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Telefónica selects Amdocs for LATAM quad-play transformation Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 10 June 2014 Amdocs and Telefónica are teaming up

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    Telefónica selects Amdocs for LATAM quad-play transformation

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 10 June 2014

    Amdocs and Telefónica are teaming up to deploy quad-play services in Chile and Peru. The Spanish telco has chosen the American software producers to lead the transformation of telecoms and TV services in the South American markets.

    By standardising Telefónica's business support systems (BSS) on Amdocs software, Telefónica subscribers will be able to move seamlessly between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call centre or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

    "With the new transformation projects in Chile and Peru we are continuing to execute on our strategy to differentiate Telefónica by enabling all customer interactions online and ensuring a world class multichannel and digital customer experience" said Phil Jordan, global chief information officer of Telefónica.

    "The awarding of these projects to Amdocs in addition to the Argentina transformation already underway enables us to leverage Amdocs' market-leading products and best practice business processes to ensure high levels of standardisation and re-use across the group with transformation speed and cost advantages."

    Patrick McGrory, Amdocs' president for the Caribbean and Latin America region, added: "We've developed innovative methodologies and expertise specifically targeted to help customers like Telefónica who operate in multiple countries, transform and establish group synergies that can power a better end-customer experience, while driving profitable growth."

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    Peering deals fail to boost Netflix streaming quality

    Joseph O'Halloran
    | 10 June 2014

    Despite making significant investment with the ISPs to boost quality of service, Netflix customers using Verizon and Comcast networks actually saw a dip in quality of service in May 2014.

    According to the over-the-top (OTT) leader's May 2014 Speed Index, which measures which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best prime time streaming experience, the average Netflix stream is about 2Mbps, with most streams ranging from 256Kbps to 5.8Mbps. This, notes the provider, is but a fraction of the bandwidth most consumers purchase from their broadband provider and in some cases, people are unable to enjoy a high quality Netflix experience.

    Among the highlights of the global rankings in the US, Charter entered the top three ISPs while Verizon and Comcast — with whom Netflix, somewhat grudgingly, pays to ensure quality — both slipped in the major ISP rankings. Verizon FiOS is down two slots and now ranks behind DSL providers Frontier and Windstream. Comcast dipped two spots as well, while Verizon DSL is down one to 20th. In Europe, GET took the OTT slot from Altibox in Norway, while UPC unseated Magnet as the top ranked ISP in Ireland. In the UK Virgin Media took back the No 1 slot from BT after ceding the lead in February.

    The findings come just after Netflix angered Verizon with its recent policy of alerting consumers with on-screen messages warning customers of broadband congestion when a streaming video is subjected to delays and extra buffering.

    Commenting on the Speed Index survey, and the effect it was causing, Netflix's Joris Evers said: "We pay some of the world's largest transit networks to deliver Netflix video right to the front door of an ISP. Where the problem occurs is at that door — the interconnection point — when the broadband provider hasn't provided enough capacity to accommodate the traffic their customer requested. Some large US ISPs are erecting toll booths, providing sufficient capacity for services requested by their subscribers to flow through only when those services pay the toll. In this way, ISPs are double-dipping by getting both their subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other. We believe these ISP tolls are wrong because they raise costs, stifle innovation and harm consumers. ISPs should provide sufficient capacity into their network to provide consumers the broadband experience for which they pay."

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    LG teams with DataFactory for World Cup smart TV app

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 10 June 2014

    Chile's LG Electronics has announced an agreement with DataFactory to create an app for the World Cup, available for the brand's smart TVs. The Argentinean statistics house will provide all the data and information related to the football event.

    LG's app will allow viewers to access live data about matches and teams while watching the games. The interactive second-screen app works as a transparent overlay which can be rolled out over the TV broadcast.

    The smart solution, which aims to improve the coverage of the World Cup, won't come to an end when the competition ends but will continue working with DataFactory figures to cover the Champions League, Libertadores Cup and the Brasileirao among other football competitions.

