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    Samanyolu TV Avrupa joins KabelKiosk
    J÷rn Krieger | 06-05-2013
    Satellite operator Eutelsat has expanded the Turkish line-up of its German direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk with Samanyolu TV Avrupa, one of the most-watched Turkish-language TV channels in Europe, now available in the Turkish basic package.
    Samanyolu TV Avrupa has been offering a 24-hour general interest service for the Turkish-speaking community in Europe for more than 20 years. The schedule includes news from Germany and Europe, series, movies, children's programmes, documentaries, discussion rounds and sports coverage.
    The channel produces a large number of its programmes in its two TV studios in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, which it set up in November 2001.

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    Gulli, Marathon Media introduce animation series second-screen app
    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 06-05-2013
    French DTT family channel Gulli and producer Marathon Media, an affiliate of Zodiak Kids, have teamed up to launch a second-screen application linked to the animated series Redaka´, and set to launch on 12 May.
    Available on iOS smartphones and tablets from the Gulli app, The Great Quest of Redaka´ will allow young viewers to interact with the series on-air from their mobile devices. The app is based on the watermarking technology SyncNow by Civolution that recognises sound marks within the TV episodes and synchronises with it to offer enriched content linked to the series allowing viewers to play. Kids will have until 5 June to find and collect 12 playing cards

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      Canal+ launches new second-screen rugby app
      Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 06-05-2013
      Pay-TV channel Canal+ has announced a new rugby app, Canal Rubgy App, which is available free of charge on smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android).
      This second-screen service, which is the rugby version of the Canal Football App that has already achieved 700,000 downloads, offers Canal+ subscribers an enriched and interactive TV experience through their mobile devices.
      Fans are able to get more in-depth information about rugby and the top 14 matches, not only during the matches but also before and after as they will have access to backstage and press conferences. Videos deliver a round-up of all matches and rugby news, while live tweets allow users to communicate with other fans.

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        Yomvi still causing problems for Smart TV users
        Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 06-05-2013
        According to user's reports over the past week, Canal+'s Yomvi service isn't functioning properly on Samsung Smart TVs.
        After a year of experiencing some quality and access problems, the company released a new version of the application for the Smart TV a week ago. However, this didn't solve most of the problems and some customers reported that they don't have access to the service at all.
        From the beginning, the Samsung Smart TV showed that it was not completely suitable for the Yomvi application, and over the past year, only a reduced version of the programme has been available for subscribers to the satellite platform.
        However, the Prisa TV platform has been striving to achieve a 100% compatibility. Prisa sees smart TVs as one way to increase its client numbers in the near future. The company aims to make the Yomvi service available to customers who aren't paying for it monthly. That means that viewers will have access to 20 different channels, VOD and the pay-per-view service through, for example, consoles and smart TVs. Prisa TV has promised a revolution, but is apparently coming across more obstacles than expected.

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          Chile's pay-TV audience on the increase
          Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 06-05-2013
          Pay-TV is seeing growth in Chile, with almost half of those with access to pay-TV services preferring them to free-to-air channels during the first three months of 2013.
          According to the Latin American Multichannel Advertisement Council (LAMAC), the average audience share has grown 11% during the past five years, showing a slow but steady increase.
          Gary McBride, LAMAC's CEO, explained: "The pay-TV growth and its increasing audience during the last years confirm that this media is having a bigger importance among Chileans, and it is satisfying a need that they cannot find in the traditional media." According to McBride, the recent data shows that pay-TV audiences are now "essential when it comes to elaborate advertisement campaigns".
          The average audience share in January, February and March was 45%, while the national television station took 14%, 13% for Canal 13 and Chilevision, and 9% for Mega. Based on this data, LAMAC has predicted an upward tendency for the rest of the year.
          The Chilean statistics aren't the only good news for pay-TV in Latin American, however. The statistics of the advertisement council have been showing the same growth tendency in other countries during the first months of 2013: in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico the pay-TV audience is also increasing.

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            Teleste builds Chinese footprint
            May 6, 2013 Europe/London By Julian Clover
            Teleste has reached agreement with the Chinese governmental cable operator of Gansu Province and Shanghai OTEC Information Technology.
            It means the Finnish cabletec firm will have 10% ownership of a joint venture owned by the three parties. The agreements also cover sales development of the Chinese cable market as well as commencing a local manufacturing facility.
            The Chinese government has begun an extensive cable network modernization programme. To enhance this development, small independent cable operators have been consolidated into strong provincial-level entities. Typically, such provincial-level operators correspond in size with European national cable operators.
            ”This collaboration agreement opens up an opportunity for Teleste to further develop our sales in China, where significant investments will be made in advanced cable network infrastructure. Furthermore, the manufacturing facilities of Gansu joint venture will complement our network of contract manufacturing partners by offering cost efficient manufacturing, coupled with the benefits of close partnership. We are looking forward to fast ramp-up of the co-operation in order to respond to the opportunity offered by the *****ly developing market in China”, says Hanno Narjus, Senior Vice President, Video and Broadband Solutions.
            In Gansu province, there are significant investments on-going to develop the local infrastructure. The basic pillars of the collaboration consist of Teleste’s advanced technology and product solutions, OTEC’s existing sales network in China as well as Gansu province industrial park with its modern manufacturing infrastructure.

