Advanced Television

Digital Radio

Arqiva wins EIB infrastructure funding

Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, has agreed to provide £190 million (€240m) to support investment by Arqiva in a range of new critical national infrastructure projects. This includes the roll out of smart metering across the north of England and Scotland, as well as the expansion of digital radio, the rollout of […]

July 23, 2014

Kim Dotcom plans to float music sharing service

Controversial tech icon Kim Dotcom is planning to raise £2.5 million for his new digital music service ‘Baboom’ by taking it public on the Australian Securities Exchange by the end of 2014. The plans were revealed in a 41-page prospectus being distributed to potential investors, as well as published on Baboom’s website. The company is […]

July 15, 2014

Vaizey: ‘Government working towards a digital radio future’

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has told the UK radio industry that the Government fully supports the long-term transition to a digital future, but is not yet in a position to announce dates for a final switchover to digital radio. Vaizey plans to say more on the matter towards the end […]

July 4, 2014By Colin Mann

iPlayer PC requests driven by radio growth

Requests to BBC iPlayer increased last month to 273 million, up 6 per cent on May 2013, and higher than at any point last year. May also saw the first increase in

July 2, 2014

ProSiebenSat.1 takes Deezer stake

ProSiebenSat.1 Media has taken a stake in streaming music company Deezer, in a deal that will see the German TV broadcaster’s own music service AMPYA, with the global streaming set up. AMPYA will be integrated into the Deezer platform under the sub-brand MyVideo. Deezer Europe VP Gerrit Schumann commented: “Deezer and ProSiebenSat.1 are moving forward […]

June 12, 2014

WideOrbit acquires Abacast

WideOrbit, a provider of advertising management software for media companies, has acquired Abacast, provider of streaming, live and on demand ad insertion and monetisation solutions for digital radio. This acquisition is part of an ongoing initiative to expand WideOrbit’s digital offering for major media companies. Abacast was founded in 2000 and offers an innovative, end-to-end […]

June 10, 2014

Sirius-XM rules out international expansion

David Frear, CFO at US pay-radio operator Sirius-XM says it is unlikely that his company will launch outside the USA. “I don’t see us launching a satellite radio business outside the United States that we’ve looked at. We turned down multiple opportunities to do that, for instance in Europe.” Frear was speaking at the Bank […]

June 4, 2014By Chris Forrester

Apple confirms Beats Music buy for $3bn

Apple has agreed to buy subscription streaming music service Beats Music, as well as Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of […]

May 29, 2014

UTV expects World Cup Q2 boost

UTV Media, the Northern Irish radio and television broadcaster, has revealed its latest figures. There was growth in Television revenues in Q1 of 2014, with London Net Advertising Revenue (NAR) up 3 per cent, Irish NAR up 11 per cent and total revenues up 4 per cent.  In Q2 UTV anticipates total TV revenues to […]

May 15, 2014

Vudu, Rdio, Crackle join US Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast has added support for a trio of new apps in the US, namely movie-streaming Vudu, music player Rdio, and Sony-owned TV library Crackle. Owners of Chromecast can access the apps through the $35 dongle immediately via an Android or iOS device, as well as via Google Chrome on a PC. The news comes […]

April 1, 2014