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App revenues to reach $99bn by 2019


Annual revenues from apps accessed via mobile handsets and tablets are expected to reach $99 billion by 2019, research from Juniper Research has found. While games will continue to account for

Lord Puttnam urges windowing rethink

Renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam has called for a European digital single market that retains scope for territorial licensing to boost cultural diversity and consumer choice and warned against an inflexible approach to release windows. Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), made his comments during a keynote address at an FDA event for the UK film industry in London. Puttnam […]

Netflix mulls anti-VPN global content

Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has suggested that introducing global content will disincentivise would-be subscribers from using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access different versions of the service. Speaking to Gizmodo Australia – in a territory where it has been suggested there are are as many as 200,000 ‘subscribers’, despite there being no operation there prior to its anticipated 2015 launch […]

Freesat App downloaded 0.5m times

Freesat has revealed that its Freesat App has now been downloaded over 500,000 times. The app, which is available on iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle devices, first launched in January 2014. For Freesat Freetime viewers, the app allows them to browse the best of free TV, set recordings from their device and even replace the remote control. Overall, 94 per […]

Mobile AR games 420m downloads by 2019

Data from Juniper Research has shown that Augmented Reality (AR) apps in the mobile games market will generate 420 million downloads annually by 2019, up from 30 million in 2014. The emergence of Head Mounted Devices (HMDs) used in the home, such as Microsoft’s Hololens, will bring a surge in interest for AR games over the next five years. For […]

EchoStar, Nagra join forces in SmarDTV

Kudelski and EchoStar have confirmed EchoStar will become a shareholder in SmarDTV, the subsidiary of Kudelski that offers advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules. As part of the transaction, EchoStar’s operations in the UK and Spain will be transferred to SmarDTV. SmarDTV will build on the heritage of Nagra, Conax and OpenTV, as well as EchoStar’s engineering and technology […]

Sky takes 60% stake in Jupiter productions

Sky has acquired a 60 per cent stake in US production company Jupiter Entertainment, known for shows like Welcome to Myrtle Manor, Wild West Alaska and Snapped. The parties didn’t reveal the price. Jupiter produces non-scripted programmes including documentaries, reality series, true crime and lifestyle series for a range of networks. It will continue to operate as a distinct company, […]

Poland’s TVN adds new channels

From April 16th TVN, a privately owned TV broadcaster in Poland, will add two new channels: TVN Meteo Active for viewers interested in an active, healthy lifestyle and TVN Fabuła  featuring an extensive offer of movies and TV series. The head of TVN Meteo Active will be Grzegorz Płaza, formerly responsible for TVN Turbo, TVN’s channel for male audience, and […]

Eurosport acquires England v Italy match


Eurosport has acquired the live exclusive rights of tonight’s (March 31st) Italy v England friendly football match across Europe and Asia-Pacific. The friendly, which will be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, will be broadcast exclusively in 33 countries in Europe including Northern, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as France, Germany and the Netherlands. Eurosport will also broadcast […]

thePlatform for Stan and shomi

thePlatform, the white-label video publishing company and independent subsidiary of Comcast, has been selected by Stan, the joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, to provide back-end video services for the Australian subscription VoD service. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment for A$10 per month. Under the agreement, thePlatform’s cloud-based mpx video publishing system will manage […]

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