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Ofcom consults on measurement for plurality

Ofcom has invited comments on how best to measure media plurality, after a request by the Secretary of State for Ofcom to lead the development of a measurement framework. In a statement, the media watchdog said: “This request follows the conclusions of a consultation by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which determined the scope of the measurement […]

‘Wearables’ banned from US cinemas

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners announced an update to their joint policy to prevent film theft in theatres. The update was made fully to integrate wearable tech into the rules following a joint meeting of NATO and MPAA theatrical anti-piracy teams at ShowEast, the annual industry convention and trade show. The updated […]

Digital TV peace in Kenya

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Kenya’s Consumer Federation (COFEK) and two of the nation’s digital TV operators have buried the hatchet over an ongoing legal dispute before the Kenyan High Court. The parties, including GOtv and the Star Times Group, were arguing that Kenya’s free-to-air public broadcast channels should stay available on the digital TV broadcast platforms. The FTA channels will now be available to […]

CASBAA: Content strategies “Beyond the Box”

The second day of the annual CASBAA Convention, 2014, saw speakers across technology, advertising and content industries take a more in-depth look at how to adapt to a future ‘Beyond the Box’. As the broadcast industry moves into new forms of content delivery such as digital streaming and over-the-top services, the convention aimed to discuss these changes and how to […]

Youku Tudou, Alibaba marketing collaboration

Youku Tudou, China’s leading Internet television company, and e-commerce specialist Alibaba Group are to work together to drive the adoption of big data in marketing in China. Alibaba Group’s online marketing technology platform, Alimama, will use its data and technology to support innovative online video marketing techniques, i.e. View and Buy developed by Youku, and Merchants’ Video Channel developed by […]

Sky Sports converts RFU partnership

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Sky Sports have extended their partnership with a new five-year broadcast deal which will also see Sky Sports become a top level RFU partner, with a range of partnership rights for the first time. The agreement strengthens one of the longest running broadcast partnerships in sport, taking it until the end of the 2019/20 […]

Intelsat under pressure

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Intelsat’s Q3 numbers showed the operator is still under pressure with quarterly revenues falling from $651.8 million last year to $608.6 million (down 6.6 per cent year-on-year) in the three months to September 30th.  There were revenue falls in all of Intelsat’s key divisions, including its all-important Network Services which registered a fall in revenues of some $12 million, and […]

Roku powers Sky Deutschland Online TV Box

Roku and Sky Deutschland have entered into a strategic agreement using the Roku streaming platform for the development of the Sky Online TV Box. Sky Online (see story above) will be available in the coming months through the Sky Online TV Box, which will also have access to the online video library Snap. Sky Deutschland is the second international pay-TV […]

Watchup on Amazon Fire TV stick

Watchup, the Stanford startup, has announced that its video aggregator news app will be exclusively available on televisions via the Amazon Fire TV Stick ­ Amazon¹s first streaming media stick. The Watchup app is free and will be available on the Amazon Fire TV Stick shipping in mid-November 2014. Watchup¹s app will offer viewers a TV newscast experience based on […]

SES to deliver connectivity to planes

Satellite operator SES is linking with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to provide bandwidth for in-flight connectivity to airlines around the world.  GEE supplies aircraft with WiFi, movies and TV to some 150 airlines around the world. GEE’s “Row 44” division serves more than 520 aircraft including those of Southwest Airlines, Icelandair, Norwegian Air, Transaero, mango, “We see this as the […]

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