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Fox makes formal bid for Sky

The much-rumoured and anticipated bid by 21st Century Fox to take control of Sky is now a reality. In a Statement, the Independent Directors of Sky plc (Sky) say that…

Western Europe VoD revenues up 60% this year

Western Europe VoD revenues up 60% this year

Revenues from VoD services in Western Europe this year will grow at a record rate of 60 per cent compared to 2015, according to a report by Rome-based ITMedia Consulting.…

Canal Plus: Unions want to see accounts

Canal Plus’s worker representatives who sit on the broadcaster’s advisory board have exercised their rights to demand access to the company’s financial records. News service Agence France Presse (AFP) is…

UK TV ad spend tops £5bn

UK TV ad spend tops £5bn

TV advertising revenue in the UK totalled £5.27 billion (€6.76bn) in 2015, up 7.4 per cent on 2014, according to full year revenue figures provided to Thinkbox – the marketing…

US pay-TV drops 781,000 subs in 2015

US pay-TV drops 781,000 subs in 2015

The six leading pay-TV services in the US gained 125,000 subscribers overall in the last quarter of 2015 but the informitv Multiscreen Index shows that they collectively lost 781,000 subscribers…

Japan makes 4K commitment

Japan makes 4K commitment

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications says the country is likely to have between 19 and 22 4K channels on air by 2018. Some Japanese broadcasters, notably JSAT’s SkyPerfecTV,…

Sky confirms Sky Q availability

Sky confirms Sky Q availability

Sky has confirmed that Sky Q, its next generation home entertainment system, is now available to buy. Following Sky Q’s unveiling in November 2015, now both existing Sky customers and…

Sky’s Davey: Entertainment a focus going forward

Sky’s Davey: Entertainment a focus going forward

Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky, has suggested that going forward, the pan-European broadcaster will focus increasingly on entertainment, declaring that done properly, the genre could be just as engaging…

Netflix set for 83m subs

Netflix set for 83m subs

Netflix’s expansion will continue unabated in 2016, according to Ted Hall, Research Director, IHS Technology, who has taken a look at the top trends to watch out for in the…

Ofcom: Number of TV homes continues to fall

Ofcom: Number of TV homes continues to fall

There have been no significant changes in the coverage of traditional broadcast terrestrial, satellite and cable networks over the past year according to Ofcom’s Connected Nations Report (previously called the…

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