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RTBF starts using emergency broadcast tower June 8, 2014 09.30 Europe/London By Robert Briel Belgian public broadcaster RTBF has started

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    RTBF starts using emergency broadcast tower

    June 8, 2014 09.30 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    Belgian public broadcaster RTBF has started using an emergency broadcast tower after a fire destroyed parts of the Wavre transmitter facility.

    The temporary tower houses the broadcaster’s FM, DAB and DTT transmitters providing limited coverage during the six months that it will take to rebuild the original broadcast infrastructure. The fire also impacted the GSM network of the three Belgian mobile operators, Proximus, Mobistar and Base.

    French language broadcaster RTBF has started using the newly erected back-up tower for all its services, FM, DAB and DTT, on the original frequencies. However, coverage is limited because the temporary mast is lower than the original one.

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    OTT TeVolution adds France Télévisions interactive services

    June 8, 2014 09.49 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    logo_France_pluzzFrench OTT provider TeVolution has added the interactive services from the France Télévisions channels to its hybrid box.

    Viewers with the TeVolution box can now access FranceTV Pluzz, Pluzz VAD and Salto using their remote control when watching any of the public channels, France 2,France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô.

    FranceTV Pluzz is the catch-up TV service of the broadcaster, where people can watch most programmes broadcast up to seven days ago. Pluzz VAD is the look-ahead service, where viewers can see upcoming episodes of TV series.

    Salto is the HbbTV service, which allows viewers to re-start any programme broadcast during prime time on the public channels.

    The TeVolution platform combines terrestrial reception of the French free-to-air TNT and TNT HD bouquets and a number of OTT bouquets. Now, the platform has added interactive, internet-delivered services as well.

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    Sri Lanka tackles cable and satellite TV pirates

    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 10 June 2014

    Around 300,000 Sri Lankans use illegal direct-to-home (DTH) devices to view Indian and other foreign TV channels, according to a survey by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information.


    A large black market supports over 500 pirate operators in the satellite and cable TV sector, Ministry Secretary Dr Charitha Herath told Sri Lanka's Business Times.

    A notice from the Ministry has appeared in newspapers warning unauthorised satellite or/and cable TV stations, vendors, distributors, and users of illegal DTH devices such as dish antennas and set-top boxes, reports the South Asian country's Sunday Times.

    "At many places, illegal cable operators offer connections at cheaper rates as they do not pay a licence fee," Herath told the newspaper.

    The monthly payment ranges from LKR100 to LKR300 compared to LKR500 to more than LKR2,000 a month paid by legitimate subscribers.

    Only two cable TV stations and about four satellite TV stations have the legal right to operate in Sri Lanka, according to Herath.

    "If we find that any of these stations have breached their agreements and maintained subcontracts with some other companies, their permits will be cancelled," he added.

    Local police and the CID have reportedly conducted up to 100 raids on suspect operations in recent months, with some found to be illegally downlinking TV channels.

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRC) is also to start registering and regulating all broadcast satellite services to better monitor equipment, vendors and providers.

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    Thailand's TrueVisions secures World Cup coverage

    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 10 June 2014

    Thai pay-TV operator TrueVisions will broadcast all 64 matches in this year's FIFA World Cup, after reaching a deal with broadcast rights holder RS PLC.

    TrueVisions' 2.4 million subscribers will all be able to watch the RS-produced World Cup Channel, which will air all the matches, as well as highlights, re-runs and special features. It will also show 22 matches, including the opening and final games, free-to-air on Channels 7 and 8.

    RS plans to generate THB650 million (US$20 million) from the Brazil World Cup – 80% of this it hopes will come from advertising, with the remainder from sub-licensing contract, reports the Bangkok Post.

    RS has already sold 300,000 World Cup set-top boxes and is confident of exceeding one million sales during the football tournament, its chief operating officer Pornpan Techrungchaikul told the newspaper.

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    Disney XD, MultiChoice fined for airing "horror" promo

    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 10 June 2014

    Disney XD has been fined ZAR5,000 (US$470) by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa for showing what it termed a "horror" promo on MultiChoice's DStv satellite platform.

    The promo, for the werewolf-based TV series Wolfblood, was shown in the morning without a '13' age restriction. It conjured "up memories of the well-known Dracula films," said the BCCSA.

    "Our impression of the promo is that the broadcaster is busy promoting a horror movie. The film might be an innocent youth fantasy drama, but this is not the message that the promo conveys," the BCCSA tribunal said in its ruling.

    "Parents and caregivers of younger children have a right to be warned about what is to be broadcast so that they can make the choice whether their children should be seeing that or not."

    MultiChoice agreed it should have broadcast the promo with a 13 age restriction, and appropriate warnings, and said that in the future it will ensure other promos will be properly labelled.

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    US cablecos set for $7BN hit from dissatisfied customers

    Joseph O'Halloran
    | 10 June 2014

    As if cut-throat competition wasn't enough for them to deal with, the leading US cable companies are projected to lose $6.9 billion in revenues if they don't improve customer service, warns analyst cg42.


    In its investigation of the US cable industry the analyst found, somewhat alarmingly, that the US cable industry's brand vulnerability is a full 50-70% higher than other industries, even the hated retail banking sector. The vulnerability was defined in terms of a brand's level of risk for increased customer attrition, decreased acquisition effectiveness and the associated financial loss. The study also quantified the projected impact of the vulnerabilities on anticipated customer switching and cord-cutting behaviour over the next 12 months.

