Digital TV News March 31, 2015

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  • EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking • The Register
    Gaffe-prone Commissioner Günther H-dot Oettinger is at it again. In statements to the German press (he rarely talks to anyone else), Oetti directly mocked his boss Andrus Ansip’s desire to end geo-blocking. via EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking • The Register.
  • Comcast to invest $4B in new strategic spinoff, CFO Angelakis to run it – FierceCable
    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) will invest $4 billion in a new strategic investment spinoff, with Michael Angelakis stepping down from his CFO position to run it. via Comcast to invest $4B in new strategic spinoff, CFO Angelakis to run it – FierceCable.
  • Big Data to unlock the future of TV | Advanced Television
    The role of Big Data in the TV world is causing ripple effects around the industry. Companies are offering more subscription-based and registration services and collecting vast amounts of data about audiences and users. However most of the potential is still going unused. via Big Data to unlock the future of TV | Advanced Television.
  • TVP discusses future plans
    TVP’s president Juliusz Braun has confirmed that the broadcaster will take part in a competition to secure an operator’s licence for the eighth DTT multiplex (MUX-8). via TVP discusses future plans.
  • BBC tech divisions get rebrand
    The BBC is to rename its two technology-based divisions from the start of the new financial year. Future Media will be renamed BBC Digital while BBC Technology gets the title BBC Engineering. They will remain under the control of current bosses Ralph Rivera and Matthew Postgate. via BBC tech divisions get rebrand.
  • SMPTE: “4K picking up speed” | Advanced Television
    The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), in its latest ‘Newswatch’ publication, states that the industry’s transition to 4K has “picked up considerable speed” and quoting writer Pete Putman suggests that the production of ‘ordinary’ HD TV screens is likely to cease by the end of 2016-2017. via SMPTE: “4K picking up speed” […]
  • Echostar partners with Nagra in SmarDTV
    Kudelski Group and EchoStar have signed an agreement whereby EchoStar will become a shareholder in SmarDTV SA, the subsidiary of Kudelski SA that offers advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules. via Echostar partners with Nagra in SmarDTV.
  • “Most powerful” 4K satellite leaves Toulouse | Advanced Television
    DirecTV-15, described by its manufacturers as “the most powerful US broadcast satellite” ever built, has left Airbus Defence & Space’s manufacturing facility at Toulouse, France. The giant satellite is ready to be flown to Kourou in French Guiana for launch during May. via “Most powerful” 4K satellite leaves Toulouse | Advanced Television.
  • PeerTV adds DVB-T2 to STBs | Advanced Television
    PeerTV, the OTT technology solutions provider, has successfully integrated DVB-T2 connectivity to its standard set top box. PeerTV recently announced that it was also adding voice control to its HEVC equipped set top boxes. via PeerTV adds DVB-T2 to STBs | Advanced Television.
  • Deluxe, BT Media & Broadcast strategic alliance | Advanced Television
    Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has revealed details of a contract with BT Media & Broadcast that will extend the reach of MediaCloud, Deluxe’s software orientated broadcast platform, utilising BT’s global network connectivity. The alliance is focused on delivering managed channel origination and distribution globally. via Deluxe, BT Media & Broadcast strategic alliance | Advanced Television.
  • thePlatform for Stan and shomi | Advanced Television
    thePlatform, the white-label video publishing company and independent subsidiary of Comcast, has been selected by Stan, the joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, to provide back-end video services for the Australian subscription VoD service. via thePlatform for Stan and shomi | Advanced Television.
  • NAB 2015 – What Can We Expect? | Blogs | Red Bee Media
    We are less than two weeks away from one of the broadcast industry’s biggest trade events of the year, the NAB show in Las Vegas. Almost 100,000 people attended last year’s event and we can expect something similar this time around. So what can we expect to be the main themes this year? Here are […]
  • Alticast to provide security for CJ Hellovision Ultra HD service | Digital TV News
    Alticast, a global partner for the delivery of media entertainment, has been selected to provide the security for the ambitious rollout of Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) video services by CJ Hellovision, South Korea’s largest cable television operator which now offers both live and on-demand Ultra HD programming to all of its more than 4.3 […]
  • YouTube experiments with 4K video at 60 fps – FierceCable
