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Peace agreement between CBS/Dish Network

A short-term agreement has been struck between network broadcaster CBS and DTH operator Dish Network. An existing carriage agreement was due to expire at midnight November 20th, and this new deal will see the risk of a blackout occurring in 14 major US regions. However, both sides stressed that the new understanding is just a short-term extension of its existing […]

ITU hails role of global TV standards

In recognition of World Television Day, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has highlighted the impact of television in society and the role of standards. “ITU is currently working on developing new standards that will dramatically enhance the television viewer’s experience, in terms of both visual and audio quality,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ITU is developing industry-leading standards for […]

Thai viewers taking up ‘digi-Vouchers’

Thailand’s digital TV switch-over subsidy ‘voucher’ scheme was introduced a month ago to help low-paid viewers afford the switch to digital TV. In the month more than 1.2 million homes have redeemed their vouchers which can be used to help pay for a digital converter box, or help fund a new all-digital TV. A total of 4.6 million vouchers have […]

Boeing loses Indonesia satellite contract

Satellites are frequently launched in pairs: a smaller craft sitting atop a larger satellite. This is the model used by Arianespace, for example, for many years. But Arianespace’s arch-rival SpaceX is also being used to launch two lighter satellites aboard one rocket. This pattern has caused an Indonesia satellite operator to cancel a planned order with Boeing. The problem is […]

Greece contracts with Ka-Sat

Eutelsat has won a major new market for its Ka-Sat ‘broadband by satellite’ service. Greece’s Hellenic OTE national telco will offer Ka-Sat connectivity. The service will be marketed through OTE’s own retail shops as well as Cosmote and Germanos (all part of OTE Group). The service requires a small satellite dish and modem and operates without the need for a […]

Freeview launches ‘Left Behinds’ campaign

This weekend Freeview is launching the latest instalment of its campaign: ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free.’ The campaign, called ‘Left Behinds’, focuses on the items left behind after a jumble sale; a crew of well-used toys, ornaments and stuffed animals who haven’t been given a new home. As everything is packed up, Ted the Teddy sings Foreigner’s classic, […]

OTT TV to reach $10bn

Findings from market research firm Infonetics suggest that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenue is set to grow from $5.8 billion in 2014 to just over $10 billion in 2018 According to Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research, subscription-based OTT providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon have seen phenomenal growth over the last couple […]

Darroch takes Chair of Sky Deutschland

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The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland has elected Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive Officer of Sky, as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland. He replaces James Murdoch, who will remain a member the Board. The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland AG will comprise the following nine members: – Jeremy Darroch (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Chief Executive Officer of […]

ESOA and EBU: ‘UHD era calls for hybrid solutions’

Senior representatives of Europe’s satellite and broadcasting industries have called for policy initiatives that will integrate satellite technologies and terrestrial broadcasting better to serve consumers in the next generation Ultra-HD digital era. Speaking at a policy debate organised by the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Innovation, Evolution & Convergence: Ensuring access to ‘next […]

TV ads back on RTVE?

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The Spanish government is paving the way for the reintroduction of TV advertising on the public TV broadcaster RTVE. The first move has been made by the conservative governing party Partido Popular, which has presented in Parliament a non-legislative proposal urging the Administration to reintroduce TV advertising to rescue RTVE from bankruptcy. The current financial model of RTVE “has serious […]

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