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Digital TV Research’s Simon Murray told ‘Via Satellite’ that Africa and Asia could be the most interesting opportunities for DTH over the next few years. “There is still plenty of room for growth for satellite TV as new markets open up,” Murray said. “Satellite TV is easier to set up in new markets, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, where there is little infrastructure for cable, IPTV or even DTT. There will be plenty of growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, but I think that there will be more in Asia Pacific where some markets – such as Indonesia – are virtually untapped,” …“IPTV and cable operators pose a threat to satellite TV because they can offer bundles (few satellite TV operators offer triple-play as BSkyB does), which is an attractive proposition to consumers. IPTV and cable operators can fairly quickly catch up with some of DTH’s advantages such as HD channels and DVRs – and even exceed satellite TV in terms of on-demand TV offers,” Murray said. “DTT also poses a threat. This is true in Sub-Saharan Africa where the launch of DTT has seen the satellite TV operators react by providing cheaper packages (as well retaining the expensive ones).
Source: Satellite Today

French-headquartered pay-TV broadcaster Canal+ group reported sales up 5.3 percent to EUR 2.6 billion in the first half compared to the first half of last year thanks to new, free-to-air French DTT channels D8 and D17, and new channels in Poland. The group’s overall subscribers increased to nearly 14 million at the end of June, with good performances in Africa and Vietnam. Due to a less buoyant than expected advertising climate, Canal Plus has reduced its EBITDA guidance from EUR 670 million from EUR 650 million for 2013. During the first half Canal Plus signed several content partnerships, including a five-season deal on all new series with HBO, and partnered A+E Networks for joint acquisition, production and distribution of digital content. Sports rights were secured for the English Premier League and World Championship Formula 1. Source: Telecompaper

Tunisia: In Aug. 2013, the Rached Ghannouchi’s interview has generated a great audience for Nessma TV. A peak has been recorded at 22 hours with 37.7% audience share against 9.3% for Wataniya 1 and 2.8% for El Hiwar Ettounsia-TV. These audience numbers were given by a platform that generates its figures from 7420 Tunisian households equipped with digital receivers and connected to the internet and to Nilesat, Arabsat and Hotbird satellites.