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TWC’s Britt to retire, Marcus steps up brittGlenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s long-standing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is to

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    TWC’s Britt to retire, Marcus steps up


    brittGlenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s long-standing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is to retire at the end of 2013. The Time Warner Cable Board of Directors has elected Robert D. Marcus, currently the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Britt as Chairman and CEO effective January 1, 2014. Britt will remain on the Board in a non-executive role at that time.
    In addition, Marcus was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
    “Glenn has been an outstanding leader, transforming Time Warner Cable into an entertainment, communications and information powerhouse. He is a true visionary in the development and use of cutting-edge technology,” said N.J. Nicholas, Jr., lead director of Time Warner Cable’s Board. “The Board is confident that Rob is the right person to lead the company into the future. He has the vision, financial prowess, operating acumen and unrelenting drive that make him the ideal CEO. The Board is also very pleased that Glenn will remain Chairman and CEO through 2013 as part of our seamless succession process.”
    “I have had the privilege of being in this industry for more than 40 years and witnessing first-hand the most momentous evolution in communications technology ever experienced – we have truly been at the forefront of changing the way the world communicates,” Britt said. “I’m proud that we’ve built a great company by understanding consumer trends and changing technology and working to put the two together to develop products and services people want. I’m proud that we have returned significant value to our shareholders. And I’m most proud of the 52,000 TWC employees who come to work every day focused on meeting our customers’ needs. I admire their dedication, and it’s been a true pleasure to be their colleague for the past four decades.
    “I love this business, but I’m ready to retire knowing Rob is ready to lead,” said Britt. “I have worked with Rob for more than 20 years in his various roles, and worked side by side with him for nearly eight years as a member of the TWC senior management team. He is an accomplished executive, a strong strategic decision maker, and has a deep understanding of our company, our industry and what it will take to lead TWC into the future.”
    Marcus said, “I am honoured to succeed Glenn when he retires at the end of the year. Time Warner Cable is a great company, and I have tremendous respect for the commitment, intellect and inspirational vision with which Glenn has led us. Our competitively advantaged network, talented employees, robust customer base and strong tradition of innovation position us to build on the successes of Glenn’s tenure. I look forward to leading our Company into a new era of world-class products, outstanding customer service and continued growth.”
    Britt, 64, became TWC Chief Executive Officer in 2001. During his tenure, TWC has been a leader in technological innovation with the introduction of high-speed Internet, Video on Demand and Voice over IP. The Company has received seven technical Emmy Awards for its innovations. Britt oversaw TWC’s emergence as a publicly traded company, and he’s grown it from a $6 billion operating division into a $21 billion national, high-profile business in a highly-competitive industry.
    Marcus, 48, joined Time Warner Inc. in 1998 and moved to TWC in 2005. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 2008. He worked side by side with Britt during TWC’s 2009 spin-off from Time Warner Inc. Since that time, TWC’s stock price has risen 360%, outperforming all the major indexes and the industry as a whole. Marcus also led TWC’s successful acquisitions of Adelphia, NaviSite and Insight to expand TWC’s footprint and services. Under his financial leadership, TWC established a disciplined capital allocation strategy that was emulated by many other leading S&P 500 companies. Marcus was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and oversees the company’s operations, including Residential Services, serving more than 14.7 million customers; Business Services, serving more than 579,000 small, medium and enterprise sized businesses; Media Services, the advertising arm of TWC; and Technology and Network Operations.

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    Ukrainian DTH platform fully operational
    July 27, 2013 08.26 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul



    Lybid TVThe new Ukrainian DTH platform Lybid TV is now in full commercial operation, having signed a multi-year lease for two transponders on Eutelsat 36B.
    Lybid TV is broadcasting up to 50 digital channels, including Ukrainian national services, among them the premium sports Football, Football+, Sport-1 and Sport-2, as well as well-known European and Russian brands such as Travel Channel, Tiji, Gulli, Universal Channel, Boets and Zagorodnaya zhizn.
    A three-year subscription is being offered to viewers with homes equipped with 60cm dishes for $15 (€11.3).
    Commenting on the launch, Nicolay Orlov, Eutelsat’s regional VP for Ukraine and Russia, said: “Satellite is one of the fastest routes to multi-channel viewing in the Ukraine which counts over 17 million TV homes. Eutelsat’s most recent audience survey recorded more than three million satellite homes at the end of 2012, up from two million in 24 months
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    “We are delighted to welcome this new platform to 36 degrees East, the neighbourhood of choice for key broadcasters in Eastern Europe’s vibrant broadcasting landscape. The launch of Lybid increases both quality and choice for Ukrainian TV viewers and sets the scene for faster adoption of digital services across the country.”
    Lybid TV is headed by Vyacheslav Mordachov, who was formerly in charge of the leading Russian DTH platform Tricolor TV, and made its debut in April this year.

