IPTV.

OrbisNet, an ISP located in the east of the country on the border with Poland, has already announced that it will launch an IPTV service on September 1. Its main offer will consist of four packages, the cheapest of which will include 23 channels and 20 Mbps broadband internet access and cost CZK349 (€11.7) a month.

The most expensive will offer 38 channels and 40 Mbps for CZK539 a month, though viewers will in addition be able to receive a number of thematic packages including one with seven HD channels for CZK249 a month.

Digizone reports that OrbisNet will also deliver its service via cable from the beginning of September 1.

:artist1:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:20
Viasat secures Baltics Premier League deal

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

Viasat Broadcasting has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to the Barclays Premier League in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the next three seasons.

The rights will be made available on the Viasat Sport Baltic pay-TV channel, as well as a new dedicated Viasat Premier League HD channel, due to launch in the Baltic Republics this coming Friday (August 13).

MTG already has the exclusive rights to the Premier League in Sweden and Bulgaria, and non-exclusive broadcasting rights in Denmark through its TV 2 Sport joint venture.

It has also an agreement in place to carry three TV2 Premier League HD channels on its DTH platform in Norway.

:mf_leprachaun:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:21
Dutch cablers take Eredivisie Live HD

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

Dutch cable operators Ziggo, Caiway and UPC, as well as the FTTH provider Glashart Media, have started carrying the live football channel Eredivisie Live HD on their networks. Negotiations are still under way with the IPTV platforms KPN and Tele 2 and DTH service Canal Digitaal.

Eredivisie Live HD is a simulcast of Eredivisie Live 1, one of a multiplex of four channels offering live coverage of all Dutch Eredivisie football matches as well as other matches for the KNVB Cup and Jupiler League. The broadcaster has also said it will soon launch its catch up TV service Eredivisie Live Gemist.

Eredivisie Live has also added programming from the dedicated Club TV channels from 14 clubs, PSV, Ajax, Feyenoord, ADO, AZ, De Graafschap, FC Groningen, sc Heerenveen, Heracles Almelo, NAC Breda, FC Twente, FC Utrecht, Vitesse and Willem II.

:artist1:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:22
French need satellite as gap-filler

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

French viewers who have difficulty receiving digital terrestrial broadcasts will need to revert to DTH satellite in order to continue receiving their TV channels, according to Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State for the Development of the digital economy.

Following complete analogue switchover to digital in the Lower Normandy region last March, the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) conducted research into problems with receiving digital terrestrial broadcasts. Last week, the Agency filed its findings with the media authority CSA in which it reports that satellite DTH is the best solution for households who have trouble receiving the terrestrial signals.

The report is part of the plan of action to help French viewers with the switchover to digital television.

French viewers have two options for receiving the terrestrial digital channels via satellite, Fransat via the Eutelsat satellites and TNTSat via Astra. Both platforms offer a free-to-view service, but viewers need to buy a satellite receiver and a smart card in order to receive the so-called TNT bouquet.

:smartass:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:23
Walt Disney inks Russian VOD deal


Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

VimpelCom is reported to have signed an agreement with the Walt Disney Company under which it will show the latter’s titles on Beeline TV’s VOD service.
According to AKTR and RBK, under the terms of the deal subscribers will be able to watch all Disney film premieres simultaneously with their appearance on DVD. They will also have access to 60 of the most popular titles from Disney’s Wall-E catalogue. Premieres will cost R75 (€1.9) each over a 24-hour rental period and library titles R50.

VimpelCom is also understood to be in negotiations with Universal.

:baby:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:24
70% decrease in new channel launches


Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

The number of new channels launching on the Sky Digital platform has fallen by 70% over the last 12 months. Just 24 new entrants made it to air in the 12 months to August 1, compared to 72 in 2009 and 71 in 2008.
Over the last three years over 164 new satellite channels have launched in the UK, while another 227 channels have ceased trading.

The figures contained in a report compiled by Information TV show that the closure of Sky’s EPG queue to all but high definition and 3D channels. Arguably this pressure on place has reduced the number of channel failures, just 2% of channels (26) have closed over the last 18 months compared to a massive 17% (177 channels) in 2008/09. More than half of the new channels were HD simulcasts of existing channels from major broadcasters, such as Five, ITV and Hallmark and just four in ten could be classed as genuine independents.

Information TV, which includes channel incubation as part of its channel management services, suggests the microchannel approach where niche broadcasters share a time-sliced channel can offer compelling content. It runs two such channels, Showcase TV and Showcase 2.

According to Tony Blin-Stoyle, commercial director, Information TV, it has never been more difficult to launch a 24/7 TV channel in the UK: “In tough times, the best way to create new TV broadcast models is to invest in and test new concepts. Unless new, exciting and well-targeted, broadcast TV formats continue to be developed, we’ll see more failures in the future – particularly if they try to rely solely on advertising to prop up their business models.”

Lifestyle and Culture have provided the most troublesome formats with an 18% closure rate over the past three years. News channels, often supported by larger broadcasters or benevolent owners have seen no closures at all.

:mf_bookread:

tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:26
RRTV awards satellite channel licences


Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

The Czech Radio and TV Council (RRTV) are awarded a number of satellite licences to thematic channels, all of which are valid for a period of 12 years.
Parabola reports that they include one for Spike, a general entertainment channel operated by Viacom’s MTV Networks, which is allowed to transmit in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

Also on the list are MTV Polska and Comedy Central Family, specifically for Poland, and Nickelodeon. In the latter case, the licence is for several countries in both West and Central and Eastern Europe, along with Israel and a number of markets in Latin America.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:27
Kabel BW reports dynamic growth


Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London


The German cable operator Kabel BW has said that 26% of its 2.3 million TV customers now take telephony and/or broadband access services, a record among German cable companies.
During the first half year, turnover (including other income) based on the unaudited half-yearly accounts increased by about 14% to €269 million (€236 million during the same period in 2009), EBITDA improved by 22% to €149 million (2009: €122 million) and earnings before tax (EBT) reached €39 million (2009: €11 million). Investments in the first half of 2010 remained with €64 million at a high level (2009: €63 million).

The operator said its high growth rate was mainly due to a strong rise in the number of broadband Internet and telephony customers, up from 444,000 in the first half of 2009 to 590,000, an increase of about 33%.

Since last May, some 7.7 million homes in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg have potential access to Kabel BW’s high-speed network. “This powerful network is the foundation for our future growth. With our new, additional HD offerings, the partnership with Sky, our mobile communications products, and our planned launch of video on demand, we increased significantly our growth potential,” said Harald Rösch, CEO of Kabel BW, in a statement.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:28
Welho boost to DNA


Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London


Finnish cablenet Welho officially became a part of DNA on July 1, previous owners Sanoma recording a non-recurring capital gain of €179.4 million.
The figures added another 322,000 cable TV subscribers to DNA, bringing the combined total to 596,000. The Welho figure includes 163,000 pay subscribers, up from 157,000 on end-June 2009. DNA now has a TV market share of 43%.

DNA also benefitted from 115,000 broadband subscribers, registering 290,000 in total.

225 personnel transferred to DNA from Welho following the purchase that made Samoma the second largest DNA shareholder with 21%.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:29
UKTV plans first two HD channels


Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

UKTV has said high definition versions of its Good Food and Eden channels will launch shortly on the Sky platform.
The first launch will be for Good Food HD on August 31, a simulcast that will run from 05.00 to 23.00 daily. Eden HD will launch in early October and broadcast from 09.00 to 03.00 daily.

Good Food serves up a mix of commissioned and acquired programming that includes Ronnie Corbett’s Supper Club, Good Chef Bad Chef and Jimmy’s Food Factory.

Rival Food Network launched its HD channel on May 1.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:31
Fries: TiVo would have been “quarter step”

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has told how the operator evaluated the TiVo content discovery system before opting for the multimedia home gateway that will run on technology designed to distribute voice, video and data around the home.

“We are making great progress with Samsung, Intel and *** on the development and integration of the hardware and software components here and we continue to feel very positive about the impact that this IP device for the home will have on our digital TV and broadband business,” said Fries. He added that Liberty had been in conversation with a number of US and European operators over the device that is anticipated for deployment on the UPC network during the first half of 2011.

Fries’ comments have produced clear blue water between Liberty’s strategy and that of Virgin Media and ONO, which have both opted for TiVo as their next generation set-top. TiVo will make its European market debut with a soft launch on Virgin ahead of Christmas. Liberty has contracted *** to provide the latest version of its MediaHighway middleware. Both devices are expected to have the capability to pull in selected content from the internet.

“We looked very closely at the TiVo solution and viewed that as taking one quarter of a step, this is a full step, maybe even two steps, Fries told an investor call. “This is something our industry has talked about for a very long time and nobody has delivered, including TiVo”.

Fries described how subscribers would be able to use the gateway to communicate with multiple Wi-Fi devices while sitting in front of the TV, moving content to an iPad from another device elsewhere in the home, over the IP network. “This isn’t just a slightly better user interface, this is an entirely different approach to the user experience, but more than that this is about putting a device in the home that has all the bells and whistles that your PC has today in terms of a very fast processor, multiple Wi-Fi chips, six tuners, and importantly the ability to communicate with your Wi-Fi devices.”

Because Liberty still has close to ten million homes that use no set-top box at all – the cableco has not set a date for an analogue switch-off – Fries said this presented a unique opportunity.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:37
French need satellite as gap-filler

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

French viewers who have difficulty receiving digital terrestrial broadcasts will need to revert to DTH satellite in order to continue receiving their TV channels, according to Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State for the Development of the digital economy.

Following complete analogue switchover to digital in the Lower Normandy region last March, the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) conducted research into problems with receiving digital terrestrial broadcasts. Last week, the Agency filed its findings with the media authority CSA in which it reports that satellite DTH is the best solution for households who have trouble receiving the terrestrial signals.

The report is part of the plan of action to help French viewers with the switchover to digital television.

French viewers have two options for receiving the terrestrial digital channels via satellite, Fransat via the Eutelsat satellites and TNTSat via Astra. Both platforms offer a free-to-view service, but viewers need to buy a satellite receiver and a smart card in order to receive the so-called TNT bouquet.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:39
Dutch cablers take Eredivisie Live HD

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

Dutch cable operators Ziggo, Caiway and UPC, as well as the FTTH provider Glashart Media, have started carrying the live football channel Eredivisie Live HD on their networks. Negotiations are still under way with the IPTV platforms KPN and Tele 2 and DTH service Canal Digitaal.

Eredivisie Live HD is a simulcast of Eredivisie Live 1, one of a multiplex of four channels offering live coverage of all Dutch Eredivisie football matches as well as other matches for the KNVB Cup and Jupiler League. The broadcaster has also said it will soon launch its catch up TV service Eredivisie Live Gemist.

Eredivisie Live has also added programming from the dedicated Club TV channels from 14 clubs, PSV, Ajax, Feyenoord, ADO, AZ, De Graafschap, FC Groningen, sc Heerenveen, Heracles Almelo, NAC Breda, FC Twente, FC Utrecht, Vitesse and Willem II.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:40
Viasat secures Baltics Premier League deal

Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

Viasat Broadcasting has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to the Barclays Premier League in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the next three seasons.

The rights will be made available on the Viasat Sport Baltic pay-TV channel, as well as a new dedicated Viasat Premier League HD channel, due to launch in the Baltic Republics this coming Friday (August 13).

MTG already has the exclusive rights to the Premier League in Sweden and Bulgaria, and non-exclusive broadcasting rights in Denmark through its TV 2 Sport joint venture.

It has also an agreement in place to carry three TV2 Premier League HD channels on its DTH platform in Norway.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 13:42
UKTV officially on the block
Published: August 9, 2010 Europe/London

Virgin UKTV logoVirgin Media is ready to complete its withdrawal from the content business by placing its 50% interest in UKTV for sale. Its partner in the business is BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm.

UKTV currently runs ten core channels including Dave and Yesterday, both of which have Freeview distribution, and Gold, the former UK Gold, the only survivor of the company’s 1997 launch. The other channels in the portfolio are Alibi, Blighty, Eden, Home, Good Food and Watch.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday (August 9) that Virgin had hired investment banks UBS and Goldman Sachs in a bid to raise some £350 million (€421m) from the sale. UBS was previously engaged in the sale of VMtv, sold to BSkyB in June for £160 million.

BSkyB has naturally been linked with a bid – UKTV is the largest supplier of channels to Sky after Sky itself – though such a move is likely to attract the attention of the competition authorities. A more likely bidder would be ITV, which recently announced plans to bolster its pay-TV credentials.

In any case, BBC Worldwide has a first right of refusal.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 17:59
ITV mulls 3D for Rugby World Cup
09 Aug 10 -

British commercial broadcaster ITV is considering airing the 2011 Rugby World Cup in 3D, marking it as one of the first major sporting events that could be filmed entirely using the nascent technology.

This comes after the broadcaster acquired the exclusive rights to the tournament, which is being held in New Zealand, from sports rights firm IMG, beating off competition from rival UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky.

ITV is currently in discussions with the International Rugby Board as well as New Zealand pay-TV broadcaster Sky TV, which holds the New Zealand broadcasting rights to the tournament.

"There is a comprehensive review going on at the moment. We are looking at the potential for any opportunities not just for Britain but other markets and cinemas. We are still on track to make a decision by the end of the year," said Rugby World Cup tournament director Kit McConnell.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 18:00
UKTV to launch HD versions of Good Food and Eden

09 Aug 10 -

UK channel provider UKTV has unveiled plans to rollout HD versions of its Good Food and environment-focused Eden channels in the third and fourth quarters respectively. The channels will be available on BSkyB’s pay-TV platform.

The Virgin Media/BBC Worldwide joint-venture’s Good Food channel, which will launch in HD on August 31 as a simulcast of the standard-definition service, has acquired new content including the third series of Man v Food, Good Chef Bad Chef, Top Chef Masters and Neven’s Home Chef, as well as new commission Ronnie Corbett’s Supper Club.

Eden HD will launch in October and will include shows such as Great Rift and South Pacific.

tonymax
09-08-2010, 18:02
Beeline TV adds Disney content to VOD offer
09 Aug 10 -

Russian service provider VimpelCom is now carrying Disney content on its Beeline TV video-on-demand service.

Beeline TV is offering new Disney movies (Alice in Wonderland, The Princess and the Frog, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Toy Story: The Great Escape), including HD versions, as well as library titles (Wall-E, Ratatouille, The Chronicles of Narnia). New titles are available for RUB75 (€1.90), with older titles available for RUB50.


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tonymax
09-08-2010, 18:03
Tanzania’s Clouds TV launches with MTV programming deal

09 Aug 10 -

Clouds TV has launched a new free-to-air youth skewing channel in Tanzania and has struck a programming deal with MTV Networks.

