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European elite’s digital usage revealed June 5, 2013 00.05 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul Eurosport, CNN, Sky News and the BBC

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    European elite’s digital usage revealed
    June 5, 2013 00.05 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    Eurosport, CNN, Sky News and the BBC are among the best performers in a new “digital currency” implemented in this year’s EMS media survey of Europe’s affluent consumers.
    Designed to provide insights into the usage of websites and apps via PC/laptop, mobile devices and tablets, it shows that in the case of digital (website+mobile+app), Eurosport (all country editions), was in top spot with shares of 13.3% and 13.9% in the EMS 17 and EMS 21 groups respectively.
    However, in the EMS Select Top 3, CNN websites came out on top with 21.8% and 21.9% respectively.
    Eurosport was the most popular channel in France (14%) and Germany (11.8%), while Sky News dominated in both Italy (20.6%) and the UK (34%) and National Geographic (17.7%) in Spain.
    Speaking in a presentation about the survey in London, EMS said that the universe in the EMS 21 countries (EMS 17, plus four in CEE) of just over 49 million affluent people had seen their incomes remain stable in the last three years despite the difficult economic climate.
    Facebook was their most popular social media site, used by 27 million in the previous 30 days, 21% owned a tablet and 16% use an average of three screens.
    However, it was found they were spending less time online than previously.

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    Pay-TV still growing in Western Europe
    June 5, 2013 11.40 Europe/London By Robert Briel

    The number of pay-TV subscribers in Western Europe increased by 1 million in 2012 to 94.1 million, and will climb by another million in 2013, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.
    This comes despite pay-TV subscriptions falling in Italy (down by 482,000) and Spain (down by 350,000) in 2012. Italy and Spain will experience further falls in 2013, but both countries will start to recover in 2015.
    However, the Digital TV Western Europe report estimates that pay-TV subscriptions in Germany increased by 689,000 in 2012 (prompted partly by analog DTH switch-off) and by 347,000 in France.
    The number of pay-TV subscribers in the region will top 100 million by 2018 – up by 6.9% since 2012. This comes despite the loss of 15.9 million analog cable subs over the same period. Digital cable will grow by 14.7 million subs and IPTV will climb by 6.5 million. However, pay DTH subs will only increase by 2.5 million. Pay DTT subscriptions will fall by 187,000 to 7.4 million.
    Pay-TV penetration will be 57% by 2018 for the 15 Western European countries covered in the report, up by only two percentage points on 2012. By 2018, pay-TV penetration will range from nearly 100% in the Netherlands to only 24% in Spain. Five countries will exceed 90% pay TV penetration in 2018.
    Simon Murray, report author, said: “Despite the number of pay-TV homes increasing, pay TV revenues will remain flat at about $32 billion. The main reason for this is that ARPU is falling in most countries and on most platforms. The pay-TV arena is becoming more competitive as new platforms (especially IPTV ones) launch and as cable operators upgrade their networks to offer bundles and advanced services such as HD channels and DVRs.”
    He continued: “Additionally, rapid growth in higher-speed broadband connections allows more online video viewing [over-the-top]. So cable operators now offer cheaper and scaled-down basic packages to retain subs and to attract new ones. The knock-on effect resulted in DTH operators also dropping their basic package prices (and are reducing channel choice).”
    TV ARPU also falls as cable operators and telcos convert their subscribers to double-play or triple-play bundles. These subscribers provide operators with higher overall [blended] ARPU than standalone TV subscribers, but lower TV ARPU. Double-play and triple-play subs are more loyal than standalone ones, thus cutting churn and the related subscriber-retention costs.
    DTH will remain the most lucrative pay TV platform, but its revenues will fall by 2.5% between 2012 and 2018 – despite subs numbers rising by 4.8%. Cable TV revenues will decline by 6.6% over the same period, but subscriber numbers will also fall (by 2.6%). Leading the growth, IPTV revenues will climb by 28.6% between 2012 and 2018 to $4.2 billion (with subscriber numbers up by 41.3%).
    With France (down 6.0%) and Italy (down 6.1%) experiencing sharp pay TV revenue declines in 2012, Germany (up 9.0%) provided balance. Germany will also record growth in 2013 – up by 4.0% – with Spain (down 7.0%) and Italy (down 3.9%) the worst affected. German pay TV revenues will increase by 13.0% between 2012 and 2018, followed by Austria (10.3%) and Portugal (9.0%). However, Finland (down 10.4%), Norway (down 9.2%) and Spain (down 9.3%) will suffer the most.
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    Latens extend Multimedia deal
    June 5, 2013 11.30 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    Multimedia Polska has renewed a long-standing contract with Belfast-based Latens for the delivery of solutions based on Titanium technology.
    Latens supplies Multimedia Polska, which is the second largest cable operator in Poland, with conditional access based on secure software, as well as professional services, system design and 24/7 technical support.
    Commenting on the agreement, Krzysztof Jaskůlski, CTO of Multimedia Polska, said: “Latens’ product support combined with flexible Titanium rights management platform, and willingness to go the extra mile as a technology partner over the last six years has helped Multimedia Polska achieve and maintain the position of second largest cable operator in Poland.
    “We look forward to our continued work with Latens in growing our services and customer base.”
    Carmi Bogot, Latens’ president, added: “As a technology partner, Latens’ goal has been to help Multimedia Polska meet their growth targets and deliver new services while meeting financial goals in a competitive market.
    “Titanium offers a cost effective security solution that can easily scale and adapt to accommodate the rapid service growth and innovation needed while ensuring revenues are secure.”

