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Current News CH:
Shang-Hai: Guangdong Telecom Invests RMB5 Billion To Renovate IPTV


Guangdong Telecom says it will invest another RMB5 billion to expand IPTV services and will publish the bidding results before the end of the year. Guangdong Telecom began to deploy IPTV in the second half of 2004. It later tested the IPTV system of mainstream manufacturers in early 2005 and arranged a bidding for the IPTV program at the end of 2005, which benefited about 100,000 users. At present, IPTV is the main source of income for Guangdong Telecom. Therefore, the company has decided to further enlarge its investment on the program and promote it to more users.

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Current News US:
NY: Telcos Tuning In to IPTV


Mother of all networks faces complexities, questions, but early signs encouraging; phone companies rapidly adopting the technology; five-fold growth expected
The picture for IPTV is coming into focus. - After a long wait Internet protocol television has passed its first technical hurdles and is proving itself in real-world deployments. But despite eagerness for what many view as the culmination of modern multimedia networks, IPTV still has a ways to go before it can claim title as the mother of all communications infrastructures.
Despite how ambitious that may sound, most industry observers agree that it is not a matter of if IPTV becomes the dominant digital conduit for television, telephone, and Internet services but when. "Everyone accepts that all communications are moving to IP networks," says Deb Mielke, managing partner at consultancy Treillage Network Strategies. "It"s just a matter of how to do it."
Indeed, IPTV still requires some fine-tuning. Significant technical issues remain for the nascent networking system, keeping some telecommunications service providers on the sidelines until IPTV vendors such as Cisco Systems can prove the technology will work impeccably on a massive scale while delivering pristine high-definition images.
Though Web sites such as YouTube also use digitized IP packets to deliver video to computers, IPTV is a "managed service" that requires an array of specialized hardware and software to ensure the impeccable quality TV viewers expect. IPTV networks also need immense bandwidth for transporting large-screen, high-definition images that typical broadband connections simply cannot accommodate. Like the Internet, however, IPTV can travel over various physical infrastructures, including phone lines, coaxial cable, and wireless systems.
Because IPTV speaks the language of the World Wide Web, this networking system holds the promise of seamlessly bringing together the worlds of the Internet and TV by combining all forms of communications and entertainment into one flexible, full-integrated multimedia infrastructure. Service providers will gain the ability to mix and match voice, video and data into an unlimited variety of offerings. And new offerings mean much needed new revenues for players in the highly competitive telecommunications industry.


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Current News CH
Beijng: China Next Generation Television Forum 2007


The number of global DTV users has reached 220 million in 2006, and the average penetration rate of DTV came to 20%. All the countries of the world have successively put the DAC (Digital/Analog Conversion) into schedule. The Netherlands has stopped the broadcasting of analog TV programs since Dec 2006, which became the first one to completely use DTV signals. As in China, the biggest population country plan to fulfill DAC by 2015.
The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) has always positively promoted the DAC, so the number of DTV users have increased dramatically, up to 6.56 million in 2006H1 from 4.39 million in 2005. The number has broken 10 million in the full year of 2006. According to the statistics, by the end of 2006, there have been 24 cities that have finished the overall conversion of making CATV digitized. On the basis of previous Qingdao model, Hangzhou model, Foshan model and Shenzhen model, some successful models like Guangzhou model and Guangxi model appeared again.
On the other hand, with the rapid growth of the broadband market, user demand for video services experienced rapid growth. Based on their core competencies, telecom operators, media players and various kinds of institutions with solid industry background have entered the IPTV market and begun small-scale promotion. We also can find the Shanghai Model, Haerbin Model., etc

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Current News BR:
Rio de Janeiro: Latin America"s Leading IPTV Event


The conference will feature over 20 telcos and ISPs discussing IPTV service deployment issues. Leading South American content players and broadcasters speaking. Operators speaking at the show include: Brasil Telecom, VTR, Telefonica Internacional, Telefonica del Sur, Telecom Argentina, Anatel Brasil. Networking party for all conference delegates.

