The number of Russian subscribers to HD services grew tenfold over the last year, contributing to a 10% increase in ARPU for pay TV operators, according to research by Telecomdaily.According to the study, the number of HD subscribers grew from 400,000 to four million by the end of May, when subscribers to digital TV services in the country had access to an average of six HD channels.ER-Telecom’s Dom.ru was the leader in terms of HD channels, with 41 services, followed by VimpelCom with 36 and Tricolor TV with 25.
Online video site Vimeo has signed deals with seven new content distribution partners in a move that will up its Vimeo On Demand library across a number of genres. Among the new partners are: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia, which offers programming including classic dramas, mystery, comedy, sports, documentaries and health and wellness content; Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; and lifestyle media firm Gaiam, which will provide 12 new releases per year in the yoga and fitness category, and 48 titles per year in the conscious media, health and wellness categories.The other partners are: independent film distributor Gravitas Ventures; film producer and distributer Inception Media Group; global TV distributer feature film producer MarVista Digital Entertainment; and extreme sports films distributer X-Treme Video.“Vimeo empowers professional creators with our open platform to distribute content directly to audiences worldwide by offering total control and better economics. We also recognise that distributors play an important role in premium, quality content and by partnering with these best-in-class distribution companies, we are aggressively expanding our content offerings to deliver an exceptional, diverse collection of new titles,” said Sam Toles, vice president of content acquisitions and business development, Vimeo. read more
Ericsson will handle playout and media management for the BBC’s portfolio of UK channels as part of a new seven-year deal with the broadcaster.The contract includes playout and media management services for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC and the BBC’s interactive Red Button service.The deal also includes playout and media management for the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World News, which is available in more than 200 countries.“We have a very positive relationship with the BBC as a result of our acquisition of Red Bee Media in May 2014, and currently provide a number of other broadcast and media services to the BBC including metadata, interactive services and access services. We look forward to strengthening this relationship further over the coming years,” said Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson.Bal Samra, managing director, BBC Television, said the deal provides “excellent value for money” and would guarantee “quality, flexibility and innovation.”“By extending our partnership with Ericsson we have secured the future delivery of these broadcast critical services and delivered significant savings for the BBC,” said Samra. read more