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Ziggo to cut 450 jobs

The workforce at Dutch cable company Ziggo is set to be cut by 450 over the next three years, following the merger with UPC.  In addition, a number of temporary contracts will not be renewed, the company confirmed. Most jobs will go in the departments which focus on new product development, innovation and infrastructure as well as management. UPC’s American […]

RaiWay bid for EI Towers “approval unlikely”

After the opposition of Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance and public broadcaster RAI to the sale of the controlling interest (51 per cent) of the company that manages the TV transmission towers, it is now the turn of the Antitrust Authority. The competition watchdog said that the €1.2 billion bid by EI Towers, controlled by Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset, […]

App revenues to reach $99bn by 2019

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Annual revenues from apps accessed via mobile handsets and tablets are expected to reach $99 billion by 2019, research from Juniper Research has found. While games will continue to account for

Netflix button on European remotes

Remote controls that come bundled with smart TVs in Europe will soon feature a dedicated Netflix shortcut button. Smart TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel going into retail this year will come with a Netflix button providing a direct shortcut to the online streaming service. Bill Holmes, head of business development for Netflix commented: “The new Netflix button […]

Discovery closes Eurosport France acquisition

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Discovery Communications has confirmed the completion of its acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport France to consolidate further Europe’s leading sports entertainment group. Discovery increased its interest in Eurosport France to 51 per cent from 20 per cent as part of a larger strategic partnership with TF1 Group that began in December 2012. In 2014, Discovery took a controlling […]

South Africa “abandons” digital plan

South Africa’s communications minister, Faith Muthambi has said in an official statement that the government has decided to abandon the digital migration project. The move, described by local press as “shocking”, has completely caught the broadcasting industry off guard, and they had been working to a mid-year analogue switch off. “Seeing that none of our neighbouring countries has switched over […]

iPlayer sets weekly request record in Feb

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BBC iPlayer had its biggest week ever beginning on February 16th, when audiences wanted to catch up on the 30th anniversary episodes of EastEnders, with 75 million requests. Total requests for the month were at 299 million, making it a successful month given that February is three days shorter than January (which saw 343 million requests). There were an average […]

India’s ARPU grows 12-15%

India’s giant DTH and cable market is seeing a “sustained” increase in ARPU levels, says accountancy firm KPMG in its latest FICCI-KPMG study on the Indian media market. Last year DTH operators saw ARPU growth of between 12-15 per cent, and this followed on from 2013’s growth rates of about 8-9 per cent. The overall averages were helped by growth […]

Lord Puttnam urges windowing rethink

Renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam has called for a European digital single market that retains scope for territorial licensing to boost cultural diversity and consumer choice and warned against an inflexible approach to release windows. Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), made his comments during a keynote address at an FDA event for the UK film industry in London. Puttnam […]

Ofcom reveals VoD regulation perceptions

Ofcom has published research into UK viewers’ perceptions of content standards for on-demand and online content. The research covers the full range of content available on-demand and online – from ‘catch up’ TV services such as the BBC iPlayer to user generated videos on YouTube, and subscription services, such as Netflix. On-demand and online content is widely viewed in the […]

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