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    Warner Bros, DC Entertainment celebrate Superman's 75th anniversary
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 05-06-2013
    To mark the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros Entertainment and DC Entertainment are kicking off a year of celebration, including a new commemorative Superman anniversary logo and an animated short tribute chronicling the history of the character.
    Currently in production, the animated short is being produced by Zack Snyder and pays homage to Superman and the many incarnations of the super hero throughout his 75 years.
    The commemorative logo takes its cue from Superman's costume, being predominantly blue with a splash of red, and highlighting a bold silhouette of the Man of Steel with his cape flowing behind him, and the block-style lettering '75 Years'.
    DC Entertainment will be the first to feature this new logo on the upcoming Superman Unchained comic book by artist Jim Lee and writer Scott Snyder, which goes on sale from Wednesday 12 June.
    First appearing in the comic book Action Comics #1, dated June 1938, Superman quickly became a cultural icon, winning fans around the world through both live action and animated form in nearly every known entertainment medium: feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandising.
    This landmark anniversary will be marked by a range of highly anticipated events and products, kicking off with the release of summer blockbuster Man of Steel.

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    Western Europe pay-TV continues growth curve
    Joseph O'Halloran | 05-06-2013
    A million more subscribers were added to the Western Europe pay-TV market in 2012 and the number will climb by the same amount to 95.1 million customers, according to a new study from Digital TV Research.
    Overall, the analyst predicts pay-TV penetration will be 57% by 2018 for the 15 Western European countries covered in the report, up by only two percentage points on 2012. At this rate, said the Digital TV Western Europe report, the number of pay-TV subscribers in the region will pass the 100 million mark by 2018, up by 6.9% since 2012, despite the loss of 15.9 million analogue cable subs over the same period and also despite pay-TV subscriptions falling in Italy (by 482,000) and Spain (350,000) in 2012. Both countries are set to experience further falls in 2013 before likely recovery in 2015.
    Offsetting these falls will be increases in pay-TV subscriptions in Germany by 689,000 in 2012, and by 347,000 in France. By 2018, pay-TV penetration will range from nearly 100% in the Netherlands to only 24% in Spain. Five countries will exceed 90% pay-TV penetration in 2018.
    In terms of platforms, Digital TV Research predicts that digital cable will grow by 14.7 million subs, and IPTV will climb by 6.5 million. However, pay DTH subs will only increase by 2.5 million. Pay DTT subscriptions will fall by 187,000 to 7.4 million.
    Commenting on the research and the business outcomes for the growth, Simon Murray, report author, said: “Despite the number of pay-TV homes increasing, pay-TV revenues will remain flat at about $32 billion. The main reason for this is that ARPU is falling in most countries and on most platforms. The pay-TV arena is becoming more competitive as new platforms (especially IPTV ones) launch and as cable operators upgrade their networks to offer bundles and advanced services such as HD channels and DVRs.
