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Telefónica finalises GVT acquisition

Telefónica and Vivendi have signed the final agreement for the sale of Global Village Telecom, GVT, to Telefónica, a move that reinforces the Spanish telco’s leadership in Brazil, and is expected to generate synergies of at least €4.7 billion, Both companies agreed August 29 to enter into exclusive negotiations for this transaction, which includes a cash consideration of €4.663 billion […]

FindAnyFilm presents a Dracula moment worth paying for

Pro-copyright consumer education body the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and Universal Pictures are launching a Dracula Untold trailer in cinemas nationwide, the 17th such collaboration as part of the industry’s successful ‘Moments Worth Paying For’ campaign. Luke Evans stars in this origin story of the man who became Dracula and the trailer aims to inspire by thanking audiences for […]

Study: Canadians love Netflix

Findings from Sandvine, a provider of intelligent broadband and network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, reveal that Netflix is the leading application in Canada, and on select networks, can account for between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. The data was collected as part of Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Program […]

Expendables 3 producer: ‘We’re going after illegal downloaders’

Avi Lerner, producer of The Expendables 3 and chairman of Millennium Films, has confirmed the studio is pursuing individuals who downloaded pirated copies of the movie, sending out legal letters asking for a settlement to holders of IP addresses in lieu of more substantial damages should they take cases to trial, reports trade daily Variety. The leak of the movie […]

Study: Cyberlockers profiting from content thieves

Digital Citizens Alliance – a coalition of consumers, businesses, and Internet experts focused on educating the public and policymakers on the threats people from all walks of life face on the Internet – has just released a new report, Behind the Cyberlocker Door: A Report on How Shadowy Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions. Drawing on new research […]

Netflix to boost German video revenues to €7.4bn

Total consumer spend on video entertainment in Germany will increase by 2 per cent in 2014 to over €6.9 billion after 5 per cent growth in 2013, and is on course to reach a total of €7.4 billion by 2018, according to findings from research and knowledge-based consulting company Futuresource Consulting. This growth is primarily being driven by the continued […]

Disney looks to OTT for young

Disney is turning to OTT to reach 20 to 30 year-olds as pay-TV growth slackens, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at Disney Media Networks told the CTAM EuroSummit . “In the United States, we roughly have 100 million multi-channel households and there’s been tremendous growth in households. But…. there’s only so many households in the United States and we […]

Telefonica and Cisco partner for advanced network

Telefonica and Cisco have joined forces to set up an advanced testing platform to jointly explore and capitalise on the benefits of converged IP and optical networks. Both companies aim at improving efficiency and cost savings by unifying the planning, management and engineering of optical network layers and IP network layers thanks to the convergence of IP and optical networks […]

INTX replaces Cable Show

To bring together the world of entertainment, communications and the Internet, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced that INTX: the Internet and Television Expo will be held on May 5-7, 2015, in Chicago. This new live, interactive event will draw everyone from network operators and content creators to technologists and thought leaders to share ideas, showcase innovative services […]

CSA extends TDF’s B2M trial

French TV regulator CSA has extended until March 2015 the authorisation for TDF to trial DTT broadcasts of service B2M (Broadcast Mobile Multimedia) using DVB-T. TDF broadcasts the service from the Eiffel Tower transmitter in Paris. CSA has asked TDF to send to report its conclusions after the experiment. The B2M consortium, which includes AirWeb, Archos, Expway, Immanens, Parrot and […]

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