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The IOC to launch an Olympic Channel The International Olympic Committee plans to launch an OTT TV channel as early

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    The IOC to launch an Olympic Channel

    The International Olympic Committee plans to launch an OTT TV channel as early as 2015, which will be stocked with archive material and some international sports coverage.

    The decision was taken during a meeting of the full membership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Monaco. The OTT channel is part of the Olympic Agenda 2020, which consists of 20+20 recommendations.

    Each recommendation, voted on individually, received the full backing of the 96 IOC members in attendance. There were no votes against and no abstentions. As an additional show of unity for Olympic Agenda 2020, the members gave their unanimous support for the entire set of recommendations in an en bloc vote at the close of today’s meeting.

    The channel will be available year-round between the Olympic games and will costs €490 million a year. Ser Miang Ng, chairman of the IOC Finance Commission, told members that the estimated breakeven period for the new channel, aimed particularly at improving the Olympic Movement’s communication with young people, was seven to 10 years.

    The IOC itself would contribute €175 million, or nearly 36%, of the costs. Sports federations and National Olympic Committees would each chip in €72 million, the Olympic Movement Fund €38 million, while the remaining €133 million would come from incremental TV rights and sponsorship programme sales.

    The new channel will be run by the Olympic Broadcasting Services, the IOC’s division based in Madrid, Spain, that produces a host country’s Olympic Games feed for international broadcasters.

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    Thema widens CEE distribution

    Thema has extended the reach of three of its channels in Central and Eastern Europe.

    In Serbia, Motors TV is now being distributed by the cable operator Radijus Vektor thanks to collaboration with Thema’s agent MarCom AG.

    The channel is already offered by Serbia Broadband (SBB) and Posta.net, Serbian Post’s TV service.

    Meanwhile, in Russia C Music TV HD has been added to the channel line-ups of the cable and IPTV operator Centra and cable operator E Light Telecom.

    The latter is also now offering its subscribers myZen.tv HD.

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    MTS secures Raduga subscribers

    MTS is to take over the subscriber base of Raduga TV, the Modern Times Group (MTG)-backed Russian DTH platform that ceased broadcasting on December 5.

    Quoting a source close to Raduga TV and confirmed by MTS spokesman Dmitry Solodovnikov, Tass and Comnews report that the two parties plan to sign an agreement today (December 9).

    Further details of the transfer are expected to be announced shortly.

    Raduga TV was launched in 2009 and covered over 90% of Russia.

    It was the country’s fourth largest DTH platform as of Q2 this year and attracted interest from a number of companies, most recently MTS, before its closure.

    MTS has just launched its own DTH platform and aims to become the second leading provider of satellite services in Russia after Tricolor TV within three years.

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    Lesage exits Orange Polska

    Dominique Lesage is to leave the Polish incumbent Orange Polska, where he is currently the content director, at the end of this month.

    In an email sent to Broadband TV News, he said that his departure from the company is by “common understanding”.

    Lesage joined Orange Polska, then TP SA, in January 2007 and was initially director of corporate communications.

    As content director, he oversaw the launch of Orange Sport, which was sold to RMVC this September.

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    UHD first for Fransat

    Fransat has announced the launch of the first Ultra HD demo channel aimed at French viewers.

    It will be distributed by Eutelsat 5 West A and make its debut on December 16.

    Local reports say the channel will offer a selection of programmes in Ultra HD, encoded in HEVC at 50Hz and a depth of 10 bits.

    In the second stage, it will also provide some live content.

    Reception of the channel will be possible throughout mainland France with DVBS2/HEVC compatible Ultra HD TVs and Fransat CAM CI+ modules.

    Several Samsung models will be able to receive the service.

    Fransat made the announcement at the HD Forum, being held at Eutelsat’s headquarters in Paris on December 8 and 9.

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    Ukrainian channel breaks into Canada

    The Ukrainian channel 1+1 International has secured a broadcasting licence in Canada and is now preparing to launch on national pay-TV networks in the country.

    Commenting on the development, Vladislav Svinchenko, the channel’s general producer, said that obtaining a Canadian licence was one of its strategic goals for this year.

    Around 4% of the country’s population is of Ukrainian origin, and although fewer than 130,000 are Ukrainian speakers this is still a very large number.

    By comparison, some 80,000-100,000 viewers watch Russian pay-TV channels in the US.

    Svinchenko also said there is an audience for Ukrainian channels abroad among Russian speakers.

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    TVP prepares for Eutelsat switch

    TVP Polonia has begun tests from Eutelsat’s Hot Bird at 13 degrees East.

    As reported last September, TVP will no longer be available on Astra at 19.2 degrees East from the beginning of next year.

    The move to Hot Bird from 19.2 degrees East will also affect other TVP channels, including TVP Historia and TVP Kultura.

    TVP Polonia is initially appearing as a test card, with rest transmissions expected to start in a week’s time.