    “Additionally, rapid growth in higher-speed broadband connections allows more online video viewing [over-the-top]. So cable operators now offer cheaper and scaled-down basic packages to retain subs and to attract new ones. The knock-on effect resulted in DTH operators also dropping their basic package prices (and are reducing channel choice).”
    The analyst also expected TV ARPU to falls as cable operators and telcos convert their subscribers to double-play or triple-play bundles. That notwithstanding, DTH is set to remain the most lucrative pay-TV platform, but its revenues will fall by 2.5% between 2012 and 2018 – despite subs numbers rising by 4.8%.
    Cable TV revenues are set to decline by 6.6% over the same period, but subscriber numbers will also fall (by 2.6%). IPTV revenues will likely rise by 28.6% between 2012 and 2018 to $4.2 billion (with subscriber numbers up by 41.3%).

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    UK entertainment and media firms raise game to drive market to £65.5BN by 2017
    Editor | 05-06-2013
    As constant digital innovation becomes the new licence to operate, the UK’s entertainment and media businesses will grow by 4% from 2013-2017 to a value of £65.5 billion in 2017, according to new research from PwC.
    According to PwC’s latest Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2013-2017, the growing digital revenues will power the entertainment and media industry, with the fastest growing areas being online advertising, Internet access, out-of-home advertising, video games and TV advertising.
    PwC expects advertising to grow by £3 billion over the period at a compound rate of 4.4% per annum to reach £17 billion. Consumer spending on E&M will likely be slower-growing at 1.8% compounded annually to reach almost £33 billion. PwC added that it thought TV advertising in the UK was worth £3.7 billion in 2012, and revenues are forecast to grow by a CAGR of 4.7% to reach £4.7 billion in 2017.
    PwC also predicts the UK to be one of the global leaders in online TV advertising behind the US. Placing the UK in its European contest, it calculates that in 2012 the UK had the second largest E&M market in EMEA at £54 billion, behind Germany, and it will maintain this position to 2017. The analyst says that empowering both advertising and consumer spending will be iIternet access spending, which will grow over the period to £15 billion, driven by access on mobile devices more than doubling to £9 billion in 2017.
    Commenting on the research, Phil Stokes, head of UK entertainment & media at PwC, said: “Across the world, consumers’ access to entertainment and media content and experiences is being driven to new heights by our ever increasing access to the iIternet and the explosive growth in ownership of smart devices … Entertainment and media businesses have raised their game in agility and customer understanding and we see that a constant digital innovation has become the new licence to operate.
    "Digital technologies are pervasive and, as a consequence, we believe it’s wrong to say that companies need ‘a digital strategy’: companies need a business strategy that’s fit for the digital age. While profitable growth is difficult to achieve in the current climate, digital technology has plenty of potential to help, both in the way that organisations are structured, and in generating new products and services that are centred on the needs and outcomes that really matter to customers.”

