4K display prices tumble

Consumers can already save thousands on the latest Ultra-HD televisions compared to very similar models of a year ago. Both of South Korea’s giant display manufacturers, LG and Samsung, have cut prices ahead of next week’s IFA electronics show in Berlin. Large Display Monitor (LDM), quoting a study by Forbes for the US market, states […]

Apple TV plans original content

Apple may well follow Netflix and Prime as producer of original video programming, according to US reports. The company is said to gave held meetings with Hollywood executives in recent weeks to gauge their interest in helping make original movies and TV shows, enabling them to take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. […]

Canal Plus, Telefonica’s global pay-TV unit

Telefonica plans to turn its recently-acquired platform Canal Plus into a global pay-TV unit responsible for negotiating TV content for all the group’s regional platforms worldwide. Following the example of Netflix, Telefonica is seeking to centralise all TV content negotiations on Canal Plus to have a stronger position in the International market and even produce […]

IHS: US cord-cutting fears realised

Validating industry cord-cutting fears, in the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, pay TV companies in the United States posted their worst ever quarterly video subscriber losses, shedding 658,450 subscribers. According to critical information and insight source IHS, Q2 2015 is the first time non-cable pay-TV operators lost video subscribers, since satellite operators entered the pay-TV […]

Netflix on Vodafone Spain

Antonio Coimbra, Vodafone Spain’s CEO, has confirmed the operator will offer the Netflix app on its platform, the first distribution deal for Netflix Spain. Vodafone TV homes will be able to watch Netflix content via on app on their set–top boxes. Netflix will also be available through Vodafone TV when Netflix when it launches in […]

Disney SVoD for Orange

Disney Channels France has launched a new SVoD service branded Disney Channel Pop Pick Play available exclusively on Orange TV. The new platform, which has already been partially tested in Spain, mixes Disney content and games and is accessible via the Orange bouquet Family max and the Pass Vidéo section on a three month rolling […]

Marketers increasing spend on Connected TV

Spend on Connected TV is set to increase, as almost half of current connected advertisers plan to allocate more funds to the medium in the coming year, according to the ANA/BrightLine 2015 survey report, The Connected TV Opportunity. Key findings from the study include: There is growing demand for connected TV education. Only 43 per […]

Bar licensee fined for illegal Sky use

Following a successful prosecution by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the Premises Licence Holder and Designated Premises Supervisor of sports bar LJ’s in the UK town of Aylesbury has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £6,000 (€8,185) in fines and costs for showing Sky Sports illegally in his premises. On August 20th […]

Hulu picks up Netflix’s EPIX deal

Premium streaming TV service Hulu and premium entertainment network EPIX have agreed what they describe as a landmark, multi-year digital SVoD deal that will bring new releases from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount to Hulu for the first time beginning October 1st. Hulu replaces Netflix as EPIX’s streaming partner. Separately, Netflix revealed that it had not […]

Moto GP in 4K

Dorna Sports, the commercial and television rights holder for Moto GP, collaborated with BT Sport, its UK broadcasting partner, to produce live coverage of the Octo British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Ultra High Definition. The event marked the first time a MotoGP World Championship event was covered live in Ultra HD, with viewers of […]

AsiaSat sees 8% fall

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat saw an 8 per cent fall in revenues for its half-year trading period ending June 30th. It blamed the poor results, released on August 27th, on “rough” local market conditions and delays in obtaining licenses to operate its latest pair of satellites. On the much more positive side it saw its all-important […]

OSN borrows $400m

It looks as if the much anticipated IPO from Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN is on hold for the time being. Instead OSN is borrowing $400 million for the next 5 years, partly to fund general business and partly to refinance existing debt. Reuters is saying that the debt will take two forms: a US$255 million […]

Wearables market worth $25bn by 2019

The wearables market is set to treble in size in the next five years and become worth over $25 billion (€22.2bn), according to industry analyst firm, CCS Insight. Its global forecast for wearable devices – which includes smartwatches, fitness trackers, augmented and virtual reality headsets and wearable cameras – indicates the market is set to […]

SpaceX suffers further delays

Gwynne Shotwell, president of rocket launch company SpaceX, says the rocket will not be returning to work anytime soon. A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket suffered a catastrophic failure when a metal strut fractured on June 28th. “We’re taking more time than we originally envisioned, but I don’t think any one of our customers wants us to […]

IoT means $2.5bn retailer capex by 2020

Data from Juniper Research has revealed that retailers seeking to capitalise on IoT (Internet of Things) technologies will spend an estimated $2.5 billion (€2.2bn) in hardware and installation costs, nearly a fourfold increase over this year’s estimated $670 million spend. The hardware spend includes Bluetooth Beacons and RFID (radio frequency ID) tags. In the first […]