    TVP’s channels on 19.2 degrees East will be switched off on December 31 and begin full transmissions from 13 degrees East on January 1.

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    Altice secures Portugal Telecom

    Altice has completed its purchase of Portugal Telecom, paying Brazil’s Oi €7.4 billion.

    The French-owned vehicle of businessman Patrick Drahi made its initial bid at the beginning of November.

    Altice owns the cable operators Cabovisão and Oni and Portugal and recently bought France’s SFR as part of a plan to combine it with Numéricãble.

    The purchase unravels the merger between Portugal Telecom and Oi that began in October 2013 with a view to compete with Spanish rivals such as Telefonica, but never completed. With Altice’s experience in mobile telecoms a mobile offer is sure to follow.

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    TV consumption fragments across smartphones, tablets and PCs

    Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary, has issued its Q3 2014 Global Video Index Report, showing consistent daily patterns in the way people consume TV and video across different devices throughout the day.

    The report also shows that mobile and tablet devices reached 30% of all online video views during the quarter, representing a 114 percent year-over-year increase. At this rate, Ooyala predicts that mobile and tablet viewing will reach 50%t of all online views by late 2015.

    Viewers increasingly are turning to the internet for their daily content, driven in large part by increased access to premium and live video content, especially international sporting events and news of all sorts. The result is unprecedented growth rates in mobile and tablet video consumption. Broadcasters and publishers who have access to this kind of consumption data for their own content have a unique opportunity to capitalize on this trend, particularly in mature markets where video-capable devices and wireless broadband are ubiquitous.

    Ooyala’s Q3 2014 Global Video Index Report also shows substantial growth of long-form video consumption across devices. Connected TVs, whether connected directly to the Internet or via game consoles and other devices, were central to long-form content consumption during the quarter. Viewers watched long-form content, videos longer than 10 minutes, four times more than on tablets and almost 10 times more than on mobile phones.

    More surprisingly, the report shows that all screens are becoming popular for watching longer video. Tablet viewers spent 68 percent of their time watching video exceeding 10 minutes, indicating that tablets are becoming nearly interchangeable with TVs for long-form video. Even mobile phone users spent 48 percent of their total viewing time with long-form content, which tends to be premium content such as TV shows, movies, news and sporting events. This trend points to new monetization opportunities for premium video publishers as mobile devices are no longer solely for “snack-sized” content.

    “Cloud-based TV has arrived. Broadcasters and content providers realize that, with the right approach, IP-delivered content can be more economical with higher return in terms of building and monetizing audiences, compared to linear TV,” said Ooyala CEO Jay Fulcher.

    “What’s really exciting is the pace at which many of the most prominent players in the industry are now innovating and meeting their audiences where they are — with the content they want most, on the right screen, at the right time, with an incredibly rich experience.”

    Other new statistics show consistent patterns emerging in the way people shift their video consumption across various devices throughout the day, and also in how weekdays differ from weekends when it comes to device preferences.

    Mobile devices in particular see steady views throughout the course of a day. Globally, smartphone and tablet views ramp up in the morning and during commute hours; they dip as the work day begins and people turn to their PCs, rising again during the commute home and peaking at night. This generally is a universal pattern, except in Latin America where video gets very little play on phones and tablets during the day. Tablets remain the clear screen of choice for web-delivered video in the evening in every region, although on weekends when they tend to be used only slightly more than computers and mobile phones. The report also shows nuances in daily device patterns that vary across continents.

    Additional Highlights: Year-over-year, smartphone and tablet views more than doubled, showing a 114% increase; Smartphone and tablet video views made up just 6% of all online video views in Q3 2012. In eight subsequent quarters, growth has exceeded 400%; Tablet viewers spent 23% of their time watching videos between 30 minutes and 60 minutes long, the most of any device and connected-TV viewers spent 80% of their time watching video longer than 10 minutes

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    CCTV bags Chinese rights to future Olympics

    DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 09 December 2014



    China's state broadcaster CCTV has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in China for the Olympic Games in 2022 and 2024, as well as the Tokyo Winter Olympics in 2018.

    The deal includes the broadcast rights across CCTV's free-to-air TV subscription TV, online and mobile platforms – as well as the rights to broadcast all editions of the Youth Olympic Games until 2024.

    President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach said: "[CCTV has] demonstrated many times their ability to bring first class coverage of the Olympic Games to hundreds of millions of Chinese people. The revenue the IOC has secured from this agreement will be redistributed to support future organisers of the Olympic Games, as well as supporting sport and athletes in China and around the world."

    Hu Zhanfan, president of CCTV, added: "This is a win-win agreement. CCTV has been contributing enormously for the recognition and promotion of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement in China and we are determined to be, as always, a powerful and exceptional partner of the IOC."

    CCTV has an existing contract with the IOC to broadcast the Rio Olympics in 2016.


 

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