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South Africa's ShowMax seals content deal with ITV Studios Rebecca Hawkes | 09 October 2015 A package of 125 hours

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    South Africa's ShowMax seals content deal with ITV Studios

    Rebecca Hawkes | 09 October 2015


    A package of 125 hours of content has been sold by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) to the newly launched South African subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service ShowMax.


    ShowMax, owned by media conglomerate Naspers, has acquired ITV Studios' new action-adventure series Jekyll and Hyde; the first three seasons of the drama Rectify and period drama Mr Selfridge; the first season of Good Witch; the event drama Texas Rising; and the first three seasons of ITV Studios' crime franchise Vera.

    "Our goal from the outset has been to establish ShowMax as the most comprehensive, high quality SVOD content collection in Africa. We're delighted to partner with ITVS GE to add these incredible programmes to the platform and look forward to a great working relationship," said Victor Eckard, head of content, ShowMax.

    Dan Gopal, executive VP of EMEA distribution and global digital partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, added: "Our aim is to make our premium content available for viewers to watch whenever and wherever they like, so we are delighted that South African audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy some of our most popular recent dramas."

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    Sesame Street leads to Chinese digital platforms

    Rebecca Hawkes | 09 October 2015


    Baidu's iQIYI, Tencent Video and Alibaba's Tmall Box Office are all adding the US preschool series Sesame Street to their digital platforms for online viewers in China.


    "Sesame Workshop is committed to reaching kids where ever they are and providing content to help them grow smarter, stronger and kinder," said Shirley Yi Zhu, Sesame Workshop's global VP and executive director for China.

    "We have a strong network of partners: Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba, who have similar missions and who are offering an engaging content experience that extends the laughter and learning of Sesame Street to families throughout China."

    The international version of Sesame Street and its spin-offs, dubbed into Mandarin, will be available on all three platforms, although Tencent Video will become the first online video site in China to release Elmo the Musical, the Sesame Workshop and the CBeebies co-production The Furchester Hotel. Tencent will also deliver Sesame Street Seasons, Elmo's World, Play With Me and Let's Celebrate Chinese New Year, which is co-produced by CCTV.

    The same content will also become available on Alibaba's recently launched video-on-demand (VOD) service Tmall Box Office (TBO).
    iQIYI and Alibaba will provide consumers with a Sesame Street-branded block with history, character biographies and the latest brand news – as well as the programmes.

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    Discovery sets date for TLC launch in Turkey

    Rebecca Hawkes | 09 October 2015


    Discovery has completed the acquisition of Turkish free-to-air channel CNBC-e from Doğuş Media Group and announced it will replace it with the launch of TLC Turkey in November.


    The channel, Discovery's first free-to-air offering in Turkey, will provide international lifestyle, reality and factual entertainment programming, including Fear the Walking Dead, Aquarius, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition, shows from CNBC-e such as The Vikings, Hannibal and Mike & Molly will also be carried by the new Discovery channel.

    "Thanks to its strong and diverse programming schedule, we are sure that Turkish viewers will be addicted to TLC Turkey and it will be the leading channel in its genre. We look forward to working alongside Discovery on future projects and offering even more surprises for Turkish viewers," said Erman Yerdelen, chairman, Doğuş Media Group.

    Istanbul-based Doğuş will manage Discovery's advertising operations in Turkey under a new partnership deal between the two parties.

    James Gibbons, executive VP and country manager of emerging business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA added: "TLC Turkey will offer a diverse mix of content that adds value to our existing strong portfolio, including dedicated feeds for [pay-TV channels] Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Science. TLC is the channel Turkey has been waiting for and we look forward to presenting it to viewers and our commercial partners this November".

    The purchase of CNBC-e brings the number of Turkish TV channels operated by Discovery to 13, although TLC is the only one that is free-to-air.

    Sissian Margos has been appointed as chief executive officer of the recently established Discovery Networks Türkiye, although Discovery has run its pay-TV channels and had an office in the country since 2012.

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    AsiaSat, Rohde & Schwarz partner for Ultra HD channel

    Rebecca Hawkes | 09 October 2015


    AsiaSat has implemented its first free-to-air Ultra HD satellite broadcast platform in partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, ahead of its launch later this month.


