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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