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ANGA COM 2013: ARRIS wins three European operator customers Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 04-06-2013 ARRIS has won a trio of customers

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    ANGA COM 2013: ARRIS wins three European operator customers
    Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 04-06-2013
    ARRIS has won a trio of customers around Europe, including Poland's second-largest cable service provider, Vectra, which has chosen the HMC3021 hybrid HD set-top from ARRIS to accelerate its shift to IP.
    In addition, German video service provider ROPA Television has selected ARRIS' ST-6000 Series video transcoder, and EONA, which offers IPTV and video-on-demand (VOD) software to the hospitality and healthcare industries, will employ SecureMedia protection across 5,500 IPTV access points within 45 hotels and hospitals in seven countries.
    Vectra is looking to transition its analogue subscribers to digital, paving the way for the multiscreen experiences and IP-based services that its consumers crave.
    Vectra will deploy the HMC3021 set-tops in customers' homes by summer 2013, facing an impending analogue switch-off in Poland. But it's not just regulatory requirements that are driving the move.
    "We're seeing unprecedented interest high quality HD and IP-based services in Poland Tomasz Zuranksi, CEO at Vectra said. "Video-on-demand (VOD), in particular, is something our subscribers demand. Our investment in ARRIS' hybrid set-top allows us to deliver these services today, while preparing for an all-IP future."
    The HMC3021 has been designed to deliver HD content to basic subscribers. The low-cost set-top converts a service provider's digital signal within the home so that subscribers can view HD content, like VOD, without the need for a more expensive, traditional set-top box. This facilitates the migration of subscribers to IP-based services with little interruption or outward investment on the part of the service provider.
    "With the analogue switchover in Poland coming later this year, many Polish service providers are looking for the most flexible and cost-effective way to manage this transition," said Steve McCaffery, ARRIS vice president and general manager of EMEA. "The HMC3021 is the answer — giving service providers like Vectra the confidence that today's investment will scale to tomorrow's digital services."
    ROPA, meanwhile, selected the ST-6000 to deliver multichannel content to its customers while boosting bandwidth and reducing operational costs through high-channel density and transcoding efficiency. The ST-6000 Series became part of the ARRIS portfolio through the company's acquisition of Motorola Home. It enables video service providers like ROPA to offer a broader range of video services to support evolving customer needs and headend requirements. The transcoder achieves this through video delivery in three, six or 12 channel configurations.
    "Our service provider customers have discerning subscribers who want a selection of the latest content, in high definition, on demand," said Marco Zapf, CEO at ROPA Television. "We tested a number of solutions from a range of companies and identified the ARRIS ST-6000 as the solution that will best allow us to scale and provide live-TV transcoding of SDTV and HDTV services, without incurring significant additional costs."
    EONA's SecureMedia Encryptonite ONE also became part of the ARRIS portfolio through the company's acquisition of Motorola Home. It's geared to meet content owners' stringent security requirements, including those of the popular French broadcaster Canal+, which now requires advanced encryption of its content prior to delivery in the hospitality and healthcare environments. By deploying SecureMedia Encryptonite ONE, EONA has received approval from Canal+ to include its programming within EONA's hospitality offering – making EONA among the few providers able to do so.
    "SecureMedia gives us the protection and assurance to provide a variety of premium video to our customers with earlier release windows," said Antoine Girard, managing director of EONA. "With this level of protection, we can meet the ever-growing requirements of content owners such as UIP, FilmBank and Canal+ while serving the best new content to our primary clientele of international hotels and community hospitals."