The channel has been launched by Clouds, an entertainment company that currently operates two nightclubs and three radio stations in the country. The deal with MTV Networks Africa will see a raft of MTV programming available to viewers from launch. It will air music content from MTV Base from 18:00-19:00 as well as a late night slot at 22:00 every night. Shows available will include Big Base Beats, Run's House, My Super Sweet 16 andPimp My Ride.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 18:05
Astra2Connect deal in Albania
09 Aug 10 -

Satellite operator SES Astra has signed a deal with Starsat to market its satellite broadband service Astra2Connect in Albania. Starsat is taking part in an initiative by the Albanian government, which intends to equip Albanian schools with a broadband connection. The company will use Astra2Connect to install a satellite broadband connection for close to 600 schools in the rural areas of Albania.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 18:06
ADB-2850ST hybrid HD platform for TNK HD

* source: ADB

Another way to view both free-to-air and premium pay-tv in Poland as digital satellite operator ITI Neovision launches its new TNK HD retail offering using the ADB-2850ST hybrid HD platform. Polish consumers are able to view a range of free-to-air satellite and terrestrial channels, as well as have the option to buy premium content via a smart-card, and access over-the-top services. The new TNK HD receivers are currently being tested in the market since May 21st and will be commercially available throughout the country as of September 1st.


The device comes with ADB’s award winning Carbo™ high definition user interface, providing an easy and intuitive way for consumers to manage their viewing experience. It also let consumers add a PVR functionality simply by using hard disks drives typically available in Polish retail.

François Pogodalla, CEO of ADB explains, “We are proud to be helping ITI Neovision bring a hybrid digital TV experience to a wider audience in Poland. We believe that the flexibility of this platform, and the rich functionalities it offers through our award-winning Carbo™ user interface, will make it particularly attractive to many consumers.

The flexibility of the TNK HD also means that it will be enriched over time with new capabilities such as multi-room functionality, enabling content to be viewed on multiple television sets located in different rooms. A free over-the-air update will enable devices purchased before this date to be automatically upgraded.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 19:37
Indian Cable TV: six-fold growth by 2015

IDFC Securities says the proposed complete digitisation of cable TV distribution business will help the industry grow over six-fold to $7.7 billion by 2015. The subscriber base could also grow four-times to 86 million digital TV homes by 2015, from 22 million currently, with an estimated capital infusion of $5 billion, says the equity research firm.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has proposed a date of 31 December 2013, for complete migration from analogue to digital cable services. Among other recommendations, Trai has proposed four phases of migration, and a seven-year tax holiday for digital addressable system service providers and a waiver of basic customs duty on some key equipment.

IDFC Securities said the recommendations were “extremely positive” for the Indian TV distribution sector. “By 2015, we expect India to become the second largest digital market in the world with 86 million digital homes (4-times jump from the current 22 million homes),” it said.

The report noted that “this would underpin a 6.5 times leap in the organised industry to $7.7 billion (from the current $1.2 billion).”

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 19:38
Android out runs iPhone for linear TV

Analysis of 50,000 Android and 50,000 Apple (iPod, iPhone and iPad) users on the Yamgo mobile TV platform sampled at random during July 2010 showed that Android phone owners watched 23 minutes of linear TV per session in comparison to twenty minutes for Apple operating system users. Since Yamgo’s mobile TV support for Android live TV and video launched less than three months ago the uptake and usage have been impressive and clearly shows Apple is losing its position as the number one mobile TV platform.

With Android securing twenty seven percent of the smartphone market share in the second quarter of 2010, (Nielsen Aug 2010), Yamgo believes it will become a critical platform for content owners and broadcasters to support. Introduced into the smartphone market less than two years ago, Android handsets continue to outsell iPhones and display notable growth in terms of adoption and functionality. The launch of larger screen Android phones and tablets has fuelled a rising demand amongst users eager to watch high quality live TV and video on their powerful and attractive new devices.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 19:39
Inmarsat confirms Ka investment

Inmarsat announced that it has agreed a contract with Boeing for the delivery of three state-of-the-art 702HP Ka-band satellites. The Inmarsat-5 constellation will enable Inmarsat to provide a unique global high-speed mobile broadband service offering.

With operations expected to start in 2014, Inmarsat-5 will support a next generation global service, Global Xpress, which will target a $1.4bn incremental market opportunity in VSAT services. Global Xpress will address the established, growing markets for VSAT services in the Maritime, Energy and Government sectors, with further growth potential in developing markets such as the Aeronautical sector. Global Xpress will deliver seamless global coverage and unprecedented mobile broadband with speeds up to 50MB/s, to customer terminals from 20-60cm in size. Inmarsat will target $500m of annual Ka-band revenues 5 years after global service launch.

Under a separate arrangement, Boeing has agreed to become a distribution partner for both Inmarsat’ s Ka- and L-band services and has pre-committed to capacity purchases representing more than 10 per cent of Inmarsat’ s target Ka-band revenues in the first five years after global service launch.

Inmarsat estimates that the total cost of Inmarsat-5 and Global Xpress will be $1.2bn over 4.5 years.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 19:41
ESPN renews EPL archive

ESPN Classic has announced the renewal of its English Premier League archive in a multi-year deal starting with the opening of the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League season. ESPN Classic will be able to show 100 classic Premier League matches per season. The agreement also increases ESPN’s access to various Premier League compilation programmes from 25 to 40 hours a season. In addition, the deal allows ESPN to use short clips of archive English Premier League games in programming on ESPN’s network of channels across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Furthermore, the extended deal allows ESPN to show classic Premier League games via Video on Demand and allows for match footage to be included in any original programming produced by ESPN.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 19:42
Instant VoD from Capablue

Capablue, the Web - TV convergence agency, has announced a partnership with Brightcove, the leading online video platform, and TV Genius, to implement ‘Connected’, its fully customisable portal platform for multiple devices and content platforms’.

Connected is a platform for the rapid development and deployment of video sites to TVs. Connected delivers a simple managed solution for content owners to provide a fast, immediate VoD service with the best in class, user-centric content discovery and delivery solutions.

Capablue is working in partnership with Brightcove and TV Genius to integrate Connected with their video, recommendation and personalisation platforms. The platform will be complete in time for launch and demonstration at IBC in September.

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tonymax
09-08-2010, 19:43
SES ASTRA Signs Distribution Agreement for ASTRA2connect in Albania
Aug, 09, 2010

Starsat equips Albanian schools with satellite-based broadband connection



LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SES ASTRA, an SES company (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today that it has closed a distribution agreement with Starsat to market its satellite broadband access ASTRA2Connect in Albania. Starsat has been serving customers with satellite-based broadband and data solutions since 2003. It has added ASTRA2Connect to its portfolio of services to offer its customers a reliable satellite broadband solution at competitive prices.

Starsat is also part of an initiative of the Albanian government which intends to equip Albanian schools with a broadband connection. The company will use ASTRA2Connect to install a satellite broadband connection for close to 600 schools in the rural areas of Albania. The project is realized by the Albanian Ministry of Education and financed by the Albanian government and the World Bank.

“The additional agreement shows that the acceptance of satellite broadband is constantly increasing,” said Patrick Biewer, Vice President Technology of ASTRA Broadband Services, SES ASTRA’s broadband subsidiary. “We today offer ASTRA2Connect in 20 European countries and large parts of Central, Eastern and Western Africa as well as in the Middle East. The school project in Albania is a further example of how ASTRA2Connect can deliver broadband connections to remote locations and facilitate modern teaching. ”

“We are very proud to market ASTRA2Connect to our customers in the rural regions of Albania,” said Dritan Vreshta, General Manager at Starsat. “SES ASTRA’s innovative solution has an impressively high performance and reliability. By including further features such as VoIP to the system, ASTRA2Connect offers the best value with the right combination of price and quality.”

With more than 60,000 customers ASTRA2Connect is the largest satellite-based broadband network in Europe. Offering always-on and interactive broadband internet access for flat service fees, ASTRA2Connect is immediately available anywhere within the footprint of the satellite. ASTRA2Connect is marketed via wholesalers and internet service providers to the residential, industrial and maritime markets.

About SES ASTRA w//w.ses-astra.com

SES ASTRA is the leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe. The satellite fleet currently comprises 16 satellites. The ASTRA satellite system delivers services to more than 125 million DTH and cable households and transmits more than 2,600 analogue and digital television and radio channels. SES ASTRA also provides satellite-based multimedia, internet and telecommunication services to enterprises, governments and their agencies. With 140 High Definition (HD) channels on its main orbital positions, ASTRA represents the most important HDTV platform for Europe's leading broadcasters. The prime orbital positions for ASTRA are 19.2° East, 28.2° East, 23.5° East, 5° East and 31.5° East.

About SES

SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES, and participations in Ciel in Canada, QuetzSat in Mexico as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites. For further information: w//w.ses.com

About Starsat

Starsat International sh.p.k. is a satellite services provider and has been offering satellite-based broadband and data services to customers in Albania, the Kosovo and Macedonia since 2003. With extensive experience in all kinds of satellite systems and a wide range of service providers, Starsat will always find the right solution for each of its customers’ requirements. w//w.starsat-international.net


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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:29
RCS/RDS revenues revealed

Published: August 10, 2010 Europe/London

Romania’s leading cable and DTH operator RCS/RDS had revenues of around €5 million from smaller companies it controls in the country.

According to ZF, the Commercial Register states that the most (some €3 million) were from Air Bites, a company RCS/RDS acquired from Swisscom. However, Air Bites also had gross losses of over €10 million in 2009.

Infogate Telecom meanwhile had revenues of €522,000 and several other companies, including Globalview Management & Consulting and Fibre Soft Comunicatii, some €1.2 million.

Excluding all these smaller companies, RCS/RDS revenues grew by 1.2% in euro and 16.4% in local currency terms in 2009.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:30
BSkyB lays claim to the Sky in Skype

Published: August 10, 2010 Europe/London

VOiP service Skype is embroiled in a trademark dispute with BSkyB, which is claiming ownership over the Sky mark. In documents filed with the US Securities and Equities Commission in connection with its forthcoming IPO, Skype says it has received objections from BSkyB and its affiliates through the European Union, Norway, Brazil and India.

In addition to its core satellite television service, BSkyB also offers its customers broadband internet and fixed line telephony.

To date Skype, which has offices in Luxembourg and the United States, has successfully defended opposition in Switzerland and Turkey and received indications that a positive decision will be forthcoming from Brazil.

However, last month The Trademarks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM) ruled in favour of BSkyB in an objection against Skype’s famous bubble logo.

Skype says it intends to appeal against the ruling, in the first instance to the OHIM Board of Appeal, and if necessary to the General Court at the Court of Justice of the European Community.

If it loses Skype may have a hard time in preventing third parties from using its name without permission. It says if successful BSkyB and others may be encouraged to make further claims that would be both costly and time consuming.

The price range and cost of the Skype offering is yet to be made public.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:31
Turner putts 3D on PGA’s Par 3 holes

Published: August 10, 2010 Europe/London

Turner Sports is to offer 3D coverage of the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The eight-camera 3D coverage will focus on the par-3 12th and 17th holes of the premier golf tournament. It will be available in the United States through TNT’s television distributors Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, and Time Warner Cable.

“At Turner Sports we continually look to provide the fan with an innovative viewing experience through our ability to test and explore new opportunities,” said Lenny Daniels, Turner Sports EVP and COO. “The PGA Championship has always been a platform for forward thinking and interactive technology. During previous PGA Championship coverage on TNT and PGA.com, we have introduced our marquee follow coverage, live streaming action through mobile apps and included social networking within our linear broadcast. Introducing 3D coverage to this crown jewel event allows us another opportunity to better serve our audience and add to our multitude of platforms.”

3D output will be shown between 15.00 and 19.00 (20.00-24.00 GMT)

In Europe, coverage will be available on broadcasters that include BSkyB, but to date there have been no announcements on 3D availability.

Last April UPC Nederland presented the first live 3D broadcast from the Augusta Masters Golf Tournament, coverage that was also seen in Switzerland via Cablecom and Portugal on the ZON network.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:33
Universal Electronics makes a splash

Published: August 10, 2010 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand B21. Universal Electronics (UEI) will be showing its new Dolphin advanced interface remote control that gives a futuristic feel to the channel change through the incorporation of Hillcrest Labs’ motion-detection technology. The device translates hand movements to manipulate an on-screen cursor. The ergonomic Dolphin controller adds a new dimension to traditional up-down-left-right TV controls, translating all hand movements into on-screen cursor movements.

UEI will also show its control device designed for use with the N.DS Snowflake interface. “For the fourth consecutive year N.DS and Universal Electronics’ R&D teams have partnered to further enhance the TV viewing experience. Having an elegant and smart remote to compliment the N.DS Snowflake solution provides the optimal experience, reinforced by Universal Electronics efforts in Remote control design,” commented Alex Maes, VP of Sales, Western Europe and LATAM, N.DS.

The demonstration will highlight a new customer deployment that will be announced during the show – Liberty Media has already committed to Snowflake for its multimedia home gateway. The advanced look and feel requires just 6 buttons to move through 3D info layers to perform basic and advanced TV functions.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:34
German broadcasters to showcase HbbTV

Published: August 10, 2010 Europe/London

All major German broadcasters will be showcasing a number of interactive HbbTV applications during this year’s consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. Public broadcaster ARD has earmarked HbbTV as the main focus for this year’s event.

Colleague ZDF is also progressing with its HbbTV offers and RTL Deutschland said earlier this year it will deploy its RTL HD Text later this year. The ProSiebenSat.1 group is also showcasing the new connected TV technology at the fair. The broadcaster will start regular test broadcast during the show.

All major German broadcasters have been broadcasting HbbTV apps since late last year and are now intent to give the technology a major push to put it in front of the consumers’ eyes.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:35
Fox Turkey chooses Octopus for newsroom operations
on Aug 10, 2010



Fox Turkey has selected Octopus as its new newsroom management system after a three month evaluation process.

The Turkish broadcaster, associated with News Corp’s Fox Broadcasting Company, wanted a system that would simplify news operations, improve workflow and connect with other parts of the overall studio infrastructure. This includes a Vizrt graphics system, Autoscript teleprompter and Grass Valley playout/automation system.

The new Octopus solution will manage rundowns, assignments, story approval, newswires, RSS feeds, placeholders, low-res browsing and other tasks.

Octopus provides support for the Turkish language through its use of the Unicode universal character encoding scheme.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:36
News Corp sells stakes in Chinese TV channels
August 10th, 2010 -

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said it will sell a controlling stake in three Chinese TV channels to a fund backed by China’s number two broadcaster, marking a major retreat after years of difficulties. News Corp will sell a stake in Xing Kong, Xing Kong International and Channel [V] Mainland China, along with its Fortune Star Chinese movie library, to China Media Capital, the US media giant said on its website yesterday.

