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NHK World-Japan to take part in Nippon Connection 2019

By JΓΆrn Krieger

NHK World-Japan, the international English-language TV channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, will participate in Japanese film festival Nippon Connection taking place from May 28 to June 2, 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany.

In two exclusive screenings, NHK World-Japan will show documentaries at Nippon Connection 2019 focussing on the work and mission of two extraordinary people: 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki (Episode 1: Ponyo is Here) and The Pianist from Syria (pictured above).

The two documentaries will also be shown at a special screening at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (Japan Foundation) on June 3.

The screenings at Nippon Connection 2019 and at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne follow NHK World-Japan’s recent launch on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland, making the channel available nationwide throughout Germany. The move is part of NHK World-Japan’s ongoing initiative to expand its presence in Germany, giving German households an inside view into Japanese news, culture and lifestyle.

In addition to the two largest cable operators Vodafone Deutschland and Unitymedia, NHK World-Japan is available in Germany on the cable networks of NetCologne and wilhelm.tel and on Deutsche Telekom’s TV package for the housing industry. German viewers can also receive the channel via satellite on Astra (19.2° East) and Eutelsat Hotbird (13° East), on the NHK World TV app (iOS/Android), Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV as well as through a live-stream on its website at nhk.jp/world.

NHK World-Japan to take part in Nippon Connection 2019

By JΓΆrn Krieger

NHK World-Japan, the international English-language TV channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, will participate in Japanese film festival Nippon Connection taking place from May 28 to June 2, 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany.

In two exclusive screenings, NHK World-Japan will show documentaries at Nippon Connection 2019 focussing on the work and mission of two extraordinary people: 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki (Episode 1: Ponyo is Here) and The Pianist from Syria (pictured above).

The two documentaries will also be shown at a special screening at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (Japan Foundation) on June 3.

The screenings at Nippon Connection 2019 and at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne follow NHK World-Japan’s recent launch on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland, making the channel available nationwide throughout Germany. The move is part of NHK World-Japan’s ongoing initiative to expand its presence in Germany, giving German households an inside view into Japanese news, culture and lifestyle.

In addition to the two largest cable operators Vodafone Deutschland and Unitymedia, NHK World-Japan is available in Germany on the cable networks of NetCologne and wilhelm.tel and on Deutsche Telekom’s TV package for the housing industry. German viewers can also receive the channel via satellite on Astra (19.2° East) and Eutelsat Hotbird (13° East), on the NHK World TV app (iOS/Android), Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV as well as through a live-stream on its website at nhk.jp/world.

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Virgin Media screen Eurosport Roland Garros coverage in HDR

By Julian Clover

Rafael Nadal celebrated his tenth title at Roland Garros this year (Image: Getty Images)

Virgin Media is to become the first UK TV platform to broadcast an event in 4K Ultra HD (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR).

It’s to make available Eurosport’s coverage of Roland Garros tennis.

Virgin Media will utilise Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology to broadcast all matches that feature on the renovated Phillipe Chatrier court in 4K UHD with HDR on its V6 set top box.

Viewers will need to press the red button on their remote control while viewing Eurosport 1 HD or Eurosport 2 HD.

David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said: “We are upping our game once more this summer by broadcasting one of the most prestigious tennis competitions in the highest picture quality currently available. Our customers will be able to get even closer to the action with HDR technology on our V6 box bringing the action right into the homes of our customers.”

Eurosport’s live 4K HDR coverage will be available on each day of the two-week long tournament on all matches that appear on Phillipe Chatrier court.

Virgin Media screen Eurosport Roland Garros coverage in HDR

By Julian Clover

Rafael Nadal celebrated his tenth title at Roland Garros this year (Image: Getty Images)

Virgin Media is to become the first UK TV platform to broadcast an event in 4K Ultra HD (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR).

It’s to make available Eurosport’s coverage of Roland Garros tennis.

Virgin Media will utilise Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology to broadcast all matches that feature on the renovated Phillipe Chatrier court in 4K UHD with HDR on its V6 set top box.

Viewers will need to press the red button on their remote control while viewing Eurosport 1 HD or Eurosport 2 HD.

David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said: “We are upping our game once more this summer by broadcasting one of the most prestigious tennis competitions in the highest picture quality currently available. Our customers will be able to get even closer to the action with HDR technology on our V6 box bringing the action right into the homes of our customers.”

Eurosport’s live 4K HDR coverage will be available on each day of the two-week long tournament on all matches that appear on Phillipe Chatrier court.

Amazon Channels to launch in France

By Julian Clover

Amazon Prime Video will debut its channels service in the French market on May 30.

Les Echos reports the channels will be available for a monthly fee of between 3 and 4 Euros without commitment. It anticipates channels from Lagardère (Canal J, TiJi, MCM), Mediawan, and the US Starz would be available at launch. Another wave of channels would be brought on in September.

