UHD TVs lack market penetration

Ultra-HD TVs continued to make slow and steady inroads throughout the world, but their share of the overall flat-panel TV market remained minimal by the end of May, suggesting that Ultra-HD TV pricing in the market remains too high to gain meaningful share, according to a report from IHS Technology. Among the top 13 brands for liquid-crystal-display televisions (LCDTV) worldwide, […]

Broadcasting Unions unite against TV spectrum release

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) – the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the globe – has released an official joint position on radio spectrum allocation, stating their support to maintain the allocation of UHF frequencies (470 to 694 MHz) currently used for terrestrial TV broadcasting. The WBU says that broadcasters from all over the world […]

BBC explains iPlayer outage

Richard Cooper, the BBC’s Controller of Digital Distribution for BBC Future Media, has posted a blog explaining the background to the serious incident over the weekend which impacted BBC iPlayer, BBC iPlayer Radio, and audio and video playback on other parts of bbc.co.uk, which also forced the Corporation to use its emergency homepage for prolonged periods of time. “We have […]

TalkTalk hits 1.1m pay-TV subs

TalkTalk has reported 1.1 million customers for its budget pay-TV service, adding 185,000 in the most recent quarter. The telco, which relaunched its TV offering with a YouView box last year is now the fastest-growing pay-TV provider, increased revenues by more than 3 per cent to £434 million in the June quarter, compared with the same period last year. TalkTalk […]

World Cup shows multi-screen behaviour

Conviva, a provider of video analytics, delivery optimisation and big data processing, has revealed its findings from the World Cup. Conviva’s analysis of the streamed event demonstrates viewers’ insatiable desire for live sports and high-quality content, forcing content providers to focus their efforts on improving video quality and viewer experience across all screens, not just one. This year’s World Cup […]

Satellite TV revenues $100bn in 2020

Satellite TV revenues for 138 countries will reach $99.9 billion in 2020, up from $87.8 billion in 2013 and $69.3 billion in 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. Covering 138 countries, the Global Satellite TV Forecasts report estimates that Asia Pacific and Latin America will show strong growth. However, revenues will fall in Western Europe as competition […]

CE revenues to hit $211bn this year

Driven in part by the skyrocketing sales of connected devices, revenues for the consumer electronics (CE) industry are projected to grow two per cent in 2014, reaching a record high of $211.3 billion, according to US Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts 2010-2015, the semi-annual industry report released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). CEA’s consensus forecast reflects US factory sales-to-dealers […]

Sky, TalkTalk extend distribution partnership

Sky and UK quadplay operator TalkTalk have agreed a new wholesale deal to broaden and extend the distribution of Sky Sports and Sky Movies to TalkTalk’s TV customers. The multi-year agreement will see TalkTalk continue to offer its customers Sky’s sports and movies channels on its YouView service. The deal also includes the rights to catch up content for the […]

FilmOn faces contempt motion

A federal judge in Manhattan has said that she’s likely to hold streaming video company FilmOn X in contempt of court for continuing to operate after the US Supreme Court’s ruling that Aereo’s streaming service infringed copyright. “I’m inclined to grant the contempt motion,” said US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald following the hearing. FilmOn X continued to stream […]

Consumer confidence on tech-spending on the rise

Consumer sentiment toward technology spending reached its highest level since December of 2012, according to the latest figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The CEA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, increased by 4.1 points in July to reach 95.3, its highest level since the 2012 holiday season and peak for […]

Apple profits up 12%

Apple posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 per cent compared to 36.9 per cent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 per cent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our record […]

CBS channels for TalkTalk TV

CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1 and Horror Channel have confirmed that they will expand their reach by launching on TalkTalk TV, Britain’s fastest growing TV service. The carriage agreement with TalkTalk is effective immediately and will be available to TalkTalk TV customers via IPTV. Tanya Gugenheim, Chief Business Development Officer at AMC Networks International – Zone (formerly Chello […]

Sky Sports News HQ launching on Sky channel 401

Sky Sports News will relaunch on Sky channel 401 as Sky Sports News HQ from August 12th. Other Sky Sports channels will move one number up the Sky digital EPG. Launched for the new football season, Sky Sports News HQ will boast a new schedule, upgraded studio and improved digital services including redesigned apps and integrated social media coverage. Sports […]

SES digital TV platform for West Africa

SES, in cooperation with service provider Computer Warehouse Group has confirmed the launch of a new digital TV platform for West Africa on SES’s Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees East. This independent and neutral TV platform in Nigeria will be the country’s first FTA DTH digital TV platform and provide the opportunity for broadcasters to reach millions of satellite […]

DirecTV, DISH support STELA reauthorisation

US satellite TV broadcasters DirecTV and DISH Network have expressed their support of Congressional efforts to reauthorise the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). In a joint Statement, they said: “On behalf of our 34 million DirecTV and DISH satellite television customers, we thank the leadership of the US House of Representatives, along with the Energy and Commerce Committee […]

Lionsgate, Comcast partner for multi-platform movie experience

Lionsgate and Comcast are expanding their partnership to create immersive multi-platform experiences for digital consumers, beginning with the launch of an app for the motion picture Divergent. With more than four hours of bonus features and interactive content, the Lionsgate-designed iOS app, which is free to every Divergent fan via the iTunes App Store, includes an authenticated premium experience available […]

Arquiva wins EIB infrastructure funding

Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, has agreed to provide £190 million (€240m) to support investment by Arqiva in a range of new critical national infrastructure projects. This includes the roll out of smart metering across the north of England and Scotland, as well as the expansion of digital radio, the rollout of the new T2 muxes and […]

Frozen top 2014 VoD title

Rentrak has revealed the top ten digital movie purchases and rentals of the first half of 2014 based on consumer transaction rate. The report includes Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and electronic sell-through (EST), for both standard-definition and digital HD movie purchases and rentals. Disney’s “Frozen,” which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, was the number one digital […]

WideOrbit acquires Admeta

WideOrbit, a provider of advertising management software for media companies, has acquired Admeta, a provider of solutions for digital programmatic sell-side platforms based in Sweden. This acquisition is part of WideOrbit’s ongoing commitment to expand its digital offering for major media companies and provide the most comprehensive media management solutions globally for premium publishers. Founded in 2002, Admeta provides sophisticated […]

Metrological TV app store for UPC Hungary

Metrological, provider of a cloud based software application platform, has deployed a cloud based TV app store on UPC Hungary’s HD mediaboxes by partnering with ActiveVideo. As a result of this partnership UPC Hungary launched a TV App store, without replacing its existing mediaboxes. Metrological’s cloud based approach is enabling UPC Hungary to virtualise mediabox functionality, using ActiveVideo’s CloudTV StreamCast […]