Comcast drops out of Fox race
US cable company Comcast has dropped out of the race for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment and international assets, clearing the way for Disney to acquire a piece of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Comcast said in a statement: “When a set of assets like 21st Century Fox’s becomes available, it’s our…
Pay-TV main source of revenue for Italian TV sector
Italian pay-TV has grown by 2.7 per cent in 2017, become the main source of revenue (40 per cent of the total) for the country’s TV sector, surpassing advertising. This is the main conclusion of a report from Rome-based consultancy ITMedia Consulting called the “Television Market in Italy 2017-2019”. The…
Channel 5 launching 5PRIME channel
UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is dropping its My5 channel and replacing it with 5PRIME. The new linear channel will launch on January 16th. My5 will continue to exist online as a catch-up VoD service. 5PRIME will feature a mix of first run original series alongside the best content from…
Programmatic continues to grow in the UK
eMarketer’s latest forecast of programmatic ad spending indicates that, despite recent negative press, the UK remains a market leader in programmatic, and strong growth will continue over the next few years. By the end of 2017, advertisers are expected to spend an estimated £3.39 billion on programmatic trading, up 23.5…
DVB-T2 households to reach 72% by 2022 in Europe
Dataxis research sheds light on the importance that DVB‐T2, the extension of the television standard DVB‐T, will acquire in the upcoming years. This system was devised to enable a better signal compression to broadcast digital television. It became the widespread standard of all recent DTT deployment and is currently being…
FTC, FCC to monitor ‘Internet Freedom’
US agencies the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission have announced their intent to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which the pair would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. “The Memorandum of Understanding will be a critical benefit…
Country Network debuts in UHD with SES
SES has announced The Country Network (TCN) has debuted its first shows in Ultra HD in the US this week and become the eleventh 4K channel on SES’s all-in-one Ultra HD solution. The unique Ultra HD platform packages satellite distribution, reception gear, and the world’s largest 4K channel line-up for…
Swisscom launches WLAN-Box
SoftAtHome, the software provider for operator CPE devices, has announced that its Smart Wi-Fi solution powers the Swiss incumbent’s new WLAN-Box. The new WLAN-Box is a 3-in-1 Access Point device (Repeater, Extender, Video bridge) improving Wi-Fi reception throughout the home. Swisscom’s TV-Box is connected to the WLAN-Box without the need…
Cable Europe: ‘Broadband innovation pioneer’
Speaking at the launch of the IHS Cable Yearbook 2017 in Brussels December 11th, analyst Ted Hall described broadband as the cable industry’s “star performer”. As the consolidated full year 2016 European data was presented, Hall highlighted cable’s deployment of next-generation access as setting the industry apart in what is…
Netflix Speed Index: Big movers in Mexico, S.Korea
Netflix has released November data from its ISP Speed Index – a monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best primetime Netflix streaming experience. The largest speed gains in November were experienced by South Korea’s D LIVE and Mexico’s Axtel Acceso Universal. D LIVE had the largest…
Boomerang on Amazon Channels
Boomerang, the video streaming subscription service for families, kids and animation lovers is now available on Amazon Channels. Amazon Prime members have the option to add the Boomerang channel subscription for $4.99 per month. Boomerang provides access to timeless animation franchises from the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM catalogs including Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry,…
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