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Globovisión accused of censor, journalist resigns Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 02-05-2014 Venezuela's Globovisión has been accused by one of its

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    Globovisión accused of censor, journalist resigns

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 02-05-2014

    Venezuela's Globovisión has been accused by one of its own journalists of censoring an interview with Nobel Prize-winner Vargas Llosa, after he was asked about Hugo Chavez.

    The journalist, Shirley Varnagy, was the host of an interview show on Globovisión. But on Tuesday (28 April) her interview with the Peruvian writer was taken off air and replaced by the network's news programme just as Llosa was going to answer a question about the country's politics.

    The channel said that this was due to technical problems, but according to Varnagy, internal sources confirmed that the interview was deliberately taken off air. The network's decision has driven the journalist to resign, announcing her decision on Twitter.

    Until last year, Globovisión was one of the private channels on which Venezuela's political opposition had a voice. But ten months ago, the network was purchased by a capital group which is close to the Government. Since then, over 50 journalists have quitted, protesting against what they consider is a lack of freedom of the press.

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    First Hand Films hails factual titles sales

    Editor | 02-05-2014

    One of the leading boutique distributors representing documentaries and TV series, First Hand Films, has closed multiple sales with international broadcasters on a range of key documentary titles.

    Boasting a catalogue containing over 300 titles and approximately 600 programming hours, First Hand Films represents over 200 producers worldwide and acts as executive producer for selected projects. It has also worked with key broadcasters and distributors around the world such as Arte, the BBC, CH4, SBS and ZDF.

    The roster of clients includes UR of Sweden, Spain's Canal+, AVRO and VPRO of The Netherlands, NCN-Media in Russia, Radio Television Hong Kong and Israel's DBS.

    "We are extremely happy to announce this breadth of worldwide sales fuelled by the demand for high-end factual content," said First Hand Films CEO Esther van Messel. "The producers behind some of these documentary programmes go to great lengths to ensure a gripping and raw story is told, and we are proud to represent them, enabling viewers to enter the worlds and lives of others that they would not normally have access to."

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    Two-thirds of digital video ads miss mark on quality

    Michelle Clancy | 02-05-2014

    Only a third of digital video ads can be considered "high quality", according to Vindico's Adtricity measurement of placements based on viewability, player size, location on page and traffic sources.

    Analysis of the data concludes the digital video industry will need to focus on a combination of quality, viewability and consistent measurement in order to compliment marketing's biggest giant – television.

    "Brands and advertisers are increasingly looking to digital video as a means of connecting with the right consumer and telling their message in unique and interesting ways," said Matt Timothy, president of Vindico. "To accomplish this, the industry must accept the growing importance of measuring quality, as well as understand the unique challenges of viewability and adopt consistent measurement across the board. 2013 was the year this started to happen."

    The research also found that quality counts and marketers will pay for placements: with millions invested in the creative, marketers want to understand how their video ad is treated across digital publishing partners. 2013 marks the first year digital video can define quality, providing quantifiable insights on viewability, content, execution, traffic and impact on viewership.

    Placement also matters, significantly. Major media sites consistently perform best in overall quality, mimicking their TV counterparts with nearly 80% of impressions quantified as "viewable." Internet brands also offer high quality content and placement across their owned and operated arenas, however these publishers usually offer extended reach through long tail properties. This inventory mix could be the cause of driving down overall viewable impressions to only 37% on Internet brands.

    Viewability is the must-have metric: 56% of all digital video ads never have the opportunity to be seen. However, eight out of every ten major media impressions are viewable. "This year, marketers will adopt viewability as the must-have metric when evaluating any other performance attributes. If the video ad can't be seen, there is no reason to invest more into the space," the company said in its report.

    And finally, consistent measurement is needed now more than ever before. There's more to quality than just viewability. "The complexity of digital video ad campaigns is growing every year and there is a stronger need for agencies and advertisers to understand what's happening at both the macro and micro levels of digital campaigns," Vindico said.

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    Big-spending Viacom reports steady Q2 revenue

    Michelle Clancy | 02-05-2014

    Content giant Viacom has reported revenue of $3.17 billion for the fiscal second quarter of 2014, ended 31 March.

    That's an increase of just 1%, reflecting higher affiliate fees and advertising revenues, but partially offset by declines in filmed entertainment. And the news comes hot on the heels of the announcement
    that it will acquire Channel 5 for $760 million.

