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MPs to question Channel 4 execs

MPs to question Channel 4 execs

The UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to address the future of commercial PSB Channel 4 following the confirmation that privatisation is an option being considered by…

Report: 60% UK consumers unaware of 1Gb broadband

Report: 60% UK consumers unaware of 1Gb broadband

The UK’s ability to capitalise on the roll-out of next-generation gigabit broadband is at risk because too few consumers are aware of the technology and its benefits, according to a…

Simplestream secures £1m loan

Simplestream secures £1m loan

Live-streaming and VoD specialist Simplestream has secured a £1 million (€1.16m) loan from the alternative lender BOOST&Co to build on a strong period of growth. The company has grown swiftly…

Branson’s ‘financing two-step’ for Virgin Orbit

Sir Richard Branson managed to handle a reverse take-over of his Virgin Galactic space tourism business by a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) and a stock market listing in October…

Spain: Now streamers must pay for RTVE

Spain: Now streamers must pay for RTVE

Spain is set to eliminate the 0.9 per cent tax on telco revenues and pass the burden to finance RTVE onto global streaming players such as Netflix, HBO and Amazon.…

EC confirms Spain DTT aid broke rules

EC confirms Spain DTT aid broke rules

The European Commission has concluded that the aid received by terrestrial operators for the digitisation and extension of the terrestrial television network in remote areas of Spain was against EU…

Relativity Space raises extra $650m

Relativity Space, based in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and very much focused on tapping into the latest production techniques, has raised a further $650 million in funding. This means it…

SiriusXM to borrow $2bn

SiriusXM to borrow $2bn

US pay-radio operator SiriusXM, helped in the knowledge that its latest satellite is on its way to orbit, is to raise $2 billion in the form of 4 per cent…

France: Superfast broadband access tops 50%

France: Superfast broadband access tops 50%

After a record year in 2020, the first quarter of 2021 has marked a turning point, according to findings from telecoms regulator Arcep, which show that  more than half of…

Viasat questions FCC Starlink subsidy

Viasat questions FCC Starlink subsidy

California-based satellite broadband supplier Viasat has filed an objection to the FCC’s granting of $885 million to SpaceX and its Starlink satellite service. The FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)…

Germany to subsidise Starlink subs

Germany to subsidise Starlink subs

Germany says it is prepared to help its citizens living in rural areas to access better Internet services with subsidies. The government’s Transport Ministry says it will subsidise the purchase…

Openreach plans 3m more Full Fibre premises

Openreach plans 3m more Full Fibre premises

UK digital infrastructure provider Openreach has outlined plans to build ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband to at least three million more homes and businesses in some of the nation’s hardest-to-serve…

‘Game On’ for African gaming sector

‘Game On’ for African gaming sector

While Afrobeats and Nollywood have garnered international attention, Africa’s burgeoning gaming industry is frequently overlooked. The sector has had to overcome key barriers – such as affordability and low penetration…

AnyClip nets $47m funding round

AnyClip nets $47m funding round

AnyClip, fuelled by the closing of a new $47 million (€38.3m) investment led by JVP, is positioning itself as The Visual Intelligence Company. The company is introducing the expanded AnyClip…

UK companies to build beam-hopping satellite

UK companies to build beam-hopping satellite

A group of UK space tech companies are developing a new beam-hopping satellite designed to allow satellites to switch which part of the world they cover, managing real-time surges in…

UK creatives call for transparent PSB discussions

UK creatives call for transparent PSB discussions

Some 120 public figures, including many from the UK film and TV industries, have written an open letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,…

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