Italian pay-TV “ripe for consolidation”

There are Italian press reports that Sky (which controls the Sky UK, Sky Germany and Sky Italia broadcasters) has offered €1.1 billion to buy Mediaset’s pay-TV arm, which Mediaset has rejected. In a note to clients, investment bank Exane BNP-Paribas hints that this is good news for both Mediaset and Sky. The bank’s report says […]

Western European OTT to add $9 billion

OTT TV and video revenues in Western Europe [for 15 countries] will reach $13.72 billion in 2020; up from the $894 million recorded in 2010 and the $6.34 billion expected in 2015, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. From the $9.00 billion in revenues to be added between 2014 and 2020, the […]

Scripps completes TVN acquisition

Scripps Networks Interactive has closed on its agreement to acquire a 52.7 per cent interest in Poland’s premier multi-platform media company, TVN, from ITI and Canal+ Group for an all-cash consideration of €584 million. Scripps Networks Interactive will also assume €856 million of debt. “The acquisition of TVN marks an important step forward in Scripps […]

Ofcom: Online viewing growth creates challenges for PSBs

Ofcom has published the conclusions of its third review of public service TV broadcasting, the first review since 2008, suggesting that broadcasters need to adapt their models to maximise commercial revenues and efficiencies, and the PSB system needs to evolve as the trend towards online viewing grows. The review examines how the BBC, ITV, STV, […]

Coalition launched to protect consumer video device options

Leading technology organisations, consumer advocate organisations, and video device companies have formed an advocacy coalition to push for video device competition. Members of the Consumer Video Choice Coalition include CCIA, COMPTEL, Public Knowledge, Writers Guild of America, West, Ceton, Google,Hauppauge, SiliconDust, TiVo Inc., and VIZIO. “The market is driving video consumers to go over-the-top, break […]

TVPlayer launches pay OTT

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer is to launch TVPlayer Plus, a subscription service, this summer. TVPlayer Plus will be priced from £4.99 (€7.05) per month (with no contract) and enables live streaming of 25+ premium television channels, including Lifetime, HISTORY, H2, Crime + Investigation, Gold, Alibi, Watch, Good Food, Eden, Home, Discovery Channel, TLC, ID […]

Dish/Siti form Comnet j-v

Two of India’s largest pay-TV operators, Essel Group’s Dish TV and MSO Siti Cable Networks are forming a joint-venture, Comnet, in order to better negotiate with broadcasters. Comnet’s main role is to tap into the synergies available in jointly dealing with broadcasters and shift the balance of power more in favour of distributors, and to […]

100,000 decoder order for Nigeria

Lagos Nigeria broadcaster TV Continental has bought 100,000 satellite decoders for distribution nationwide. TV Continental, already highly-regarded for its TVC News channel, says the move is to ensure consumers do not miss out as the nation slowly transitions from analogue to digital TV. Deputy CEO of TVC, Lemi Olalemi, said, “While 100,000 might seem small […]

SingTel adds 18 channels

Singapore Telecom is adding 18 TV channels to its IPTV-based pay-TV bouquet, with Discovery Networks taking the lion’s share of the new channels. SingTel TV currently offers more than 190 channels serving its multi-national population. The new broadcasts add in Discovery’s Animal Planet, Discovery, Discovery HD World, Science, DMAX, Eve and TLC. Other new channels […]

Sri Lanka success for DTH

Sri Lanka is enjoying a DTH satellite pay-TV boom, says Dataxis Intelligence. Q1 2015 saw growth of 42.3 per cent (y-o-y) says the research company. The Sri Lanka pay-TV market is modest, with some 662,000 subscribers (cable and DTH) at the end of 2014 and growing to 724,000 at the end of March 2015.  Dataxis […]

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