Mobile to drive 20% boost in online video

The average amount of time each day people will spend consuming online video will increase by 23.3 per cent in 2015 and by a further 19.8 per cent in 2016, according to the Online Video Forecasts, a new report by global media network services company ZenithOptimedia in conjunction with Newcast, ZenithOptimedia Group’s global branded content […]

NBCU to invest in BuzzFeed, Vox

NBCU poised to make investments in BuzzFeed and Vox, seeking to appeal to younger viewers who are abandoning traditional media, according to the NYT. NBCU, owned by Comcast, is reported to be close to investing $250 million in BuzzFeed, known for its trending quizzes and lists, with recent forays into news reporting. The deal would […]

Movistar Plus tests new audio technology

Following the recent integration of Canal Plus into Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, it is testing new technology to improve the audio quality based on the EAC3 format. The pay TV platform is currently broadcasting through its fibre optic network Canal Plus Estrenos HD with 4 audio tracks, two of them using MPEG2 with a 192 Kbps […]

Liberty Global increases ITV stake to 9.9%

Cable MSO Liberty Global has acquired 138.7 million shares in UK commercial broadcaster ITV plc, thereby increasing its existing stake to a total of 398.5 million shares in ITV or approximately 9.9 per cent of ITV’s ordinary shares outstanding. Liberty Global has at the same time nentered into a hedging transaction with respect to the […]

France launches fresh HD DTT tender

France’s broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has issued a new call for bids to offer nationwide services in HD on the country’s DTT platform. The move is part of the evolution of France’s DTT platform announced in April 2016 by the Government, following the transfer of the 700 MHz frequency band to […]

TV Everywhere boost from Videocon d2h

Indian DTH satellite pay-TV operator Videocon d2h has reinforced its investment in over-the-top (OTT) services with the launch of a mobile TV app. The new app – Direct to Mobile TV – will make it possible for Videocon d2h subscribers to watch television anytime, anywhere on their mobile phones. Downloadable from the App Store (for […]

US Senators decry lack of STB choice and competition

Findings gleaned by two US lawmakers suggest that consumers have little choice in their pay-TV set-top boxes, with the average household spending $231 (€254) a year on STB rental fees. With some 99 per cent of customers renting their set-top box directly from their pay-TV provider, the set-top box rental market may be worth more […]

Civolution sells Teletrax to focus on content protection

Civolution, the specialist provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetising content, has sold its TV Analytics and TV Synced Ads business Teletrax to data science company 4C, enabling company management and its R&D resources to focus entirely on content protection through its NexGuard forensic watermarking business The acquisition of the Teletrax business […]

SES secures Star Times Sub-Saharan Africa delivery

SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of satellite operator SES confirmed that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for irs direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany. Under the new multi-year agreement, SES Platform Services will be providing signal turnaround, video processing, […]

Pay-TV in 21% of East African TV households

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) had a total population of 146.89 million end-2014, with 33.61 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 23 per cent, acccording to research firm Dataxis. Kenya is the most developed market in the region with 12.04 million households and a TV household penetration rate […]

UK Copyright Hub launches

The UK Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has become the first public user of The Copyright Hub and the Digital Catapult’s new copyright technology at an event in London. Using a single mouse-click, the Minister was able to secure permission to use a copyrighted image provided by project partner 4Corners Images. The event marked the […]