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Ofcom consults on pay-TV regulation

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UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. Ofcom’s initial assessment indicates that Premier League and Champions League football are key content likely to be capable of influencing consumers’ choice of pay-TV retailer. The review will determine whether regulation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels […]

Brits spend £398 a year on pay-TV

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Sixty-two per cent of UK households pay for TV, spending an average of £33 (€42) per month but, according to new research from price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com, almost a third (30 per cent) claim it isn’t good value for money. TV users find

Murdoch: ‘Unite to fight Netflix and Amazon’

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Rupert Murdoch has called for a cooperative media response to challenger streaming services Amazon and Netflix. The media industry needs its own competitor to these giants, he told a WSJ technology conference. “As an industry, we need a competitor – a serious competitor – to Netflix and Amazon,” Murdoch said, “I think we’re all on the same page.” 21st Century […]

Ericsson: Streaming video almost level with traditional TV

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The latest edition of the annual Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report has found that streaming video is now almost level with traditional TV watching, with 75 per cent of consumers watching streamed content several times a week, compared to 77 per cent who watch scheduled broadcast TV programming several times a week. The study,

Pace predicts strong year

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Pace used its interims to predict a strong year. The British STB manufacturer said YoY it was producing more profit on lower turnover with revenue down 13.6 per cent to $1,139 billion but gross profit up 5.4 per cent to $245.8 million. Adjusted EBITA was $106.3 million against $96.7 million last time. Profit after was up 9.3 per cent to […]

Telefónica seeks Canal+ takeover

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Spanish telco Telefónica has submitted a binding offer of €295 million to Mediaset España to buy its 22 per cent of the share capital of pay-TV operator Canal+ owner Distribuidora de Televisión Digital, SA (DTS). According to a regulator filing, in addition, Mediaset would be entitled to receive an amount of €10 million in the event that Telefónica closes the […]

Consumer frustration threatens $7bn cableco revenue

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A study from management consultancy cg42 paints a grim picture for the US’s five biggest cable companies: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter, and Cox. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 current customers,

FCC signs off ‘white space’ super Wi-Fi

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The Federal Communications Commission has removed the final obstacle to the commercial use of the “white spaces” of unused spectrum between broadcast TV channels. “With [the] approval of the first TV white spaces database and device, we are taking an important step towards enabling a new wave of wireless innovation,” said Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman. “Unleashing white spaces spectrum […]

Maine out at Solaris Mobile

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Matt Child is Solaris Mobile’s new CEO replacing Steve Maine who has left “to pursue other professional interests”. Dublin-based Solaris Mobile is the Eutelsat/SES joint-venture set up in 2006 to develop next-generation mobile communication services. Designed initially as a satellite and terrestrial platform in support of DVB-H and S-band transmissions to cellular and handheld devices, the company has struggled to […]

HMV Movies on demand from FilmFlex

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Entertainment and technology retailer HMV and FilmFlex Movies have announced the launch of an HMV-branded movies-on-demand service. HMV is joining the growing band of businesses offering an online film rental service as it seeks to benefit from the increasing demand for digital film services and counter falling sales in its High Street stores. The service will be in competition with […]

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