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Deutsches Musik Fernsehen HD joins Vodafone Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German music TV channel Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is now also available in HD quality on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland.

Like the HD versions of almost all commercial TV channels, the signal is encrypted and only accessible with a smartcard. The unencrypted free-to-air distribution in SD resolution continues to be offered in parallel on Vodafone’s German cable network.

Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is also available in HD quality as an app on Amazon Fire TV. The Fire TV app and the livestream are free of charge.

Deutsches Musik Fernsehen HD joins Vodafone Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German music TV channel Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is now also available in HD quality on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland.

Like the HD versions of almost all commercial TV channels, the signal is encrypted and only accessible with a smartcard. The unencrypted free-to-air distribution in SD resolution continues to be offered in parallel on Vodafone’s German cable network.

Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is also available in HD quality as an app on Amazon Fire TV. The Fire TV app and the livestream are free of charge.

Deutsches Musik Fernsehen HD joins Vodafone Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German music TV channel Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is now also available in HD quality on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland.

Like the HD versions of almost all commercial TV channels, the signal is encrypted and only accessible with a smartcard. The unencrypted free-to-air distribution in SD resolution continues to be offered in parallel on Vodafone’s German cable network.

Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is also available in HD quality as an app on Amazon Fire TV. The Fire TV app and the livestream are free of charge.

Research: Entertainment shows still capture big audiences

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

Entertainment shows still capture big audiences regardless of the country, according to the latest edition of Mediametrie’s Entertainment TV Report which examined these programmes in 11 countries.

On average, TV channels devoted 1/3 of their prime time schedules to entertainment formats in 2018.

“During prime time, entertainment shows helped boost audience figures for ¾ of the major channels studied, and increased the audience share by 24% compared to the average for the slot. These results prove that entertainment is still a vital genre for this time slot,” noted Candice Alessandra, International Research Manager at EurodataTV Worldwide.

Although the countries in the study devoted a significant part of their prime-time schedules to entertainment, there were some disparities between them. Not all countries broadcast the same number of entertainment shows: Japan and the United States were the front runners, dedicating 58% and 53% respectively of total prime time on main channels to entertainment programming. France and Germany brought up the rear with 22% and 17%. In some countries, private channels are the home of prime time entertainment, especially Japan (65%). In other countries, the main public channels make a massive contribution to the entertainment schedules, for example in the UK.

The countries with the highest number of successful entertainment show exports are: the UK, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium. Programmes include: Got Talent (USA), Strictly Come Dancing (UK), The Farmer Wants a Wife (UK), and Survivor (Sweden), which were all ranked among the top shows in at least five of the 11 countries studied.

In terms of entertainment genres, factual entertainment is the most widely broadcast, just ahead of reality competitions and variety shows; game shows follow a little further. On the other hand, regarding consumption, reality competitions come first, quite widely ahead of factual entertainment and variety shows.

2018 was an excellent year for entertainment formats, with double the number of launches seen in 2017 (17 additional launches). The majority of these newcomers were original programmes (19 out of 31), and the UK performed particularly well, with four original new programmes ranked in its Top 15 prime time entertainment ratings: The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off, The Generation Game, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip. However, these are mainly reboots or spin-offs.

Entertainment adaptations made inroads in 2018, accounting for 1/3 of new launches. They included: Ninja Warrior, adapted for the first time in Israel and The Legacy, Grandpas Over Flowers, a South Korean format that was successfully adapted in the Netherlands.

2018 also signalled a rise in popularity for reality competitions, with 14 new launches. Within this category, talent shows dominated (8 out of these 14 launches), including: The Voice, The Great Bake Off, Got Talent and Sewing Bee.

Some entertainment formats stood out. They included: Showdown (Israel), Ich WeiB Alles (Germany) and L’Aventure Robinson (France), which were all genuine new programming as none of them were based on a pre-existing concept.

There were also some enduring “old” favourites: The Generation Game, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The Brain returned to screens in the UK and Italy after more than 5 years away in some cases.

Lastly, spin-offs remained a safe bet for channels. For example, in the United States, Love & Hip Hop: Miami was the fourth installment in that franchise and went straight to the top of the national charts. In the Netherlands, The Voice Senior enjoyed similar success, scoring 6th place in 2018.