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    ANGA COM 2013: Verimatrix beefs up FTA security offerings and racks up VCAS wins
    Editor | 05-06-2013
    As it announces wins with leading European cable TV providers, Verimatrix has unveiled a range of initiatives making pay-TV security more available to the public broadcaster and free-to-air (FTA) community.
    The multi-network, multiscreen digital security provider has developed a solution that it says will support a digital terrestrial deployment approach for free-to-air services. This it claims will also be compelling for pay-TV terrestrial and cable operators that are transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting and may ultimately desire to offer advanced broadcast, multiscreen and hybrid services. Verimatrix has achieved this by customising its Verimatrix Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB solution, embedding it in set-top boxes (STBs).
    The company says that the advantages of building a multi-network delivery infrastructure include harmonised security and a cost-effective upgrade path for the public broadcast and the FTA communities, even in cases where direct monetisation of video services is not an immediate goal.
    "If a broadcaster could add DRM or conditional access tomorrow, it would, even on a free-to-air delivery. But this has previously been too expensive and for little benefit," commented Peter White, principal analyst and founder, Rethink Technology Research Ltd. "Verimatrix has shown how nimble it can be by reducing the price barrier for encrypted broadcasts. It’s what we have come to expect from the leading innovator in the sector."
    “Our new range of technical and commercial solutions optimised for the broadcast and FTA communities addresses a diverse set of security challenges that these operators face,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer, Verimatrix. “Issues like ensuring national licence fees are employed fairly, dealing with rights management in an environment of extreme cost pressures, and the move to hybrid network delivery standards really demand a flexible and extremely scalable approach to security.”
    While making the announcement, Verimatrix also revealed that Magyar Telekom has deployed VCAS to provide revenue security for its new over-the-top (OTT) video-on-demand (VOD) service designed to expand its satellite TV platform with interactive services for connected devices. The service, featuring the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol, is available on multiple screens, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Smart TVs and Android-based phones and tablets. Huawei served as the systems integrator for the project.
    VCAS has also been deployed by Stofa, Denmark’s second largest cable operator, to provide enhanced revenue security foundation for Stofa’s SmartTv OTT solution. The video service includes premium content from C More and HBO, and features interactive control functions such as pause, rewind, movie rentals and start-over. Content is available on multiple screens, including computers, smartphones and tablets.
    In the third European win, Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Slovak Telekom will use VCAS to protect its new Magio GO OTT multiscreen service. The service features 22 live TV channels with enhanced services such as nPVR, time shift, TV archive and TV bookmarks. Magio GO is available on a variety of screens (TV, Web, mobile) and is based on Slovak Telekom’s unique MCore converged multiscreen application framework, which delivers converged TV applications and services to IPTV, hybrid satellite and OTT customers.

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    China, Comcast rule the pay-TV world
    Michelle Clancy | 05-06-2013
    Comcast is the world's largest pay-TV operator, with 22 million subscribers at the end of 2012, according to an analysis from SNL Kagan.
    The data found that geographically, China, India and the US accounted for 50, or nearly half, of the world's top operators, with 27 of them based in China and 12 in India. The US has 11 operators, followed by France, Germany, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico, each with five.
    China's ongoing cable consolidation and India's continued DTH surge have produced many top pay-TV operators in the Asia Pacific region with gigantic subscriber bases. At end-2012, the top ten Asia Pacific operators each served more than ten million video subscribers and are still on track for further growth.
    Strong DTH uptake has also taken place in Latin America, where top providers SKY Brasil, Sky Mexico and America Movil's Claro made the most aggressive subscriber net additions in 2012 in the region.
    In the advanced territories of North America and Western Europe, meanwhile, telecom providers are outpacing incumbent cable operators in terms of subscriber growth, with IPTV services from AT&T, Verizon Communications, France Telecom Group and Deutsche Telekom registering the most net additions, while cable giants such as Comcast, Rogers Cable, Kabel Deutschland and Numericable continued to suffer subscriber loss.
    The analysis also found that Chinese telco China Telecom was the top fixed broadband provider, reaching 90.1 million high-speed Internet customers.
    To facilitate a global comparison of the world's largest video and broadband providers, SNL Kagan compiled a database of 106 major operators serving no fewer than two million video subscribers or one million fixed-line broadband subscribers at year-end 2012.

