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techUK challenges Freeview Play development ‘levy’

techUK, the voice of the UK technology industry, has launched a campaign for the protection of viewer access to free-to-view content without additional costs. The new campaign is in response to Digital UK’s plans to charge device manufacturers a per device levy for the integration of Freeview Play technology into TV and STB products. The imminent launch of Freeview Play […]

Boxing match ‘pirated’ on Periscope

Floyd Mayweather Jr, boxer

Rights-holders to the May 3rd boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have forced recordings of the bout to be removed from the video streaming app Periscope. But US TV networks HBO and Showtime would have unquestionably been too late to prevent some users from watching the action live. The firms had charged the public a record $89.95 to […]

Vonetize, Toshiba partner for European Smart TV service

Vonetize, a fully-managed VoD service, has forged a partnership with consumer electronics company Toshiba which will see seven of Vonetize’s VoD themed channels feature on Toshiba Smart TVs in countries across Europe. According to Vonetize, the launch of these channels on Toshiba devices in Europe furthers its goal of providing the missing link in the VoD supply chain between content […]

More than half Brits ‘TV addicts’

Findings from UK DTT platform Freeview, commissioned to find out more about people’s relationship with TV, reveal that Britain is having a love affair with TV, though viewers stick within their comfort zone when it comes to picking what to watch. The report, National Obsession: our relationship with TV, found that more than half (52 per cent) of the nation […]

Sky exec: “VoD not for everyone”

Sky’s director of strategy Mai Fyfield claims that Netflix’s data-driven commissioning is taking human involvement out of the equation, and insists that on-demand isn’t for everyone. “Nobody knows what they want until someone puts it in front of them. It’s more of an editorial and creative process,” she told CNET. “We have data coming out of our ears, but we […]

Hulu, AMC content deal


Hulu has agreed a deal with AMC Networks for the exclusive streaming rights to several TV series, including Fear the Walking Dead, the upcoming spin-off to The Walking Dead. Through this multi-year deal, Hulu will become the exclusive US hub of new and upcoming programmes from AMC, as well as future series from BBC America, IFC, WE tv and SundanceTV. […]

Roku, Nielsen OTT measurement deal


Nielsen and Roku have announced an agreement that enables Nielsen to measure video advertising delivered to Roku players and Roku-powered smart TVs. Initially Nielsen and Roku will enable OTT measurement through Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings. Content providers who sign up will have the ability to measure their audience according to Nielsen demographics and Digital Ad Ratings to measure, guarantee and […]

HBO, Turner lift Time Warner Q1


Time Warner has reported a profitable Q1 boosted by higher advertising and subscription revenue at its Turner division and HBO network. Revenue at Turner, which owns channels such as CNN and Cartoon Network, rose 4.5 per cent in the quarter. Advertising revenue grew 4 per cent, while subscription revenue rose 3 per cent. Revenue at HBO increased 4.4 per cent. […]

27% US homes own streaming device

Parks Associates research shows 27 per cent of US broadband households now own a streaming media device and nearly 90 per cent of these households have these devices connected to the Internet. The firm’s Q1 2015 consumer survey reveals more consumers bought a streaming media device than a Blu-ray player in the last 12 months and these devices have the […]

Conax: Strong DRM needed for OTT battle

Maintaining a high level of security is essential for pay-TV operators looking to take their share of the lucrative OTT market, according to Tom Jahr, Conax’s executive vice president, products and partners. Addressing a conference session on ‘Lowering OTT Cost Barriers, without, Sacrificing Security’, Jahr told delegates that many operators struggle to make money in OTT, with high investment and operational costs, as […]

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