    The Argentinean company will be providing LG with general statistics - including rankings of teams, scorers and calendars, live figures for every match – as well as goals, stadium data, players and tactics, among other figures and a system of advanced coverage with extra data like special coordinates of the players and the ball and player's efficiency.

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    Colombia's FTTH nears completion

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
    | 10 June 2014

    Colombia's Azteca Comunicaciones is close to completing its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) project. By the end of the month, the new Colombian network should be ready, connecting 750 of the country's largest towns and 2,000 public institutions.

    According to the Grupo Salinas subsidiary, 80% of the network is already functioning, meaning "nearly three million Colombians from different regions have access to broadband," said Alexandra Reyes, Azteca's president.

    When it's finished, the network will cover 19,000km throughout the country's complicated geography. "We had to cross the Chicamocha Canyon, one of the largest in Latin America. We had to do a very unusual operation, lowering the cable down the canyon," explained Reyes.

    The national fibre network aims to connect towns and institutions with no easy access to the Internet. In addition to the network deployment supported by the Government, future customers will also be able to subscribe to cable services at subsidised prices.

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    Sky Sports launches dedicated European football channel

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    | 10 June 2014

    With the World Cup about to kick off a summer of football fever, and its ankles tapped by rivals, BSkyB has unveiled plans to launch what it claims will be the first ever channel dedicated to European football.

    As part of their package, Sky Sports customers will be able to receive from 12 August the new Sky Sports 5 which will offer up to 600 live European football matches such as those from UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, Spain's La Liga and Copa del Rey and Copa Italia. These will be complemented with other European football programming including Spanish football magazine Revista De La Liga — which has traditionally screened on Sky Sports 1 — and Champions League Weekly. It will also offer exclusively live coverage of Holland's Eredivisie in a new four-year deal. As an added bonus, Sky TV customers with Sky Sports can also get two years' free totally unlimited Sky Broadband Unlimited.

    Commenting on the move, Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "Sky Sports 5 takes our unrivalled live football coverage to the next level offering more European football than ever before. There's never been a better time to be a Sky Sports customer and with two years' free totally unlimited broadband, we offer the ultimate package for sports fans."

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    Sony to launch PlayStation TV in Europe

    June 10, 2014 08.11 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    PlayStationTVSony will be launching PlayStation TV in Europe and across the PAL region later this year. PS TV is a new micro console costing €99.

    PlayStation TV is an entertainment system that extends the capabilities of PlayStation 4 allowing players to stream their PS4 games to any TV in their house. PS TV will also be made available in the US and Canada for $99.

    The PS TV is able to stream games to any TV set in the home, but will also be capable to stream internet video, which could position the device as a competitor to devices such as Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast.

    Released in Japan and Asian last November as PlayStation Vita TV, the system has since continuously evolved through software updates and content enhancements. Adopting the same chip sets and system software as the PlayStation Vita, PS TV has a 6.5cm × 10.5cm ultra slim size.

    In response to the demands from users in Europe and the PAL region, Sony will introduce the system under a new name and colour, and “will deliver entertainment experiences only possible on PS TV.”

    PlayStation TV will be available either as a standalone device or as part of a bundle with a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, a HDMI cable, and a voucher for Lego: The Movie the video game.

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    New Polish channel launches

    June 10, 2014 08.12 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul



    The Polish national commercial broadcaster Telewizja Polsat has launched a news and current affairs channel named Polsat News+.

    Effectively replacing a channel named Polsat Biznes, it is already being distributed by the DTH platforms Cyfrowy Polsat and nc+, along with the cable operators UPC Polska, Multimedia Polska, Vectra and others.

    Telewizja Polsat is part of the Cyfrowy Polsat group, which currently operates around 25 proprietary channels.

    At least two more are likely to be added to its portfolio later this year

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    49% of US homes have TV set connected to internet

    June 10, 2014 08.23 Europe/London By Broadband TV News Correspondent



    vintage_tv-set49% of all US households have at least one television set connected to the internet, according to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group.

