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Otter Media takes majority stake In Fullscreen

Otter Media, the venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T, is acquiring a majority stake in global youth media company Fullscreen in a move designed to enhance Fullscreen’s industry-leading position in youth media. As part of the deal, Fullscreen CEO and Founder George Strompolos will continue as CEO and maintain a material ownership stake in the company. Otter Media was […]

Netflix to top 100m international subs

At last week’s CTAM Eurosummit in Copenhagen, Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, stated that the entertainment streaming service expected to achieve penetration of a third of homes seven years after launch. Extrapolating from this projection, Digital TV Research estimates that Netflix is aiming for 104 million international subscribers by 2020 – and this is just for the countries where it […]

‘Miami’ box brings 4K

French telco Bouygues Telecom is testing 4K transmission using its ‘Miami’ hybrid set-top box. The Android-based box blends all incoming source signals from the basic IPTV head-end transmission as well as live DVB broadcasts, OTT and Internet on Demand source material.  It can also handle 4K signals. The 4K Ultra-HDTV signals are full 3840 x 2160 pixel in size, and […]

4K F1 feed from Tata

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CDN provider Tata Communications has become the first company to deliver a live 4K feed from a Formula 1 event. The landmark was achieved during the first practice session at the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, where live footage was delivered end-to-end over Tata Communications’ Global Video Connect Network, to Formula One Management’s (FOM) Technical HQ in […]

Telefónica to launch 1 Gbps symmetrical service

Responding to Vodafone and Orange’s respective acquisitions of ONO and Jazztel, Telefónica is putting more pressure on the Spanish market with the forthcoming launch of 200 Mbps symmetrical services over the next weeks and with up to 1 Gbps in 2015. The telco is already testing this latter service along with the Chinese manufacturer Huawei which would offer ten times […]

Al Jazeera countersues Al Gore

Al Jazeera America is suing former US Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, the former owners of Current TV, the network that became Al Jazeera America. At issue is money that is being held in escrow. Gore and Hyatt sued the network mid-August saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow […]

Pay-TV penetration set to rise in India

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There’s likely to be gradual acceleration of pay-TV penetration in India and leading to major growth over the next five years, according to a report from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) report compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, unveiled on September 19th. According to the CII report, TV penetration in India is already at 60 per cent, but this is much lower […]

Linked Content Coalition sets Digital Future targets

The Linked Content Coalition (LCC), the media project that has developed a technical framework to improve the management and communication of and access to online rights information, has been re-constituted as a permanent organisation. The new LCC is a not-for-profit global consortium of standards bodies and registries with a remit to facilitate and expand the legitimate use of content in […]

Apple voted ‘coolest’ brand, Netflix breaks top 10

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Apple has retained its title as the coolest brand in Britain for the third year in a row but social network giant Twitter has fallen out of favour to make way for rival Instagram, according to an annual survey. The CoolBrands list saw Twitter drop out of the top 20 after three years, while Instagram made its debut at number […]

Mobile advertising revenues continue to boom

Deloitte, the business advisory firm and the AOP, has revealed that digital advertising revenues from UK publishers were up 9.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter in 2013. Revenue generated from mobile and tablet subscriptions and advertising were the fastest growing revenue stream for digital publishers, up by 69 per cent, from 60.8 […]

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