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EY: Fundamental changes needed to future-proof broadcasters

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According to consultancy firm EY, for almost a century, the UK television industry has been transforming and renewing itself continually to meet ongoing shifts in technology, demand and society. But today, the forces at play are so disruptive they may throw into doubt the very notion of ‘television’ as a distinct medium. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the firm, […]

Sky enhances EPG

UK digital satellite platform Sky is updating its TV Guide with a new recommendations feature and launching a ‘Smart Series Link’. Sky customers will start to see a raft of new features from Sky+ which will be rolled out to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). With this latest update, Sky says it will be easier than ever for its customers […]

ARRIS gains, Cisco loses in STB market

Findings from ABI Research’s Set-Top Box and Home Networks Market Research indicate that the second quarter of 2014 showed about a 5 per cent growth in set-top box revenues from a key set of major OEMs. Most manufacturers saw similar sales, with ARRIS a clear winner, growing about 60 per cent year-over-year to $711 million (pro-forma based on the combined […]

Samsung TV prices fall 13% in H1 2014

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Although Samsung is a leader in the growing Ultra-HD TV segment, average selling prices for Samsung TVs fell 13 per cent in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous year according to Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report. Other key findings from the report include: – Samsung’s TV shipments grew by 16 per cent in the […]

RTL cuts 2014 outlook

Europe’s largest television company RTL Group has cut its 2014 outlook, citing among other issues a new advertising tax in Hungary that hit its earnings in the first half of the year. The broadcaster said it now expected 2014 revenues to decline slightly, with a more significant decrease in earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA), having previously seen both […]

Value added services differentiate online platforms

In order to remain competitive, vendors must create tighter technology partnerships to provide customers with value-added services, finds consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. The global online video platform (OVP) market is set to double by 2019 as video rapidly becomes a critical means of stakeholder communication and collaboration for enterprises globally. As a result of content proliferation and the bring […]

Hispasat’s growth in LatAm

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Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinós says that 55.6 per cent of the Madrid-based satellite operator’s revenues are now coming from the Latin America area, and both revenues and LatAm’s share is growing. Espinós adds that these Latino operations are key to Hispasat’s success given that revenues from Europe were declining, and the recession in Europe meant little growth was anticipated. He […]

Replacement wave to drive renewed growth in TV sales

The first wave of replacement sales in flat panel TV will help to inject renewed growth into global TV sales over the coming five years. Approximately 23 per cent of global flat panel TV sales in 2013 were bought as a replacement for an existing flat panel display and this share is expected to grow to 67 per cent by […]

Kudelski H1 profits and revenues up

The Kudelski Group, a provider of media content protection and value-added service technology, has published its 2014 first half results. Group revenues in constant currency increased by 9.5 per cent over the same period in 2013, primarily driven by a patent cross-licence agreement with Cisco and by the consolidation of Conax starting in April 2014. Reported first half revenues increased […]

C4 acquires stakes in indie producers

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UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken a significant step into TV production, buying minority stakes in four independent producers. The publicly-owned broadcaster has spent about £4 million to take undisclosed minority stakes of up to 25 per cent in the companies, the first investments from a £20 million fund that aims to help the growth of small and medium-sized independent […]

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