AT&T: ‘Deal means a Netflix rival’

AT&T has indicated it will use its proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner to build a digital video platform to take on Netflix. Randall Stephenson, AT&T chief executive, said that owning content from HBO, Time Warner’s critically-acclaimed premium network, and Warner Bros, Hollywood’s largest studio, would allow AT&T to move more quickly as it […]

Netflix: ‘AT&T – TW deal mustn’t harm neutrality’

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told a WSJ event he was in favour of AT&T’s planned $85.4 billion buy of Time Warner, provided that his streaming company ‘continued to be treated fairly.’ He said it was critical that Netflix’s content be treated the same as Time Warner’s once the deal takes effect. “The key thing is […]

Canal+ iTELE on strike

Journalists at Vivendi-backed news channel iTele have gone on strike. The action means that the channel’s ‘Morandini Live’ broadcasts have been suspended, and the launch of ‘CNews’ postponed. The journalists are demanding that Morandini Live’s news anchor, Jean-Marc Morandini, be fired. Canal Plus responded by saying his broadcasts would be suspended for “operational reasons”. Morandini […]

AR app downloads to top 2.3bn by 2021

A study from Juniper Research has found that the popularity of Pokémon GO is inspiring app developers to incorporate AR technologies into their applications. It forecasts that the AR market will rise to 2.3 billion apps by 2021, representing a 380 per cent increase from an estimated 482 million in 2016. The launch of the […]

Satellite results season: ‘gloomy’

This week is the start of the ‘Big Three’ results season. October 27th sees Intelsat and Eutelsat numbers unveiled, while on October 28th SES reveals its latest quarterly results. The news on each of the three is not exactly glowing. Intelsat, despite some financial restructuring is still heavily burdened by debt, and there is some […]

Italian video advertising 30% up in 2016

The OTT and VoD Video Advertising market in Italy will grow above 30 per cent this year, representing one fourth of total online advertising, according to figures published by Interactive Advertising Bureau Italia. This compares to 2015, when the Video Advertising market was worth €364 million (+25 per cent on 2014) and accounted for 21 […]

Overseas broadcast deal for FA Cup

The Board of the English Football Association (FA) has ratified what is described as a “hugely significant” overseas broadcast rights deal that will ensure The Emirates FA Cup’s status as the world’s original and greatest domestic cup competition. After an extremely competitive bidding process for the international rights to televise The Emirates FA Cup for […]

Spain: ‘Full of pirate DTT channels’

Pirate DTT channels are proliferating in the South of Spain with 66 per cent of all DTT stations in the region of Andalucia being illegal. The Andalucia Audiovisual Council (CAA) has revealed that up to 124 local DTT stations in the region out of 198 are operating without a legal licence. The number of these […]

Spain, France markets drive Orange Q3

French telco Orange has reported accelerated growth in 3rd quarter revenue and restated EBITDA, driven by very high-speed broadband and convergence. The Group said it achieved a solid commercial performance in the 3rd quarter of 2016, driven by, with 845,000 net mobile contract additions and 348,000 additional fibre customers. There were 25.5 million 4G customers […]

Inaugral meeting of DTG’s PMSE Group elects Chair

The DTG hosted the inaugural meeting of the Implementation Group for Future PMSE Audio last month. Attended by DTG Members including BBC, Ofcom, Sky and Sony the meeting reflected a broad range of opinion and Mark Waddell, Lead R&D Engineer at the BBC was unanimously elected as Chair of the Group. Programme Making and Special […]

Walking Dead 7 sets Fox UK records

The season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead on October 24th has given Fox UK its biggest ever series launch and is on track to become the highest rated show since the channel began in 2004. Some 1.43 million tuned in to watch the premiere episode, via the simulcast at 2:30am or the show’s traditional […]

INsightTV in 4K throughout US

Amsterdam-based factual entertainment channel INsightTV is launching in Ultra-HD over North America.  INsight TV is the latest in a series of channels to join SES’s 4K Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood aboard their satellites (SES-1, SES-3 and AMC-18) located at the centre of the orbital arc over the region. INsight TV launched in Europe in UHD […]

