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    Post France Télévisions becomes unique

    France Télévisions becomes unique




    With a new year come changes. On Jan 4, France Télévisions, until now composed as a holding group of companies, became a unique structure. This implies new operational methods and social conventions as the public group must now make its 11,000 people dispatched into 40 companies work in a horizontal way.

    New managing teams, common to all channels, have been set up into five domain of activities. Programming, On-Air and News is topped by FTV N° 2 Patrice Duhamel; Finance, Budget and Human Resources by Damien Cuier; Regional and Local Output by Geneviève Giard; while Claude-Yves Robin heads Marketing and Publicity; and François Guilbeau pilots Technologies and Digital Developments.

    However, the reform is not an easy goal to achieve and explain among the teams. Syndicates are asking for an inhouse referendum on the changes.

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    Post SciFi France changes into SyFy

    SciFi France changes into SyFy




    NBC-Universal’s French science-fiction theme channel SciFi France has adopted new name SyFy Universal, six months after the change occurred in the US.

    Served by the new slogan "Au-delà de l'imagination" (“Beyond the imagination”), the channel has also repositioned and extended its offer to fantastic, paranormal and horror productions.

    In France, the communication campaign has been undertaken by ad agency BETC Euro RSCG.


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    Post Alert over Spain switch-off problems

    Alert over Spain switch-off problems



    Three months before Spain's national analogue switch-over, set for April 3, Impulsa TDT, the association for the promotion and implementation of the new television has warned over the problems ahead if buildings do not adapt their antennas as soon as possible.

    These problems are being exacerbated by a lack of telecommunication installers due to the amount of work they are having to undertake. There were still 22.6% of buildings to be digitally adapted as of Q3 last year, according to the National Federation of Telecommunication Installers (FENITEL).

    Impulsa TDT is encouraging collective houses to "initiate as soon as possible the works for the collective antennas adaptation to digital". This is compulsory provided the neighbours want to watch DTT and there is coverage in their area. A total of 96.3% of the population can now get the national digital channels, with 64.95% of homes already connected to DTT according to the association AIMC's latest data. TNSofres estimates are higher: 74.7% are already connected according to TNSofres, the association for measuring analogue and digital TV penetration, with 76.3% of individuals now watching DTT.

    As for the number of people watching digital TV before analogue TV, DTT viewing share was 49.1% in November. And the daily consumption of DTT was 161 minutes in the same month.

    All in all from March 2003 to October 2009 a total of 23.4 million DTT boxes were sold.

    Finally the figures coming from the Ministry of Industry show better DTT coverage, at 98.6% of the country's homes.


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    Post SES in Canada-US DTH squabble

    SES in Canada-US DTH squabble



    SES is involved in a joint-venture with Echostar as a client over a Canadian satellite operation, Ciel. One option for Ciel is to beam signals over the continental USA. DirecTV, for one, is not happy.

    Local reports say that the US’ Federal Communications Commission is now stepping into the argument. However, Ciel 2 (launched in 2008 and operational from early last year) is wholly authorised to operate from 129 deg West over North America. Ciel is also “committed” to developing more Canadian-authorised orbital slots over and throughout “the Americas”.

    However, a planned satellite, Ciel 6, scheduled for launch in 2012, is planned to orbit from 103 deg West, and this orbital position is partly occupied by DirecTV. A new craft, DirecTV-12 has just launched from Kazakhstan to the position (and will probably see some 3D action soon enough). In Europe and elsewhere it is not unusual to see two rival operators ‘sharing’ the same (or very close) orbital slots. SES and Eutelsat operate from 28.2 and 28.5 deg E, for example, and where SES utilises one batch of frequencies and Eutelsat another.

    The North American dispute centres on whether the US will approve Ciel’s AND DirecTV’s applications, or rule in favour of one or the other.

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    Post German health channel loses Sky carriage

    German health channel loses Sky carriage



    German health channel Focus Gesundheit will terminate its transmission on pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland on Jan 7. The broadcaster, which held an exclusive carriage contract with Sky, will thereby lose its only distribution platform.

