Stopping Premier League piracy “impossible”

A leading IT expert believes the Premier League will probably not be able to stop fans illegally uploading videos of goals and has questioned whether it would be legally possible. The Premier League has warned fans it is clamping down on Vines and Tweets of goals after thousands of users spread videos of goals on social media during the summer’s […]

TV advertising bounces back

Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion (€178bn) in 2020, up by 38 per cent – or $64 billion – from 2013 and up by 54 per cent – or $82 billion – on 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. TV ad spend is expected to grow by 4 per cent in 2014 for the 55 […]

Netflix confirms TWC payment

Netflix has confirmed it is paying another US cable provider to guarantee better bandwidth for its subscribers. Netflix said: “We reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable in June and began the interconnection between our networks this month.” The deal comes after similar agreements with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T in the US – meaning Netflix now pays fees to all […]

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending. He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose […]

Numericable’s LaBoxTV Everywhere

French cable operator Numericable has unveiled new services linked to its TV and Internet STB LaBox Fibre, – including a new app called LaBoxTV. The app gives access to more than 320 TV channels (119 outside the home) from tablets and smartphones, on both iOS and Android. This app, available to all 380,000 LaBox Fibre subscribers, will launch on September […]

Exclusive Doctor Who Extra on iPlayer

The BBC has announced Doctor Who Extra – a brand-new series, exclusively on iPlayer. The broadcaster says the programme is much more than a ‘making of’ show, as it follows Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor. Over the course of 12 programmes, the BBC traces the highs and lows […]

Streaming pushes digital music to $14bn by 2019

A report from Juniper Research has found that the digital music industry will experience slow growth in revenue over the next 5 years, from $12.3 billion this year to $13.9 billion in 2019. The research found that a strong performance in the robust streamed music sector, will largely be offset by decline in revenues from legacy services such as ringtones […]

Tablet shipments up 5% in Q2

According to research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 52.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Tablet shipments from both Apple and Samsung were down on Q2 2013 volumes. Second quarter 2014 Global Tablet shipments were up 5 per cent at 52.4 million units, with Asus and Lenovo the only top 5 ranked vendors delivering shipment growth […]

China Digital ships 3.55m smart cards

China Digital TV Holdings, the NASDAQ registered but China-focussed, conditional access smart card supplier, says net revenues for Q2 slipped 5.8 per cent (same period last year) to $17.2 million, and a fall of 5.6 per cent when compared with Q1 this year. China Digital TV shipped approximately 3.55 million smart cards in the second quarter of 2014, compared to […]

Argentina’s Clarin to sell pay-TV channels

Argentina’s Grupo Clarin is to sell its 7 cable TV channels to a US investment firm for $31.5 million. The move is part of its retreat from some aspects of its business as dictated by Argentina’s media laws. The offer has to be approved by shareholders (due on September 22nd). The potential buyer is 34 South Media, controlled by Alexander […]

Broadband equipment passes $2bn in Q2

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released vendor market share and preliminary analysis from its Q2 2014 for PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers report. “Operators around the world are binging on broadband,” says Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “Driven by GPON and vectoring, the broadband aggregation market passed the […]


UPC DTH, a satellite television provider in Central and Eastern Europe, is adding streaming service HBO GO for all its HBO customers on UPC Direct in Hungary and freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Available from September 1st, UPC DTH will provide to its HBO Pak and HBO MaxPak customers instant and unlimited access to exclusive content via Internet […]

Getty Images to distribute NHK output

Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s newly-launched Video Bank, which embraces all of NHK’s HD news, features, documentaries, drama and animation, is being distributed by Getty Images. The deal between Getty and NHK echoes a similar relationship between the BBC and Getty for the BBC’s Motion Gallery content and programming. “As the innovator and global leader in visual communications, Getty Images sets […]

Fox Sports acquires Europa League for Hong Kong

Fox Sports, Fox International Channels’ (FIC) sports network, has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa League in Hong Kong for 3 seasons, starting with the 2015-16 season.  This is the first time Fox Sports has acquired the rights to the UEFA Europa League in Asia. The multimedia platform deal covers linear channels, IPTV, Internet and Mobile with […]

ADM wins OSN carriage deal

Dubai-based OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) is to take Abu Dhabi Media’s (ADM) HD subscription channels and offer them to its subscribers effective September 1st. The offer includes the new Abu Dhabi Drama+, and ADM’s sports channels. David Butorac, chief executive of OSN, said: “The addition of Abu Dhabi Media’s pay channels, leaders in the region’s media and entertainment sector, will […]

ContentWise appoints Auteri as CTO

ContentWise, the personalisation, discovery and recommendations solution for digital TV content, has confirmed the appointment of Pancrazio Auteri as Chief Technology Officer. Effective immediately, Auteri will drive forward ContentWise’s technology roadmap, and oversee the company’s technology vision and innovation. Auteri joins ContentWise from TiVo, a leader in the advanced television market, where he held the position of Director of Product […]

BlackArrow audience-based frequency capping

BlackArrow, a provider of TV advertising and data solutions, has announced the latest release of the BlackArrow Advanced Advertising System which provides support for audience-based frequency capping. The industry will now have the ability to manage the number of times an ad is seen by a unique household or device across on-demand platforms and TV viewed on devices. As viewers […]

BBTV and NBA extend relationship

Media and technology company BroadbandTV (BBTV) has renewed and expanded its relationship with the NBA internationally. BBTV and the NBA first teamed up in April 2009 for the management of its fan-uploaded content. As part of the relationship, BBTV and the NBA will continue to work together to enhance the NBA Channel on YouTube. The NBA Channel on YouTube has received more than […]

Forthnet selects Irdeto to secure DTH

Irdeto and Nova, the Greek and Cypriot satellite pay-TV platform of Forthnet, have worked together on the transition to a fully-secured DTH base. Forthnet recently upgraded its headend system to MPEG-4 and its modulation scheme to DVBS2. In parallel, Forthnet swapped all legacy STBs with new ones which were capable of supporting DVBS2 and HD MPEG-4. For this project, Forthnet […]