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Ray Derenzo, Vice President, International
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and New Media, QVC UK.
The incumbent Polish telco TPSA has entered into an agreement
with Canal+ Cyfrowy to develop what will be the country’s
first IP-delivered triple-play platform. Tests involving
200 households are to shortly get under way in Warsaw, with
a full launch expected later this year. France Télécom-backed
TPSA first mooted the platform, which will be available
nationally, employ MPEG-4 compression and offer such additional
services as VOD, two years ago. It will face competition
from a rival IPTV platform operated by ATM Grupa, Poland’s
leading independent production company, and Telefonia Dialog,
its second largest telco, which is also expected to make
its debut later this year.
Leonid Reiman, the Russian minister
for IT and communications, has predicted that the sector
will account for 10% of the country’s GDP by 2010.
At the same time, Internet penetration should triple to
45% and PC ownership more than quadruple to 43%. Leonid
also announced that the IT and communications sector in
Russia was worth R308.3 billion (€9.21 billion) in
2005, or 20.2% more than a year earlier, while revenues
from the electronic communications sector amounted to R668
billion, or 32% more than in 2004. The mobile market was
meanwhile worth R305 billion in 2005. Separately, local
reports indicate that the cost of making VoIP calls within
and from Russia is to rise by at least a third. The reason
given for this is the recent introduction of a new rule
that require telcos to sign access agreements with large
players such as Rostelecom and MTT until they, too, have
networks that cover the whole of Russia. The VoIP market
in Russia was worth some $260 million (€215.8 million)
ADSL take-up grows
The incumbent Czech telco
Cesky Telecom has said that it secured a record 10,000
new ADSL connections in the 11th week of this year after
substantially increasing connection speeds. Cesky Telecom
accounts for the lion’s share of ADSL connections
in the Czech Republic, which according to the Telefónica-backed
company has now reached 330,000. In a separate development,
a local report says that TV Nova’s ad revenue could
be down by as much as 10% in this quarter. The reason for
the fall is apparently a controversial 25% increase in
the cost of advertising that the CME-owned station imposed
at the beginning of the year. TV Nova currently accounts
for around 65% of a TV ad market that according to ARBOmedia
was worth CZ8.52 billion (€297.3 million) in 2005.
Its share could go even higher once commercials on publicly
owned Czech Television (CT) are completely phased out by
ups Eutelsat capacity
The Russian digital DTH platform
NTV-Plus has increased its capacity on Eutelsat’s
W4 from six to eight transponders following an agreement
with the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC),
a long-standing partner of the Paris-based satellite operator.
The move should help the platform expand its already comprehensive
offer by up to 20 channels. NTV-Plus currently claims around
450,000 subscribers and recently extended its reach to Ukraine.
It should also be available in Armenia, Georgia and eastern
Russia by the end of this year, when its subscriber total
is expected to have risen to 560,000. Earlier this month
the platform added three more services – NTV-Plus
Tennis, NTV-Plus Sport Classic and Nash Football –
to its growing portfolio of proprietary thematic channels.
tops rating stakes
A ratings poll of 26 European public
broadcasters conducted by Poland’s TVP has shown that
Croatia’s HRT ranked the highest with 54%, followed
by TVP (51.2%) and Austria’s ORF (50%). Surprisingly,
France Televisions and the BBC were well down the list in
13th and 14th positions respectively. Separately, all parliamentary
proceedings in Slovenia are to be broadcast by the public
broadcaster RTV Slo via Eutelsat’s Hot Bird 3, thereby
reaching up to 60% of the country’s homes, from April
4 until the establishment of a parliamentary TV channel.
The latter is a requirement of a broadcast law that came
into effect last November.
transformation draws nearer
According to Serbia’s culture
and media minister Dragan Kojadinovic, the state broadcaster
RTS will complete its transformation into a public service
on April 30. At the same time, the state will write off
CSD27 million (€310,450) of its CSD55 million debt.
RTS has already announced that it will close its third channel
RTS3 on May 1. RTS, along with Radio Television of Montenegro
(UJRT), have meanwhile officially told the EBU that they
will not participate in the upcoming 51st Eurovision Song
Contest in Athens after failing to mutually agree on a contestant
to represent them. As a direct result, Croatia has automatically
qualified for the final.
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Vectra and Multimedia Polska mega-merger
MTG to pull channels from Com Hem
Austria switches on IPTV
Content providers put brakes on Fastweb
UPC reports digital progress in Holland
Telenet reports record year
OpenTV in the black for first time
UK holds digital crown
Astra shakes German market
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inks DreamWorks deal
According to a local report, the Czech Republic’s
TV Nova has signed an agreement with DreamWorks giving it
access to between 30-40 movies including Shrek 2. Although
no exact financial details were given, TV Nova’s programming
director David Stogel said the deal was worth more than
CZK10 million (€350,000).
looks to new markets
The Hungarian cookery channel TV
Paprika is reported to be interested in establishing a presence
throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Launched in 2004,
TV Paprika is a subsidiary of Hungary’s FilmMúzeum,
which also operates a film channel, and is currently available
in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. According to
AGB Nielsen, the service is watched by up to 1.3 million
people in Hungary, while in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
it has some 500,000 viewers. The DTH platform UPC Direct
distributes TV Paprika in all three countries.
position in doubt
The Constitutional Court in Poland has ruled that certain
aspects of current media legislation are unconstitutional.
As a result, Elzbieta Kruk, who was recently appointed the
head of the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) by the
country’s president, may have to vacate the post.
Dziadul looks at RTL Group’s plans for the region
week Germany’s Bertelsmann published its 2005 annual
report, one of the highlights of which was a 4.8% increase
in RTL Group’s revenues to €5.1 billion. The
TV, radio and production company also saw its operating
result rise by 13.2% to €756 million, while return
on sales was up to 14.8%.
These are heady times indeed for RTL Group, and no more
so than in Central and Eastern Europe, where its TV interests
now encompass Hungary’s RTL Klub (44.12%), RTL Croatia
(59.04%) and – since last year –– Russia’s
Ren TV (27.13%). The focus of its international attention
may currently be on the UK, where it holds a 90.13% in Channel
Five Broadcasting Ltd, but markets to the east of Germany
are never off the company’s radar screen.
Which is why there is mounting speculation in Central and
Eastern Europe as to RTL Group’s future plans for
the region. Speaking to the German press, RTL Group’s
CEO Gerhard Zeiler has confirmed that it is looking to enter
new markets, and it appears these include Ukraine and the
Poland, too, may be on the agenda, especially given the
fact that the company has not had a presence in the country
since selling the satellite delivered channel RTL 7 –
now known as TVN 7 – to ITI Group several years ago.
Given the already crowded nature of the market in Poland,
RTL Group would almost certainly look to buy into an existing
broadcaster rather than launch its own station. It is also
unlikely to spend as much money as on Russia’s Ren
TV, either in Poland or any other new market, having some
€267 million in cash at its disposal for further acquisitions.
With CME having announced earlier this month that it plans
to raise up to $150 million (€124.5 million) through
a share issue, a further round of industry acquisitions
by leading foreign investors could be round the corner.