YouTube survives ad controversy
Google parent Alphabet posted a 29 per cent rise in quarterly profit, driven by a surge in advertising on mobiles and its popular YouTube video service. Alphabet’s net income rose to $5.43 billion in the first quarter ended March 31st, up from $4.21 billion a year earlier. Google’s ad revenue,…
Netflix discloses iQiyi arrangements
Having revealed earlier in the week that it had signed a content licensing deal with iQiyi, the leading online video platform in China, Netflix has disclosed further details of the arrangement. The agreement covers a subset of Netflix original series such as Stranger Things and Black Mirror. “Though expectations of…
SES ups profits 11.5%
SES is beginning to reap the rewards of extra capacity being utilised, and in reporting its Q1 numbers, says it has seen “substantial” growth in its contracted backlog (from €7.6 billion y-o-y to €7.8 billion). Net profit attributable to SES shareholders of €128.4 million (Q1 2016: €115.1 million) represented an increase…
Australia: Court orders KickassTorrents site-blocking
Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its judgment in Universal Music Australia & Ors v TPG & Ors (the KickassTorrents case). The case began in April 2016, when Universal, along with several other members of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Australasian music collecting society APRA|AMCOS, filed an…
69% US households have a connected TV
Findings from analysis firm Leichtman Research Group (LRG) indicate that 69 per cent of US TV households have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a smart TV set, a stand-alone device (such as Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick or set-top box, or Apple TV), a…
Mediaset Spain profits up 21%
Commercial broadcaster Mediaset Spain made a profit of €60.6 million in the first quarter, up 21 per cent than the same period last year. Net revenues grew by 4.2 per cent up to €240.4 million, of which €235.4 million corresponded to ad revenues, up 5.9 per cent. Mediaset, operator of…
Russia to build SpaceX rival rocket
According to report from Russian news site ‘Sputnik’, Russia is to build a new mid-range rocket to directly compete with SpaceX’s Falcon-9 rocket system. “RSC Energia proposes the development of a new medium-class launch vehicle for launches from Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes, as well as from the Sea Launch,” the…
TF1 Group Q1 up 3.5%
French media company TF1 Group, the owner of channel TF1, the largest European private TV channel, has reported its Q1 figures. Consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2017 reached €498.9 million, up €17 million (3.5 per cent year-on-year). The Group saw advertising revenue of €365.1 million, up 2.5 per…
Sirius XM profits up 20%
Pay-radio broadcaster Sirius XM reported another impressive set of results, saying Q1 profits were up 20 per cent at $207 million with revenues up 8 per cent at $1.3 billion – and helped by net growth of 257,000 subscribers taking its overall total to 31.6 million. However, Sirius XM, owned…
Leroy Deputy CEO at Eutelsat
The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications has appointed Yohann Leroy Deputy CEO in addition to his function as Chief Technical Officer, alongside Michel Azibert, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial and Development Officer. Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “Yohann has made a significant contribution to Eutelsat’s development and to our…
Research: TV drives streaming uptake
The rise of streaming is being driven largely by the increase of streaming to the TV set, according to the findings from Horowitz Research’s State of Pay TV, OTT and SVOD study. According to the study, in 2013 TV viewers reported streaming just 5 per cent of their TV viewing…
Strunz to moderate ANGA COM opening discussion
This year, the opening discussion of ANGA COM (May 30th to June 1st in Cologne) will be moderated by TV journalist Claus Strunz. Currently and amongst others, Strunz is presenter of the German TV magazine akte 20.17, broadcast by Sat.1. He was editor-in-chief of the German tabloid newspaper Bild am…
WeTek STBs for Triple-C/Vonetize IPTV
Technology firm Triple-C is launching SMART in partnership with Vonetize, the new IPTV service for the Israeli market, with STB solutions spcialist  WeTek (www.wetek.com) providing customised Set-top boxes fully adapted to both Triple C’s network and Vonetize’s content distribution service. “This collaboration with Triple-C and Vonetize clearly conveys our vision…
Newsflare, ITN partner for Car Crash Global S2
Newsflare, the video marketplace which sells videos to the global media and TV producers, has continued its partnership with one of the UK’s largest indies, ITN Productions, to produce a second series of popular TV programme, Car Crash Global. The pair first teamed up in May 2016 to create the…
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