Another way to relaunch a show is to create a VIP version. This was clearly understood in Italy and the United States where VIP versions of Temptation Island and Big Brother have launched. Both programmes entered the Top 15 charts in their respective countries.

How did viewers watch entertainment formats in 2018? Although the TV set remained the screen of choice, the habit of watching on internet screens has also gradually set in.

Among the internet screens, the computer is still the screen of choice for watching these shows: French audiences spent 41% of total internet screen viewing time for prime time entertainment watching on a computer, for the Dutch audience it was 47% and for the British audience: 38%. However, the importance of “small screens” such as tablets and smartphones should not be underestimated.

In France, the proportion of viewers using an Internet screen is higher for entertainment than for other types of programmes. This trend is supported by a few flagship programmes such as Les Marseillais Australia, Les Marseillais vs. Le Reste du Monde or even Les Princes Et les Princesses De L’Amour.

In the United Kingdom, consumption on internet screens is less related to the types of programmes than to their performance on TV screens: success on TV often means good performance on Internet screens. This is the case of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, which was broadcast in prime time and was the most successful entertainment format on Internet screens in 2018

RTL to sell Insight TV airtime in The Netherlands

By Robert Briel

As of 1 June, RTL Nederland will be responsible for advertising sales in The Netherlands on an exclusive basis for Insight TV.

Well-known programmes of Insight TV include: Morbidelli Rising; series about Franco Morbidelli, the greatest talent in the motorsport royal class (MotoGP).
Thru; outdoor game show in which two teams have to follow a dead straight line through the landscape regardless of the obstacles they encounter.
Travel with a Goat; well-known food influencers travel for days with an animal and have to decide at the end of the trip whether it can stay alive or that the local population can slaughter it.
Street Art Challenge; in each episode, two well-known graffiti artists mix their style to create a unique piece of art.
Endurance: 24 Hours at Spa; six teams are followed from start to finish in the famous Total 24 Hours of Spa race.

Insight TV can be received in 28 countries and the content is also available worldwide via the company’s own VOD platform Insight.tv. In the Netherlands, Insight TV can be received via KPN, Telfort, XS4ALL, T-Mobile and Canal Digitaal. The head office is located in Amsterdam.

Amazon reaches settlement in German series dispute

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Bavarian media authority BLM and Amazon Instant Video Germany have settled their dispute over alleged surreptitious advertising in an episode of the series Pastewka.

Both sides agreed on a new cut of the episode Das Lied von Hals und Nase (“The Song about Throat and Nose”) from the eighth season. It replaces the original version with immediate effect and can be watched on-demand on Amazon Prime Video.

Although both BLM and Amazon uphold their legal position, they welcome the constructive clarification of the matter. The administrative courts no longer have to clarify whether the advertising was surreptitious or not.

In January 2019, BLM prohibited the respective episode of the Pastewka series available on Amazon Prime Video on charges of violating German advertising rules. Amazon took legal action against the decision at the Administrative Court in Munich, which now won’t have to deal with the case.

The new edited version of the episode is approved by the media authority. The brand presentations and mentions can be justified by the plot and dramaturgy, according to BLM.

Sports fans will not pay more than Β£30 for OTT

By Julian Clover

Two thirds of sports fans say £30 per month is the cut-off point for expenditure on TV sports content.

A new report released by Deltatre Where the Money is Going: The Future of Sports Entertainment suggest the cap is leading operators to invest greater in tech to better monetise their audience.

The report says the amount the audience is prepared to pay is true across the generations. Only 27% of consumers over the age of 25 pay more than $39 per month for sports.

However, an improved tech experience leads to a 24% uplift in subscriber acquisition.

Executive interviews reveal global sports operators currently commit 15% of total budget to the OTT tech stack – which will be worth $6.8 billion by 2021 in North America alone.

“The sports OTT KPIs have changed. It’s no longer just about streaming the match. Encouraging viewers to come back day after day is the gold standard, even when there’s not a live match taking place. That means maximising engagement on the shoulders of the game itself. Tailoring video and editorial content to different types of fans and reconfiguring the UI and UX based on time of day, user insights, or the latest developments in the sports world that week is how brands can create a better ecosystem around a sport.” said Giampiero Rinaudo, CEO, Deltatre.

