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    Brazilian TV Goes Globe Trotting with GlobeCast

    Rede Record Internacional is partnering again with GlobeCast and satellite service provider SatLink to bring Brazillian TV to folks in Asia. Content management and delivery company GlobeCast signed with Brazilian TV Rede Record Internacional TV to launch its exclusive channels across the Asian continent via SatLink's AsiaSat 2 MCPC (Multiple Channels per Carrier) platform. Since 2006 GlobeCast, a subsidiary of France Telecom, has provided Rede Record Internacional TV with distribution across Europe on the Astra 1L satellite. The companies have now extended Rede Record's reach in Asia by working with SatLink Communications Ltd.
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    Latent access

    The Irish vendor of software, smartcard-free, conditional access systems will demonstrate the latest versions of its Latens CAS, BCAS and IPCAS. Latens CAS is a pure software solution which replaces the proprietary smart cards or embedded set-top solutions of traditional CAS vendors with a downloadable CAS system using Secure Software Modules. IPCAS has been specifically tailored for the demands of larger IP network operators. The Latens ECOsystem integrates Latens IPCAS with head-end management tools and established STB client middleware and browser technology to provide a high-performance and open IPTV service delivery platform which is primarily aimed at IPTV operators and cable networks. BCAS is a Latens software-based solution for networks without an always-on return path according to the vendor. This is presently the only commercially available software-based solution for networks without an always-on return path.
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    IPTV to Appear

    The ANGA show will see the European debut of Appear TV’s ‘always on’ intelligent software redundancy.
    According to Appear TV, its IP television market redundancy solution takes a holistic view of operation and network management, simplifying the process and automating it, thereby reducing operational demands.
    Appear TV will further demonstrate its range of streaming, multiplexing, decoding and scrambling products.
    For cable and IPTV operators, the vendor will show flexible and compact head-ends with digital video streaming and multiplexing.
    The SC2000 IP Streamer is a compact and manageable solution for IPTV operators, and the transport stream processing features of the MC3000/MC3100 Multiplexer make it the ideal head-end for digital cable applications.
    Decoding TV and FM radio enables IP-based operators to effectively offer analogue (radio) services over existing coax networks.
    Appear TV’s scrambling and descrambling solutions are integrated with major CA systems and can be combined with a number of interfaces.
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    Mixed Signals arriving in Germany

    Mixed Signals, an US vendor of digital content monitoring solutions from the source to the edge to cable, satellite and IPTV service providers, will be launching its German presence at the ANGA Cable show.
    Mixed Signals has hired Tino Muders as a senior systems consultant based in Germany and responsible for working with clients throughout EMEA.
    Muders joins Mixed Signals from BigBand Networks, where he was the company’s director of systems engineering for EMEA. Muders will work closely with another recent addition, Sam Kershaw, a veteran cable and telco sales executive who is heading up Mixed Signals’ EMEA operations.
    Hiring key personnel, Mixed Signals is looking to expand its operations into the European market. CEO Eric Conley feels “There is substantial competition for television subscribers in today’s European market, now, more than ever, maintaining both quality of service and experience are crucial to gaining and retaining customers”.
    According to Mixed Signals, its Sentry product continuously detects anomalies across hundreds of services, enabling the quick identification and repair of errors that degrade quality, such as video freeze, video black, macro-blocking and loss of audio. These comprise the majority of subscriber complaints and are undetectable with traditional monitoring equipment.
    Additionally, Sentry’s historical database enables faster diagnosis of complex, recurring errors.
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    Shifting TV to edge of Orbit

    Edgeware, the Swedish manufacturer of video servers specifically designed for efficient time shifting of live TV, will be demonstrating its Orbit 2x server.
    The server is integrated into the time-shift TV and nPVR applications of system integrators Eventis and Teleste.
    The Orbit 2x distributed video server combines solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming. It offers on-demand TV features such as native support for a wide range of on-demand TV services including time-shift TV, re-start TV, pause live TV, historic EPG and network PVR.
    The Orbit features sub second latency from live TV ingest to playout of individual streams and has a playout capacity of 20GB per second and 16,000 streams per server. Can take in up to 320 channels and 1.2GB of total bandwidth per server, allowing all types of on-demand tricks on a single copy of the content.
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    Ukraine’s DTH joyride

