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Telefónica seeking full control of Digital+ June 6, 2014 10.29 Europe/London By Julian Clover Edicifio Prisa TvTelefónica is in negotiations

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    Telefónica seeking full control of Digital+

    June 6, 2014 10.29 Europe/London By Julian Clover



    Edicifio Prisa TvTelefónica is in negotiations with Mediaset with a view to acquiring the 22% in Distribuidora de Televisión Digital (Canal+) it doesn’t already own.

    Bloomberg reported that the Spanish telco was prepared to spend up to €350 million for the 22% of the company it doesn’t already own.

    The purchase of the first tranche of 56% of the Canal+-branded platform remains conditional on the approval of the competition authorities.

    Telefonica has so far paid Prisa €725 million offer for its stake in the Spanish pay-TV operation.

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    Discovery ‘s Eurosport after Italian football rights

    June 6, 2014 10.59 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    SerieA footballDiscovery Communications’ Eurosport is bidding for Italian soccer TV rights, reports Bloomberg.

    Traditionally, Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset and Sky Italia are the among bidders for the rights to Serie A, Italy’s top-flight football league, between 2015 and 2018. But this time, Eurosport is also joining the auction of the various broadcast rights. According to Italian press, Fox is also `among the bidders – although Fox Sports and Sky Italia are both Murdoch companies.

    According to local media, Eurosport has submitted a bid for package D, which includes 132 matches involving 12 Serie A teams with a starting price of EUR 705 million for the three seasons. The auction for the Serie A rights is managed by Infront Italy SRL and includes four main TV-rights packages, with a total starting price of EUR 2.88 billion.

    Early May the Serie A football clubs have signed a contract with Swiss-based agency Infront that guarantees them at least EUR6 billion in income from television rights for the next six seasons.

    The company has now put together in number of packages. internationally, Al jazeera’s BeIn Sports is also reportedly interested in acquiring these rights.

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    New head for UPC Polska

    June 6, 2014 16.52 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul



    Liberty Global has announced the appointment of Ramiro Lafarga Brollo as the MD of UPC Polska, effective July 1.

    Brollo, who is currently CEO of O2 Slovakia, part of the Telefonica group, will assume all day to day operating responsibilities of the operator, following the retirement of Simon Boyd in late 2013.

    Brollo has had overall responsibility for the activities of O2 in the Slovakia since 2011. Before this role, he was active in numerous marketing & sales functions in Latin America.

    Commenting on the appointment, Betzalel Kenigsztein, MD Central & Eastern Europe for Liberty Global, said: “With Ramiro we will have an experienced leader for UPC Poland, with a proven track record in the telecoms industry. His experience in the telecom and dynamic mobile market fits perfectly with our activities in Poland, which is our largest operation in Central & Eastern Europe. I am confident that Ramiro will lead UPC Poland into the next phase, exploring new opportunities and benefitting from Liberty Global’s economies of scale”.

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    Web TV soon to beat terrestrial reception in the US

    June 6, 2014 20.38 Europe/London By Broadband TV News Correspondent



    vintage_tv-setThe percentage of US households with a television that relies exclusively on an antenna for television programming reception (6%) is about to be eclipsed for the first time ever by the percentage of households relying only on the Internet for TV programming (5%).

    According to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), The Market for US Household Television Services, data show that since 2005 there is a continuous decline in the percentage of US TV households relying only on antennas for programming.

    “We are at a pivotal point in consumer behavior, as fewer and fewer American homes are now using only antennas to watch their favorite television programs, and more and more households turn to the Internet as a source of TV content,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

    “In 1986, more than half of American homes with a TV relied solely on free, over-the-air broadcasting. But our study reveals that just 6% of US TV households now watch TV programming exclusively through an over-the-air signal. This continues a nine-year, downward trend that shows antenna-only viewership remains at all-time lows and an upward trend of consumers watching video programming when and where they choose.”

