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Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT launch STB-less system Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT are launching the first broadcast Direct-2-TV (D2TV) system for

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    Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT launch STB-less system

    Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT are launching the first broadcast Direct-2-TV (D2TV) system for the Indonesian market that does not require a set-top box.

    This is the first pay TV service in Indonesia that is integrated directly to the TV, allowing Indonesian consumers to enjoy Transvision TV packages in an innovative and unique way.

    The broadcast D2TV system is a product of the integration of Irdeto’s Keys & Credentials service and CAS with SMiT’s USB Conditional Access Module (CAM) and a range of Samsung TVs that do not require IP connectivity.

    Transvision is now offering special packages to allow consumers to enjoy this innovative service with the purchase of one of the following Samsung TV models; 32J4120, 40J5120 and 48J5120.

    “We are pleased to be working with partners like Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT, to bring the world’s first set-top box-free broadcast D2TV system to consumers in Indonesia, a promising market that is rapidly growing and highly competitive and where its population’s income per capita is constantly rising. This partnership provides operators like ourselves excellent mobility to introduce a pay TV service to customers who want a simple to use solution and still receive great content,” said Hengkie Liwanto, CEO, Transvision.

    “From an operator’s point of view, this solution allows us to maintain a low cost in order to stay competitive, since USB sticks are more economical to manufacture compared to STBs, and need virtually no maintenance. We are confident that we will set a new benchmark for the industry and revolutionize the way content is viewed.”

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    Telekom Srbija sale draws closer

    The final decision on Telekom Srbija’s privatisation will be made by the state of Serbia, according to Pedrag Culibrk, the company’s CEO.

    Speaking to the magazine Biznes and quoted by Mondo, he also said the question of to what extent now is a good time to sell the company is “philosophical” and that price would play a very important role in the Serbian government’s decision.

    Culibrk pointed out that the collection of offers for Telekom Srbija is a two-stage process, monitored by the privatisation advisor Lazard. He also spoke of market developments such as the emergence of new OTT operators, among them Viber, WhatsApp and Skype, and the need for operators to now offer integrated services.

    Separately, quoted in the local press, Serbia’s economy minister Zeljko Sertic said that several companies and investment funds have already expressed an interest in Telekom Srbija.

    He added that the deadline for non-binding offers is August 3, after which a list will be produced of parties expected to lodge binding offers.

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    EEMEA OTT TV and video market to add $2.2 billion

    OTT TV and video revenues in EEMEA [19 countries] will reach $2,635 million in 2020; up from only $52 million recorded in 2010 and the $616 million expected in 2015, according to Digital TV Research’s Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report.

    From the $2.21 billion in revenues to be added between 2014 and 2020, Russia will contribute $795 million, with Turkey bringing in a further $219 million. Russia will remain the largest revenue earner by some distance.

    Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “OTT in Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa will still be an immature sector by 2020, although this is an improvement on the very immature status by end-2014 and its nearly non-existent status in 2010.

    SVOD will become the region’s largest OTT revenue source in 2017. SVOD revenues will total $1,568 million by 2020 (60% of total OTT revenues) – up from only $3 million in 2010 (6% of total OTT revenues).



    Digital TV Research forecasts 24.22 million SVOD homes by 2020, up from 69,000 in 2010 and an expected 3.13 million by end-2015. Russia will overtake Poland to become the largest SVOD country in 2015. From the 22.71 million SVOD home additions between 2014 and 2020, Russia will supply 8.97 million, Turkey 2.37 million and Poland 2.07 million.

    By 2020, 12.3% of the region’s TV households will subscribe to a SVOD package, up from only 0.8% by end-2014. Penetration rates will vary considerably: from 30.0% in Israel to 1.5% in Egypt.

    For more information on the Eastern Europe Middle East & Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report, please see the Broadband TV News shop.


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    Cyfrowy Polsat secures new finance

    Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat has issued corporate bonds with a nominal value of PLN1 billion (€242.46 million).

    In a statement, the company says that following the public offer, which began on July 2 and was addressed to at least 150 designated addressees, the bonds were allocvated eight days later to 52 investors.

    They included numerous investment and pension funds, as well as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

    Commenting on the development, Tomasz Szelag, CFO Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, said: “The bond issue was carried out in relatively difficult market conditions, which makes our success even bigger and which confirms that our Group has very good development prospects. The bond issue enjoyed high interest among investors, which gives us a reason to be very satisfied, especially in light of recent unfavuorable developments on financial markets and also in the face of the Greek crisis. By floating the bonds on the Catalyst market we offered investors yet another instrument for making attractive and stable investments into Cyfrowy Polsat Group”.

