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    UK government begins search for new BBC Trust chief

    Joseph O'Halloran
    | 31 May 2014

    In his first key action since being appointed UK Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid and his department has begun the process for appointing a new Chair of the BBC Trust.

    The move comes weeks after the shock announcement by former incumbent Chris Patten that he was to step down immediately on health grounds from the body responsible for ensuring that BBC Licence Fee payers get best value.

    The position has now been advertised and a shortlist of candidates will be interviewed over the summer and the Javid has promised to meet all 'appointable' candidates. The Government will then select a preferred candidate.

    The key priority facing the new Chair will be reviewing the BBC Charter, which expires at the end of 2016. The Government will not begin Charter review in this parliament which is due to end in May 2015.

    Commenting on the process, Javid said: "The BBC is a great British institution that entertains and educates while helping to showcase the best of British around the world. We need an exceptional individual to lead the Trust to get the best out of the BBC for Licence Fee payers."

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    Univision to cover the World Cup across cable, digital, mobile

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 31 May 2014

    Univision Deportes will bring football fans in the US 31 days of dedicated World Cup programming including all 64 matches (56 live) across television and digital platforms, cable and mobile screens. It will include pre- and post-game analysis, special reporting on Univision’s news and entertainment shows, and up-to-the-minute original content.

    On the broadcast side, the Univision Network will air 56 live matches, all simulcast on Univision Deportes Network and narrated by a team of experts and commentators, including some former football players as Enrique “El Perro” Bermúdez or Félix “El Gato” Fernández.

    Broadcast networks UniMás and Galavisión will air eight live games and special programming during the month-long tournament, with Galavisión also broadcasting the best match of the day in prime-time in a 60 minute format.

    Regarding the digital platform, Univision will deliver an expanded World Cup experience, using cutting-edge technology to take fans deep inside the action. Through a new version of the network's app, users will be able to see live streams of all matches on their PCs, smartphones and tablets, in addition to receiving personalised fan alerts, original and exclusive live content, the latest information on their favourite teams, match schedules and real-time highlights and results.

    “We couldn’t be more excited about our World Cup coverage and the incredible access it will provide to millions of soccer fanatics in the US,” said Juan Carlos Rodríguez, president of Univision Deportes.

    “With three dedicated studios in Brazil, a Univision Deportes team of over 150 media professionals on the ground, plus the use of today’s most sophisticated broadcasting technology such as Augmented Reality graphics or multi-touch screens, no one else will cover the World Cup like Univision Deportes.”

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    Dutch pubcasters step up HbbTV efforts

    May 31, 2014 09.59 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    HbbTVNOSWorldCupThe Dutch public broadcasters are stepping up their efforts to launch new HbbTV services, despite the fact that major cablers Ziggo and UPC do not distribute the service.

    At the moment, the three national Dutch channels are offering the catch-up TV service Uitzending Gemist looking back seven days, the EPG and live streams of the national radio stations. They are now adding a HbbTV app for the NOS newscasts, which offers additional videos on-demand.

    For the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil, NOS will launch a special sports app, offering video replays of highlights and goals, statistics, and more information.

    This summer, the broadcasters, under the NPO umbrella, will also offer the new premium VOD service NPO Plus using the HbbTV standard. The broadcaster also plan to launch virtual sign language for the hard of hearing.

    “Just as we did with the introduction of teletext, widescreen, HD TV and Uitzendinggemist we now start to offer interactive TV for an even richer viewing experience,” said Henk Hagoort, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NPO.

    “Our viewers now have access to a wealth of information with just a press of a button. The new TV night is a combination of classic TV viewing, delayed viewing and retrieving additional information. With Hybrid TV we are responding to the new viewing habits of our audience.”

    Lara Ankersmit, head of digital media at NOS added: “HbbTV offers the ability to watch live and on demand TV combined on a single screen. Our participation is an experiment to see how we can offer our videos through these interactive services and how new ways of watching TV are developing.”

    HbbTV signals are carried by DTT platform Digitenne, DTH platform Canal Digital, Glashart Media and a number of smaller cable operators including Caiway and SKO Veendam. The NPO said it is still trying to convince major operators Ziggo and UPC to start distributing the HbbTV services to their subscribers.

    However, this will not be aneasy task, as Ziggo is using the red button for its Cloud TV services, while UPC’s Horizon service only has a red button hidden on the back of its remote control. On the old UPC set-tops, using OpenTV, the red button is reserved for the cabler’s own interactive services.

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    BSkyB content chief to quit

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    | 01 June 2014

    After eleven years' service in which she played a major role in the channel's creative and commercial development, Sophie Turner Laing is to step down as BSkyB's managing director of content.