    Ukraine is finally begun to catch up with the rest of Central and Eastern Europe in the area of DTH broadcasting.
    If local reports are to be believed, the country will see the launch of a new platform named Poverkhnost Plus within a matter of days. Operated by Poverkhnost Satellite Communications, itself part of the Poverkhnost Group, it will initially offer 60 channels in a single package costing UAH100 (€13.4) a month. Some, including the proprietary Sport HD, will be in HD, and the total number is likely to rise to 75 by July or August.
    Poverkhnost Plus’s entry into the marketplace is long overdue – it was expected to launch half a year ago, and has been undertaking tests on Eutelsat W4 at 36 degrees East for much longer – and should be welcomed.
    However, once up and running it will face competition from Viasat Ukraine. A joint venture between MTG and Strong Media Group, it made its debut at this April and currently offers subscribers a total of 60 channels, none as yet in HD, in three packages ranging in price from UAH48 to UAH135 a month.
    Poverkhnost Plus will also have to contend with competition from Russia’s NTV-Plus, which has been present in Ukraine since 2006 and, in due course, a new platform operated by a joint stock company named DataGroup.
    Assessing the prospects for DTH in Ukraine is not straightforward. Although some predict that take-up will be high – Poverkhnost Plus alone believes it could have up to 2 million subscribers within five years – it should be borne in mind that the country already has a large cable industry. Though served by several hundred operators, it is dominated by Volia Cable, a triple play company with a presence in the cities of Lviv, Alchesvsk, Chernivtsi and capital, Kiev.
    Ukraine also has a small though growing IPTV sector, with the Comstar-UTS subsidiary Comstar-Ukraina have launched a service in March this year and incumbent telco Ukrtelecom due to give a debut to one shortly.
    While there is certainly room for up to three or even four DTH operations in Ukraine, they will have to compete strongly not only with each other but also other distribution platforms in a market where pay-TV is still relatively undeveloped.
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    Ziggo gets Eurosport 2 and HD

    Today Eurosport announced a major distribution agreement in the Netherlands with cable operator Ziggo to carry Eurosport in both analogue & digital and Eurosport 2 in digital over the next few years. In addition, Ziggo will launch Eurosport HD from its debut on May 25th.
    Ziggo is the new name of the cable networks formerly known as Casema, Multikabel and @Home,
    Eurosport HD will be a simulcast of the Eurosport flagship channel and will begin transmission in HD on May 25, 2008, with the start of the French Open-Roland Garros tennis Grand Slam. Native HD coverage will also incluede the UEFA Euro 2008, Tour de France, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the US Open.
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    Poland’s ‘n’ nearing profit

    Warsaw-based digital broadcaster TVN has bought 25% of pay-TV platform “n” and has an option to boost that stake to 51%. Channel bosses say they expect “n” to move into profitability sometime next year. But “n” needs more cash before it gets to that position.
    TVN’s CFO Karen Burgess reportedly says TVN and partner shareholder ITI are looking to raise further cash for the platform unless the banks stump up further credit. If that cash isn’t forthcoming then TVN will issue bonds to raise the money in order to boost its stake in “n” beyond 51%.
    TVN paid $148m for the “n” shares. The operation is $54m in debt. The transaction values “n” at some $590 million, about one-third the value of longer-established rival Cyfrowy Polsat. Cyfrowy Polsat has 2.2m subs, while “n” has a reported 300,000.
    The local market didn’t much care for the TVN purchase. TVN’s shares fell 9.3% on May 21, and another 4.5% on May 22.
    “N” transmits its pay-TV bouquet on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird platform. It launched in October 2006, and also includes HDTV material within its packages.
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    Mediaset takes stake in Tunisian ch.