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    TV shipments decline, but LCD stays stable amid consumer migration to larger screens
    Michelle Clancy | 04-06-2013
    Shipments of television sets in the United States declined by 11% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to one year earlier, according to a TV Systems Intelligence update from information and analytics provider IHS.
    However, the average selling price (ASP) for LCD TVs increased 3%, says HIS, driven by a recovery in consumer confidence and a focus on replacing main TV sets with more full-featured products and larger screen sizes.
    US TV shipments dropped to 6.6 million units, down from 7.4 million a year ago in the first quarter of 2012. LCD TV shipments decreased by 7%, while plasma plunged 39%. The fall reflected the worldwide decrease of television shipments during the first quarter. However, global TV shipments looked rosier, down by less than 2%.
    The contraction in global volumes was driven by the decline in the remaining markets for bulky analogue cathode ray tube (CRT) sets as well as by the reduction in plasma demand. Other factors responsible for the decrease included a widespread cutback in LCD TV manufacturing volumes by major Japanese vendors, and a repositioning of the market toward fewer, larger-sized TV sets in the mature markets, the firm said.
    The ASP for LCD TVs stood at $704, up from $682 one year earlier. As a result, revenue was relatively stable by comparison to shipments. Total TV revenue dropped by 11%, in line with total shipments, while LCD TV revenue declined significantly less, by 4%. For brands relying on the LCD market, this creates an opportunity to expand their margins.
    "The US market is starting to reposition toward higher-end TV sets," said Veronica Thayer, analyst for consumer electronics & technology at IHS. "Now that most homes have at least one flat-panel TV, consumers have become more discerning in their tastes and place more value on features like light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting, supersized screens and interactive smart TVs."
    And indeed, supersized LCD TV sets larger than 50" in the diagonal dimension accounted for 27% of US LCD TV unit shipments in the first quarter, up from 15% one year before. Furthermore, these large sets represented over half of all US LCD TV revenue, at 53%, up sharply from 39% one year earlier. For top television manufacturers, such high-cost sets represent an opportunity to maintain pricing despite declining unit sales in the United States.
    Meanwhile, LED-backlit sets increased their share of US TV unit shipments to 72%, up from 37% during the first quarter of 2012. LED sets accounted for 76% of total TV revenue, up from 52%.
    In terms of competitive positioning, Samsung earned the highest revenue from the US market for all types of televisions and in the key LCD TV segment, despite strong gains by Vizio.
    The South Korean giant during the first three months of 2013 accounted for 31% of overall US television market revenue, up from 30% during the same period in 2012. The company also expanded its share of US LCD TV revenue to 28%, up from 27% one year earlier.
    Meanwhile, Vizio increased its share of TV revenue sharply, rising to 16%, up from 11% in 2012. The US-based company also boosted its portion of US LCD TV revenue to 18%, up from 14% one year earlier, due to the increase in number of large-screen-size TV models offered, particularly the very successful 60", and helped by the brand's entry into Best Buy.
    In terms of volume, the squeeze on the total number of shipped TVs still favoured Samsung, with 1.6 million units in the first quarter this year. However, Vizio managed to edge out Samsung on US LCD TV volume during the period by a few thousand units.
    "Samsung has retained its position as the leading premium television brand in the United States by capitalising on demand for premium features, but Vizio is making strong moves in volumes and larger-sized models, although its current revenue is still lower," Thayer added. "Ultimately, feature-rich sets and large screen sizes lead to higher TV ASPs, which can provide an opportunity for manufacturers to regain margins."

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    India’s Star Sports 2 expands its DTH reach
    Rebecca Hawkes | 04-06-2013
    Tata Sky and Sun Direct are the latest Indian direct-to-home (DTH) TV platforms to carry Star Sports 2, the newest sports channel from the ESPN Star Sports stable, following a new agreement with ESPN Software India.
    The channel, which launched in March 2013, is currently televising the ICC Champions Trophy one day international (ODI) cricket event with commentary in Hindi. Sister channels Star Cricket and Star Cricket HD will provide coverage in English.
    Fellow DTH operator Airtel Digital TV is also carrying the new sports channel, which is currently only available in MPEG 2, according to Indian Television. ESPN Software India is reportedly working towards making it available in MPEG 4.
    Star Sports 2 is the sixth sports channel launched by ESPN Star Sports in the Indian subcontinent. In addition to cricket it covers football, tennis, motor racing and golf.

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    South African Community TV forms collective
    Rebecca Hawkes | 04-06-2013
    South Africa’s community television sector has a new champion in the form of an advocacy and lobbying group formed by the country’s existing community TV licensees which, combined, draw an audience of around six million viewers.
    The Association of Community Television South Africa (Act-SA), comprising Soweto TV, Cape Town TV (CTV), Bay TV, One KZN, Tshwane TV, North West TV and Bara TV, says it will also focus on programme syndication, content exchange, maximising commercial opportunities, training and capacity building.
    “Act-SA will make an important contribution to building media diversity and development in South Africa. The community television sector now has a body that provides support and guidance for community TV stations and is able to address issues with one voice representing all the stakeholders in the sector,” says Motse Mfuleni of Bay TV, chairman of the association’s interim steering committee.
    Recent policy recommendations by the Department of Communications that Act-SA will be reacting to include the proposed regionalisation of community TV to broadcast at provincial level, and the DoC recommendation that the boards of community TV stations be appointed by Government.
    “The establishment of the association will enable the sector to firmly establish the community television sector as a major emerging player in the South African broadcasting environment including the digital terrestrial television. Community television represents a bottom-up, people-centred approach to broadcasting and it fills a critical gap in South Africa’s commercially-dominated broadcasting landscape,” says CTV’s Karen Thorne, deputy chairperson of Act-SA.
    The association’s formation will, it hopes, allow the community TV sector in South Africa to engage collectively as a sector, rather than individual station voices.

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    FORscene forges ahead as deltatre delivers cloud service
    Parent Category: News | 04-06-2013
    Early trading has seen an uptick in the share price of Forbidden Technologies after its FORscene cloud video platform was integrated into deltatre’s video production services.
    deltatre’s client portfolio covers a global range of leading sports rights-owning federations and broadcasters, and the deal follows the successful licensing of FORscene to a major sports organisation in early 2013 through the same company.

    Commented Paul Bristow, deltatre’s chief commercial officer: “deltatre worked with FORscene on some of the biggest sporting events last year and has recently launched a successful, new, season-long service for a major sports client. We now plan to integrate this cloud-based video editing platform into our product portfolio as we believe major sports properties will benefit from the faster workflows, collaborative production tools and significant cost savings that FORscene is able to provide.”

