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Today β€” July 17th 2018Telecom

Polish regulator inks TV audience measurement deal

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has signed a contract with the Institute of Telecommunications to conduct TV audience surveys.

The surveys will be based on Return Path Data (RPD) analysis, which is obtained from cable or satellite set-top boxes using a return path from the decoder to the operator.

In a statement, the KRRiT says that the contract includes the development of the concept of data collection, analysis and processing of RPD data and the presentation of analytical results.

It adds that the research potential is over 11.5 million households, but if the growing smart TV market is factored in the range is even larger and includes DTT.

The KRRiT also says that at the same time it has started collecting anonymous data from operators, thanks to which it will be possible to conduct statistical analysis of behaviours in real time.

It is expected that thanks to this cooperation, it will also be possible to analyse the distribution of TV channels on the internet. Operators will be given access to the data results.

It concludes by saying that this is another step to single-source media consumption research.

Polish regulator inks TV audience measurement deal

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has signed a contract with the Institute of Telecommunications to conduct TV audience surveys.

The surveys will be based on Return Path Data (RPD) analysis, which is obtained from cable or satellite set-top boxes using a return path from the decoder to the operator.

In a statement, the KRRiT says that the contract includes the development of the concept of data collection, analysis and processing of RPD data and the presentation of analytical results.

It adds that the research potential is over 11.5 million households, but if the growing smart TV market is factored in the range is even larger and includes DTT.

The KRRiT also says that at the same time it has started collecting anonymous data from operators, thanks to which it will be possible to conduct statistical analysis of behaviours in real time.

It is expected that thanks to this cooperation, it will also be possible to analyse the distribution of TV channels on the internet. Operators will be given access to the data results.

It concludes by saying that this is another step to single-source media consumption research.

Octavian Rau to head Moldovan regulator

By Chris Dziadul

Octavian Rau has been appointed the new director of the Moldovan regulator ANRCETI.

According to ANRCETI, he was presented to its employees by Chiril Gaburici, the country’s minister of economy and infrastructure.

Gaburici wished Rau great success and insisted on constructive collaboration between the ministry and ANRCETI because the IT sector is becoming increasingly attractive to investors and is up 9% from last year.

Furthermore, as a share of GDP it has reached 6.6% and is growing.

Octavian Rau to head Moldovan regulator

By Chris Dziadul

Octavian Rau has been appointed the new director of the Moldovan regulator ANRCETI.

According to ANRCETI, he was presented to its employees by Chiril Gaburici, the country’s minister of economy and infrastructure.

Gaburici wished Rau great success and insisted on constructive collaboration between the ministry and ANRCETI because the IT sector is becoming increasingly attractive to investors and is up 9% from last year.

Furthermore, as a share of GDP it has reached 6.6% and is growing.

Netflix disappoints investors with slower growth

By Robert Briel

Netflix added 5.2 million users worldwide in the second quarter, or over 1 million fewer than the streaming service had expected.

Investors punished Netflix hard and the company’s valuation went down sharply on Wall Street. With a drop of more than 14%, the video giant lost some $24.2 billion in market capitalisation.

Netflix writes in a letter to shareholders that it has overestimated growth. For this quarter, the group has revised its growth forecasts downwards to 5 million new users.

Turnover was $3.9 billion, profits rose to $384 million, compared with $66 million a year ago. Netflix had some 130 million paying users worldwide at the end of the quarter.

Netflix said it will be investing more in its own non-English-language productions in the near future. This is necessary because the company observes that HBO and Disney (as well as Amazon and Apple) are catching up. This year, the company investing about $7.5 to $8 billion in content.

“In addition to succeeding commercially, we are starting to lead artistically in some categories, with our creators earning enough Emmy nominations this year to collectively break? HBO’s amazing 17-year run?,” wrote Reed Hastings in his letter to investors.

The company expects growth to level off in the coming years, partly due to the emergence of large competitors in countries such as Germany and France.

Hastings: “We anticipate more competition from the combined AT&T/Warner Media, from the combined Fox/Disney or Fox/Comcast as well as from international players like Germany’s ProSieben and Salto in France. Our strategy is to simply keep improving, as we’ve been doing every year in the past.”

