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Yesterday β€” September 17th 2018Broadband TV News: IPTV

eoTV launches on Entertain TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

European Originals Television (eoTV), the German free-to-air TV channel for fans of European movies and series, is now available on Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain TV.

The move increases the channel’s reach by 3.2 million households.

eoTV shows classics and premieres of European TV productions. Two sports programming windows are offered in cooperation with Motorvision TV and DAZN.

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Andorra Telecom selects Ruwido remote control

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Andorra Telecom, the national telco of the Principality of Andorra, has opted for a remote control developed by Austrian company Ruwido to enhance the user experience.

The remote control was especially tailored to the needs of the user interface of Andorra Telecom in terms of key mapping, printing and look and feel, enabling seamless interaction.

Bluetooth over the air update support ensures that users always have high quality control and navigation capabilities.

“We’re committed to delivering next-generation IPTV services for our customers, and that includes how they interact with their favourite content,” said Carles Casadevall, B2C Marketing Manager, Andorra Telecom. “By partnering with Ruwido we’re enabling Andorra’s citizens to easily connect to and enjoy TV services.”

Andorra Telecom is the company exclusively providig universal public telecommunications service to the Principality of Andorra including IPTV, broadband and LTE mobile services for consumers and enterprises.

Salt to launch Ultra HD with Zattoo

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Swiss telecommunications company Salt will expand its IPTV offer with Ultra HD/4K content using Zattoo’s technical platform.

The launch is planned for October 2018, with HEVC/H.265 used as the video codec.

For its IPTV platform launched in March 2018, Salt uses Zattoo’s white label solution for network operators in conjunction with the Apple TV 4K box issued to customers and used with operator login for the first time outside the US.

Zattoo operates the entire TV product for Salt as an end-to-end solution, including platform operation, management of the TV application on the Apple TV 4K box, and ongoing development of the platform and all front-end applications.

“We are very pleased to announce that we are introducing 4K/UHD, starting with Salt as the first B2B customer and that we will jointly continue pursuing this new chapter of television,” said Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer B2B TV Solutions at Zattoo. “We will continue to develop and implement further product innovations as Salt’s partner.”

With the launch at Salt, the 4K/UHD extension (live TV and on-demand) presented for the first time at ANGA COM 2018 will also be available to other Zattoo B2B customers.

At its booth G.04 in hall 14 at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, Zattoo will demonstrate live the 4K/UHD upgrade of its white label solution for network operators.

Deutsche Telekom integrates Amazon Prime Video into Entertain TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German telco Deutsche Telekom is now offering Amazon Prime Video’s streaming service as an app on its IPTV platform Entertain TV.

A Telekom spokesman confirmed this to Broadband TV News, stressing an important aspect: “The content is deep-integrated, thus it can also be found through the overall search.”

Through the move, Entertain TV users no longer have to switch over to the separate Amazon Prime Video app when they want to access series, films or other Amazon content, but can use it directly via the Entertain TV user interface.

Deutsche Telekom announced the integration of Amazon Prime Video at the end of August 2018. Competitor Netflix has been part of Entertain since 2014.

Sparql teminates its IPTV service

By Robert Briel

Dutch TV service provider Sparql has stopped selling subscriptions and said it plans to migrate existing customers to the Canal Digitaal platform.

Started four years ago, the company tried to develop an independent TV platform to compete with market leaders KPN and Ziggo. However, the high costs of content and developing its own platform made it difficult to differentiate its service enough.

In April 2014 Sparql was launched as a new Dutch IPTV provider, on the Tweak DSL network, to take on Ziggo and KPN,

In a statement, the company said that it was important to offering something different from the media giants and big providers, as “since we started, choice in the Netherlands has only gotten smaller”. The company blames the power of the broadcasters and the high costs for building and maintaining a TV platform. Lacking the procurement power of Ziggo or KPN, it was unable to keep its prices competitive.

All Sparql’s subscribers will be migrated to Canal Digitaal’s IPTV service from November. Customers will be informed by their dealer of the change and can take the new TV service through the providers A2B Internet, Breedband Arnhem and Tweak.

ran Fighting launches at waipu.tv

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German TV platform waipu.tv has added combat sports channel ran Fighting to its line-up.

A corresponding agreement was reached with 7Sports, the sports business unit of operating company ProSiebenSat.1.

The pay-TV channel is available to all customers of waipu.tv’s Perfect package at no extra charge.

ran Fighting, which launched as a streaming service in October 2015, shows matches, events and live broadcasts from the fields of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling as well as reports and documentaries from the world of combat sports 24 hours per day.

