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Kaon selects MaxLinear for hybrid satellite-terrestrial STB Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 13-07-2013 Kaon Media has selected its MxL683 silicon tuner-demodulator from

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    Kaon selects MaxLinear for hybrid satellite-terrestrial STB
    Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 13-07-2013
    Kaon Media has selected its MxL683 silicon tuner-demodulator from MaxLinear for a hybrid direct-to-home satellite + terrestrial set-top box platform for the Latin American pay-TV market.
    TV operators in Latin America are increasingly integrating ISDB-T broadcast receivers in existing STB platforms to capture the growing number of high-definition channels that are broadcast over the air in many cities. The operator's costs to combine and re-transmit these signals over the existing satellite network can be prohibitively expensive. By integrating the ISDB-T tuner in the STB, satellite operators can free up valuable satellite bandwidth for additional pay TV channels and still offer packages with the "must have" local HD channels, MaxLinear noted.
    Kaon Media's hybrid STB will support single-cable installations, in which the satellite and terrestrial antenna feeds are combined onto a single cable from the rooftop to the STB. Homeowners prefer single-cable installations because they reduce the number of unsightly cables in the home. Single-cable installations also reduce installation costs for pay TV operators.
    The radio-frequency design of hybrid STBs can be challenging for manufacturers because the satellite and terrestrial receivers must simultaneously receive the desired channels while also rejecting the undesired interference signals. When both satellite and terrestrial RF signals are carried on the same cable, terrestrial tuners must have harmonic rejection and linearity performance. In multiple-cable installations, a costly discrete filter is often required to improve the STB performance.
    As 4G/LTE mobile broadband services become widely deployed throughout Latin America, interference with digital STBs will be a serious concern for both pay TV operators and TV/STB consumers. The Kaon Media STB, is designed to handle interference from LTE signals as well.
    "The MxL683 was designed to handle a wide variety of interference signals," said Brian Sprague, vice president and general manager for broadband and consumer products at MaxLinear. "This is at the core of our CMOS radio architecture and it's the reason we excel in applications that require excellent performance and low cost."
    Kaon Media's new high-definition STB features integrated ISDB-T terrestrial, DVB-S2 satellite and Home Phoneline Network Alliance receivers. The HPNA receiver provides access to a broadband network and enables service providers to offer triple-play video, voice and data services with a single STB.

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    Videology unveils video advertising planning, management platform
    Joseph O'Halloran | 13-07-2013
    As brand advertisers’ video campaigns migrate across devices, Videology has reengineered its core ad platform for reservation-based and real time bidding (RTB) buying strategies within a single platform.
    Aiming to address the needs of linear and digital TV buyers, Videology’s new Descartes platform is, says the company, designed to help solve one of the industry’s greatest problems: finding the optimal mix between reserved and non-reserved media to drive optimal efficiency across computer, tablet and mobile devices for brand advertisers.
    “The objectives of brand advertisers—television’s biggest spenders—have not changed, but video consumption patterns have. It’s imperative that advertising technology keeps pace with these changes,” explained Scott Ferber, Chairman and CEO, Videology. “By bridging planning and buying mechanisms of traditional media with those of digital, our platform allows brand advertisers to leverage the best of both to better achieve their desired results.”
    Descartes allows access to both programmatic guaranteed buying technology—similar to traditional TV buying—and a suite of bid management tools for open and private exchanges across screens and devices. It offers a single view for all campaign actions with a heads-up display providing access to campaign level information.
    In terms of RTB, the new platform is claimed to provide cost transparency across public and private exchanges with the ability to manage commission percentage as well as offer exchange level bid controls with forecasted metrics based on max bid price. These include win-rate, clearing price, avails and GRPs. It can also forecast and optimise RTB bids against a Nielsen OCR or comScore demographic composition percentage
    “This new platform release is the result of our ongoing efforts to connect the dots for our clients in a converging media world. Everyday our work is focused toward one goal—maximising media value for our clients. The path toward that goal begins with smarter technology,” added Ferber.