    Looking for ways to spark consumer interest in 4K/Ultra HD, the consumer electronics and pay-TV industries seem to have an ally in YouTube, which has debuted its latest experimental videos: Not only are they in 4K, but they run at 60 frames per second. via YouTube experiments with 4K video at 60 fps – FierceCable.
  • Digital pay TV revenues rocket in Eastern Europe
    Despite the incessant gloomy economic and political news from the region, pay TV revenues in Eastern Europe will be 45% higher in 2020 ($7,269 million) than in 2010 ($5,029 million), according to Digital TV Research. via Digital pay TV revenues rocket in Eastern Europe.
  • New Roku 2, Roku 3 Just Weeks Away | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Dave Zatz points to leaked data that suggests new versions or the Roku 2 and Roku 3 could be just weeks away, according to data from the FCC’s website. The revised devices also appear to have arrived early on Best Buy’s Canadian website, suggesting some relatively minor cosmetic changes to the devices and potentially a […]
  • Darroch: Sky willing to spend for German football rights, will invest in content » Digital TV Europe
    Sky is well-placed to win German top-tier football rights and will invest in more German TV series, according to CEO Jeremy Darroch, in an interview the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper following the announcement that Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan is quitting to return to the US. via Darroch: Sky willing to spend for German football rights, […]
  • Vodafone names Springer chief to board » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone Group has named Axel Springer chairman and CEO Mathias Döpfner to its board as a non-executive director, while Luc Vandevelde, is to step down. via Vodafone names Springer chief to board » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vodafone Spain to launch converged offering next month » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone España will begin offering quad-play services in Spain from April 20 in direct competition with Telefónica, according to local reports. via Vodafone Spain to launch converged offering next month » Digital TV Europe.
  • Convergence clash as Voda-ONO launches | Advanced Television
    Vodafone-Ono is finalising its first combined convergent package in with unconfirmed plans for very discounted prices. The group plans a heavy marketing campaign to promote the service in direct competition with Telefonica. via Convergence clash as Voda-ONO launches | Advanced Television.
  • Philips adds new apps to its smart TVs
    TP Vision has added a number of new apps to its line of Philips smart TVs. via Philips adds new apps to its smart TVs.
  • Judge: UPC Ireland ‘must enforce 3 strikes policy’ | Advanced Television
    The High Court has ordered UPC Ireland, the country’s second largest ISP, to take measures to stop illegal downloading. via Judge: UPC Ireland ‘must enforce 3 strikes policy’ | Advanced Television.
  • Online video to lead 4.4% growth in global adspend in 2015
    Global adspend will grow 4.4% to reach US$544bn in 2015, and will accelerate to 5.3% growth in 2016, according to ZenithOptimedia’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts. via Online video to lead 4.4% growth in global adspend in 2015.
  • BT Set Trial of Standalone Naked FTTC Superfast Broadband Without Phone – ISPreview UK
    BTOpenreach has set a trial date for the ability to order a naked superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC / VDSL) service, which means you could take the broadband without also having to pay a separate fee for the phone line rental (aka – Naked VDSL, Single Order GEA-FTTC or SoGEA). There’s also a small update on […]
  • Sweeney, Smith join Netflix board | Advanced Television
    Netflix has added Anne Sweeney, recently Co-chair Disney Media Networks and President Disney-ABC Television at Walt Disney, and Brad Smith, Executive VP and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft to its board, bringing the total number of directors to nine. via Sweeney, Smith join Netflix board | Advanced Television.
  • Bank: “Sky in sweet spot, but squeeze is coming” | Advanced Television
    Mike Williams, telecoms analyst at investment bank Exane BNP-Paribas, says the battle for eyeballs – and subscribers – is escalating among pay-TV players and as OTT content quality and quantity continues to improve. The bank’s report says: “We expect them to increasingly try to compete as substitutes (rather than complements). Additionally, as OTT players, most […]
  • UK’s DTG releases D-Book 8 | Digital TV News
    The DTG has given the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance with the launch of D-Book 8. The 2015 revision of the D-Book also includes support for potential future HEVC broadcasts, a new method to deliver software updates via broadband, smart retuning, and hundreds […]