    Joining Sky in March 2003 from the BBC where she held a number of senior roles including Acting Director of Television, Turner Laing has responsibility for Sky's portfolio of entertainment, movie and news channels as well as its studios and production services. She also leads Sky's relationships with joint venture and partner channels and oversees the international distribution of channels and programmes. She led the expansion of the pay-TV giant's portfolio of entertainment channels, with the launch of Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts as part of an increased commitment to original British production. She also took the lead in brokering Sky's partnership with HBO.

    "I have had the most fabulous career at Sky. As a passionate believer in creative change, it is now someone else's turn to drive the next phase of growth in content at Sky," Laing said on announcing her departure. "I have been hugely privileged and honoured to work with such brilliant colleagues across the company."

    Added BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch: "I would like to thank Sophie for her outstanding leadership and for the tremendous job she's done developing our content business. With the support of an excellent team, Sophie has helped us to make a step change in the scale and ambition of our entertainment offering. Sophie will leave with all of our best wishes and I am pleased that she will continue to have a close relationship with Sky in the future."

    Sky is to will undertake a thorough recruitment process and announce the appointment of a successor in due course.

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    Discovery closes Eurosport controlling interest acquisition

    Joseph O'Halloran
    | 01 June 2014

    After a process that begun nearly 18 months ago, Discovery Communications has completed its acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport International as part of a larger strategic partnership with TF1 Group.

    With Eurosport's six pay-TV brands—Eurosport, Eurosport HD, Eurosport 2, Eurosport 2 HD, Eurosport Asia-Pacific and Eurosportnews—Discovery now operates more than 210 worldwide TV networks reaching 2.7 billion cumulative subscribers. For its part, TF1 expects to retain its 80% interest in Eurosport France until at least January 1, 2015 and the closure does not impact the other two elements of the original deal – the 20% interest Discovery acquired in TV Breizh, Histoire, Ushuaïa TV and Stylía channels, and a production alliance with TF1 Group. TF1 will also retain the ability to exercise a put option over the remaining 49% in Eurosport International, which would potentially increase Discovery's ownership to 100%.

    With its expanded portfolio, Discovery says that it intends to make long-term strategic decisions and targeted investments to strengthen Eurosport's sports programming and services to maximise audience and reach. The additional reach and scale will be combined with increased investment in what Discovery calls "must-have" content to create new value for advertisers, affiliates and audiences across Europe and Asia.

    "Today is an exciting day for Discovery Communications and our leadership as the number one pay-TV programmer in the world," commented David Zaskar, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. "Eurosport is a perfect strategic fit for growing market share, strengthening relationships with advertisers and affiliates, and bringing 'must have' content to passionate viewers across the globe...By combining Eurosport's popular sports programming with Discovery's global brands and local expertise, we will continue to capitalise on the international growth of pay-TV and create long-term value for our shareholders."

    Added TF1 chairman and CEO Nonce Paolini: "Eurosport is perfectly poised for its next phase of growth and I can think of no better partner than Discovery to make this vision a reality. Discovery has a proven track record of a long-term investment strategy that creates value for advertisers, affiliates and audiences around the world."

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    Spain's GOL T warms up for Brazil

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 01 June 2014

    At the same time as Mediaset was presenting its free-to-air coverage for Brazil's World Cup, Spain's premium DTT broadcaster GOL T and GOL Stadium has launched the country's most comprehensive programming for the event.

    The premium channel is the only one broadcasting all 64 matches live in Spain. The Gol Mundial app will allow viewers to watch the World Cup on mobile devices, and will include a social TV feature to comment live on the games. The channel's app is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, Samsung and Sony smart TVs, Xbox 360 and One, Nintendo Wii U and computers.

    With special focus on Spain's national team, GOL T will deploy 24-hour programming dedicated solely to the World Cup. Programmes will include Road to Brazil, Memorias de La Roja and Directo Gol Mundial.

    Over 100 professionals, five mobile units and 20 electronic news-gathering setups will be in place throughout Brazil to follow the World Cup's daily action

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    Uruguay's Montecable premieres VOD, everywhere platform

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 01 June 2014

    Uruguayan pay-TV operator Montecable has launched Click and Play, its VOD and TV everywhere platform.

    The streaming service works through IP and DVB networks and is available via Montecable's set-top-box (STB) and other connected devices. The platform will be managed by IP specialist Bold and its partners Conax and Cubiware.

    In addition to the basic plan with 126 channels, there are premium packages with Uruguayan or Brazilian football, HBO Max, Moviecity, adult content and HD networks. The TV everywhere offer includes Moviecity Play, ESPN Play, Fox Play, Fox Sports Play and Hot Go, while the VOD catalogue includes content from Todo Noticias, Cartoon Network, I.Sat, TNT, Glitz, Infinito, Canal 21 and RT, among others.