    The platform, to be launched on AsiaSat 4 at 122°E, follows what the satellite operator terms "extensive technical evaluation carried out at the AsiaSat UHD laboratory". Once launched, the Ultra HD channel will be received directly by broadcasters and pay-TV platforms with an AsiaSat C-band antenna in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) AVHE100 head end with HEVC encoder and ten bit colour depth and R&S Clipster mastering station for editing, handling and playing out Ultra HD (UHD) data in real time are key to the broadcast platform, the companies said.

    "We are very excited to work with Rohde & Schwarz in this new and evolving technology that will drive future consumer viewing experience of video content. Rohde & Schwarz has shown exemplary commitment to quality and support in helping us through the evaluation phase. We look forward to launching our first UHD channel and promoting this new technology together," said Sabrina Cubbon, vice president, marketing and global accounts, AsiaSat .

    Heino Gregorek, Rohde & Schwarz's vice president for sales and marketing, Asia, added: "Rohde & Schwarz is the leading supplier for digital TV transmission networks in Asia and the world. We are happy to support AsiaSat in establishing their first UHD channel and look forward to a very successful implementation".

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    RR Media announces multiscreen value-added online sports services

    Editor | 09 October 2015


    Global media services firm RR Media, in partnership with Pi Telecom, is to offer dedicated premium and subscription-based content to worldwide audiences from any screen.


    RR Media says that at the same time providers have increased monetised opportunities with subscriptions, advertising, merchandising and social media experiences. Users can also access and watch on-demand and exclusive content and services from sports federations, leagues, teams, broadcasters, channels and media rights agencies. Other options could include on-demand and live streaming content channels; archive content, multi-lingual content; and services such as merchandise and ticketing and accessing social media.

    The platform already sees use with football giants Barcelona for its Game PASS service, offering users the ability to watch on-demand the likes of Lionel Messi, Louis Suárez and Neymar, in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, along with exclusive content about the players. The new service can be offered as a fully managed service, where RR Media takes full responsibility for the management of the platform, or alternatively as a white label.

    Commenting on the move, Elad Manishviz, RR Media CMO said: "This joint solution [with Pi Telecom] gives sports customers a highly flexible and scalable platform to broaden the reach and availability of premium sports content to worldwide audiences, enriching viewers' experience and generating new revenues. It offers us an effective way of bridging the gap between the traditional broadcast world and new digital media capabilities."

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    10% of broadband households are cord-cutters

    Michelle Clancy | 09 October 2015


    A full 10% of US broadband households are now cord-cutters, according to Parks Associates.


    The research found that a quarter of these have cancelled their pay-TV service in the past 12 months, and are instead using online video sources.

    In addition, 7% of US broadband households are recent cord-shavers - those who have downgraded their pay-TV service within the past 12 months and use online video sources. Cord-nevers, or consumers who have never subscribed to a pay-TV service but do use online video sources, represent 3% of broadband households.

    "Although pay-TV adoption rates have held fairly steady over the past four years, the video industry is highly sensitive to these groups of consumers," said Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates. "Cord-cutters, -shavers, and -nevers represent both the risk and opportunity facing the industry today. As viewing evolves, companies want to be sure that they are in a position to react to trends and adequately capture revenues. The massive influx of new OTT video services in 2015 is one example of video market players making moves to prepare for the new future of video entertainment."

    The research follows other figures from the firm which found that households with a streaming media device hooked up to the TV, like Apple TV, Roku (which just launched the Roku 4) or Chromecast, watch an average of 22 hours of video on television per week. That's four hours more than households without a streaming device, which clock in at just 18 hours per week on average.

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    DIRECTV launches boxing VR app

    Michelle Clancy | 09 October 2015


    DIRECTV is taking its first jab at virtual reality (VR) with a boxing app.


    The Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) VR App delivers highlights from the 27 June BKB fight event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It's available for Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition and Cardboard (Android and iOS) headsets, and via the Samsung Milk VR, a premium virtual reality service.

    The BKB VR app was designed as a short-form immersive experience focused on presenting a selection of the most exciting fight moments. The app's immersive content was filmed by a five-camera system designed to capture the event from the perspective of a fan in the audience. Users can select different fight highlights and close up camera feeds.

    "We know that VR can be a deeply engaging entertainment medium. It delivers a compelling sense of 'being there' that's unmatched by any other technology," said Jon Molod, vice president of Digital Entertainment Products Group, DIRECTV. "We believe that much of VR's growth will be mobile-driven. As the technology evolves we hope to find new ways to use VR to enhance not just BKB, but all sports experiences."

