Yesterday, the president of Turkish Football Federation(TFF) announced that the new tender for the content rights of Turkish Football League will be issued on 25 November 2016.
Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports is in advanced talks to buy Turkey’s biggest pay-TV platform Digiturk, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
A deal with beIN Sports, owned by beIN Media Group, may be signed within weeks, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the transaction is confidential. The Qatari group may pay as much as $1.5 billion, they said.
Cukurova Holding AS, an Istanbul-based group owned by Turkish billionaire Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, is selling its 53 percent stake in Digiturk, while U.S. buyout firm Providence Equity Partners Inc. and other shareholders are selling the remaining 47 percent, the people said.
Cukurova has sold its armored vehicle maker BMC and media assets including Show TV and Aksam newspapers, all of which were seized.
Digiturk has more than 2.7 million subscribers in Turkey, according to a report dated March 31 on the website of Turkey’s telecommunications market regulator. D-Smart, owned by Dogan Sirketler Grubu Holding AS, is next with 1.75 million users.
I had a unique experience last week.
I was basically one of the speakers at the event ‘Ultra-Broadband Summit Middle East & Africa 2015‘ that has been happened in Dubai.
A few years back I had participated as a panelist to the event of TVConnect Istanbul. But this was much more significant case.
I was one of the panelists in one of the sessions called “Emerging Roles of Telco’s” and in the afternoon I’ve made my presentation with title “Turkcell TV+: Turkey’s most advanced TV Platform”
You can check the agenda of the event at this link.
Also you can see my presentation here.
- Number of subs of Digiturk as of Q4 2014 is 2.942.643. The greatest player of the market is still significantly ahead of the market.
- D-Smart had a customer base of 1.048.960 in the same timeframe. D-Smart is apparently losing momentum. It has lost major sports content to Tivibu lately.
- The youngest player of the industry Filbox has just 3125 customers after 2 quarters of the launch. The value prop is selling a CAM module and paying 1 year subscription fee in advance and having access to about 20 premium Live TV channels such as SinemaTV, Da Vinci Learning, English Club TV etc.
Turkish TV Market Training Course (In a Nutshell)
Course Method :
The course consists of a 2 days of face to face (also potentially online) teaching designed as 4 different modules. Each module focuses on a different aspect of Turkish TV Market.
This training course is mainly focused on Turkish TV Market. The audiences will have an overall understanding of digital TV technologies, the changing behaviour of Turkish TV audiences, brand-new services delivered via internet and how the impact of broadband will transform Turkish media industry as a whole. The participants are expected to understand and practice basics of digital television platforms in Turkey, to get familiar about new generation TV services, applications & technologies from broadcaster and consumer perspective.
Who should attend:
This course is appropriate for television professionals (including equipment manufacturers, content providers, technologists, and service providers), product developers, second screen application developers, user experience professionals, internet video technologists, video product managers and analysts who have an interest in Turkish TV market.
- Day 1 :
- Module 1: TV Fundamentals
- Value Chain > Content Acquisition/Ingestion. Transcoding, Delivery via Satellite/Cable/IP, Customer promises devices ( satellite dish routers, STBs, TV sets)
- Video formats > Analog, SD, HD, 3D, 4K, 8K
- Video compression > MPEG-2, H.264, H.265 etc.
- Set-top-box > Satellite/Cable/Terrestrial/IPTV. Block Diagram, Components, Services
- Module 2: Brief overview of Turkish TV Market
- Digital TV Platforms
- TV Reception breakdown
- Competition, Market Shares, Service Offers
- Technology & Products
- DTT Switchover (Analog Switch off)
- Module 1: TV Fundamentals
- Day 2 :
- Module 3: OTT Market in Turkey
- Major OTT Players
- Internet Service Providers
- Broadband Average Speed
- Do’s & Don’ts
- Module 4: Content Business in Turkey
- Content offerings of digital platforms
- Content rights (i.e. Sports)
- Market specific conditions
- Latest developments from content provider’s perspective
- Module 3: OTT Market in Turkey
Please drop me an email to further discuss details of the course and reserve your seat. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Please note that this is just a draft agenda. I’m totally flexible. It can be adjusted based on your needs.
