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Ofcom rejects London local licence changes

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has decided not to allow ESTV – the provider of the London local television service London Live – to vary its programming commitments. ESTV submitted a request to Ofcom in July 2014 requesting changes to the programming commitments in its local TV licence. Before deciding whether or not to consent to the changes, Ofcom published a […]

Freesat refreshes Showcase service

UK subscription-free TV service Freesat has unveiled the latest version of Showcase, its editorially-driven TV recommendations service on Freetime next-generation programme guide. Showcase is one of the key features of Freesat’s Freetime service. It offers recommendations of programmes to watch that are selected by Freesat’s dedicated in-house editorial team, and is available online, on the Freesat app, and via the […]

Tablet TV UK launch by end of 2014?

Tablet TV – the television service specifically designed for tablets – could launch in the UK by the end of the year. Gianluca Ferremi, VP Business Development at on-demand software solutions specialist Motive Television – has revealed that Tablet TV is currently undergoing certification by the UK’s Digital Television Group. “No launch date has been set,” said Ferremi, noting that […]

Irdeto boosts Premier League anti-piracy efforts

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Multiscreen, media protection and revenue assurance solutions specialist Irdeto has confirmed it is working with the Barclays Premier League, the most watched football league in the world, to support the league’s continued efforts to tackle the illegal redistribution of set-top boxes capable of receiving illegal content streamed over the Internet (IPTV STBs). According to Irdeto, it will provide the Premier […]

iSAT Africa, Eutelsat partner on FTA digital channels

iSAT Africa has selected to partner with Eutelsat Communications on free-to-air delivery of African and international digital channels in Kenya and across East Africa in order to accelerate the move towards a fully digital broadcasting environment in the region. iSAT and Eutelsat will use the high-power African service area of the Eutelsat 70B satellite to broadcast a platform of channels […]

Analyst: TV industry facing major disruption

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This year’s World Cup shows that the dream of TV everywhere has become a reality, according to analyst firm CCS Insight. However, on the eve of IBC in Amsterdam, the company has warned that the TV industry will face major disruption over the next few years. Traditional broadcasters will come under threat from new business models, technologies and new ways […]

TVPlayer brings 16 channels to Freeview

TVPlayer, the OTT platform operated by Simplestream, is extending its multi-platform offering by launching a portfolio of free-to-air channels via channel 241 on UK DTT platform Freeview. Popular music stations Heart and Capital TV, together with Clubland TV, Planet Pop, Channel AKA and NOW Music, home to music from the UK’s leading labels and No1 artists, form the music hub […]

UK retrans fees to be reviewed

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed that the government is to review legislation that governs payment arrangements for carriage of BBC and other Public Service Broadcaster platforms. Delivering a keynote address at the RTS London Conference 2014, Javid said the government was going to look at whether the time is right to remove Section 73 of the Copyright, Design […]

£3.25bn bond boost for Sky Europe deal

British Sky Broadcasting Group has successfully priced £3.25 billion (equivalent) of Euro and US dollar denominated bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be available to finance the acquisition of 100 per cent of Sky Italia and 57.4 per cent of Sky Deutschland, which was announced on July 25th 2014. The four tranches of bonds to be issued are: €1.5billion Senior […]

BARB to capture viewing on tablets

Reflecting the rise of new ways for watching television, BARB – the body that provides official viewing figures for UK television audiences – has confirmed the deployment of a new measurement technique that captures panellists’ viewing on iPad and Android tablets. The measurement solution has been developed

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