    The decision to go separate ways was a “mutual agreement” by both sides, Sky said in a statement, adding that Focus Gesundheit has opted for an alternative distribution strategy and the expansion of its brand on the internet.

    The channel, which is operated by the TV subsidiary of news magazine Focus, aims to launch on Eutelsat’s direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk platform on Feb 1 and hopes to sign carriage contracts with further platform providers.

    It is expected that Sky will use the vacated slot for distribution of its Big Brother channel. The service will offer 24-hour coverage of the 10th series of the well-known reality format which will commence on Jan 11 in Germany.


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    Post German thematic channel insolvent

    German thematic channel insolvent


    German pay-TV channel e.clips faces an uncertain future: The operating company has filed for insolvency at Munich’s district court.

    Pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland will discontinue carriage of the service on Jan 7. In Germany, e.clips is also available on the cable networks of Unitymedia and Kabel BW, in Austria on Liwest’s cable network and in Switzerland on pay-TV platform Teleclub and IPTV platform Swisscom TV. In line with Sky, Teleclub will drop the channel on Jan 7 while it is not clear yet whether carriage on the other platforms will continue.

    The channel, which was launched in October 2007 by former Kirch manager Philipp Riccabona, informs its viewers 24 hours per day on news in the areas of movies, TV, music, DVDs and electronic games.


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    Post France: DTT breaks Xmas audience records

    France: DTT breaks Xmas audience records


    Viewing of French DTT channels in December broke audience records for the platform, reaching 17.9% audience share, up 1.4% compared to November 2009.

    During the two-week Christmas break, DTT channels even registered 18.7% and 18.6% share.

    All channels kept rising last month, with the leading trio remaining TMC and W9, which tied at 2.9% audience share, and family channel Gulli (1.9%) Over the whole of 2009, DTT channels reached a 15.2% audience share compared with 11.1% for 2008.


    Most of the historical networks saw their viewing share decrease last month with the exception of France 3, Arte and France 5. Traditional channels’ viewing came to 69.8% in December, compared with 72.1% over the whole of 2009 and 76.3% in 2008. But the biggest slide down came from TF1, which fell under the symbolic mark of 25%, to 24.8% in December while the 2009 audience share stabilized at 26.1%, down 1.1% compared to 2008.


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    Post Australian gov't unveils 'freesat' plan

    Australian gov't unveils 'freesat' plan



    Australia’s government is committing A$160 million (US$146 million) to build a free-to-air digital-satellite platform to solve the problems of reception of digital TV in rural and regional blackspot areas.

    Announced by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, the new platform will for the first time see all free-to-air digital TV services including local news feeds, available across the entire country.

    While the final cost of the digital-satellite broadcasting service will be determined following negotiations between broadcasters and satellite service providers, the government is committing A$40 million per year over the four-year forward estimates to build and operate the service.

    Under an agreement reached with all television broadcasters across Australia, broadcasters will upgrade more than 100 existing regional analog ‘self-help’ transmission facilities to operate in digital, while the Government will fully fund and build a new digital satellite broadcasting service for regional viewers who are unable to receive digital television from those facilities.

    The government will provide a A$300 satellite conversion subsidy to eligible homes which are not served by digital ‘self-help’ transmission sites. Under the ‘self-help’ scheme, a community may apply for a licence to operate their own rebroadcasting transmitter or community cable system to improve reception.

    A satellite service for the Sunraysia/Mildura region, the first area planned for analogue switch-off on June 30 this year, will start prior to switch-off.

    Sen. Conroy said: "This historic decision will dramatically improve the choice and quality of television services for regional Australia as we move towards digital switchover.

    "For the first time all free-to-air digital television services, including the original three commercial and two national channels, as well as new digital services such as ABC2, ABC3, SBS TWO, GO!, 7TWO and ONE HD, will be available to all Australians, no matter where they live.

    "The satellite service will provide regional viewers with access to the local news currently broadcast in their TV licence area via a dedicated local news channel."

