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ARRIS grows revenue almost 250% after Moto Home acquisition Michelle Clancy | 08 May 2014 ARRIS Group booked first quarter

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    ARRIS grows revenue almost 250% after Moto Home acquisition

    Michelle Clancy | 08 May 2014

    ARRIS Group booked first quarter 2014 revenues of $1.23 million, which is up a staggering 246.4% year-over-year and well above the analyst consensus of $1,192 million.

    Profit for in the first quarter of 2014 was $40.8 million or 28 cents per share compared with a net loss of $14.7 million or 13 cents per share in the prior-year quarter.

    Quarterly domestic revenues accounted for 74.3% of the total revenue while International revenues contributed the remaining 25.7%.

    "We had a strong first quarter achieving record revenue levels," said Bob Stanzione, ARRIS chairman and CEO. "As we had anticipated last quarter, 2014 is shaping up to be our best year so far. Continued product deployments, new product acceptances and an expanding international interest will continue to drive overall improved performance."

    ARRIS closed the acquisition of Motorola Home on 17 April 2013, and the segment results reflected this: its CPE segment generated $894 million of the total revenue, up a big 378.1% year-over-year. ARRIS' network and cloud segment accounted for $332 million in revenue, up a healthy 84.4% year-over-year.

    Other metrics were impressive as well: the company ended the first quarter 2014 with $521.5 million of cash resources, and the order backlog at the end of the first quarter 2014 was $996.1 million.

    "We are off to a great start in 2014," said David Potts, ARRIS executive vice president and CFO. "Our revenues were up 2.2% from the previous quarter, and we ended the quarter with a very strong order backlog of $996.1 million."

    As for as second-quarter guidance, ARRIS is projecting that revenues will be in the range of $1.41 billion to $1.45 billion.

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    AT&T adds Jinni TV discovery to STBs

    Michelle Clancy | 08 May 2014

    Jinni, the semantic video discovery solution provider, has announced that AT&T U-Verse has implemented the company's personalised TV experience features within its set-top boxes (STBs) across the US.

    "Working with AT&T U-Verse is a major milestone toward realising our vision of making the video discovery experience an intuitive, enjoyable part of watching TV," said Yosi Glick, Jinni co-founder and CEO. "We are proud to have been chosen by the U-Verse team to build an awesome user experience."

    The platform uses natural-language understanding to meet growing consumer demand for semantic capabilities in consumer electronic products. The Jinni service is powered by the Entertainment Genome, which contains thousands of "genes" that are assigned to each title to describe mood, style, plot, setting and more. New titles are automatically indexed via analysis of user reviews and synopses, using a proprietary natural language processing solution.

    "This is a rich alternative to the usual genre language, which benefits both the quality of the content delivered as well as the intuitive semantic-based user experience," the company said

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    Ruben Mendiola named new president of mun2

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 May 2014

    Ruben Mendiola has been named president of cable channel mun2 and will focus on developing and driving the cable channel's strategy and programming.

    Mendiola will report to Joe Uva, chairman of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, NBCUniversal.

    In his new role, Mendiola will be responsible for identifying opportunities for the cable channel to grow its distribution, drive ratings and align the organisation for future growth.

    "Ruben's expertise and deep understanding of the US Hispanic market will play an essential role in evolving this cable property into the future," said Uva. "He and his team will develop and acquire content to build a relevant, high demand general entertainment cable network for the rapidly expanding US Hispanic audience."

    "I am proud and honoured to join NBCUniversal's Hispanic Enterprises and Content division," said Mendiola. "mun2 is a terrific channel with a tremendous potential. I look forward to working with Joe, NBCUniversal's team and the mun2 leadership to take the network to the next level."

    Mendiola was senior VP and general manager of multicultural services at Comcast Cable, where he was responsible for designing and implementing the company's services strategy across all Xfinity products. In that role, Mendiola led the creation of Freeview Latino, the biggest free on-demand event in Latino TV history, and the launch of the Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel.

    Previously, Mendiola was general manager of Latino programming and Spanish business development at Dish Network. He also served as programming director for pay-TV at Grupo Televisa.

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    Hispamar, SES win rights to Brazilian satellite slots

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 May 2014

    Brazil's Hispamar and SES' subsidiary in the South American country - SES DTH do Brasil - have won the rights to use two Brazilian orbital slots for 15 years.

    According to EFE, Hispamar - a company in which Spain's Hispasat has an interest - and SES DTH won the first part of a two-round bid organised by Brazil's Government for four orbital positions. The two companies offered about $44.5 million for the rights, the national telecoms agency, Anatel, said.

    Hispamar gained the rights to the Ku band with the first of the licences sold, bidding $29.5 million. The other 15-year licence was won by SES, with a bid of over $15 million for the C, Ku and Ka band.

    During the process, Carlos Slim's Star One, Inmarsat Navigation Ventures Limited, Star Satellite Communications Company and Telesat Brasil Capacidade de Satelites also competed for licences.

