BREAKING: New tender for Turkish Football rights is on 25th of November

Link in Turkish

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.  

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The RFQ specifications will be announced around the end of this month. As of today, 5 local and 1 European company has completed their application to participate to the tender. The local ones are probablyTurkcell, Digiturk, D-Smart, Turk Telekom and Vodafone. The validity for the new tender will be probably 4+1 years starting from 2017-2018 football season.

The federation is expecting the tender to be finalized around 600 million USD per year. The legacy content owner Digiturk has acquired the rights at the expense of 321 million USD per year (424 million USD including taxes, federation fee and organization fee) in 2010. Demiroren stated that they decided to decrease TFF’s fee from 12 percent to 4 percent. It’s unclear that the declared expected quotation of 600 million USD is including all the costs.

It’s been emphasized that TFF is cooperating with consultants who actively worked on Premier Leauge’s tender. Obviously, TFF will target to maximize the revenue. Hence, it will be no surprise if they design the tender similiar to Premier League case.

Qatar’s beIN Said Near Deal for Turkey’s Top Pay-TV Operator

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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 is selling Digiturk, which holds the rights to broadcast Turkey’s Super Lig soccer games until the end of the 2016-17 season, to pay back the government’s Savings Deposit Insurance Fund. The fund seized several Cukurova assets in 2013 as compensation for unpaid debts.

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.

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Ultra-Broadband Summit Middle East & Africa 2015

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.

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The global overview of Turkish Pay-TV Market as of Q4 2014

Turkish Regulatory Body in Telecommunications Industry (BTK) has just announced the market figures for Q4 of 2014. You can download the complete report hereLet me make a quick summary of the figures of TV space.

  • Number of TTNet IPTV (Tivibu) service has become 289.496 as of Q4 2014. The same number was 286K one year ago as of Q4 2013. There is clearly a slow down there. The increase in number of subs has stopped during past year. Perhaps it’s because of the high churn rate.
  • The number of customers in Turkcell Superonline IPTV (Turkcell TV+) service was 15.270 in Q3 2014. As of Q4 2014, it has reached 60.000. There is big growth here. A customer gain of 45K in just one quarter is clearly a big big step forward.
  • The number of Turksat Kablo TV customers is around the same level since long tiem. It’s a total of 1.176.126 as of 2014, quite steady since a few quarters. The table below is self-explanatory. A government officer tolda that Turksat is one of the state-owned companies which is planned to be privatized within this year. This could be one of the reasons why there is not much happening in Turksat. Nevertheless, the installed base over 1 million is quite interesting. I’m pretty sure that there will be plenty of companies who will get interested in Turksat acquisition. 

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            • 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.

If one looks to the global picture, the total number of subs in Turkey is around 5,5 mio as of end of 2014. Considering the number of total households is 18 million, the Pay-TV penetration rate is a bit higher than 30%. As a matter of fact, there is no much progress regarding the penetration rate over the past few years. Actually this is not much surprising because except Turkcell TV+, none of the player could manage to make significant growth over the past years. This rate is still not good enough compared to the European countries. I deeply believe that there is a huge potential for growth in Turkish pay-TV market. The key thing is to formulate the right pricing, value prop and content offering. That’s the challenge the management teams should overcome. Once this has been succeed, the level of 40% penetration is realistically achievable in a few years ahead. 

Last but not least, the updated market share of the Pay-TV players is as follows;

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Turkish TV Market Training Course (In a Nutshell)

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.

Course Description:

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.

Course Outline:

  • 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)
      • Rumours
  • 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

Please drop me an email to further discuss details of the course and reserve your seat. ( info@turkishtvmarket.info )

Please note that this is just a draft agenda. I’m totally flexible. It can be adjusted based on your needs.

 

Turkey is welcoming the new Pay-TV operator..

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:

  • Digiturk
  • D-Smart
  • Kablo TV/Teledunya
  • Tivibu
  • 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.

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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.

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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 TVkids 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.

Turkish Pay-TV Market 2014 Report is ready!

Turkey 2014 Pay-TV Market Report is ready now.

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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 info@turkishtvmarket.info for further discussion!

You can see `table of contents` and `executive summary` sections of the report here.

 

Did you know that you have to make a network search on 15th of July?

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’.

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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)