Sony acquires Liberty’s Film1

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached an agreement with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands. Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five premium pay-TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service, pending regulatory approval. The five Film1 channels include Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy & Kids, […]

75% abandon poor streaming within 4min

Conviva, a specialist in OTT video experience optimisation, has released the findings of its inaugural report, which found that stream interruptions, inadequate picture fidelity and other poor streaming experience issues prompt nearly three-quarters of all OTT video viewers to give up in the first four minutes of playback. The report reveals the steep challenges OTT service providers, ISPs and CDNs […]

Adobe: TV Everywhere surges 400%

Authenticated video usage has surged 467 per cent over a 24-month period, according to Adobe’s latest report on US digital video trends. Sports continue to dominate TV Everywhere (TVE) use (three times as many TVE viewers watch sports than watch movies), viewership increases are being seen across many forms of content, according to Adobe’s report, which based its 2013-2014 findings […]

Report: Cord-cutting could get worse

Analysis from MoffettNathanson asks the all-important question as to the position of US cable & satellite if so-called ‘cord-cutting’ turns out to be actually worse than expected. MN reports that the last 3 months have seen a flurry of new entries into the OTT market in the US.  Dish’s Sling TV, CBS All Access, HBO Now, and Sony Vue “have […]

TVCatchup heads to Euro court

The feud between UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether websites should provide real-time channel streaming. TVCatchup retransmits programming from broadcasters online, though it was […]

​Broadcom mass-market 4K device for China

System-on-a-Chip manufacturer Broadcom is making a dedicated 4K chipset available for the Chinese market, approved by the country’s SARFT regulator. Broadcom’s Beijing office, in a statement, said it had introduced a complete high-speed coaxial cable solution with new access technology for Chinese subscribers in multi-dwelling units (MDUs). The new BCM63500 and BCM63333 devices integrate the China HomePlug AV 1.0 (C-HPAV […]

DTG underpins Freeview Play with D-Book 8

The DTG has given the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance with the launch of D-Book 8. The 2015 revision of the D-Book also includes support for potential future HEVC broadcasts, a new method to deliver software updates via broadband, smart retuning, and hundreds of minor updates to maintain […]

BBC revamps Red Button service

The BBC  is revamping its Red Button service for connected TVs. The broadcaster’s Connected Red Button platform will be rebranded as Red Button+ next month, and gain a range of additional features in the process. The revamp will enable users to access BBC iPlayer via the red button on their remote control, and the amount of live-streamed content on offer […]

Multichoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market subs

African pay-TV operator Multichoice is happy to sign up subscribers wherever they live, but it seems that there are many of its South African DStv viewers who don’t live in South Africa, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and yet pay for their sub in South Africa’s Rand. Multichoice Zimbabwe’s head of publicity Liz Dziva, in an interview with Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, […]

Vice, HBO expand news deal

HBO is expanding its relationship with Vice Media as the premium cable channel prepares to launch its online streaming service, HBO Now. The two companies have confirmed a four-year deal that will see Vice, the millennial-focused digital news company, produce HBO’s first daily newscast. Vice’s news programme will consist of five half-hour shows each week, airing 48 weeks per year. […]

Canada bank helps fund Hispasat satellite

Export Development Canada is financing €140 million towards the overall costs of building Amazonas-5. Amazonas-5 is being built for Madrid-based satellite operator Hispasat by Canadian satellite-builder MacDonald, Dettweiler & Assoc (MDA). MDA owns Space Systems/Loral.  This is the fourth SSL-supplied satellite for Hispasat.  The order was placed with SS/L back in December 2014 and is due to launch in 2017. […]

Ex-Apple Exec joins Wuaki.tv

Wuaki.tv, the European VoD service, has appointed ex-Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin as the Head of the International Business Development. Janin brings to Wuaki.tv over 20 years of experience in the VoD field having worked for the last eight within Apple’s iTunes. In this role Janin was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service […]

Conax establishes Beijing test centre

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a provider of complete video content and service protection, is in the final stages of establishing a Conax test centre in Beijing. The facility will provide authorised Pre-Testing and Conformity Testing services certifying client device conformance for Conax content protection functionality requirements. Conax works closely with a wide range of STB partners and […]

BUY4KUHD thumb drives

Mance Media, a global film and television distribution company based in Hollywood, has launched its stand alone 4K Ultra HD physical media company, BUY4KUHD. BUY4KUHD is an electronics company that sells 4K Ultra HD entertainment on 8GB 3.0 USB thumb drives. Consumers can select from Mance Media’s 4K Ultra HD library online and a thumb drive will be shipped to […]