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Netflix overtakes Canal in France

By Julian Clover

Netflix has overtaken Canal+ in France after a surge in subscriptions in recent weeks.

The streaming service that has now been present in France for less than five years now has five million subscribers. The figure emerged last week during a meeting of the culture ministry, and was originally reported by Le Figaro.

It has subsequently been confirmed by Netflix.

In the third quarter of 2018, the Vivendi subsidiary had 4,757 million individual subscribers in France, not including the wholesale deals struck with the telcos.

So while Canal lost 233,000 subscribers in a year, Netflix has piled on the subs, adding 1.5 million since April 2018. This despite a significant price increase at the end of 2017.

Launched in 2014, Netflix France was estimated to have 900,000 subs by the end of the following year.

It currently has seven series for the French market in development, including Osmosis, which is slated for release in the spring.

Netflix overtakes Canal in France

By Julian Clover

Netflix has overtaken Canal+ in France after a surge in subscriptions in recent weeks.

The streaming service that has now been present in France for less than five years now has five million subscribers. The figure emerged last week during a meeting of the culture ministry, and was originally reported by Le Figaro.

It has subsequently been confirmed by Netflix.

In the third quarter of 2018, the Vivendi subsidiary had 4,757 million individual subscribers in France, not including the wholesale deals struck with the telcos.

So while Canal lost 233,000 subscribers in a year, Netflix has piled on the subs, adding 1.5 million since April 2018. This despite a significant price increase at the end of 2017.

Launched in 2014, Netflix France was estimated to have 900,000 subs by the end of the following year.

It currently has seven series for the French market in development, including Osmosis, which is slated for release in the spring.

Antik Sat upgrades HD offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Slovak DTH platform Antik Sat has added 12 HD channels to its offer, which now has 38 in the format.

According to Parabola, all 12 channels – Doma HD, Joj Plus HD, TA3 HD, Wau HD, Lux HD, AMC HD, Sport 1 HD, Barrandov HD, CT24 HD, CT2 HD, Prima Cool HD and Prima Zoom HD – were previously available only in SD.

It adds that the channels, which use MPEG-4 compression, are shared with Orange TV.

However, the two platforms employ different conditional access systems, with Antik Sat opting for Conax and Orange TV favouring Irdeto.

Only one of the 12 HD channels (CT24 HD) is broadcast unencrypted.

Antik Sat upgrades HD offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Slovak DTH platform Antik Sat has added 12 HD channels to its offer, which now has 38 in the format.

According to Parabola, all 12 channels – Doma HD, Joj Plus HD, TA3 HD, Wau HD, Lux HD, AMC HD, Sport 1 HD, Barrandov HD, CT24 HD, CT2 HD, Prima Cool HD and Prima Zoom HD – were previously available only in SD.

It adds that the channels, which use MPEG-4 compression, are shared with Orange TV.

However, the two platforms employ different conditional access systems, with Antik Sat opting for Conax and Orange TV favouring Irdeto.

Only one of the 12 HD channels (CT24 HD) is broadcast unencrypted.

Antik Sat upgrades HD offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Slovak DTH platform Antik Sat has added 12 HD channels to its offer, which now has 38 in the format.

According to Parabola, all 12 channels – Doma HD, Joj Plus HD, TA3 HD, Wau HD, Lux HD, AMC HD, Sport 1 HD, Barrandov HD, CT24 HD, CT2 HD, Prima Cool HD and Prima Zoom HD – were previously available only in SD.

It adds that the channels, which use MPEG-4 compression, are shared with Orange TV.

However, the two platforms employ different conditional access systems, with Antik Sat opting for Conax and Orange TV favouring Irdeto.

Only one of the 12 HD channels (CT24 HD) is broadcast unencrypted.

Antik Sat upgrades HD offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Slovak DTH platform Antik Sat has added 12 HD channels to its offer, which now has 38 in the format.

According to Parabola, all 12 channels – Doma HD, Joj Plus HD, TA3 HD, Wau HD, Lux HD, AMC HD, Sport 1 HD, Barrandov HD, CT24 HD, CT2 HD, Prima Cool HD and Prima Zoom HD – were previously available only in SD.