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Current News FR:
Paris: DSL Forum announces approval of new IPTV specifications


December 21, 2007 – The DSL Forum has announced the approval of its latest Technical Report, TR-135 Data Model for a TR-069 Enabled set-top box (STB) and the amendment of the Technical Report TR-069, focusing on enhancing the remote management capabilities of IPTV devices.
The new specifications follow the release of BroadbandSuite Release 2.0 and are cornerstone to the pending Release 3.0, which will address triple-play augmented via VDSL2, GPON and bonded DSL over a Quality of Service-enabled Ethernet architecture. Release 3.0 will also provide support for multicast to enable IPTV streaming as well as integrated remote management of set-top boxes and attached storage devices. The full release is expected to be completed in late 2008.
As part of release 3.0, TR-135 defines the data model for remote management of digital TV (IPTV or broadcast) functionality on STB devices via CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP) as defined in TR-069 Amendment 2 and TR-106. The report provides the data model for describing STB capabilities such as Personal Video Recording (PVR), Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) and Quality of Service, as well as providing a means to enable video service performance monitoring.
“The most important aspect of this TR is that all of this management can be done remotely, allowing operators to save both time and resources as engineers will be able to resolve problems without leaving the office,” said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the DSL Forum. “It will also allow operators to monitor how long STBs are being used for and when, enabling them to create product offerings which align with the needs of their customers.”
Also approved is the update to TR-069, TR-069 Amendment 2, which arose from collaboration with the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) organisation, which required support for Multicast downloads, and this has now been added.


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Current News GE
Munich: Premiere can be received in Cryptoworks via the digital satellite platform of the ORF from November on


Premiere spreads its programme, from 2 November 2007 on, also over the digital satellite platform of the ORF, which is encoded in Cryptoworks. The ORF, the ORF subsidiary ORS and Premiere have agreed on that .Thus, Premiere reaches additionally 1.1 million digital ORF-satellite households in Austria which can subscribe and activate Premiere.
Further details you can find in Digitalmagazin.info Weekly.

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Current News: EU
Brussels: EU law concerning unencrypted transmission via EU law concerning unencrypted transmission via satellite?


04.01.2008 According to French media reports, the European Parliament is said to pass a new law in a few weeks, which considerably will dampen the toll plans of the satellite provider SES Astra. National and public TV broadcasters within the European Union are to be forced by means of this law to transmit at least own productions unencryptedly, the news service Satelli-Line reports. As a reason for the new law, the fact that more and more EU citizens change their residence is indicated. Abroad they often do no longer have the possibility to receive TV channels from their home, because these are encrypted, the service states. SES Astra and the big German private broadcasters had planned under the project name Dolphin the encryption of their free-to-air offer; due to investigations of the Federal Cartel Office, these plans were stopped (DM reported). This toll platform has started under the name Entavio at the IFA 2007, but does not seem able to prevail on the market. Neither subscriber figures nor indications regarding the existing receiver population on the market are available from the platform provider. Even broadcasters, which are present at the Dolphin/Entavio platform, complain about the slow start of the market model (DM reported). Furthermore, the Federal Cartel Office still is investigating the specification of the Dolphin/Entavio receivers. SES Astra is suspected to abuse its market dominating position for the establishment of restrictive box specifications.

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Current News US:
Falls Church: Media Server Technology


The Reference Room : Media Server Technology - Deciphering the Latest Storage Buzzwords
The computer hardware industry is capitalizing on new bus and drive technologies aimed at faster data transfer, improved storage, and increased reliability and efficiency. These advances drive system prices down while simultaneously expanding the reaches of media storage and utilization across industry. The latest buzz words in bus, protocol and disk storage include: SAS (serial attached small computer systems interface, or SCSI), SATA (serial advanced technology attachment, or ATA), PATA (parallel ATA), eSATA (extended SATA) and iSCSI (Internet SCSI). This installment aims to summarize these buzz words, helping to provide a framework for understanding where these technologies fit into your application or domain.
We’ll start with SAS, a computer bus technology designed for the transfer of data between storage devices, including hard drives and CD-ROMS. The thrust of SAS is to replace parallel SCSI—the mainstay legacy format for wired communications between storage device and computer buses—while maintaining the SCSI command set.
Besides reducing wires, serial communications dramatically improves data transfer speeds. SAS consists of four basic components: an initiator, the device that originates service and task requests; a target, the device that receives the requests; a service delivery subsystem, which carries the information between the initiator and the target; and expanders, which connect SAS end devices with the initiator port.
During the development of SAS, the deficiencies of parallel SCSI were recognized and a goal to improve performance was established. SAS uses its serial transfer protocol for interfacing between multiple devices. This improves signaling, lowers overhead and results in higher speed connectivity.
Each device is connected by a dedicated bus to the initiator in a point-to-point mode, thus bus contention is mitigated compared to SCSI, which uses a multidrop principle that shares bandwidth across all devices.
SAS supports at least 16,384 devices compared to the legacy parallel-SCSI limitations of 32 (note that early SCSI only supported eight or 16 devices).SAS transfer speeds for each initiator-target connection can be 1.5 Gbps, 3 Gbps or 6 Gbps and SAS also supports serial-ATA devices.


