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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:45
Sky Arts launches Rankin campaign
Monday, August 16 2010,


Sky Arts has signed world renowned photographer Rankin to provide images for a bold new project to transform UK streets into "the biggest gallery in Britain".

Launching this morning, the Street Galleries project will take over every billboard, poster, bus-stop, phone box and advertising space on the main streets of six major UK cities to exhibit specially-commissioned photos by Rankin.

Covering a range of art forms - from ballet to modern art to literature - the striking images will transform Birmingham's New Street, along with Parker Street/Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, Newcastle's Blacket Street, Liverpool's Renshaw Street, George Street in Edinburgh and London's Tottenham Court Road.

"It's the first time anyone has attempted an art takeover of six major cities, and I'm really excited to be a part of it," said Rankin.

"I hope it makes people think about the relationship between art and advertising; to stop, if just for a moment, and see something striking, different and beautiful."

Sky Arts channel director John Cassy added: "Sky Arts Street Galleries is unlike anything we have ever done before. We want to encourage people to see art everywhere, even in the most unlikely of places."

The Street Galleries project will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes documentary, titled Rankin: Sky Arts Street Galleries, which will be aired on Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 tonight at 6.30pm.

Users can also browse the photos at the Sky Arts website via an online gallery featuring interactive images and exclusive footage from the making of the documentary.

The Rankin campaign follows a series of high profile coups by Sky Arts, including the channel's sponsoring of Anthony Gormley's Fourth Plinth project at Trafalgar Square and an agreement with Lord Melvyn Bragg to revive The South Bank Show.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:46
BBC nabs Scottish Euro 2012 qualifiers
Monday, August 16 2010,

BBC Scotland has agreed a deal to broadcast live coverage of all four away fixtures in Scotland's campaign to reach the Euro 2012 finals.

The corporation's first match will be Craig Levein's competitive debut as Scotland boss for the opening qualifier against Lithuania on September 3.

Live coverage from the Darius Girenas Stadium in Kaunas will be broadcast live on BBC One Scotland, starting at 7.15pm.

BBC Scotland will also air live coverage of Scotland's away game against the Czech Republic on October 8, along with the clash with Liechtenstein on October 8 next year, before rounding off with the team's tough trip to World Champions Spain on October 11.

Separately, BBC Scotland has also renewed its contract with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to air live radio commentary of all Scotland's home internationals for the next four years, along with coverage of domestic Scottish Cup matches.

The radio contract follows a recent TV deal with the SFA to broadcast a minimum of five live Scottish Cup games (including the final) per season, along with highlights of all Scotland's home internationals.

BBC Scotland will also screen four live Co-operative Insurance Cup matches (including the final) for the next three years.

"We are delighted we will be able to show our audiences full live coverage of all the away games in the national team's campaign," said BBC Scotland head of sport Ewan Angus.

"Securing the rights for these vital fixtures together with the home international and domestic cup contracts underline our commitment to being a broadcaster of live football."

:horse::mf_electricchair:

tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:47
Yahoo offers Premier League highlights
Monday, August 16 2010,


Yahoo has today launched its new online Premier League highlights service, with a multi-million pound marketing campaign planned to promote it.

In April, the search engine firm agreed a deal to offer five-minute highlights packages from every Premier League game on its main website. The highlights will be made available from midnight on Sunday after weekend games and midnight the same day after week-day ties.

As well as the highlights, Yahoo users in the UK can also access a variety of 'best-of' packages, including 'Best Goals', 'Best Saves', 'Tactical Debate' and 'Team of the Week'. There will further be previews of every game, along with a facility to share highlight links with other users on Facebook and Twitter.

Yahoo has already agreed sponsorship deals for its Premier League highlights service with a range of brands, including Adidas, Heineken, BT and Sony Pictures.

The company now plans to launch a major marketing campaign for the service under the strapline, "Miss a game? We didn't". The campaign will go live on a range of digital platforms and radio services, including a key multi-platform partnership with London station XFM.

"Following on from the success of Yahoo's World Cup activity with David Beckham, our ambition for Barclays Premier League coverage is for Yahoo to become your home for football online - whether you're a user or an advertiser," said Yahoo UK managing director Mark Rabe.

"Yahoo's Barclays Premier League coverage will deliver for both. For the casual or serious football fan, it's the best bits of the weekend's action - perfect to catch up on games you may have missed, for sharing with friends and for being part of the conversation at work on Monday."

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore added: "The way fans access Barclays Premier League action is growing ever more diverse and sophisticated. The online highlights package is an important medium for supporters of all our clubs to be able to follow match action.

"Yahoo has a great reputation and presence in new media and we are pleased to welcome them as a Premier League rights holder. I am sure they will do a fantastic job in reaching the widest possible online audience over the next three seasons."

Separately, ESPN recently unveiled its new ESPN Goals mobile phone application offering video highlights of every Premier League goal "usually within minutes" of it being scored.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:49
Metrodome acquires Target Entertainment
Monday, August 16 2010,

Metrodome has bought Target Entertainment, which distributes programmes such as Taggart and Flowertots, in a deal worth a reported £800,000.

According to media reports, Metrodome will pay £400,000 in cash for Target with a further £400,000 coming from the issue of convertible loan notes.

However, the acquisition deal does not include Target's production subsidiary Greenlit, which makes programmes such as Vexed and Foyle's War.

Metrodome is understood to be preparing to invest a further £3 million in turning around the Target business, which last year reported a loss before tax of £727,000 on turnover of £13.8m.

Following the takeover, Target founder Alison Rayson will remain in charge as chief executive and also join Metrodome's board.

Speaking to The Guardian, Rayson said that securing Target's future had been a "tough and lengthy" process, but the deal with Metrodome represents a "superb outcome".

She added: "Target's consolidation into the Metrodome group will provide the company with more firepower for rights acquisitions and with an enhanced back office service."

Metrodome executive chairman Mark Webster said: "Target will provide the company with penetration into a well-established TV distribution library with circa 6,000 hours of content.

"As such I am confident that the strong global network of relationships will form the basis of Metrodome's future strategy of becoming a diversified media business, and furthermore will strengthen and enhance future earnings for the company."

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:50
Beltelecom officially launches VOD library
16.08.10


Belarusian telco Beltelecom has commercially launched the video-on-demand library of its IPTV service 'ZALA', with a wide variety of movies and TV programmes now available on the service.

Beltelecom launched its IPTV service in Minsk in August 2008, based on technology from ZTE, but after completing a network upgrade in September 2008, the service has been available nationwide.

At launch, the service offered 20 channels for BYR 40,000 (US$ 13.37) per month - however, having only attracted 700 subscribers in its first month, the telco reduced the price and started offering more channels to its lineup, helping to boost its customer base to 10,000 by April 2009.

The telco had reached over 30,000 subscribers for its IPTV service by August 2009 (no more recent figures are available).

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:51
Spain: Digital + sharing is not illegal!

* 2010-08-16 11:36:37
* Last updated: 2010-08-16

Spanish District Court in Pontevedra has ruled that in certain circumstances, sharing of satellite access service offered by the company Sogecable Digital + DTH platform for third parties, that is, sharing is not illegal.
. Circumstances of the case relate to one of Digital + subscribers who, by sharing the network shared with neighbors, 12 channels of satellite platforms. The operator platform Digital + has accused him of illegal use of pay TV channels and infringement of intellectual property. The case went to court.

The court has not yet taken a final decision, but it can not be appealed because there was no violation of property rights. According to the court an individual (subscriber Digital +) has provided a signal to private individuals for their decoders without charge. Digital + signal is divided via set-top boxes neighbors sharing the same building.

According to the newspaper "La Voz de Galicia", confirmed the court's decision "clearly" that the decoder card and Digital + 'should be used only for personal use and does not generate money. " In this case, it was so, so the judge gave just such a decision.

The judge said that the redistribution of the signal was made locally and was not publicly available to the public. But the judge found that the Digital + platform operator may consider the contract broken subscriber, which means the civil lawsuit and another between a subscriber and operator.

In Poland, sharing is prohibited and prosecuted by the police. Therefore, the most commonly used cards are splitters.

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tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:53
Arabsat-5A has problems with C-band?

* 2010-08-16
* Last updated: 2010-08-16


A new Arab communications satellite Arabsat-5A, which recently orbital position 30.5 E replaced the old Arab satellite Arabsat-2B, is likely to suffer from minor technical problems with bandwidth C. Many broadcasters used the capacity of the original satellite Arabsat-2B at the new position 20E . According to available information, to cover a new satellite Arabsat-5A is a bit worse than the Arabsat-2B satellite.

In turn, the satellite Arabsat-5A had to offer a greater range in the C band and provide higher performance. Arabsat-5A was launched 26 June 2010 Ariane 5 rocket Equipped with a total of 28 C-band transponders and 24 Ku-band transponders.

:mf_moose::censored2:

tonymax
16-08-2010, 17:55
ITV urged to ditch ITV1 lanterns promo
Monday, August 16 2010,


ITV has been urged by a leading campaign group to stop using footage of Chinese lanterns being released over the countryside, it has emerged.

The broadcaster used pictures of the lanterns, which rise into the air after being lit, for a promotional ident on its flagship ITV1 channel before programmes start.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the National Farmers Union is concerned that the footage could encourage excessive use of the lanterns.

Despite being popular with party-goers and venues, the NFU believes that the lanterns pose a dangerous fire risk and so it has launched a campaign against their use.

"The lanterns are dangerous because they can set fields of corn alight when they land," said an NFU spokesperson.

"Also a metal part inside the lantern is dangerous to animals if it lands in a field and gets mixed with animal feed.

"We are contacting ITV with a plea for the station to stop using the ident, especially at this time of year at harvest time when many parts of the country are tinder dry."

Fire service authorities in West Sussex and Devon & Somerset have recently issued warnings against the lanterns, which have already been banned in Australia, Malta and parts of Germany.

NFU President Peter Kendall said: "We don't want to be killjoys at all, but - with the very dry summer and the reports were getting of injuries to cattle - we would urge party-goers and venues to resist the temptation to release lanterns into the countryside."

:throw::argue:

tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:46
Volia to launch Nat Geo HD, plans high-definition package

Ukrainian cable operator Volia is moving ahead with plans for a full HD launch with the launch of a promotional HD channel ahead of the planned launch of Nat Geo HD as part of its expanded digital package later this year.

Volia currently offers HD as part of its video-on-demand service. The operator plans to launch a separate package of HD channels later, following the deployment of an HD receiver. Volia will also support the delivery of HD to CI Plus-enabled TVs, with conditional access modules available for UAH399 (€39). The company has tested TVs from Sony, Samsung, LG and Philips.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:47
German football league mulls own channel launch

The German Football League (DFL) is considering launching its own TV channel as it fears for the future of News Corp-backed pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland.

Wolfsburg boss Thomas Röttgermann told local press that it fear that the pay-TV operator’s financial problems will force it to reduce payments to the clubs. “The clubs are strong enough to create its own TV channel. DFL should work on the scenario of its own TV channel,” he said.

:new_b::snorkle:

tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:48
3D not so hot after all?

Is 3D in danger of over doing it and eroding the value of a technology hailed as the answer to piracy and a boost to the box office with premium tickets?

After the Avatar phenomenon several 3D films have topped the box office charts, including Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans. Yet, a string of recent 3D films have also failed at the box office.

Analysts say Hollywood is playing a risky game by betting on unwavering consumer enthusiasm for 3D – and for higher prices. "The studios are guilty of short-term thinking," says Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo, which tracks film box-office performance. "They all jumped on the 3D bandwagon but they’re avoiding the real issue, which is their bankruptcy regarding storytelling.".

Meanwhile in Hong Kong in a shabby film studio, Reuters reports the in-production "3-D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" is being touted as the world's first IMAX-3-D erotic film.

:mf_royalguard::cigar:

tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:49
Arabsat-5A has problems with C-band?


* Last updated: 2010

A new Arab communications satellite Arabsat-5A, which recently orbital position 30.5 E replaced the old Arab satellite Arabsat-2B, is likely to suffer from minor technical problems with bandwidth C. Many broadcasters used the capacity of the original satellite Arabsat-2B at the new position 20E . According to available information, to cover a new satellite Arabsat-5A is a bit worse than the Arabsat-2B satellite.

In turn, the satellite Arabsat-5A had to offer a greater range in the C band and provide higher performance. Arabsat-5A was launched 26 June 2010 Ariane 5 rocket Equipped with a total of 28 C-band transponders and 24 Ku-band transponders.

:horse2::king2:

tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:50
Dolce Sport on air

Romanian telco Romtelecom has soft-launched its new sport channel Dolce Sport as part of its Dolce TV pay-TV service.

The service is available free-to-air via DTV and IPTV. Content is still in development, but will include Portuguese national and UEFA Champions League soccer and French rugby among other things.

Technical parameters Dolce Sport:

Hellas Sat 2 (39E)
12.647 GHz, pol. V, SR: 30000, FEC: 7 / 8
Encoding: N.DS VideoGuard

tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:51
Dolce with Dolce Sport channel.Broadcasts UEFA Champions League

Romanian operator Dolce owned telecom operator, Romtelecom, has launched a new sports channel called Dolce Sport. It is exclusively available to subscribers of DTH and IPTV service providers.

Dolce Sports broadcasts the Portuguese football league matches Primeiara League, UEFA Champions League, French rugby matches and many more.

New Dolce Sport channel is probably a reaction to the Romanian sports channel Digi company RCS / RDS, which is exclusively available on pay-TV Digi TV. Last week i started Digi Sport version for the Czech and Slovak markets. Dolce is the largest competitor Digi TV.

Technical parameters Dolce Sport:
Hellas Sat 2 (39°E) freq 12.647 GHz, pol. V, SR 30000, FEC 7/8, CA N.D.S Videoguard

:badmood: :winner_first_h4h:

tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:55
Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Spain’s leading cable operator ONO will add the Turner channel TNT to its offer at the beginning of September, making it available to digital subscribers of the TV Extra and TV Total packages.

Aside from well-known series such as The Wire, Treme and Mentalist, movies and music concerts, TNT will include the first fictional drama series for pay-TV viewers in Spain when it launches Todas las mujeres in October.

ONO has nearly 4.1 million RGUs (Revenue Generating Units) and the largest fibre-optic network in Spain.

Its offer includes a VOD service with over 2,500 titles and it recently signed an agreement with TiVo for the deployment of next generation services in the country.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 11:56
Published: August 17, 2010 08.29 Europe/London

A special terrestrial version of the Spanish premium channel Canal+ Dos will make its debut on digital terrestrial television on August 23. The first receivers have appeared in the shops this week.

Canal+ Dos is a stripped down version of the ‘proper’ Spanish Canal+ channel, which broadcasts a full mix of premium sports and movies, TV series and documentaries. Canal+ is available on DTH and cable, but not on terrestrial television. At the moment, the second Canal channel is a 24 hour time shifted version of the first. However, the terrestrial version will not broadcast any sports.

With new receivers in the shops now, people can buy a dedicated receiver. It is also possible to buy just a Canal+ Dos smart card, as the current receivers for the terrestrial premium service Gol TV are compatible with the new service.

Canal+ Dos replace the 40 Latino channel in the Mediapro premium bouquet. Subscription to the new channel costs €14.90 a month. The Mediapro DTT premium service currently offers two Gol TV channels and the Spanish version of Sony Entertainment’s AXN.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:22
Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Extensive investments in Denmark and Finland weighed heavily on the Teracom Group in the first six months of 2010.

The Swedish transmission company and pay-TV operator reported a drastically reduced operating profit of SEK72 million, down from SEK274 million (€28.9 million). “In Denmark and Finland, we are in a construction phase in which we are investing heavily to build our customer base in Sweden and we are investing in content and services to support Boxers competitiveness,” said Crister Fritzson, CEO, Teracom.

The last quarter saw sluggish sales for Finland’s Plus TV, but in Denmark the availability of all the games in the football World Cup provided a welcome boost.

Nevertheless, the combined DTT pay operations in Sweden, Denmark and Finland lost 8,000 subscribers on the quarter to settle at 950,000.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:24
Telfort launches triple play offer


Published: August 16, 2010 Europe/London

Dutch telecoms company Telfort, the budget operator owned by KPN, has launched its first triple play offer, combining 20 Mbps ADSL broadband access, telephony and DTT television from Digitenne for a promotional price of €28.40 during the first six months. After that, the regular monthly price will be €43.40.

New subscribers will receive a free DTT tuner and Wi-Fi DSL modem, as well as a €25.00 voucher for the first bill; a registration fee of €39.95 is payable. Additional DTT tuners can rented at €4 monthly. Digitenne, KPN’s DTT service, offers 23 channels in its basic tier. Eredivisie Liove, the Dutch football channel, is available as the only option.

People can also choose to buy just internet access and Digitenne for a promotional rate of €18.45 a month (regular fee €33.45).

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:26
Volia outlines HD strategy


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

The leading Ukrainian cable operator Volia has announced its strategy for the introduction of HD channels.
Having already provided subscribers with HD content in its on demand service, it will now launch a promo channel in the format and then allow them to view Nat Geo Wild HD, for no extra charge, by the end of the year.

The next step will be the introduction of a HD package, preparations for which are already under way, and a HD receiver.

Volia also plans to deliver HD channels to CI-enabled TVs, with CI modules costing UAH399 (€38.9), and has already tested sets from Bravia (Sony), Samsung, LG and Philips with in-built tuners.

The operator currently has around 1.7 million subscribers in Ukraine, some 400,000 of who receive its broadband internet access service.

:texano::birgits_tiredcoffee

tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:27
Continued growth for Com Hem


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London


Com Hem continued its revenue growth into the second quarter, reporting revenues of SEK1,077 million (€114.34 million), a 5% increase over the same period in 2009. EBITDA grew by 8% on 2009 to SEK452 million.

The revenues are reward for Com Hem’s investment in new services, such as its on demand service (pictured), increased reliability and improvements to customer services. Total investments in the second quarter amounted to SEK97 million.

Digital television subscriptions have increased by 19% over the past year to reach 599,700 out of the 1.76 million connected households.

There are now 364,800 telephony customers and 533,300 connected to broadband internet. 256,900 take the triple play of TV, telephony and internet.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:29
Viasat secures Universal movie exclusivity


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Viasat Broadcasting has signed a new multi-year licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution for the exclusive pay-TV rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland to current and upcoming feature films for the TV1000 premium channels.
Included in the package are It’s Complicated, starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin; Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow and William Hurt; The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins and Green Zone, starring Matt Damon.

“The pay-TV agreement with NBC Universal is new for TV1000 and it further strengthens TV1000’s position as the leading premium movie channel brand in the Nordic region,” said Hans Skarplöth, CEO Viasat Sweden.

Seven thematically styled TV1000 channels are distributed in the Nordic region, TV1000, TV1000 Drama, TV1000 Action, TV1000 Nordic, TV1000 Classic, TV1000 Family and TV1000 HD.

TV1000 is also available as a catch-up service for its subscribers, both through the Viasat digital receiver, where it uses the *** progressive download system, and online through Viasat OnDemand. The movies will also be available in the subscription video-on-demand service.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:45
Three-screen debuts in Romania


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Romania saw its first-ever live three-screen transmission yesterday (August 16) evening, with a football match between Steaua and Victoria Branesti being shown on TV, over the internet and on mobile phones.
According to Financiarul, it was undertaken by Intact Interactiv and the match carried on a leading TV channel (Antena 1), online (www.antena.ro (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.antena.ro)) and on iPhones (m.antena.ro).

Intact Interactiv a subsidiary of the Intact media group.

tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:47
Skylink gains at Digi’s expense


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

The Czech/Slovak pre-pay DTH service Skylink has enjoyed an unexpected surge in new customers following an anti-piracy move by one of its main rivals earlier this month.
Speaking to Parabola, Jaromir Glisnik, the CEO of TradeTec, said that when the Romanian-owned platform Digi TV stopped using the old Nagravision 2 system, Skylink sold 18,000 cards in just 30 minutes on the following day and has since been selling 3,000 daily.

Skylink reached the landmark figure of one million active cards on April 6 this year. Of these, 715,000 were in the Czech Republic and 285,000 in Slovakia.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:48
Teracom enters investment phase


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Extensive investments in Denmark and Finland weighed heavily on the Teracom Group in the first six months of 2010.
The Swedish transmission company and pay-TV operator reported a drastically reduced operating profit of SEK72 million, down from SEK274 million (€28.9 million). “In Denmark and Finland, we are in a construction phase in which we are investing heavily to build our customer base in Sweden and we are investing in content and services to support Boxers competitiveness,” said Crister Fritzson, CEO, Teracom.

The last quarter saw sluggish sales for Finland’s Plus TV, but in Denmark the availability of all the games in the football World Cup provided a welcome boost.

Nevertheless, the combined DTT pay operations in Sweden, Denmark and Finland lost 8,000 subscribers on the quarter to settle at 950,000.

tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:49
Motive inks Hungarian deal


Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Motive Television has signed an agreement with Antenna Hungária to test its Bestv technology in a pilot programme in Hungary.
Under it, Antenna Hungária plans to evaluate the technology this month in order to make a decision on commercial implementation later in the year.

The project with Antenna Hungária will explore the possibilities of adding catch-up TV and VOD services to the existing MinDig TV DTT platform using Bestv technology.

Motive owns the global distribution rights to Bestv technology outside of Spain and Italy and is continuing to discuss its use as a B2B solution for broadcasters in Europe, the US and Asia. It has struck a similar pilot agreement to the one with Antenna Hungária with TV Nova, the leading broadcaster in the Czech Republic.

Motive is an AIM-quoted broadcast television technology and services provider.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:50
Turner acquires Scandi channel group

Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting Europe and the Millennium Media Group (MMG) have announced the acquisition of a 100% interest in MMG to form a new Scandinavian channels and content group.

The new group, formed by combining the businesses of Turner Nordic and MMG, will be led and managed by the existing MMG management and founders, Carl Göran Anderson and Ignas Scheynius.
The new channel portfolio will include MMG’s exciting locally-developed channels (Star!, Showtime, Silver, Silver HD and TV7) and Turner’s international brands (CNN International, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies and Boomerang). MMG’s other complementary business units (NonStop Entertainment, NonStop Sales and PrimeText International) will also be part of the combined group.

The new group of channels will be available in the Scandinavian region, as well as the Baltics, Benelux and Africa. The majority of staff in the new group will be headquartered in Stockholm, with other staff based at existing Turner facilities in Copenhagen and London.

Pete Flamman, SVP and general manager Northern Europe for Turner Broadcasting System Europe, said in a statement: “I am delighted that CG and Ignas have agreed to join Turner and manage our combined businesses. During the next year we will focus on three initial priorities. We plan to invest in the core Nordic channels in terms of content, marketing and also by introducing the TNT brand. We want to accelerate MMG’s successful push in to new and emerging markets. And of course we will work hard to ensure all our staff enjoy the benefits of being part of an ambitious and growing company”.

The deal will be closed after receiving approval from the relevant regulatory authorities after filings with the Swedish media regulator (RTVV) and the Norwegian competition authorities.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:51
36E: Poverkhnost Plus temporarily stopped broadcasting

Ukrainian satellite pay television Poverkhnost Plus temporarily suspended its August 16, 2010 broadcast on satellite Eutelsat W4 (36°E). Two of the three transponder platforms are currently out of service.

Interruption of transmission Poverkhnost Plus touched broadcasting kmit. 12.111 GHz, pol. L and 12.360 GHz, pol. R., which contain mainly paid programs.

The third transponder platforms - freq 11.727 GHz, pol. L, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, remains in operation and spread the uncoded schemes.

The service provider Poverknost Plus subscribers apologizes for any inconvenience and in August will collect fees from subscribers.

Service Plus Poverkhnost in early August used a total of 4 transponders on Eutelsat W4 satellite. Fourth transponder (frequency 12.207 GHz, pol. R) in early August left.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:52
BSkyB thought mark Skylink. The claim was rejected

Media company BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting) in the past fought against Skylink brand, used by companies and Towercom TradeTec satellite platform as the name for the Czech and Slovak markets.

"Registration marks Skylink company BSkyB was attacked and rejected. The statutory deadline did not appeal, Skylink mark is ours, not theirs," said Jaromir server.

Murdoch certainly against Skylink title as such can fight, but I see no legitimate means, how it can win," he adds.

BSkyB company fights brands in the media sector, which include the word Sky. In recent days, there were a dispute about the word BSkyB in name Skype.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:54
Eutelsat W3B at 16E will serve only one year

Eutelsat W3B, a new telecommunications satellite operator Eutelsat satellite of the French, the Ariane 5 launcher was handed down in mid-September 2010. The satellite will operate at over 16°E, which will replace Eutelsat Sesat satellite, Eutelsat W2M and Eurobird 16A.

Eutelsat W3B, custom-based platforms Spacebus 4000, will be at 16 degrees East position for Central and Eastern Europe only serve for one year. In the third quarter of 2011, passed a new satellite Eutelsat W3C, which is at position 16°E Eutelsat W3B replace.

Satellite Eutelsat Eutelsat W3B is still calculated on the orbital position of 7°E, where the space apparatus extending the operational capacity by 50 percent.

Eutelsat W3C will have 56 Ku-band transponders on orbit, and it conveyed the Chinese Long March carrier rocket 3B.
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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:55
Czech version of Fashion TV started broadcasting in 16:9

On Monday 16 August 2010 Channel on fashion and lifestyle Fashion TV began broadcasting in widescreen 16:9 format image. Transition to 16:9 applies to all versions in Europe - Czech, SEE (South Eastern Europe) and Europe.

Fashion TV broadcasts in the Czech version of the satellite Amos 2 (4°W), the European version of the satellite Hot Bird 6 (13°E) of the new transponder. The old (original) frequency 12.207 GHz appeared textual information with the new parameters reception station.

Technical parameters - Fashion TV Europe:
Hot Bird 6 (13°E) freq 10.815 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

Fashion TV version for the Czech and Slovak market is broadcast by satellite Amos 2 (4°W) in the packet RRsat:
Amos 2 (4°W), freq 11.575 GHz, pol. H, SR 8888, FEC 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, FTA

tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:56
4W: Ukrainian UT-Zakhid with DVB-S2 to DVB-S

16 August, Ukrainian channel originating from Lviv UT-Zakhid began broadcasting in the new frequency FTA DVB-S satellite Amos 2 (4W). The message was launched using SCPC transponder capacity in 1927 (11.610 GHz, pol. H, SR: 3600 FEC: 3/4). UT-Zakhid gives more than a year via satellite Amos 2, but so far carried forward in the DVB-S2 and QPSK modulation at a frequency of 11.654 GHz, pol. H, SR: 2000 FEC: 5/6.

UT-Zakhid channel is a general, suitable films, cultural programs and information and guidance.

Technical parameters:

Amos 2 (4W)
tp. 27 (11.610 GHz, pol. H, SR: 3600 FEC: 3 / 4; DVB-S/QPSK)

ID: ZIK
V PID: 257
A PID: 258
PID PCR: 257
PMT PID: 32
SID: 1
Encoding: none

1 September UT-Zakhid will be renamed ZIK (which is why transmission of new parameters is identified as ZIK). The new name has already been established in January 2010, when there was a change of ownership of the channel. The new owner is a company Aktivy Business Media.

The network schedule ZIK unique programs will be published authors, most of the production in the field of investigative journalism. There will be programs about corrupt officials, the rights of people to live a dignified life, as well as telling about the problems of ordinary people.

Source: zik.com.ua

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:57
Vexed producer 'goes into administration'
Tuesday, August 17 2010,


Independent production firm Greenlit, maker of shows such as Collision and new BBC Two comedy Vexed, has reportedly gone into administration.

Yesterday, Greenlit was excluded from the sale of parent company Target Entertainment to DVD distributor Metrodome in a £800,000 deal.

According to The Guardian, Greenlit's four staff were subsequently informed by BDO Stoy Hayward, which was appointed in June to oversee Target's sale, that the firm was going into administration and they would be made redundant.

Vexed, the three-part comedy crime drama that premiered on Sunday night, has already been delivered to BBC Two and so will not be affected by the situation.

Greenlit has previously produced a range of shows for ITV, including Foyle's War and Collision, but an ITV spokesman said that none of its production projects were at risk.

Jill Green, founder of Greenlit, sold the company to Target Entertainment in February 2008, but remained with the firm as managing director.

However, Green is understood to have left Greenlit last month after deciding that she had "no choice" after Target had allegedly failed "to comply with the original terms of our agreement relating to the sale of the business".

Green said that she is now in the process of trying to buy back the rights to shows produced by Greenlit, including Foyle's War, as a way to secure the company's future.

"I have always operated on strong principles of transparency and trust. Therefore, when I recently became concerned as to how Greenlit Rights was being operated as part of the wider Target Entertainment Group business, together with the failure to comply with the original terms of our agreement relating to the sale of the business, I felt I had no choice but to resign, and I did so last month," Green said.

"I sold Greenlit Rights to Target Entertainment in February 2008. One of the reasons I chose Target as a buyer was because I was keen to grow the business further within a larger framework and one that offered opportunity for business within the US."

She added: "I have since remained 100% passionate about Greenlit Rights, an established and profitable producer of some of the most successful dramas recently shown on UK television (Foyle's War, Collision, etc)."

"Whilst I do not wish to work with Target Entertainment Group as it currently operates, I am in the process of bidding for the rights to the programmes of Greenlit Rights, the company I built from scratch 12 years ago, and have a strong desire to protect all those involved with its productions."

Speaking about the situation, Metrodome chairman Mark Webster said: "Metrodome Group very much wanted to include Jill Green and Greenlit as part of the acquisition, but could not reach an agreement that suited all parties.

"Jill Green is highly regarded as one of the leading independent producers in the UK, and we wish her all the best with her future endeavours."

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:58
ITV to broadcast Bond films in HD


ITV has renewed its deal with MGM for terrestrial broadcast rights to the James Bond franchise, including high definition rights for the first time.

The multi-year agreement will see ITV remain the home of James Bond films on terrestrial television in a deal that includes the free-to-air TV premiere of latest movie, Quantum of Solace.

The broadcaster will also be able to air all of the Bond films, including Casino Royale, Goldfinger, Dr. No and GoldenEye, on ITV1 HD across its 2010 and 2011 schedules.

ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions Zai Bennett said: "James Bond is a British cinematic icon loved by ITV's audience and we're delighted to continue the franchise's long association with ITV, as well as the chance, for the first time, to show every Bond feature film in fantastic HD."

MGM Worldwide Television co-president Gary Marenzi added: "We are pleased to be working with ITV on keeping the Bond franchise as vibrant as ever in high definition, which will be a big treat to Bond fans in the UK.

"Working closely with ITV, MGM looks forward to making this valuable franchise even more enjoyable for its scores of British fans."

tonymax
17-08-2010, 19:59
Greg Dyke 'rejects Channel 5 job offer'

Former BBC director general Greg Dyke has reportedly rejected an offer from new Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond to return to the broadcaster that he helped set up in 1997.

Last week, Express Newspapers owner Desmond announced a clear out of Channel 5's senior management team as part of a major overhaul of the broadcaster that he acquired in £103.5 million deal.

The changes have resulted in seven of Channel 5's nine executive directors preparing to leave their posts, along with up to 80 jobs being cut at the commercial broadcaster.

The most high profile departure is that of Dawn Airey, Channel 5's chairman and chief executive, who is joining previous Five owner RTL.

Early indications are that Stan Myerson, managing director at Desmond's Northern & Shell business, is the frontrunner to lead the broadcaster.

However, Channel 5's new billionaire owner could instead look to appoint a more high profile name from the broadcasting world, with several media outlets reporting that he has already sounded Dyke out about taking on the challenge.

Dyke was instrumental in establishing Channel 5 in 1997 after putting together the consortium that successfully bid for the licence to run Britain's fifth terrestrial channel.

In 2000, he left to become director general of the BBC, but was forced to resign in 2004 in the wake of the Hutton inquiry into the death of Iraq weapons inspector Dr David Kelly, which was highly critical of the corporation.