Brasilia adopts DTT

Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, will switch off its analogue TV signals on October 26th.  The nation’s Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, Gilberto Kassab, confirmed that the analogue switch off now that at least 93 per cent of local homes are now equipped for digital TV. “All numbers are very favourable and demonstrate that […]

Humax launches H3 Smart Media Player

Humax has introduced the H3 Espresso Smart Media Player, providing hours of free entertainment in any room in the house via the user’s wireless network – without the need for extra aerial sockets or tuners. The user can simply plug in the H3 Espresso to the HDMI port on any HD TV, connect to the home […]

Kwesé and ESPN African collaboration

Econet Media’s Kwesé and ESPN have announced a media collaboration in Africa. The deal will deliver sports coverage in Africa, offering a wide range of sports and thousands of hours of programming. African audiences will benefit from content from global sports media company in ESPN, in conjunction with Kwesé’s premium sports offering, while Kwesé’s pan-African […]

BuzzRights content protection tool launched

Next-generation and creator-first digital media company BuzzMyVideos has launched multi-platform copyright protection tool BuzzRights, which enables online video creators to protect their content on both YouTube and Facebook. According to the company, with an ever-increasing number of emerging social platforms and ongoing shift in industry focus to video, the need to protect creators’ IP and […]

Thaicom buying Chinese satellite

Thaicom has ordered a broadband satellite from China Great Wall Industry, the nation’s main source for commercial satellites. Thaicom is using its satellite division (Thaicom International Satellite) as the buyer. The satellite will be ready for launch towards the end of 2019. The satellite is valued at $208 million, and will have 37 GHz of […]

ICFLIX on Xbox One

Gamers in the MENA region can now instantly stream movies and TV series by downloading the ICFLIX app via their Xbox One video game and entertainment system. Xbox One users will be able to subscribe to ICFLIX and instantly watch original ICFLIX Jazwood productions alongside hit TV series and movies including Qalb Al Asad, Giran […]

Grabyo for Real Madrid TV

While the success of linear broadcast channels of football clubs and teams has been somewhat mixed to date, the audience enjoyed by Real Madrid TV on Facebook Live suggests digital and OTT presents enormous potential. Real Madrid TV was one of the first wave of direct-to-consumer video services launched by the major European football clubs […]

Telia selects ARRIS IPTV STB

Telia has selected the VIP4302 set-top from ARRIS International to deliver IPTV services to its TV and streaming customers in Sweden and Finland. The new service offers IPTV content with a fully integrated Netflix and YouTube experience. The ARRIS VIP4302 also supports new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) – with twice the efficiency of current […]

ADB launches ioCentro

ADB, a provider of solutions for media and broadband convergence, has announced the public launch of its cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) service, ioCentro, which enables proactive troubleshooting, consumer self-help and more efficient after-sales service – all while reducing costs and complexity. Available as an end-to-end smart connectivity platform, ioCentro combines hardware with customised services […]

Globe Telecom enhances Cartoon Network app

Turner has announced a major enhancement to its Cartoon Network Watch and Play app, allowing Globe Telecom customers to livestream Cartoon Network and on-demand content via a new authenticated service. Globe customers will soon be able to log in to the free app using their username and password to unlock an array of value-added services, […]

Varnish partners with Cedix

Varnish Software, a specialist in caching software and high-performance content delivery, has partnered with Cedexis, a player in internet performance monitoring and optimisation, to introduce Varnish Extend, a private content delivery solution. Varnish Extend is for companies seeking to optimise digital content delivery while controlling costs. It is a software layer that enables organisations to […]

Nine Networks Australia selects Intelsat

Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, has announced a contract with Nine Network Australia to distribute programming to the company’s six domestic television stations as well as provide global satellite and fibre connectivity using the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to bring news content and special events from around […]