Rupert Murdoch, whose wife Wendi Deng is Chinese, has pulled back from China in recent years as Beijing tightened its stranglehold over the broadcast industry, thwarting the media mogul’s ambitions. “Due to the restrictions, foreign media companies cannot make much money in China,” said Yuan Fang, a professor at the Communication University of China, was quoted by the official China Daily as saying.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal marks the first transaction for China Media Capital, a five billion yuan ($739 million) investment fund set up in 2009 to invest in the media industry. It is backed by state-owned Shanghai Media Group and China Development Bank

Under the deal, CMC and News Corp will set up a joint venture that will be headquartered in Beijing and have offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou in the south and Chongqing in the southwest. Jack Gao, Vice President of News Corp and Chief Executive of Star China, will run the new company.

“The agreement with CMC recognises the value we have created in Star China and enables us to continue to grow it for the future,” said James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corp Europe and Asia.

The transaction comes as China steps up efforts to expand its influence in the global media industry.
Beijing has earmarked 45 billion yuan to fund the expansion of groups including Xinhua, state television station CCTV and China Radio International, according to media reports - at a time when the industry is facing a major money crunch elsewhere.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:39
Radio Farda part of West’s ’soft war’ against Iran, book says


Radio Farda is part of a cultural invasion helping Western intelligence agencies wage a “soft war” against the Islamic republic, according to a book published by Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry.

“A Survey of Radio Farda,” published this spring by the ministry’s Bureau of Media Studies and Planning, brackets RFE/RL’s Persian-language outlet with Voice of America and the BBC as hostile “media operations” working against Iran. It also says Iranian journalists who join the station are providing “firsthand information” to Western intelligence agents.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:40
Pay-TV coverage grows in Costa Rica thanks to new operators

Eleven new companies have entered the Costa Rican Pay-TV market, which generated an increase both in coverage and in competition. At present, the market is dominated by three big companies that gather most subscribers: Cable Tica, Tigo Amnet and the DTH Sky. According to La República newspaper, competition produced up to a 54% variation in prices.

Operators' growth was encouraged when the Telecommunications Superintendence authorized eleven companies to render Pay-TV services over a 10-year term. Such operators render services in specific geographical areas, but jointly cover the seven provinces of the country. Moreover, according to La República, the appearance of such companies resulted from the fact that more than the 50% of the population located in Metropolitan and different areas of the country did not have access to the service.

The following are the companies authorized by the superintendence to render Pay-TV services: Dodona, Jasec, Cable Visión de Costa Rica, Cable Visión de Occidente, Televisora de Costa Rica, Cooperativa de Electrificación rural Los Santos, Cable Centro, Cable Televisión Doble, Servicios Femarroca TV, Cable Zarcero and Cableplus. Competition will increase even more when the incumbent telephony company ICE launches its already announced IPTV service. Additionally, Claro TV has recently applied for a DTH license.


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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:41
Embratel is trying to keep control over Net

The Brazilian operator Embratel, owned by Telmex, announced the launching of a voluntary public offer for the acquisition of the 100% of Net preferential shares, the main Brazilian cable operator currently controlled by Globo (51%) and Embratel (49%). If the proposal is approved, over USD 2,600 millions will be paid. In order to gain total control, Telmex subsidiary will have to wait for the approval of Bill 116 (former Bill 29), which is currently in the Senate and eliminates restrictions on foreign capital.

According to a press release issued by Embratel, the price to be paid per share, in cash and local currency, amounts to USD 13, which accounts for a 23.1% prize over the price recorded in the last 30 days. The offer is aimed at "enabling an increase in Embratel's shares in Net capital share in virtue of Embratel's and its shareholder' trust upon the Pay-TV and broadband consumption increase in the country, as well as the management and business model developed by Net", according to the document signed by Isaac Berensztejn, Relationship with Investors Director.

The offer is targeted to all Net's preferential shareholders, except from the part that belongs to Embratel (Embrapar). As an advance of its commercial intentions, a few days ago, Net announced the inclusion of Roberto Catalao, an executive from Embratel, in the operator's financial area. In 2004, Embratel stepped in Net with the acquisition of Globo's shares. At present, Net is the main operator in Brazil and Latin America, with 3,9 million Pay-TV clients.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:43
QBS to air foreign-language programmes on Ramadan


The Qatar Broadcasting Service (QBS) will air special programmes in English, French and Urdu on many aspects of the holy month of Ramadan. These programmes, says a report published in a local daily, will be for the benefit of non-Arabic listeners.

The programme in Urdu will be broadcast for four hours daily from 6pm to 10pm. It will include an exposition of the Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet of Islam); and a summing up of the important events that took place in the month of Ramadan all through the periods of Islamic history. Besides, the regular daily items of listeners’ requests and other variety programmes will also be broadcast.

The French language programme will be broadcast from 1pm to 4pm (Sunday to Thursday). Among its new features will be a programme entitled ‘helath magazine’. It is to be presented by Christine Fardeen. She will be focusing on prominent diseases and the methods of treatment.

The programme in English will be broadcast from 7am to 1pm. Among its special features during Ramadan will be “Islam and Economics” which will be on the air every Friday at 10.45am; and “Your Diet during Ramadan” every Saturday at 11.05am.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:44
Satellite Amos 5i prematurely cease operations

Telecommunications satellite Amos 5i ceases to operate before an expected lifetime. According to new estimates by experts of the Israeli Space Communication. Fails to continuously build on the start of commercial operation Amos 5, which is scheduled for June 2011.

Temporary satellite Amos 5i started commercial operation at Position 17 degree east to attract customers among telecommunications companies before the pronouncement of a new satellite Amos 5th The satellite has a capacity in the C and Ku-band signal can be received in Central Europe.

Space Communication will therefore need to find alternative solutions for their clients. Delivered to the new satellite Amos 5 against the count with a loss totaling $ 12,000,000.

In November 2009 satellite operator announced that it has signed a contract for the temporary use of satellite Amos 5i. Satellite launched commercial operation of the new position 17E in February this year.

"The idea was to provide temporary satellite customers in the delivery of new satellites. This project is not working as it should," analyst Meir Slejter evaluated.

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:45
40E: Improving the income conditions of Russian TV channels

Owners of larger dish may be the beginning of August to register a significant improvement in terms of income from one DVB-S multiplex with Russian programs in MPEG-4 Ku-band Express AM1 satellite at the orbital position 40 degree east.

Better income conditions are at frequency 10.967 GHz, which includes freedom to broadcast programs, Dom Kino, Vremya, Tenyanya, Music, 5 channels, TV Centr Ural, Rossiya 24 Telecafe, Mir and the encrypted programs Rossiya 1 Perviy channel (BISS CA, respectively . Roscrypt).

Technical parameters:
Express AM1 (40°E) freq 10.967 GHz, pol. V, SR 20000, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

The reason for the improvement of income distribution conditions, the termination of SCPC Media Office on frequency 10.969 GHz, half the stronger performance-on the neighboring Greek satellite Hellas Sat 2 (39°E), which zarušoval multiplex signal to Russia in Europe with parabolas smaller, thereby limiting coverage Actually in Europe rather special way. Packet could be due to wide beam without přijímatelné problem in the western part of Russia and neighboring countries where they have intervened signal Hellas Sat 2nd After the SCPC signal at 39°E, Russia's multiple of 40°E in Central Europe for the parabolic diameter from 120 cm.

At position 40°E, Ku-band one more similar to the RSCC multiplex channels in MPEG-4. Broadcasts on the frequency 10.995 GHz, pol. V, SR 20000, FEC 3/4, DVB-S. Unfortunately, this multiplex is still distracted (again) signals from the neighboring satellite Hellas Sat 2 Hellas Sat Data Service Net on 10.984 GHz freq, pol. V, SR 5926, FEC 5/6 DVB-S.

Russian satellite Express AM1 already has the technical problems and start drifting. A number of satellite broadcasters have already left and moved its services to other satellites (mostly Express MD1, 80°E and Express AM22, 53°E).

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tonymax
10-08-2010, 13:46
Yamal 100 stopped traffic and left orbital

09 August 2010 was due to technical problems decommissioned telecom satellite Yamal 100. Satellites in recent years did not disclose any signals, it served as a reserve for Yamal 201 at position 90°E.

Satellite operator Space System because Gazprom Yamal 100 out of the orbit to a higher orbit. All systems on board the satellite was turned off. This procedure is in accordance with the recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union.

Yamal 100 was passed June 9, 1999. The satellite had 10 transponders available to bandwidth, which worked on the position of 90°E. Currently located at this location satellite Yamal 201, which began operations in 2003. Capacity is 30 satellite transponders at the equivalent of 36 MHz.

In 2011, this position will be located on the Yamal satellite 300K, which will have a total of 52 transponders. About two years later at the 90°E Yamal 401 satellite location with a capacity of 88 transponders.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 08:57
Google, Verizon ‘framework’ for the net

Despite last week’s denials of a deal outside the FCC sponsored consultations, here it is: Google and Verizon have announced they have forged an accord about net neutrality that, they would like to see as a template for legislation.

The companies propose that ISPs should be prohibited from degrading or prioritising traffic that currently travels over the Internet. But ISPs would be allowed to prioritise managed services, which Google and Verizon are calling "differentiated online services."

The companies say that such services might include "health care monitoring, the smart grid, advanced educational services, or new entertainment and gaming options." In other words ISPs would be able to devote a portion of their pipes for services they select or are mandated to have special treatment. Google and Verizon also said they don't think the government should require wireless carriers to follow non-discrimination principles.

The plan has attracted heavy criticism from neutrality advocates, who say it would create a huge loophole. "They want to codify a world in which they can build this fast lane and it's not subject to traditional net neutrality rules," says Free Press managing director Craig Aaron. Pressure groups claim over 300,000 have already signed petitions condemning the deal.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said Monday that it was not a "deal," because it involved no paid prioritisation, and that as far as Google was concerned, it would not be delivering YouTube over the kind of non-public broadband delivery service the principles would allow.

However paying for speed and QoS is obviously the elephant in the room and will be at the centre of the debate this deal will now galvanise.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 08:58
Netflix lands early window deal

Films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM will appear on Netflix’s streaming service just three months after they appear on pay television. In a new deal Netflix will have the streaming rights to feature films earlier than it does now. It is a costly win for Netflix, which has been locking up the rights to films for its ‘Watch Instantly’ service, which allows customers to stream content via the Internet rather than wait for a DVD to arrive in the mail. The Los Angeles Times said Netflix was expected to pay “close to $1 billion in licensing fees over the life of the deal.”

The deal is with Epix, a fledgling pay-television service that was founded two years ago as a prospective competitor to HBO and Showtime. Epix has the rights to films from Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM. But in a crowded marketplace, the service has gained very little distribution on cable and satellite systems, making it invisible to most consumers. Viacom, one of the owners of Epix, disclosed last week that the joint venture continues to lose money, though it that said the service is moving closer to the break-even point.

The Netflix deal is a way to circumvent the cable and satellite carriers, gain visibility among consumers — and stem the financial losses.

Mark Greenberg, the president of Epix, said: “We are pleased to be able to continue our mission of bringing consumers the movies where they want to watch them, while satisfying the differing needs of cable, telco and satellite operators.”

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 08:59
Worldwide Web-to-TV will boom

Hybrid Web-to-TV Set Top Boxes will bring a new set of Internet services to TV sets, by integrating Internet capability into cable, satellite, telcoTV (IPTV) and digital terrestrial set top boxes. Work is being done to create 'hybrid' services that bring 'apps' and 'widgets' to TV programming, according to In-Stat. The value of Hybrid Set Top Boxes that are immediately put into use will reach US$ 1.3 Billion worldwide by 2014.

"TV programmes have come to the Internet. Now, the Internet is coming back to TV, and savvy software engineers and smart TV producers are finding ways to create new 'hybrid' services that bring it all together," says Gerry Kaufhold, Principal Analyst for In-Stat. "The set top box industry is scrambling to create designs that facilitate all these new features."
Some of the research findings include:

- Hybrid-capable STBs are shipping today, but only a small percentage is using the capabilities.
- Digital terrestrial boxes will be the hybrid-box growth leader, with a CAGR of 42% between 2010 and 2014.
- Western Europe will be the hot bed for development of hybrid services, and the leader for early hybrid STB shipments.
- Intel's x86 Instruction Set promises to be a key enabler, as Adobe FLASH, Windows Media, Microsoft Silverlight, DiVX, and VP8 appear first on an x86 Instruction Set.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:00
Latest STB updates

IMS Research has updated its Online Digital Set-top Box & iDTV Database with new information regarding TV households split by reception platform, STB and iDTV shipments and revenues, and profiles for operators in 68 countries. This is the quarterly update of the database that corresponds to the publication of The World Market for Digital Set-Top Boxes and iDTVs – 2010.

The analysis reveals several points, including:

- China FTA Satellite - Major shifts in this sector are the result of the Chinese FTA satellite project. Recent data about Chinese FTA satellite penetration from IMS Research’s Shanghai office led to revisions in the 2010 report that accounted for a spike in 2010 as the Chinese government continues its FTA satellite project. IMS Research cautions that the Chinese FTA platform is problematic due to the high volumes of grey market STBs.
- India Pay Satellite – Indian satellite households have grown faster than anticipated. Input from contacts in the Indian DTV industry has bolstered IMS Research’s confidence about pay-satellite’s position relative to other platforms.
- Spain Pay DTT – The unanticipated collapse and bankruptcy of Spain’s pay-DTT operator has altered the country’s pay-TV landscape, which is reflected in this update.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:01
Intelsat reports

Intelsat reported results for the three months ended June 30, with revenue of $635.3 million and a net loss of $180.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010. The company reported EBITDA of $339.3 million.

“Intelsat executed well in the second quarter, as we managed through the impact of several previously reported events,” said Intelsat CEO, David McGlade. “We enter the second half of the year making good progress on the initiatives that position us for long-term growth. We are building backlog on our new satellites, enhancing the value of our regional satellite neighbourhoods and capturing government opportunities with long-term commitments.”

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:02
3view includes MaxLinear DVB-T2

MaxLinear Inc. and 3view announced a joint collaboration on the 3view HD Digital TV Recorder, a hybrid IPTV and DVB-T2 set top box. The 3view HD Digital TV Recorder includes a 500GB hard drive, dual MxL5007T DVB-T2 broadcast tuners and broadband connectivity. The receiver enables consumers to view and record a wide variety of free content in the UK, including 50+ TV channels, all free-to-air HD channels, YouTube videos, and other Internet protocol TV (IPTV) content. The integrated Sky Player and BBC iPlayer allow users to "catch up" on previously broadcasted TV shows on these two networks. In addition, the receiver provides a simple user interface to view personal photos and home videos, stream digital music, and interact with friends & family through Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites.

MaxLinear's MxL5007T digital terrestrial tuner measures only 5 mm x 5mm in a 32-pin QFN package, providing a small, flexible and low power front end solution that's ideal for multi-tuner terrestrial STBs and digital TV designs. The tuner uses MaxLinear's proprietary digital CMOS technology to meet the stringent performance requirements of the UK DTG DBook6.1 for DVB-T2 receivers and legacy DVB-T receivers. The device features integrated channel filtering and on-chip 94dB gain to deliver high quality signal reception of weak signals even under conditions of extreme analogue and digital interference typically found in terrestrial applications.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:04
Pakistan shuts down two TV stations
August 10th, 2010 -


The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the Pakistani government to allow GEO TV and ARY News stations back on the air. The shutdown, coupled with demonstrations by government supporters outside the cable companies’ facilities on Saturday night, came soon after the stations aired news about a protester throwing shoes at Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari during a speech in England.

