65% Netflix subs want carousels in pay-TV

Digitalsmiths, a TiVo company, and specialist in personalised content discovery technology, has released the 14th edition of its quarterly Video Trends Report covering key topics across pay-TV, VoD, PPV, OTT, TV Everywhere, connected devices, and content discovery. Based on a survey of over 3,100 consumers, Digitalsmiths’ Q2 2016 Video Trends Report sheds light on many […]

Mobile TV market on cusp of unprecedented growth

The global market for mobile TV is exceedingly fragmented and the top 10 players accounted for a mere 23.3 per cent in 2015, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR). These companies, namely Comcast, AT&T, MobiTV, Sky, Bell Canada, Verizon Communications, Bharti Airtel, Consolidated Communications, Orange and Charter Communications, do, however, enjoy a strong foothold in […]

Controversial Greece TV tender under way

Greece is auctioning four broadcasting licences, and the tender process started August 30th, although not without drama. A dummy run on August 29th created headaches as the electronic bidding system crashed twice. Most of the remaining 8 interested bidders (out of a starting group of 11) have expressed reservations as to the tender’s transparency and […]

TiVo: 7.4m subs but many claims outstanding

TiVo, now close to finalising its take-over by Rovi (likely to wrap this coming week), stated that at the end of July it had 7.4 million TiVo subscribers (made up of 971,000 of Tivo-owned subs, and 6.38 million via MSOs). However, despite the impending take-over by Rovi Corp, Tivo still has a slew of legal […]

SES to orbit on a ‘pre-flown’ rocket

As expected, satellite operator SES will use a returned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to orbit its SES-10 satellite. The launch will take place during Q4 this year, probably around October. SES-10 will be the first-ever satellite to be launched on what SES describe as a “flight-proven” rocket booster. Unstated is how much SES is paying […]

YouTube catches up on live video

YouTube claims live video views jumped by 80 per cent over the last year as it chases down the likes of Facebook and Snapchat.  Neal Mohan, head of product at YouTube, told the FT the number of live video postings on YouTube grew by 30 per cent over the same time period. The most popular […]

Canal+ for Illiad?

Vivendi pay-TV unit Canal Plus is talking to French telecoms firm Iliad about new distribution offers as it tries to stem subscription losses in the country, Les Echos has reported. Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, and Canal Plus said in July they would announce a new offer dedicated to Orange’s premium customers by the […]

Mobile video 75% of 4G traffic by 2020

Huawei and Ovum, a global technology research and advisory firm, have jointly released the “The Evolution of Big Video – Examining telco transformation video opportunities”. This paper covers the current situation for telcos providing video services for the entertainment and communications markets, as well as vertical industry segments. By 2020, mobile video usage will have […]

Europe: Olympics TV viewing down, online up

This year’s Olympic Games in Rio were a massive TV and online hit in every corner of the globe. Nine countries have put together TV viewing data for the opening and closing ceremonies and for high performing Olympic moments. Different countries tuned in to different moments depending on the involvement of their own competitors. For […]

Paywizard: Pay-TV operators need better CRM strategies

To stem customer attrition pay-TV operators today have to ensure they move beyond simply providing a good service and collecting payment, and instead use insights gleaned from subscriber data to pre-empt customer defections and even win back those who have already left, according to a research-based whitepaper from Paywizard, the specialist in subscription, billing and CRM for pay-TV. […]

Virgin Media buying Arqiva hotspot business

Virgin Media is reportedly about to close a deal to buy UK-based Arqiva’s WiFi distribution business. Arqiva, according to the FT, has some 27,000 hotspots covering hotel rooms, airline lounges and airports in Britain. Virgin Media is also building its WiFi distribution business and, for example, operates the WiFi system on London’s Underground metro system. […]

The European Metadata Group formed

Bindinc (Netherlands), media-press.TV (Poland, Germany and Switzerland), and Plurimedia (France) are the founding members of The European Metadata Group The purpose of the Group is to offer top quality metadata to the European entertainment industry based on strong local expertise in all the various countries. To reach the highest quality metadata possible, within the Group […]

Naspers/DStv: “headwinds ahead”

Naspers, the South African conglomerate which owns the MultiChoice/DStv pay-TV business, has warned that the rest of this year and 2017 could see “headwinds” and stated that foreign currency falls throughout Africa and when programming was usually paid in US dollars, have hurt the company. “We can’t just pass on costs to our customers,” said […]

India’s Freedish to expand to 104 channels

Doordarshan’s Freedish is switching from MPEG2 to MPEG4 compression and this will allow the number of its FreeDish channels to expand from today’s 80 channels to an initial 104, and potentially 112. In its MPEG4 iteration viewers will need a ‘smart card’ to decode the soft-encrypted channels. Encoding services are coming from Bangalore-based ByDesign’s Indian […]

DVB-T2 to pick up momentum in Germany

Dimetis, a software company in broadcast and telecommunication, will build up the new DVB-T2 playout for Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (rbb) and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), after winning the respective European tender. The innovative playout infrastructure comprises of main and backup system, locally separated in a private cloud deployment which is used by rbb and MDR mutually. […]

Sharp to re-enter Europe/US?

August 13th saw Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology complete its $3.8 billion purchase of electronics giant Sharp.  Sharp is based in Osaka, Japan, and is reportedly looking to re-enter the European and American markets for high-end TVs. August 13th also saw Sharp’s CEO, Kozo Takahashi, step down and replaced by Foxconn’s Tai Jeng-wu as chief executive. Foxconn’s […]

France: Fox TV appoints Alduy

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution (TCFTVD) has appointed Manuel Alduy to run its French office. Alduy has been named MD of TCFTVD’s Paris office, where he will take charge of distribution of Twentieth Century Fox TV programming and SVoD. In his new role as senior VP of sales and development he will also help develop […]