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Current News US:
NY: Worldwide market for HDTV


The worldwide market for high-definition TV (HDTV) is forecast to grow strongly over the next four years, with satellite remaining the dominant method of reception. The market is forecast by IMS Research to grow to nearly 148 million HDTV households by 2011, with nearly 41 per cent of those households receiving HDTV programming via satellite.
According to the IMS report, entitled "The Future of High-Definition TV - 2007 Edition," the growth in satellite HDTV households over the next four years will be largely driven by the US and Western Europe. In Western Europe in particular, the slow advancement of digital cable in recent years has helped position satellite as the most common method of receiving pay-HDTV. Recent consolidation of the cable TV markets in several countries is expected to aid European cable HDTV growth over the long term.
This is in direct contrast to the cable-centric US market, where the advancement of digital cable and heavy promotion of triple-play and advanced services are expected to keep cable dominant in the US HDTV market through 2011.


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Current News CZ:
Prague: IPTV World Forum Eastern Europe


IPTV World Forum Eastern Europe
The number of digital TV households in Western Europe is going to grow from 61 million in 2006 to 116 million by the end of 2011, according to figures from Informa Telecoms & Media, representing 90 per cent growth over the period. The same research company predicts that in Eastern Europe, digital uptake will grow from 6.1 million digital TV homes in 2005 to just under 32 million households by the end of 2011, representing 520 per cent growth over the period. That will still leave Eastern Europe with only 23.4 per cent of television homes receiving digital services in five years time, compared with 75 per cent of Western European households at the end of the forecast period. These figures (all courtesy of Informa Telecoms & Media and taken from their reports "Eastern European TV" and "Western European TV") reinforce the impression that for IPTV operators targeting Eastern Europe, there is still everything to play for.

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Current News NL:
Delft: Workshop on Digital Television & Digital Special Interest Channels at the "Euromedia 2007"


Euromedia 2007 conference, April 25-27, 2007, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
In contrast to traditional TV DTV is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals. It uses digitally compressed modulation data, which requires decoding by a specially designed television set or a standard receiver (set-top box) as well as via PC-TV based on ADLS (VDSL). Digital Television has several advantages regarding technically as well as content and programmatically related aspects. One of the most significant is the use of a smaller channel bandwidth. This frees up space for more digital channels, other non-television services such as pay-multimedia services and the generation of new revenue models based on interactive advertisement and marketing features. Furthermore there are special services such as multicasting (more than one programme on the same channel), electronic programme guides and interactivity providing a wider range of application.
Accordingly within the last year a growing up of specialised digital TV channels (Special Interest Channels) has to be observed European wide. This new growing up stream is mainly characterised by the phenomena of merging television (TV) and information technology (IT) know how, methods and techniques.
In this context the workshop targets to show up the development in both directions: the technically aspects as well as the content and programmatically issues. It provides a presentation and discussion platform for exchanging experiences made within the establishment as well as the maintenance of digital special interest channels. Main focus will be to point out the interdependencies and the mutual influences of technically streams and content respectively service related issues.


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Current News US:
STAMFORD: Gartner Says Worldwide IPTV Subscribers Will Reach 48.8 Million by 2010


The number of households around the world subscribing to Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services offered by telecom carriers will reach 48.8 million in 2010 according to Gartner, Inc. Buoyed by new service launches, IPTV subscribers will more than double in 2007 from an expected 6.4 million in 2006 to 13.3 million (see Table 1).





