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    IPTV news

    UK and French broadcasters lead the charge of the OTT brigade in Europe

    25.05.11

    The UK and France are leading deployments of over-the-top (OTT) video services in Europe, invigorating both free and pay-TV competitive dynamics from which new business models are emerging, according to a new report from SNL Kagan.

    The report focuses on France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain, and notes an increase in OTT service launches in recent months, driven by broadcaster-led catch-up services that are "significantly" affecting how content is distributed and viewed online.

    The research firm believes that the currently-fragmented hybrid broadcast broadband initiatives across Europe are being brought under a number of national-level umbrellas, such as YouView in the UK, MHP in Italy and HbbTV in Germany and France - enabling broadcasters to compete on content rather than technology while opening up significant opportunities for experimentation with interactivity.

    There is also believed to be a strong opportunity for incumbent video providers to influence the near-term shape of OTT in their markets, given that broadband penetration in the UK, Germany and France is up at around 70%, while take-up of double- and triple-play bundles is also strong and rates are affordable.

    Despite currently being nascent, TV applications ecosystems which have been created by consumer electronics manufacturers and deployed via "connected" or "smart" televisions are thought likely to reshape the market significantly in the medium term.

    There is however believed to be considerable market variations in the viability of OTT services: Italy and Spain are described as having more limited mass-market penetration of video-on-demand, catch-up and PC TV services. In italy, SNL Kagan finds that the competitive environment is not conducive to new entrants building viable business models, although incumbent players such as Mediaset are "well positioned" to leverage hybrid DTT/OTT systems to make a big impact in the long term.

    In Spain, broadband is far outpacing multichannel take-up, setting the stage for widespread online video adoption, while high subscription prices are limiting pay-TV affordability, creating a gap which OTT is positioned to fill, according to the report. However, widespread video piracy is predicted to drag on legal OTT uptake in the near term.

    The report concludes by stating that incumbent pay-TV operators are not standing idly by: nearly all major cable, satellite and IPTV operators are exploring TV Everywhere systems in order to bring OTT into their walled gardens, while satisfying consumer demand for multi-screen access to content on-demand.

    "Multi-platform video continues to gain momentum, as operators and broadcasters take the lead role with their own VOD, live and catch-up TV services, while also pursuing a TV Everywhere strategy," said Mohammed Hamza, Media and Communications Analyst at SNL Kagan. “However, sites of OTT gravity are also forming around new players in Europe, as entities including LoveFilm work to align content, distribution, brand and business model into sustaining businesses. Signs of traction are drawing the attention of global giants, with Amazon taking full ownership of LoveFilm in January, giving the retail behemoth a VOD presence in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden."
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    Belgacom upgrades its IPTV service
    Published: 13.00 Europe/London, June 8, 2011 by Robert Briel

    Belgacom TV has introduced a new technology enabling almost instantaneous channel switching while improving the image quality of its digital TV service. The technology was provided by Cisco and integrated by Nokia Siemens Networks.

    “The main highlight of this deployment is that it’s a world first for a network-friendly implementation of the technology,” said Brook Longdon, head of media and entertainment at Nokia Siemens Networks. “It takes into account the fact that broadband access networks don’t have unlimited bandwidth for fast channel change services. Our technology addresses this constraint allowing Belgacom to use precious bandwidth to broadcast more content.”

    Belgacom’s digital TV service offered distinctly superior image quality compared to analogue, but the digital TV’s channel change speed was slow. In addition to improving the channel switching speed of the digital TV system, Belgacom wanted to resolve occasional picture distortion caused by poor quality cabling at its subscribers’ premises. Nokia Siemens Networks’ solution, based on Cisco VQE technology, enables faster channel switching and eliminates picture distortion, using only little backbone bandwidth.

    “Enhancing customer satisfaction and operational efficiency lie at the heart of Cisco’s technology for optimizing medianets,” said Everth Flores, director, service provider video operations for Cisco Europe. “We are pleased that Cisco’s Visual Quality Experience technology, together with the client-based fast channel change, found in our set-top box, has enabled Belgacom to significantly reduce channel change time of its digital TV system, improve video delivery quality and increase customer satisfaction.”

    Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks has implemented an intelligent resource control mechanism within its media delivery platform. This platform, when overlaid on Cisco VQE technology, adapts the fast channel change service to work within the available bandwidth at each end-user device, thereby protecting other services on the same connection.

    In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks’ media delivery platform – Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform – is used to control and manage fast channel change and packet-loss repair services, and remotely deploy it across set-top boxes being used by subscribers.

