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    ORF plans Austrian Netflix
    Parent Category: News | 06-11-2013

    Austrian public broadcaster ORF wants to create a video portal on which Internet users can watch full length movies, series and other TV programmes.
    With the offering, which is to be financed through advertisements, subscription fees and single fees for videos, the broadcasters wants to beat the US video portal Netflix which is rumoured to be considering entering German-speaking Europe.
    "We are working on an on-demand video portal," ORF's director general Alexander Wrabetz told German business newspaper Handelsblatt. "We don't want to wait for Netflix to stir up the Austrian market." The ORF heads want to decide how to set up the venture by the end of this year.
    However, large hurdles need to be overcome first. According to Wrabetz, the obstacles are the high cost of rights, technology and software for such an online video library. He didn't give details on the costs involved, but the paper says that ORF insiders consider the investment to amount to a two-digit million euro figure. According to ORF, no public licence fee money will be used for the venture.
    Despite the German Federal Cartel Office having blocked the video portals planned both by RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 and by ARD and ZDF for competitive reasons, Wrabetz doesn't believe such difficulties to occur in his country: "We expect that there won't be insurmountable legal hurdles in Austria."

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    Animal Planet HD joins KabelKiosk
    Jörn Krieger | 06-11-2013

    Pay-TV channel Animal Planet HD has joined Eutelsat's German direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk. The documentary channel can be received as part of subscription package Family HD without an additional fee.
    Viewers can choose between the dubbed German-language version and the original English-language voice track. Animal Planet HD replaces the standard resolution version of Animal Planet.
    KabelKiosk wants to expand its Family HD package to which Sony Entertainment Television HD was recently added by another three channels by the end of the year.

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    D-Day documentary Sacrifice pre-sold to Nat Geo
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 06-11-2013

    French distributor Zed has pre-sold the worldwide rights, excepting France, Canada and China, to the D-Day anniversary documentary Sacrifice to National Geographic Channels International and National Geographic Channel US.
    This 70th anniversary D-Day 2x52' HD production is the new World War II landmark project from producer CC&C and Louis Vaudeville (Apocalypse WW2) and by filmmakers Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle and Frédéric Lumière (World War 2 in HD).
    Produced for prime time television on TF1 in France, Sacrifice will revisit the 6 June 1944 landings and the 100 days that follow until the liberation of Paris, through the eyes and testimonies of soldiers, officers and citizens.
    New coloured archives have been entirely remastered in HD and in 5.1 surround sound.
    To meet a total budget of €1.4 million ($1.9 million), Zed has also closed deals with Toute L'Histoire, RTBF, Blue Ant Media, TV5 Québec, TVE, NRK, RTV Slovenija and Ceska TV.
    Discussions are being finalised in China, Mexico, Japan, Belgium and Italy.
    ZED is currently looking for Home Video, SVOD and OTT partners worldwide.

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    Adam TV picks Eutelsat capacity for pan-African roll-out


    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 06-11-2013

    Azam Media has picked Eutelsat capacity, services and DTH experience to support the launch of Azam TV, its new pan-African pay-TV platform.


    Azam TV is set to launch in Tanzania via Eutelsat 7A on 29 November before its East African and sub-Saharan roll-out.


    The platform will line up over 55 African and international channels for a monthly subscription of the local equivalent of $8.
    It will also include three homegrown channels, Azam One, Azam Two and Sinema Zetu (films in Kiswahili).


    Azam TV will broadcast live and recorded Tanzania Premier League matches and carry the top free-to-air channels in each of the countries it covers. 


    Azam TV will be compressed in Mpeg4 and uplinked by Eutelsat to the Eutelsat 7A satellite from its Cagliari teleport in Sardinia.

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    Planète+ Justice and No Limit evolve name and design
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 06-11-2013

    French themed channels Planète+ Justice and Planète+ No Limit, owned by Canal+, will change their name and design on 13 November to be more in line with that of US A+E Networks, which Canal+ signed a long-term content deal with in April.
    Planète+ No Limit will become Planète+ Action & Experience (or Planète+ A&E) while Planète+ Justice will be renamed Planète+ Crime & Investigation (Planète+ CI).
    The content deal between both groups covers acquisition, production and digital distribution and involves the Canal+ pay-TV factual channels Planète+ and its free DTT networks D8 and D17.
    A+E Networks currently operates 57 channels outside the US – including A&E and Crime & Investigation – in over 150 territories, and reaches more than 330 million subscribers.
    Planète+ No Limit is fully owned by Canal+ Group, whereas Planète+ Justice is jointly owned by Canal+ (66%) and France Télévisions (34%).