Netflix disappoints investors with slower growth

By Robert Briel

Netflix added 5.2 million users worldwide in the second quarter, or over 1 million fewer than the streaming service had expected.

Investors punished Netflix hard and the company’s valuation went down sharply on Wall Street. With a drop of more than 14%, the video giant lost some $24.2 billion in market capitalisation.

Netflix writes in a letter to shareholders that it has overestimated growth. For this quarter, the group has revised its growth forecasts downwards to 5 million new users.

Turnover was $3.9 billion, profits rose to $384 million, compared with $66 million a year ago. Netflix had some 130 million paying users worldwide at the end of the quarter.

Netflix said it will be investing more in its own non-English-language productions in the near future. This is necessary because the company observes that HBO and Disney (as well as Amazon and Apple) are catching up. This year, the company investing about $7.5 to $8 billion in content.

“In addition to succeeding commercially, we are starting to lead artistically in some categories, with our creators earning enough Emmy nominations this year to collectively break? HBO’s amazing 17-year run?,” wrote Reed Hastings in his letter to investors.

The company expects growth to level off in the coming years, partly due to the emergence of large competitors in countries such as Germany and France.

Hastings: “We anticipate more competition from the combined AT&T/Warner Media, from the combined Fox/Disney or Fox/Comcast as well as from international players like Germany’s ProSieben and Salto in France. Our strategy is to simply keep improving, as we’ve been doing every year in the past.”

World Cup Final attracted 163m viewers in 20 territories

By Robert Briel

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final attracted 163 Million viewers in 20 territories, according to figures from Eurodata TV.

“The 2018 FIFA World Cup ended on a climax in an epic European confrontatio,” said Yassine Berhoun, Sports Director at Eurodata TV Worldwide.

“This clearly shows once again that even at the age of mobile devices and non-linear viewing , major sports events are the only shows capable of gathering such large audiences in front of a TV set”.

In France, 19.3 million viewers have witnessed their team’s victory against Croatia on TF1 in the middle of the afternoon. Two years ago, the Euro final France-Portugal attracted 20.8 million viewers on M6 in prime-time. The semi-final had gathered 19.1 million viewers on Tuesday at 8.00 pm opposing Les Bleus to Belgium on TF1.

In Croatia, the semi-final against England had gathered nearly 1.5 million viewers on the public channel HTV2 (81% of market share) ; it is 100,000 viewers more who vibrated this Sunday for the final, for a total of 1.6 million people in front of their TV (89.3% of market share).

Despite a drop compared to the 2014 World Cup final, which may be explained by the start time, the event remains very popular in European countries. 21.3 million Germans followed the match, for a market share of 76.1% on ZDF. In the Netherlands and Italy, which weren’t qualified for the World Cup, 3.1 and 11.7 million football fans respectively watched the match on NPO1 and Canale 5.

Outside Europe, the final was also a huge success. In China, 56 million viewers for the match despite a late broadcast (11.00 pm). This is the best audience for a sports programme since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The television is no longer the only screen used to watch live matches. In France, more than half a million viewers followed the final on one of the 3 internet screens (smartphone, tablet, computer).

Beyond the historical audiences, the broadcast of this 2018 edition was marked by the use of new technologies that are revolutionizing the viewer experience. In France, for example, a virtual reality helmet enabled spectators equipped to experience matches as if they were at the stadium, with a wealth of information and features as bonus : review goals, check game statistics…

In China, some smart TVs made possible to identify each player on the field thanks to facial recognition, the spectator then accessing biographical elements, statistics or news of the player thus recognised.

Yesterday β€” July 16th 2018Telecom

Jail sentences for β€˜pirate’ husband and wife

By Robert Briel

The owner and operator of a pirate streaming service, and supplier of illicit streaming devices that provided illegal access to Premier League football, has been jailed for five years and three months.

John Haggerty, the owner of Evolution Trading, appeared in Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and dishonestly obtaining services for another, contrary to the Fraud Act.