39% of consumers are watching four or more hours of sports programming on mobile per week. 72% of those surveyed cite personalisation and a tailored user experience as the most important feature offered by OTT sports services. Almost the same number of consumers (71%) want deeper immersion and a desire to feel closer to the action through the more advanced functionality that OTT can provide.

Rohde & Schwarz gains DVB-T2 contract in Egypt

By Julian Clover

The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has selected German technology company Rohde & Schwarz for a multi-million Dollar contract to support their DVB-T2 network.

After extensive evaluation of DVB-T2 transmitter systems from leading vendors, ENMA has opted for the R&S THU9evo transmitters from Rohde & Schwarz (pictured).

To be installed at nine sites across the country to provide DVB-T2 coverage, the contract comes with strict timescales. All equipment has to be installed and commissioned by mid-June 2019, so that DVB-T2 SD and HD broadcasts can commence before the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, scheduled to take place from June 21 to July 19.

Throughout the contract negotiations and the project, Rohde & Schwarz is working closely with its local partner, Egypt-based Integrated Communication Systems (ICS).

The R&S THU9evo UHF high-power transmitter family is designed to minimise operating costs for terrestrial broadcasters whilst maintaining performance and reliability and offers overall efficiency values of up to 40% for COFDM and 43% for ATSC, according to Rohde & Schwarz.

In addition to the transmitters, the project involves the supply of UHF DVB-T2 antenna systems from Kathrein, RF feeders from RFS, combiner systems from Spinner and various auxiliary systems.

Mediaset prevents Vivendi shareholder participation

By Julian Clover

Vivendi has condemned a decision by the Mediaset Board of Directors to refuse its representative to vote in a shareholders’ meeting.

In a statement, the French media concern said the decision was both unlawful and against the interests both of Mediaset and its minority shareholders.

Vivendi said it wasn’t in a position to participate at the Mediaset Shareholders’ Meeting and reserved the right to challenge in court the validity of any resolutions adopted.

It’s the latest twist in the three year old battle between Mediaset and Vivendi that emerged after Vivendi pulled out of a deal to purchase Mediasat’s pay-TV division.

Separately, Fininvest chair Marina Berlusconi has said Mediaset would like to develop a cross-border alliance, but has no intention of including Vivendi in any such deal.

Fininvest owns 44 per cent of Mediaset.

Olympic Channel comes to Roku streaming players

By Robert Briel

Roku is launching the Olympic Channel as a free-to-view service on its streaming players.

The channel offers a 24/7 live stream and more than 400 episodes from the Olympic Channel library of original content featuring more than 50 series developed with production companies from more than 25 countries.

The Olympic Channel offers access to Olympic sports and athletes all year round. Through comprehensive coverage, original programming, never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, the Olympic Channel takes viewers up close and behind the scenes with their favourite sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Highlights include: Five Rings Films: The Olympic Channel’s signature sports documentary series is produced by Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media. The feature-length films include The Nagano Tapes; The People’s Fighter’s examines Cuba’s boxing culture highlighting the career of the legendary Teofilo Stevenson; and The Golden Generation which spotlights the Argentine Men’s National Team’s historic gold at the Athens 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Original Series: From the legacy of Olympic heroes and how they inspire new generations in the second season of Legends Live On, to the docu-reality series that follows Olympic legends as they try to turnaround a struggling youth sports teams in just one week in The Z Team, the Olympic Channel provides an entertaining, inspiring and action-packed look at the everyday lives of athletes.

The Olympic Channel is available for free and can be found in the Sports category in the Roku Channel Store.

Olympic Channel comes to Roku streaming players

By Robert Briel

Roku is launching the Olympic Channel as a free-to-view service on its streaming players.

The channel offers a 24/7 live stream and more than 400 episodes from the Olympic Channel library of original content featuring more than 50 series developed with production companies from more than 25 countries.