Sources, quoted by the paper, suggest that revenues would be split with broadcasters on a 50/50 basis.

Amazon Channels are already available in the UK, Germany and Austria.

France TΓ©lΓ©visions to launch France TV Sport UHD 4K

By Julian Clover

France Télévisions is to launch a dedicated UKD 4K channel for the duration of Roland Garros 2019.

France TV Sport UHD 4K will run for 24-hours-a-day and will run in partnership with the French Tennis Federation.

14 Ultra High Definition cameras will be placed on the central Philippe Chatrier court.

“This channel is the culmination of 9 years experimentation. Roland Garros has always been for France Televisions an experimental laboratory and today this becomes concrete and visible to the public,” said Frédéric Brochard.

There’s an estimated 5 million UHD TVs in France, a figure that is increasing by 1 million a year.

The channel is being distributed on DTT, satellite (Fransat) and Orange. It’s expected to return for the 2020 Olympic Games.

France TΓ©lΓ©visions to launch France TV Sport UHD 4K

By Julian Clover

France Télévisions is to launch a dedicated UKD 4K channel for the duration of Roland Garros 2019.

France TV Sport UHD 4K will run for 24-hours-a-day and will run in partnership with the French Tennis Federation.

14 Ultra High Definition cameras will be placed on the central Philippe Chatrier court.

“This channel is the culmination of 9 years experimentation. Roland Garros has always been for France Televisions an experimental laboratory and today this becomes concrete and visible to the public,” said Frédéric Brochard.

There’s an estimated 5 million UHD TVs in France, a figure that is increasing by 1 million a year.

The channel is being distributed on DTT, satellite (Fransat) and Orange. It’s expected to return for the 2020 Olympic Games.

BBC and ITV to share FA Cup rights

By Julian Clover

The BBC and ITV have agreed to share the rights to the FA Cup from 2021.

The four-year deal means an end to the current arrangement that has seen the BBC share the rights to the cup competition with BT Sport.

ITV will broadcast around 20 matches per season from the first round through to the final, which will be shared with the BBC.
BBC Sport will have coverage of 18 matches per season together with highlights and online clips.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “We are delighted to be able to broadcast the FA Cup once again. We are particularly pleased that we shared The FA’s vision of a completely free-to-air competition and look forward to bringing new viewers all the along the road to Wembley Stadium.”

The BBC will have first and fourth picks of matches in the first, third and fifth rounds as well first pick of the semi-finals, with ITV having the first and fourth picks in the second and fourth rounds plus the quarter-finals.

In March, the BBC announced a new four-year deal with the Football Association to show the FA Cup until 2025.

The two broadcasters already share rights to 6 Nations Rugby.

BBC and ITV to share FA Cup rights

By Julian Clover

The BBC and ITV have agreed to share the rights to the FA Cup from 2021.

The four-year deal means an end to the current arrangement that has seen the BBC share the rights to the cup competition with BT Sport.

ITV will broadcast around 20 matches per season from the first round through to the final, which will be shared with the BBC.
BBC Sport will have coverage of 18 matches per season together with highlights and online clips.
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “We are delighted to be able to broadcast the FA Cup once again. We are particularly pleased that we shared The FA’s vision of a completely free-to-air competition and look forward to bringing new viewers all the along the road to Wembley Stadium.”

The BBC will have first and fourth picks of matches in the first, third and fifth rounds as well first pick of the semi-finals, with ITV having the first and fourth picks in the second and fourth rounds plus the quarter-finals.

In March, the BBC announced a new four-year deal with the Football Association to show the FA Cup until 2025.

The two broadcasters already share rights to 6 Nations Rugby.

KPN continues to carry Fox channels and Disney Channel

By Robert Briel

Dutch IPTV and DTT provide KPN has signed a last-minute deal to continue carrying the Fox channels and Disney Channel.

Last April, KPN said it would withdraw five Fox channels from its various distribution platforms. But now the operator confirmed a new carriage deal was signed to keep distributing Fox NL, 24Kitchen, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Baby TV.

At the same time, spokesperson for the operator also said that the Disney Channel would continue to be available to its subscribers. Until now, there was no publicity about a possible distribution spat between KPN and Disney.

Without a deal, subscribers to KPN’s IPTV service, and to its sub-brands XS4All and Telfort, would be affected, while National Geographic and Fox would also stop on KPN’s DTT platform Digitenne.

KPN continues to carry Fox channels and Disney Channel

By Robert Briel

Dutch IPTV and DTT provide KPN has signed a last-minute deal to continue carrying the Fox channels and Disney Channel.

