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ProSiebenSat.1 to remain on DTT in Germany Jörn Krieger | 03-04-2013 German commercial TV group ProSiebenSat.1 is to continue to

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    ProSiebenSat.1 to remain on DTT in Germany

    Jörn Krieger | 03-04-2013
    German commercial TV group ProSiebenSat.1 is to continue to transmit its channels on digital terrestrial frequencies in Germany.
    Conrad Albert, executive for legal, distribution & regulatory affairs, told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the board of directors has decided to extend the contract with transmitter network operator Media Broadcast for three years.
    Sat.1, ProSieben, kabel eins and sixx will therefore remain on DTT until 2018. It has not only been a question of the costs involved, explained Albert. "It's correct that DTT is more expensive than satellite or cable as a transmission infrastructure, but costs are not the only criterion. We want to keep all reception options open for our viewers and don't want to close down the distribution method in the foreseeable future on which the consumption of our programmes is above average, therefore being economically viable for us."
    Germany's other large commercial TV group RTL announced in January 2013 that it would withdraw its channels from DTT by the end of 2014 for reasons of cost, sparking fears in the industry that ProSiebenSat.1 could follow suit, calling the future of digital terrestrial television in Germany into question. According to the media authorities' latest digitalisation report, around five million households in Germany use DTT, 3.7 million of which do so on their main TV set, usually the big screen in the living room.
    ProSiebenSat.1 hopes that it can use the capacity vacated by RTL for its own channels to boost their technical reach. "The announced retreat by our competitors offers us the opportunity to increase the reach of our small channels and will put our existing channel line-up more into the focus among DTT users," said Albert. "Knowing our viewership figures, we are very relaxed about RTL's decision." Possible candidates for the DTT capacities could be Sat.1 Gold and ProSieben Maxx (launching in Q4 2013) as well as the children's channel and luxury channel planned by ProSiebenSat.1.

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    BBC's "best days lie ahead" proclaims new DG

    Editor | 03-04-2013
    On his first day in charge as Director General, Lord Tony Hall has boldly asserted that "with imagination and hard work" the BBC's best days lie ahead.
    Aiming to rally a corporation still reeling from the Jimmy Savile scandal that ultimately accounted for the loss of his hapless predecessor George Entwistle, the new leader – handpicked by fellow peer and BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten without an interview process including other candidates – insisted that despite the fact that "recent times have been difficult", the BBC has moved forward.
    "We are learning the lessons," he asserted. "We are winning back trust, something which will always be the most precious commodity for our organisation. We must never take it for granted."
    In outlining his vision, Hall said that the views of staff, audiences and partners would be key in shaping the BBC's ambitions, and that he was confident about the future for the BBC for two key reasons: the calibre and quality of its people and the associated shared values. Hall said he saw it as his personal mission to enable staff to do the best work of their lives, "producing outstanding programmes and services", and that he would "remove the distractions" that get in the way of that ambition.
    Yet Hall accepted that the corporation had a number of questions that it had to ask itself. These included how it could improve the quality and distinctiveness of programmes, how to act as a catalyst for creative and digital economies, how to stay ahead of the next big trends in technology and consumption, such as with the iPlayer, and how to meet all of its ambitions within the means of a frozen licence fee.

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    Pilat pilots multiplatform TV everywhere broadcast rights managemen
    Editor | 03-04-2013
    Pilat Media has launched the latest release of its IBMS Rights solution designed to offer centralised rights management across all content distribution platforms.
    The company believes that in the modern multiplatform operation, broadcasters are now acquiring content for delivery by different business units representing different revenue streams — with each business unit required to contribute to the cost of content acquisition.
    With that in mind, Pilat says that it has made the enhancements to its core Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS) solution to support this complex new environment by making the capture and analysis of internal cost allocation more flexible and transparent.
    IBMS Rights is attributed with enabling centralised rights management for any broadcast content, spanning the entire broadcast operation across multiple platforms and third-party systems. Broadcasters can centrally log and manage exploitation and distribution rights for all acquired or produced content, both long and short form, across both linear conventional TV and non-linear multiplatform and multiscreen services.
    The upgrade supports allocation of costs across any number of business units at the individual licence window level, on top of existing capabilities that provide a predefined expense template. Operators can define standard cost allocation rules via the easily managed templates, and then override those allocations at the individual license window level when required.
    The new package also features contract management, programme finance, and distribution licensing of linear as well as on-demand multiplatform content. In addition it offers enhancements for distribution licenses including the identification of revenue shares and management of associated payments back to original content providers.
    "The financial aspects of rights management are important and inescapable, with the ever-increasing demand for content across an ever-broader set of broadcast-capable devices. Today's broadcasters are looking to exploit any content assets they may have to generate licensing revenue — ranging from full programmes to audio translations to mobile phone ring tones," said Geoff Hutton, chief functional architect, Pilat Media. "With the new enhancements to IBMS Rights, we now offer richer support for the financial aspects of the distribution licences that these new opportunities require — especially with regard to the complex revenue sharing arrangements that result."

