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329 children’s TV channels in Europe
There are currently 329 children’s TV channels in Europe, according to a new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory.

The report is available as a free download report: Children’s TV channels in Europe – Who are the key players? Get it here.

A total of 329 children’s TV channels (including the various linguistic versions) are currently on offer in Europe, accounting for 6% of all national and international TV channels established in Europe. One children’s TV network features on average 2.6 linguistic versions.

This report provides an analysis of the supply of children’s TV channels in Europe, and their performance in terms of audiences and the main market players controlling them. The scope of this new analysis is pan-European with specific focus at country level.

The quarter of all children’s TV networks in Europe accounted for by the US private sector (33) nonetheless represents around 70% of the total number of children’s channels at the pan-European level (225) because each US children’s network has an average of seven linguistic versions.

The US children’s TV channels account for 60% of the total children channels ratings in Europe.
Sky Italia revenues up 2% in Q1, to launch Sky Q box by Xmas
Italian pay-TV provider Sky Italia reported revenues of 605 million in its fiscal first quarter to 30 September, up 2 percent from a year earlier on a constant currency basis, with EBITDA up 8 percent to GBP 107 million, the highest level in five years. The increased revenues reflected a strong performance in advertising revenue, with the company posting a record figure for the September quarter, while free-to-air audiences rose 20 percent year on year. On Demand viewing was also up 27 percent year on year, in part due to the launch of Super HD for popular shows such as X Factor and Moto GP,
DVB forms liaison with SAT>IP Alliance
DVB and the SAT>IP Alliance have entered into a formal liaison agreement on the future development of the SAT>IP specification.

The agreement also states that future promotion of the technology will be conducted jointly. This development will allow the overall DVB community to contribute to next generation SAT>IP features and services.

SAT>IP technology can be used to deliver live DVB broadcasts onto IP networks in a cost efficient manner. The technology is supported by numerous manufacturers and has been widely deployed in several markets. The SAT>IP protocol is standardised as CENELEC EN50585, and is the predominant solution for indoor distribution of broadcast services over domestic IP networks in Europe. It informs a hand-held device about available services and allows the user to request a specific service from the broadcast receiver. Any IP device (smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, etc.) with the SAT>IP software installed can become a broadcast TV viewing client.

Despite its name, SAT>IP technology also supports all other broadcast delivery mechanisms such as cable, terrestrial and managed IPTV transmissions. It can retransmit from DVB-S2, DVB-C2 and DVB-T2 to IP, in other words: DVB over IP.

As DVB takes over the management of the SAT>IP protocol, it is quite possible that the naming and scope of the technology will expand to better reflect support for all broadcast delivery systems.

“The cooperation with the SAT>IP Alliance is an important step for DVB, as it defines a standardized way to bring DVB services to mobile devices in the home,” said Peter Siebert, DVB Executive Director.

“DVB is committed to define and support new versions of SAT>IP, which will bring additional features for the end user.”

“SAT>IP has developed very successfully and is now supported by over 40 manufacturers with more than 100 compatible products in the marketplace,” commented Thomas Wrede, president of the SAT>IP Alliance.

”We are looking forward to working with DVB on the further development of this exciting technology,” he added.
European Aviation satellite is ready to support inflight internet
Inmarsat confirmed that the European Aviation satellite successfully completed in-orbit tests and is ready to support inflight internet services when the European Aviation Network (EAN) goes ‘live’ later in 2017. The satellite, built by France’s Thales Alenia Space, was launched by Arianespace in June. EAN is a ground-to-air network for in-flight broadband services and is available to airline passengers throughout Europe.

Inmarsat’s strategic partner, Deutsche Telekom, is well advanced in the construction of the complementary ground network, which will be fully integrated with the S-band satellite to deliver service for Europe’s airlines and their passengers.

International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes airline brands such as British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, is the launch customer for the new service
Spains RTVE to air La 2 channel in HD from October
Spanish state broadcaster RTVE has announced that its La 2 culture-focused channel will begin airing in HD starting on 01 October before becoming fully operative in January. RTVE’s La 1 and Teledeporte channels are already available in HD, as are its TVE Internacional and Star channels, although the broadcaster’s Canal 24 Horas news channel and Clan children’s channel still air in SD alone.
Sky launches Spanish OTT service for EUR 10 a month
Pay-TV giant Sky has launched an online pay-TV service in Spain, confirming earlier reports. The service is similar to the Now TV-branded OTT service already available in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, but the Spanish launch marks the first time Sky has entered a market where it has no satellite operation. Sky TV costs EUR 10 a month and gives subscribers access to 12 live channels and an on-demand catalogue of TV series, films and documentaries.

The 12 channels are Fox, Fox Life, TNT, Historia, Syfy, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, TCM, Comedy Central, Calle 13, Disney XD and National Geographic, while the on-demand catalogue includes 61 series and programmes, including 14 complete series available at launch as well as 30-day catch up. The service has no permanence clause and also comes with a 30-day free trial.

For users without a smart TV, the company will also be making available a Sky TV Box costing EUR 25 for the device and EUR 10 a month thereafter for simultaneous playback of content on up to three devices
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