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Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s servi...
Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s servi...
Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s servi...
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  1. 1. Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s service Number 249 | Year 6 | Week June 4 to 10 2008 LATIN AMERICAN IPTV AND CABLE OPERATORS ON THE WATCH: FIRST VIA-SATELLITE IPTV INITIATIVE ABOUT TO BE ANNOUNCED IPTV has given out few life signals so far in Latin (HD). To the lower STB cost and the quality upgrade, America though those interested have not remained the company now adds a confirmation on a satellite quiet. Regulatory and technical issues have halted launching to reach IPTV and cable TV operators them. There are also some potential fears from (decoders have been adjusted to fit both purposes); operators about investing important figures in a therefore the transcendental news. development still in the test stage in the region. In spite of that, efforts persist. And, in this sense, a confirmation For Gazzolo, taking into account IPTV Americas comes from the fact that the via-satellite IPTV operation business plan is supported on the subscriber cost and would be launched in a few weeks by IPTV Americas, the expansion of the pay-TV market to C and D socio- partnered up with "main global satellite operators", as economic levels, the most important hindrance has come stated by the integrator firm based in Miami. "The time from the set-top boxes already in the market, with prices to announce the agreement has yet to come", the ranging from US$ 150 to 200. "There is a clear conflict President and CEO of IPTV Americas, Alvaro Gazzolo, of interests between content and STB providers. STB told LatSat. costs pose obstacles to trade content. Examples as the EchoStar's are valid to highlight the said reality. This The news has some important features, both for company produces STBs and, in turn, controls STB pioneering in Latin American territory, and for the costs and posts further penetration and content sale technological features that make it attractive. For a year, than a company that depends on a STB provider whose IPTV Americas has had technicians working in the aim is to sell STB as expensive as possible". development of a technology that would enable cost cuts for set-top boxes and enhance performance, both The importance of the said launching gains for definition (SD) and high definition (HD). The importance given the possibility IPTV Americas offers development has finally reached an end, and the results to other integrators as Siemens Nokia, Nortel, Cisco, have really pleased the integrator and the TV operators and Alcatel Lucent, as well as to different regional who witnessed the trials and proved the quality and operators, of directly downloading signals from the efficiency of the new Set-Top-Box (STB) and MPEG-4 satellite and integrate them to their own ecosystems. (H.264). The new decoders will reach the market in a The introduction of the satellite venture has no confirmed few days at a cost of around US$80 (SD) and US$ 90 date so far, but it may come before next July. ! | Page 1
  2. 2. Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s service THIS WEEK’S NEWS THE WORLD needing to watch TV in real time". He also pointed the example of the United States where "radio broadcasters have tried for several years LAUNCHINGS to restrict pay-TV, but failed". "Today, only 15% of the North American residences get air-TV", he added. SATCOM LAUNCHES ZHONGXING-9 SATELLITE TODAY THE AMERICAS On a launch vehicle Long March -3B, the Zhongxing- 9 satellite will be launched today from the Satellite Launching Center in Xichang, in the South West province LAUNCHINGS of Sicuani in China. The Satcom satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space, would be used for live TV transmissions. ANDEAN COMMUNITY SATELLITE STARTS OPERATIONS IN 2010 THE MEDIA The Andean Community satellite will start operating DIRECTV AND AZTECA AMERICA TO OFFER between late 2009 and early 2010. The unit will be AZTECA MEXICO CHANNEL handled by SES New Skies. In a first stage, the Simon Bolivar II will work based on the relocation of a satellite As from June 11th, DirecTV and Azteca America of the fleet controlled by the Dutch operator. Later, along will offer a new channel called Azteca Mexico to the first half of 2011, there will be a satellite launching broadcast content of channels 7, 13 and Proyecto 40 for a unit to be manufactured, launched and operated the Mexican company owns, in the United States. The by SES New Skies. Executive Director of Azteca Networks, Adrian Steckel, The Andean Community satellite will be placed in explained the signal aims at catching users willing to the position 67º West, and its footing will reach all the have a daily contact with Mexican entertainment, news Americas. As for capacity, it will have between 30 and 50 and soap-operas. transponders to be distributed on the Ku-band and the extended C-band. The variation in the number of OPEN TV FALLING FACING BROADBAND transponders has to do with the fact that negotiations still ADVANCES go on, and landing right issues have yet to be dealt with. The