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Amazon buys Twitch live games

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Amazon.com is to acquire live video gamers platform Twitch Interactive in a $970 million cash deal. In July 2014, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organisations. “Broadcasting and watching gameplay…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

AsiaSat 6 launch postponed

The launch of AsiaSat 6 has been postponed until further notice to allow more time for launch service provider SpaceX to examine and verify data. The satellite and launch vehicle…

Aug 27 2014 / Read More »

Japan commits to 4K/Ultra-HD

Japan is about to announce a major commitment towards 4K broadcasting. It already has a 4K ‘best of 4K’ channel on air (which went live on June 2) under the…

Aug 27 2014 / Read More »

20% Euro households to be online subs

The number of European homes paying a monthly subscription to receive SVoD [subscription video on demand] packages will climb from 1.78 million in 2010 (0.6 per cent of TV households)…

Aug 27 2014 / Read More »

shomi SVoD from Rogers, Shaw

Canadian media companies Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications are teaming up to launch shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, which they say ups the ante in entertainment with the latest, most exclusive shows and selections personalised for users. Available initially on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox…

Aug 27 2014 / Read More »

4K trial for Chunghwa Telecom

Chunghwa Telecom, the leading telecommunications operator in Taiwan, is undertaking a trial project for a new 4K HEVC streaming service using solutions from content delivery network technology specialist Broadpeak. Utilising Broadpeak’s server and CDN manager solutions that support the HEVC compression standard and set-top boxes,…

Aug 27 2014 / Read More »

DISH warns of Comcast/TWC merger ‘harms’

Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable. The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

November deadline for Ziggo, Liberty deal

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European Union antitrust regulators will decide by November 3rd whether to clear Liberty Global’s bid for Ziggo. The European Commission unveiled the new deadline after halting its scrutiny of the deal on August 4th while waiting for more data from the US cable company. The…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

LG bringing giant OLED to market

South Korea’s LG Electronics are ramping up production for wide-scale availability of their giant – and curved – 77” and 65” OLED TV screens with 4K/Ultra-HDTV (3840 x 2160) resolution. The units will be on show at IFA Berlin next week. “With 33 million sub-pixels…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

BT price hikes are ‘football tax’

BT is set to impose a price increase of over 6 per cent on its home phone and broadband customers in a move that has already been called a “football tax” by some analysts. BT, who has 7.3 million home phone and broadband customers, said…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

Research encourages Tablet TV launch prospects

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Tablet TV is nearing its San Francisco-area beta launch in partnership with the KOFY-TV station, owned by Granite Broadcasting – and the timing looks to be ideal, according to new data from Frank N. Magid Associates, a research-based strategy consulting firm. There is extremely strong…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

TF1 Group acquires Star Wars saga

TF1 Group has signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company France for new Marvel Studios and Star Wars productions. This free TV deal, across all TF1 channels, encompasses back-catalogue and upcoming Marvel Studios films, as well as existing and future Star Wars movies. It…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

Thailand lifts satellite TV ban

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Thailand’s military government has lifted the ban of the remaining 12 satellite TV channels that were forced off air during the period of unrest. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said on Sunday.  The broadcasters have been off air since the…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

Over-the-Air DVR from TiVo

DVR specialist TiVo has unveiled the limited edition TiVo Roamio OTA DVR with an initial retail price of $49.99, for those US consumers who do not have cable or satellite service, yet still want a DVR. “Many top TV shows in America are available with…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »
Inside Satellite
Chris Forrester

Catastrophe for Europe’s Galileo

European space activity suffered another catastrophic failure on August 22nd when an Arianespace Soyuz rocket failed to correctly launch a…

Chris Forrester - Aug 26 2014 / Read More »
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Nick Snow

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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Carriers name Cisco top router and switch vendor

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its annual Router and Switch Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, which explores service providers’ perceptions…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

India delays analogue switch-off, again

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India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry has again postponed the nation’s total switch-off of its analogue broadcasting. The new date is December next year, whereas the…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

Iran bribes viewers to give up satellite TV

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards are happy to pay cash to citizens who give up their satellite dishes and receivers in the latest attempt to curb…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

Operators move security, QoS, VPN to virtual routers

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 Routing, IP Edge, and Packet-Optical Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, which focuses on operators’ plans…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

AsiaSat-6 ready to go

August 27th should see the launch of Hong Kong-based AsiaSat’s latest satellite. AsiaSat-6 is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »

Gracenote appoints Batter CEO

Tribune Media Company has announced the appointment of John Batter as chief executive officer of Gracenote and executive vice president of Tribune Media. An experienced…

Aug 26 2014 / Read More »
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