Category Archives: Cable

Green light for first pay TV over FTTH in Buenos AiresLuz verde para la primera TV paga sobre FTTH en Buenos Aires

<!--:en-->Last year, the Federal Broadcasting Committee (Comfer) had revoked the authorization to provide pay TV to Omnivisi&oacute;n, the company that rolled out an FTTH network for triple play in the north districts, the highest-income areas, of the capital city. This was done in response to a request from the owner of main CATV MSO, Grupo Clar&iacute;n, who practically faces no competition in Buenos Aires. But now, Grupo Clar&iacute;n is no longer under the Government's protective wing and the justice is ordering Comfer to authorize Omnivisi&oacute;n. <!--:--><!--:es-->El Comit&eacute; Federal de Radiodifusi&oacute;n (Comfer) hab&iacute;a revocado el a&ntilde;o pasado la autorizaci&oacute;n para brindar TV paga a la empresa Omnivisi&oacute;n, que mont&oacute; una red de FTTH para triple play en los barrios del norte &#045;los de mayor poder adquisitivo&#045; de la capital del pa&iacute;s. Lo hizo respondiendo a un pedido del Grupo Clar&iacute;n, due&ntilde;o del principal MSO de CATV que casi no tiene competencia en Buenos Aires. Ahora, la justicia intima al Comfer a que autorice a Omnivisi&oacute;n. Y el Gobierno ya no protege al Grupo Clar&iacute;n. <!--:--[...]

Segmentation to drive DTH migration to IPTVLa segmentación impulsará la migración de DTH a IPTV

<!--:en-->Latin American telcos are seeking to position themselves in the pay TV market through a mass DTH service roll-out. As Carlos Blanco, Market Research Director of Signals Telecom, explained to TV Telco Latam, DTH appears as a more economical option, although less sophisticated, than IPTV, and will therefore, bring about user segmentation based on purchasing power.<!--:--><!--:es-->Las compa&ntilde;&iacute;as de telecomunicaciones de Am&eacute;rica latina buscan posicionarse en el mercado de TV paga por medio de la implementaci&oacute;n masiva de los servicios de DTH. Carlos Blanco, director de Investigaci&oacute;n de Mercados de Signals Telecom, explic&oacute; a TV Telco Latam que el DTH se plantea como una opci&oacute;n mas econ&oacute;mica, aunque menos sofisticada que la IPTV, por lo que se producir&aacute; una segmentaci&oacute;n de usuarios de acuerdo con el poder adquisitivo. <!--:--[...]

Slim prefers CATV over IPTV in NicaraguaSlim prefiere CATV a IPTV en Nicaragua

<!--:en-->Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil, of Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, is negotiating the acquisition of Estesa (Estaciones Terrenas Satelitales), the largest pay TV operator in Nicaragua. Same as it did in Nicaragua, where it also owns the national telephone incumbent, Slim will postpone the IPTV development of Nicaraguan incumbent Enitel and will, instead, launch Claro TV through the acquisition of a CATV operator like Estesa. The operation should be completed in a few weeks although Enitel, the buyer to be, has not confirmed the news yet.<!--:--><!--:es-->Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil, propiedad del magnate mexicano Carlos Slim, est&aacute; negociando la compra de Estesa (Estaciones Terrenas Satelitales), el mayor operador nicarag&uuml;ense de TV paga. Tal como realiz&oacute; en Guatemala, donde tambi&eacute;n posee la incumbente telef&oacute;nica nacional, Slim postergar&aacute; el desarrollo de IPTV de la incumbente nicarag&uuml;ense Enitel y, en cambio, lanzar&aacute; Claro TV mediante la adquisici&oacute;n de un operador de CATV como Estesa. La operaci&oacute;n deber&iacute;a concretarse en pocas semanas, aunque Enitel, que ser&iacute;a la compradora, a&uacute;n no confirm&oacute; la noticia. <!--:--[...]

Biggest Argentine MSO to launch triple play Mayor MSO argentino lanza triple play

<!--:en-->CATV MSO Cablevisi&oacute;n (of Grupo Clar&iacute;n) will start offering telephony in 250 Argentine locations in April 2009. Before launching the service, it needs to get the numbering required from the National Communications Commission (CNC) and interconnect to the network of Telecom and Telef&oacute;nica, the telecom incumbents in the North and South of the country. Both companies have IPTV access denied, and this launch will bring about a new regulatory controversy.<!--:--><!--:es-->El MSO de CATV Cablevisi&oacute;n (del Grupo Clar&iacute;n) comenzar&aacute; a ofrecer telefon&iacute;a en abril de 2009 en 250 localidades argentinas. Antes de lanzar el servicio necesita que la Comisi&oacute;n Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC) le asigne la numeraci&oacute;n correspondiente y deber&aacute; interconectarse a la red de Telecom y de Telef&oacute;nica, las incumbentes de telecomunicaciones del norte y sur del pa&iacute;s. Las dos compa&ntilde;&iacute;as tienen vedado el acceso a IPTV, y este lanzamiento traerpa una nueva pol&eacute;mica regulatoria.<!--:--[...]

