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Digital TV peace in Kenya

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Kenya’s Consumer Federation (COFEK) and two of the nation’s digital TV operators have buried the hatchet over an ongoing legal dispute before the Kenyan High Court. The parties, including GOtv and the Star Times Group, were arguing that Kenya’s free-to-air public broadcast channels should stay available on the digital TV broadcast platforms. The FTA channels will now be available to […]

Sky Sports converts RFU partnership

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Sky Sports have extended their partnership with a new five-year broadcast deal which will also see Sky Sports become a top level RFU partner, with a range of partnership rights for the first time. The agreement strengthens one of the longest running broadcast partnerships in sport, taking it until the end of the 2019/20 […]

Intelsat under pressure

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Intelsat’s Q3 numbers showed the operator is still under pressure with quarterly revenues falling from $651.8 million last year to $608.6 million (down 6.6 per cent year-on-year) in the three months to September 30th.  There were revenue falls in all of Intelsat’s key divisions, including its all-important Network Services which registered a fall in revenues of some $12 million, and […]

HD+ joins FreeTV Alliance

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HD+, a provider of high-definition, free-to-air satellite channels to the German market, has joined the FreeTV Alliance, the broadcast industry association that was revealed at IBC by Fransat, Freesat and Tivùsat to promote the harmonisation of free-to-view satellite TV services and technology across Europe. HD+ had been expected to join the Alliance at launch, but was not in a position […]

Verizon bundles free Netflix

Verizon Communications will be giving all new customers in the US a free one-year subscription to Netflix if they subscribe to its FiOS triple play service. The announcement follows Verizon’s failed partnership with Redbox to start its own streaming service, Redbox Instant. The service was launched in March 2013 but was shut down earlier this month. “The joint venture partners […]

Tory MP: “Licence fee worse than poll tax”

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The BBC licence fee is “worse than the poll tax” with non-payment “almost certain” to be decriminalised, according to John Whittingdale, the chair of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. Conservative MP Whittingdale said the £145.50 charge was unsustainable in the long term, but added that he expected it to survive the current round of charter renewal negotiations […]

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says the industry has passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video, and accordingly, the Commission is putting forth proposals to update FCC rules to recognise this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice, a move that could benefit OTT players such as Aereo […]

Discovery “record-breaking” quarter

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Discovery Networks International has closed the books on its biggest-ever quarter, with record viewing levels and online growth internationally.  Reaching 643 million viewers outside the US (+6 per cent year-on-year) during Q3 2014, the pay-TV programmer continues to enjoy exponential growth – charting its highest-ever average audience (+8 per cent) and delivering new highs among digital audiences for its non-US […]

Astra 2G arrives in Baikonur

After an emergency aircraft landing made in the early hours of October 28th, the giant Antonov-124 cargo plane took off from the Ulyanovsk airstrip later in the day having fixed the errant engine. The aircraft was carrying Astra 2G for SES of Luxembourg, scheduled for launch later next month. Taisia Nikitenko, a PR spokesperson for the plane’s owner Volga-Dneiper Group, […]

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