Star India has continued its vexing policy to challenge and stall every TRAI order through a court of law. Last month, they challenged the TRAI's proposed draft tariff order even before it was formulised and declared! The TRAI was in fact responding to instructions ..........
CATV TURMOIL IN HK
TVB, Hong Kong's dominant broadcaster, has decided to give up its pay TV license due to shrinking advertising revenue & the local market which has no appetite for subscription services. TVB blames the economic downturn and online piracy. TVB is shifting focus to concentrate on its free-toair business while putting more resources into its OTT services. TVB is now owned by Li Ruigang, often called China's Rupert Murdoch, for the vast media empire he has built on the mainland and overseas.
With 8 years still left on the license, its pay TV business has lost HK$2.2 billion since launching 13 years ago.
That leaves governmentowned Radio Television Hong Kong as the only remaining operator still running digital channels.
RUSSIAN PAY-TV GROWS
Russia ended 2016 with 41.2 million Pay-TV subscribers, a growth of 3.6%. Pay-TV revenues rose by 10% to nearly Rs. 74 billion
Of the 1.4 million Pay-TV households that were added to the total in 2016, 70% opted for IPTV.
Rostelecom was the fastest growing Pay TV platform, with its subscriber base growing 8.8% to 9.4 million.
Although the DTH platform Tricolor was still the leading provider of Pay-TV services in Russia, its base grew by only 2.9% to 12.14 million.
The DTH sector as a whole gained 450,000 new customers, or only around half the 830,000 recorded a year earlier.
The Russian Pay-TV market is projected to grow by 1.9% to 42 million in 2017.
TAIWAN: DIGITAL CATV BY END 2017
96% of cable TV networks in Taiwan have been digitized and the remaining 4% are expected to be completed at the end of 2017, according to the National Communications Commission (NCC).
Cable TV MSOs will invest an estimated NT$50 billion (US$1.57 billion) to complete digitization, with nearly NT$10 billion to be invested in 2017, including procurement of about 4 million digital STBs, NCC said.
S KOREA LIBRALISES CROSS MEDIA LAWS
The South Korean government is planning liberalise laws to facilitate mergers and acquisitions among cable TV, DTB & IPTV service providers.
The Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning plans to unifying the operating licenses for cable TV, DTH & IPTV service providers.
The 33% cross-holding limit between DTH & Cable TV is to be repealed, enabling possible mergers between platforms.
NAGRA, a Kudelski company a n d Samsung Electronics announced that they will create a corporate body to license the new TVkey technology, to thirdparty chipset, TV, dongle and conditional access (CAS) vendors.
TVkey allows consumers to enjoy Pay-TV services directly on TV sets using a simple USB dongle. It meets stringent MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection such as 4K and HDR. It offers the quickest and lowest-cost route to market for 4K services without requiring additional Pay-TV operator investment in set-top boxes.
Leading Pay-TV operators are expected to launch TVkeybased services in 2017.
PAK COURT VOIDS DTH AUCTION
The Lahore High Court has declared the 23 Nov 2016 DTH auction null and void as it had disallowed broadcasters from bidding. Three DTH licenses were issued, including one to a Chinese firm. The winning bids were for approx. Pak Rs. 4.898 billion per 15 year license.
The court has instructed PEMRA to re-float the DTH auction, this time, inviting broadcasters to bid for a DTH license. Geo and ARY are likely to bid.
PEMRA, however, can challenge the order in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
SONY ENT CEO QUITS
Sony Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton will leave the company on 2 Feb 2017, but will remain as co-CEO for six months to help find a successor.
He is joining his own messaging company Snap Inc, as Chairman.
Snap Inc, the parent company of Snap Chat is preparing for an Initial Public Offer. it hopes to get a valuation of $ 25 billion.
Lynton was an early investor in the company cofounded by 26-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel, and has served on its board for nearly four years.
ARGENTINA RELAXES LICENSES RESTRICTIONS
Argentina has loosened regulations, permitting the same company to offer Cable TV, internet, fixed line & mobile phone services.
DTH platform DirecTV will for example be allowed to sell internet services while cable operator Cablevision SA gets the green light to enter the 4G mobile telephone market.
The telecom reform is one of many changes on President Mauricio Macri's agenda as he tries to attract investment into an economy that was highly regulated, cut off from international capital markets and largely ignored by foreign investors for a decade before he took office and started implementing reforms a year ago.
BRAZILIAN PAY-TV DOWN
The Brazilian Pay-TV market closed November 2016 with 18.87 million households, over a million fewer than 2 years ago, when the market was at its peak, according to Brazilian telecom authority Anatel.
Although DTH is still the dominant broadcasting technology in Brazil, DTH has lost almost 0.5 million subs in the past 1 year.
Cable has remained stable during the last year, at about the 7.8 million subs mark, while IPTV is the only winner, almost doubling its figures to reach 220,000 Pay-TV households in November.
CHINESE HD CHANNELS ON HOTBIRD
China Central Television (CCTV) has signed a long-term distribution contract with Eutelsat to broadcast three of its f l a g s h i p channels in High Definition across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
CCTV-4 HD, CGTN HD (formerly CCTV News) and CGTN-Documentary HD (formerly CCTV Documentary) are now available in HD in Chinese and English from the Hotbird satellites. The channels are broadcast free-to-air.
Eutelsat began broadcasting CCTV channels in 2008 and currently broadcasts them on 7 Eutelsat satellites serving Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
DISNEY CEO'S PAY
Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger received $43.9 million (approx. Rs. 300 Crores) in compensation in fiscal 2016, a 2.3% decline from the prior year.
However, he is poised to receive a $60 million (approx. Rs. 400 Crore) bonus in fiscal 2018 if the company hits a certain target.
Disney reported record sales and profit in the fiscal year ended October 1, boosted by film releases including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and growth in its theme-park and consumerproducts businesses. n