Apple to spend £1bn on original content

Apple is set to invest $1 billion (€855m) in producing and procuring original content over the next year, according to a report in The WSJ. The investment could result in as many as 10 new shows, with the tech giant looking to match the output of networks such as HBO. Apple previously focused on renting TV […]

Other headlines of the week

F1 chief: FTA/pay-TV balance needed

According to Chase Carey, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Formula One Group, the sport faces a major challenge as it plans the way races are viewed in the future. Motorsport Network Formula One expert Adam Cooper says that Carey acknowledges that generating income from fans who are willing to pay for a […]

EE TV offers Amazon Alexa hands-free

UK OTT service EE TV has become one of the first operators to offer a skill for Amazon Alexa via its set-top box. EE TV will support Alexa voice control through Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, meaning customers can just ask for information on what’s on, or to record their favourite shows. Customers can ask: […]

Fox Sports, Foxtel merge, IPO likely

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel and premium channel Fox Sports are to be merged into a single company that could be listed on the stock exchange, owners News Corp and Telstra have announced. Fox Sports is completely owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, while Telstra and Foxtel currently share ownership of Foxtel. The pair say the […]

Turner scores UEFA rights

Turner and UEFA, the governing body of European football, have agreed a three-year multi-platform deal for the exclusive presentation of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in the US beginning with the 2018-19 season. Timed to this multi-year rights agreement, Turner has also announced plans to launch a new standalone premium sports streaming […]

Sky to air Grenfell charity football match

Sky is to broadcast Queens Park Rangers’ charity football match on September 2nd in aid of the West London community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The match, branded #Game4Grenfell, will see former football professionals, celebrities and special guests play a 90-minute match at QPR’s 18,000-capacity Loftus Road stadium in Shepherd’s Bush, the closest league ground […]

Analyst: Strong VR interest from US businesses

Virtual Reality (VR) is often viewed through the lens of consumer-driven gaming, but in a recent B2B technology survey of 455 US-based companies across nine vertical markets, ABI Research finds that while only 4 per cent of respondents have VR in operation, 85 per cent are at least in the stages of early investigation. In […]

Amazonas-5 launch delayed

Russian news service Interfax is reporting that the upcoming launch of Spanish satellite Amazonas-5, built by Space Systems/Loral, and originally expected to launch on September 9th, may now slip to later in September. Amazonas-5, owned by Hispasat of Madrid, is needed in orbit to replace capacity lost on Amazonas-4 when it suffered power problems in […]

Google Play Movies & TV for VIZIO

Connected entertainment specialist VIZIO has added Google Play Movies & TV to its line of VIZIO Internet Apps Plus Smart TVs. The newly-added app brings a new dimension to the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus Smart TV experience by granting viewers access to tens of thousands of new release movies and next day TV shows, along […]

DT screening Thirty Seconds to Mars concert in 360°

Deutsche Telekom is to present Thirty Seconds to Mars – the band comprised of Oscar winning actor and musician Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic – live to a global audience in a 360° concert experience on September 2nd. The band will perform an exclusive show during the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) at the Telekom […]

Russia blocks 5 pirate websites

Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media) has confirmed that five websites distributing pirated multimedia content have been blocked based on the Moscow City Court’s ruling. The decision follows applications of copyright holders, Sony Music Entertainment and Examen Publisher. Roskomnadzor received 76 rulings of the Moscow City […]

Strong growth for digital radio sales in Europe

The first half of 2017 has seen rapid growth in sales of DAB+ receivers across Europe – driven by Norway’s switchover from FM to DAB+ and the development of digital radio markets across the continent. GfK research, covering nine European markets, shows a 30 per cent increase in sales volumes for the first six months […]

Israel revokes Al Jazeera journalist accreditation

As expected, Israel has revoked the Press Pass of an Al Jazeera journalist, Elias Karram who is based in Israel. Karram is alleged to have referred to the work of Palestinian journalists as being part of the “resistance” to “Zionist occupation” of former Arab territory. Karram is an Arab citizen of Israel from Nazareth who […]

Brazil slows auction for satellite capacity

Brazil’s publicly-owned telecoms infrastructure comp any Telebras says it has postponed its sale of Ka-band capacity on its SGDC defence satellite. It had divided the bandwidth into three lots for sale but has now, following consultations, postponed the process. Companies wishing to bid for the capacity now have until September 27th to enter their bids. […]

Kudelski posts H1 loss

In the first half 2017, the Kudelski Group, a provider of media content protection and value-added service technology, grew consolidated revenues by 12.7 per cent reaching $545.7 million, while delivering $6.7 million operating profit, a decline of $27.3 million compared to the first half 2016. The structural change of the markets in which the Group is […]

Amazon Web Services selected by NOWO

Amazon Web Services has announced that Portugal-based telecommunications provider NOWO has selected video processing solutions from AWS Elemental to power a unified headend delivering digital cable and OTT video services. NOWO launched its subscription-based OTT video service to customers in the Portuguese market this year with AWS Elemental Live, AWS Elemental Server and AWS Elemental […]

Vibrant TV for VIDGO

Vibrant TV has been added as a charter television network for the US VIDGO streaming service whose nationwide launch is anticipated this autumn. The VIDGO app is designed to work on any connected device, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs or any television equipped to support alternative streaming platforms. Vibrant TV joins VIDGO at a […]

China: CIBN selects RealNetworks for OTT

RealNetworks, a specialist in digital media software and services, has announced a partnership with CIBN Oriental Network, one of the seven broadcasting networks that is licensed to distribute OTT content in China, to enhance the company’s TV and mobile video streaming capabilities. By leveraging RealNetworks’ RealMedia HD technology, CIBN Oriental’s users will can access the […]