YouTube launches paid services in UK

YouTube has launched two new streaming services – YouTube Music and YouTube Premium – in the UK and 12 other new countries. YouTube Music will enable users to listen to tracks as well as watch music videos and discover new artists through a new standalone app. A Music Premium subscription…

Forecast: UK advertising to top £20bn

UK advertising is expected to increase to £19.9 billion (€22.4bn) in 2018, up from £18.8 billion in 2017, with media investment group GroupM predicting that investment will surpass…

Netflix signs content deal with Dark duo

Netflix has signed a multi-year content deal with the creative minds behind one of the most-watched non-English shows on Netflix, Dark. Under the terms of the deal, Jantje…

BBC warns of spectrum loss threat

Andy Quested, Lead, BBC Production Standards, has warned that any further reduction of the spectrum available for terrestrial broadcasting could seriously hinder the ability of broadcasters such as…

Videa: “TV ad industry ready for change”

Videa, an online marketplace for automated television advertising, has released research from their Change Management survey, providing a number of insightful perspectives from 174 participants, comprised of Media…

Conviva: World Cup setting streaming records

Conviva: World Cup setting streaming records

Data from online video analyst Conviva shows that the World Cup saw a peak of 7.7 million simultaneous streaming viewers over the weekend. For reference, Conviva’s previous live event peak…

Germany embracing sport streaming

Some 30 per cent third of broadband users in Germany watch live sport via streams or live text feeds, up from 23 per cent in 2016, according to…

EchoStar upping bid for Inmarsat?

Bloomberg is reporting that Denver-based EchoStar is discussing putting financing in place in order to improve its bid to acquire London-based satellite operator Inmarsat. Quoting people who are…

Sony expands into Dutch OTT

Sony expands into Dutch OTT

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is expanding into OTT in Western Europe for the first time by launching Film1, its premium pay movie service, as a Direct-to-Consumer subscription…

FCC urged to hold on with C-band re-use

Cable and radio broadcasters are formally asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for “much more information” on the Intelsat, Intel and SES proposals to restructure some of their…

England win pulls bigger TV audience than Royal Wedding

England win pulls bigger TV audience than Royal Wedding

England’s World Cup win over Tunisia was the most-watched TV programme in the UK so far this year, attracting a peak television audience of 18.3 million on BBC…

Telefónica speeds up FTTH deployment in LatAm

Spanish telco Telefónica has announced plans to intensify FTTH deployments in Latin America, replicating the Spanish model, during a meeting with investors in London. The head of Global…

Greece firms up on TV broadcast licences

Greece firms up on TV broadcast licences

Greece’s National Council for Radio & Television (NCRT) has granted 5 permanent national transmission licences for the nation. A sixth licence will be awarded to TV Greece once…

Research: US World Cup absence fails to deter viewers

Despite the absence of the US national football side, 90 per cent of Americans plan to watch as much or more of this World Cup than the prior…

IHS: 6% of smart speakers used with connected home devices

According to a recent survey of consumers in the US, UK, Japan, Germany and Brazil, conducted by IHS Markit, the predominant uses of smart speakers revolve around asking…

Avanti still waiting for $20m legal award

Avanti still waiting for $20m legal award

A year ago in August 2017 London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications filed an action with the London Court of Arbitration for $16.8 million owed to it by Indonesia’s…

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