Thomson grows in DTH and advances with IPTVThomson crece en DTH y avanza en IPTV

<!--:en-->French company Thomson Grass Valley is not very well known in the telecommunications world. But those who went to NAB 2008 know that, together with Harris, it is a leader in the TV business. Rafael Castillo, a recognized executive in the pay TV and broadcasting market has become the head of the company for Latin America this year, and is pushing the IPTV and mobile TV businesses, with their end-to-end solutions, which go from headends to STBs. They already have Telmex and Telef&oacute;nica as customers, and are looking for more<!--:--><!--:es-->La empresa francesa Thomson Grass Valley es poco conocida en el ambiente de telecomunicaciones. Pero para quienes concurrieron a NAB 2008 saben que son, junto con Harris, lideres en el negocio de TV. Rafael Castillo, un ejecutivo bien conocido en el mercado de broadcasting y TV paga, es desde este ano el responsable de la empresa para America Latina, y esta empujando los negocios de IPTV y mobile TV, para los cuales poseen soluciones end&#045;to&#045;end, desde headends a STBs. Ya tienen de clientes a Telmex y a Telefonica, y van por m&aacute;s<!--:--[...]

Telmex to launch DTH in BrazilTelmex lanza DTH en Brasil

<!--:en-->As Embratel's President Jos&eacute; Formoso revealed to Brazilian specialized media Teles&iacute;ntese, its company has already requested a license to Anatel to launch DTH service before the end of the year. For this purpose, the company will be using the transponders of new Star One C2 satellite, which is due for launch in the next few weeks. Although Telmex is the owner of Embratel and Embratel is, in turn, a shareholder of cable TV company Net, the largest pay TV company in Brazil, Embratel will not launch its DTH service with Net<!--:--><!--:es-->El presidente de Embratel, Jos&eacute; Formoso, reconoci&oacute; al medio especializado brasile&ntilde;o Teles&iacute;ntese que su empresa ya pidi&oacute; la licencia a Anatel para lanzar antes de fin de a&ntilde;o un servicio de DTH, para lo cual utilizar&aacute; los transpondedores del nuevo sat&eacute;lite de Star One, el C2, cuyo lanzamiento est&aacute; previsto para las pr&oacute;ximas semanas. A pesar de que Telmex es due&ntilde;a de Embratel y esta es a su vez accionista de la empresa de TV por cable Net, la mayor compa&ntilde;&iacute;a de TV paga de Brasil, Embratel lanzar&aacute; su servicio de DTH de forma independiente de Net<!--:--[...]

Telmex to start offering Triple Play in BogotaTelmex comienza a ofrecer Triple Play en Bogotá

<!--:en-->After the acquisition of 5 pay-TV operations over the last 18 months, Telmex has launched its first Triple Play service in Colombia this week, and gets ready to wage a new commercial battle over telecommunications in Centro-America. Roy Burstin, President of Telmex Hogar Colombia, announced that their customers will be able to enjoy Triple Play offers in Bogota as from $100,000 (USD 53)<!--:--><!--:es-->Luego de haber adquirido 5 operaciones de TV paga en los &uacute;ltimos 18 meses, Telmex lanz&oacute; esta semana su primer servicio de Triple Play en Colombia y se dispone as&iacute; a abrir una nueva batalla comercial en las telecomunicaciones de centro&#045;am&eacute;rica. Roy Burstin, presidente de Telmex Hogar Colombia, anunci&oacute; que los clientes de la empresa podr&aacute;n contar con ofertas de Triple Play en Bogot&aacute; desde $100.000 (us$ 53)<!--:--[...]

IPTV coax home networks reach Latin AmericaLlegan a Latam las redes hogareñas de coaxil para IPTV

<!--:en-->The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), founded by Motorola, Cisco, Verizon and the main American CATV MSOs, proposes the enhancement of the existing coax wiring within homes with the purpose of turning them into multimedia networks. Ken Vandenberg, Regional Director of Sales de Entropic, promoter of MoCA, assures that the model "is ideal for the new Latin American IPTV companies" that compete against CATV operators, and are able to contend for clients without needing to change any wiring<!--:--><!--:es-->La Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), fundada por Motorola, Cisco, Verizon y los principales MSO de CATV de EE.UU (Cox, Comcast) propone potenciar el cableado existente de coaxil dentro de los hogares para convertirlos en redes multimedia. Ken Vandenberg, Regional Director of Sales de Entropic, impulsora de MoCA, asegura que este modelo "es ideal para las nuevas compa&ntilde;&iacute;as de IPTV de Latinoam&eacute;rica" que compiten contra los operadores de CATV, y pueden disputar sus clientes sin necesidad de cambiar el cableado<!--:--[...]

Televisa excludes Telmex from its channel offerTelevisa excluye a Telmex de su oferta de canales

<!--:en-->Televisa, the main Mexican media group, which owns the most popular open TV channels as well as the greatest CATV MSO in the country, has released an offer aimed at selling its cable TV competitors a package of its channels but leaving aside Telmex who would be launching IPTV over the first months 2008. There is uncertainty around paid TV future competition in the second most important Latin American country, and it is expected that the anti monopoly committee should take part in such affair<!--:--><!--:es-->Televisa, el principal grupo de medios de M&eacute;xico, que posee los canales de TV abierta m&aacute;s populares y tambi&eacute;n el MSO de CATV m&aacute;s grande de ese pa&iacute;s, ha publicado una oferta para vender un paquete de sus canales a sus competidores de TV por cable pero ha negado esa oferta a Telmex, que en los primeros meses de 2008 lanzar&iacute;a IPTV. Entra en zona de incertidumbre la futura competencia en TV paga en el segundo pa&iacute;s m&aacute;s importante de Latinoam&eacute;rica, y se espera que la comisi&oacute;n antimonopolios tome cartas en el asunto<!--:--[...]