    Operating income rose 3% to $872 million, primarily due to higher media networks revenues. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom increased to $482 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were up 13% to $1.08 per diluted share.

    "Viacom posted another strong quarter, resulting from our relentless focus on developing quality creative content and delivering it around the world in innovative ways," said Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of Viacom. "Our media networks remain in high demand, commanding a premium position with advertisers and achieving significant continued growth with both traditional and emerging distribution partners. In addition, Paramount kicked off its highly-anticipated summer slate with the successful release of Noah at the end of the quarter, to be followed by Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the coming months."

    In the first half of the fiscal year, Viacom also returned another $2 billion to investors through its share buy-back and dividends.

    Media networks revenues increased 6%, to $2.38 billion in the quarter. Domestic affiliate revenues grew 11%, driven by rate increases, and worldwide affiliate revenues increased 10% in the quarter. Domestic advertising revenues increased 2%, and worldwide advertising revenues increased 3% to $1.12 billion in the quarter.

    Filmed entertainment revenues declined 12% to $831 million, primarily due to lower carry-over revenues from prior period releases. Theatrical revenues decreased 17% from the prior year, as strong domestic carry-over revenues from The Wolf of Wall Street were more than offset by lower international theatrical revenues. Worldwide home entertainment revenues also decreased 30%, primarily driven by fewer current quarter releases and a decrease in carry-over revenues.

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    Kaltura beefs OTT position with Tvinci acquisition

    Michelle Clancy | 02-05-2014

    Open-source video platform Kaltura has acquired Tvinci, giving Kaltura an expanded position in the booming over-the-top (OTT) market and strengthening its pay-TV operator position.

    Kaltura has already begun integrating Tvinci's technology into its OTT MediaGo product. The integrated Kaltura-Tvinci platform for operators and telcos, media companies, content owners and distributors supports live, on-demand and catch-up services; subscription and transactional video-on-demand (VOD) and ad-based monetisation; social interaction; and a personalised experience.

    The integration of Tvinci's technology into Kaltura's platform also enhances Kaltura's solutions for the enterprise and education markets, with advanced social and personalisation capabilities, and with tools for creating bundles and promotions.

    Tvinci employs more than 60 people worldwide, including a research and development team at the company's headquarters in Israel that will be merging with Kaltura's own Israel-based technology team. Tvinci's founders, Ofer Shayo and Ido Wiesenberg, and key executives, Avidan Lamdan and Amir Eilat, will be joining Kaltura's top management team in a variety of global positions.

    Tvinci customers include Eutelsat in Germany, MediaCorp in Singapore, Liberty Global in the Netherlands, Solar Entertainment in the Philippines and Yes in Israel. These customers join Kaltura's global media customer base, which includes Sesame Workshop, HBO, ABC, Warner Brothers, Paramount, DirecTV, Turner and Wikipedia.

    "This is a very exciting time at Kaltura. Just three months after securing an additional $47 million in funding, we are delivering on our promise to rapidly accelerate our growth and innovation," said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura co-founder, chairman and CEO. "The acquisition of Tvinci completes our transition from focusing largely on VOD assets and ad-based monetisation, to providing an equal emphasis on live/linear programming and an authenticated pay OTT TV experience. We are also very excited to broaden our offerings for the service provider markets, and to further boost our social, collaboration and personalisation tools."

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    Connected devices head into the mainstream in the US

    Michelle Clancy | 02-05-2014

    A majority (64%) of US broadband households have at least one consumer electronics device connected to the Internet, which could include a smart TV, Blu-ray player, game console, set-top box, a digital media receiver or Google Chromecast. Gaming consoles were found to be the most popular of connected devices.

    The research, a first-quarter 2014 consumer survey by Parks Associates, shows 21% of US broadband households use a Blu-ray player to connect to the Internet, 16% connect via a streaming media player, and 5% use Google's Chromecast device.

    "The percentage of US broadband households with multiple connected CE devices in use continues to increase, with game consoles still leading the way," said Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks Associates. "Nearly 50% of US broadband households connect a game console to the Internet to access online content and applications, while 24% have a connected smart TV."

    Every connected device category can connect to the Internet and stream content, but there is no one super device that will push the other devices out of the market, at least not in the next three to five years, the firm predicted.