Last April, KPN said it would withdraw five Fox channels from its various distribution platforms. But now the operator confirmed a new carriage deal was signed to keep distributing Fox NL, 24Kitchen, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Baby TV.

At the same time, spokesperson for the operator also said that the Disney Channel would continue to be available to its subscribers. Until now, there was no publicity about a possible distribution spat between KPN and Disney.

Without a deal, subscribers to KPN’s IPTV service, and to its sub-brands XS4All and Telfort, would be affected, while National Geographic and Fox would also stop on KPN’s DTT platform Digitenne.

Nigeria’s Premium Free provides 13 more channels

By Robert Briel

Nigeria’s free-to-air local channel bouquet, Premium Free, has enabled local television broadcast audiences access to 13 new premium channels which are custom-made for African viewers.

These include multinational language channels like Cinema Hausa, and popular African lifestyle channels such as True African.

Delivered via SES satellites, this bouquet is supplied by AfricaXP, an independent African network, which is well-known for its Nollywood catalog and longstanding partnerships with West African producers.

CEO of AfricaXP, Craig Kelly, said: “orking with SES has enabled Premium Free to achieve the maximum possible reach in Nigeria and that the company is confident that localization, coupled with the firm’s fresh international rights, will provide the kind of content blend that modern West African audiences demand. Transmitted free-to-air via satellite, this is obviously a great offer at a price point that can’t be beaten.”

Clint Brown, VP of Sales and Market Development, Africa for SES Video, added “The Nigerian FTA market in particular offers great opportunities for growth, and the company is proud to have engaged with Premium Free to deliver a differentiated content package for Nigeria and offer more choice for viewers. New initiatives such as this, which focus on delivering local and international content that is attractive for the end-consumer and is offered in high picture quality, will further develop consumer choice in Nigeria.”

Nigeria’s Premium Free provides 13 more channels

By Robert Briel

Nigeria’s free-to-air local channel bouquet, Premium Free, has enabled local television broadcast audiences access to 13 new premium channels which are custom-made for African viewers.

These include multinational language channels like Cinema Hausa, and popular African lifestyle channels such as True African.

Delivered via SES satellites, this bouquet is supplied by AfricaXP, an independent African network, which is well-known for its Nollywood catalog and longstanding partnerships with West African producers.

CEO of AfricaXP, Craig Kelly, said: “orking with SES has enabled Premium Free to achieve the maximum possible reach in Nigeria and that the company is confident that localization, coupled with the firm’s fresh international rights, will provide the kind of content blend that modern West African audiences demand. Transmitted free-to-air via satellite, this is obviously a great offer at a price point that can’t be beaten.”

Clint Brown, VP of Sales and Market Development, Africa for SES Video, added “The Nigerian FTA market in particular offers great opportunities for growth, and the company is proud to have engaged with Premium Free to deliver a differentiated content package for Nigeria and offer more choice for viewers. New initiatives such as this, which focus on delivering local and international content that is attractive for the end-consumer and is offered in high picture quality, will further develop consumer choice in Nigeria.”

Nigeria’s Premium Free provides 13 more channels

By Robert Briel

Nigeria’s free-to-air local channel bouquet, Premium Free, has enabled local television broadcast audiences access to 13 new premium channels which are custom-made for African viewers.

These include multinational language channels like Cinema Hausa, and popular African lifestyle channels such as True African.

Delivered via SES satellites, this bouquet is supplied by AfricaXP, an independent African network, which is well-known for its Nollywood catalog and longstanding partnerships with West African producers.

CEO of AfricaXP, Craig Kelly, said: “orking with SES has enabled Premium Free to achieve the maximum possible reach in Nigeria and that the company is confident that localization, coupled with the firm’s fresh international rights, will provide the kind of content blend that modern West African audiences demand. Transmitted free-to-air via satellite, this is obviously a great offer at a price point that can’t be beaten.”

Clint Brown, VP of Sales and Market Development, Africa for SES Video, added “The Nigerian FTA market in particular offers great opportunities for growth, and the company is proud to have engaged with Premium Free to deliver a differentiated content package for Nigeria and offer more choice for viewers. New initiatives such as this, which focus on delivering local and international content that is attractive for the end-consumer and is offered in high picture quality, will further develop consumer choice in Nigeria.”

NEP Switzerland selects Net Insight for live streaming

By JΓΆrn Krieger

NEP Switzerland will deploy a solution for transporting professional live media over the internet from Swedish media service provider Net Insight.

NEP Switzerland, a provider of outsourced production services supporting producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events, will use Net Insight’s Nimbra-based network for streaming professional live content and will build a fully redundant solution.

The system will be used for event activities to locations where fibre or satellite uplinks are either not available or cost prohibitive. The new network is scheduled to be operational at the end of July 2019.

