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Sony acquires Liberty’s Film1

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Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached an agreement with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five premium pay-TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service, pending regulatory approval. The five Film1 channels include Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy & Kids, […]

Report: Cord-cutting could get worse

Analysis from MoffettNathanson asks the all-important question as to the position of US cable & satellite if so-called ‘cord-cutting’ turns out to be actually worse than expected. MN reports that the last 3 months have seen a flurry of new entries into the OTT market in the US.  Dish’s Sling TV, CBS All Access, HBO Now, and Sony Vue “have […]

DTG underpins Freeview Play with D-Book 8

The DTG has given the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance with the launch of D-Book 8. The 2015 revision of the D-Book also includes support for potential future HEVC broadcasts, a new method to deliver software updates via broadband, smart retuning, and hundreds of minor updates to maintain […]

Multichoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market subs

African pay-TV operator Multichoice is happy to sign up subscribers wherever they live, but it seems that there are many of its South African DStv viewers who don’t live in South Africa, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and yet pay for their sub in South Africa’s Rand. Multichoice Zimbabwe’s head of publicity Liz Dziva, in an interview with Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, […]

Canada bank helps fund Hispasat satellite

Export Development Canada is financing €140 million towards the overall costs of building Amazonas-5. Amazonas-5 is being built for Madrid-based satellite operator Hispasat by Canadian satellite-builder MacDonald, Dettweiler & Assoc (MDA). MDA owns Space Systems/Loral.  This is the fourth SSL-supplied satellite for Hispasat.  The order was placed with SS/L back in December 2014 and is due to launch in 2017. […]

Sullivan quits Sky Deutschland

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Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, has quit and will leave in June. The supervisory board has named Carsten Schmidt, currently chief officer for sports, advertising sales and the Internet, as his successor. Sullivan has been CEO since 2010 and is credited with turning around its financial performance and subscriber numbers. He was previously with BSkyB, where he was responsible […]

The Big Data minefield

In the March-April issue of Euromedia (available first day of NAB, April 11), we examine Big Data and its role in making television better and, thereby, more profitable. What do we mean by better? In this context it seems we mean more targeted, better curated, totally focussed on a viewer’s needs, interests, desires… Of course, what some call targeting others […]

Indian TV to grow at 15.5% CAGR

A major report from analysts at KPMG and timed for the FICCI Frames media event, says that India’s broadcasting sector will grow at a CAGR annualised at 15.5 per cent, helped by strong subscription growth (16 per cent) and a buoyant advertising sector (CAGR of 15 per cent). KPMG says the number of TV households in India increased to 168 […]

India’s DSO disappoints

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India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) say that the supply and installation of digital converter boxes to consumers as part of the all-important Phase III digitisation programme is not going well. One report tells the MIB that they must “get their act together” if the December 31st 2015 complete conversion is to happen. The plan – or hope – […]

KIPCO readies OSN for IPO, or sale

Kuwait-based investment fund KIPCO, which owns a majority stake in Dubai’s pay-TV operator OSN, says that it sees “enormous potential” for continuing growth in subscribers, revenues and profits at OSN. A statement on May 25th from KIPCO reports that OSN’s net profits jumped an impressive 66 per cent, although did not convert this into a monetary figure. KIPCO’s statement read: […]

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