Samsung boost for CEA 4K

Samsung Electronics has confirmed that all of the 2015 UHD TV models, encompassing Series 9 to Series 6 models, qualify for, and will display, the 4K Ultra HD logos developed by US trade body the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The CEA logos are only eligible to be used on UHD TVs that satisfy the highest […]

New HGI regs will strengthen Wi-Fi performance

HGI, the global organisation for setting requirements for the connected home, has published new requirements that when implemented will improve the reliability and range of Wi-Fi networks for services operating on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies. The new document, ‘RD-045: Wi-Fi requirements for Home Gateways – Automatic Channel Selection (ACS) and Repeaters’, improves the clarity […]

Russia’s Proton gets back to work

August 28th saw a Russian-built Proton rocket launch a British satellite into orbit for Inmarsat. The successful 15-hour launch also represented the return to work for International Launch Services (ILS) and its Proton+BrizM combination after a 4-month delay following the catastrophic loss on May 16th of a Mexican satellite, and a few worrying problems ahead […]

Seligmann appointed VP Eutelsat UK and Nordics

Eutelsat has confirmed the appointment of Julien Seligmann as Regional Vice President UK and Nordics. Based in London, Seligmann will steer the Eutelsat UK and Nordics team that drives sales and marketing of capacity and services in order to further consolidate Eutelsat’s leadership across the region. Seligmann is a seasoned executive in content delivery with […]

Sky Sports wins England Test series v Pakistan

Sky Sports has won the rights to show England’s tour against Pakistan, when Alastair Cook’s Ashes winners travel to UAE in October. Following England’s victory over Australia their next Test series comes less than two months later and marks the start of the winter schedule with England also touring South Africa, before the ICC T20 […]

MTG acquires Turtle Entertainment

MTG has completed the acquisition of the shares in Turtle Entertainment, the world’s largest esports company that operates the ESL brand. MTG has with this completed all of the three digital acquisitions announced in July this year, and will now focus on enabling them to expand even faster by leveraging the benefits from being part […]

Sling TV on Amazon Fire tablets

Sling TV has released its app for Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablets, rounding out its live Internet TV offering on Fire devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablet device owners can now download the Sling TV app in the Amazon Appstore. For a limited time, new […]

Vubiquity acquires Juice Worldwide

Vubiquity, a global provider of premium content services, has confirmed the acquisition of Juice Worldwide. As one of the top OTT certified and preferred encoding houses and digital delivery agents, Juice Worldwide’s services will bolster Vubiquity’s network of content providers, now reaching top brands including iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and Google Play. The deal is a […]

LG Smart TV free upgrade to Smart TVs

Owners of LG Electronics’ (LG) webOS 1.0 Smart TV owners will receive a free Value Pack Upgrade which include four main features of the latest webOS 2.0 platform. Upgraded LG webOS TVs will receive My Channels, Quick Setting, Input Picker and Live Menu, improving the user experience with a more intuitive layout, convenient shortcuts, quicker […]

Fine Living HD for Europe

M7 Group, one of the fastest growing cross-regional pay-TV operators in Europe serving over 3 million TV homes, has extended its agreement with Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, a division of the producer of lifestyle content, for the European launch of Fine Living HD via the M7 Group satellite platform. Following the agreement, Fine Living […]

AP expands video content

AP (Associated Press) has announced a significant expansion of its live video content offering for broadcasters. Since the launch of AP Direct in 2003, AP has been the market leader for live content for broadcasters. Technology transformations mean that now, besides AP Direct, broadcasters can also access three additional live content streams from AP Video […]

Altice appoints Combes COO, Chairman

Altice Group has announced the appointment of Michel Combes as both Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Group and as Chairman of the Board of Numericable-SFR. Patrick Drahi, President of Altice, said: “I am very pleased that Michel, whom I have known for over 20 years, has decided to join us to help structure the […]

Romanza+Africa launches in Seychelles

The 24-hour telenovela channel Romanza+Africa has launched in Seychelles on the multi-service cable television operator Intelvision.  Appealing to a broad and multi-cultural group of British, French, Chinese, Indian and Seychellois Creole ethnicities, the pay TV channel broadcasting in English is set to be a key subscriptions driver and a major service differentiator in the market. […]

Broadpeak streamlines multiscreen delivery

Broadpeak, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies and live and VoD servers for cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid, and mobile TV operators worldwide, today added the BkS350 origin packager with on-the-fly packaging capabilities to its range of streaming servers. Using the BkS350 origin packager, operators can dynamically convert recorded and VoD content into any […]