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Lionsgate buys Starz for $4.4bn

Lionsgate, Hollywood’s largest independent studio, has confirmed plans to acquire media and entertainment giant Starz in a cash and stock deal valued at $4.4 billion (€3.9bn). “The combination of Lionsgate…

TV outperforms digital for ad attention and recall

Speaking at the annual Nielsen Consumer 360 event, the Council for Research Excellence (CRE) unveiled findings from a new platform usage study that show TV outperforming computer, smartphone and tablet…

Rio Olympics opening ceremony in 4K

Rio Olympics opening ceremony in 4K

Brazilian pay-TV operators NET and Claro TV have confirmed that the Opening Ceremony of the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games will be made available in 4K Ultra HD. In partnership with…

NBC: ‘Rio 2016 most live Olympics ever’

Often criticised in the past for its reliance on deferred ‘as-live’ coverage of previous Olympic Games, the networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal are taking advantage of a more favourable…

France: 6play catch-up passes 10m users

France: 6play catch-up passes 10m users

The new version of M6’s replay service 6play now has 10 million registered users, some six months after being relaunched. Its audience is an average of 110 million views each…

US consumers praise OTT TV customer service

Americans want cable TV providers to improve customer service and meet the high standards set by progressive Internet TV players, according to research commissioned by pay-TV subscription, billing and CRM…

Apple patents concert video blocker

Apple patents concert video blocker

Apple has been granted a patent for technology that could stop smartphone cameras being used at concerts. The patent describes a smartphone camera receiving coded infrared signals beamed from emitters…

Naspers freezes pay-TV prices

Naspers, the parent company of Multichoice and DStv, is freezing pay-TV prices across Africa. The decision, announced by Naspers’s CEO Bob van Dijk, is blamed on a mounting number of…

Akamai: Net speeds doubled since 2012 Olympics

Akamai: Net speeds doubled since 2012 Olympics

Content delivery network (CDN) specialist Akamai’s First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report, which provides key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4…

Harmonic drives ATSC 3.0 demo station

A TV station in Raleigh-Durham is being used to test the next-generation Ultra-HD concept, complete with High Dynamic Range and Wider Color Gamut technologies, all as specified in the USA’s…

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