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Old 16-11-2011, 11:31
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I have started a broadcasting company hoping to broadcast a range of programmes that would be of interest to viewers. I've been doing a lot of research in this area, but would still like to hear from others who are knowledgeable in this field and you guys seem very knowledgeable!

Own Set-top-box…..
I have agreement to acquire programme content from a provider which I hope to stream to viewers living in the UK via cable. My question is if I wanted to have my own set-top-box (as like Virgin or BT Vision box) with my own channels which also included the Freeview - how would I obtain the rights to have Freeview? How would I get the channels to stream directly into my set-top-box?

Would I have to have my own platform in order to have my own set-top-box? - or would I still have to have my channel ‘hosted’ on either the Sky or Virgin platform, for example, and if so, could I still have my own set-top-box along with the EPG for my programmes?

Streaming programmes outside of the UK to America…..
If I wanted to have my own set-top-box (as like Virgin, BT Vision box for example) with my own channels but also want to stream my channels to America – what would the technical process look like – how could I get my programmes streamed to the American audience?

Thanking you in advance for your time.
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Old 16-11-2011, 13:04
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I have started a broadcasting company hoping to broadcast a range of programmes that would be of interest to viewers. I've been doing a lot of research in this area, but would still like to hear from others who are knowledgeable in this field and you guys seem very knowledgeable!

Own Set-top-box…..
I have agreement to acquire programme content from a provider which I hope to stream to viewers living in the UK via cable. My question is if I wanted to have my own set-top-box (as like Virgin or BT Vision box) with my own channels which also included the Freeview - how would I obtain the rights to have Freeview? How would I get the channels to stream directly into my set-top-box?

Would I have to have my own platform in order to have my own set-top-box? - or would I still have to have my channel ‘hosted’ on either the Sky or Virgin platform, for example, and if so, could I still have my own set-top-box along with the EPG for my programmes?

Streaming programmes outside of the UK to America…..
If I wanted to have my own set-top-box (as like Virgin, BT Vision box for example) with my own channels but also want to stream my channels to America – what would the technical process look like – how could I get my programmes streamed to the American audience?

Thanking you in advance for your time.
If your a multi-millionaire or have investors with millions you might have a fighting chance to become a service provider, it isn't something that can be setup overnight, you can't just buy one set top box at a time, you need to bulk-buy thousands, you need staff, call centre's, training, a business plan, premises, stock rooms, vans, insurance, the list goes on and on ..., seriously it's not easy, just look at Real Digital, so many missed launches, Sky's got to be laughing at them.
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Old 16-11-2011, 13:42
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I'm not quite sure what this has to do with satellite broadcasting as you say you're looking at a cable/ethernet-based system with added Freeview like BT Vision, but surely the way to start is to broadcast your material on the internet. Anyone in the world who's on-line can potentially see it then, without any special equipment.
There's a mechanism to easily do that right now, it's called YouTube!
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Old 16-11-2011, 14:02
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Firstly are you talking about your own cable company, cabled direct to viewers homes (if so how many millions do you have to put the infrastructure, cabling and distribution points in place) or are you talking about an internet based service using viewers own broadband connections such as that used by Talk Talk TV.

Secondly are you talking about providing multiple live broadcast channels or a VOD service.
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Old 16-11-2011, 14:22
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Firstly are you talking about your own cable company, cabled direct to viewers homes (if so how many millions do you have to put the infrastructure, cabling and distribution points in place).
You would also need licences - and VM have the sole rights for their areas - so you would be restriced to bidding for rights on areas considered non-viable (and the supposed viable areas have mostly proved non-viable anyway).
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Old 17-11-2011, 04:29
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If you have to ask on here, give up.

If you think you will make any money out of this venture, forget it.

Do you have your own TV production facilities to make the programmes or have you purchased the rights to those made by others?

Do you have an OfCom licence to broadcast?

Do you propose renting satellite transponder space or bandwidth on the DTT platform from Arqiva?