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    Telefónica crowned king of Spanish pay-TV as Canal+ deal sealed

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 May 2014

    Prisa TV has accepted the €725-million offer for Canal+ from Telefónica which will now control 78% of Spain's largest pay-TV platform and become, thanks in part to its own platform Movistar TV, the most powerful player in the market.

    Prisa confirmed the move through a public communication via the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV). According to the release, Canal+'s former owner will have now a 30-day period to negotiate all aspects of the operation.

    Telefónica already owns 22% of Canal+, to which it will now add Prisa's 56%. The rest of the company is owned by Italy's Mediaset.

    In a year in which Telefónica announced it will focus on pay-TV, the strategy of César Alierta's company seems clear: expansion. Movistar TV has been developing since the beginning of 2014, with the purchase of new broadcasting rights for sport - Formula One and MotoGP - increasing its offer and improving its TV everywhere platform.

    It will now inherit Canal+'s over 1.6 million customers, although Telefónica recognises that the market and competition authorities will have the last word.

    Orange has shown concern about the move. According to Julio Gómez, regulation's director at Orange Spain, speaking to Europa Press, Telefónica will now control 80% of the county's pay-TV market. For the telco, particularly worrying is the concentration of premium broadcasting rights, which could seriously damaged market competition.

    The move is seen from a different point of view at Prisa. What was once the largest media group in Spain has been struggling under a huge debt in recent years and has been trying to off-load its TV business. In 2010, the company sold the free-to-air Cuatro to Mediaset and since January it has sold over €15 million in Mediaset stock. Now, after long negotiations and several rumours, Canal+ has left the house and Prisa can breathe a sigh of relief.

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    ProSiebenSat.1 makes positive start to 2014

    Joseph O'Halloran | 08 May 2014

    Leading German media firm The ProSiebenSat.1 Group has made a strong start to 2014, with first-quarter revenues growing 3.3 % year-on-year to €581.1 million and net income up 9.4% to €55.7 million.

    The company revealed that all of its segments contributed to growth but highlighted considerably improved results in the core German-speaking broadcasting arena where external revenues increased 1.8 % (€8.1 million) to total €449.2 million. Contributing factors cited were what the company called a positive trend in audience and advertising market combined with the on-going dynamic growth of distribution revenues. Against this backdrop, recurring EBITDA increased by 7.9 % or €8.8 million to €119.8 million.

    The combined market share of the German ProSiebenSat.1 stations grew significantly. Its SAT.1, ProSieben, kabel eins, sixx, SAT.1 Gold and ProSieben MAXX channels expanded their combined market share by 1.8 percentage points to 28.4%. For German TV advertising market, the ProSiebenSat.1 Group claimed leadership with a gross market share of 44.4%, the same as in the previous year. The company noted that as advertising budgets were shifted into April due to the late Easter date, it anticipated a stronger second quarter TV advertising revenues.

    Offering his opinion on the company's performance, Thomas Ebeling, CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, said: "We had a good start to the year: all segments continued to grow in QI 2014. In our core TV business, we not only further increased advertising revenues, but were also able to significantly improve distribution income. In the Digital business, our core areas continued to develop dynamically. In total, we are benefiting across all business segments from the continuing positive macro-economic climate. That makes us optimistic for full year."

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    Sony builds up World Cup broadcasting team

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 May 2014

    Sony has announced the team with which it will produce and broadcast 2,500 hours of World Cup HD and 4K content for networks all around the globe.


    During one month, Sony will produce the signal for 64 matches, three of which will be in UltraHD 4K TV. The company will be in charge of the broadcasting equipment in the 12 World Cup venues, from technical aspects to personal resources. The technology will rely on 12 Sony production units and 288 full HD cameras.

    Led by Sony, the full HD team will be completed by Sonovts (SI), Presteigne Charter, Studio Berlin, CTV Outside Broadcast, Unidades Móviles, AMP Visual TV and Broadcast RF.

    The World Cup in Brazil is the event through which Sony aims to launch 4K to the world. The company will produce three live matches with the new standard, including the final and one of the quarter-finals.

    The 4K project will be led by Sony and HBS, while Brazil's Globosat will provide the production's platform in the country and Telegenic will add its 4K expertise, which was proved last year during Confederation Cup.

    "The World Cup is the world's largest sports event this year and providing a production infrastructure for it is not easy. But we are proud to be working with some of the sector's experts," said Mark Grinyer, responsible for Sony's development of 3D, 4K and sports.

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    Tigo expands DTH to El Salvador

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 May 2014

    Tigo Star is to launch its direct-to-home (DTH) platform into El Salvador's pay-TV market, thus increasing coverage of its cable service by offering premium TV via satellite.

    Through DTH, the Millicom company will add over 100 towns to its network, offering different packages with kids' programming, sports, movies, series and HD signals.

    Among the channels included, Tigo will offer soap channels such as Novelísima and Telemundo, exclusive series through HBO, and premium films with Cinemax and Cinecanal. There will also be the option of pay-per-view content.