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    NAB 2013: Fox fresh cooks 24 Kitchen with ToolsOnAir

    Editor | 03-04-2013
    Aiming to cash in on the current taste for food-based programming with greater efficiency, FOX International Channels Benelux has invested heavily in workflow tools for its 24Kitchen offering.
    Currently the culinary programme broadcasts terrestrially in the Netherlands, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Turkey, and has a number of other territories slated for 2013. The station also makes some programming available online.
    In order to support the aim of maintaining a good share of the station's content to be generated in-house, 24Kitchen has opted for a Mac OS-based workflow using ToolsOnAir's just: Broadcast Suite to handle multi-camera ingest. The system utilises a Blackmagic Designs DeckLink card to ingest four simultaneous HD feeds to a single Mac Pro. ToolsOnAir's just:in and LiveCut enables editors to do real-time editing within Final Cut, Premiere and other NLEs, without the need for proprietary black box hardware.
    The engineers decided to go tapeless from the beginning, with dependability a major factor in product selection explained Digital Content Manager Barry Kroon. "We only had about six weeks to design and build our editing facility, so it was great to be able to work with Mac OS-based hardware and Blackmagic I/O cards - it made the set-up easy ... We've been using the ToolsOnAir system pretty much non-stop since August 2011, and we've produced more than 400 hours of material with no problems. That's important to us - we record five days a week, 20 days a month, and everything needs to just work."
    Going forward, 24 believes that it can use its new software well enough so that it does not have to buy second Mac Pro with the same configuration, either to divide the ingest workload, or to have a standby machine in case of failure. In addition it is looking into implementing the social media interactivity that ToolsOnAir has been developing for just:live.

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    MIPTV: BRB to take Filly out for first run

    Editor | 02-04-2013
    Spanish production house BRB Internacional is to take advantage of the MIPTV trade fair to show the first images of its Filly cartoon series.
    Based on the brand created by Dracco, the property is claimed to be the leader in girls' toys and licensing in Germany, with sales of over 60 million collectable figurines all over the world. The series has Simba Dickie Group as its Master Toy distributor and licensee.
    At the 50th edition of MIPTV BRB Internacional will present a trailer for Filly and show the first images of the animated series created in high definition 3D, bringing to life, together with Screen 21 and Dracco's content team, the adventures of Rose and her friends as they attend the Magic Royal Academy of Funtasia. The project has a team of American scriptwriters whose previous work includes The Smurfs, Batman, Zhu Zhu Pets and Pac-Man.
    The series is set to premier globally in 2014 with BRB Internacional distributing the series in all territories except in Germany, and managing the rights to the Filly Brand in Spain and Portugal.

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    No recovery for fallen TV market until 2015

    Editor | 03-04-2013

    After what it called a tipping point for TV sales in 2012, IHS iSuppli is predicting a continued slump until at least 2015.
    According to its Worldwide Television Market Tracker Report, the analyst says that the market for TV sales is currently characterised by "plunging" sales in Japan and declining demand in North America and Western Europe, which have combined to make the perfect storm causing the 2012 fall in shipments.
    The analyst calculates that global shipments of all kinds of televisions in 2012 amounted to 238.5 million units, down 6.3% on 2011, and will not likely rise to this level until 2015, at the end of which they are projected to amount to 253.1 million units.
    Looking at the market on a regional basis, the data revealed the North American and Western European regions in 2012 both experienced significant shipment declines with growth stalling in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The biggest reduction occurred in Japan, where shipments fell by 13.5 million units in 2012, accounting for the vast majority of the global decline of 16.0 million. By contrast Eastern Europe and China were the only regions to continue to enjoy rising shipments.
    Contrary to received wisdom, IHS noted that the TV market had actually been undergoing a slowdown prior to 2012, with shipments rising by 11.6% in 2010 before decelerating to 1% in 2011.
    "Television shipments in 2012 declined for the first time for more than a decade, sounding the coda for the flat-panel replacement wave that deluged the business throughout the 2000s," explained Tom Morrod, TV systems analyst at IHS. "This event marked a fundamental change in the growth trajectory of the market, with flat or minimal increases in shipments expected in the coming years — a sharp contrast to the double-digit increases seen prior to 2010. While some specific events contributed to the downturn of 2012, such as the fall of sales to the Japanese market, the decline reflects a fundamental slowdown in the television market, with liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) shipments falling for the first time ever. Although television shipments will stabilise in 2013 and growth will return in 2014, developed markets have become saturated with flat-panel televisions."
    Looking forward, the analyst sees the football World Cup in Brazil as providing a timely boost to sales globally and in Latin America in particular. Even though 2013 shipments are said to be set for a meagre 0.3% growth, 2014 should see the beginning of the bounce back with a 2.8% increase. By 2017 IHS predicts global television shipments will rise to 270.5 million units as Chinese manufacturers flood the Asia-Pacific markets with new models; as Japan, North America and Western Europe continue to recover; and as ultra high definition (UHD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV uptake becomes more affordable.