The Olympic Channel offers access to Olympic sports and athletes all year round. Through comprehensive coverage, original programming, never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, the Olympic Channel takes viewers up close and behind the scenes with their favourite sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Highlights include: Five Rings Films: The Olympic Channel’s signature sports documentary series is produced by Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media. The feature-length films include The Nagano Tapes; The People’s Fighter’s examines Cuba’s boxing culture highlighting the career of the legendary Teofilo Stevenson; and The Golden Generation which spotlights the Argentine Men’s National Team’s historic gold at the Athens 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Original Series: From the legacy of Olympic heroes and how they inspire new generations in the second season of Legends Live On, to the docu-reality series that follows Olympic legends as they try to turnaround a struggling youth sports teams in just one week in The Z Team, the Olympic Channel provides an entertaining, inspiring and action-packed look at the everyday lives of athletes.

The Olympic Channel is available for free and can be found in the Sports category in the Roku Channel Store.

New DTT tender in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

The Ukrainian regulator National Council is organising a tender for two FTA channels on the DVB-T2 (MPEG-4) network in Odessa.

In a release, it says that an announcement about the tender has appeared in the newspaper Voice of Ukraine, adding that the channels in question will occupy the 11th and 12th positions of 27 digital TV channels.

On air for 24 hours daily, they will be required to offer local and regional content.

Participants in the tender have been requested to submit their applications between May 17 and June 18.

Results of the competition will be announced on August 16.

New DTT tender in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

The Ukrainian regulator National Council is organising a tender for two FTA channels on the DVB-T2 (MPEG-4) network in Odessa.

In a release, it says that an announcement about the tender has appeared in the newspaper Voice of Ukraine, adding that the channels in question will occupy the 11th and 12th positions of 27 digital TV channels.

On air for 24 hours daily, they will be required to offer local and regional content.

Participants in the tender have been requested to submit their applications between May 17 and June 18.

Results of the competition will be announced on August 16.

TRT World expands global reach with addition of iflix

By Robert Briel

TRT World, Turkey’s international English-language news channel operated by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation has partnered with iflix.

TRT World’s linear broadcast will join iflix News, iflix’s 24-hour news hub which aggregates live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news authorities.

All iflix users across Asia can access the TRT World channel for news and current affairs, 24/7, available both on iflixVIP and iflixFree. The premium-dedicated channel will feature all TRT World programming, including The Newsmakers, Compass, Roundtable, Showcase, Money Talks, Beyond the Game and Newsfeed.

Furkan Han, TRT World’s Head of Global Digital & Satellite Distribution & Partnership, stated that “We are glad to have a partnership with iflix providing our human focused premium content to Asia Pacific market with 30 territories including islands. TRT World enhances its global reach through its collaborations with digital and pay tv platforms day by day and this partnership with iflix will enable us to increase the number of viewers in Asia Pacific region.”

Craig Galvin, iflix Global Head of Content, said, “With iflix News, we set out to bring timely, comprehensive coverage to all our users, on their terms. We are delighted to add TRT World, Turkey’s leading and most trusted television news channel onboard to deliver news, current affairs and in-depth analysis.”

TRT World expands global reach with addition of iflix

By Robert Briel

TRT World, Turkey’s international English-language news channel operated by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation has partnered with iflix.

TRT World’s linear broadcast will join iflix News, iflix’s 24-hour news hub which aggregates live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news authorities.

All iflix users across Asia can access the TRT World channel for news and current affairs, 24/7, available both on iflixVIP and iflixFree. The premium-dedicated channel will feature all TRT World programming, including The Newsmakers, Compass, Roundtable, Showcase, Money Talks, Beyond the Game and Newsfeed.

Furkan Han, TRT World’s Head of Global Digital & Satellite Distribution & Partnership, stated that “We are glad to have a partnership with iflix providing our human focused premium content to Asia Pacific market with 30 territories including islands. TRT World enhances its global reach through its collaborations with digital and pay tv platforms day by day and this partnership with iflix will enable us to increase the number of viewers in Asia Pacific region.”

Craig Galvin, iflix Global Head of Content, said, “With iflix News, we set out to bring timely, comprehensive coverage to all our users, on their terms. We are delighted to add TRT World, Turkey’s leading and most trusted television news channel onboard to deliver news, current affairs and in-depth analysis.”