Despite his strong connections to Channel 5, Dyke is understood to have snubbed Desmond's offer to make a dramatic return to the broadcaster.

Last week, Dyke told The Independent: "Desmond is a brave man. Channel 5 hasn't made any money since it started, and it was clearly in difficulties when he bought it. I wish him luck. It would be great to make it work."

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:00
Japan insists on Uruguay's choosing ISDB-T

According to the Japanese Communications and Internal Affairs Vice Minister, Tetsuo Yamakawa, although Uruguay has already adopted TDT DVB, a delegation made up by seven members of the Japanese Government visited the country to promote the ISDB-T standard and to analyze "a cooperation proposal widening". The meeting held by both countries' officers took place after the Uruguayan Government disclosed the possibility to change its decision and adopt ISDB-T.

El País newspaper informed that the Uruguayan Government requested additional details regarding the technology package proposed by Japan. Japan had previously offered financing for the acquisition of transmitters and equipment, technical training and royalty payment exemption, among others. According to Yamakawa, one of the Japanese standard advantages is given by its more economical STBs. Moreover, the officer pointed out that the Japanese standard is installed in a market of about 400 million people, thus reducing costs given the massive production.

The interest in Uruguay is based on the fact the "it is a very stable country that records steady growth rates. In the medium and long term, great development will be recorded", Yamakawa highlighted. In face of this and other previous negotiations with Japan, in July, an European delegation offered the Uruguayan Government to increase its economic support in USD 3,93 millions, which would be added to the initial USD 904,000 contribution made for the acquisition of equipment and personnel training.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:01
Telefónica relaunches FTTH and DTH in Brazil

Last year, Telefónica stopped selling its so-called TVA Xtreme FTTH IPTV product in Sao Paulo because Imagenio middleware needed to be updated. Moreover, the company recorded DTH stagnation due to the weakness of the product that was very cheap as compared to the competition's. In October, the operator will relaunch Fibra TV with a new middleware and a DTH with HD and VOD, as already happened with its cable service TVA.

The new Imagenio 6.0 will offer "fast channel change", a weakness in the previous version developed in Spain. In such country, Imagenio competed with the DTH but did not offer great zapping speed. But in Brazil, the system, which was sold as ultra premium, seemed to be obsolete as compared with cable TV. The new Fibra TV will have HD in all household TV sets and multiuser central PVR. Additionally, it will offer 100 Mbps broadband. With this service, the company is planning to record 10,000 clients by year end.

The DTH was thought as a low cost canned product with telephony services and Speedy. It has grown rapidly because the broadband client hardly had additional costs to pay. However, it reached its ceiling rapidly and was damaged when Telefónica was banned from selling its service Speedy. Moreover, competitors offered a greater quality offer and Telefónica's DTH started to be impacted by the churn. As in the case of FFTH, Telefónica decided to improve the product even with the risk of increasing its price. In October, all Telefónica's systems (IPTV through FTTH, cable and DTH) will be fitted with at least HD and VOD.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:03
Turkey’s TRT launches Albanian, Bosnian TV news
August 17th, 2010 -

TRT Avaz, Turkish state-run television network’s station airing from Central Asia to the Balkans, has added Albanian and Bosnian languages to its news broadcasting. TRT Avaz, which reaches 250 million people in this region, has been broadcasting in Azerbaijani Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Turkmen and Turkish languages. However, its news broadcasting was only in Turkish.

Adnan Suer, chief executive of TRT Avaz, said that the state-run channel has become the voice of countries in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia since it was first launched one year ago. “It has become one of the most watched TV stations in these countries,” Suer said. “Especially, we reached a remarkable amount of viewers in Balkan countries.”

News broadcasting in Albanian and Bosnian will be carried out from midnight to 1:00 a.m. Turkish local time [2100-2200 UTC] on TRT Avaz, which now uses a total of eight broadcast languages.
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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:04
Ethiopian Television back on Arabsat
August 17th, 2010 -


A senior official at Ethiopian Television (ETV) told the newspaper Capital in anonymity last Friday that the state television service has resumed its transmission on Arabsat. The Ethiopian government had announced earlier that it was under discussions with Arabsat about the retransmission of its national television programme through their satellite.

Shimeles Kemal, State Minister of Government Affairs Communication Office, a week ago told Capital that the transmission of Ethiopian Television (ETV) on Arabsat had been suspended due to a technical problem. The Communication Office executive has not stated the exact technical problem that caused the state owned TV broadcast to be off its Arabsat frequency for three weeks.

Ethiopian Television and Radio Agency (ERTA) has been using the Arabsat frequency to transmit its programmes to the Middle East, Europe, central and northern part of Africa over the last few years. Recently, the agency announced that its viewers can use Eutelsat to watch ETV transmissions in some areas that previously used Arabsat. ERTA also launched its transmission on the Multi Choice W7 Satellite (DSTV), a pay satellite TV service, for African viewers.

Currently, ERTA is using Eutelsat W3A, Galaxy 12, Telestar 12 and NSS 12 to broadcast its programming all over the world. ETV is the only station that covers the entire country, while Oromiya region and Dire Dawa Administration launched their regional transmission a few years ago. Other regions are in the process of commencing regional TV broadcasts.

ESAT, an Amsterdam-based Ethiopian Satellite Television transmission, was launched in May, 2010 on the Arabsat satellite in Amharic (Ethiopian official language). However, ESAT’s broadcast has been off the air since the end of July. ESAT has accused the Ethiopian government of disrupting its signal, in a statement it released on 27 July, 2010.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, told local journalists at a press conference last Wednesday that he did not want to say anything about the transmission problem of ESAT.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:05
Mexican TV network suffers explosives attack


Unknown assailants hurled explosives early Sunday at the affiliate of Mexico’s Televisa network in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, causing damage but no deaths or injuries, police and local media said. It was the third attack in the past three months against an affiliate of Televisa, Mexico’s leading TV network, in northern Mexico.

The blast shattered some of the building’s windows, a state of Nuevo Leon police source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The explosives were thrown under a parked vehicle and also caused damage to another vehicle owned by the network,” the source said. Monterrey police are trying to determine if the explosive was a military-grade hand grenade, as local media reported, or a home-made bomb, the source said.

The Inter-American Press Association lists Mexico as the Latin America’s most dangerous country for journalists, with nine murdered so far this year. Journalists are often caught in the cross fire as heavily armed drug cartel enforcers battle for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes into the United States, and the Mexican military and police attempt to crack down on them.

Hundreds of media workers marched in protest one week ago in major Mexican cities to protest attacks on the press and the recent abduction of four reporters, who were eventually released.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:06
ADB to offer Premier League on i-CAN boxes
17 Aug 10 -

ADB has signed a deal with Top Up TV, the UK’s digital terrestrial pay-TV service, that allows Freeview viewers to watch Premier League football on its i-CAN Easy HD DVB-T2 set-top box.

The i-CAN Easy HD already enables UK residents living in Freeview HD areas to watch HD channels, BBC iPlayer’s catch-up content including high definition programmes, as well as around 50 standard definition Freeview channels. The deal with Top Up TV makes the i-CAN Easy HD the only DVB-T2 box on the market that enables viewers to access premium sports channels from Sky and ESPN. Top Up TV-enabled i-CAN Easy HD set-top boxes will go on sale in the next couple of weeks.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:07
Viasat inks movie deal with SF
17 Aug 10 -

Scandinavia-focused broadcaster Viasat has inked a movie deal with Swedish-based movie studio Svensk Filmindustri.

The agreement gives Viasat exclusive pay-TV rights to SF’s movies across its premium movie channels in Scandinavia.

The deal, which kicks in this year, will allow Viasat to show 12 SF movies a year. As well as being broadcast on the various linear TV1000 channels operated by Viasat, the agreement allows the broadcaster to make them available, exclusively, in its subscription video-on-demand service.

Viasat recently inked a similar agreement for movies with NBC’s NBC Universal International Television Distribution.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:08
Virgin Media launches malware campaign
17 Aug 10 -

UK cable operator Virgin Media has launched a “malware defence campaign” to help make its subscribers aware of security issues when using the internet.

The company said it would work with independent non-profit organisations such as The Shadowserver Foundation, which monitor the spread of malware viruses around the internet.

Virgin Media’s Internet Security team will be trialling an education campaign, writing to customers whose computers are reported as showing signs of infection. Each household will be contacted via a letter, which will detail free ways to scan computers for and remove viruses. It will also give contact details for Virgin Media Digital Home Support ,which offers a complete virus removal service.

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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:10
Canal+ Dos makes terrestrial debut


A special terrestrial version of the Spanish premium channel Canal+ Dos will make its debut on digital terrestrial television on August 23. The first receivers have appeared in the shops this week.
Canal+ Dos is a stripped down version of the ‘proper’ Spanish Canal+ channel, which broadcasts a full mix of premium sports and movies, TV series and documentaries. Canal+ is available on DTH and cable, but not on terrestrial television. At the moment, the second Canal channel is a 24 hour time shifted version of the first. However, the terrestrial version will not broadcast any sports.

With new receivers in the shops now, people can buy a dedicated receiver. It is also possible to buy just a Canal+ Dos smart card, as the current receivers for the terrestrial premium service Gol TV are compatible with the new service.

Canal+ Dos replace the 40 Latino channel in the Mediapro premium bouquet. Subscription to the new channel costs €14.90 a month. The Mediapro DTT premium service currently offers two Gol TV channels and the Spanish version of Sony Entertainment’s AXN.
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tonymax
17-08-2010, 20:11
Turner channel for Spain’s ONO

Spain’s leading cable operator ONO will add the Turner channel TNT to its offer at the beginning of September, making it available to digital subscribers of the TV Extra and TV Total packages.
Aside from well-known series such as The Wire, Treme and Mentalist, movies and music concerts, TNT will include the first fictional drama series for pay-TV viewers in Spain when it launches Todas las mujeres in October.

ONO has nearly 4.1 million RGUs (Revenue Generating Units) and the largest fibre-optic network in Spain.

Its offer includes a VOD service with over 2,500 titles and it recently signed an agreement with TiVo for the deployment of next generation services in the country.

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tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:51
Spain: Digital + sharing is not illegal!


Spanish District Court in Pontevedra has ruled that in certain circumstances, sharing of satellite access service offered by the company Sogecable Digital + DTH platform for third parties, that is, sharing is not illegal.
. Circumstances of the case relate to one of Digital + subscribers who, by sharing the network shared with neighbors, 12 channels of satellite platforms. The operator platform Digital + has accused him of illegal use of pay TV channels and infringement of intellectual property. The case went to court.

The court has not yet taken a final decision, but it can not be appealed because there was no violation of property rights. According to the court an individual (subscriber Digital +) has provided a signal to private individuals for their decoders without charge. Digital + signal is divided via set-top boxes neighbors sharing the same building.

According to the newspaper "La Voz de Galicia", confirmed the court's decision "clearly" that the decoder card and Digital + 'should be used only for personal use and does not generate money. " In this case, it was so, so the judge gave just such a decision.

The judge said that the redistribution of the signal was made locally and was not publicly available to the public. But the judge found that the Digital + platform operator may consider the contract broken subscriber, which means the civil lawsuit and another between a subscriber and operator.

In Poland, sharing is prohibited and prosecuted by the police. Therefore, the most commonly used cards are splitters.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:52
German football clubs worry about Sky


German Football Clubs Are Contemplating The Idea Of Setting Up Their Own Dedicated Channel Rather Than Be Dependent On Third Parties Such As Sky Deutschland. “The Clubs Are Strong Enough To Launch An Autonomous Bundesliga Tv Channel. The Liga Has To Work Now On A Scenario Of Our Own Tv Station,” Said Thomas Mann Röttger, Managing Director Of Vfl Wolfsburg, To Handelsblatt.

The German Football League (Dfl), Parent Organisation Of The Bundesliga, Will Earn 1.65 Billion Euros Through Television Rights From 2009 Until 2013. Some 60 Percent Of That Income Comes From Sky. Should Sky Fail, The Clubs May Struggle Financially.

According To Deutsche Welle, Dfl President Reinhard Rauball Recently Dismissed Concerns, Saying: “We’re Informed About This And Are Following The Numbers With Appropriate Interest. Based On What We Know As Of Now, Everything Is Still Within Reason.” Nevertheless, Rauball Said The Organisation Had Distributed Financial Information About Sky Deutschland To Each Of Its 36 Professional Clubs.

This Is Not The First Time That The German Clubs Are Faced With Risking To Lose Their Income From Tv Rights. In 2002, The Kirch Group, Who Held The Exclusive Rights At The Time, Collapsed Under Debt, Leaving The Company Unable To Pay More Than 100 Million Euros For Contracted Television Rights.

This Time, Sky Is Not The Only Contract Party To The Bundesliga. Deutsche Telekom Owns The Rights To Broadcast Bundesliga Games Over Their Iptv Service Entertain And Claim Over 1 Million Subscribers.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:53
Polsat stays ahead of the game


The Leading Polish Commercial Broadcaster Polsat Saw Its Revenues Grow By A Higher Rate Than The Tv Ad Market In The First Half Of The Year, According To Zygmunt Solorz-zak, Its Founder And Main Shareholder.
Quoted In Wirtualne Media, He Declined To Give An Actual Figure, Though It Is Known That The Tv Ad Market In Poland Expanded By In The Region Of 8-8.5% Between January And June.
Solorz-zak Also Confirmed That Polsat Plans To Add A Further Channel To Its Portfolio, Bringing The Total Number To 14, Either At The End Of This Year Or Beginning Of 2011. It Will Be A Music-oriented Service Targeting Young Viewers.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:55
Worry for Ukrainian DTH
The Ukrainian DTH platform Poverkhnost Plus appears to have run into difficulties ahead of a possible change in ownership.

According to Satkurier, its signal, which is distributed by Eutelsat W4 at 36 degrees East, became unavailable to subscribers this Tuesday (August 16).

An announcement on the company’s website told them they would not be charged for this month and that they would be kept informed about developments.

Unofficial reports say that Poverkhnost Plus has run into financial difficulties and may soon find a new (Russian) owner.

The platform, which was launched in May 2008 and is backed by the Poverkhnost Group, operates in a DTH market also served by Viasat Ukraine, MYtv and Russia’s NTV-Plus.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:56
Court overturns OPTA’s Open Cable ruling

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

The Dutch Court of appeal for businesses (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven – CBb) has overturned the market analysis that telecoms regulator OPTA published in March 2009. The verdict has far-reaching implications for the Open Cable ruling in the Netherlands.

By overturning the analysis, the basis for the Open Cable provisions issued by OPTA has been removed and as a result third parties will no longer be able to sell analogue cable products on the country’s two largest networks, Ziggo and UPC.

Tele 2 has already started selling analogue cable products, but was told by a judge that its marketing messages needed to be corrected. With the ruling by the CBb, Tele 2 will no longer be allowed to sell analogue cable product. Also other potential resellers including Deutsche Telekom’s Dutch subsidiary Online, YouCa and YourTV, will not be able to sell such products.

Under OPTA’s Open Cable ruling, all four major Dutch operators, Ziggo, UPC, Delta and CAIW would also be required to allow third-party access to their digital tiers. This will no longer be the case.

UPC Nederland issued a brief statement in an email: “This decision on the broadcasting market, including analogue resale obligation, shows that the Dutch national television market there is already showing very strong competition. On this market, KPN, Canal Digital, Tele2 and cable providers – including UPC and Ziggo – are active. Competition between multiple communication infrastructures ensures technological innovation, digitisation and a wide choice for consumers. “

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:57
ITV to put catch-up on PlayStation 3

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

ITV has signalled its intention to make its content available on a cross-platform basis, adding the ITV Player to PlayStation 3, and confirming the catch-up service’s much-anticipated Freesat launch.

The deal is one of a series struck by Sony with European broadcasters that also include TV3 (Spain), Animax (Germany), YLE (Finland) and NOS (Netherlands). Australia’s Seven Network will also be available in that country.

ITV’s will join the BBC iPlayer, which has been available on the Sony games console since September 2009. It is expected that content from the commercial broadcaster will be available before the end of the year. PlayStation users will be invited to take a software upgrade before using the service.

Launched in July 2007, ITV Player provides catch-up TV for 30 days following the initial transmission. It is ad funded through pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll commercials. Its Freesat service, initially expected to launch in the first half of 2010, will now debut in the autumn.

“Our viewers want the option to watch their favourite content when and where they choose so distributing the ITV Player, with our rich content, to platforms beyond itv.com will allow us to meet that demand,” said Fru Hazlitt, managing director of commercial and online, ITV. “We’re really excited that they will soon be able to access the ITV Player on demand through the PS3 platform.”

ITV Player provides content from ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4. Strictly speaking ITV1 is only available in England and Wales as separate TV services run in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands. The broadcasters take the majority of their content from ITV.

Under the terms of the deal with Sony UTV, STV and Channel TV will be able to add their own equivalent services so they are also accessible from the PS3 platform on a similar basis to ITV Player.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:58
IP Vision says Canvas is bad news for consumers

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

Over-the-top television provider IP Vision has formally complained to Ofcom, calling on the regulator to examine the impact Project Canvas will have on innovation, competition and consumer choice.

IP Vision has an interest in the development of Canvas, given that it already has a ‘Canvas-like’ OTT product in the market, a hybrid set-top box combining DTT services with the BBC iPlayer, Sky Player and its own proprietary VOD offering. The company has already challenged the BBC over support for the iPlayer – IP Vision’s Fetch TV boxes currently run the ‘big screen’ version of the BBC catch-up service.

“If Project Canvas rolls out as intended, market competition, consumer choice and technology and commercial innovation will be stymied. The consumer will end up paying the price of an uncompetitive market in the form of restricted content, service and technology choice,” said IP Vision CEO Eddie Abrams. “As a leader in this nascent sector in the UK, we are all in favour of healthy competition that benefits both the industry and consumers. However, this group of industry Goliaths, supported in part by BBC licence fee funds, will have the power to dominate the sector – even though what Canvas will offer will not be superior to solutions already on the market. “

IP Vision is challenging the validity of Project Canvas, run by the BBC with backing from partners including ITV, BT, Talk Talk and Arqiva, under the 1998 Competition Act.

In an earlier submission to the BBC Trust, IP Vision challenged the expansion of Project Canvas, beyond what it saw as its original purpose.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 13:59
Worries over Slovenian ASO

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

Slovenia’s transition to digital broadcasting should be completed on December 1 this year.

However, not all is going to plan, at least in a technical sense. Dnevnik reports that the public broadcaster RTV has fallen behind in the deployment of digital transmitters, having “trained” only 25 out of 82 since starting the process in 2006.

Some forecasts now say that following ASO around 15% of the country will still not be covered by its digital signals.

RTV operates Slovenia’s first DTT multiplex (A), while a second (B), operated by Norway’s Norkring, while be fully functioning this September.

Despite RTV’s problems, there is at this stage no intention by the government to but back the ASO date.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 14:00
Facebook attracts 46.6 million viewers

Published: August 17, 2010 Europe/London

Facebook.com jumped one position to capture the #3 spot with 46.6 million viewers in the US during the mo nth of July, according to the latest figures from comScore. According to the company’s Video Metrix service 178 million US Internet users watched online video content during the month for an average of 14.7 hours per viewer.

Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property with 143.2 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 55.1 million viewers. Facebook.com captured the #3 spot with 46.6 million viewers. Google Sites had the highest number of overall viewing sessions with 1.9 billion and average time spent per viewer at 283 minutes, or 4.7 hours. Hulu also had high viewer engagement with an average of 158 minutes (or 2.6 hours) per viewer.

Other findings include: 84.9 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video. The duration of the average online content video was 4.8 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes. Video ads accounted for 9.8 percent of all videos viewed and 0.9 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.

Property Total Unique Viewing Sessions Minutes per
Viewers (000) (000) Viewer
Total Audience 178,148 5,234,655 882.0
Google Sites 143,226 1,884,498 282.7
Yahoo! Sites 55,107 238,322 28.6
Facebook.com 46,571 166,186 18.3
Microsoft Sites 45,558 219,149 40.2
VEVO 43,911 202,091 68.5
Fox Interactive Media 38,136 164,760 27.2
Turner Network 33,442 107,793 25.3
Viacom Digital 30,715 70,617 44.8
Disney Online 28,475 64,104 6.0
Hulu 28,455 153,845 158.0

tonymax
18-08-2010, 14:10
Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) has announced an agreement with Top Up TV enabling its new i-CAN Easy HD DVB-T2 set-top box to be used for terrestrial reception of the Sky Sports channels.

Top Up TV secured access to Sky Sports 1 & 2 as part of Ofcom’s Wholesale Must Offer (WMO) ruling. The terrestrial pay-TV platform already has access to ESPN and GOLD, as well as offering an on demand service based on content downloaded to receivers.

“The i-CAN HD set top box has already been highly acclaimed by trade press in the UK and the addition of Sky Sports 1&2 plus ESPN on this Freeview box will only add to its accolades,” said Roger Matthews, sales and marketing director at Top Up TV.”

The box, which goes on sale over the next few weeks, will be the first DVB-T2 boxes capable of receiving the premium sports channels and high definition content. It also carries the BBC iPlayer, including access to HD content for viewers outside of the initial HD coverage areas.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 14:11
Skylink gains at Digi’s expense


Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

The Czech/Slovak pre-pay DTH service Skylink has enjoyed an unexpected surge in new customers following an anti-piracy move by one of its main rivals earlier this month.

Speaking to Parabola, Jaromir Glisnik, the CEO of TradeTec, said that when the Romanian-owned platform Digi TV stopped using the old Nagravision 2 system, Skylink sold 18,000 cards in just 30 minutes on the following day and has since been selling 3,000 daily.

Skylink reached the landmark figure of one million active cards on April 6 this year. Of these, 715,000 were in the Czech Republic and 285,000 in Slovakia.

tonymax
18-08-2010, 14:12
Teracom enters investment phase

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

Extensive investments in Denmark and Finland weighed heavily on the Teracom Group in the first six months of 2010.

The Swedish transmission company and pay-TV operator reported a drastically reduced operating profit of SEK72 million, down from SEK274 million (€28.9 million). “In Denmark and Finland, we are in a construction phase in which we are investing heavily to build our customer base in Sweden and we are investing in content and services to support Boxers competitiveness,” said Crister Fritzson, CEO, Teracom.

The last quarter saw sluggish sales for Finland’s Plus TV, but in Denmark the availability of all the games in the football World Cup provided a welcome boost.

Nevertheless, the combined DTT pay operations in Sweden, Denmark and Finland lost 8,000 subscribers on the quarter to settle at 950,000.

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18-08-2010, 14:13
Motive inks Hungarian deal

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

Motive Television has signed an agreement with Antenna Hungária to test its Bestv technology in a pilot programme in Hungary.

Under it, Antenna Hungária plans to evaluate the technology this month in order to make a decision on commercial implementation later in the year.

The project with Antenna Hungária will explore the possibilities of adding catch-up TV and VOD services to the existing MinDig TV DTT platform using Bestv technology.

Motive owns the global distribution rights to Bestv technology outside of Spain and Italy and is continuing to discuss its use as a B2B solution for broadcasters in Europe, the US and Asia. It has struck a similar pilot agreement to the one with Antenna Hungária with TV Nova, the leading broadcaster in the Czech Republic.

Motive is an AIM-quoted broadcast television technology and services provider.

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18-08-2010, 14:14
Livestation brings news to Boxee

Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

The online video news service Livestation has just released an App for Boxee, bringing the news channels, announced Matteo Berlucchi of Livestation.

“Livestation and Boxee were made for each other so we teamed up with Avner and his team of cool guys in NYC a few weeks ago and now the Livestation App for Boxee is live,” said Berlucchi. “They [Boxee] have built a pretty awesome media interface that runs on computers to display video/pics/audio on TV sets or on computers using a 10-foot approach (using the mouse as a remote).”

“They built the Boxee interface as an open platform so other companies like us can build their own apps and run them on top of it. Lots of users already enjoy the software – nearly 2 million – and a physical box that can be connected directly to the TV to access web content is hitting the US markets very soon.”

The Livestation app for Boxee can be found by searching for ‘live news’ on Boxee and it allows users to watch both their free-to-air channels like Al Jazeera and BBC World News or the subscription based ones such as CNN International, CNBC or Bloomberg.

Berlucchi also said Livestation recently released a special iPad optmised-html5-bells-and-whistles version of the Livestation service.

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18-08-2010, 14:16
Tele Columbus adds 50,000 homes



Germany’s largest independent cable operator Tele Columbus has taken on the delivery of triple play services to about 50,000 homes of the GAGFAH Group, a major housing association. There are 40,000 homes in the city of Dresden and a further 10,000 in Berlin, Zwickau and Erfurt.

Tele Columbus will service the additional homes with analogue and digital television – including HDTV channels, cable telephony and broadband internet access with speeds up to 100 Mbps. At the moment, the operator already services about 20,000 homes of the GAGFAH Group in Dresden.

In order to serve the new homes, Tele Columbus is installing a new glass fibre infrastructure as well as a dedicated head end. The new addition brings the total number of homes served in Dresden to over 100,000 Europe/London

Germany’s largest independent cable operator Tele Columbus has taken on the delivery of triple play services to about 50,000 homes of the GAGFAH Group, a major housing association. There are 40,000 homes in the city of Dresden and a further 10,000 in Berlin, Zwickau and Erfurt.

Tele Columbus will service the additional homes with analogue and digital television – including HDTV channels, cable telephony and broadband internet access with speeds up to 100 Mbps. At the moment, the operator already services about 20,000 homes of the GAGFAH Group in Dresden.

In order to serve the new homes, Tele Columbus is installing a new glass fibre infrastructure as well as a dedicated head end. The new addition brings the total number of homes served in Dresden to over 100,000

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18-08-2010, 14:17
IFA 2010 announces keynote speakers


Published: August 18, 2010 Europe/London

IFA International Keynotes at 50th IFA in Berlin are set to provide glimpse of life in the age of 3D and the networked home. This year, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show takes place September 3 – 8 at the Berlin Exhibition Site.

Executives from two leading media companies will address critical questions about 3D TV sets and content on Friday, September 3. At 3:00 pm, Bryan Burns, vice president of strategic business planning and development at ESPN, will address the challenges and alliances that need to be formed to drive consumer interest in 3D – and will share anecdotes from ESPN’s real-world experience launching 3D sports coverage.

Immediately following, at 3:30 pm, Bernhard Burgener, CEO of Constantin Medien AG, will discuss the role of cinema and sports in driving 3D media consumption. He is also expected to share background information on Resident Evil, a new 3D feature film due for release in Germany on September 16.

The keynotes on Saturday, September 4, will focus on the role of technological innovations in revolutionizing the home appliances market.At 9:45 am, Michael Rhodin, senior vice president, IBM Software Solutions Group, will speak about smart electronics and steps the industry must take to realise the vision of the networked home. At 3:00 pm, Dr. Kurt-Ludwig Gutberlet, CEO of Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances, will call upon the industry to market a broader spectrum of ultra-energy-efficient appliances, and will present concrete approaches to bringing smart, networked appliances to consumers.

“This global group of speakers from around the world at the IFA International Keynotes will highlight the latest innovative developments, which will very soon impact decisively on the consumer electronics and home appliances industries, “ said IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker. “Together, in particular with leading insiders from the industry and the media, we expect to provide a new impetus and spark new ideas that will benefit the device manufacturing industry. “

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19-08-2010, 12:56
IP Vision says Canvas is bad news for consumers

Over-the-top television provider IP Vision has formally complained to Ofcom, calling on the regulator to examine the impact Project Canvas will have on innovation, competition and consumer choice.

IP Vision has an interest in the development of Canvas, given that it already has a ‘Canvas-like’ OTT product in the market, a hybrid set-top box combining DTT services with the BBC iPlayer, Sky Player and its own proprietary VOD offering. The company has already challenged the BBC over support for the iPlayer – IP Vision’s Fetch TV boxes currently run the ‘big screen’ version of the BBC catch-up service.

“If Project Canvas rolls out as intended, market competition, consumer choice and technology and commercial innovation will be stymied. The consumer will end up paying the price of an uncompetitive market in the form of restricted content, service and technology choice,” said IP Vision CEO Eddie Abrams. “As a leader in this nascent sector in the UK, we are all in favour of healthy competition that benefits both the industry and consumers. However, this group of industry Goliaths, supported in part by BBC licence fee funds, will have the power to dominate the sector – even though what Canvas will offer will not be superior to solutions already on the market. “

IP Vision is challenging the validity of Project Canvas, run by the BBC with backing from partners including ITV, BT, Talk Talk and Arqiva, under the 1998 Competition Act.

In an earlier submission to the BBC Trust, IP Vision challenged the expansion of Project Canvas, beyond what it saw as its original purpose.

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19-08-2010, 12:57
SeeSaw lands NBC

SeeSaw, the VOD proposition from infrastructure provider Arqiva, has struck a multi-year deal to get NBC Universal shows on the service. This adds to the line up from Channel 4, Five, Disney, MTV Networks, archive from BBC Worldwide and some direct from independent producers.

Under the deal, individual episodes of NBC Universal shows are priced at a minimum of 99p (E1.2), with series prices ranging from £3.99 to £17.99. Single episodes can be rented for up to 30 days with 48 hours for viewing to be completed once a show has started to be watched. For whole series, viewers will have 90 days' rental and 48 hours to complete the viewing of each episode.

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19-08-2010, 12:58
IP Vision adds to Canvas criticism; more delay inevitable?
From Colin Mann in London

IP Vision, a provider in the hybrid DTT/IPTV over-the-top (OTT) TV sector, has joined UK quad-play operator Virgin Media in complaining to Ofcom, asking it to examine whether the Project Canvas open IPTV platform joint venture will stifle industry innovation, inhibit competition and ultimately restrict consumer choice.

IP Vision already offers a successful, Canvas-like service in the UK with its advanced FetchTV platform.

Eddie Abrams, IP Vision’s CEO, said the company was all in favour of healthy competition that benefited both the industry and consumers, but argued that "this group of industry Goliaths, supported in part by BBC licence fee funds, will have the power to dominate the sector - even though what Canvas will offer will not be superior to solutions already on the market." Partners in Project Canvas are Arqiva, the BBC, BT, C4, ITV and Talk Talk "Surely this can’t be good for the UK television industry or for the consumer," asks Abrams.

"As well as requesting a level playing field for IP Vision and other young, innovative companies in this space, we believe that by questioning the validity of the Canvas joint venture, we are also championing the consumer," said Abrams. "If Project Canvas rolls out as intended, market competition, consumer choice and technology and commercial innovation will be stymied. The consumer will end up paying the price of an uncompetitive market in the form of restricted content, service and technology choice. For that reason, we have asked Ofcom to review whether the Canvas joint venture is in breach of the Competition Act 1998."

Previous IP Vision submissions to the BBC Trust’s Canvas consultation have consistently pressed the Trust to justify its radical expansion of the scope of Project Canvas, which IP Vision alleges goes far beyond the standards definition exercise originally identified by the Trust.

Abrams’ current complaint singles out the following areas of concern:

- The removal of competition between the Canvas joint venture partners with respect to platform, application and service development for the delivery of video content to broadband-related TV devices restricts competition in the market in general.

- The shadow cast by Canvas has already proved to be a disincentive to new competitors entering this sector and this will only get worse.

- The ability for the joint venture partners to enter into preferential arrangements with selected suppliers further damages competition across the value chain.

- The lack of technology and service innovation in the plans proposed by the Canvas members, and the elimination of competition and choice that will result is harmful to consumers’ interests.

Ofcom says it will combine this complaint with Virgin's in the review process jointly held with the Office of Fair Trading before deciding whether to refer Canvas to the Competition Commission. It says this will take longer than the two months quoted when it received the Virgin complaint.

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19-08-2010, 13:01
PS3 extends TV VOD menu

Sony is adding territory specific VOD from seven TV channels to the TV section of its PlayStation 3 console with direct links including to the ITV Player in the UK for the first time. Previously only BBC iPlayer was directly linked.

