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FOX loses bid to block DISH's ad-skipping feature Michelle Clancy | 25-07-2013 DISH Network's controversial Auto Hop commercial-skipping feature has

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    FOX loses bid to block DISH's ad-skipping feature
    Michelle Clancy | 25-07-2013

    DISH Network's controversial Auto Hop commercial-skipping feature has been handed a big legal win: the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling that it doesn't infringe on FOX's copyright for content.
    Judge Sidney Thomas ruled that the satellite company's Hopper, a DVR with an ad-skipping feature for catch-up TV, should be seen in light of the precedent of a Sony Betamax case, which held that home recordings do not infringe on copyrights.
    "This decision is a victory for American consumers, and we are proud to have stood by their side in this important fight over the fundamental rights of consumer choice and control," DISH's executive vice president and general counsel, R Stanton Dodge, said in a statement.
    For its part, FOX retorted: "This is not about consumer choice or advances in technology. It is about a company devising an unlicensed, unauthorised service that clearly infringes our copyrights and violates our contract." It added, "The bar to secure a preliminary injunction is very high."
    The Auto Hop feature only works on prime time HD programmes shown on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC when viewed the day after airing — not on live TV. "It's a revolutionary development that no other company offers and it's something that sets Hopper above the competition," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of DISH product management, in a statement last autumn.
    Other VOD and DVR options in the market, including TiVO, allow users to fast-forward through commercials, so they still are technically exposed to the visuals. The Auto-Hop feature, on the other hand, will simply hop over the ads, as the name suggests.
    A viewer can watch a show with the Auto Hop option commercial-free starting at 1am ET, after a show has been recorded to the Hopper's PrimeTime Anytime library. Prior to that, the Hopper's 30-second 'hop forward' feature continues to work for same-day viewing. Auto Hop does not work on live broadcasts.
    FOX and the other main broadcasters have been in litigation to try and block the device, saying that it threatens their traditional advertising models. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves went so far last autumn as to threaten that the network would pull its feeds if the satellite operator continues to market Auto Hop.
    "If they want to eliminate our commercials, we will not be in business with them — it's pure and simple," he told investors. "We cannot produce an episode of a show for $3.5 million and have the people at DISH say: 'We can pull out the commercials.' That's not how the ecosystem works. If they want to continue down that line, then we will just not be on DISH. That's what will happen. We will go elsewhere, and people will take our content."
    Thus far, he has not made good on the threat.

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    AMC creates new Latin America chief role
    Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 25-07-2013

    AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has appointed industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to the newly created position of vice president of global distribution and business development for Latin America.
    The news follows last month's agreement with DirecTV Latin America to launch Sundance Channel in September. The network will be available for the first time in seven Latin American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Sundance Channel is also being made available for distribution to other pay-TV operators across the region.
    "Gus is a seasoned media executive who brings with him a wealth of experience across Latin America," said Ed Palluth, executive vice president of global distribution at AMC/Sundance Channel Global. "His strong negotiating skills and industry relationships will help propel the growth of Sundance Channel as we continue to serve audiences and distributors with high quality, globally renowned entertainment."
    Prior to joining AMC/Sundance Channel Global, Lopez was vice president and regional counsel for Discovery Communications and managed all legal and regulatory matters affecting the company's business in Latin America and the US Hispanic market. Before joining Discovery he was senior director of legal affairs for the HBO Latin America Group. He began his career as an attorney in the international corporate department of White & Case LLP, where he represented clients in various cross-border corporate, financing and acquisition transactions.
    Lopez received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has a BA in history from the University of Miami. He has native fluency in both English and Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese. In addition, he currently sits on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and the Television Association of Programmers Latin America, as well as serving as chairman of the legal committee of the Latin America Multichannel Advertising Council.

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    Ultra HD outlook continues to improve
    Michelle Clancy | 25-07-2013

