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Market roundup: September 2014

Latin America

DW has a new programming partner in Mexico. Since July, OPMA, has been broadcasting multiple DW programs every week on its flagship educational station, Canal 30. Global 3000, Enlaces, Europa en concierto, En Forma and Claves are among the programs that have been included. The cooperation is the result of successful negotiations with the Director General of OPMA, Armando Carillo Lavat, during this year’s Global Media Forum. Canal 30 is available nationwide in Mexico via major infrastructure providers like SKY and Cablevisión and can be received by an audience of over 80 million. Since it was founded in 2010, OPMA has been involved with DW and to date has acquired more than 500 programming hours from the DW- Transtel portfolio.

Africa

DW has expanded on multiple partnerships in Nigeria. The pay TV provider CONSAT is including DW in its basic programming package. The newly-founded provider is a part of the media group, Continental Broadcasting Service, based in Lagos. The group’s terrestrial broadcaster, TV Continental, is already a DW partner. On the radio, Brila FM, is acquiring  sports news from DW Hausa for its new station in Kaduna. Brila’s soccer website also includes an English news feed from DW covering Bundesliga and other sports news. Also on the air are multiple DW magazines in English and Hausa being broadcast by Unity FM in Jos, a private station founded in 2013.

Asia

DW has a new IPTV and cable partner in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mora Quatro Multimedia (MQM) is now carrying DW in all five of its programming packages. MQM provides digital cable service to the Tangerang area and is available via IPTV nationwide in Indonesia. DW is also available to subscribers via a mobile TV app and is estimated to reach 10,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

Video on demand from DW is now available on Networkplay Media, a video portal from India that provides video to over 1,000 online publications.

Date

2014-09-02 | 1:27

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DW represents Europe at Tepal

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Representatives from DW’s America distribution are currently on hand at one of Latin America’s premier media expositions. The Tepal Expo, being held for the first time in Panama, features presentations from big names in international media including HBO Latin America, Discovery Latin America and CNN Español.

Next to DW on the exposition floor are Latin American networks including the Argentinian Telefe, TuVes from Chile or TV Azteca from Mexico. Heavy hitters in Latin American distribution like Viacom, Cablevisión, Megacable and the Panamanian cable provider Cable Onda are also a few of the interesting and potential future DW partners who are at the event. You’ll find a complete list here.

DW will be presenting the Spanish language production, Vision Futuro, at the Tepal Expo with a special focus on renewable wind energy, which is a very important issue for the development of Latin American infrastructure. DW has been steadily increasing its presence in Latin American markets, offering a full 24 hours of Spanish langauge programming every day. DW is also the only European international broadcaster represented at Tepal 2014.

Date

2014-08-14 | 2:36

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DW opens the door for Indian television in Europe

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A new deal between DW and the Indian public service broadcaster, Doordarshan (DD), is a groundbreaking step towards bringing Indian television to Europe. For the first time in its 55 years of operation, DD will be available via a free-to-air DTH service outside of India. The deal opens the door to a symbiotic distribution model with which DD India, DD’s international channel, will be broadcast in Europe using DW’s satellite capacity and in exchange, DW will be broadcast using the satellite capacity of DD Freedish in India.

The exchange of capacities is good for both sides and a positive development in a market where using partners is essential to success. Other international broadcasters like France 24 have also recently signed distribution contracts using DD broadcasting facilities, but unlike with DW, it was a one way deal with no provision for rebroadcasting DD content in return.

Since its launch in 1995, DD India has made many attempts at broadcasting to international audiences and even paid to uplink the channel to satellites. But the lack of any downlink agreements continually kept the channel from being broadcast. DD India’s mission is to “build bridges of communication to Indians living abroad and showcase the real India.” The deal with DW will give DD India the potential to reach 120 million homes abroad. DW will reach a potential 25.5 million homes in India via DD Freedish.

The deal was announced in a joint press conference in New Delhi attended by DW representatives, officials from the German embassy, and the CEO of Prasar Bharati, which operates DD. DD India plans to start broadcasting internationally via the Hotbird 13b satellite in October.

Date

2014-08-13 | 12:59

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Market roundup: August 2014

 

Latin America

DW presented the winners of a multimedia journalism competition with their prizes in Colombia at an awards ceremony held at DW’s Colombian partner station, Señal Colombia, in Bogotá. The contest received a lot of attention from Colombian media and the awards ceremony was attended by many prominent journalists and media producers. Two grand prize winners received a trip to Bonn for the Global Media Forum and four others also received prizes. Around 60 participants competed in the contest which was centered on environmental and ecological issues. The contest ran from the end of last year to April and was divided into video and print categories.

Asia

DW has a new web TV partner in India. Zenga TV, one of India’s leading portals for TV live streams will now carry the English-language channel, DW. The channel is also available via Zenga on mobile devices. The service currently has 21 million registered subscribers.

Indonesia’s largest pay-TV platform, Indovision, is now including DW in its expanded IPTV service, Playmedia. The provider expects to draw 1.5 million new subscribers with the service.

The Taiwanese cable provider Digidom will now carry the English-language channel, DW. The provider delivers local and international TV channels to Taipei.

Date

2014-08-04 | 11:32

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New Outernet partnership puts focus on free Internet

DW recently developed a content partnership with Outernet. Outernet shares many of the same values as DW, including the belief that access to knowledge and information is a human right. Outernet’s plan is to guarantee this right by taking a practical approach to information delivery. Their plan is to use a fleet of approximately 200 satellites to create a satellite-supported WiFi network to provide individuals with access to information. Through satellite data broadcasting, Outernet is able to bypass censorship, ensure privacy and offer a universally-accessible information service at no cost to users. It’s the modern version of shortwave radio, or BitTorrent from space.

DW’s Oliver Linow contirbuted to the Outernet blog in which he stated:

“It is more important than ever to deliver uncensored information to those who don’t enjoy the freedom of opinion and freedom of the press at home. Outernet strives to provide this open access to everyone around the world. We share those values. As a partner, we will accompany Outernet over the next few months and provide them with practical support in their test phase. This undertaking by Outernet could represent one of several ways to combat limited net neutrality and Internet censorship – for example in Africa and parts of Asia. Only time will tell, if this will be successful, but we are happy to collaborate along the way in this grand experiment in global information equality.”

 

Date

2014-07-25 | 10:27

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