    Connection is via a video game system, Blu-ray player, smart TV set, and/or standalone devices such as Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast. The 49% is up from 38% in 2012, and 24% in 2010. Overall, 24% of adults watch video from the internet via a connected TV at least weekly, compared to 13% two years ago, and 5% four years ago.

    Connected television use is heavily skewed towards Netflix subscribers, with 49% of Netflix subscribers watching video from the internet via a connected device weekly, compared to 8% weekly use among all non-Netflix subscribers. Among Netflix streaming video users, 78% say that they watch Netflix on a TV set – a similar level to the previous three years.

    These findings are based on a survey of 1,211 households nationwide, and are part of a new LRG study, Emerging Video Services VIII.

    80% of all Netflix subscribers also subscribe to a pay-TV service, compared to 85% in 2012, and 88% in 2010.

    48% of all non-subscribers to a pay-TV service get Netflix — compared to 29% in 2012, and 16% in 2010.

    15% of Netflix subscribers agree that their Netflix subscription is shared with others outside their household,

    47% of households get Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu Plus.

    On a daily basis, 31% of adults watch video on non-TV devices (including home computers, mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and eReaders), and 58% weekly; up from 18% daily, and 46% weekly two years ago

    Including connected TV sets, 34% watch any over-the-top video daily, and 61% weekly

    “While this study is LRG’s eighth annual report on this topic, Emerging Video Services have truly emerged over the past two to three years,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.

    “This recent growth was spurred by Netflix’s decision in the third quarter of 2011 to focus on streaming video, coupled with the proliferation of connected TV devices, smartphones, and iPads and tablets.”

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    Canal+ and Orange fail to reach Dailymotion deal

    June 10, 2014 08.49 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    dailymotion logoTalks between Orange and the Canal+ group have ended without an agreement to create a premium pay section on the streaming video site Dailymotion.

    Orange has been talking to possible investors in Dailymotion in order to beef up its content to better face competition with YouTube on the one hand, and with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu on the other. Even encouraged by the French government, Orange entered into negotiations with Canal+ and Microsoft to create a premium platform. These talks have now ended without a deal, according to Les Echos.

    The newspaper reports that talks between Orange’s Stéphane Richard and Canal’s Bertrand Meheut were amicable, but the two differ on the future strategy of Dailymotion. Canal wanted to turn the portal into a fully fledged competitor to Netflix, which is set to enter France before the end of the year, while Orange wants to keep Dailymotion as a free-to-view alternative to YouTube.

    Since March last year, Orange has been looking for one or more partners in the video web portal, but last May Yahoo! has had to give up its attempt to acquire a controlling stake in Dailymotion after the government intervened.

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    New Sky Sports 5 for European football

    June 10, 2014 08.54 Europe/London By Julian Clover



    Sky Sports NewsSky is starting the new football season with addition of a channel dedicated to European football.

    Sky Sports 5 is the seventh channel in the Sky Sports bouquet – Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1 make up the seven – and will be seen as a riposte to BT’s £897 million deal to screen the UEFA Champions League from the start of the 2015 season.

    In the meantime Sky Sports 5 will screen the European cup competition alongside European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, La Liga, the Coppa Italia and Copa del Rey.

    A new deal announced Tuesday will bring exclusively live coverage of Holland’s top division Eredivisie in a four-year deal.

    A marketing campaign starring David Beckham goes live this week – in a new deal Sky TV customers with Sky Sports can also get two years’ free totally unlimited Sky Broadband Unlimited – according to Sky the 17 Mbps service represents a saving of £330 a year.

    Virgin Media has confirmed to Broadband TV News that its customers will also be able to view the channel.

    Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports 5 takes our unrivalled live football coverage to the next level offering more European football than ever before. There’s never been a better time to be a Sky Sports customer and with two years’ free totally unlimited broadband, we offer the ultimate package for sports fans.”

    Unlike previous additions customers will be required to register for the channel. Registrations on June 12 and can be completed via red button, online and by calling Sky.


 

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