    While ultra high definition (Ultra HD) sets will be relegated to a small share of total television shipments for the next few years, recent moves by panel-makers and brands to reduce costs and increase the availability of content have bolstered the long-term shipment outlook, with nearly five million expected to ship in the United States in 2018, according to IHS.
    Starting from a mere 200,000 units this year, shipments of Ultra HD LCD TVs in the US will rise by a factor of 23 to reach 4.6 million units in 2018, the firm said. The category will grow to account for 13% of total US LCD television shipments in 2018. In comparison, it will represent only a small share of the market in the near term, at 1% of the US LCD TV market in 2013, 3% in 2014 and 5% in 2015.
    While IHS had previously forecast global Ultra HD shipments to amount to only 2.1 million units in 2017, that now has been raised to 3.6 million in the US alone, reflecting the rapidly improving outlook for the market.
    "Pricing for [Ultra HD] sets is expected to come down dramatically in 2013 and the following years, making them much more affordable for consumers on average," said Veronica Thayer, analyst for consumer electronics & technology at IHS. "Just as importantly, Ultra HD television brands are striving to avoid repeating the mistakes they made with 3-D TV — namely, attempting to charge a major price premium for a feature that lacked sufficient content to generate consumer interest. Recent developments indicate the TV-makers have learned key lessons from the 3D debacle that will boost the long-term outlook for Ultra HD shipments."
    The average Ultra HD TV will cost four times as much as the average for all LCD TVs in the United States in 2013. However, by 2018, that cost multiple will narrow to 2.6. In 2018, the average shipping price of an Ultra HD TV will fall to slightly less than $1,200, down from $3,128 in 2013.
    Top panel suppliers such as Samsung, LG Display, AUO and Innolux are all introducing Ultra HD LCD TV panels, with TV brands like Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG Electronics and many Chinese names are launching or planning to introduce their own offerings later this year. With the panel representing the most expensive portion of the set, this flood of products at various price points and sizes will help drive down pricing.
    And many TV brands are actively working to provide Ultra HD content, either through upscaling or through the creation of proprietary Ultra HD content, IHS noted. Already, Japan has plans to begin Ultra HD broadcasting as soon as 2014, two years earlier than originally planned. Also, 4K cameras and camcorders are now on the market, enabling creation of Ultra HD content. Movies in Ultra HD likewise are starting to show up.
    The increased focus on Ultra HD LCD TVs comes in part from delays in commercialisation for OLED TVs, an advanced technology that has encountered various challenges in manufacturing. OLED's fumble has led to opportunity for Ultra HD LCD TVs, allowing them to claim the high-end position in the global television market, the researchers concluded.

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    Tradelab inks ad buying deal for video campaigns
    Michelle Clancy | 25-07-2013

    Tradelab has announced a strategic partnership with TubeMogul to make use of that company's video ad buying platform to help its clients enable automated buying for their branding campaigns.
    "For over three years, we have been developing data and technologies to reach the right people at the right time," explained Yohann Dupasquier, co-founder of Tradelab. "While this solution generates good results on classic display campaigns, we now wish to extend that knowledge to new channels."
    In addition to developing proprietary technology around video in the past few months, Tradelab is integrating with partners in the space, under which the agreement with TubeMogul falls.
    "Being partners with a leader like TubeMogul is absolutely required given the massive growth in digital video," said Charles Gros, co-founder of Tradelab. "Since developing our branding solution, 14% of our campaigns include video ads. We estimate that this figure should rise to over 30% by the end of the year. Advertisers understand that video bought in real-time allows them to gain awareness into a very specific audience."
    With TubeMogul, Tradelab can select from more than 50,000 sites on the leading public and private exchanges while keeping control over who sees an ad, and where. "Our advertisers will continue to know where we deliver. Domain by domain, impression by impression," added Dupasquier.
    The trading desk plans to use TubeMogul BrandPoint, which enables marketers to buy on a cost per gross rating point (GRP) basis and verify that a target audience is reached through built-in reporting from Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings. Tradelab will also leverage brand surveys from TubeMogul BrandSights to measure whether viewers are remembering and acting on an ad.
    "Tradelab is firmly investing in programmatic branding, which puts them at the forefront of a revolution taking place in France and across Europe," said Nick Reid, managing director at TubeMogul. "They are a great partner as we continue to help brand marketers navigate a multiscreen world."

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    Google launches online TV dongle
    Parent Category: News | 25-07-2013

    In a move that will undoubtedly open up a new flashpoint with Apple, Google has launched Chromecast — an HDMI online TV dongle.
    The $35 accessory is designed, in Google’s words, to bring “everything you love across all of your screens,” such as tablets and TVs.
    Once plugged into an HDTV, Chromecast allows viewers to use their smartphone, tablet or laptop to "cast" online content to the big TV screen. At launch, the accessory works with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music and more apps, for example Pandora, have been slated for imminent release.
    Once Chromecast is set up, viewers can use their connected devices to not only browse and cast content to the TV, they can also play and pause, control the volume, etc. Chromecast works across platforms including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Windows.
    To coincide with the launch of the dongle, the IT giant has also launched Google Cast, a technology that it says enables developers to build consistent, intuitive multiscreen experiences across mobile devices and TVs.
    “When I was growing up, my family had a single screen we huddled around every day: the television set in the living room. Nowadays, we huddle around multiple screens — laptops, smartphones and tablets — using them almost interchangeably as we navigate through our day,” commented Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps explaining the rationale for the launch.
    “In a world of ubiquitous computing, life would be a lot simpler if we didn’t have to learn new behaviours and interfaces each time we switched screens — if we could have one consistent, intuitive experience no matter where we are or what we’re doing. Today, with the launch of Chromecast and the new Nexus 7 tablet, it’s even more effortless to enjoy content you care about — whether it’s video, music, movies, games — wherever you are, across your devices.”