    "Satellite TV has been brought to rural areas, which is why over 100 towns in El Salvador will now enjoy this digital experience," said Marcelo Alemán, Tigo's manager in the country. "This is possible thanks to Tigo's efforts. Despite already having great coverage, we were missing some places, but we are now proud to say we cover 100% of the country."

    "It's a step forward to consolidate our leadership in entertainment services," added Juan Coreas, commercial VP of Tigo Star.

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    AOL to acquire Convertro, reboots Moviefone as content discovery platform

    Michelle Clancy | 08 May 2014

    In the wake of announcing its year-end figures, AOL has restructured its Moviefone content discovery product and has agreed to acquire multi-touch attribution modelling technology firm Convertro.

    The online giant is to spend $101 million to buy Convertro which provides multi-touch attribution modelling technology to help marketers and agencies maximise their return on advertising spend across online and offline media channels through granular insights into each channel, format, ad creative and audience segment.

    This transaction follows the recent announcement of ONE by AOL, a programmatic enterprise platform that will drive multiscreen brand insight, including for linear and connected TV.

    "AOL is making advertising easier for marketers and agencies, as well as publishers," said Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO, AOL. "Our agreement to acquire Convertro demonstrates our continued commitment to bring efficiency to the advertising industry through automation and machine learning. Our focus on the AOL Platforms business has positioned AOL for growth as the trend around programmatic advertising continues to transform the industry."

    "Convertro's vision has always been to provide its clients visibility and recommendations on how their advertising investment works and how to improve that return on investment," said Jeff Zwelling, CEO at Convertro. "We believe the future of attribution is applying this data to programmatic buying and automated analysis. Integrating with AOL is going to bring our leading technology into the hands of some of the world's leading and biggest advertisers, and we couldn't be more excited!"

    In conjunction with Whalerock, AOL has rebooted Moviefone with a website and apps to help consumers find what they want to watch and where they can watch it — including for television listings.

    Moviefone's search function will continue to feature movie show times and ticketing as well, but it will be an all-in-one content discovery platform now. Consumers will be able to find theatres, linear channel listings and streaming services offering movies and television shows. Consumers will also to easily find a particular episode of a specific season of a television series – whether on air, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes or elsewhere – eliminating the experience of searching through different television platforms.

    "The line between television and film content blurs more every day," said Lloyd Braun, founder and CEO of Whalerock Industries. "Consumers have a dizzying array of choices in determining what and where to watch their favourite TV shows and movies. We believe the new Moviefone will become an essential tool in helping consumers make that choice."

    "We set out to answer a true market need by addressing the universal question: what do I want to watch, and where can I find it? The new Moviefone is a simple and elegant solution to that challenge. And we could not have a better launch partner than Disney's Maleficent – a beloved classic imagined anew, just like Moviefone," added Susan Lyne, CEO of AOL Brand Group.

    Disney is partnering with Moviefone to promote its theatrical release Maleficent. The collaboration includes co-branded media placements, custom creative and exclusive content.

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    Broadband, sport score in flat fiscal year for BT

    Joseph O'Halloran | 08 May 2014

    A very strong 24% growth in broadband and TV revenue, the latter thanks to the star performer BT Sport, have been the stand-outs in a rather flat fiscal year for UK telco BT.


    For the fourth quarter ended 31 March 2014, BT reported revenues of £4.748 billion, slipping 1% year-on-year. which drove EBITDA of £1.705 billion, itself up 2% compared with the same period a year earlier. For the full year, revenues amounted to £18.287 billion, no change in that reported on 31 March 2013. It was the same story for yearly EBITDA which totalled £6.116 billion.

    The BT Consumer division generated strong revenue growth driven primarily by higher broadband and TV revenue reflecting the benefit of BT Sport which has performed beyond expectation since launch in August 2013 and is now in around five million homes. BT added that it now has around three million direct BT Sport customers, which include those watching via satellite, BT TV, online or via the app.

    In Q4, BT claimed its best ever quarter in fibre with 249,000 BT retail fibre broadband net additions, taking the customer base now to over 2.1 million and added 46,000 core IPTV customers bringing the total to around one million. The quarter also saw the launch of what BT called a "smaller, sleeker and more power efficient version" of its YouView set-top box which now has 27 channels. BT will be closing its first generation TV service in the first quarter of 2014/15 and promises that it will exchange legacy set-top boxes for new YouView boxes. It does conceded that it anticipates some impact on TV customer churn during this period.

    Commenting on the results, BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said: "We have made strong progress this year. Our investment in fibre is delivering with 1.3 million more premises taking fibre this year, almost doubling the number of homes and businesses now connected ... BT Sport has proved very popular ... For BT Consumer it underpinned a record 9% growth in revenue in the fourth quarter and the lowest line losses in over five years. These results provide a strong platform for growth and from which to achieve our outlook for the years ahead ... We continue to focus on improving the service we provide to our customers and delivering on our investments."


 

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