According to ARY News’ correspondent Jamal Khan Baluch: “On Saturday evening in Karachi, the staff of President Zardari called cable operators and ordered them to block ARY News transmissions all over Pakistan. When some cable operators refused to do so they started threatening and sent their armed people to different cable operators’ locations, where they started firing towards their offices and their staff.”

There were no serious injuries reported. Staffers at Geo News in Pakistan confirmed the story. Both networks’ news desks said the ban is still in effect. According to Pakistani media reports, the demonstrators outside of the cable companies’ facilities were supporters of Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

The shoe-throwing incident occurred in Birmingham on Saturday night, as Mr Zardari was speaking to a closed meeting of Pakistanis who live in England. The official Pakistani government news service issued a story stating the reports were not true, citing “the sensational and unverified reporting by media.” The Associated Press reported from Birmingham that the unnamed heckler was apparently angered by the government’s poor response to widespread flooding in the country that has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Soon after the Saturday incident, GEO’s website reported that some PPP leaders and government officials had warned cable operators across the country to cease transmission of GEO, but most refused to do so. As of Monday morning, “most of the cable companies in all the large cities have been forced to stop carrying ARY and Geo—it’s not just in Karachi,” Mr Baluch told CPJ.

“With Pakistan in the middle of the civil calamity brought about by massive flooding, the country needs its news media more than ever,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. Shutting down two leading cable operators during a critical time in Pakistan is frankly a selfish attempt by the government to protect itself. The order to take GEO TV and ARY News is a monumental error, and should be rescinded immediately.”

Yesterday, journalists demonstrated in front of Karachi Press Club, protested the shutdown of the stations, demanding they be allowed back on the air.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:05
Estonian Public Broadcasting launches news in English


Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonian Public Broadcasting) launched the English-language news portal ERR News this week. The editor of ERR News, Scott Diel, said that the mission of ERR News is to offer an English-language window to Estonia. “We will offer translations supplemented with background and context for foreign readers, plus a fair helping of original content. And not only will we provide a picture of what is happening in Estonia to the abroad, but we’ll also serve as a platform for when Estonians wish to say something to more than just their fellow countrymen. And we hope to do both those things at the highest professional standard.”

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:07
On the Israeli satellite before time ran out of fuel

New estimates of specialists of the Israeli company "Space Communication" showed that on a temporary satellite Amos-5i fuel will end before the expected life, and the satellite fails before the start of permanent satellite Amos-5, scheduled for June 2011.

Temporary satellite was launched to attract customers from among the communications companies in the preparatory phase of the vehicle.

Now, "Space Communication" will have to seek alternatives for their clients, and launch in 2011 losses, which total about $ 12 million.

Earlier this year the Israeli company has signed contracts for the supply of satellite communications satellite Amos-5 with several African countries, totaling 47 million dollars. In November 2009, the company announced the signing of agreements for the use of temporary satellite Amos-5i on the amount of 6,3 million dollars with an option to increase to 7,6 million

"The idea of a temporary satellite was to enter the market and win customers. This project has not worked as it should, but the company's reputation did not suffer significantly," - assured in an interview Kalkalist "analyst Meir Slater.

"There are accidents and miscalculations. Company" Space Communication "make every effort to mitigate the damage by directing customers to other providers of satellite services. In this market, are accidents with tolerance," the analyst said.

:vampire: :chef:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:11
Kabel Deutschland expands HD offer




NBC Universal Global Networks Deutschland said it will launch an HD version of its SyFy channel in cooperation with Kabel Deutschland KDG on September 20. The cabler will also launch TNT Serie HD and TNT Film HD on October 11.

The high def channel SyFy follows in the footsteps of a re-branding of the channel. “I am very happy that together with our distribution partners Kabel Deutschland we are able to offer high definition television. This is significant added value for our viewers,” said Katharina Behrends, executive director of NBC Universal Global Networks, in a statement.

NBC Universal is active in the German speaking market with 13th Street and, in a joint venture with AETN, with German versions of History and The Biography Channel.

The move is part of push for HD television on behalf of Germany’s largest cable operator KDG, who also announced the impending launch of TNT Serie HD and TNT Film HD on the network from Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) from October 11. Both the two Turner channels as well as SyFy will be HD simulcasts of the SD versions.

:mf_boobies: :busted_red:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:14
Vintage TV targets over-50s




Vintage TV, a new music and popular culture TV channel for the over 50s, goes live in the UK on Sky and Freesat on September 1. Dedicated to the five decades from the 1940s to 1980s, the channel will broadcast an eclectic mix of music-themed original programming, specially created music videos, classic programmes, films and documentaries.

The broadcaster has signed a three-year deal with GlobeCast to provide an end-to-end content management and transport solution for the new channel. The deal, which includes a Sky EPG, multiplexing, uplink and capacity on the Eurobird 1 satellite, also includes playout and media asset management (MAM).

GlobeCast is providing playout and origination of Vintage TV from its broadcast centre in central London. The signal is then aggregated and multiplexed before being delivered via fibre to GlobeCast’s teleport in Brookman’s Park where it is uplinked to the Sky platform on Eurobird 1.

Playout for the new channel will include an initial ingest of 100 hours of video, ongoing ingest and archive of the content and logo insertions, as well as schedule-driven dynamic graphics, such as tickers, automated continuity, menu boards and Call To Actions (CTA), with a view to adding voice overs in the future.

:death1: :bike:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:15
S&T gains ACCESS to HbbTV



Strategy & Technology (S&T) has signed a licensing agreement with ACCESS Systems Europe that will enable it to offer a complete HbbTV solution suitable for integration with any digital TV receiver. S&T has secured the rights to re-distribute ACCESS’ NetFront Browser and associated HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband) extensions.

S&T will offer an integrated HbbTV solution, complete with a Digital

Storage Media Command and Control (DSM-CC) client and HbbTV signaling, direct to manufacturers of digital TV receivers. The company is combining the technology with its existing RedKey product to offer customers a seamless transition between MHEG-5 and HbbTV. An optional CI+ browser can also be included.

“HbbTV is fast gaining ground in markets such as Germany and France, and interest from other countries will no doubt grow further now that ETSI has given its approval. This makes now the right time to offer the technology to international markets,” said Paul Daly, General Manager – Client Systems, Strategy & Technology Ltd.

:red_bandana: :nono2:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:17
Russian sports channel set for debut




The new Russian sports channel featuring games from the Barclays Premier League will officially make its debut this Saturday, August 14.

The news was given by Dmitry Mednikov, the deputy DG of the state broadcaster VGTRK, speaking to Kommersant. He added that the channel, which will be known as Sport-1 and cost an average of R10 (€0.25) a month to receive, would also carry other sports, less appealing to a mass audience, besides all Premier League football games over the next three seasons.

He also said that the broadcaster is in negotiations with cable operators for distribution of Sport-1.

The channel will be carried by the DTH platform NTV-Plus and broadcast over the radio and internet, and perhaps even mobile phones.

VGTRK is understood to have paid around $10 million (€7.6 million) for the rights to the Premier League for three years. It is likely to start negotiations to secure the rights to the Russian (football) Championship this autumn.

:bike: :bike: :mf_viking: :bike:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:26
Tricolor deal completed



Gazprom-Media has finally completed the acquisition of Tricolor TV, Russia’s leading DTH platform in terms of subscriber numbers.

Although the deal was first announced a year ago, surprise reports last week revealed that it had still not been concluded. However, as AKTR and Vedomosti now say, quoting Dmitry Samokhin, the CEO of NTV-Plus, this is now no longer the case.

Even so, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. The most important is undoubtedly what will now happen to Tricolor TV and NTV-Plus, the upscale DTH operation also owned by Gazprom-Media.

Although the two platforms target entirely different audiences, there is a possibility they may be merged. This would nevertheless require the approval of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS).

Gazprom-Media may now also raise the subscription fees for Tricolor TV, which would inevitably lead to a significant loss in subscriber numbers.

:bike: :lol2: :bike:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 09:27
UPC adds to Slovak digital offer



UPC has added the channels Animal Planet and Sport M to its digital cable service UPC Digital in Slovakia.

While the former is now available in its basic programme package, the latter has joined the operator’s Hungarian language package.

With the addition of the two channels, UPC Digital now offers a total of 115, with access to the service starting from €5 a month. Its subscriber total stands at almost 75,000.

:death1: :rm_elephant:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:05
N.DS goes over-the-top

Published: August 11, 2010 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A71. N.DS has built up its expertise in the delivery of over-the-top content over several years. Its Progressive Download technology is already deployed through Viasat in the Nordic region and an enhanced version will form the core of BSkyB’s on demand service due to launch later this year.

Commenting on N.DS’ focus at IBC 2010, Dr Abe Peled, N.DS Chairman and CEO said: “Whilst we continue to believe that the killer application of digital TV is compelling content, and that digital television offers greater choice, quality and convenience for consumers, we also believe that the technological advances in broadband enabled devices provide our customers with the opportunity to offer consumers additional ways to enjoy their favourite programmes.”

Other technologies geared towards OTT is the InfiniteTV suite that enables the optimisation of OTT content on any device and the N.DS Unified Headend, the award winning platform that enables operators to securely and seamlessly deliver content and services to multiple screens.

MediaHighway, the long-standing *** middleware product, now extends into home networking solutions to enable the portability of content around the home. This includes an application that turns the iPhone into a set-top box remote control. It is also possible to run video-conferencing using a set-top box, powered by N.DS MediaHighway.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:07
EchoStar SlingLoaded STBs embed Widevine DRM


Echostar is to include Widevine DRM in set-top boxes incorporating its SlingLoaded technologies.

The set-top boxes make it possible to consume content both around the home and remotely via a desktop PC, Mac, laptop and some smart phones.

“Our innovative consumer devices embedded with Widevine’s widely adopted security bring peace of mind to content owners and service providers seeking to maintain their revenue model while providing consumers unparalleled flexibility to watch their content on the go,” said Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies.

The decision to add an additional layer of security to the Slingbox product may go someway towards pacifying rights holders concerned that their content is sometimes viewed outside the geographical area for which it was intended.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:08
Cable broadband grows in Hungary



The number of fixed broadband subscriptions in Hungary stood at 1.850 million at the end of June, according to data published by the country’s National Communications Authority (NHH).

This compared to 1.829 million at the end of May and 1.624 million 12 months earlier.

While the number of ADSL subscriptions remains relatively constant, take-up of cable broadband is growing steadily. Indeed, the former stood at 800,000 at the end of June, or only 1,000 more than a month earlier and 803,000 in mid-2009.

Cable broadband, on the other hand, was received by 1.050 million subscribers as of the end of June. This was 22,000 more than a month earlier and 229,000 more than in mid-2009.

:bounce: :mf_boobies:

tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:10
Workers start rebuilding Chinese TV tower: state media


August 11th, 2010 -
Workers today started to rebuild a tower in China’s new state television complex in Beijing, 18 months after the building was gutted by fire, state media said. Much of the north tower of the new CCTV headquarters will be stripped of everything but its main structure, which was not seriously damaged in the deadly blaze, and rebuilt, Beijing News said, citing the developer.

The decision to renovate the gutted structure followed much speculation on the fate of the building, which was to house a luxury hotel but which caught fire during an illegal Lunar New Year fireworks display in February 2009. The 159-metre (524-foot-) tall hotel was just 200 metres from the futuristic CCTV tower that had quickly won fame as one of Beijing’s most stunning buildings and a striking symbol of China’s newfound global power. Both buildings were designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and had been due to open last year.

In a public relations disaster for CCTV, which is one of the Communist Party’s chief propaganda arms, authorities said the station had defied police warnings and set off powerful fireworks in the complex. A former top television executive has been jailed for seven years for his role in causing the blaze, which left one firefighter dead and six people injured. Twenty other defendants have been sentenced to between three and six and a half years in prison for their roles in the incident.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:11
State media channels in Maldives rebranded

August 11th, 2010 -

Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation (MNBC) yesterday changed the name of Television Maldives (TVM) to “MNBC One.” Under the rebranding process, the company also changed the name of Voice of Maldives (VOM) to “Raajje Radio.”

The move comes days after Maldives Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) formed under Maldives Broadcasting Corporation Act announced that all the assets, employees, and land used by state media organisations belong to the company and MNBC was using the assets against the law. In a special ceremony held at Holiday Inn Male a while ago, First Lady Laila Ali re-inaugrated the two channels.

The company noted that the rebranding was a milestone in its plans for improving the two state media channels. The government decided to continue running MNBC which was established under a presidential decree, after the parliament rejected current MNBC Chairman Mohamed ‘Madulu’ Waheed and Managing Director Ibrahim Khaleel from the Directors Board of MBC.

MNBC also decided to sell 40 percent of its shares to island councils and 20 percent to the public.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:12
BREAKING NEWS: Channel Five CEO to step down
by Brooke Sever on Aug 11, 2010


Dawn Airey, chief executive of Channel 5, is to step down as part of a shake-up of management at Britain's smallest terrestrial broadcaster, under plans from new owner Richard Desmond, according to Reuters.

Channel 5 said Airey would stay on for several months to oversee cost savings likely to result in up to 80 job cuts, before a new investment programme begins.

She will then move to the broadcaster's former owner, RTL AUDK.LU, to take up a senior role.

Other senior figures set to leave Channel 5 include six board directors, the channel's controller, managing director, and finance director.

"Whilst I am sorry to see Dawn move on, I am thrilled that she will be in the mix to contribute to the various exciting plans we have and oversee the acquisition and development of brilliant new content," Desmond said.

Savings will come from efficiencies as Channel 5 integrates with Desmond's Northern & Shell group of companies.
A new five-year investment programme worth around 300 million pounds ($471 million) per year will then seek to improve the broadcaster's programming and content development.

British media baron Desmond, the publisher of OK! celebrity magazine, the Daily Express newspaper, and adult entertainment said in July he would buy Channel 5 from European group RTL for 125 million euros ($163 million).

RTL put the network up for sale after it struggled to keep up with the BBC, ITV (ITV.L), Channel 4, and others in attracting viewers.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:13
Arabsat opened a new position 20E

UAE satellite operator Arabsat has opened its new orbital position at 20 degrees east. Located on the Arabsat 2B satellite it, which until recently served in the position of 30.5°E. There are already working Arabsat 5A, which services all of the original Arabsatu 2B taken.

Arabsat 2B is working close to the European ASTRA satellite system at 19.2 degrees E. The hampering broadcasting in central Europe would not happen - Ku-band transponders cover the European continent, only Spain, part of Italy and Greece. This was true for the position of 30.5°E. It is not known how changes Footprint of the new position.

