Qatar ultimatum: “Close Al Jazeera”
Qatar has been given a 10-day ultimatum to close news channel Al Jazeera as part of a series of demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the other Gulf states. Kuwait, which is not involved in the dispute and is acting as middle man, delivered a list of demands to Qatar…
Brexit could lose UK over 1000 TV channels
An Expert Media Partners (EMP) report has found that UK-based international broadcasters face very serious challenges in a post-Brexit world, and predicts that the consequent impact is likely to start being felt this summer. The UK is currently by far the biggest location in the EU for companies broadcasting television…
Watchdog relaxes Canal+ rights restraints
France’s Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority) has relaxed certain obligations imposed on the Canal+ Group which will allow it to distribute a ‘premium’ channel such as beIN Sports, exclusively in its bundles. The Authority also lifted existing restrictions on the purchase of rights to American films, while maintaining the…
FCC grants OneWeb US market access
The Federal Communications Commission has approved a request by WorldVu Satellites Limited, which does business as OneWeb, to access the United States satellite market. The action paves the way for OneWeb to provide broadband services using satellite technology that the FCC says holds unique promise to expand Internet access in…
Verimatrix acquires MiriMON data collection technology
In a move that it suggests underscores its commitment to Verspective Operator Analytics solution, multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services revenue security and enhancement specialist Verimatrix has acquired the MiriMON technology and development team from TV audience analytics expert Genius Digital. This state-of-the-art client device data collection technology has already been…
Nielsen mobile measurement for YouTube ads
Nielsen has introduced advertising measurement on YouTube’s mobile app with Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings. The service, which expands Nielsen’s current measurement coverage of YouTube ads on desktop and mobile web browsers, will now provide marketers independent and comprehensive cross-device measurement of advertising audiences on YouTube across computer and mobile devices.…
Europol, EUIPO call for concerted anti-piracy action
Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have called for concerted, cross-border action in response to intellectual property crime. The call follows the publication of the 2017 Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the European Union, a joint project between the two bodies. The report establishes that…
Spain: Convergent packages increase pay-TV consumption
Spanish households subscribed to convergent packages with five services (fixed and mobile telephony, fixed and mobile Internet access and pay-TV) are spending more money per month than those with four or fewer services. A report from the CNMC reveals that the monthly average expense that households with five services spent in…
Pubs fined for illegal Sky use
Following successful legal action taken by Sky, licensees in the Scottish towns of Coatbridge and Doune have been found to be infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises. Sky sought and was awarded permanent interdicts in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevents the licensees…
LG debuts giant flexible display screen
South Korea’s electronics giant LG has showcased a massive flexible screen that’s 77” across (corner to corner). It is the biggest-ever such display. The screen is designed mainly for use where flexibility is useful, in retail environments, for example. One suggestion is that the fact that it can easily be…
3 sentenced in multi-million IP fraud
Three men have been sentenced at Inner London Crown Court for providing illegal access to copyrighted content such as films, music, books and games which cost the industry more than £2.5 million (€2.84m). This follows a four-year investigation by the City of London Police and intellectual property protection organisation FACT.…
Multi-room music on DISH’s Hopper DVR
DISH has launched DISH Music, a mobile app powered by DTS Play-Fi technology that gives customers in the US the ability to sync music throughout their home using one central control. This new feature uses TV audio systems connected to Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVRs, as well as DTS…
SpotX teams with Immersion
Video ad serving platform SpotX and Immersion, a developer and licensor of haptic technology, have joined forces to bring haptic-responsive video advertising opportunities to market at scale on mobile devices. By teaming up, the pair will bring Immersion’s haptic technology across all media owners on SpotX’s platform, empowering advertisers with…
InnSpire unveils InnCable
InnSpire has unveiled its latest innovation – the InnCable. The newly patented solution puts all the functionalilties of a powerful Android box into a single cable. Exit boxes, dongles, smart TVs and power cords – enter a single Ethernet to HDMI-cable which plugs directly into the TV from the wall.…
Netflix acquires Dynasty reboot
Netflix has acquired the global rights to The CW’s forthcoming Dynasty reboot for all international territories outside of the US. Each episode will be available on the streaming service 24 hours after it has aired in the US when the show launches this autumn. Dynasty was a popular soap opera…
Amazon to charge $2.8m for NFL streaming ad packages
Having acquired the rights to stream Thursday night NFL games, Amazon is reportedly set to charge $2.8 million (€2.5m) for ad packages. The online giant has the right to sell 10 x 30-second commercial blocks per game, as part of its deal to stream 10 NFL contests during the upcoming…
Amazonas 1 sent to graveyard orbit
Spanish satellite communications operator HISPASAT has completed the re-orbiting process of the Amazonas 1 satellite. This process, which began June 19th, ended on June 23rd after the transmission of the last command from the HISPASAT Satellite Control Centre in Arganda del Rey, through which the passivation of the satellite was…
ABS, iROKO launch Afrobeats channel in Africa
iROKO has successfully launched its Afrobeats music channel on French premium television platform, Canal+. The Afrobeats music channel features the latest music videos and throwback tracks from popular Nigerian music artists and is broadcasting to French-speaking Africa. This is iROKO’s fifth television channel in the global television market. ABS Broadcast…
Triax appoints Spanka VP Hospitality Sales
Danish technology company Triax has announced the appointment of Thorsten Spanka as VP Hospitality Sales. Thorsten brings with him many successful years of industry experience, having built and led international hospitality-focused sales teams at Siemens, and more recently at ASC AG and NFON AG. “I’m thrilled to join Triax at…
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