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Authentication not delaying TV Everywhere use

Despite persistent claims by industry executives, authentication is not hindering use of ‘TV Everywhere’ services, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). The firm’s findings suggest that only 7 per cent of TV Everywhere (TVE) users view the process of authentication negatively, with less than 1 per cent ranking the process as ‘very difficult’. This runs counter to […]

Oettinger handed EC digital brief

EC President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has named German politician Günther Oettinger as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, replacing Neelie Kroes, whose term ends when Junker’s Commission takes office. Oettinger has been the member of the European Commission responsible for energy since February 2010, and a Vice-President since 1 July 2014. In a statement shortly after the announcement of his appointment, […]

Spain now most expensive for TV football

Spain has become the most expensive country in Europe to watch football on television with an average cost of €52.10 per viewer, ahead of the UK with €49.80 according to a report from Comparaiso.es Italy is the cheapest with €14.00, followed by Portugal, €27.99; France, €36.80 and Germany with €39.90. For the supporters of the largest clubs such as Real […]

Nearly 1bn Connected TVs by 2020

The number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 965 million by 2020, up from 103 million at end-2010 and the 339 million expected at end-2014, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Covering 51 countries, the Connected TV Forecasts report estimates

Mediaset Italia streaming worldwide

Mediaset Italia, the international TV service of Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset, is now visible worldwide in online streaming via PCs, tablets and smartphones. The new service is called Mediaset Italia Online and offers the best of Mediaset programmes (both general entertaniment and thematic TV channels) on a single TV channel that is not available in Italy or Canada. The schedule […]

Telecom Italia targets Brazil’s Oi

Telecom Italia is looking at acquiring Brazilian fixed-line telco and satellite broadcaster Oi in an attempt to boost local competitiveness and challenge Telefonica’s market position. Telecom Italia already has a small operation in Brazil (TIM Brazil) and has previously tried to buy another local operator GVT. TIM Brazil is itself under threat of take-over with America Movil, Telefonica itself as […]

Sony quadruples loss forecast

Sony has unexpectedly said its annual loss may be more than four times bigger than initially forecast. It now expects a full-year loss of 230bn yen ($2.15bn) compared with a previous estimate of 50bn yen. The loss is mainly attributed to its struggling mobile business, which has been losing money due to competition from global rivals such as Apple and […]

Philippines ASO slips 3 years

Some Filipino homes have already invested in digital TVs and set-top convertors ready for an analogue switch to digital planned for the end of 2015. Now the country’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is looking at requiring broadcast networks to shut off their analogue channels in 2018, and even this date might slip to 2019. NTC chief Gamaliel Cordoba said the […]

Economists: Anti-piracy measures could drive up costs

The changes proposed in the Australian government’s discussion paper on online copyright infringement have the potential to impose costs that greatly exceed their benefits, according to two of Australia’s leading economists. In a joint submission the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper, Professor

India’s CAS delays criticised

Back on August 14 we reported that India’s government had permitted another delay of its mandated Digital Access System (CAS) from this coming December to December 2015. The rules apply to the county’s Phase III and Phase IV cities. Now India’s Telecom regulator (TRAI) has criticised the government saying that the decision sends the wrong message to international investors. TRAI […]

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