Murdoch: ‘Unite to fight Netflix and Amazon’

Rupert Murdoch has called for a cooperative media response to challenger streaming services Amazon and Netflix. The media industry needs its own competitor to these giants, he told a WSJ technology conference. “As an industry, we need a competitor – a serious competitor – to Netflix and Amazon,” Murdoch said, “I think we’re all on the same page.” 21st Century […]

Other headlines of the week

BT confirms Netflix deal

UK telco BT has confirmed that it is to make available Internet TV streaming service Netflix as part of its offering. BT revealed the initiative as it reported its Q2 results, which saw it add 38,000 TV customers in the quarter. “We continue to focus on strengthening our TV proposition and are excited to announce we have entered into a […]

Sky Deutschland unveils OTT service

Pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland has launched what it describes as a new, easy, and flexible way to experience its content, at home or on the go. For the first time, the new, standalone online TV service Sky Online makes it possible for everyone without a traditional Sky subscription to register at www.skyonline.de and immediately enjoy the latest series, most recent […]

Connected device streaming hits new high

Streaming films and television shows on Connected TV – including set-top boxes, game consoles and Smart TVs – is now the most satisfying and preferred viewing method, even before live TV. Streaming video services and devices are pioneering the digital space at a never-before-seen rate. According to the second year results of the New Living Room study conducted by Sony […]

Mediaset and Atresmedia under fire for exceeding ad limits

The Spanish Competition Authority, CNMC, has started legal proceedings against Mediaset Spain and Atresmedia for exceeding advertising limits and interrupting programmes with adverts to the detriment of viewers. Both groups face fines of up to €500,000 each one for breaking the TV law. The channels have 15 days to make allegations with the CNMC making a decision in six month’s […]

Time Warner Cable disappoints with video subs

Time Warner Cable the cable company awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast reported profit behind analysts’ estimates as more video subscribers canceled service and programming costs rose. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 video customers in the third quarter, while rising costs for sports programming cut into profit. The company lowered its revenue forecast for the year to $22.8 billion, […]

Lagardère buys into Gulli, plans African expansion

Lagardère Active has bought the 34 per cent of shares owned by France Television in youth and family DTT channel Gulli. Lagardère intends to launch an African French and English version next year. The channel is already operating in Russia, along with preschool network TiJi. Following two years of talks, the groups have finally agreed a reported €25 million price. […]

Broadcast unions call for spectrum safeguards

Leaders of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have demanded global action to protect spectrum to guarantee the future of broadcasting.The call was made on the closing day of the 50th Anniversary Annual Assembly of the ABU, which was hosted in Macau by the public service broadcaster of the China Special Administrative Region Macau, Teledifusao […]

Boxer Play launches in Sweden, Denmark

Teracom Boxer has launched a new VoD streaming service across Sweden and Denmark. Norigin Media of Norway, has been selected to license their multi-screen TV Apps with custom integrations to the video platform managed by Boxer in Sweden. The new ´Boxer Play’ TV streaming service includes a variety of live channels and VoD Subscription Packs available to its customers with […]

India’s DISH tops 12m subs

Mumbai-based Dish TV reported that it had added 378,000 subscribers during its most recent quarter (to September 30th) taking its total subscriber base to more than 12.1 million. However, despite increasing revenues 12.13 percent and being helped by a growth in HDTV subs, the broadcaster saw a net loss of $2.46 million (INR 151m). ARPU levels increased slightly to $2.81 […]

Harmonic “more confident” about 4K in 2015

Patrick Harshman, president/CEO at Harmonic, speaking to analysts following the company’s Q3/2014 results, said that Harmonic was increasingly seeing broadcasters “coming off” HD and finding ways of investing in Ultra HD/4K. “The past quarter we’ve grown incrementally more confident than Ultra HD 4K services will become real starting in 2015, and that these will be delivered through the option of […]

Ofcom consults on measurement for plurality

Ofcom has invited comments on how best to measure media plurality, after a request by the Secretary of State for Ofcom to lead the development of a measurement framework. In a statement, the media watchdog said: “This request follows the conclusions of a consultation by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which determined the scope of the measurement […]