It adds that the channels, which use MPEG-4 compression, are shared with Orange TV.

However, the two platforms employ different conditional access systems, with Antik Sat opting for Conax and Orange TV favouring Irdeto.

Only one of the 12 HD channels (CT24 HD) is broadcast unencrypted.

Afghanistan Broadcasting System launches DTH platform on Eutelsat

By Robert Briel

Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the Eutelsat 53A satellite.

ABS will use Eutelsat 53A’s Ku-band resources over Central Asia to provide nationwide coverage for the launch of its new DTH platform, Oqaab HD+. This platform will carry a mix of national and premium international channels. The capacity will also enable ABS to extend its DTT network from Kabul to all other Afghan provinces by feeding DTT network head-ends.

Andi Wilmers, ABS’s COO said: “With our new teleport in Kabul, we provide better signal quality for the local broadcasters across Afghanistan at compelling terms. Eutelsat’s resources over Afghanistan provide the needed signal strength so that people can receive all channels, even with a 45-cm satellite dish antenna. In 2019 we will offer enhanced services like Video on Demand (VOD) and other products to customers across the country.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Director, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Afghanistan Broadcasting System in enriching the country’s TV landscape. This contract consolidates our presence in Afghanistan, where we have been present since 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Communications in the data field. It also highlights the ability of satellite to deliver immediate

Afghanistan Broadcasting System launches DTH platform on Eutelsat

By Robert Briel

Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the Eutelsat 53A satellite.

ABS will use Eutelsat 53A’s Ku-band resources over Central Asia to provide nationwide coverage for the launch of its new DTH platform, Oqaab HD+. This platform will carry a mix of national and premium international channels. The capacity will also enable ABS to extend its DTT network from Kabul to all other Afghan provinces by feeding DTT network head-ends.

Andi Wilmers, ABS’s COO said: “With our new teleport in Kabul, we provide better signal quality for the local broadcasters across Afghanistan at compelling terms. Eutelsat’s resources over Afghanistan provide the needed signal strength so that people can receive all channels, even with a 45-cm satellite dish antenna. In 2019 we will offer enhanced services like Video on Demand (VOD) and other products to customers across the country.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Director, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Afghanistan Broadcasting System in enriching the country’s TV landscape. This contract consolidates our presence in Afghanistan, where we have been present since 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Communications in the data field. It also highlights the ability of satellite to deliver immediate

Afghanistan Broadcasting System launches DTH platform on Eutelsat

By Robert Briel

Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the Eutelsat 53A satellite.

ABS will use Eutelsat 53A’s Ku-band resources over Central Asia to provide nationwide coverage for the launch of its new DTH platform, Oqaab HD+. This platform will carry a mix of national and premium international channels. The capacity will also enable ABS to extend its DTT network from Kabul to all other Afghan provinces by feeding DTT network head-ends.

Andi Wilmers, ABS’s COO said: “With our new teleport in Kabul, we provide better signal quality for the local broadcasters across Afghanistan at compelling terms. Eutelsat’s resources over Afghanistan provide the needed signal strength so that people can receive all channels, even with a 45-cm satellite dish antenna. In 2019 we will offer enhanced services like Video on Demand (VOD) and other products to customers across the country.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Director, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Afghanistan Broadcasting System in enriching the country’s TV landscape. This contract consolidates our presence in Afghanistan, where we have been present since 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Communications in the data field. It also highlights the ability of satellite to deliver immediate

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Discovery appoints Elena Anniballi as scheduling chief for male brands

By Robert Briel

Discovery has appointed Elena Anniballi in the newly created position of Senior Scheduling Director, Male Brands UK.

Anniballi leads the scheduling strategy for flagship Discovery Channel, and free-to-air brands Quest and Dmax; alongside pay TV brands Science, Turbo, Discovery History, Shed and Travel Channel.

She brings a wealth of experience to the role, joining from A+E Networks UK where she was Channel Director for male-skewing free-to-air factual channel Blaze. In a previous role at A&E she was responsible for the scheduling team managing History, H2, Lifetime and CI.

Prior to A&E, Anniballi spent ten years at UKTV as Programme Manager for female-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel Really, and in various senior scheduling roles. She began her career at MTV Networks UK & Europe, before moving to Channel 4 where she managed the audience research needs for E4 and Film4.

