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Q4 some relief for US pay-TV

The top pay-TV operators in the US added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year in 2014 according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, Digital Television Operator Performance Benchmarking: North America. The research firms findings suggest that the declining trend in pay-TV subscribers in North America, seen during the second and third quarters, reversed […]

BBC Trust: ‘Scrap us’

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Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, has said its responsibilities for regulation and accountability be should be transferred to an external regulator, with strategy and oversight remaining with the Corporation’s Executive Board. Delivering a speech on ‘BBC Governance – The Case For Intelligent Reform’ at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead said she was committed to making the current system […]

Vaizey: We want a BBC ‘fit for the digital age’

Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. Delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford […]

ITV profitable 2014, online growing

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ITV has reported pre-tax profits rose 39 per cent to £605 million for the year to December 31st 2014. The UK commercial broadcaster saw revenue rise 8 per cent to £2.59 billion, while net advertising revenue rose 6 per cent to £1.63 billion. Non advertising revenue rose 10 per cent to £1.3 billion, boosted by a 30 per cent increase […]

TabletTV enhances features

Pay-TV technology specialist Motive Television has released the first update to TabletTV in the UK, containing new capabilities and improved performance. The new version 2.0 has been submitted to the Apple App Store for review and is expected to be available to TabletTV UK customers in about a week. TabletTV UK 2.0 is available without additional cost to users who […]

BBC’s Hall: ‘We must reinvent for Internet age’

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In a wide-ranging speech to staff on ‘The BBC in the Internet era’, Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, has said the Corporation will need to do even more to support creativity in the Internet age and warned against the consequences of a UK dominated by “global gatekeepers, partial news and American taste-makers”. Hall’s comments followed the recent Select Committee report on […]

Humax claims Freeview Play first

Digital set-top box specialist Humax says it will be the first manufacturer to launch set-top boxes to deliver the new Freeview Play connected TV service later this year. Freeview Play, which will be free from subscription and compatible with existing broadband services, combines catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television. The new Humax Freeview Play boxes will support HD content […]

Green light for Seven’s Presto deal

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of shares in the Presto Entertainment  SVoD service by Seven Network Operations, a subsidiary of Seven West Media, suggesting that competition and consumer choice in paid television services is increasing. Presto Entertainment provides subscribers with access to general entertainment content including premium and library […]

UK multiscreen viewing up 17%

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Figures released by Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, suggest that the total average daily TV viewing in the UK during 2014 was 3 hours, 44 minutes, 30 seconds a day per person. Overall, there was a decline in total TV viewing of 10 minutes, 30 seconds a day compared to 2013, a fall of 4.5 […]

Aereo bankruptcy auction raises less than $2m

Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which late November 2015 filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, has garnered less than $2m from an auction of company’s assets, despite suggesting at the time there was “very substantial interest in the assets”. Aereo suspended its operations June 28th 2015 […]

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