‘Wearables’ banned from US cinemas

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners announced an update to their joint policy to prevent film theft in theatres. The update was made fully to integrate wearable tech into the rules following a joint meeting of NATO and MPAA theatrical anti-piracy teams at ShowEast, the annual industry convention and trade show. The updated […]

Digital TV peace in Kenya

Kenya’s Consumer Federation (COFEK) and two of the nation’s digital TV operators have buried the hatchet over an ongoing legal dispute before the Kenyan High Court. The parties, including GOtv and the Star Times Group, were arguing that Kenya’s free-to-air public broadcast channels should stay available on the digital TV broadcast platforms. The FTA channels will now be available to […]

CASBAA: Content strategies “Beyond the Box”

The second day of the annual CASBAA Convention, 2014, saw speakers across technology, advertising and content industries take a more in-depth look at how to adapt to a future ‘Beyond the Box’. As the broadcast industry moves into new forms of content delivery such as digital streaming and over-the-top services, the convention aimed to discuss these changes and how to […]

Youku Tudou, Alibaba marketing collaboration

Youku Tudou, China’s leading Internet television company, and e-commerce specialist Alibaba Group are to work together to drive the adoption of big data in marketing in China. Alibaba Group’s online marketing technology platform, Alimama, will use its data and technology to support innovative online video marketing techniques, i.e. View and Buy developed by Youku, and Merchants’ Video Channel developed by […]

Sky Sports converts RFU partnership

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Sky Sports have extended their partnership with a new five-year broadcast deal which will also see Sky Sports become a top level RFU partner, with a range of partnership rights for the first time. The agreement strengthens one of the longest running broadcast partnerships in sport, taking it until the end of the 2019/20 […]

Intelsat under pressure

Intelsat’s Q3 numbers showed the operator is still under pressure with quarterly revenues falling from $651.8 million last year to $608.6 million (down 6.6 per cent year-on-year) in the three months to September 30th.  There were revenue falls in all of Intelsat’s key divisions, including its all-important Network Services which registered a fall in revenues of some $12 million, and […]

Roku powers Sky Deutschland Online TV Box

Roku and Sky Deutschland have entered into a strategic agreement using the Roku streaming platform for the development of the Sky Online TV Box. Sky Online (see story above) will be available in the coming months through the Sky Online TV Box, which will also have access to the online video library Snap. Sky Deutschland is the second international pay-TV […]

Watchup on Amazon Fire TV stick

Watchup, the Stanford startup, has announced that its video aggregator news app will be exclusively available on televisions via the Amazon Fire TV Stick ­ Amazon¹s first streaming media stick. The Watchup app is free and will be available on the Amazon Fire TV Stick shipping in mid-November 2014. Watchup¹s app will offer viewers a TV newscast experience based on […]

SES to deliver connectivity to planes

Satellite operator SES is linking with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to provide bandwidth for in-flight connectivity to airlines around the world.  GEE supplies aircraft with WiFi, movies and TV to some 150 airlines around the world. GEE’s “Row 44” division serves more than 520 aircraft including those of Southwest Airlines, Icelandair, Norwegian Air, Transaero, mango, “We see this as the […]

TalkTalk expands IPTV with Harmonic

Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery infrastructure, has announced that TalkTalk, the UK telco, has chosen an integrated headend solution from Harmonic to help deliver its IPTV services. Utilising Harmonic’s Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder and ProStream 9100 with ACE stream processor and transcoder, which feature a highly dense and scalable architecture, TalkTalk can cost-effectively deliver high-quality live and VoD […]

Olympusat partners Viaccess-Orca for TVE solution

Viaccess-Orca has revealed that Olympusat Telecom has chosen Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage – TV Everywhere Solution to support its upcoming OTT multiscreen business-to-business (B2B) service. Olympusat Telecom is a division of Olympusat Holdings, one of the largest independent media companies that owns, operates, and represents more than 60 Spanish-language TV networks with over 10,000 hours of content. Olympusat’s selection of Voyage follows […]

Cinedigm, Vimeo distribution deal

Cinedigm and Vimeo have signed a deal to bring ongoing releases from the content distributor’s celebrated catalogue to Vimeo On Demand, kicking off with the release of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. As part of the partnership, Cinedigm will release a number of films exclusively and non-exclusively on Vimeo On Demand over the next year and participate in […]