    Simultaneously with the announcement of countrywide digital-satellite provision, the government also released its green paper seeking public comment on the benefits and costs of maximising Australia’s digital dividend.

    The green paper establishes a government target of 126 MHz of contiguous ultra-high frequency spectrum. Achieving this will involve moving some digital TV services to new channels.

    Sen. Conroy said: "It is anticipated that a contiguous block of dividend spectrum will be suitable for a larger number of potential communications uses, maximising the potential benefits that the spectrum could provide to Australians."

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    Post Liberty carried out ‘due diligence’ in India

    Liberty carried out ‘due diligence’ in India


    Worldspace India, despite having formally ceased operations locally, has issued a statement regarding the pre-closure position of Liberty Media. Liberty, says the statement “carried out formal due diligence on Worldspace’s Indian operation” – and then pulled the financial plug.

    The statement is, at least in part, an attempt to redress some of the stories that have emerged these past weeks alleging incompetence, and worse, amongst some k€y Worldspace India staffers.

    The statement was also made in order to “clarify doubts relating to the credibility of the operations of Worldspace India and its employee” and says that Liberty Media conducted a detailed examination of the India operations in September and October 2009, using reputed Indian firms.

    “Senior officials of Liberty Media,” says the statement, “were in regular touch with the Worldspace India team and were given to understand that they were keenly interested in the Indian operations. Against all odds in these difficult circumstances, the India team did their best to meet the aspirations of our Indian subscribers and successfully spearheaded Worldspace India to its best ever financial and business performance in the last 12 months. All along, no instructions were issued to Worldspace India to stop the sales of the receivers and subscription packs of Worldspace, Inc., and the service agreement was still in force. The employees in India continued operations in the ordinary course, being led to believe that the operations would be sold along with the assets as a going concern,” the statement adds.

    Liberty’s Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) told Worldspace India during Christmas week that Liberty would not be acquiring the India operations, although Liberty would be proceeding with the acquisition of the parent company’s assets. It seems the Indian operation was then left to fend for itself. “However much the India team would like to continue operating and servicing its subscribers, it has become impossible because of the non-availability of the Worldspace satellite for Indian operations, which has been the sole distribution vehicle for its content,” the statement says.

    Worldspace India’s team stresses it was neither a party to the decision to close down the Indian operations nor was aware of this possibility till this decision was communicated by the US headquarters, in the later part of December 2009.

    “While it is learnt that Liberty Media and Worldspace Inc, USA have cleared employee dues and followed due process in every other country, certain loopholes in the Indian legal system are being misused to escape from the responsibilities of orderly closure of the business, which has led to this situation where both subscribers to the service and employees of the company are badly affected,” the statement added.

    The statement claims that Worldspace Inc (in Chapter 11 bankruptcy) owes Worldspace India about $10m for services carried out locally. Worldspace India’s staff have made formal representations to the relevant ministry in this matter, the statement says.

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    Post Digi TV exchange cards (Nagravision 3)

    Digi TV exchange cards (Nagravision 3)



    The company RCS / RDS, the Romanian operator Digi TV satellite platform, by replacing old code Nagravision 2 cards for the new operating system Media Access Nagra (N3 - Nagravision 3). The purpose of this activity is to better security against unauthorized removal programs. Information on the exchange of papers appeared on the official website of the Hungarian version of Digi TV.


    It is likely that the replacement card will be carried out in all six countries in which the platform works.

    Digi TV customers will receive a letter with the new card code, which should be mentioned in the decoder in accordance with the instructions contained in the message instructions. The old card should be returned to the provider within 7 days. In gratitude for the cooperation, the customer will receive a package of HBO MAX PAK per month.

    Recall that the platform already uses three coding system Nagravision - CAID 1801 (the so-called Nagravision 2), 1802 (the so-called Media Access Nagra. Nagravision 3). The third system with CAID 1880 was added in the summer of 2009 and is a newer version of the Media Access Nagra.

    Digi TV operates in six countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The platform uses capacity on satellites Intelsat 10-02 (1W) and THOR 5 (0.8 W).


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