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Digital TV News March 26, 2015

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  • Comcast pushes back expected TWC deal closure to mid-2015 – FierceCable
    Delays, delays, nothing but delays… With the FCC once again suspending its regulatory review process, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) once more pushed back its expected close of its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). via Comcast pushes back expected TWC deal closure to mid-2015 – FierceCable.
  • BT TV’s power team » Digital TV Europe
    Kate Bulkley profiles the top trio at BT who are tweaking Sky’s tail and leading the telco’s TV strategy. via BT TV’s power team » Digital TV Europe.
  • Broadcom enables China’s first 4Kp60 STB deployment | Digital TV News
    Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Inspur Group, Shandong Cable Network’s primary systems integrator, has selected Broadcom’s Ultra HD system-on-chip (SoC) and Wi-Fi SoC for a new line of 4Kp60 cable set-top boxes (STBs). Leveraging Broadcom’s latest compression and decoding technology, Inspur’s […]
  • TV to account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015 » Digital TV Europe
    TV advertising will account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015, but there are indications that its share is “slowly eroding”, according to new research by global media network Carat. via TV to account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015 » Digital TV Europe.
  • UK launch for Amazon Fire’s streaming stick
    Amazon has launched its Fire TV Stick into the UK market. via UK launch for Amazon Fire’s streaming stick.
  • South Africa digital TV a “fiasco” | Advanced Television
    South African opposition parliamentarians have described the nation’s adoption of digital TV as a “fiasco”. Marian Shinn, the opposition’s shadow Telecoms minister, has severely criticised South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma for failures in decision making, and which has resulted in a “legislative nightmare and confusing reporting lines”. via South Africa digital TV a “fiasco” | […]
  • Channel merger still haunts Mediaset
    The Spanish regulator CNMC is set to open new disciplinary proceedings and impose new sanctions on Mediaset. via Channel merger still haunts Mediaset.
  • Bulgarian incumbent Vivacom sold for a euro
    The European investment group LIC33 has acquired a 43% stake in the Bulgarian incumbent telco Vivacom. via Bulgarian incumbent Vivacom sold for a euro.
  • New head for T-Mobile in Poland
    Adam Sawicki has been appointed the CEO of T-Mobile Polska, effective June 1. via New head for T-Mobile in Poland.
  • EchoStar renames Solaris Mobile | Advanced Television
    Dublin-based Solaris Mobile is now formally operating as EchoStar Mobile Ltd.  The plans that EchoStar might have for the S-band satellite (and matching terrestrial activity) frequencies are now clearer. via EchoStar renames Solaris Mobile | Advanced Television.
  • Global pay TV subscriber base to pass 1.1 Billion in 2020 | Digital TV News
    According to ABI Research, the worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers. “Despite the growth in subscriber base, weak currency exchange rates resulted in a slower increase of pay TV market service revenue. Worldwide the pay TV market generated US$257 billion in 2014 and […]

