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    Global satellite demand continues to rise

    With the highest growth rate of any market segment, analysts are calling Ku-band video services like distribution for FTA and cable headends, DTH, contribution and occasional use the global commercial satellite market's rising stars. If certain projections hold true, more than 500 36 MHz transponder equivalents of Ku-band capacity will be added to global capacity demand by next year - with half coming from DTH markets alone.
    According to research firm NSR, every region of the world is showing sustained growth from direct-to-home services, it says there are no reasons why this will change well into 2012. NSR researchers say the satellite industry has stumbled on a number of new and promising markets, with internet access to commercial airlines being one that holds promise for new demand. Although the firm says this segment will eventually take off, satellite insiders should concentrate on what satellites do well besides video delivery.
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    German financial news channel on Astra

    Deutsches Anleger Fernsehen (DAF), a thematic channel focusing on news about the investment and financial world, will commence its satellite distribution on December 1.
    The service will be available free-to-air on Astra (19.2° East) in Astra Platform Service’s (APS) digital package on the frequency 12.480 GHz V (SR 27,500, FEC 3/4). APS will send the signal from its uplink station in Unterföhring near Munich to the satellite.
    “We are very pleased that via Astra we will be able to reach 8.87 million digital TV households in Germany alone. Our success as an internet offer shows that the focusing on financial information has been well received by viewers,” said DAF’s CEO Peter Rampp.
    The channel launched in August 2006 as a web-TV offer at w- w -w.anleger-fernsehen.de. According to the broadcaster, up to 110,000 viewers per day currently tune into the service through the Internet.
    Bavarian media authority BLM issued the operating company, publishing house Börsenmedien, with a regular TV licence for conventional distribution methods in October. In addition to satellite distribution, Börsenmedien head Bernd Förtsch also aims for carriage on cable networks and IPTV platforms via ADSL broadband networks. “Our goal is to reach 12 to 15 million households in Germany by mid next year.”
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    Hispasat embarks on HD project

    Proyecto Palco HD is the name of a new HDTV project in which Spanish satellite operator Hispasat is heavily involved.
    Funded by the Ministry of Industry, the project gathers a series of Spanish technological companies and most important associations related to the HD market and covers the whole value chain.
    Palco HD's objective is to promote HDTV in Spain. The project covers the production process to broadcasting signals in the home, giving a significance to image quality.
    Palco HD's conclusions will be presented to the Foro HDTV - the official organism within the Ministry of Industry involving broadcasters, manufacturers, industrial associations and associations of installers – where the Spanish satellite operator is the coordinator of the sub-group of Satellite Broadcasting. Hispasat is also representative member of the Foro HDTV in the European HDTV Forum.
    Other members of the project are the National Federation of Telecommunication Installers (FENITEL) and the technological companies Gsertel, HyC, Promax Electrónica, audiovisual company Sogecable, Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales (TSA), Televés and the Politechnic University of Madrid (UPM).
    National public broadcaster Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) is also supporting this project which has a total budget of EUR3 million and in which a total of 50 professionals are involved.
    Among the project's tasks are to establish the recommendations and directives for the coexistence and migration from SD to HDTV images; the establishment of the parameters for the reception of HDTV either in individual installations or in the collective ones through different ways such as satellite, terrestrial, cable and DSL; to develop measurement systems specifically adapted to the DVB-S2 standard designed for high-definition TV.
    The Palco HD project will analyze other aspects such as the definition and valuation of the quality from the user’s point of view and the determination and analysis of the possible technical problems in the broadcasting process.
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    NBC and TiVo link on ‘Stopwatch’

    TiVo has the neat ability to measure time-shifted programming. NBC Universal has signed up to use the system.
    TiVo PVRs come with a built-in ratings technology called Stopwatch which measures viewing of time-shifted programming, and the commercial breaks carried within the shows. Crucially, it also counts the number of viewers who fast-forward during the commercials. NBC Universal has signed with TiVo to tap into the numbers on all its Owned & Operated stations, as well as broadcast and cable networks.
    “This is a watershed moment for advertisers, broadcast and cable television and TiVo. We have been working tirelessly to help the media industry better understand and solve the significant strategic challenges they face in the age of the DVR,” TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers. Rogers was previously president of NBC Cable.
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    India: no new licence needed for IPTV