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    4oD launches mobile downloads
    July 25, 2013 14.39 Europe/London By Julian Clover

    Channel 4 has launched a new mobile offline viewing service for its on demand platform, the first UK commercial broadcaster to do so.
    The new 4oD feature, which is ad-supported, allows viewers the opportunity to download Channel 4 shows broadcast over the past 30 days.
    It is available on both iOS and Android devices to those viewers that have registered their details with the broadcaster. They will also be required to enter their postcode.
    Downloadable programmes will be available for 30 days after broadcast – once downloaded, viewers have up to seven days to complete viewing before it auto expires from the service.
    Sarah Rose, Director of Commercial & Business Development said: “This is the latest development in our Viewer Engagement strategy to reward our now over 8 million and rising registered viewers with exclusive benefits to ensure they get the most out of their Channel 4 experience. Our fast growing database also enables us to deliver more innovative and engaging advertising solutions to our commercial partners including enhanced targeted ad packages – and our valuable young, engaged audience.”

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    Sky asks for removal of Red Button regulation
    July 25, 2013 14.28 Europe/London By Julian Clover


    BBC red buttonOfcom is to consult on the removal of the Access Control Continuation Notice that handles the regulation of access to interactive services after a request by the broadcaster.
    The regulation is in place to ensure Sky offers third parties access to its set-top boxes in reasonable terms, allowing them to offer provide interactive services to end-users, such as ‘red button’ services, and voting and gaming services.
    Ofcom wants to know whether it should set replacement conditions or drop the regulation altogether.
    The conditions were initially imposed in 2000, when Sky’s set-top’s were considered the main gateway for customers to access interactive services, but subsequently a number of internet-connected devices including smartphones and games consoles, have emerged as a possible alternative.
    Sky says there has been a reduction in the interest for Access Control services from 30 just a few years ago to just nine today. The broadcaster believes the regulation has become a administrative and financial burden.

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    Sky launches £10 box for NOW TV
    July 26, 2013 08.47 Europe/London By Julian Clover

    NOW Box and Remote 02Sky has entered the smart TV upgrade market with a £9.99 NOW TV box designed to bring internet connectivity to the most basic of TV displays.
    In addition to Sky’s entry level NOW TV, providing access to Sky Movies and Sky Sports without a long term commitment, the box also offers BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, the BBC News App and Sky News. It also carries other popular online services including Facebook and Spotify.
    Gidon Katz, director of NOW TV, commented: “For under a tenner, the NOW TV Box offers the best terrestrial catch-up, plus pay-as-you-go access to must-see sport and the option to enjoy latest blockbuster movies on demand – all on the big screen. It’s also easy for anyone to use – simply plug in to your TV, connect to your Wi-Fi and you’re away.”
    The £10 box throws down the gauntlet to other entrants in the connected TV upgrade market. Even the most basic Roku box, in which Sky is a strategic investor, costs £49. The visual similarities between the Roku and NOW TV boxes are all too clear.
    The NOW TV Box measures in at a trim 84mm x 84mm x 24mm. Consumers plug the box into the set-top via a provided HDMI cable provided and connect to their internet.
    According to research conducted for NOW TV over two thirds of Brits have now taken advantage of on demand services on their main TV sets – whether via Smart TVs or other connected devices, with two in five streaming shows or settling down to a movie on a weekly basis.
    NOW TV is already available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, selected Android smartphones, Xbox, PS3, YouView and Roku.

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    Belgacom TV continues to grow
    July 26, 2013 06.30 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    By adding 16,000 Belgacom TV subscriptions, the Belgian incumbent has increased the total TV customer base to 1,428,000 during Q2.
    The operator reported double-digit TV revenue growth through larger TV customer base and higher ARPU. The second-quarter 2013 TV revenue grew by 15.3% to EUR 66 million, as a result of the continued subscriber growth.
    2,000 multiple set-top boxes were added in the second quarter 2013. This resulted in a total TV customer base of 1,428,000 (+9.8% year-over-year), of which 245,000 were multiple streams.
    The TV ARPU showed a 5.7% growth year-over-year to EUR 18.6, supported by a price increase for rented set-top boxes.
    TV revenue over the first half of 2013 totaled EUR 131 million, i.e. 16.1% higher than the previous year.
    Belgacom said it has abandoned the possibility to resale analogue cable television. Belgacom has explained the regulators what had changed since its initial request of 2009 and has requested a revision of the market analysis to achieve a full level playing field. The original idea was to buy analogue capacity on traditional cable networks (VOO, Telenet, Numericable) and sell this as part of it multiplay offer.

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    Hungary moves to DOCSIS 3.0
    July 26, 2013 06.33 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul



    HungaryOver one in three cable broadband subscribers in Hungary can now receive DOCSIS 3.0-based services.
    Data published by the regulator NMHH shows that as of this June were a total of 907,802 cable broadband subscriptions, of which 332,782 were via DOCSIS 3.0.
    The number of FTTx subscriptions meanwhile stood at 337,473, while the number of xDSL subscriptions was 767,341.
    Magyar Telekom’s T-Home was the leading provider of fixed broadband internet in Hungary with a market share of 35.4%, followed by UPC with 21.9% and Digi with 13.8%.


 

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