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    Top Russian TV head to step down

    NTV’s director general Vladimir Kulistikov is set to leave after 10 years in the post.

    Although not officially confirmed, his departure is being reported widely in the Russian press, citing several sources.

    According to Kommersant, Kulistikov’s contract expires at the beginning of next year and he has decided not to stay on due to health reasons.

    However, he is likely to be offered an “honourable position” at Gazprom Media, NTV’s owner, or in another large holding “for his services to the management of the TV channel (NTV) and the state”.

    Kulistikov first joined NTV in 1996 but left four years later. He left again in 2002 to join RTR, only to return to NTV in 2004.

    NTV is one of the leading commercial channels in Russia and Gazprom Media’s other interests include the DTH platform NTV-Plus.

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    Slingbox Class Action lawsuit filed over unwanted ads

    Two men who bought Sling Media Inc.’s Slingbox device filed a class action against the company in New York federal court, alleging that when they purchased the devices to stream television content onto their mobile devices, they never consented to original advertisements.

    The two men, Michael Heskiaoff and Marc Langenohl, claim that when they are travelling they are confronted with commercials popping up on their mobile devices, to which they never consented. The ads started appearing on March 17.

    “Sling Media failed to disclose that the use of the product would be contingent upon and subject the purchaser to unrequested advertising from defendant. Since approximately March 17, 2015, Sling Media suddenly began broadcasting such unrequested spam advertisements to users of its Slingboxes,” they said, arguing that no customer prior to March 17 bought a Slingbox with the understanding that they would have to deal with Sling Media ads.

    “Slingbox has perpetuated a massive ‘bait and switch’ upon thousands of unsuspecting consumers, each of whom spent as much as $300 or more for these products, but who now need to watch the defendant’s ads to use their devices as promised.”

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    Akamai, Telecom Italia partner up for content delivery

    DetailsEditor | 22 July 2015



    As it aims to bolster its video offerings, and ensure quality of service, Telecom Italia has agreed a partnership with Akamai Technologies to offer a content delivery network and Web optimisation services.


    Indeed the telco says that the initiative is driven by explosive growth in digital media and will see Telecom Italia offering and marketing, within the Italian market, Akamai's suite of services, including Web acceleration and security, capable of providing optimum performance for the distribution of high quality video and Internet content. It will also include a direct connection between Telecom Italia's IP network and the global Akamai platform.

    The deal represents an important step in how a telco and a CDN Network provider can maximise Internet infrastructure assets, enhancing the end user experience on premium content. "Akamai, a leading global provider of content delivery network services, becomes another important partner along Telecom Italia's path towards the future of the market and innovation," said Telecom Italia executive vice president for business market Simone Battiferri.

    "Akamai's technology together with Telecom Italia's platforms and network, gives customers access to more efficient solutions for the use of content. This is much more important in a market like todays where multimedia services on the Internet are used by a great variety of terminals and devices where speed plays a key role."

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    OTT, catch-up and binge balloon in connected TV home but broadcast keeps crown as king for TV audiences

    DetailsEditor | 22 July 2015



    Even with a growing disparity between expectation and reality, connectivity matters more than ever to viewers in connected TV homes where broadcast remains dominant, says research from ARRIS.


    According to the broadcast technology and service company's latest Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI)— looking into media consumption habits of 19,000 consumers across 19 markets including the UK and US, as well as Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Spain — there is a fundamental connection to the expanding ecosystem of video capable devices and the growing popularity of streaming services.

    Even though the past year has seen a nominal increase in over-the-top (OTT) users (from 93% to 94%) and a similarly nominal decrease in broadcast TV users (from 97% to 96%). This highlights a disparity between industry expectation of these services and their actual rate of acceleration and suggests that broadcast TV remains king for now.

    Worldwide, the average home now has six media devices connected to its Wi-Fi network, and the average household spends almost 6.5 hours each week streaming a subscription service. Four-fifths of those who stream now do so at least weekly, up from 72% just last year. There was a clear connection between Wi-Fi and mobile TV too, with nearly three-quarters (73%) of people who watch mobile TV at least once a week, using Wi-Fi to do so.

    Yet ARRIS noted that such uptake was a likely causal effect of Internet issues that nearly two-thirds (63%) of global consumers said they experience, as well as their renewed interest in high speed Internet in every room of the house – a service that 72% indicated was either very important or vitally important.

    The CSI also highlighted new qualifications for the rise of both mobile TV and binge-viewing. Almost three-fifths of consumers were watching TV on-the-go with, said ARRIS, the potential for growth greatest in older demographics, where barriers of inconvenience and cost continue to challenge broader market adoption.