Despite the eight-fold increase in users between 2006 and 2010, Gartner says that carriers will struggle to turn IPTV into a mainstream Pay TV distribution platform on par with established cable or satellite services. “The difficulty in carving out a distinctive proposition that will clearly differentiate early IPTV services from other established TV options will lead many service providers around the world to drive adoption by competing on price in the next few years,” said Elroy Jopling, research director for Gartner’s Consumer Communication Services group.
“As a result, the global picture for IPTV revenue is much less impressive than for subscriber numbers,” Mr. Jopling said. “Global IPTV revenue during the period will grow from $872 million in 2006 to a still relatively modest $13.2 billion by 2010. IPTV will not be a panacea to replace diminishing voice revenue for carriers, but in the medium term it can be a powerful tool for carriers in helping retain customers on their existing voice and broadband services.” Gartner defines IPTV as the delivery of video programming (either broadcast or on-demand) over a carrier’s managed broadband network to a customer’s TV set. It does not include streaming media over the Internet to a PC.
Gartner says carriers need to look beyond the immediate revenue opportunity to understand the longer- term importance of IPTV. This is because IPTV is not a single service; it is in reality a new carrier distribution platform over which many consumer communication and entertainment services can be offered eventually. Despite some early successes by a handful of carriers showing that consumers are willing to adopt IPTV — notably in France, Italy and Hong Kong — the market remains in its infancy. Many of the world’s largest carriers are taking a cautious approach to rolling out services, mindful that cable and satellite operators are also continually evolving their Pay TV offers, and that they, as carriers, need to be able to match the competition in functionality and content choice if they are to make an impact.
This is a key issue in the North American market where the carriers have a big challenge ahead to catch-up with the cable operators in their ability to offer voice, broadband and TV services. In addition, media regulations, which prevent carriers from becoming broadcasters, are holding back the mass market launch of IPTV services in several big markets in Asia. Gartner says subscriber growth in the next nine to 12 months will largely come from IPTV services that are already launched. However, beginning in 2007, many more new services will go commercial and subscriber growth will begin to take off.
“Evidence from the early IPTV service launches clearly shows that price is a key factor in uptake,” said Andrew Chetham, research vice president in Gartner’s Consumer Communications Services Group. “The most-successful IPTV services so far have been offered either as part of an overall household bundle of services, including voice and broadband or they have allowed customers to cut bills by paying only for what they watch. In both cases, the revenue per household generated by the IPTV service itself has been at a substantial discount to that achieved by existing Pay TV options. While IPTV does offer growth prospects for carriers, the low yields it is likely to currently generate, do not make it an especially exciting prospect as a new standalone business.”
North America is forecast to have one of the highest IPTV growth rates in the next five years, with subscribers doubling nearly every year to 2010. Although currently behind Europe and Asia/Pacific, the next 12 months should produce the main inflection point in the growth of IPTV in North America as the major players launch new TV services. Western Europe currently has the largest number of IPTV subscribers of any region with 1.6 million subscribers. France leads in adoption for the region and will end 2006 with approximately half of Western Europe’s IPTV subscribers. Gartner attributes IPTV’s success in France to an aggressive (low entry price) push from competitive players including Free and Neuf as well as France Telecom’s early embrace of IPTV.
After a burst of activity in 2005, subscriber growth for IPTV in Asia/Pacific region has slowed down in 2006, with regulatory problems proving to be a big hurdle in several large markets. Some of these problems — in South Korea and Japan — are likely to diminish in the next 12 months, allowing carriers to move ahead with their plans which have been on hold. The biggest prospective IPTV market in the region is China, which is also mired in regulatory problems. Beijing is hosting the Olympic Games in 2008 and there are hopes that this will provide motivation for the authorities to make an early attempt at clearing up the issues that are preventing carriers from launching new IPTV projects.
More information on the IPTV market can be found in the Gartner report “Forecast: IPTV Subscribers and Service Revenue, Worldwide, 2004-2010.” It can be found on Gartner’s Web site at www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?ref=g_search&id=496002&subref+simplesearch. This report was produced as part of the Gartner Dataquest Consumer Services Worldwide program. This program provides in-depth insight into the changes, challenges and opportunities presented by the fast-moving consumer telecom marketplace. The program includes detailed research across both fixed and mobile services from basic subscriber numbers to examination of the business models and revenue potential of the latest hot applications.
September 6, 2006

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Current News FR:
EDN Asia: S-band mission payload to launch on W2A satellite


Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and telecommunications-technology vendor Alcatel announced that Eutelsat will launch an S-band payload on the W2A satellite. According to Alcatel, this decision marks a major success for its strategy to promote mobile TV in the S band in Europe and confirms its vision of the market. The payload employs Alcatel"s Alenia Space Spacebus 4000C4 platform; W2A"s satellites also comprise as many as 46 transponders in the Ku band and 10 transponders in the C-band payload. With a lifetime of more than 15 years, W2A has a maximum launch mass of 5.7 tons and delivers 11 kW of payload power. The S-band payload at 2.2 GHz on W2A will allow the delivery, for the first time, of mobile-multimedia-broadcast services, including mobile TV and digital radio, directly onto user terminals over France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It will therefore initiate the building of a hybrid infrastructure over Europe, combining satellite and terrestrial networks, providing both universal coverage and indoor penetration for mobile-TV services. W2A"s S-band payloads will also enable other communications services, such as security communications or crisis management. The W2A satellite will be in orbit in the beginning of 2009. The companies expect that terrestrial deployment could start by the end of 2007.