Arabsat 2B was delivered 13th November 1996 Ariane launchers 4th Satellites, despite its age is still operable. According to estimates, should provide services for the next two years.

Arabsat 2B satellite has a total of 12 transponders in Ku-band bandwidth for 36 and 30 MHz and 22 C-Band bandwidth after 36 and 54 MHz. C-band transponders can operate in the range of 3.7 to 4.2 GHz in Ku band from 12.5 to 12.75 GHz.

The new position is 20°E Arabsat 2B over already distributed the first program in C-band - the frequency of 3.893 GHz, pol. R, SR 2600, FEC 3/4 Tayba TV broadcasts and FM radio stations Tayba.

tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:14
Nova Hellas: Test Nova Sports HD and Nova Cinema HD

Greek satellite pay-TV Nova launched a trial operation of two new programs in high definition (HDTV) - film channel Nova Cinema HD sports channel Nova Sports HD.

Nova Sports HD and Nova Cinema HD start regular broadcasting on September 1, 2010. Until then there will be technical tests. Test transmissions from the beginning of encryption system Irdeto 2.

Technical parameters:
Hot Bird 8 (13°E) freq 12.130 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, CA Irdeto 2


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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:15
Opinion Skylink to tackle piracy of reception Digi TV

Czech-Slovak satellite platform Skylink responds to technical measures Digi TV satellite platform, which could put the pirate satellite receivers.

Last week, joined the international satellite TV platform Digi-long-anticipated step - turning off the system, conditional access Nagravision 2 - which has become in recent years to pirate income. The consequence of this step is an extreme increase of demand of the original users of unauthorized reception Digi TV access card for Skylink. We are firmly committed to the satisfaction of our new customers, so we have to warn them of the risks associated with using the receiver for reception of satellite programs, Skylink platform.

Pirate receivers are equipped with a licensed Irdeto decoders/CryptoWorks, and therefore can not guarantee the reliable operation of these receivers with card Skylink.

Customer Center Skylink is overloaded these days with complaints of owners unlicensed receivers claiming Skylink card functionality. Almost all problems related to incompatibility with the satellite receiver decoder card.

Owners of such receivers are advised to contact the dealer who sold them to the receiver, and asked to pay the receiver's functional - equipped with properly licensed Irdeto decoders/CryptoWorks certified decoder or other satellite platform operating in our territory. Such receivers is enough for our market and can be purchased for a very affordable price.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:16
16E: Pink TV without Irdeto 2

Pink Media Group International Company, which is owned by media magnate Zeljko Serbian Mitrovica, ended on Monday, 9 August. encoding their programs in the system Irdeto second All programs are now encrypted in N.D.S VideoGuard. Pink TV channels are broadcasted on satellite SESAT a position 16E, and are part of the offer Total TV satellite platform for the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.

Offer includes TV Pink Plus, Pink Extra, Pink BH, Pink M (Montenegro), Pink Srbija, Pink Action, Pink Movies, Pink Film, Pink Music, Pink Kids and Pink Family. In the multiplex is also transmitted Free Fashion TV SEE. Channels Pink Extra, Pink Music, Pink and Pink Plus Folk are also encoded in CryptoWorks for the Total TV subscribers in Bulgaria.

Technical parameter:
SESAT 1 (16E)
11.180 GHz, pol. V, SR: 27500, FEC: 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

Pink Folk station is broadcast on another frequency - 11.095 GHz, pol. H, SR: 27300, FEC: 2/3 systems CryptoWorks, N.D.S and Videoguard.

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tonymax
11-08-2010, 16:17
Intelsat 706 on position 72E

Satellite operator Intelsat satellite telecommunications parked Intelsat 706 (IS-706) on the new orbital position 72E, which will provide additional services to different parts of Africa. Intelsat 706 was launched 17 May 1995 year by Ariane launcher. The satellite is the first nine years he worked in positions 53W, then the position of E 50.3, and from April 2009 to July 2010 for the position of 54.9 E.

Intelsat 706 has a total of 42 transponders, 36 MHz C-band transponders and 28 Ku-band 36 MHz. The satellite has a total of 5 beams - including two C-band and 3 Ku-band. Intelsat 706 satellite is a temporary replacement for the Intelsat satellite 4, which is due to failure ended his work.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:22
Hungary rings in the changes

Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

Hungary is implementing far-reaching changes to the structure of its regulatory bodies and public service broadcasters.

BBJ reports that Pál Schmitt, the country’s new president, has signed off legislation that will result in the merger of the National Communications Council (NHH) with the broadcasting authority ORTT to create a new body known as the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH).

Annamária Szalai, a former member of the ORTT, officially became head of the NMHH yesterday (August 11) and will remain in the post for nine years.

The public broadcasters MTV and Duna TV, along with their radio counterpart Magyar Rádió and Hungarian News Agency (MTI), will meanwhile be transformed into non-profit companies under the control of a new body named the Public Service Foundation.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:23
Sony Bravia adds sevenload channels

Published: August 11, 2010 Europe/London

Sony will add 100 “channels” from the German online video portal sevenload to all its Bravia TV sets, as well as other connected devices such as Blu-ray players and home cinema sets. The official launch of the new service will take place at this year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Viewers will have direct access to over 3,000 videos on the sevenload portal including content from major broadcasters such as BBC, MTV, Discovery Channel’s DMAX, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, as well as from local German channels and producers including Stern TV, Giga TV, Focus, Deutsche Welle and many others such as Big Brother.

“We want the audience to offer one of the best entertainment experiences on their home TV. We are delighted to partner with Sony Germany,” said Andreas Heyden, managing director (COO) of sevenload, in a statement, “by offering free premium TV content on consumer electronics devices, we also create a high-quality marketing platform for advertising companies.”


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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:24
Sky Deutschland strikes HD cable deal

Published: August 11, 2010 Europe/London

Sky Deutschland has entered into a framework agreement that will put all ten Sky HD channels into an additional 600,000 cable households. The satcaster will provide the seven HD streams already on the air and a further three launching this Friday (August 13) to the 140 members of Deutsche Netz Marketing GmbH (DNMG), the largest marketing organisation within German cable.

“We are very pleased that we’ve successfully reached a timely agreement with our partners at DNMG for the distribution of our complete HD service. This enables Sky Deutschland to continue making progress in the expansion of its high definition programming and to strengthen its market-leading position as the provider of qualitatively high-value HD content,” said Wolfram Winter, senior vice president, distribution development, Sky Deutschland.

Sky already had a contract in place with Netcologne, but the new arrangement puts its channel packages in a series of other regional networks that include wilhelm.tel (Norderstedt), willy.tel (Hamburg), S+K Servicekabel (Halle) and Teleco (Cottbus). The largest member of DNMG is Tele Columbus.

In addition, Sky has strengthened an existing agreement with Kabel & Medien Service (KMS) Munich, which allows customers to subscribe to Sky packages through KMS retail outlets.

The current line-up of Sky Cinema HD, Sky Sport HD, Disney Cinemagic HD, Eurosport HD, Discovery HD, National Geographic HD and History HD will this weekend be joined by Sky Sport HD 2, Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD. However HD channels produced by the ProSiebenSat.1 group remain outside of the Sky offer. To view those, the German consumer needs to subscribe to the SES-Astra led HD+ bouquet, which currently uses a different set of technologies to Sky.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:25
Successor to HD to feature prominently at IBC


September’s IBC show will see practical demonstrations of Super Hi-Vision, the successor to high definition (HD) technology.

Super Hi-Vision (also known as ‘UltraHD’) will offer resolution of 7680 x 4320 running at 60 frames per second (fps), with 22.2 channels of audio distribution.

According to Michelle Abraham, market research analyst, In-Stat, “[Super Hi-Vision offers] a vast improvement over the currently available end user viewing experience in the home.”

Super Hi-Vision was first shown at IBC in 2008. This year it’s back, with practical full-resolution cameras featuring three image sensors, each of 33 million pixels.

One of these will be set up permanently in the centre of Amsterdam, sending live pictures back over fibre to an IBC demo theatre. The signal will also be seen on special 58” diagonal plasma screens with 0.33mm pixel pitch.

Staff from Japan’s NHK, which has spearheaded development of Super Hi-Vision, will be on hand throughout IBC to talk about its practical implementation for museums and galleries, outdoor screens and eventually perhaps for broadcast to the home

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:27
Disney boosted by pay-TV
12 Aug 10 -

The performance of Disney's international pay-TV channels helped the studio see its third quarter earning rise by 40% to US$1.3bn (€1bn).

The company saw revenues hit $10bn, an increase of 16% from last year.

Chief executive Bob Iger said: "Our cable channels also performed well during the quarter; Disney Channel continues to command high ratings with successful shows including Phineas and Ferb and Good Luck Charlie. The channel also has continued to expand its international presence."

The company highlighted its digital media plans and is eyeing the launch of day-and-date video-on-demand releases of some of its key film and TV titles. "We are going to become aggressive. We’re experimenting with new windows including that one. It’s too soon to make specific comments or predictions about that, but I think it presents an interesting opportunity. There are people who we believe would like to see movies sooner than later and would pay a premium price to do that."

However, Iger ignored questions over whether the company would sell its US network ABC. "I don’t have anything new to add to the discussion about the make up of our asset base," he added.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:28
Disney replaces Jetix in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus
12 Aug 10 -

Disney Channel took the place of kids channel Jetix in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus from yesterday.

The channel will be populated with new content, including shows such as Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place and Jonas as well as family moves including Cars over the next few months ahead of its official launch in October.


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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:29
MTV UK launches first web drama

Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

MTV Networks UK & Ireland has announced plans to run a web-only drama on the mtv.co.uk website. Being Victor will make its debut on September 7 and represents an initial step into development of programming originated for the web.

Being Victor is the story of Vinnie Dupe and his online alter-ago, blogger Victor Sage. It will be broadcast as a 20-part online live action teen drama that has been produced by Shed Media Scotland, the company behind Garrow’s Law and Hope Springs. Actor Dean Smith, known to viewers of BBC One’s primetime school drama Waterloo Road, plays Dupe.

Online audiences have already been introduced to Victor through a blog posted by the Victor character.

“Viewing habits are evolving. Our audiences watch TV online and on mobile devices on the go, therefore we want to provide them with dedicated and ground-breaking content for these platforms,” said Dan Patton, director of digital media, MTV Networks UK & Ireland. “The elements that make ‘Being Victor’ special are intrinsic to the fact that it is born online and will grow online to become whatever fans want to make it.”

MTV is building social networking around the production, through a discussion forum, and support links related to the characters’ experiences.

Online drama is becoming a significant element of broadcasters’ online strategy, arguably with the muscle that ventures such as Bebo’s KateModern lacked. E20, the online spin-off from the BBC soap EastEnders, reached 1.7 million views in its first month.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:30
Guardian man becomes CNBC digital director

Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

CNBC has hired its first digital director, bringing in Torsten de Riese, previously mobile business manager for The Guardian.

De Riese will report to Justine Powell, vice president distribution, EMEA, and Anthony Lilleyman, CFO and VP business development, EMEA.

“Torsten comes to CNBC with excellent experience across digital media, which will help us to expand our digital reach,” said Powell. “Increasing and syndicating our digital content is one of our key priorities and Torsten’s extensive experience will be invaluable.”

At The Guardian, de Riese introduced the award winning iPhone app, developing new revenue streams from new products including the Guardian and Observer Archive, the Arabic News Service and a commercial programme for Guardian’s Open Platform.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:32
Polkomtel eyes cable acquisitions

Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

The Polish mobile operator Polkomtel is looking into the possibility of investing in the country’s cable industry.

According to Parkiet, the company, which owns the Plus mobile network, is likely to issue bonds worth up to €1 billion later this year on the Catalyst division of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Polkomtel is also interested in acquiring providers of triple play services, though according to its president Jaroslaw Bauc may be deterred from moving into the cable market due to the high valuation placed on networks by their current owners.

Polkomtel has already been linked with Multimedia Polska, while Aster has attracted interest from UPC and the incumbent telco TPSA.

:rm_buddy_jesus: :native: :bow_arrow:

tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:33
Film1 iPhone app proves popular

Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

Chellomedia’s Dutch premium movie channel Film1 has said its first iPhone application has surpassed more than 35,000 downloads across The Netherlands, making it one of the most downloaded free apps since its launch on July 28, 2010. Two weeks following the launch, the application continues to maintain its number three position amidst the most popular downloads in the entertainment category of the Applestore iTunes chart.

The Film1 application offers a range of movie information including access to the latest movie trailers, and TV movie listings, as well as a unique reminder function that allows users to set a reminder for a particular movie. The app also includes access to information on 10,000 movies with more than 5,000 trailers, clips and video interviews. The iPhone app was developed in collaboration with Triple IT.

“This innovative new Film1 app is the next step in our effort to harness the advances of mobile technology to benefit movie lovers and enhance the Film1 movie experience. Our newest addition gives consumers the best in film and movie programming on a very powerful and popular platform”, said Taco Stomps, head of Internet Film1, in a statement.

“The Film1 app topping the free app charts is something beyond our expectations, “said Ben van der Burg, commercial director Triple IT.”It’s the best reward for our team’s hard work. We are looking forward to building more and more of these appealing applications.”

:rock::clown1:

tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:34
ORF postponing replacement access card

ORF Austrian public exchange delayed their access cards, which are necessary for reception of broadcast via Astra (19.2°E). Five-year warranty owner coding system CryptoWorks card has expired and must be replaced.

The fact is that some cards ORF are now in operation for seven years. Today informed the newspaper Der Standard. ORF is not yet fixed the date of the draw.

Exchange cards ORF could come in 2011. In that year, but the general election and the public media does not want to alienate the public. So it is likely that the exchange will be up for another year later. Costs for the replacement card will cost at least € 20 each cardholder.

ORF decoder cards are designed for reception of satellite programs ORF - ORF1, ORF2, including regional broadcasting HD and ORF1 and ORF2 HD. Next station ORF viewer can receive the card, the Austrian commercial television (ATV, Austria 9, Puls 4).

:character40::busted_cop:

tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:35
9E: volksmusik.tv change transponder

Paid music station volksmusik.tv changes in the satellite Eurobird 9A (9°E), its frequency. 31 August 2010 will end at the old rate. Subscribers can now packet Fernsehen für mich station to monitor the new frequency.

volksmusik.tv currently broadcasts on two frequencies. During the parallel operation to the task of viewers to skip his set-top box to the new parameters.

new technical parameters:
Eurobird 9A (9°E) freq 12.015 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK

To receive volksmusik.tv the new frequency is necessary HD set-top box - the program is transmitted in the DVB-S2 multiplex. The August 31, 2010 will be broadcast stations on the frequency 12.437 GHz terminated.

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tonymax
12-08-2010, 12:36
In Russia, starts first sports channel Focus on the Premier League

Deputy Director General VGTRK Dmitryj Mednikov announced that on August 14, 2010 will start posting new Russian sports channel, called Sports first Station will broadcast matches of the English soccer Premier League.