agreement between the Andean Community The Professor of the Columbia Business School, and SES New Skies offers free capacity to the States. Eli Noam, pointed that open TV is declining given a In turn, the United States promised not to re-sell the sound broadband advance. During his participation in said capacity, but to implement it to serve government Telebrasil Seminar, he pointed there was no way of needs such as social, e-government and defense reverting the said trend, and assured some stations projects, among others. would keep their importance as content producers, but terrestrial transmission spaces were to be significantly REGULATION reduced. Noam pointed out "TV future comes in hand with COLOMBIAN CNTV TOLD SMALL PRODUCERS selective and bi-directional video on demand". On that, TELMEX CAN TRADE PROGRAMS he pointed that, in fact, there were few programs audiences felt the actual need of watching at the same The National Television Commission (CNTV) told time as others. "There are few examples of people independent producers that Telmex is able to trade its | Page 2
  3. 3. Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s service THIS WEEK’S NEWS productions as the channels are not owned by the cable Committee (COMFER-acronym in Spanish), Gabriel operator. When the CNTV authorized the integration of Mariotto, is to travel to the United States on June 19th Cable Pacifico, Satelcaribe and Cablecentro, it imposed and 20th to gather information on the local radio a condition on Telmex whereby the firm could not trade broadcasting act. According to a press release issued by own production channels for a year as from the integration, the Argentine Embassy in Washington, "The United States or until the CNTV set specific rules on the matter. does not allow the same company to own a newspaper and a TV channel or radio station within the same market". BRAZIL POINTED SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN THE And added: "For several weeks, the embassy has held REGION WERE TO ADOPT JAPANESE DIGITAL meetings with Senators and US representatives, involved TV STANDARD in the recent approval, thus rejecting a wider concentration in the media. Among the subscribers to the legislative The Communications Minister, Helio Costa, pointed norm, there were the Senators Barack Obama and Hillary there were very good prospects for neighbouring countries Clinton, together with other 24 legislators." to finally decide for the Japanese ISDB for digital TV. Along his participation in a Seminar organized by Telebrasil, in MEDIA Costa do Sauipe, Costa stated "Chile informed this week on the possibility to make a decision, and there are good MULTICANAL AND CABLEVISION ARGENTINA chances that they adopt the same system as us". ADDED AL JAZEERA, AL IRAN AND ANTENA 3 He also indicated that the ministry he is responsible TO THEIR OFFER for has committed to go to Venezuela, within the next 60 days "for another presentation of the Japanese- The cable signals Multicanal and Cablevision, both Brazilian open digital TV system". He added there are under the multimedia group Clarin, have enlarged their also plans to travel to Colombia to address the issue, digital grid by including new information signals such as and added "Argentina is also considering this system". Al Jazeera, Al Iran, Antena 3, and entertainment When asked about the decision of Uruguayan channels as Eurochannel (European film channel) and government of adopting the European DVB standard, NsatGeo. In addition, as from this month, audiences will Costa pointed that the said decision was not official and be able to listen to Mitre, Del Plata and FM 100 radio added it could be reconsidered". transmissions. PROGRAMMING LIMITS HINDER APPROVAL OF IN BRAZIL, 1Q ADVERTISING INVESTMENT NEW RULES FOR BRAZILIAN PAY-TV EXCEEDED THAT OF PAY TV The Communications Minister, Helio Costa, pointed Advertising investment on the Internet totaled US$ that the programming limits set to encourage national 82.5 million along the first quarter, thus implying an content production and drive independent producers increase of 36% compared to same the period last year, were the main obstacle for the House to pass a hill on according to the so-called Proyecto Inter-Medios. Law No. 29. The said bill sets forth new rules for the Therefore, for the first time, Internet advertising exceeded pay-TV market and authorizes telecom companies to that of pay-TV, since the former got a share of 3.24% join the segment. on total advertising numbers, and pay-TV, 2.84%. RADIO BROADCASTING ACT AMENDMENT IN DIRECTV LAUNCHED PRE-PAID SERVICES ARGENTINA TO BE BASED ON US RULES I FROM US$ 23 A MONTH IN COLOMBIA The representative of the Federal Radio Broadcasting DirecTV lunched a pre-paid service consisting in | Page 3