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    Martha Stewart's Cooking School, Martha Bakes set to premiere on PBS

    Parent Category: News | 03-04-2013
    The second season of the James Beard Award-nominated Martha Stewart's Cooking School and the first season of Martha Bakes will premiere on PBS stations throughout the United States beginning 6 April.
    The programmes will be presented in association with WETA Washington DC, the public broadcaster in the nation's capital.
    The second season of Martha Stewart's Cooking School comes on the heels of a first season which averaged approximately one million viewers each week and was seen in more than 92% of US households. In each 30-minute episode, Stewart will demonstrate more classic cooking techniques and basics using a step-by-step, how-to teaching process.
    "I'm very happy that Martha Stewart's Cooking School has been so well-received," said Stewart. "Cooking and teaching — my two biggest passions — are front and centre on a show that viewers are finding accessible and useful. Home cooking is truly one of life's greatest pleasures, and it's wonderful to see that more and more, people are enjoying meals cooked in their own kitchens."
    PBS also will re-air Martha Bakes, a 13-episode teaching series that originally aired on The Hallmark Channel. It focuses on desserts and baked goods, from cheesecake to puff pastry.
    "We couldn't ask for a more perfect fit. Our viewers have an affinity for cooking shows and they tune in to public television to learn," said Dalton Delan, executive vice president and chief programming officer of WETA. "These series are ideal for people who want to learn cooking and baking techniques — and who better to teach them than America's most trusted lifestyle expert?"
    In addition, MSLO has created and produced 13 original Martha Bakes videos and 13 original Martha Stewart 's Cooking School videos exclusively for KitchenAid, which will launch on 6 April on marthastewart.com. Each video, either hosted by an expert from MSLO's culinary team or narrated by Martha Stewart, focuses on recipes, helpful tips and techniques to make baking and cooking easier.

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    Smartphones, not tablets, used for most mobile video consumption

    Michelle Clancy | 03-04-2013
    Despite the less suitable screen size, when it comes to video most activity is taking place on smartphones rather than tablets, according to Flurry.
    Out of the top 200 mobile device models deployed in the market, research from Flurry shows that about 16% of devices have screen sizes that are 3.5" or less in diagonal length. A full 69% of devices are between 3.5"and 4.", which includes iPhone. And 7% of the device models in use are full-sized tablets such as the iPad.
    Nearly a third of time spent playing games take places on larger devices, namely full-sized tablet, small tablets and phablets, the research found. And they represented only 15% of device models in use in February and 21% of individual connected devices.
    But video is more often viewed on smartphones. "It's somewhat surprising that tablets, which possess larger screens, do not see a larger proportion of time spent," the company said. "An explanation for the high concentration in time spent in smartphones could be that consumers watch videos from their smartphones on-the-go (e.g., commuting to work on public transit), whereas they opt for a bigger screen to watch video (e.g., computer or TV) when at work or home."
    It added: "We expect that tablets may represent a greater share of time spent in book and video apps in the future as tablet ownership expands and tablet owners branch out into more types of apps."
    Tablets do show the most over-indexing of usage, especially in games. "The success some game developers are having with a tablet-first strategy, like dominant game-maker Supercell, may also inspire developers of other types of apps to consider focusing on tablets," said Flurry.
    "As OEMs experiment with an ever-expanding array of form factors, developers need to remain focused on devices most accepted and used by consumers," the firm added. "From our study, consumers most prefer and use apps on medium-sized smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and full-sized tablets like the iPad. In particular, smaller smartphones under-index in terms of app usage compared to the proportion of the installed base they represent, and would suggest they are not worth developers' support."

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    Reliance Jio to share RCom fibre backbone

    Wednesday 3 April 2013 | 04:47 CET | News
    Indian telecommunication companies Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a definitive agreement worth approximately INR 12 billion for one-time, indefeasible rights to use Reliance Communications' nationwide inter-city fibre network. Under the terms of the agreement, Reliance Jio Infocomm will use multiple fibre pairs across RCom's 120,000 kilometres of network to provide a backbone for rolling out its LTE services. RCom will in turn have reciprocal access to fibre infrastructure to be built by Reliance Jio Infocomm in the future. The agreement provides for joint working arrangements to be put in place immediately for upgrade of the fibre network.

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    Movistar, Vodafone, Orange launch Joyn-embedded handsets

    Tuesday 2 April 2013 | 12:35 CET | News
    Movistar, Vodafone and Orange have introduced the first mobile phones with the Joyn Rich Communication Service (RCS) incorporated into the OS in Spain. The offer will initially include mobile phones from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and Nokia. With this launch, Spain becomes the first country in the world to offer a fully interoperable rich communications service, supported by Movistar, Orange and Vodafone, to its mobile subscribers.

    Samsung Galaxy SIII, LG Optimus L9, HTC One S, Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia Z will be the first mobile phones to incorporate the Joyn service. Customers can download the Joyn app on Android-powered devices from Google Play. A version for iOS will follow shortly.

    Joyn services enable customers to chat and enrich messaging or voice calls by exchanging images or video simultaneously during calls, with any member of their contact list that has Joyn, regardless of the user’s network or mobile device. Additional services such as VoIP or IP-video call will be introduced in the near future. These services may be used on both the operators’ mobile networks and on Wi-Fi networks.


 

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