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    Video International exceeds limit
    08.48 Europe/London, January 23, 2012 By Chris Dziadul



    The Russian ad sales house Video International (VI) is set to exceed the 35% market share limit imposed by the law “On Advertising.”


    The legislation, enacted last year, was designed specifically to curtail VI’s previously dominant position in the TV ad sales market.


    According to Kommersant, eight channels have continued to cooperate with VI since the law came into effect, with CTC and RTR having created their own ad sales houses but retained VI as an advisor.


    Current estimates put VI’s market share at 34.58%, with CTC Media on 19.67% and RTR on 19.05%.


    The grouping Gazprom-Media and Alcazar meanwhile claim 26.39%, with Zvezda and Mir the remaining 0.31%.


    If VI is found to have exceeded its market share, it will not be required to terminate contracts with some of its clients immediately but rather when they expire.

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    Sky D adds HD transponder on Astra
    By Robert Briel
    March 6, 2012 07.53 Europe/London



    Sky Deutschland has contracted an additional transponder on the Astra satellite system at 19.2 degrees East, effective from June 1.


    The pay-TV operator will use the transponder for the transmission of additional HD programming. Including the new capacity, Sky Deutschland will be using 11 transponders on the Astra satellites.


    Wolfgang Elsässer, managing director of Astra in Germany, said: “Sky Deutschland has been a pioneer in HD in Germany and we are very pleased to further extend our partnership with them. We currently broadcast 39 German-speaking HD channels on ASTRA, and we expect to increase this to more than 50 by the end of this year.


    “The German public broadcasters have announced plans to launch ten HD channels in May 2012; furthermore, Super RTL has announced plans to start an HD channel on our platform HD+. With this impressive growth, we further drive the digitalisation in Germany and confirm SES as a leader in digital broadcasting and HD.”

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    Lovefilm adds ABC in Germany
    By Robert Briel
    March 6, 2012 07.51 Europe/London



    Following a similar deal in the UK, Amazon’s Lovefilm is now offering ABC on Demand to its subscribers in Germany.


    US series including Desperate Housewives, Srubs, Private Practice, Lost, The Ghost Whisperer and Legend of the Seekers are available on-demand to all subscribers to the Ultimate package, which retails at €9.99 monthly.


    All series will be shown in their original, English language version. The deal was clinched between Lovefilm and Disney and marks a further expansion of the distribution of ABC on-demand programming in Europe.


    Lovefilm now claims a library of over 45,000 titles. The service is available in Germany, the UK, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and has around 2 million subscribers across these territories.


    Lovefilm Germany was launched in October 2006.

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    Orange Cinéma Séries launches on Canalsat
    By Robert Briel
    March 7, 2012 06.52 Europe/London



    The five-channel bouquet Orange Cinéma Séries will launch on Canalsat on April 5.


    As a stand-alone option, a subscription will cost €12 a monnth, but the bouquet will also be included in the platform’s top-tier package Tout Canalsat. A combined subscription to Ciné+ and Orange Cinema Séries will be available for €15.


    Orange Cinéma Séries is a bouquet of dedicated movie channels operated by France Telecom. The five channels launched on November 13, 2008 as a part of the company’s direct-to-home satellite service Orange TV.


    The five channels are: Orange Cinemax (blockbusters); Orange Cinehappy (family films); Orange Cinechoc (action films); Orange Cinenovo (independent and art house films) and Orange Cinegeants (classic films).


    The suite also includes an on-demand service. Content is provided by exclusive contracts with Warner Bros., HBO, MGM and Fidelity, as well as non-exclusive contracts with Gaumont, SND, BAC and Wild Side.

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    Discovery acquires a 20% stake in Televista
    By Robert Briel
    March 6, 2012 17.17 Europe/London



    Discovery Networks International (DNI) and Televista have announced the acquisition by DNI of a 20% equity stake in Televista, a French pay-TV company specialising in the female lifestyle market.


    Under this agreement, DNI becomes a strategic partner to Televista and will contribute to the development of its female lifestyle channels business.


    This equity investment supplements the content supply agreement already announced by the two companies in January 2012.


    Through these transactions, Discovery becomes a k€y strategic partner of VIA, a female lifestyle DTT channel project filed by Televista on January 10, 2012 with the CSA.


    Via is a 100% female lifestyle channel, supported by a television company and French investment funds from Aplus Finance, Altice and Audacia.


    Local French programming made by Via will have the opportunity to be invested in Discovery’s network of female lifestyle channels outside France, reaching international audiences in multiple countries.


    Building its female lifestyle portfolio, TLC and Real Time across 170 markets, DNI has reached 135 million subscribers in just 20 months. In September 2010, Discovery launched Real Time in Italy as a free to air channel in Italy. In less than 18 months it has become the number eight commercial channel amongst women 20-49.


