920m global pay-TV subs by year end

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014 according to ABI Research. Overall, pay-TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to drop slightly due to increasing price competition, but at a lower rate compared to the ARPU drop in 2013. “The growing number of HD subscribers as well as major sporting […]

AMC takes $200m BBC AMERICA stake

AMC Networks the global entertainment company behind acclaimed series The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Rectify, is paying $200 million for a 49.9 per cent share of the BBC AMERICA channel.  The agreement is structured as a long-term equity joint venture, with BBC Worldwide retaining 50.1 per cent. AMC Networks will have operational control of BBC AMERICA, including affiliate and […]

Comcast: ‘HBO, CBS could regret OTT’

Comcast predicts channels like HBO and CBS may live to regret their moves to OTT and that subscribers will pay for TV and Internet packages for years to come. Stephen B. Burke, chief executive of NBCUniversal, (part of Comcast), said he was “surprised” by announcements last week that both HBO and CBS would start subscription streaming services. He said that […]

Aereo hit by nationwide injunction

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has been dealt a further legal blow. “Following the Supreme Court’s decision, this Circuit’s law with respect to Aereo’s live or near-live retransmission no longer conflicts with the law of its sister circuits,” Judge Alison Nathan ordered in […]

LG Display: Q3 profits up 191%

South Korea’s LG Display reported record revenues (up 9 per cent y-o-y) which translated into a 191 per cent increase in operating profits, and with an EBITDA margin of 20 percent. A healthy trading quarter meant LG Display’s cashflow was also in positive territory, starting the quarter at Korean Won 2.2 trillion, and ending at 2.4 trillion Won. Hee Yeon […]

DTG Testing launches 4K Ultra HD testing zoo

DTG Testing – which provides the product conformance regime which enables manufacturers to obtain trademarks for the Freeview and Freesat digital TV platforms in the UK – has launched what it claims is the world’s first Ultra HD product testing zoo with a 4K HDMI interoperability plugfest. The Digital TV Group (DTG) members-only event brought together retail 4K TVs from […]

Pay-TV booms in Central America

Pay-TV is booming in the Central America region, with Honduras subscribers growing 23.24 per cent year-on-year, according to Dataxis’s numbers (in the period to June 30th). Honduras ended the period with a total of 640,000 pay-TV subs out of a population of some 8 million. Honduras is not alone. Other Central American markets which experienced significant year-on-year growth level were […]

Increased costs for South Africa’s DSO

Figures released by South Africa’s National Treasury suggest that the country’s postponed migration to digital TV is continuing to cost hundreds of millions of Rand. The migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television featured prominently in the Budget Vote for Communications following the release of South Africa’s medium-term budget policy statement. It was highlighted that R620 million (€43.2m) would be […]

YouView adds iPlayer, BBC Red Button

Customers of on demand service YouView now have access to more BBC programmes with the introduction of new BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button. Customers will be able to watch exclusive BBC iPlayer programmes and discover content more easily. The refreshed look and feel offers new categories including comedy, arts, history and music. In addition, YouView customers will be […]

November launch for Wuaki.tv Germany

Spain-based VoD provider Wuaki.tv will launch in Germany on November 25th, COO Josep Mitjà has confirmed. The online streaming video service provides movies and TV series which can be rented individually for a 48 hour period or for permanent ownership. A subscription service is currently not planned for the German market. Wuaki.tv launched in France in September and intends to […]

Cinema’s audio changes to “impact TV”

The influential Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has been holding its annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood this past week. One of the topics discussed was how – and which – new immersive cinema audio technology might be adopted as the next movie ‘standard’. Two contenders are already being talked about, Dolby’s Atmos, and the rival […]

Virgin TV Anywhere adds four new channels

Virgin Media has added Channel 4+1, More4+1, 4Seven and UMP Movies to its TV on the go service, Virgin TV Anywhere. The new channels follow hot on the heels of a further 17 channels that were added to Virgin TV Anywhere during the last month. A total of 113 channels are now available for customers to watch on the go. […]

StarHub trials Nokia’s Liquid Applications

StarHub has revealed details of its trial implementation of Nokia’s Liquid Applications solution at its 4G mobile base stations within the Indoor Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub For the trial, conducted on October 21st, four ‘live’ video feeds of the Rising Stars Finals played at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore were delivered concurrently to spectators on mobile devices, giving […]