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    Romanian IPTV operator expands
    Published: 10.28 Europe/London, June 7, 2011 by Chris Dziadul

    Romania’s Ines Group has acquired Opticables Telecomunicatii, a company that installs cable and fibre optic cables, for an undisclosed fee.

    According to ZF, the company was previously owned by Feltrex International (70%) and Radu Bogdan Ortun.

    Ines Group is itself owned by Silviu Dorinel Sabau (75%) and Iosif Szavuj (25%) and a triple play company.

    It has been providing internet access since 1995 and launched what was probably Romania’s first IPTV service in 2005.

    Its revenues in 2009 amounted to over €6 million.

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    IPTV platforms compete with cable
    Published: 08.37 Europe/London, May 23, 2011 by Robert Briel

    11.3 million pay-TV subscribers were added at the end of first quarter of 2011, according to ABI Research. “By the end of 2011, the total number of pay-TV subscriptions is expected to exceed 759 million,” said practice director Jason Blackwell of ABI Research.

    Cable TV still maintains the largest market share. However, its relative share of subscriptions dropped from 72% in 2009 to 69% in 2010. Cable TV operators in Western Europe and North America in particular faced subscriber losses in 2010 as new television services such as telco TV and online TV replaced traditional cable TV services.

    However, in emerging markets such as Latin America, cable TV will continue its growth. As an example, Brazil, a country with more than 59 million households, has only about 17% pay-TV penetration. Many parts of Brazil still have no access to cable TV services. In a plan recently released by the country’s telecom regulator, cable TV penetration is expected to reach 10% in 2011.

    Analogue switch-off is taking place across the world. The momentum of the process is especially high in Western Europe, with the UK and Italy expecting to complete analogue switch-off in 2012. Asia-Pacific countries such as China and India have taken the first steps to switch off analogue transmissions, and the process is expected to be complete by 2015.

    “The emergence of digital TV in different pay-TV platforms begins to offer more choices to consumers,” noted research analyst Khin Sandi Lynn. “Digital terrestrial TV channels and HDTV channels are gaining popularity in pay-TV markets. ABI Research expects that there will be more than 230 million HDTV subscriptions across different platforms at the end of 2011.”

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    Telekom Entertain leads German IPTV market
    Published: 10.59 Europe/London, May 17, 2011 by Robert Briel

    With over 1.3 million subscribers, Deutsche Telekom’s service Entertain is the clear leader in the German IPTV market. 02/Hansenet’s Alice Home TV lags far behind with just 79,000 connected homes. Vodafone has yet to publish its first figures for its recently launched IPTV service.

    Last Friday, May 13, O2 reported the number of DSL customers had reached 2,591,000 at the end of the first quarter, up 31,000 from the previous quarter. Of these, just 3% also take the IPTV service Alice Home TV. That translates in around 79,000 TV homes, up 2,000 from December 31, 2010. The IPTV service is available in 150 German cities, or a potential reach of 10 million homes.

    Vodafone Germany released its Q1 2011 figures today, Tuesday, May 17, but failed to give specific number of its recently launched hybrid IPTV/DTH service Vodafone TV. The operator has 3.5 million DSL customers in the country.

    Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV package added another 100,000 subscribers in the first quarter, as the number of subscribers currently stands at 1.3 million. The operator is now betting on its interactive services including a wide range of on-demand programming and an increase in HD channels.

    The operator has added another three HD channels to its line-up. Following a carriage agreement with MTV Networks, Entertain now offers MTV HD, Viva HD, Comedy Central HD and Nickelodeon HD (the latter two in channel sharing). In order to make access to HD channels possible for households outside of the reach of its VDSL service, Telekom also launched its hybrid Entertain Sat service, giving customer access to both FTA HD channels as well as to the encrypted HD+ platform.

    On-demand programming is an important USP for Entertain and the offer includes premium content in Deutsche Telekom’s VOD portal Videoload.

    In order to make access to the IPTV service easier, Deutsche Telekom is now offering a “pure” Entertain TV service without Internet connection. Entertain Pur costs EUR 27.95 per month and comprises a telephone and TV connection.

    Compared with cable, IPTV in Germany is still very small. The total number of cabled homes stands now at around 18 million with heavyweights Kabel Deutschland (8.9 million homes), Unitymedia (4.5 million), Kabel BW (2.4 million), TeleColumbus (2.3 million) and Primacom (around 1 million).

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    ANTIK showcases OTT solution


    Published: 09.40 Europe/London, June 15, 2011 by Chris Dziadul

    The Slovak company ANTIK Technology has developed a complete end-to-end IPTV outsourcing solution for OTT video and content providers, ethnic TVs and telco operators around the world.