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              NBCU exec: ‘Aereo creating loophole as business plan’
              By Colin Mann
              A senior executive at NBCUniversal has suggested that Internet-streaming service Aereo is seeking to exploit what may be seen as loopholes in congressional intent relating to the retransmission of broadcast signals.
              Richard Cotton, executive vice president and general counsel of NBCUniversal, told Reuters that the legal battle that the major US broadcasters were currently engaged in with the start-up was worth fighting. “In terms of Aereo, the congressional intent is so clear as to what rules should apply to for-profit corporations that make money by retransmitting a broadcast signal that litigation seemed a more direct approach. I would characterise Aereo as really an individual business that’s trying to create – I don’t know if it exists – a loophole as a business plan,” he suggested.
              Responding to the suggestion that Aereo has purposely tried to build its technology around legal precedent, and that copyright law would have difficulty keeping up, Cotton said that those who created works that involve the investment of time and human effort had the rights to control how their work is distributed. “I think it’s a fundamental precept. Those pillars remain critically important. I would keep separate the question of how does one remedy wholesale violations of those principles,” he added.
              Cotton, who estimates that he spends 50 per cent of his time on intellectual property issues, saw two points of emphasis in relation to anti-piracy issues. “The role of the anti-piracy efforts on the legal side is to try to make illegal content less easily available. From the highest strategic perspective, our goal is to make the legitimate access points to content more convenient and more high quality to the consumer. At the same time, we want to protect the company’s innovative distribution efforts,” he said.
              He suggested that the video-sharing sites, advertising networks, credit card companies, search engines, domain name registrars, universities and Internet service providers were “vital” in helping to protect IP. “YouTube four or five years ago put in place content recognition technology, which now makes it quite difficult to upload copyrighted content unless the content owner has entered into a licensing agreement with YouTube and has decided to allow its content on the service. More than a month ago, the five major ISPs in the United States started forwarding notices that they receive from content owners about IP addresses identified as uploading and downloading content illegally,” he noted, pointing to the successful legal downloading of easily-available Sarah Palin Saturday Night Live skits on NBC.com and Hulu. “It was very hard to find them, if you could find them at all, on YouTube because they were being blocked.”
              “Also, in the summer of 2011, the White House brokered an agreement in which content owners can file a complaint with major credit card companies and PayPal if they believe a website is either overwhelmingly dedicated to distributing stolen digital content or distributing counterfeit physical goods. In response to a request, the payment processors will investigate it, and may stop doing business with that site.”
              In terms of scenarios in which litigation was an effective method of stopping counterfeiting, Cotton suggested it was important in clarifying areas of the law that are unclear. “So, for example, we were one of the plaintiffs in the Grokster litigation, which made clear that websites that induced the unauthorised sale of infringing content were liable for their actions. But litigation is a very slow and cumbersome process. And we’re dealing in the warp speed of the Internet. Litigation can only make limited contributions. The most important focus to induce real change is through efforts to reach co-operative agreements with the actors that are engaged in how the broadband Internet ecosystem functions,” he stated.

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                Sky Germany: Rupert’s pride and joy
                Brian Sullivan, CEO at Sky Deutschland, is doing rather well at his new Munich home. A long-term News Corp staffer, with a 13-year solid reputation built at BSkyB, he has been in post at Sky-D since January 2010. He inherited a subscriber base of 2.4 million, and a reputation that German viewers were somehow different from the rest of the world and that converting them from a huge portfolio of ‘free’ channels to pay-TV would be difficult.
                Sullivan strongly disagreed with this theory, and has since proved that by solving problems – some of them challenging – one by one would convince German viewers that pay-TV had value and merit. Plus, of course, having the right mix of programming!
                For Germany this means football. And then HDTV, and DVRs, and a solid customer service operation. Getting these ducks in a row has led to steady progress in subscriber growth, ARPU, lowering churn and revenue progress. From 2.4 million subs in 2009, the following years have seen net additions of 183,000, 359,000, 351,000 and the latest quarter-year results of 42,100 taking the grand total to 3.4 million. Put another way, Sky-D has moved from a struggling 10.3 per cent penetration in 2008 and a massive churn rate of 23 per cent, to a much healthier picture today.
                Football, said Sullivan, generated a “positive effect” on sales, and this beneficial impact is expected to continue from this coming season’s exclusivity over games. In readiness for the fortconming season, Sky-D will add a ‘Sky Sports News HD’ app later this summer, delivering non-stop sports news to iPads and tablets.
                Behind the scenes, Sullivan and his team have trimmed costs considerably and boosted operating margins in the process. This Q1 set of numbers has seen Sky Deutschland move into a slim operating (EBITDA) profit, and no doubt Sullivan is celebrating lavishly with a pizza. Sky-D is still some way off from real profits, but the building blocks to further success are firmly in place.
                This is why News Corp is increasingly noticing what’s happening at Sky-D. Rupert Murdoch has recently increased News Corp’s stake in Sky-D to 53.8 per cent, and the market expects this to control to increase, perhaps to complete ownership. After all, what’s to stop Sullivan’s steady growth? And besides, Sky-D has no regulatory problems, is not a dominant player in the market, has 100 per cent of the TV rights to Germany’s football leagues and more than useful arrangements in place to wholesale its programming to many of Germany’s leading cable companies.
                Sullivan’s service still lags behind BSkyB and Sky Italia, but there’s not a lot that can go wrong. He can now feel much more confident of – over time – getting closer to BSkyB’s 56.8 per cent of the UK subs market, or passing Sky Italia’s 35 per cent, or perhaps even France’s 59.2 per cent of homes which subscribe to pay-TV.
                And shareholders seem to agree. At one point on Friday May 3rd its shares hit €5.01. After some profit taking they slipped back to close at €4.85. Within the past year they have been as low as €1.78. No wonder Rupert is happy!

