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EY: Fundamental changes needed to future-proof broadcasters


According to consultancy firm EY, for almost a century, the UK television industry has been transforming and renewing itself continually to meet ongoing shifts in technology, demand and society. But today, the forces at play are so disruptive they may throw into doubt the very notion of ‘television’ as a distinct medium. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the firm, […]

Sky enhances EPG

UK digital satellite platform Sky is updating its TV Guide with a new recommendations feature and launching a ‘Smart Series Link’. Sky customers will start to see a raft of new features from Sky+ which will be rolled out to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). With this latest update, Sky says it will be easier than ever for its customers […]

RTL cuts 2014 outlook

Europe’s largest television company RTL Group has cut its 2014 outlook, citing among other issues a new advertising tax in Hungary that hit its earnings in the first half of the year. The broadcaster said it now expected 2014 revenues to decline slightly, with a more significant decrease in earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA), having previously seen both […]

Hispasat’s growth in LatAm


Hispasat CEO Carlos Espinós says that 55.6 per cent of the Madrid-based satellite operator’s revenues are now coming from the Latin America area, and both revenues and LatAm’s share is growing. Espinós adds that these Latino operations are key to Hispasat’s success given that revenues from Europe were declining, and the recession in Europe meant little growth was anticipated. He […]

IndiaCast warning ads for Disney, Viacom channels

Indian channel distributor IndiaCast has published an ad in many Indian daily newspapers warning customers of IndusInd Media & Communications, which also trades as ‘InDigital’ and claims to be India’s largest cable TV network, that they will shortly be losing some of the most popular channels. IndiaCast distributes channels such as UTV Entertainment, Eenadu TV and TV18. IndiaCast says the […]

Arqiva deploys Thomson encoder

Thomson Video Networks has announced that UK communications infrastructure and media services provider Arqiva has deployed the ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder with the next-generation Flextream statistical multiplexer. Three new ViBE EM4000 platforms now provide DVB-T/T2 video compression for the latest upgrade of the Arqiva Digital Terrestrial TV Platform, enabling Arqiva Services to launch new TV channels on its existing multiplex […]

TV advertising bounces back

Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion (€178bn) in 2020, up by 38 per cent – or $64 billion – from 2013 and up by 54 per cent – or $82 billion – on 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. TV ad spend is expected to grow by 4 per cent in 2014 for the 55 […]

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending. He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose […]

Streaming pushes digital music to $14bn by 2019

A report from Juniper Research has found that the digital music industry will experience slow growth in revenue over the next 5 years, from $12.3 billion this year to $13.9 billion in 2019. The research found that a strong performance in the robust streamed music sector, will largely be offset by decline in revenues from legacy services such as ringtones […]

Argentina’s Clarin to sell pay-TV channels


Argentina’s Grupo Clarin is to sell its 7 cable TV channels to a US investment firm for $31.5 million. The move is part of its retreat from some aspects of its business as dictated by Argentina’s media laws. The offer has to be approved by shareholders (due on September 22nd). The potential buyer is 34 South Media, controlled by Alexander […]

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