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Six pay-TV UHD broadcasters by end-2015

A major study on 4K/Ultra-HDTV broadcasting published by UK-based digital TV and Media Consulting firm FairmileWest and written by specialist consultant Nick Russell, says that “at least 6 major Pay-TV broadcast operators will launch UHD services in the second-half of this year”. The study continues, saying that notwithstanding the technology challenges facing the UHD sector (higher transmission frame-rates in particular […]

Telefónica confirms £10bn Hutchison O2 UK deal


Telefónica has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Hutchison Whampoa in relation to Hutchison’s potential acquisition of O2 UK, Telefónica’s subsidiary in the UK, for £10.25 billion (€13.5bn) in cash. The agreement includes an initial amount of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing of the transaction and an additional deferred payment of £1 billion. The exclusivity period will […]

Telefónica to drop Canal Plus acquisition?

Tough approval conditions from the Spanish competition watchdog CNMC could see an end to Telefónica’s acquisition of Canal Plus. Negotiations between CNMC and Telefónica are reportedly about to collapse since the telco will not agree to share content and TV rights with rivals (Orange, Vodafone-ONO) as the CNMC is demanding to give its go-ahead to the acquisition. The CNMC is […]

Netflix: Pirate Popcorn our biggest competitor


Netflix has said that piracy is one of its “biggest competitors” and, in a letter to shareholders, singled out the torrent-sharing app Popcorn Time as a serious rival. The Popcorn Time app allows users to browse a catalogue of films and TV shows, select one for more information, and then begin streaming it after a short buffering period – effectively […]

Wuaki.TV eyes European expansion

Spain-based streaming company has revealed plans to launch its service in The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Austria and Sweden during 2015, following the platform’s launch in France, Italy and Germany in 2014. Since was acquired by Japan’s Rakuten in 2012, its key aim has been to use Spain as a launching platform to expand throughout Europe. […]

Booming sports costs worry broadcasters

Multichannel operators have been suffering a decline in margin on video for years, in large part as a result to the rapidly escalating cost of sports, according to SNL Kagan, who note that there are other factors at play such as retransmission consent payments and the expanding size of the bundle. The research firm took a “deep dive” into the […]

Children’s TV viewing drifts towards paid-VoD


The 2015 Childwise Monitor, an annual report looking at children’s media consumption, shows that the equipment mix is changing. Most children have their own computer or tablet, phone, games console and television – but console, television and to an extent, phone ownership, is falling. Tablet ownership continues to grow, although it’s slowing. The major tablet ownership increase is among younger […]

NBCUniversal pulls channel from Russia

NBCUniversal is pulling its channel out of the Russian market, blaming the challenging economic environment for pay-TV channels. The decision comes amid media law changes in the country that have presented economic difficulties for international channel operators and means the E! Entertainment and Universal Channel will no longer have a presence in Russia. “Due to the challenging economic environment for our […]

New TV deals for UK rally fans

As the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo gets under way, the sport’s chiefs and UK broadcasters ITV and BT Sport have revealed that fans of the FIA World Rally Championship in Britain will receive improved television coverage of the series after both ITV4 and BT Sport agreed new deals for 2015. Both networks will broadcast comprehensive coverage from all 13 rounds of […]

Amazon offers Transparent for free

In celebration of two recent Golden Globe wins, Amazon will make all ten episodes of its original series Transparent available for free on Janaury 27th. Transparent, which is typically available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, recently took home the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series, while its star, Jeffrey Tambor, earned the coveted award for Best Actor in […]

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