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Hungarian DTH player outlines strategy May 27, 2014 22.43 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul Austriasat HungaryThe new DTH service provider AustriaSat

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    Hungarian DTH player outlines strategy

    May 27, 2014 22.43 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    Austriasat HungaryThe new DTH service provider AustriaSat Hungary has chosen to adopt a minimalist product structure, according to András Gelei, the company’s COO, speaking at the Broadband TV News/Telenor Satellite Broadcasting Budapest Business Briefing.

    As a result, it offers only three packages – Start, Optimal and Maximal, costing HUF1,790 (€5.9), HUF3,990 and HUF6,490 a month respectively – with no add-ons.

    HD is provided for free and a PVR ready decoder comes as standard. There is no compromise in sports channels, with the platform offering a wide variety, and it gives access to a high number of FTA services.

    AustriaSat Hungary, which serves Hungary, is operated by M70, itself part of the Luxembourg-based M7 Group.

    Gelei pointed out that M7 has a presence in six countries, with different brands, and is now the fourth largest DTH operator in Europe. It is very active in the acquisition area and established a presence in Hungary by buying Hello HD, a platform that had both MMDS and satellite subscribers.

    Its main goals in Hungary are now with AustriaSat Hungary are to increase general awareness, finalise the consolidation of its MMDS and satellite products; and extend its POS network.

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    Antenna Hungária looks to the future

    May 28, 2014 04.39 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    Antenna Hungária sees the launch of two more multiplexes this summer as a big opportunity to build on its DTT operation.

    Speaking at the Broadband TV News/Telenor Satellite Broadcasting Budapest Business Briefing, András Tóth, the company’s head of communication, said that it would allow it to increase the number of channels it distributes from the current 35 to 50.

    At the same time, it would maintain its focus on quality rather than quantity, offering flexibility for viewers.

    Tóth said the company’s DTT app had so far been downloaded over 600,000 times.

    He also spoke about the company’s activities in such areas as HbbTV.

    Looking specifically at DTT, he added that the company’s MinDig TV Extra is one of the most successful in the CEE region, with close to 140,000 subscribers.

    Tóth in addition spoke about the still important role of linear TV viewing and growing importance of multiscreen, both linear and on demand.

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    ER Telecom sets sights on Crimea

    May 28, 2014 04.47 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

    The Russian cable operator ER Telecom has been granted the right to operate in the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol.

    Vedomosti reports that Roskomnadzor has issue the company with six licences, one of which is for cable broadcasting.

    Estimates by iKS Consulting put the value of the telecom market in Crimea and Sevastopol in 2013 at $0.4 billion, up 15% on a year earlier.

    Of this, pay-TV accounted for only 7%, with the lion’s share (over 73%) being claimed by mobile communications.

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    RTBF repairs will take at least six months

    May 28, 2014 07.31 Europe/London By Robert Briel

    RTBF fire at WavreBelgian Franch language public broadcaster RTBF said that it will take at least six months before its main transmitter site at Wavre will be back on the air.

    The broadcaster’s FM-radio, DAB and DVB-T transmitters went off air, after fire destroyed major parts of the equipment. Police said the fire was an act of sabotage and that they are now studying images from CCTV cameras.

    RTBF said it will erect a temporary mast at the Wavre site for its FM broadcasts, but the maximum height of such a structure will be around 50 metres – as compared with the 232 metres high tower.

    Reception in the city of Brussels and the French-speaking province of Brabant is affected, but a local DTT transmitter in the Belgian capital continues to broadcast the three RTBF channels and Euronews on DVB-T.

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    Consumers are gettting entertainment on their own terms

    May 28, 2014 07.49 Europe/London By Robert Briel

    Arris researchThe Arris 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index reveals consumer demand for personalised entertainment is driving several key trends in global content consumption, with significant implications for tomorrow’s entertainment services.

    Broadcast TV remains the staple of in-home entertainment, with a nearly universal 96% penetration rate and new implications for multiscreen and multi-room viewing. The vast majority of consumers are engaged in binge-TV viewing: 80% now watching multiple TV episodes or even an entire series in a single sitting. Meanwhile, a growing aversion to traditional TV advertising is opening the door for multiscreen merchandising. And the biggest challenge of today’s multiscreen world may be finding the space to save everything we want to watch.

    Arris’s Consumer Entertainment Index is an independent study of global media consumption habits, surveying 10,500 consumers from 19 countries. The study tracks engagement with various components of the entertainment experience??including multiscreen, advertising, and PVR to offer insight into the trends that are driving the evolution of content consumption.

    Key findings from the research are: Consumers turn TV-binging into a habit: 80% admit to ‘binge-viewing’ entertainment, while 14% admit to binge-viewing at least once a day.

