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Live, long-form content drive soaring mobile video market Editor | 18 June 2014 Mobile video is continuing to gain importance

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    Live, long-form content drive soaring mobile video market

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    | 18 June 2014

    Mobile video is continuing to gain importance for publishers as smartphone and tablet consumption grows while long-form is driving growth of over-the-top (OTT) consumption, the latest Ooyala Global Video Index has shown.

    The premium video publishing, analytics and monetisation firm found that in the first quarter of 2014, smartphone and tablet viewing represented over a fifth (21%) of all online video plays, up from 3.4% in Q1 2012 and just over 9% in Q1 2013. With a year-over-year increase of 532% since 2012, Ooyala says that mobile and tablet video consumption is clearly becoming mandatory for any company in the video business, especially for mobile plays in Europe and Latin America which outpaced those in North America.

    Even though the majority of all plays on tablets were short-form videos, viewers were found to have clocked 48% of their overall viewing time watching videos of 30 minutes or more. Viewing time of live video on connected TVs was more than 11 times more than video-on-demand (VOD) content and tablet viewers spent more than three-quarters of their time watching videos of at least ten minutes in length

    Ooyala argued that such growth underscores the need for broadcasters and publishers to prioritise mobile strategies, and demonstrates the burgeoning opportunity for advertisers to reach device-specific audiences anywhere, on a massive scale. "The statistics in our Global Video Index continue to affirm our belief that mobile is in large part the future of video and TV consumption," said Ooyala chief executive officer Jay Fulcher. "We see the acceleration of mobile video consumption happening globally, as consumers in every region adopt mobile and tablet video faster, and interact with it longer. These insights validate the tremendous opportunity for broadcasters and publishers to tap into additional multiscreen revenue streams, grow and maintain loyal audiences across all devices, and build a fundamentally better video business."

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    DTH to deliver nearly 300 UltraHD channels by 2023

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    | 18 June 2014

    Within the next decade there will likely be nearly 300 UltraHD TV channels broadcast globally by direct-to-home (DTH) operators, with 4KTV services present in every region worldwide, a new report from NSR suggests.

    According to the Global Direct-to-Home (DTH) Markets, 7th Edition report, http://www.nsr.com/research-reports/...s-7th-edition/ , growth in UltraHD will begin in earnest from around late 2015 with introduction of the introduction of the first channels and services into DTH subscriber homes. NSR expects the satellite operators to press home what it believes is an advantage in delivery compared with terrestrial and IPTV rivals.

    Overall, NSR calculates that leasing revenues for UltraHD content will reach $125M by 2023, and during the period of 2013-2023, cumulative leasing revenues from UltraHD will approach nearly $500 million, despite today having no leasing revenue attributable to UltraHD. While the majority of these channels will be broadcast in established regions such as North America and Western Europe, by 2023 NSR anticipates several dozen UltraHD channels to be broadcast in East Asia.

    "Over 3.1 million Ultra HD TV sets were shipped in 2013, despite a lack of Ultra HD channels being broadcast yet, with the exception of a handful of demo channels, as well as some limited content via IPTV and YouTube," explained NSR analyst and report co-author Alan Crisp. "This shows the pent-up demand for UltraHD, and helps support the 'chicken-and-egg' phenomenon that occurs with any new technological standard.

    "Despite the perception that UltraHD is solely a 'developed market' phenomenon, we anticipate that developing regions such as greater China and South Asia will also contribute demand for UltraHD content," added report co-author Blaine Curcio. "With this global proliferation, content providers will find greater economies of scale in producing UltraHD content. In fact, all signs point to UltraHD picking up significant steam moving forward, on a truly global scale. Further, we believe that Ultra HD, unlike 3DTV, will be able to sustain momentum and consumer interest moving forward, and will ultimately win out as the new 'latest and greatest' technological choice for consumers."

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    MTG's Russian film channel now available in Israel

    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 18 June 2014

    Israeli pay-TV operator yes has launched MTG's Russian language movie channel TV1000 Russian Kino on its TV everywhere service yesGo.

