Category Archives: General TV

Antel of Uruguay keeps its IPTV plan confidentialAntel de Uruguay mantiene en reserva su plan de IPTV

<!--:en-->State-owned incumbent telephone operator in Uruguay, Antel, has so far made no announcements of its IPTV plan, which the company regards as "strategic". However, part of the mystery will be revealed with the Request for Proposal for equipment suppliers, due to be launched over the next weeks. Antel's President Mar&iacute;a Sim&oacute;n had already announced the company would be undertaking a pilot plan before the end of the year, but according to regulator URSEC, Antel should be first applying for the necessary license to provide "TV to subscribers".<!--:--><!--:es-->La empresa estatal incumbente Antel de Uruguay mantiene en reserva su plan de IPTV al que considera "estrat&eacute;gico", aunque en las pr&oacute;ximas semanas lanzar&aacute; un RFP (request for proposals) para proveedores de equipos y se ir&aacute; develando parte del misterio. La presidenta de Antel, Mar&iacute;a Sim&oacute;n, hab&iacute;a revelado que antes de fin de a&ntilde;o la compa&ntilde;&iacute;a lanzar&aacute; un plan piloto, aunque el ente regulador URSEC espera que antes Antel solicite la licencia que la habilite a brindar "TV para abonados".<!--:--[...]

Oi TV to be the first mobile-IPTV-CATV-Web multi-platformOi TV, primer multiplataforma móvil-IPTV-CATV-Web.

<!--:en-->Brazilian operator Oi, fixed incumbent of Rio de Janeiro, who also provides mobile, Internet and CATV services, has launched a multi-platform strategy which will include IPTV, mobile TV, CATV and web under the Oi TV brand. The company already offers quadruple play and is now investing in the integration of video, movie and program distribution services to allow users content, viewing time and screen freedom.<!--:--><!--:es-->El operador brasile&ntilde;o Oi, incumbente fijo en R&iacute;o de Janeiro, que posee adem&aacute;s servicios m&oacute;viles, de Internet y una empresa de CATV, lanz&oacute; una estrategia multiplataforma que bajo la marca Oi TV incluir&aacute; a IPTV, TV m&oacute;vil, CATV y web TV. La compa&ntilde;&iacute;a ya ofrece "quadruple play" y ahora est&aacute; invirtiendo en la integraci&oacute;n de los servicios de distribuci&oacute;n de v&iacute;deos, pel&iacute;culas y programas para que el usuario elija lo que quiere, cuando lo quiere y en qu&eacute; pantalla verlo.<!--:--[...]

Axtel of Mexico sets eyes on IPTVAxtel de Mexico mira hacia IPTV

<!--:en-->In a conference call where the results of the third quarter of 2007 were revealed, Axtel's Director of Investor Relations Adri&aacute;n de los Santos announced that the company is getting ready to develop IPTV, although no details on the project were released. Axtel is Telmex's second competitor in fixed telephony in Mexico, right after Maxom, and rumors are circulating about Telef&oacute;nica's interest in acquiring the company.<!--:--><!--:es-->En una conferencia telefonica en la cual present&oacute; los resultados del tercer trimestre de 2007, el director de Relaciones con Inversionistas de Axtel, Adri&aacute;n de los Santos, revel&oacute; que su compa&ntilde;&iacute;a se est&aacute; preparando para desarrollar IPTV, aunque no dio detalles sobre el proyecto. Axtel es el segundo competidor de Telmex en telefon&iacute;a fija de M&eacute;xico, detr&aacute;s de Maxcom, y existen rumores del inter&eacute;s de Telef&oacute;nica por adquirirla.<!--:--[...]

ATSC tests MPH Mobile DTV in Buenos AiresATSC prueba MPH Mobile DTV en Buenos Aires

<!--:en-->In the first week of November, US digital TV consortium ATSC conducted a demo of its MPH in-band mobile TV system in Buenos Aires, together with Artear (Grupo Clar&iacute;n, the major media holding in Argentina). This free mobile and open TV system is mainly aimed at helping ATSC broadcasters be in a better position to negotiate programming grids of mobile pay-TV systems like MediaFLO, DVB-H, 3 G-based MBMS or Korean TMDB.<!--:--><!--:es-->El consorcio estadounidense de televisi&oacute;n digital ATSC present&oacute; en Buenos Aires en los primeros d&iacute;as de noviembre una demo de su sistema MPH de televisi&oacute;n m&oacute;vil "in-band" junto con Artear (Grupo Clar&iacute;n, el principal holding de medios de Argentina). El principal objetivo de este sistema de TV abierta y gratuita m&oacute;vil es permitir a los broadcasters ATSC negociar en mejores condiciones para integrarse a las parrillas de programaci&oacute;n de los sistemas de TV paga m&oacute;vil, como MediaFLO, DVB-H, MBMS por 3G o TDMB.<!--:--[...]

Brazilian company IK1 develops a Linux-based middlewareLa brasileña IK1 desarrolló un middleware basado en Linux

<!--:en-->Brazilian company IK1, a representative of Taiwanese equipment Draytek, has developed an IPTV middleware named Concept featuring EPG, VOD and embedded Linux-based time shifting. The company is now holding talks with small Brazilian operators, and analyzing market acceptance for final launching of the product. Should the company succeed, it would be the first middleware created in Latin America.<!--:--><!--:es-->La empresa brasile&ntilde;a IK1 tecnolog&iacute;a, representante de los equipos taiwaneses Draytek, desarroll&oacute; un middleware de IPTV llamado Concept con EPG, VOD y time shifting basado en Linux Embedded. Est&aacute; en conversaciones con peque&ntilde;os operadores de su pa&iacute;s y espera analizar la aceptaci&oacute;n del mercado para lanzarlo comercialmente en forma definitiva. Si se concreta, ser&iacute;a el primero creado en Latinoam&eacute;rica.<!--:--[...]