With ran Fighting, waipu.tv now offers a total of over 90 TV channels.

Deutsche Telekom chooses Zenterio for hybrid DTH box

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German telco Deutsche Telekom has chosen the operating system from Swedish TV solutions provider Zenterio for the hybrid set-top-box used for the new satellite version of its IPTV platform Entertain TV.

The high-end 4K receiver combines DTH satellite with IPTV and OTT and includes new client- and cloud-based features such as OTT video-on-demand (YouTube, Netflix, and more), hybrid local/network PVR, HTML5 apps and other broadcast and streaming services.

The new Entertain TV Sat comprises more than 300 channels, interactive functions like time-shift, restart, and 7-day replay, on-demand offers, sports content, streaming services and broadcasters’ catch-up services. With the set-top-box, TV channels are broadcast via satellite and are also available over the IPTV network. The box decides which reception method is best for the desired channel based on reception conditions and customer preference.

Keeping with Deutsche Telekom’s strategy to embrace client software harmonisation in Germany and across its European TV footprint, the Zenterio operating system provides the telco with a platform for future enhancements and full control of its managed client devices.

“Innovation is ongoing at Deutsche Telekom, and we are proud to be a part of this ambitious project to harmonise client software across all countries where DT has television services,” said Jörgen Nilsson, CEO of Zenterio. “4K service launches are just starting to penetrate the German market, and with the introduction of this new 4K hybrid IP-satellite STB powered by Zenterio OS, DT can meet the growing consumer demand for higher quality, richer featured television services, and drive new revenue streams.”

LIWEST opts for Ocilion IPTV solution

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Austrian cable operator LIWEST has chosen the IPTV system solution from Ocilion for the expansion and development of its TV service.

The Austrian service provider uses its on-premises end-to-end system for the IPTV integration, which is hosted locally on LIWEST’s servers and adapted to the network operator’s requirements.

This includes software, complete system environment, hardware, apps for smartphones and tablets and accompanying services.

The two companies want to announce further details about the new TV offer before marketing commences.

Deutsche Telekom selects Quantenna for UHD over Wi-Fi

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Deutsche Telekom has chosen the high-performance QSR10GU chipset from US Wi-Fi solutions provider Quantenna Communications for its Speedport Pro router.

The solution enables the German telco to provide consumers with fast and reliable Wi-Fi capable of delivering multiple Ultra HD (UHD) video streams to multiple users simultaneously, according to Quantenna.

The Speedport Pro works with Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain TV, provides Wi-Fi coverage for smartphones, tablets and laptops, bundles DSL and LTE mobile services and serves multiple users with high-speed internet. Like all other Telekom routers, Speedport Pro supports automatic configuration.

“The Speedport Pro is our flagship device for the best access combining DSL and LTE. Therefore, we selected a premium Wi-Fi solution to distribute this bandwidth into the home of our customers,” said Dirk A. Böttger, senior vice president of connected devices at Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom turns Entertain TV into OTT service

By JΓΆrn Krieger

In a landmark move, German telco Deutsche Telekom will offer its IPTV platform Entertain TV as an OTT version from autumn 2018.

The offer can then be booked without fixed-line broadband internet access from Telekom for the first time.

Entertain TV will be available as an app for devices with operating systems iOS and Android. The content will mirror the IPTV version. The functions time-shift, restart and replay will, however, remain reserved for IPTV customers.

Further details regarding Entertain TV as an OTT product will be announced in October 2018.

“Our strategy of bundling content on one platform as an aggregator is paying off. This is demonstrated by the growing number of customers and the positive user reactions,” said Michael Hagspihl, head of consumers at Telekom Deutschland. “That’s why we’ve decided to open up Entertain TV to new target groups. A flexible OTT service is perfect for the trends that are driving a whole new TV generation. We can now give even more people the opportunity to access our platform and our exclusive content.”

Entertain TV customers will also soon have direct access to series and films from Amazon Prime Video. The Amazon content will also be accessible via the Entertain TV search function.

Netflix has been part of Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform since 2014.

GEO Television joins Teleclub/Swisscom TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German pay-TV channel GEO Television is now available in Switzerland on Teleclub/Swisscom TV.

Viewers can subscribe to the documentary channel as part of the extended Teleclub Family package. In addition to the linear channel, the programmes are also available on-demand.

With GEO Television, all pay-TV channels operated by German broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland can be received on Swisscom’s IPTV platform. These include RTL Crime, RTL Passion and RTL Living.

