Contract-free triple-play from NOW TV

Sky’s online streaming service NOW TV has launched the NOW TV Combo – the UK’s first ever contract-free triple play bundle, offering the latest and best TV, unlimited broadband as well as a range of call packages, all without a contract. Available from July, the NOW TV Combo comes complete with the brand new NOW […]

Eastern Europe finally wakes up to OTT

Eastern European OTT TV and video revenues [for 18 countries] will reach $1.976 billion (€1.781bn) in 2021; up from only $26 million recorded in 2010 and $454 million in 2015, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Eastern Europe OTT TV & Video Forecasts report states that Russia accounted for half the region’s […]

Over half of TVs shipped now smart TVs

An important milestone was passed in early 2016: more than half of TV sets shipped globally in first quarter 2016 were smart TVs. The acceleration in the uptake of internet-connected TVs was led by China, where four out of five TV sets shipped with smart functionality. Meanwhile, despite a seasonally quiet quarter, 56 per cent […]

SES adopts digital satellite payloads

Every communications satellite launched has hundreds of metres of co-axial cable handling the complex switching between the satellite’s heavy waveguides (carrying high-frequency electrical energy) and its antennas. The cabling and its associated switches can weigh 1.5 tonnes, which is a major portion of the satellite’s ‘cargo’. Martin Halliwell, SES’s CTO, says the operator plans on […]

86% want TV-like quality when streaming video

According to a report on US video streaming from Verizon Digital Media Services – Quality Matters – more viewers continue to consume content online, on devices of all kinds, but as content creators continue to grow and gain more numbers, they need to consider the factors that keep their viewers coming back for more. Verizon […]

Espial to acquire WHS platform from ARRIS

Espial has confirmed an agreement to acquire ARRIS’s Whole Home Solution (WHS) platform. Espial will support current – and look to accelerate future – roadmaps for more than 40 WHS service provider customers spanning the US, Canada, and Latin America. Terms and conditions of the pending acquisition were not disclosed. The transaction, which is subject […]

History axes Top Gear USA

The BBC has confirmed that Top Gear USA has been cancelled. The programme, broadcast on the History channel in the US, is a spin-off from the motoring series and not the version shown in the UK now fronted by Chris Evans. Top Gear USA presenter Rutlege Wood announced the news on Facebook – and hinted […]

Warner Bros joins HEVC Advance

HEVC Advance, an independent licensing administrator, hasy announced that Warner Bros has become both a Licensor and Licensee of the HEVC Advance HEVC/H.265 Patent Pool.  As a Licensor, Warner Bros will make its essential patents available through the HEVC Advance patent pool, which provides a transparent and efficient licensing programme for HEVC/H.265 essential patents.  As […]

31% of Brits pretend they’ve watched a TV show

According to research by TalkTalk TV Store, nearly half of Brits (42 per cent) have felt in the dark in situations where a show they haven’t watched is being discussed. A further one in three (31 per cent) admitted to pretending to be fans of shows in a bid to appear in the know amongst […]

Abu Dhabi jails pirate website operator

The Abu Dhabi Court has convicted the administrator of a pirate website for illegally uploading torrents and facilitating illegal streaming of copyrighted television series, movies, and misusing OSN’s intellectual property rights. OSN is a leading pay-TV platform in the region. The Court passed judgment sentencing the pirate to six months in jail followed by deportation […]

Egypt expels British TV anchor

Liliane Daoud, a former BBC reporter, was June 28th forcibly removed from her Cairo home by plain-clothes police, separated from her husband, and placed on a plane to Beirut. Her detention came just moments after she had been dismissed by privately owned TV station ONTV. Daoud, who has British and Lebanese roots and who has […]

AsiaSat and JIB expand partnership

Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) and Japan International Broadcasting (JIB) have announced a major expansion of their partnership. From July 1st, JIB will use AsiaSat 7 to broadcast NHK World TV HD, an English language news and lifestyle TV network, and for the continued distribution of its SD channel in the Asia- Pacific. “Since our SD […]

Fox’s Outcast delivers 26m views globally

Fox, the international entertainment brand, and a unit of Fox Networks Group, drew a record 26 million views for the international premiere of Outcast across its linear broadcast and an social media and online release. Outcast is the group’s first original series from in-house production unit, Fox International Studios. It is the second Robert Kirkman […]

Piksel appoints Malcher as VP Market Development

Piksel, a global player in building successful online video businesses, has announced the appointment of Clive Malcher to the position of Vice President of Market Development. Malcher joins Piksel from British commercial television network Channel 5 where he was Head of Technology and Operations overseeing the technology strategy and implementation for their digital businesses. In […]

Cubiware, MStar partnership

Cubiware, a Warsaw, Poland based subsidiary of TiVo, has announced its continued expansion in Asia with a new partnership with MStar Semiconductor, a semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions. The collaboration will integrate MStar’s Hybrid STB chipset solution with the full-featured CubiTV Hybrid Middleware. Using MStar’s Full HD MPEG-4/MPEG-2/HEVC STB chipset platform with […]

SPI/Filmbox now offers NatureVisionTV

SPI International/Filmbox, a global TV content distributor and pay-TV operator, has recently added NatureVisionTV channel to its worldwide channel offer. NatureVisionTV is a new 24/7 linear channel which features extraordinary scenes of nature filmed around the world in 4K and HD, combined with natural sounds, and often soothing music. “We are glad to add NatureVisionTV […]

SpotX Nordics appoints ITV’s Byrne

SpotX, the video inventory management platform for premium publishers and broadcasters, is expanding its operations to the Nordic region with the opening of a new office in Sweden and the appointment of Stephen Byrne as Senior Business Development Director, Nordics. Joining from ITV, and bringing extensive experience of the broadcast and advertising technology industries, he […]