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Sony acquires Liberty’s Film1

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Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached an agreement with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five premium pay-TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service, pending regulatory approval. The five Film1 channels include Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy & Kids,…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

75% abandon poor streaming within 4min

Conviva, a specialist in OTT video experience optimisation, has released the findings of its inaugural report, which found that stream interruptions, inadequate picture fidelity and other poor streaming experience issues…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »
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Adobe: TV Everywhere surges 400%

Authenticated video usage has surged 467 per cent over a 24-month period, according to Adobe’s latest report on US digital video trends. Sports continue to dominate TV Everywhere (TVE) use…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

Report: Cord-cutting could get worse

Analysis from MoffettNathanson asks the all-important question as to the position of US cable & satellite if so-called ‘cord-cutting’ turns out to be actually worse than expected. MN reports that…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

TVCatchup heads to Euro court

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The feud between UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

​Broadcom mass-market 4K device for China

System-on-a-Chip manufacturer Broadcom is making a dedicated 4K chipset available for the Chinese market, approved by the country’s SARFT regulator. Broadcom’s Beijing office, in a statement, said it had introduced a complete high-speed coaxial cable solution with new access technology for Chinese subscribers in multi-dwelling…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

DTG underpins Freeview Play with D-Book 8

The DTG has given the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance with the launch of D-Book 8. The 2015 revision of the D-Book also includes support for potential future HEVC broadcasts, a new method…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

BBC revamps Red Button service

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The BBC  is revamping its Red Button service for connected TVs. The broadcaster’s Connected Red Button platform will be rebranded as Red Button+ next month, and gain a range of additional features in the process. The revamp will enable users to access BBC iPlayer via…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

Multichoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market subs

African pay-TV operator Multichoice is happy to sign up subscribers wherever they live, but it seems that there are many of its South African DStv viewers who don’t live in South Africa, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and yet pay for their sub in South Africa’s…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

Vice, HBO expand news deal

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HBO is expanding its relationship with Vice Media as the premium cable channel prepares to launch its online streaming service, HBO Now. The two companies have confirmed a four-year deal that will see Vice, the millennial-focused digital news company, produce HBO’s first daily newscast. Vice’s…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

Canada bank helps fund Hispasat satellite

Export Development Canada is financing €140 million towards the overall costs of building Amazonas-5. Amazonas-5 is being built for Madrid-based satellite operator Hispasat by Canadian satellite-builder MacDonald, Dettweiler & Assoc (MDA). MDA owns Space Systems/Loral.  This is the fourth SSL-supplied satellite for Hispasat.  The order…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

Ex-Apple Exec joins Wuaki.tv

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Wuaki.tv, the European VoD service, has appointed ex-Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin as the Head of the International Business Development. Janin brings to Wuaki.tv over 20 years of experience in the VoD field having worked for the last eight within Apple’s iTunes. In this role…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

Conax establishes Beijing test centre

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a provider of complete video content and service protection, is in the final stages of establishing a Conax test centre in Beijing. The facility will provide authorised Pre-Testing and Conformity Testing services certifying client device conformance for Conax…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »

BUY4KUHD thumb drives

Mance Media, a global film and television distribution company based in Hollywood, has launched its stand alone 4K Ultra HD physical media company, BUY4KUHD. BUY4KUHD is an electronics company that sells 4K Ultra HD entertainment on 8GB 3.0 USB thumb drives. Consumers can select from…

Mar 27 2015 / Read More »
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Chris Forrester

Wyler’s OneWeb thinking

Greg Wyler, the original thinker behind O3b’s mission to capture the “other 3 billion” underserved or unconnected people of the…

Chris Forrester - Mar 24 2015 / Read More »
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Nick Snow

The Big Data minefield

In the March-April issue of Euromedia (available first day of NAB, April 11), we examine Big Data and its role…

Nick Snow - Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

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Sullivan quits Sky Deutschland

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Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, has quit and will leave in June. The supervisory board has named Carsten Schmidt, currently chief officer for sports,…

Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

Twitter live video streaming

Twitter has launched Periscope, an app that broadcasts live video filmed from smartphones to Twitter users’ followers on the social network. The free iPhone app…

Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

Al Jazeera homes in on Digiturk

beIN Media Group, an affiliate of Qatar’s Al Jazeera, is reportedly in advanced negotiations to buy Turkish satellite network Digiturk. beIN Media Group, which runs…

Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

C4 launches All 4 on March 30

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Channel 4 has confirmed its new digital service, branded All 4, on March 30th. The service, which replaces 4oD, and will be available via PC,…

Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

Atresmedia and Yahoo advertising tie up

Atresmedia, operator of Antena 3 and La Sexta among other channels, has reached an agreement with Yahoo for the Spanish TV company to distribute Yahoo’s premium…

Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

YouTube plans live gaming channel

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YouTube is preparing to take on gaming broadcaster Twitch TV with its own live game streaming service. The online video giant has been interested in…

Mar 26 2015 / Read More »
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