    Films from the channel will also be available on the operator's video-on-demand (VOD) service, catering to the estimated one million Russian speakers in Israel.

    "TV1000 Russian Kino is the most popular Russian language movie channel in the world and features the latest and best movies the country has to offer, so we are thrilled that our expansion of the reach of this channel continues," said Irina Gofman, MTG executive vice president and CEO of the Group's Russian, CIS and pay-TV emerging markets operations.

    Ron Eilon, CEO, yes, added: "The Russian-speaking audience constitutes a large and important part of yes's subscriber base. The launch of a new and contemporary channel, specialising in the best Russian language movies, proves that yes is consistently investing in, and improving, its offering to the Russian-speaking audience."

    The pay-TV operator reaches about 600,000 homes, or about 40% of Israel's pay-TV households.

    This is the second new market for Sweden's MTG in 2014, having launched in Turkey in January. The entertainment group now claims to have just below 100 million subscribers worldwide.

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    Lebanese Government secures World Cup TV for all

    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 18 June 2014

    The Lebanese population will be able to tune into all the World Cup matches on cable TV without extra charge after the government reached agreement with rights holder beIN Sports' local representative SAMA.


    Lebanon's Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb said people will be able to watch the World Cup matches on television for free with immediate effect.

    "The government will compensate SAMA with US$3 million in funds for the company's losses. The cell phone companies Alfa and MTC will absorb part of this compensation," said Butros Harb.

    He added that Prime Minister Saad Hariri had also pledged financial support to help the population watch the tournament in Brazil.

    SAMA will absorb a third of the cost "as a gift to the Lebanese people", the agent's Hasan al-Zein said at a press conference, according to YaLiban.

    Matches will only be available via cable operators, not through the state-run network TV Tele Liban.

    Cable operators had openly criticised the Lebanese Government for not intervening prior to the opening of the world's premier football tournament on 12 June

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    Seven3Sports takes World Cup coverage across Indian subcontinent

    Rebecca Hawkes
    | 18 June 2014

    Sports media company Seven3Sports has sub-licensed Multi Screen Media's broadcast rights for FIFA World Cup 2014 coverage to channels in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Maldives.

    Ten Sports and Pakistan TV will show matches from Brazil in Pakistan, while Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation have secured TV rights in Sri Lanka; Gazi TV, Maasranga TV and Bangladesh TV in Bangladesh; Nepal TV and Kantipur TV in Nepal; and Maldives Broadcasting Corporation and Island Broadcasting Company in Maldives.

    The deal includes exclusive terrestrial TV coverage and non-exclusive cable and satellite TV coverage, as well as mobile and broadband rights.

    "This partnership has bolstered our strength and confidence in delivering to high standards. We are honoured to have been entrusted with this opportunity that has enabled us to notch up with our array of services as a sports media company," said Jatin Ahluwalia, Seven3Sports founder and chief executive officer.

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    Zee's Taj Television takes over channel distribution from MediaPro

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    | 18 June 2014

    Taj Television India is taking over the distribution arm of Zee Turner, following the disbanding of the latter's MediaPro joint venture with Star India in April.


    The wholly-owned subsidiary of Zee Entertainment has until now been the sole distributor of Ten Sports channels, but will also now act as an agent for Zee Entertainment, Zee Media and Turner, reports Indiantelevision.com.

    The chief executive of MediaPro, Arun K Kapoor, will now take on the same role at Taj Television.

    He will reportedly oversee the distribution of 47 TV channels, including: Zee TV, Zee Cinema, &pictures, Ten Sports, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zing, Zee Marathi, Zee Bangla, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada, Zee Tamizh, Zee TV HD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Studio HD, Zindagi, Ten HD, Zee News, Zee Business, HBO, Cartoon Network, Pogo, CNN, and Warner Brothers.

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    Merger for Open IPTV Forum and HbbTV Association

    The Open IPTV Forum and HbbTV Association have announced the two organisations are to merge with immediate effect.

