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Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

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Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also proved to be Australia’s most legally downloaded TV programme or film in 2013, according to new data from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association [...]

Akamai: 114% increase in DDoS attacks

Akamai Technologies has published its Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report, which indicates that the Media and Entertainment industry was the target of the majority of malicious attacks. Prolexic Technologies, now part of Akamai, is a specialist in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, and has produced the quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report since 2011. The report provides [...]

Netflix pulling ahead in VoD battle

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Figures from MediaBug – Decipher’s bi-annual media consumption tracker – have shown strong growth in Netflix membership over the past six months, with an increase from 10 per cent to 14 per cent of UK online users now with a subscription. This is in contrast to the newly rebranded Amazon Prime Instant Video, previously LOVEFiLM Instant, which has dropped from [...]

US pay-TV subs set for rebound

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The pay-TV market in the US has faced challenges for several years, which culminated in a 0.58 per cent loss in total subscribers in 2013. However, recent research from Strategy Analytics forecasts a return to growth in 2014 at 0.14 per cent, detailed in the Service Provider Strategies (SPS) service report, North America Digital Television Forecast: 1Q 2014. The research [...]

OTT potential for premium rights holders

A new report from research consultancy IDATE looking at OTT distribution strategies suggests that OTT-specific services present opportunities for premium content rights holders to add value to content that has little or no exposure on television, to generate additional revenue, and to put pressure on traditional distributors and thus ‘raise the stakes’. In a blog post, Florence Le Borgne, Head [...]

Mobile display revenues set to surpass TV

Increasing demand for mobile displays, and greater demand for higher resolution and lower power consumption has led to a shift in the FPD display market, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Worldwide FPD Shipment and Forecast Report. The research firm notes that since 2006, LCD TV has accounted for the largest share of flat panel display (FPD) revenues; however, [...]

3D channel closures outpace launches

A report from IHS Technology says that there are now more 3D channel closures than launches. The most recent was with Nordic satellite operator Viasat closing its 3D channel in January 2014. In addition High TV 3D is no longer transmitted from Astra’s 23.5 deg East orbital position. The IHS criteria omit demo or trial 3D channels, or channels that [...]

Digital pay-TV soars in Eastern Europe

The number of digital pay-TV subscribers will increase from 26.1 million (21.5 per cent of TV households) in 2010 to 45.0 million (36.6 per cent) in 2013 and onto 73.6 million (58.2 per cent) by 2020, according to a report from Digital TV Research. As Eastern Europe crawls out of recession, the number of digital TV homes will triple between [...]

Superfast broadband surges in UK

One in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is ‘superfast’, according to latest Ofcom research. The proportion of superfast connections – those offering headline speeds of 30Mbit/s or more – has risen from 5 per cent in November 2011 to 25 per cent in November 2013. And the average superfast connection speed has continued to rise, reaching 47.0Mbit/s by November [...]

Mobile broadband connections to double next year

By the end of 2015, active mobile broadband devices are forecast to reach 34 million, a nearly 50 per cent increase from 2013, according to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Mobile Broadband Market Share and Forecast Report. Two-thirds (66 per cent) of those devices will be tablets. Driven primarily by enterprise demand, USB stick modems were the primary mobile broadband [...]

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