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                  May 7, 2013 08.28 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul
                  UPC DTH has announced that its satellite platform freeSAT is broadcasting the Ice Hockey World Championship in HD.
                  Games from the championship, which is taking place in Sweden and Finland between May 3 and May 19, are being offered live and in the format to all freeSAT medium customers with a HD set-top box.
                  The championship features 16 teams including ones from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where freeSAT is available.
                  The platform ended the first quarter with 105,700 subscribers in the Czech Republic and 56,600 in Slovakia.
                  Its sister services UPC Direct (Hungary) and Focus Sat (Romania) meanwhile had 250,000 and 319,800 subscribers respectively.

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                    Al Jazeera America to open 12 US bureaux
                    Rebecca Hawkes | 07-05-2013
                    Al Jazeera's American operation will open 12 offices in cities including Detroit, Nashville, and Chicago ahead of the channel's launch later this year.
                    The Qatar-based TV news network bought Current TV for a reported US$500 million from former US Vice President Al Gore last year. Among the prominent staff it has so far hired are veteran investigative journalist Ed Pound and long-time CNN anchor and reporter Ali Velshi.
                    Bob Wheelock, executive producer for Al Jazeera America, told WWJ-AM 950 radio in Detroit: "We're trying to have bureaux in places where other networks do not. Detroit is one place, obviously ... New Orleans is another, Nashville ..."
                    He added that in opening bureaux in previously under-represented areas, Al Jazeera America will enhance regional coverage by being "placed strategically around the country."
                    The network – which has long sought to establish a strong foothold in the US market – will also have bureaux in the more traditional cities of Los Angeles and Washington DC, with its headquarters in New York City.
                    Al Jazeera America will run separately from the existing Al Jazeera English service, and will provide both domestic and international news for American audiences.

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                      More than a quarter of US *****s watch multiscreen TV
                      Michelle Clancy | 07-05-2013
                      Video consumption is continuing to expand beyond the living room screen, with more than a quarter (27%) of *****s in the US watching video daily on devices other than a TV set, according to research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG).
                      On a weekly basis, that number jumps up to about half (53%) of *****s streaming multi-platform video — defined as video watched on home computers, mobile phones, iPads, tablets and eReaders. That's a significant increase from 14% daily, and 37% weekly two years ago.
                      The firm found that there is a significant difference in the use of these non-TV video options by age, with 42% of all ages 18-44 watching any type of video daily, and 77% weekly — compared to 14% daily, and 33% weekly among those age 45 and over.
                      Lest the findings spark cord-cutting fears, LRG found that much of the viewing is taking place in the home. Of those who watched video on their mobile phone in the past month, 63% say that they usually watch video on their mobile phones at home. And, of those who watched video on their iPad, tablet or eReader in the past month, 89% say that they also usually watch video on these devices at home. And as far as multi-tasking is concerned, on a weekly basis, just 7% overall use these devices as second screens to interact with the programmes being watched.
                      "Video watched on non-TV devices and via connected TV sets has significantly increased over the past few years, particularly among younger individuals," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "Consumers are generally using these new viewing options to complement traditional TV viewing at home."
                      The firm also found that 44% of all households have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a Blu-ray player, an Apple TV or a Roku set-top box, and/or the TV set itself — up from 38% last year, 30% in 2011 and 24% in 2010. While 18% of all households have a TV connected to the Internet only via a video game system, just 3% of households are connected solely via a smart TV set.
                      Across devices, 33% watch any over-the-top content daily, and 59% weekly — compared to 17% daily, and 41% weekly two years ago. Netflix streaming video households account for 58% of weekly TV show viewers. One-fifth, or 22%, of all *****s stream Netflix video weekly — compared to 4% in 2010.
                      Further, 80% of Netflix streaming users use it to watch TV shows and movies on a TV set, and 53% of this group access Netflix via a video game system.

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