In the long term, the new station may also include other sports are not interested in the mass audience. Fee income for Sport 1 will move an average of 10 rubles per month (about 6.30 CZK).

Russia's new paid channel Sport 1 will start 14th August. In the next three years, viewers watch all the matches of the English soccer Premier League, records and other sessions. In the future, and other sports.

Mednikov announced that VGTRK negotiates with key cable operators and satellite broadcasters, including the platform NTV Plus. In addition to the television distribution of matches in the future also appear on radio, the Internet and even mobile phones.

Kommersant wrote earlier, that the right to broadcast English Premier League matches VGTRK acquired at a price higher than $ 10 million. Two or three matches from each round will be broadcast free of charge at the station, Russia 2 (Rossija 2).

Rights to the Premier League still hold directly the pay-TV NTV Plus. The loss of lucrative transfer means to negotiate entry into the Sport 1 offers pay-TV NTV Plus.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:46
Childs named UKTV CEO


Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

UKTV has confirmed Darren Childs as its new chief executive officer. The current managing director of BBC Worldwide Channels will be joined by new chief financial officer Jan Gooze-Zijl.
Both appointments have come from within the family, Childs has been a director of UKTV since 2006. Dutchman Gooze-Zijl is currently finance director, planning, at Virgin Media.

Childs will takeover from David Abraham, who left in January for Channel 4 after a successful rebranding exercise of the UKTV channels. UKTV, which runs channel brands including Dave, Yesterday, Gold and Watch, is jointly owned by BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media.

John Smith, CEO, BBC Worldwide said while sad that Childs was leaving the running of BBC Worldwide Channels, he was the right man to take the business forward: “Darren’s time with us has been hugely successful and he has spearheaded the growth of our BBC branded channels around the world while maintaining an impressive increase in sales and profit.”

In September, Eamonn O’Hare, Virgin Media’s chief financial officer will become the Chair of UKTV in addition to his role at Virgin Media and replacing Smith. As part of the joint ownership agreement between BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media, the chair of UKTV alternates on an annual basis between the shareholders. The appointment adds further doubt to reports of a potential sale of Virgin Media’s 50% stake in the business.

Childs joined BBC Worldwide in 2005, he was previously SVP, International Networks for Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI). He also spent time in the Asia as director of programming for MTV Asia and then as Director of Business Development at Channel V (part of the Star TV platform).

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:48
Viacom signals start of YouTube appeal


Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

Viacom has informed a New York Federal Court of its intention to launch an appeal against the June copyright ruling that went the way of YouTube.
The owner of MTV Networks and the Paramount film studio had been seeking $1 billion (€814.7 million) in damages. The case had begun when Viacom accused YouTube of running “tens of thousands” of video clips that had been uploaded without permission.

Viacom had argued that YouTube and Google had demonstrated that the tools it existed to prevent the piracy of copyrighted material. Consequently, there remained hundreds and thousands of videos that had been illegally distributed before the tools were put in place.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:49
MGTS gains broadband subs

Published: August 12, 2010 Europe/London

The Comstar-UTS subsidiary MGTS gained an additional 50,000 broadband internet subscribers in Moscow in the first six months of this year.
This helped it begin August with over 300,000 such subscribers in the city and a 10.8% share of the broadband market.

The growth has been attributed to the operator’s flexible tariff policy, implementation of triple play services, a convenient payment system and 24-hour customer support.

Comstar-UTS is present in Moscow and 83 other Russian cities and had 2 million residential pay-TV subscribers at the end of Q1. It holds a 69.93% stake in MGTS.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:50
Sport-1 secures cable coverage




The new Russian channel Sport-1 will be distributed by the country’s leading cable operator National Cable Networks in Moscow from tomorrow (August 14).

According to ComNews, the service, which will include Barclays Premier League football in its offer, will become the 37th channel in the operator’s social package, thereby reaching 2.5 million homes. It will subsequently also be added to its social package in St Petersburg, thereby reaching over one million more households.

Sport-1 is operated by the state broadcaster VGTRK and will be officially launched tomorrow, the start of the 2010-11 Premier League season.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:52
Mixed fortunes for Polish DTH platforms



The two DTH services operated by the Polish commercial broadcaster TVN enjoyed mixed fortunes in the second quarter. While the new generation service n gained an additional 6,000 to take its total to 730,000, the pre-pay Telewizja na karte (TNK) lost 28,000 “on the back of extraordinary events in free-to-air TV.

However, the year-on-year picture was much better for both operations: n’s active subscriber base rose by 175,000, while TNK’s active customer total was up by a factor of 2.1 to reach 279,000 and its overall customer base stood at an impressive 575,000.

Revenues for n rose by 38% year-on-year in Q2 to reach PLN151 million (€37.6 million), while EBITDA in the second quarter was, at PLN1 million, in the black for the

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:53
Czech boost for HBO



HBO had a successful year in the Czech Republic in 2009 despite facing a number of problems.

E15 reports that the Time Warner company saw its net profit rise by CZK14 million (€564,000) to CZK199 million, while its revenues were 37% higher at CZK1.6 billion.

Commenting on the positive results, HBO Czech director Ondrej Zach said that they were achieved despite the poor repayment record of some cable operators that distribute its services. The now allow the company to invest more in its own productions.

HBO has been present in the Czech Republic since 1994.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:55
Shock for Romanian DTT



Romania has taken the shock decision to postpone its analogue switch off by three years to 2015, thereby stopping a tender for two DTT multiplexes dead in its tracks.

According to ZF, the decision was made by the government this Wednesday without consulting with or even informing the regulator ANACOM, which is organising the tender.

The government argues that the postponement is justified on the grounds that it will give viewers more time to buy reception equipment in what are difficult economic times and “ensure a reasonable time in which operators, equipment manufacturers and sellers of technology adapt their behaviour to new requirements.” It will require the repeal of legislation under which ANACOM began the DTT tender.

A total of seven companies were expected to submit bids by September 17, with the winners of the first multiplex licence being announced on October 18 and the second 10 days later.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:56
MultiChoice reshuffles management to face underlying entities



Nolo Letele, the current Group CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, is to become the executive chairperson of the Multichoice South Africa Holdings Board. He will take up the role of October 1, when Imtiaz Patel, at present CEO of SuperSport International, will become the new Group CEO.

In a statement the company said the executive appointment would enable it “to meet the challenges faced by the underlying entities” – a reference both to satellite pay-TV rivals and the launch of South Africa’s DTT services.

Letele joined M-Net in 1990 and has held a number of senior positions within the MIH group. Prior to that he was chief engineer at the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service, where he began his career in 1974.

Current chairman Mandla Langa is retiring from the board, but is being retained as a consultant.

Patel joined SuperSport in November 1999 as director of enterprises and regulatory affairs. He was appointed as CEO of SuperSport South Africa In March 2005, and as CEO of SuperSport International in May 2007.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:57
Bouygues Telecom adds 23 new channels


French IPTV operator Bouygues Telecom has added 23 new international channels to its line-up on the BBox. These include a new 12-channel Chinese language premium bouquet.

The expanded offer includes 11 new channels, which are available at no additional costs to all subscribers. They are Armenia 1, BNT Sat (Bulgaria), ETB Sat (Basque), ERT World and Extra3 Channel (Greece), Jordan Satellite Channel, Kuwait TV, RTCG Sat (Montenegro). TVCi (Catalania). TVP and TV Biznes (Poland).

The operatpr has also launched a 12-channel Chinese premium bouquet called Grande Muraille (Great Wall), costing €8.88 a month, which consists of CCTV-4, CCTV Divertissement , CMC, BTV, Dragon TV, JSBC International, Human TV, Xiamen Star TV, TVS, ZTV International, Phoenix Infonews and Phoenix

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 11:58
Most German cable subs can’t see new Sky HD channels


The majority of German cable subscribers will not be able to see the three new HD channels from Sky Deutschand when they start broadcasting today, Friday August 13. There are still no carriage agreements with the three major nets, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia and Kabel BW.

Sky is launching its three new HD channels, Sky Sport HD 2, Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD, bringing the total number of high def channels to 10. On Wednesday, the platform announced a framework deal with a number of smaller operators, but so far no contracts are in place with the main operators, who serve millions of cable homes.

A spokesperson for Kabel Deutschland told German press that negotiations with Sky Deutschland about distribution of the new Sky HD channels are still going on. The cabler is eager to increase its output of HD channels, as it just announced three new HD channels from Turner and NBC Universal.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:00
Het Gesprek about to stop talking



A Dutch court has granted the independent commercial broadcaster Het Gesprek a moratorium on its payments ahead of certain liquidation if no new investors are found. The channel was launched in October 2007 by Dutch media entrepreneurs Ruud Hendriks, Derk Sauer and Frits Barend as an all-talk station.

Although Het Gesprek reached universal analogue and digital distribution over cable, DTH and IPTV, the channel failed to attract enough advertising income. Originally, the broadcaster planned an all-talk format, but the schedule was expanded with documentaries and other programming, including acquired material from BBC World News.

At the moment, Het Gesprek is still broadcasting, but its employees have been told they will lose their jobs and an and for the channel is imminent within a few weeks. The decision was taken after Egeria, the major private investor in the channel, decided to withdraw its financing.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:01
First half customer growth for YouSee



Denmark’s YouSee grew its installed base by 36,000 over the last 12 months. The TDC-owned operator now has 1,173,000 homes receiving its television services of which 152,000 take the digital package branded YouSee Plus. The digital product has added an additional 22,000 broadband customers since June 2009, confirming the cableco’s position as Denmark’s leading pay-TV provider, with a market share of 54%.

Growth has also come from other market segment, an additional 22,000 broadband customers have taken the total to 405,000, while 9,000 landline customers took telephony penetration to 76,000.

Increased revenues from YouSee Plus helped push total TV ARPU up by 8.1% to a monthly DKK 201 (€26.98). In all first half revenues grew by 15.9% to DKK 1.993 million. EBITDA increased by DKK 99m or 18.0% to DKK 649m in H1 2010.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:02
German Sky launched Sky Action HD, Sky Cinema HD and Sky Sports HD2

German pay-TV Sky Deutschland launched this morning the regular broadcasts of the three new programs in high definition televisions (HDTVs). There are two new sports film and one HD channel. Number of HD programs, so the German Sky climbs to 10

All new programs have begun to test Sky Deutschland in recent days on the capacity of the new Astra 1KR.

Technical parameters:
Astra 1KR (19.2°E) freq 10.773 GHz, pol. H, SR 22000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK, CA Nagravision 3 + Videoguard

Sky Sports HD 2 will extend the offer Sky Sports HD 1 for other sports content in HD. Channel brings all the German matches from the UEFA Champions League, German Hockey League (DEL), direct golf broadcasts from the U.S. PGA and European PGA Tour and many others.

Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD expand films on offer in HD. Sky HD will bring Cimema Hits attractive films of recent years and the popular American series. In August, viewers will see all 4 Indiana Jones, Hancock and Hellboy 2. Serial fans will delight the German TV premiere of the sixth row Nip / Tuck August 16, 2010 from the program, Sky Cinema Hits HD. This channel will broadcast marathon eighth and final season of 24 (23 to September 26, 2010).

Sky Action HD will offer action, horror and sci-fi movies.

Sky HD package is offered at a price of 5 euros per month.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:03
Universal channel change in Poland



Universal Networks International (UNI) plans to replace Hallmark Channel with 13th Street Universal in Poland this September.

The news was confirmed by Colin McLeod, MD, Central and Eastern Europe, UNI in an interview with Wirtualne Media. In it, he also said that 13th Street Universal would carry a number of programmes not previously shown in Poland.

13th Street Universal will make its debut on September 13 and has already secured carriage on the DTH platform Cyfra+, as well as through several leading cable operators including UPC, Vectra, Multimedia Polska and Toya.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:04
BBC says HTML5 is sailing off course



The BBC’s director of Future Media & Technology has defended the use of Flash in the BBC iPlayer and on the corporation’s website, arguing that there is still considerable work that needs to be done on rival HTML.

Writing on the BBC Internet Blog, Erik Huggers said Flash remained the most efficient way to deliver audiences a high quality experience. “As things stand I have concerns about HTML5′s ability to deliver on the vision of a single open browser standard which goes beyond the whole debate around video playback”.

HTML5 is favoured by Apple, and others, who believe the standard’s video properties are capable of delivering an alternative to the Adobe Flash.

Huggers wrote the BBC was committed to the aims of HTML5, which in combination with CSS3 and Javascript represented a way forward for the web. He said the promise of HTML5 to allow new online products to be created with the promise they would work right the way across the web meant savings in both development and operational costs.

However, he warned that the emergence of proprietary HTML5 implementations threatened to undermine the promise. “The tension between individual motivation and collective consensus has brought an end to many noble causes in the past, and here, the pace of progress appears to be slowing on bringing HTML5 to a ratified state.”

Huggers called on the W3C and HTML5 Working Group to work together with browser vendors to develop a single HTML5.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:06
Eutelsat W3B launch scheduled



Arianespace has announced details of the fourth Ariane 5 flight of 2010, with its launcher having completed the initial build-up at the Spaceport. This vehicle will carry Eutelsat’s W3B telecommunications satellite and the
BSAT-3b relay platform for B-SAT Corporation, and is scheduled for launch on September 15.

This latest heavy-lift vehicle was delivered to French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off ships that transport components from Europe to the launch site in South America. The launcher hardware was transferred by road from the port of Pariacabo to the Spaceport.

Arianespace is planning a total of six Ariane 5 flights during 2010, with three of these already performed and a fourth mission in advanced preparation for liftoff on September 15.

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tonymax
13-08-2010, 12:07
TV Barrandov from September broadcasts 24 hours a day

Nationwide coverage youngest Czech commercial television broadcasting Barrandov significantly expanded. From September this year - more specifically from August 30, 2010 will broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At night and early morning will bring Barrandov TV series, films, documentaries and reruns of programs own making.

TV Barrandov is available on the satellite platform CS Link, Skylink and UPC Direct, the DVB-T multiplex 2, and offers cable and IPTV operators.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:48
Premier League football won't come cheap



Subscribers to Etisalat’s eLife triple play packages of 8Mbps or above will get the English Premier League for no extra cost next season.

ELife triple play packages give users TV, internet and fixed line telephony as a single package with one bill. Prices for the services are hefty, however, ranging from AED 339 for the 8Mbps package up to AED 539 for the 30Mbps package.
Subscribers get one basic TV channel package, unlimited internet usage and 20 minutes of talk time thrown in. Additional talk time and extra TV channels have to be paid for.

Subscribers to the 1Mbps eLife triple play as well as E-Vision customers will pay AED 29 per month for the Premier League, for a minimum of 12 months. E-Vision customers will also have to have an HD receiver, which costs another AED 999 upfront, or 125 per month over twelve months.

