US pay-TV subs down 125K

The thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing some 95 per cent of the market – lost about 125,000 net video subscribers in 2014, according to the Leichtman Research Group. Annual net pay-TV losses in 2014 were comparable to 2013, when the same top pay-TV providers lost about 95,000 subscribers. The top thirteen pay-TV providers account for 95.2 […]

Vaizey: We want a BBC ‘fit for the digital age’

Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. Delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford […]

TiVo explains Aereo asset buy

TiVo’s CEO Tom Rogers said that viewing consumers are facing “chaotic changes” in the variety and amount of programming available to them. “Infinite amounts of new and compelling content coming from all directions, traditional linear TV, live sports and other events, recorded programming, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, TV Everywhere and web streaming services. In this new world order of content, what’s […]

Italy €6bn broadband plan

The Italian government has adopted a €6 billion plan to modernise its Internet network and boost broadband access by 2020 in compliance with EU objectives. However, the government did not impose a deadline on operators to replace their copper networks with fibre, as some had expected. Economic Development Ministser Federica Guidi said it will be on the operators to choose […]

EU Net Neutrality ‘soft pedal’

The Latvian presidency of the EU has secured a compromise on net neutrality regulations among EU member states. Negotiations can now get underway with the European Parliament, which passed a different version of the proposal last April. The parliament must approve a final version of the legislation before it can take effect. The council members have ceded to industry pressure […]

ITV profitable 2014, online growing

ITV has reported pre-tax profits rose 39 per cent to £605 million for the year to December 31st 2014. The UK commercial broadcaster saw revenue rise 8 per cent to £2.59 billion, while net advertising revenue rose 6 per cent to £1.63 billion. Non advertising revenue rose 10 per cent to £1.3 billion, boosted by a 30 per cent increase […]

Currys/PC World censured over 4K claim

DSG Retail, trading as Currys/PC World, has been found in breach of three advertising rules in relation to a television ad which claimed that purchasers of LG TVs would be able to watch their favourite Christmas movies in greater detail. The ad stated that “At Currys PC World, we’ll help you get it right this Christmas. These smart LG TVs […]

Samsung, LG, Sony 42% of all TV shipments

Global TV brands, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Sony, gained market share and increased their year-over-year shares of LCD TV shipments by an average of 11 per cent in 2014, which is higher than the market average. According to IHS, the top three TV brands purchased more than one third (37 per cent) of the total global TV panel supply in […]

US has over a third of global advertising

The global advertising market surpassed a half-trillion dollars in 2014 totaling $525 billion with the top 10 countries accounting for nearly three-quarters of global advertising spend, according to a report from Strategy Analytics entitled Global Advertising Market Forecast Outlook. The US alone accounted for over a third of global ad spend in 2014, 3.8 times higher than the second largest […]

App users regularly use 8 apps on mobiles

Parks Associates research released at Mobile World Congress shows app users regularly use nearly 8 apps on their smartphone and nearly 7 apps on their tablet. The average user spends 3.3 hours per week using social networking apps on a smartphone, while gaming and music apps score 2.7 and 2.6 hours per week, respectively. Fourteen per cent of smartphone users […]

Discovery’s Seeker ‘uplifting’ online channel

Discovery Communications has launched a new online channel branded Seeker in an effort to reach younger audiences who have grown up watching media online. Seeker features more than a dozen original series created specifically for the network, all which are ad-supported. Many are produced and hosted by journalist Laura Ling, who was held captive in a North Korean prison in […]

Alibaba buys into TV production

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has invested $383 million in TV programme producer Beijing Enlight Media. The move follows investments by Alibaba worth more than $3.1 billion in the entertainment industry  last year as the company aggressively expands into film and entertainment content. Alibaba executives have laid out a vision of selling digital content and entertainment, including film, television and video […]

NBCU SVoD comedy channel

NBCUniversal is planning to launch a comedy-based subscription video on demand service later this year. It is designed to appeal to viewers aged under 35 who are opting out of linear TV. Comedy is seen as a genre that appeals to those younger viewers. The WSJ says the NBCU service might include episodes of NBC’s The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, […]

House of Cards heavily pirated beyond Netflix reach

In the first 24 hours of its Season 3 release, House of Cards attracted more than 680,000 unique downloaders all over the world.  The main concentration of illegal downloads occurred in countries where Netflix isn’t currently available according to Variety, reporting data collected by Excipio. Specifically, five of the top ten countries on the list currently don’t have access to […]

Canada boosts digital content

2014 was a turning point for Canada’s digital-first media landscape, according to a report from the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). The report, Content Everywhere (2): Securing Canada’s Place in the Digital Future, examines the emerging marketplace for English-language linear content created outside the traditional studio and broadcast system over the past four years. It also provides case studies to […]

AOL UK appoints Nicklin MD

AOL UK today confirmed the appointment of Hamish Nicklin as Managing Director. In this role, Nicklin will oversee strategic direction of the business and execute core business strategies for AOL UK, driving new business development and sustainability across the company’s content brands, programmatic platforms and video. Nicklin will report directly to Graham Moysey, Head of International, AOL. Nicklin joins AOL […]

M-GO adds DTS sound to 4K output

OTT narrowcaster M-GO has contracted with enhanced sound specialists DTS to encode its HD and 4K programming with DTS technology. M-GO is backed by Technicolor and DreamWorks, and is available in some markets on Samsung displays as well as PCs and other connected devices. M-GO says it is the first OTT supplier to also embrace ‘DTS Headphone:X’, described as a […]

Quickplay acquires Roundbox

Quickplay, the global expert in powering video to any device, has confirmed the acquisition of New Jersey based Roundbox, a technology provider for the optimisation of video and other data-intensive applications over mobile networks. The acquisition supports Quickplay’s strategy to enable the monetisation of engaging premium viewing experiences on any device or network by using multicast (one-to-many), and unicast (one-to-one) […]

Arqiva taps SeaChange for Freeview Play

Arqiva is using SeaChange software and professional services to create the metadata foundation for Freeview Play, the new subscription-free connected TV offer from the UK’s most-watched television service.  Freeview is managed by DTV Services, a company owned and run by its five shareholders: BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva. The SeaChange Adrenalin multiscreen video platform provides Arqiva with the […]

Nvidia Shield Android TV console

Nvidia has unveiled the Nvidia Shield, its Android TV console, which delivers video, music, apps and games to the home. “Shield will change the way we enjoy digital entertainment at home,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia. “It’s an incredibly powerful, efficient and advanced living room entertainment device. It’s the best Android TV experience. And it can transform […]

Piksel Guard supports all major DRM

Piksel, a global provider of video monetisation software and solutions, has announced the latest release of its multi-DRM software product, Piksel Guard, which now supports all major DRM technologies that online video providers use for their valuable video assets. With this release, Piksel takes a further step towards ensuring that online video providers can maintain the highest level of flexibility […]