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Help Satellite & cable pay-TV subs slow down: Study
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MUMBAI: The satellite and cable pay-TV market is slowing down due to the emergence of new technology platforms.

Net subscriber addition in the global pay-TV market increased by two per cent in the third quarter of the year over the prior quarter, according to ABI Research’s recent pay-TV market data.

ABI Research practice director Jason Blackwell said, “The global number of pay-TV subscribers reached 692 million in the third quarter of 2010. Pay-TV subscriber growth is holding steady in a number of world regions.”

Pay television markets have experienced many changes due to the entry of a number of new television platforms. These new platforms, such as digital terrestrial TV and online video, are stimulating more competition to the traditional pay-TV services. As a result, there is slower subscriber growth in satellite and cable television services.

The slow growth in subscribers is notable especially in Western Europe and North America where the penetration rate is high. However, satellite and cable TV growth is expected to remain strong in the regions such as Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Pay digital terrestrial television has seen success in countries such as France, Italy and Spain. Italian pay terrestrial television provider Mediaset is the leader in the pay terrestrial TV market. Mediaset added nearly 300,000 subscribers in 2Q-2010 to reach a total subscriber base of 4.4 million.

ABI research associate Khin Sandi Lynn said, “At this moment Western Europe, with a comprehensive 99 per cent of the terrestrial pay-TV market, holds the largest terrestrial television market share”.

There was strong growth in worldwide IPTV subscriptions in the third quarter of 2010, with more than 2.7 million IPTV subscribers added. Global broadband penetration is increasing, as well as the broadband speed. High-speed broadband opens an opportunity for operators to offer IPTV services. Western Europe remains the largest IPTV market, followed by the Asia-Pacific region and North America.

ABI Research expects that the worldwide IPTV subscriber base will exceed 53 million at the end of 2011.

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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ISRO Signs Agreement Worth 500 Crore Rupee With Arianespace
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Indian Space Research Organisation - ISRO - has placed an order worth 500 crore rupee with European Space Agency-Arianespace for the launch of commercial satellites. This was disclosed by ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan in Bangalore yesterday. He said, commercial agreements have been signed with Arianespace the launch of GSAT-8 in 2011 and GSAT-10 in 2012. Arianespace has so far launched 12 Indian satellites. Radhakrishnan said, ISRO has also renewed the five-year contract with Europe's leading satellite system specialist - EADS Astrium - for joint marketing of satellites.

He said, Megha-Tropiques and SARAL satellites, being jointly developed by ISRO and its French counterpart CNES, will be launched in May and December 2011. Radhakrishnan said, ISRO and CNES will continue to work together and explore new domains, including climate change and other frontier areas.

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Pay-TV Firms Take Up The Great Outdoor Channel
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From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/

The Outdoor Channel has finally formally launched in Asia, starting official life in six markets in the region – Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Outdoor Channel is broadcast across the Asia-Pacific region in full HD on ABS-1 and in SD on ABS-5 as part of an integrated broadcast services agreement with Asia Broadcast Satellite.

The pay-TV operators and distributors picking up the channel’s feed are Asahi Investment Corp/Nine Planners (Korea), Cable Boss and Cablelink (Philippines), Cable Thai Holdings and Triple T Network (Thailand), HiTron (Papua New Guinea), SkyNindo (Indonesia), TITV-MOD (Taiwan) and VTC (Vietnam). These represent over 2 million homes in which the channel will be present.

Multi Channels Asia (MCA), which owns the Outdoor Channel as well as operating a channel representation business, said more distributors would be announced in January 2011. MCA has had some time to sew up deals, first soft launching the channel in the region in 2009.

Gregg Creevey, Managing Director, Asia for MCA said: "Since we started with a preview of Outdoor Channel in 2009, the response from pay TV operators has exceeded all expectations. Now with our formal launch and roll out into over 2 million households across 6 countries, Outdoor Channel is one of the most successful new channel launches in recent years.”

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