The new line-up is:
—ITV Player (UK)
—TV3 (Spain)
—Yahoo! PLUS7 (Australia)
—Animax (Germany)
—YLE (Finland)
—NOS (Holland)
The iPlayer received four per cent (or five million) of its requests from PS3 in June. In the US, PS3 is adding the Hulu Plus premium service.

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19-08-2010, 13:02
Hulu ranks top of online ad exposure

comScore has released July 2010 data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 178 million US Internet users watched online video content during the month for an average of 14.7 hours per viewer.

Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube, ranked as the top online video content property with 143.2 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo Sites with 55.1 million viewers. Facebook moved up one position to capture the three spot with 46.6 million viewers. Google Sites had the highest number of overall viewing sessions with 1.9 billion and average time spent per viewer at 283 minutes, or 4.7 hours. Hulu also had high viewer engagement with an average of 158 minutes (or 2.6 hours) per viewer.

Americans viewed nearly 3.6 billion video ads in July, with Hulu generating the highest number of video ad impressions at 783 million. Tremor Media Video Network ranked second overall (and highest among video ad networks) with 452 million ad views, followed by BrightRoll Video Network (248 million) and Microsoft Sites (232 million). Video ads reached 44.5 per cent of the total US population an average of 27 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 27.9 over the course of the month.

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19-08-2010, 13:03
IPTV: 11% of pay-TV market by 2015

Worldwide pay-TV subscribers totalled 688 million at the end of the second quarter of 2010. Subscriber growth is fastest in IPTV platforms while cable and satellite platforms have the most stable growth rate, says Jason Blackwell, practice director, digital home at ABI Research. "Overall pay-TV subscriptions are expected to reach 854.5 million in 2015, with a 5.7 per cent CAGR from 2010 to 2015."

Cable platforms maintain the largest market share, representing approximately 70 per cent of the overall pay-TV market. According to research associate Khin Sandi Lynn, "The cable-TV market is declining in some countries, especially in Western Europe and North America. One reason is market saturation in these countries. Furthermore, there is aggressive competition from IPTV operators. Cable operators are coming under pressure to maintain subscriber and ARPU growth. Some operators have cut subscription prices in order to compete with IPTV operators."

The number of IPTV subscribers worldwide continued to grow in 2Q 2010. Western Europe and Asia-Pacific are home to the majority of IPTV subscribers, but the IPTV growth rate in some European countries is expected to slow as the market starts to mature. However, countries in Asia-Pacific, such as China, are expected to grow their IPTV subscriber bases. ABI Research forecasts that IPTV’s share of the overall pay-TV market will increase from 6 per cent in 2010 to 11 per cent in 2015.

Alternative pay-TV platforms also are becoming available to end-users around the world. Pay-DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) is starting to make its presence felt. Pay-DTT services have been successful in a number of European countries. For example, in Spain, Gol TV achieved one million subscribers within nine months of being launched. The low cost of deploying a pay-DTT service is the main attraction for pay-TV operators. Western European pay-DTT subscriptions are expected to reach 14.4 million by the end of 2015.

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19-08-2010, 13:04
Web-to-TV content revenue: $17bn by 2014

The growth of Web-to-TV video is happening faster than most people expected. By 2014, there will be 57 million US broadband households viewing full-length online video on the TV, says In-Stat. Revenue associated with this web-to-TV video content will grow from $2 billion to over $17 billion over a five-year period.

"The over-the-top (OTT) video market represents a new distribution channel for digital entertainment. Content producers want to market premium video content directly to the consumer," says Keith Nissen, Principal Analyst, In-Stat. "However, they have not yet decided the best way to monetize OTT video content and how to manage the OTT opportunity in context with their legacy distribution partners."

Some of the factors affecting this revenue growth include:
- The installed base of web-enabled consumer electronics video devices will grow from 70 million in 2009 to 237 million in 2014.
- The total number of US broadband households that own web-enabled CE video devices will nearly triple to 98 million by 2014.
- Within five years, over 11 million operator-provisioned hybrid STBs will be delivering online video content directly to the TV.

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19-08-2010, 13:05
Time-shifted technology usage up 60%+

Comcast has published the findings of its second annual "TV Pulse Survey." An independent nationwide survey conducted by International Communications Research, it has revealed that more consumers than ever before plan to watch their favourite TV shows using time-shifting technologies such as VOD, digital video recorders (DVRs) and the Internet.

"Time-shifting has hit the mainstream and is changing the way people watch TV," said Diana Kerekes, Vice President of Entertainment Services for Comcast. "The results of our ‘TV Pulse Survey’ underscore more consumers are watching shows when and how they want to watch them."

While more than 80 per cent of consumers state they regularly watch primetime television, and 80 per cent plan to watch it live, consumers are also using time-shifting technologies. More than two-thirds of consumers (62 per cent) have watched primetime TV series through technologies that include VOD, DVR and the Internet. Time-shifted viewing is on the rise with 61 per cent using these technologies more than one year ago, and 84 per cent using them more than just three years ago.

More and more consumers are using various platforms when watching TV, and this autumn, they’re planning to turn to a wide variety of time-shifting technologies. Among Comcast customers, On Demand usage for watching TV series is significantly more than the average primetime viewer.

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19-08-2010, 13:06
UAE plans to go all fibre by 2011

Fixed broadband services will be a significant source of growth in the UAE over the next five years, generating $1.01 billion in 2015, up from $695 million in 2010, due to both increasing broadband penetration and to the switch to a nationwide all-fibre network by 2011, according to a report from Pyramid Research.

Since the UAE telecom market has caught up with those of the developed world in terms of service penetration, it can look forward to healthy but not dramatic growth between 2010 and 2015. A key change over the next five years is the switch from copper to fibre fixed-line infrastructure that is currently underway and due to be completed by 2011.

Du, the smaller and newer of the UAE's two operators, initially took the lead with fibre deployment, notes Hussam Barhoush, Senior Analyst at Pyramid Research. "However, Etisalat has already caught up and surpassed its new rival in terms of fiber rollout: Abu Dhabi, was the first capital in the world to be all fiber, as Etisalat connected the city to the 'elife' FTTH network," says Barhoush. Etisalat plans to have upgraded its whole fixed network to fiber by 2011.

"As well as providing a boost to broadband revenue, the change will lead to growth in pay-TV adoption, as operators use advanced VAS to make IPTV services significantly more attractive than those of satellite operators," says Barhoush. As broadband penetration rate increases, it becomes critical that operators provide VAS in order to raise their current monthly ARPS. The next major opportunity for vendors will be LTE, which we expect both Etisalat and Du to deploy within the next three years.

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19-08-2010, 13:08
Clearleap for Mediacom

Clearleap, the Web-based TV technology platform, has announced the successful integration of Web-based content and advertising management technologies for Mediacom Communications, the seventh largest cable television company in the US. The deployment of Clearleap's TV technology platform enables Mediacom to better manage and deploy advertising assets in VOD and linear channels, giving their local advertisers greater reach, precision, and faster time to market, while allowing the MSO to maximise revenues generated from VOD.

In addition, integration of the Web-based technologies allows Mediacom to manage and program content for VOD and linear channels, expanding their abilities to quickly deliver more local and special interest programming to subscribers across the more than 1,400 communities in its network.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 13:09
9E: C-Music channel FTA on a new transponder


On satellite Eurobird 9A (9 ° E) carries a C-Music Television Music to a new frequency. In practice, there is a channel broadcast a total of 3 times - two versions of free broadcast and one encrypted for pay-TV and KabelKiosk Fernsehpaket.

Latest Rate C-Music is 11.823 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4, DVB-S, which sends the muxing Skylogic. The reason for this change is the release of the original transponder capacity (freq 11.804 GHz V ) for those of other broadcasters. Besides the C-Music to move to new frequencies also stop Luxe TV HD, SD, MyZen TV SD and HD.

C-music, classical and chillout music.

Besides the two signals of free C-Music, the program is redistributed from the same satellite coded (CA Conax, Videoguard) on freq 12.360 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4.

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19-08-2010, 13:10
VH1 and VH1 Classic test in the packet Raduga TV

In the Russian Raduga satellite TV pay TV started technical tests of two other programs - Music Television VH1 and VH1 Classic. The programs are broadcast from ABS 1B satellite at position 75 Wed east of the test program positions 3 and 4th Test

Raduga TV platform has recently been expanding rapidly on other channels. Recently, a menu appeared and the Petersburg station REN TV.

Petersburg is one of the oldest stations in Russia. Television brought the game shows, music programs, youth programs, contests and quizzes. In 2004 the station was reformatted. Two years later received federal permission to stop broadcasting.

REN TV is aimed at an active audience of viewers aged 30 to 45 years.

All four stations - VH1, VH1 Classic, Peterburg and REN TV broadcast in a single multiplex the satellite ABS 1 (75 ° E) on the frequency 12.207 GHz, pol. H, SR 27500, FEC 2 / 3. Posting is the encryption system Irdeto. Broadcast channel is in test mode.

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19-08-2010, 13:11
Russian TV3, RuSong and others ended up at 36E

Eutelsat W4 satellite at (36 ° E) was today ended the free transmission of Russian and Russian-speaking programs on the frequency 11.727 GHz, Col. L, SR 27500, FEC 3 / 4. The transponder is operated Ukrainian pay-TV Poverkhnost Plus, which earlier this week to suspend broadcasting.

DVB-S multiplex contained TV station Arm Ru, TV Club, TTS, P + Info RuSong TV, TV3, Shanson TV, Top Shop TV Russia, Expert TV and K +.

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tonymax
19-08-2010, 13:12
Problems of platform Poverkhnost +

16 August, 2010 Ukraine's subscribers Poverkhnost + platform, which offers its services through the W4 satellite (36E), lost access to almost all programming. The signal from the DVB-S2 transponders parameters 12.111 GHz, pol. L, SR: 27500, FEC: 3 / 4 and 12.360 GHz, pol. R, SR: 27500, FEC: 3 / 4 has been completely disabled and can not be sent any programs.

Activity is only DVB-S transponder parameters 11.727 GHz, pol. L, SR: 27500, FEC: 3 / 4, but there was observed a significant reduction in the signal. Reception is only possible by using larger satellite dishes (previously 60 cm dish was enough, now it must be at least 100 cm - data for Ukraine). This way, customers pay only the bid can watch the first sports channel Sport

On its website, the operator Poverkhnost + posted information about the temporary suspension of its services, and apologized for the inconvenience caused. As a result of this situation, the subscription for the month of August will be charged and about further progress on customers will be informed on an ongoing basis.

Let me remind you that the recently disabled Poverkhnost bundle + for DVB-S2 capacity transponder 12.207 GHz, pol. R.

According to unofficial information, the cause of the current situation are financial problems and it is quite possible that soon the company will be the new owner, who has come from Russia. Another reason could be piracy platform.

Russian NTV-Plus subscribers Trikolor TV and express an interest in the fate of free to air stations available from 11.727 GHz, pol. L, which include the popular TV3 and Shanson TV. Probably soon provider of these channels will be Russian DTH operator.

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19-08-2010, 13:14
Sky 3 +1 which is replacing Sky Sports News on Freeview, has started tests on Astra 2B.

Channel Name "5107"

Not on the Sky EPG yet but works when scanned into a Sky Digibox or a Non Sky box with Official Card (or CS) read by various devices eg CAS/Fausto, unfortunatly the Final Decoded Control Word is currently changing normally so this channel can not be added to EMUs.

Technical Details:

Astra 2B (28.2°E) - 12207V S/R 27500 FEC 2/3 (Tp: 26) - Beam: Astra 2B South - N*D*S/Videoguard Encrypted 16:9 DVB-S (QPSK) 4:2:0 - SID: 5107 (Decimal) - VPID: 516 (Decimal) - APID: 644 & 664 (Decimal) - PMT: 268 (Decimal) - NID:2 (Decimal) - TID:2026 (Decimal) - PCR: 8190 (Decimal) - TXT: 580 (Decimal)

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19-08-2010, 13:15
Global pay-TV revenue approaching $58 billion


Global pay-TV service revenue approached $58 billion (€45.1 billion) at the end of 2Q 2010. This was approximately a 9% increase over the same period in 2009, according to New York based ABI Research. Worldwide pay-TV subscribers totaled 688 million at the end of the quarter of 2010. Overall pay-TV subscriptions are expected to reach 854.5 million in 2015.

The majority of pay-TV service revenue comes from cable TV. It represents approximately 52% of the overall pay TV market, followed by satellite TV and IPTV. In terms of revenue, cable platforms represent approximately 70% of the overall pay-TV market.

The number of IPTV subscribers worldwide continued to grow in 2Q 2010. Western Europe and Asia-Pacific are home to the majority of IPTV subscribers, but the IPTV growth rate in some European countries is expected to slow as the market starts to mature. However, countries in Asia-Pacific, such as China, are expected to grow their IPTV subscriber bases. ABI Research forecasts that IPTV’s share of the overall pay-TV market will increase from 6% in 2010 to 11% in 2015. ABI Research estimates that global IPTV service revenue will generate more than $40 billion at the end of 2015.

At the end of 2Q 2010, satellite TV service revenue increased to $24 billion. This is about a 12% increase from the second quarter of 2009. Many of the satellite TV operators saw rises in ARPU due to their offers of HD programming packages.

Pay-DTT is starting to make its presence felt, especially in a number of European countries. For example, in Spain, Gol TV achieved one million subscribers within nine months of being launched. The low cost of deploying a pay-DTT service is the main attraction for pay-TV operators. Western European pay-DTT subscriptions are expected to reach 14.4 million by the end of 2015.

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19-08-2010, 13:16
SeeSaw announces deal with NBC Universal


UK’s online TV service SeeSaw.com has announced a multiple-year licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution for the UK video-on-demand rights to programmes including Heroes, House, Law & Order and 30 Rock.

Under the terms of the agreement, these US series and more from NBC Universal will be made available to viewers at SeeSaw.com. TV fans will be able to rent individual episodes or full series from a range of shows included in the deal. Other shows featured in the deal include Battlestar Galactica and The Office.

John Keeling, platform controller, SeeSaw, said in a statement: “TV lovers are already enjoying thousands of great shows across a range of genres on SeeSaw.com. The addition of NBC Universal’s high quality comedy and drama output will deliver further choice and underlines our ambition to offer the best online TV service in the UK.”

Matt Rennie, commercial director, SeeSaw commented: “Our ambition is to build a world class platform which offers the best programming from both UK and international content suppliers. This deal with NBC Universal gives us another major partner with whom we can continue to drive forward and develop SeeSaw.com– I can’t wait to offer our viewers these great shows.”

SeeSaw.com now offers 3,500 hours of free archive and catch up programming in addition to over 1,500 hours of rental content. SeeSaw already has content deals with BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Five, Disney, MTV Networks and a range of UK independent producers for shows ranging from Classic Doctor Who to Desperate Housewives, Neighbours to The Apprentice, Gavin & Stacey to Fawlty Towers. Further deals will be announced in the coming months.

SeeSaw said it has seen 2 million unique visitors since the launch of the service just over five months ago.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 13:18
German DCTP plans own TV channel


The German TV producer DCTP plans to launch its own TV channel on January, 1, 2011. The 24 hour channel DCTP-TV will offer programming on topics of culture, society, history and science, counsel Paul Leo Giani told the German trade publication Medienbote.

The new broadcaster will also offer an extensive on-demand portal, where viewers will be able to watch more programming, “We are responding to the changing usage by the audience, who are looking for an active and flexible way to access content,” Giani said.

At the moment, DCP is very successful with a 4 hour branded programming block broadcast Saturday evenings prime time on Vox. Programming on the new channel will be structured in the same way. The name DCTP stands for Development Company for Television Programme.

DCTP-TV will broadcast its own productions as well as from partners such as Spiegel TV,Süddeutsche Zeitung TV, NZZ TV and BBC Worldwide. The channel will be available free to air, with advertising and sponsorship being the main sources of income.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 13:19
Sky Italia with a new tp.

On the frequency 10.853 GHz, pol. H, SR: 27500, FEC: 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK the HOT BIRD 6 satellite (13E), broadcasting ended Broadcast Media package, comprising a number of free to air stations, including music and entertainment e4me TV. At this transponder appeared uncoded channel promotional Italian Sky Inside Sky Italia satellite platform. It can be expected that, at 10.853 GHz will soon offer other programs from Sky Italia.

Technical parameters of the new tp. Sky Italia:

HOT BIRD 6 (13E)
tp. 117 (10.853 GHz, pol. H, SR: 27500, FEC: 5/6
Sky Station Inside searches under the name TEST117.

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tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:00
Polsat stays ahead of the game


The Leading Polish Commercial Broadcaster Polsat Saw Its Revenues Grow By A Higher Rate Than The Tv Ad Market In The First Half Of The Year, According To Zygmunt Solorz-zak, Its Founder And Main Shareholder.
Quoted In Wirtualne Media, He Declined To Give An Actual Figure, Though It Is Known That The Tv Ad Market In Poland Expanded By In The Region Of 8-8.5% Between January And June.
Solorz-zak Also Confirmed That Polsat Plans To Add A Further Channel To Its Portfolio, Bringing The Total Number To 14, Either At The End Of This Year Or Beginning Of 2011. It Will Be A Music-oriented Service Targeting Young Viewers.

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19-08-2010, 18:01
Orange plays down Romanian DTT ambitions


Published: August 19, 2010 Europe/London

Orange has denied that it will enter into a consortium with one of the bidders for a DTT licence in Romania.
Quoted in ZF, a source nevertheless added that the company would not exclude co-operating with companies participating in the tender and could consider providing them with their communications services.

There have recently been rumours circulating that Orange was interested in forming a consortium with TDF, which along with RCS/RDS, Radiocom, Media Village, Romtelecom, ORS and General Satellite has bought the specifications for the licences for what will be the first two DTT multiplexes in Romania.

However, the tender for these licences, which is due to be launched shortly, looks in grave danger following a decision by the government to put back the ASO date by three years to 2015.

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19-08-2010, 18:02
Brightcove doubles customer base


Published: August 19, 2010 Europe/London

Brightcove doubled the size of its global customer base in the first half of this year to more than 1,800 media publishers in 48 countries.
A third of the cloud-based online video platform’s revenue is now generated outside the US thanks to expansion in Europe and the APAC region, having opened offices in Spain and France, as well as become a fully localised player in Japan.

Among the new customers Brightcove secured during the period were American Standard, Audi France, D-Link Systems Inc and Electronic Arts.

In the UK alone, it signed on Turner Broadcast, Virgin Media, EMI, The Financial Times, The Football Association, Cantos Communications and Warehouse.

Brightcove has also announced the appointment of Dennis Rose as the VP for the APAC region and of Elizabeth (Betsey) Nelson to its board of directors.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:03
Boom time for hybrid boxes


Published: August 19, 2010 Europe/London

Worldwide shipments of pay-TV hybrid set-top boxes are expected to rise to nearly 87 million units by 2015, with much of the strong growth being driven by pay-TV operators in Asia and Europe. What is more, by 2015 they are likely to comprise the majority of set-top box shipments worldwide.
In a report entitled The World Market for Hybrid Set-top Boxes -2010 Edition, IMS Research says that although the Americas accounted for 65% of global hybrid STB shipments in 2009 thanks to heavy satellite and cable shipments of advanced HD DVRs, they will be overtaken by both Asia and Europe within a couple of years. In the case of Asia, growth will be heavily driven by hybrid deployments in China late in the period, while in Europe the best performing markets are likely to be France, Germany, UK, the UK, The Netherlands and others with sizeable pay-TV markets.

Commenting on the changing nature of the pay-TV landscape, Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IMS Research, said: As major pay-TV operators worldwide become more competitive with content offerings and advanced services, hybrid STBs become increasingly attractive as a way to utilize means other than an operator’s traditional infrastructure to deliver the most competitive experience possible. Additionally, virtually all advanced STBs shipping worldwide are expected to be hybrid by default within a few years.”

He added: “The shift of the pay-TV set-top box market towards hybrid STBs is notable for two main reasons. First, the near-ubiquitous inclusion of IP connectivity in current and future hybrid STBs enables continued innovation in the pay-TV experience. The IP-connected service enhancements of the future promise to bring substantially more to the viewing experience than today’s features like VOD, DVR, and media sharing. Second, the broader effects benefit both pay-TV operators and their customers. Hybrid STBs potentially allow operators to maximize the level of services they are able to competitively deliver within their market, despite limitations within their own infrastructure, regulatory issues, or content retransmission rights. As such, pay-TV customers will directly benefit in the long run as pay-TV services deliver ever-increasing amounts of content, interactivity, and innovative IP-driven applications into their living room.”

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:04
SPI inks Hungarian deal


Published: August 19, 2010 Europe/London

SPI International has concluded an agreement with the TV channel distribution company Tematik Kábel Kft in Hungary.
Dated the beginning of July, it includes the channels FilmBox Extra, FilmBox HD and FilmBox Family, as well as the again fully Hungarian dubbed FilmBox and FilmBox Plus channels to be started this September.

Tematik Kábel Kft currently distributes Digi Sport and Bebe TV, along with its own channels Nóta TV/Sláger TV, Musicmix/SuperOne and PV TV.

Within the CEE region, FilmBox channels are currently distributed in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

SPI International also plans to launch full HD channels shortly and to establish a presence in Croatia, Russia, the Baltic Republics and former Yugoslavia.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:05
Viewers take to online catch-up TV

Published: August 19, 2010 Europe/London

Almost a third (31%) of all households in the UK with internet access used it watch online catch-up TV in the first quarter of this year, according to Ofcom consumer research. This was almost eight percentage points more than in the same period in 2009. Time-shifted TV as a whole is also growing in popularity, with the proportion of viewing more than tripling from 1.7% to 5.9% since 2006, thanks largely to the increased use of DVRs.
The research from Ofcom in addition shows that nearly a quarter (22%) of people in the UK have bought a HD-ready set in the last 12 months and sales of HD ready sets have now passed 24 million. Five million households have also signed up to HD services through pay-TV, freesat and Freeview services.

The key finding of the research is that consumers are spending almost half (45%) of their waking hours watching TV, using their mobiles and other communications devices. Furthermore, TV viewing remains extremely popular as a medium, with average viewing of 3 hours and 45 minutes a day.

However, the number of TV channels has decreased for the first time since 2004, down from 495 to 490 year-on-year, with the closure of Setanta Sports and its UK channels contributing to the decline.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:06
UAE broadband revenue to rise 45% to $1bn by 2015
on Aug 19, 2010


Revenue from fixed broadband services in the UAE is due to increase by 45 per cent to $1.01bn over the next five years, according to the latest report.

The report, by US telecommunications research company Pyramid Research, forecast that the revenue from the broadband market would hit $1.01bn by 2015, up from $695m in 2010. Pyramid said the growth will be as a result of increasing broadband penetration and the switch to a nationwide all-fibre network by 2011.

“The UAE telecom market has caught up with those of the developed world in terms of service penetration,” the report said. “A key change over the next five years is the switch from copper to fibre fixed-line infrastructure that is currently underway and due to be completed by 2011.”

The switch to fibre fixed-line services was initially led by du, but the UAE’s main telecoms giant, Etisalat, is now spearheading the push away from copper, the report said.

“Abu Dhabi, was the first capital in the world to be all fibre, as Etisalat connected the city to the 'elife' FTTH network," said Hussam Barhoush, senior analyst at Pyramid Research.

The report forecasts that the increased connectivity will increase revenues and boost the market for Pay-TV and voice Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

This is in contrast to comments made by the head of one of the region’s biggest media organisations, who told Arabian Business TV that Pay-TV in the Middle East is “unsustainable”.

"The culture in this part of the world is very much television is for free," Tim Riordan, group director at MBC said in an interview.

Riordan who has been nominated once again as one of the most influential expats in the GCC according to the latest Expat Power 50 list said, "pay-for-television is unsustainable, especially in a world where sports rights are too expensive to support free-to-air with advertising".

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:09
NOS: fewer broadcasting organisations rather than fewer networks
August 19th, 2010 -

As the Dutch public broadcasters consider ways of dealing with expected budget cuts when the new government is finally in place, the director of NOS says that rather than reducing the number of radio and TV networks, the number of different broadcasting organisations should be substantially reduced. Jan de Jong suggests it would be sufficient to have one or two neutral broadcasters (such as NOS) and a limited number of membership based broadcasters, such as liberal/conservative, progressive and philosophical. He told the newspaper Het Parool that this alone could save 25 million euros in bureaucracy.

Mr De Jong says it’s logical that the politicians should look at cuts in public broadcasting, but he finds it absurd that the debate centres on closing one or more networks. He says that The Hague must provide a figure for the cuts that must be achieved, along with a vision of where public broadcasting is going, and then the broadcasters can look at how best to achieve them. “My starting point is that you should consider the viewer and listener by minimizing the programming cuts.”

Unsurprisingly, Mr De Jong goes on to say that the NOS should be spared from making further cuts. He argues that while his broadcaster is the largest, it already has no fat left on the bones. “If you make cuts, they shouldn’t be in the news budget. That’s what the core of public broadcasting should be.”

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:11
Reliance-CBS announce new TV channels for India, South Asia


Indian tycoon Anil Ambani’s Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd and CBS Studios International announced plans today to launch three new television channels in India and South Asia. The English-language channels, dedicated to general entertainment, youth and women, are due to go live in October and will be available in India as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The companies declined to give specific financial details of the tie-up, but said each would have a 50 percent stake in the joint venture, designed to tap into India’s fast-growing television market.

International media and entertainment firms including Time Warner, Disney, News Corp, Sony and Viacom have been expanding their presence in India in recent years, with customised programmes for niche urban audiences. Tarun Katial, chief executive of Reliance Broadcast Network, described the deal - the company’s first foray into television broadcasting - as a “landmark moment”.

“We see great opportunity in the Indian television industry which projects a high growth rate,” Katial said in a joint statement issued in Mumbai. Armando Nunez, president of CBS Studios International, added that the venture was an “exciting alliance with potential for amazing synergies and new opportunities in one of the world’s most dynamic business and media markets”.

Reliance Broadcast Network is part of the giant Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, which has interests in radio, marketing, advertising, mobile and Internet sectors. CBS Studios International is part of the CBS Corporation and supplies content around the world from CBS television and film units.

Programmes for these channels will be tailored to match the tastes and sensibilities of increasingly wealthy urban Indians, where special-interest subjects like lifestyle, travel, health and electronics are much in demand. The new BIG CBS Prime is being billed as a “premium English general entertainment channel”. BIG CBS Spark will cater to the youth market and BIG CBS Love for women. Both are being claimed as firsts for the market. The firms said their joint venture could in future include the launch of Hindi and other regional language channels.

India is poised to become the world’s largest DTH (direct-to-home) satellite pay TV market by 2012, overtaking the United States, with a projected 35 million subscribers, the companies said in the statement.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:12
Communication devices 'take up almost half our waking lives'



UK Consumers are spending almost half (45%) of their waking hours watching TV, using their mobiles and other communications devices, according to new Ofcom research.

Despite the growing choice in technology and services available, a growing number of 16-24s (8 percentage points) and over 55s (7 percentage points) say that watching TV is the activity they would miss the most, compared to the 2007 research.

The number of people watching catch up TV services has increased by more than a third over the past 12 months. The proportion of time-shifted television viewing has more than tripled since 2006, from 1.7% to 5.9%. Nearly a quarter of people (22 %) have bought a HD-ready TV set in the last 12 months.

Ofcom's Communication Market Report also revealed that UK broadband take-up has now reached 71%.

Almost a third (31%) of households with internet access used it to watch online catch-up and social networking accounts for nearly a quarter of all time spent on the internet.

Media multi-tasking where, for example, a phone call is made while surfing the internet now accounts for 35% of all media consumed throughout the day and the younger the person, the more media activity is done at the same time, according to Ofcom.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:13
Far-East Telecom adds Disney channel
19.08.10


Russian telco Far-East Telecom has added the Disney Channel to its IPTV service.

The channel will be transmitted in Russian and will be available for no extra charge as part of the basic IPTV package.

Far-East Telecom had reached 97,200 subscribers for its IPTV service by the end of the second quarter of 2010, up from 42,500 one year previously.

The telco operates in the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:14
Hybrid STB shipments to reach nearly 87mn units by 2015
19.08.10



Worldwide shipments of pay-TV hybrid set-top boxes will reach nearly 87mn units by 2015, as operators adapt to increasing competition within markets with varying infrastructure and regulatory demands, according to a new report from IMS Research.

Much of the strong growth in the next five years will be driven by pay-TV operators in Asia and Europe, the report adds. Thanks to heavy satellite and cable shipments of advanced HD DVRs, the Americas region led last year with over 65% of global hybrid STB shipments, however the research firm expects that Asia and Europe will surpass the Americas within a couple of years.

Growth in Asia is expected to be heavily driven by hybrid deployments in China, while European growth is expected to come mostly from France, Germany, Turkey, the UK, the Netherlands, and other nations with sizeable pay-TV markets.

“As major pay-TV operators worldwide become more competitive with content offerings and advanced services, hybrid STBs become increasingly attractive as a way to utilise means other than an operator’s traditional infrastructure to deliver the most competitive experience possible," said Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IMS Research. "Additionally, virtually all advanced STBs shipping worldwide are expected to be hybrid by default within a few years.

“The shift of the pay-TV set-top box market towards hybrid STBs is notable for two main reasons," he added. "First, the near-ubiquitous inclusion of IP connectivity in current and future hybrid STBs enables continued innovation in the pay-TV experience. The IP-connected service enhancements of the future promise to bring substantially more to the viewing experience than today’s features like VOD, DVR, and media sharing.

"Second, the broader effects benefit both pay-TV operators and their customers," he concluded. "Hybrid STBs potentially allow operators to maximise the level of services they are able to competitively deliver within their market, despite limitations within their own infrastructure, regulatory issues, or content retransmission rights. As such, pay-TV customers will directly benefit in the long run as pay-TV services deliver ever-increasing amounts of content, interactivity, and innovative IP-driven applications into their living room.”

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:15
Allo Communications launches IPTV
19.08.10


US telco Allo Communications has launched its new IPTV service 'Fiber TV' throughout western Nebraska.

The new service offers 74 high-definition channels, remote DVR, on-screen CallerID, and is delivered via the telco's all-fibre network. The IPTV service is based on the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, and is managed and integrated using 180SQUARED's v.Allegro solution.

“180SQUARED provided us with the expertise and tools, scaled to our market and operations, that enabled us to roll out our exciting new Fiber TV services to our customers,” said Jeff Kuenne, Executive Vice-President at Allo Communications.

Allo Communications has deployed its fibre network in Scottsbluff, Gering, Alliance, and Ogallala, Nebraska.

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tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:16
Seven launches male skewing net 7mate
19/08/10

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven Network has announced details of its latest digital network, the male skewing 7mate.

The channel, which will launch on September 25, is Seven's second digital channel after the launch of 7Two, which launched last year.

7mate will target men 16-49 and is launching with high definition coverage of the Australian Football League Grand Final. The channel will air primarily US series including sci fi series Stargate Atlantis and Warehouse 13, reality series including Jersey Shore, Gene Simmons' Family Jewels and Pawn Stars, comedies including Family Guy, Parks and Recreation and How I Met Your Mother and factual series including Life After People, Fifth Gear, The Boneyard, Ax Men, Jacked: Auto Theft Taskforce and Air Crash Investigations.

Tim Worner, director of programming and production said: "We're using the biggest sports event to launch 7mate but this new channel will be so much more than sport. We are after the most elusive demographic in media and we think we've got the offering to get them."

However, he added that in time it would also look to entice female viewers to the channel. "The channel is not designed to alienate female viewers. On the contrary we will be launching several initiatives that will see female audiences watching 7mate as well."

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:17
Canal Plus ramps up original programming
19/08/10

French pay TV operator Canal Plus is planning to ramp up its investment in original fiction programming in a drive to attract new subscribers, with over €40 million (US$62.6 million) to be spent this year, according to local press reports.

