Canal+, beIN SPORTS deal looks on

It seems a deal between Vincent Bolloré’s Canal Plus Group and Abu Dhabi-controlled beIN SPORTS looks more certain than ever. French financial newspaper Les Echos is reporting that Bolloré met with France’s leading football club owners and managers to reassure them that an “alliance” between beIN and Canal Plus would not be a threat. Equity […]

Pirate Bay adds streaming

The Pirate Bay, the infamous file-sharing torrent service, has added a browser plug-in that now allows lets users stream content directly from the website – meaning there’s no need to download the file through a program such as BitTorrent. The Swedish website has made the change by introducing support for TorrentTime, a browser plug-in that […]

TiVo ranks most-watched Super Bowl ads and moments

TiVo has ranked this year’s most engaging Super Bowl commercials, promotions and game moments. From a variety of takes on patriotic messages, quirky humour, and a bit of the odd, commercials tended to lack the usual sizzle of the biggest TV event of the year, says the advanced television technology and insight specialist. Unlike in […]

UK manufacturers warn of digital infrastructure threat

Britain’s place at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution is at risk through lack of Government planning for a world class digital infrastructure according to the body representing UK manufacturers. The warning was made by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation on the back of a survey showing that companies increasingly view Internet access as critical […]

Super Bowl delivers 2nd-highest overnights for CBS

CBS’s broadcast of the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers has delivered the second highest overnight rating on record for the Super Bowl, beaten only by the 2015 game. Early findings from Nielsen suggest that Super Bowl 50 averaged a 49.0 household rating/73 share in the 56 metered markets across the country, peaking […]

HIGH TV 4K launches in India

International lifestyle and entertainment channel HIGH TV 4K is continuing its global roll out with the launch of the service in India Via Splendid Media. “It is indeed a major milestone for us, as an international 4K channel, to be present in India through a leading Media Company such as Splendid Media, with the highest […]

Piracy marketing platform from MUSO

Content protection and data-analytics solutions specialist MUSO has revealed what it describes as a major new addition to its range of market analytics and audience connection products with the launch of Retune, developed to help rights owners market their content directly to piracy audiences, and enable those audiences to reconnect to licensed content. According to […]

SES-9 “targeting late February”

The much delayed launch of the SES-9 satellite is now being “targeted” for late February, according to the satellite operator.  The spacecraft is due to be launch by SpaceX, currently scheduled for February 24th and with a back-up date of February 25th. “This date was mutually set by SES and the launch operator for SES-9, […]

Eutelsat 65 W A flies into Kourou

Satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed that its Eutelsat 65 west A satellite arrived in Kourou on February 6th and is on track for launch on March 9th by an Ariane rocke at 02:22 local time (05:22 GMT, 06:22 CET). Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in California, Eutelsat 65 west A is a tri-band satellite […]

China: 80% of TV sales in 2015 were Smart TVs

YuMe, the global audience technology company powered by data-driven insights and multi-screen expertise, has announced the launch of its new white paper, 2015 China Connected TV Market Development Blue Book, in partnership with Nielsen CCData and UPOTV. The Chinese CTV media and advertising industries are seeing rapid growth, with the video audience in China estimated […]

Egypt wants new satellite

Egypt has been granted permission by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to place a satellite at the 35.5 degrees East orbital position. The decision by the ITU is controversial insofar as Egypt’s application is out of time, and in the past the ITU has been tough on nations which – for whatever reason – do […]

India blocks Facebook Free Basics Internet

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has blocked Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality. The scheme offered free access to a limited number of websites. However, it was opposed by supporters of net neutrality who argued that data providers should not favour some online services […]

Under-reporting pay-TV scandal in Colombia

The under-reporting of pay-TV subscriptions is far from a new phenomenon, but now the head of Colombia’s tax-evasion officials reckon that cable TV operators in the country are responsible for $50.6 million in unpaid taxes due to their understating of revenues. The allegations directly concern some 3.2 million pay-TV subscribers in the country, and the […]

Champions League knockout games free on BT Sport

Football fans will be able to watch last season’s UEFA Champions League finalists Juventus clash with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on BT Sport’s Showcase Freeview TV channel, later this month. The Italian giants will host the Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on February 23rd at Juventus Stadium in Turin. BT Sport Showcase will also show a […]

Sundance Channel on Canalsat

AMC Networks and Canalsat have signed an agreement to launch Sundance Channel Global on Canalsat’s satellite, ADSL, and IPTV platforms in France. Sundance Channel, which broadcasts exclusive independent feature films and documentaries as well as original drama series, will launch on February 9th as part of Canalsat’s Series and Cinema package as a 24/7 linear […]

Millicom sells Congo business to Orange

Millicom has signed an agreement for the sale of its Tigo business in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Orange. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. Millicom will sell 100 per cent of the share capital in Oasis SA for a total cash consideration of $160 million. Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom said: […]

Eurosport extends WorldSBK rights

Eurosport and Dorna WorldSBK Organisation have confirmed the early extension of their long-term rights agreement for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. The announcement comes as Eurosport prepares to fuel the passion of motorsports fans throughout the 2016 WorldSBK season, starting February 26th. The renewal will see the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, including its […]

Teleste integrates EPG info to Samsung’s hotel TVs

Teleste, an international technology group, has developed a solution that allows the delivery of EPG information from the Teleste Luminato headend to Samsung’s LYNK SINC, a specialised solution for Samsung Smart hotel TVs that provides remote management of interactive TV content and delivers customised viewing options to hundreds of guest rooms. “We are delighted to […]

France: Fight Sports on Bouygues Telecom

CSI Sports, a provider of televised fighting content, has signed a multi-year carriage agreement for its new 24/7 HD Network Fight Sports in France with pay-TV operator Bouygues Telecom. This launch continues Fight Sports in Network’s rapid global expansion and follows a recent extension of their carriage agreement with Orange in France. Fight Sports in […]

Evolution Digital unveils eVUE-TV

Evolution Digital, a provider of integrated IP solutions for the global cable industry, has launched eVUE-TV, an IP video solution that offers thousands of hours of VoD content aggregated with live cable television offerings, all on one platform. Following Evolution Digital’s acquisition of i-Velozity, the rebranded eVUE-TV provides cable operators a wide selection of IP […]

35% of Millennials watching Super Bowl on Smart TV

With more than one in three consumers watching live sports on a device other than a traditional television set, Super Bowl 50 is likely to see some major shifts in how consumers watch the big game, according to new analysis by Adobe Digital Index (ADI). ADI’s survey of more than 400 US consumers found Millennials […]