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Ofcom consults on pay-TV regulation

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UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. Ofcom’s initial assessment indicates that Premier League and Champions League football are key content likely to be capable of influencing consumers’ choice of pay-TV retailer. The review will determine whether regulation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels […]

4K TV set shipments up 700%

The worldwide television market is forecast to grow to 234 million units in 2014, representing a 3 per cent growth from 2013, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. However, 2014 is projected to see a 4 per cent fall in trade value to $97 billion, reflecting a decline in average retail prices from $652 to $608. “The anticipated […]

Spain approves 3 month extension to DSO

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The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry and market to delay until March 31st 2015 the digital switch-off and the DTT reset deadline. The government has made the decision to prevent between 2 and 4 million Spaniards from losing their TV signals from January 1st, the initial deadline to complete the digital migration, as by that […]

Numericable DTO service

Numericable-SFR (Altice) has announced the launch of a pay to keep download service after signing agreements with five international studios and production companies. This service has been added to Numericable’s LaBox Fibre and offers 120 titles at launch, with movies from 20th Century Fox, francetv distribution, Gaumont, Dreamworks and Disney libraries. The films are accessible through Numericable’s new online “Videostore” […]

EBRD €24m loan to Serbia to complete DSO

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a €24 million loan to Serbian public company Emisiona Tehnika i Veze for completing the transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. However, it is already certain that the full amount of the allocated resources will not be spent, given that for the purchase of digital broadcasting equipment, instead of […]

TiVo: Time-shift and binging proliferate

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TiVo Research & Analytics – the media marketing and analytics software subsidiary of the next-generation television services specialist – has released the first-ever TiVo State of TV Report, revealing startling changes to the ever-evolving TV and entertainment industries. The report details key insights into viewing habits, advertising and commercial retention rates, as well as top streamed and time-shifted programmes. TiVo […]

Success for O3b quartet

SES-backed O3b now has its first constellation of 12 satellites in orbit. Four additions were lofted into space late on December 19th, by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from the Kourou, French Guiana, spaceport. The complex mission worked perfectly and after a 2 hour 22 minute flight, the first pair of satellites were released from the rocket’s dispenser, followed by the […]

Online TV Box from Sky Deutschland

All existing and new subscribers to Sky Deutschland’s Sky Online and Snap services can now order the Sky Online TV Box powered by Roku. The Sky Online TV Box is available at the introductory price of €49.90 when ordered with the Sky Online (www.skyonline.de) or Snap (www.skysnap.de) service. Current Sky Online or Snap customers can purchase the streaming box in […]

Google/MPAA spat intensifies

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A ‘difference of opinion’ between Google and movie industry trade body the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over copyright policy has been raised a notch with the MPAA describing Google’s effort to position itself as a defender of free speech as “shameful”. The MPAA was responding to a Google Public Policy blog posted by Kent Walker, SVP and General […]

Ultra-HD on Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video users can now watch blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and Amazon Original Series in Ultra-HD picture quality. Ultra-HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra-HD smart TVs. Available at no additional cost to their membership, Amazon Prime members can now binge watch Amazon Original Series including the Golden Globe […]

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