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NHK World TV debuts in Opera TV Store July 30, 2013 09.07 Europe/London By Robert Briel nhk_newslineNHK World TV is

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    NHK World TV debuts in Opera TV Store
    July 30, 2013 09.07 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    nhk_newslineNHK World TV is now live on the Opera TV Store app platform, enabling viewers to live-stream the channel’s entertainment content.
    The free NHK World TV app offers viewers news, documentaries, music, cooking programs, fashion trends, technology insights and much more from NHK, the 24/7 English-language international channel from Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
    “The world truly is flattening when premium regional broadcasters like NHK give viewers anywhere in the world more choice of exciting on-demand content,” said Aneesh Rajaram, SVP for TV and devices at Opera Software.
    “NHK is extremely savvy with seeing the potential of early technology trends, and viewers will agree that its app adds even more engaging and entertaining content to the Opera TV Store.”
    The Opera TV Store is an HTML5-based app platform that gives users a selection of entertaining apps. It has already launched globally on smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc players from Sony and TCL, and has also been selected by Humax, Hisense and MediaTek.

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    LandscapeHD reaches into Africa
    July 31, 2013 07.56 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    LandscapeHD will be available throughout Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique and Burundi with a satellite footprint covering East and Central Africa.
    The first commercial DTH satellite broadcasting of a linear 1080p television channel will commence in Africa later this year, as the result of the agreement by Sahara Media of Tanzania to broadcast the Landscape Channel in full HD, commencing this autumn. The broadcaster said it is a first for technology and for Africa.
    LandscapeHD is a free to air music channel funded by national government tourism advertising, as well as global and local brand advertising, in a new languageless format only seen on the Landscape Channel. “It takes global languagless tourism and destination advertising, previously used on the internet, and delivers it into traditional television broadcast homes using its new proprietary mini-server IP distribution system. This is connected to normal in-home television services (such as cable, satellite and now the fast developing connected tv market).”
    According to LamndscapeHD, “this unique distribution system is expected to deliver a raft of new specialist music channels into traditional television distribution over the coming twelve months, as distributors discover how this new technology can deliver specialist music channels anywhere in the world, without the traditional costs associated with broadcast servers and rights societies determined to squeeze the life out of minority music channels by the charges they levy for specialist music at the same rate as pop music.”

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    New head for CTC Media
    July 30, 2013 14.02 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


    Russia’s CTC Media has appointed Yuliana Slashcheva as its new CEO, effective August 1.
    She will succeed Boris Podolsky, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
    Slashcheva was most recently president and CEO of Mikhailov & Partners, Russia’s largest domestic strategic communications company.
    She first joined Mikhailov & Partners in 1994 and subsequently held senior positions at BBDO, ESN Group and Kolenergo.
    Commenting on her appointment, Angelo Codignioni, co-chairman of CTC Media, said: “We are delighted to welcome Yuliana to CTC Media. Yuliana has the leadership experience, management skills and strategic vision to lead the company to even greater success in the future.”
    Lorenzo Grabau, co-chairman of CTC Media, said: “We look forward to working with Yuliana on the next stage of the Company’s development, as we build on the success of our existing channels and services.”
    Both further commented: “We would like to thank Boris for his considerable contribution and commitment to the Company over the past six years, first as CFO and then CEO, and wish him the very best for the future.”

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    CME hit by Czech slump
    July 31, 2013 07.50 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul


    cme-plasmaCentral European Media Enterprises (CME) remains upbeat about its future prospects despite another difficult quarter.
    The latest set of results published by the company, which has TV interests in six CEE markets, show that its net revenues for Q2 were $180.2 million (€135.9 million), compared to $211.2 million in the same period last year.
    OIBDA was meanwhile down from $47.1 million to $7 million over the same period and a net income of $3.1 million transformed into a net loss of $41.1 million.
    Of particular concern would have been the company’s performance in the Czech Republic, for many years its most lucrative market.
    There, net revenues in Q2 amounted to $45,690,000, compared to $76,853,000 in the same period in 2012.
    OIBDA slumped from $31,403,000 to $171,000 over the same period.
    Commenting on the results, Adrian Sarbu, the company’s president and CEO, said: “ In the first half of 2013 we stood firm on the execution of our strategy. We secured double digit TV advertising price increases in the Czech Republic and single digit increases in the other countries on commitments signed. We raised carriage fees in Romania and Bulgaria which for the coming years are expected to more than double compared to 2012. We also repurchased €206 million of debt with proceeds from our successful equity offerings during the quarter. Our products are performing better than last year.
    “Looking back, lower revenues in the Czech Republic impacted our financial results in the second quarter and first half of 2013 as certain key advertisers have only recently accepted our higher prices.
    “Looking forward, we expect the declining trend of TV advertising spending to reverse in the fall of 2013 building on our pricing initiatives. We believe the successful execution of our strategy puts the Company back on the path to growth in 2014.”