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    Sky launches Roku-based Now TV Box
    July 27, 2013





    now_tv_boxSky has launched a low-price, internet-connected set-top box, so that customers of is Now TV service to access the OTT offering from their TVs.


    The Now TV Box is a white label version of a set-top by internet TV firm Roku, with a customised interface, and will retail for just £9.99 (€11.57).


    Available from today at NowTV.com, the device gives users contract-free access to the BBC iPlayer, the BBC News App, Channel Five’s Demand 5 service, Sky News, as well as Now TV and other web services like Facebook and Spotify.


    Sky launched Now TV last year, giving users access to Sky Movies and Sports content without the need to sign up to a Sky TV contract. Its movies offer costs £15 per-month, following a three-month £8.99 offer, while sports access is priced at £9.99 per-day.


    The Now TV Box launch comes after Sky made a further US$1.9 million equity investment in Roku in May, having previously made a US$10 million investment in the firm last July.


    “Despite the explosion in connected devices such as Sky set-top boxes, games consoles and connected TVs, there are still up to tens of millions of regular TVs in the UK that cannot currently connect to the internet. The Now TV box provides an affordable and simple way for any broadband-connected home to join the online TV revolution,” said Sky.


    Now TV is already available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, selected Android smartphones, Xbox, PS3, YouView set-tops and regular Roku-branded Roku boxes.


    The news comes a day after Google launched a low-price TV dongle designed for people to stream web content to their TV set in the US, called Chromecast.

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    iPlayer receives record mobile traffic in June
    July 27, 2013





    In the month, the BBC said that a record 32% of total iPlayer programme requests for TV and radio in June came from mobile and tablet devices, with 44% of programme requests coming from PC – a record low.


    Overall in the month, the BBC logged 239 million programme requests across all platforms – 79 million from mobiles and tablets, 106 million from PCs and the rest from games consoles, internet TVs and other devices.


    Though the total number of programme requests were down compared to recent months – which the BBC attributed to “the annual summer lull” – they were up 45% compared to the same quarter last year, when the number of programme requests amounted to 167 million.


    The BBC logged an average 7.4m daily requests in June with weekly requests remaining steady at 52m requests during the month.


    In terms of the most popular catch-up content, The Apprentice and The Voice dominated the top TV episodes for June, although new series The Call Centre and The White Queen were also very strong performers, the BBC said, with their top episodes both attracting over 1m requests.

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    Fox launching in the Netherlands
    July 27, 2013



    Fox International Channels logoFox International Channels has revealed details of the upcoming launch of its Fox service in the Netherlands.


    FIC recently announced the roll out of the Fox Sports channel in the Netherlands and bouquet of local soccer services under the Fox Sports Eredivisie brand.


    The core general entertainment Fox channel will also be added to the mix.


    It will be carried on local cable service Ziggo from August 19 and carriage talks are underway with other operators, FIC said.


    The programming line-up will include scripted series The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Bridge, Low Winter Sun and Ripper Street. The channel will also carry The Simpsons, which will anchor a daily animation slot.


    “The launch of Fox is a significant milestone for FIC’s operation in the Netherlands,” said Jesus Perezagua, president of FIC, Europe and Africa. “FIC has a fifteen year heritage in the market, established first by our National Geographic channels business, and grown recently through significant local investments in partnerships resulting in brands as FOX Sports Eredivisie and 24Kitchen.”

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    Sky reports 19% increase in VOD users
    July 27, 2013



    Sky reported a 19% increase in users of its VOD service Sky Go, at 3.3 million people, and said it now has a total of 10.4 million pay TV subscribers, having added 34,000 in the most recent quarter.


    Announcing its results for the 12 months ended June 30, Sky added that it now has nearly five million broadband customers.


    “In our television business, there has been an excellent response from customers to our new services,” said Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch. “We’ve seen an explosion in on-demand and mobile viewing as more people connect their Sky boxes to broadband and watch TV on laptops and mobile devices with Sky Go. Sky Go Extra, our new subscription service, has already attracted more than 150,000 customers in just five months.”


    Sky also plans to launch another 10 channels in the coming year.


    In terms of content, BSkyB’s yearly programming costs hit £2.5 billion (€2.90 billion), as the UK satcaster’s UK original commissions strategy kicked in.


    Within that figure, entertainment programming spend saw double-digit growth of 15% in line with the News Corp-backed platform’s long term pledge to spend £600 million on UK content a year by 2014.


    Sky said it currently has close to 90 hours of British content in production, including the ten-part crime series The Tunnel, which is coproduced with French pay TV counterpart Canal+ and based on Nordic noir The Bridge.


    Sky also claimed the number of entertainment series attracting audiences of more than a million had risen two-fold in the past two years taking the total to 122.


    Overall programming costs for the 12 months to June 30, 2013, were up 8% to £2.5 billion, up from £2.3 billion the previous year. Sports programming, which its includes English Premier League football matches, accounted for a majority of the spend.