BNDES grants USD 1,000 M to Telefónica of Brazil for IPTVBNDES da US$ 1.000 M a Telefonica de Brasil para IPTV y DTH

<!--:en-->State bank of development BNDES has approved a credit for USD 1,000 million to Telef&oacute;nica, Sao Paulo's incumbent fixed operator, for the development of DTH pay-TV and installation of its IPTV system. As Brasil Telecom did and Oi will do, both incumbent operators in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, respectively, Telef&oacute;nica will initially provide IPTV services only with VOD until the authorities allow launching of pay-TV, which is now forbidden in the same areas where carriers provide phone services.<!--:--><!--:es-->El banco estatal de desarrollo BNDES aprob&oacute; un cr&eacute;dito por US$ 1.000 millones a Telef&oacute;nica, la incumbente fija de San Pablo, para el desarrollo del sistema de TV paga por DTH y para instalar su sistema de IPTV. Tal como comenz&oacute; Brasil Telecom, y como lo har&aacute; Oi, ambas incumbentes en Bras&iacute;lia y R&iacute;o de Janeiro respectivamente, Telef&oacute;nica iniciar&aacute; su servicio de IPTV s&oacute;lo con VOD hasta que las autoridades aprueben su ingreso al mercado de TV paga que la regulaci&oacute;n les proh&iacute;be ofrecer en las mismas zonas donde brindan servicio telef&oacute;nico. <!--:--[...]

BNDES grants USD 1,000 M to Telefónica of Brazil for IPTVBNDES da US$ 1.000 M a Telefonica de Brasil para IPTV y DTH

<!--:en-->State bank of development BNDES has approved a credit for USD 1,000 million to Telef&oacute;nica, Sao Paulo's incumbent fixed operator, for the development of DTH pay-TV and installation of its IPTV system. As Brasil Telecom did and Oi will do, both incumbent operators in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, respectively, Telef&oacute;nica will initially provide IPTV services only with VOD until the authorities allow launching of pay-TV, which is now forbidden in the same areas where carriers provide phone services.<!--:--><!--:es-->El banco estatal de desarrollo BNDES aprob&oacute; un cr&eacute;dito por US$ 1.000 millones a Telef&oacute;nica, la incumbente fija de San Pablo, para el desarrollo del sistema de TV paga por DTH y para instalar su sistema de IPTV. Tal como comenz&oacute; Brasil Telecom, y como lo har&aacute; Oi, ambas incumbentes en Bras&iacute;lia y R&iacute;o de Janeiro respectivamente, Telef&oacute;nica iniciar&aacute; su servicio de IPTV s&oacute;lo con VOD hasta que las autoridades aprueben su ingreso al mercado de TV paga que la regulaci&oacute;n les proh&iacute;be ofrecer en las mismas zonas donde brindan servicio telef&oacute;nico. <!--:--[...]

Brasil Telecom's VOD is non-profitable but helps get readyEl VOD de Brasil Telecom no es rentable pero sirve para aprender

<!--:en-->Brasil Telecom has launched its Videon VOD service, the first step to offer complete IPTV once Brazilian regulations so permit. Vendors agree that VOD is non-profitable, but consider Brasil Telecom's strategy as a positive one, since it will enable the company to experiment and learn while getting ready to face the following stage.<!--:--><!--:es-->Brasil Telecom lanz&oacute; su servicio Videon de VOD. Es el primer paso para ofrecer un servicio completo de IPTV cuando el ambiente regulatorio de Brasil lo permita. Los proveedores coinciden en que el VOD s&oacute;lo no ser&aacute; rentable, pero eval&uacute;an como positiva la estrategia de Brasil Telecom dado que le permitir&aacute; experimentar y aprender para prepararse hacia la nueva etapa. <!--:--[...]

AT&T brings down installation time an hourAT&T logra reducir una hora en la instalación

<!--:en-->AT&amp;T was able to reduce U-Verse IPTV service home installation time from 7.5 hours to 6.5 hours last August. This rate is central to service costs as well as deployment time. The first experience with IPTV in the US was that of Pioneer Cooperative, who initially sent a diagnostic team then followed by a light truck, installation time amounting to a total of 8 hours.<!--:--><!--:es-->AT&amp;T logr&oacute; reducir en agosto de 7,5 horas a 6,5 horas el tiempo de instalaci&oacute;n de su servicio U-Verse de IPTV en los hogares. Este indicador es clave en los costos y en el tiempo de despliegue del servicio. El primer caso de IPTV en Los Estados Unidos, Pioneer Cooperative, comenz&oacute; enviando un equipo de diagn&oacute;stico y luego otra camioneta para la instalaci&oacute;n que dura ocho horas.<!--:--[...]

Brazilian Oi to base strategy on interactivity La brasileña Oi basará su estrategia en la interactividad

<!--:en-->Oi's Director of New Businesses Jos&eacute; Luis Volpini revealed that his company is planning to enter the IPTV market in the first quarter of 2008, and aims at winning around 10 thousand customers. The strategy will be oriented to placing more focus on interactivity than content delivery, which will enable the company to compete against cable TV broadcast networks.<!--:--><!--:es-->El director de nuevos negocios de OI, Jos&eacute; Luis Volpini, revel&oacute; que su empresa planea entrar en el mercado de IPTV en el primer trimestre de 2008, y su objetivo es conquistar unos 10 mil clientes enfoc&aacute;ndose m&aacute;s en la interactividad que en la entrega de contenido, para competir con las redes broadcast de la TV por cable.<!--:--[...]