Digital TV News March 25, 2015

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  • Cross-device syncing enabled for iPlayer with BBC iD app | ITProPortal.com
    BBC iPlayer users can now set up their own personal account, enabling them to sync content across different platforms. Users can register a BBC iD and access their favourites and viewing history on iOS and Android, as well as the BBC iPlayer website. via Cross-device syncing enabled for iPlayer with BBC iD app | ITProPortal.com.
  • Guangdong Cable selects NAGRA content protection | Digital TV News
    NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) digital TV business and the world’s leading provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today that Guangdong Cable has selected NAGRA anyCAST content protection solutions to secure a new offer combining DVB-based live TV and Internet-based over-the-top services (OTT). The OTT services will include live TV and VOD […]
  • Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere Slammed for Lack of Android 5 Support – ISPreview UK
    Customers of Sky Broadband with Sky TV, specifically those who enjoy accessing their TV content on an Android based mobile device via the Sky Go app, have criticised the operator for not updating their app to work properly with the latest Android 5.1 release. But it could be worse; they might be users of Virgin […]
  • Google’s Nexus Player for UK | Advanced Television
    Google’s Nexus Player, the company’s first device to feature the Android TV platform, will launch in the UK on March 26th.  The Asus made device is available for £79.99 (€104) – £20 more than the recently price-cut Apple TV. via Google’s Nexus Player for UK | Advanced Television.
  • T-Mobile Polska appoints Netia chief as new CEO » Digital TV Europe
    Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Polska has appointed Netia CEO Adam Sawicki as its next chief executive, effective June 1. via T-Mobile Polska appoints Netia chief as new CEO » Digital TV Europe.
  • Cable, Broadcast Executives Slowly Waking Up To Netflix Impact | DSLReports, ISP Information
    While the overall number of total pay TV subscribers is seeing a modest decline, the same can’t be said for cable programming ratings — which have been in free fall for several years. That’s especially been true of children’s programming, with parents (and kids) often finding better value with Netflix content. Total TV viewing dropped […]
  • Astro selects Thomson for DTH, IPTV and OTT expansion | Digital TV News
    Southeast Asia’s largest pay-TV operator, Astro, has chosen a suite of Thomson Video Networks encoding and video processing solutions to drive its new Multi-screen Unified Compression System (MUCS), a compression platform that will enable Astro to deliver additional channels for its future business expansion. Thomson Video Networks’ solutions deployed for MUCS include the award-winning ViBE™ […]
  • PrimaCom looking for acquisition targets
    Germany’s fourth-largest cable operator PrimaCom wants to accelerate its growth through further acquisitions following last year’s takeover of DTK Deutsche Telekabel. via PrimaCom looking for acquisition targets.
  • Sony’s poorly targeted PlayStation Vue service ‘DOA,’ analyst says – FierceCable
    Describing Sony’s over-the-top pay-TV service as a product grossly mismatched with its young, price-conscious male target market, TDG analyst Joel Espelien has declared PlayStation Vue “dead on arrival.” via Sony’s poorly targeted PlayStation Vue service ‘DOA,’ analyst says – FierceCable.
  • Crisis hits Ukrainian DTT
    The Ukrainian DTT broadcaster Zeonbud has been forced to take its services off the air, only to have the suspension lifted a day later. via Crisis hits Ukrainian DTT.
  • Australia: 92% TV viewing linear broadcast | Advanced Television
    The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2014, reveals viewing of video content on Internet-connected mobile devices has grown year-on-year though it remains small relative to the time Australians spend watching broadcast television on in-home TV sets. via Australia: 92% TV viewing linear broadcast | Advanced Television.

Digital TV News March 24, 2015

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  • Ustream’s Software-Defined CDN Could Become A Bandwidth Exchange For Live Broadcasters – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
    Ustream has developed a reputation for its ability to host some of the world’s largest streaming events via their HD broadcast video platform. The company hosted more than 1 million concurrent viewers and 8 million total viewers during the launch of Sony’s Playstation 4 and regularly hosts 70 million viewers per month. And, while it […]
  • CableLabs joins NYU Wireless to drive 5G research – FierceCable
    Non-profit cable consortium CableLabs has joined university research center NYU Wireless to help define and drive research around 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology.  Specifically, the consortium will be an affiliate of NYU Wireless and join wireless industry stalwarts such as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Samsung, Nokia Networks and Solutions (NYSE:NOK) and Intel to figure out the […]
  • UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 » Digital TV Europe
    The subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of £1 billion (€1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, according to new research. via UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 » Digital TV Europe.
  • Telefonica to triple FTTH speed | Advanced Television
    Telefonica is going to triple the Internet broadband speed, from 100 Mpbs to 300 Mpbs, before thr summer in an attempt to take the lead in the increasingly competitive broadband market, and widen its capacity to distribute Movistar TV and new added-value video services. via Telefonica to triple FTTH speed | Advanced Television.
  • Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels | Advanced Television
    Japan’s SkyPerfecTV, owned by J-Sat, is broadcasting two 4K/UltraHDTV channels. via Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels | Advanced Television.

