Multi-screening mainstream in Europe

To mark World Television Day on November 21st, TV organisations from around Europe have brought together the latest statistics to reveal how TV and social media complement each other. The insights show how ‘multi-screening’ is becoming a mainstream activity in many countries, how TV drives commentary online and how the marriage of TV and Internet-connected second screens presents opportunities for […]

Aereo files for Chapter 11 reorganisation

Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Aereo also announced that it has appointed Lawton Bloom of Argus to serve as Chief Restructuring Officer […]

LG claims top spot in UHD panel shipments

South Korean electronics giant LG Display has sold a massive 578,000 Ultra-HD TV panels in the month of October, according to DisplaySearch’s latest numbers. The volume meant that LG was for the first time in 22 months the ‘top’ supplier of flat panels, and beating rival Innolux into second place. Samsung came in third position. The total volume of Ultra-HD […]

Wuaki.tv steps up expansion plans

Spanish OTT service Wuaki.tv is intensifying its expansion and plans to be available in 15 countries by the end of 2015. The service, launched in Spain in 2010 and bought two years later by Japan’s Rakuten, is now present in four markets: Spain, France, UK and Germany. Wuaki.TV is also strengthening its content with several agreements with US majors and […]

Peace agreement between CBS/Dish Network

A short-term agreement has been struck between network broadcaster CBS and DTH operator Dish Network. An existing carriage agreement was due to expire at midnight November 20th, and this new deal will see the risk of a blackout occurring in 14 major US regions. However, both sides stressed that the new understanding is just a short-term extension of its existing […]

Telefonica to complete FTTH deployment by 2020

Telefonica is intensifying the deployment of its FTTH network in Spain with plans to replace its current ADSL network with FTTH by 2020. Over the next five years, the company will extend its FTTH network to all municipalities with a population of over 1,000 inhabitants, said Telefonica’s CEO Luis Gilperez Miguel. The process will imply closing down the entire copper […]

Multiscreen TV providers moving to NFV

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its 2014 Multiscreen TV Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insight into pay-TV operator plans for multiscreen video services and delivering live and file-based video content to subscribers over multiple devices. “Service providers want flexibility in the processing platforms they use to encode and play out video […]

ITU hails role of global TV standards

In recognition of World Television Day, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has highlighted the impact of television in society and the role of standards. “ITU is currently working on developing new standards that will dramatically enhance the television viewer’s experience, in terms of both visual and audio quality,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ITU is developing industry-leading standards for […]

APAC advertising to grow 5% in 2014

A report published by Media Partners Asia (MPA) indicates that net advertising revenues, measured after discounts across 14 markets, will grow at 5 per cent this year to top $121 billion. Next year, MPA projects a re-acceleration in growth with the advertising market to expand at 5.7 per cent. Between 2014 and 2019, MPA forecasts indicate that net advertising in […]

Internet to reach 3bn users in 2015

The number of Internet users worldwide will surpass 3 billion in 2015, according to figures from eMarketer, increasing 6.2 per cent next year to reach 42.4 per cent of the entire world’s population. This year, Internet user penetration will top the 40 per cent mark for the first time as the web reaches 2.89 billion users across the world. By […]

Amazon Prime for Austria

Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video streaming service in Austria. The Austrian service is currently only available via a Prime bundle for €49 a year, giving premium shipping on its shopping website, a free e-book each month and full access to the Prime Instant Video service. The service also launches with a 30 day free trial. Amazon said the […]

Thai viewers taking up ‘digi-Vouchers’

Thailand’s digital TV switch-over subsidy ‘voucher’ scheme was introduced a month ago to help low-paid viewers afford the switch to digital TV. In the month more than 1.2 million homes have redeemed their vouchers which can be used to help pay for a digital converter box, or help fund a new all-digital TV. A total of 4.6 million vouchers have […]

Canada: Disney content for Shomi

Shomi, the Canadian VoD service, has signed content distribution agreements with The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group. Shomi will now offers a selection of classic Disney family favourites, including 102 Dalmatians, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Chronicles of Narnia mvoies as well as popular movies such as The Prestige and Gone in Sixty Seconds. In addition, shomi […]

Greece contracts with Ka-Sat

Eutelsat has won a major new market for its Ka-Sat ‘broadband by satellite’ service. Greece’s Hellenic OTE national telco will offer Ka-Sat connectivity. The service will be marketed through OTE’s own retail shops as well as Cosmote and Germanos (all part of OTE Group). The service requires a small satellite dish and modem and operates without the need for a […]

Giraffic accelerates MPEG-DASH

Giraffic has announced partner and customer trials that prove the compatibility and performance benefits of its Adaptive Video Acceleration (AVA) for MPEG-DASH.  The news adds to adaptive streaming standards supported and enhanced by AVA, such as HLS and Smooth Streaming, positioning Giraffic as a leader in video acceleration and MPEG-DASH performance.   Giraffic AVA enables true HD and UHD 4K across […]

Freeview launches ‘Left Behinds’ campaign

This weekend Freeview is launching the latest instalment of its campaign: ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free.’ The campaign, called ‘Left Behinds’, focuses on the items left behind after a jumble sale; a crew of well-used toys, ornaments and stuffed animals who haven’t been given a new home. As everything is packed up, Ted the Teddy sings Foreigner’s classic, […]