    Traditional TV advertising is a turn-off; consumers shift attention to programme-related purchases: 60% of consumers record entertainment to skip the ads. 41% said that ads on their smartphone are intrusive. However, 17% of consumers use secondary devices to purchase products featured on the programmes they watch.

    Consumers love entertainment in the living room but are ‘tuned-in’ in the bedroom: Broadcast TV is here to stay, but carries new implications for multiscreen and multi-room viewing. Globally, the living room remains the most popular room for viewing TV, while 41% of tablet owners now use their tablets in the bedroom to watch entertainment.

    In 2014, households argue over not what to watch but what to delete: 62% of PVR owners say they have to delete programmes because they ran out of space, despite 28% of recorded content having never been watched. 52% said they recorded content to skip the parts of the programme they didn’t like.

    “The rapid growth of mobile devices, increasing reach of high-speed broadband networks, and ease of content access is reshaping the way people engage with entertainment. Consumers now expect entertainment on their terms??control over what they watch, when and where they watch it,” said Sandy Howe, SVP, Global Marketing, Arris/

    “Our Consumer Entertainment Index found that consumers express these expectations in the ways they engage with entertainment in the home. We’ve found a healthy appetite for traditional forms of entertainment, like broadcast TV, and this serves as the foundation for new ways of consuming that content??like multiscreen, multi-room, and binge-viewing. Meanwhile, we’re seeing an uptick in conversion on second-screen merchandising. These trends underscore an opportunity for service providers to offer more personalized services and programme-related content that address this shift in engagement,” Howe continued.

    Binge-viewing has gone mainstream and is especially popular with women and younger audiences in the living room. 80% admit to ‘binge-viewing’ entertainment. One in five (18%) 25-34 year-olds binge-view once a week. 14% of respondents say they binge at least once a day.

    The most popular way to binge-view content is to download via a free catch-up service (31%) or via DVD/Blu-ray (31%), closely followed by a free streamed catch-up service. Only 10% said they binge- watched via a paid-for download service, and only 8% said they did so via a paid-for streamed service.

    Binge-viewing most often takes place on ‘standard TV’ (37%) over computers, smartphones, and tablets. Traditional connected devices remain the second-most used, with the laptop (32%) and the desktop (27%) appearing high on the list. Just 11% said that they binge-view on a tablet device.

    Films and movies tend to be the preferred binge-viewing content for 51% of respondents, followed by entertainment programmes (38%).

    16% of respondents said they would pay for a service that allowed them to immediately download/stream recently completed TV series, and 21% would be happy to pay a little more for it if it came as part of a bundle deal. 21% also said they would choose a provider who offered this type of service.

    Interestingly, women are more likely to binge-watch than men. 35% of women say they binge-view at least once a week, compared to 32% of men. Younger age groups are more likely to binge-view with 44% of 25-34 year olds and 41% of 16-24 year-olds saying they do it at least once a week.

    The study suggests that traditional TV and mobile advertising is reaching a saturation point, while consumers appear to embrace new forms of personalised and programme-related merchandising. 84% of people admitted to wanting to fast-forward ads they watch; 65% of respondents said they want to fast-forward more than half the time they watch TV.

    Consumers are consciously finding ways around advertising ?? it’s a reason for why the majority record or download programs. 60% of those surveyed say they record content to be able to fast-forward through advertising. 41% of consumers feel that mobile advertising is intrusive. 49% of consumers never click through or follow up on TV advertisement on their connected devices.

    Consumers are increasingly using more than one device to engage in the TV programme they are watching. Of those who have done so, 36% used a second device to access live information about the programme; 32% engaged in a text conversation about the programme; and 21% engaged in a voice conversation using a second device.

    Interestingly, 30% of consumers using secondary devices have done so to purchase products featured in the programmes they watch, while 20% played an interactive game or app related to the programme.

    Traditional broadcast TV remains a staple of the home entertainment ecosystem, and the living room continues to be the preferred location for entertainment viewing in the home, but consumers are extending this paradigm onto more devices in more rooms. Watching TV is often the secondary action to provide background entertainment, as mobile smart devices have become much more of a distraction ?? often taking consumers away from the content they’re watching on their main screen. This makes traditional TV something that is easy to put down as well as pick up. Internet TV is also on the rise in the living room and remains stable in the bedroom.

    The living room is still central to consuming entertainment, with the majority of all types of content being viewed in that room. Thanks to new devices, respondents are branching out from the living room. 41% of tablet owners watch content on their tablet in the bedroom, and 22% in the kitchen.

    66% of respondents said they watch broadcast TV in the living room, while 61% said they watch subscription paid TV.

    Tablet and smartphone use for watching media and content is increasing in the rooms not traditionally associated with this ?? the dining room, the kitchen and the bathroom.

