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Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

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Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also proved to be Australia’s most legally downloaded TV programme or film in 2013, according to new data from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association [...]

DISH, EchoStar, deploy NAGRA DRM

Global satellite technology provider, EchoStar, and US satellite TV provider, DISH have deployed the NAGRA MediaLive Player (NMP) with NAGRA’s DECE-approved MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand service, which provides premium content to computers, smartphones and tablets. “More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Digital pay-TV soars in Eastern Europe

The number of digital pay-TV subscribers will increase from 26.1 million (21.5 per cent of TV households) in 2010 to 45.0 million (36.6 per cent) in 2013 and onto 73.6 million (58.2 per cent) by 2020, according to a report from Digital TV Research. As Eastern Europe crawls out of recession, the number of digital TV homes will triple between [...]

BBC3’s Bennett to head Sky Atlantic

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BBC3 controller Zai Bennett is switching channels to run Sky Atlantic, just a month after the corporation confirmed his TV network was to become online-only. Bennett, who joined the BBC from ITV three years ago, is set to leave the corporation around June and will then join BSkyB as director of Sky Atlantic – the UK home of HBO’s output, [...]

Sky Deutschland expects 450,000 new subs this year

Sky Deutschland’s CFO Steven Tomsic has firmly rebutted the broadcaster’s doomsayers who are talking down the company’s prospects. In 2013 Sky Deutschland added a net 304,000 new subscribers. Tomsic was speaking at the company’s AGM. The AGM also heard some shareholder grumbles about CEO Brian Sullivan’s overall salary + bonus package (€6 million). The AGM also confirmed the appointments of [...]

Nervous times for BSkyB

Last Friday saw a 10.5p (1.1 per cent) fall in BSkyB’s share price and continued the tumble over the past few weeks that has seen shareholder confidence ebb away. The recent falls, from £9.46 to £8.77 on anxieties over the likely price of the next auction round of English Premier League football costs, and last week’s news that BT Sport [...]

beIN sports, Canal+ score Champions League rights

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French pay-TV market rivals beIN sports and Canal+ have both been awarded live coverage rights for UEFA Champions League football from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018. Canal+ will broadcast one first pick game live on each match day of the Champions League and continue to follow the competition through its Canal Champions Club sports show. It says the award of one premium [...]

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