The pay TV operator is investing in new series including Maison Close, which recounts the life of three prostitutes in a brothel in 1870s Paris and is the first major costume drama series produced by Canal Plus, XIII, an international coproduction of 13x52-minute episodes costing €25 million, and Borgia, a 12-episode drama series costing €30 million.

The pay TV operator, which is providing up to 30% of the finance for these shows, plans to make 50 hours of original shows available in primetime in 2010-11, 10 hours more than the previous year.
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tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:18
US cable networks unveil new slates
19/08/10

US cable networks including USA Network, Animal Planet, SyFy, E! and Oxygen have announced a raft of new series for the coming year.

Female skewing network Oxygen Media is launching two new series; House of Glam, produced by Left/Right Inc and The Foundry Media Group, that look at the stylist of the B Lynn Group, and Running Russell Simmons, produced by Simmons Lathan Media Group and Picture This Television, a reality series that looks at the team behind the Def Jam and Phat Farm founder.

The USA Network, the NBC-owned cable channel that airs series including Burn Notice and In Plain Sight, is launching legal drama Facing Kate. The show stars The L Word's Sarah Sahi as a former litigator turned conflict mediator and is produced by Universal Cable Productions with Steve Stark exec producing.

SyFy is launching a raft of TV movies to sit alongside its series Ghost Hunters and Stargate Universe. It will launch Roger Corman-produced Sharktopus, about a hybrid shark / octopus that goes on a killing rampage, and Tandem Communications' Sean Bean-fronted international coproduction The Lost Future.

Entertainment network E! has commission a six part series What's Eating You? about extreme eating disorders. The series is produced by Eyeworks-owned 3 Ball Productions, producers of The Biggest Loser.

Meanwhile, factual broadcaster Animal Planet is launching two hour documentary Fiery Paradise: Africa's Great Rift about the great rift valley that stretches 4,000 miles from the Middle East to Mozambique. The show is produced by BBC Worldwide Americas and exec produced by Mike Gunton, producer of BBC's hit nature series Life.

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tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:18
Telemach adds Premier League in HD
19 Aug 10 -

Slovenian cable operator Telemach has launched a new channel providing HD coverage of English Premier League football.

HD Premier League is the seventh HD channel offered by Telemach, joining Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD, Fashion Channel HD, Discovery HD and National Geographic HD.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:19
Volia to launch residential DOCSIS 3.0 in autumn
19 Aug 10 -

Ukrainian cable operator Volia plans to launch residential DOCSIS 3.0 services this autumn, following its launch of up 150Mbps internet access for business customers in Kyiv in March.

The company has upgraded its backbone network to 80Gbps capacity and has doubled the capacity of its international links to 30Gbps.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:20
Pan-African channel ready to launch
19 Aug 10 -
A new pan-African channel, Home TV, will launch next month according to local reports.

The channel will reach sub-Saharan Africa and broadcast a general entertainment mix of programming with some new news and religious programming.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:21
Arqiva signs deal with Traffic Sports International
19 Aug 10 -

Broadcast services provider Arqiva has signed a multi-year deal with Traffic Sports International to deliver programming to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Arqiva will deliver global distribution of Traffic Sports International’s seven international football leagues. The company, the television rights holder to Latin America’s key football tournaments, will reach TV households throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East beginning with the August 4 transmission of the first Copa Sudamericana football match.

Originating from Brazil, each event is downlinked from satellite using Arqiva’s Los Angeles teleport and then sent via Arqiva’s international terrestrial fibre network to its Washington, DC teleport. The feeds are passed to Arqiva’s UK Winchester teleport for distribution over Europe using the W2A satellite. From the UK, the feeds are then turned around from W2A to Telstar 10 for distribution over the Middle East and Asia. Subsequent tournaments will also be distributed to Africa via Arqiva’s infrastructure.

tonymax
19-08-2010, 18:22
BelAir provides cable-delivered mobile picocell
19 Aug 10 -

Wireless technology specialist BelAir Networks has used the annual US CableLabs conference to launch the 100SP Strand Picocell, a device designed to enable mobile carriers to deploy picocells more economically by using cable operators’ HFC access networks to provide backhaul.

“Most mobile operators know they need smaller cells if they are to deal with growth in mobile data traffic,” said Stephen Rayment, chief technology officer at BelAir Networks. The strand picocell device is designed either to hang from cable operators’ aerial cable plant (more common in the US than in Europe) or to be mounted in standalone pedestals, street cabinets or even in custom-built underground vaults, making use of the cable operators’ networks to provide very small cells that enable the mobile carrier to better deal with contention for bandwidth.

The device makes use of the cable infrastructure to deliver mobile broadband services either using licensed (for mobile network-delivered services) or unlicensed spectrum (delivering services over WiFi), reducing the cost of deploying a very small cell-based mobile data network. “It tears down barriers to small cell deployments by leveraging the cable operator’s infrastructure,” said Rayment. “Mobile data is going exponentially and driving the need for smaller cells.” Technologies such as LTE may deliver two-to-four times the capacity of 3G networks depending on the amount of spectrum available to the operator, but only smaller cells can deliver the kind of exponential increase in capacity necessary to cope with the increased demand for data, he said.

Rayment said that for mobile operators, picocells would be “critical” to the success of LTE deployments, while, for cable operators, the strand picocell would enable to build on their existing business providing mobile backhaul services.

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tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:28
Vectra enhances its offer

The Polish cable operator Vectra has announced a number of new products that it will start promoting this coming Monday (August 23).

On September 1, it will add two more HD channels to its offer, bringing the total to 16. Of these, 10 will be available in the Platinum digital package for no additional fee.

Vectra will also embark on a new advertising campaign in September, working with BBDO and Platige Image, through which it will become the first triple play – and indeed quad play – company in Poland to promote its services in 3D in cinemas.

Vectra is also a MVNO and has introduced four new internet packages on the mobile operator P4’s infrastructure.

Vectra is the second largest cable operator in Poland after UPC, claiming 750,000 subscribers in 155 towns and cities throughout the country. It currently has over 270,000 digital TV customers.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:29
Cyfra+ hit by fine


The Polish DTH platform Cyfra+ has been fined almost PLN3.6 million (€911,000) by the country’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) for failing to ensure its customers were kept fully informed about changes to their contracts, including increases in subscription fees.

The move follows complaints by Cyfra+ customers that the UOKiK received last November. In them, they said that Cyfra+ only informed customers of the changes to their contracts in the pages of the proprietary magazine Plus+ rather than writing to them individually.

Cyfra+ believes the fine is excessive and will appeal against it.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:30
Canal Digitaal adds NBC Uni channels

The Dutch DTH platform Canal Digitaal Satelliet will add two channels from NBC Universal to its portfolio on September 15, when SyFy Universal and 13th Street will join their line-up.

13th Street will become available on the Astra 1 satellite position at 19.2 degrees East, replacing the MGM Movie Channel, which Canal Digitaal plans to drop. SyFy Universal will be broadcast on the Astra 3 position of 23.5 degrees East. The Dutch DTH provider uses these two orbital position for the distribution of their channels. The main channels are broadcast on Astra 1, while the regional and thematic channels as well as a number of HD channels are available on the other position.

Canal Digitaal will make 13the Street part of their Family bouquet and SyFy Universal available as part of their Entertainment tier.

Also on September 15, Canal Digitaal will move the Hallmark channel from 19.2 degrees east to 23.5 degrees East. The movies and series channel will share capacity with the live football channel Eredivsie Live 2 on the new satellite.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:30
Het Gesprek stops talking

Today, Friday August 20, the Dutch private broadcaster Het Gesprek will stop broadcasting. A last minute attempt to find new investors failed and the channel’s two entities, Het Gesprek TV BV and Het Gesprek Distributie BV, will go into liquidation.

Earlier this week it became apparent that the channel had entered rough waters and the end was near if no new investors could be found.

Originally envisaged as an “all-talk” channel, Het Gesprek later concentrated on ‘quality programming’, but still failed to attract enough advertising and sponsorship deals. The Dutch television market is one of the most competitive in Europe with very strong public broadcasters, who run 3 main national channels as well as 12 thematic digital channels and two powerful private broadcasting groups, RTL Nederland and SBS Broadcasting.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:31
Astra to broadcast IFA highlights in 3D


SES Astra will broadcast in 3D on their 3D demo channel from the IFA, the consumer electronics show to be held in Berlin from September 3 – 8. Reception of the demo channel on Astra’s 23.5 degrees East position is possible across Europe and free-to-air.

Under the name IFA International TV, the channel will broadcast items about the latest consumer lifestyle trends from the Berlin exhibition floors. Reports will be rebroadcast every two hours, starting at 10 a.m., on the Astra 3D demo-channel in English. After the trade show closes its door on September 8, a compilation of the most important highlights will be shown until September 18.

Further to the broadcast capacity, SES Astra will also provide playout services from its playout centre in Munich, Germany. Filming and editing of the 3D content is supported by Panasonic.

“3D TV is one of the central topics for the electronics industry this year. Hence, we are pleased that the exciting new developments from the world’s most important consumer electronics and home appliances fair will be presented throughout Europe in 3D”, says Dr. Rainer Hecker, chairman of the supervisory board of gfU, the IFA organiser, in a statement.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:32
Call to revive Dutch Open Cable ruling


A number of political parties, as well as the Dutch consumers organisation Consumentebond, have issued calls to revive the Dutch Open Cable ruling, which was thwarted by a ruling of the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal earlier this week.

Telecoms regulator OPTA said it is now reviewing the situation: “OPTA is now investigating whether the court ruling still leaves room for further action or that the opening of the TV cable is not possible anymore. OPTA plans to take a decision on the short term.”

Meanwhile, a number of political parties, both on the left and right, have called for a change in the law in order to re-introduce the Open Cable ruling. The consumers union also feels that viewers are the losers “Consumers who want to opt for cable television are left standing in the cold,” said a spokesperson for the organisation. The union called on Minister of Economic Affairs and the Parliament to put “an end to the monopoly of the market, so consumers can choose.”

It is our take that the consumers union and political parties seem blind to the fact that – on a national level – there is indeed competition between the infrastructures, as the Tribunal has said when overturning the Open Cable ruling. This is even more evident when one looks at the whole Triple Play market than just the television market alone. During the last few years, Dutch consumers have one of the highest broadband penetrations in the world at very competitive prices – thanks to the competition.

Satellite DTH is one competitor. “Only competition between infrastructures can break cable monopoly,” according to Bill Wijdeveld, managing director of the Astra Benelux office, who issued a call for action to politicians, “It would be a good idea for the political parties to now start actually promoting competition between infrastructures, starting with the active encouragement of the construction of SMATVs for new buildings and renovation.”

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:33
Hofbauer named new Canal Digital CEO


Canal Digital has announced that Patrik Hofbauer will become CEO of the pan-Nordic pay-TV operation from January 2011. The current head of Clear Channel Sweden had previously spent time as head of Canal Digital’s regional operations in Sweden.

“With the appointment of Patrik, we have assembled the management of the Canal Digital companies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. We believe this is the right way to go. Patrik’s leadership and strategic skills will be most valuable and important in the further development of Canal Digital and Telenor,” says Christian Albech, CEO of Canal Digital’s owner Telenor Broadcast Holding.

Ultimately, Hofbauer will succeed Albech, who is due to retire in 2012 at the age of 65.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:34
Comstar revamps Moscow service

Published: August 20, 2010 Europe/London

Comstar-UTS has announced changes to its broadband offer in Moscow that will also affect the company’s TV subscribers.

They include the introduction of a completely new range of tariffs for the ‘MTS Streaming’ service that see those opting for internet access at speeds of 6-20 Mbps also given access to the Bronze HIT basic TV package, consisting of 70 channels.

Subscribers can also opt for one of the premium TV packages, offering up to 101 channels, for a discount of R101 (€2.58).

Prior to the beginning of December, those who receive higher speed internet packages will also be able rent the Amino AmiNET 110 decoder.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:35
ONO to carry new Antena 3 channel

Published: August 20, 2010 Europe/London

Spain’s leading cable operator ONO will add the new channel Nitro to its offer this coming Monday (August 23).

Nitro is produced by the Antena 3 group and targets a mostly male audience. It will start with 80% original content or acquired on an exclusive basis.

To this effect, Antena 3 has signed agreements with such companies as Warner, Fox and Universal, guaranteeing its viewers brand new shows such as 24 (seasons seven and eight), Southland and Rush.

Nitro will also have part of its schedule dedicated solely to movies. Known as Nitocine, it will be placed in primetime. ONO has nearly one million cable TV subscribers and its offer includes a VOD service featuring over 2,500 titles. The operator recently signed an agreement with TiVO for the deployment of a next generation service.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:36
Accedo introduces connected TV apps

Published: August 20, 2010 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – booth, IP703. Accedo Broadband has announced it will be introducing a range of applications for TV operators to make their offering available over connected TV devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players and other over-the-top (OTT) devices.

“We are uniquely positioned, with deep knowledge of both operator middlewares and connected TV solutions from the major consumer electronics manufacturers, allowing us to enable operators to successfully leverage the market opportunity presented by OTT,” commented Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband, in a statement. “2010 is the first year we witnessed significant scale in roll-out of Connected TV devices from the CE industry. We?re very excited about the rapid development and roll-out of connected TV.”

Accedo has deployed a range of video and media applications on all major connected TV platforms and has developed a framework for rapid development and integration with a variety of client platforms and back-end solutions.

“Connected TV gives consumers extensive choice between service providers for the first time,” continued Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband. “By rolling out a TV app on a connected TV device, DTH and cable operators can reach millions of new consumers, without the need for a new STB.”

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:37
Sky shuts down Sky Real Lives

By Andrew Laughlin,


Sky has today closed down the Sky Real Lives portfolio of channels and reallocated the budget to Sky1 and Sky2.

As of 5.59am this morning, Sky Real Lives and Sky Real Lives 2 ceased broadcasting on the digital satellite platform. Sky Real Lives HD and Sky Real Lives +1 have also shut down.

Launched three years ago to replace Sky Travel, Sky Real Lives produced a range of real-life programmes aimed at women in the 35 to 54 age range.

However, Sky has decided that the channel's audience can be "better served" by allocating the programming budget to the main Sky1 and Sky2 channels.

"By focusing content investment on those channels which offer greater reach and exposure, we believe we can better meet customer demands," said head of Sky Real Lives Barbara Gibbon.

"There will be no compromise on screen, nor in satisfying Sky Real Lives viewers, who'll continue to enjoy a rich diversity of high-quality pay-TV programming."

Speculation is already mounting on Digital ***'s Sky forum about what will happen with the vacant slots on Sky's programming guide.

Possible options include the expected launch of Living HD, after Sky recently acquired the Living channel operator Virgin Media Television.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:38
Google TV 'struggling to find partners'


Google is reportedly finding it tough to attract US broadcast partners to Google TV, as the major networks view the service as a potential threat to their businesses.

In May, Google officially unveiled the new Google TV service, which will enable viewers to browse the web while watching television.

Powered by the Android operating system, Google TV will initially be incorporated into TV sets and Blu-ray players manufactured by Sony. The first products will launch in the US this autumn.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has recently been meeting with officials from the major US TV networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, to persuade them to collaborate with Google TV.

However, sources close to the situation say that the content owners remain sceptical about Google's ability to create a business model that would compensate them for the expected erosion of their existing broadcast businesses.

Google executives are thought to be negotiating hard to get the networks to make their video on-demand content available on Google TV. The firm also wants the broadcasters to allow Google TV to offer listings and recommendation information around their programming.

Users on Google TV will be able to search for hit programmes and then browse a range of associated content, such as additional episodes and cast information.

The service will also contain software that can run video from anywhere on the web - including short clips on YouTube and videos posted on company websites.

However, content owners are considering blocking access to their videos for Google TV, or declining Google's request to adapt their videos for the larger television screen.

Anthony Soohoo, a senior vice president at CBS Interactive, said that the company is interested in exploring opportunities with "potential partners who value our content".

However, he added that the "key next step is gaining an understanding of Google's business model for the product and how it relates back to content owners such as CBS".

A Google spokesman said that the search engine giant is "excited to work with partners to help them reach more users through the web".

Google is launching Google TV as a way to attract a new audience in the living room and gain a slice of the $70 billion (£44.7bn) US television advertising market.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:39
World Cup boosts television viewing

The World Cup contributed to a major increase in the number of hours people spent watching television in the first half of 2010, new research has revealed.

According to data compiled by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), UK consumers watched an average of 28 hours and 15 minutes of linear TV every week in the six months to the end of June.

That represented a weekly increase of two hours and two minutes on the same period last year, including growth seen across every age group.

The World Cup tournament in June was partly behind the increase in viewing, but another reason was the greater choice available to consumers as 94.2% of UK households now take a digital TV service.

Other reasons behind the growth included an updated audience measurement system introduced by BARB in January, along with new technologies such as digital video recorders and on-demand services.

Figures indicate that 78% of people now watch on-demand TV, mostly via catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, while 42% of UK adults have watched TV online, spending an average of 15 minutes a day doing so. Younger people (16 to 24-year-olds) watch slightly more online TV - approximately 20 minutes per day on average.

Non-live or timeshifted viewing accounted for 7.1% of the UK's total television consumption in the first half of the year. In households that have digital television recorders, such as Sky+ or Freeview+, the proportion of timeshifted viewing increased to 13.7%.

The figures were revealed in a report published by commercial TV marketing body Thinkbox, which claimed that the viewing increase was down to more consumers staying at home in the economic downturn.

Thinkbox's report shows that commercial TV accounted for 62% of total viewing in the first half of 2010. The average viewer watched 17 hours and 26 minutes of commercial TV every week during the six months, up 48 minutes on the same period last year.

The increase in commercial viewing has also meant that people are watching more advertising. In the first half of 2010, the average viewer watched 45 ads a day compared to 43 in the same period last year.

"These figures look remarkable at first glance, but they are explained in part by the fact that BARB is more accurately capturing the amount of TV being watched," said Thinkbox's chief executive Tess Alps.

"We know that technology is also making TV ever more attractive and we should never underestimate the fundamental importance of compelling content.

"The World Cup was a major TV event in the first half of the year, on top of other successful new programmes, such as the election debates, Take Me Out, Mo, Going Postal, Flash Forward and Glee. It all points to the enormous appeal of linear TV in the UK as new ways to watch TV grow."

A separate report by Ofcom today claimed that UK viewers are spending more time watching primetime scheduled TV, despite the rise of social networking and other digital media.
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tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:39
BBC's Andrew Marr to interview Tony Blair


Tony Blair outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for the 'Late Show With David Letterman' New York City
The BBC has secured its first major political interview with Tony Blair since he stood down as prime minister in 2007.

Andrew Marr will conduct the exclusive hour-long interview with the former Labour leader, which will be aired on BBC Two on September 1 at 7pm.

It will represent the BBC's first retrospective interview about Blair's time at Number 10 since he left office three years ago.

The interview also coincides with the release of Blair's memoir A Journey, for which he recently pledged all of the proceeds, including the £4.6m advance, to the Royal British Legion.

Marr said: "Having the chance to speak to the former PM for an hour is a remarkable opportunity to learn more about what he was trying to achieve in office and how with hindsight he now regards his record."

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:40
UKTV acquires 'Peep Show' for Dave

UKTV has agreed a deal with Channel 4 for 30 hours of entertainment and factual programming, including hit comedy Peep Show for Dave.

The new acquisitions are part of deal negotiated last year by UKTV with Channel 4's commercial rights division, 4Rights.

Under the arrangement the first five series of Peep Show will be broadcast on digital channel Dave, where they will join existing Channel 4 comedies Spaced, Black Books and Green Wing.

Dave will further air four Channel 4 documentaries: Super Botox Me, The Boy Who Gave Birth to his Twin, A Boy Called Alex and Virgin School.

Also in the deal, UKTV's Good Food channel will be able to broadcast series 1-3 of Nigella Bites, plus the hour-long Christmas special.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have secured high rating titles such as Peep Show and Nigella Bites for the UKTV network," said UKTV director of acquisitions Catherine Mackin.

"This content perfectly complements the excellent shows we acquire from the BBC plus our own growing stable of high-profile commissions."

Alison Sainsbury-Stack, 4Rights' head of UK secondary broadcast sales, added: "UKTV's portfolio of channels are a great home for these award-winning and critically-acclaimed titles, and this deal is yet another example of 4Rights working closely with independent producers to maximise the value of their UK secondary rights."

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:41
NHK engineering supremo says broadcasters ‘must develop new technologies’
August 20th, 2010 -

A top Japanese broadcaster has said it is the responsibility of broadcasters to develop new technologies to convey new services to their viewers. The General Managing Director and Executive Director-General of Engineering at public broadcaster NHK, Kenji Nagai, made the remark in an interview with the ABU Technical Review.

Mr Nagai addressed several broadcasting industry issues and gave an insight into the vision of a large broadcaster. “I think the biggest challenge currently faced by the larger broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific is the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in the area of content creation, setting up of transmitters and relay stations and digitalisation of community reception facilities,” he said.

Emphasising that digitalisation of broadcasting was unavoidable, Mr Nagai said: “Actually, digital broadcasting has offers many possibilities.” On the role of a public broadcaster, he said: “NHK has been fulfilling its role as a public broadcaster by offering new services through communication networks.”

Pointing out that NHK had contributed to the enrichment of broadcasting by developing the broadcasting technologies such as HDTV, satellite broadcasting and digital broadcasting, Mr Nagai said: “Our goal of ’NHK on 3-Screens’ (TV, PC, cellular phone, etc.) provides an environment in which viewers enjoy NHK’s contents at anytime, anywhere.”

Mr Nagai has been closely involved with the work of the ABU Technical Committee and is a former Vice-Chairman of the committee. The full text of his interview will be published in the September 2010 issue of the ABU Technical Review.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:42
Azerbaijan’s private TV channels could be financed by state
August 19th, 2010 -


The National Broadcasting Council of Azerbaijan (NBCA) doesn’t exclude funding of private television channels from the public budget. “It’s possible to render state support to private television channels in the future,” Nushirevan Maharramli, chairman of the NBCA told the Trend news agency today.

Azerbaijan has eight country-wide TV channels, 14 regional TV channels and 13 radio channels. However, at this stage, Mr Maharramli doesn’t see any need for state funding of private channels. “There is a big difference between the periodical press and private television channels, because television plays a major role in informing the population. Regarding with this situation advertising on TV is much better than in the press,” Maharramli said. In this regard, state support is needed for the periodical press, he added.
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tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:43
NTV-Plus to show Italian Serie A football in HD
20 Aug 10 -

Russian pay-TV provider NTV-Plus is to show Italian Serie A football in HD from August 28.

NTV-Plus has acquired the rights to broadcast Serie A matches for the next two years, showing all 38 rounds of the Italian championship. Coverage will also be available online via the ntvplus.ru website.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:44
Broadcom launches fast channel-change technology
20 Aug 10 -

Chipset manufacturer Broadcom has launched a new technology that it says can increase TV channel-change times by up to five times, and has named US cable operator Comcast as its first customer.

Broadcom says its FastRTV technology is available on a range of systems-on-a-chip for digital cable set-tops and universal digital transport adapters. Comcast is deploying the latter to convert analogue subscribers to standard-definition digital services.

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:45
AsiaSat “cautiously optimistic” after solid first-half results
20 Aug 10 -

Satellite operator AsiaSat said it was “cautiously optimistic” about its medium-term future after posting significantly improved half-year results in line with its expectations.

The Hong Kong-based operator posted revenues of HK$690m (€69m), up 27% year-on-year. Profit attributable to shareholders was HK$305m, up 21%.

“The first half of 2010 was encouraging and our core businesses continue to perform well. The recent global economic downturn had relatively low impact on our industry and on AsiaSat in particular,” said CEO Peter Jackson. “That said, while not being complacent, we have full confidence in the services we provide as well as in our core financial strength, debt-free balance sheet and market-leading position. These assets will serve us well
in the future.”

tonymax
20-08-2010, 18:48
LOS ANGELES, CA 20th August 2010 - SDI, the global leader in subtitling and localization services to the media & entertainment industry, today announced that Sony Creative Software, a division of Sony Electronics, has adopted and integrated SDI's XML schema into their Z-Depth™ 3D subtitle editing application - Z Depth creates the information needed for proper placement of subtitles or menus in the 3D space of a 3D title presentation.

With over 61% of US cinema goers having now experienced 3D movies and predictions of 25 million 3D TV sets globally by 2013, the format offers significant growth opportunities. Industry-wide 3D standards are required in each element of the supply chain to ensure a unified and cost effective approach. SDI, with its long history of innovative solutions, were invited by Sony Creative Software to aid in the development of software applications and provide recommendations for supported file formats. After researching the range of data being produced, SDI determined a robust schema needed to be created which allows for the subtitle placement work that has been done in the initial market segment to be repurposed for downstream use. SDI recognizes the need to develop robust, standardized formats for this component of the supply chain and believes that this format is a step toward an integrated, industry-wide solution.

"SDI's depth and range of services makes them an ideal partner for Sony Creative Software. They are respected leaders in the development of subtitle software solutions and have created many tools later adopted by the wider community," says Dave Chaimson VP of Worldwide Marketing for Sony Creative Software. "Our role is to create innovative and powerful tools that enhance the 3D viewing experience and the team at SDI has been fundamental to the successful adoption of the Z-Depth™ tool into our suite of products."

Scott Rose Global CTO at SDI commented, "3D is a game changer for the subtitling business - developing industry leading solutions is an essential part of our philosophy. Placed correctly, 3D subtitles play a vital part in enhancing the viewing experience. With industry-wide co-operation and a willingness to share innovative advances, we are confident that a collaborative approach between industry participants will allow us all to work together to establish a robust set of best practices."
Click here (http://www.sdimedia.com/3D) to view the Schema XML specification www.sdimedia.com/3D (http://www.sdimedia.com/3D)

tonymax
21-08-2010, 11:41
Movistar TV launches HD package
From David Del Valle in Madrid

Telefonica-controlled IPTV service Movistar TV (formerly Imagenio) is launching an HD package with an offer of 6 HD TV channels at between E3.5 for those subscribed to the familiar package TV Familiar and E11.5 a month for the TV Flexible clients.

The HD channels available are NatGeo Wild HD, Eurosport HD, Unitel Classica HD, AXN HD, Gol TV HD and MGM HD.

Movistar TV is also planning to give its subscribers access to the HD package through a broadband speed of 10 megabytes as the channels only take around 7 Mbps with 3Mbps left for navigation through the platform while watching HD.

tonymax
21-08-2010, 11:42
Warner’s on dailymotion

Studio 2.0 division of the Warner Brothers Television Group, part of Time Warner, is to announce an agreement with AlphaBird, an online video syndication company, for a distribution partnership.

Under the deal four Web series produced by Studio 2.0 will appear on dailymotion.com, a site that specialises in Web video. Studio 2.0 specialises in the production and distribution of short-form digital entertainment. Other recent video syndication campaigns being handled by AlphaBird involve marketers like Mars, PepsiCo, Starbucks and Unilever. Other websites that are carrying AlphaBird projects include egotvonline.com, everyjoe.com and thegloss.com.

tonymax
21-08-2010, 11:44
Sky in nearly half of NZ homes

Sky Network Television has reported a 16.9 per cent rise in annual profit on a 7.2 per cent rise in revenue and three per cent rise in subscriber numbers.

The pay television operator now has 777,636 residential digital subscribers and 24,761 commercial and other subscribers. It is in 47.9 per cent of New Zealand homes. The company said 24.4 per cent of its residential subscribers now were using its MYSKY HDi decoder, up from 14.2 per cent last year.

Average revenue per subscriber per month increased by 5.6 per cent to $NZ67.61 from $NZ64.00 last year. The company made a net profit after tax of $NZ103 million in the year to June 30, up 16.9 per cent on last year.

Sky's subscriber base grew by 23,495 subscribers over the previous year, to a new high of 802,397.

tonymax
21-08-2010, 11:44
NDTV brings KidsCo to India

KidsCo, the international children’s channel, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) to represent the channel across India. NDTV will market KidsCo’s content across all its digital platforms, cable TV and DTH channels. The deal follows the channel’s strategic expansion across Asia, including recent launches in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia.

tonymax
21-08-2010, 11:45
Broadcom speeds up digital channel change

Broadcom, the specilaist in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has announced its revolutionary new FastRTV Channel Change Acceleration technology which improves television channel change speeds by up to 5 times. FastRTV technology is now available in a wide range of Broadcom system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for digital cable set-top boxes and universal digital transport adapters (uDTAs). Comcast is the first service provider to deploy Broadcom's FastRTV technology in its uDTA deployments to transition from analog to standard definition digital TV broadcasts.

tonymax
22-08-2010, 18:27
RTR-Planeta to resume broadcasts to Tajikistan

Russia’s RTR-Planeta TV channel is resuming its broadcasts to Tajikistan, suspended more than a year ago by the Tajik side. An agreement to this effect was reached by Russian and Tajik Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Emomali Rakhmon during their recent meeting in Sochi.

According to President Rakhmon’s press service it has also been decided to broadcast Tajik programs to Russia.

tonymax
22-08-2010, 18:28
Turkmenistan reshuffles leadership of national TV


Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov has signed a number of resolutions concerning personnel changes in the leadership of the national television channels, the Turkmen governmental press service reported. Under the decree, Deputy Culture and Broadcasting Minister Aymuhammet Orazmukhammedov was dismissed from his position as he failed to cope with the responsibilities assigned to him.

Byagul Nurmiradova was appointed Deputy Culture and Broadcasting Minister. Earlier, Nurmiradova headed the Miras television channel. This channel is now headed by Chari Bayramguliyev.

Under another decree, Yusup Bayramov was appointed Turkmen Ovasi television channel head. Bayramov replaced Mekan Komekov, who was discharged from this position for serious shortcomings in his work.

President Berdimuhammedov criticised shortcomings in the organization of the Culture and Broadcasting Ministry’s activities. He believes programmes broadcast on the television channels do not conform to the required quality and artistic level to meet the spiritual and cultural needs of society. The Turkmen leader ordered “immediate measures” to enhance their artistic and meaningful level.

tonymax
22-08-2010, 18:29
UN diplomatic correspondent says “Western broadcasts should be expanded”

John J Metzler, a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defence issues, writes: “Respected players like Voice of America, BBC, Radio Netherlands, and Deutsche Welle, should concentrate on refining and expanding services for Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan to name a few. This is obvious.”

In an article called “Western broadcasts should be expanded”, Mr Metzler says that “the battle of ideas continues unabated,” in particular from countries such as China and Iran. He argues that “Radio delivered through a mix of mediums remains far more cost effective that TV, is more accessible, and effective for opinion makers. In this global battle of ideas, we should do no less.”

tonymax
22-08-2010, 18:29
Febio TV dream over


Any prospect of the Czech digital channel Febio TV ever making its debut looks to have been finally extinguished.

According to E15, Fero Fenic, the founder of the film and TV production company Febio, has decided to close the company, which has produced over 1,300 programmes in its 18-year existence. His reason for doing so is the declining interest in independent documentary filmmaking in the Czech Republic.

Febio was one of six companies to be awarded digital TV licences in 2006 that were withdrawn but subsequently reinstated. However, it failed to secure sufficient financial backing to launch a service.

Ironically, Febio’s last productions are likely to be for Barrandov TV, another of the licence holders, which made its debut in January 2009.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 11:26
Polsat eyes international sports channel

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

The Polish commercial broadcaster Polsat plans to launch a volleyball channel that will be distributed internationally as well as in Poland.

According to Wirtualne Media, the company, along with the Polish Volleyball Association (PZPS), is currently engaged in talks with international federations, as well as foreign broadcasters, about such a channel.

It would be launched in time for the 2014 World Volleyball Championship, which will be held in Poland, and used to promote both Poland and the sport itself.