    Alarmingly for the industry, nearly three-quarters (73%) felt that cable companies were predatory in their practices and took advantage of consumers' lack of choice. A similar percentage expressed concern that the larger the cable companies become, the worse off consumers were. Just over two-thirds thought there was too little competition among TV/entertainment content providers while 58% did not feel that they had a real choice in TV/entertainment and content providers, and felt stuck with their current provider. The sum total was that 53% would leave their current provider if they had a choice.

    As to which one they would most likely leave, out of the top five US cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner were found to both have the highest levels of brand vulnerability and the most revenues at risk over the next 12 months, followed by Charter, Cablevision and Cox.

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    LIWEST upgrades router estate to meet multiscreen demands

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    | 10 June 2014

    As its customers demand better access to more content on more devices than ever before, Austrian cable operator LIWEST Kabelmedien has turned to ARRIS to enhance its bandwidth and service capacity.


    In addition to claiming the country's fastest private use Internet service, LIWEST offers analogue, digital and HDTV channels in Upper Austria. By deploying the E6000 converged edge router (CER) the cable provider believes that it can deliver a 250Mbps capacity high speed Internet service to its customers and to ensure Giga-bit speeds in future. LIWEST will utilise the E6000 CER in tandem with the ARRIS TG682 cable modem/gateway, which is already widely deployed to its subscriber base. In addition to offering capacity and bandwidth expansion its also expects to make cost efficiencies at the same time.

    "At LIWEST, we are committed to providing the ultimate broadband experiences to our subscribers," said Hubert Riedl, VP products & services at LIWEST. "The ARRIS E6000 CER offers new levels of density, capacity, and operational efficiency that enable us to expand our bandwidth and capacity and scale to a range of new advanced services that will delight our subscribers."

    "The ARRIS E6000 CER empowers LIWEST to operate smarter networks that deliver the super-fast broadband speeds to attract and retain customers," added ARRIS senior vice president, EMEA & Asia Pacific Steve McCaffery. "Our work [exemplifies] collaboration with customers around the world to usher in the next era of content delivery."

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    Venezuela's pay-TV grazes 60% penetration

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 10 June 2014

    Venezuela's pay-TV sector continued to grow in Q1 2014, reaching almost 60% of population with subscribers up by 20.59% during the last year.

    According to figures from Conatel, the country's telco authority, cable and satellite TV services currently have 4.36 million subs in the Caribbean country thanks to the addition of almost 750,000 new customers during the past year.

    Such a fast growth is influenced, according to Conatel, by new operators in the country and lower prices of premium services. In addition, satellite platforms are making the installation process quicker and easier and allowing pay-TV connection even where customers are far from the cable networks.

    Concurrently to pay-TV penetration, digital service users are also growing throughout the country. In Venezuela there are over 13.15 million Internet users, up by 4.67% in Q1 2014.

    Compared to other countries, it's remarkable that mobile connections fell by almost 15%, while home connections and broadband are on the increase.

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    Egatel unveils high efficiency transmitters at Broadcast Asia

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 10 June 2014

    Spain's Egatel will unveil its Doherty-powered high efficiency TV transmitter during Broadcast Asia 2014, which is to be held in Singapore from 17-20 June.

    This will be the first Doherty wideband transmitter, which means it is applicable to the entire UHF band.

    The brand new UHF wideband high efficiency transmitters (WHET series) require no modifications in the amplifiers when the operator needs to change the RF channel.

    During several live demos, Egatel will show the liquid-cooled 3KW DVB/ISDB (4KW ATSC) transmitter and an air-cooled 600Wrms DVB/ISDB.

    The amplifiers synthesise Egatel's know-how, avoiding air flows through components or boards, using redundant power supplies with easy access by the front or with fans placed outside the module for easy replacement.

    The use of Doherty technology in the new amplifiers increases efficiency up to 42% in ATSC and 38% in DVB/ISDB.

    Regarding the output power or cooling system, Egatel offers 1U 19"exciters for DVB-T/-H/T2, ISDB-T/Tb and ATSC, including digital adaptive pre-correction, friendly solutions for operation and maintenance, front insertion solid state memories for loading configurations and remote supervision solutions based on SNMP.

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    FesTVal focuses on new TV formats

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 10 June 2014

    Spain's largest TV event FesTVal will hold its sixth edition in September and this year the event will focus on new formats and new ways of consuming TV.

    The 2013 edition generated over €8.5 million in brand impact and more than 18,000 assistants, 500 professionals and 80 communications media attended the event. The 2014 edition will again include Spain's national networks - Antena 3, Canal+, Cuatro, laSexta, Tele 5 and TVE - and many premium channels including Comedy Central, Panda and Discovery.

    Second-screen, transmedia projects, new avenues of production and commercialisation, branded content and apps are among the main topics to be discussed during FesTVal's conferences and workshops. In addition to series and shows premieres, the event aims to concentrate on how technology is changing traditional TV viewing.

    The event will also repeat the Talent Day initiative, which launched last year. Through this project, the sector's professionals will have the opportunity of getting to know young audiovisual talent in order to produce new and innovative products.

    From the Northern Spanish city of Vitoria, the FesTVal aims to expand into the international market. By launching a new site in English within the coming weeks and inviting international actors and producers to the event, the organisers aim to broaden the festival's borders.


 

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