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India cable & satellite subs 175m by 2019


Last week’s FICCI event in Mumbai heard KPMG’s ‘state of the nation’ report  which forecast that India’s massive cable and satellite sector would see huge benefits from the on-going digitisation of the country. KPMG said that the country now has 168 million TV households, and that last year saw a 10 million increase in subscribers by some 10 million to […]

Huawei $6.6bn R&D

Huawei, the privately held Chinese group, has boosted its R&D funding by almost one-third in 2014 as China’s 4G revolution marched on. The company has increased spending 29 per cent year-on-year to $6.6 billion, while revenues rose 20.6 per cent to $46.5 billion. Ken Hu, who shares the post of chief executive, said that in 2015 the company would spend […]

UKTV Play adds Drama channel

UKTV has announced the launch of its free-to-air channel Drama on its new VoD service UKTV Play. The specially curated Drama service provides viewers with access to a mixture of popular catch-up and classic programming. Drama classics such as Agatha Christie, The Forsyte Saga and Death Comes to Pemberley, along with genre favourite such as The Bill and Birds of […]

Comcast, Angelakis create strategic company


Comcast has entered into an agreement with the Company’s Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Michael J. Angelakis, to establish a new, strategic company that will focus on investing in and operating growth-oriented companies, both domestically and internationally. “This is a time of tremendous change and opportunity in our core technology and media industries, as well as in adjacent business areas. […]

Bangladesh wants its own satellite

Bangladesh has started the tender process to buy and launch its own DTH broadcast satellite. The specification calls for a 40-transponder craft (26 in Ku and 14 in C-band) with the satellite maker to also take responsibility for procuring a launch rocket, and supplying the satellite into orbit. Bangladesh says the launch should take place in 2017. The country says […]

PeerTV adds DVB-T2 to STBs

PeerTV, the OTT technology solutions provider, has successfully integrated DVB-T2 connectivity to its standard set top box. PeerTV recently announced that it was also adding voice control to its HEVC equipped set top boxes. PeerTV says DVB-T2 is the world’s most advanced DTT system, offering more robustness, flexibility and at least 50 per cent more efficiency than any other DTT […]

Sky takes 60% stake in Jupiter productions

Sky has acquired a 60 per cent stake in US production company Jupiter Entertainment, known for shows like Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Wild West Alaska and Snapped. The parties didn’t reveal the price. Jupiter produces non-scripted programmes including documentaries, reality series, true crime and lifestyle series for a range of networks. It will continue to operate as a distinct company, […]

Poland’s TVN adds new channels

From April 16th TVN, a privately owned TV broadcaster in Poland, will add two new channels: TVN Meteo Active for viewers interested in an active, healthy lifestyle and TVN Fabuła  featuring an extensive offer of movies and TV series. The head of TVN Meteo Active will be Grzegorz Płaza, formerly responsible for TVN Turbo, TVN’s channel for male audience, and […]

Eurosport acquires England v Italy match


Eurosport has acquired the live exclusive rights of tonight’s (March 31st) Italy v England friendly football match across Europe and Asia-Pacific. The friendly, which will be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, will be broadcast exclusively in 33 countries in Europe including Northern, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as France, Germany and the Netherlands. Eurosport will also broadcast […]

Deluxe, BT Media & Broadcast strategic alliance

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has revealed details of a contract with BT Media & Broadcast that will extend the reach of MediaCloud, Deluxe’s software orientated broadcast platform, utilising BT’s global network connectivity. The alliance is focused on delivering managed channel origination and distribution globally. Transforming the broadcasting chain from content acquisition through to play-out and delivery, this new alliance aims […]

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