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    Quote Originally Posted by jack1420 View Post
    It is great to watch tv online.
    Yes... but in a lot of places around the world, the internet connection isn't that fast to handle a TV Streaming... :(

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    Czech Prima hits back in dispute
    08.47 Europe/London, December 13, 2011 By Chris Dziadul



    FTV Prima, the operator of the Czech national commercial broadcaster TV Prima, has rejected what it says are false claims by the country’s Regional Television Authority (RTA).


    In a statement, FTV Prima denies that the RTA is licensed to continue using frequencies it currently shares with the broadcaster from the beginning of next year up to 2018.


    FTV Prima CEO Mark Singer also calls for foreign investors to be protected from actions such as those currently being undertaken by the RTA, which he says are illegal.


    Last week it was reported that the RTA planned to contact Office for Protection of Competition, the Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting (RRTV) and Czech Telecoms Office (CTU) over the dispute.


    FTV Prima is backed by MTG and besides TV Prima operates the thematic channels Prima Cool and Prima Love.

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    Russian Kosmos TV under threat
    09.06 Europe/London, December 13, 2011 By Chris Dziadul



    The Moscow-based MMDS operator Kosmos TV has found itself in a dispute over the launch of 4G services in the city.


    Kommersant reports that Kosmos TV, which is jointly owned by AFK Sistema and the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS), is taking legal action in a dispute with the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF).


    The latter recently awarded a licence to Scartel (which uses the brand name Yota) to operate 4G services on frequencies currently used by Kosmos TV.


    It also plans to grant four more licences for the same frequencies.


    This effectively means that Kosmos TV, which currently has around 35,000 subscribers and a 1% share of the Moscow pay-TV market (4% of digital TV) will no longer be able to provide services.

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    Sky Germany raises cash for soccer bid


    Investment bankers Morgan Stanley, in a note to clients, suggest that Sky Deutschland is “likely to announce a News Corp-backed [investment raising] before the end of 2011.”






    The extra cash is needed to make a strong bid for the upcoming sale of Bundesliga TV rights for the 2013-14 seasons, and is likely to be in the range €75 million-€100 million, suggests the bankers, and will probably be added to an extension of Sky’s current €525 million bank overdraft facility. The soccer TV rights package comes up for renewal early in 2012.






    Morgan Stanley also say that this current year’s numbers, not officially unveiled until Feb 23 2012, will show this quarter’s net additions at about 125,000, taking the year’s net adds to 329,000 and well ahead of Sky-D’s own guidance (300,000). There could be an even better result, says the bank, with Sky-D beating Morgan Stanley’s own numbers and thus achieving the long-awaited 3 million “break-even” subscriber total.






    But acquiring the soccer TV rights will come at a cost, says the bank, of about 35 per cent more than is currently paid (and which is €225 million-€275 million per season). Deutsche Telekom (DT) currently hold the IPTV and mobile live rights to Bundesliga games, and DT is the well-financed rival and almost certainly likely to make a bid against Sky Deutschland.






    Morgan Stanley reminds us that DT has made public statements that it will look at all aspects of the Bundesliga tender. Niek Jan van Damme, Deutsche Telekom CEO for Germany commented at its Q3 call: “As to Bundesliga, the official start of negotiations for the season 2013-2014 is scheduled basically now, at autumn 2011. And the idea is to have the tender completed at the latest, in May 2012. Content will be advertised for sale for all three distribution channels, that is, for broadcast, linear TV, IPTV and Web TV. And you will appreciate that I cannot comment on specific Deutsche Telekom plans we have, but I can assure you we will examine all alternatives, including Bundesliga content, because we want to offer these significant benefits to our Entertain customers, of course.”






    He continued: “Just to give you an idea, more than 11 per cent of our Entertain customers at the moment are watching LigaTotal, and at the end of this quarter, at last quarter, we had a total of 154,000 subscribers, which we consider as very successful.”






    DT has also just launched its satellite based Entertain Sat service via Astra, which offers 3-16Mbps broadband, a flat rate voice service and a basic IPTV package from €39.95 per month plus €5.95 for a 500Gb HD receiver. The TV signal is received by satellite, the broadband is via ADSL. The package includes the RTL/P7 HD+ service on the normal terms (free in the first year and €50 pa thereafter). Entertain Sat is designed to: (i) address the potential market created by analogue switch-off in 2012, and (ii) for customers unable to receive the IPTV service to date – mainly those with insufficient bandwidth speed to receive a reliable IPTV service. Reaction to Entertain Sat has been good, with 50k subscriptions sold in the first month alone.






    Meanwhile DT has the resources to bid for the Bundesliga, says the bank’s note. The company has €15 billion of EBITDA and could afford, if it wished, the €350 million per annum or so for Bundesliga rights. So DT has substantial resources, a satellite-based distribution platform to complement its IPTV offering and an intention of at least looking at the pay TV rights. The Sky-D share price shows that the market is anticipating DT bidding for the rights.