A cheaper way would be to use the Connect gateway on channel 110. 111 or 112 of Freeview but you would be limited to a limited number of Freeview HD sets and boxes able to access their particular IPTV protocols.
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Old 17-11-2011, 10:05
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Starting a TV channel isn't out of the budget of small - medium business now - depends what level it's at, it's content & bandwidth etc.. & what deal you can strike with whichever satellite company, we've looked at it in the past for a project.
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Old 17-11-2011, 13:36
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Starting a TV channel isn't out of the budget of small - medium business now - depends what level it's at, it's content & bandwidth etc.. & what deal you can strike with whichever satellite company, we've looked at it in the past for a project.
Yep but will all the mention of the "own set top box", it looks like the OP wants to set up their own platform rather than channel.
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Old 30-11-2011, 11:46
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Thank you all for your comments - I would ask questions anywhere, as long as it gives me an answer!
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Old 30-11-2011, 14:36
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I have started a broadcasting company hoping to broadcast a range of programmes that would be of interest to viewers. I've been doing a lot of research in this area, but would still like to hear from others who are knowledgeable in this field and you guys seem very knowledgeable!

Own Set-top-box…..
I have agreement to acquire programme content from a provider which I hope to stream to viewers living in the UK via cable. My question is if I wanted to have my own set-top-box (as like Virgin or BT Vision box) with my own channels which also included the Freeview - how would I obtain the rights to have Freeview? How would I get the channels to stream directly into my set-top-box?


Would I have to have my own platform in order to have my own set-top-box? - or would I still have to have my channel ‘hosted’ on either the Sky or Virgin platform, for example, and if so, could I still have my own set-top-box along with the EPG for my programmes?

Streaming programmes outside of the UK to America…..
If I wanted to have my own set-top-box (as like Virgin, BT Vision box for example) with my own channels but also want to stream my channels to America – what would the technical process look like – how could I get my programmes streamed to the American audience?

Thanking you in advance for your time.
Satellite - You can rent transmission capacity from a satellite company such as Astra. You would need to uplink your transmisions from your country of operation to the satellite. You will need a leased line to connect from your playout area to the satellite uplink.
For instance you could play out content from Birmingham, via a leased line to Docklands (London) where it is fed by a company such as BT to the Astra satellite. The content would be received by anyone with a Free to air satellite receiver.
If you wished to issue your own receiving equipment, you could bulk purchase equipment from a company such as Comag and write your own EPG to operate on it. Technically this EPG could include other free to air channels as well.
You would need to clarify the licence and operation position with Ofcom, or its equivalent in other European companies.
Alternatively, you could approach another operator and ask if you could piggy back your content on one of their channels - small channels like "The Caravan Channel" used to do this (they may still do so).

Freeview - there may be possibilities with the new local broadcast stations being talked about at the moment, they will need content - perhaps worth exploring.

Internet - difficult to establish something akin to broadcasting without a lot of money. See-Saw recently had two attempts at this and burnt out a shed load of cash before closing down.See-Saw may be for sale as a shell, complete with licences - they also used to include free content from other providers such as Chan 4.
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Old 30-11-2011, 23:01
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Satellite - You can rent transmission capacity from a satellite company such as Astra. You would need to uplink your transmisions from your country of operation to the satellite. You will need a leased line to connect from your playout area to the satellite uplink.
For instance you could play out content from Birmingham, via a leased line to Docklands (London) where it is fed by a company such as BT to the Astra satellite. The content would be received by anyone with a Free to air satellite receiver.
If you wished to issue your own receiving equipment, you could bulk purchase equipment from a company such as Comag and write your own EPG to operate on it. Technically this EPG could include other free to air channels as well.
You would need to clarify the licence and operation position with Ofcom, or its equivalent in other European companies.
Alternatively, you could approach another operator and ask if you could piggy back your content on one of their channels - small channels like "The Caravan Channel" used to do this (they may still do so).

Freeview - there may be possibilities with the new local broadcast stations being talked about at the moment, they will need content - perhaps worth exploring.

Internet - difficult to establish something akin to broadcasting without a lot of money. See-Saw recently had two attempts at this and burnt out a shed load of cash before closing down.See-Saw may be for sale as a shell, complete with licences - they also used to include free content from other providers such as Chan 4.
Thanks for your input, much appreciated. The new local broadcast stations that is being talked about at the moment sounds like a good lead. Any further information on this would be greatly appeciated.
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Old 30-11-2011, 23:12
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This is only possible through Satellite or DTT in selected areas where you roll out your Mux(s), if at all possible from Ofcom, as they are selling all the frequencies
to Mobile Broadband Companies like 3, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange and O2 and any new players in the field
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:45
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Yep but will all the mention of the "own set top box", it looks like the OP wants to set up their own platform rather than channel.
Yes, that would be a different proposition than just renting tp space & transmitting 'something' fta & see if it floats say on advertising revenue only versus costs [or donations if it were another type of organisation...] but it's still in the realms of a small/ medium size business if it were I think for a niche market.
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