She is based in London and reports to Simon Downing, SVP, Head of Factual and Sport.

He commented, “We are delighted to welcome Elena to Discovery. She brings fantastic experience of building pay TV and free-to-air brands and has an impressive track record. Her innovative editorial approach and commercial mindset will be invaluable as we accelerate the growth of our male brands across all platforms.”

Discovery appoints Elena Anniballi as scheduling chief for male brands

By Robert Briel

Discovery has appointed Elena Anniballi in the newly created position of Senior Scheduling Director, Male Brands UK.

Anniballi leads the scheduling strategy for flagship Discovery Channel, and free-to-air brands Quest and Dmax; alongside pay TV brands Science, Turbo, Discovery History, Shed and Travel Channel.

She brings a wealth of experience to the role, joining from A+E Networks UK where she was Channel Director for male-skewing free-to-air factual channel Blaze. In a previous role at A&E she was responsible for the scheduling team managing History, H2, Lifetime and CI.

Prior to A&E, Anniballi spent ten years at UKTV as Programme Manager for female-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel Really, and in various senior scheduling roles. She began her career at MTV Networks UK & Europe, before moving to Channel 4 where she managed the audience research needs for E4 and Film4.

She is based in London and reports to Simon Downing, SVP, Head of Factual and Sport.

He commented, “We are delighted to welcome Elena to Discovery. She brings fantastic experience of building pay TV and free-to-air brands and has an impressive track record. Her innovative editorial approach and commercial mindset will be invaluable as we accelerate the growth of our male brands across all platforms.”

Discovery appoints Elena Anniballi as scheduling chief for male brands

By Robert Briel

Discovery has appointed Elena Anniballi in the newly created position of Senior Scheduling Director, Male Brands UK.

Anniballi leads the scheduling strategy for flagship Discovery Channel, and free-to-air brands Quest and Dmax; alongside pay TV brands Science, Turbo, Discovery History, Shed and Travel Channel.

She brings a wealth of experience to the role, joining from A+E Networks UK where she was Channel Director for male-skewing free-to-air factual channel Blaze. In a previous role at A&E she was responsible for the scheduling team managing History, H2, Lifetime and CI.

Prior to A&E, Anniballi spent ten years at UKTV as Programme Manager for female-skewing free-to-air entertainment channel Really, and in various senior scheduling roles. She began her career at MTV Networks UK & Europe, before moving to Channel 4 where she managed the audience research needs for E4 and Film4.

She is based in London and reports to Simon Downing, SVP, Head of Factual and Sport.

He commented, “We are delighted to welcome Elena to Discovery. She brings fantastic experience of building pay TV and free-to-air brands and has an impressive track record. Her innovative editorial approach and commercial mindset will be invaluable as we accelerate the growth of our male brands across all platforms.”

Brexit: Discovery receives German licences

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Bavarian media authority BLM has granted Discovery Communications Deutschland broadcast licences for 19 TV channels targeting Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Discovery also received a licence for the pan-European distribution of its new streaming service Golf TV.

The Scandinavian channels are the following channels (not available in Germany):
Denmark: Channel 4 HD, Channel 5, 6’eren, Canal 9, Eurosport 2, Discovery Channel HD, TLC
Sweden: Channel 5, Channel 9, Channel 11, Discovery Channel, TLC HD
Norway: MAX, FEM, VOX, Eurosport Norge, Discovery Channel HD, TLC
Finland: Discovery Channel

Golf TV, a channel for golf fans, will be offered via OTT as a live-stream throughout Europe including Germany.

Since licenses issued by UK-based media authority Ofcom cannot be a legal basis for a European distribution anymore with the impending withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (Brexit), Discovery wants to expand its existing location in Munich and applied for new licenses for the Scandinavian channels at BLM.

Despite all these channels – with the exception of Golf TV – not broadcasting in Germany, but in other EU member states and Norway (member of the European Free Trade Association), the Bavarian media authority is responsible: Discovery’s head office is in Munich and editorial decisions are also made in the Bavarian Capital. The company also plans to create new jobs in Munich when it starts operations under German licence, especially in the area of youth protection, according to BLM.