His conviction further underlines the fact that supplying these devices and other pirate services is illegal. The case is also the first example of the courts confirming what the UK Government has already made clear – that using the devices themselves is illegal, with the judge expressly warning that Mr Haggerty put all his thousands of customers at risk of prosecution.

Evolution Trading, run by Mr Haggerty and his wife Mary Gilfillan, who was also convicted of fraud offences in this case and given a two-year suspended sentence, sold more than 8,000 illegal devices that were loaded with add-ons to enable publicans and consumers to view illegal streams of Premier League football.

Evolution also created and sold access to its own illegal streaming service – infusum.tv – to thousands of customers. Between March 2013 and July 2015, the operators of Evolution generated more than £750,000 through their illegal activity.

The criminal activity carried out by Mr Haggerty went beyond selling access to illegal content: he had multiple passports in different names, set up an offshore ‘dummy company’ in Nevis to hide the true purpose of his business and, in collusion with his wife Ms. Gilfillan, supplied the Immigration Service with false documents to sponsor an Egyptian national who maintained the illegal streaming service for the company. During the investigation it transpired that Mr Haggerty previously spent time in prison in the US between 2009 to 2012 following a serious fraud conviction.

“This case demonstrates how seriously the Courts are dealing with criminals involved in the supply of illicit streaming devices and services that provide illegal access to Premier League football and other popular content. The fact that a major supplier was engaged in so much criminal behaviour – from using multiple passports in different names to lying to the Immigration Service – should be a warning to the authorities and consumers about the types of people involved in this activity,” said Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb.

“It also serves as a reminder to people that they take huge risks by handing over bank details and personal data to rogue operators like Evolution and infusum.tv. The Premier League is currently engaged in one of the biggest and most successful anti-piracy programmes in the World and its own investigations, along with those by Northumberland Trading Standards and FACT, have helped bring these criminals to justice. The ability that Premier League clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums and to support communities and schools, is predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights. This makes the protection of our copyright hugely important to the future health of English football and beyond, something we are pleased the Courts continue to recognise with judgments like this one.”

Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, said: “This sentencing is another step forward in the right direction to tackling the issue of illegal streaming. We will continue to work with The Premier League, Industry and Law Enforcement Agencies across the UK to clampdown on the sale of illicit streaming devices as they pose a real threat to the creative industries, the UK economy and the livelihoods of the 1.9 million people working behind the scenes of our favourite sport, TV and film. The public should be aware that selling devices or subscriptions that allow access to premium content you normally pay for is illegal. Similarly using one of these methods to stream premium TV, sports and films for which you should have an official subscription is also breaking the law.”

Pay-TV in Latin America reaches 71.4 million subscribers

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

According to Dataxis, as at Q1 2018 pay-TV in Latin America reached 71.4 million subscribers, which represented a drop of around 0.1% compared to the end of 2017.

Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico were the markets that recorded the highest loss of subscribers.

For the first quarter of 2018, América Móvil remained the main pay-TV group in Latin America in terms of subscribers. Although América Móvil held 19.2% of subscribers, its dominance had declined due to the weight of Brazil in its portfolio.

DirecTV, owned by AT & T, was the second operator measured for subscribers but the largest in terms of revenue. Televisa closed the podium with a good mass of subscribers but a very low ARPU.

Although DTH accounted for 48.7% of the subscribers, it was the technological option that was most affected by the reduction of the subscriber base. Meanwhile, cable and IPTV exhibited some progress.

Parks: Consumers watch more than two hours of alternative video

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

US broadband households watch an average of two hours of alternative content on a computer each week from sources including Facebook, SnapChat, YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion.

360 Deep Dive: Alternative Content Consumption , from Parks Associates, examines alternative content such as livestreaming, user-generated content, short-form videos, and web video series that are available via social networking, video sharing, or similar apps or sites. Nearly one-half of US broadband households watch user-generated content on a monthly basis, and more than 10% watch livestreamed content.

“Alternative video is an important part of the video landscape, and it competes with other video options for a share of consumer attention,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates.