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    Oregan Networks expands into Mexico City
    Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 13-07-2013
    Oregan Networks, which supplies hybrid digital TV software for telcos and broadcast operators, is upping its presence in the Latin American market with the opening of a new regional headquarters in Mexico City. The office complements its existing presence in Argentina.
    The new location will cater to the specific technology requirements of local broadcasters, including supporting an upgraded consumer experience, greater service coverage (including unmanaged IP networks), and reduced capital expenditure on CPE.
    Mario Betancourt has joined Oregan as regional sales director, with a dual goal of growing the customer base and establishing a technical excellence center for the region. He comes to Oregan following a successful track-record and expertise across the telecom infrastructure and pay-TV supply chains at Ericsson and Motorola.
    “The rapidly growing rates of connectivity, as well as the ever expanding options for purchasing and consuming media have sparked an unprecedented consumer interest in cloud-based video and applications,” said Milya Timergaleyeva, vice president of market strategy. “This, in turn, has catalysed demand for middleware and systems that allow operators to deploy over-the-top video in conjunction with traditional broadcast systems quickly.”
    She added, “Moreover, the nature of the evolving pay-TV market also dictates the need for software solutions that can give a feature uplift to the currently deployed devices, as well as laying a future-proof middleware foundation inside the next generation CPE. Oregan will continue working with ecosystem partners to deliver bespoke cross-platform solutions that enable operators to address these challenges in a cost effective manner.”

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    Hulu sale cancelled
    July 13, 2013 23.25 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    HuluHulu’s ownership will remain unchanged – at least for the time being.
    This follows the decision by its backers 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company to cancel an auction for its sale at the last moment.
    At the same time, they committed $750 million (€574 million) to grow the company.
    Speaking about the decision, Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, said: “Hulu has emerged as one of the most consumer friendly, technologically innovative viewing platforms in the digital era. As its evolution continues, Disney and its partners are committing resources to enable Hulu to achieve its maximum potential.”
    Chase Carey, president and CEO of 21st Century Fox, added: “We believe the best path forward for Hulu is a meaningful recapitalization that will further accelerate its growth under the current ownership structure.
    “We had meaningful conversations with a number of potential partners and buyers, each with impressive plans and offers to match, but with 21st Century Fox and Disney fully aligned in our collective vision and goals for the business, we decided to continue to empower the Hulu team, in this fashion, to continue the incredible momentum they’ve built over the last few years.”
    Hulu attracted several bids, the highest one reported to be over $1 billion from DirectTV. Other bidders included Time Warner Cable and AT&T and Chernin Group, the latter two submitting a joint offer.
    This is the second time Hulu’s prospective sale has been cancelled, the first having occurred in 2011.

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    New advanced CAM for Ziggo
    July 12, 2013 19.52 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    ZiggoHQ+logoNeotion and Quantis Electronics BV have teamed up to launch a new advanced CAM for the Dutch cable operator Ziggo.
    The CI Plus 1.3 product is ready for Ziggo’s interactive offer, launched in late spring on its set-top boxes.
    The VOD service can also be received without a set-top box in combination with an advanced TV set approved by Ziggo and adjustments in the Ziggo network.
    All CAM ITV will be distributed by Quantis Electronics BV in the Netherlands.
    Speaking about the launch, Stéphanie Bizouerne, sales director at Neotion, said: “This project has been a great cooperation for Neotion thanks to Ziggo technical expertise and their willingness to push CAM technology. We are also thankful for Quantis support during the whole project and we are convinced that it will be a success on the market.”

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    Spain’s telco authority sets fibre sharing prices
    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 14-07-2013
    Spain's telecoms authority, CMT, has temporarily set the prices of the vertical fibre networks that Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange plan to share inside buildings.
    The three companies announced the agreement two weeks ago, but the prices were to be decided by CMT.
    The prices are 24% lower than the first offer made by Telefonica, which will mostly rent the fibre networks to Vodafone and Orange.
    Cesar Alierta’s company, according to Europa Press and El Economista, looks for higher prices and considers CMT's temporary statement to “underestimate the investments effort of these companies which have been working from the beginning” and contributing to develop the technology instead of waiting for it to be settled.
    Vodafone and Orange are also dissatisfied but for different reasons. Both companies consider these prices better than the initial offer, but still think of them as too high and discriminatory. Jazztel and Telefónica had already a similar agreement, in which prices are 15% lower.
    The CMT has pointed out that the prices that have been set will mean savings of around €10 million for every operator, compared with the initial deal. It will make a definitive decision before the end of the month.