Although Polsat already has a growing portfolio of thematic channels, with two further services – Polsat Sport News and a music-based channel targeting young viewers – also in the pipeline, this would be the first sports one targeting international as well as local viewers.

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tonymax
23-08-2010, 11:27
White Tiger pounces on first clients

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

White Tiger Communications, the PR and marketing company established by former NDS corporate communications director Cynthia Ritchie, has secured its first two major clients.

The London-based consultancy is to handle MGt and IP Vision. MGt is known as the provider of payment and billing services to companies including Top Up TV, Freeview and Discovery Channel, while IP Vision recently launched its Smartbox that gives TV-based access to both the BBC iPlayer and Sky Player catch up TV services.

Ritchie who has spent over 20 years in the multichannel TV business has been joined at White Tiger by Lindsey Lee and Rachel Postlethwaite, both well-respected public relations consultants with a wide range of in-house and agency experience supporting companies such as Broadcom, MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), NDS, Canal+ Technologies, IBM, Intel and Jungo.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 11:29
Bulgaria closes tower company sale

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

The Bulgarian incumbent telco Vivacom (BTC) has completed the sale of a 50% stake in the national transmission company NURTS to the Cyprus-based financial investor Mancelord. According to Dnevnik, the final fee paid for the stake was €57 million.

Although the deal was announced back in March, it was a further three months before it received the final approval of the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) and Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC). Now a 50:50 joint venture between Vivacom and Mancelord, NURTS’s capital value has increased to BGN115.5 million (€58.7 million).

NURTS and indeed Mancelord are positioned to become key players in Bulgaria’s new DTT marketplace. Earlier this summer, Mancelord received CRC’s approval to acquire the Bulgarian subsidiary of Slovakia’s Towercom, which will operate one of two Bulgaria’s two national commercial DTT multiplexes.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 11:30
Your.TV opts for over-the-top

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

Dutch alternative television provider Your.TV says it is no longer dependent on being granted access to Dutch cable networks UPC and Ziggo under Open Cable and will instead launch an over-the-top TV service before the end of the year.

Your.TV is proposing an HD-capable broadband TV service to consumers that receive internet speeds of up to 8 Mbps. The company says that with a fast enough connection it will be possible to simultaneously connect multiple HDTV receivers.

Customers will not be required to change their internet service provider and can simply subscribe directly to Your.TV; such a proposal may not necessarily give the consumer the best deal from any triple play offer, though Your.TV says it expects its TV offer to be priced below that of the cablers.

Last week the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven – CBb) overturned the market analysis published by the telecoms regulator OPTA. There have subsequently been calls from a number of political parties and consumer groups for its reinstatement.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 11:32
UPC reflects on Romanian market

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

UPC saw its revenues in Romania grow earlier this year and remains optimistic about the future despite challenging market conditions.

Quoting a report published by Liberty Global, ZF says that UPC Romania’s revenues in Q2 amounted to €30.8 million, or 1.32% more than a year earlier. Its half-year revenues meanwhile rose by 2.3% year-on-year to €62.3 million.

The report speaks about subscriber losses, which it attributes to strong competition from RCS/RDS and Romtelecom.

UPC Romania’s revenue increases are likely to be down to changes in its subscriber base, with a growing number opting for additional services such as HD channels and DVRs. Typically, such customers provide four times as much in revenues as those receiving just analogue cable services.

Significantly, the report raises concerns about the large number of cable TV contracts that will expire in June 2011 and a prospective law that could allow subscribers to terminate contracts early without incurring penalties

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tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:33
Germany gears up for 3D football
Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

Sky Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are in negotiations with the German Football League (DFL) about the transmission of Bundesliga games in 3D. At the same time, the DFL is preparing the marketing packages for new TV rights for the period beginning 2013.

According to a report in Focus, the tender for these rights will begin next year, or one year earlier than previous rounds of bidding for the rights. Bringing the tender forward will allow more time for discussions with the competition authority Bundeskartellampt and the EC. It will also provide more “predictability” for Sky Deutschland and football clubs.

Sky currently pays €240 million a year for the live rights to the Bundesliga. It is also a 3D pioneer in Germany, having shown a live Bundesliga match for the first time to a selected audience in Munich this March.

Deutsche Telekom followed a month later when it broadcast a live hockey match, in co-operation with Constantin Media, Plazamedia and the German Sport1, over its IPTV network.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:34
T-VIPS upgrades Teracom to DVB-T2

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

T-VIPS is to provide Teracom with a new DVB-T2 gateway and seamless monitoring switch as the Swedish transmission provider commences a partial upgrade of the DTT network to DVB-T2 and HDTV.

The CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway makes it possible for Teracom to use its existing DVB-T headend for DVB-T2 operation, protecting its original investment, and ensuring no loss of service for Swedish viewers.

“Teracom has always been at the forefront of terrestrial television broadcasting,” said Teracom CTO Peo Gaasvik. “We constantly adopt new technologies to improve our system for the benefit of our customers and viewers. This time we built out a brand new network for HD-based services on the new DVB-T2 specification. We selected T-VIPS solutions to provide key functionality in this network because of their overall terrestrial expertise and the strong functionality of the T-VIPS DVB-T2 gateway.”

In June the RTVV licensed seven HD channels, the first of which are expected to go live in the autumn.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:35
Spotlight on major Latvian cable deal

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

A proposed merger of the two leading Latvian cable operators Baltkom and Izzi is about to be scrutinised by the country’s Competition Council (CC).

DB reports that were the merger to go ahead, the resulting company would account for around 50% of the pay-TV market in the capital, Riga, and 30% nationally.

However, these figures are questioned by the TeliaSonera-backed incumbent telco Lattelecom, which would face greater competition from a merged Baltkom/Izzi.

It says that the latter would account for over 70% of the pay-TV market In Riga and over 40% nationally.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:36
Sky Deutschland confident of cable deals

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

Sky Deutschland boss Brian Sullivan says he is confident that negotiations with Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia will be successfully concluded in the next few months. “We want to be present on all platforms with our content,” Sullivan told Handelsblatt, adding that the cable companies were a natural platform for Sky because they needed the content to help compete with Deutsche Telekom.

Since Sullivan first outlined Sky Deutschland’s cross platform strategy at the ANGA Cable event in May, a number of deals have been concluded, but to date these have only been with relatively small networks such as NetCologne and Deutsche Netz Marketing GmbH (DNMG).

There are also plans to add Sky Deutschland content to the Xbox, replicating a similar agreement between Microsoft and BSkyB’s Sky Player. In Germany this would give Sky Deutschland a lever against the ProSiebenSat.1 Maxdome service and to a lesser extent Deutsche Telekom.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:37
DTH grows in Czech Republic
Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

The take-up of digital satellite TV services is growing steadily in the Czech Republic thanks largely to the success of Skylink and CS Link.

Data produced by ATO-Mediaresearch and published by Digizone shows that just under a third (28.9%) of households received satellite TV as of the end of June.

On the other hand, 41.1% received DTT signals and 25.1% analogue TV, though the percentage of analogue-only homes was down to just 15%. Cable/IPTV services were meanwhile received in 24.5% of homes.

Set-top boxes were the most popular way of receiving DTT signals (26.6% of all households, including those not watching DTT), followed by digital TVs (14.4%) and DVD players with digital tuners (1.1%).

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:38
Your.TV opts for over-the-top

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

Dutch alternative television provider Your.TV says it is no longer dependent on being granted access to Dutch cable networks UPC and Ziggo under Open Cable and will instead launch an over-the-top TV service before the end of the year.

Your.TV is proposing an HD-capable broadband TV service to consumers that receive internet speeds of up to 8 Mbps. The company says that with a fast enough connection it will be possible to simultaneously connect multiple HDTV receivers.

Customers will not be required to change their internet service provider and can simply subscribe directly to Your.TV; such a proposal may not necessarily give the consumer the best deal from any triple play offer, though Your.TV says it expects its TV offer to be priced below that of the cablers.

Last week the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven – CBb) overturned the market analysis published by the telecoms regulator OPTA. There have subsequently been calls from a number of political parties and consumer groups for its reinstatement.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:39
UPC reflects on Romanian market

Published: August 23, 2010 Europe/London

UPC saw its revenues in Romania grow earlier this year and remains optimistic about the future despite challenging market conditions.

Quoting a report published by Liberty Global, ZF says that UPC Romania’s revenues in Q2 amounted to €30.8 million, or 1.32% more than a year earlier. Its half-year revenues meanwhile rose by 2.3% year-on-year to €62.3 million.

The report speaks about subscriber losses, which it attributes to strong competition from RCS/RDS and Romtelecom.

UPC Romania’s revenue increases are likely to be down to changes in its subscriber base, with a growing number opting for additional services such as HD channels and DVRs. Typically, such customers provide four times as much in revenues as those receiving just analogue cable services.

Significantly, the report raises concerns about the large number of cable TV contracts that will expire in June 2011 and a prospective law that could allow subscribers to terminate contracts early without incurring penalties.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:40
ITV cleared over World Cup goal gaffe
Monday, August 23 2010,

Ofcom has cleared ITV over the "unfortunate error" that led to viewers on ITV1 HD missing England's opening goal at the World Cup.

On June 12, 1.5m viewers were left outraged when ITV1 HD switched to a Hyundai advert and then a blank screen just as Steven Gerrard scored in the fourth minute against the USA.

Despite receiving 823 complaints about the incident, media regulator Ofcom has opted against imposing sanctions on ITV over what was deemed an "unfortunate" mistake.

ITV said that it "deeply regretted" the incident, which was caused by "human error" in the master control room operated by its transmission provider, Technicolor.

The broadcaster said that a 'take-next' switch had been "inadvertently activated which led to the next scheduled item, a Hyundai sponsorship bumper, being transmitted prematurely".

In response, ITV has hired external consultants to run an operational review within Technicolor to introduce extra precautions against such an incident occurring again.

Despite accepting that the error was "inopportune and regrettable", ITV expressed its belief that the situation only affected a minority of the game's total audience, as over 90% of viewers were watching in standard definition on ITV1.

After reviewing the situation, Ofcom acknowledged the frustration of ITV1 HD viewers at the transmission break, but decided that ITV's actions to resolve the situation had been sufficient.

"The inclusion of an unscheduled break at a crucial point of the game was understandably disruptive and we appreciate the frustrations of many viewers who complained to Ofcom," said the watchdog.

"Ofcom notes ITV's acknowledgement of this error and that during half-time coverage of the match, an apology was broadcast to viewers by presenter, Adrian Chiles. Ofcom is also aware that following the match, both ITV and Technicolor apologised for the incident.

"Ofcom accepts that the incident was an unfortunate error and ITV made no commercial gain from it. We note the operational review ITV is carrying out and the immediate action taken both by ITV and Technicolor, including specific measures to avoid this type of incident recurring. In view of this, we consider the matter, on this occasion, to be resolved."

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:41
Sky Sports News goes pay-TV exclusive
Monday, August 23 2010,


Sky Sports News has left Freeview and become exclusively available on pay-TV platforms, including the launch of its new Sky-exclusive high definition channel.

From today, Sky Sports News has been replaced on digital terrestrial television with Sky3 +1, which offers an hour timeshift of the already available Sky3 channel.

Sky Sports News will now only be available on Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV, along with Sky's online and mobile platforms.

Sky customers taking any Sports Pack or the News & Events Pack will be unaffected by the switch. All other Sky TV customers will receive Sky Sports News as a six-month bonus channel until February 23, 2011.

Under the changes, Sky Sports News HD has also launched exclusively on Sky channel 455. Available to all Sky+ HD customers, the channel offers sharper picture quality and HD highlights in a new widescreen format.

For the launch of Sky Sports News HD, a raft of new programmes has been commissioned, including First, Fast And Now running a daily sports news roundup every morning from 10am to 1pm.

The news broadcaster has also hired more reporters, presenters and production staff to provide deeper coverage of the big stories in sport.

Also today, Sky Sports News has launched a dedicated iPad application offering "breaking news, views and opinion from the world of sport".

The app also hosts live streaming of Sky Sports News Radio, a brand new service broadcasting rolling sports news coverage. The radio service is also available online from the Sky Sports website.

The launch of Sky Sports News HD is part of Sky's strategy to give its new and existing subscribers additional premium sports content in the face of strong competition from BT, which now offers Sky Sports 1 and 2 on its BT Vision service.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:42
Ferguson facing fines over BBC boycott
Monday, August 23 2010,

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is facing a series of fines from the Premier League after maintaining his boycott on speaking to the BBC.

Yesterday, Ferguson declined to speak to Match Of The Day 2 after Manchester United's draw with Fulham, despite weeks of negotiation with the Premier League and League Managers Association on his self-imposed ban.

United's chief executive David Gill had asked the management veteran to rethink his BBC boycott, which dates back to an unflattering Panorama documentary in 2004 on the business practices of his son Jason, who was then operating as a football agent.

Despite facing fines starting at £1,000, United officials told Match Of The Day staff before kick-off yesterday that the 68-year-old Scot would not speak with them.

Ferguson, who has an estimated personal fortune of £22 million, is not thought to be overly fazed by the threat of relatively minor fines and is sticking by his stance of waiting for an apology from the BBC, reports The Guardian.

The Premier League board will now set the level of fine, which will rise for every week that Ferguson disobeys a new rule forcing all managers to give interviews to broadcast rights holders.

The BBC opted against commenting on the ban, but Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker stated his belief that the size of fine could help Ferguson "make his mind up".

Speaking about the situation, Lineker said: "It's a shame. We would like him to speak to us because we respect him and his teams, and always have done.

"It makes no difference to the programme because it's action-led. But it does make a difference to the Manchester United fans. They are the ones missing out.

"I get letters saying: 'We never hear from Sir Alex,' and I have to explain. It's something he feels very strongly about, so what can you do?"

In a statement, the Premier League said: "The Premier League is disappointed that the BBC and Manchester United have, as yet, been unable to resolve the issue of Sir Alex Ferguson providing post-match interviews.

"We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and offer any help deemed necessary by either party to try and help remedy the situation. However, this is a breach of Premier League rules and the board will consider the appropriate course of action at their next meeting scheduled for late September."

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:43
BBC to show Challenge Cup Final in HD
Monday, August 23 2010,



The BBC has confirmed plans to show Rugby League's Carnegie Challenge Cup Final next weekend in high definition for the first time.

On August 28 at 2.30pm, coverage of Challenge Cup holders Warrington Wolves taking on Super league champions Leeds Rhinos at Wembley will be aired on BBC HD, as well as BBC One.

Claire Balding will present the coverage, alongside studio guests Brian Noble and Justin Morgan. Match commentary will come from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies, while Tanya Arnold, Damien Johnson and Robbie Paul will provide pitchside reports.

"The Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Warrington will be an epic contest featuring two giants of the game and with the final being shown live in HD for the first time on the BBC, viewers around the country will be able to see Rugby League in its finest glory," said BBC Sport editor Carl Hicks.

"The Challenge Cup Final is one of the crown jewels in the BBC Sport schedule and we will be covering the match comprehensively across all of our platforms with over a million fans tuning in to one of sport's must see events in the calendar."

Pre-match coverage of the final will begin at 1.30pm on the Red Button, which will also offer post match discussion from the Rugby League forum for 30 minutes after the game ends.

BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also broadcast extensive coverage of the final, including a preview programme on August 27 from 7pm and live commentary from Wembley the following day.

tonymax
23-08-2010, 18:44
Channel 4 slammed over new reality show
Monday, August 23 2010,


Channel 4 has been criticised for developing a new reality series about physical deformities.

Beauty And The Beast will see an attractive person and someone with "different types of disfigurement" share a house together, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The home will allegedly be filled with mirrors to highlight the difference between the participants' appearances, while the duo will be followed as they go on trips in London.

The programme's producers described the show as "an immersive lifestyle experience that uncovers attitudes to looks and beauty", but MediaWatch director Vivienne Pattinson criticised the concept.

"It sounds like an extraordinary freak show and Channel 4 pledged an end to this kind of voyeuristic programming when they announced the end of Big Brother," she said. "Putting a disfigured person in a mirrored house in the name of entertainment is neither a healthy nor an appropriate subject for television. If Channel 4 is seriously committed to exploring issues of physical appearance, this is not the way to do it."

However, the programme's production manager Nadia Afiari defended the series, saying: "The show is looking at society's thoughts towards beauty and how we're driven by beauty, and as part of it we're looking at disfigured people in society and how they cope on their day-to-day basis in comparison with someone who's quite obsessed with beauty."

A spokesperson for Channel 4 added: "It is part of our remit to tackle difficult and often marginalised issues and open these up to a mainstream audience and debate. The series aims to challenge people's narrow definition of beauty in a frank and engaging format and will be key to our public service offering next year."

Filming for the six-part series is expected to begin next month, while the show is currently scheduled to air in 2011.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:26
Improving the conditions of accepting the Russian TV channels on satellite Express AM1 40°E

Owners of large satellite dish (offset) may be the beginning of August to observe significant improvement in the reception of a DVB-S multiplex with Russian programs in MPEG-4 Ku-band satellite Express AM1 40°E.

Improve the reception at a frequency of 10,967 GHz, which broadcast the program: Dom Kino, Vremya, Tenyanya, Muzika, 5 kanal, TV Centr Ural, Rossiya 1924, Telecafe, Mir and coded Rossiya 1 and Perviy Kanal (CA BISS, Roscrypt).

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

The reason for improved reception was the cessation of broadcasting programs SCPC Media Office at a frequency of 10,969 GHz, pol. V on the neighboring Greek satellite Hellas Sat 2 39°E, which cause interference to the Russian multiplexes in Europe. Admission to the western regions of Russia a broad beam satellite Express AM1 complicated by the interference signal from the satellite Hellas Sat 2. After turning off the SCPC signal at 39°E reception of the multiplex has become possible in the regions of Central Europe to offset with a diameter of 120 cm
At 40°E in the Ku-band is also present another multiplex RSCC with channels in MPEG-4: 10,995 GHz, pol. V, SR 20000, FEC 3/4, DVB-S. Unfortunately, the reception of the multiplex is still "interfere" signal from the satellite Hellas Sat 2 (date of service) Hellas Sat Net with parameters: 10,984 GHz, pol. V, SR 5926, FEC 5/6, DVB-S.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:27
ProSieben inks CBS VOD deal


German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has inked a VOD deal with CBS Studios International.

This renewed agreement will give customers of ProSiebenSat.1's online service Maxdome access to watch series including LL Cool J-fronted action series NCIS: Los Angeles, Julianna Margulies' legal political dramaThe Good Wife and teen revamp 90210.

It comes a couple of months after Maxdome renewed its deal with Twentieth Century Fox and means that Maxdome continues to have access to movies and series from all of the major Hollywood studios including Disney, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal and Warner Bros.

ProSiebenSat.1 launched Maxdome in 2006 and has run it as a joint venture with German Internet service provider United Internet since 2008. Maxdome claims to be Europe's largest video-on-demand store, with a library of about 25,000 domestic and international film and television titles, more than 200,000 "active users" and two million streams and downloads each month.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:28
France Télévisions faces possible shortfall in revenue from new taxes



French public broadcaster France Télévisions will face a shortfall in revenue from the new taxes levied on commercial broadcasters and telecom companies to make up for the ending of advertising in primetime on its channels, according to a report in newspaper La Tribune.

Rémy Pfimlin, the broadcaster’s new president, took the helm from Patrick de Carolis yesterday.

According to La Tribune, the new taxes have produced only €215m for 2009 and €366m expected for this year, much less that the €450m originally expected. The taxes were only imposed after legislation was introduced in March 2009, with revenues in the last quarter of that year allocated to France Télévisions’ 2010 budget. The amounts levied were also reduced following intensive lobbying by the companies affected.

The impact of the ending of primetime advertising on the public channels was, however, also less than expected, with daytime advertising producing €318m for France Télévisions in 2009, up 24% on 2008. A question mark has also been placed over the complete ending of advertising on the channels, which had been due to happen next year, thanks to the intervention of deputies of the governing UMP party.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:28
Prisa could be forced to divest Digital Plus stake


Spanish media group Prisa could be forced to divest its stake in pay-TV platform Digital Plus by Telefónica and Mediaset-owned Telecinco, according to local reports.

Under agreements struck last year that saw Telefónica and Telecinco each acquire a 22% stake in the pay-TV operator, Prisa could be forced to sell its remaining stake if there was a change in ownership of the media conglomerate. Earlier this year, Prisa struck a merger deal with US-based Liberty Acquisition Holding ahead of a planned flotation on the New York stock exchange.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:29
Fallout from overturning of Dutch analogue resale ruling continues


The fallout from the overturning of Dutch media regulator Opta’s mandating that cable operators Ziggo and UPC open up their analogue services to competition continues, with Tele2, which had launched a competitive analogue resale offer organising a petition in support of the open network policy, according to local reports.

The higher court dealing with business appeals cases, the CBb, last week ruled that the market analysis on which Opta had based its mandating of the opening up of the two operators analogue networks was flawed. Opta said in a statement that no appeal was possible against the CBb’s decision, but that it would investigate whether the ruling left room for further action on the matter.

Opta, UPC, Ziggo and Tele2 have assured customers that have already switched to the Tele2 offer that they will still receive cable services. Tele2 has signed up several thousand customers since launching its analogue offer, according to reports.

Startup Your.tv, which had planned to take advantage of the new rules to launch an analogue resale service, now plans to focus on over-the-top delivery of existing digital TV channels via broadband, according to reports.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:30
New antipiracy body for Africa to launch in February


A new body to combat media piracy in Africa is to launch at the DISCOP Africa programming market in Accra, Ghana in February 2011.

Africa Media Rights Watch, which is supported by international broadcasters including Canal Plus Overseas, M-Net and Côté Ouest as well as by African associations of broadcasters and content producers, aims to help establish a business environment that is respectful of copyright laws and measures to enforce them.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:31
Eesti adds broadband and TV subs


Estonian telco Eesti Telecom added 1,600 fixed line broadband customers during the second quarter via its subsidiary Elion, ending June with a total of 182,200. Elion also had 113,400 digital TV customers at the end of the first quarter, a 28% year-on-year increase.

Eesti’s mobile broadband unit EMT added 7,000 new customers in the 12 months to the end of June, giving it a 47% market share.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:34
Customers complain Digital + about pay-phone calls made by the receiver

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many customers are being subjected during the last months of technical faults in their decoders, which are making multiple calls automatically pay a cost in the monthly phone bill may be around 15 euros. The problem occurs if the device is plugged into the telephone line, used to make purchases from the remote box office top box itself, according to the news portal Navarra.com.



When Manuel L. Pamplona checked his phone bill in May, the emergence of a considerable list of calls to a 902 line will Racked. Connections with durations ranging from 35 to 45 seconds, appeared registered between 4 am and 11 am, when neither he nor his wife nor his mother had used the phone. All of them were directed to the same number: 902 345 623.

With a cost per call was about 12 cents, this retired 66-year-old decided to investigate what was happening. Contact your telephone company to inquire about the incidence and was told that "could be due to the operation of the alarm of his home." Siguiende that track, he spoke with the security company, which found the matter was "alien" to their services.

Wt holder The next step was trying to identify the owner of the telephone line, for which re-contact their telecommunications company, who denied the information for "not licensed to make it easier." Last resort, go to Internet and enter the nine digits suspects in the Google search engine. Result: the revelation of the source of your problem and the discovery of many affected by the same cause.

Digital Tens Plus subscribers discuss its impact on the network. In all cases, their pay-TV decoders automated calls have been made without your knowledge. The reason, the connection to the device itself is always connected to the Internet so that users can buy box-office schedules, such as movies or football matches, from the same remote control decoder.

Due to this technical irregularity, the subscriber concerned Pamplona has accumulated more than 200 calls anomalous over the past two months, with a total cost of around 30 euros. "The economic cost is not very high, but if this happens to many customers of Digital Plus, which adds a certain amount. The business is round, because they carry 50% of the cost of each call and the other 50% is for the telephone company, "says concerned.

the company did not explain anything, utility and purpose of those calls made automatic line decoders 902 are a mystery. Even in the customer service digital platform have been able to make that clear to Manuel L. "I called them to complain in late July and have not yet been contacted," complained the retired. "The only solution I have is that they send a technician to disconnect the device from the Internet, but charging the operation."

Far from convincing this solution, Manuel L. Digital Plus aims to return the money collected with calls made without their consent and that disconnect the connection for free. If your request does not attend, aims to undertake the necessary actions, but know where to turn. "I'll talk to the Consumer Service of the Government of Navarre, or go to the Court of Guardia, but I will not let them go on making this possible scam."

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:35
Losses narrow at Kabel Deutschland


Kabel Deutschland management has put its confidence in achieving year-end EBITDA at the upper end of its €715 to €725 million guidance range. It follows significant increases in the number of internet and telephony subscribers in the quarter to June 30, 2010, growth of 29.1% adding another 260,600 subs year on year to reach 1,155,200. Premium TV RGUs also increased by 12.8% to 125,600.

Revenues increased by 6.1% to €389.5 million compared to €367.2 million in the first quarter of the previous year leading to a quarterly net loss of €2.1 million, down from €10.5 million in 2009. Adjusted EBITDA grew by 11.2% to €176.2 million compared to €158.5 million in the first quarter of previous fiscal year.

A confident Adrian v. Hammerstein, Kabel Deutschland’s CEO, said the cableco had taken 100% of new broadband additions within its footprint: “We continued to drive growth in our New Services even in a soft broadband market. We are adding new products to stimulate the inflow of broadband switchers in our footprint and accelerate growth.”

Kabel Deutschland has confirmed its intention to deregister its US senior notes with the SEC within the next 90 days. The Company believes that the administrative burdens, costs and time associated with being a SEC registrant outweigh the benefits.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:36
New manager for BabyTV


BabyTV has announced the appointment of Keith O’Brien as its sales manager, non-linear digital media.

O’Brien has joined BabyTV’s licensing division and will be in charge of managing the commercial development of the BabyTV brand worldwide across digital media. These will include SVOD, video search platforms, smart phone, mobile, syndication, gaming and social networking sites.

O’Brien was previously a sales executive at Sony Pictures Television and analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:37
TV finding it hard to attract Facebook friends


Social Media’s impact on traditional media varies dramatically by age, according to a new report from the business advisory firm Deloitte.

The YouGov study, released to coincide with the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival that begins on Friday, found that despite regular encouragement from broadcasters it is still the exception rather than the rule to comment on a programme currently being watched in the web. However among 18-24 year olds the practice is more widespread and it is now becoming standard for programmes targeted at this age group to incorporate a social media and social network element.

A similar niche was found for membership of online fan groups. While 40% of the UK is now signed up to Facebook, only 7% of those polled have become fans of their favourite programmes. However, among 18-24 year olds penetration is an impressive 46%

“The phenomenal pace at which social media and social networks have become entrenched within our everyday lives raises the question of their possible long-term impacts on television,” commented Howard Davies media partner at Deloitte. “While social networks and media do support each other, the synergy varies by genre and age. Programmes aimed at younger age groups tend to experience the greatest symbiosis: a few programmes and commercials become greater successes or are plucked from obscurity thanks to online peer recommendation”.

Davies says that this can lead to a snowball effect as old and new media pick up on the story. In turn this raises the value of the content and attracts a greater appeal from advertisers.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:38
ONO highlights 50 Mbps service


The leading Spanish cable operator ONO has launched a major TV, press, outdoor and online publicity campaign to highlight the benefits its DOCSIS 3.0-based 50 Mbps internet access service.

According to the operator, the service is already available to 2.5 million households through its fibre-optic network, whose reach is due to be expanded to 7 million households in the coming months. In the campaign, ONO says that the deployment of the 50 Mbps service is a “giant step” that makes Spain comparable technologically to Japan.

ONO has 4.1 million RGUs (revenue generating units) and the largest fibre-optic network in Spain.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:39
DTT grows in Hungary


The take-up of DTT is growing rapidly in Hungary, with the national service MinDig TV now watched in 100,000 households, or over 12% of all terrestrial homes.

There was an over fivefold increase year-on-year in the number of DVB-T MPEG-4 compatible receivers (set-top boxes, integrated TV sets, PCI cards and USB sticks) sold in the first half of this year. As a result, 8% of Hungarian households now own a DVB-T receiver.

Antenna Hungária, the operator of MinDig TV, puts this growth down to a number of factors including significant network expansion at the end of last year, successful marketing campaigns, the launch of the MinDig TV extra service at the end of May and FTA coverage of the World Cup in HD. A

ntenna Hungária plans to add to the 17 TV channels, three of which are in HD, already offered by the platform and to make MinDig TV and MinDig TV Extra available to 95% of the population by the end of this year.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:40
Kudelski accelerates middleware push


The Kudelski Group says plans to increase the amount of investment put into next generation middleware and advertising solutions are ahead of schedule.

In a statement accompanying solid first half 2010 results the owner of the OpenTV brand said although the cost base was higher than originally envisaged the result was an upgraded product portfolio that would be available sooner than originally anticipated.

Revenues grew by 6% in constant currency compared to the first half of 2009, though decreased margins resulted in an operating loss of CHF 6 million (€4.56m).

Virgin Media, ONO and Liberty Global have all confirmed Nagravision conditional access in their next generation receivers, but looked elsewhere for middleware solutions. In particular, UPC announced that *** MediaHighway would feature in its multimedia home gateway rather than OpenTV, as has been the case in its previous advanced set-tops. However, Israel’s HOT extended an agreement to offer subscribers an advanced HD experience based on OpenTV Core nX.

The Digital TV segment remains core to the Kudelski business, Europe in particular continuing to be a strong driver, revenues increasing by 20.8% (29.9% in constant currency) to CHF 202.9 million. Italy’s Mediaset Premium in particular expanded sales of the SmarDTV Common Interface.

Expansion in the Latin American market, where more than 100,000 cards were delivered to 10 different operators, compensated for lower revenues from DISH/Echostar after last years card swaps.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:41
UPC picks up Open Cable pieces

UPC Nederland is to work with Tele2 to avoid customer confusion in the wake of the Open Cable ruling by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal.Under the original market analysis ruling from the telecommunications regulator OPTA Tele2 was proposing an analogue cable service that would have run over the UPC network. It has emerged that in the region of 1,300 UPC customers had indicated their desire to switch to Tele2.

UPC has said that it will not impose any additional fees on the customers – doing so might cause them to switch to another operator outside the proposed Open Cable regime – with customers still permitted to terminate their contracts within a 30 day period.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:42
Kabel BW to expand pay-TV service


The German cable operator Kabel BW plans to expand its pay-TV service in a few weeks time, introducing what will be one the largest such offers in the country.

Known as ‘Mein TV (‘My TV’), it will consist of 40 German-language channels, grouped into affordable thematic packages.

Kabel BW also plans to increase the number of HD channels it distributes to 30 by the end of the year.

Kabel BW is a triple play company and currently has 2.3 million subscribers in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Its offer includes 400 analogue and digital TV channels, along with internet access at speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:43
MHEG+ toolkit gets Open Source release


The MHEG+ toolkit, used to develop applications for Freeview and Freesat, has been made available as an Open Source release under an Apache 2.0 licence.

Developed in 2005 by BBC Research & Development, the initial aim was to simplify the code as compared to MHEG-5. Applications coded in MHEG+, such as games on CBeebies or interactive news and weather, sit happily on the MHEG-5 API.

David Cutts, director of leading MHEG developer Strategy & Technology said the company would be contributing a number of overseas extensions to the Open Source pool. “We think having tools for MHEG out there is a good thing,” he told Broadband TV News.

The emergence of an online environment for MHEG applications as set-tops become increasingly connected will create a market for specialised applications that could take MHEG outside of its traditional broadcast domain. “The MHEG connected TV will provide more opportunities, so having a toolset that people can use in a slightly different way to standard MHEG will be useful as it’s more like a standard programming language.”

The toolkit’s emulator, named MHEG Player, emulates both Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes. It features an MHEG graphics engine, a virtual tuner and remote control.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:44
Viasat/NBC Universal ink licensing deal

Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

Viasat Broadcasting has entered into a licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution for the exclusive basic cable TV rights in Hungary to a broad range of content.

