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    Post Portsmouth's TV cash to pay off debts

    Portsmouth's TV cash to pay off debts


    The Premier League will divert Portsmouth FC's latest share of TV monies to settle the club's outstanding debts with other teams in the top division, it has emerged.

    Tottenham, Watford and Chelsea will all receive a portion of the £7m cash influx from broadcasting rights agreements to pay outstanding player transfer debts with the troubled south coast club.

    The approach is fully permitted within Premier League rules designed to protect clubs that are owed money from transfer deals.

    Portsmouth's financial crisis has been deepening over the past six months, with various changes of ownership causing uncertainty at the club.

    After non-playing staff were finally paid their December wages on Monday, playing staff will also receive payment today after the club's current owners secured a short-term bank loan.

    Speaking to Press Association Sport, a Portsmouth spokesman said: "The staff have been paid but there are two separate payrolls and we are still expecting the players to be paid on Tuesday."

    However, Portsmouth are still waiting to see if a registration embargo banning them from signing any new players will block efforts to renew Tottenham player Jamie O'Hara's loan deal at the club.

    Discussing the club's ongoing financial troubles, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told BBC Sport: "We have become used to any number of financial problems at various clubs but you do not expect it at the top level.

    "It is certainly not good for the image of the game or the Premier League, and it's a timely warning that football needs to keep a sense of financial propriety."

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    Post Czech Republic looks to 3D

    Czech Republic looks to 3D


    3D TV sets are likely to appear in the Czech Republic in the next two to three years, according to Jakub Svestka, the local representative of LG Electronics.

    Quoted in Digizone, he added that several prototypes produced by the company attracted considerable interest at IFA in Berlin last September.

    Svestka also said that he expected standardisation for 3D TV sets to take place amongst the leading producers, who also include Panasonic, Sony and Samsung.


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    Post Most pirated TV shows of 2009

    Most pirated TV shows of 2009


    Heroes is the most illegally downloaded TV-show, with over 6 million downloads for a single episode, according to a Top 10 published by website Torrentfreak.

    Heroes (NBC) was downloaded 6.58 million times in 2009, meaning more fans tune in illegally than watch the show legally on television. Showtime’s Dexter is the only other show with more illegal sharers than weekly viewers: the show ranks number 4 with 2,780,000 downloads as compared with an average of 2,300,000 weekly viewers.

    The runner-up is Lost (ABC) with 6,310,000 downloads (11,050,000 weekly viewership); number 3 is Prison Break (Fox) with 3,450,000 downloads (5,300,000 viewers) and at number 5 it’s House (Fox) with 2,590,000 downloads (15,600,000 viewers). (The figures show average number of downloads per episode and number of weekly viewers)

    Number 6 – 24 (Fox) with 2,440,000 downloads (12,620,000 viewers); 7 – Desperate Housewives (ABC) with 2,180,000 downloads (15,500,000 viewers); 8 – Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox) with 1,960,000 downloads (6,340,000 viewers); 9 – Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) with 1,740,000 downloads (15,640,000 viewers) and at 10 True Blood (HBO) with 1,600,000 downloads (12,400,000 viewers).

    Commenting on the piracy of US TV-shows Torrentfreak observed: “The rise of unauthorised downloading of TV-shows is a signal that customers want something that is not available through other channels. Availability seems to be the k€y issue why people turn to BitTorrent, and this is also reflected in the fact that most downloads occur from countries where the show has yet to air on TV.”

    The blog continues: “Despite massive piracy of TV-shows, there are plenty of opportunities for distributors and broadcasters to win viewers back. The piracy figures simply show that TV viewing habits are changing. There is a huge interest in on-demand TV and there are millions of viewers that can potentially bring in millions of dollars in revenue.”


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    Post Viaccess PC 2.6 and 3.0, broken by pirates?

    Viaccess PC 2.6 and 3.0, broken by pirates?

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    Dark clouds gather over solutions provider CA (Conditional Access in English) - a company Viaccess SA, a company governed by the France Telecom Group. Even before Christmas, December 19, 2009, the network software available for selected models and digital receivers for DVB cards, enabling the decoding of the Italian broadcaster Channel offers erotic Satisfaction SCT, using a PC card Viaccess 2.6.


    Spice up the whole situation being that the hackers made available on the web full source code written in C, allowing the addition of unauthorized decoding packages of SCT for almost every receiver, if you only have actively developed emulation software coding systems. Despite the relatively robust security (number of times the transformation of data before decryption), the system has been so successfully overcome, it appeared even the ripples in a completely forgotten your Gold Card.