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    Sport1 acquires German ESPN rights
    July 31, 2013 08.05 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    sport1_usGerman sports channel Sport1 is launching a new channel, Sport1 US, bringing NBA, NFL and IndyCar Series and other sports acquired from ESPN America.
    The new channel will launch as a pay channel on August 1 in both SD and HD versions for viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Distribution contracts were secured with Kabel Deutschland, Sky Deutschland and Unitymedia/Kabel BW.
    The launch of the new channels follows the day after ESPN America will cease its transmissions.
    Sport1 has acquired a large package of sports rights from ESPN Sports Media including live games from National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
    Also acquired are rights to NCAA College Football and College Basketball for the next three seasons 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
    Motorsports include the IndyCar Series for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons including the Indianapolis 500.
    Live coverage of College Basketball will include the Regular Season, starting in November, followed by the Conference Championship Tournaments, the March Madness games consisting of NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournaments and concluding with NCAA Final Four Tournament and the National Championship.
    In a statement, Bernhard Burgener, CEO of Constantin Medien AG, operator of the channel, said “With Sport1 US we extend the digital portfolio under the multimedia umbrella brand Sport1 to another offer in the pay-TV sector – in addition to our already well-established channel Sport1.”

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    Eutelsat acquires 100% of Satmex
    July 31, 2013 08.06 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    Eutelsat Communications has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) for an enterprise value of US$1,142 million.
    The acquisition, together with the recently ordered Eutelsat 65 West A satellite, will position the group as a major satellite operator in Latin America, reflecting its strategy to expand in high growth markets.
    “The acquisition of Satmex, together with the order announced yesterday of our satellite for 65° West will make Eutelsat a key operator in vibrant digital markets across Latin America,” said Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, “With Satmex’s strategic orbital slots, state of the art fleet and upcoming satellites, Eutelsat is gaining a robust platform from which to access the significant opportunities in this region. Via these two strategic steps, we are significantly upscaling our presence in Latin America to complement our footprint in fast-growing markets, and securing future sources of growth and value creation.”
    Patricio Northland, CEO of Satmex, added: “This is a very positive outcome for the shareholders and other stakeholders of Satmex, and I am delighted at the prospect of Satmex joining the Eutelsat Group. Our fleet will provide Eutelsat with a unique strategic opportunity to enter the fast-growing Latin American market and obtain premier orbital locations across the continent. Our clients will benefit from the integration of our network into Eutelsat’s world-class satellite fleet and operations. This transaction would not have been possible without the dedication and leadership of Satmex’s management team, as well as its world-class employees.”
    Based in Mexico, Satmex operates three satellites at contiguous positions, 113.0 degrees West (Satmex 6), 114.9 degrees West (Satmex 5) and 116.8 degrees West (Satmex 8) that cover 90% of the population of the Americas. The company benefits from frequency rights in C and Ku-bands and was granted Ka-band rights in 2012. It has an 11% market share in Latin America where it enjoys a strong franchise in corporate data networks and cellular backhaul. Satmex is targeting an increased contribution from video through its positions at 113.0 degrees West and 116.8° West including through the recently launched Satmex 8 satellite which is well positioned to exploit video opportunities.
    Eutelsat will acquire 100% of the share capital of Satmex for US$831 million. Based on Satmex’s reported net debt of US$311 million at March 31, 2013, this price corresponds to an enterprise value of US$1,142 million.

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    Telenet Digital TV grows to 1,453,200 subs
    July 31, 2013 08.52 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    Telenet workersTelenet reported that 69% of its subscribers are now also buying digital TV.
    The Belgian operator also said that churn is now slowing down: subscribers to total basic analogue and digital cable television services were 2,097,500 at the end of June 2013, which represented approximately 73% of homes passed by the network. This represented a net organic loss of 20,100 basic cable TV subscribers since the start of 2013, an improvement compared to last year’s net organic loss rate of 46,300.
    Telenet said that 400,000 unique customers are now using the operator’s TV Everywhere service YeloTV on their mobile devices, which has doubled since the introduction of our new app four months ago.
    Subscribers to the Telenet Digital TV platform grew 12% year?on?year to 1,453,200 at the end of June 30, 2013. Over the first six months of 2013, Telenet attracted 53,000 net digital TV subscribers, of which 20,100 were added in Q2 2013.
    196,100 customers subscribed to Telenet’s pay television sports channels, representing an increase of 7% as compared to June 30, 2012.
    Basic cable income amounted to €157.8 million in H1 2013 (Q2 2013: €78.8 million). The 2% year?on?year decrease in both H1 2013 and Q2 2013 primarily reflected a gradual decrease in the active subscriber base and the absence of a price increase for the basic cable television subscription fee in 2013.
    Telenet’s premium cable television revenue grew €8.4 million, or 8%, from €111.0 million in H1 2012 to €119.4 million in H1 2013 (Q2 2013: €59.3 million).