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    ANGA COM 2013: Broadcom unveils integrated STB chip for Ultra HD
    Michelle Clancy | 05-06-2013
    Silicon provider Broadcom has announced a hybrid cable gateway set-top box for whole-home connectivity and content sharing that also enables the delivery of Ultra HD video.
    The platform combines DOCSIS 3.0 and gigabit wireless gateway functionality with HEVC video decoders and a quad video transcoder onto a single piece of silicon – functionality previously provided by five different devices. The integrated platform provides a lower overall cost, utilising less power and providing the ability to securely support multiple applications simultaneously, the company said.
    The video decoder technology transmits video at one-fourth the bandwidth required by MPEG-2 HD, enabling the delivery of Ultra HD content using similar bandwidth as today's MPEG-2 1080p HD. And, the SoC integrates a quad transcoder to enable TV everywhere video services on four wireless mobile devices simultaneously, including smartphones and tablets.
    "Broadcom's new BCM7145 is a giant step forward in set-top box gateway chip design and is a key enabler for an all-IP cable platform," said John Gleiter, Broadcom vice president of set-top box marketing for the broadband communications group. "We have engineered a new solution that builds on Broadcom's unmatched, broad-ranged expertise in set-top box devices and our breadth of broadband, MoCA 2.0, gigabit routing and leading 5G 802.11ac wireless technologies. As a result, the BCM7145 is a breakthrough that delivers what operators want to compete in their markets."
    Broadcom's BCM7145 has a dual-core CPU that supports multiple applications running simultaneously in secure memory containers, which prevents compromises to system security while optimising the use the CPU's resources. Broadcom's Full Band Capture tuner and spectrum analyser technology enables the 32 demodulators integrated inside the BCM7145 to be used for DVB-C/QAM and DOCSIS simultaneously, with channel flexibility up to 1GHz. Full Band Capture also enables remote cable system troubleshooting using the built-in spectrum analyser that provides a complete picture of the cable system at the customer's connection to the cable system.

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    Viacom shows head to Amazon Prime
    Parent Category: News | 05-06-2013
    Amazon and Viacom have inked an expanded multi-year, multinational digital video licensing agreement to bring hundreds of TV shows from Viacom to Prime Instant Video, including some exclusives.
    Prime members will now have unlimited instant streaming access to popular kids programming such as Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans, Team Umizoomi, Blue's Clues and Victorious, along with shows from MTV and Comedy Central like Awkward, Tosh.0 and Workaholics. Prime members will also have access to future episodes of Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Odd Parents and Fresh Beat Band.
    LOVEFiLM customers in the UK and Germany will get some of the same shows later this summer.
    Meanwhile, select shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr will be available in Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a service built for kids that gives them the ability to explore books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows, with tools for parents to manage their kids' screen time.
    "Kids' shows are one of the most watched TV genres on Prime Instant Video," said Bill Carr, vice president of digital video and music for Amazon. "And this expanded deal will now bring customers the largest subscription selection of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr TV shows online, anywhere. With programmes like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Bubble Guppies and The Backyardigans, there are hundreds of great shows for kids and parents to choose from. In addition, we are bringing customers popular shows from MTV and COMEDY CENTRAL like Key & Peele, Workaholics, Awkward and Teen Mom 2, with the promise of more shows from these networks in the future."
    "We are thrilled to be extending and deepening our relationship with Amazon," said Philippe Dauman, president and chief executive officer of Viacom. "This innovative agreement will provide Prime members with access to even more of our best programming from our major television brands, including many digital video subscription streaming exclusives. Amazon has created a unique, brand-friendly environment for streaming entertainment and consumer products and we are excited to work with Amazon to bring customers shows they love."
    Prime, an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers customers unlimited free two-day shipping, includes Prime Instant Video access with more than 41,000 movies and TV episodes for Prime members to stream on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other connected TVs and devices.
    Amazon continues to beef up content for Prime. As previously announced, later this month Prime Instant Video will become the exclusive home to PBS hit series Downton Abbey as well as the CBS summer series Under the Dome, with each episode of the latter added four days after initial broadcast.


 

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