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Free adds Vietnamese and Telekidz bundles

French IPTV platform Free is adding two new channel bundles to its service for €2.99 each per month. The first is a Vietnamese bundle of four channels including pubcasters VTV1…

ProSiebenSat.1, Vodafone distribution agreement

ProSiebenSat.1 Media has signed a long-term agreement with Vodafone for the distribution of its free, paid, HD, and VoD content. Starting at the end of February, Vodafone customers in Germany…

More damaging fallout from Sky’s OTT promise

Last week Sky announced that in 2018 it would introduce an OTT broadband service which would include its SkyQ set-top box, and targeting the 2 million homes in the UK…

Movistar offers free iPlus STB

Movistar offers free iPlus STB

Telefónica’s IPTV platform Movistar Plus is offering free iPlus set-top-boxes in an attempt to boost subscriptions to the pay-TV platform by satellite, which currently has 800,000 subscribers (versus 3.7 million…

Nielsen, AT&T STB viewing data deal

Global performance management company Nielsen has agreed a multi-year deal with multiplay telco AT&T to include anonymised set-top box data from connected homes subscribed to AT&T’s DirecTV and U-Verse services…

Canada: STB energy efficiency agreement

Canada: STB energy efficiency agreement

Canadian pay-TV service providers (specifically, cable, direct-to-home satellite and IPTV providers) along with set-top box manufacturers have finalised a voluntary agreement, committing themselves to improving the energy efficiency of set-top…

HbbTV issues online video streaming RfP

HbbTV issues online video streaming RfP

The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, has issued a Request…

Verimatrix bulk decryption from WISI

WISI has announced new features that enable video operators using Verimatrix scrambling to securely deliver video across their network, decode entire channel line-ups at the network edge and convert them…

Sony kids’ catch-up on YouView

Sony Pictures Television’s portfolio of kids’ channels is launching a catch-up service on UK Internet TV platform YouView from January 10th. Following YouView’s recent announcement of a re-engineering and redesign…

South Korea deregulates pay-TV

South Korea deregulates pay-TV

The South Korean government is planning to deregulate the domestic pay-TV industry to facilitate mergers and acquisitions among cable TV, satellite broadcasting and IPTV service providers with the intention of…