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    BBC iPlayer to premier BBC Three comedy
    July 31, 2013 08.18 Europe/London By Julian Clover


    bad-educationBBC Three is to premier all scripted comedy on the BBC iPlayer from the end of August.
    The hitherto catch-up service will offer the shows seven days before the TV premier. The first show to be seen under the scheme will be the second series of Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education.
    Victoria Jaye, Head of BBC TV Content Online and IPTV, said: “We want to use BBC iPlayer to maximise audiences’ discovery of BBC programmes and increase the time they spend with the BBC. Forty-two per cent of viewers who to come to BBC iPlayer today do so without anything specific in mind to watch, and over a third are happy to try new and different content.”
    Earlier this year the BBC announced plans to experiment to showcase more content within the iPlayer that will feature around 40 hours of content from across the BBC including Peter Kay’s Car Share. This month, BBC Three launched its latest batch of Comedy Feeds available to audiences exclusively via BBC iPlayer.
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    Discovery finds strong revenue and profit gains for Q2 2013
    Editor | 31-07-2013

    Recent strategic acquisitions have begun to count for Discovery Communications as much as existing lines in a markedly strong second quarter of its financial year.
    For the three-month period ended 30 June 2013, Discover revealed that compared with the previous year, revenues increased 30% to $1.467 billion led by 61% growth at International Networks and 13% growth in the US.
    Looking at where most of the growth was situated, revenues from US networks increased 13% to $793 million, primarily driven by advertising and distribution revenue growth. Advertising revenue increased 10% mainly due to higher delivery and increased pricing while distribution revenue increased 17%, largely due to $37 million of additional revenue from licensing agreements versus last year's second quarter. Discovery had in the quarter levied higher rates and subscriber growth primarily from networks carried on the digital tier. Distribution revenues grew 5% and total revenues grew 8% compared with the second quarter a year ago excluding licensing revenues.
    The strong revenue growth was the springboard for a 23% increase in adjusted OIBDA to $668 million and net income increase of $300 million. Profit only rose by $7 million year-on-year, partially offset, said the company, by higher interest and taxes as well as increased amortisation associated with purchase price allocation for the transaction of SBS.
    Commenting on the results, David Zaslav, Discovery's president and chief executive officer, said: "We further capitalised on the organic growth opportunities across our portfolio while beginning to take advantage of the benefits that our recent strategic acquisitions provide. Our sustained commitment to producing captivating content and the further expansion of global pay-TV markets combined to once again drive audience and revenue growth across our unique distribution platform. The consistent financial gains we are delivering, along with the strength of our balance sheet, enable us to return significant capital to our shareholders while thoughtfully investing in our diverse brands and platforms in order to further build additional long-term growth opportunities."
    Making predictions for the rest of the year, Discovery expects total revenue between $5.550-$5.625 billion, adjusted OIBDA between $2.425 billion and $2.475 billion, and net income of $1.100-$1.150 billion.

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    Retrans discussions back on as TWC restores CBS programmes after blackout
    Editor | 31-07-2013

    The saga of the retrans dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS has reached a critical stage after the cable co dropped the nuclear option of blacking out services, albeit temporarily.
    The dispute centres on a demand by CBS for an increase in fees for programming that TWC regards as unprecedented, unreasonable and unacceptable. The cableco asserts that that CBS wants it to pay over 600% more for some content that it pays in other areas from coast to coast for the same programming. For its part CBS calls its new charges "fair compensation" and dismissed TWC's claims as "disinformation and voodoo mathematics."
    At midnight on 29 July following inconclusive negotiations, TWC pulled the plug on CBS broadcast stations, Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian from its channel line-ups. Following a brief period where screens went dark, it restored services and returned to the negotiation table.
    In a statement issued after services were restored, a Time Warner Cable spokeswoman issued a statement saying: "At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels ... The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks and broadcast stations from our customers' line-ups. As of midnight ET, Time Warner Cable customers in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles will no longer receive their local CBS broadcast stations. In addition, we have been forced to remove Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian from our line-ups across the country.
    "We offered to pay reasonable increases, but CBS's demands are out of line and unfair – and they want Time Warner Cable to pay more than others pay for the same programming ... We regret any inconvenience caused by the CBS/Showtime blackout, and we're working hard to restore the programming at a reasonable price. Switching is not the answer; sooner or later CBS will threaten others and go dark, just as they have with DISH in the past and with us today. We thank our customers for their patience, and we hope to resolve this situation soon."
    Responding by breaking what has been some reticence on the matter, CBS issued its own statement, saying: "In spite of all our efforts to hammer out a fair agreement, Time Warner Cable has dropped CBS and Showtime from its channel line-up effective midnight EDT. Meanwhile, they continue to engage in a public campaign of disinformation and voodoo mathematics (featuring wildly inflated percentages) while doggedly restating their positions.
    "Time Warner Cable seems incapable of accepting the concept that the value of a company's programming should be in line with its popularity. It is no mystery why this company has dropped more than 50 television stations from its service in the last five years alone, some as recently as last week. CBS remains resolute in the pursuit of fair compensation for our programming and will use the full resources available to us to make sure that Time Warner Cable subscribers are aware of its short-sighted, anti-consumer strategy. In the end, of course, an agreement will be reached. We continue to hope that outcome may be achieved very soon and we can get back to focusing on delivering great content to the customers we share."


 

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