    In a statement the organisations said the move was a recognition that OTT, HBB and IPTV markets were coming closer together and the barriers between them smaller.

    Nilo Mitra, president of the Open IPTV Forum, said: “The single organization we have created will ensure that the common platform based on the OIPF browser and used by HbbTV will evolve in a compatible way to serve all three types of service delivery models covered by both our members – over-the-top, hybrid broadcast/broadband and IPTV.”

    Klaus Illgner, chairman of the HbbTV Steering Group added: “We’re
    looking towards a converging future requiring us to adjust industry
    standards to changing market demands. By merging with the Open IPTV
    Forum, we’re continuing to take steps to remain at the forefront of
    trends in the TV industry.”

    HBBtv specifications are in part based on those set by the Open IPTV Forum.

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    Telefónica targets Canal+ takeover

    Telefónica has offered Mediaset €345 million to secure complete control of Distribuidora de Televisión Digital (DTS), the company that owns Canal+.

    Quoting information that the group’s president César Alierta has submitted to the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV), El Pais reports that the bid consists of several elements.

    The first, equivalent to €295 million, is for the 22% stake that Mediaset España currently holds in DTS, implying a total company valuation of €1,340 million.

    This was the same reference point that was used to acquire the 56% in Canal+ owned by Prisa in a deal that is still awaiting final approval before being closed.

    Mediaset has also successfully negotiated an additional €50 million from Telefónica.

    Under the deal, the Italian company would receive €10 million should Telefónica secure the 56% of DTS held by Prisa.

    It would also receive an additional sum of up to €20 million depending on how Telefónica’s pay-TV business would perform in the four years following the closure of the acquisition of the 56% stake.

    Mediaset would also be entitled to a fee of €30 million for renouncing its right of first refusal on participation in Prisa.
    As a result, it would receive a total amount of €345 million from Telefónica.

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    Lattelecom reflects on 2013

    The TeliaSonera-backed Latvian incumbent Lattelecom has posted a profit of €30.2 million in 2013, up only slightly (€0.5 million) on the €29.7 million a year earlier.

    However, quoting information supplied by Firmas, DB reports that the company’s turnover fell by 12%, from €188.89 million to €165.61 million, over the same period.

    Lattelecom’s management looks back on 2013 as a successful year, not least because of its activities in the TV sector.

    Besides winning a tender to supply DTT services in Latvia up to 20121, its catch-up service was extended to seven days.

    Meanwhile, the number of channels offering archive and pause options was increased from six to 33, and those with recording capabilities from 30 to 53, and rewind from eight to 39.

    Overall, more than half (53%) of its interactive TV subscribers used archive and recording services.

    Lattelecom’s fibre-optic network was meanwhile available to over 476,000 households across Latvia.

    Another highlight in 2013 was the launch of an internet service offering access speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

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    Cable Europe calls for pan-European spectrum strategy

    Cable Europe’s executive chairman Matthias Kurth has called on participants from all sides of the spectrum debate to work towards a European wide spectrum strategy.

    Addressing how best to meet the long term needs of Europe’s spectrum users, he championed the two principles of coexistence and future oriented planning to guarantee the security of new and existing services.

    “More can and should be done to ensure that the concept of coexistence is embedded in pan-European thinking.

    “There are only benefits to all parties in getting this right, but it takes willingness, compromise and above all joined–up thinking to get there. The dialogue needs to be pan-European, it needs to be constructive, and it needs to be timely”.

    Highlighting the fact that spectrum will remain a limited and valuable resource, Kurth also pointed out that there are certainties ahead which should be planned for: the explosion of video and television demand both linear and non-linear; an increase in access points as mobility grows; and the inevitable demand for WiFi spectrum in this environment.

    He added: “We need to ask ourselves three questions before assigning spectrum.

    “Is the usage the most efficient possible? Is there a risk of interference with existing, efficient spectrum users? And where is the strongest demand likely to be in the future? This, combined with comprehensive impact assessments and clear policy recommendations flowing from the Commission, will safeguard the future coexistence which is an imperative for industry and consumers alike”.


 

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