European media giant Mediaset suffered a net loss of €287.1 million last year as effects of the economic recessions in Italy and Spain kicked in.The Silvio Berlusconi-owned company, which operates market leading channels such as Canale 5 in Italy and Telecinco in Spain, pointed to a combined advertising revenue drop in the two territories of €1.6 billion as a key factor in the loss, which is first year-long fall in its history.Mediaset’s Italian broadcasting unit lost €307.4 million in the 12 months to December 31, 2012, which compares with a €176.2 million profit the previous year.Results were slightly better at Spanish broadcasting division Mediaset Espana, which earned €50.1 million in 2012. However, this was down from €110.5 million in 2011.Consolidated group revenue was down a total of €530 million and came in at €3.7 billion and the €287 million net loss was in comparison with a €225 million profit for 2011.However, Mediaset claimed its had made cost savings in Italy of €307.2 million, which was €57.2 million more than a previously announced target.It also claimed to have improved cash generation, lowered its debts “without abandoning investment” and introduced new restructuring measures.Furthermore, Mediaset remained the leading channel provider in Italy, where Canale 5 was the most popular network with a 16.7% share of all day ratings and an 18.1% share of primetime; and Spain, where Mediaset Espana was the leader in all-day ratings (28.1%) and primetime (27.4%). Telecinco remained Spain’s most watched channel with a 13.9% all-day share.
Beenius’ Beesmart middleware will be exhibited at ANGA COM on the stands of its partners Albis Technologies (10.1/R29) and Kathrein TechnoTrend (10.2/B19). TV middleware provider Beenius will demo its Beesmart offering and discuss cable and hybrid solutions at ANGA COM this year.The firm’s Beesmart middleware is designed to offer traditional IPTV services – such as linear TV, radio, subtitles, EPG, VoD and network PVR – across hybrid scenarios and cable environments.The solution also includes additional features such as multimedia sharing, home multimedia, instant messaging, and social applications like Twitter and Facebook.“Beenius is well prepared for the hybrid era, enabling operators to offer interactive TV features and multiscreen applications to their cable subscribers. Despite decreasing cable subscriptions worldwide, OTT services from cable providers are increasing more than from IPTV providers,” the firm said.Beesmart for cable environments is designed to be open and flexible, providing the same level of interactivity that is available in pure IP network environments, with selected products available to be upgraded or replaced on request. read more
Sony is set to become the first TV manufacturer to offer the YouView connected TV service via an integrated TV set, with the launch of the service on Sony Bravia 2015 TVs scheduled for November 4.The YouView service will go live on the current generation of Android-based Sony Bravia TVs via an automatic update, providing users with access to services including BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Player and Demand 5.John Anderson, Sony UK and Ireland Country Head said, “YouView was the natural choice of partner due to the intuitive design and interface and seamless user journey to access a huge content library. Harnessing this with the fantastic picture quality and beautiful design of Sony’s Bravia TV range we are able to offer our consumers the ultimate TV viewing experience.”Richard Halton, CEO, YouView said, “YouView’s ground breaking integration with Sony gives consumers greater choice on how they access YouView with our range of features and award winning user-interface. We already have over 2million connected devices across the UK and with a strong affiliation with such an internationally renowned brand as Sony, YouView will now be available in even more households across the country. We are immensely proud of our first integration into a television set and are excited to continue our partnership as we evolve the platform.” read more