“Approximately one-half of households with a TV watch video from YouTube and similar sites on their TV set. In fact, more households watch online video from an app such as YouTube than watch video from a TV channel app.”

Parks Associates data about alternative content consumption shows that adoption of pay-TV declines as the frequency of user-generated content consumption increases. This correlation poses a future threat to pay-TV providers as younger respondents are far more likely to watch user-generated content, which could potentially impact their future pay-TV habits and perspectives.

“Younger consumers are far more likely to create their own content as well as watch user-generated content,” Sappington said.

“For these viewers, the creation of content is as much a part of the entertainment experience as is watching video. Increasingly, traditional content producers and service providers are leveraging alternative content in order to connect with audiences and draw viewers. Some are partnering with individual web celebrities and influencers who often have a disproportionately large influence on the user-generated side of the alternative content space.”

Additional data from the research reveals:
– At present, only 7% of US broadband households watch sporting events via livestream.
– Consumers who view user-generated content are much more likely than those who never watch it to have an OTT service.
– Almost one-quarter of broadband households have posted videos to some type of content site or app within the last 30 days.
– Alternative content compromises more than two hours of online video watched weekly on a computer.

Abramovich share sale wins approval

By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved the sale of a 4% stake in Channel One currently held by Roman Abramovich to National Media Group (NMG).

As a result, Abramovich will see his interest in Channel One reduced to 20%, which will comply with the levels of foreign ownership in media outlets permitted under Russian law.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, Abramovich took out Israeli citizenship in May but has no intention of selling his entire stake in Channel One.

Channel One’s main shareholder is the Federal Agency for State Property Management (39%), while NMG will see its share increase from 25% to 29%.

Abramovich share sale wins approval

By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved the sale of a 4% stake in Channel One currently held by Roman Abramovich to National Media Group (NMG).

As a result, Abramovich will see his interest in Channel One reduced to 20%, which will comply with the levels of foreign ownership in media outlets permitted under Russian law.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, Abramovich took out Israeli citizenship in May but has no intention of selling his entire stake in Channel One.

Channel One’s main shareholder is the Federal Agency for State Property Management (39%), while NMG will see its share increase from 25% to 29%.

Abramovich share sale wins approval

By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved the sale of a 4% stake in Channel One currently held by Roman Abramovich to National Media Group (NMG).

As a result, Abramovich will see his interest in Channel One reduced to 20%, which will comply with the levels of foreign ownership in media outlets permitted under Russian law.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, Abramovich took out Israeli citizenship in May but has no intention of selling his entire stake in Channel One.

Channel One’s main shareholder is the Federal Agency for State Property Management (39%), while NMG will see its share increase from 25% to 29%.

Canal+ and Eutelsat end payment dispute

By Robert Briel

Canal+ and Eutelsat have ended their dispute over payment of transponder fees for the broadcaster’s services in Poland and Africa.

According to BFM Business, the two parties have come to an agreement following a long dispute over transponder leases for nc+ in Poland and Canal+ Reunion in Africa.

Canal+ is renting 16 2/3 transponders on Eutelsat’s Hot bird for distribution of the bouquet’s 77 channels. Canal Reunion rents transponder space on Eutelsat 16 A for a bouquet of 97 channels.

The conflict began in early 2016, a few months after Rodolphe Belmer, former head of Canal+, took over as head of Eutelsat. NC+, the Polish subsidiary of Canal Plus, stops paying its satellite operator. In June 2016, Eutelsat gave notice to Canal Plus and NC+ to pay EUR1.1 million in arrears, failing which satellite distribution would be cut. NC+ then agrees to settle a large part of its dues. In April 2017, Eutelsat threatened to cut Canal Réunion’s signal due to unpaid bills, but was paid.

In the meantime, in December 2016, Canal Plus and NC+ attacked Eutelsat before the Paris Commercial Court, claiming EUR15.5 million in damages, and accusing it of all evils: “abuse of a dominant position”, “abuse of economic dependence”, “anti-competitive agreement”, “excessive prices”, “significantly unbalanced economic relationship”, “refusal to renegotiate the contract”, “excessive contract durations” (6 to 13 years in Poland, and 10 years in the Indian Ocean).