It’s been estimated that there are more than 10 mio Pay-TV subscribers out of 18 mio households in Turkey. The major player of the market are:
- Kablo TV/Teledunya
- Turkcell TV+
In addition to these, a new player has just arrived : Filbox.
Filbox joined the competition with a different business model. Oflaz group, best known with SinemaTV movie channels is the sole shareholder of Filbox platform. Filbox provides TV service without a need to STB investment or installation operation. This has been accomplished thanks to CAM module technology.
The greatest cost item of global Pay-TV operators is STB cost. Following STB cost comes installation related costs. Oflaz tried to differentiate her service in this respect. Filbox customers will be still able to use their equipments (DVB-S2 and CI, CI+ supporting TV sets and satellite receivers) to receive Filbox channels which have been broadcasted in encrypted format in Turksat 4A satellite. All they need is Filbox CAM module to decrypt Filbox Live channels. Hence, Filbox could avoid STB and installation related costs.
Filbox content offer includes SinemaTV, SinemaTV 2, SinemaTV Aile, SinemaTV 1001, SinemaTV Aşk, SinemaTV Aksiyon movie channels, German entertainment channel RTL, documentary channel Sci Tech TV, English learning channel English Club TV, kids documentary channel Da Vinci Learning, nature documentary channel Viasat History and Viasat Nature and fight channel Fight Box. As a matter of fact, you can surely continue to get hundreds of FTA channels in Turksat with your existing setup.
The retail price for Filbox CAM module is 149 TRY (~52 EUR, 66 $). Once one gets the module and done with the activation, Filbox channels are available for 1 year.
Filbox module can be found at Filbox authorized shops and major e-commerce platforms Hızlıal.com and Hepsidijital.com.
Turkey 2014 Pay-TV Market Report is ready now.
This is by far the most comprehensive and in-depth report on Turkish Pay-TV market.
If you would like to get an electronic copy of this unique report please drop an email to email@example.com for further discussion!
You can see `table of contents` and `executive summary` sections of the report here.
New Turksat satellite Turksat 4A has been launched on 14 Feb 2014 and has been under test since then. (Please have a look to my earlier post here) Turksat 4A is currently operating at 42° East together with Turksat 2A and 3A. Now, the test period is over and all the current TV&Radio frequencies will be moved to new satellite at 14 July midnight. As a consequence, TV and radio channels won’t be available 15 July morning unless satellite receiver users run network search. There is no need to make any change or installation regarding the dish. Current dish installation will do just fine.
It’s been known that there are more than 10 million satellite receivers already deployed in Turkey. Not surprisingly, there are lot of people who haven’t the right level of know-how about how to do network seach on quite complex satellite receiver GUI structure. Even worse, I’m pretty sure that majority of the end users are unaware of this major change about TV channels’ frequency change. In practise, they will open their TV as usual and they will face with a black screen saying ‘No signal’.
This is as worse as it sounds. On the contrary, this is not so bad news for some parties. Satellite receiver manufacturers, technicians/sales guys providing technical service/selling satellite receivers are eagerly waiting for 15th of July. They look after this interesting occasion and hoping that this will allow them to charge for their service of ‘running a network search’ or even better selling new receivers.
My colleague working for the leader satellite receiver producer told me that the market is expecting to generate a significant amount of money following 15th of July. Lately, he new regulation in credit cards has been put a lot of stress on market and they are having difficulties to fuel the sales. This ‘frequency change’ event is expected to become their life-jacket.
Network search shall be run at 11844 MHz, Vertical polarization, 2222 Symbol rate, FEC ¾ or 11747 MHz, Horizontal polarization, 27500 Symbol rate, FEC 5/6.
You will see the official post here. (in Turkish though)