Qatar hit by Egypt in beIN Sports row
The diplomatic problems between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Gulf states and Qatar has escalated and now threatens the TV output from Qatar-based beIN Sports. October 18th saw Egypt’s prosecutor-general name and refer Nasser Al-Khelaifi, beIN Media Group’s CEO (and president of football club Paris Saint Germain) to Egypt’s Commercial…
BBC seeks to unlock data potential
BBC Research & Development has announced a five-year research partnership with eight UK Universities to unlock the potential of data in the media. The Data Science Research Partnership will be at the forefront of machine learning in the media industry, helping create a more personal BBC that can inform, educate…
Nielsen to offer SVoD measurement
Performance management company Nielsen is now offering the broadcast industry a syndicated solution to measure independently subscription-based streaming content. With the commercial release of Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand (SVoD) Content Ratings, eight major television networks and production studios, including A&E Networks, Disney-ABC, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers and others, have…
US: 37% watch live sport on non-TV devices
NFL Football has the most enthusiastic fan base by far, according to a study by Adobe and TDG. Using a 10-point scale, where 1 means “definitely not a fan” and 10 means “you’re a super fan”, respondents in the US were asked to rank their enthusiasm on a list of…
Brazilian approval for AT&T/TW deal
Brazil’s antitrust authority, the Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) has approved AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner. “We appreciate the hard work by CADE to review and evaluate the AT&T-Time Warner merger and approve it based on its benefits to Brazilian consumers,” said David McAtee, senior executive vice president…
SelectTV targets addressable advertising
Data analytics and behavioural science specialist Cambridge Analytica’s brand-focused division, CA Commercial, has launched a new TV targeting product, SelecTV, at Advertising Week in New York. According to Cambridge Analytica (CA), SelecTV offers 100 per cent target audience density through the one-to-one precision of addressable TV advertising. Using a well-established…
Orange Spain adds Eurosport 2
Orange and Discovery Communications have reached an agreement to add Eurosport 2 to the programming line-up of the Spanish TV platform. Eurosport 2 will be available free of charge to subscribers of the premium package Orange TV y Series (€8.95 a month otherwise) with over 40 TV channels and 3,500…
Spacecom signs for 2 SpaceX launches
Israel’s AMOS satellite operator, Spacecom, says it has ordered two launches from SpaceX. SpaceX will take care of the launch of Amos-17 in 2019, and Amos-8 in late 2020. The first launch is a firm contract while the second is currently an option. Amos-6 was lost in a catastrophic explosion…
Eurofins acquires My Eye Media
Eurofins Digital Testing, a global player in end-to-end quality assurance and testing services, has acquired My Eye Media to strengthen its ability to help serve multiplatform TV and video service providers, including studios, programmers, broadcasters, OTT providers and operators around the globe. Financial terms were not disclosed. Eurofins Digital Testing…
‘Binge Club’ launched for VoD fans
Mobile operator Three UK and creative company Gravity Road have teamed up to create ‘The Binge Club’, which to demonstrate the benefits of the cellco’s ‘Go Binge’ proposition. As video-on-demand has changed our viewing habits, fear of leaking spoilers has left TV bingers longing for other fans to share in…
Spanish football on Sony PSP consoles
Spaniards can already watch La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League through their PlayStation 3 and/or 4 gaming consoles – and now Sony’s PSP handheld console is being thrown into the mix. beIN Connect and Sony Interactive Entertainment have reached an agreement to add the beIN Connect app…
Samsung unveils 360 Round camera
Samsung Electronics has unveiled the 360 Round, a new camera for developing and streaming high-quality 3D content for “specialists and enthusiasts who demand a superior virtual reality experience”. Announced at the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2017), the Samsung 360 Round uses 17 lenses—eight stereo pairs positioned horizontally and one single lens positioned…
BT launches BT Sport innovation competetion
BT has launched a competition aimed at entrepreneurs and start-ups to find new ideas to help BT Sport continue to be at the heart of digital innovation, fan media engagement and bringing viewers closer to the action. The winning idea in the BT Infinity Lab competition will be trialled by…
MTG posts fifth consecutive quarter of sales growth
Swedish media group MTG (Modern Times Group) has posted Q3 operating earnings slightly above market forecasts, but said it had cut its profit expectations for the remainder of the year for its digital arm MTGx, an important growth sector for the firm. Q3 ‍sales rise to SEK4,280 millionn  (€444.5m), with…
NZ: Freeview unveils new VoD platform, connected PVR
Freeview New Zealand has announced the launch of a new high-end recorder and a new Freeview On Demand platform combining Live TV and On Demand services on Smart TVs and set top boxes. Expected to be in store in Q1 2018, the premium recorder – produced by local company Dish…
LG OLED TVs add Dolby TrueHD lossless sound
OLED TVs from LG Electronics – the first to implement Dolby Atmos sound – will soon further enhance the audio experience for viewers with Dolby TrueHD lossless sound technology. The lossless, uncompressed, technology will be delivered to 2017 LG OLED TV owners this month via an over-the-air firmware upgrade, giving…
Over 1m views for Babylon Berlin on Sky Germany
Babylon Berlin has surpassed the one-million viewership mark in Germany, ranking #2 among the most successful series starts of all times on Sky Germany, only beaten by Game of Thrones. The Roaring-Twenties show, produced by X-Filme, ARD Degeto, Sky and Beta Film, debuted last week and has been watched via…
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