    Known as the Juice IPTV global solution, it allows them to offer IPTV services delivered over the public internet to their customers by renting rather than building the technology by themselves.

    According to ANTIK Technology’s CEO Igor Kolla, “depending on their needs, operators can rent only one or two components to complete their solution, or we can serve them with end-to-end turn-key interactive TV delivery.”

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    Belgacom TV to offer ‘free’ football

    Published: 08.20 Europe/London, June 15, 2011 by Robert Briel

    [BBelgacom TV is to offer all the 180 football matches per season in the Belgian Jupiler League as part of the basic TV subscription of its IPTV service, making it ‘free’ to all its subscribers. The operator made the move after losing the majority of the live rights to the Jupiler League competition to its cable rivals Telenet (Flanders) and VOO (Walloon).

    Belgacom has acquired one lot of the Belgian League consisting of 150 Saturday games (five per day) and between 29 and 31 play off games – a total of around 180 games. Belgacom said it offered €1 million for this lot.

    With all other Jupiler League games now going to Telenet and VOO, Belgacom has decided not to charge for live football anymore. The Multilive mosaic channel shows all concurrent games being played on a single screen. It will start showing the games for free from the beginning of the competition this August.

    All current subscribers to the football packages will be reimbursed for any subscription fee paid after July 1.

    The division of the Jupiler League between two platforms, IPTV and cable, has caused some unrest amongst Belgian football fans. People who until now could watch all games by subscribing to Belgacom TV now have to buy two subscriptions, one for the IPTV service and another from the cable networks.[/B]

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    KPN puts HD channels in basic

    Published: 07.22 Europe/London, June 15, 2011 by Robert Briel

    On July 7, Dutch incumbent telecoms operator KPN will put 10 HD channels in the basic tier of its IPTV service Interactieve Televisie, but only for FTTH subscribers on fibre.

    The move emphasises the advantages of fibre to the home connections with regards to the quality of the IPTV signals. As part of the upgraded service, KPN will also add more HD titles to its VOD catalogue.

    The basic tier for FTTH now comprises all main public and private channels, Nederland 1 HD, Nederland 2 HD, Nederland 3 HD, RTL 4 HD, RTL 5 HD, RTL 7 HD, RTL 8 HD, SBS 6 HD, Net 5 HD and Veronica HD.

    KPN has launched a promotional channel on its Digitenne DTT platform in order to promote the IPTV service.

    Cable operator Ziggo is also beefing up the HD offer in its basic tier in an attempt to make HD the default means of watching TV.

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    BravaHDTV joins Orange in France
    Published: 11.50 Europe/London, June 20, 2011 by Robert Briel
    BravaHDTV has been added to the HDTV packages of the French IPTV provider Orange, as part of its new Musique Classique package.

    The new distribution contract is the latest addition to BravaHDTV’s footprint in France, which besides Orange now includes the IPTV operators Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free/Alice, the cable platform Numericable and the DTH satellite and IPTV pay television service CANALSAT.

    With the addition of Orange, BravaHDTV now reaches almost every HD-viewer in France. Consequently, Brava is focusing on its new 3D-version Brava3D. The 3D-version of BravaHDTV has already been added to the 3D TV packages of the French IPTV operator Free and talks are underway with several other major European operators.

    BravaHDTV is currently distributed on platforms in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Monaco and ‘Portuguese Africa’. BravaHDTV focuses on Full HD Native top quality programming, such as opera and other musical productions and is free of advertising. BravaHDTV is available 24/7 in Dolby Surround Sound quality.

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    Netgem selected for French Virgin Box TV
    Published: 20.12 Europe/London, June 23, 2011 by Robert Briel

    Netgem has announced an agreement with Virgin Mobile France, the French Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), for the launch of its Virgin Box IPTV offering.

    Netgem will provide its hardware and software technologies to enable Virgin Mobile France customers to access its quadruple-play services (broadband, broadcast, fixed-line and mobile telephony).

    Virgin Mobile France will unveil its new services to French consumers in early 2012 and will leverage SFR’s ADSL network.

    Pascal Rialland, chief executive officer of Virgin Mobile France, said in a statement: “The launch of our new offer is a key milestone in our development. Thanks to Netgem’s experience in the IPTV market, we are confident that the Virgin Box will meet our customer’s expectations for new and innovative entertainment services”.

    Christophe Aulnette, chief executive officer of Netgem, added: “This new Virgin Mobile quadruple play offering is part of a new dynamic of the French IPTV market. We are thrilled to be involved in this project and to contribute with our knowhow, in partnership with SFR, to the emergence of a new ambitious and innovative player.”

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