Tamedia to acquire majority in Zattoo

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Swiss media group Tamedia wants to increase its stake in TV streaming provider Zattoo International to over 50%.

The company announced the move during the presentation of its figures for the first half of 2018; financial details were not disclosed.

Zattoo is the internet TV market leader in its home country Switzerland and in neighbouring Germany. In addition to the consumer business, Zattoo is also a technical service provider for cable TV and IPTV operators.

The strategic partnership between Tamedia and Goldbach will create new synergy opportunities for the marketing of Zattoo in Switzerland and Germany, according to the company.

Tamedia purchased a 31% stake in Zattoo in 2015, with the option to gradually take over the company by 2021. The majority acquisition is subject to the approval of Switzerland’s Federal Competition Commission.

IPTV driving growth in Asia-Pacific

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

IPTV is driving growth in Asia-Pacific, where cable has a strong footprint, according to the latest research and analysis by IHS Markit.

Pay TV homes in the Asia-Pacific region rose 5.7 percent to reach 76 percent of all homes in 2017. The number of pay TV homes will continue to rise steadily, from 632 million homes in 2017 to 743 million by the end of 2022.

The majority of pay TV homes in Asia-Pacific subscribe to cable TV, which accounted for 62 percent of total pay TV subscribers in 2017. IPTV increased its market share from 18 percent in 2016 to 23 percent in 2017. Satellite subscriptions remained steady, with 15 percent of pay TV subscribers.

Use of online video services is growing, and mobile devices will account for a growing amount of video viewing in this region. Online video revenues – including advertising-supported services, subscription services and transactional rentals and purchases – increased by 50 percent year over year, reaching $16.2 billion in 2017.

Subscriptions to online video services rose from 132 million in 2016 to more than 200 million in 2017. Nearly three quarters (71 percent) of these subscriptions came from China, followed by Japan with 10 percent.

David Scott, associate director of research and analysis, service providers and platforms, IHS Markit, and Jun Wen Woo, senior research analyst, online video, IHS Markit write: “Despite growth in the number of pay TV homes in the Asia-Pacific region, challenging economic conditions, an increase in competition and rampant piracy continue to pressure the ability of pay TV operators to attract and retain subscribers. Cable is overwhelmingly the dominant pay TV platform in this region, due to the vast number of subscribers in China and India. Despite cable’s dominance, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) is the core driver for growth and new customer additions.

“The online subscription business model is growing fast in this region, while advertising-supported and transactional online video services also play significant roles — although with varying degrees of importance, on a country-by-country level. Advertising-supported online video comprises the largest share of this market in China, India and across Southeast Asia, while digital retail sales and digital rentals tend to be higher in more developed markets, like Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, than in China, India and other emerging transactional online video markets.

“Even with all these shifts in the Asia-Pacific market, the rise of online video does not spell the end of pay TV, according to IHS Markit. That’s because IPTV, and to a lesser extent growth in satellite and digital terrestrial television (DTT), will offset the decline in the number of homes subscribing to cable TV.

“Meanwhile, the surge in online video usage will continue unabated, with online net subscriber additions forecast to outstrip those of pay TV between 2017 and 2022. Competition in the Asia-Pacific online video market will continue to intensify, as Netflix and regional competitors Hooq, Iflix and Viu make similar bids for subscribers.

“Furthermore, broadcasters, mobile operators, production houses and studios are also increasingly moving into online video. To capture subscribers as competition intensifies, online video providers are expected to target kids, live-events streaming, sports and other specialized market segments.”

Swisscom TV reaches 1.5 million customers

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Swiss telco Swisscom has exceeded the 1.5 million customer mark with its IPTV platform Swisscom TV in Q2 2018 for the first time.

In the three months to June 30, 9,000 new customers were added – exactly the same as in Q2 2017.

In total, Swisscom TV increased its customer base by 54,000 customers in the past year – a growth by 3.7%.

The number of fixed-line broadband customers rose by 39,000 year-on-year to 2.03 million.

Eins Energie and Entega choose Zattoo for IPTV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German fibre-network operators Eins Energie in Sachsen and Entega in Darmstadt have selected Zattoo’s white label solution for the introduction of their multiscreen IPTV services.

In addition to internet and telephony, the two regional providers can now offer a TV service under their own brand from a single source.

The move follows the decision by network operators M-net, NetCologne, EWE TEL and BITel to use Zattoo’s TV platform for their IPTV services.

The TV product is completely hosted and managed by Zattoo, thus the companies do not have to invest in IPTV technology themselves.

