EFF: ‘US Copyright law unconstitutional’

Advocacy body the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – which defends civil liberties in the digital world – has sued the US government on behalf of technology creators and researchers to overturn what it contends are onerous provisions of copyright law that violate the First Amendment. EFF’s lawsuit, filed with co-counsel Brian Willen, Stephen Gikow, and […]

Vivendi to axe German SVoD service

French media firm Vivendi is set to shut down Watchever, its German SvoD, before the end of the year. French daily Les Echos first reported the story, citing the reason as being due to “heavy competition” in the German OTT market. Watchever launched in January 2013 and and never turned a profit, failing to compete […]

My5 brings catch-up, box sets to broadcast

UK commercial public service broadcaster Channel 5 is to launch My5, a free-to-air TV channel in early August, broadcasting the best content from the breadth of the Channel 5 family. The My5 channel will replace Channel 5+24, taking content from Channel 5’s VoD service of the same name, as well as broadcasting programming from across […]

Good and bad news for AT&T Q2

AT&T managed to see net growth of new subscribers on its DirecTV DTH pay-TV service expand by an impressive 342,000 subs. That’s the good news. The bad news was that its U-Verse TV users switched off at the rate of 391,000 during Q2. In other words, overall there were still net losses of 49,000 amongst […]

Eurosport secures Sri Lanka vs Australia cricket coverage

Australia’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka will be broadcast live and exclusive on Eurosport and Eurosport Player in the UK as Darren Lehmann’s side look to retain their No.1 Test ranking. The three-Test series gets under way on July 26th at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Balagolla, with subsequent Tests held at the Galle […]

ITU: More than half world not using Internet

Data released by the ITU, the UN specialised agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with […]

Hancock’s ministerial brief revealed

The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has welcomed Matt Hancock MP as the new Minister of State for Digital and Culture following appointments made by the new Prime Minister Theresa May. He will cover policy areas including the digital economy, broadband, arts and culture, and the creative industries. “I’m delighted to be Minister […]

Comcast to roll out Xfinity prepaid services

Comcast has announced plans to roll out Xfinity Prepaid Services in the US, a pay-as-you-go offering that lets people sign-up for TV or Internet service and ‘refill’ their subscription any time they would like, for either seven or 30 days.  

The TV and Internet services, which come without a credit check or contract, will be […]

Atresmedia breaks unto the UK

Spanish TV group Atresmedia is breaking into the UK with the launch of two of its channels, Antena 3 International and Atreseries on cable in the country for the first time. The company has reached an agreement with Virgin Media to distribute them targeted at expatriate Spaniards and Spanish speakers. “We are very happy that […]

BitTorrent Live for OS X

BitTorrent Live, the multichannel OTT app, is now available for OS X (Apple laptops and desktops). BitTorrent Live features the recently launched BitTorrent News channel – a so called ‘independent voice’ on the news in real-time as it breaks. Recent popular stories include comedian Justin R Young dressed as Pokémon character Charmander and responding to Senator […]

ACC Network set for 2019 launch

ESPN and US collegiate athletic conference Atlantic Coast Conference will launch the ACC Network – a comprehensive linear and digital network. The 20-year partnership will provide ACC fans unprecedented access to live events via a comprehensive, multi-platform network. It also provides for the extension of the conference’s existing rights agreement with ESPN to 2036. ESPN […]

Al-Jazeera streaming service for US

Al-Jazeera is preparing to launch its English language international news channel as an online streaming service in the US, according to a leaked internal email. The move comes almost three months after it shut down its US cable television network, al-Jazeera America, blaming economic challenges in the US media market. Al-Jazeera English is in talks […]

BBC’s Gibbons appointed NBCUniversal SVP

David Gibbons has been appointed to the role of SVP International Operations and Technology for NBCUniversal International, reporting to Ian Trombley (President, Operations & Technical Services) and Kevin MacLellan (Chairman, NBCUniversal International).  The appointment is effective from September 30th. Based in London, Gibbons will play an integral role in accelerating NBCUniversal’s digital growth agenda, in […]

Australia: Ultra-fast HFC broadband to hold off FTTP

Ovum, an independent analyst and consultancy firm , has published a report entitled HFC: Delivering Gigabit Broadband, commissioned by Australian broadband network nbn. Key Report Takeaways from the report include: – The global HFC/Cable broadband market will remain buoyant despite the growing deployment of FTTB/P – HFC/Cable will retain a 19 per cent share of […]

Anypoint Media partners with SpotX

Anypoint Media and SpotX have formed a partnership in Asia to bring true addressable programmatic TV to the region. The companies have partnered to enable advertisers to buy ad space on a household-by-household basis across the IPTV and CATV operators that use Anypoint’s targeted linear TV advertising infrastructure. SpotX will enable dynamic ad insertion into […]

FOTV launches drone racing TV channel

FOTV Media Networks CEO Alki David has confirmed the launch of the Drone TV on streaming TV platform FilmOn.com. Drone TV is the first 24/7 channel devoted to the booming new sport of drone racing, and will reach FilmOn.com’s 70 million monthly unique users. The channel will feature 10 new one-hour episodes of programming each […]