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    5.1 million French homes own a tablet
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 04-06-2013
    Around 5.1 million French homes now own a tablet, more than doubling over one year from 2.2 million, according to a new survey from Médiamétrie.
    "Boosted by an enlarged offer and more affordable prices, these devices have been adopted by 18% of French homes at Q1 of 2013," Médiamétrie points out.
    The company also forecasts that within the next six months, 2.4 million homes, or one out of ten, are planning to purchase either a tablet or a computer.
    The profile of buyers, or heads of families equipped with a tablet, is male, under 50 and with a larger family than those who own computers.
    At the first quarter of 2013, 21.4 million French homes (77%) also owned a computer, and for 13.9 million of them (two-thirds), this was a laptop.
    Médiamétrie adds that out of those households equipped, more than two out of five (8.8 million homes), own at least two computers.

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    GlobeCast adds French-African bouquet to MyGlobeTV in the US
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 04-06-2013
    GlobeCast has announced the addition of 14 French-African channels to MyGlobeTV, the company's broadband-delivered consumer platform for international broadcasters.
    Available in the US since 2012, MyGlobeTV brings international and genre-based audiovisual content.
    In partnership with international television distributor Thema, GlobeCast launched Le Bouquet Africain on 31 May in both premium and basic packages. The basic package includes eight channels such as 2STV and RTS from Senegal, CRTV from Cameroon, ORTM from Mali, RTI1 from Ivory Coast and Tele Congo from the Republic of Congo. The premium package includes 14 channels, with all those in the basic package, as well as six more including Africable, Africa 24 and TFM from Senegal.
    "Since the launch of MyGlobeTV last year, we've been committed to rapidly expanding our channel line-up to include a wide variety of African, Asian, Australian and European content," commented Emma Brackett, vice president of consumer products and services at GlobeCast.
    Thema supplies the feeds for Le Bouquet Africain via IP to GlobeCast's facility in Culver City, California, where the channels are encoded and integrated into the MyGlobeTV platform.

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    First Ultra HDTV 4K broadcast in Latin America
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 04-06-2013

    Media Networks and Telefonica Audiovisual Solutions (TSA) have carried out the first Ultra HDTV 4K broadcast in Latin America.
    Through the Hispasat satellite, the image was generated by Telefónica in Madrid and shown in Rio de Janeiro in order to celebrate that the Ka band is now working in Latin America thanks to the new Amazonas satellite.
    This is only the first step for the region, as there is no Ultra HDTV 4K programming as yet. "The first one will enter pay-TV in the Q2 of next year," said Loles del Campillo, TV productions director of Media Networks, at the event.
    However, this isn't the first time Telefonica has made an Ultra HDTV broadcast. TSA and Hispasat carried out the same kind of event in Barcelona in March during the annual DVB World Forum.
    TSA specialises in the broadcast of TV signals, as well as general solutions for audiovisual systems. The company is part of Spain's Telefónica Group and is integrated with Media Networks on a global scale. This originally Peruvian company is currently one of the biggest B2B companies for pay-TV and satellite Internet in Latin America, and is working in most of region's countries as well as in Spain and the USA.

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    TiJi and Gulli Russia join Tricolor TV's children's package
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 04-06-2013
    On 1 June, preschool channel TiJi Russia and family network Gulli Russia will join satellite operator Tricolor TV's new children's programming package.
    Operated by Lagardère Active, the Russian language versions of TiJi and Gulli are already received in six million homes across Russia, CIS and the Baltic States, and this agreement with Tricolor TV will extend their distribution across the Russian territory.
    Tricolor TV's new package will be made up of eight popular kid's channels in Russia. Available for 500 roubles per year, it will offer educational and entertainment shows for children up to 14, series and shows for teenagers, as well as family films and programming.
    With this offer, the Russian satellite operator aims to recruit 300,000 new subscribers by the end of the year.

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    Mike Fries: “Germany is our engine of growth”
    June 4, 2013 10.52 Europe/London By Robert Briel
    “Something like 40% of our growth comes from this country,” Mike Fries told the audience at the opening session of this year’s TV Summit at ANGA COM.
    Following the acquisition of Virgin Media in the UK, which will be closed this Friday, Liberty Global has “plenty of money left for Germany.” Fries said the Virgin deal was a rational one “Today it is very rational to invest in the UK, but ten years ago the situation was different.”
    Although the operator is active in 13 countries, most of the income is generated by the networks in five countries, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
    Germany is top priority for the company. germany is the engine of growth. “There is still a relative low penetration of broadband with relatively low prices for broadband and digital tv. So Deutsche Telekom is investing in broadband, we are investing.”
    LGI’s German subsidiary UnitymediaKabelBW serves three states and 40% of the total population, and Fries added that acquiring Kabel Deutschland “is always interesting to us.”
    In the past the German regulator stopped the main cable networks in the country from having a single owner. As a result, “the cable industry is the only industry that doesn’t have a nationwide presence. That doesn’t make a lot of sense to us, that cable has been forced into fragmentation. It doesn’t make sense for consumers, for the content providers. Consumers are the ones that would win if the industry is consolidated.”


 

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