Global IPTV penetration will remain low through the next five years although subscriber numbers and revenues will double, according to new research. Informa Telecoms & Media, publisher of DTVE, forecasts that by end-2016, revenues from IPTV services will reach US$11.9 billion (€9.3 billion) compared with the US$6.2 billion recorded in 2011. The 2011 global IPTV subscriber count of 34.3 million will increase to 76.6 million by end-2016, a proportion that equates to 5% of the world’s TV homes.By region, Asia will drive the growth in the IPTV sector, accounting for 25.4 million of the 2016 total subscriber number. The US will be the largest single IPTV territory by that point with 14 million customers.In Europe, France will remain the IPTV leader although uptake will slow as the high-growth urban areas have already been tapped by operators, Informa says. France will have 5.1 million paying IPTV homes by end-2016, according to Informa. The Western Europe total will increase from 11.8 million at end-2011 to 20.2 million at end-2016. The Eastern European total will increase from 3.1 million to 10.1 million across the same period.
Daily Archives: August 7, 2019
Vodafone Portugal has launched a service that enables users to watch content stored on their iPhones on TV sets.The Share to TV app, which lets iPhone customers view photographs, videos and music stored on the devices on TVs, is available to Vodafone’s IPTV customers.
Howard OwensUS cable channel Lifetime is launching Fall Into Me, a new digital platform that will feature romantic drama series produced by Howard T. Owens’ fledgling production company Propagate Content.The initial Fall Into Me slate comprises eight titles. Each will have eight six-minute episodes that Lifetime said can be “discreetly enjoyed on phones and tablets”.The idea for the new service comes from Emmy-nominated scribe Guy Shalem (Lovespring International) who will lead the creative team.Propagate Content is on the production duty for the series. It was set up by former National Geographic Channels president Howard T. Owens and former A&E channel general manager David McKillop last year. It is backed by Lifetime owner A+E.The new digital platform will launch later this year.Rob Sharenow, executive VP and general manager of Lifetime said: “The romance-fiction world is increasingly going digital. By introducing Fall Into Me, we are giving the genre’s loyal community of fans a fresh take on short stories of passion and seduction they can watch at their leisure or on the go and share among their social circles within the digital space.”
Italian state channels RAI Italia, Rai News 24 and Rai World Premium will be available to worldwide audiences from June 1, 2015 thanks to a deal with broadcast services firm RR Media.RAI Italia channels will be delivered to North America, South America and Australia via RR Media’s smart global network, with content delivered over satellite, fiber and the internet.“The RAI Channels are the most popular Italian channels abroad, so we wanted to work with a company that has the widest coverage to reach our audiences abroad,” said RAI Com’s CEO Luigi De Siervo.RR Media’s VP of global sales, Shlomi Izkovitz, said that the RAI channels will now receive “greater services in other regions all from one company” and that “millions of people across the world” will be able to tune in.
Camera-maker GoPro has launched a content licensing portal, aimed at global advertising brands and agencies.GoPro said that site users will be able to license videos and images for use in advertising, news and other media and entertainment.The portal is designed to help professionals clear copyright and likeness rights and marks “another way for GoPro to reward its inspirational creator community,” it claimed.Separately, GoPro launched an on-demand channel – consisting of GoPro-shot content – on the Roku streaming platform earlier this year, expanding its roster of distribution partners, which also includes LG, Xbox and Virgin America.
Andrew BurkeTV subscriber management systems provider PayWizard has secured £3.5 million in funding from the Scottish Loan Fund.he funding boost from the SLF will support Paywizard as it seeks to capitalise on the growing pay-TV and video on demand markets by rolling out its software and services internationally. Having recently announced its launch into the Asia Pacific market, Paywizard plans to target emerging markets such as Africa and South America.PayWizard has also named former Amino Communications and BT Entertainment CEO Andrew Burke as chairman.Burke will work alongside Paywizard’s co-founders Jonathan Guthrie and Ronnie Millar as part of a new management structure.“The Paywizard team have a strong track-record in the UK and via their Agile platform they are well positioned to capitalise on consumers’ increasing appetite for viewing video content on multiple devices. The experience and support of Andrew Burke will be of great value to the company as they target international expansion and SLF funding will provide the necessary investment in marketing and specialist personnel to achieve this; we are very much looking forward to working with the Paywizard team,” said David Milroy, Investment Director at Maven Capital Partners, which manages assets for the Scottish Loan Fund.
Oliver BernauTV security specialist Conax has appointed Oliver Bernau, formerly an executive at Nordic IT company Evry, as executive vice-president and head of services.In the newly created role, Bernau will lead Conax’s recently-formed services division and work to grow the company’s global services portfolio and launch new service offerings.Commenting on the hire, Conax president and CEO, Morten Solbakken, said: “Oliver Bernau brings both extensive leadership experience and a track record in forming new delivery and governance models, developing new services and service management functions, and has a strong commitment to delivery and a very positive attitude.“Our goal is to continually tap and evolve our organisational resources to continue to improve how we serve our customers and partners, and ensure they succeed in a highly dynamic marketplace.”German-born Bernau joins the Conax executive team having previously held a number of senior roles at Evry, based in Norway. Prior to this he worked at EDB, which is now a part of Evry.
