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7.6m US homes considered cord-cutters

With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected televisions, gaming consoles, etc, consumers are increasingly watching streaming or downloaded video when and where they want. According to research from Experian

Aereo versus broadcasters: Early shots fired


The US Supreme Court has started its hearing as to whether Internet TV streaming service Aereo violates the broadcasters’ exclusive rights under federal copyright law to the public performance of their works, with initial oral arguments, being offered. After the first day, David Frederick, counsel to Aereo, said that from the company’s perspective, the issue in the case was whether [...]

Targeted ads, let the sleeping dog lie

Ironically, given that its purpose is to draw attention, targeted advertising is the dog that didn’t bark. For as long as most of us can remember it has been talked of the great untapped resource, just waiting to be unlocked by convergence; the ‘Mother Load’ that would justify much investment in technology and content. The foundation upon which many a [...]

Consumers and broadcasters will pay for DSO

Three years after the latest shift in the frequencies, Spaniards will again have to foot the bill of the new DTT migration following the digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The Administration estimates that the total cost of retuning will amount to €200 million with over 8 million households paying between €20 and €23 each to readjust their [...]

Russia’s pay-TV market sees strong growth

Russian pay-TV operators are flushed with success. A report from iKS-Consulting shows that the overall Russian pay-TV market grew last year by 16 per cent to a value of 54 billion Roubles. Satellite and IPTV operators enjoyed the most growth,

U-verse has 11.3m subs

AT&T said it ended the first quarter with 11.3 million U-verse subs (TV and high-speed Internet) following the addition of 201,000 U-verse TV subs for a total of 5.7 million in the category. AT&T ended 2013 with 10.7 million U-verse subs and 5.5 million TV customers. AT&T said U-verse broadband scored a first quarter net gain of 634,000 subs, giving [...]

laeffe launches on TivuSat in Italy

Italian thematic channel laeffe has launched on DTH platform TivuSat with a schedule consisting of documentaries, cultural programmes as well as TV series and movies. The channel, which was previously only available on DTT, is produced by Italian media group Feltrinelli and has been allocated channel position 50. However, since laeffe is transmitted in Standard Definition DVBS-2 it can only [...]

Pay-TV hit by Kenyan authorities


Kenya’s media regulator is hitting out at the nation’s three main digital pay-TV providers, StarTimes Group, Multichoice’s GOtv and the Pan-African Network as well as broadcasting distribution company Signet. Earlier in April the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled in favour of three media outfits (Nation Media, Standard Media and Royal Media) which had argued that the country was not ready [...]

Eutelsat Brazil deal with EchoStar’s Hughes

Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, has concluded a 15-year contract with Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes), an EchoStar company, for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. Slated to be launched in early 2016, Eutelsat 65 West A will host a Ka-band payload with 24 [...]

Gearhouse Broadcast delivers facilities for ITV’s broadcast from Brazil

Gearhouse Broadcast, a broadcast services specialist, has delivered a range of facilities for ITV’s live coverage of this summer’s international football championship. Gearhouse Broadcast was commissioned to deliver additional facilities in the International Broadcast Center (IBC), including production office, master control room and transmission gallery. ITV has also commissioned a studio located on the iconic Copacabana beach and full talkback [...]

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