    Around half of smartphone owners watch TV on their smartphone for at least a few minutes a week. This is also the case for around six out of ten tablet owners.

    65% are interested in a service that allows them to watch any TV programme from any device in any location.

    Broadcast TV is here to stay – 96% of global respondents watch at least one hour of broadcast TV each week.

    52% said that they would be interested in pausing and restarting content in another room.

    56% percent of respondents have used a device to do a task while watching TV.

    The device most likely to distract consumers in 2014 is the laptop, with 29% of people saying they used one to have a text conversation, buy a song, play a game or access data about the programme. Smartphones, surprisingly, are the preferred device for distraction among just 18% of the population.

    37% of respondents said that they were browsing the Internet in a manner unrelated to the content on TV using a second device; 37% also said they were texting/messaging/emailing friends or family; 33% said they were browsing social media; 29% said they were online shopping; 29% said playing a game.

    Recording of content is causing frustration in the household. With so much content to watch, and yet a finite amount of time in the day, households argue over what gets consigned to trash.

    62% of respondents record content each week. However, of that recorded content, over a quarter is never actually watched (28%).

    52% said they recorded content to skip the parts of the programme they didn’t like.

    40% of those who delete programmes before they get around to watching them say the reason they delete programmes is because they are no longer interested; 28% saw the content elsewhere; 23% had to delete to make way for other programmes; and 10% plan to get it on demand.

    74% of respondents who had to delete a program from their PVR before watching it said that having to delete programmes to make space has caused frustration in the home.

    Consumers quickly run out of space when it comes to recording TV programmes. 62% have had to delete or move old TV programmes and films to make space for new content. 64% said they would like to use a cloud service to store their entertainment.

    47% of respondents say they’d like to be able to record two or more programmes at the same time. Nearly a third of people (30%) would be prepared to pay for that service.

    29% of respondents said that they would swap to a different service provider or complete the sign up to a provider if they could store their content remotely. In addition, 33% said they would be prepared to pay for this service.

    62% of those interested in such a service would willingly be shown a few ads in exchange for a free storage solution to save their content.

    Arris’s Consumer Entertainment Index is a research project looking into the media consumption habits of 10,500 consumers across 19 markets: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, UK, and USA. The research was conducted on behalf of ARRIS by independent agency, Vanson Bourne.

    This research is focused on media content consumption on multiple devices. The aim of the study was to develop both a global and regional understanding of what content was coming into homes and how it was being consumed, how viewing habits were evolving, and trends service providers should seek to support both now and in the future.

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    Express-AT2 satellite enters commercial service

    May 28, 2014 07.57 Europe/London By Robert Briel

    Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has started direct broadcasting services to the Far East using the Express-AT2 satellite on Tuesday, May 27.

    The Express-AT2 was orbited on March 16 2014 and is positioned at the 140 degrees East orbital slot.

    According to Denis Pivnyuk, RSCC Acting General Director, “The advent of a DBS satellite with a coverage area embracing all of the Far East, creates unique conditions for developing TV in the region. Express-AT2 was designed specifically for TV and radio broadcasting. Its specs make it possible for DTH operators to ensure reliability and ease of signal reception”.

    Express-AT2 was built on RSCC order by OAO ISS Reshetnev Company in conjunction with Thales Alenia Space France. Built on the Express-1000? platform, the satellite will have a service life of 15 years.

    Express-AT2 carries 16 Ku-band transponders on board.

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    MTG senior management appointment

    May 28, 2014 08.04 Europe/London By Robert Briel

    Marten AasMTG has appointed Morten Aass as president and CEO of Nice Entertainment Group (previously MTG Studios), which comprises MTG’s content businesses. Patrick Svensk, chairman and CEO of Nice Entertainment Group and EVP of content MTG, is leaving MTG.

    Morten Aass is a Norwegian citizen and was CEO of Nice Entertainment Group when it was acquired by MTG in September 2013. He has served as Vice Chairman of Nice Entertainment Group and CEO of Branded/Event since March 2014 when Nice Entertainment Group was established as the parent brand for all of MTG’s content creation, production and distribution businesses. Morten was previously CEO of ProsiebenSat1’s Free-TV channels in Norway, and as Executive Chairman of Norwegian communications agency Dinamo. Morten Aass will be part of MTG’s executive management team.

    Nice Entertainment Group today comprises 16 brands – Strix Television, DRG, Titan, Baluba, Nice Drama, Paprika Latino, Novemberfilm, Redaktörerna, Monster, One Big Happy Family, Playroom, Rakett, Moskito, Production House, Grillifilms and Gong. These brands operate through 28 local companies in 16 countries, making content available to broadcasters in 240 territories around the world. In addition, MTG’s Modern African Productions business creates and distributes content for broadcasters in Tanzania and Ghana.

    Jřrgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG President and CEO, commented: “The origination and delivery of high quality entertainment content is the very essence of our business, and the strong development of the Nice Entertainment Group of content businesses is a key driver of our future growth. Nice operates with the ambition to serve all broadcasters and content aggregators in its markets with high quality products, and we have substantially scaled up our operations in this area over the past two years. Morten came on board at the end of last year after we bought Nice and has proven himself him an invaluable member of the management team. His appointment to this senior role will ensure that we build on this strong platform as one of the leading producers and distributors of world class entertainment.”

    “I would also like to thank Patrick for his role in building up MTG’s group of content companies over the past two and a half years. Patrick started his career at MTG over 20 years ago and came back with a clear mandate to establish a much larger content footprint and capability. Taking our content division from six companies in five countries to 28 companies in 16 countries is quite an accomplishment, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

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    Mediaset goes multiscreen for La Roja in Brazil

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 28 May 2014

    Mediaset has presented its plan for broadcasting the World Cup in Brazil this summer, with the Italian group focusing on mobile screens and social TV and using the same professional team it employed for La Roja in South Africa.

    Mediaset's free-to-air (FTA) channels will warm up by broadcasting the friendly matches between Spain vs. Bolivia, Brazil vs. Panama and Spain vs. El Salvador. "Every single programme will be paying attention to Brazil," said Manuel Villanueva, content director at Mediaset. "And from 12 June, 25 matches will be broadcast by Telecinco and Cuatro, plus a special daily programme on Energy."

    As many other networks around the world are doing, Mediaset is concentrating on multimedia and mobile screens. "We do not watch TV the same way we did four years ago, and we need to use the opportunities the technology is offering," explained Ana Bueno, multi-platform content director.

    Mediaset has announced an agreement with WhatsApp to improve its social TV coverage, joining the group's presence on Twitter and Facebook. In addition there will be live streaming, video-on-demand (VOD) and extra content such as pictures, videos and statistics online.

    "The technology is going to be the core. We will broadcast different alternative signals in every match, with two signals from the benches, two for the players and one permanent signal recording the matches' strategies," added Bueno.

    Telecinco and Cuatro's new sport programmes will be produced from Brazil with Manu Carreńo, Manolo Lama, Sara Carbonero, Paco González and Juanma Castańo, among others, all well-known names in Spanish sports journalism.

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    Ofcom opens public service television broadcasting review

    | 28 May 2014

    After renewing independent sector licences and digital TV rollout, UK broadcaster regulator Ofcom is to review the effect of online and over the top on public service television broadcasting (PSB).

    Setting out the context for its review, Ofcom said that the on-going transition to fully digital broadcasting was bringing far greater choice of channels to all viewers and uncertainty as to how consumer behaviour might change. Indeed it added that it wished to investigate the resulting increase in audience fragmentation and competition for the PSBs which were no longer the only broadcasters to have access to the majority of viewers very much including the nascent role of the internet in people's media consumption habits and the potential implications for more traditional media and distribution networks.

    The regulator was keen to stress that the review will need to test whether the PSBs will remain resilient to structural changes affecting viewing habits and TV advertising.

    Areas for consideration will include the potential for new entrants to disrupt the current model of public service broadcasting, for instance by driving a greater shift to non-linear consumption; the impact on viewing habits of technology such as personal video recorders (PVRs), video on-demand (VOD) services and devices such as tablets and smartphones; the potential opportunities and impact of increasingly globalised content and technology markets; the role of TV advertising alongside advertising on other platforms in the marketing mix; the impact of new intermediaries which control platforms, including their control of potentially valuable direct relationships with audiences.

    Tellingly Ofcom stated clearly that the review would look at online video new entrants such as Google and Amazon and over the top (OTT) leader Netflix.

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    TVE reveals €716 million debt

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 28 May 2014

    Spain's public network TVE has admitted it is facing financial difficulties, with its president Leopoldo González revealing that there is a €716 million hole in the network's accounts.

    According to El Mundo, €388 million of this debt is related to the fall in property values over recent years. The rest is due to a structural deficit of around €100 million per year, driven by the network's financial model and high expenses.

    Since 2010, TVE has not broadcast private adverts and has depended exclusively on the public budget and a media tax paid by the telcos. During last years of the financial crisis, the government cut the network's budget by around €700 million without making any major changes to its structure and financial model.

    TVE is not expected to close down, as has happened with other public channels, for example in Greece, but it needs to find additional funds if it is to survive. Although it has not been confirmed, the media is already hinting at a new deal with the Ministry of Finance through which TVE would get an extra €100 million.

    TVE's directors have also been criticised for spending more than they should. During the Champions League final broadcast last weekend, 96 members of its staff travelled to Lisbon, including several directors. In addition, the network has paid €39 million for the rights of the Spanish national football team during the qualification rounds for the Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018


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