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BT Sport Extra red button

BT Sport viewers are set to benefit from more top flight TV programming following the launch of its BT Sport Extra ‘red button’ service in the UK and Ireland, this weekend. BT Sport Extra will be on air at selected times, providing viewers with additional content alongside the already strong line-up on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. […]

Netflix to boost German video revenues to €7.4bn

Total consumer spend on video entertainment in Germany will increase by 2 per cent in 2014 to over €6.9 billion after 5 per cent growth in 2013, and is on course to reach a total of €7.4 billion by 2018, according to findings from research and knowledge-based consulting company Futuresource Consulting. This growth is primarily being driven by the continued […]

Disney looks to OTT for young

Disney is turning to OTT to reach 20 to 30 year-olds as pay-TV growth slackens, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at Disney Media Networks told the CTAM EuroSummit . “In the United States, we roughly have 100 million multi-channel households and there’s been tremendous growth in households. But…. there’s only so many households in the United States and we […]

BeIN Sports adds 3rd channel

Doha-based beIN Sports has added a third channel to its existing pair of sports channels, which mostly carry soccer matches. Its channel 3 will carry rugby, basketball, handball, athletics, judo and volleyball. The channel comes ‘free’ to existing subscribers who pay €12 a month. BeIN Sports claims more than 2.5 million subscribers, and added 850,000 during the FIFA World Cuip […]

Authentication not delaying TV Everywhere use

Despite persistent claims by industry executives, authentication is not hindering use of ‘TV Everywhere’ services, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). The firm’s findings suggest that only 7 per cent of TV Everywhere (TVE) users view the process of authentication negatively, with less than 1 per cent ranking the process as ‘very difficult’. This runs counter to […]

Spain now most expensive for TV football

Spain has become the most expensive country in Europe to watch football on television with an average cost of €52.10 per viewer, ahead of the UK with €49.80 according to a report from Comparaiso.es Italy is the cheapest with €14.00, followed by Portugal, €27.99; France, €36.80 and Germany with €39.90. For the supporters of the largest clubs such as Real […]

Sky Deutschland boards reject BSkyB offer

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The Supervisory Board and Executive Boards of Sky Deutschland are recommending that shareholders reject the take-over offer from BSkyB. Their statement says the offer of €6.75 per share “does not reflect the long-term potential” of the company. The executive board confirmed CEO Brian Sullivan, a former BSkyB staffer and only executive shareholder in Sky Deutschland, would not participate in the […]

200,000 Portuguese pirate homes

At least 200,000 households in Portugal are equipped with pirate equipment for pay-TV reception, according to the Portuguese Federation of Video Editors (FEVIP), which represents the interests of its members in the coordination of the national programme against audiovisual piracy. The estimated damage to pay-TV operators from card-sharing amounts to between €600,000 and €1 million a month. Pay-TV pirates risk […]

EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions

The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary. The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition […]

Rovi: 70% would extend pay-TV if better search capabilities

Rovi Corporation has published findings from a sponsored survey of pay-TV subscribers across the US, Germany, the UK and France. The purpose of the survey was to obtain insights into consumer attitudes and opinions regarding entertainment discovery and gain a better understanding of the importance of search and recommendations to TV viewing. The survey reveals

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