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GSMA calls for early broadcast spectrum release

Trade body the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has called on the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) better to respond to the changing ways content is being accessed. The move puts the GSMA in direct opposition to the European Broadcasting Union, which argues that an early release date is […]

Pay-TV operators add 20m subs

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Leading pay-TV services have added over 20 million subscribers worldwide in a year, which is around the same number as DirecTV has in the US, according to the latest informitv Multiscreen Index. The number of digital video subscribers to the 100 leading pay-television services covered by

EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies. The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future […]

Must-see content, social conversations drive TV resurgence

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Must-see TV is driving consumers back towards planning evenings around the linear TV schedule, despite the availability and convenience offered by video on demand services – according to research from Carat. The data from CCS – the agency’s consumer research and insight tool that surveys 11,000 British consumers – reveals that

DirecTV loses 50 channels

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DirecTV is in a carriage dispute with Alabama-based Raycom Media which owns dozens of local TV stations mostly in the southern US. DirecTV says Raycom wants to double its fees to DirecTV. The stations went dark on Sunday following the expiration of an old – itself contentious – contract between Raycom and DirecTV signed in 2011. The stations, while local, […]

US sanctions hit Russian satellite

Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems is having problems with its Yamal-601 satellite because of US sanctions. Yamal-601 is being built by Thales Alenia Space, and is based on their Spacecom 4000-C4 platform. The satellite was planned to be launched early in 2016. That date will slip because of the US sanctions on certain key components being used in the satellite. Yamal-601 […]

Philippines set for ISDB-T deployment

The Philippines has moved one step closer to deployment of Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting standard Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) following the release of a draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission switchover by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba has invited all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed […]

BSkyB starts cash-raising roadshow

September 2nd sees the first of BSkyB’s financial roadshow presentations take place with the aim of raising the extra cash it needs to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Financial reports suggest that BSkyB is looking to raise $2 billion. Last week BSkyB mandated three banks (Barclays, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley) to lead the effort. BSkyB raised some £6.6 […]

Sky Deutschland on grid with Formula E

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula E Championship, the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body . Sky will broadcast live all races of the series, which begins in Beijing on 13 September. Apart from the exclusive TV broadcasting rights, the agreement also includes the Internet, IPTV […]

Fairhead named BBC Trust chair

Rona Fairhead CBE is the Government’s preferred candidate for the BBC Trust Chairman, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced. The non-executive director of HSBC and PepsiCo has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate following an open recruitment process, overseen by an independent Public Appointments Assessor. She will now appear before parliamentary members of the Culture, Media and Sport Select […]

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