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Sky launches #WatchOnSky Twitter tool

BSkyB is trialling a new feature that allows its customers to access content via icons contained within the broadcaster’s tweets. Sky subscribers can watch and record programming via their Twitter timeline when they see posts from Sky accounts containing the #WatchOnSky hashtag. Alternatively, viewers can tap the Sky+ ‘R’ to remotely set their Sky+HD box to record movies, TV shows [...]

Ofcom to review Sky Sports dominance

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels. As part of the Pay-TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it placed on BSkyB. Following the February 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal confirming Ofcom’s [...]

Cairo Communications only bidder for Italian DTT

Cairo Communications has submitted the only bid on the DTT frequency auction, called by Italy’s Ministry for Economic Development. Significantly, the auction was not open to companies that own three or more digital multiplexes, i.e. Mediaset, RAI and Telecom Italia Broadcasting. The starting price of the auction was set at €30 million. The Ministry will now consider whether the bid [...]

US pay-TV subs set for rebound

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The pay-TV market in the US has faced challenges for several years, which culminated in a 0.58 per cent loss in total subscribers in 2013. However, recent research from Strategy Analytics forecasts a return to growth in 2014 at 0.14 per cent, detailed in the Service Provider Strategies (SPS) service report, North America Digital Television Forecast: 1Q 2014. The research [...]

OTT potential for premium rights holders

A new report from research consultancy IDATE looking at OTT distribution strategies suggests that OTT-specific services present opportunities for premium content rights holders to add value to content that has little or no exposure on television, to generate additional revenue, and to put pressure on traditional distributors and thus ‘raise the stakes’. In a blog post, Florence Le Borgne, Head [...]

Mobile display revenues set to surpass TV

Increasing demand for mobile displays, and greater demand for higher resolution and lower power consumption has led to a shift in the FPD display market, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Worldwide FPD Shipment and Forecast Report. The research firm notes that since 2006, LCD TV has accounted for the largest share of flat panel display (FPD) revenues; however, [...]

TWC launches RDK-based IP STB

Time Warner Cable has revealed the development of its first IP set-top box integrating the Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform. TWC is working with digital STB specialist Humax to create the IP-based set-top box that features its next generation cloud navigator. The cloud navigator consists of the company’s new HTML 5 cloud-based navigation guide and provides customers a better, more [...]

Downton Abbey tops Roku title search

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Streaming platform Roku has analysed aggregated Roku Search on-device results from last few months, with findings indicating that Roku customers agree that it’s the golden age of TV with television series dominating the top 25 searched titles. Downton Abbey takes the number one spot among most-watched TV series. The top list includes a mix of comedy, drama and kids shows [...]

Digital programming initiative from NBCU

NBCUniversal has revealed a video programming initiative that will see original series from its broadcast and cable entertainment groups promoted by entire portfolio of television networks and digital platforms. Débuting first on various digital platforms including channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand, the companywide initiative is designed to connect advertising brands with consumers in the most engaging and immersive ways. In [...]

BBC3 to premiere Chris Lilley show on iPlayer

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BBC Three will for the first time make all episodes of a new series available on BBC iPlayer ahead of its linear transmission. All six episodes of Jonah From Tonga, the new series from Chris Lilley – the writer and star of Summer Heights High and Ja’mie: Private School Girl – will be made available on BBC iPlayer from May [...]

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