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SES carrying 23 UHD channels

SES says it is now carrying 23 Ultra HD channels across its fleet (up from 19 at December 31st). Fifteen of these channels are commercial. SES says it will increase…

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

A report from right-wing policy institute the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has described the BBC as “no longer fit for purpose,” suggesting that its market power – especially in…

Bolloré threatens to close Canal+ channels

Canal+ chairman Vincent Bolloré has threatened to close down the broadcaster’s loss-making premium pay-TV channels if their balance sheets fail to improve in the coming months. Talking at Vivendi’s general…

Abu Dhabi boosts support for film and TV

Abu Dhabi boosts support for film and TV

Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority (MZA), which includes the twofour54 production facility, says it is streamlining its initiatives which support the film and TV industries. Image Nation Abu Dhabi, an…

Labour criticises “bully” Whittingdale over BBC

Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle has accused John Whittingdale of “bullying” the BBC as she launched a wide-ranging attack on the UK Culture Secretary. She also urged the government to…

Liberty Media restructures

Back in November 2015, Liberty Media’s founder John Malone stated that he would be restructuring Liberty Media’s investments and holding, and converting them into tracking stocks. On April 15 he…

Gray invests in Syncbak

Gray Television, a US TV broadcast company, has made a $3 million strategic equity investment in Syncbak, a technology company that replicates over-the-air broadcasts for delivery OTT of the Internet…

Disney, Saban back Playbuzz

Playbuzz, a US-Israeli platform for distributing online content, has raised $15 million backing from Saban Ventures and Walt Disney. Existing investors 83North, Carmel Ventures and FirstTime Ventures also participated in…

Beamr acquires Vanguard, $15m investment

Beamr, an expert in media optimisation solutions, is acquiring Vanguard Video, a provider of HEVC and H.264 codec technologies, and raising a $15 million funding round led by Disruptive Growth,…

Report: Channel 4’s future sustainable

Report: Channel 4’s future sustainable

A report commissioned by UK public service broadcaster Channel 4 and produced by Ernst & Young (EY) examines the future of Channel 4 in a changing market environment. It finds…

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