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    Prisa ponders bankruptcy in the US
    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 14-07-2013
    Prisa’s financial problems may have reached a limit, as the Spanish media company is thinking about filing for bankruptcy in the US, where most of its creditors are.
    According to the Financial Times, Prisa is analysing many different options, but during the past weeks, the possibility of bankruptcy has become real. The problems with some of the creditors, which don´t want to refinance Prisa’s debt, and the difficult situation it faces in Spain with Mediapro and the football rights, may push the company to an extreme decision.
    During the past few months, Prisa has been working hard to refinance its debt. Last week it was announced the goal has been reached, but according to El Confidencial, only 75% of the creditors agreed to postpone the payments.
    This might be enough for Prisa. Selling Canal+ is even a option, but the offers made until now are far below the price Prisa wants. Prisa’s shares in Mediaset could also be sold, as the intention of the group is to reduce its participation in traditional TV markets and focus on newspapers, radios and the Internet.

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    Set-top boxes set for record growth in 2013
    Joseph O'Halloran | 14-07-2013
    Flying in the face of the multiscreen revolution which has led a number of analysts to question its log-terms viability, the humble set top box is expected to thrive in 2013 according to new research by IHS.
    The analyst says that STBs’ domination of the pay-TV market is set to come to an end, with multiscreen devices accounting for nearly half of all platforms obtaining television services from the largest operators by 2015.
    IHS believes that fundamentally pay-TV operators increasingly are focusing their attention on video delivery to multiscreen devices as they battle over-the-top services such as Netflix, Amazon and others. Yet IHS also expects pay-TV operators to continue to deploy STBs and utilise them as a central platform for video services.
    According to the latest IHS Set-Top Box Market Monitor report , STB shipments will hit record highs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 despite the pay-TV industry’s increasing focus on delivering services to alternative devices like PCs, smartphones and tablets. It forecasts global shipments of STBs used for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services to climb to 269 million units in 2013, an 8% year on year rise. In twelve months’ time, shipments should grow another 6% to 286 million and by 1% to 290 million in 2015 when the market will peak for the foreseeable future, as presented in the attached figure.
    “STBs are facing a mounting challenge to their role at the dominant pay- TV video consumption device because of operators’ growing emphasis on supporting multiscreen devices,” said Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS.
    “However, operators are continuing to deploy STBs in order to manage the compatibility between their delivery networks and the consumer electronics devices that consumers are increasingly using to view content now. As pay-TV operators rush to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and in video formats—including the adoption of high definition (HD)—STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years.”

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    Almost half of TV viewing to be app-based by 2020
    Joseph O'Halloran | 14-07-2013
    In a rather bold prediction, a new report from The Diffusion Group is forecasting that by 2020 nearly half of all video viewing will be happening outside of a legacy pay-TV service or a television set such as via an application dedicated to a specific video service.
    In The Future of TV – A View from 2013, TDG asserts that in a shifting quantum media landscape video viewing will shift away from legacy pay-TV environments such as the living room television, and toward broadband and non-TV video platforms and app-enabled secondary screens such as tablets, which will in essence serve as second TVs.
    As Internet set-top boxes, game consoles, and smart TVs themselves eventually come to support full-blown third-party video app stores, TDG expects a substantial portion of TV viewing will transition from the current linear broadcast model to the app TV model. Indeed Joel Espelien, TDG senior analyst and author of the new report, believes that the use of second screens like smartphones and tablets will pave the way to what it calls a full app-based ecosystem which will train users how to visit an app store, search and locate content, and download their own selection of third-party applications onto their devices.
    “During the course of the next seven years, the app ecosystem will extend to the ancillary devices that link television sets to the Internet. We’re not talking about a few apps on a smart TV, but full-fledged apps stores like those offered by Google and Apple. Moreover,” Espelien observed. “This shift is inevitable, supported as it is by strong forces of shifting consumer demand, technology evolution, developer interest, and marketing necessity…The days of a standard TV user interface are over, and search will come to dominate TV discovery just as it dominates Internet discovery today.”
    Though it predicts a brave new world, TDG also cautioned that the shift will happen gradually. The pace of change it believes will be hindered by industry inertia, device replacement cycles, and resistance to change by the legacy TV viewing audience.

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    Vipnet cable acquisitions approved
    July 15, 2013 08.02 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    VipnetCroatia’s Vipnet has been given the green light to acquire three small cable operators.
    As previously reported in Broadband TV News, the three operators in question – Metronet Home, Kabelske Televizije Sibernik (KTS) and Optike Kabel Infrastrukture (OKI) – will increase Vipnet’s cable subscriber total by 27,000.
    Vipnet, which is a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, already owns Croatia’s largest cable operator B.net and also has IPTV and DTH interests.


 

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