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TVPlayer now live on Amazon’s Fire TV

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With the UK launch of Amazon’s Fire TV, OTT platform TVPlayer has become one of a top selection of entertainment apps to feature on the platform from launch. Following the hugely-successful launch on Amazon Fire tablets, TVPlayer has now been reimagined for the big screen. Users can easily find TVPlayer within the Fire TV Appstore, whether through their remote control […]

Comcast broadband subs near TV customers

Comcast added 315,000 subs to its high-speed internet service as its reported earnings came in slightly ahead of expectations. The increase lifts the number of Comcast broadband subscribers to 21.6 million and suggests it could soon eclipse the number of subscribers to the company’s cable television service. Comcast has 22.4 million cable video subscribers, a number that is shrinking as […]

Tanzania DSO on track

Tanzania says it is on track to switch off its analogue TV transmissions before the ITU deadline of June 2015, and it will be one of the first African countries to shift entirely to digital broadcasting. Tanzania’s Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa, told the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference that the country was already 70 per cent […]

TV Educativa de Porto Alegre digitises channel station with VSN

Industry standards switching to HD, the need to comply with the digital switchover date in Brazil, its web-oriented workflow, together with the rapid changes in the broadcast technology industry, have made it essential to develop a project that would allow TV Educativa de Porto Alegre to move from analogue to digital work, from linear to nonlinear systems and from manual […]

BBC Chief: ‘Must look at new sources of funding’

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Rona Fairhead, the new chairwoman at the BBC’s ruling body The BBC Trust, told Members of Parliament that the BBC could start charging for viewing niche or premium programming. She said such extra payments “would be an intelligent way to look forward in terms of the charter review”. Fairhead was speaking in front of the Culture Media & Sport select […]

60% of LatAm pay-TV subs will have HD by 2018

The HD channel offer in Latin America has shown constant growth over the past three years, increasing the amount of both pay-TV and free-to-air channels available in each country. The number of HD subscribers across the region has also grown, counting 13.9 million as of Q1 2014. The “Evolution of HD Channel Offerings in Latin America” report, published by Dataxis, […]

Verizon warns over MVPD rethink

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US telco Verizon has warned the FCC that in any possible rule-making determining that OTT video providers offering pre-scheduled, linear channels of programming using the Internet are ‘Multichannel Video Programming Distributors’ (MVPDs) could be fatal to such services. Verizon has filed an ex parte notice following a meeting with FCC officials noting that there are “potential benefits” to such a […]

Pay-TV growth propels video encoder market

The demand for pay-TV video encoders is on the rise, with cable, IPTV and satellite companies requiring these products to get consumers the shows they want from content producers to their home set-top boxes. In fact, with the global expansion of pay-TV subscribers and increasing number of channels, cable, IPTV and satellite companies have been left with little option but […]

SpaceX accused of “price dumping”

There is considerable commercial rivalry between the France-based Arianespace rocket system, and the US-based Space Exploration (SpaceX) rocket. France’s space minister Genevieve Fioraso has criticised SpaceX, saying it is all but “dumping” their rockets onto the commercial market. The Minister’s rationale for her arguments is that SpaceX is being unfairly helped by the USA’s space agencies and their profitable government […]

Proton success for Russian satellite

A Russian Proton rocket successfully launched the Express AM6 satellite at 7.09pm Moscow time on October 21st. It was the 6th Proton flight this year, but importantly the second success since a malfunction earlier in the year. The Express AM6 telecommunications satellite was built by ISS Reshetnev and will provide services to Russia, Central Europe and the Middle East. The […]

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