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DVB forms liaison with SAT>IP Alliance
DVB and the SAT>IP Alliance have entered into a formal liaison agreement on the future development of the SAT>IP specification.

The agreement also states that future promotion of the technology will be conducted jointly. This development will allow the overall DVB community to contribute to next generation SAT>IP features and services.

SAT>IP technology can be used to deliver live DVB broadcasts onto IP networks in a cost efficient manner. The technology is supported by numerous manufacturers and has been widely deployed in several markets. The SAT>IP protocol is standardised as CENELEC EN50585, and is the predominant solution for indoor distribution of broadcast services over domestic IP networks in Europe. It informs a hand-held device about available services and allows the user to request a specific service from the broadcast receiver. Any IP device (smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, etc.) with the SAT>IP software installed can become a broadcast TV viewing client.

Despite its name, SAT>IP technology also supports all other broadcast delivery mechanisms such as cable, terrestrial and managed IPTV transmissions. It can retransmit from DVB-S2, DVB-C2 and DVB-T2 to IP, in other words: DVB over IP.

As DVB takes over the management of the SAT>IP protocol, it is quite possible that the naming and scope of the technology will expand to better reflect support for all broadcast delivery systems.

“The cooperation with the SAT>IP Alliance is an important step for DVB, as it defines a standardized way to bring DVB services to mobile devices in the home,” said Peter Siebert, DVB Executive Director.

“DVB is committed to define and support new versions of SAT>IP, which will bring additional features for the end user.”

“SAT>IP has developed very successfully and is now supported by over 40 manufacturers with more than 100 compatible products in the marketplace,” commented Thomas Wrede, president of the SAT>IP Alliance.

”We are looking forward to working with DVB on the further development of this exciting technology,” he added.
European Aviation satellite is ready to support inflight internet
Inmarsat confirmed that the European Aviation satellite successfully completed in-orbit tests and is ready to support inflight internet services when the European Aviation Network (EAN) goes ‘live’ later in 2017. The satellite, built by France’s Thales Alenia Space, was launched by Arianespace in June. EAN is a ground-to-air network for in-flight broadband services and is available to airline passengers throughout Europe.

Inmarsat’s strategic partner, Deutsche Telekom, is well advanced in the construction of the complementary ground network, which will be fully integrated with the S-band satellite to deliver service for Europe’s airlines and their passengers.

International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes airline brands such as British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, is the launch customer for the new service
Spains RTVE to air La 2 channel in HD from October
Spanish state broadcaster RTVE has announced that its La 2 culture-focused channel will begin airing in HD starting on 01 October before becoming fully operative in January. RTVE’s La 1 and Teledeporte channels are already available in HD, as are its TVE Internacional and Star channels, although the broadcaster’s Canal 24 Horas news channel and Clan children’s channel still air in SD alone.
Sky launches Spanish OTT service for EUR 10 a month
Pay-TV giant Sky has launched an online pay-TV service in Spain, confirming earlier reports. The service is similar to the Now TV-branded OTT service already available in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, but the Spanish launch marks the first time Sky has entered a market where it has no satellite operation. Sky TV costs EUR 10 a month and gives subscribers access to 12 live channels and an on-demand catalogue of TV series, films and documentaries.

The 12 channels are Fox, Fox Life, TNT, Historia, Syfy, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, TCM, Comedy Central, Calle 13, Disney XD and National Geographic, while the on-demand catalogue includes 61 series and programmes, including 14 complete series available at launch as well as 30-day catch up. The service has no permanence clause and also comes with a 30-day free trial.

For users without a smart TV, the company will also be making available a Sky TV Box costing EUR 25 for the device and EUR 10 a month thereafter for simultaneous playback of content on up to three devices
Amazon launches subscription TV in UK, Germany
Amazon has launched its Amazon Channels offering in the UK, Germany and Austria, allowing Prime users to add live and on-demand TV as part of their subscription package.

Amazon Channels launches with a line-up of more than 40 channels in the UK and more than 25 in Germany and Austria, with Amazon promising more additions in the coming months.

Channels available at launch in the UK include Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub+, Hayu, Mubi, BFI Player, MGM, Hopster and Shudder. In Germany and Austria the line-up includes Cirkus, GEO Television, MGM, Syfy Horror and Mubi.

Prime members can add channel subscriptions for a monthly subscription fee, available individually without the need to sign up for a bundle or enter a long-term contract.

The move marks the European debut of Amazon’s premium channel offering, after it rolled out a similar scheme in the US in 2015 after teaming up with major TV networks and content makers like Showtime, Starz and AMC.

“From live sport to Bollywood, arthouse cinema to reality TV, and award-winning TV shows from popular channels like Discovery and ITV, Amazon Channels gives power back to customers to choose exactly what they want to watch,” said Alex Green, MD, Europe, Amazon Channels.

Amazon Channels is designed to let users pay for what they want to watch from a single Prime Video app and Amazon account, with the ability to search, browse and get recommendations across all their subscription channels.

In the UK, the per-month price to access Amazon’s line-up of channels ranges from £1.49 for a service like Panna, a cooking course and recipe channel, to £9.99 per-month for Daily Burn, with offers live and on-demand fitness workouts.

UK Prime users can get access Discovery for £4.99 per-month; Eurosport Player for £6.99 per-month; ITV Hub+, which offers ITV’s programming on an ad-free basis, for £3.99 per-month; NBCU’s Hayu reality TV service for £3.99 per month; and indie film streaming service Mubi for £5.99 per-month.

In Germany and Austria the range in price goes from €1.99 per-month for a channel like E! Entertainment, to €6.99 per-month for Motorvision TV, and €7.99 per-month for Zeit Akademie Selection, a channel run by national weekly newspaper Die Ziet.

“The ITV Hub is all about giving viewers more choice about how and when they access their favourite ITV shows, including watching without the ads via ITV Hub+,” said Simon Pitts, ITV managing director, online, pay and interactive.

Discovery Networks UK president and chief content officer, international, Susanna Dinnage, said: “This partnership underlines our strategic ambition to reach people across every screen.”

Commenting on the Amazon Channels launch in Europe, CCS Insight analyst and director of multiplay and media, Paolo Pescatore, described it as a “highly disruptive move” and one that could “threaten Sky’s dominance in the pay TV market both in the UK and Germany”.

“Beyond free to air services, the addition of Discovery’s channels is hugely significant,” said Pescatore. “This is the first time that its channels have been made available outside of the Sky universe and out of a bundle.

“In our opinion, this will force many households to think twice about their pay TV subscription and cut the cord as we’ve seen in the US. Especially if Amazon will add more live TV such as sports in the future.”

DTVE first reported in July 2016 that Amazon was planning to launch its channels outside of the US, after we uncovered a string of job posts claiming Amazon will be launching “similar services in Europe” – with fluency in English and German listed as two of the basic qualifications.
China leads OTT market in Asia
OTT video subscribers across Asia Pacific are on the rise: subscription revenues will reach $10 billion by 2021 from $6.5 billion today.

According to Rethink Technology Research the market will reach 200 million subscribers in 2021, twice that of 2016. Pure play SVoD services will dominate (at $6.29 billion) ahead of operator supplied services.

Asia Pacific is made up of a multitude of contrasting individual markets, making it fragmented and complex with broadband penetration above 50%, in some regions and below 10% in others.

China will make up 60% of SVoD revenue by 2021, but is low today, dominated by AVoD, with SVoD just introduced.

India is in second place behind China by number of OTT subscribers, reaching 14.6 million by 2021. Indonesia and Japan are close, with each increasing to 9.96 million and 8.1 million by 2021, respectively. We have further forecasts for Australia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan
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