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7 in 10 Netflix subs watch original programming


Netflix’s investment in original content seems to be paying off, according to marketing analytics firm Centris. A survey – Centris Evolution of Video Tracking – asking Netflix subscribers about their viewing of original programming since Q1 2014 reveals that seven in ten have watched at least some original programming. Social media buzz, including that around Emmy nominations and awards received,…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

EC Digital VP: Net neutrality concept has to be solid

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, the politician responsibly for leading the Digital Single Market project team, has told the European Parliament that it needs to be decisive in moving…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

FCC auction tops $38bn

The Federal Communications Commission is celebrating Thanksgiving in the knowledge that its latest spectrum auction on November 26th had raised more than $38.1 billion. Auction round 37 saw the action…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Twitter: Second-screen users ‘meerkating’

TV viewers engaging with a second screen at the same time as watching broadcast television are ‘meerkating’, according to Dan Biddle, Head of Broadcast Partnerships at Twitter UK. Addressing a…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Brussels sees risks in Telefónica/Canal Plus deal

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The European Commission (EC) has expressed concerns about the Telefónica-Canal Plus operation to set up a single pay TV company, 100 per cent controlled by the Spanish dominant telco operator. In a document sent to the Spanish regulator CNMC, Brussels claims that the operation is…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

EBU welcomes UHF band report

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed a report by the Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT, the leading regulatory body in the field of electronic communications in Europe, which points out some important principles to be applied to the future use of UHF frequencies.…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Former Netflix boss in fraud allegation

The former CIO at Netflix, Mike Kail, has been accused of an alleged fraud while working at the company. Netflix filed a writ in a California court at Santa Clara on November 24th alleging that Mr Kail, when the company’s vice-president of information technology, breached…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Astra 2G further delayed

Astra 2G, scheduled for launch on November 28th, has been delayed, with Russia’s Roscosmos reporting a fault had been discovered on the Proton rocket’s Briz-M upper stage. The delay is doubly unfortunate for owner SES as the satellite has been patiently waiting for its launch…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

iPlayer receives 318m requests in October

October saw 318 million programme requests on BBC iPlayer, the second highest monthly request figure ever (only March 2014 has beaten this, with 320 million). Average daily requests increased in October to 10.2 million, also close to record-beating. The proportion of requests across the 4…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Netflix 5m LatAm subs


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, speaking at a press event, revealed that the streaming service has surpassed five million subscribers in Latin America. Netflix launched in the region in 2011 and initially had issues with payment methods in various territories, but has introduced gift-card and other…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

ITV commercial director steps down

ITV’s commercial director Fru Hazlitt has stepped down citing personal reasons, triggering the broadcaster’s first senior management change for over three years. Hazlitt has overseen the company’s advertising and digital activities since August 2010, shortly after Adam Crozier took over as chief executive. Crozier said…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Majority of FTA Arab satellite TV channels still SD

The number of FTA satellite channels in the Arab World reached 762 channels by September 2014. The Arab Advisors Group researched and analysed the 762 channels that broadcast on Arabsat, Nilesat, Noorsat and Yahlive. Fully operational channels reached 724. The majority of the analysed FTA…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

High-end gateways and STBs crowding out broadband routers

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest Home Networking Devices report, which tracks broadband routers; residential gateways; STBs; multimedia over coax (MoCA) optical network terminals (ONTs); and HomePlug Powerline, MoCA coax-Ethernet, and HPNA/ adapters. “In the more mature broadband markets of…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

ADB platform for nc+

ADB has announced that nc+, the Polish satellite operator, has selected ADB’s new platform, set-top box software, and associated software integration services to underpin its multi-room and multi-screen strategy. nc+, an ADB customer since 2006, chose ADB to create the next generation product (line), which…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »
Inside Satellite
Chris Forrester

Boeing loses Indonesia satellite contract

Satellites are frequently launched in pairs: a smaller craft sitting atop a larger satellite. This is the model used by…

Chris Forrester - Nov 21 2014 / Read More »
Off Message
Nick Snow

Obamacare for the Internet?

When prospective Republican Presidential nominee Ted Cruz was searching for an insult to describe President Obama’s clear support of the…

Nick Snow - Nov 11 2014 / Read More »

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Motors TV on Virgin Media’s M+

Motors TV has joined Virgin Media’s M+ TV package on channel 545. The channel moves from Virgin Media’s XL TV package to the more widely…

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Watchup launches on Xbox 360


Watchup has confirmed that its video aggregator news app is now available on Xbox 360. With Watchup on Xbox 360, users can watch videos from…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Anevia partners with Cedexis

Anevia, a global player in the development of software infrastructure for delivering live television and VoD services over the Internet, has announced a partnership with…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Fox reorganises Turkish ops

Fox International Channels is combining FIC Turkey and Fox Turkey into a single operational business unit. Both companies currently report to Jan Koeppen, President of…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Global TV shipments rebound, 4K sales accelerate


According to global market research and consulting firm DisplaySearch, global TV shipments, led by continued strong demand in North America, grew more than 4 per…

Nov 26 2014 / Read More »

Deutsche Telekom, Orange confirm BT discussions

Following the confirmation by BT that it had received expressions of interest from shareholders in two UK mobile network operators, of which one was O2,…

Nov 26 2014 / Read More »
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