But Eutelsat counter-attacked. The satellite operator examines NC+’s accounts and notes that the money paid to Eutelsat “represents less than 7% of turnover and costs, which excludes any economic dependence”.

Eutelsat also asks Canal Plus to provide the court with proof that the “takeover” by the Bolloré group of the encrypted channel and its parent company Vivendi has indeed been “notified to the competent competition and regulatory authorities”. A request not without malice, because Eutelsat is well aware that Vincent Bolloré never notified anyone of his takeover…

When asked, Canal Plus did not reply, while Eutelsat “welcomes the fact that a satisfactory agreement between the stakeholders has been reached”.

Canal+ and Eutelsat end payment dispute

By Robert Briel

Canal+ and Eutelsat have ended their dispute over payment of transponder fees for the broadcaster’s services in Poland and Africa.

According to BFM Business, the two parties have come to an agreement following a long dispute over transponder leases for nc+ in Poland and Canal+ Reunion in Africa.

Canal+ is renting 16 2/3 transponders on Eutelsat’s Hot bird for distribution of the bouquet’s 77 channels. Canal Reunion rents transponder space on Eutelsat 16 A for a bouquet of 97 channels.

The conflict began in early 2016, a few months after Rodolphe Belmer, former head of Canal+, took over as head of Eutelsat. NC+, the Polish subsidiary of Canal Plus, stops paying its satellite operator. In June 2016, Eutelsat gave notice to Canal Plus and NC+ to pay EUR1.1 million in arrears, failing which satellite distribution would be cut. NC+ then agrees to settle a large part of its dues. In April 2017, Eutelsat threatened to cut Canal Réunion’s signal due to unpaid bills, but was paid.

In the meantime, in December 2016, Canal Plus and NC+ attacked Eutelsat before the Paris Commercial Court, claiming EUR15.5 million in damages, and accusing it of all evils: “abuse of a dominant position”, “abuse of economic dependence”, “anti-competitive agreement”, “excessive prices”, “significantly unbalanced economic relationship”, “refusal to renegotiate the contract”, “excessive contract durations” (6 to 13 years in Poland, and 10 years in the Indian Ocean).

But Eutelsat counter-attacked. The satellite operator examines NC+’s accounts and notes that the money paid to Eutelsat “represents less than 7% of turnover and costs, which excludes any economic dependence”.

Eutelsat also asks Canal Plus to provide the court with proof that the “takeover” by the Bolloré group of the encrypted channel and its parent company Vivendi has indeed been “notified to the competent competition and regulatory authorities”. A request not without malice, because Eutelsat is well aware that Vincent Bolloré never notified anyone of his takeover…

When asked, Canal Plus did not reply, while Eutelsat “welcomes the fact that a satisfactory agreement between the stakeholders has been reached”.

Vivendi closes Studio+ mobile video services

By Robert Briel

Vivendi is closing down its Studio + service aimed at young mobile viewers after racking up losses of EUR48 million in less than two years time.

Studio+ is a mobile TV service offering short form videos for a monthly subscription fee with original made-for-mobile content.

According to BFM Business, the service managed to acquire only 2,567 paying subscribers in France. The venture, which was launched in November 2016, only brought in EUR6.8 million income, resulting in a total loss of EUR48 million.

Vivendi reported a total of 5.3 million subscribers to the service, but as it now turns out, these were on the Telefonica networks in Latin America and not direct subscribers. In France, Studio+ managed an income from subscribers of only EUR77,000 in 2017.

Vivendi closes Studio+ mobile video services

By Robert Briel

Vivendi is closing down its Studio + service aimed at young mobile viewers after racking up losses of EUR48 million in less than two years time.

Studio+ is a mobile TV service offering short form videos for a monthly subscription fee with original made-for-mobile content.

According to BFM Business, the service managed to acquire only 2,567 paying subscribers in France. The venture, which was launched in November 2016, only brought in EUR6.8 million income, resulting in a total loss of EUR48 million.