Under it, the content, which will include feature films, drama series and mini series, will air on Viasat3 and TV6.

Among the films covered are The Bourne Supremacy, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Inside Man, while the TV titles include medical dramas such as House, MD and Royal Pains, as well as Warehouse 13.

Commenting on the agreement, Camilla Hammer, CEO of free-TV Hungary at Viasat Broadcasting, said: “NBC Universal has an impressive track record of creating massively popular movies and TV series which will further strengthen our programming schedule. Viasat’s TV channels are the home of entertainment and this deal entitles our viewers to unlimited access to recent big screen releases, established classic feature films and the latest high rating TV series.”

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:44
Channel Five back in Project Canvas

Channel Five, now under the ownership of Northern & Shell, is to rejoin the Project Canvas joint venture. The move comes just six weeks after previous owners RTL pulled out of the hybrid television project.

Just as RTL had wanted to clear the decks ahead of the sale of the quasi-public service broadcaster, it had always been the intention of Northern & Shell to return to the project.

“Project Canvas is set to shape the future of broadcasting and open up new and exciting possibilities for viewers,” said Northern & Shell chairman Richard Desmond. “This is important to the future of Channel Five and having an open internet-connected TV platform fits closely with our plans to bring brilliant new content and interactive services to viewers”.

A Canvas insider said that Channel Five had effectively “just missed a few board meetings”

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:45
KDG reduces losses as premium sub base grows

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has posted a net loss for its first quarter financial results, but has increased its number of premium TV subscribers.

The largest cabler in Europe also confirmed that it is in talks with News Corp-backed satellite pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland over a possible marketing partnership that would strengthen relations between the two companies.

KDG posted a net loss of €2.1m, however this was compared with a loss of €10.5m last year. While revenues rose by 6.1% to €389.5m, the company said that it made a loss as a result of the high costs of upgrading its network, which it has been doing for the last five years.

The number of premium TV subscribers rose by 125,700 (or 12.8%) to 1.1 million, although the number of basic cable subscribers fell by 82,000 to 7.29 million. The operator also benefited from growing demand for its broadband internet and fixed-line telephone services, which saw a 29.1% increase.

Chief executive Adrian von Hammerstein said that it would concentrate on launching new products in this market. "We continued to drive growth in our new services even in a soft broadband market. We are adding new products to stimulate the inflow of broadband switchers in our footprint and accelerate growth," he said.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:47
DVR ad skipping and social TV on the up, says survey

Some 86% of viewers skip through adverts when watching shows recorded on DVRs, according to research carried out by YouGov for Deloitte ahead of next weekend’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

However, 52% of respondents still said that TV was the most memorable form of advertising, followed by newspapers, with online video and banner ads trailing well behind.
The Deloitte report found that use of social media to comment on and recommend programmes was significant amongst 18-24 year-olds but much less so amongst older age groups. While 40% of the UK population have signed up to Facebook, only 7% of those polled have become online fans of their favourite programmes. However, that proportion rises to 46% amongst 18-24 year-olds.

Howard Davies media partner at Deloitte, said: “The phenomenal pace at which social media and social networks have become entrenched within our everyday lives raises the question of their possible long-term impacts on television. The current relationship can be characterised as predominantly complementary, but limited in reach. The future relationship may be more adversarial, with advertising the battleground.”

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:47
UPC adds SBS HD channels


Dutch cable operator UPC is boosting its high-definition service after striking a deal with SBS Broadcasting to carry a number of its channels.

The cabler will air Net 5 HD, SBS 6 HD and Veronica HD later this year, taking the total number of high-definition channels on its service to 20. The company will begin by offering catch up services from all three channels on its platform. This comes weeks after the operator agreed to carry the Dutch football league’s new HD service, Eredivisie Live HD.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:48
Comstar-UTS begins MTS transition with new offers


Russian service provider Comstar-UTS has begun marketing new services under the MTS brand as it begins to transition to a unified brand under mobile operator MTS’s control.

Comstar has launched new MTS Stream-branded “five-star” broadband and combined broadband and pay-TV services in 52 cities, with a range of price incentives including six months of cable TV for RUB123 (€3) a month and internet services from RUB190 a month.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:49
Toshiba to launch first 3D TV without glasses: report

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said today. Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

The company has developed a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various angles from the screen so that viewers can see stereoscopic images without glasses, the daily said. “People can enjoy images in three dimensions from various positions and suffer less stress,” it said.

Japan’s major electronics makers launched 3D television this year, but sales have not been as strong as expected while many customers have complained of being irritated by the glasses. However, a Toshiba spokeswoman said: “We are not in a position to make any announcement.”

tonymax
25-08-2010, 09:50
Al-shabab takes over FM station in Mogadishu

The Islamic adminstration of Al-shabab in Mogadishu has taken over the control of local FM radio station called Holy Qur’an Radio in the Somali capital Mogadishu, the director said yesterday. Mohamed Abdiwahab Abdullahi read a letter from the administration of Al-shabab for Bandir region to the journalists saying that from that day Al-shabab had taken over the radio station. All the instruments and properties of the radio station would belong to all the Muslims and there will no be anyone in particular who owned it.

The administration of Al-shabab for Banadir region said it would increase the religious programming of the station. Shortly after the takeover the station started boradcasting lectures and other lessons prepared by Al-shabab.

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25-08-2010, 09:51
Record number of Iranians visit Radio Farda website


More than a million people inside Iran circumvented aggressive censorship and logged on to RFE/RL’s Persian-language website in July through a proxy server, a system ensuring the anonymity of its users. It was the first time Radio Farda’s proxy server recorded a million visits since it was put in place in April 2009. In addition, the site received 40,000 visits on Sunday 15 August - a record high for a day without breaking news.

“The more Tehran starves Iranians of accurate news, the hungrier the people become for reliable information,” says Radio Farda Director Armand Mostofi. “These are the latest milestones for Radio Farda in a year of unprecedented growth, reflecting the commitment we made to step up our programming following the disputed presidential election.”

Since the post-election protests, Radio Farda has added two new live shows, including the enormously popular satire, Pas Farda (The Day After Tomorrow), which attracts a growing radio audience and generates hundreds of comments each weekday from its 8,500+ Facebook fans. The show’s host, Farshid Manafi, is a well-known Iranian personality who pushes the limits on critical satire. Four years ago, his lively programmes on state television and radio were shut down by censors, and he was fired.

Every Friday at 6pm Tehran time, a new live call-in program called The Sixth Hour takes questions and comments from dozens of listeners on hot-button topics such as capital punishment, the student protest movement, and the role of Persian-language media based outside of Iran.

In total (the proxy server plus regular web traffic), Radio Farda’s website drew more than 4.3 million visits last month. Users viewed nearly 13 million web pages and downloaded more than a million hours of audio programming.

“Without a doubt, the government will keep trying to jam our signals, disrupt our website, and harass our people,” says Armand Mostofi. “But our audience numbers prove that Iranians are yearning for reliable news, and we will continue finding ways of delivering it to them.”

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25-08-2010, 09:52
Saudi Arabia may launch official TV, radio to issue fatwas



Saudi Arabia is mulling the idea of setting up an official television channel and radio station for accredited Muslim scholars to issue fatwas, or religious edicts, reports said yesterday. The television channel will “create a credible link between the inquirer from inside or outside the kingdom and the authorised clerics” through free hotlines for people from all over the world, the daily al-Youm reported.

Sources indicated that the channel would be based in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The channel would be part of Saudi Arabia’s recent efforts to stop unauthorised clerics issuing unorthodox religious decrees. Earlier this month, Saudi King Abdullah issued a decree that allows only officially-appointed scholars to issue public fatwas, in the kingdom’s first such large-scale reform of the religious rulings.

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25-08-2010, 09:53
Google TV "isn't about to replace TV as we know it"

The recently-unveiled Google TV project is emblematic of a "deep transformation" of TV, whereby consumers go from watching linear TV and movies on-demand towards an experience driven by content discovery and enhanced by apps, according to a new report from US consultancy tvstrategies.

However, the picture isn't entirely rosy, the report adds - the first products containing Google TV technologies will be available only from Google's launch partners from the end of 2010, as they clear approval from the Federal Communications Commission and enter distribution channels. Furthermore, developer tools for the Google TV platform won't be available until 2011, by which time Google TV will already be facing an uphill battle with pay-TV, online video, other Internet-enabled devices and TV software, and its arch rival Apple.

"If Google TV shows the world any single thing, it’s that now, Google has a critical mass of strategic assets that it can combine to make a new one," said Steve Hawley, Principal Analyst & Consultant at tvstrategies and author of the report. "In this case, it’s Android, Chrome, the Android market and the company’s advertising ecosystem.

"Otherwise, Google TV isn’t about to replace TV as we know it," he adds. "Instead, it reflects how the Internet has altered consumer perception of what TV should be, by surrounding the classic TV experience with Internet content and Apps. This is exactly parallel with what Android (and other smartphones) did for the classic mobile experience, and it’s what Apple could do soon with its own TV product."

Mr. Hawley also states that given the fact most analyst companies agree that Android is already one of the top three mobile operating systems, jockeying with Apple and RIM for top spot, there is likely to be a "halo effect" as Android developers produce more TV apps.

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25-08-2010, 09:54
China unveils three-screens scheme

China has unveiled a programme for the integration of its telecom, Internet and broadcast networks, vowing to focus on six key projects covering IPTV, mobile TV, and nationwide network operator formation over the following year, according to reports in local news website SinoCast Daily Business Beat.

The broadcast and TV sector is expected to set up a management platform and a supervision platform for the consolidation of IPTV and mobile TV, according to Wang Xiaojie, head of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) science and technology department, speaking at an annual conference.

China is expected to speed up upgrades of its cable TV network and the construction of next-generation broadcasting (NGB) platforms, according to Mr. Wang, who added that another key project is the innovation of integrated services, including high-definition TV and high-definition interactive Internet services.

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25-08-2010, 10:13
New manager for BabyTV

BabyTV has announced the appointment of Keith O’Brien as its sales manager, non-linear digital media.

O’Brien has joined BabyTV’s licensing division and will be in charge of managing the commercial development of the BabyTV brand worldwide across digital media. These will include SVOD, video search platforms, smart phone, mobile, syndication, gaming and social networking sites.

O’Brien was previously a sales executive at Sony Pictures Television and analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media.

tonymax
25-08-2010, 17:28
HSE24 Trend will launch 23 September

New German channel telezakupowy HSE24 Trend, which will focus on fashion, jewelry and cosmetics, will begin officially broadcasting 23 September 2010 year. Further expanding portfolio of branded HSE24 is the logical continuation of a multichannel strategy. In early 2009, was launched HSE24 Extra, which expects this year to double its sales.

In 2011 HSE24 provides a turnover of around 30 percent. of the total activity.

Technical parameters HSE24 Trend from 23 September :

ASTRA 1H (19.2 E)
12.480 GHz, pol. V, SR: 27500, FEC: 3/4
encoding: none

Website: hse24.de

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25-08-2010, 17:30
Sky extends Rovi patent licences


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

Rovi Corporation has announced that BSkyB has extended the term of its existing licence agreement with Rovi for its interactive program guide (IPG) patents. Terms of the agreement were not released, but it can be assumed that the ‘bricks in the wall’ EPG format used by BSkyB is included in the package.

“We are pleased that Sky, the leading pay television service in the United Kingdom, sees the continued value of our IP [intellectual property] portfolio and chose to extend the term of their license,” said Tom Carson, Executive Vice President, sales and services at Rovi. “We look forward to Sky utilizing our intellectual property further, as part of their growth and continued commitment to a quality guidance experience.”

European pay-TV operators including n.d.s, Kabel Deutschland, Portugal Telecom, Sky Italia and UPC Broadband have signed up to Rovi’s patents. However, some have been challenged in the courts, and Virgin Media’s High Court action of November last year is currently the subject of an appeal

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25-08-2010, 17:31
Major Russian cable deal on horizon


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

Consolidation in Russia’s pay-TV market is gathering momentum, with the Moscow-based cable operator Akado about to be bought by the telco Svyazinvest.
Kommersant reports that the acquisition will be undertaken in two stages, with the Svyazinvest subsidiary Center Telecom initially acquiring 50% of Akado and thereby securing operational control of the company.

Svyazinvest has been looking to enter the Moscow pay-TV market for some time and Akado, formerly known as Renova Media, would be a good acquisition for the company.

Data published by IKS –Consulting indicates that Akado had 670,000 broadband and 446,000 pay-TV subscribers, the vast majority of which (600,000 and 423,000 respectively) were in the capital itself, as of Q1 this year. Its analogue (‘social TV’) subscriber base meanwhile stood at 985,000.

Akado accounts for 5% of the Russian broadband market and 7% of pay-TV subscribers in the country, while Svayzinvest claims a 36% of the broadband market. A

kado currently lists Viktor Vekselberg and Yuri Pripachkin as its main owners and is believed to be worth some $630-650 million (€498-514 million). However, it also has debts of $350 million.

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25-08-2010, 17:32
Czechs look to pay-TV and 3D


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

Pay-TV is growing rapidly in popularity in the Czech Republic, with the number of thematic channels rising and two 3D services, operated by IKO TV Central Europe, soon set to make their debuts.
Parabola reports that the number of pay-TV viewers in the country has risen by between 20-28% a year over the last three years, with a similar growth rate seen in the number of viewers for thematic services provided in the Czech Republic (and Slovakia) by IKO Central Europe.

Importantly, there is still scope for further growth in thematic services in the Czech Republic, the country having historically been poorly served by such services compared to markets such as Poland, Hungary and Romania.

Speaking to Parabola, Erika Luzsicza, IKO Central Europe’s director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, confirmed that the company is finalising plans to add two 3D channels to its portfolio.

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25-08-2010, 17:33
US pay-TV suffers record subscriber drop


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

The combined US pay-TV market has been hit by its first ever subscriber fall, according to tracking data released by research firm SNL Kagan. The company blamed the combination of the weak US economy as well as the transition to digital broadcasting, suggesting that US operators may not be immune from the kind of subscriber erosion that has seen European cable lose share to free-to-air DTT services.

Kagan said the US market encountered its worst ever second quarter performance, losing 216,000 customers compared to a 378,000 gain in the same period last year. Cable suffered its worst quarterly video loss to date, loosing 711,000 subscribers, as six of the eight MSOs reported individual worst performances.

The DBS (DTH) and telco businesses had some cheer to report, declaring additions of 81,000 and 414,000 subscribers respectively. Cable MSO’s share of combined video subscribers dropped to 61%, against 63.6% in the Q2 2009.

Telco’s, such as Verizon’s FiOS service continue to eat into the video business, growing their share from 4.3% in Q2 2009 to 6% in Q2 2010.

“Although it is tempting to point to over-the-top video as a potential culprit, we believe economic factors such as low housing formation and a high unemployment rate contributed to subscriber declines in the second quarter,” said SNL Kagan Analyst Mariam Rondeli. “We are also seeing churn resulting from the broadcast digital transition, which boosted video uptake early last year, as many have abandoned their paid subscriptions once initial promotional contracts expired.”

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25-08-2010, 17:34
Estonian market in decline


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

Estonia’s ad market was worth EEK512 million (€32.7 million) in the first half of this year. It nevertheless continues to decline in all sectors except the internet, in some instances alarmingly.
According to data published by TNS Emor, total ad spend in Q2 amounted to EEK293.6 million, a 7.8% reduction on the same period in 2009. That for TV, which accounted for 32.3% of the total, was 1.2% lower than in Q2 2009.

Internet spend grew by 13.2% year-on-year, while magazines posted the biggest loss (-23.2%) over the same period.

Despite falling revenues, the TV sector’s overall share of the ad market is growing. It stood at 30% in Q2 2009 and only 27% a year earlier.

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25-08-2010, 17:35
Mixed picture for Comstar pay-TV operations


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

Russia’s Comstar-UTS ended the second quarter with 121,000 triple-play subscribers in Moscow, a 9% reduction on the same period last year.
Its ARPU was also sharply down year-on-year, by 51% in rouble terms to R272 (€7.0) and 47% in dollars to $9.1.

However, it was a different picture in the regions, where the company ended the second quarter with 2,055,000 pay-TV subscribers, a 5% increase on a year earlier. Its ARPU was also up, at R112 (+6%) and $3.7 (+13%).

All told, the company had 2,176,000 pay-TV subscribers nationally at the end of June, or 4% more than a year earlier. Its broadband internet subscriber total (1,437,000, +22%), was also substantially higher.

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25-08-2010, 17:36
UPC boosts Polish VOD service


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

UPC has added content from Cartoon Network to its on demand series UPC na Zadanie in Poland.
As of today (August 25), UPC Polska digital subscribers receiving the on demand service are being offered over 30 clips from the most popular series on the channel, almost all for no additional fee.

UPC na Zadanie already includes clips from two other kids channels – Disney and JimJam – in its offer.

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25-08-2010, 17:37
New Czech cable channel launches


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

A new cable channel named Metropol TV has made its debut in the Czech capital, Prague.
According to E15, the service is operated by a company named 11 TV Production, which secured a 12-year licence in June, and is obtaining content from the A-News agency. However, it has strong links to Prague City Hall and as a result must-carry status.

Metropol TV is already being distributed by UPC and will also have carriage on O2 TV, the IPTV service operated by the incumbent telco Telefónica O2, from the beginning of September.

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25-08-2010, 17:38
BBC unready to commit to 3DTV format


Published: August 25, 2010 Europe/London

The BBC says it is unclear as to which 3D format is most likely to emerge as the popular choice among public and commercial broadcasters. In an interview with Broadband TV News’ sister publication New Television Insider, Graham Plumb, the BBC’s head of distribution technology, said it might be possible for satellite platforms, including Freesat, to take a different route to their terrestrial counterparts.
At present pay-TV companies involved in early 3D broadcasters have opted for the side-by-side format, allowing them to continue using their deployed set-top boxes, providing the consumer has purchased a new 3DTV display. However, terrestrial broadcasters within the European Broadcasting Union have been discussing the possibility of using a service compatible format, meaning that additional information would be added to a standard definition transmission, thus saving precious bandwidth.

Andy Quested, principal technologist, HD, BBC Future Media and Technology explained that some confusion had arisen resulting from the response a recent EBU survey that asked what members thought of the current standard. “About 50% of the respondents said the current formats are OK for their current thinking, well current thinking is about three to five years out, so it would work if they had to do anything now. 33% said they wouldn’t work at all and everyone said we had to investigate what the DVB was doing and what is coming out of those discussions. We don’t believe we have to rush this just to get a 3D service out based on some of the frame compatible systems.”

As previously reported in Broadband TV News, UK transmission company Arqiva has plans for a terrestrial 3DTV test in the Service Compatible format. “There’s a lot of noise and a lot of people coming out very firmly saying one thing or the other, I’ve certainly heard a lot of noise from other broadcasters and Arqiva, but I don’t think it is as clear-cut as that,” said Plumb.

As a commercial company Arqiva wants to re-establish the prowess that a generation ago would have come directly from the BBC and IBA engineering departments. “We haven’t had any close dialogue with Arqiva, but you’ve got to ask yourself what are the purposes of those tests,” queries Plumb? The BBC currently codes its multiplexes through Siemens and uses Arqiva for the delivery of its signals.

The major challenge would be fitting in any 3D signals on the existing terrestrial system. As things stand there would clearly be no room for a 3D signal to join BBC HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD and this autumn’s launch of BBC One HD within the PSB’s HD multiplex. Fitting in another HD channel might not be quite so difficult. “At the moment there’s four slots on the terrestrial multiplex, but I think we’ve said that when encoding improvements come, probably around 2012 there will be room for a fifth slot at that stage,” says Plumb, who suggests that by the time the BBC wants to launch HD versions of BBC Three and BBC Four technological advances will find them a berth too.

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25-08-2010, 17:47
Apple 99 cents TV show rentals

Apple, which is close to bringing back its Apple TV service probably under the name iTV, is in negotiations with News Corp and Walt Disney for the right to rent its shows on Apple devices for 99 cents each. Talks are also underway with NBC Universal, CBS and Time Warner, all of whom are said to be more sceptical about a deal.

The iTunes store currently sells TV episodes for $1.99 and $2.99 apiece, but its rental activities are limited to movies. The company is said to believe that inexpensive rentals of TV episodes would enhance its Apple TV and iPad products.
Analysts anticipate Apple will hold an event in September to announce new products, including an updated iPod Touch and a revamped version of Apple TV, a product that Apple’s Steven Jobs, has referred to as ‘a hobby.’ He believes opportunities will remain limited while the ‘go to market’ strategy of pay-TV remains providing free STBs.

If the deal goes through, it would give Apple users access to some of the most-watched shows on TV, greatly increasing the appeal of Apple's devices, and it will help Apple challenge companies such as Netflix and Amazon which already offer their own online video services.

Episodes would be available on Apple's service within 24-hours of the show going on air and will be commercial-free.

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25-08-2010, 17:48
VOD ads need new strategy

VOD advertisings creativity is key to the sector’s growth, according to broadcasters, after the first new media age Internet TV audience survey revealed almost two-thirds of people (62 per cent) find ads on VOD services intrusive.

The survey, conducted by Lightspeed Research, sampled 4,378 people’s internet TV viewing habits. Almost three-fifths (58 per cent) had streamed or downloaded TV within the last six month, 45 per cent of whom said they watch or download TV content at least once a week.

The ad-free BBC iPlayer is the most popular platform, with 86 per cent of people having used it, followed by ITV Player (43 per cent), Channel 4’s 4oD (36 per cent), YouTube (34 per cent) and Demand Five (15 per cent).

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25-08-2010, 17:49
Dahlia TV completes E51.4m capital increase


Italian DTT pay-TV platform Dahlia TV has successfully completed an E51.4 million capital increase. It was subscribed both by current shareholders, Sweden’s Airplus and Telecom Italia Media, as well as by Italy’s Filmmaster Television, which joined the shareholding structure of Dahlia TV.

The company has also signed a credit line for up to E30 million with UniCredit Corporate Banking. The operation allows Dahlia TV to raise a total of E81.4 million, helping it to reinforce the capital structure and consolidate its content offer on the Italian market.

Dahlia TV has been active in Italy since March 2009. For a monthly fee of E8 subscribers can watch live coverage of Italian football (Serie A and Serie B), NFL, volleyball, rugby, boxing, SuperBike, NASCAR and Formula Indy.

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25-08-2010, 17:50
RTL Group upbeat on ad rebound

European broadcaster RTL Group has reported it is more optimistic for 2010 as advertising revenues grew more than expected, fuelling hopes that corporate marketing spend was back to stay.

RTL Group, which suffered like other broadcasters through a steep decline in ad markets especially in the first half of 2009, said the rebound was powered by overall economic recovery.

"Most markets in western Europe show a healthy and positive trend in Q3 too," Chief Executive Gerhard Zeiler said. The group said it would achieve significantly better full-year results, but Zeiler cautioned that visibility for the important fourth quarter remained very low. Previously, the group had said it expected results to improve compared with 2009. "Bookings are still very short term and last year we had three very low quarters followed by what you could call a hyper Q4," Zeiler said.

Zeiler said that the UK, Belgian and French markets all had shown double-digit growth in the first half and, to his surprise, the Spanish market was up 7.5 percent.

Group revenue in the first six months of the year rose 7.5 per cent to E2.66 billion while EBITA jumped 46.3 per cent to E537 million.

Core profit was mainly driven by significantly higher profit contributions from RTL's operations in Germany, France and the Netherlands. The group, majority-owned by media conglomerate Bertelsmann, has 46 TV channels and 30 radio stations in 11 European countries.

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25-08-2010, 17:50
CBS 3D for US Open tennis

CBS Sports has followed through on previous suggestions that tennis would be a 3D-friendly sport, securing a sponsorship deal with Panasonic to produce stereoscopic 3D coverage of the US Open championship. CBS' 3D coverage will be broadcast on DirecTV's "n3D" channel, which is sponsored by Panasonic.

According to CBS Sports executive VP of operations and engineering Ken Aagaard, the network plans to produce the middle weekend and the final weekend in 3D. The coverage will focus on Center Court and will use PACE 3D camera rigs supported by an NEP 3D production truck.CBS plans to use six or seven cameras to produce the 3D coverage, with the primary camera position utilising a new combination 2D/3D rig that PACE CEO Vince Pace created with lens manufacturer Fujinon. The new "Shadow D" rig places a conventional 2D camera and a 3D camera rig in one system and links them together, with one on top of the other. It allows a single camera operator to control both cameras - the 3D camera follows the moves of the 2D camera.

The system is designed to allow 3D productions to utilise existing 2D camera positions while cutting down on the extra manpower required for 3D.

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25-08-2010, 17:51
3D-TV, or OTT. Which will win?


The rise and rise of Avatar as far as the international box-office was concerned is all so long ago. That Avatar – and more recent Hollywood events – have raised the profile for 3D is undoubted. But there have also been critical 3D flops (but sometimes financial hits) such as Clash of the Titans, Cats & Dogs and others. The question being asked ahead of the giant IBC show in Amsterdam is whether TV can tap into the world’s fascination and enthusiasm for 3D, and without transmitting too many turkeys!

Recent comments suggest a major concern, as explained by analyst Richard Greenfield: "The studios and theaters are overpricing 3-D films, and there’s too much of it out there. They are converting all of their movies into 3-D without any regard to quality."

The $64,000 question for the likes of BSkyB, DirecTV, Canal+ and other pay-TV broadcasters is how much emphasis must they place on Hollywood for 3D fare? There is plenty of material on its way, notwithstanding Mr Greenfield’s anxieties. The studios have packed their release schedules with 3-D films including "Tron: Legacy," "The Green Hornet," "Megamind" and "Yogi Bear" set for release in the coming months, while "Avatar" will be re-released (with new scenes) in 3-D at the end of August. "The studios are guilty of short-term thinking," said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo, a firm that tracks film box-office performance. "They all jumped on the 3-D bandwagon, but they’re avoiding the real issue, which is their bankruptcy regarding storytelling."

Pay-TV is famous for story-telling dramas and movies – and of course sport. But quite how much sport in 3D will be available is yet to be seen. There will be Hollywood movies in 3D, but as yet little drama in the shape of top-flight long-form series. This dearth of popular programming is just one of the reasons why the likes of BSkyB are sensibly investing hard cash in original 3D productions. They will be needed to fill the limited hours of iSky’s debut 3D channel, shortly to go live.

Few doubt that pay-TV will embrace 3D, if only to emphasise its bandwidth advantages over IPTV and even cable-based pay-TV suppliers. However, it will be interesting to see how some of Sky’s non-mainstream experimental investments translate into full-time 3D commitments. And will Sky 3D overcome the somewhat anti-social nature of 3D viewing? These, and similar questions will be addressed at the upcoming IBC talk-fest.

And here’s another worry that will become apparent between now and January’s CES show: some manufacturers are talking about shifting their strategies from 3D sets to Over The Top interactive applications that reside on TV sets. These manufacturers, like Panasonic and others, have discovered they can create continuing income streams by working with content providers to create their own app stores.

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25-08-2010, 17:52
Dish launches online video portal

Dish Network has introduced its ‘TV everywhere’ Dish Online.com, an online video portal that integrates live and recorded TV with more than 150,000 popular movies, TV shows, clips and trailers into one easy-to-use interface.

Through Dish Online.com, customers can watch their live TV, all of their DVR recordings, and instantly view thousands of movies, TV shows, clips and more from programmers such as Food Network, Discovery Channel, MTV, EPIX, Starz and Encore - all free with their paid subscription. Through a robust search engine, customers can browse for content by title, network, actor or genre.

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25-08-2010, 17:53
More screens means altered viewing behaviour

Ericsson’s ConsumerLab has released the results of a recent study called "Multi Screen Media Consumption 2010". Data was collected in China, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and US. The sample in the study is representative of more than 300 million consumers.

The study shows that people are spending up to 35 percent of their leisure time watching TV and video content, and that consumers are becoming more aware of new technologies, which in turn are creating new patterns of media consumption.

At least once a week, 93 percent are still watching scheduled "linear" broadcast TV, but the role of broadcast TV is changing owing to the introduction of new distribution channels. More than 70 percent of consumers surveyed are streaming, downloading or watching recorded broadcast TV on a weekly basis, and 50 percent are using internet-based on-demand TV/video every week

Broadcast live content is still very important to consumers, but the ability to decide when and how to watch TV will affect the role of linear or scheduled broadcast content.

The consumers are requesting a personalized, easy-to-use, high-quality, on-demand service without commercial breaks as their next TV service.
Anders Erlandsson, Senior Advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab, says: "The conclusion of our study is that the consumption is fragmented and complex. There are few established consumption patterns and it’s a trial-and-error market with lots of curiosity around it. "The consumer is looking for a solution that can offer them the freedom to choose what they want, when they want it and how they want it. The user experience is in focus, rather than the technical platform."

Data shows a clear correlation between which features consumers find important and their willingness to pay for them. Today, the consumer spending is not proportionate to the viewing time invested. The average consumer spends EUR 38 per month on their TV viewing, and almost 60 percent of that relates to broadcast TV. However, since the time spent watching broadcast TV accounts for only about 40 percent of the total TV/video consumption, it is clear that consumers are not paying for what they use the most. Ericsson ConsumerLab findings show clearly that consumer spending will shift in the future, with a significant increase in on-demand spending, provided that consumer requirements for high quality, ease of use and access to the right content are met.

The study also covers consumers’ attitudes to the touch screen tablet and how it fits into their TV consumption; 37 percent are very interested in using a tablet as a remote control.

At Ericsson ConsumerLab studies focus on how consumers act and what they think about telecom and TV products and services, helping operators understand their customers and develop revenue-generating strategies.

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25-08-2010, 17:54
Sky Sports News mobile app

Sky has launched a free Sky Sports News mobile app, two months after announcing its plans to pull the channel from Freeview. The iPhone app, sponsored by Adidas, has been released to coincide with the launch of the satellite broadcaster’s Sky Sports News HD channel.

Sky said the plans to make the channel only available for subscribers won’t affect Skysports.com, which will remain ad-funded. Sky’s mobile TV subscribers can also tune into Sky Sports News via the app.

Sky now has mobile apps for Sky Sports Football Score Centre, Sports Cricket Score Centre, Sky+ remote record and Sky News.

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25-08-2010, 17:54
GET chooses Irdeto

Irdeto, a global specialist in securing and delivering premium content and digital assets, has revealed that Norwegian cable operator GET has implemented its robust customer care and billing solution for Pay TV. The solution enables the flexible management of GET's triple-play services, including voice over IP (VoIP), data and video, while improving efficiencies and increasing average revenue per user (ARPU) through new streamlined workflows.

With over 410,000 subscribers, GET migrated its entire footprint and customer base to Irdeto's customer care and billing platform in Norway in May 2010. The implementation enables GET to deliver flexible, tailored content access for its customers whilst differentiating its customer service.

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26-08-2010, 10:24
BBC combines web content with live TV

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

The BBC has developed a prototype application that combines relevant web content with a live TV stream. The implementation gives a glimpse of some of the possibilities likely to emerge as web-enabled set-top boxes become commonplace. Canvas is clearly a potential destination for the work, though in the commercial market it might just be possible to purchase that little black dress from Sex in the City.

Writing on the BBC Backstage Blog, Andrew Littledale explained that a Flash application had been created that pulled in live subtitles from an IRC channel and places them alongside a live web feed of the BBC News channel. “As the subtitles appear on the screen they are sent off to a natural language processing API and relevant concepts are extracted from the text,” says Littledale. The stories are then linked to content from the BBC website. Methods to filter some of the returns, to make them less random, are currently being explored.

Littledale, who works in BBC Learning Development, told Broadband TV News the department saw the technology as a way to link TV output to web services such as Bitesize, but stressed it was not official BBC policy.