German cable operator Tele Columbus has struck a deal with municipal energy utility Stadtwerke energy Jena-Pößneck to build a multimedia network for 12,000 apartments in the Jena area.The pair will team up to provide residents with internet connections of 400Mbps and an improved digital TV offering.The utility will extend its fibre network to the apartment blocks, while Tele Columbus will revamp the existing in-building networks.The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.The utility is expected to invest about €2.5 million in the project, matched by a similar investment from Tele Columbus.
Cisco’s cBR-8Switzerland-based cable operator group Quickline has completed validation of CCAP video on cBR-8, and has launched live services with the platform, according to Cisco.Cisco’s cBR-8 converged cable access platform is being used by Quickline to enable 21 operators to provide entertainment services for 400,000 customers.Cisco launched the converged broadband access headend platform at the INTX show in the US last year, bringing previously stand-alone functions required in a cable hub into one smaller, more powerful box capable of delivering voice, data, and video traffic over a single port, according to the technology company.The box is based on DOCSIS 3.1. According to Cisco, it enables cable operators to achieve savings in excess of 40% in capital and operating expenditure compared with other CCAP devices.“As a cable operator, the cable is our number one asset,” said Remon Krebs, CTO, Quickline AG. “Therefore, the choice of technology partner for this crucial part of our business needed to be made very carefully. We are pleased to announce we have completely migrated to the Cisco cBR-8, and are moving full steam ahead to implementing table-based VOD this year, and thereafter embarking on the DOCSIS 3.1 journey.”
Amazon Prime and Hulu viewers in the US “almost always” have a Netflix subscription, according to new stats by Hub Entertainment Research.The US research found that 83% of Amazon Prime users, and 93% of Hulu users also use Netflix – the service that claims the “lion’s share” of SVOD accounts.Some 57% of viewers with broadband subscribe to Netflix, while 24% watch Amazon Prime and 13% subscribe to either the limited commercials or ad-free forms of Hulu, according to the report.Hub said that viewers who subscribe to Netflix alone spend 32% of their total TV time watching the service.However, it warned that as viewers subscribe to more services, Netflix may face “more competition for disposable TV time”. For example, subscribers to both Netflix and Hulu spend only 24% of their total viewing time watching Netflix.“Netflix doesn’t seem to run much risk of being replaced—viewers are adopting other SVODs in greater numbers, but to supplement Netflix not replace it. But where there will be more competition is to be the first stop on the virtual dial, as consumers’ finite TV time is allocated across more alternatives,” said Peter Fondulas, principal at Hub.Overall, Hub found that 66% of TV viewers with broadband subscribe to at least one SVOD service – including 64% of those with a traditional pay TV package.
Vodafone Portugal is to add Canal Globo to its programming line-up on August 10.The channel will bring a diet of telenovelas as well as other series, movies and entertainment programming produced in Brazil to Vodafone Portugal subscribers.Canal Globo will be offered by Vodafone across all packages, with the number 10 slot on the service provider’s TV grid.Content on the channel will include new series Êta Mundo Born!, which will debut in Portugal on August 15.Vodafone Portugal offers about 200 channels including 50 HD services and two UHD TV channels – Funbox 4K and Insight TV UHD – on its platform.
Virtual reality is “definitely here to stay” and is “completely different from 3D” delegates at MIPCOM heard yesterday.Speaking on a panel about ‘disruptive storytelling’, Neil Graham, executive producer at Sky VR Studios and Sky Movies, said that VR is a completely new ecosystem that has applications which extend “way beyond content and gaming” into areas such as education and architecture.“A lot of people are comparing it to 3D but it’s completely different to 3D,” said Graham. “3D was a layer over an existing model, whereas VR is a new experience.”Nathan Brown, senior vice-president, development and operations for Discovery Communications agreed with Graham that VR is “definitely here to stay”, noting that there is so much investment going into the nascent technology – something that will increase as the adoption of platforms like Google Daydream, Oculus and PlayStation VR all pick up.“It’s a great time to be a VR content maker. Content is the oxygen that fuels all of these platforms, so it’s a great time to be in the business,” said Brown.James Milward, president and executive producer of Secret Location, a Canada-based content studio for emerging platforms, predicted that VR would continue to evolve and change from its current format.“For us, virtual reality lives in augmented reality, mixed reality, the ability to expand how we view content and space and immersion,” said Milward.“I’m not sure that it will always look the same way or be the same way, but I think that the things we’re learning and developing as storytelling structures work well beyond VR as we look to more immersive platforms and formats.”Milward likened the current state of VR to the early film industry where directors simply filmed plays and were yet to strike on the “defined language for that medium” that came through experimentation with editing and shot selection.“We’re still trying to define all of those pieces in VR to help to launch where the format can get to – so that it actually transcends being compared to existing platforms and it starts to be its own format of storytelling and art.”The comments came just weeks after Sky launched a dedicated virtual reality app that will feature content produced by Sky and the UK pay TV operator’s partners.Discovery launched Seeker VR, an OTT 360°-video and virtual reality offering in September, while Secret Location worked to produce the short-form VR experience for SyFy drama Halcyon.