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King Content, King Rupert?

Exactly three years ago, Rupert Murdoch was wiping custard pie from his shirt as his now ex-wife struck out at his assailant in the House of Commons Media Committee room. Even before the pie, Murdoch had confessed it was the ‘humblest day’ of his life. The foam wiped away more easily than the inevitable impression this was a man whose […]

Half broadband users use video apps monthly

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A report from The Diffusion Group (TDG), Mobile Video Apps: User Dimensions, finds that 49 per cent of US adult broadband users engage some form of mobile video app at least once a month, with 17 per cent engaging weekly and 16 per cent daily. According to Michael Greeson, TDG President and author of the report, mobile video app engagement […]

Pay-TV operator software spend down 5%

Pay TV Operator spending on middleware, conditional access, DRM and other elements of the pay-TV software contracted 5 per cent in North America and Western Europe during 2013, compared to 2012.This decrease was driven by classic end-to-end middleware functions, while newer experiential components—including guide technologies and interactivity—fared better. Further, the growth of pay-TV, especially in developing regions of Asia-Pacific, including […]

NOW TV on PS4

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Now TV has launched on PlayStation 4 bringing Sky Movies, Sky Sports and TV on-demand to Sony’s latest gaming console. To access the streaming service, users are required to purchase the relevant subscription, with a Sky Movies month pass available for £8.99, (€11.3) an Entertainment Month Pass for £4.99, and a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99. Gidion Katz, director […]

TVPlayer adds Bollywood channels

TVPlayer, the free live streaming platform in the UK with over 40 channels, has expanded its popular DESI pack, by licensing channels Zing and Lamhe from South Asian Entertainment Network – ZEE Entertainment. Zing is the leading British Asian Bollywood Lifestyle channel in the UK offering a mix of entertainment shows, music and movies. Lamhe is ZEE’s latest addition to […]

Equal World launches shopping channel

The Equal World Foundation, a UK registered charity that works with deprived communities, has launched its TV shopping channel, Equal World TV, and has revealed that Richard Branson, as Founder of his not for profit foundation Virgin Unite, has accepted the role as Patron of the charity. Equal World TV will be a global first of a wholly charity-owned TV […]

Digital TV innovators rewarded

Four digital TV innovations are set to be showcased at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam following their success in a Dragon’s Den-style event hosted by the Digital TV Group – the members’ association for digital television in the UK. The second annual DTG Television Innovation Awards, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, saw a shortlist of eight […]

Sky, TalkTalk extend distribution partnership

Sky and UK quadplay operator TalkTalk have agreed a new wholesale deal to broaden and extend the distribution of Sky Sports and Sky Movies to TalkTalk’s TV customers. The multi-year agreement will see TalkTalk continue to offer its customers Sky’s sports and movies channels on its YouView service. The deal also includes the rights to catch up content for the […]

FilmOn faces contempt motion

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A federal judge in Manhattan has said that she’s likely to hold streaming video company FilmOn X in contempt of court for continuing to operate after the US Supreme Court’s ruling that Aereo’s streaming service infringed copyright. “I’m inclined to grant the contempt motion,” said US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald following the hearing, as reported by MediaPost http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/230525/filmon-likely-in-contempt-judge-says.html. […]

CBS channels for TalkTalk TV

CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1 and Horror Channel have confirmed that they will expand their reach by launching on TalkTalk TV, Britain’s fastest growing TV service. The carriage agreement with TalkTalk is effective immediately and will be available to TalkTalk TV customers via IPTV. Tanya Gugenheim, Chief Business Development Officer at AMC Networks International – Zone (formerly Chello […]

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