A live demonstration at next month’s Media Festival in London (September 8 – 10) is under consideration.

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26-08-2010, 10:25
Cyfrowy Polsat on a roll

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

Poland’s leading DTH platform Cyfrowy Polsat ended Q2 with 3,263,546 subscribers, a year-on-year increase of 419,000.

Of these, 2,592,000 (+281,000) received the Family/Premium and 672,000 (+139,000) the Mini/Mini Max packages.

ARPU for the former package rose by 5% year-on-year in Q2 to PLN41.9 (€10.5), while for the latter it was up by 23% to PLN10.9.

Cyfrowy Polsat’s subscriber growth was accompanied by a good financial performance that saw its revenues rise by 22% year-on-year in Q2 to PLN377 million. Its EBITDA amounted to PLN109 million and net profit PLN67 million, respective increases of 40% and 19% on the same period in 2009.

In revenue terms, subscriptions claimed the lion’s share of the total (91%) in Q2 this year, followed by sales of reception equipment (3%) and telecom services (1%).

The one down side was churn, which rose from 7.3% in H1 2009 to 10% in the first six months of this year.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 10:26
RTL Group may exit Russia
Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

RTL Group may sell its 30% stake in the Russian TV station Ren TV, which it has held for the past five years.

Kommersant reports that such a move may be inferred from RTL Group’s decision for the first time not to include Ren TV in its latest set of results. This was put down to an agreement signed by RTL Group and REN TV’s majority owners National Media Group (NMG), which currently control 70% of the station, back in April.

This agreement was struck due to the fact that NMG is also the majority (72.4%) owner of Channel Five, which is classified as a “publicly owned channel” and therefore one in which no foreign company can invest.

Although RTL Group is not expected to exit Russia this year, it is pursuing a strategy of pulling out of territories in which it does not have overall control of its assets or is the market leader.

This was demonstrated as recently as last month, when it sold Five in the UK. Ren TV was launched in 1997 and has seen a number of ownership changes in its 13-year history. According to TNS, it is currently the sixth most popular channel in Russia.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 10:27
Loss making TiVo looks internationally
Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

TiVo, which already has contracts in place with Virgin Media and Spain’s ONO, says it is continuing to concentrate on the larger markets of Western Europe as operators plan the upgrade of their services to next generation solutions. In addition the company is tracking Latin America as well as India and China.

Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo, positioned TiVo as the only advanced solution with proven deployments and a branded experience. “TiVo does not come with an agenda which seeks to leverage its user interface as a Trojan horse to sell middleware, conditional access, or set-top boxes,” he said.

“The catalysts for this international progress are clear and we see a strong pipeline of interest,” said Rogers. “Unlike some of the large operators in the US, international players must rely on outside partners to provide their set-top-box software. There are very few players who can credibly provide solutions that handle an incredibly dynamic and strategically important set of consumer-facing features in combination with an increasingly complex set-top box and network infrastructure”.

Rogers said that in addition to Cisco, which is supplying set-tops to both Virgin and ONO, and Technicolor that will be supporting US DBS provider DirecTV and other operators, a number of other set-top box manufacturers had come forward. “The integration of TiVo software onto a set-top box is truly a differentiator for set-top box manufactures looking to gain advanced television solutions deployments with multichannel operators.”

Work was progressing to launch the TiVo platform on Virgin by the year-end. Between them ONO and Virgin would place the technology into some five million homes. “We believe we have a strong pipeline for additional deals with similar forms of commitment,” said Rogers.

TiVo reported a second quarter loss of $15.3 million, a substantial increase on the $2.7 million of Q2 2009, though in line with guidance. The company is beginning to benefit from the deployment of its retail TiVo Premiere box on the smaller US MSOs of RCN and Suddenlink, in addition to the more familiar names in the international scene of Cox Communications.

The recent integration of Cox On Demand into the TiVo Premiere marks the first time that a cable operator has made its entire video on demand library available to a retail device such that the VOD and linear TV content is fully integrated with a titles delivered from the internet.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 10:28
MBC faces legal action over tent fire comedy


A Kuwaiti lawyer defending a woman indicted of starting a fire that killed at least 43 people during a wedding in the Gulf emirate early this month has threatened to sue the MBC TV satellite channel and producers of a Saudi comedy aired by that channel over an episode linked to that incident, according to Emirates 24/7.

Zaid Al Khabbaz said he believed an episode or the Saudi popular sitcom Tash Ma Tash broadcast last week was inspired by that incident that killed more than 43 women and children and is believed to have been started deliberately by the groom’s ex-wife as an act of revenge.

But the writer of Tash Ma Tash, which has been aired during Ramadan over the past 17 years, denied the episode has anything to do with that fire.

“The episode is a clear reference to the tent fire that killed many people during the wedding…we do not accept this because the defendant is innocent until proved otherwise,” said Khabbaz, lawyer for the indicted woman.

“This case is still in court and we, as lawyers, will stick to our defence…those in MBC and Tash Ma Tash have no excuse to talk about this accident…what happened was a disaster and they should not ridicule the feelings of my client and the victims of the fire during these blessed days of Ramadan.”

Khabbaz said he was consulting with his client’s relatives to sue MBC and Tash Ma Tash managers “so they will be an example to others”.

“They must learn not to be sarcastic about such sensitive incidents…freedom has conditions and limits, which are known to every one…I wonder whether the grievances of people have become an object of sarcasm in televisions.”

Reacting to the lawyer’s remarks, Tash Ma Tash production manager, Anbar Dousari, denied such claims and said there was no link between the episode and the tent fire in al-Jahra, a tribal area west of Kuwait City.

“I can affirm that there is no link between this episode and the tent fire committed by Khabbaz’s client…at the same time, I affirm that we are ready to go to court because we only talked about a fire in a wedding tent…I wonder if this lawyer will file a suit against anyone who will burn a tent,” Dousari said.

“Perhaps the woman in the episode is influenced by that tent fire in Kuwait but we did make any references or names…there is a big difference because this woman in the episode is not divorced.”

Tash Ma Tash has already drawn strong criticism from Saudi Arabia’s Moslem clerics over some subjects handed by its actors, including Christianity and the marriage of a woman to four men at the same time, which is banned in Islam.

One prominent scholar also attacked the Saudi-owned MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Centre) television and branded its owners criminals.

“This channel (MBC) is broadcasting poison and crime……it has nothing to do with Islam……….how can this channel claim to be Muslim when it does not belong to Islam and is void of any Islamic spirit,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Hassan Al Durae, a senior teaching council member in the Riyadh-based Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University.

“They even do not care for those leaders (Saudi) who have struggled to serve Islam and Muslims…those in charge of this channels are nothing but criminals who are transmitting what they want and spreading their poison everywhere…what is more dangerous that destroying homes is to destroy ethics and beliefs…this channel is destroying ethics and beliefs.”

tonymax
26-08-2010, 10:41
Megacable is against opening Pay-TV to Telmex

The Mexican operator Megacable Genral Director, Enrique Yamuni, stated that it would "catastrophic" that a company as big as Temex, which controls "almost the 90% of the telephony market", stepped into Pay-TV. Yamuni's declarations arise after the Mexican Federal Competition Commission President, Eduardo Pérez Motta, and the Federal Telecommunications Commission President, Mony de Swaan, expressed their support to Telmex' TV opening.

According to Yamuni, if Carlos Slim's company receives such authorization, "we will never be able to fix the market, because Telmex would not have he incentive to comply with the rules of the game, since the only exchange currency the authority has is to decide whether to grant it TV license or not", El Universal informed.

Since the Convergence Agreement was passed three years ago, Telmex has been waiting unsuccessfully for its license title modification to eliminate the clause that bans it from rendering Pay-TV services. Megacable is the main operator in Mexico. Upon 2Q2010 closing, the company recorded 1,73 million subscribers, 316,000 of which were digital.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 10:42
OpenTV is in 6 million STBs in Brazil

The cable operator Net and the DTH operator Via EMbratel (both owned by Telmex) add six million devices with the middleware OpenTV in Brazil. Net is already exploiting the advantages provided by OpenTV hybrid version IP 2.2, introduced in 2010 with an interactive application for iPad, while testing the development of widgets.

In addition to the classical EPG and PVR applications, the new version of OpenTV has DLNA clients, which will enable connection between the STB and the PC and the WiFi network to see photographs, videos and music on TV, something that Net might implement.

The development of widgets, taking as a example what Numericable did in France, accounts for another potential line for Net. OpenTV has developed a set of widgets for more conflictive applications like You Tube access. But the objective is aimed at the operator's developing its own widget environment with its own business and service model.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 12:38
Hollywood comes to ONO

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

The leading Spanish cable operator ONO will add the movie channel Canal Hollywood to its offer in October, making it available to subscribers who receive the TV Esencial package.

According to ONO, Cinestar will be integrated into Canal Hollywood. Similarly, Cinestar +1 will be replaced by Canal Hollywood+1 in the TV Extra package.

ONO has nearly a million cable TV subscribers and includes on demand service (Videoclub) with over 2,500 titles in its offer.

Canal Hollywood will provide ONO viewers with over 300 movies a year, along with special programmes and interviews with movie stars.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 12:38
Disney and BT Vision launch branded VOD

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

BT and The Walt Disney Company (EMEA) have announced plans for ABC On Demand, which launches on the IPTV service on September 15.

The portal will be home to full seasons of shows from Disney’s network TV production arm ABC Studios including Cougar Town, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds and Brothers & Sisters. The shows will be made available after the UK linear TV broadcast window.

Customers will be able to view ABC TV On Demand as part of BT Vision’s TV Pack for £6.99 per month. Individual episodes will be priced at 99p.

“The ABC brand stands for innovative, high quality US television production. Leveraging this to launch an ABC TV On Demand branded service is a logical next step in our digital distribution strategy,” said Catherine Powell, SVP/GM, Media Distribution, The Walt Disney Company EMEA.

Disney’s previous approach was the linear TV channel ABC1, which closed in September 2007. The linear channel approach is one still in play for fellow US network CBS through its partnership with Chellozone.

Disney is not alone in the use of a branded VOD portal – even though most UK viewers would be hard pressed to name which US studio produces a particular series – HBO and Warner Bros already have similar contracts in place on BT and Virgin Media.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 12:40
Ioko shows cross platform TV

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – Hall 1, Stand A50. Ioko will be showing off its work on the Sky Player and SeeSaw platforms giving broadcasters and aggregators outside of the UK a chance to see the two TV over PC portals in action.

Ioko will be showing how services of this type can be seamlessly extended to deliver the same high-quality user experience on Android phones, iPhones, iPads, set top boxes, internet-enabled TVs and games consoles, all using a single underlying delivery platform.

“On the whole, broadcasters have embraced the online TV revolution, offering on-demand services that complement their traditional programming line ups. However, no sooner have they invested in these new online platforms than they’re faced with the prospect of repeating the whole process to support smart phones, tablets and other internet-enabled devices,” said Mark Christie, joint CEO at ioko. “The good news for broadcasters is that their already powerful brands can help attract and retain viewers. As long as they can find a way to affordably roll out new services, they have a distinct advantage over newer market entrants.”

Christie says that many broadcasters fall into the trap of developing a different technology platform for every device they support. The solution, he argues, is to implement a single broadband video headend that allows them to achieve economies of scale while delivering to a number of devices.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 12:41
Digital take-up slows in Lithuania

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

The transition to digital broadcasting in Lithuania is not going entirely to plan, with the number of subscribers receiving services growing by only 8.4% in the year ended June 30.

Delfi reports that the main reason for this is believed to be a scaling back of the publicity campaign surrounding digital TV.

According to data produced by the regulator RRT, the number of digital pay-TV subscribers in Lithuania at the end of June stood at 245,900, equivalent to around 17-18% of TV homes. However, it does not provide figures for the number of viewers still watching FTA services.

The main player in the transition to digital broadcasting in Lithuania is the incumbent telco TEO LT, which operates DTT and IPTV services that both use the GALA brand name. Lithuania is due to complete ASO in 2012.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 12:42
httv launches HbbTV playout solution
Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – Hall 4, Stand B71. Paris-based httv is launching a new DSM-CC Object Carousel solution for the HbbTV standard.

PrimeStream HbbTV is based on httv’s PrimeStream iTV solution, a robust, cost-effective DVB data streamer and real-time multiplexer for all types of interactive applications. It supports both static and real-time updates and numerous file types from a variety of media sources. Versions are currently available for OpenTV and MHP/GEM.

Transmission company TDF, which is testing the potential of the recently standardised HbbTV for Connected TV and hybrid set-top boxes, has already picked up on the product.

Operators using the existing PrimeStream iTV for their interactive applications include Videocon, ERT, Digiturk, NTV+ and Etisalat.

tonymax
26-08-2010, 12:43
LOVEFiLM inks major MGM deal

Published: August 26, 2010 Europe/London

LOVEFiLM has entered into a major UK digital distribution agreement with MGM. Under it, its members will be able to watch MGM titles online and on internet-enabled devices through the LOVEFiLM Player.

They will include MGM Classics, which offers such award-winning films as West Side Story and The taking of Pelham One Two Three. New MGM releases will be available top access instantly on a transactional basis.

LOVEFiLM is a leading European film subscription service, with over 1.4 million members in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:07
Sky Italia to launch 3D movie channel


Sky Italia could launch a movie channel in 3D in the next 12 months, according to CEO Tom Mockridge.

During a press conference to present the new football season on Sky Italia, Mockridge said that a 3D version of the Sky TG24 and Sky Sport channel is also on the cards. However he added that customers will have to wait a bit more, as Sky Italia needs first to complete its HD offer before switching to 3D.

The boss of Sky Italia also revealed that weekly some 25,000 Italian families request the digital key, the tool that allows reception of DTT channels via the digital satellite box, bringing the total of digital keys installed to nearly one million.

Mockridge claimed that the DTH operator is not afraid of competition from Mediaset Premium, pointing out that Sky Italia will be the only Italian pay-TV operator to broadcast all matches of the Serie A, also in HD.

Mediaset Premium recently launched a promotion that enables subscribers to watch Italian league football at E14 a month, compared to Sky Italia’s E29 fee for a basic Football or Sports package.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:08
UK consumers 'unlikely to buy 3D TV'

Just two per cent of UK consumers are planning on purchasing a 3D television over the next 12 months, according to research by Deloitte.

Those aged between 25 and 34 were the most likely to say they were planning to buy a set, with five per cent saying they would invest in a set over the next 12 months. Britons over the age of 45 were least likely to be planning to purchase a 3D TV set in the foreseeable future, with only one per cent saying they would.

However, the research found that UK consumers across the board, had little interest in investing in any type of new TV products or services, including internet connected TVs and personal video recorders (such as Sky+ or Virgin).

HD and flat screen TVs were the products and services that most consumers were willing to invest in, with seven per cent of those polled saying they would invest in both types of TV technology over the next year.

Paul Lee, Deloitte’s media director, said: "It is remarkable how conservative people’s predictions for their own technology spending habits over the coming year were. They didn’t have to commit to buying anything during the research and yet still predicted very little spend on TV products moving forward. Belts have tightened after the economic downturn and with little understanding of what lies ahead, consumers are still being cautious."

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:09
TiVo loss, and predicts more

TiVo, the digital video recorder maker, has reported a narrower loss than expected thanks to a pick-up in sales for its new Premiere recorder, but forecast a wider-than-expected net loss in the fiscal third quarter.

The company said it expects a net loss in the range of $19 million to $21 million for its fiscal third quarter citing higher research and development costs, and legal fees from lawsuits, including its ongoing battle with EchoStar and Dish Network.

The company posted a fiscal second-quarter net loss of $15.3 million, compared with a loss of $2.7 million in the year ago period. TiVo had expected a net loss of $17 million to $19 million. Revenue fell 10.4 per cent to $51.6 million but beat analysts' expectations.

Chief Executive Tom Rogers said that it is the first quarter in three years that sales of TiVo DVRs through retailers have increased year to year. He also indicated the company would look more to Europe – where it has recent STB integration deals with Virgin and ONO.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:10
SES’ next expansion move?... And who won’t like it


A few weeks ago Romain Bausch, the CEO of satellite operator SES, spoke ambitiously of further expansion for SES. He specifically mentioned two possible target operators: Intelsat, a similarly huge supplier of satellite capacity and services, and Telesat of Canada. Telesat is part-owned by Canadian pension interests and the investors behind Space Systems Loral. Evidently both Intelsat and Telesat/SS-L might come up for sale in the next year or two as investors seek a profitable exit strategy.

Bausch is well aware that any move by SES on Intelsat would run into a brick wall built of anti-monopoly elements that might prove impossible to climb over. But the situation could be a little different as far as Telesat is concerned. Helping matters along for SES in Canada could be the existing relationship SES has with the Ciel satellite operation. Of course, Bausch stressed that there had to be a willing seller and buyer, and price was all-important.

However, any further major consolidation in the wholesale satellite capacity market is likely to be fought tooth and nail by some of the world’s smaller players. Spacenet, in comments to the FCC regulator in the US, said the wholesale market is "dominated" by Intelsat and SES World Skies, which "now control some 83 percent of the data network services transponders serving the US."

Spacenet buys wholesale capacity from operators. New entrants to this global market are unlikely since Intelsat and SES World Skies already control or have rights to two-thirds of the 31 orbital slots able to provide service to the US, argued Spacenet to the FCC.

The agency shouldn't treat all satellite capacity as available since a change in satellite providers is a difficult process, requiring major adjustments to terminals and earth stations, Spacenet said in their submission.

CapRock Communications suggested that the FCC should begin proceedings to address problems in the provision of international space segment capacity. Near-term competitive concerns could be helped by preventing operators from selling satellite capacity of other satellite operators and stopping any further consolidation in the satellite industry, it said. Also, satellite operators shouldn't be able to sell capacity in pre-determined bundles, it said, repeating several points it made during the Open-Market Reorganisation for the Betterment of International Telecommunications Act proceeding.

Satellite operators themselves remain concerned about having "very limited options for choosing a launch provider," said EchoStar, Intelsat, SES World Skies and Telesat Canada in joint comments (which itself is perhaps telling) to the FCC. US launch services aren't seen as providing a reliable access to space since many launches are often specifically tailored to the government's timing needs and aren't easily changed for commercial launches, they said.

American launchers also lack scheduling reliability due to government launches receiving priority, sometimes pushing commercial launches out of launch slots, they said. US policies prevent access to many international launchers, leaving Arianespace and International Launch Services as the only "near-term" options for US operators who want to launch satellites, they said.

Which is all very well – and fair comment – but does little to boost capacity above North America, which, Spacecom suggests, could generate extra satellite competition at a wholesale level.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:11
ABC on Demand for BT Vision

BT and The Walt Disney’s ABC network have unveiled ABC TV On Demand, a VOD service launching on 15th September to BT Vision customers in the UK, and set to offer a wide selection of US series, on demand.

The service will offer a range of popular US series produced by Disney's network TV production arm ABC Studios, giving BT Vision customers on demand full seasons of shows such as "Desperate Housewives," and "Brothers & Sisters," with episodes being made available after their first UK linear TV broadcast window. ABC TV On Demand will also offer past seasons of these same US series, plus other modern TV classics such as "Lost," and "Grey’s Anatomy". The service builds on previous series and movie VOD agreements between Disney and BT Vision, adding a selection of new shows for the launch of the branded service.

BT Vision customers will be able to enjoy ABC TV On Demand as part of BT Vision’s TV Pack for £6.99 (E8.5) per month. Individual episodes will be priced at 99p and customers will see new programmes added every month.

ABC TV On Demand is Disney's first launch of an ABC-branded on demand entertainment service outside of the US.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:12
Time Warner acquires Chile TV network

Time Warner has bought a Chilean broadcaster from the country’s new president, in a $15 million deal which expands its investments in emerging markets and local television production facilities outside the US.

Billionaire Sebastián Piñera pledged before his election victory in January to divest several of his business interests, including Chile-vision and his stake in Lan, the country’s leading airline.

The acquisition of the broadcaster from Piñera’s Bancard Inversiones holding company marks a rare investment in free-to-air broadcasting for the group. However, it marks an extension of a strategy of expanding in economies expected to produce faster growth than its US home market

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:13
Scottish TV thinks about PPV

Scottish ITV licensee STV has reported a surge in underlying pre-tax profits to £6 million (E7.3m) in the first half of 2010, and said it expects TV advertising revenue to rise by up to 10 per cebt in the third quarter.

STV, which last year reported a 55 per cent fall in pre-tax profits as the company struggled with the ad slump, posted a 20 per cent year-on-year rise in total revenue to £50 million in the first six months of the year. Operating profits, before exceptional items, rose by 146 per cent to £7 million.

The broadcaster said that overall broadcasting revenues were up 21 per cent year on year in the first half to £44 million, with operating profits doubling to £8 million. It added that it expects its total TV ad revenues to rise 10 per cent year on year in the third quarter, compared with a forecast of 17 per cent for the total UK TV ad market.

STV said that national TV ad revenue would be up 15 per cent in the third quarter but that overall revenues were being dragged down by regional ad sales, which were expected to fall by 9 per cent.

Rob Woodward, the chief executive of STV, said that the digital strategy of building STV.tv and the online STV Player was critical to the broadcaster's multiplatform future. While ITV intends to launch some form of micropayment system for online content next year, Woodward said that the much smaller STV would consider it only when it had built up a bigger user base.

"For the moment we continue to focus on an advertising-based model as we look to significantly grow our user base," he added. "In time there might be opportunities to look at pay models, but for us that time is not now. We want to continue to establish and invest in STV.tv as a destination for high-quality Scottish content."

The company also revealed it is making provisions for legal bills associated with its court fight with ITV over advertising shares and online video rights.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:13
Tvinci, PeerTV deliver pay-OTT TV to STBs

Tvinci, the Pay-OTT video platform provider, has partnered with PeerTV, developer of hardware and software solutions to the Internet-based TV market, to enable paid video platforms to be launched on PeerTV’s advanced STB. Through this partnership, online TV operators and content owners can launch Over-the-Top (OTT) video services to consumers via a PeerStation STB device using Tvinci’s complete end-to-end video platform.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 09:14
IN Media STB integration with Android

IN Media's !ROFL IP Set Top Box is now integrated with Google's Android platform providing consumers the ability to download games and applications from Google's Android Market application store. Customers will experience seamless integration with their Android based mobile phones, Tablet PC's running Android and all Android enabled devices within IN Media's Set top Box !ROFL.

Consumers can now share, view, play and interact with content driven from their hand-held devices to their television sets. "With !ROFL, we have taken the applications to big screen TVs, not only providing a 1080P High Definition content viewing experience, while enjoying the full range of Android supported applications," said Dr. Nick Karnik, IN Media CEO.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:44
Outdoor Channel extends into EMEA

Published: August 27, 2010 Europe/London

It may be a bank holiday weekend, with the usual promise of inclement weather, but Chello Zone is bringing Outdoor Channel to Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

Already airing in the Middle East on the Orbit Showtime Network, Chello Zone will launch a dedicated HD feed of Outdoor Channel across the EMEA region. A standard definition version of the channel will also be available.

Chello Zone, whose other brands include Zone Reality, Zone Romantica, Fantasy, Extreme Sports Channel and preschool channel JimJam, will also be able to tap into Outdoor Channel’s extensive library of HD content.

“Outdoor Channel’s compelling and unique content resonates with outdoor enthusiasts around the world,” said Randy Brown, Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales & Marketing at Outdoor Channel. “This distribution agreement for EMEA adds to our existing agreement with Multi Channels Asia as we move forward with plans to launch a dedicated network serving Asia, Australia and New Zealand in October.”

Chello Zone’s Chief Executive Officer Dermot Shortt, said: “We are delighted to have secured the exclusive rights to launch Outdoor Channel in HD throughout EMEA. Outdoor pursuits have become increasingly popular around the world and with its thrilling mix of content, we are confident it is a channel that will appeal to the whole family.”

The programming deal between Chello Zone and Outdoor Channel was secured as part of a joint venture in conjunction with US/Irish-based consultants ARA Amigos Ireland Ltd, headed by Andrew Brilliant, Amory Schwartz and Rich Lefler. The joint venture will be responsible for developing the channel internationally in EMEA.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:45
BBC updates HTML5 stance
Published: August 27, 2010 Europe/London

The BBC has made clear its intention to “embrace and support” HTML5, despite recent concerns voiced by director of Future Media & Technology that the emergence of proprietary HTML5 implementations threatened to undermine the promise of the content presentation standard.

In a post on the BBC Internet Blog, George Wright, head of prototyping, BBC Research and Development, outlines on behalf of the holidaying Huggers that extra resources are being put into support for HTML with a new senior technologist being brought on board to increase the corporation’s involvement in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The new hire, expected to be advertised in the next few weeks, will represent the BBC on a number of standards bodies as well as working on experimental interfaces designed to address some of the issues raised by Huggers in his original.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:46
Romtelecom wins football rights

Published: August 27, 2010 Europe/London

Romtelecom has secured the rights to the Romanian Liga 2 football league for the 2010-11 season.

ZF reports that the telco has agreed to pay around €400,000, of which around €200,000 will be for the broadcasting rights and over €150,000 to ensure transmission of the games themselves.

Transmissions will begin on Dolce Sport, the proprietary channel recently launched by Romtelecom, on August 28.

Dolce Sport is distributed by the Romtelecom DTH and IPTV platforms Dolce and Dolce Interactiv respectively, as well as NextGen, the telco’s cable subsidiary.

The rights to the premier Romanian football league (Liga 1) are currently held by RCS/RDS.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:47
Problems mount for Ukrainian DTH platform

Published: August 27, 2010 Europe/London

The future of the Ukrainian DTH platform Poverkhnost Plus is looking increasingly doubtful amid reports that it has debts of $20 million (€15.73 million).

According to Satkurier, Istil Group, which is headed by Mohammad Zahoor, sold its 55% stake in the platform to the other owner Viktor Samojlenko on July 9 for an undisclosed fee.

Istil Group now claims Poverkhnost Plus has debts of $20 million, whereas Samojlenko insists they are much smaller.

Furthermore, the independent expert Aleksandr Glushenko believes the platform only has 5,000 legitimate subscribers, with a further 100,000 receiving the service illegally.

Earlier this month, Poverkhnost Plus went off the air amid reports it would be sold.

The platform, which was launched in May 2008, is distributed by Eutelsat W4 at 36 degrees East and operates in a DTH market also served by Viasat Ukraine, MYtv and Russia’s NTV-Plus.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:48
Tough times for Slovenian incumbent

Published: August 27, 2010 Europe/London

Telekom Slovenije has posted generally disappointing results for the first half of this year, with its best performance being reserved for foreign markets rather than Slovenia.

Although the telco saw its IPTV subscriber total in Slovenia rise by 19% year-on-year to 113,088, its share of the IPTV sector fell by 1.4 percentage points to 61.4%. Similarly, its fixed broadband connection total rose by 1% year-on-year to 212,131, while its market share fell by three percentage points to 45.2%.

However, Kosovo saw impressive growth in the digital cable service operated by Telekom Slovenije’s Ipko, which ended Q2 with 51,000 subscribers.

On the other hand, no figures were provided for Aneks, the company’s operation in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which launched a digital TV service in February this year.

Although Telekom Slovenije posted a loss of €633,000 in Q1 this year, its performance improved in the second and the company made a profit of €4.3 million in H1.

Operational revenues in H1 amounted to €414.3 million, or 1% more than in the same period in 2009, with the best performance being outside Slovenia, especially in Kosovo.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:51
Demand for Sky Italia ‘Digital Key’ nudges one million

Published: August 27, 2010 Europe/London

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Sky Italia CEO Tom Mockridge says shipments of the satcaster’s Digital Key product are close to reaching one million units. Speaking at a press conference to promote Sky Italia’s forthcoming season of football, now largely in the high definition format, Mockridge said requests for the device that adds DTT channels to the Sky Italia EPG were currently running at around 25,000 per week.

The figures represent over one-fifth of the 4.7 million subscriber base.

The Digital Key was developed in house by Sky Italia in response to the encryption of channels from public broadcaster RAI and the commercial operator Mediaset at the launch of the ‘free-to-view’ platform Tivu Sat. It is given away free of charge to new subscribers, while existing customers can purchase the device for a €20 fee.

There was also praise for MySky, Sky Italia’s implementation of the *** XTV personal video recorder, which Mockridge said was “equally popular”.

Mockridge confirmed that Sky Italia would commence 3D broadcasts in the next 12 months. Unlike other broadcasters, where sport has been the starting point, Sky Italia will get underway with 3D movies. Sport would follow once existing contracts for high definition had been completed before moving to 3D.

Mockridge refused to be drawn on a comparison between Sky and terrestrial rival Mediaset Premium: “I can only say that our product and our television is by far much better,” he said.

Sky’s new season of football will take advantage of the recently introduced €29 pricepoint that has begun to arrest the subscriber erosion suffered by Sky Italia over the last 12 months. In addition to Italian Serie A, coverage also includes the Champions’ League and Europa League.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:54
Nilesat 201 tests for the temporary position of 10.2 W

Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat started technical trials of a new telecommunications satellite in its orbital position of a temporary 10.2°W. The aim of the tests is to determine the technical condition of the satellite before it is put into commercial operation at the target position of 7°W, which will replace the outgoing one hundred and first satellite Nilesat

The first test of Nilesat 201 appeared on the frequency 12.073 GHz, pol. H.

Nilesat 201 has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders and other four in Ka band.

The position of 7°W Nilesat satellites are now working Nilesat 101 and 102. To 7.2°W is located satellite Atlantic Bird 4A (formerly Hot Bird 10) The satellite operator Eutelsat.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:55
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.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 12:56
Eutelsat W3B will delivered at end of October

Start the launcher Ariane 5, the telecommunications satellite Eutelsat W3B was postponed. Now we bring more information and plans for Eutelsat.

"In an effort to reassure your readers would like to confirm that Thales Alenia Space satellite sends W3B in Kourou (French Guiana) in September, in preparation for the start of Ariane launch in late October," said Vanessa server parabola.cz O? Connor Society of Eutelsat . The exact launch date will be specified later.

"The satellite is currently undergoing a final series of tests to Thales facility in Cannes. Our goal is to be in operation at 16°E to the end of 2010," .

Eutelsat W3B is an important satellite of Eutelsat. Will work to position 16 ° E, which is to replace the existing satellite Eurobird 16A Eutelsat Eutelsat Sesat and W2M. Two of the three satellites are no longer at end of life (Sesat) or working with technical problems (W2M).

Start Eutelsat W3B is important both for central and eastern Europe, and especially for the Czech and Slovak markets. As a distribution satellite it will use Sony Pictures Entertainment for the dissemination of thematic channels AXN - AXN Romania therefore, AXN Central Europe, AXN Sci-Fi and AXN Crime. All 4 programs are located in the Czech language.

tonymax
27-08-2010, 18:07
US Open to be broadcast in 3D
by Brooke Sever on Aug 27, 2010


The United States Tennis Association announced consumer electronics giant Panasonic has become an official sponsor of the US Open in a new three-year agreement. Under the deal, the USTA, Panasonic and CBS Sports will spearhead the first ever 3D broadcast of the tournament.

CBS Sports will produce 3D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in high definition on Labor Day Weekend and on Finals Weekend, on September 10, 11 and 12. The matches will be made available nationwide via DirecTV’s dedicated 3D entertainment channel, ‘n|3D Powered by Panasonic’.

Panasonic will have three 3D viewing galleries on-site at the US Open: a 3D Panasonic Showcase located in the former International Tennis Hall of Fame Gallery, another in SmashZone (the Open’s interactive tennis experience) and a third in the South Plaza area.

“We are very pleased to enter a new era of sports production with a new partner, Panasonic, and our long-time partner, CBS,” said USTA chairman of the board and president Lucy Garvin. “We continually explore new innovations for the U.S. Open, and new ways to present our tournament to tennis fans. 3D technology is the wave of the future, and once again the U.S. Open will be on the cutting edge.”

