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920m global pay-TV subs by year end


The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014 according to ABI Research. Overall, pay-TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to drop slightly due to increasing price competition, but at a lower rate compared to the ARPU drop in 2013. “The growing number of HD subscribers as well as major sporting…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

AMC takes $200m BBC AMERICA stake

AMC Networks the global entertainment company behind acclaimed series The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Rectify, is paying $200 million for a 49.9 per cent share of the BBC AMERICA…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Comcast: ‘HBO, CBS could regret OTT’

Comcast predicts channels like HBO and CBS may live to regret their moves to OTT and that subscribers will pay for TV and Internet packages for years to come. Stephen…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Aereo hit by nationwide injunction

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has been dealt a further legal blow. “Following…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

LG Display: Q3 profits up 191%


South Korea’s LG Display reported record revenues (up 9 per cent y-o-y) which translated into a 191 per cent increase in operating profits, and with an EBITDA margin of 20 percent. A healthy trading quarter meant LG Display’s cashflow was also in positive territory, starting…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

DTG Testing launches 4K Ultra HD testing zoo

DTG Testing – which provides the product conformance regime which enables manufacturers to obtain trademarks for the Freeview and Freesat digital TV platforms in the UK – has launched what it claims is the world’s first Ultra HD product testing zoo with a 4K HDMI…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Pay-TV booms in Central America

Pay-TV is booming in the Central America region, with Honduras subscribers growing 23.24 per cent year-on-year, according to Dataxis’s numbers (in the period to June 30th). Honduras ended the period with a total of 640,000 pay-TV subs out of a population of some 8 million.…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Increased costs for South Africa’s DSO


Figures released by South Africa’s National Treasury suggest that the country’s postponed migration to digital TV is continuing to cost hundreds of millions of Rand. The migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television featured prominently in the Budget Vote for Communications following the release of…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

YouView adds iPlayer, BBC Red Button

Customers of on demand service YouView now have access to more BBC programmes with the introduction of new BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button. Customers will be able to watch exclusive BBC iPlayer programmes and discover content more easily. The refreshed look and feel…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

November launch for Germany


Spain-based VoD provider will launch in Germany on November 25th, COO Josep Mitjà has confirmed. The online streaming video service provides movies and TV series which can be rented individually for a 48 hour period or for permanent ownership. A subscription service is currently…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Cinema’s audio changes to “impact TV”

The influential Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has been holding its annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood this past week. One of the topics discussed was how – and which – new immersive cinema audio technology might be adopted as the…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Virgin TV Anywhere adds four new channels

Virgin Media has added Channel 4+1, More4+1, 4Seven and UMP Movies to its TV on the go service, Virgin TV Anywhere. The new channels follow hot on the heels of a further 17 channels that were added to Virgin TV Anywhere during the last month.…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

StarHub trials Nokia’s Liquid Applications

StarHub has revealed details of its trial implementation of Nokia’s Liquid Applications solution at its 4G mobile base stations within the Indoor Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub For the trial, conducted on October 21st, four ‘live’ video feeds of the Rising Stars Finals played at…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

FCC halts US ‘super mergers’


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pulled the plug on a pair of cable and DTH ‘super mergers’. The FCC cited a series of significant objections from broadcasters and content suppliers to the cablecos who do not want their confidential carriage fee contracts exposed. The decision…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »
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Chris Forrester

SpaceX accused of “price dumping”

There is considerable commercial rivalry between the France-based Arianespace rocket system, and the US-based Space Exploration (SpaceX) rocket. France’s space…

Chris Forrester - Oct 22 2014 / Read More »
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Nick Snow

Netflix: Far from immortal

I seriously doubt any media company has ever had as many namechecks as Netflix over this last couple of years.…

Nick Snow - Oct 16 2014 / Read More »

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Gartner: Dominance of pay-TV masks VoD growth

While pay-TV is the biggest segment of the overall consumer video services market, accounting for 96.3 per cent of total spending in 2014 and 94.2…

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VoD, HD fuels LatAm pay-TV growth

The Latin American pay-TV services market is expected to continue its growth trajectory due to the rise in paid subscriptions for DTH TV. The demand…

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Roku raises another $25m


Roku has raised another $25 million taking the streaming media company’s total funding beyond the $150 million mark. Roku has said the new round is…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Ofcom completes Channel 5 sale review

Ofcom has published its ‘change of control’ review following the sale of Channel 5 to Viacom. Ofcom is required by law to carry out a…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

New Chromecast from Google

Google has confirmed it is to launch a new version of its popular Chromecast HDMI dongle. Google said it is building an “ecosystem of different…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Spain’s TV ad market up 9.9%

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The Spanish TV advertising market has experienced an impressive growth of 9.9 per cent to September to €1.319 billion against €1.199bn for the same period…

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