    One of the hackers on the forum devoted to the popular DVB cards commented that, in practice, Viaccess is now helpless, made public the data represent a serious breach in security. Are shrouded in secrecy, only the method of gaining the k€ys, but apparently this is not an excessive problem since shortly after the spill showed SCT is also input to the new modules DiabloCAM CI 2, called Ipnosys, with added successive packages: * Swiss SRG SSR (13 ° E ), erotic Free-X TV (13 ° E) and French BIS (13 ° E and 5 ° W).

    Unofficially it is said that the next packet after SCT, which will be made publicly available, it will just * Swiss SRG SSR. At the same time there is a list of packages, which are broken. In foreign fora strongly suggests that their availability is only a matter of time i. .. money, that is a manufacturer of receivers pay "under the table" more for its products sell better!

    Exchanged among the platforms to be at risk: the Russian platform NTV Plus (36 ° E), the Arab channels Al Jazeera Sports (26 ° E, 13 ° E and 7 ° E), French CanalSat (19.2 ° E) and ... Orange Poland platform TP. This may mean that the newer card Viaccess PC 3.0 has been compromised, though here the possibility of blockade of the CA are apparently larger. Not to be affected the most recent card PRAHA called Viaccess PC 4.0.

    Consequences of the piracy threat, then certainly the exchange of cards erotic channels in Viaccess, and that are sometimes huge problems, especially when someone bought the card in a small shop online, or abroad. It will probably gradually to exchange cards or even to renounce and eliminate system Viaccess among vulnerable platforms. Possible, for example, that dispenses with NTV Plus Viaccess typical for the Russian system of DRE-Crypt, but for now is pure speculation.



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    Post Cyfrowy Polsat on a roll




    Poland’s leading DTH platform Cyfrowy Polsat ended 2009 with 3.2 million subscribers, adding 200,000 in December alone. The total number of Cyfrowy Polsat decoder users meanwhile stood at 3.9 million.

    Cyfrowy Polsat gained an additional 476,000 subscribers in 2009 as a whole and 286,000 in the fourth quarter.

    The 700,000 Cyfrowy Polsat decoder users at the end of 2009 who were not subscribers still had access to FTA channels and could also opt for programme packages and the platform’s VOD service.

    Significantly, the 3.9 million decoder users represented 28% of Polish TV homes.

    Cyfrowy Polsat is now the fourth largest satellite pay-TV platform in Europe after BSkyB, Canal Sat and Sky Italia.



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    Post BSkyB flags 3D compatibility



    BSkyB has made clear its proposed 3D television service will be compatible with a range of ‘3D Ready’ televisions manufactured by LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.

    The four manufacturers are expected to use CES in Las Vegas to signal their intention to bring ‘3D Ready’ television displays to the market later this year. In a statement Sky said its 3D service would be “compatible with a wide range of 3D Ready TVs being launched in the UK and Ireland during 2010”. These include the LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony products.

    Stephen Gater, head of marketing, Home Entertainment, LG Electronics UK, said we were witnessing the beginning of a change in how TV is viewed. “This year will see LG’s first 3D Ready TVs hit the market – and through Sky’s clear commitment to 3D broadcasting, 3D in the home is set to become a reality.”

    A number of differing formats are emerging, in both transmission and display formats, ahead of final decisions by regulators and standards bodies. In the United States one of the largest white label display manufacturers, Vizio, has chosen the Sensio proprietary side-by-side format. However, Sony, Samsung and JVC/Panasonic have all opted for the rival RealD system. LG is yet to publically declare its support for either system and the manufacturer could simply run regular side-by-side without any proprietary elements. Both Sensio and RealD are claiming intellectual property rights over their use of the side-by-side format and proprietary encoding.

    Side-by-side is k€y for Sky because it allows the satcaster to use the existing Sky+ HD receivers of which over 1.6 million units have already been deployed.

    “Our HD customers already have a 3D capable set-top box, so if they are interested in experiencing TV in a third dimension, the good news is that they’ll have a range of 3D Ready TVs to choose from,” commented Brian Lenz, Sky’s Director of Product Design & TV Product Development. “This is a great example of Sky and TV manufacturers taking the initiative to ensure there is no confusion over formats. By working together with set manufacturers, we want to provide a hassle free way for consumers to enjoy 3D TV.”

    Sky plans to launch the UK’s first 3D service during 2010, most likely as a pay-per-view channel, joining recently announced ventures in the US from Discovery Channel and ESPN.



