Report: Illegal STBs putting public at risk
Over one million illegal set-top boxes with add-ons that allow consumers to stream content illegally have been sold in the UK in the last two years, putting the public at significant risk, according to a new report, Cracking Down on Digital Piracy, which collates expert insights from the Intellectual Property…
NZ: Darcey appointed to SKY TV Board
New Zealand pay-TV operator SKY TV has announced the appointment of Mike Darcey as an independent director on the SKY Board. Darcey has an extensive track record of strategy and delivery across television, publishing, telecoms and retail. A New Zealander, Darcey has lived and worked in the UK since 1989.…
Italy: TV sales down 10% in 2017
Sales of TV sets in Italy dropped by nearly 10 per cent in the period January to July 2017, compared to the same period last year. Although Italians are buying less TV sets, they are spending more on them, according to a report from the GfK research institute. The average…
Northrop Grumman acquires Orbital ATK
Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman is paying $9.2 billion (€7.7bn) to buy satellite builder Orbital ATK in an all-cash deal.  The transaction is expected to close early next year. Orbital ATK makes rockets as well as satellite and space components. It also has a military side to its business supplying missile…
FTTH for 258 more Italian cities
Italian fibre-optic company Open Fiber has expanded its existing cooperation with telecom operator Wind Tre for the development of FTTH broadband services. The agreement, already active in an initial 13 cities, has now been extended to a further 258 Italian cities included in the so-called clusters A and B (the…
Amazon Prime Video acquires Fox shows
Amazon has agreed a deal with 20th Century Fox to bring the TV adaptation of The Exorcist and the Emmy Award winning series This Is Us to its Prime Video streaming service. This deal covers more than 200 territories. “This Is Us is one of the best new TV series,…
Millicom rolls out next-gen TV service in LatAm
Millicom has launched its next generation TV service, Tigo ONE TV, in Colombia, and the international telco plans to gradually deploy the service to all of its Latin American markets. Tigo ONE TV integrates traditional linear television content with OTT platforms such as HBO, Crackle, Fox, YouTube, and others, as…
FOX+ launches in Taiwan
FOX Networks Group Asia has announced the launch of FOX+ in Taiwan. The streaming service offers a content library consisting of the latest TV series, first-run Hollywood blockbusters, hit Chinese movies, Asian series, variety shows, live sports and documentaries. FOX+ is collaborating with Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecom company in…
Altice chooses ARRIS 4K HDR
Altice will provide 4K HDR set top boxes to its customer base after agreeing a deal with ARRIS. The two companies will jointly develop the new STBs, which will feature 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging capabilities, allowing better contrast, higher brightness and a wider range of colours.…
Dish TV India selects Verimatrix cardless security
Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for network-connected devices, has announced that Dish TV India has selected Verimatrix to provide cardless security for its DTH service offerings. Dish TV is Asia’s largest DTH video service provider and is the only DTH operator to operate through three satellites in…
OONA partners with Telkom Indonesia
OONA, the company behind the OTT OONA Mobile App that can deliver content and live TV to millions of people in developing countries via 3G and 4G connectivity, has fulfilled a key milestone by signing a partnership with Telkom Indonesia. Both companies share the vision and drive of offering high…
beIN MENA selects Irdeto CA solution
Irdeto, a specialist in digital platform security, has announced details of a new three year deal with beIN, the dominant sports and entertainment broadcaster in the region. Building on a long term relationship with Irdeto, beIN will be using Irdeto’s world-leading Conditional Access Solution and security services for the delivery…
RTL partners with Wochit
Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has announced a partnership with Wochit, the cloud-based social video creation platform, as part of the media company’s digital video-driven growth strategy. Mediengruppe RTL chose Wochit’s platform to enable rapid creation of optimised, short-form social and online video throughout the workflows of its many brands like RTL,…
TVkey adds forensic watermarking with NexGuard
NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and Samsung Electronics have announced NexGuard as the first forensic watermarking solution approved for use with TVkey. Jointly developed by NAGRA and Samsung, TVkey allows consumers to enjoy premium content directly on new Samsung TV…
Argentina: CableVideo and Colsecor select Conax
Conax, a Kudelski Group company and a player in total service protection for pay-TV and digital entertainment services worldwide, has announced two new wins in Argentina. Regional pay-TV operators CableVideo and Colsecor have selected technology and services from Conax and regional partner, BOLD MSS, to drive expansion in pay-TV and…
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