    India’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has confirmed its “do nothing” approach towards IPTV.
    Following a consultation period in September, the regulator has released its draft conclusions on the fledgling sector. TRAI said on November 28 that cable operators and telcos will not require new licences to offer IPTV services.
    The laissez-faire approach is partly an attempt to stimulate the industry, growth of which is being slowed by inadequate broadband speeds and take up.
    TRAI is inviting yet more industry comment and thereafter will issue the final recommendations to the government.
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    Disney goes HD in France

    Disney Cinemagic will be Mouse’s first HD channel in Europe.
    Disney Cinemagic, the premium family movie channel, will broadcast in HD in France and other French speaking territories from Friday November 30 at 8:30pm. Cinemagic is the first children's and family HDTV channel in the French market. It will broadcast approximately 50% of films in native HD during the first year.
    Cinemagic is already on air in the UK (since March 2006) but transmitted in standard definition. Clearly, Disney is building up its library of HD material for broadcast, and this includes programming for the UK market. As yet, “there are no firm plans” to launch in the UK, says a Disney spokeswoman, but to “watch this space”.
    Disney Cinemagic launched in France in September this year, offering families a selection from the Disney catalogue including The Wild and Cars throughout the day. Viewers will now be treated to “the ultimate viewing experience” says Disney.
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    CanalSat renews Voyage

    France’s CanalSatellite announced November 28 in a very brief release that it had renewed, under “new conditions”, its contract with Fox for the carriage of travel channel Voyage.
    The new contract runs until December 31 2010, but the platform declined to give any more details.
    CanalSat and Fox were arguing about Voyage as the platform wanted to drastically decrease Voyage’s remuneration. This agreement doesn’t concern Fox Life’s carriage, which is still off CanalSat.
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    Audiovisual Sport sues Mediapro

    Sogecable's company for the exploitation of football rights Audiovisual Sport is suing laSexta's producer Mediapro for having sold some rights on to international channels without the right to do so.
    Javier Carrillo, Audiovisual Sport's law director has written a letter to the international channels which take Mediapro's signals saying that a Spanish criminal court has initiated criminal investigation proceedings. These are over the "alleged illicit behaviour" of Mediapro and its representatives, Jaume Roures and José María Benet in the distribution of football rights of the Spanish Football League to international broadcasters and agents.
    The international channels and operators having bought Mediapro's offer of Audiovisual Sport's signal are Sky Italia, Sport 1, Canal+ Poland, Sport Five, Arena, ESPN, Gol TV, BSkyB, Wowow and Al Jazeera Sports.
    The letter continues by stating: "In a judgment that has been recently notified to the parties, dated November 15th, the court admits for investigation a criminal action filed by Digital+ (Sogecable's present satellite pay TV operator and the trademark of the company operated by Canal Satélite Digital) against Jaume Roures and José María Benet for the piracy of its TV signal".
    Audiovisual Sport says that based on the statement by a Spanish Civil Court, it is "beyond any doubt", that "the sole owner of the referred football rights is Audiovisual Sport and that Mediapro can't engage in any activity in relation to, make any use, nor disturb Audiovisual Sport's peaceful exploitation of those rights unless Mediapro fulfills its contractual obligations, something that Mediapro has not done as of this date".
    According to the lawsuit filed by Digital+, Mediapro would have taken the Football Match signal directly from a Canal Satélite Digital decoder. It would thus have circumventing Audiovisual Sport's rights on the distribution of the images, finishes the letter.
    Sogecable has undertaken this action hoping these international channels "will actively cooperate in the avoidance of any activities contrary to Spanish and other applicable laws".
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    Canal Satellite expands Réunion DTH bouquet

