Fox makes formal bid for Sky

The much-rumoured and anticipated bid by 21st Century Fox to take control of Sky is now a reality. In a Statement, the Independent Directors of Sky plc (Sky) say that they note today’s share price increase, and announce that Sky has received an approach from 21st Century Fox, Inc. After a period of negotiation, the […]

Orange eyes Canal+

Stéphane Richard, CEO of French telco giant Orange, speaking at an event in Morocco, said that if Canal Plus was up for sale – which it isn’t – he would consider making a bid.  “If Canal Plus were up for sale tomorrow, Orange would definitely look into it. Obviously,” Richard told reporters on the fringes […]

Pay-TV subs watch less than half their channels

Almost half (49 per cent) of premium digital pay-TV customers in the UK are watching less than a fifth of the channels included in their TV packages, according to new research by uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service. And yet, the average yearly spend for premium pay TV is £508 (€602), or £42.30 […]

SNL Kagan: STB market remains robust

According to media analysis firm SNL Kagan, the global set-top box market remains robust. Worldwide STB shipments are on track to reach 273 million in 2016, up slightly from 269 million in 2015, according to SNL Kagan’s report, The set-top box market remains robust. In addition to the growth of satellite units, cable shipments are […]

15% who try VR then buy headset

Research from Parks Associates reveals 50 per cent of consumers who try a VR (virtual reality) headset enjoy it and make plans to purchase one, while 15 per cent who try one enjoy the experience and then buy a headset. The research highlights the importance of personal experience in driving the success of VR headset […]

Altice mulls US IPO

Multinational cable, fibre, telecommunications, contents and media company Altice has confirmed that it is exploring the possibility of an initial public offering (IPO) of a minority interest in its US operations, Altice USA. “No decisions have been taken at this point on the structure or timing of any IPO, and no assurance can be given […]

BT, Huawei partner for 5G development

Two of the world’s leading communications companies – BT and Huawei – have come together to lead the global development of 5G mobile technologies. The new partnership will see the companies conduct pioneering joint research into 5G, considering how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied, as well as the technical and commercial feasibility of […]

Ofcom outlines BBC regulation plans

UK comms regulator Ofcom has set out how it will take on regulation of the BBC from next April. This is in advance of the imminent publication of the final BBC Royal Charter, which details how the BBC will operate in the new Charter period from 2017 to 2027. This will see the biggest reform […]

France: Disney Channel launches mobile app

Disney Channel France has launched a free mobile app available on both iOS and Android devices. The new app promises more than 200 pieces of content including music videos, animated gifs, competitions and interviews related to its popular kids’ series such as The Descendants, Soy Luna, Liv & Maddie and Camp Kikiwaka. This app serves […]

Troubled Avanti: No news on cash injection

Financially troubled satellite operator Avanti Communications Group has somewhat cheekily decided to hold its AGM in London on December 29th – a date when most of the financial community is on vacation. Moreover, in its statement it admits it can give no further information as to its financial position in its trading year to June […]

Hulu adds profiles

US SVoD service Hulu has commenced rolling out profiles to its 12 million+ subscribers. Each account can add up to six specific profiles. When a viewer creates a profile, they will be taken through a taste picking experience where they will be able to tell Hulu the types of shows and movies they like and […]

Liverpool-Chelsea kicks off BT Dolby Atmos coverage

Having announced on November 11th that it intended to enhance further sport fans’ viewing experiences with the launch of Dolby Atmos sound to its BT Sport Ultra HD customers in January 2017, BT has revealed that Premier League title contenders Liverpool and Chelsea will battle it out in what BT plans to be the first […]

Research: Broadband a modern-day essential

Research from UK consumer body Which? finds that nine in 10 people think a broadband connection is essential to their everyday life alongside other essentials such as food, housing and utilities such as water and energy. The results, taken from a representative survey of over 2,000 people, revealed that housing, energy, food and running water […]

Indian Court throws out DAS objectors

India’s High Court in Delhi has dismissed most of the petitions objecting to the adoption of the Digital Addressable Systems (DAS) whereby every digital set-top box needed to be identifiable. The Court ordered that the various petitioners now speedily complete their conversion projects from analogue to digital “within two weeks” and thus to then comply […]

Vice, Guardian content deal

Youth media company and content creation studio Vice and the UK publisher the Guardian have struck a new content partnership that will provide Vice with access to original investigative news reporting from a unit of dedicated Guardian journalists, and the Guardian with access to Vice’s video production skills, distribution platform and a young engaged audience. […]

Online ban for junk food ads aimed at kids

Online ads for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar aimed at children are set to be banned under new rules from advertisers. The Committee on Advertising Practice (CAP) said its restrictions would also apply to all other media where under-16s made up a quarter of the audience. The rules are an attempt […]

SpotX, Vice online video ad deal

The Vice digital network has signed a partnership with SpotX, the video inventory management platform. SpotX will be providing all digital platforms of Vice within Europe with the necessary technical infrastructure for the automated sale of video advertising. An increasing number of media owners are investing in programmatic video advertisements to offer viewers relevant advertising. […]

TVT appoints Elvidge as CTO

TVT, the independent media services company, has appointed Peter Elvidge as its first CTO. In the newly created role, Peter will take responsibility for overseeing technology strategy and development. Elvidge joins TVT from Globecast, where in the course of his 10-year career he held a variety of roles including Head of Global Media Management. During […]

Encompass playout services for MTG UK

Encompass Digital Media, a technology services company delivering end-to-end video solutions, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Modern Times Group UK, part of international digital entertainment group MTG, to provide UK–based, end-to-end channel playout services for 20 free and pay-TV entertainment channels (including local versions) across Europe. In addition to the channel playout services, […]

Comcast deploys Universal Electronics’ QuickSet Cloud

Universal Electronics, a specialist in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, has announced that Comcast is the first service provider to deploy QuickSet Cloud. This unique software addition is now integrated with Comcast’s X1 Entertainment Operating System enabling an effortless, automated set up experience for the X1 Voice Remote.  Universal Electronics’ QuickSet […]