“Etisalat is committed to bringing the best possible services and entertainment to our customers, especially when it comes to enhancing their overall home entertainment experience with the broadcast of exciting global sports events,” said Khalifa Al Shamsi, senior vice president of marketing at Etisalat. “To add to this, we’re staying ahead of the curve by making sure that they get to enjoy them in high definition.”

Alternatives to pay TV are available for those who want to watch the Premier League. Abu Dhabi Sports, the regional rights holder, is offering cut-price internet subscription packages and is selling a proprietary set top box, priced at AED 999, that unlocks access to the Premier League channels.
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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:50
Yahsat firms win 10-year UAE telco licences



The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has awarded two new telecoms licences to subsidiaries of Yahsat, accoding to Arabian Business.

The two companies – Al Yah Advanced and Star – were given ten-year permits to offer satellite services and satellite and broadcasting services, respectively.

While Al Yah Advanced will only provide telecoms services to the UAE government, Star will “meet the high demand for emerging applications in the satellite industry such as turn-key telecommunications solutions, broadband services and broadcasting services within the UAE,” a statement released by the TRA said.

“The TRA strategy aims to widen the services and the packages offered in the market through satellite providers,” said Mohamed Al Ghanim, the director general of the TRA.

“We fully believe that fair competition is a fundamental factor to drive the market forward and to ensure resourcefulness.”
Owned by investment giant Mubadala, Yahsat was awarded a licence to provide voice, data, video and internet connectivity to UAE customers in February this year.

Yahsat was only the third company – behind Etisalat and du – to be granted satellite communications services in the country.

"There isn’t much information available on Yahsat’s plans for Star, but I think that for the UAE they must have identified some opportunities in areas such as the enterprise market and perhaps in digital TV broadcasting,” Informa Telecoms & Media analyst Matthew Reed told Arabian Business.

“I don’t think Yahsat will be aiming at the consumer broadband market in the UAE (or the main part of the business broadband market) because for fixed broadband the UAE is so well-served by wireline networks, which are generally preferable to satellite.”

However, Reed added that Yahsat is targeting the more general broadband market in the Middle East and Asisa regions, specifically those remote areas that lack wireline networks, and where there is therefore a role for satellite as an alternative.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:51
Sky creates 3D spiders film


Sky has created a 3D video featuring tarantulas and other spiders as an unusual cure for people suffering with arachnophobia.

Narrated by actor Ralf Little, the "ultra-realistic" film features a horde of arachnids - ranging from domestic spiders to more dangerous black widows - crawling out of the screen in 3D.

The video is being shown at Liverpool's BugWorld Experience as the satellite broadcaster prepares for the residential launch of its Sky 3D channel on October 1.

Neil Torbit, the film's director, revealed that it was quite a challenge to produce the 3D video as the spiders were less than co-operative.

"We wanted to get a shot of loads of spiders in the bath, but we also needed props in the bath to give it the 3D depth it needed," he said.

"Of course all the spiders hid under the props! We had four people trying to coax them out with sticks as well as blowing them with straws. In the shot you can only see about 12 spiders but there are actually about 25 in there somewhere.

"A bit of air administered via a straw became our major directing tool for the spiders. We could direct them when to move and what direction to go."

The 3D film is available to watch at BugWorld until September 5.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:52
20E: Arabsat 2B spread broadcast in the C band

UAE satellite operator Arabsat expanded range of programs in C-band satellite for Arabsat 2B of the new orbital position 20 degrees east. The service is currently 4 transponders with a number of SCPC and MCPC signals.

First at the frequency 3.893 GHz, pol. R, SR 2600, FEC 3/4, DVB-S appeared Tayba TV stations, including FM radio stations Tayba.

Recently broadcast on satellite channel ESAT (freq 3.709 GHz, pol. R, SR 1180, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK) ETV Ethiopia (freq 3.713 GHz, pol. R, SR 2200, FEC 3/4 DVB-S/QPSK) TV Oromia (freq 3.716 GHz, pol. R, SR 2200, FEC 3/4), Southern Sudan TV (freq 3.897 GHz, pol. R, SR 2600, FEC 3/4 ) all free.

Furthermore, the packet satellite TV de Mauritanie (freq 3.913 GHz, pol. R, SR 8150, FEC 3/4) and encrypted with a free broadcast and sports multiplex Al Jazeera Sports (freq 3.823 GHz, pol. L, SR 27500 , FEC 3/4, DVB-S), including HD content, and 3DTV. All stations are encrypted but the system Irdeto 2, Viaccess PC 3.0, 4.0 and KeyFly.

Arabsat 2B initially worked as 30.5°E. At this position now working satellites Arabsat Arabsat 5A and the original 2B found a new application to the new position of 20°E.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:53
Test broadcasts Digi Sport changed transponder

New Czech-Slovak sports channel Digi Sport, which will start regular broadcast tomorrow Saturday, August 14, 2010, changed the transponder on the satellite pay-TV Digi TV, the satellite Intelsat 10-02 (1°W).

The test program is broadcast Digi Sport at the original position of Slovak music and interactive TV Music Box, which is now the candidate finds the transponder satellite Thor 5 (0.8°W) as a free broadcast program.

DigiSport tests on the original frequency 12.531 GHz have been completed.

Technical parameters DigiSport CZ/SK:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.643 GHz, pol. V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, CA Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3/4)

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:55
Digi Sport began testing. Regularly since August 14, 2010

The new sports channel for Czech and Slovak markets Digi Sport launched at 16:30 hours of technical tests on one transponder satellite pay-TV Digi TV.

Czech-Slovak sports channel Sport Digi appeared under the name SK DigiSport on frequency 12.531 GHz, pol. V in the programmatic position previously designated Service 13-10 (complete technical specifications below).

The official broadcasting station Digi Sport is scheduled for Saturday, August 14, 2010. The new station relies particularly on sports coverage from the English soccer Premier League, to which the law's central region for the next three seasons. TV company RCS / RDS is also able to obtain rights to Slovak football league Corgoň. DigiSport is also the Italian Serie A.

Digi Sports Channel will be dispatching from Slovakia and initially it will prepare Slovak commentators. Later, the broadcast team extended the Czech commentators.

Digi TV Sport exclusively available in the network by Digi - that is, the satellite platform Digi TV and Slovak in Slovakia Digi cable networks. In other platforms and distribution networks will be provided.

Technical parameters:

Satellite: Intelsat 10-02 (1°W)
Frequency: 12.643 GHz
Polarization: Vertical
SR: 27500
FEC: 3 / 4
Standard: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
encryption (CA system): Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3/4)

Test position is encrypted DigiSport more advanced system Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3 and 4 - CAID 1802 and 1880). Station will be located in the basic program offers no extra cost.

Before starting a new sports channel has picked up the domain digisport.sk, which at the time of publishing the text of redirecting readers to the Web site Digi Slovakia.

Digi Sport TV owners have managed to get all the lucrative broadcasting rights, which previously held a competitive sports channels. Premier League and moved from Sport Nova, Prima and COOL STV and STV Corgoň league from the brand new sports channel.

RCS/RDS, the operator of the international pay-TV Digi TV, operated under the name Digi Sport sports channels in Hungary and Romania. In Hungary, the station also provides a competitive Hello HD, Romania has remained exclusive.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:56
Kahkeshan TV now also on 13E

So far, only suitable satellite Hellas Sat 2 (39E), the channel in farsi Kahkeshan TV, began satellite distribution on the popular 13E orbital position. Emission started at the operator's capacity Harmonic tp. 14 satellite Hot Bird 8 (13E). The idea of Kahkeshan TV is providing information and entertainment for the community of Iranian descent resident in exile in Europe.

Offer station consists of documentaries, interviews, concerts, theater, literature, programs and films. It is a standalone channel, which shall transmit free and independent of anyone's views. The station is broadcast from Switzerland and entirely created by the Iranians. The program is broadcast around the clock, presumably begins after 15:00, the remaining air time filled black board.

Technical parameters:

Hot Bird 8 (13E)
tp. 14 (11.470 GHz, pol. V, SR: 27500, FEC: 5/6; DVB-S/QPSK)

ID: Kahkeshan TV
PID V: 53
A PID: 52
PCR PID: 53
PMT PID: 55
SID: 5
Encoding: none

On Hellas Sat 2 (39E), Kahkeshan TV is available in Ukrainian operator Ukrkosmos at tp. 8 (11.512 GHz, pol. H, SR: 30000, FEC: 7/8; DVB-S/QPSK) and multiplex parallel in Greek OTE to the tp. 21 (12.606 GHz, pol. H, SR: 30000, FEC: 5 / 6; DVB-S/QPSK). The signal is FTA.

Website kahkeshantv.com

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:57
Tele2 to correct ‘misleading’ ads

A court in The Hague has ordered Dutch IPTV provider Tele 2 to correct its advertising campaign, in which it claims to sell cable TV for €5.00. The judge ruled that the operator failed to tell consumers the offer is part of a multi-play deal costing €44.95.

The Tele 2 offer is still cheaper than a similar offer from Ziggo, which costs €51.50, but the difference is not 70%, as Tele 2 suggests in its advertising campaign. The judge ordered the IPTV operator to place 30 second spots around 20.00 on all channels on which it showed the original commercials.

The court case was brought about by Dutch cable operators Ziggo and UPC, who both have to open up their analogue networks to third-party resellers such as Tele 2. Ziggo claimed the Tele 2 cable offer is not the same as theirs, as Tele 2′s only comprises a basic 30 channel analogue bouquet as compared with Ziggo’s analogue plus digital 60-channel offer.

UPC said in a statement: “We are pleased with the verdict. Competition for analogue TV has now been made possible within a very competitive market. Everyone must of course have to keep the rules for fair advertising. Tele 2 was our opinion far beyond it.”

In a separate statement Bernard Dijkhuizen, managing director of Ziggo, also in a statement said: “We are delighted with the verdict because the consumer is given no more misleading information and that was our point in this case.”

Tele 2 now has to place corrections within five days of the verdict in all news papers, radio stations and TV channels.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 17:58
German Pepcom cable sold to STAR Capital Partners

Private equity investors GMT Communications Partners (GMT) and Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) have sold Pepcom GmbH to STAR Capital Partners. With 630,000 subscribers Pepcom has been built into Germany’s sixth largest cable operator.

Between them GMT and VSS held equal stakes amounting to an interest of 81%, with the remainder being in the hands of the operator’s senior management. Under agreement management have agreed to roll their proceeds from the sale into the new investment vehicle controlled by STAR.

“Against the backdrop of the toughest macro-economic environment in memory, we are delighted with this exit, which will help Pepcom accelerate its plans for future growth,” said Jeffrey Montgomery, Managing Partner of GMT. “Pepcom exemplifies GMT’s ability to identify and make platform investments and to support continuing additional investment, as part of a long-term strategic plan. GMT’s ability to identify a growth market investment opportunity, as well as the managerial talent to drive the business, is rooted in the strength and depth of its industry experience, its pan-European reach and its transaction experience.”

Pepcom had been established as an investment vehicle with the intention of consolidating some of Germany’s smaller cable operators. This resulted in the acquisition of 12 such operators including the 2005 purchase of Kabelfernsehen München ServiCenter GmbH & Co. KG (KMS), a Bavarian cable TV and broadband operator which more than doubled Pepcom’s business.

Analogue and digital cable services have been developed alongside broadband internet and VoIP telephony.

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tonymax
15-08-2010, 18:00
Digi TV: Slovak Music Box on the new frequency

Slovak music and interactive TV Music Box is a subscription satellite pay-TV Digi TV in the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic is available from the new frequency satellite Intelsat 10-02 (1°W).

Slovak Music Box is broadcast on the frequency 12.531 GHz, pol. V. The place where he appeared briefly testing the new Czecho-Slovak sports channel Sport Digi. Even on a new frequency is broadcast encryption system, the Music Box Nagra Media Access (Nagravision 3/4). Transmitted signal is freely available on satellite, THOR 6, freq 11.958 GHz, pol. V, SR 28000, FEC 7/8.

The original position of TV Music Box in the Digi TV broadcasts sports channel Digi Sport..

Technical parameters - Music Box Slovakia in the Digi TV:
Intelsat 10-02 (1°W), freq 12.531 GHz, pol. V, SR 23340, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 11:56
New delay for Polish DTT



The transition to digital broadcasting has suffered yet another blow in Poland, with an announcement on licence awards for DTT broadcasters from the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) turned down by the Government Legislation Centre (RCL).

Quoting the latter’s president Maciej Berek, TVN.24 reports that the rejection was for “legal reasons”. The announcement is necessary for the KRRiT to kick-start the digitisation process, as only then will it be able to allocate places for TV services on multiplexes. The Office for Electronic Communications (UKE) will then provide the necessary frequencies.

However, the setback is only likely to be temporary, as the KRRiT has been in a state of flux over the last couple of months and therefore unable to function properly. Now with new members and a new head (Jan Dworak), it is likely, according to Berek, to have any new announcement on DTT licence awards accepted by the RCL.

The KRRiT and UKE have already agreed that the first multiplex will carry the public service channels TVP1, TVP2 and TVP Info, along with four new channels to be chosen by a tender.

The second multiplex will meanwhile carry Polsat, TVN, TV4 and TV Puls, with each also able to offer a second channel.

TVP1, TVP2 and TVP Info will be moved to the third multiplex once it is launched and will be replaced by thematic channels from the public broadcaster.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 11:57
Virgin Media brings on football app

Virgin Media has welcomed in the new Premier League season with the launch of an online football app. Sofa Stadium is designed to run alongside the action from televised games with match statistics, social networking and real-time voting.

Fans can see updates from Twitter and Facebook in real time and add their own comments.

The dual-screen application is available to anyone with an internet connection, though clearly designed to promote the availability of Sky Sports on the cablenet, the new season being the first under which Ofcom’s Wholesale Must Offer (WMO) rules apply. Although, unlike BT and Top Up TV Sky Sports was previously available to Virgin homes, the operator had said it lost money on every subscription sold.

tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:00
Russian considers new DTT channel

Published: August 16, 2010 Europe/London

Russia’s first DTT multiplex may be enhanced by the addition of a regional channel.

According to AKTR and ComNews, Minkomsvazi, the Governmental Commission for Broadcasting Development, has requested that amendments to the presidential decree on the composition of the multiplex be made by October. They would ensure that the eight national channels already selected for the multiplex would be joined by a ninth, regional service.

A competition to chose the channel, which would be on air for 12-15 hours daily and could conceivably be created by combining several existing regional services, would then be held by May 2011.

The addition of a regional channel is likely to result in the removal of three radio stations from the first multiplex.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:01
German Humax sets connect to Maxdome

Published: August 16, 2010 Europe/London

In Germany, Humax announced its iCord HD+ sets now connects to the Maxdome VOD service via the Humax TV Portal. Starting on Tuesday, August 17, owners of the set will have access to over 30,000 videos on the service.

The hybrid iCord HD+ receiver will be upgraded to show Maxdome on the Humax TV portal. After a free registration viewers will have direct access to the Top 100 maxdome titles, including HD videos. The selection is made simply by pressing a button on the Humax remote. In the near future, all maxdome content, some 0,000 titles, will be available via the Humax TV portal.

