Online TV consumption up 388%

Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that more people watched more TV online than ever before. TV consumption across devices grew 388 per cent year-over-year (YoY) and programmers saw broader use as unique monthly viewers increased by 146 per cent YoY across browsers and TV apps. While online TV consumption remains fragmented across platforms, gaming consoles and […]

Sky Italia denies FTA channel launches

Sky Italia has denied Italian press reports that it plans to launch a package of free-to-air channels on DTT. In a statement, Sky Italia stressed it remains focused on the core pay-TV business, while its presence in the free-to-air segment will continue to be represented by channel Cielo. Daily “La Repubblica” reported that the pay-TV operator was planning to challenge […]

15 pirate sites deliver 42m unique visitors a week

Digital IP protection expert KLipcorp has successfully completed a project aimed at accurately measuring the damage done by IP piracy/cybercrime and the impact or otherwise of various piracy / cybercrime management methods. Klipcorp’s methodology has been independently assessed and validated by a recognised expert in the field – Dr. Ian Ferguson – and is now used for calculating damages in […]

“4K is crucial” says Wim Wenders

Noted film director Wim Wenders has praised television’s increased use of 4K content capture. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the beatification of Pope Paul VI in Rome – captured by Vatican TV in Ultra-HD and with technical support from DBW Communications – Wenders said the technology is crucial. “But 4K is unforgiving! Unlike His Holiness the Pope, 4K sees […]

Airtel, Samsung launch India’s first iDTV

India’s Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, is teaming with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this initiative, Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external […]

Tribeca, Lionsgate team for SVoD

In a move to offer premium content to a growing online audience, next generation global content specialist Lionsgate, and Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company which owns and operates the Tribeca Film Festival, have partnered to launch a subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) service. The service, called Tribeca Short List, will encompass a prestigious selection of Lionsgate and Tribeca titles as […]

Universal broadband €40bn opportunity

The results of the latest research conducted by Point Topic and Adroit Economics point to a €40 billion opportunity for the SMEs in Europe by the end of the decade. Extending work recently conducted for the European Commission BRESAT project has revealed significant potential for growth and productivity. “Today, broadband is an indispensable tool for governments, businesses and populations in […]

Autohop well positioned in legal battle

Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network has won a key legal argument in support of its ‘Autohop’ ad-skipping technology. US District Judge Dolly Gee ruled last week that Autohop’s ability to record the primetime output of all four major US broadcast networks was “fair use” and reflected an older 1984 case which went to the Supreme Court and at the time referred […]

Research: Too much TV choice is “hard work”

Hill Holliday, the US marketing agencies, has released the results of research projects conducted to examine shifting attitudes toward television. Despite the proliferation of devices consumers have available to watch television, the television set remains the centre of many people’s living rooms — and other rooms as well. Nearly a third of respondents reported having two functional TV sets in […]

Balkan CNN to launch Oct 30

N1, a Balkan regional 24-hour news channel and exclusive CNN partner for the region, will start broadcasting on October 30th. N1 will have three regional centers – in Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo, each of which has its own editorial policy, journalists, TV studio, internet and mobile platforms. All three studios will produce separate content that will be merged into a […]

Issa, Leahy applaud Google anti-piracy efforts

US Congressman Darrell Issa – author of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act – has reacted positively to Google’s recent report which explains how it combats piracy across its services, “In an unprecedented step, Google has introduced new search engine capabilities to make sure that legal content is readily available to consumers and illegal, pirated content […]

Ooyala acquires Videoplaza

Establishing a presence in the fast-growing video advertising market, Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary and video streaming, personalisation and analytics specialist is to acquire Videoplaza, a specilaist in video advertising technology and monetisation. Videoplaza operates one of the world’s largest video ad serving platforms and programmatic trading solutions, delivering ads to viewers across all devices. It is used by broadcasters and […]

Sony takes 50% stake in Dori Media

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Dori Media Group (DMG) have entered into an agreement whereby SPT will acquire 50 per cent of the VIVA and VIVA Plus channels and the VIVA Walla online free VoD service in Israel, along with 50 per cent of DMG’s Baby TV operations in Indonesia. Andy Kaplan, President of Sony Pictures Television’s worldwide networks, said: […]

Turner Networks off DISH

DISH Network has announced that Turner Networks has removed Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Español, HLN, truTV and Turner Classic Movies from the DISH programming line-up in the US. The two companies have been unable to negotiate the terms of a renewed distribution agreement, and Turner refused to extend the overall agreement. “In the past year, DISH has successfully […]

