BT plans ultrafast broadband

UK telco BT has revealed plans to transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast. The announcement came as BT reported its Q3 Results which showed it had added 45,000 TV customers and continued to grow its BT Sport residential and commercial customer bases. In just over a year since launch, 25,000 commercial premises have signed up to BT […]

UHD panel market $30bn by 2020

According to a report from Transparency Market Research, the market for ultra-high definition (UHD) panels globally is estimated to reach $30.4 billion by 2020. In terms of volume sale, the market for UHD panels is expected to reach 5.7 million units by 2020, at a CAGR of 9.2 per cent from 2014 to 2020. Factors such as increasing use of […]

Movistar signs HBO, hits 2m pay-TV subs

Movistar and HBO have signed an agreement that will see TV series such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Girls distributed via Telefonica’s online VoD service. Movistar TV will offer the first three seasons of Game of Thrones and the first four seasons of Boardwalk Empire. Three seasons each of In Treatment and Girls also will be available. This […]

Médiamétrie TV Twitter ratings

French ratings institute Médiamétrie has launched, in association with Twitter, its Twitter TV Ratings tool that measures the number of tweets made in relation to a television programme. Proving that entertainment programmes are amongst the most tweeted about shows – and also engage viewers beyond the broadcast of the programme itself – Médiamétrie points out TF1 ‘s talent show, The […]

FCC spectrum auction breaks all records

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) auction for new spectrum that has been running in the US for the past two months closed on January 29th and broke all records. The FCC’s AWS-3 auction brought in $44.9 billion, as various existing operators scrambled to acquire fresh capacity.  Previous estimates hovered around the $10 billion mark, and that expectation was smashed in […]

Singtel, Sony, Warner hook up for Asia OTT

Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top (OTT) video service in Asia. HOOQ will deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programmes to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download their favourite shows on their device or […]

TV easily wins attention battle

Internet video is getting interest from media and marketers, but multiscreen TV is where US consumers commit the bulk of their time, according to report called Get Real: Video Advertising 2015. The report examines the major players in the growing field of video in the US – multiscreen TV, Google/YouTube, AOL, MSN, Yahoo and Facebook – on the basis of […]

Chromecast passes 1bn streams, YouTube views up 50%

Chromecast, Google’s HDMI dongle that has been on the market for 18 months, is still riding high.  According to analyst group NPD, Chromecast was the top selling streaming device throughout the US in the year of 2014, with users casting more than 1 billion times since its launch. Google’s Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani said that Chromecast usage per device […]

2 bidders for UK DAB multiplex

Ofcom has announced there have been two applications to run a second national, commercial digital radio ‘multiplex’ in the UK, which will deliver around 15 new national DAB stations from 2106. Ofcom invited applications to run the multiplex in July 2014, stating that it would consider whether bidders are looking to offer something new to UK audiences. Ofcom hopes to […]

TF1 preps SVoD kids service

French broadcaster TF1 will launch the first SVoD service targeting kids in France on February 5th. Branded ‘TFou Max’, TF1 says the service isn’t seeking to compete with Netflix or other French VoD platforms such asCanalPlay, but to take advantage of children’s growing non-linear viewing. Targeting the 3-12 year-old demographic, with specific sections for the preschoolers, the 6-8 demographic and […]

Greece to restart ERT

Greek public broadcaster ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corp) was ordered to close in June 2013, and has struggled ever since with some 2600 staff laid off. ERT returned to air in July 2013 with a dramatically cut-down broadcasting schedule reflecting the country’s austerity programme, and a new name NERIT (New Greek Radio, Internet & Television organisation). Greece’s newly-electric prime minister Alexis […]

Canada sets out future TV policy

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued two decisions related to some of the issues addressed in its ‘Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians’ public consultation, as well as a decision relating to the future of mobile television content. These announcements concern local television stations, ‘simultaneous substitution’ and mobile television services. The CRTC notes that the way […]

Huge rise in India’s ‘inactive’ DTH subs

India is frequently cited for its huge – and growing – DTH subscriber numbers of a combined 70.33 million. But a report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) tells a different story. TRAI says that the total number of inactive subscribers grew by 5.99 per cent (q-o-q, and during the July-Sept 2014 period). This growth takes the total […]

Most broadcasters ever to cover Chelsea v Man City

On January 31st, Stamford Bridge will play host to record number of broadcasters attending a Barclays Premier League match. The action on the pitch will be made available to Premier League fans all over the world as 26 television broadcast crews cover the match in person. The attending Premier League rights holders include NBC Sports (US), beIN Sports (Middle East […]

Levira delivers Fight Sports in Scandinavia

Levira, a  play-out and media asset management platform is delivering a new 24/7 HD Network Fight Sports to Nordic Pay-Tv operator, TeliaSonera in Sweden and in Finland using its North European Media Delivery Platform. The programming line-up includes some of the most high profile `live’ World Title Boxing events (WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO), World Championship Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts and […]

Canada: Rogers delivers ICC Cricket World Cup

Canadian cricket fans are receiving a front-row seat to one of the world’s popular sporting events this February as Rogers delivers live pay-per-view coverage of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.  Bell, MTS, SaskTel, Shaw/Shaw Direct and TELUS subscribers can also enjoy access to pay-per-view coverage of the tournament. The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup kicks starts on February 13th […]