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    Movistar, Meridiano partner to bring football to Venezuela's cinemas

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 01 June 2014

    Venezuela's network Meridiano is gearing up for the World Cup. The channel will offer some matches free-to-air, the whole championship on pay-TV through Movistar TV and, thanks to a deal with Cines Unidos, will also broadcast matches in cinemas across the country.

    The matches will also be shown on public screens, which will be installed throughout the capital Caracas. The distribution agreement with Telefónica's pay-TV platform and the country's largest cinema company will make it possible to broadcast the World Cup in HD in 60 theatres in Venezuela's 11 largest cities.

    The network's bet on the sports event of the year is completed with a multiscreen and mobile app, Meridiano Extra, which will bring highlights, complementary videos, statistics and live analysis.

    The channel will broadcast every match along with special editions of the sports shows Tercer Tiempo, Noticiero Meridiano and X el Fútbol

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    Exset Announces Full Launch Of DMS 2.0 For Value-Added Services In Emerging Markets
    Singapore – 2 June, 2014

    Exset, pioneer of value-add pay-TV ecosystems for emerging markets, has today announced the full launch of its DMS 2.0 technology, ahead of this month’s CommunicAsia conference and exhibition in Singapore. This allows operators to provide a wide range of value-add services over and above television channels to enhance overall service propositions and generate additional revenue.

    DMS 2.0 is the second iteration of Exset’s powerful ecosystem to help monetise digital broadcast platforms and digital switchover in emerging markets. DMS bridges the gap between technology and value-added services, creating digital television platforms that provide additional services – text-based information like sports, weather and financial news through government information services to video ad insertion and NVoD – allowing digital network monetisation where previously impossible. DMS 2.0 boasts a host of backend and onscreen advances to make it easier to use for operators, while providing more powerful – and modular – value-add opportunities. All this and it’s purpose-designed to run on very low-cost set-top boxes with integrated middleware.

    New DMS 2.0 onscreen capabilities include range of on-demand services as well as video and static advertising opportunities.

    Video ad insertion on the home page – guarantees subscribers view the advertisement
    Ad insertion on the EPG – reach a new audience as soon as users tune to the EPG
    Push VoD – operators can pre-load their most popular content to the viewer’s set-top box
    USB-based PVR capabilities – allow viewers to record content on a simple USB stick connected to the set-top
    “Red Button” interactive services – provide additional magazine services (weather, news or sports, for example) at the touch of a button on the remote or open up additional video from a programme stream
    Interactive advertising (“Blue Button”) service – press the blue button when instructed on a banner ad and detail will be revealed
    DMS 2.0 Publisher, the backend technology that allows both network operators and third-parties to upload and edit content, benefits from a what-you-see-is-what-you-get GUI and tight workflow management for its users. Users can access the database from anywhere and with the right levels of access in place, can update TV content instantly using the template design that automatically constrains data uploading. For example, images may be restricted to small file sizes to ensure a perfect service for viewers while providing an easy management system for operators and advertisers.

    Andrew Pons, Global Director of Sales and Marketing, says, “DMS 2.0 brings together a whole range of possibilities for broadcast network operators, allowing them to generate revenues from services over and above television. The whole ecosystem allows the modular deployment of services on extremely low cost set-top boxes.”

    If you plan to attend CommunicAsia (17-20 June, Singapore) and would like to find out more about DMS 2.0, then please visit the Exset team at stand 1G3-07 or contact Joss Armitage – details below – to set up an appointment.

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    Spain's Cosmopolitan TV appoints new general manager

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 02 June 2014

    Almudena Ledo Linares-Rivas has been appointed as the new general manager of Cosmopolitan TV for Spain.

    Linares-Rivas joined the company, which is owned and operated by Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, in 2002. An expert in auditing and consulting, she oversaw the financial and contractual areas.

    Before joining Cosmopolitan TV, Linares-Rivas was an auditor at Deloitte for five years where she supervised the media sector as well as advertising agencies for the Spanish market.

    In her new position, she reports directly to Michael Bachmann, VP and CFO/CAO at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, in New York. "We have full confidence in Almudena. As part of the channel's management team over the past 12 years, she has done excellent work and we are convinced that she will do a great job leading the channel forward," said Bachmann.

    Cosmopolitan Television Iberia launched in Spain in March 2000 and has achieved a stable position in the pay-TV market, reaching around three million homes via satellite and cable TV. Cosmopolitan TV is also available in Latin America and Canada


 

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