Digital TV News March 23, 2015

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  • Major changes for Canal+ in Poland
    The Polish DTH platform nc+ plans to increase the number of Canal+ branded premium channels it offers from six to eight. via Major changes for Canal+ in Poland.
  • German HD+ platform plans Ultra HD service
    HD+, the HD satellite platform for DTH households in Germany on Astra (19.2° East), wants to give viewers a glimpse at the next generation of high-definition television. via German HD+ platform plans Ultra HD service.
  • Czech Digi TV to be sold
    RCS&RDS is set to sell its Digi TV operation in the Czech Republic to the utility company Lama Energy. via Czech Digi TV to be sold.
  • Liberty wants to take ITV shows to Europe
    Liberty Global’s chief financial officer has ruled out an outright bid for ITV but sees an opportunity in taking some of its top shows into Europe. via Liberty wants to take ITV shows to Europe.
  • Liberty rules out ITV bid | Advanced Television
    US cable group Liberty Global wants to distribute ITV’s most popular programmes across Europe, but sees the UK commercial broadcaster as too “pricey” to acquire outright, its chief financial officer has suggested in an interview with the FT. via Liberty rules out ITV bid | Advanced Television.
  • Philips smart TVs opt for Android
    The vast majority of 2015 Philips Smart TVs are powered by Android 5.0, Lollipop. via Philips smart TVs opt for Android.
  • Raduga TV bankruptcy confirmed
    Moscow’s Arbitration Court has upheld a petition for bankruptcy filed by DalGeoKom, the operator of the former DTH platform Raduga TV. via Raduga TV bankruptcy confirmed.
  • European TV executives bullish on Apple TV – Business Insider
    Apple’s new subscription TV service is reportedly arriving in the US this fall, offering around 25 channels for between $25 and $40 per month, according to The Wall Street Journal. via European TV executives bullish on Apple TV – Business Insider.
  • Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV ads
    For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it’s turning that focus to TV. via Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV ads.
  • SFR to abandon Android STBs
    French telecom operator SFR is giving up on its Google Android STBs following the acquisition by Numericable-Altice. via SFR to abandon Android STBs.
  • Liberty’s Project Lightning: 40% take-up | Advanced Television
    Liberty Global is planning a wide-ranging expansion of its UK penetration, and a management briefing for the City has seen investment bank Jefferies issue a major (17-page) re-examination of Liberty’s prospects – and summarises its position with a “Buy” recommendation and a raised $59 price target (Liberty Global’s shares are currently about $53). via Liberty’s […]
  • South Africa targets 84% of population in digital switchover » Digital TV Europe
    South Africa will now aim to cover 84% of the country’s total population with its digital terrestrial TV signal, according to amendments made to the country’s digital migration policy. via South Africa targets 84% of population in digital switchover » Digital TV Europe.
  • Telecom Italia returns to profit | Advanced Television
    Telecom Italia has returned to profit for the first time in three years as Italy’s largest telecoms group begins its biggest investment to date to modernise its mobile and broadband networks. via Telecom Italia returns to profit | Advanced Television.
  • Pay-TV being forced out of Russia | Advanced Television
    A report from IHS Technology says that Russia’s weak economy, and tough regulatory changes are making life difficult for pay-TV broadcasters. via Pay-TV being forced out of Russia | Advanced Television.
  • Early price increase for Sky subscribers
    Just weeks after agreeing to pay £4.2 billion to maintain coverage of the Premier League, Sky is to bring in an early price increase. via Early price increase for Sky subscribers.
  • Video infrastructure software spending shifting to headend
    New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group shows that headend-oriented software is accounting for an ever-larger share of video infrastructure software revenues, while content protection share of the market is declining. via Video infrastructure software spending shifting to headend.
  • Telenet, Belgacom strengthen duopoly on Belgian market
    Telenet remains the biggest provider on the Belgian consumer fixed market, followed by incumbent Belgacom. via Telenet, Belgacom strengthen duopoly on Belgian market.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Scripps looks to Europe
    The sale of a majority stake in Poland’s TVN to Scripps Network Interactive has come as something of a surprise. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Scripps looks to Europe.
  • Envivio reduces losses | Advanced Television
    Envivio, a provider of software-based video processing and delivery solutions, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 ending January 31st 2015. via Envivio reduces losses | Advanced Television.

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