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UHD progressing faster than HD


In an update of where Ultra-HD/4K is today, a study by IHS-Consumer Electronics & Video Technology says the technology has “hit the ground running, and is about 10 years ahead of where HD TV was just two years after standards ratification”. But IHS also issues a warning saying that pay-TV broadcasters might not own the 4K opportunity. With Netflix already…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

France: Orange to market Netflix

France’s biggest telco Orange has agreed to offer Netflix on its set-top boxes from November, its chief executive Stephane Richard told Le Monde. Rival Bouygues Telecom was the first operator…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Kantar Media unveils first Twitter TV ratings

Audience measurement specialist Kantar Media has unveiled the UK’s official Twitter metric for measuring Twitter TV audience engagement. Developed with Twitter as part of a global partnership announced last year,…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Richards stands down as Ofcom Chief

Ed Richards, Chief Executive of UK comms regulator Ofcom, is to stand down from the role at the end of December 2014. He will continue to lead on all operational,…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Mobile video complements TV

Independent video advertising platform BrightRoll has released findings from a first-of-its-kind study – BrightRoll Insights: Mobile Video Advertising Strengthens TV Media Investments – aimed at offering practical advice on how brand marketers and agencies can leverage TV and mobile video to reach consumers cost-effectively where…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Sky increases Roku investment

Sky has made a further $0.7 million equity investment in OTT streaming platform Roku. This follows the total investments of $12.2 million made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and is to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities. 21st Century…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Adam Sandler movies exclusive to Netflix


Adam Sandler has signed up to release his next four movies exclusively through Netflix as the streaming service ramps up its battle with cinemas. The US actor’s Happy Madison Productions will co-produce the films, details of which have not been made public, with his new…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

LatAm TV Everywhere growth

A report from global business intelligence firm Dataxis has identified 12 operational TV Everywhere (TVE) platforms in the seven main countries of Latin America –Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. By the end of the first quarter of 2014, the TVE market in…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

CNES to fund sat-broadband chipsets

French Space Agency CNES has signed a contract with STMicroelectronics and Thales Alenia Space to design new low-cost chipsets for use in consumer terminals looking to use satellite broadband.  The chip, dubbed “Astragan”, will permit video and data download speeds of 10 megabits/second. The contract…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Virgin TV Anywhere gets 15 new channels


Virgin Media has added another 15 live channels to its mobile TV service, Virgin TV Anywhere, bringing the total number of channels available for customers to watch on the go to 107. The latest additions to Virgin Media’s on the go line-up include news, entertainment,…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Satellite dominates Brazil pay-TV delivery

Brazil’s pay-TV market is increasingly dominated by satellite delivered entertainment. The country’s regulator Anatel says at the end of August DTH technology accounted for 61.75 per cent of the nation’s subscribers. DTH subs totalled 11.88 million, as at August 31st, up 100,000 from July’s 11.78…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Nilesat’s ‘bad debts’ mount up


Egypt’s Nilesat is owed EGP 21 million by broadcasters who have not paid their bills. BBC Monitoring is reporting that the errant channels have been removed from Nilesat’s ‘hot spot’ satellite. In a statement to the Cairo stock exchange Nilesat said the accumulated overdue debt…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Amazon Fire TV debuts Opera TV Snap apps

A series of video apps created via the Opera TV Snap technology has debuted on Amazon Fire TV. The move brings more apps to the streaming media player, with further Opera TV Snap apps set to launch on Amazon Fire TV in future. The Opera…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Vizocom selects Eutelsat

Vizocom, a provider of integrated satellite broadband solutions, has selected the Eutelsat 21B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications to implement a reliable and flexible connectivity service in countries with harsh and challenging environments and limited terrestrial infrastructure. Vizocom’s new AfricAsia Satellite Services will take advantage…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »
Inside Satellite
Chris Forrester

AMOS satellite hit by jamming

Israel’s AMOS satellite is suffering jamming. Ukraine’s Inter TV is reported to have had some of its shows interrupted. BBC…

Chris Forrester - Oct 2 2014 / Read More »
Off Message
Nick Snow

Clouds gather. Shift Happens.

SCTE Denver. Shifts Happen was the pithy up sum on how cable has to keep on keeping up with every…

Nick Snow - Sep 24 2014 / Read More »

Latest Videos

INSIDE Secure protects U-Next

INSIDE Secure has announced that U-Next, Japan’s one of the largest provider of video, movie and animated content, has selected INSIDE’s Downloadable DRM Fusion product…

Oct 2 2014 / Read More »

Huggers: ‘No long-term future for IPTV’


Erik Huggers, former SVP for Verizon and former President for OnCue, Intel Media’s intended Cloud TV service, has suggested that IPTV has no long-term future…

Oct 1 2014 / Read More »

Tesco to close blinkbox?

Reports suggest that UK supermarket retailer Tesco is planning to sell off or shut down its blinkbox video and music streaming service. According to The…

Oct 1 2014 / Read More »

Netflix attracts 100,000 subs in France

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Netflix has already attracted 100,000 subscribers in France in the 15 days after its launch, according to daily Le Figaro. But the majority of subscribers…

Oct 1 2014 / Read More »

UK: 88% of TV viewed is live

January to June viewing figures for 2014 from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) and the UK TV broadcasters reveal that viewers in the UK…

Oct 1 2014 / Read More »

US cinemas block Netflix movie plan

As reported yesterday, Netflix has teamed with giant cinema-screen operator IMAX and the Weinstein studio to make a follow-up to martial arts epic Crouching Tiger,…

Oct 1 2014 / Read More »
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