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BBC Launches New Company for Content Creation

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The BBC has launched a new company named BBC Studios heralding what it called “a new chapter” for the its content creation.

The newly created BBC Studios, the merger of BBC Worldwide and the old BBC Studios, brings the BBC Group into line with the rest of the industry to ensure the creative and commercial success of the organisation in face of increasing competition for viewers.

According to a statement, the new BBC Studios, officially, will see content through the full life cycle of development, commissioning, production and co-production, sales and distribution and will underpin the creation of new BBC-owned intellectual property.

Following the March announcement to set up a production office in Sydney, Australia, BBC Studios is developing new production opportunities in Beijing, China.

The move follows a series of BBC productions such as “The Blue Planet II” which went viral in China last year.

Award-winning executive producer Matthew Springford, who has over 20 years’ experience in factual program-making, will be based at the BBC office in Beijing alongside the BBC Studios’ distribution team.

It will be working with Chinese TV stations and digital platforms to co-develop and co-produce original content and new formats across all factual genres.

Leading a staff of around 3,000 and overseeing an annual turnover of 1.4 billion pounds (1.96 billion U.S.dollars), CEO Tim Davie said: “BBC Studios has what it takes to create and export quality British programs in this new age of content.”

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NBC to Withdraw Idle STB Manufacturing Licenses

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has asked all the Set Top Box (STB) manufacturers to deliver or risk punitive sanctions.

 

STB manufacturer makes set top box- a hardware device that allows a digital signal to be received, decoded and displayed on a television.

 

The Commission was particularly disturbed that seven out of 13 authorised STB manufactures are yet to set up their factories for the manufacturing of the boxes, six years after issuance of the licences, thereby slowing the Digital Switch Over (DSO), project.

 

Mr. Modibbo Kawu, director-general of the Commission, described the failure of the seven STB licensees as worrisome.

 

“The nation has come to the stage of the transition that we must ask ourselves what the real state of the manufacture of Set Top Boxes is. As it is, the Commission would no longer condone any act of indolence on the part of the STB manufacturers that constitute a clog in the wheel of progress of the DSO.

 

“Already, questions are being asked. STBs are perpetually in short supply or are unavailable, even in the cities where we have launched. I am inundated with daily enquiries from all over the country about the non-availability of boxes; these are boxes that we paid for which should have been supplied, instead, they bring them to locations of launches to sell, which is most unethical. We are considering the authorisation of more players to augment the apparent lack of capacity to fill demand. We cannot continue dual illumination or simulcast forever, because the cost is choking.”

 

On remedying the situation, Kawu disclosed: “We are considering the authorisation of more players to augment the apparent lack of capacity to fill demand. Two things would be the basis of such authorisation. First, they have to get production capacities up to a reasonable level within a mutually agreed timeline and secondly, whoever is eventually authorised to produce boxes would do so, on the condition that they must set up production plants within Nigeria, in line with our national objectives of jobs creation and technology transfer.”

 

He said NBC is ready to hear from the STB licensees and dissect their challenges with a view to addressing them,

 

“The Commission is determined to tackle the funding challenge head-on by seeking the intervention of the Bank of Industry, BoI. We are here to listen to you and to hear your challenges, so that we can collectively chart a future.

 

“We are interested in knowing how far you have gone with the plan to deploy a second conditional access system. BoI will give insights on how we can finance our businesses, if we are truly committed to the production of STBs for the Nigerian DSO. This is vital, since it has become clear to all stakeholders, that there might be no more funding for the supply of subsidized boxes,” Kawu said.

 

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NBC Accuses Daar Communications of Violation, Stops FM Radio

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola until normal statutory approvals have been requested by Daar Communications Plc and issued by the NBC.

 

A statement from NBC on Monday said the commission gave the directive after it noted that the station went ahead and started test transmission even after its operatives had been reminded by the NBC, Yola State office, of the need to obtain the necessary statutory approvals as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code before such a test transmission could commence.

‘’The Commission noted that it is regrettable that Daar Communication, as an old licensee of the Commission, will fail to follow due process and would proceed on test transmission on Sunday, April 22, 2018, without clearance from the NBC.

 

‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission hereby draws the attention of all, to the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

 

‘’Section 12.14.4.6 which states thus:

 

“In all cases, a representative of the Commission shall be required for the testing to be conducted on new transmitting equipment.”

 

NBC called on all broadcasters to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

 

 

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Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform Available on Amlogic’s Set top Box Chipset

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Next-generation TV operators can cost-effectively take their customers to new levels of personalized consumer experience satisfaction as a result of collaboration between Ericsson Media Solutions and Amlogic to make Ericsson’s MediaFirst middleware available via Amlogic’s chipsets.

Supported by its high performance central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU), the integration of Amlogic’s S905X chipset solution enables consumers to speedily access content, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, across MediaFirst set-top-boxes.

Operators can also provide increased choice of content, as well as boosting engagement and personalization experiences for customers.

Ericsson Media Solutions is a leading provider of personalized and converged multiscreen TV solutions for pay TV operators.

Amlogic is a leading provider of System-On-Chip (SOC) for video streaming and smart home devices. Amlogic’s S905X chipset is operational in OTT and IP scenarios with major operators worldwide, offering high-end features at an optimized price. The integration with the MediaFirst middleware provides more choice and flexibility to operators.

The solution will be demonstrated by Ericsson Media Solutions at NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 7-12. It offers advanced media processing that enables operators to deliver high quality user experiences by utilizing complex HDR schemes alongside its high-performance CPU and GPU.

Advanced security technologies ensure that high value content is securely managed to meet the needs of content owners worldwide. The solution is already commercially available through most MediaFirst set-top-box manufacturers.

Ericsson Media Solutions’ MediaFirst TV Platform is an end-to-end media platform for the creation, management, and delivery of next-generation Pay TV. Built using leading-edge cloud-based architecture, it enables operators and content providers to deliver seamless, personalized and intuitive TV experiences to consumers anytime, anywhere and on any device.

James Xie, VP, Corporate Business Strategy, Amlogic, says: “The S905X chipset is ideally designed to meet operators’ requirements and to enable a high-quality user experience with MediaFirst. MediaFirst takes full advantage of our SOC capabilities to deliver a seamless TV experience to operators at price points not possible using current solutions.”

Marc Stauffacher, Head of Solution Area TV Platforms, Ericsson Media Solutions says: “Amlogic chipsets deliver an excellent user experience across all MediaFirst use cases, including Pay TV in-home and OTT services.

By pre-integrating the MediaFirst TV Platform client with Amlogic we are adding more choice and value to Ericsson Media Solutions’ holistic MediaFirst ecosystem, enabling our global partner operators to rapidly go to market.”

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