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OTT TV to reach $10bn

Findings from market research firm Infonetics suggest that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenue is set to grow from $5.8 billion in 2014 to just over $10 billion in 2018 According to Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research, subscription-based OTT providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon have seen phenomenal growth over the last couple […]

Darroch takes Chair of Sky Deutschland

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The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland has elected Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive Officer of Sky, as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland. He replaces James Murdoch, who will remain a member the Board. The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland AG will comprise the following nine members: – Jeremy Darroch (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Chief Executive Officer of […]

Demand for local content will spur MENA media growth

Untapped demand for local, Arabic content will spur rapid regional media growth over the next five years, according to a study unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit. The joint study undertaken by management consultancy Strategy & and Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi, twofour54 , also found that accelerated adoption of mobile technology, evolutions in paid and digital media, and […]

Pay-TV in 78% of UK broadband homes

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Parks Associates has published research showing pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86 per cent and 78 per cent of broadband households, respectively. Spanish adoption is much lower, with 47 per cent of broadband households receiving only local broadcast channels. “Spanish broadband households show

Sky to benefit from Ofcom EPL review

The decision by UK media regulator Ofcom to investigate the way in which the English Premier League sells domestic rights managed to send Sky’s share price up a very healthy 43p to £8.90 in robust trading. The market’s sentiment reflects the general view that Sky might well emerge from the review in a better position than today. Investment bank Berenberg […]

Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom […]

UKTV Play launches on PC and YouView

Cable and satellite broadcaster UKTV has launched digital brand UKTV Play on PC and connected on-demand platform YouView. UKTV Play, which celebrated a successful launch on iOS earlier this year, is an intuitively-designed TV application that gives viewers easy access to their favourite shows from UKTV’s popular free-to-air channels, including the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel, Dave and popular entertainment […]

Top UK pay-TV packs top £1,000 a year

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The top TV packages from Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, which include all the premium content and best available broadband speeds, all now cost more than £1,000 (€1,251) a year. According to media regulator Ofcom, the average revenue per user made by TV companies has “increased as pay-TV subscribers have taken up more premium products”. Recent figures show

TalkTalk goes quadplay

TalkTalk has struck an MVNO deal with Telefónica UK to launch mobile services over its network as it plans a quad play package. Dido Harding, chief executive, told the FT: “We see the market genuinely moving to quad play. This will accelerate that business rapidly.” TalkTalk and Telefónica are expected to announce the deal this week, TalkTalk is expected to […]

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