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Univision launches Flama OTT network

Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, and Bedrocket, a specialist in digital programming and innovation, have official launched Flama – its fully dedicated over-the-top network providing premium English-language video programming for 15 – 30 year olds who are inspired and entertained by the Latin culture that is influencing today’s younger generation. Flama features established and emerging stars across [...]

British Superbike series extends ITV deal

MotorSport Vision (MSV), the commercial and media rights holder of the MCE British Superbike Championship, and UK broadcasting network ITV have extended their long term partnership to broadcast free-to-air highlights coverage of the UK’s premier two-wheeled motorsport series to the end of the 2018 season. The new five-year agreement maintains MCE BSB coverage on ITV4 on a Wednesday evening following [...]

My-HD adds One America News and AWE

My-HD and Herring Networks have confirmed the launch of three channels, namely One America News Network, AWE, and AWE 3D on My-HD’s video direct-to-home platform. The Herring Networks’ channels launched on My HD across the Middle East and North Africa. Cliff Nelson, CEO of My-HD stated, “We’re pleased to further enhance the programming offering on My-HD with the addition of [...]

Sky launches #WatchOnSky Twitter tool

BSkyB is trialling a new feature that allows its customers to access content via icons contained within the broadcaster’s tweets. Sky subscribers can watch and record programming via their Twitter timeline when they see posts from Sky accounts containing the #WatchOnSky hashtag. Alternatively, viewers can tap the Sky+ ‘R’ to remotely set their Sky+HD box to record movies, TV shows [...]

Ofcom to review Sky Sports dominance

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels. As part of the Pay-TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it placed on BSkyB. Following the February 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal confirming Ofcom’s [...]

Cairo Communications only bidder for Italian DTT

Cairo Communications has submitted the only bid on the DTT frequency auction, called by Italy’s Ministry for Economic Development. Significantly, the auction was not open to companies that own three or more digital multiplexes, i.e. Mediaset, RAI and Telecom Italia Broadcasting. The starting price of the auction was set at €30 million. The Ministry will now consider whether the bid [...]

US pay-TV subs set for rebound

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The pay-TV market in the US has faced challenges for several years, which culminated in a 0.58 per cent loss in total subscribers in 2013. However, recent research from Strategy Analytics forecasts a return to growth in 2014 at 0.14 per cent, detailed in the Service Provider Strategies (SPS) service report, North America Digital Television Forecast: 1Q 2014. The research [...]

Satellite business model stays “strong”

A report to clients from analysts at Berenberg Bank, and based on a special satellite conference hosted by the bank last week, says that senior members of the management team from Eutelsat, SES and Inmarsat attended, as well as industry experts from MTM London and Northern Sky Research. Senior analyst Sarah Simon says that from the perspective of broadcast video [...]

Digital programming initiative from NBCU

NBCUniversal has revealed a video programming initiative that will see original series from its broadcast and cable entertainment groups promoted by entire portfolio of television networks and digital platforms. Débuting first on various digital platforms including channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand, the companywide initiative is designed to connect advertising brands with consumers in the most engaging and immersive ways. In [...]

3D channel closures outpace launches

A report from IHS Technology says that there are now more 3D channel closures than launches. The most recent was with Nordic satellite operator Viasat closing its 3D channel in January 2014. In addition High TV 3D is no longer transmitted from Astra’s 23.5 deg East orbital position. The IHS criteria omit demo or trial 3D channels, or channels that [...]

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