    "Most devices have consumer uses other than streaming; the one device that is single purpose-streaming media players-is low cost and effective in extending online content to TVs," Kraus said. "As companies seek to take advantage of new monetization opportunities in advertising, content promotion, and other areas, the number of categories of streaming devices, as well as cross-ownership, ensures that there will be heavy competition for the new revenue streams, requiring companies to develop winning business models."

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    Physical sales plummet as OTT, VOD surge

    Joseph O'Halloran | 02-05-2014

    A report from ABI Research has confirmed the on-going demise of physical disc and electronic sell-through sales, superseded by over-the-top (OTT) video-on-demand (VOD).

    ABI's OTT and Multi-screen Services Market Research report found that overall sales and worldwide VOD rentals (OTT and pay-TV operator), (EST) and DVD/Blu-ray disc sales are expected to grow 40% from 2013 to 2019, from $30.6 billion to over $43 billion. Yet drilling deeper, the research forecasts physical media sales to continue their decline, while OTT VOD services and ad-based viewing take significant market share from combined physical purchases and EST.

    "New content windowing strategies, such as early VOD and EST release dates, will continue to push consumers to these distribution channels," explained ABI senior analyst Michael Inouye. "In addition as pay-TV operators increasingly pursue OTT initiatives the consumers will further migrate to digital distribution."

    Despite its accelerated decline, ABI believes that physical media will actually still play a significant role for many consumers, particularly for those who have extensive DVD/Blu-ray libraries, purchase 4KTVs and want higher quality video than HDTV streaming services, or simply prefer having a copy in hand.

    "As consumers move to digital distribution the wildcard in this transition remains the pay-TV operators who, for the time being, still hold the most bargaining power for content rights," added practice director Sam Rosen. "How these operators approach multiscreen services will dictate how well these players retain control over when, where, and how consumers watch video. Recent activity in OTT services and content purchases from operators like AT&T, Verizon and Dish offer a glimpse into how these incumbents are working to move with consumers as viewing behaviour changes."

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    Belgacom introduces cloud-based set-top box

    May 2, 2014 09.43 Europe/London By Robert Briel

    Belgacom TV familyBelgacom TV launches its new V5 Mini decoder featuring a cloud-based PVR, today, Friday May 2.

    Designed to serve as a second or third decoder, the V5 Mini has no hard disk and is smaller. Its remote control operates via radio frequencies, enabling users to interact with the decoder without having to point their remote at it.

    The full digital tv experience is available on the V5 mini decoder. Users have access to all the menus, they can pause and resume programs, fast forward or rewind.

    Viewers can record programmes in the cloud. The feature is available for 44 channels, a number that Belgacom said will increase. Recorded programmes can be viewed up to 30 days after the initial broadcast.

    Belgacom offers the V5 Mini for rent at €4/month. It is also for sale at €125.

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    Tivibu grows in popularity

    May 2, 2014 10.01 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    TivibuTürk Telekom’s Tivibu service saw its subscriber base grow by 54.1% in the year to March 31.

    Available via IPTV, web TV, mobile TV and smart TV, it ended the first quarter with 1.9 million subscribers, compared to 1.8 million three months earlier and 1.2 million in Q1 2013.

    Its IPTV subscriber total alone stood at 308,000, compared to 286,000 and 175,000 three months and a year earlier respectively.

    Meanwhile, broadband ARPU in Q1 amounted to TL40.8 (€5.06), up 3% and 3.8% respectively.

    Türk Telekom had revenues of TL3.143 million in Q1, or 1.6% more than a year earlier. EBITDA was TL1,151 million (+4.2%) and net profit after minority interest TL526 million (-27.1%).

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    Chello C8 channel to widen reach

    May 2, 2014 10.39 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    C8The new Chello Central Europe channel C8 will launch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Monday, May 5.

    Parabola reports that it will be carried by UPC Direct’s frreSAT and on Digi TV, though not Skylink.

    C8 will be on air from 20.00 to 24.00, replacing Animax, and immediately after Minimax, on air from 06.00 to 20.00.

    It will offer viewers a taste of programmes offered by Chello Central Europe’s eight channels.

    C8 made its debut in Hungary on May 1 and is also to be made available in Romania.


 

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