Russia is on course to complete digital switchover by 2017, according to broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS’s chief Viktor Pinchuk.Local press reported Pinchuk as saying that the country’s first digital multiplex would include the new public TV channel set to launch next year as well as a channel for regional services, while a competition for participation in a second multiplex would be held in the middle of December. The second mux will comprise 10 channels initially.Pinchuk said that a decision of switching off DVB-T transmssions during the first quarter of 2013 would be taken after the situation was analysed. However, it was likely the switch would be delayed slightly, he said.Pinchuk said there were currently 96 models of DVB-T2 set-top available on the Russian market.
Sascha PruterPay TV operators will be best placed to manage the smart home on behalf of consumers, according to Sascha Pruter, head of Android TV programme management at Google.Speaking at the Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World Forum organised by content security provider Verimatrix at IBC, Pruter said the pay TV operators were best placed to expand their services beyond TV to “taking control of the house” because they have the customer relationship and can provide customers with a single number to call. “I think branding of pay TV operators will go towards a household brand rather than just a video brand,” he said.Addressing Google’s relationship with pay TV operators, Pruter said the first pay operators using Google TV as their platform of choice had launched Google Play stores on their TV services. “If we can come up with the right revenue model, [operators] can give consumers what they want while maintaining [their] own brand. For Google this is a partnership opportunity. Operators approach us and want to talk about these partnership opportunities,” he said.Pruter said that the user expectation had changed and consumers were used to going to app stores and getting things quickly. He said that one of the key requirements for operators is to be able to react quickly to trends. “The industry now seems to realise that reacting to changes has to happen fast to compete with the web and mobile,” he said.However, TV is still distinct from mobile, he added: “I don’t think all the principles from mobile apply to TV. Expectations of quality are very different. I’m much less tolerant of jitter on TV than when watching a YouTube clip while waiting for a bus.”Pruter said content regulations as well as rights issues needed to be challenged in many cases. “On the content side, yes, it take time to get rights but content owners are getting more used to things. They are realising that things in the way of consumers getting the content are harming them,” he said.Also participating in the session, Verimatrix CEO Tom Munro said that “one thing the operators can sell is trust” and that this would give them a role even in an app-centric world.Munro said that “the cord would become more difficult to cut” as operators move beyond video to applications such as home security.Speaking on the same panel, Francisco Saez Arance, service development director, global video unit Telefonica, agreed that OTT technology is enabling operators to innovate faster while maintaining the value of pay TV through legacy technologies. “We have to deal with complexity in the most open way that’s available,” he said. “As a pay TV operator with different operations, we are trying to leverage the existing assets and provide some unified layers that we brought from the OTT arena to provide unified experiences.” Saez said that the operator had “enough magical glue” coming from the OTT world to enable it to deliver consistent experiences.Saez said that Telefonica was leveraging cloud technologies to enable viewers to consume linear content in a non-linear way through features enabled by the cloud such as DVR and pause, leading him to use the phrase “flexilinear” to describe what is happening. He said that commercial agreements and contract rights are more challenging than technology restrictions in enabling all this to take place.Saez said that there is an issue about who controls user data and provides the user experience, including content search and discovery.“Some content providers are only providing access to services in a not very integrated way, but we are always looking to provide more value and looking at how to gather knowledge of their content assets and how to provide better recommendations. We integrate third party portals and their catalogues to provide value to their customers and it’s a question of the willingness of the content owners,” he said.
2) Transparency, accountability & operation of Executive3) Petition of concern4) Rights, language and identity5) Sustainability, stability & operation of the institutionsIt is the first fully-fledged talks process since negotiations collapsed in February 2018.The North of Ireland has been without a devolved power-sharing government for more than two and a half years, after the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row over the cash-for-ash RHI scandal.There have been several failed talks processes since January 2017.Last month, the British and Irish governments agreed to convene a new set of talks from May 7 which they insist will be short and focused.In their statement issued after meeting the Stormont party leaders on Tuesday, they said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresay May will review progress at the end of May.There will be the weekly round-table meeting involving party leaders and the working groups will deal with several key issues.They will be made up of three representatives from each of the five parties in the talks, and representatives from the British and Irish governments will advise them.Strand one will be chaired by the current head of the NI Civil Service David Sterling.The second strand will be overseen by Hugh Widdis, departmental solicitor and former assembly legal counsel.Strand three, which is regarded as toughest as it deals with rights/marriage and the Irish language, will be chaired by former culture department permanent secretary, Paul Sweeney.Ex-NI civil service boss Sir Malcolm McKibbin will look after Strand Four.And Strand Five will be led by the permanent secretary of finance, Sue Gray.Several parties at Stormont have called for the reform of the petition of concern mechanism – it is effectively a Stormont veto which the DUP used to block same-sex marriage.The talks were announced by the British and Irish governments after the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.At her funeral in St Anne’s Cathedral, politicians came under pressure to solve the Stormont impasse.The talks are beginning just days after council elections, which saw a surge of support for smaller parties not aligned to either unionism or nationalism.Irish and British governments set out talks plan in bid to break Stormont deadlock was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet British Secretary Karen BradleydupIrish and British governments set out talks plan in bid to break Stormont deadlockSDLPSinn FeinSTORMONT HOUSEtalksTanaiste Simon Coveney The leaders of the five main parties at Stormont will also hold weekly meetings with the NI Secretary and Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) to “take stock” and set the agenda.The talks involving the NI parties and governments got under way on Tuesday afternoon.The plans for the five strands are as follows: 1) Programme for Government SDLP leader Colum Eastwood addressing the press at Stormont as all party talks get underwayTHE British and Irish governments have set out details of how they intend to proceed with talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing.In a joint statement, they said a series of working groups would be set up to deal with key sticking points.