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    Ofcom identifies local TV sites
    10.57 Europe/London, December 13, 2011 By Chris Dziadul



    UK regulator Ofcom has identified 20 specific sites for a local TV multiplex that it will advertise if proposed legislation is passed by parliament.


    The sites, which will now go to consultation, have been selected from ones where local TV is technically possible and Ofcom considers there is a potential local service operator.


    They have also been selected to achieve a range of locations across the UK, as well as a range of scale of operations, with Ofcom in addition taking into account evidence of strong local demand.


    The 20 sites are Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea.


    Ofcom has also said it will award the multiplex licence partly on the basis of additional coverage.


    The additional sites it proposes are Aberdeen, Ayr, Bangor, Barnstable, Basingstoke, Bedford, Cambridge, Carlisle, Derry/Londonderry, Dundee, Guildford, Hereford, Inverness, Kidderminster, Limavady, Luton, Maidstone, Malvern, Mold, Salisbury, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Stratford upon Avon and York.

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    Yes eyes channel closure
    11.25 Europe/London, December 13, 2011 By Chris Dziadul



    The Israeli DTH platform Yes is looking into the possibility of selling its documentary channel yes Docu.


    According to Haaretz, Yes is currently facing a possible fine of NIS40 million (€8 million) for failing to meet its obligation of spending half of the money allotted to original programming on stations operated by outside companies.


    Rather than paying another company, Yes has been paying independent filmmakers to produce their own documentaries.


    Yes may be fined or face sanctions following a hearing on December 22.


    Yes was launched in 1998 and currently claims over 578,000 subscribers, equivalent to a 39% share of Israel’s multichannel TV market.

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    South Africa hopes to stop porn TV
    09.42 Europe/London, January 11, 2012 By Robert Briel





    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has applied for a court interdict to stop TopTV from launching porn TV channels, reports Business Day.


    TopTV, a satellite DTH platform that competes with MultiChoice’s DStv, plans to launch three adult channels.


    “By offering these channels on a secure and encrypted pay-TV platform, it will not be possible for the three additional channels to be viewed inadvertently by TopTV subscribers,” according to Marius Liebenberg, SVP, sales and marketing of TopTV


    “Recent research has shown that there is a definite market for adult content and channels among South African television viewers. As a pay-TV operator, we are constantly reassessing the market. We have established that there is a niche market for such a service and are ensuring that we offer it to potential subscribers in a responsible and secure environment.”


    On Digital Media, the company that owns TopTV, said last month it would go ahead with the launch of the channels despite Icasa’s objections. It argued that the regulator had not finalised its application in the required three months and TopTV was therefore legally entitled to go ahead.


    ICASA has now decided to take legal action to stop the channels from launching. The case is expected to be heard in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday, January 13.


    Last month, the Family Policy Institute in South Africa, a pro-marriage and pro-family non-profit organisation, said some Christian organisations planned to boycott TopTV after it had announced the launch of the channel. It said they would also boycott TopTV’s advertisers and sponsors.


    The latest bid to get porn on to South African television screens comes just months after pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice decided to can its foray into adult TV following widespread objections from the public.


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    Someone needs to put a stop to both Newscorps and Google's hegemony, Google may not be as diabolical as Microsoft, but Murdock is, and having everything concentrated in one or two places is not healthy. We cannot let them corner the market on internet TV, especially content programming
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    Czech VOD market grows
    08.16 Europe/London, January 23, 2012 By Chris Dziadul



    Competition in the online VOD market is set to intensify in the Czech Republic, with MTG-backed Prima TV, one of the country’s top two commercial broadcasters, preparing to launch a new service.


    E15 reports that it will be named PrimaPlay.cz and is likely to make its debut at the end of next month, with details of the content it will offer being made public in the next few days.


    Prima TV already operates an on demand service through Seznam.cz.


    The news comes as CME has closed a VOD service named Cinema.cz, though it still retains Voyo.cz, for which it has high expectations, with the target of 100,000 subscribers by the end of this year.


    J&T-owned Topfun Media is also set to become what some have described as the Czech Netflix.


    Separately, speaking exclusively to HN, CME head Adrian Sarbu said that the company plans to launch more pay channels.


    The ad market is expected to grow in the Czech Republic this year.

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    MTS looks to expand
    08.00 Europe/London, January 23, 2012 By Chris Dziadul



    Russia’s MTS is planning to buy the St Petersburg-based ISP SkyNet for a reported $42 million (€32.5 million).


    According to Kommersant, the acquisition would increase MTS’s share of the internet market in the city from 2% to 8%, with SkyNet currently claiming 85,000 subscribers.


    Although the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has already approved a possible acquisition, MTS still faces competition from VimpelCom, MegaFon and Transtelecom for SkyNet.


    MTS is a leading provider of pay-TV services in Russia, ending last year with 3 million subscribers.


    Its internet subscriber total meanwhile exceeded 2 million.

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