    Nearly three-quarters (72%) of downloading consumers said it was important to be able to download content to a device so they can watch it on-the-go without an Internet connection, rather than having to rely on cellular connections to stream. Also, the same number of those respondents who watch mobile TV use Wi-Fi to do so. This presents an opportunity for service providers to facilitate content downloads to mobile devices.

    Binge-viewing has evolved into a very personal and solitary activity for a similar percentage of such consumers. The average binge-viewing consumer now watches for three hours in each sitting. Thus, said the CEI, service providers have an opportunity to personalise content and services for the individual and deliver a more tailored customer experience.

    As to the commercial potential of such activity, ARRIS said that the good news for service providers is that these trends represent a number of opportunities to make it easier for consumers of all ages to download or stream content, to customise content and services to the individual consumer experience, and to solve connectivity issues by giving consumers a high-speed wireless connection where it is needed — all over the home — through better Wi-Fi equipment and training.

    "The ARRIS CEI research offers our customers invaluable insight into the evolving consumer interaction with entertainment technology and content," commented ARRIS senior vice president of global marketing, Sandy Howe. " It underscores four major trends: 1.) consumer dependence on Wi-Fi and consequent frustration with its quality, 2.) the concurrent growth and hindrance of mobile TV adoption, 3.) the growing preference for downloading vs. streaming mobile content, and 4.) the increasingly personal nature of binge-viewing. All of these trends point to a tremendous opportunity for service providers and programmers to customise their offerings to these new consumer trends and to ensure the quality of the home's Wi-Fi network, which increasingly is bearing the weight of this evolution in services."

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    Unauthorised global iPlayer connections rocket

    DetailsEditor | 22 July 2015



    In a blow to the BBC that could not be more badly timed for the corporation as it struggles to formulate a new pricing structure, research has revealed a vast global network of unauthorised iPlayer users.


    The on-demand and catch-up service is free in the UK, propped up by the licence fee, but is, theoretically anyway, unavailable on such a financial basis outside its domestic territory.

    The very concept of charging for iPlayer use is a highly contentious issue in the forthcoming Charter Review that will set funding for a corporation which has taken another hit to its coffers from the UK Government. Moreover the BBC announced in June 2015 that it was to end offering the iPlayer officially on a non-UK basis and concentrate on services delivered from the main BBC website.

    Yet the research from GlobalWebIndex has shown that the BBC is missing out on huge sums of money from non-UK users taking advantage of virtual private networks (VPN) to access the player in a similar way to users in the UK. The data shows that more than 60 million people are using the service in such way, 38.5 million of whom are located in China alone.

    As reported by The Independent newspaper, the survey said: "International iPlayer users are 34% more likely than the average Internet user to be paying for this type of content. So, with the BBC looking for new revenue streams due to impending changes in the way the licence fee operates in the UK, there's clear potential to open up access to, and therefore monetise, these international users." GlobalWebIndex added that if even a relatively small proportion of users could be converted into paid-users, the additional revenue it could create for the BBC would be significant. Jason Mander, head of trends at GlobalWebIndex, said: "The implications for iPlayer are stark: globally, almost 65 million non-UK users are using VPNs in order to access the service, with a mighty 38.5 million of them being in China."

    Commenting on what could well end up as being used as a cudgel on the corporation, a BBC spokesperson said: "BBC iPlayer, and the content on it, is paid for by UK licence fee payers to watch and download in the UK and the terms of use reflect that. We do not comment on individual cases regarding breaches of BBC iPlayer's terms of use, but we take steps where appropriate to protect the intellectual property belonging to rights holders."

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    HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020

    DetailsEditor | 22 July 2015



    Never hitting the highs of satellite but also not enduring the lows of cable, the IPTV sector has kept a relative low profile but this may change as it enters a period of rapid growth, says Transparency Market Research.


    In its report, IPTV Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020, the analyst suggests that growth is being fuelled by increased demand for HDTV channels and video-on-demand (VOD). Furthermore it sees the ** IPTV market (VOD) as further driven by the rise in interactive solutions integrated with IPTV services, support of government initiatives to increase broadband penetration, the reduction in cost of IPTV services, and the combining of advanced technologies with IPTV systems.

    In terms of which technology firms stand to benefit from the growth, the report cites a number of leading players including Amino Technologies, Broadcom Corporation, ARRIS, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Orange, Deutsche Telecom, Bharti Airtel, CenturyLink and MatrixStream Technologies.

    Yet despite its general optimism, Transparency Market Research also warned that growth could be significantly stalled by competition from satellite and cable TV operators, lack of proper infrastructure in developing countries, and dearth of large investments.


 

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