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Technicolor to represent Warner Bros patents

Technicolor has reached an agreement with Warner Bros Entertainment to represent the studio as its exclusive IP licensing agent (outside of patent pool licensing programs) to capture the value of the studio’s patent portfolio. Technicolor is a strategic partner for Warner Bros in a broad number of areas; specifically, packaged media and initiatives related to technology and licensing. This agreement […]

Netflix net adds down

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Despite adding over 3 million members in Q3, ending the period with 53.1 million global members and $1.22 billion in revenue, Internet entertainment streaming service Netflix says net additions were lower than forecast, particularly for the US. It also said it planned substantial further expansion internationally. In its Letter to Shareholders, Netflix said it added about a million new members […]

Sky Go boosts BSkyB Q1

BSkyB has posted results for the three months to the end of September showing a record 309,000 users signing up to its Sky Go Extra service, which allows subscribers to watch programmes on portable devices when away from home. The number of On Demand downloads has more than trebled to almost 257 million in the quarter. Sky Go now reaches […]

Netflix: “We’re feeling incredible about international”

Speaking during a Q3 Earnings Call following a period in which Netflix reported net additions were lower than forecast, particularly for the US, CEO Reed Hastings has reaffirmed the company’s faith in its international expansion plans following its late summer launch in new Western European markets. “We’ve done numerous launches now starting in Canada four years ago, so we’re getting […]

Netflix: Far from immortal

I seriously doubt any media company has ever had as many namechecks as Netflix over this last couple of years. We are as guilty as any, but then that’s what happens if a business is a game-changer; the company appears in thousands of ‘wow what a success’ stories and just as many ‘oh my, what a threat’ reports. There have […]

Ziggo TV subs down 20%

Dutch cable operator Ziggo saw core profit rise by 3.4 per cent in the third quarter. The group, which last week received EU clearance to be bought by US cable group Liberty Global, said broadband subscribers grew by 6.2 per cent from the same period last year. The number of digital TV subscribers increased by 5,000 to 2,324 million in […]

United Group takes control of Broadband Montenegro

United Group, a regional cable and DTH operator active in the former Yugoslavia, has become the majority shareholder of MMDS operator Broadband Montenegro (BBM). Through its Serbian cable TV unit SBB, United Group purchased 49.4 per cent of BBM shares on the Montenegro Stock Exchange (Montenegroberza) for €2.47 million, according to local media reports. Some 34.57 million BBM shares were […]

Multichoice to cut channels?

South Africa’s Multichoice is facing some tough choices over the number of channels it broadcasts, and the reason is down to the very weak value of the Rand, South Africa’s currency. Local reports quote John Kotsaftis, CEO at DSTV, admitting that the weakness of the Rand is a major problem, especially given that many of DStv’s programmes are paid for […]

MTG media alliance targets digital opportunities

International entertainment group MTG is teaming up with several other European media companies, including ProSiebenSat.1, Channel 4, and TF1, to identify investment opportunities in new digital businesses, creating what is described as a unique opportunity for start-ups who are looking to expand geographically. For MTG, it says the alliance will provide access to exciting investment opportunities in the digital space, […]

Civolution’s audio watermarking bought by Kantar

Civolution has sold its audio watermarking unit to Kantar Media, a specialist in audience measurement.  Civolution says this transaction, which is scheduled to close in Q4 2014, will enable it to focus on two key growth markets – media protection and media data intelligence. The deal will strengthen Kantar Media’s audience measurement technologies and open up new and exciting opportunities […]

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