Netflix chief: “Broadcast TV extinct by 2030″

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said he believes free-to-air TV will be extinct by 2030. Speaking at a Netflix event in Latin America, Hastings compared broadcast television to the horse and cart and said it will simply be a ‘casualty of evolution’. “It’s kind of like the horse, you know, the horse was good until we had the car,” he […]

SFR-Numericable deal closes

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice and French cable MSO Numericable Group have confirmed the closing of the transaction to combine mobile operator SFR and Numericable. Vivendi received €13.366 billion in cash of which €200 million will be contributed to the financing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile by Numericable Group. The amount of €13.166 billion will be subject to […]

BitTorrent launching original content

Technology firm BitTorrent will launch first original TV series, entitled Children of the Machine, in the autumn of 2015. The eight-episode show will be a free download on BitTorrent’s file-sharing network supported by advertising, although fans will be able to pay $4.95 for an ad-free version, or $9.95 for that plus bonus content. “This is a science fiction show catered […]

Portugal: 3.3m pay-TV subs

Portugal had about 3.3 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of September, a net addition of 46,500 on the second quarter (+1.4 per cent) and 132,000 (+4.2 per cent) more than in the same period in 2013. The pay-TV penetration rate stood at 55.6 per cent, according to data from the National Communications Authority (Anacom), The positive result was due […]

Orange, PCCW informal talks on Dailymotion

French telco Orange has confirmed informal talks with Chinese group PCCW regarding video platform Dailymotion. CEO Stéphane Richard, who is seeking an investor to boost the international development of its 100 per cent subsidiary, met Richard Li, the son of Asia’s wealthiest man Li Ka-Shing, the founder of Hutchison conglomerate. The group owns PCCW, the holding behind a Hong Kong […]

Black Friday to boost 4K TV sales

TV makers and retailers have added Ultra-HD TVs to their Black Friday promotions for the first time. This time last year, the first wave of 4K TVs in the US carried prices of $7,000 and upwards. Today, retail giant Best Buy will have a 55-inch Samsung Ultra-HD Smart TV for $899.99, a price cut of $500. It’s the first time […]

Telcos to pay for 4G interference in DTT

The Spanish Goverment is finalising a ruling whereby telco operators will take all responsability and assume the costs in any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed. Citizens will be able to claim damage before the State Secretary of Telecommunications (SETSI) for any interference with Telefónica, Orange […]

Eutelsat, SuperTennis to air live 4K tennis

Satellite operator Eutelsat and Italian TV channel SuperTennis have teamed up to air the finals of the Italian Serie A1 tennis championship (male and female) in Ultra-HD.  The event, taking place 6th – 8th December at the 105 Stadium in Genoa, will be broadcast live on 4K1, the first satellite channel in Europe to convey TV images in the highest […]

RTL moves Hungary licences to Luxembourg

RTL Group has confirmed that it will operate its cable channels in Hungary under a Luxembourg licence in the future. From January, the licences for cable channels including RTL+, Film+ and Cool TV will come under RTL Group’s Luxembourg subsidiary CLT-UFA, which already houses the group’s channels in Belgium and the Netherlands. However, the move will not apply to flagship […]

6 new channels for Virgin TV Anywhere

Quad-play operator Virgin Media has added 4Music, CBS Action, CBS Drama, Extreme Sports, The Horror Channel and Sony SAB to Virgin TV Anywhere, which it claims is the UK’s most comprehensive TV on-the-go service. The addition of the new channels to the service brings the total number of channels available for Virgin TV customers to watch on computers, tablets and […]

Zenterio integrates Microsoft’s PlayReady

Zenterio, which develops an independent software platform for interactive TV, has announced that its software platform Zenterio OS will support the latest release of Microsoft PlayReady. Zenterio is an independent software supplier within the interactive TV services sector. PlayReady is a leading industry standard for protecting streaming of subscription-based content that’s used by leading IPTV providers such as Netflix, Viaplay, […]

Viewster initiates DreamHack live streaming

This weekend Viewster is broadcasting live from the world’s largest digital festival, DreamHack Winter, where the best electronics sports athletes gather to compete for over $500,000 in prize money. At the aid of three different streams, Viewster users will get a unique opportunity to witness first-hand how full time professional StarCraft II, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike players make their living. The […]