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More UHD TVs shipped in Q2 than all of 2013

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More Ultra-HD TV sets were shipped in Q2 2014 than shipped all year in 2013. According to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, 2.1 million sets were shipped in Q2, compared to 1.6 million in 2013. Brands introduced their 2014 model ranges in Q2, with a clear focus on Ultra-HD as the “must-have” consumer feature for high-end…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Philippines set for ISDB-T deployment

The Philippines has moved one step closer to deployment of Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting standard Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) following the release of a draft implementing rules and regulations…

Sep 1 2014 / Read More »

Green STBs saving $100s of millions

Findings from a report looking at the energy efficiency of set-top boxes show that the voluntary STB energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency…

Sep 1 2014 / Read More »

Rona Fairhead named preferred BBC Trust chair candidate

Rona Fairhead CBE is the Government’s preferred candidate for the BBC Trust Chairman, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced. The non-executive director of HSBC and PepsiCo has been selected as…

Sep 1 2014 / Read More »

DOCSIS channels pass 1m in Q2

Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its 2nd quarter 2014 CCAP, CMTS, and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers report, which tracks cable broadband equipment and subscribers. “Easily beating last quarter’s record, combined CCAP (converged cable access platform) and CMTS upstream and downstream DOCSIS channel shipments…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Telenet goes for 1GHz

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Belgium’s Telenet is to invest a total of €500 million to upgrade the cable network in Flanders to Europe’s first 1Gb network. Telenet will be upgrading from 600 MHz to 1 GHz, as a result in time the network will be able to support connection…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Singer: ‘Majority streaming UltraViolet’

Although originally conceived as a download model, Mitch Singer, president of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the industry consortium behind digital content ecosystem UltraViolet has admitted that the majority of consumers are using its capabilities to stream their content. Participating in a Digital Hollywood-organised…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

BBC, CNN tieing for global news audiences

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Research from ComScore has revealed that the BBC’s global audience has grown by 30 per cent since 2012 to 73.4 million unique browsers – just 200,000 (0.27 per cent) short of CNN’s 73.6 million. The competition to claim the top spot in online news intensified…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Ex-Disney exec is Sony Russia chief

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has hired Vadim Sokolovsky, a former Disney Russia producer, to run its production business in Russia following the exit of Maria Smirnova to CTC. Sokolovsky will manage all aspects of Sony’s television production business in Russia, including development, sales and production…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

NileSat takes Libyan channels down

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Cairo-based NileSat has taken nine satellite TV channels off air. They are all seen as pro-Islamist, and the action has been taken in response from Libya’s interim government. The channels shut down are Libya Al-Wataniyah 1 [National Libyan TV 1],…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Netflix pays $2m per episode for The Blacklist

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From September 6th, the first season of NBC’s The Blacklist will be available to stream on Netflix. Netflix has entered into what is understood to be the “biggest subscription video-on-demand deal” in history according to Deadline, with Sony Pictures TV receiving $2 million per episode…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Envivio powers cloud video in China

Delivery solutions specialist Envivio has deployed what it claims is the first cloud video transcoding service in China for Beijing Gehua CATV Network (BGCTV). It is said to be the first multi-screen video service offered by a Chinese cable network operator using a cloud solution,…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Trace Sports expands footprint in Africa

Trace Sport Stars, the sports entertainment channel, has signed a carriage deal with Montage, a new DTH platform currently operating out of Lagos, Nigeria. The Montage deal increases the number of major pan-African operators carrying Trace Sport Stars to three, after DSTV and Canalsat Afrique.…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »
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StarTimes in DRC row

Pay-TV operator StarTimes Group is potentially in hot water in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), StarTimes is extremely active…

Chris Forrester - Aug 29 2014 / Read More »
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Rupert runs. Really?

Fox has dropped its bid for Time Warner. The surrender was unequivocal; “We’re done, period,” said Chase Carey, Murdoch’s right…

Nick Snow - Aug 7 2014 / Read More »

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O3b makes Pacific progress

O3b is a satellite constellation, backed by operator SES, and designed to bring broadband services to the ‘other 3 billion’ underserved people living in the…

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MStar licenses CryptoFirewall

MStar Semiconductor, a semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, has licensed the Cryptography Research CryptoFirewall security core for integration into its connected TV…

Aug 29 2014 / Read More »

Samsung commits to global 4K

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Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service.…

Aug 28 2014 / Read More »

Hispasat drops Spacecom bid

Madrid-based Hispasat has scrubbed its bid for Israel’s SpaceCom which operates the Amos fleet of satellites. Spanish newsletter ‘El Confidencial’ says that the bid, worth…

Aug 28 2014 / Read More »

OTT TeVolution launches tablet app

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French OTT TV service TeVolution has launched its first tablet app. Created by French start-up Leankr, the new app is available for Android and iOS…

Aug 28 2014 / Read More »

India revokes India MSO licence

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled the digital transmission licence and registration of Kal Cable. The Ministry says it is because Kal…

Aug 28 2014 / Read More »
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