Viewers pay more attention to Connected TV ads

YuMe, a provider of digital video brand advertising., has released a report measuring ad attention by comparing the actual time a viewer’s eyes were tracked watching an ad against the total time the ad was viewable for connected TV, desktop and mobile campaigns. The study concludes that viewers pay attention to a higher proportion of ads […]

Other headlines of the week

Mobile captures 51% of US online revenue

Mobile advertising accounted for more than half (51 per cent) of the record-breaking $72.5 billion (€66.5bn) spent by advertisers last year, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and prepared by PwC US. The total represents a 22 per cent increase, up from $59.6 billion in […]

Kinnevik takes 18.5% Com Hem stake

Investment company Kinnevik has agreed to acquire 33.9 million shares, corresponding to an approximate 18.5 per cent interest, in Swedish multi-play operator Com Hem Holding from NorCell S.à r.l., the indirect investment holding company of funds advised by BC Partners LLP, for a cash consideration of SEK 110 per share, or SEK 3.7 billion (€385m) […]

Netflix increases EU bond offering

Netflix has raised its senior notes offering to €1.3 billion, upsizing the debt offering from a previously announced €1 billion.  The streaming giant is offering the notes to investors outside of the US and said that it expects the sale to close on May 2nd. The notes will mature on May 15th 2027, unless earlier […]

Sirius XM Canada spin off

Pay-radio operator Sirius XM Canada, an affiliate of the USA’s Sirius XM, is going private. Canada’s Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has given its approval to a planned transaction which, it says, “will benefit Canadians and Canadian music artists for years to come”. As a condition of its approval CRTX has directed that Sirius XM […]

Comcast: “2017 fastest start in five years”

Comcast, the US telco and largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world by revenue, has reported results for the quarter ended March 31st 2017. Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, “2017 is off to the fastest start in five years. We are reporting outstanding growth at Cable […]

FCC’s Pai proposes ‘Open Internet’ policy reversal

Having signalled his preference for such a move in a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed his intention to reverse predecessor Tom Wheeler’s ‘Open Internet’ policy designed to ensure net neutrality. In a speech at the Newseum in Washington, DC on […]

SpaceX demands FCC put OneWeb on hold

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company, which also has plans afoot to build and launch its own ‘super-constellation of more than 7500 V-band satellites, is objecting to Jersey-based OneWeb and its potential financial partner SoftBank of Japan with their plans for its 648-satellite constellation. SpaceX’s complaint is that the OneWeb/SoftBank financial structure is far from clear. […]

ViaSat & Eutelsat launches set for June 1

Arianespace is firmly getting back to work, and says that a much-delayed launch of a two satellites for ViaSat and Eutelsat, will go ahead on June 1st.  The pair had initially been scheduled for launch this week, on April 25th, but the date had slipped because of region-wide strike in French Guiana which shut the […]

LG Q1 boosted by premium TV demand

LG Electronics has announced first-quarter 2017 revenue of KRW 14.66 trillion (€11.65bn), an increase of 9.7 per cent from the same period last year. LG nearly doubled its operating income to KRW 921.5 billion. LG Home Entertainment Company recorded its highest first-quarter operating margin of 8.8 per cent on sales of KRW 4.33 trillion, largely […]

Technicolor: “Q1 down, but expected”

Technicolor has reported its Q1 2017 numbers. The French media and entertainment giant said that performance in the first quarter was in line with Group’s expectations and the outlook for 2017 remains unchanged. A company commentary said: “During the first quarter, revenues were down year-over-year, as expected, due to an unfavourable comparison basis in the […]

Intelsat Q1: Losses trimmed

Intelsat’s Q1 saw overall revenues of $538.5 million [€493m] (down 2.6 per cent on 2016 y-o-y from $552.6 million) but with considerable shrinkage of its all-important backlog. This latest quarter-year saw backlog (the value of contracts in hand) and which are currently valued at $8.5 billion, reduced from $9.3 billion at the same time last […]

Fee collectors name BBC shows ‘worth the licence’

The top TV moments from shows most valued by licence fee payers have been revealed by TV Licensing, the collection of companies contracted by the BBC to administer the collection of television licence fees and enforcement of the television licensing system. Dancing bears from Planet Earth II topped the list of memorable TV moments Twitter […]

Iflix for MENA

Iflix, the SVoD service for emerging markets, announced the launch of its  service in eight territories across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Consumers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan can now sign up for a 30-day free trial, giving them unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, […]

TVPlayer on Roku

Roku, and TVPlayer have announced the availability of TVPlayer on Roku streaming players in the UK, making live TV accessible from all major broadcasters for the first time to Roku users. TVPlayer includes content from major broadcasters, such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Dave among others and can be added from the […]

BBC, Discovery LatAm content deal

Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic, a division of Discovery Communications, and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and main subsidiary of the BBC) have announced a first look deal for the factual, lifestyle, natural history and motor programming categories, through which Discovery’s networks will become the home to many of the BBC’s most popular titles. As […]

Just Eat £10m a year to sponsor X Factor

Just Eat, the online takeaway food service, has agreed a £10 million-a-year deal (€11.9m) to be the new sponsor of The X Factor and intends to launch a nationwide “Chef Factor” hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its branded clips. Just Eat’s multiyear deal is one of the largest ever for a weekly show […]

Roku box for PLDT

Philippine multi-play operator PLDT is introducing the next generation of its TVolution streaming box for its customers. PLDT worked with streaming pioneer Roku to deliver to its customers a fully-proven solution that is easy to use and loaded with “great” content. “Filipinos will be the first in Asia to stream the best in entertainment using […]

The QYOU launches in SE Europe

QYOU Media, a curator of ‘best-of-the-web’ video for multiscreen distribution, has announced a linear channel distribution agreement with United Group to deliver its curated content to customers in Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The deal marks the QYOU’s first entry into this region and signifies further expansion for the company in Europe. Suzana […]