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Thomson Broadcast is delivering technology for the next stage of Israel’s digital-terrestrial TV rollout.Israel is installing 50 new 100W UHF channel repeaters across the country to enhance the coverage of its existing multiplex and lay the foundations of the country’s second and third muxes.Under a contract with the Israeli Second Authority for Television and Radio, Thomson has already delivered 20 identical repeaters and 63 high and medium-powered transmitters from its GreenPower range. The new repeaters are configured for SFN operation to boost coverage in built-up areas. The contract is part of a turnkey supply arrangement that also provides for the supply of RF filters, multiplexers, receiving/transmitting antennae and all accessories.“Following the successful commissioning of the earlier phases of this project, we are very pleased to proceed to the next stage with Thomson Broadcast,” said Tal Nissim, chief technology officer for The Second Authority. “We have chosen Thomson’s technology again for its outstanding stability and performance in any kind of environmental conditions, and because the installation process is so easy.”
Bruce LeichtmanThe thirteen largest pay TV providers in the US, representing roughly 95% of the market, lost some 385,000 net video subscribers in 2015, according to Leichtman Research.The new report claims that the number of subscribers dropping their pay TV packages more than doubled in 2015 from a loss of about 150,000 subscribers in 2014, and around 100,000 subscribers in 2013.“2015 marked the third consecutive year for pay TV industry net losses, yet the total number of subscribers for major pay TV providers – including Dish’s Sling TV – has declined by less than one million since the industry peaked in Q1, 2012,” said Leichtman Research Group’s, president and principal analyst, Bruce Leichtman.“2015 also saw significant shifts for cable and telco providers. The top cable providers cumulatively had their best year since 2006, and had about 870,000 fewer losses than in 2014. Telcos had about 1,170,000 fewer net additions than in 2014, and had their worst year since they began providing video services in 2006.”
Discovery’s female-skewing cable net TLC is beefing up its online service TLCme with a range of new original content.The TLCme service launched a year ago and the new programming announcements mark its move into original content.The channel is working with vloggers on four new digital projects.The line-up includes Estee on TLCme, in which vlogger and YouTube channel operator Estee Lalonde gives beauty and style tips.Erica in the House is fronted by online DIY specialist Erica Domesek. She gives viewers home decoration hints and tricks.The third show, #NewMomDiaries, follows celebrity stylist Jess Zaino as she balances her work with being a new mother.There will also be a weekly round-up show, fronted by radio host Danni Star, who will share top stories and tips of the week.“We are so excited to be partnering with these tastemakers and influencers in the digital and social space,” said Scott Lewers, senior VP of Programming and Multiplatform Strategy for TLC. “We are making great forays into original video content on the topics that are ever-important to our key millennial audience.”TLCme claims 2.2 million unique users a month, half in the female 18-34 demo.