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Current News FR:
Tk: Astra signs RTL Group for Blucom


European satellite operator SES Astra has signed a contract to supply its interactive Blucom service to the German interactive arm of RTL Group, Europe"s largest broadcaster. SES Astra said Blucom allowed broadcasters "to actively involve TV viewers in the ongoing programme and provides them with information services as well as interactive services on top of the ongoing TV programme". The signal will be sent to the satellite TV users and their mobile phones via the digital set-top box and with the support of the Bluetooth technology. The return channel operates via the mobile phone. In addition, the user needs a browser, which can be ordered with a text message (SMS) and has to be downloaded onto the mobile phone. "We are excited about our new Blucom partner", said Alexander Oudendijk, chief commercial officer of SES Astra. "Blucom can essentially contribute to the distribution of interactive TV in Germany. The service opens the broadcasters a new route to their viewers. At the same time, it connects different technologies in an easy and elegant way."

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Current News US:
MONTEREY: Combined commercial market value for streaming video


Combined commercial market value (backhaul, retail contracts) for streaming audio, video, streaming advertising and download entertainment media generated close to $450 million in 2005.
Content distribution networks (CDNs) grew their total revenue base (streaming and non-streaming accounts) by an average of 41.2%, according to the latest report published by AccuStream iMedia Research. Monthly recurring revenue (MRR) averaged over $8,200 for the year.
The report, CDN Market Dynamics, Analysis and Share: 2005 - 2006 includes provisioning analysis for retail contracts delivered through stand-alone CDN providers, as well as self-hosting networks such as AOL, Yahoo and Google.
The entire CDN and streaming bandwidth services market is poised to grow by over 30% in 2006.

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Current News US:
Tk: Asia Pacific "to lead global IPTV revolution"


The Asia Pacific region will lead the global revolution in internet protocol television (IPTV) in terms of subscribers, service revenues and infrastructure, according to Research and Market"s Global IPTV Market Analysis 2006-2010. Fuelling the growth is the region"s broadband penetration and supportive regulatory framework. By 2010 global IPTV services revenues are forecast to reach $38bn, with 53m subscribing households by then. The Americas and Western Europe are expected to be the biggest markets in terms of revenue per user basis, but Research and Markets said China "will be the future IPTV dragon due to rapid urbanisation, fast-growing economy and expanding middle class". Research and Markets said the US would be a "more difficult market for IPTV, due to high existing pay-TV penetration, and stiff price and service competition that is likely to come from the entrenched operators in the cable and satellite sectors".
The report says consumer familiarity with IPTV is very low, though the youth market was more aware than other age groups. Cost was "by far and away the most significant factor across all countries and age groups" when it came to barriers to IPTV adoption.


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Current News US:
MONTEREY: Combined commercial market value for streaming video


Combined commercial market value (backhaul, retail contracts) for streaming audio, video, streaming advertising and download entertainment media generated close to $450 million in 2005.
Content distribution networks (CDNs) grew their total revenue base (streaming and non-streaming accounts) by an average of 41.2%, according to the latest report published by AccuStream iMedia Research. Monthly recurring revenue (MRR) averaged over $8,200 for the year.
The report, CDN Market Dynamics, Analysis and Share: 2005 - 2006 includes provisioning analysis for retail contracts delivered through stand-alone CDN providers, as well as self-hosting networks such as AOL, Yahoo and Google.
The entire CDN and streaming bandwidth services market is poised to grow by over 30% in 2006.

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Current News FR:
Paris: DVB-T - 70% of the households in 2007


DVB-T - 70% of the households in 2007. The French Media Council Conseil Supérieur de l"Audiovisuel (CSA) informed the French premier Jacques Chirac about the expectations in 2007. It is expected that 70% of the French households will be able to receive DVB-T.

