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    NOW TV box enters retail
    October 16, 2013 10.26 Europe/London By Julian Clover

    NOW TV Box 01Sky’s NOW TV set-top, bundled with content passes for either Sky Sports or Sky Movies, is now available in UK retail stores.
    The Roku-based streaming unit can be purchased in branches of John Lewis, Currys PC World and Argos. It has been available on mail order since July.
    It is the first time that the NOW TV Box is bundled with content passes, with customers able to choose from either a Sky Sports Day Pass or 3 months Sky Movies Pass.
    A NOW TV Box plus Sky Sports Day Pass will be £14.99, providing unlimited access to all six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours. A NOW TV Box and a 3 month Sky Movies Pass is £24.99.
    The device features apps covering the BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Demand 5, Spotify, Facebook and flickr.

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    CME secures new Czech licence

    The Czech regulator RRTV has awarded CET 21 a 12-year licence to operate Nova International, a new 24-hour general channel, for both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    Significantly, the licence in addition allows the channel to be distributed buy Voyo, the SVOD service operated by CME-backed TV Nova. CET 21 is also the licence holder for TV Nova and its other services in the Czech Republic.

    Other licences awarded by RRTV include a 12-year satellite one to Festival, a new movie channel operated by Film Europe, for both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and DTT licences to V1 and Modern Production Company (both regional, for channels named VCTV and rtm plus respectively) and TVSat multimedia (local, TVML).

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    Ziggo stops support for Samsung cable tuners

    Dutch cable operator Ziggo is dropping support for an early generation of its cable tuners, the Samsung DCB-H360r.

    The model was first introduced in 2006 and Ziggo customers could buy the tuner in retail. At the time, Ziggo was encouraging its customers to buy their receiver rather than rent it, as has been UPC Nederland’s policy.

    Ziggo said it could not personally inform owners of the Samsung DCB-H360r, as there is no record of people who bought this model. The cabler has put up a special webpage in order to inform the owners of the dropping of support.

    Affected customers are encouraged to now rent the new Horizon Mediabox. Ziggo does not offer any compensation for the defunct cable tuners.

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    Fox-Turner JV nears deal for Argentinean football rights
    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 25 January 2017



    After a month of uncertainty, Argentina’s football organisation is close to making a TV rights deal with the Fox-Turner joint venture.

    boca juniors argentinaAs reported by Argentinean newspaper La Nación, both companies have presented an offer of over $180 million per season plus a $35 variable bonus, which would near the amount initially put forward by the country’s football clubs.

    The offer, which is more than $50 million over the initial bid, will be presented to AFA members by Marcelo Tinelli, ***the AFA representative who has led the negotiations, by next week.

    If they agree to accept the offer, the terms of the agreement will then be negotiated between all the parties, including the Government. According to the newspaper, it is unlikely that the deal will be finalised before the second half of the year.

    There are still 15 weeks left until the 2016-2017 season ends, an in order to avoid the remaining games being unaired, free-to-air (FTA) networks will continue to broadcast them until the eventual agreement with pay-TV operators becomes effective.

    The negotiation has been going on for the last six months, after the Government decided to cancel the Fútbol Para Todos contract through which football clubs were subsidised to sell the rights cheaper to FTA networks.

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    Ajit Pai named FCC chairman
    Michelle Clancy
    | 24 January 2017


    Ajit Pai, the senior Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, has been named chair of the regulator.

    ajit paiBest-known for his opposition to net neutrality regulation, support for mega-mergers, and opposition to data-privacy regulation for ISPs, Pai is a Washington attorney with experience at the Senate, at the Justice Department and the FCC, and worked for Verizon before becoming an FCC commissioner in 2012. He is also a champion of expanding broadband in rural communities.

    The long-rumoured promotion was confirmed on 23 January and Pai said that he looked forward “to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans. There is so much we can do together to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans and to promote innovation and investment. From broadband to broadcast, I believe in a 21st-century version of Jefferson's Second Inaugural: we are all Republicans, we are all Democrats”.

    Pai replaces Tom Wheeler, under whom the FCC moved to reclassify broadband as a public utility. Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be leaving at the end of the year, leaving Mignon Clyburn as the only Democrat on the commission.