    Gaspard de Chavagnac, Televista CEO stated: ”I am very pleased to welcome Discovery Networks International, the largest non fiction media company in the world to Televista. Discovery will bring both expertise and content we need to accelerate our development especially in Free DTT channels where Discovery is already present in Italy, Spain and Germany”.


    Dee Forbes, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Western Europe, said: “France is a very important market for us and we are delighted to be able to make this investment in Televista. We have a strong understanding of the female lifestyle market and are looking forward to partnering with Gaspard and his team. We have also launched a series of free to air channels across Western Europe over the last three years to complement our core paytv business. We are excited by Televista’s future French plans and the opportunity to bring our popular female lifestyle programming to viewers.”

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    Ukraine eyes DTT subsidies
    By Chris Dziadul
    March 6, 2012 10.13 Europe/London



    Only two companies – Strong and Romsat – are likely to initially provide DTT set-top boxes for the most needy sections of the Ukrainian population.


    Mediasat reports that UAH350.1 million (€32.5) of the state budget has been allocated for the receivers, with the purchase price being around UAH500 each to some 700,000 households.


    However, some households will be given receivers free of charge, and in total between 1.2-1.5 million, out of a total of 17 million, will be eligible for a free of subsidised box in 2012-13.


    Both Strong and Romsat, which is a local company, have promised to start supplying receivers from this month.


    Other companies may be allowed to participate in the market at a later date.

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    Changes await Russian pay-TV market
    By Chris Dziadul
    March 7, 2012 07.40 Europe/London



    The rate of growth of the pay-TV market in Russia is likely to slow over the next three years, according to Julia Shakhmanova, the head of content at Tricolor TV, the country’s leading DTH platform.


    Speaking at the second international forum of Connected TV and Video and quoted in the local press, she said that by 2016 DTH services would account for 53% of the market, with cable and IPTV claiming the remaining 47%.


    This would represent a significant increase in the DTH share – according to J’son & Partners, it amounted to 45% last year – and the merger of the cable and IPTV sectors.


    Shakhmanova also said that the pay-TV market in Russia is moving to the “anywhere, anytime, by anyone, anything” model now widely seen in the West.

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    ILS Proton launches Intelsat 22
    By Robert Briel
    March 26, 2012 07.01 Europe/London



    The Intelsat 22 satellite was launched successfully on Sunday, March 25, from the Baikonur cosmodrome.


    The satellite was built by Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, is based on their 702MP platform and possesses a mass of 6199kg.


    The Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle weighs in at 705,000kg, including payload. Intelsat 22 will carry two Ku-band mobility beams providing coverage of the Indian Ocean region, which will blanket busy maritime and aeronautical routes.


    From its position at 72 degrees East, Intelsat 22 will have Ku-band capacity serving the Middle East and eastern Africa. Its C-band hemi beams coverage will provide connectivity to and from most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and eastern Asia.


    It also carries an Ultra-High Frequency hosted payload that will be used by the Australian Defence Force. The satellite is the first to use Boeing’s new 702MP platform. The anticipated service life is 18 years.

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    Tricolor TV set for HD
    By Chris Dziadul
    March 26, 2012 08.27 Europe/London



    The leading Russian DTH platform Tricolor TV is expected to launch a HD package on April 1.


    Quoting an unofficial source, Tele-Sat Info says the package, which will be available to owners of HD receivers, will initially consist of five channels.


    Tricolor TV’s offer currently consists of a free, basic 10-channel package, Optimum package (R600/€15.05 a year), NTV Plus Nash Futbol (R598 for two months) and adult Nochnoy (R500 a year).


    Viewers are also provided with a radio package and – in the case of those who already receive Optimum – the Super Optimum package, both free of charge.


    Tricolor TV now has 10 million subscribers.

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    DVB-T2 concerns in Russia
    By Chris Dziadul
    March 26, 2012 09.26 Europe/London



    The rollout of DVB-T2 in Russia has run into early difficulties.


    Kommersant reports that many terrestrial viewers have found themselves unable to watch TV as they do not have the necessary reception equipment.


    What is more, the latter is still relative scarce and expensive, with LG sets, for instance, costing up R50,000 (€1,254).


    DVB-T2 tuners are meanwhile being sold for around R3,800-4,200, though communications minister Igor Shchegolev has promised they will be reduced to around R1,500, with subsidies being made available to the most needy viewers.


    However, the situation is expected to improve once domestic (Russian) production by such companies as Samsung and LG gets under way.


    DVB-T2 services were launched in the city of Kazan at the beginning of this month and have since also been introduced in Moscow and St Petersburg.

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