    Despite phenomenal growth in tablet and smartphone penetration rates, televisions are still the most widely used viewing devices according to the study. TVs have the highest household penetration of any viewing devices (97%) and strongest video content viewership (93%), especially now that Internet-enabled televisions have reached mainstream consumers.

    “The television remains the most commonly owned video viewing device and our primary means of watching video content,” said Brian Markwalter, SVP, research and standards, CEA.

    “But significantly more households that use televisions to watch TV programming are now also turning to alternative video devices at home. The explosive growth of Internet programming means consumers now have better options to watch video content on different types of screens they may own.”

    According to the study, viewership of video programming on connected devices continues to grow. Nearly half of TV user households watched video on either a portable computer or smartphone in the last year, and more than a third watched on either a tablet or desktop computer. Specifically:

    · 46% of US TV user households watched video on either a laptop, notebook or netbook (up from 38 percent in 2013)
    · 43% watched video on a smartphone (up from 33 percent in 2013)
    · 35% watched video on a tablet (up from 26 percent in 2013)
    · 34% watched video on a desktop computer (up from 30 percent in 2013)

    Additionally, the study shows the percentage of US TV households consuming at least some TV programming via the Internet has nearly doubled. Almost half of US TV households (45%) received at least some television programming from the Internet in the last year, a 17 point increase from the previous year (28%).

    “In the next year, we expect the number of US households relying exclusively on the Internet for TV programming to equal or surpass the total of those relying only on antennas,” said Shapiro.

    “As consumers continue to turn to other devices and services for TV programming – devices that need wireless spectrum to deliver the content we want anytime, anywhere – it’s clear that the free, public spectrum given to broadcasters could be put to much better use.”

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    Tata Sky breaks record for commercial length

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    | 07 June 2014

    India’s leading direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Tata Sky has entered the Limca Book of Records 2014 for airing the longest TV commercial in the country’s advertising history.

    The ad, which had a run time of 210 seconds, came during the airing of the hit series Prison Break, its length designed to retain the creative impact and messaging of the story. The move is some counter to the prevailing industry attitude, says Tata Sky, when airtime is being used sparsely by brands and creative agencies “crib about tight time frames to deliver desired message.” Indeed the concept was to run an ad for those who don’t have time to watch TV, based on the insight that people these days do not find any time to watch television.

    The ad was conceived by Ogilvy & Mather who worked with Curious Films director Vivek Kakkad to shoot the commercial with an international cast and crew in an actual prison in Hungary.

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    Mobile video quality and pricing keys to scoring at World Cup

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    | 07 June 2014

    With the greatest opportunity for mobile video only days away, analyst Strategy Analytics is suggesting that picture quality and value for money will be key to cashing in not only on the Word Cup but also in the long-term.

    “The World Cup offers an opportunity for mobile operators to let users experience the addictiveness of high quality video,” commented Nitesh Patel, director, Wireless Media Strategies.

    “Ensuring the availability of large screen, video optimised devices across handset portfolios, enhanced video quality delivered over the network and migrating users to 4G services will all serve to stimulate greater mobile video activity.”

    In its Larger Screens, Better Video Quality and 4G LTE Essential to Stimulating Greater Mobile Video Usage report, Strategy Analytics found that nearly three quarters (72%) of over 500 mobile phone users in China, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the USA claimed to have watched video on their mobile phones, with 15% doing so daily, 29% weekly and 28% less frequently.

    Two-fifths said they claimed to watch less than 30 minutes per week, compared with a fifth viewing 30-60 minutes per week and a further 20% 1-3 hours per week.

    Quality of experience has always been a bugbear for mobile video and mobile TV and tellingly just over two-thirds (68%) of mobile video consumption was found to occurs over Wi-Fi compared with 24% over the mobile network.

    In what was good news for operators, the survey also revealed a direct correlation, among occasional video users anyway, between video consumption and network quality. Users of 4G networks were most likely to increase their video consumption, with ad-supported video the most popular new business model option. Bundling branded content combined with no data charges ranked as the second key business model to accelerate video use in most markets.

