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Discovery drops out of Channel 5 bidding

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Discovery Communications has dropped out of bidding to buy Channel 5, according to reports. Discovery, which has been aggressively expanding outside of the US in television, had been in talks with BSkyB over a possible joint bid. It is unclear whether BSkyB was still involved in the process. UK FTA channel Channel 5, which broadcasts the likes of Big Brother…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Live TV trumps other modes

Findings from research led by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (Ipsos OTX) polling 15,551 adults in 20 countries suggests that most (86 per cent ) global respondents who watch TV indicate…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »
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Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Netflix rival planned for Ireland

The head of Irish video rental chain Xtra-vision and entertainment retailer HMV has revealed ambitions to take on the likes of Sky and Netflix with a new Irish video-on-demand service set for launch this summer. The groups’ Chief Executive Gerry Butler confirmed that discussions have…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros comms

Former White House Press Secretary and current political analyst and commentator Dee Dee Myers has been named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Warner Bros. Myers will join the company September 2nd and report to Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

DISH, EchoStar, deploy NAGRA DRM

Global satellite technology provider, EchoStar, and US satellite TV provider, DISH have deployed the NAGRA MediaLive Player (NMP) with NAGRA’s DECE-approved MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand service, which provides premium content…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Netflix pulling ahead in VoD battle

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Figures from MediaBug – Decipher’s bi-annual media consumption tracker – have shown strong growth in Netflix membership over the past six months, with an increase from 10 per cent to 14 per cent of UK online users now with a subscription. This is in contrast…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Sky launches #WatchOnSky Twitter tool

BSkyB is trialling a new feature that allows its customers to access content via icons contained within the broadcaster’s tweets. Sky subscribers can watch and record programming via their Twitter timeline when they see posts from Sky accounts containing the #WatchOnSky hashtag. Alternatively, viewers can…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Ofcom to review Sky Sports dominance

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels. As part of the Pay-TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Cairo Communications only bidder for Italian DTT

Cairo Communications has submitted the only bid on the DTT frequency auction, called by Italy’s Ministry for Economic Development. Significantly, the auction was not open to companies that own three or more digital multiplexes, i.e. Mediaset, RAI and Telecom Italia Broadcasting. The starting price of…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

US pay-TV subs set for rebound

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The pay-TV market in the US has faced challenges for several years, which culminated in a 0.58 per cent loss in total subscribers in 2013. However, recent research from Strategy Analytics forecasts a return to growth in 2014 at 0.14 per cent, detailed in the…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

OTT potential for premium rights holders

A new report from research consultancy IDATE looking at OTT distribution strategies suggests that OTT-specific services present opportunities for premium content rights holders to add value to content that has little or no exposure on television, to generate additional revenue, and to put pressure on…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Mobile display revenues set to surpass TV

Increasing demand for mobile displays, and greater demand for higher resolution and lower power consumption has led to a shift in the FPD display market, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Worldwide FPD Shipment and Forecast Report. The research firm notes that since 2006,…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »
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Satellite business model stays “strong”

A report to clients from analysts at Berenberg Bank, and based on a special satellite conference hosted by the bank…

Chris Forrester - Apr 16 2014 / Read More »
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Devils and deep blue seas

There are some people who owe politicians and journalists a lot. These people are estate agents and parking wardens. A…

Nick Snow - Apr 4 2014 / Read More »

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TWC launches RDK-based IP STB

Time Warner Cable has revealed the development of its first IP set-top box integrating the Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform. TWC is working with digital…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Downton Abbey tops Roku title search

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Streaming platform Roku has analysed aggregated Roku Search on-device results from last few months, with findings indicating that Roku customers agree that it’s the golden…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Digital programming initiative from NBCU

NBCUniversal has revealed a video programming initiative that will see original series from its broadcast and cable entertainment groups promoted by entire portfolio of television…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

BBC3 to premiere Chris Lilley show on iPlayer

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BBC Three will for the first time make all episodes of a new series available on BBC iPlayer ahead of its linear transmission. All six…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

O’Donoghue leaving ITV Studios

Denise O’Donoghue is to step down as the UK managing director of ITV Studios after four years. The co-founder of Hat Trick Productions will “scale…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »

Amazon acquires new Batman series

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Amazon has boosted its exclusive rights portfolio by acquiring rights to to the new animated Batman series – Beware the Batman. The 26 episode show…

Apr 16 2014 / Read More »
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