Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1’s international channel 1+1 International is now available on Orange Poland’s platform.The deal with Orange give 1+1 International coverage of the entire territory of Poland via IPTV and DTH. Orange TV has about 700,000 subscribers in the country.1+1 International TV channel is available in Poland via Eutelsat’s Hotbird at 13° East and the Astra 4A satellite platform.1+1 said it planned to launch the international channel in Germany, Canada, the US and Cyprus in the near term.“We consider our cooperation with the Orange Polska as an essential step in development of distribution channels of 1+1 International in Poland. The country with one of the largest Ukrainian diasporas in Europe that, according to various sources, amounts to from 350 000 to 500 000 people is very important for us. Additionally, this step expands cooperation of 1+1 Media Group with Polish media companies in general. We hope that in the near future this cooperation will open new possibilities and allow us to approach not only the Ukrainian-speaking audience in Poland,” said Vladyslav Svinchenko, the channel’s general producer.
US pay TV providers will lose 26% of their legacy subscriber base by 2030 amid growing competition from virtual pay TV providers, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG).The research and advisory firm said it expects legacy multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to experience “considerable subscriber losses” in the coming years.TDG tips legacy pay TV penetration to fall from 81% of US households in 2017 to 60% in 2030. Over the same time period it expects the penetration of virtual pay TV services – such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV – to grow from roughly 4% of US households to 14%. This marks an increase of 350% but from a very small base.“TDG said early on that the future of TV was an app. Unfortunately, most incumbent MVPDs weren’t taking notes,” said Joel Espelien, TDG senior analyst.“The question is no longer if the future of TV is an app, but how quickly and economically incumbents can adapt to this truth and transition to an all-broadband app-based live multi-channel system.”Overall TDG’s report, ‘The Rise of the Virtual Pay TV Provider’, claims that the penetration of live multi-channel pay TV services will decline from 85% of US households in 2017 to 79% in 2030.It said that while this represents a loss of only 7%, it illustrates the “ongoing secular decline of a once healthy market space”.TDG predicts that by 2030, roughly 30 million US households will live without an MVPD service of any kind.
Technology outfit Androme has launched what it describes as an all-in-one TV platform. According to the company, Androme.tv is already being deployed by Portuguese cable operator Nowo and Maltese cable operator Melita for their recently-launched advanced TV offerings, according to the company.Androme, which has developed services for Telenet and Liberty Global previously, is pitching Androme.tv as a multi-device end-to-end TV platform that enables services including live TV, video-on-demand, catch up TV, startover TV and local and network-based DVR across multiple devices.“Maintaining consistency in high user satisfaction is a challenge currently facing the market. In the coming years, this will remain important as telecom companies come under pressure to serve the right content to their end users via, for example, recommendations,” said Raf Van Ham, founder of Androme.tv.“With androme.tv, we offer the TV functionality that is desperately needed in the telecommunications and broadcast industry: the agile and cost efficient deployment of TV platforms. We focus on working this way so we can better adapt to new trends in the competitive and fast-moving TV ecosystem.”Portugal’s Nowo launched its new TV service early last year, with Androme supplying the user interface. Other technology partners include infrastructure provider VP Media Solutions, compression specialist AWS Elememtal, security provider castLabs and CDN specialist Broadpeak.Melita also launched its new TV service last year, tapping set-top supplier ADB for an RDK-based platform.
Eutelsat has ordered a new very high-throughput Ka-band satellite to deliver high-speed broadband across Europe.Eutelsat has ordered the Konnect VHTS from Thales Alenia Space. The new craft is scheduled to go into orbit in 2021.The satellite will have a Ka-band capacity of 500Gbps and will include what Eutelsat describes as the most powerful on-board digital processor ever put in orbit.Eutelsat has secured multi-year distribution commitments from Orange and Thales. A retail partnership was signed with Orange to address the fixed broadband market in European countries where the Group has a retail presence, and a distribution partnership was inked with Thales to serve the government connectivity services market.The Konnect VHTS project replaces a plan for a joint investment with ViaSat in a ViaSat 3 satellite for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and is covered by Eutelsat’s capex objective of spending an average of €420 million per annum.Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with global partners, Orange and Thales, which confirms the place of satellite-based solutions in the drive for enhanced high-speed internet coverage. As a core complement to terrestrial broadband networks, high-speed broadband will be a critical driver of Eutelsat’s growth from 2020 onwards. Over the next decade, VHTS satellites will bring enough capacity to serve high speed internet and in-flight connectivity markets at scale, offering fiber-like services both in terms of price and speed.”Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange, said: “Satellite is one of the technologies that contribute to building tomorrow’s inclusive digital society, especially for delivering broadband connectivity in rural areas where it is sometimes challenging to set up traditional broadband networks. With this agreement, we will enhance our portfolio of very high speed internet solutions delivered by satellite, offering all our customers across Europe digital services of premium quality.”