Advanced Television


UK programmers commit to VoD child protection

Members of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) – the UK industry body for digital, cable and satellite broadcasters and on-demand services – have signed up to a Statement of Practice for Video-on-Demand (VoD) services, committing to make child protection a priority. The Statement, launched on Safer Internet Day, pledges to provide on-demand viewers with a […]

February 9, 2016

Canal+, beIN SPORTS deal looks on

It seems a deal between Vincent Bolloré’s Canal Plus Group and Qatari-controlled beIN SPORTS looks more certain than ever. French financial newspaper Les Echos is reporting that Bolloré met with France’s leading football club owners and managers to reassure them that an “alliance” between beIN and Canal Plus would not be a threat. Equity analysts […]

February 8, 2016By Chris Forrester

Pirate Bay adds streaming

The Pirate Bay, the infamous file-sharing torrent service, has added a browser plug-in that now allows lets users stream content directly from the website – meaning there’s no need to download the file through a program such as BitTorrent. The Swedish website has made the change by introducing support for TorrentTime, a browser plug-in that […]

February 8, 2016

TiVo ranks most-watched Super Bowl ads and moments

TiVo has ranked this year’s most engaging Super Bowl commercials, promotions and game moments. From a variety of takes on patriotic messages, quirky humour, and a bit of the odd, commercials tended to lack the usual sizzle of the biggest TV event of the year, says the advanced television technology and insight specialist. Unlike in […]

February 8, 2016

Super Bowl delivers 2nd-highest overnights for CBS

CBS’s broadcast of the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers has delivered the second highest overnight rating on record for the Super Bowl, beaten only by the 2015 game. Early findings from Nielsen suggest that Super Bowl 50 averaged a 49.0 household rating/73 share in the 56 metered markets across the country, peaking […]

February 8, 2016

HIGH TV 4K launches in India

International lifestyle and entertainment channel HIGH TV 4K is continuing its global roll out with the launch of the service in India Via Splendid Media. “It is indeed a major milestone for us, as an international 4K channel, to be present in India through a leading Media Company such as Splendid Media, with the highest […]

February 8, 2016

Netflix: The “dark side” of downward momentum

The past year has been near-spectacular for Netflix. It has grown its core subscriber numbers and revenues, expanded the number of countries covered and a growing approval rating for much of its high-quality output. Yet, shareholders seem disenchanted and of late its share price has slipped (down from $131 back on December 4th to less […]

February 8, 2016

SES-9 “targeting late February”

The much delayed launch of the SES-9 satellite is now being “targeted” for late February, according to the satellite operator.  The spacecraft is due to be launch by SpaceX, currently scheduled for February 24th and with a back-up date of February 25th. “This date was mutually set by SES and the launch operator for SES-9, […]

February 8, 2016By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat 65 W A flies into Kourou

Satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed that its Eutelsat 65 west A satellite arrived in Kourou on February 6th and is on track for launch on March 9th by an Ariane rocke at 02:22 local time (05:22 GMT, 06:22 CET). Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in California, Eutelsat 65 west A is a tri-band satellite […]

February 8, 2016

Egypt wants new satellite

Egypt has been granted permission by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to place a satellite at the 35.5 degrees East orbital position. The decision by the ITU is controversial insofar as Egypt’s application is out of time, and in the past the ITU has been tough on nations which – for whatever reason – do […]

February 8, 2016By Chris Forrester