Vivendi reported a total of 5.3 million subscribers to the service, but as it now turns out, these were on the Telefonica networks in Latin America and not direct subscribers. In France, Studio+ managed an income from subscribers of only EUR77,000 in 2017.

Vivendi closes Studio+ mobile video services

By Robert Briel

Vivendi is closing down its Studio + service aimed at young mobile viewers after racking up losses of EUR48 million in less than two years time.

Studio+ is a mobile TV service offering short form videos for a monthly subscription fee with original made-for-mobile content.

According to BFM Business, the service managed to acquire only 2,567 paying subscribers in France. The venture, which was launched in November 2016, only brought in EUR6.8 million income, resulting in a total loss of EUR48 million.

Vivendi reported a total of 5.3 million subscribers to the service, but as it now turns out, these were on the Telefonica networks in Latin America and not direct subscribers. In France, Studio+ managed an income from subscribers of only EUR77,000 in 2017.

Amazon to challenge Sky with smart TV

By Chris Dziadul

Amazon is developing its own smart TV in order to compete more effectively with Sky in the UK.

The Telegraph reports that it being produced by a group of Chinese manufacturers including Huawei and tested confidentially by the DTG.

It adds that Amazon has decided to take this route after having failed to make Prime Video a viable alternative to satellite and cable pay-TV.

It could neither attract leading broadcasters such as the BBC nor secure distribution on Sky or Virgin Media, though it did manage to gain carriage for Prime Video on BT TV.

Amazon plans to integrate a tuner for the Freeview DTT service in its new smart TV in order to reach a wider audience.

Online video viewing to top one hour a day

By Chris Dziadul

Global consumers will spend an average of 67 minutes a day watching online video this year, according to Zenith’s Online Video Forecasts 2018.

This will be up from the 56 minutes last year, and by 2020 the average person will be spending 84 minutes a day watching videos online.

In 2020, China will have the keenest viewers, with the average person spending 105 minutes a day watching online video, followed by Russia (102 minutes) and the UK (101 minutes).

This year’s Online Video Markets edition covers 59 key markets. By online video, it refers to all video content viewed over an internet connection, including broadcaster-owned platforms such as Hulu, OTT subscription services like Netflix, video-sharing sites, e.g. YouTube, and videos viewed on social media.

Global online video consumption grew by 11 minutes a day in 2017, and Zenith expects it to grow by an average of 9 minutes a day each year to 2020. It accounts for almost all the growth in total internet use, and is growing faster than media consumption overall, so it is taking consumption time from traditional media. Although some of this extra viewing is going to non-commercial platforms such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, plenty of it is going to commercial platforms, so the supply of commercial audiences is rising rapidly.

Zenith estimates that online video ad spend grew 20% in 2017, to reach $27 billion. Growth peaked at 36% in 2014 and has fallen steadily since then, but still remains very high. Zenith forecasts 19% growth in 2018, and an average of 17% annual growth to 2020, when online video ad spend will reach $43 billion. Video’s share of online display advertising is rising steadily: it accounted for 27% of display ad spend in 2017, and Zenith expects it to account for 30% in 2020.

The supply of online video audiences has been growing ahead of demand in recent years: by 91% between 2015 and 2017, compared to 52%. The cost of online video advertising has therefore come down substantially. As the growth of video consumption grows Zenith expects prices to stabilise, with mild increases from 2019 onwards.

Zenith notes that online video advertising is still only a fraction of the size of TV advertising, but because TV is stuck at 0% to 2% annual growth, this fraction is rising rapidly. The online video ad market was 10% of the size of the TV ad market in 2015, and 14% in 2017. By 2020 Zenith expects the figure to be 23%.

Commenting in the findings of the report, Jonathan Barnard, Zenith’s head of forecasting and director of global intelligence, said: “Online video is driving growth in global media consumption, as smartphones with high- speed data connections make high-quality video available to people on the move, and smart TV sets give viewers unparalleled choice in the living room.

“The rapid rise in video viewing makes online video the world fastest-growing advertising format, creating new strategic and creative opportunities. Brands that do not currently have a strategy for online video need to think about getting one.”

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