Ofcom consults on pay-TV regulation

UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. Ofcom’s initial assessment indicates that Premier League and Champions League football are key content likely to be capable of influencing consumers’ choice of pay-TV retailer. The review will determine whether regulation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels […]

4K TV set shipments up 700%

The worldwide television market is forecast to grow to 234 million units in 2014, representing a 3 per cent growth from 2013, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. However, 2014 is projected to see a 4 per cent fall in trade value to $97 billion, reflecting a decline in average retail prices from $652 to $608. “The anticipated […]

Spain approves 3 month extension to DSO

The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry and market to delay until March 31st 2015 the digital switch-off and the DTT reset deadline. The government has made the decision to prevent between 2 and 4 million Spaniards from losing their TV signals from January 1st, the initial deadline to complete the digital migration, as by that […]

Numericable DTO service

Numericable-SFR (Altice) has announced the launch of a pay to keep download service after signing agreements with five international studios and production companies. This service has been added to Numericable’s LaBox Fibre and offers 120 titles at launch, with movies from 20th Century Fox, francetv distribution, Gaumont, Dreamworks and Disney libraries. The films are accessible through Numericable’s new online “Videostore” […]

EBRD €24m loan to Serbia to complete DSO

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a €24 million loan to Serbian public company Emisiona Tehnika i Veze for completing the transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. However, it is already certain that the full amount of the allocated resources will not be spent, given that for the purchase of digital broadcasting equipment, instead of […]

TiVo: Time-shift and binging proliferate

TiVo Research & Analytics – the media marketing and analytics software subsidiary of the next-generation television services specialist – has released the first-ever TiVo State of TV Report, revealing startling changes to the ever-evolving TV and entertainment industries. The report details key insights into viewing habits, advertising and commercial retention rates, as well as top streamed and time-shifted programmes. TiVo […]

Success for O3b quartet

SES-backed O3b now has its first constellation of 12 satellites in orbit. Four additions were lofted into space late on December 19th, by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from the Kourou, French Guiana, spaceport. The complex mission worked perfectly and after a 2 hour 22 minute flight, the first pair of satellites were released from the rocket’s dispenser, followed by the […]

Online TV Box from Sky Deutschland

All existing and new subscribers to Sky Deutschland’s Sky Online and Snap services can now order the Sky Online TV Box powered by Roku. The Sky Online TV Box is available at the introductory price of €49.90 when ordered with the Sky Online (www.skyonline.de) or Snap (www.skysnap.de) service. Current Sky Online or Snap customers can purchase the streaming box in […]

Google/MPAA spat intensifies

A ‘difference of opinion’ between Google and movie industry trade body the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over copyright policy has been raised a notch with the MPAA describing Google’s effort to position itself as a defender of free speech as “shameful”. The MPAA was responding to a Google Public Policy blog posted by Kent Walker, SVP and General […]

Ultra-HD on Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video users can now watch blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and Amazon Original Series in Ultra-HD picture quality. Ultra-HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra-HD smart TVs. Available at no additional cost to their membership, Amazon Prime members can now binge watch Amazon Original Series including the Golden Globe […]

Wuaki.tv 220% increase in UK users

Wuaki.tv, the movie and TV series streaming service, saw significant company growth in the UK during 2014. Wuaki.tv now has over 400,000 registered users in the UK as of December 2014, a 220 per cent increase over the last 12 months. Company revenues have also increased 212 per cent during this period. Wuaki.tv has also grown at the global level, […]

Fox boost for Hulu

Hot on the heels of agreeing a deal for exclusive ABC content, US online entertainment streaming service has revealed what it describes as a landmark agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for FX Networks’ Original Series Produced by FX Productions. The agreement will make Hulu the subscription video on-demand (SVOD) home to the largest selection of FX Networks content […]

Sky Deutschland scores Europa League rights

Sky Deutschland has secured the live broadcasting rights for the UEFA Europa League up to and including the 2017/18 season. In combination with the rights for the UEFA Champions League, Sky will continue to exclusively show all matches of the German and Austrian teams. The new rights deal will become effective as of the 2015/16 season and includes not only […]

Majority of US ISPs offer lower-speed service

Research from the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) of the US Department of Commerce – Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers – has found that more service providers offer lower-speed than higher-speed service. Noting that more than one quarter of American homes have not adopted Internet service, with many citing cost as their primary reason and that market competition can […]

Australia: TV still centrepiece for content

In Q3 2014, Australians across the population watched an average of 96 hours and 58 minutes (96:58) per month of broadcast television (including free-to-air and subscription channels) on their in-home TV sets – up 1 hour and 7 minutes (1:07) per month YOY. This equates to a little more than 3 hours per Australian per day on in-home TV sets, […]

Freesat Showcase to ease Xmas viewing planning

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has expanded its editorial offering to support the busy Christmas TV schedule with the launch of two new Christmas genres in its Showcase service. Showcase takes a human-touch approach to curate a selection of shows hand-picked by Freesat’s in-house editorial team. TV viewers can get recommendations for what to watch for the week ahead […]

NAS sales to grow 45% this year

The external hard disk drive market in EMEA is experiencing turbulent times, with NAS sales pushing forward and performing in a difficult market, according to the latest quarterly external HDD report from Futuresource Consulting. “Across the EMEA region – where we track 17 countries – we’ve seen NAS sales hit a growth spurt,” says Mats Larsson, Senior Market Analyst at […]

TVN, Cyfrowy Polsat extend distribution

TVN and Cyfrowy Polsat signed agreements to extend the ongoing cooperation in the field of distribution of paid and free-to-air TVN channels in Poland. The agreements relate to nine TVN Group’s channels currently distributed by the largest Polish satellite platform Cyfrowy Polsat: TVN, TVN7, TTV, TVN24, TVN Meteo, TVN Style, TVN Turbo, TVN24 Biznes i Świat and Mango24 as well […]

Anevia next-gen Cloud Monitoring

Anevia has announced the first service in its new Cloud strategy. Introduced to Anevia customers and partners during its fist Cloud Conference, Anevia Cloud Monitoring is a software-as-a-service based application allowing global maintenance of enterprise television deployments based on Anevia Flamingo XL and XS IPTV head-ends. Anevia’s Cloud Monitoring service allows lost-channel issues such as lapsed subscriptions to be identified […]

Globecast for Virgin’s international content

Globecast has partnered with Virgin Media to supply seven channels for the platform’s expanded international TV content. In total Virgin Media is adding ten more international channels to its TV service. Globecast is supplying seven channels for Virgin Media’s Worldbox service, a new app offering live streams of international channels via Virgin Media TiVo. The channels will be launched in […]