Netflix eyes next targets

Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, told the CTAM cable marketing summit it will decide in 2015 which European territories will be next in its five year plan to expand globally. Hastings, in Europe to promote Netflix’s latest six European launches, said moving to more territories will help it to monetise and do “more original content.” “Our pattern for the next few […]

Spain picks up €286 DTT retuning bill

The Spanish Government will pay the bill for readjusting DTT aerials on around one million buildings. The retuning must take place before the end of the year as a result of the allocation of the digital dividend to 4G operators. The Government estimates that the total cost to readjust the aerials will be €286 million (in comparison with the €800 […]

Murdoch: I didn’t want TW deal debt

Rupert Murdoch has told his own Fox Business Network that he dropped his pursuit of Time Warner over concerns the deal would require his 21st Century Fox to take on too much debt load. Fox made an unsolicited $80 billion bid for Time Warner in July, the bid was rejected and dropped a month later. “I just felt with all […]

YouTube funding more user-producers

YouTube has started to hand out another round of funding to some of its top content creators, according to YouTube Originals head Alex Carloss. “As any creator will tell you, making compelling new content isn’t easy, and we expect to learn a lot through this process. We’ll experiment with new formats and ideas. We’ll get our hands dirty. We’ll make […]

BT Sport Extra red button

BT Sport viewers are set to benefit from more top flight TV programming following the launch of its BT Sport Extra ‘red button’ service in the UK and Ireland, this weekend. BT Sport Extra will be on air at selected times, providing viewers with additional content alongside the already strong line-up on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. […]

Study: Canadians love Netflix

Findings from Sandvine, a provider of intelligent broadband and network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, reveal that Netflix is the leading application in Canada, and on select networks, can account for between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. The data was collected as part of Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Program […]

Telefónica finalises €4.7bn GVT acquisition

Telefónica and Vivendi have signed the final agreement for the sale of Global Village Telecom, GVT, to Telefónica, a move that reinforces the Spanish telco’s leadership in Brazil, and is expected to generate synergies of at least €4.7 billion, Both companies agreed August 29 to enter into exclusive negotiations for this transaction, which includes a cash consideration of €4.663 billion […]

FindAnyFilm presents a Dracula moment worth paying for

Pro-copyright consumer education body the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and Universal Pictures are launching a Dracula Untold trailer in cinemas nationwide, the 17th such collaboration as part of the industry’s successful ‘Moments Worth Paying For’ campaign. Luke Evans stars in this origin story of the man who became Dracula and the trailer aims to inspire by thanking audiences for […]

Expendables 3 producer: ‘We’re going after illegal downloaders’

Avi Lerner, producer of The Expendables 3 and chairman of Millennium Films, has confirmed the studio is pursuing individuals who downloaded pirated copies of the movie, sending out legal letters asking for a settlement to holders of IP addresses in lieu of more substantial damages should they take cases to trial, reports trade daily Variety. The leak of the movie […]

Study: Cyberlockers profiting from content thieves

Digital Citizens Alliance – a coalition of consumers, businesses, and Internet experts focused on educating the public and policymakers on the threats people from all walks of life face on the Internet – has just released a new report, Behind the Cyberlocker Door: A Report on How Shadowy Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions. Drawing on new research […]

Netflix to boost German video revenues to €7.4bn

Total consumer spend on video entertainment in Germany will increase by 2 per cent in 2014 to over €6.9 billion after 5 per cent growth in 2013, and is on course to reach a total of €7.4 billion by 2018, according to findings from research and knowledge-based consulting company Futuresource Consulting. This growth is primarily being driven by the continued […]