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TopTV to appeal ‘adult’ TV ban

South Africa’s On Digital Media, which until recently traded as TopTV but is now – in effect – owned by China Times Group’s StarSat, is to appeal an order which prohibits transmissions of adult TV channels. ODM/StarSat is broadcasting three channels including Playboy TV. ODM/StarSat says the hearing will be before Judge Lee Bozalek on December 5 in the Western […]

Kenya DSO imminent?


Kenya’s The Star newspaper is saying that its analogue TV signals are ready to be switched off. Quoting Francis Wangusi, director general of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), as saying the exact date migration to digital television transmission will be decided in a meeting between stakeholders. “…. the switch off must happen before the end of the year, but […]

Bear Grylls YouTube channel

TV production company Bear Grylls Ventures and UK independent factual content provider Barcroft Media have teamed up to launch a new YouTube channel. ‘Bear Grylls Adventure’ will launch on November 28th and will feature adventure-themed content from around the world. ‘Bear Grylls Adventure’ features all new and original Bear Grylls content with clip introductions and behind the scenes insights from […]

Minecraft YouTube videos near 50bn views


Online video firm Octoly has published a report showing that by June 2014, videos featuring content from video-game Minecraft had been watched 30.8 billion times, with only 183 million of those views coming from the channel of Mojang, the game’s publisher. That’s nearly three times the total views for videos about Grand Theft Auto, which Octoly estimated was the second […]

Kabillion VoD on Cablevision

Kabillion, the independently-owned free kids’ VoD network in the US, has finalised a deal with Cablevision’s Optimum TV and is now available in over 50 million homes in the US.  This marks a threefold increase since launch for Kabillion, an Emmy Award-winning network owned by Splash Entertainment, with views for 2014 now over 65 million. “In the past six months […]

Conviva QoE for Horizon TV

Conviva, an expert in real-time big data, viewer-centric video optimisation, has announced a deal with Liberty Global to provide its global intelligence and real-time audience and quality reporting for Horizon TV. Liberty Global’s  multi-screen product Horizon Go offers its customers the possibility to watch live TV and on demand content on their laptop, tablet and smartphone. By using the Horizon […]

Red Arrow and icfli sign Lilyhammer deal for MENA

SVoD platform icflix has picked up the rights to Red Arrow International mobster series “Lilyhammer” for 23 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Carlos Tibi, CEO and founder of icflix, says: “Lilyhammer is an exceptional series with international appeal and we are positive that our members across MENA will enjoy it as much as fans globally have till […]

Multi-screening mainstream in Europe


To mark World Television Day on November 21st, TV organisations from around Europe have brought together the latest statistics to reveal how TV and social media complement each other. The insights show how ‘multi-screening’ is becoming a mainstream activity in many countries, how TV drives commentary online and how the marriage of TV and Internet-connected second screens presents opportunities for […]

Aereo files for Chapter 11 reorganisation

Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Aereo also announced that it has appointed Lawton Bloom of Argus to serve as Chief Restructuring Officer […]

LG claims top spot in UHD panel shipments


South Korean electronics giant LG Display has sold a massive 578,000 Ultra-HD TV panels in the month of October, according to DisplaySearch’s latest numbers. The volume meant that LG was for the first time in 22 months the ‘top’ supplier of flat panels, and beating rival Innolux into second place. Samsung came in third position. The total volume of Ultra-HD […]

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