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TV advertising bounces back

Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion (€178bn) in 2020, up by 38 per cent – or $64 billion – from 2013 and up by 54 per cent – or $82 billion – on 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. TV ad spend is expected to grow by 4 per cent in 2014 for the 55 […]

Netflix confirms TWC payment

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Netflix has confirmed it is paying another US cable provider to guarantee better bandwidth for its subscribers. Netflix said: “We reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable in June and began the interconnection between our networks this month.” The deal comes after similar agreements with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T in the US – meaning Netflix now pays fees to all […]

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending. He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose […]

Numericable’s LaBoxTV Everywhere

French cable operator Numericable has unveiled new services linked to its TV and Internet STB LaBox Fibre, – including a new app called LaBoxTV. The app gives access to more than 320 TV channels (119 outside the home) from tablets and smartphones, on both iOS and Android. This app, available to all 380,000 LaBox Fibre subscribers, will launch on September […]

Exclusive Doctor Who Extra on iPlayer

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The BBC has announced Doctor Who Extra – a brand-new series, exclusively on iPlayer. The broadcaster says the programme is much more than a ‘making of’ show, as it follows Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor. Over the course of 12 programmes, the BBC traces the highs and lows […]

Streamed services push digital music sales to $14bn by 2019

A report from Juniper Research has found that the digital music industry will experience slow growth in revenue over the next 5 years, from $12.3 billion this year to $13.9 billion in 2019. The research found that a strong performance in the robust streamed music sector, will largely be offset by decline in revenues from legacy services such as ringtones […]

Tablet shipments up 5% in Q2

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According to research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 52.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Tablet shipments from both Apple and Samsung were down on Q2 2013 volumes. Second quarter 2014 Global Tablet shipments were up 5 per cent at 52.4 million units, with Asus and Lenovo the only top 5 ranked vendors delivering shipment growth […]

China Digital ships 3.55m smart cards

China Digital TV Holdings, the NASDAQ registered but China-focussed, conditional access smart card supplier, says net revenues for Q2 slipped 5.8 per cent (same period last year) to $17.2 million, and a fall of 5.6 per cent when compared with Q1 this year. China Digital TV shipped approximately 3.55 million smart cards in the second quarter of 2014, compared to […]

Argentina’s Clarin to sell pay-TV channels

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Argentina’s Grupo Clarin is to sell its 7 cable TV channels to a US investment firm for $31.5 million. The move is part of its retreat from some aspects of its business as dictated by Argentina’s media laws. The offer has to be approved by shareholders (due on September 22nd). The potential buyer is 34 South Media, controlled by Alexander […]

Broadband equipment passes $2bn in Q2

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released vendor market share and preliminary analysis from its Q2 2014 for PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers report. “Operators around the world are binging on broadband,” says Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “Driven by GPON and vectoring, the broadband aggregation market passed the […]

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