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Current News US:
LA: Telcos warned of triple-play "suicide"


Attempts to provide telephone, internet and television packages could be "financial suicide" for telecoms companies in western Europe, warns a new report. According to findings from technology experts Forrester Research, many of the continent"s telcos are offering broadband triple-play services only after being overwhelmed by "competitive pressure and massive vendor hype". Forrester"s paper predicts that the need for high levels of investment coupled with limited opportunities to generate revenue will lead to "a cumulative subscriber loss of €3,742 [£2,562] in year 10, thanks to low revenue growth and massive backhaul costs". Telcos should not expect a profit boost from offering internet protocol television (IPTV) along with voice and data services and should see TV services "as purely defensive", says the Forrester study, which adds that companies face greatest hardships in the UK, Spain, Italy and France, while Germany"s Deutsche Telekom can expect the lowest loss in western Europe. Forrester telecoms analyst Lars Godell said that "all incumbents need to take a deep breath before proceeding further down the IPTV path" and added that "the only way to improve the profit and loss is to bet on a hybrid digital terrestrial television and IPTV strategy". Godell continued: "Creeping telecom and media industry convergence and increased competition between cable companies, telecoms operators and ISPs explain why broadband triple play is seen as the battlefield for future ownership of the consumer and the digital home. "However, the poor revenue potential undermines this hype, and the big question remains: will operators be able to make money from their push into IPTV? At the moment, the answer is no." Forrester"s findings follow IT research group Gartner"s announcement earlier this year that telecoms operators in western Europe will struggle to make IPTV services a mainstream revenue opportunity because of fierce competition from entrenched pay-television operators and free-to-air terrestrial TV stations.

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Current News DE:
Lnd: QVC appoints Ensequence for iTV shopping


Home shopping channel QVC UK has selected interactive TV authoring specialist Ensequence to develop an enhanced interactive TV shopping service. QVC will use Ensequence"s on-Q software and professional services to deliver the next generation of its QVC Active service on Sky Digital. QVC said the move would give customers "a more timely and richer interactive shopping experience" and increasing conversion rates for QVC. "We closely evaluated the interactive TV technologies available, and in our opinion Ensequence clearly has the most appropriate technology for authoring, broadcasting and controlling QVC"s on-air interactive TV applications," said Richard Burrell, director of engineering and new media at QVC. QVC UK has offered viewers an interactive TV shopping service on the BSkyB digital satellite platform since 2000.

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Current News US:
NY: Global VoD market to explode


The global market for video-on-demand services delivered via cable, internet protocol television (IPTV) networks and broadband is set to explode, according to latest research from US researcher iSuppli. Having already grown by more than 40% in 2005 compared with 2004 the overall global VoD market will grow from below $2bn in 2006 to nearly $13bn in 2010. By then there will be nearly 150m active VoD users/subscribers worldwide, said iSuppli. Driving VoD will be a combination of:
- Strong global IPTV deployment, with telecom operators overcoming initial technical hurdles and aggressively leveraging non-linear, interactive features to lure subscribers. Cable operators will be similarly competitive.

- Growing availability of VoD movie content with more favourable release windows

- New high-definition DVD recorders that will facilitate "download and burn" purchases of movie content

- Readily available consumer electronics equipment with broadband IP connections, enabling broadband/internet content to move to the TV via media home networks

- A growing market for mobile video and mobile TV, of which a substantial amount is downloaded via broadband and then loaded to mobile phones.

"VoD has the potential to replace a significant portion of the DVD rental and retail sales market," said iSuppli.
Cable will be the major VoD provider until 2010, but broadband VoD will emerge as a serious competitor "trailing cable in revenue, but featuring much higher growth rates".

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Current News US:
CN: IPTV services will "struggle" for years