    Boxing continues to be a value-add for TV. For instance, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) recently debuted on Bounce TV, in a bid to diversify its audience.

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    Viacom initiates global sales initiative

    Michelle Clancy | 09 October 2015


    Viacom has expanded the Viacom Velocity global sales initiative.


    The international ad sales team within Viacom's international division, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), is being rebranded as Viacom Velocity International. The London-based sales team will offer Viacom's advertisers outside the US the same type of content-led marketing as what's offered from New York under the Viacom Velocity brand.

    In the US, Viacom Velocity has partnered with a range of clients to develop bespoke, content-led strategic marketing campaigns that go beyond traditional TV and online media buys to encompass TV, digital and social media across Viacom's brands, including Comedy Central, MTV and Spike.

    Those products and services will now be made more widely available to international clients including data-driven targeted advertising tool, Viacom Vantage, and the social media analytics platform, the Echo Social Graph.

    "Viacom Velocity has had appreciable success developing content-led commercial partnerships with our US advertisers, connecting them more effectively with audiences of all ages who are engaging more deeply with our brands and content than ever before but doing so on a growing variety of platforms and devices," said Bob Bakish, VIMN's president and CEO.

    The news follows fellow media giant Fox International Channels (FIC) announcing a similar initiative: the launch of Fox Media to handle global sales. It will act as a single point of contact for local, regional and global clients to build campaigns for audiences across FIC's TV footprint and nearly 130 million unique monthly online users.

    The new division will take a comprehensive approach to global cross-platform media buying and sponsorships for Fox, National Geographic and Fox Sports, including native advertising and branded content, across multiple platforms.

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    PBS America to launch on Freesat

    Michelle Clancy | 09 October 2015


    PBS America, the factual channel from America's Public Broadcasting Service, is launching on Freesat from 29 October.


    Since launching as a pay-TV channel in the UK four years ago, PBS America has carved out a niche in the factual market by showcasing high quality, in-depth and balanced science, history and current affairs programming. During this time it has doubled its share of viewing. Launching on Freesat, the UK's subscription-free satellite TV service, should widen its audience further.

    "Over the last four years we have built a high quality audience for well made American history, science and current affairs programmes," said PBS America's general manager, Richard Kingsbury. "We've always had a lot of interest from free-to-air viewers who enjoy quality docs and so it's wonderful to be able to reach them at last. I'm confident that the Freesat launch will further accelerate the growth of PBS America."

    PBS America is also the home of the legendary filmmaker Ken Burns. To mark the channel's launch on Freesat, PBS America is scheduling a special Ken Burns Season that will run for six weeks from 1 November.

    Paul Gilshan, director of marketing and communications at Freesat, added: "With over 200 channels on offer to our viewers, we're always pleased to bring a wide range of compelling programming to the UK free-to-air market and, with PBS America now joining Freesat, the line-up just got even better giving viewers the opportunity to watch award-winning factual programming, totally subscription-free."

    PBS continues to make inroads in the UK. Before the Freesat announcement, the BBC and PBS announced four new co-productions as part of their overall partnership deal

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    beIN hits ratings gold with Madrileno derby

    Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 09 October 2015


    beIN SPORTS, the international sports network, continued its positive ratings trend this past weekend, with the Madrileno derby.


    The la Liga match-up featured city rivals Atlético de Madrid vs. Real Madrid. According to Nielsen Media research, the broadcast delivered an average of 493,000 total viewers across both beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. The Spanish-language broadcast of the match was No 1 in sports programming among Spanish-language cable networks on Sunday 4 October.

    Drawing an average of 325,000 total viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español, the match out-delivered the Liga MX UNAM vs. Guadalajara match, which had an average of 263,000 total viewers on Univision Deportes; the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, with an average of 152,000 total viewers on NBC Universo and the Bundesliga, Leverkusen vs. Augsburg match, with an average of 148,000 total viewers on Fox Deportes.

    The news follows beIN Sports' announcement that it will offer exclusive English- and Spanish-language live coverage of the South American Conmebol World Cup qualifiers. Slated for Thursday 8 October and Tuesday 13 October, the broadcasting of Conmebol's first two rounds will be complemented by special network programming and featured guests throughout the week.


 

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