Multichoice Hellas merges with Forthnet

The merger between Greek telco/pay-TV operator Forthnet and another subsidiary company Multichoice Hellas, wrapped on October 17th. The agreement, first mooted back on June 30th, sees Multichoice Hellas’s local operation being absorbed by Forthnet’s pay-TV arm. There is something of a shake-out and consolidation occurring in Greece at the moment. Earlier this summer Vodafone “merged” with Hellas Online (Vodafone paid […]

Virgin Media expands in NE England

Virgin Media is expanding its network to 5,000 more homes across the North East of England providing Internet access at speeds up to 152Mb or eight times faster than the national average. Work is underway to connect more households in Hartlepool, Darlington, Sunderland and Stockton-On-Tees and is expected to be complete by the end of October. The expansion will see […]

Rentrak granted US STB measurement patent

Consumer viewership information provider Rentrak has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for the method and system behind measuring the status of return path TVs (also known as set-top boxes). This is an important component of Rentrak’s massive and passive ratings service, which will soon measure 60 million return path TVs for live and DVR […]

Kenya limits foreign TV content

Kenya is limiting the amount of foreign content its local broadcasters can show. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is looking to impose a directive that all TV stations must limit non-Kenyan programming to 40 percent of their transmissions. The Authority says it is working with Kenya’s government to help create a framework to help young artists and creatives to […]

‘Europe needs a Gigabit movement’

Calix, one of the major forces behind the gigabit community wave sweeping across the US, is warning that Europe needs to foster a major effort to drive it forward and keep pace with North America and Asia in advanced broadband infrastructure. The comments came on the eve of the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, where Andy Lockhart, senior vice president, […]

Canal+ launching A+ channel throughout Africa

Canal+’s new sub-Saharan African channel, A+, will launch in 20 countries in western and central Africa on October 24th as part of the Canalsat bouquet. A+ will offer programming aimed at a mass market audience, including series in French, English, Portuguese and the Wolof language. All shows will be produced or dubbed in French. “We are delighted to launch this […]

SeaChange appoints Samit CEO

SeaChange International, the global multi-screen video software company, has announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Jay Samit as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Samit will also become a member of the Board.  Samit succeeds SeaChange’s current CEO Raghu Rau. “It is a great honour to be leading SeaChange at a time when the promise of TV on […]

HGI announces new direction

HGI, the global organisation for publishing requirements for the Smart Home, has announced at Broadband World Forum 2014 that it will be taking a new direction as it moves towards its tenth anniversary and continues to define the enabling platforms and APIs, enabling service providers to achieve the smart home of the future. The major re-launch will see HGI work […]

MP & Silva renews Serie A football rights

MP & Silva has confirmed the acquisition of the Italian football league’s international rights for the next three seasons, and will continue to manage the worldwide distribution from season 2015-2016 to 2017-2018, after successfully winning the tender launched by the Lega Serie A. The agreement includes the audiovisual rights to distribute the Serie A globally in all countries of the […]

Cennarium streaming deal with Samsung Brazil

Following its successful launch Cennarium, the global performing arts streaming service, has secured a deal with Samsung to provide its OTT service to a projected 136 million of the tech giant’s connected devices in Brazil. Cennarium is a performing arts streaming service offering an exclusive selection of live recorded plays, operettas, music and dance from around the world. The unique […]

Net Insight shuffles management team

Net Insight, a provider of efficient and scalable transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, has announced changes to the company’s management team. Per Lindgren, currently senior vice president business development and chief technology officer (CTO), will take on the position of senior vice-president strategy and business development, while current deputy CTO Martin Karlsson is named as the new […]

Zenterio implements Broadpeak

Broadpeak, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies and live and VoD servers for cable, IPTV, OTT, and hybrid TV operators worldwide, has announced that its quality of experience (QoE) agent has been integrated with Zenterio OS for interactive TV. The two companies have worked together to bring to market new solutions to meet IPTV operator’s expectations. “Thanks to […]

Visual Unity strengthens marketing team

OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has strengthened its marketing team by appointing James Mazur to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Formerly co-founder and leader of a start-up software company and Award winning GoStickman animation studio, James Mazur has extensive experience in online business and digital marketing. As Chief Marketing Officer, he will head the marketing team and take responsibility […]