IPTV drives digital growth in Hungary

Nearly half of Hungary’s digital television services are received via cable or network television.

That figure continued to rise, to 44.6 percent as of December 2016, according to data released by the regulator NMHH.

According to data from major market participants, cable TV and IPTV households totaled 2303,690 in December 2016, of which 14,61,083 were digital households.

Meanwhile, there were 8,70,688 digital terrestrial television (DTT) and 101,297 pay digital terrestrial television (DTT) subscriptions and 2,433,068 digital television (DTT) subscriptions respectively.

UPC is the leading provider of IPTV subscription, regardless of technology, with a market share of 26.9 percent, followed by Telekom at 25.2 percent and Digi at 25.1 percent.


Deutsche telekom’s television business is growing

Entertainment, a domestic reliable IPTV platform run by deutsche telekom, had more than 3 million subscribers in the second quarter of 2017.

69,000 new users, up from 41,000 in the second quarter of 2016.

As of June 30, 2017, entertainment websites had 3.024 million users, up 9 percent from the previous 12 months.

Deutsche Telekom’s television business is growing into a serious competitor to Sky Deutschland. The pay-tv broadcaster recently reached 5m subscribers.

Deutsche telekom’s broadband subscriber base increased by 46,000 in the second quarter of 2017 to around 13 million, of which more than 5 million have fiber optic connections (FTTX, VDSL, vector technology).


IPTV continues to drive Magyar Telekom’s TV business

IPTV continued to drive Magyar telekom’s television business, with 4301,110 subscribers in its home market of Hungary at the end of the third quarter.

Compared with the same period last year, the figure was 15.5 percent, while the number of satellite users rose only 0.7 percent to 306,936.

Meanwhile, the number of cable TV subscribers continued to decline, dropping 1.3% from a year earlier to 174,103.

Meanwhile, the total number of IPTV subscription rose 4.3 per cent to 911,149.

Hybrid ARPU, meanwhile, costs sfr3,128 (€10.1), about the same as sfr3,120 a year ago.


Bulsatcom will launch IPTV services

Bulsatcom, Bulgaria’s biggest pay-tv operator, will launch IPTV on March 5th.

The company began preparing the service last year with the creation of Bulgarian satellite corporation, responsible for the country’s first geostationary communications satellite.

The satellite, bulgarasat-1, was built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL) and is expected to launch in 2016.

Bulsatcom’s new IPTV service, the latest in its portfolio, will offer viewers more than 140 TV channels, 40 of them high-definition, in nine categories.

They will be able to subscribe to Fusion, a service that includes 25 high-definition channels and offers video on demand.


Raids in Europe shut down illegal IPTV services

Police raids across Europe have broken up a sophisticated pirated IPTV operating system that illegally resells online channels. Five people have been arrested and several servers shut down after raids in Spain, Denmark and Britain.

The IPTV service operated by the gang offered customers more than 800 channels, including sports, movies and adult content. The phones start at €40 (£35) a month and can cost up to €460, according to Spanish police, who are in charge of the operation. Service is available in 30 countries, with servers in Spain, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Latvia, the Netherlands and Cyprus. A total of 66 servers were shut down in the attack.

It is estimated that the group could gain about €8m from the operation.

Europol, the eu’s law enforcement agency, said the raids were its « biggest crackdown » yet on pirated IPTV services.

Three British men have been jailed for stealing video footage of premier league matches.


VITEC will focus on IPTV distribution

VITEC will showcase its extensive portfolio of IPTV premium and corporate, broadcasting and government contributed solutions at BroadcastAsia2019 in Singapore on June 18 solstice 20. At booth 4h2-10, VITEC will showcase its ultra-low latency and time synchronization IP contribution solutions, as well as EZ TV IPTV and digital signage solutions in the broadcast level HEVC.

With ultra-low latency streams in the HEVC, VITEC offers a solution where every bit and millisecond counts for workflow in the broadcast market. A high quality and ultra-fast HEVC encoder is critical to reduce latency and bitrate while maintaining excellent video quality during transmission, « said Bruno tessier, director of international sales and marketing for VITEC. « As BroadcastAsia2019 visitors will see, our products perfectly match these trends, providing ultra-low latency, stream protection, and time synchronization, which are essential in today’s broadcast and streaming operations. »

At BroadcastAsia2019, VITEC will showcase a range of products, including the MGW Ace encoder and MGW Ace decoder pair, which, thanks to the VITEC HEVC GEN2+ codec, provide a 16-millisecond glass-to-glass delay contribution, achieving zero latency. This groundbreaking codec delivers top-notch HEVC video quality up to 4:2:210 bit, setting new industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency.