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Thai viewers taking up ‘digi-Vouchers’

Thailand’s digital TV switch-over subsidy ‘voucher’ scheme was introduced a month ago to help low-paid viewers afford the switch to digital TV. In the month more than 1.2 million homes have redeemed their vouchers which can be used to help pay for a digital converter box, or help fund a new all-digital TV. A total of 4.6 million vouchers have […]

Canada: Disney content for Shomi

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Shomi, the Canadian VoD service, has signed content distribution agreements with The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group. Shomi will now offers a selection of classic Disney family favourites, including 102 Dalmatians, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Chronicles of Narnia mvoies as well as popular movies such as The Prestige and Gone in Sixty Seconds. In addition, shomi […]

Greece contracts with Ka-Sat

Eutelsat has won a major new market for its Ka-Sat ‘broadband by satellite’ service. Greece’s Hellenic OTE national telco will offer Ka-Sat connectivity. The service will be marketed through OTE’s own retail shops as well as Cosmote and Germanos (all part of OTE Group). The service requires a small satellite dish and modem and operates without the need for a […]

Giraffic accelerates MPEG-DASH

Giraffic has announced partner and customer trials that prove the compatibility and performance benefits of its Adaptive Video Acceleration (AVA) for MPEG-DASH.  The news adds to adaptive streaming standards supported and enhanced by AVA, such as HLS and Smooth Streaming, positioning Giraffic as a leader in video acceleration and MPEG-DASH performance.   Giraffic AVA enables true HD and UHD 4K across […]

Freeview launches ‘Left Behinds’ campaign

This weekend Freeview is launching the latest instalment of its campaign: ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free.’ The campaign, called ‘Left Behinds’, focuses on the items left behind after a jumble sale; a crew of well-used toys, ornaments and stuffed animals who haven’t been given a new home. As everything is packed up, Ted the Teddy sings Foreigner’s classic, […]

More UK homes use PVR than VoD

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Decipher, the digital media consultancy, has released findings from Wave 5 of its Mediabug research. It shows that VoD viewing is moving from devices to the TV screen; both PCs and tablets lost share of online VoD viewing (5 per cent and 2 per cent respectively), whilst Apple TV (+1 per cent), NOW TV (+1 per cent), Chromecast (+1 per […]

Netflix still dominates Internet traffic

Findings from intelligent broadband network solutions specialist Sandvine’s latest latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report – Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014 – suggest that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, with Amazon Instant Video establishing itself as the second largest paid streaming service. “With both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video gaining bandwidth share in North America during 2014, […]

OTT TV to reach $10bn

Findings from market research firm Infonetics suggest that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenue is set to grow from $5.8 billion in 2014 to just over $10 billion in 2018 According to Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research, subscription-based OTT providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon have seen phenomenal growth over the last couple […]

Darroch takes Chair of Sky Deutschland

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The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland has elected Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive Officer of Sky, as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland. He replaces James Murdoch, who will remain a member the Board. The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland AG will comprise the following nine members: – Jeremy Darroch (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Chief Executive Officer of […]

ESOA and EBU: ‘UHD era calls for hybrid solutions’

Senior representatives of Europe’s satellite and broadcasting industries have called for policy initiatives that will integrate satellite technologies and terrestrial broadcasting better to serve consumers in the next generation Ultra-HD digital era. Speaking at a policy debate organised by the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Innovation, Evolution & Convergence: Ensuring access to ‘next […]

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