    Movie costs also increased as rights agreements were expanded to support new products such as Sky Go Extra and a la carte on-demand offer Now TV.


    Sky’s move into international distribution through sales wing Sky Vision to sell the shows it is making is also bearing fruit, with Sky claiming this had pushed revenue up, though it didn’t break out any figures.


    Overall company revenue for the year was up 7% year-on-year to £7.2 billion, while operating profit was up 9% and stood at £1.3 billion. Basic earnings per share were up 18% to 60p, while ARPU stood at £577, up £29 per customer YOY.

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    Scripps dishes up Turkish Food Network
    July 27, 2013



    The SD and HD service has launched on the D-Smart platform and will reach 700,000 of the pay TV operator’s subscribers.


    The channel is DSmart’s Extended Basic tier and the HD version will be carried on an exclusive basis. The carriage deal follows an exclusive agreement inked late last year for Scripps’ Travel Channel HD.


    Food Network is a joint venture with Chellomedia in the EMEA region and Turkish deal was brokered by Louise Cottrell at Chello Zone.


    The channel operator said it is in the throes of localising the Turkish Food Network, which will also carry the services international programming and titles include Reza’s African Kitchen, Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.


    “It’s great to see Scripps further expand its global footprint in such an important international territory,” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps EMEA. “Food Network’s unique lifestyle programming will be an excellent addition to D-Smart’s channel line-up.”

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    SES pushes back satellite launches
    July 27, 2013



    Satellite operator SES has pushed back the dates of three satellite launches this year, in a move that it said would “impact on revenue of up to €18 million in 2013.”


    Announcing its half year results, SES said that the launch of Astra 2E, a replacement satellite at the 28.2°E orbital position, was due in July, but has now been rescheduled to an unspecified date later this year – probably in September – following the failed preceding Proton satellite, which burnt up after its launch in July.


    The Falcon 9 launch of the SES-8 satellite at the 95°E orbital position, has been rescheduled from August to October, while the Astra 5B satellite, which will make 21 incremental transponders available for Central and Eastern Europe at the 31.5°E orbital position, is now expected to launch in December.


    “The 2013 revenue and EBITDA guidance range of 4-5% growth provided with the full year 2012 results announcement was based on the launch schedule as known in February. While all other assumptions on which the guidance is based remain unchanged, the dates of these satellite launches will now be later than foreseen,” said Romain Bausch, president and CEO of SES.


    “These schedule movements are expected to have a timing impact on revenue of up to €18 million in 2013. The project economics and returns on these satellite programmes remain unaffected, consistent with the long-term nature of our business.”


    Overall for the six months ended June 30, SES said that revenues were €910.5 million, up 2.1% year-on-year, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were €662 million, down 0.5%.


    “SES is growing in all markets. Although the German analogue switch-off in April 2012 limits the comparison with the prior year period, the underlying growth has accelerated,” said Bausch. The prior year period included €42.6 million revenue from four months of analogue DTH transmissions in Germany, which ended on 30 April 2012.

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    Belgacom adds 16,000 TV customers
    July 27, 2013



    Belgian telco Belgacom added 16,000 TV subscribers in its second quarter, taking its total TV customer base to 1.428 million.


    Announcing its quarterly results, the firm said that revenues from TV climbed 15.3% year-on-year, from €57 million in Q2 2012 to €66 million in Q2 2013, which it attributed to a larger TV customer base and higher average revenue per user (ARPU).


    TV ARPU showed a 5.7% growth year-over-year to €18.6, supported by a price increase for rented set-top boxes.


    “Belgacom added 14,000 TV households, in line with the previous quarter. Moreover, 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, up 9.8% year-over-year, of which 245,000 were multiple streams,” said Belgacom.


    The firm’s TV revenue in its consumer business unit totalled €131 million over the first half of 2013, up 16.1% on the previous year.


    Overall Belgacom Group reported Q2 revenue of €1,583 million, down 1.7% year-over-year. Group EBITDA was €430 million, down 1.9% year-on-year.

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    TF1’s audience up, profits down
    July 27, 2013



    French broadcaster TF1 reported an increase in audience share during the first half of 2013, though saw net profit and revenue drop year-on-year during Q2.


    The firm said that over the first six months of 2013, its four free-to-air channels achieved audience share of 29.0% among people aged four and over, a year-on-year increase of 0.6 of a point, or 2%.


    However, revenue for the broadcasting and content segment for the half year the period was down 7.0% at €844.2m, with advertising revenue from the free-to-air channels down 8.8% to €728.4m in the first half of 2013 and revenue for the pay TV segment down 3.9% to €258.8m.


    In Q2 alone, overall revenue was €642.4 million, down 4.5% year-on-year, while net profit was €48.4 million, down 17% year-on-year.


 

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