SES raises cash to buy O3b

Satellite operator SES is raising about €1 billion in order to complete its purchase of O3b (a ‘next generation’ satellite constellation serving the ‘other 3 billion’ unserved and underserved broadband users). SES already owns 50.5 per cent, and has made no secret of its intentions to mop up the segment of O3b that it did […]

EU frees up 700 MHz for mobile broadband

The EU Council has adopted a general approach on a draft decision aimed at boosting broadband services. The 700 MHz band, which offers high speeds and extensive coverage, would be made available for wireless broadband in Europe by 2020. Broadcasting services would keep priority in the sub-700 MHz band at least until 2030. Henk Kamp, […]

EBU backs international content access

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) supports the idea of an ‘opt-in option’ for broadcasters to enable viewers to access free-to-view online services while travelling abroad with the EU. It welcomed moves by European Union member states to enable greater content portability during the recent EU Competitive Council meeting. Nicola Frank EBU head of European affairs […]

Another DTT retune in Spain

The EU’s decision to reorganise the radio-electric spectrum within 28 members countries for the launch of 5G services will require 15 million homes in Spain to retune their DTT aerials. TV channels will have to move to a lower band bringing together a new DTT migration. Spain will have to readjust its DTT aerials once […]

British TVoD market up 19% in 2015

The BASE Yearbook – a detailed analysis of the video market across 2015 from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) – highlights the growth in the transactional VoD category and the purchasing habits of the 22 million consumers that bought filmed content across the year. It shows the strength in franchise titles with seven […]

BBC to offer 3000+ hours of Olympics coverage

BBC One and BBC Four will broadcast 550 hours of action alongside extensive coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. In a repeat of the 2012 digital offering, up to 24 HD streams will also deliver every moment to fans whenever they want, wherever they are across mobile, tablet, desktop, connected […]

NBC to provide delayed 4K Olympics coverage

NBC Olympics’ comprehensive coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will include the distribution of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) coverage to cable, satellite, telco providers, and other partners. The coverage will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UHD footage from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, […]

Parks: Top 10 connected entertainment disruptors

Parks Associates has hosted the final day of the company’s 20th annual CONNECTIONS conference in San Francisco with panel discussions moderated by the firm’s analysts and featuring executives from companies throughout the IoT space, including Vivint Smart Home, Rovi, AT&T Digital Life, Schneider Electric, Comcast, and Hewlett-Packard. In the opening session “A Look at IoT […]

Survey: TV, ISPs deliver worst customer experience

TV service providers and Internet Service Providers received the lowest overall customer experience scores, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 US consumers. Of the 20 industries covered in the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service and ISPs tied with healthcare providers for the […]

BT Sport goes social with Champions League Final

BT Sport says it is making the 2016 UEFA Champions League final the “most social sports broadcast ever” by live-streaming the match on YouTube and breaking new ground across social media platforms. The all-Spanish final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28th is being shown live on BT Sport, and the BT […]

DISH launches HopperGO

DISH has launched HopperGO in the US – a new personal mobile video drive. The 64 GB, rechargeable battery-powered device gives customers the ability to securely transfer up to 100 hours of recorded TV shows and movies from a Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 DVR for on-the-go, offline viewing. “HopperGO is the perfect summer travel […]

Bravo, E!, Syfy on Apple TV

NBCUniversal has further expanded its TV Everywhere footprint on connected devices in the US with the launch of three apps on Apple TV: Bravo Now, E! Now and Syfy  Now. Apple TV users who authenticate via their pay-TV provider can enjoy full seasons, and current and past episodes of many of Bravo, E! and Syfy’s […]

Nilesat back in Beirut?

Back in early April Cairo-based Nilesat said it was immediately pulling out of the Lebanon and would cancel any uplinking satellite services to its satellite from Beirut’s teleport. A report May 26th out of Beirut (and on the ‘banned’ al-Manar TV channel) and quoting Lebanon’s Information Minister, Ramzi Jreij, said that an Egyptian technical team […]

SpaceX delays Thaicom-8 launch

Rocket launcher SpaceX has delayed the lift-off of an important satellite for Thaicom-8. The launch was scheduled for late Thursday evening (May 26th) from the Cape Canaveral site. Space X said it needed to investigate a “tiny glitch” in an upper stage engine actuator on its Falcon-9 rocket.  SpaceX boss Elon Musk said it was […]

F1, Tata developing F1 VR experience

Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider to  Formula 1, is launching the 2016 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, and unveiling the first challenge of the competition. The aim of the $50,000 prize is to inspire fans worldwide to harness their technical know-how and passion for F1 racing to drive innovation in the sport through two technology […]

Vimeo’s VHX launches in-app subscriptions

Vimeo’s white-label video solution VHX has launched in-app subscriptions for partner branded OTT apps. The new payment feature enables viewers to subscribe seamlessly on their Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Roku devices. The release opens doors to Apple, which accounted for 40 per cent of the US smartphone market in 2015 and continues to dominate […]

TRACE appoints US Chief

Global youth brand and urban media group TRACE has moved closer to the launch of TRACE Play in the US with the key appointment of Kenyatta Slade as CEO of TRACE USA. A founder of internet gaming company Mechanizm, Carthage Motion Pictures and Sirius B. Media, Sladebrings extensive experience in marketing, production, advertising and PR […]