“We selected Net Insight after a thorough investigation and evaluation of different solutions and we see that there is great future potential for this type of network solution over the internet,” said Trond Hermansen, CTO at NEP Switzerland. “The service type flexibility, elasticity as well as embedded security functions of the Nimbra platform is outstanding.”

Henrik Sund, CEO of Net Insight, added: “NEP Switzerland will now be able to deliver broadcast media quality services over the most challenging network conditions. We are very pleased to add yet another leading, global production company among the users of our award-winning media transport over internet solution.”

NEP Switzerland selects Net Insight for live streaming

By JΓΆrn Krieger

NEP Switzerland will deploy a solution for transporting professional live media over the internet from Swedish media service provider Net Insight.

NEP Switzerland, a provider of outsourced production services supporting producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events, will use Net Insight’s Nimbra-based network for streaming professional live content and will build a fully redundant solution.

The system will be used for event activities to locations where fibre or satellite uplinks are either not available or cost prohibitive. The new network is scheduled to be operational at the end of July 2019.

“We selected Net Insight after a thorough investigation and evaluation of different solutions and we see that there is great future potential for this type of network solution over the internet,” said Trond Hermansen, CTO at NEP Switzerland. “The service type flexibility, elasticity as well as embedded security functions of the Nimbra platform is outstanding.”

Henrik Sund, CEO of Net Insight, added: “NEP Switzerland will now be able to deliver broadcast media quality services over the most challenging network conditions. We are very pleased to add yet another leading, global production company among the users of our award-winning media transport over internet solution.”

Sky Deutschland to launch Sky Cinema Tierisch HD

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Films with animal heroes are the focus of a pop-up channel German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will launch on June 24, 2019.

Sky Cinema Tierisch HD will show around 40 movies 24 hours per day during one week, including titles such as Antz, Babe, Ferdinand, Peter Rabbit and the Free Willy franchise.

The channel will replace Sky Cinema Family during this time. Most films will also be available on demand on Sky Go and Sky Ticket.

Sky Deutschland to launch Sky Cinema Tierisch HD

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Films with animal heroes are the focus of a pop-up channel German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will launch on June 24, 2019.

Sky Cinema Tierisch HD will show around 40 movies 24 hours per day during one week, including titles such as Antz, Babe, Ferdinand, Peter Rabbit and the Free Willy franchise.

The channel will replace Sky Cinema Family during this time. Most films will also be available on demand on Sky Go and Sky Ticket.

Eurosport secures ATP tennis in the Nordics

By Julian Clover

Eurosport will screen the ATP Tour in the Nordic region for four years from 2020.

The deal with the ATP and ATP Media, along with its coverage of all four Grand Slams, means fans in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland watching on Eurosport’s platforms will be able to enjoy year-round tennis coverage.

Last October, Eurosport agreed a similar deal for rights to the men’s tour in the French market, which began in January. It also has a three-year agreement in place in Russia.

Laurent Prud’homme, SVP Rights Acquisitions & Syndication – Eurosport, said: “This new agreement with the ATP and ATP Media deepens our association with one of our key sport verticals and serves to highlight how Discovery powers people’s passions. Fans watching Eurosport in the Nordics will now be able to enjoy more than 40 weeks’ worth of tennis exclusively every season, strengthening Eurosport’s position as the go-to destination for all passionate fans of the sport.

The agreement between the ATP, ATP Media and Eurosport in the Nordics region includes nine ATP Masters 1000 events, 13 ATP 500 events, up to 19 ATP 250 events, the end-of-season Nitto ATP Finals tournament as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals, cementing Eurosport’s position as the Home of Tennis in the region.

Eurosport secures ATP tennis in the Nordics

By Julian Clover

Eurosport will screen the ATP Tour in the Nordic region for four years from 2020.

The deal with the ATP and ATP Media, along with its coverage of all four Grand Slams, means fans in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland watching on Eurosport’s platforms will be able to enjoy year-round tennis coverage.

Last October, Eurosport agreed a similar deal for rights to the men’s tour in the French market, which began in January. It also has a three-year agreement in place in Russia.

Laurent Prud’homme, SVP Rights Acquisitions & Syndication – Eurosport, said: “This new agreement with the ATP and ATP Media deepens our association with one of our key sport verticals and serves to highlight how Discovery powers people’s passions. Fans watching Eurosport in the Nordics will now be able to enjoy more than 40 weeks’ worth of tennis exclusively every season, strengthening Eurosport’s position as the go-to destination for all passionate fans of the sport.

The agreement between the ATP, ATP Media and Eurosport in the Nordics region includes nine ATP Masters 1000 events, 13 ATP 500 events, up to 19 ATP 250 events, the end-of-season Nitto ATP Finals tournament as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals, cementing Eurosport’s position as the Home of Tennis in the region.

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