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    Post TF1 close to sharing World Cup rights?

    TF1 close to sharing World Cup rights?

    TF1 close to sharing World Cup rights?

    Written by Pascale Paoli Lebailly

    French private network TF1 is on the verge of a deal with Canal+ and France Télévisions to share the costs and broadcasting of the forthcoming 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa, but issues stand in the way of an agreement.

    According to the French press, TF1, which bought the rights to all 64 matches for a total amount of €120m, would live broadcast the 28 most attractive meetings, with 40 broadcast both live and non-live on sport subsidiary channel Eurosport.

    But the group would then have sublicensed to public broadcasters France 2 and France 3 some 30 matches that would be co-broadcast with pay-TV service Canal+. Vivendi’s channel would also offer non-live broadcast of TF1’s matches.

    For this agreement, France Télévisions would pay around €25m and Canal+ €8m.

    But the operation has not been concluded yet as Canal+ stands against non-exclusive mobile rights while TF1 would like to exploit on mobile the matches it will not broadcast, as well as those it will.

    © Rapid TV News 2010



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    Post Platform n posts strong growth



    Platform n posts strong growth

    The Polish new generation DTH platform n ended 2009 on a high note, securing 80,000 new subscribers in December alone to bring the year-end total to 697,000.

    In the year as a whole, it acquired an additional 300,000 new subscribers.

    Its sister pre-pay service TNK meanwhile secured 101,000 new customers in December and 348,000 in the year as a whole, ending 2009 with 440,000.

    Both platforms are owned by TVN, whose other broadcast interests include a national commercial station of the same name and a portfolio of thematic channels, the most popular of which is the news-based TVN24.



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    Post Major upgrade to Microsoft Mediaroom

    Major upgrade to Microsoft Mediaroom

    Microsoft says the new version of its Mediaroom TV platform will be available for operator testing next month.

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    Mediaroom 2.0 is being positioned as an ‘entertainment cloud’, picking up on the current enthusiasm for the TV Anywhere concept, and allowing digital video recording (DVR), on-demand features, interactive applications, and access to both operator-hosted content and externally hosted content such as Internet TV.

    Operators will be able to distribute services over multiple screens including the TV Windows Media Center, Web browsers (for Windows-based PCs and Macs), Xbox 360 and compatible smartphones.

    Support has been added for Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming, the latter adapting the video stream to the user’s connection.

    Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president for the TV, Video and Music Business at Microsoft said the company was looking to enhance digital entertainment by combining client software with cloud-based services. “Mediaroom 2.0 is a k€y milestone in our strategy, providing the software platform to power operators’ service clouds to reach more screens, and more people, with more content than ever before.”

    Additional functionality includes the ability to built a video queue on the smartphone to watch later on the video or laptop. While travelling it will be possible to access the same storefront on a smartphone or laptop as it is in the home.


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    Post FLO TV comes to the iPhone

    FLO TV comes to the iPhone


    Qualcomm’s FLO TV and mophie have announced they are teaming to create a series of products that will bring live mobile TV to the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms.

    The products, which are expected to begin shipping in the first half of this year, will bring the FLO TV mobile TV service to the mophie juice pack combing a battery with a built-in mobile TV receiver. FLO TV is a subscription based service which sells bouquets of up to 20 channels for between $9.00 to $15.00 a month.

    “We are uniting our vision of advancing mobile TV across a range of devices and platforms with mophie’s unrivaled expertise in designing intelligent cases for Apple users,” said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV, in a statement. “Together, our solution will be a true live mobile TV product available to iPhone and iPod touch users.”

    “mophie’s juice pack line has delivered superior rechargeable external battery life to Apple users,” said Shawn Dougherty, vice president of mophie, designer of the world’s thinnest Apple-certified external battery/protective case and other Apple-certified accessories. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to elevate our intelligent case design through this creative product collaboration and deliver the ultimate mobile television experience for iPhone users.”

    Tivit, a product from Valups, a small company from South Korea, is showing another solution to bring mobile TV to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones – or indeed any PC or laptop. A small box containing a receiver using the US Mobile DTV standard and a low power Wi-Fi transmitter. The Tivit is used to pick up the signal, which can then be received via a wireless connection by any iPhone or other portable device nearby. Redtal price is expected to be around $120.00.

    In a related development, Samsung is showing at the CES in Las Vegas a handset that incorporates a Mobile digital TV tuner. This allows free to air reception of local broadcasters who simulcast the signal with their regular over-the-air TV broadcasts.


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