Paramount Network launches on Freesat

By Robert Briel

UK’s DTH platform Freesat has announced the addition of Paramount Network to its line-up of entertainment channels.

On channel number 132, viewers will have access to US scripted drama, comedy and movies featuring Hollywood stars. Paramount Network replaces 5Star+1.

Highlights across April and May include US dramas such as political thriller, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Suits, the iconic legal drama set in a cut-throat US law firm. From Marvel there’s Agent Carter, as well as the adventures of DC hero Arrow.

There’s also comedy with hit US hidden camera show, Impractical Jokers, as four real-life friends challenge each other to prank unsuspecting members of the public; while fans of Dunder Miflin can reacquaint themselves with the spoof US fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Office from the very beginning.

Angie Mee, Head of Content Partnerships, Freesat, said, “Our viewers have already had a taste of Paramount Network via My5 on Freesat, so we’re delighted to give them the chance now to experience the full range of exciting and varied programming available and to expand our portfolio of entertainment channels even further.”

Paramount Network launches on Freesat

By Robert Briel

UK’s DTH platform Freesat has announced the addition of Paramount Network to its line-up of entertainment channels.

On channel number 132, viewers will have access to US scripted drama, comedy and movies featuring Hollywood stars. Paramount Network replaces 5Star+1.

Highlights across April and May include US dramas such as political thriller, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Suits, the iconic legal drama set in a cut-throat US law firm. From Marvel there’s Agent Carter, as well as the adventures of DC hero Arrow.

There’s also comedy with hit US hidden camera show, Impractical Jokers, as four real-life friends challenge each other to prank unsuspecting members of the public; while fans of Dunder Miflin can reacquaint themselves with the spoof US fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Office from the very beginning.

Angie Mee, Head of Content Partnerships, Freesat, said, “Our viewers have already had a taste of Paramount Network via My5 on Freesat, so we’re delighted to give them the chance now to experience the full range of exciting and varied programming available and to expand our portfolio of entertainment channels even further.”

Paramount Network launches on Freesat

By Robert Briel

UK’s DTH platform Freesat has announced the addition of Paramount Network to its line-up of entertainment channels.

On channel number 132, viewers will have access to US scripted drama, comedy and movies featuring Hollywood stars. Paramount Network replaces 5Star+1.

Highlights across April and May include US dramas such as political thriller, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Suits, the iconic legal drama set in a cut-throat US law firm. From Marvel there’s Agent Carter, as well as the adventures of DC hero Arrow.

There’s also comedy with hit US hidden camera show, Impractical Jokers, as four real-life friends challenge each other to prank unsuspecting members of the public; while fans of Dunder Miflin can reacquaint themselves with the spoof US fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Office from the very beginning.

Angie Mee, Head of Content Partnerships, Freesat, said, “Our viewers have already had a taste of Paramount Network via My5 on Freesat, so we’re delighted to give them the chance now to experience the full range of exciting and varied programming available and to expand our portfolio of entertainment channels even further.”

Russian channels launch in Luxembourg

By Chris Dziadul

Post Luxembourg has added five Russian channels to its IPTV offer PostTV.

Customers can add the channels – RTR Planeta, TV1000, Channel One Russia Worldwide, Carousel Int and Ren TV – to their ‘Entertain Me’ package, which they can customise and terminate their subscription on a monthly basis.

Commenting on the development, Guillaume Wilke, product manager at Post, said: “The launch of Russian channels is a continuation of our Entertain Me product strategy: being able to offer a TV product that meets everyone’s needs in a multicultural environment.”

Russian channels launch in Luxembourg

By Chris Dziadul

Post Luxembourg has added five Russian channels to its IPTV offer PostTV.

Customers can add the channels – RTR Planeta, TV1000, Channel One Russia Worldwide, Carousel Int and Ren TV – to their ‘Entertain Me’ package, which they can customise and terminate their subscription on a monthly basis.

Commenting on the development, Guillaume Wilke, product manager at Post, said: “The launch of Russian channels is a continuation of our Entertain Me product strategy: being able to offer a TV product that meets everyone’s needs in a multicultural environment.”

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