Piracy clampdown boosts MENA pay-TV revenues
The number of pay TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa will double between 2011 and 2018 to 16.0 million, according to a report from Digital TV Research.
The report forecasts that fewer than 15 per cent of TV households (analogue and digital) legitimately paid for TV signals by end-2012. This proportion will climb to 21.6 per cent by 2018.
Report author Simon Murray said: “Legitimate pay TV revenues [for the 16 countries covered in the report] will grow by more than 42 per cent between 2012 and 2018 to $4.76 billion. Turkey accounts for more than half of the total.”
DTH will continue to dominate pay TV revenues, taking 71 per cent of the 2018 total (similar to the 2012 proportion). DTH revenues will be $3.39 billion in 2018, up by more than $1 billion on 2012 and more than double the 2008 total. Turkey will account for $1,952 million of the 2018 total (almost quadruple its 2008 total). Regional pay DTH penetration will gradually climb from 6.2 per cent in 2008 to 13.7 per cent in 2018, with subscriber numbers rocketing from 3.9 million to 10.1 million.
The number of homes paying for IPTV will overtake cable subs in 2016. Turkey and Egypt will be the leaders in terms of IPTV subscribers in 2018, although penetration will be higher in Cyprus (32 per cent), Qatar (37 per cent) and the UAE (46 per cent). IPTV revenues will more than quadruple between 2012 and 2018 – to $644 million.
ATT penetration is falling – from 35.6 per cent of the total in 2008 to 27.6 per cent (18.5 million) by end-2012. Conversion will gather pace, though 9.6 per cent of homes (7.1 million) will still receive ATT signals by 2018. Most of the ATT homes will be in Egypt (6.5 million) by 2018.
FTA DTT will be the main beneficiary of the converting homes; increasing from 1.75 million homes (2.6 per cent TV household penetration) at end-2012 to 11.70 million (15.8 per cent) by 2018.
Digital TV penetration for the 16 Middle East and North African countries forecast in the report will almost reach three-quarters of TV households by end-2013 (50.2 million) – up from two-thirds by end-2010 (43.4 million). Digital TV penetration will exceed 90 per cent of TV households by 2018 (66.9 million). More than 54 per cent of TV households watch free-to-air DTH signals.
The forecasts are based on the 16 most advanced countries in the region, which collectively represent 67 million TV households. However, there are 104 million TV households across 31 countries in the whole region – a figure that will grow to 115 million by 2017. Major countries outside those that we have undertaken full forecasts for – that have longer term potential – include Iran (11 million TV households), Afghanistan (4.4 million TV households), Iraq (4.8 million TV households) and Uzbekistan (4.1 million TV households).
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Ziggo launches ‘cloud-based’ cable TV
March 6, 2013
Dutch cable operator Ziggo has launched what it describes as the world’s first interactive cloud-based cable TV service.
Ziggo is using IP and standard DVB-C TV in combination to deliver a service that can be recieved by subscribers without dedicated high-end in-home hardware, enabling viewers with inexpensive digital receivers to access interactive services including video-on-demand.
Users of Humax and Samsung cable boxes can now access advanced interactive services, with more devices to follow.
Ziggo is delivering TV services via DVB-C with interactivity delivered over IP. The graphical user interface is delivered from the cloud via a headend-based ‘virtual set-top box’. The GUI is based on HTML5 and streamed via a temporary personal TV channel on the DVB-C network.
The cloud-based nature of the service means that the same Ziggo services can be received via a range of devices, according to the company.
Telecom Italia sells La7 to Cairo
March 5, 2013 10.25 Europe/London By Robert Briel
Telecom Italia Media (TIM) has agreed to sell Italian national broadcaster La7 to Cairo Communications for EUR 1 million.
The deal involves the channel La7 and La7d, but not the 51% share in MTV Italia channels, which continue to remain with TIM as well as its DTT broadcast operations.
The television company will be recapitalised before the sale and Telecom Italia, the controlling investor in Telecom Italia Media, agreed to waive EUR100 million of receivables owed by its media unit.
Before the transfer of the shareholding, La7 will undergo a capital increase that will leave it with a net positive financial position not higher than EUR 88 million. The recapitalisation will also bring the broadcaster’s shareholders equity up to the agreed level of EUR 138 million.
The agreement also calls for TIM’s broadcast facilities to continue broadcasting the La7 channels over its digital terrestrial network.
Cairo Communications was already involved with La7 as the seller of airtime on the channels. Despite heavy investments in programming, La7 never turned any profit.
TIM also said that MTV will focus on the free-to-air sector, after the sale of non-core satellite channels to Viacom in late 2012.
The company plans greater attention to entertainment and significant investments in content and communications, with the aim of increasing audience share results.
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