Panasonic and DirecTV also will broadcast the US Open semi-final and final matches live in 3D to hundreds of TV retail outlets across the US.

tonymax
28-08-2010, 13:27
Vectra hit by fine

The Polish cable operator Vectra has been fined over PLN1 million (€251,000) by the country’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) for “violating the collective interests of consumers”.

In a statement, the latter says that two years ago it began an investigation into the terms of contracts provided by nine telecom operators, one of which was Vectra. This showed that Vectra used illegal contract terms, and as a result the president of the UOKiK initiated an investigation into the scale and type of practices infringing on consumer interests.

This found that the cable operator imposed additional charges on subscribers for their services to be restarted after they had been cut off for non-payment of bills. It also questioned Vectra’s unwillingness to pay subscribers compensation and reduce their fees unless their services had been disrupted for over 24 hours.

Subscribers were in addition entitled to compensation from the time they notified the operator of a break in their service, rather than when it began. The UOKiK points out that it is currently carrying out 10 other infringement proceedings and eight investigations into providers of triple play services.

This year alone, it has already issued 11 decisions in this regard. Vectra is Poland’s second largest cable operator in Poland after UPC Polska.

tonymax
28-08-2010, 13:28
Former President of Canal + Television boss?

One of the potential candidates for president of TVP can be eksprezes Canal + Bertrand Le Guern. From the findings of "Straight" follows the nomination Le Guern pushing the head of NBC, Jan Dworak. Sam Le Guern not say hard, "no." - "If I was offered, I would probably consider me - says," Quite "Le Guern. - Television over the past year has been politicized I highly value their independence and therefore have not seen each other in such a place. But on the other hand, never say "never" and if someone is to me something like that called, we certainly would consider it - says Le Guern.

Le Guern is an experienced manager. In July parted with Canal +, which he was president. Previously served on the board of Polish Telecom and was chief operating officer of Netia. Since April directs the French Chamber of Commerce in Poland, has recently also sits on the board Petrolivestu. There it was called at the request of the Chairperson of Ryszard Krauze. Le Guern holds dual citizenship: Polish and French

tonymax
28-08-2010, 13:29
BBC channels will join the Cyfra +?



There are signs that the thematic channels BBC, available up to now only offer of Cyfrowy Polsat, soon widen offer of satellite platform Cyfra +. There is a chance that it will soon offer Cyfra + new channels join BBC. How do we inform readers of the website Cyfra +, including the presentation of TV channels, there are already descriptions of the new station - BBC Knowledge and BBC Lifestyle. There are signs that the thematic channels the BBC is part of the changes planned for the autumn offer Cyfra +.

It is possible that the BBC channels will also offer television, "n". Recall that, when the BBC HD informed the operator that this is the first step in the partnership agreement concluded between the TV, "n" and BBC Worldwide Channels.

To date, thematic channels are available on the BBC in an exclusive offer of Cyfrowy Polsat. A few weeks ago and TV Cyfra + "n" joined to their tender for the BBC HD channel.

tonymax
28-08-2010, 18:09
Thompson: Sky should pay retrans fees


Published: August 28, 2010 Europe/London

BBC director-general Mark Thompson has said UK broadcasters should be paid to be present on the Sky Digital platform. Delivering the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Thompson reversed an argument made by Rupert Murdoch that resulted in the Fox Television network receiving retransmission fees from US cable.

“Fox originally asked Time Warner for $1 a month per subscriber in exchange for the right to re-transmit the Fox network,” said Thompson. “At that level, Sky would be paying £75m a year to get the equivalent of Fox. Given the rather greater popularity of Channel 4, ITV and Channel Five in this market, Sky could perhaps afford to be even a little bit more generous!”

Thompson said he was not arguing that the BBC should receive a payment as it was funded by a universal licence fee and should be available on all platforms at no charge to either party. Instead retrans fees should be introduced for the commercial public broadcasters that invest in UK production.

Under BSkyB’s published ratecard, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five each pay £21,000 per annum for the listing of each of their channels in the Sky EPG and a further £6,000 for each regional variation. There are currently 18 regional variations to BBC One.

While praising its contribution to news and the arts, Thompson criticised the lack of investment by Sky in original drama. “It’s great that they’re announcing a few more drama commissions. But it’s time that Sky pulled its weight by investing much, much more in British talent and British content.”

Thompson said that estimates put Sky’s non-news, non-drama budget at an annual £100 million, slightly ahead of Channel Five, even though its turnover was 15 times greater.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 11:42
Tennis Channel Aces U.S. Open Freeview In 55 Million Homes
Network Will Be Available To Expanded Subscriber Base During Championships

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Tennis Channel will serve up its second year of live U.S. Open tennis coverage starting Monday and its views will be available to some 55 million homes.
The dedicated tennis and lifestyle service is making its feed available as a free preview during its two weeks of coverage in around the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, N.Y. The independent service has secured wider berths with cable, satellite and telco providers that will essentially double its sub base.
U.S. OpenAt press time, the distributors that had committed to the freeview include: Comcast (South Florida, Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.); Time Warner Cable (Los Angeles, North and South Carolina); DirecTV and Dish Network; Verizon FiOS; AT&T U-verse; Cox (Arizona); RCN (New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Bosto, Washington, D.C. and Lehigh Valley); Bright House Networks (Michigan); GCI (Anchorage); and Liberty Cablevision (Puerto Rico).

Those viewers checking out the free preview, as well as the service's 27 million regular subscribers, will be able to see 73 hours of live matches.
Also featuring encores and extensive highlights, Tennis is scheduled to air some 234 hours of Open telecasts, via its nearly round-the-clock "Grounds Pass" coverage over the fortnight from Aug. 30 through Sept. 12.

During the week of Sept. 12, Tennis will run replays of the men's, women's singles and doubles finals and the mixed doubles final.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 11:44
NAMIC Announcers EMMA Winners
MSOs, Networks, Industry Suppliers Will Be Honored Sept. 14 During Group's Annual

Time Warner Cable and Time Warner Cable Los Angeles, HBO and Turner Entertainment Networks were the big winners as The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications announced its Excellence in Multi-cultural Marketing Awards.
Held in conjunction with the Annual NAMIC Conference, the awards competition showcases marketing efforts targeting one or more cultural segments including, but not limited to African American, Asian and Hispanic markets. The 24th annual NAMIC Conference will take place Sept. 14-15 at the Hilton New York in Manhattan as part of Diversity Week.
The EMMAs recognize the cable industry's commitment to maintaining best practices, while developing creative, strategic and innovative approaches to ethnic-targeted marketing. The competition comprises two award categories: marketing tactics and case studies/campaign. Entries submitted within each category were judged within two divisions: cable companies/distributors and networks/industry suppliers. Unlike traditional "best of" competition methods, each entry was judged against a standard of excellence and not against other entrants, resulting in the potential for zero to multiple winners in each category.
Time Warner Cable and Time Warner Cable Los Angeles each earned four first place wins to lead the cable companies division, while Cox Communications garnered first-place honors in two categories. Cablevision and Comcast also won honors.
HBO and Turner Entertainment Networks led the networks/industry suppliers division with three first-place finishes each, while IFC garnered two first-place wins. BET Networks, Eclipse Marketing Services, Inc., International Media Distribution, MTV Networks, mun2 and TuTv all claimed a single honor.
"The cable industry is committed to connecting their brands with an increasingly diverse audience," said Daphne Leroy, vice president of Marketing and Communications, NAMIC, in announcing the awards. "We are pleased to honor the latest group of EMMA winners for demonstrating exceptional efforts to reach multi-ethnic consumers through focused, highly creative, multi-platform marketing strategies.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 11:45
MTV's Nielsen Situation: 'Jersey Shore' Sets Series Marks With Viewers, Key Demo
Aug. 26 Telecast Draws 5.8 Million Viewers, Registers 5.5 Mark Among Persons 12-34

Here's the situation: Thursday night's installment of MTV's Jersey Shore scored its series high among viewers and its top mark against its network's key demo group.
The Aug. 26 telecast about the South Beach housemates averaged a series-best 5.8 million watchers, according to Nielsen live+ same-day data. The performance eclipsed the 5.5 million that tuned in the Aug. 19 and Aug. 12 installments, according to MTV officials.
Moreover, the Aug. 26 show delivered a 5.5 rating against MTV's preferred persons 12-to-34 set. That marked the third straight week Jersey Shore built on that demo, up from a 5.4 and 5.3 on Aug. 19 and Aug. 12, respectively.
MTV officials said the sophomore season of the reality show is the No. 1 show with that group across all TV this summer and has recorded cable's five best deliveries in 2010 against the demo.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 11:46
Dish Debuts India's PTC Punjabi
DBS Provider Is Exclusive U.S. Outlet For India's Most Popular Network


Dish Network, continuing to bolster its already robust international programming menu, has launched India's PTC Punjabi service.

Located on the DBS provider's channel 604, PTC Punjabi is a 24-hour entertainment channel that broadcasts news, entertainment and religious programming from Punjab, India. Exclusively available in the States via Dish, the channel features Gurbani from Takhat Sri Hazoor Sahib and such popular shows as Preeto TOP10, Voice of Punjab, Ghar Ghar Vich Ghuggi and Miss PTC Punjabi 2010. The network also offers news and current affairs with authentic updates on current events, news and happenings all over the world for the Punjabi diaspora in the U.S.
PTC Punjabi is available to Dish customers for $19.99 per month as part of its Punjabi Pack, which includes GPunjab-Newstime, Alpha Etc Punjabi, Jus Punjabi TV, Pubjabi TV, Jus One and MH1.
"With the addition of PTC Pubjabi, the No. 1 rated Punjabi channel in India, we continue to provide our customers with the most high-quality channels of any TV company in America," said Chris Kuelling, vice president of international programming for Dish in a statement. "Dish Network is proud to be the go-to TV provider for the widest variety of top-rated International programming at the absolute best price in the industry."
Noted PTC Punjabi director and COO Rajiee Shinde: "PTC Network has always strived to provide more than just television to every Punjabi. We strive to be a part of their everyday life and we are glad that through Dish Network, we are also able to touch every Punjabi's life in the U.S."

tonymax
29-08-2010, 11:47
Updated: Rhetoric Rising In Hallmark, AT&T Carriage Dispute
Abbott Avers Telco Is 'Insisting On Unreasonable Rates'


The war of words is heating up in the carriage contretemps between Hallmark Channels and AT&T U-verse.
Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Hallmark Channels, fired back at the telco on Thursday night, maintaining the family-friendly programmer didn't want to make the dispute public and that U-verse is seeking unreasonable license fees.
The current distribution deal between AT&T U-verse and Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel expires on Aug. 31.
"It is unfortunate that AT&T U-verse's statement of the situation is inaccurate. They are a multi-billion dollar organization bullying one of the nation's last surviving independent cable networks by insisting on unreasonable rates that would seriously jeopardize our longevity," said Abbott in a statement. "Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel are two of the few remaining family-friendly networks offered on television and represent less than 1% of AT&T's total basic programming fees! Although we would have preferred to conduct the negotiations privately, we have been forced to comment since AT&T advised its customers weeks ago that Hallmark Channels may be dropped on August 31, 2010."
Abbott's comments came in remarks made by AT&T mid-day on Thursday.
"We are making every effort to reach a fair agreement and continue providing these channels to our customers. Frankly, we're surprised that Hallmark has decided to take its negotiations public, instead of working with us in good faith, especially since we've made numerous offers to Hallmark. We're disappointed that Hallmark is acting in a way that may punish viewers and is trying to charge AT&T more than what similarly-sized and smaller TV competitors pay for these channels. We want to continue to carry the channels under terms similar to our current agreement," said AT&T.
"We don't want customers to lose their programming. We're fighting for a fair deal because our customers deserve the programming they want, at a fair price. We want to reach an agreement that is fair to our subscribers and for all parties, as we have with numerous other content providers."
The telco declined further comment on Friday.

That's also when Hallmark Channels spokeswoman Nancy Carr said the programmer would be "more than willing" to grant an extension to AT&T to continue carrying the channels while the two negotiate.

"We assume if AT&T isn't willing to grant an extension that they will drop the channels based on what they have conveyed to us," she told Multichannel News.
Hallmark officials indicated that AT&T U-verse sent postcards, dated Aug. 1, to its customers about the possible loss of Hallmark Channel and its sister service Hallmark Movie Channel if a new deal isn't consummated by that deadline. More recently, AT&T notified Hallmark Channels of the potential drop.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 11:50
GolTV HD Nets Time Warner Cable Launch In New York City
Rollout In Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island Follows Bow On DirecTV

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GolTV has scored for the second time with its high-definition service.
The independent, bilingual futbol programmer launched GolTV HD with Time Warner Cable in New York City. The HD service is now available to the MSO's subscribers on channel 469 in Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens, where GolTV was already available in standard-definition. Deal terms were not disclosed.
The Big Apple rollout mFC Barcelona's Lionel Messiarks the second launch for GolTV HD: DirecTV debuted the service on Aug. 4.
GolTV HD is the nation's first Spanish and English original network that is not offered as an over-the-air broadcast channel and is being delivered as a full simulcast of the GolTV standard-definition service. During its first year, GolTV HD will proffer soccer fans over 250 matches in pure HD, as well as highlight and magazine shows like La Liga 360, Hallo! Bundesliga and Bundesliga Magazine
"By launching GolTV HD, Time Warner Cable will be able to capitalize on the post-World Cup fútbol fever and enable their subscribers to experience soccer on a whole new level with a crystal, clear HD picture that will make them feel as if they are in the center of the action," said GolTV COO Rodrigo Lombello in a statement. "Our programming lineup presents soccer from every angle, capturing the sights, the sounds and the passion of live international match action that is sure to bring out the soccer fan in everyone."
GolTV presents coverage of the Bundesliga and La Liga, the premier leagues in Germany and Spain, with club rosters showcasing such World Cup standouts as Iker Casillas, Adres Ineista and David Villa from the El Rojo side that won the 2010 tournament, as well as Diego Forlan, Thomas Müeller, Miroslav Klose and Leo Messi. GolTV HD also covers the UEFA Europa League and Brazil's Campeonato Brasileiro and Campeonato Paulista, plus an array of top-tier international tournaments. The network also goes inside the action with an original programming lineup of highlight and news shows featuring GolTV's team of expert analysts and commentators.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 12:02
Thompson: Sky should pay retrans fees


BBC director-general Mark Thompson has said UK broadcasters should be paid to be present on the Sky Digital platform. Delivering the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Thompson reversed an argument made by Rupert Murdoch that resulted in the Fox Television network receiving retransmission fees from US cable.

“Fox originally asked Time Warner for $1 a month per subscriber in exchange for the right to re-transmit the Fox network,” said Thompson. “At that level, Sky would be paying £75m a year to get the equivalent of Fox. Given the rather greater popularity of Channel 4, ITV and Channel Five in this market, Sky could perhaps afford to be even a little bit more generous!”

Thompson said he was not arguing that the BBC should receive a payment as it was funded by a universal licence fee and should be available on all platforms at no charge to either party. Instead retrans fees should be introduced for the commercial public broadcasters that invest in UK production.

Under BSkyB’s published ratecard, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five each pay £21,000 per annum for the listing of each of their channels in the Sky EPG and a further £6,000 for each regional variation. There are currently 18 regional variations to BBC One.

While praising its contribution to news and the arts, Thompson criticised the lack of investment by Sky in original drama. “It’s great that they’re announcing a few more drama commissions. But it’s time that Sky pulled its weight by investing much, much more in British talent and British content.”

Thompson said that estimates put Sky’s non-news, non-drama budget at an annual £100 million, slightly ahead of Channel Five, even though its turnover was 15 times greater.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 12:03
BBC channels will join the Cyfra +?

There are signs that the thematic channels BBC, available up to now only offer of Cyfrowy Polsat, soon widen offer of satellite platform Cyfra +. There is a chance that it will soon offer Cyfra + new channels join BBC. How do we inform readers of the website Cyfra +, including the presentation of TV channels, there are already descriptions of the new station - BBC Knowledge and BBC Lifestyle. There are signs that the thematic channels the BBC is part of the changes planned for the autumn offer Cyfra +.

It is possible that the BBC channels will also offer television, "n". Recall that, when the BBC HD informed the operator that this is the first step in the partnership agreement concluded between the TV, "n" and BBC Worldwide Channels.

To date, thematic channels are available on the BBC in an exclusive offer of Cyfrowy Polsat. A few weeks ago and TV Cyfra + "n" joined to their tender for the BBC HD channel.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 12:05
Former President of Canal + Television boss?

One of the potential candidates for president of TVP can be eksprezes Canal + Bertrand Le Guern. From the findings of "Straight" follows the nomination Le Guern pushing the head of NBC, Jan Dworak. Sam Le Guern not say hard, "no." - "If I was offered, I would probably consider me - says," Quite "Le Guern. - Television over the past year has been politicized I highly value their independence and therefore have not seen each other in such a place. But on the other hand, never say "never" and if someone is to me something like that called, we certainly would consider it - says Le Guern.

Le Guern is an experienced manager. In July parted with Canal +, which he was president. Previously served on the board of Polish Telecom and was chief operating officer of Netia. Since April directs the French Chamber of Commerce in Poland, has recently also sits on the board Petrolivestu. There it was called at the request of the Chairperson of Ryszard Krauze. Le Guern holds dual citizenship: Polish and French

tonymax
29-08-2010, 12:06
Vectra hit by fine

The Polish cable operator Vectra has been fined over PLN1 million (€251,000) by the country’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) for “violating the collective interests of consumers”.

In a statement, the latter says that two years ago it began an investigation into the terms of contracts provided by nine telecom operators, one of which was Vectra. This showed that Vectra used illegal contract terms, and as a result the president of the UOKiK initiated an investigation into the scale and type of practices infringing on consumer interests.

This found that the cable operator imposed additional charges on subscribers for their services to be restarted after they had been cut off for non-payment of bills. It also questioned Vectra’s unwillingness to pay subscribers compensation and reduce their fees unless their services had been disrupted for over 24 hours.

Subscribers were in addition entitled to compensation from the time they notified the operator of a break in their service, rather than when it began. The UOKiK points out that it is currently carrying out 10 other infringement proceedings and eight investigations into providers of triple play services.

This year alone, it has already issued 11 decisions in this regard. Vectra is Poland’s second largest cable operator in Poland after UPC Polska.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 18:05
Viewers rate online VOD, but use is minimal


Published: August 29, 2010 Europe/London

The importance of on demand television over the internet has grown significantly over the past three years, according to Deloitte and YouGov. Questioned as part of a survey released to coincide with the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, participants were asked how important it was to watch on demand services specifically over broadband internet and named YouTube, BBC iPlayer, ITV.com, 4oD, Sky Player and Demand Five. The question has changed slightly in its wording over the past three years but it is ostensibly the same.

In particular the number of 18 to 24 year olds that rate TV over the internet, either clips or an entire programme, as “Very Important” has tripled over the last three years.

However, while enthusiasm for the medium is there, the most frequent quantity of either programmes or clips viewed by respondents was zero! The data indicates only a moderate increase in usage, though amongst those who are using the medium there is a marked rise in those viewing three or four clips a week.

There is no indication from the survey that faster broadband speeds would act as a driver (indeed speeds of 2 Mbps are normally deemed sufficient by most online services).

The findings run counter to recently published consumer research from the regulator Ofcom that found a third of all households in the UK with internet access used it watch online catch-up TV in the first quarter of this year.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 18:06
UPC adds SBS channels in HD

Published: August 29, 2010 Europe/London

UPC Nederland will add the three HD channels from SBS Broadcasting to its line-up on September 1. Later this year, the cabler will also start to offer catch-up programming from the three channels, SBS 6, Net 5 and Veronica.
With the addition of the three HD simulcasts of the SBS channels, UPC now has the HD versions of all major Dutch broadcasters, both public and private. The HD offer totals 20 channels, as well as UPC On Demand HD and three more premium HD channels, Eredivisie Live HD, Sport1 HD and Film1 HD.

With the start of the catch-up TV services Net 5 Gemist, SBS 6 Gemist and Veronica Gemist UPC will also offer this service from all major broadcasters.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 18:08
Fehervari pulls the plug on Exqi Plus


Published: August 29, 2010 Europe/London


Belgian based media entrepreneur Gabriël Fehervari, CEO of production house Alfacam, has decided to pull the plug out on Exqi Plus because of continuing losses of the channel.
Just before the summer, Exqi Plus canceled its contract with ad sales house RMB because of disappointing viewing figures for the channel, while programming on the channel was replaced by sports from the Exqi Sport+ channel.

According to Belgian press reports Fehervari and his wife Karin Stoop put €4.5 million into the venture. Fehervari’s Alfacam also invested in the channel and had to write off €4.7 million on the channel resulting in a loss for the company of €3.69 million. However, turnover at Alfacam rose to €23.3 million during the first half of the year, up from €17.1 million.

Alfacam realises 84% of its turnover outside of Belgium; 60% of its turnover comes from outside Europe. The company was heavily involved with coverage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and has new contracts in India for the Commonwealth Games as well as for cricket competitions.

Fehervari is now looking for new partners to continue with the EXQI Sport, EXQI Culture and EXQI FM channels. Alfacam is one of the pioneers in HD broadcasting in Europe with the early launch of channels such as Euro 1080 and HD1, HD3 and HD5.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 18:09
SBS to launch daily 3D programming


Published: August 29, 2010 Europe/London

SBS Broadcasting will launch its own 3D pilot channel in September 2010. The broadcaster will use the 3D VidiGo live production suite, to be shown at IBC 2010 by Hilversum based VidiGo.
“This is the first 3D channel in the Netherlands. We think it is important to start experimenting with 3D. SBS strongly believes in the power of 3D, but there is still much to learn. VidiGo Live allows us to responsibly start with 3D production,” said Josbert van Rooijen, Broadcast & IT Manager at SBS Broadcasting. The launch of a 3D channel by SBS was announced earlier this year.

According to VidiGo “the introduction of Live 3D VidiGo will revolutionise the development of 3D. VidiGo Live 3D is based on the “side-by-side technique. VidiGo Live 3D is a complete production suite, including audio, graphics and play back. With this set-up is launching a 3D production truly plug and play.”

“Currently, a 3D production is still relatively expensive. In line with our vision, we wanted to make 3D accessible to any video producer. VidiGo able to simplify the AV output. We anticipate that 3D works by VidiGo Live 3D will be an explosion, as it is now affordable. Especially now, with the current uncertainties in the market, it is important that broadcasters could experiment with 3D directly without having to make major investments,” said Hans Krouwel, CEO VidiGo.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 18:12
ESPN2, Tennis Channel, CBS Ready To Serve Up U.S. Open Action
Networks To Provide Full Views From Flushing Meadow
Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/29/2010

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There are a few certainties with this year's 2010 U.S. Open tennis championships.

With injuries keeping Juan Martin Del Potro and Serena Williams out of the action, new men's singles champions and women's doubles champions will be crowned at the event. And ESPN2, Tennis Channel and CBS will combine on hundreds of hours of coverage from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the upcoming fortnight, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 12.
While ESPN and CBS are the primary rights-holders, Tennis Channel's will serve up its match coverage first, beginning on Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. (ET) from Arthur Ashe and/or Louis Armstrong Stadium
Tennis Channel's typical US Open schedule features live matches daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. U.S. Open Tonight immediately follows the conclusion of the final match from the evening schedule and presents encore matches until Breakfast at the Open premieres at 6 a.m. and runs next to encore matches until the start of that day's play at 11 a.m.
U.S. Open tennis ballDuring the Labor Day weekend, Tennis Channel's live-match window moves to primetime from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 4 and Sunday Sept. 5.

Available to some 55 million homes with a free preview across select cable, satellite and telco distributors essentially doubling its 27 million subscriber base, Tennis will present 73 hours of live matches during its second year of Open coverage. All told, the network will offer 234 hours, with nearly 24-hour, "Grounds Pass" level of coverage during the two-week competition.
Tracey Austin, a two-time Open singles champion and long-time USA Network announcer from Flushing Meadow, will serve as Tennis Channel's afternoon and late-match analyst, and appear in shorts and interact with fans around the grounds.
Austin, a regular on Tennis Channel Academy, the coaches and clinic series she has hosted on the network since 2008, joins an on-air roster, highlighted by Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova, the service's lead analysts. Once again, the all-time men's and women's titlists will again work in the same booth.
Veteran sportscaster Bill Macatee, a mainstay of the network's Grand Slam coverage since its first effort in Paris in 2007, will be back in Queens, while lead commentators Ted Robinson and Ian Eagle and former players Leif Shiras, Katrina Adams, Jimmy Arias, Justin Gimelstob and Corina Morariu, all will have their says. Court Report anchor Cari Champion will also be on the tournament grounds for special news and feature segments. U.S. Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open are hosted by Davenport and Frazier from Tennis' Los Angeles studio, with nightly Court Report segments from reporters Arlene Santana and Angela Sun.
After introducing its Grounds Pass coverage approach to the Open in 2009, Tennis wants to afford audiences an even better feel of spending a late-summer afternoon at the tournament. New in 2010: Tennis Channel Plaza, a fixed interview and fan-interaction site centered just outside Ashe Stadium. Throughout each day's coverage Gimelstob, Champion and others will conduct interviews while surrounded by tournament ticket holders, carrying on public address conversations with the crowd. Moreover, Tennis' main set has been moved from the top of Armstrong Stadium and brought outside to the second level of Ashe, in full view of the public.
For its part, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will serve up 100 hours of Open action. During the tourney's first week, ESPN2's coverage will start at 1 p.m. each weekday and continue for at least 10 hours through both the day and evening sessions. Primetime at the U.S. Open presented by IBM begins at 7 p.m. before wrapping at 11 p.m. or when play is concluded, whichever is later.
Opening night begins with a flourish, as ESPN2 will cover the ceremony celebrating those who "Dream, Succeed and Inspire." Four-time Open champ Navratilova, fan-favorite James Blake and reigning U.S. Open Wheelchair singles and doubles champion Esther Vergeer will be honored. The ceremony in Ashe Stadium will be hosted by ABC News's Christiane Amanpour and will feature a special musical performance by Grammy winner Gloria Estefan.
The second week, ESPN2 will feature Primetime at the U.S. Open at 7 p.m. on Labor Day Sept. 6, followed by day-long windows Tuesday - Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. (There is a two-hour gap on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6 p.m-8 p.m.)
While ESPN2 is on the air, SportsCenter will have the right to cut-in live for updates and key moments. The show's daytime edition runs on ESPN until 3 p.m. with later editions scheduled from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight. In addition, as of Monday, August 30, it is also on ESPNEWS 3-6 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
On the concluding day Sept. 12, ESPN2 will televise live the women's doubles championship at 1 p.m., and will review all the action at 9 p.m. with a special two-hour edition of SportsCenter at the U.S. Open.

ESPN2 HD will provide fans with new vistas from Ashe Stadium. In a first for any Grand Slam event in tennis, a camera will fly over the court on a four-point aerial system. The angle should be dramatic for walk-ons, ceremonies and walk-offs, and incisive for replays.

Heading ESPN2's coverage are Cliff Drysdale, a former U.S. Open finalist who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast on Sept 14, 1979, exactly one week after the network launched, and Chris Fowler, ESPN's lead studio anchor for Grand Slam tennis since 2003. Fowler will also call matches.

Mike Tirico, Hannah Storm and Chris McKendry will also serve as hosts. Patrick McEnroe and his brother John, who made some controversial suggestions about reducing the women's tour owing to the mental and physical challenges it poses to the players, will again often be paired in the same booth.

Darren Cahill, Mary Carillo, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver are also on the network's coverage roster, while Rick Reilly and Tom Rinaldi will contribute features and essays during the first week.
Digitally, broadband service ESPN3.com will cover the action from five courts beginning at 1 p.m. the first five days of the event. ESPN3.com will also simulcast ESPN2 for the full tournament, plus select additional court coverage, for a total of approximately 375 hours of Open tennis on the Web.
Tennischannel.com, meanwhile, will feature real-time scoring, schedules, draws and order of play, as well as on-court video highlights, behind-the-scenes features, interviews and Court Report news segments. There will also be exclusive photo gallery scenes, while reporter Steve Flink and humorist James LaRosa will share their online opinions as the competition unfolds.
CBS Sports, meanwhile, will continue its tradition of televising much of the best the Open has to offer, and this year kick in a new serve with 3D coverage.

Per usual, the broadcast network rights-holder will showcase seven hours worth of TV coverage daily on the tournament's holiday weekend: from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 4-5, as well as on Labor Day Sept. 6.
CBS then gets back on court on Friday Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. through 6 p.m. with coverage of women's singles semifinals and the men's doubles final.
On "Super Saturday," Black Rock will showcase the men's singles semifinals during a 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., before returning to Ashe Stadium with the primetime presentation of the women's single championship match at 8 p.m.
After opening up its NFL regular-season coverage with the 1 p.m. games, CBS has the men's final at 4 p.m.

As for the enhanced telecasts, CBS secured a sponsorship deal with Panasonic to produce stereoscopic 3D coverage of the middle weekend of the tourney, as well as the final weekend Sept. 11-12.

The coverage, broadcast on DirecTV's n3D channel, will focus on center court and use PACE 3D camera rigs supported by an NEP 3D production truck.

CBS begins its Open coverage at noon on Sunday Aug. 29 with 90 minutes of tennis fun and entertainment from Arthur Ashe Kid's Day festivities, followed by a preview of the tournament at 1:30 p.m.

tonymax
29-08-2010, 18:13
Time Warner Cable Revs Up Speed 2 Broadband Launch
Streaming, On-Demand Service Available For Free To MSO's Sports Pass Subscribers
News, 8/29/2010

Time Warner Cable is launching broadband service Speed 2 nationally.
Featuring live and on-demand streaming motorsports racing events and enthusiast programming, Speed 2 is available to Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its Sports Pass package at no additional fee.
Subscribers to the Sports Pass (previously known as Time Warner Cable's Sports Tier) will be authenticated and able to view Speed 2's content from any Internet based connection, wired or wireless, at home or on the go, according to MSO officials. Rates for Sports Pass vary by market. For instance, the price is $3.95 monthly for a suite of services in Time Warner Cable's New York City system.
The Speed2 rollout follows a test in Time Warner Cable's Carolina market in July 2010.
Both standard- and high-definition content will be provided on Speed2 and the broadband network will also house an extensive programming library from Speed's 14 years on the air, including such series as American Muscle Car, Behind the Headlights, Back in the Day and Victory by Design.
Additionally, Speed2 will feature magazine shows such as Motorsports Mundial and Inside Grand Prix, along with more than a dozen international racing series, including the Time Trial Xtreme Grand Prix . Other races scheduled exclusively on Speed2 include:
• FIA GT1 and GT3 (World and European Championship Touring Car Racing Series)
• German Touring Car (DTM)
• World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)
• Intercontinental Rally
• British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
• FIM Motocross World Championship (All-Terrain Motorcycle Racing)
• FIM Supermoto World Championship (Motorcross and Off-Road Racing)
• FIM Enduro World Championship (Long Distance Off-Road Motorcycle Racing)
• Nürburgring 24 (Touring Car Endurance Racing)
• Formula 2 (Open Wheel Formula Racing)
• F3 Euroseries (European Open Wheel Developmental Racing Series)
• VW Scirocco Cup (German Single-Make Racing Series)

tonymax
29-08-2010, 19:10
LJBC goes to court over copyright infringement
August 29th, 2010 -

The Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting Corporation (LJBC) recently sued a Toronto resident named Abdalla Saleh in US District Court for Northern California, alleging copyright infringement. The seven-page lawsuit, filed on 20 August, said Mr Saleh allegedly uploaded six videos to YouTube and one to blip.tv that included “numerous copyrighted works owned by” LJBC.

All of the videos appear to have been taken down. However, the video posted to blip.tv was titled “Gaddafi Crimes Against Humanity.” The LJBC is seeking unspecific amounts of monetary damages and a declaration that Saleh “willfully infringed LJBC’s copyrights,” among other things.