SVoD-only households booming

As the number of global households with SVoD services continues to grow, the latest research from Ampere Analysis shows that the proportion of households that only have an SVoD subscription is also increasing as are the number of SVoD services taken in each SVoD homes. 1. The proportion of TV viewing households in all markets […]

Fox to swoop on Sky?

Not for the first time there are market rumours that 21st Century Fox is about to buy Sky and its trio of European pay-TV operations. This time it is UK tabloid The Daily Mail that is reporting the imminent move, and suggesting that James Murdoch is about to take advantage of Sky’s depressed share price […]

Studies: SVoD satisfaction motivates cord-cutting

Overall satisfaction with alternative video services such as streaming and transactional-based OTT offerings is considerably higher than it is with traditional pay television service, spurring an increase in cord-cutting from 2015, according to three studies from marketing information services firm J.D. Power. The related studies are the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Residential Television Service Provider […]

UK citizens demand better broadband

According to research by ComRes, half of UK adults (50 per cent) say, when thinking about the  potential benefits to them/their family, upgrading Britain’s national broadband network should be the Government’s main priority out of all the projects tested. The poll, commissioned by the campaign to ‘Fix  Britain’s Internet’, found that that the demand to […]

FCC proposes broadening content availability

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at fostering consumer choice and access to diverse programming on television. The proposed rules may prohibit the use of certain clauses in pay-TV programming distribution contracts that impede carriage of independent and diverse programming. Specifically, the proposed rules would prevent pay-TV providers […]

Ex-culture minister to head BBC radio

The BBC has confirmed that former Labour culture secretary James Purnell will become its director of radio. Helen Boaden, has confirmed that she is set to retire, has worked at the BBC for 34 years. Purnell’s role will put him take charge of radio, education, arts, music, learning and children’s departments, meaning he becomes a […]

Huawei unveils VideoSense management solution

ICT solutions provider Huawei has released VideoSense, what it says is first video experience visualisation management solution, marking a shift from KPI-centric passive network Operations and Maintenance (O&M) to user experience-centric proactive network management. It is designed to deliver video experience with visualised, manageable, and optimisable features to help operators achieve business success in the […]

Italy: Entertainment & Media sector worth €36bn by 2020

Revenues from the Entertainment and Media (E&M) sector in Italy should reach €36 billion by 2020, with a CAGR of 4 per cent, according to a PwC report covering the period 2016-2020. Of the total, the expense of end-users will reach €26.9 billion (+4.1 per cent in five years), while the remaining €9.1 billion will […]

Nielsen to double sample size

Nielsen has announced that as part of its ongoing effort to advance television measurement, it will expand the use of its Portable People Meter (PPM) technology to provide direct persons measurement for Local TV ratings in the US. The addition of PPM panellists to Local TV service will effectively double the sample size and provide […]

Com Hem completes Boxer acquisition

Following approval by the State of Sweden and the Competition Authority, Com Hem has closed the Boxer acquisition and the company will be consolidated into Com Hem’s financial statements as from September 30th. Com Hem acquires Boxer TV-Access for an enterprise value of SEK 1,330 million (€138.2m). Boxer’s approximately 500,000 DTT customer base is primarily […]

Congress wants answers on SpaceX problem

Ten members of the US Congress have reportedly written to “several” US government agencies demanding answers on the September 1st catastrophe when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded and in the destroyed an Israeli satellite. Trade mag Space News says that the 4-page letter asks questions about the validation of the Falcon 9 rocket following […]

Türksat removes 12 controversial channels

Turkey’s recent political problems have resulted in 12 TV channels being taken off air by Türksat. Their removal follows the issue of a State of Emergency decree, and subsequently published in the country’s Official Gazette.  The TV channels removed from Türksat include Hayatın Sesi, Van TV, Jiyan TV, Azadi TV and Zarok TV. Their broadcasts […]

Streaming 95% of mobile music by 2022

Share of value from streaming will grow from 76 per cent in 2015 to 95 per cent in 2022 in the total mobile music market, while the number of users will more than double to reach 950 million, according to the latest forecast by Strategy Analytics.  The report finds that despite a decline in full-track […]

Sky Muster II ready for launch

Australia’s Sky Muster II satellite, built for the National Broadband Network, is ready for launch from the French Guiana spaceport by Arianespace.  The launch is scheduled for October 4 between 20.30pm and 21.45 UTC (10.30pm-11.45pm Paris time). Sky Muster II, built by Space Systems/Loral, reflects the country’s political commitment to bridging the digital divide, especially […]

Unified Streaming joins European consortium to develop 5G

A converged cloud-based 5G network and service platform distributed over the mobile edge is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Unified Streaming, as a partner in the Superfluidity project, is helping to develop and define that reality. With an all-star consortium of telecom and IT experts across Europe and Israel onboard, this European Commission […]

Net Insight’s Sye delivers content to betting shops

Net Insight, a provider of media transport and resource scheduling, has announced that SIS, a supplier of products and services to the online and retail betting markets, has selected Net Insight’s Sye solution to provide delivery of live betting content to betting shops and bookmaker trading rooms worldwide. The partnership, which secures SIS as a […]

MONDO to join SVoD platform VRV

MONDO is set to bring its unique style of adult animation to VRV, the newly announced video experience from Ellation that launches later in 2016. MONDO’s new channel, “MONDO Premium,” joins a growing list of partners on VRV, including Crunchyroll, Nerdist, College Humor, Geek & Sundry and Seeso. Ellation is majority owned by Otter Media, […]