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    Indian values to the fore in new Videocon d2h brand campaign

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    | 07 June 2014

    The company claiming to be India’s fastest growing DTH service, Videocon d2h, has rolled out the Bollywood big guns as part of its latest ad campaign.

    Parineeti Chopra will be the new face of the Videocon d2h brand, which will set out to focus on Indian values in a diverse bouquet of over 500 channels and services including 27 Asli HDTV channels and services and a host of regional channels.

    Based on advanced technology such as the Unlimited Asli HD Recorder and the the new RF remote with earphones, the campaign highlights the solutions Videocon d2h will provide its customers, giving the option of recording, pausing live TV and rewind-forward.

    “Indian values epitomise our society. They are a part of our lifestyle and culture. Our new brand campaign featuring Parineeti captures some of these sentiments of Indian values and integrates it with our product deliverables," explained Videocon director Saurabh Dhoot.
    “We believe Parineeti is the most appropriate choice to communicate our brand values. With all these unique features, one can attend to others without missing the action on TV.”

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    World Cup organiser set to kick off more pay-TV

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    | 07 June 2014

    The football World Cup has long been a cash bonanza but a lack of growth for TV rights revenues for the finals could mean that governing body FIFA pursues more pay-TV deals, warns a new report by IHS Technology.

    The analyst calculates that FIFA’s reported revenue from sales of the 2014 finals amounts to $1.733 billion so far, with Europe accounting for 50% of the total, ahead of Asia and North Africa with 22%. This is slightly less revenue than FIFA generated over the first three years of sales for the 2010 finals, though there is still one more year of sales for the 2014 finals to be reported.

    World Cup audiences, mainly through free to air services, are huge, giving global brands huge traction. The 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands pulled in an average audience of 531 million viewers, of which 489 million – the vast majority – viewed the event live. In Germany, the 31 million viewers for the national team’s semi-final with Spain on Das Erste was the largest audience ever measured for a single channel. Half the population of the Netherlands viewed the final. The average audience on TV Globo for matches featuring Brazil was over 44 million.

    Yet the analyst feels if stagnation continues, pay-TV could be the preferred option for future events, especially if FIFA is unable to generate increases in its contracts in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It notes that a pay-TV model is already is already in play in France — where TF1 sub-licensed matches to to BeIN Sport — and Italy where Rai made a similar move with 21st Century Fox satellite platform Sky Italia

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    Chilevisión looks for diversification

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 07 June 2014

    Chile's free-to-air (FTA) network Chilevisión has decided to launch its own record label. The channel, official broadcaster of the music festival of Viña del Mar, is looking to diversify its business through a growing market in Chile.

    CHV Música will produce albums from young Chilean artists and will manage different products relating to them, including video and TV.

    The new division of the network - which is one of the oldest in the country - was born from the the new business direction and will also develop, produce and distribute other products in both digital and physical formats.

    From June, CHV Música is planning to launch over 50 products, including CDs, DVDs and vinyl LPs. Artists like Chico Trujillo, Manuel García, Joe Vasconcellos, Nano Stern, La Sociedad, Sinergia, Juanito Ayala, Violeta and Isabel Parra will be among the first productions

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    Millicom launches DTH in Costa Rica and Honduras

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 07 June 2014

    Millicom has launched its direct-to-home (DTH) network in Costa Rica and Honduras, following recent launches in Bolivia and El Salvador, reinforcing the Swedish company's position in the Latin American satellite pay-TV market.

    Viewers have a choice of over 70 channels, including premium sport and films, of which four are in high definition.

    Commenting on the launches, Millicom’s CEO and president, Hans-Holger Albrecht, said: “I am delighted that the majority of our operations in Latin America are now able to offer customers a full and competitive range of diversified digital services including mobile, broadband, cable and now satellite pay-TV.

    "Millicom continues to transform into a complete digital lifestyle provider with satellite being able to reach all parts of the countries where we offer this service


 

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