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FCC adopts net neutrality rules

The US’s Federal Communications Commission has followed the lead of President Barack Obama and voted to impose tough new rules for net neutrality, introducing a measure that seems sure to bring a court challenge. The vote – as anticipated along a party-line 3-2 vote – backed Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify broadband Internet as a ‘telecommunications service’, giving it […]

Aereo bankruptcy auction raises less than $2m

Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which late November 2015 filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, has garnered less than $2m from an auction of company’s assets, despite suggesting at the time there was “very substantial interest in the assets”. Aereo suspended its operations June 28th 2015 […]

LG leads UHD sales

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South Korean electronics giant LG supplied 1.86 million Ultra-HD panels in Q4/2014, and took 27.9 per cent of the global market by volume according to data from DisplaySearch. LG narrowly beat second-place global supplier Innolux which supplied 1.76 million units (26.3 per cent) from its Taiwan base. Third spot went to South Korea’s Samsung which took a 19.9 per cent […]

Belgian card-sharers further penalised

In a joint card-sharing case brought by a number of members of audiovisual anti-piracy body AAPA, the court of appeal of Liège (Belgium) has upheld the decision of the court of first instance (in Dinant) and increased the penalty for an illegal card sharing network operator and his accomplice. The operator of the card-sharing network hosted approximately 400 users and […]

ProSiebenSat.1 hails record year

German TV group ProSiebenSat.1 has reported 2014 as a record year, as revenues increased by 10.4 per cent to €2.876 billion. Recurring EBITDA increased by 7.2 per cent to €847.3 million and underlying net income rose by 10.3 per cent to €418.9 million. Thomas Ebeling, the CEO of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, commented: “2014 was a very successful year for ProSiebenSat.1. […]

Cricket and 4K captivate India viewers

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Nothing, not Bollywood movies, not vivid variety shows, not even Comedy Nights with Kapil, comes close to capturing Indian viewers’ attention like a game of cricket. The local derby match between India and Pakistan on February 15th, part of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament, managed to deliver 288 million viewers (a TVR of 14.8) aged 15 and over. The […]

Connected viewers interested in TV transactions

A study conducted for Delivery Agent by Nielsen has revealed notable consumer interest and intent to engage in commerce and associated commerce activities through connected televisions and related devices. The research underscores the opportunity for TV marketers to increase viewer engagement, generate customer leads, and sell products directly through the largest screen in consumer homes. Of particular interest, a majority […]

Google buys .app web domain

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Google has purchased the website domain .app in an auction held by The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) – the organisation which oversees the running of the net. The firm’s winning bid for $25,001,000 is believed to be the highest so far. Icann is currently rolling out new customised web names and auctioning them off. Other web […]

Naguib Sawiris eyes Euronews control

Euronews is set to sell a €35 million majority stake to Naguib Sawiris. Established in 1993 by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Euronews is currently owned by 21 public television channels and 3 local authorities. Available in 13 languages it provides rolling coverage of world news produced by 600 journalists from over 30 countries. “Throughout the past decade, Euronews has […]

Nickelodeon Noggin SVoD service

Nickelodeon will officially launch its SVoD service in the US on March 5th. Originally set to go live in February, the service will resurrect the “Noggin” brand previously employed by the kids’ network for one of its TV channels, and will cost $5.99 per month.  It launches as an app for Apple iOS devices. All content will stream without ads […]

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