    Canal Satellite Réunion, which is a subsidiary of Canal Overseas, has leased additional capacity on Eutelsat’s W2 satellite to support the expansion of the Canal Satellite Réunion pay-TV platform serving Reunion Island and surrounding islands in the Indian Ocean.
    With the new contract Canal Satellite Réunion is now operating four transponders with over 60 channels. The line-up includes seven new thematic channels launched this month: Du côté de chez vous, Ushuaïa TV, Kanal Austral, MTV Music, Extreme Sports Channel, Game One and Private Spice.
    In addition to providing additional capacity, Eutelsat will also uplink the new channels from its teleport at Rambouillet, near Paris.
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    ProSiebenSat1 programmes to go mobile

    SevenSenses, a division of the German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, has signed a deal with the independent video portal operator ViiF to offer selected clips from a number of its programmes. This includes weather forecasts, clips from various news and current affairs programmes and comedy shows.
    Users can access the service by starting a video call and go to the ViiF video portal where he can choose between a number of programmes from various sources.
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    Telenet launches HD bouquets

    The Belgian cable operator Telenet will launch two HD bouquets on its network on December 1. The starter package costs €5 monthly and offers National Geographic HD and the Flemish cultural channel Exqi. A premium package consists of the premium channels Prime One HD (movies) and PrimeSport HD and costs an additional €5 on top of the premium subscription.
    Viewers will have to rent the “HD Digicorder” for €10 a month, which includes a PVR. Long time customers and subscribers to the Prime channels will receive the first four months for free.
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    CanalSat renews Voyage and NatGeo contracts

    CanalSat announced it has renewed its contract with Fox until 2010 for carriage of National Geographic and the French travel channel Voyage on their platform.
    However, CanalSat will drop carriage of the French version of Fox Life, as reported earlier in Broadband TV News.
    Separately, it has been confirmed that Disney Cinemagic HD will join CanalSat from launch this Friday (November 30). It has been allocated channel 197.
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    Public wants more Freeview SD, thumbs down to mobile

    New research on the public’s attitude to new services on the release of the digital dividend has found a demand for new standard definition services, but a lack of enthusiasm for mobile TV. There was also a mixed response for HD, though Ofcom acknowledges that this technology is in its infancy, representing just 2% of UK homes.
    Ipsos MORI conducted 1,999 interviews on behalf of the regulator Ofcom, which had faced criticism over similar research conducted in 2006. Services were given a rating of their importance on a scale of one to ten for both the importance to the UK and personally.
    Extra SD channels on Freeview scored 7 in terms of UK citizens, as did better mobile phone coverage and mobile broadband, though the personal rating was lower at 5.9% compared to 6.2 for the SD channels.
    Extra SD channels on Freeview are relatively more important to users of Freeview with an HD Ready TV set, with 62% of this group ranking it in the top two.
    Local TV on Freeview scored 6.8, Wireless Home Networks 6.6, HD on Freeview 6.5 and Mobile TV 5.1. The personal importance on mobile TV was ranked at just 3.3%.
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    Musical chairs at Antenna

    Lászlo Géza will take up the position of chairman of the board of directors at Hungarian broadcaster and national transmission company Antenna Hungária on January 1 next year. At the same time, Jean-Francois Fenech, the current deputy CEO, will become CEO. Géza is the CEO at present and was previously also the chairman of the board of directors from September 1998 to July 2002. Jean-Francois Fenech has been with Antenna Hungária since September this year, prior to which he was at France’s TDF and its Spanish subsidiary Axión.
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    Czech set-top figure grows

    There were 289,000 set-top boxes used to receive digital terrestrial TV services in the Czech Republic as of this August, according to local reports. Analogue signals were switched off in the Domazlice region at the end of the month, giving a boost to the number. More parts of the country are set to follow as it gears up for ASO, due to take place no sooner than October 10, 2010 and by the end of 2012 at the latest. DTT services, distributed by two multiplexes, are currently available in Brno, Ostrava, Usti nad Labem and the capital, Prague, as well as in Domazlice.
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