  4. 4. Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s service THIS WEEK’S NEWS an offer of 41 TV channels and 37 audio signals that Mauricio Escobedo, explained Telmex offers 30% of can be accessed upon the purchase of a kit including corporate services already, serves 9% of SMEs, and a decoder, and antenna, and a month of service for US$ 4% of residential analog TV. With the new Triple Play 116 (VAT included). The plan can be recharged with US$ plan it expects to reach one million `home-passes´ 23 a month, and clients can also make partial payments (making reference to the homes to receive its cable of US$ 8.7 to get an 11-day service. system), both in Lima and El Callao port, and the interior María Elvira Restrepo, DirecTV Marketing Director of the country. With this goal in mind, Telmex would in the country asserted "this year we really want to make capture 10% of the national market to late that year, our offer massive and tap our technology to reach the with 85,000 subscribers. whole of Colombia". In addition, she explained that with The company's goal is to cover 25% of the Peruvian the development of this service modality, the company residential market by 2010 -some 300,000 clients -, wants to reach people who have not acquired the service moving forward on the absolute dominance of Telefonica given barriers such as prices and contracts. (Spanish capital firm holding 87.4% of the fixed telephony market share, and 91.7% of the Internet). TELEFONICA LAUNCHED NEW DIGITAL TV Besides, Escobedo stated the US$ 300 million were SERVICES IN PERU L devoted to domestic network deployment for long distance and satellite services, to reach several cities The firm Telefonica has launched TV Player, an around Peru. In addition, they completed trials to launch additional service for Cablemagico users in Lima, to Telmex TV Satelital. allow them to control live programming and consuming it as they please. The initiative coincides with the struggle GLOBAL CROSSING TO OFFER SATELLITE started by Telefonica and Telmex facing DirecTV CONNECTIVITY IN ARGENTINE ANTARCTICA leadership. Besides, Mauricio Escobedo, Telmex General The global IP solution provider Global Crossing has Manager, announced the company had plans to offer completed deployment for a new SCPC (Single Channel satellite TV, in addition to cable. Meanwhile, as from this Per Carrier) technology antenna in the permanent announcement, DirecTV has presented additional scientific base "Teniente Jubany" in the Argentine services for its product DirecTV Plus. Antarctica, in order to improve communications and ease information exchanges. Luis Piccolo, Sales VP for the OPERATORS South for Global Crossing Latin America, explained that the combination of different Technologies, such as fiber- TELMEX CHALLENGES TELEFONICA'S optics undersea cables and satellites, allow the firm to DOMINANCE WITH US$ 200 MILLION offer worldwide coverage. INVESTMENT IN TRIPLE PLAY IN PERU WIND TELECOM INVESTED US$ 43.8 MILLION In the official launching of its Triple Play pack, the TO OFFER TRIPLE PLAY IN DOMINICAN firm Telmex informed it had invested US$ 300 million in REPUBLIC Peru, in the last four year. Along the 2005-2008 period, US$ 110 million were channeled to the digital cable, The President of the Board in Wind Telecom, Jose fixed telephony and broadband Internet plans; US$ 90 Clase, and the CEO of the firm, Manuel Bonilla, informed million will go along the next months (thus adding up to that, with investments for US$ 43.8 million, the company US$ 200 million); while another US$ 100 million started to offer Triple Play. The pack includes cable TV, correspond to previous investments. Internet and wireless digital video signal at US$ 44 a The General Manager of the company in Peru, month. | Page 4
  5. 5. Weekly news service on the Latin American satellite industry. Only avaliable upon subscription. Convergencialatina’s service THIS WEEK’S NEWS Wind Telecom operates in Santo Domingo. In Convergencialatina that in the "short term" they may August, services will be available for Santiago and deliver two new licenses to operate DTH. "One of the Puerto and Plata, by late this year, coverage will reach requests was filed by a telco from the North of the the center of the valley of Cibao. By 2009, Wind continent operating in the country; the other is a satellite Telecom is to extend coverage to La Romana and firm with sound radio broadcasting capacity", he Punta Cana. asserted. Claro, the company under the Mexican tycoon TELMEX MAY GET DTH LICENSE IN INCOMING Carlos Slim, operates mobile telephony in the country, MONTHS IN URUGUAY as well as Movistar (Telefónica) and ANCEL (State-run operator). The DTH license won't necessarily remain in Juan Piaggio, General Manager of the Regulatory Claro's hands, but Telmex's, as the company already Unit for Communications Services (URSEC), told offers the service in other countries. Convergencialatina Staff: CEO: Lic. Germán H Rodríguez - Directora General: Mariana Rodríguez Zani, MBA - Editor: Mariano Carril - Servicios informativos: Convergencialatina. Contactos: Suscripciones: latsat@convergencialatina.com | Publicidad: publicidad@convergencialatina.com Convergencia Latina: Venezuela 637 (C1095AAM) - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tel: (54-11) 4345-3036 Fax: (54-11) 4342-1241 ©2003-2006. Copyright: Latsat es una publicación de Convergencia Latina S.A. Todos los derechos reservados. Ninguna parte de esta publicación puede ser: reproducida, archivada en sistemas de clasificación o recuperación de datos, retransmitida en modo alguno: electrónico, eléctrico o químico, mecánico, óptico, fotográfico o cualquier otro, sin el permiso previo, por escrito, de Convergencia Latina S.A. | Page 5

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