    Working with his fellow Republican FCC commissioner Mike O'Rielly, Pai hasindicated plans to revisit internet regulation. In March 2015, the FCC voted in a 3-2 vote along party lines to reclassify broadband as a public utility — the result of a rocky year at the US’s top regulator. In January 2014, Verizon won its challenge of the Open Internet Order in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Verizon argued that the FCC lacked the authority to enforce net neutrality because, it claimed, Congress did not grant the agency the ability to do so. And that's because broadband is not classified as a public utility, the way telecoms are.

    After a series of legal challenges, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in June of this year broadly upheld the FCC’s reclassification of broadband as a Title II service. Justices Tatel and Srinivasan, writing for the majority, affirmed the FCC’s broad discretion to reclassify wired broadband service as a telecommunications service, and found that none of the challenges raised to FCC authority had merit.

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    Ghana’s Mega-Choice Digital Network launches DTH service
    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 26 January 2017

    Mega-Choice Digital Network has officially launched its direct-to-home (DTH) television platform in Ghana, in collaboration with private TV network operator Crystal TV.

    Mega ChoiceThe new DTH service, supported by a ten-year tie-up with satellite operator Eutelsat, was unveiled in Accra at the International Summit on Content Management for Digital Broadcasting and Media.

    Initially Mega-Choice will offer subscribers in Ghana a mix of 36 free-to-air and pay-TV channels, from both local and international broadcasters, via a DVB-S2/T2 digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) network.

    In its second phase of growth, the company plans to utilise the power and coverage area offered by the Eutelsat 16A satellite to expand to other West African markets.

    Free-to-air channels include Al Jazeera English, Crystal TV Prime, Crystal TV Xtra, Crystal TV Plus, Deutsche Welle, E TV Ghana, EWTN Africa & Asia, France 24 English, Narrow Gate TV, GMP Newsworld, CGTN, Paradise Music Channel, and Metro TV.

    In addition, Mega-Choice will offer subscribers paid linear and on-demand premium channels including Filmbox Africa, Filmbox Arthouse, Filmbox Action, Fightbox HD, Docubox, FashionBox, Fast & Fun Box, Madscreen Box, 360 Tunebox, Homeland TV, AMNET and Junior World TV.

    “Eutelsat’s commitment towards the rollout of the Mega-Choice broadcast platform is beyond comparison. Eutelsat has made our journey to space with our broadcast services very smooth and less challenging. Relying on the rich experience and expertise of Eutelsat , Mega-Choice Digital Network can now guarantee the best of broadcasting services to its clients across sub-Saharan Africa, enriching the Eutelsat 16A satellite neighbourhood with quality and compelling content,” said Chief Crystal-Djirackor, group chairman, Mega-Choice.

    Eutelsat’s chief commercial and development officer Michel Azibert, added: “We are delighted to take our relationship with Mega-Choice to a new level with the launch of this new platform on Eutelsat 16A and to be part of the team that will see Mega-Choice deliver on its promise of digital quality, channel diversity and

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    El Salvador opts for ISDB-Tb DTT
    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 26 January 2017

    After suspending the DTT plan in 2014 and rebooting the entire process last year, El Salvador has again chosen ISDB-Tb as its digital standard.


    tv digital salvadorAccording to the Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones (SIGET), the Japanese-Brazilian standard will allow the country not only to complete the digital switchover, but to optimise the radioelectric spectrum.

    El Salvador, one of the most delayed Latin American countries in terms of DTT deployment, has also decided to choose ISDB-Tb because its Central American neighbouring countries (Guatemala and Honduras) as well as Costa Rica and Nicaragua have already done so.

    In fact, the ISDB-Tb standard has been widely adopted across the region, and only Colombia and Uruguay (which selected the DVB-T) and Mexico (which chose the US’s ATSC) have taken a different road.

    According to El Salvador media, the first local switch-offs of the analogue signal will be deployed in 2018, but no official dates have been confirmed by SIGET.

    Back in 2014, the country’s telecom authority decided to stop the digitalisation process following a decision of the Supreme Court. After over a year of debate, in January 2016 the SIGET launched a new plan, which intended to build a new digitalisation process from scratch.

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    SBS taps Enensys to support ATSC 3.0 DTT services
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    | 26 January 201
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    Digital TV transmission technology designer and manufacturer Enensys has won a contract to supply Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) in Korea with enabling technology for the launch of ATSC 3.0 DTT services in February 2017.

    enensys 19 Jan Korea is leading the rollout of the new IP-based digital terrestrial standard, which is in the final stages of development. SBS will launch in the Seoul area, with DTT coverage expanding across the rest of the country in advance of the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang. SBS will operate one ATSC 3.0 multiplex in a 6MHz RF channel with capacity for either one 4K/Ultra HD service or one UHD plus one HD service, depending on the nature of the content and the compression applied.

