BT TV growth slows

BT has reported strong demand for fibre broadband lines in Q1, but growth in its pay-TV business has slowed. Group revenues were down 2 per cent on last year to £4.4 billion (€5.5bn), with only the consumer division posting growth. Adjusted pre-tax profits were up 7 per cent to £638 million. BT TV added just 5,000 customers in the quarter, […]

AMC eyes BBC America stake

The BBC is reportedly in talks to sell a near 50 per cent stake in its flagship BBC America channel to US television group AMC Networks. BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, is said to have already entered into negotiations with AMC, home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men and owner of The Sundance Channel. A tie-up would give AMC […]

Sony makes shock profit

Sony Corp has reported an eight-fold increase in its quarterly profits, helped by the sales of Playstation 4 consoles, and the disposal of properties as well as the sale of Square Enix, a video games developer. Sony said that profit for the April-June period, and its Q1, rose to Yen 26.8 billion ($261 million) from 3.1 billion Yen a year […]

RTL acquires SpotXchange majority stake

Broadcast entertainment group RTL has made what it describes as an early entry into the rapidly growing market for programmatic online video advertising by acquiring a 65 per cent majority stake in Denver-based video advertising monetisation company SpotXchange. In addition to RTL Group’s initial €107 million investment, RTL and SpotXchange’s current shareholders have agreed on an earn-out component that might […]

TivùSat reports 2.2m active smart cards

Five years after its launch, Italian DTH platform TivùSat has exceeded the figure of 2.2 million active smart cards. TivùSat launched on July 31st 2009 and, with a steady growth over the years, has now reached 2,201,708 active smartcards, equivalent to 1.83 million households, more than 7 per cent of Italian families. The regions with the highest penetration levels are […]

Competition watchdog suspends French rugby deal

In a further controversial move affecting the French pay-TV industry, following the decision by broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel to deny applications from three channels to migrate from pay-TV channels on France’s digital terrestrial TV platform to become free-to-air, France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la concurrence, has suspended the agreement between the National Rugby League and Canal […]

Discovery Q2 up 10%

Discovery Communications has published its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30th 2014. David Zaslav, Discovery’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The operating strength across Discovery’s organic businesses, along with increased contributions from strategic acquisitions, led to sustained financial momentum during the second quarter.  Our persistent focus on building a broad and deep content portfolio to leverage […]

Brazil continues pay-TV enthusiasm

At the end of June Brazil’s pay-TV universe had grown another 210,000 subscribers during the month and taking the nation’s total to within a whisker 19 million, (18.97 million, or 29.02 per cent of TV homes. Carlos Slim-backed America Movil group (Claro/Embratel/Net) continues to dominate the market, with a 53.28 per cent share and 10.10 million customers.  In second place […]

APAC DTH opportunity ‘stellar in medium term’

DTH satellite pay-TV customers in Asia are expected to grow from 56.3 million in 2013 to more than 110 million by 2018, a strong CAGR of 14 per cent, according to new projections from leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA). Longer-term, DTH’s share of the total pay-TV market will almost double to 24 per cent as the DTH customer […]

DirecTV Q2 up 5%

DirecTV, the US satellite TV provider, has reported that Q2 2014 revenues increased 5 per cent to $8.11 billion (€6bn) , reported operating profit before depreciation and amortisation (OPBDA) increased 3 per cent to $2.15 billion, reported operating profit increased 5 per cent to $1.42 billion and reported diluted earnings per share increased 35 per cent to $1.59 compared to […]

TVplayer adds Aaj Tak

Aaj Tak, the number one Hindi News channel in India, is the latest channel to join the DESI pack on UK OTT platform TVPlayer. Launching Aaj Tak on TVPlayer will enhance its channel reach via multi-platform viewing opportunities across web, mobile and tablet, making the channel available to a wider audience of the Indian population residing in the UK. Aaj […]

Australia: No evidence of cord-cutting

Using the Internet has almost eclipsed watching TV as Australian’s preferred source of entertainment and reading the news online has overtaken reading it in print, according to more than 2300 Australians surveyed for Deloitte’s annual media consumer survey. The key findings of this third annual survey into how Australians across four generations and five age groups prefer to consume media […]

World Cup Akamai’s biggest sporting event

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the largest live sporting event ever delivered in the history of Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services. Akamai worked with more than 50 broadcasters to stream live and on-demand video for all 64 matches to an array of connected devices across the world. Every match of the month-long tournament was streamed to […]

Global smartphones exceed 290m in Q2

Mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached over 290 million in Q2 2014, representing 26 per cent y-o-y growth and 2 per cent q-o-q growth. Both Apple and Samsung witnessed a decline in their global market share as other vendors including Huawei, LG and Lenovo made gains at their expense. Samsung accounted for 26 […]

Ofcom invites more local TV applications

Ofcom has invited applications for new local TV channels in seven UK locations – Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Dundee, Forth Valley, Inverness and Stoke on Trent. The invitation follows legislation passed in 2011, enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences allowing the broadcast of local TV channels on digital terrestrial TV. The first local TV licences were advertised by Ofcom in […]

TP Vision licenses Rovi

Rovi Corporation has announced that Rovi has entered into a multi-year patent licence agreement with TP Vision. The licensing terms grant TP Vision use of Rovi’s discovery patent portfolio for its Philips-branded TV models and related second-screen companion applications and services across multiple international regions. “This is an important agreement that reinforces the long-term value and relevance of Rovi’s patent […]

DStv, Eutelsat long-term agreement

Eutelsat Communications and MultiChoice Africa, one of Africa’s most prominent media companies, have signed an agreement that will ensure the continuing expansion of the DStv pay-TV platform over the coming 15 years. The multi-transponder contract also further anchors Eutelsat’s neighbourhood of high-power satellites at 36° East as the point of reference for broadcasting in sub-Saharan Africa. MultiChoice Africa will take […]

Verizon, thePlatform partner for multiscreen solution

Verizon Digital Media Services and white-label video publishing company thePlatform have formed a new strategic alliance to accelerate major media and pay-TV operators’ plans for multiscreen video delivery. The companies have integrated the Verizon Digital Media Services suite of video services and thePlatform’s mpx video-management system to form a complete solution, which the companies will jointly sell. The alliance brings […]

TBN UK channel coming to Freeview

TBN UK, a new Christian channel with a selection of local and international Christian lifestyle, music, ministry, youth shows, children’s’ entertainment, documentaries, movies and more, has launched on Freeview. The aim of TBN UK is to facilitate and shape a well-rounded and balanced Christian lifestyle. The channel launches on January 5th 2015 on Freeview channel 65. Arqiva, the communications infrastructure […]

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