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    Strong demand for Horizon in Germany
    Jörn Krieger | 06-11-2013

    German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW has recorded strong demand for its multimedia box Horizon, which acts as a central media hub, with it having been installed in more than 25,000 households so far.
    The Liberty Global subsidiary introduced the box in the federal state North-Rhine Westphalia in early September 2013.
    "The boundaries between conventional TV, video-on-demand, Internet and personal content dissolve with Horizon into a seamless entertainment experience," Lutz Schüler, CEO of Unitymedia Kabel BW, said. "Our fibre optic-based high speed network forms the ideal foundation for this and also holds plenty of potential for further growing data volumes."
    The other segments also showed growth. In Q3 2013, Unitymedia Kabel BW gained 86,900 new Internet subscriptions and 59,100 new telephone subscriptions.
    Overall, Liberty Global's international activities - bundled in UPC Holding - were also on the rise, with 135,000 new customers being won in Q3 2013, up by 10% compared with last year. Horizon, which was introduced in Ireland in Q3 2013, now has over 340,000 customers across all UPC markets.

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    MBC2 airs fillers in support of Arabic cinema
    Rebecca Hawkes | 06-11-2013
    Pan-Arab broadcaster MBC is to show newly-produced fillers to promote the Arabic film industry on its movie channel MBC2.
    The short segments, entitled Me and the Cinema, will be repeated every three minutes during breaks to highlight the achievements of the pioneers of Arabic cinema. The fillers will look at "how they have been affected by the great Arab personalities of world cinema, and Hollywood in particular," said MBC.
    Each week, five different stars will be featured, including Nada Abu Farahat, Hani Abou Asaad, Ali Mustapha, Bushra, Younes Bawwab, Nabil Ayyoush, Hend Sabri, Iskandar Qotbi, Ali Sleiman, Dareen Hamza and Mohamed Diab.
    One of the Dubai-based network's 14 channels, MBC2 launched in 2002 as the first 24 hour free-to-air film channel in the Arab world. It provides Hollywood blockbusters and a range of other international movies. Its social media footprint stood at over six million followers in September 2013, according to the broadcaster.

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    Cisco believes in the shrinking set-top box
    November 7, 2013 Europe/London By by Robert Briel, IPTV Seminar, Amsterdam

    “The set-top box is still the solution for delivering the best possible quality of experience to the subscriber,” according to Nick Fielibert, CTO, video technology, SP Europe Cisco.
    But the set-tops will be changing their form factor and they will go back to their original place, that is on top of the TV set. In Cisco’s vision, the new mini STB will fit on top of a flat screen and could look like a device for gesture control. “This will provide a mechanically stable solution. Control of the device software is the only way to guarantee QoS and scalability.”
    The new generation of STBs need to look more like the other devices the subscriber owns. Also a rapid prototyping environment for services is required.
    HTML5 is the direction, but must be pragmatic, differentiated experience is not negotiable in any solution.
    Open source Linux-based multi-application frameworks are now possible for increased reliability and speed of developments. Web kit TV browsers will be a key component for rendering cloud applications on the device.
    “We can get rid of the big box, the cloud is the future with thin clients.” The things that will move to the cloud include the UI, but some things will stay on device, such as handling the DVB stack, parental control and content protection.”
    Also important for operators will be the delivery of metadata. “Enriched meta data are key. It is probably best to add meta data on a second screen. Extra information is probably better to be seen on a second screen rather than clutter the main screen.”

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    CI+ 1.4 answers telco’s needs
    November 7, 2013 04.42 Europe/London By by Robert Briel, IPTV Seminar, Amsterdam

    The first launch and deployment of CI+ 1.4, the next generation of CI+, is expected in the second half of 2015.
    Last September, the DVB published the technical specs and now the road is open for development. “The evolution of the CAM is the answer to IPTV needs,” according to Erik Gazzoni, product strategy and development SmarDTV.
    “Previous CI+1.3 requires a broadcast connection, so IPT or OTT service requirements were not addressed. CI+ 1.4 is now answering the telcos’ needs. A CAM gives secure access to IPTV services.”
    CI+ 1.4 will enable watch and record with a multi tuner host (multi stream) and includes trick mode control and selectable output control. The CAM is the DRM agent for IPTV and OTT.
    The CAM ca n trigger the launch of CI+ browser, DVB-MHP, and HbbTV applications Also watermarking of the content is possible to identify leak of content.
    “The advantages are obvious, there is no box below the TV, it has low capex, there are no wires, a single remote control and reduced energy consumption.”
    The roadmap for CI+ 1.4 will be to define different operator use cases, integration with TVs, during the next few months with the first trials to take place with operators in second half of 2014,the beginning 2015. A mass market launch is expected in the second half of 2015.
    Gazzoni sees the evolution of the CAM to include brining connectivity directly to the CAM
    for legacy devices with embedded Wi-Fi and a user interface controlled by second screen. “It will be easy as chromecast, but much better.”

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    Bezeq studies YES merger options
    November 7, 2013 01.42 Europe/London By Julian Clover

    Bezeq will need to meet a series of conditions if the Israeli telco is to be allowed to merged with DTH operation YES.
    The company says it has begun to review the options for a raising of its stake in YES and has been in discussions with the Israeli competition authority.
    Bezeq currently holds 49.8% in YES, which has in the region of 600,000 subscribers.
    A full merger would allow it to both reduce costs and have a workable proposition against cable operator HOT.


 

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