“The new licences mean a further strengthening of Bavaria as a media location for us. For the companies they mean legal security,” said BLM president Siegfried Schneider.

Brexit: Discovery receives German licences

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Bavarian media authority BLM has granted Discovery Communications Germany broadcast licences for 19 TV channels targeting Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Discovery also received a licence for the pan-European distribution of its new streaming service Golf TV.

The Scandinavian channels are the following channels (not available in Germany):
Denmark: Channel 4 HD, Channel 5, 6’eren, Canal 9, Eurosport 2, Discovery Channel HD, TLC
Sweden: Channel 5, Channel 9, Channel 11, Discovery Channel, TLC HD
Norway: MAX, FEM, VOX, Eurosport Norge, Discovery Channel HD, TLC
Finland: Discovery Channel

Golf TV, a channel for golf fans, will be offered via OTT as a live-stream throughout Europe including Germany.

Since licenses issued by UK-based media authority Ofcom cannot be a legal basis for a European distribution anymore with the impending withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (Brexit), Discovery wants to expand its existing location in Munich and applied for new licenses for the Scandinavian channels at BLM.

Despite all these channels – with the exception of Golf TV – not broadcasting in Germany, but in other EU member states and Norway (member of the European Free Trade Association), the Bavarian media authority is responsible: Discovery’s head office is in Munich and editorial decisions are also made in the Bavarian Capital. The company also plans to create new jobs in Munich when it starts operations under German licence, especially in the area of youth protection, according to BLM.

“The new licences mean a further strengthening of Bavaria as a media location for us. For the companies they mean legal security,” said BLM president Siegfried Schneider.

Eurosport Romania scores with English Premier League

By Julian Clover

(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Eurosport Romania has secured a new three-year agreement with the Premier League from the 2019/20 season.

The Discovery-owned broadcaster says the deal strengthens Eurosport’s position as the Home of English Football in Romania and follows its recent acquisiton of FA Cup rights until 2021.

Victoria Davies, SVP Country Manager Discovery Networks CEE, Mediterranean and Central Asia, said: “The renewal of the rights clearly shows the strategic importance of the Romanian market in Discovery’s portfolio across the region, bringing the most exciting football league in the world to millions of fans across a football-mad country”.

Fans will be able to watch the matches live on Eurosport and simulcast on EurosportPlayer, Eurosport’s live and on-demand service. There will also be local language commentary.

Live English Premier League football complements Eurosport’s offering for sports fans in Romania, which already includes live coverage of the four Grand Slams, the best cycling events on the calendar including the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta, world-class snooker as well as a host of winter sports events throughout the season.

Eurosport Romania scores with English Premier League

By Julian Clover

(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Eurosport Romania has secured a new three-year agreement with the Premier League from the 2019/20 season.

The Discovery-owned broadcaster says the deal strengthens Eurosport’s position as the Home of English Football in Romania and follows its recent acquisiton of FA Cup rights until 2021.

Victoria Davies, SVP Country Manager Discovery Networks CEE, Mediterranean and Central Asia, said: “The renewal of the rights clearly shows the strategic importance of the Romanian market in Discovery’s portfolio across the region, bringing the most exciting football league in the world to millions of fans across a football-mad country”.

Fans will be able to watch the matches live on Eurosport and simulcast on EurosportPlayer, Eurosport’s live and on-demand service. There will also be local language commentary.

Live English Premier League football complements Eurosport’s offering for sports fans in Romania, which already includes live coverage of the four Grand Slams, the best cycling events on the calendar including the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta, world-class snooker as well as a host of winter sports events throughout the season.

Eurosport Romania scores with English Premier League

By Julian Clover

(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Eurosport Romania has secured a new three-year agreement with the Premier League from the 2019/20 season.

The Discovery-owned broadcaster says the deal strengthens Eurosport’s position as the Home of English Football in Romania and follows its recent acquisiton of FA Cup rights until 2021.

Victoria Davies, SVP Country Manager Discovery Networks CEE, Mediterranean and Central Asia, said: “The renewal of the rights clearly shows the strategic importance of the Romanian market in Discovery’s portfolio across the region, bringing the most exciting football league in the world to millions of fans across a football-mad country”.