As an end-to-end service provider, Zattoo covers the entire technical platform: from headend/ingest of the signals via encoding/transcoding to the delivery of the finished IPTV streams into the companies’ local networks.

The customers decide whether they want to watch the TV service on their TV set using a set-top box or via apps on smartphones, tablets or PC/laptop.

For the introduction of their IPTV products, Eins Energie and Entega use the framework contract Zattoo concluded with German cable operator association DNMG in April 2015.

A&E joins Swiss Teleclub

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Documentary channel A&E is now available on Teleclub’s Swiss pay-TV platform.

The subscription channel is part of the Teleclub Family package and will also be included in the Swisscom IPTV offer. The distribution is in HD quality.

Selected programmes of A&E and its sister channel History, which is already part of the Teleclub platform, are also available on Teleclub Now. The on-demand service can be used by all Teleclub Family subscribers at no additional cost.

Deutsche Telekom: Entertain TV growing slower

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German telco Deutsche Telekom continues to record growth with its IPTV platform Entertain TV, albeit at a slower pace.

Entertain TV gained 47,000 new customers in Q2 2018. This was less than in Q1 2018 (54,000) and less than in Q2 2017 (69,000).

On June 30, 2018, Entertain TV had a total of 3.24 million customers, an increase of 7.1% year-on-year (June 30, 2017: 3.02 million customers).

Sales of Apple TV into double digits

By Julian Clover

Apple CEO Tim Cook has given the first public indication of the company’s direction of travel in entertainment.

During the company’s third-quarter financial call, Cook said sales of the Apple TV streaming device were into double-digits for the first time in several years.

A number of European operators including Canal+ and SALT have chosen Apple TV to deliver pay-TV services to consumers. Cook said a key catalyst had been the arrival of Apple TV 4K. Later this year Dolby Atmos audio would come to Apple TV – along with the largest available selection of Dolby Atmos movies – and new search functionality.

No precise numbers were offered, but Cook said sales had been “very, very strong”.

Even though it has been an open secret for months, Cook officially confirmed Apple would be producing its own video content that would be made available through iTunes and Apple TV.

“As you know, we hired two highly respected television executives last year and they have been here now for several months and have been working on a project that we’re not really ready to share all the details of yet,” said Cook. “But I couldn’t be more excited about what’s going on there and we’ve got great talent in the area that we’ve sourced from different places and feel really good about what we will eventually offer.”

Cook said cord cutting would in his view accelerate in a much-higher rate than had previously been thought.

Further Information:

Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer B2B TV Solutions, Zattoo talks about how the deployment of a Zattoo-powered Apple TV box on the Swiss IPTV network Salt.

Proximus TV homes totalled 1,584,000 at end of June

By Robert Briel

Belgian incumbent Proximus said its unique TV customers totaled 1,584,000, with +9,000 new subscriptions in the second quarter of 2018 (+ 3.3% year-on-year).

The company’s total fixed internet customer base grew to 2,002,000 end June, with +6,000 fixed internet lines added over the second quarter (+2.2% year-on-year).

“I’m very satisfied we realised a strong second quarter, showing continued customer growth and a solid set of financials in spite of a highly competitive market, and as such we close a solid first half of the year,” said Dominique Leroy, CEO Proximus Group.

“Through our dual-brand strategy, we have been able to continue to grow our customer base for TV and Internet, in a generally slow commercial quarter for Fixed.”

KPN IPTV growth slows down

By Robert Briel

KPN said it has added 10,000 new subscribers to its IPTV service during the 2nd quarter, compared with 25,000 bet additions in the same period last year.

Compared with the first quarter, KPN also added 10,000 IPTV subs. KPN’s share of the digital TV market remained at 32%. The operator now has 2,136,000 TV customers

Meanwhile, subscriptions to its premium-DTT service Digitenne continues to erode. KPN does not issue exact figures for this service anymore, but puts them under ‘other TV services”, which now totals 225,000, down 23,000. We believe the total number of Digitenne homes to be hovering around 200,000.

When KPN launched Digitenne is was marketed as a cheap alternative to cable. Meanwhile, monthly subscription fee has now reached €15.50. As a result, the number of subscribers has dropped a shopping 800,000 during the past few years, with KPN looking to migrate these customers to its IPTV service.

At the moment, KPN is in the middle of a switchover operation for Digitenne, from DVB-T to DVB-T2.

During the second quarter, the incumbent lost 5,000 broadband customers, but ARPU per household advanced 3.9% to €43.