Competition from pay TV to keep revenues down, says Gartner
IPTV services will struggle for years against entrenched pay-TV and free-to-air TV providers, according to predictions from analyst Gartner. It estimates there will be 3.3 million subscribers to IPTV services in Western Europe by the end of this year and 16.7 million within four years. But despite this robust growth prediction, the analyst warned that IPTV will "struggle over the next five years" to become a mainstream revenue opportunity for carriers. Faced with competition from pay TV and free-to-air terrestrial TV providers, carriers will resort to low-priced services and bundles to drive subscriber uptake. As a result, carriers" IPTV revenues in Western Europe will grow from €336m in 2006 to only €3bn in 2010.
But Gartner principal research analyst Susan Richardson said this doesn"t mean that carriers should hold back. "While the short to medium-term profits from IPTV will be modest at best, carriers can"t afford to delay in the deployment of the IPTV platform. Those who delay too long will risk undermining their ability to be long-term key players in the consumer infotainment communications business," she said in a statement.
"This is because IPTV is not a single service; it is a new distribution platform over which many services can be offered eventually. Investments now have to be seen in the context of seeding the ground for the future." The UK currently has one of the smallest numbers of IPTV subscribers in Western Europe with only 75,000 subscribers predicted in 2006. Although this is set to increase fairly rapidly to reach 1.9 million by 2010 with the introduction of services such as BT Vision this autumn, Gartner predicts that the UK will remain a weaker prospect for IPTV. This is mainly due to the existing pay TV landscape and dominance of Sky TV. In contrast Gartner predicts that by the end of 2006, almost half of Western Europe"s IPTV subscribers will be based in France - a total of 1.7 million generating revenues of €141m.
Gartner defines IPTV as the delivery of video over a carrier"s managed broadband network to a customer"s TV set. It does not include streaming media over the internet to a PC.

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Current News GE:
New York: MobiTV raises further $30m


MobiTV raises further $30m MobiTV, the US-headquartered mobile television aggregator and service provider, has raised a further $30m in funding and won two new investors, Adobe Systems and Hearst Corporation. The additional funding takes the total funding round to more than $100m following the raising of $70m in July. MobiTV whose principal investors also include Oak Investment Partners, Menlo Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Gefinor Ventures said it would use the funds to support continued growth as it rolls out mobile television services around the world, and invests in new distribution technologies including Wi-Max.

