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BBC Chief: ‘Must look at new sources of funding’

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Rona Fairhead, the new chairwoman at the BBC’s ruling body The BBC Trust, told Members of Parliament that the BBC could start charging for viewing niche or premium programming. She said such extra payments “would be an intelligent way to look forward in terms of the charter review”. Fairhead was speaking in front of the Culture Media & Sport select […]

60% of LatAm pay-TV subs will have HD by 2018

The HD channel offer in Latin America has shown constant growth over the past three years, increasing the amount of both pay-TV and free-to-air channels available in each country. The number of HD subscribers across the region has also grown, counting 13.9 million as of Q1 2014. The “Evolution of HD Channel Offerings in Latin America” report, published by Dataxis, […]

Verizon warns over MVPD rethink

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US telco Verizon has warned the FCC that in any possible rule-making determining that OTT video providers offering pre-scheduled, linear channels of programming using the Internet are ‘Multichannel Video Programming Distributors’ (MVPDs) could be fatal to such services. Verizon has filed an ex parte notice following a meeting with FCC officials noting that there are “potential benefits” to such a […]

Pay-TV growth propels video encoder market

The demand for pay-TV video encoders is on the rise, with cable, IPTV and satellite companies requiring these products to get consumers the shows they want from content producers to their home set-top boxes. In fact, with the global expansion of pay-TV subscribers and increasing number of channels, cable, IPTV and satellite companies have been left with little option but […]

SpaceX accused of “price dumping”

There is considerable commercial rivalry between the France-based Arianespace rocket system, and the US-based Space Exploration (SpaceX) rocket. France’s space minister Genevieve Fioraso has criticised SpaceX, saying it is all but “dumping” their rockets onto the commercial market. The Minister’s rationale for her arguments is that SpaceX is being unfairly helped by the USA’s space agencies and their profitable government […]

Proton success for Russian satellite

A Russian Proton rocket successfully launched the Express AM6 satellite at 7.09pm Moscow time on October 21st. It was the 6th Proton flight this year, but importantly the second success since a malfunction earlier in the year. The Express AM6 telecommunications satellite was built by ISS Reshetnev and will provide services to Russia, Central Europe and the Middle East. The […]

Sky Italia denies FTA channel launches

Sky Italia has denied Italian press reports that it plans to launch a package of free-to-air channels on DTT. In a statement, Sky Italia stressed it remains focused on the core pay-TV business, while its presence in the free-to-air segment will continue to be represented by channel Cielo. Daily “La Repubblica” reported that the pay-TV operator was planning to challenge […]

Airtel, Samsung launch India’s first iDTV

India’s Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, is teaming with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this initiative, Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external […]

Research: Too much TV choice is “hard work”

Hill Holliday, the US marketing agencies, has released the results of research projects conducted to examine shifting attitudes toward television. Despite the proliferation of devices consumers have available to watch television, the television set remains the centre of many people’s living rooms — and other rooms as well. Nearly a third of respondents reported

Kenya limits foreign TV content

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Kenya is limiting the amount of foreign content its local broadcasters can show. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is looking to impose a directive that all TV stations must limit non-Kenyan programming to 40 percent of their transmissions. The Authority says it is working with Kenya’s government to help create a framework to help young artists and creatives to […]

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