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EPIX premium TV app on Chromecast

Premium entertainment network EPIX is launching its EPIX app on Google Chromecast, the latest step in its continued leadership in the expansion of TV Everywhere. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on XBOX 360, PlayStation, iOS, Android tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku players. Authenticated subscribers will have streaming access to EPIX’s unmatched, on-demand mix of over 3,000 movies […]

US Senator calls for piracy payment prevention

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is urging leading payment processors to prevent use of their payment networks by websites that are dedicated to online copyright infringement. While Visa and MasterCard both have policies prohibiting the use of their cards for illegal activities, a recent study released by the Digital Citizens Alliance and NetNames revealed that 29 of 30 […]

Global TV shipments rebound, 4K sales accelerate

According to global market research and consulting firm DisplaySearch, led by continued strong demand in North America, global TV shipments grew more than 4 per cent last quarter, after several quarters of weak growth. LCD TV shipments alone rose nearly 9 per cent, according to the latest findings in the Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, produced by DisplaySearch, […]

FCC auction tops $36bn – and climbing

Another day, another few billions of dollars raised in the most lucrative spectrum auction ever conducted in the US. At the end of Monday evening (November 24) the total value of bids in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) table topped a staggering $36 billion. And winning bids are beginning to emerge. The late afternoon saw Round 31 take place, and […]

All-in-One quadplay from KD, Vodafone

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The first fruits of mobile operator Vodafone’s €10.7 billion takeover of German triple-play cableco Kabel Deutschland in 2103 are beginning to emerge with the launch of Vodafone All-in-One, a quadplay package which Kabel Deutschland says brings together the best products of both worlds – mobile from Vodafone Germany and cable Internet, phone and TV for the home from Kabel Deutschland. […]

UK telcos call for BT dominance review

Expressing concern that former incumbent telco BT still holds a network monopoly position 30 years after privatisation, and ten years after the formation of regulator Ofcom, the UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has called on the watchdog to review the market and reassess its priorities for the next ten years to ensure the UK communications sector remains competitive. A recent […]

European OTT market set for rapid growth

Ooyala, a specialist in streaming and analytics, and Vindicia, a subscription billing expert, have published the results of a qualitative pan-European study that looks at the current premium service OTT market and its projected growth in the UK, Dutch and German regions by 2017. The study revealed that, while industry leaders are aware of the challenges when targeting the mass […]

UK kids topping up TV viewing with online content

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Ofcom research reveals the extent to which children are topping up traditional live TV viewing by watching online video clips and catch-up TV. Ofcom’s Digital Day 2014 study shows that older children aged 11-15 are watching half the amount of live TV per day as adults (1 hour 32 minutes versus 2 hours 58 minutes). In contrast, older children are […]

Local nets contest Spain’s DTT plan

A network of small local TV stations (the so-called ‘Community Networks’) has appealed to the Supreme Court against the Government-imposed new DTT plan calling for its halt. According to ReMC (Red de Medios Comunitarios, Network of Community Media), the new DTT plan is discriminatory as it has omitted the services from the allocation of DTT frequencies. The new DTT plan […]

Aereo set for asset sale

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Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which November 21st filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has suggested there is substantial interest in the company’s assets. Aereo suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters. William Baldiga, Aereo’s lawyer, said […]

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