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Current News CH:   Guangdong Telecom says it will invest another RMB5 billion to expand IPTV services and will publish the bidding results before the end of the year. Guangdong Telecom began to deploy IPTV in the second half of 2004. It later tested the IPTV system of mainstream manufacturers in early 2005 and arranged a bidding for the IPTV program at the end of ...
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Current News US:   Mother of all networks faces complexities, questions, but early signs encouraging; phone companies rapidly adopting the technology; five-fold growth expected
The picture for IPTV is coming into focus. - After a long wait Internet protocol television has passed its first technical hurdles and is proving itself in real-world deployments. But ...
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Current News CH   The number of global DTV users has reached 220 million in 2006, and the average penetration rate of DTV came to 20%. All the countries of the world have successively put the DAC (Digital/Analog Conversion) into schedule. The Netherlands has stopped the broadcasting of analog TV programs since Dec 2006, which became the first one to completely use ...
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Current News BR:   The conference will feature over 20 telcos and ISPs discussing IPTV service deployment issues. Leading South American content players and broadcasters speaking. Operators speaking at the show include: Brasil Telecom, VTR, Telefonica Internacional, Telefonica del Sur, Telecom Argentina, Anatel Brasil. Networking party for all conference delegates. ...
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Current News FR:   December 21, 2007 – The DSL Forum has announced the approval of its latest Technical Report, TR-135 Data Model for a TR-069 Enabled set-top box (STB) and the amendment of the Technical Report TR-069, focusing on enhancing the remote management capabilities of IPTV devices.
The new specifications follow the release of BroadbandSuite Release ...
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Current News GE   Premiere spreads its programme, from 2 November 2007 on, also over the digital satellite platform of the ORF, which is encoded in Cryptoworks. The ORF, the ORF subsidiary ORS and Premiere have agreed on that .Thus, Premiere reaches additionally 1.1 million digital ORF-satellite households in Austria which can subscribe and activate ...
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Current News US:    The Reference Room : Media Server Technology - Deciphering the Latest Storage Buzzwords
The computer hardware industry is capitalizing on new bus and drive technologies aimed at faster data transfer, improved storage, and increased reliability and efficiency. These advances drive system prices down while simultaneously expanding the ...
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Current News US:     The worldwide market for high-definition TV (HDTV) is forecast to grow strongly over the next four years, with satellite remaining the dominant method of reception. The market is forecast by IMS Research to grow to nearly 148 million HDTV households by 2011, with nearly 41 per cent of those households ...
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Current News CZ:   IPTV World Forum Eastern Europe
The number of digital TV households in Western Europe is going to grow from 61 million in 2006 to 116 million by the end of 2011, according to figures from Informa Telecoms & Media, representing 90 per cent growth over the period. The same research company predicts that in Eastern Europe, digital uptake will ...
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Current News NL:   Euromedia 2007 conference, April 25-27, 2007, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
In contrast to traditional TV DTV is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals. It uses digitally compressed modulation data, which requires decoding by a specially designed ...
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Current News US:   The number of households around the world subscribing to Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services offered by telecom carriers will reach 48.8 million in 2010 according to Gartner, Inc. Buoyed by new service launches, IPTV subscribers will more than double in 2007 from an expected 6.4 million in 2006 to 13.3 million (see Table ...
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Current News FR:   Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and telecommunications-technology vendor Alcatel announced that Eutelsat will launch an S-band payload on the W2A satellite. According to Alcatel, this decision marks a major success for its strategy to promote mobile TV in the S band in Europe and confirms its vision of the market. The payload ...
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Current News FR:   European satellite operator SES Astra has signed a contract to supply its interactive Blucom service to the German interactive arm of RTL Group, Europe"s largest broadcaster. SES Astra said Blucom allowed broadcasters "to actively involve TV viewers in the ongoing programme and provides them with information services as well as interactive ...
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Current News US:   Combined commercial market value (backhaul, retail contracts) for streaming audio, video, streaming advertising and download entertainment media generated close to $450 million in 2005.
Content distribution networks (CDNs) grew their total revenue base (streaming and non-streaming accounts) by an average of 41.2%, according to the latest ...
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Current News US:   The Asia Pacific region will lead the global revolution in internet protocol television (IPTV) in terms of subscribers, service revenues and infrastructure, according to Research and Market"s Global IPTV Market Analysis 2006-2010. Fuelling the growth is the region"s broadband penetration and supportive regulatory framework. By 2010 global IPTV ...
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Current News US:   Combined commercial market value (backhaul, retail contracts) for streaming audio, video, streaming advertising and download entertainment media generated close to $450 million in 2005.
Content distribution networks (CDNs) grew their total revenue base (streaming and non-streaming accounts) by an average of 41.2%, according to the latest ...
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Current News FR:   DVB-T - 70% of the households in 2007. The French Media Council Conseil Supérieur de l"Audiovisuel (CSA) informed the French premier Jacques Chirac about the expectations in 2007. It is expected that 70% of the French households will be able to receive DVB-T. ...
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Current News US:   Attempts to provide telephone, internet and television packages could be "financial suicide" for telecoms companies in western Europe, warns a new report. According to findings from technology experts Forrester Research, many of the continent"s telcos are offering broadband triple-play services only after being overwhelmed by "competitive ...
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Current News DE:   Home shopping channel QVC UK has selected interactive TV authoring specialist Ensequence to develop an enhanced interactive TV shopping service. QVC will use Ensequence"s on-Q software and professional services to deliver the next generation of its QVC Active service on Sky Digital. QVC said the move would give customers "a more timely and ...
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Current News US:   The global market for video-on-demand services delivered via cable, internet protocol television (IPTV) networks and broadband is set to explode, according to latest research from US researcher iSuppli. Having already grown by more than 40% in 2005 compared with 2004 the overall global VoD market will grow from below $2bn in 2006 to nearly ...
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Current News US:   Competition from pay TV to keep revenues down, says Gartner. IPTV services will struggle for years against entrenched pay-TV and free-to-air TV providers, according to predictions from analyst Gartner. It estimates there will be 3.3 million subscribers to IPTV services in Western Europe by the end of this year and 16.7 million within ...
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Current News GE:   MobiTV raises further $30m MobiTV, the US-headquartered mobile television aggregator and service provider, has raised a further $30m in funding and won two new investors, Adobe Systems and Hearst Corporation. The additional funding takes the total funding round to more than $100m following the raising of $70m in July. MobiTV whose principal ...
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Int. News

News NL: Euromedia 2007 conference, April 25-27, 2007, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The ...[read more]

News US: The number of households around the world subscribing to Internet Protocol television ...[read more]

News FR: Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and telecommunications-technology vendor ...[read more]

News FR: European satellite operator SES Astra has signed a contract to supply its interactive ...[read more]

News US: The Asia Pacific region will lead the global revolution in internet protocol television ...[read more]

News FR: DVB-T - 70% of the households in 2007. The French Media Council Conseil Supérieur de ...[read more]

News US: Attempts to provide telephone, internet and television packages could be "financial ...[read more]

News DE: Home shopping channel QVC UK has selected interactive TV authoring specialist Ensequence ...[read more]

News US: The global market for video-on-demand services delivered via cable, internet protocol ...[read more]

News US: Competition from pay TV to keep revenues down, says Gartner
IPTV services will ...[read more]

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