    Italian commercial broadcasting giant, Mediaset, has taken a 25% stake in Tunisian satellite broadcaster Nessma. There had been widespread rumours that Mediaset, ultimately controlled by Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was planning a more comprehensive move on Nessma.
    Nessma is controlled by Quinta Communications, headed up by Tarak Ben Ammar, and some observers had speculated that Mediaset was planning a possible merger with Quinta. The current plan is to give Nessma access to Mediaset’s archive, and possibly expand Nessma into mainland Europe.
    “Our goal is to give viewers the same quality content they know from European broadcasts, but with local sensibilities," Ben Ammar told journalists at a Cannes Film Festival briefing.
    Nessma was launched last year and is popular across North Africa, with about 7.5m viewing homes. It focuses on Arabic viewers but with a Mediterranean flavour.
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    NDS to escape DISH legal bill?

    Conditional access giant NDS last week “lost” its Court battle with Echostar, but clearly won in the court of public opinion, with just a $1000 penalty and $45 in damages. At the time it was widely reported that NDS world have to pay Echostar’s – probably considerable – legal costs. “Not so,” implies NDS.
    The actual Judge’s ruling, as always in these cases, has yet to make it into print, so everyone is waiting for that in order to have absolute clarity, but NDS’ opinion is that as well as being exonerated by the Court, they will escape having to pay Echostar’s costs.
    A statement from a senior NDS source, exclusively to Rapid TV News, said: "There has been no order by the court for NDS to pay plaintiffs' legal fees. To say that NDS has been ordered to do so is incorrect. We do not think NDS is responsible for any of their legal fees. In fact, they may even be required to pay ours."
    If correct then this must be the icing on the cake for what has been a very happy outcome for NDS.
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    Nat Geo wants a high-def India

    As if in response to the news earlier in the week that India’s Dish TV plans high-definition services later in the year, National Geographic Channel (NGC) laid out its plan for four HD channels in India.
    The broadcaster is one of the international companies at the forefront of the move to HD, typically being one of the first broadcasters to offer high-definition content as platforms launch services. Even though there are as yet no HD services in India, NGC has already applied to the government for permission to downlink four HD channels.
    In India, NGC wants to launch its Adventure, Wild and Music high-def services, as well as its main Nat Geo channel. All of the channels are already launched elsewhere in Asia and Nat Geo is talking with Indian carriage providers, including cable operators as well as DTH satellite platforms.
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    ‘Jimmy’ to leave Sky Italia?

    After the ditching of Studio Universal, the second run movie channel owned by NBC Universal which will end up its transmissions on Sky Italia by the end of May, another channel may lose its distribution on Italy’s digital-satellite platform.
    According to several rumors the management of Sky Italia - a fully owned subsidiary of Rupert Murodch's News Corp. - has decided not to renew the distribution agreement for the entertainment channel Jimmy which might end its transmissions by the end of 2008.
    That may force Italian independent TV group RSC Media to close one of the oldest thematic TV brands available in the market.
    Jimmy is a general entertainment channel, with programming based mainly on TV series. It was launched in Italy in 1998 by Multithematiques, the thematic TV factory funded by the French group Canal Plus, at the time also main shareholder of Telepiů. After the merger between Telepiů and Stream that gave birth to Sky Italia, Jimmy was one of the very few channels once owned by Canal Plus to survive the new shareholder’s plans. The channel is now owned and managed by Digicast, a company owned at 51% by Milan based RCS Media Group (the owners of the main daily newspaper in Italy, Il Corriere della Sera) that also runs three other "options" channels: Caccia & Pesca (a channel dedicated to fishing and hunting), Moto TV (a channel for motorbikers) and Y&S (a channel dedicated to sailing and boats).
    But according to Rapid TV News' sources Digicast might have agreed to close Jimmy (and to move its headquarters from Rome to Milan) in order to obtain another distribution agreement with Sky Italia for a proposed channel that might be based on one of RCS most important women news magazine brands.
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    Card or software? CA vendors argue the merits Chris Forrester,

