Research: 5G to transform live entertainment

Research from multiplay telco O2 has revealed the transformative impact 5G connectivity could have on the UK’s live entertainment industry. The mobile operator, which has a rich heritage in live music and entertainment, predicts that 5G could boost the sector by as much as £2.3 billion over the next 10…

FCC: US digital divide is closing

FCC: US digital divide is closing

The US Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA) has released updated data which it suggests shows that the digital divide substantially narrowed during the first…

NAB is on, despite virus

The National Association of Broadcasters has confirmed April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas is still “all systems go” despite travel concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Responding to the…

BARB: UK SVoD homes pass 50%

BARB: UK SVoD homes pass 50%

Website trackers utilised by UK TV audience research body BARB have been updated with the latest Q4 2019 data. The SVoD homes tracker shows that: The proportion of…

Report: Smartphone penetration boosts OTT

The global OTT services market size is projected to reach $86.8 billion (€80.4bn) by 2026. The increasing internet penetration will open up a huge potential for the companies…

Ergen: DISH/DirecTV merger “inevitable”

Ergen: DISH/DirecTV merger “inevitable”

Charlie Ergen, founder and Chairman of DISH Network, speaking after the pay-TV company’s latest quarterly results, said that a merger between DISH and current arch-rival DirecTV (now owned…

US cord cutting clips 7% of pay subs in 2019

MoffettNathanson reports that pay-TV subscribers in the US fell by another 7 per cent (6 million) year-on-year in 2019, with Q4 alone seeing 1.5 million homes cut the…

A+E, Sky launching co-branded Sky History channel

A+E, Sky launching co-branded Sky History channel

A+E Networks UK and Sky will launch the co-branded Sky History channel this spring. The channel will be available on linear TV and on-demand in the UK and…

Movistar FTTH subs up, pay-TV subs down

Full year results from Movistar reveal that in 2019 the Telefónica-owned telco reached 4.3 million FTTH customers, up 9.8 per cent year-on-year, but pay-TV subscribers were down 0.4…

TiVo CEO: “Lines blurred between content producers & distributors”

TiVo CEO: “Lines blurred between content producers & distributors”

TiVo CEO Dave Shull, speaking to analysts on the company’s year-end results, said the next five-to-10 years will see choices for consumers continue to simultaneously expand and fragment.…

SES, Intelsat quarrel over FCC proposals

SES issued a statement in the early hours of February 20th which – politely – disagreed with its partner in the C-Band Alliance (CBA). SES said it is…

UK: £65m package for 5G trials

Rural areas in the UK will benefit from a series of government-funded trials to help them seize the potential of modern technology, the Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has…

Rakuten TV adds Kids TV channel

Rakuten TV adds Kids TV channel

Rakuten TV, the European AVoD platform, has announced the launch of a new Kids TV channel. The new dedicated channel extends its current catalogue within its Free section…

Intelsat reports $2bn revenue, but $900m loss 

Intelsat released its Q4 and full year financials, reporting Q4 revenue of $517 million (€479m) and full year of $2.06 billion. However, those revenues translated into a Q4…

BT Sport, ITV, Queensberry share boxing content

BT Sport, ITV, Queensberry share boxing content

BT Sport, ITV and Queensberry Promotions have announced they will share boxing content and programming in the run up to Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder at the…

Ariane success for SkyPerfect

An Ariane rocket successfully placed two satellites into orbit on February 18th. One was a scientific mission for South Korea’s Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The other was a…

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