Just recently Maxdome introduced its own hybrid Maxdome Media Centre, with an option for DVB-C, DVB-T or DVB-S tuner.

Dr. Stefan Hoffman, Managing Director, maxdome, in a statement: “We are delighted to partner with the Humax set-top boxes.”

Simais Franz, CEO of Humax Germany, said: “The integration of maxdome in our TV portal makes it possible to enjoy the iCord HD + in three different ways. Viewers can watch TV first, live, and in the best HD quality, free to air or encrypted channels. Secondly, you can also enjoy recorded HDTV content flexibly, pause or resume. Maxdome now offers the additional option of a third, virtually unlimited choice of film footage on demand. Together with maxdome we have crowned our already unrivaled product. The audience will have a lot of fun with it.”

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:02
Gospel Music Channel Remembers Presley With Special
Network Honors The King On 33rd Anniversary Of His Death With 'The Love Songs Of Elvis Presley'



Gospel Music Channel will mark the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley's death with a one-hour Bill Gaither special.
The Love Songs of Elvis Presley shows the tender side of the King of Rock and Roll, who passed on Aug. 16, 1977.
Narrated by Ashley Judd, The Love Songs of Elvis Presley will air on Aug. 16 at noon.
Presley, who was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, won his only three for gospel music: the1967 album "How Great Thou Art"; the 1972 album "He Touched Me"; and his live Memphis concert recording of the song "How Great Thou Art" in 1974. Presley also received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1971 at the age of 36.

:batman::mf_rasta:

tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:03
Supercanal and CableHogar migrate to DVB-C with Conax in Argentina

The Argentine MSO Supercanal, which two years ago started to digitalize with Motorola's system in Mendoza province, now adopted DVB-C technology to cover new regions, such as Reconquista, located in Santa Fe province. Grandvision supplies STBs and CAS is provided by Conax, which has already achieved MSO Cablevisión and is moving forward with TVSA Group, and is gaining ground with its DVB migration.

Cablevisión records three million subscribers; it is the leading MSO in Argentina and the second one in Latin America. Supercanal is the second MSO in importance in the country, with a little less than half million subscribers; and very few of them digitalized, less than 5%. Supercanal holds operations in the whole country and now all of them, except from Mendoza where it has its base, migrate to DVB-C.

Conax gained the two main Argentine cable operators and the fourth MSO, called TVSA, whose emblem operator is cableHogar from Rosario and Cable Express located in Salta and Santiago del Estero. As a whole, it is estimated that TVSA records about 70,000 subscribers. The third MSO of the market, Telecentro, has Motorola's system. And the fifth one, Gigared also utilizes Conax. There are also two big groups, Red Intercable and Colsecor, but they are not a company but an operators' association. Red Intercable is digitalizing with Iderto's CAS. Other Argentine cable operators such as Telered, TPO, S-Vision, Davitel and Del Viento have also implemented Conax.

Conax is the third global CAS provider behind *** and Nagra, but was the leader in smartcards sales last year if replacements are not taken into account. In South America are Telmex operators, except from Net Servicios, which utilizes Nagra.
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tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:04
Showtime enhances Baltic service



The niche movie channel Showtime will add a number of blockbusters to its schedule in the Baltic Republics, with the first titles premiering in October.

This follows a recent agreement concluded by its owner NonStop Television and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for Showtime in the Baltic Republics. The deal includes titles such as William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, The Thin Red Line, Bad Girls and Ladyhawke.

NonStop Television is part of the Millennium Media Group (MMG) and operates 13 channels in 53 countries. Showtime is available in Scandinavia, the Baltic Republics and Africa.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:05
Internet grows in Russia



Internet usage is growing rapidly in Russia, with over 43.3 million people, or around 30% of the population, now accessing the web at least once a month.

Data produced by the portal. Ru and published in Kommersant shows that this is 24% increase on the number a year ago. Moreover, as of Q1 this year, 68% of internet users went on line every day, up from 59% a year earlier.

Broadband internet access is also growing in Russia, wit the average penetration nationally being 28% (14.5 million households) as of Q1 this year.

Although the figure in Moscow was a much higher 74%, the market in the capital is saturated, with year-on-year growth of only 8%. This compared with 41% growth in the Russian regions, where broadband penetration was only 24%.

The online advertising market in Russia amounted to around R9.5 billion (€243.6 million) in Q1 this year, a 33% increase on the same period in 2009.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:06
Low to head WRN sales

Published: August 16, 2010 Europe/London

WRN Broadcast has appointed Jonathan Low as its head of sales and business development. His role will be to expand the customer base for WRN following the recent opening of its Vauxhall-based media village in South London.

Low joins WRN Broadcast from Globecast, where he was Business Development Manager in London and New York. “WRN Broadcast has a sterling reputation in the industry and I’m thrilled to be joining the company at such an exciting time,” commented Low. “I’m especially looking forward to working with potential tenants for the new media village from across the broadcast industry, now that we can offer them both office space and an end-to-end solution.”

Current clients include Top Up TV, Manchester United TV and Jazz FM.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:18
August 16, 2010

IT'S fitting that the opening round of the English Premier League season features a clash between Liverpool and Arsenal - these two giants of English soccer have certainly left their mark on the sporting landscape in Australia this year.

Earlier this month, Network Ten-owned sports channel One HD announced it had secured the rights to two three-hour programs, Liverpool TV and Arsenal TV.

In Australia, Foxtel owns the rights to live EPL broadcasts, but now faces a challenge to its position. In the wake of One HD's announcement, the pay-TV operator has increased its advertising of that fact.

Live EPL matches have been a cornerstone for pay-TV sports networks around the world. In many countries, it is the goose with the golden egg and consumers are willing to part with considerable dollars to watch the world's most popular soccer league.

For the first time since SBS lost the rights to EPL replays in 2004, the competition will return to free-to-air television, albeit with replays of the matches of just two clubs each week.

Foxtel has responded to the attack by increasing its coverage of the EPL, sponsored by British bank Barclays, for this coming season. Fox Sports chief executive David Malone has described this season as a ''watershed occasion'' for fans of English soccer in Australia.

''When you tally up the many hours of Fox Sports television coverage, plus an extraordinary digital offering on foxsports.com.au, this will be by far the greatest coverage of the Barclays Premier League ever broadcast in Australia,'' Mr Malone said.

''We've just had a fantastic World Cup in South Africa, and there is plenty of buzz around football as we enter the new seasons both at home and abroad.''

The international demand for EPL matches has been a driving force behind the league's recent financial success. Domestic TV revenues in Britain will plateau at £594 million next season, only a marginal rise from the £568 million ($A1.1 billion) paid three years ago.

That's a trend Australia's domestic competitions and clubs should note - local TV money is not an endless pot of gold.

Thankfully for the EPL, international interest in the competition continues to grow, and as a result overseas TV rights' revenue has grown from £208 million three years ago to about £460 million this year.

But the deal done by One HD takes advantage of a peculiarity in English soccer: the clubs maintain the rights to the broadcasts of their matches. As a result, One HD has been able to strike deals outside Foxtel's agreement with the EPL to obtain content from the clubs.

''These are two of the greatest football clubs in the world and we are delighted to partner with them in Australia to bring fans not only their games for free, but additional content produced by the clubs,'' said David White, general manager sport for Ten.

So the battle between One HD and Foxtel begins. The pay-TV broadcaster has already been reducing the length of contract commitments and

connection fees to increase its audience for the better part of a year. Just what difference two EPL matches a week on free-to-air will make will be a litmus test for the company's business model.

The rumour that Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer might move to Arsenal provides another delicious twist to the tale; he was on the bench at current club Fulham for this weekend's match, further fuelling speculation he will transfer to the Gunners. That move would provide a timely boost for One HD's broadcast of Arsenal TV, and every Arsenal match, this season.

The only other Australian to play this weekend was Everton's Tim Cahill.

Of course, the arrival of the English football programs represent a new world of sports broadcasting, in which clubs are able to broadcast their own matches.

Both clubs own considerable online businesses and also broadcast their games over the internet. The building of Australia's national broadband network can only make it easier to watch footage direct from the clubs, and bypass networks altogether.

Just this week, Arsenal announced a new deal with international sports media company MP & Silva. Arsenal TV, produced by Input Media, will be Arsenal Media.

''The new Arsenal Media brand reflects the paradigm shift from a traditional television-centric approach to one that is focused on creating broader, multi-platform content and program formats that can be effectively delivered and re-appropriated across different broadcast and media channels,'' its chief executive, Andrea Radrizzani, said.

The message is clear. Once broadband infrastructure capable of sustaining high-definition broadcasts is built, England's privately owned clubs, such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, will be able to sell directly to overseas fans.

To that end, Arsenal part-owner Stan Kroenke, who owns 29.9 per cent of the club, made a significant investment in 2008.

Many in England pondered if the American, who owns a number of sports franchises, would make a full takeover bid for the club.

Instead, he spent £22.7 million to buy a half-stake in a company called Arsenal Broadband.

tonymax
16-08-2010, 12:20
Animation films join the co-branding rush
Mumbai August 16, 2010,




In-product placements and co-branding in films or television serials have just entered a new pitch, with animation films joining the game.

Balla Bowl, an animation film on Cartoon Network with cricket as it main theme, will have Center Fruit, Perfetti’s flagship candy brand, sponsoring a championship trophy – the main theme of the 90-minute long animation film. The match, co-produced by Turner International and Animasia, begins on August 29.


“We knew the film presented us the scope to integrate a brand and Perfetti seemed eager to partner with us,” says Rohit Sarma, executive director (Network Ad Sales), Turner International India.


It was not the studio executives at Turner who clinched the deal with Perfetti. The writers and producers felt the need to involve a brand that could make a cricket match championship look real.

While Perfetti gets to show the Center Fruit brand as in-stadia advertisement, the players’ uniforms in Balla Bowl will also sport the logo. Sarma, however, did not disclose the brand integration costs but claims that a quarter of Cartoon Network’s revenue now comes from product placements. This includes live action shows and now animated content too.”

The move makes ample sense. According to a research paper presented at an IIM-Ahmedabad conference on Marketing Paradigms for Emerging Economies, 85 per cent of consumers understood product placement as a way to generate revenue for the film maker and don’t mind it.

Bollywood has been doing this for ages, but the association is getting more innovative. Most recently, PVR Films joined hands with brands like L’Oreal, Portico and Christian Dior to integrate the products with the script. This helped the producers keep the film’s publicity budgets on a tight leash. While films like Kites and 3 Idiots reportedly spent Rs 15-20 crore on publicity alone, Aisha spent just Rs 7 crore.

Brand partners like L’Oreal, which chose to associate with the film while still in pre-production stage, invested around Rs 1.5 crore and later co-promoted its Aisha line of products through TVCs and print media. “Brand partners like Bru Coffee, Christian Dior, Videocon, Zee TV, Bookmyshow, Fortis, Prestige group among others did their own co-branded publicity and below the line promotions for Aisha that eventually created a huge buzz among the audiences,” says Kamal Gianchandani, president, PVR Films.

Co-branded promotions too have helped PVR cut its marketing costs. The film producers tied up for content integration with Star TV for its shows like Chote Ustaad that gave Aisha TV promotions worth Rs 1.2 crore before its theatrical release.

In-film-branding is mainly introduced to supplement publicity budgets and has emerged as a main source of revenue for film producers, covering around 15-20 per cent of film marketing budgets.

Maneesh Mathur, joint MD of EMC Solutions Worldwide that facilitates branded entertainment in films, says a film is now treated as a brand and this in turn is leveraged by advertisers to bundle their products to audiences.

Mathur, who is handling the film marketing of upcoming film Anjaana Anjaani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, says that co-branded promotion and in-film placements are getting a strong resonance from big advertisers.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:42
Schneider joins Phorm board

Published: August 16, 2010 Europe/London

UPC founder Mark Schneider is to join the board of Phorm, the company behind the controversial internet advertising technology.

Schneider, who becomes a non-executive director, has sat on the boards of a number of international companies that include United Artist Entertainment, UIH, UnitedGlobalCom, UPC, SBS Broadcasting and Blockbuster Video. He currently has investments in Music Choice, Short Films International, Ginx (Games) and Ricall (internet based music licensing market); and has launched an Eastern African TMT fund, focused on satellite, cable, WiMax for consumer and business services.

Kent Ertugrul, CEO of Phorm, welcomed Schneider to the Board: “Mark brings with him an in-depth understanding of media and telecommunications, has operated in multiple markets globally, and remains one of the pioneers of the international cable industry. We look forward to working with Mark to deliver on the substantial promise of our Company.”

Phorm has also confirmed that Kip Meek will step down from its board following his recent appointment as chairman of Project Canvas.

Phorm’s Webwise technology is designed to bring more relevant content to internet advertising. The company maintains it sets industry-leading privacy standards.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:43
BT 'pleased with Sky Sports takeup'
Monday, August 16 2010,



BT has said that it was "reasonably pleased" with the consumer takeup of its Sky Sports packages ahead of the new football season, despite a marketing blitz from Sky.

Speaking to the Financial Times, BT Retail chief executive Gavin Patterson claimed that BT Vision has signed up "tens of thousands of customers" to its Sky Sports services, after launching a cut price offering for Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 in July.

As the service was dogged by technical problems in its first week, Patterson said that BT is working on technical innovations going forward.

Patterson also wants to bring on more new content to help BT Vision become a genuine competitor to Virgin Media and Sky in the pay-TV market.

"We want to be able to have a TV business where we count the customers in the millions, not the hundreds of thousands, which is where we are at the moment. Our ambition and appetite [for TV] remains strong," he said.

According to Billetts Media Monitoring, Sky spent £3.6m on its marketing campaign for Sky Sports, which featured former footballer Eric Cantona and played on the availability of all five high-definition Sky Sports channels only on Sky.

The marketing outlay was four times that spent by BT, after the telecoms giant splashed out around £900,000 on advertising its Sky Sports packages between July 1 and August 3.

Patterson said that BT will invest around £30m over the next four months on marketing all of the services offered by BT Vision, with a focus on its competitive pricing compared to Sky.

However, he also expressed his surprise at the hefty marketing outlay by the satellite broadcaster, which suggests that "we've done something to worry them".

"The response from the marketplace is extreme. The investment they have put in to combat us is huge," said Patterson.

"A wander around London leaves you overwhelmed at the posters that carry the message."

BT has been able to offer the Sky Sports channels under a reduced wholesale pricing model introduced by media regulator Ofcom in March and brought into force in April as part of an interim deal with Sky.

Sky, BT and Virgin Media are all mounting challenges to Ofcom's pricing model at the Competitions Appeals Tribunal, with BT's long-term aim being to offer all five Sky Sports channels to its subscribers.

Patterson said: "It isn't a level playing field and we are challenging it to make sure we get access to all the content on an equivalent basis."

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