Fans will be able to watch the matches live on Eurosport and simulcast on EurosportPlayer, Eurosport’s live and on-demand service. There will also be local language commentary.

Live English Premier League football complements Eurosport’s offering for sports fans in Romania, which already includes live coverage of the four Grand Slams, the best cycling events on the calendar including the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta, world-class snooker as well as a host of winter sports events throughout the season.

Paywizard to handle BT Sport PPV

By Julian Clover

Paywizard has been selected for the onboarding of customers for BT Sport’s pay-per-view events over the Sky platform.

The subscription, billing and customer relationship management (CRM) specialist will deliver pay-per-view purchase and entitlement management and support.

“We ran our first PPV event almost 20 years ago and over that time have built an amazing understanding of what it takes to manage events where the majority of buys come in the last few hours,” says Bhavesh Vaghela, Paywizard’s Chief Executive. “With growing consumer demand for new PPV events, we look forward to working closely with BT Sport to acquire more customers, drive revenue and deliver success into the future.”

The solution is currently live, and deployed to support a number of high-profile PPV events from BT Sport’s brand-new dedicated pay-per-view channel, BT Sport Box Office HD.

These include boxing bouts between Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin, the recent heavyweight world title showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury and world featherweight clash between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.

“Ensuring a great customer experience is a critical part of our PPV offering and Paywizard’s experience as a leader in delivering these type of streamlined enablement services made them a natural fit for this partnership,” said Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer BT Sport. “Their scalable platform and deep technical capabilities provide us with a seamless experience for both our own subscribers and Sky customers to access high quality PPV with ease.”

The service, using the Paywizard Agile platform, enables both BT Sport existing subscribers and non-BT Sport subscribers with a Sky Box to sign up for PPV events.

Paywizard to handle BT Sport PPV

By Julian Clover

Paywizard has been selected for the onboarding of customers for BT Sport’s pay-per-view events over the Sky platform.

The subscription, billing and customer relationship management (CRM) specialist will deliver pay-per-view purchase and entitlement management and support.

“We ran our first PPV event almost 20 years ago and over that time have built an amazing understanding of what it takes to manage events where the majority of buys come in the last few hours,” says Bhavesh Vaghela, Paywizard’s Chief Executive. “With growing consumer demand for new PPV events, we look forward to working closely with BT Sport to acquire more customers, drive revenue and deliver success into the future.”

The solution is currently live, and deployed to support a number of high-profile PPV events from BT Sport’s brand-new dedicated pay-per-view channel, BT Sport Box Office HD.

These include boxing bouts between Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin, the recent heavyweight world title showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury and world featherweight clash between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.

“Ensuring a great customer experience is a critical part of our PPV offering and Paywizard’s experience as a leader in delivering these type of streamlined enablement services made them a natural fit for this partnership,” said Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer BT Sport. “Their scalable platform and deep technical capabilities provide us with a seamless experience for both our own subscribers and Sky customers to access high quality PPV with ease.”

The service, using the Paywizard Agile platform, enables both BT Sport existing subscribers and non-BT Sport subscribers with a Sky Box to sign up for PPV events.

Yanga! TV goes live with Nigeria Decides election special

By Robert Briel

African entertainment channel Yanga! TV will for the first time broadcast a live Nigeria Decides Election Special from the 18 – 22 February.

Broadcasting Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am – 12pm and repeated at 9pm on Sky and Freesat. The programme will also be live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and www.yangatv.com.

Presenters Mark Eddo (pictured above), Juliana Olayinka, Priscilla Nwikpo and guest panels will discuss and debate the outcome of the Nigerian Presidential election held in Nigeria on 16 February 2019.

The live daily show will feature political debates and interviews with political commentators and will take place in the channel’s state-of-the art London studio.

Confirmed special guests include: Dr Philip Idaewor- APC UK Chair; Lagun Akinloye- Political Analyst; Godson Azu- Political Strategist, Author and Public Speaker; Gbola Ola, Broadcast political journalist & Public Affairs Analyst; Sulaiman Aledeh, Broadcast Journalist; Susan Fajana-Thomas; Nigerian-born British politician/ Labour Councilor and Socio- political campaigner

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