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FCC: ISPs can charge for speed


The Federal Communications Commission has said it will propose new rules to allow content companies such as Disney, Google or Netflix to pay ISPs like Comcast and Verizon for faster lanes to send video to their subscribers. The proposed changes effectively end the guarantee on net neutrality — the principle that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination [...]

Apple’s Cook confident about TV business

Having declared in March 2014 that the Apple TV business was no longer a “hobby” – a term used by Steve Jobs, his predecessor as CEO – current incumbent Tim Cook has said he feels confident about it and where it could go, confirming that Apple would continue to improve the product. Speaking during Apple’s Q2 2014 Earnings Release Conference [...]

Abertis/Hispasat eye Spacecom

Spacecom is Israel’s commercial satellite operator and operates a growing fleet of Amos craft. It has been up for sale, or for a joint-venture partnership, for some months. Madrid-based infrastructure company Abertis, which already has a minority shareholding in Eutelsat, has confirmed that it is looking to make an investment using its Hispasat (57 per cent owned) subsidiary. Abertis/Hispasat says [...]

Pace reports positive start to 2014


Pace has reported that its Q1 gross margins are “well ahead” of last year and that it is on track to meet its full-year revenue growth target of about $2.7 billion. Pace said last month it expected revenue to increase by about 9.3 per cent in 2014, while its operating margin would be about 8.5 per cent, up from 7.8 [...]

FIFA speaks out over Arab TV rights

The past few days have seen a slew of rumours in the Arab world that – somehow or other – football-mad Arab fans would be able to see the upcoming FIFA World Cup out of Brazil free of charge. Arab fans had their expectations raised because of potential unencrypted transmissions from Eutelsat’s ‘Hot Bird’ satellites, which are widely viewed in [...]

YouTube, Netflix boost global CDN market


TechNavio is reporting that unprecedented growth of streaming video is directly boosting the global video content delivery network (CDN) Market. The market is projecting a CAGR of 29.66 per cent from 2014-2018. “In 2013, the average video traffic over the internet was estimated at 23.2 exabytes per month, and is expected to reach 71.5 exabytes per month by 2018,” says [...]

AMC/Sundance Channel acquires KinoweltTV

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, a division of AMC Networks, has reached an agreement to acquire KinoweltTV, a pay-TV channel distributed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  The 24/7 linear network airs an array of classic and contemporary films. The acquisition expands AMC/Sundance Channel Global’s European presence with full distribution across all platforms in German speaking Europe.  The transaction is subject to the [...]

Mexico entertainment spend to hit $4.5bn in 2014


Overall consumer spend on video and TV entertainment in Mexico grew by 9 per cent in 2013 to reach $$4.2 billion (54.5 billion pesos) and is forecast to reach $$4.5 billion (58.8 billion pesos) in 2014, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. “2013 was an extremely strong year for Pay-TV in Mexico – growing by almost two million [...]

Virginia Lee to head Cable Europe comms

Cable Europe, the trade association representing all leading broadband cable TV operators and their national associations throughout Europe, has appointed seasoned broadcast public affairs executive Virginia Lee as Director of Communications. Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman of Cable Europe, said he was delighted to announce Virginia’s the appointment, particularly at a time when the “vibrant” industry had such an incredibly strong [...]

Discovery veteran to head ITV Studios UK

Julian Bellamy is set to become the new managing director of ITV Studios UK. The Discovery Networks International veteran succeeds Denise O’Donoghue who revealed she was stepping down from the role earlier this month. Bellamy, who will start his ITV role “later this year,” served as head of production & development at Discovery Networks. He worked for the company for three [...]

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