    Supporting this, Enensys will supply its new ATScheduler and IPGuard changeover switches as k€y components of the new system. ATScheduler acts as the broadcast gateway of the ATSC 3.0 network, providing IP stream adaption, Physical Layer Pipe (PLP) allocation, SFN timing, in-band control and signalling to all the ATSC modulators. It encapsulates multiple IP streams coming from HEVC encoders, signalling generators and captioning servers using ROUTE or MMTP protocols. Ensuring the ALP encapsulation, the BBFrame allocation, the different low layer signalling (LLS) generation, it outputs the resulting ATSC-compliant studio to transmitter link (STL) stream protocol over IP.

    ATSCheduler also supports single frequency network deployment (SFN), providing the spectrum efficiency required for terrestrial transition.

    Enensys APAC sales manager Colin Prior described the deployment as ground-breaking. “We are very pleased and proud to be involved with this project,” he said. “The work we are doing is being fed back into the ATSC 3.0 standard, which we have been closely involved with throughout its development.”

    Added Sang Jim Kim, director of research of the new media project team at SBS: “We are very pleased to be working with Enensys as the company has great knowledge of digital terrestrial broadcasting and specifically now with the new ATSC 3.0 standard. We are helping to push the standard forwards and the launch of a UHD services over DTT is very exciting. Once again Korea broadcasters are leading the technological advance.”

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    RTVE is cheapest European public broadcaster
    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 27 January 2017

    Years of budget cutbacks have made Spain’s RTVE one of the cheapest public broadcasting corporations in Europe.

    telepuerto fortaAccording to research led by the Santiago de Compostela University (USC) and supported by Spain’s federation of regional broadcasters (FORTA), RTVE costs less than its European counterparts in terms of cost per inhabitant and per home, and regarding GDP and purchasing power.

    Using data collected in 2014, every European spent, on average, €66.90 to support public broadcasting corporations, both nationwide and regional. The highest expenses were for the Danes, who spent €164.10 each to finance the broadcaster DR. Spaniards, however, paid only €38.90 to support RTVE and regional broadcasters.

    In relation to GDP, €2.40 out of each €1,000 produced by Denmark was allocated to public broadcasters. In Spain, the average was €1.70.

    Spain’s public broadcasters have seen one of the largest budget cutbacks in Europe since the financial crisis started in 2008 and since which time RTVE and regional TV stations have seen their budget reduced by 35.2%.

    RTVE’s attempt to control its expenses has resulted into lower programming quality over the years. In fact, the public broadcaster comes nowhere near to competing with the most watched free-to-air (FTA) network and is particularly failing to attract younger viewers.

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    Research reveals huge lack of consistency in global pay-TV pricing
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    | 28 January 2017

    One size does not fit all in the global pay-TV industry, with research from Teligen, covering 115 providers in 31 OECD countries, showing significant price differences between countries and providers.




    The Strategy Analytics division’s new report, Pay TV Prices in OECD Countries, November 2016, not only revealed significant differences in package prices between providers in the same country but also showed great variation in the structures and underlying technologies of the pay-TV offers, even when benchmarking the most basic offers from each provider.


    Fundamentally pay-TV has remained stable in most countries over a period of time, despite the introduction of skinny bundles driving the minimum price down in select countries such as Canada and Denmark. This was also the case the last time Strategy Analytics investigated the phenomenon.


    In the latest research and when selecting the most basic set of user requirements — without specific requirements for content or technical capabilities like HD or recording — the 10 countries with lowest prices are Poland, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Austria, Denmark, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Mexico. Yet even among the cheapest offers per country there are pay-TV packages that include more advanced properties like HD and recording. The range of offers may vary significantly between countries. For the most basic requirements the average monthly price across the 31 countries is US$/PPP 21.41 including VAT/tax. This does not include the TV licence fee found in many countries.


    “We continue to see a trend towards skinny bundles and pick-and-mix offers in countries where the pay-TV market is more mature, and where providers are concerned about the growing trend of ‘cord-cutters’, particularly the younger consumers who are increasingly watching content through OTT services such as Netflix,” remarked Teligen benchmarking consultant Edouard Bouffenie.

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