    A Rapid TV News ‘Round Table discussion forum saw some differences of opinion between suppliers of card-based encryption, and systems which depend solely on software to do the job. The consensus view, at least from two major software-based vendors, is that the market is conservative, but changing as operators recognise that software-based systems have merits. NDS, the world's largest supplier of smart cards to the pay-TV market doesn't wholly agree.
    Andy Mathieson, a director at Belfast-based CA supplier Latens, says they are already supplying their technology solution to IPTV operators as well as cable TV systems, and will shortly announce a satellite-based client. "It has taken a long time for the cable market to accept the technology. The industry is conservative and it took some three and a half years for us to win our first cable contract. They are now beginning to understand that they don't need smart cards. It took us a similar amount of time to win our first one-way broadcast system. In other words software-based CAs, without smart cards, will soon be in all sectors of our industry and by June this year we will have achieved that position."
    Steve Christian, VP of Marketing at software-based CA vendor Verimatrix, agreed that the market was much too conservative, especially in regards to one-way (satellite) operations: "The sophistication in the software technology that we can make available now and above all else the renewability of a software-based system [which] delivers the security that's needed but at a cost point that is affordable, especially in emerging markets. It is a compelling equation."
    James Field, NDS' Director of Technology/New Initiatives, agreed that they also had a software-only solution for those clients seeking that route, but despite this the smart card is still here. "The advantage flows from what a large company like ourselves achieves through heavy R&D investment, and not ignoring our unique position in the industry because of our own silicon engineers. We design bespoke hardware into our smart cards. It is widely acknowledged that software plus hardware is the best solution for security and the ability to renew software without renewing the smart card is something we have used many, many times for our customers. We all know that it is a long road towards profitability for Pay TV operators so they need to have surety that when a hack is attempted further down the line they are not going to lose revenue. The main problem with piracy is that you cannot see the money you are losing, you have no idea as to what the losses actually are. We believe that Conditional Access in IPTV systems is not really CA but rights management and decryption is provided by the hardware in the box. In other words I do not see smart cards going away in a hurry."
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    Mediaset takes stake in Tunisian ch.

    Italian commercial broadcasting giant, Mediaset, has taken a 25% stake in Tunisian satellite broadcaster Nessma. There had been widespread rumours that Mediaset, ultimately controlled by Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was planning a more comprehensive move on Nessma.
    Nessma is controlled by Quinta Communications, headed up by Tarak Ben Ammar, and some observers had speculated that Mediaset was planning a possible merger with Quinta. The current plan is to give Nessma access to Mediaset’s archive, and possibly expand Nessma into mainland Europe.
    “Our goal is to give viewers the same quality content they know from European broadcasts, but with local sensibilities," Ben Ammar told journalists at a Cannes Film Festival briefing.
    Nessma was launched last year and is popular across North Africa, with about 7.5m viewing homes. It focuses on Arabic viewers but with a Mediterranean flavour.
    Leading Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset has teamed up with Tunisian-born businessman Tarak Ben Ammar (through Quinta Communication) to launch a new commercial TV channel for North Africa.
    Announcing the initiative in Cannes, the two partners said they would initially invest €25 million to relaunch Nessma TV, a Tunisia-based satellite TV channel launched in the spring of 2007 by the Karoui&Karoui World group. Nessma TV is currently received by over 7.5 million households in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, via the Badr 3/4 and Nilesat 101/102 satellites. Its program schedule is made up of imported movies, TV series, musical video clips and formats such as Star Academy.
    The channel’s potential audience base is 90 million in North Africa plus the 10 million large North African community in Europe (mainly in France and Italy). Nessma TV will be distributed terrestrially in North African countries and via satellite for Europe. The new shareholding structure of Nessma TV will now be as follows: 50% Karoui&Karoui World, 25% Mediaset Group and 25% Quinta Communication. French groups Lagardčre and Bouygues and numerous Arab funds were also reported to have been interested in the Tunisian channel.
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    Piracy still rampant in UAE

    Satellite and cable operators in the UAE say efforts to put an end to pay TV piracy have failed thus far. "Piracy is harming our business but we cannot put a definite number on the customers lost," e-vision CEO Humaid Rashid Sahoo told Emirates Business. "Broadcasting from other countries such as India and South Africa is normally cheaper because the broadcasters there serve mass markets back home and can afford to lower their costs.
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