Vivendi sues Mediaset for defamation
French media group Vivendi has filed a civil petition demanding damages from Italian broadcaster Mediaset and Berlusconi family holding company Fininvest. Vivendi is arguing that it was the victim of a defamatory media campaign over its aborted agreement to take over pay-TV unit Mediaset Premium, legal sources told Italian media.…
Online video ad views up 24% in 2016
FreeWheel, the premium video ad management company, has published its latest Video Monetisation Report, revealing that 2016 was a pivotal year for premium video consumption. Findings from the report include: Total video content views rose by 26 per cent from the previous year, with ad views up by 24 per cent,…
Research: 335m UHD homes by 2020
The latest data from SES, based on its Satellite Monitor studies, shows that European consumers are buying into the Ultra HD concept.  SES is transmitting 34 UHD channels, of which 21 are fully commercial. While some channels, such as Fashion 4K have a near-global presence, others (such as Sky UK’s…
Sky Q unveils voice search
UK pay-TV service Sky is adding voice search and new personalisation features to its Sky Q platform, which it says will make it quicker and easier for people to access to the movies, shows and sports they love to watch. With voice search, viewers can find TV by pressing and…
Research: Under 18s pay least attention to TV
TVision Insights, a specialist in measuring eyes on screen attention to every second of programming and advertising on US television, has released its inaugural Quarterly Attention Report. The report showcases attention data across demographics, commercials, and programming, covering October 1st – December 31st 2016. Key among the findings: Geico, Verizon,…
Yahsat partners with X SAT FZE  
Satellite operator Yahsat has announced a long-term strategic partnership with UAE communications solutions company X SAT FZE. Under the agreement, X SAT is committed to capacity on Yahsat’s upcoming Ka-band satellite, Al Yah 3, to be launched later in 2017. The two companies signed the agreement during the second day…
OCS secures HBO exclusivity
As predicted by advanced-television.com on March 16th, Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of French quad-play telco Orange and Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO of HBO, have renewed their multi-year carriage agreement initiated during the creation of OCS, Orange’s group of dedicated premium movies and TV series channels, which was scheduled…
Networks win further FilmOn X court battle
The major US television networks have secured a favourable appeals court victory in a case centring on alleged illegal online retransmission of their programmes. FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS have argued against OTT service FilmOn X’s retransmission in the courts for close to five years. FilmOn X contended that it…
StarTimes vows rapid African expansion
China-backed StarTimes Media says it is ramping up its pay-TV presence in Africa. StarTimes Media’s Kenyan VP Mark Lisboa, speaking at an event in Nairobi where he introduced a range of digital TV sets, said that by the end of this year StarTimes would be active in 20 African countries.…
Ukrainian row over TV map
Ukraine says that the Belarus 24 satellite channel version of public broadcaster Belarus 1 TV channel is in violation of Ukrainian legislation because it persists in showing a map with the Crimea on some of its news programmes. BBC Monitoring, quoting Interfax-Ukraine news agency, says that the National Council for…
Eutelsat’s Sat.tv app expands to 7/8° West
Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications revealed at CABSAT in Dubai that Sat.tv, its mobile programme guide, is expanding to include free-to-air channels broadcasting from its popular 7/8° West neighbourhood. Sat.tv was launched in April 2016, targeting the 65 million homes equipped for DTH reception from Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood. The app has…
French labour strike at Guyana spaceport
A labour strike has halted rocket launches at the giant spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The withdrawal of labour halted the March 21st planned launch of an Arianespace rocket carrying the KoreaSat-7 communications satellite and another governmental/scientific craft in the shape of the SGDC dual use (military and civil) satellite.…
Conax protection for My-HD
Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and specialist in total content and service protection, has announced that My-HD Media has deployed Conax’ cloud-based content protection solution to support its next generations of platform growth in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Dubai-based My-HD provides a colourful bouquet of consumer packages…
Grabyo named launch partner for Periscope API
Grabyo has been named as a launch partner for the new Periscope API – a platform integration that will allow publishers to directly integrate with Periscope and broadcast their live streams on Twitter, instead of going through the Periscope mobile app. This development is the latest in a series of…
Intelsat expands capacity deal with SA’s Sentech
Sentech is the South African broadcasting signal distribution business. Intelsat said March 21st that it had signed an expanded and extended contract with Sentech to “bolster delivery of media services in sub-Saharan Africa”. Sentech has been leveraging Ku-band services from Intelsat 20, located at 68.5˚ East, for decades to cost-effectively…
A+E’s Blaze for Sky Italia
A+E Networks Italy has launched Blaze, an HD factual entertainment channel, on Sky Italia. The launch of the channel in Italy comes on the heels of the brand’s debut in the UK in 2016. “We are proud to continue the growth of Blaze with the launch in Italy with Sky,”…
Azoomee acquires BBC content
Azoomee, a digital entertainment service for primary school-aged kids, has licensed 90 hours of content from the BBC, including such titles as Charlie and Lola and Horrible Histories. “We are incredibly excited to add BBC’s award-winning shows to Azoomee’s rapidly growing content library. These shows explore a wide range of…
Vivacom to deliver DTT via Intelsat 33e
Intelsat, operator of the Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, has announced that telecom provider Vivacom, the leading telecommunication service provider in Bulgaria, will use the Intelsat 33e satellite to DTT services throughout the country. Intelsat 33e, located at 60° East, the first HTS Ku-band satellite to serve…
Filmbox OnDemand on Magyar Telekom
Global Pay TV operator SPI / Filmbox has launched online and STB service called Filmbox OnDemand with Magyar Telekom, Hungary’s largest telecommunication operator. Filmbox OnDemand, offers a custom selection of Filmbox library and consists of both movies and TV series which air on Filmbox channels. Magyar Telekom has made Filmbox…
Australia: Freeview FV app on Android
Australia’s Freeview FV app is now available for download on Android tablets. The app is available through the Google Play store and adds to the existing iOS iPhone, iPad, and Android phones versions which launched in November last year. Freeview CEO Liz Ross commented: “Freeview FV is a great way…
Playjam on Humax H3 Smart Media Player
Humax has added PlayJam gaming to its H3 Espresso Smart Media Player. Launched at the end of 2016, the H3 Espresso delivers aerial-free, multi-room TV anywhere in the home via the owner’s wireless network, without the need for extra sockets or tuners. With the addition of PlayJam, users can now…
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