Advanced Television


Belgium: Telenet extends Premier League rights

Belgian cable operator Telenet has extended its long-running deal for English Premier League football rights by another three years. Telenet broadcasts Premier League games via its Play Sports package, and airs around five live football matches every weekend. No financial details were revealed.

December 14, 2015

Scottish league Cup BT TV deal

The SPFL has announced a new format for the Scottish League Cup, including competitive group football in July, a ground-breaking bonus point system, a new broadcast partner bringing more live TV games and increased revenues for clubs, and the re-introduction of a winter break. Taking effect from summer 2016, the new format will see eight […]

December 8, 2015

Facebook introduces Live Video

Facebook has commenced testing the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, starting with a small percentage of people in the US on iPhones. “Live lets you show the people you care about what you’re seeing in real time — whether you’re visiting a new place, cooking your favourite recipe, or just want […]

December 7, 2015By Colin Mann

Turner Laing: ‘Collaboration the new world order’

Seasoned TV executive Sophie Turner Laing has declared a ‘Golden Age’ of television, suggesting that technology, rather than threatening the content industry, is enabling more to be seen by more people. Delivering a Media Mastermind keynote speech at MIPCOM, Turner Laing – CEO of global production force Endemol Shine – highlighted the formation of Icon, […]

October 6, 2015Colin Mann @ MIPCOM

‘Dancing baby’ wins copyright case

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has affirmed that copyright holders must consider whether a use of material is fair before sending a takedown notice. The ruling came in Lenz v. Universal, often called the ‘dancing baby’ lawsuit. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) represents Stephanie Lenz, who – back in 2007 – posted a […]

September 15, 2015By Colin Mann

Analyst: MCNs attractive to traditional media groups

Research by Ampere Analysis into Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) has found that the business model of MCNs is a good fit for many traditional media companies, which understand advertising business models. The firm notes that Zoella, Minecraft, Ed Sheeran and political documentaries all have their own YouTube channels that are part of the Multi-Channel Networks owned […]

July 7, 2015

YouTube 8K video crashes computers

YouTube has launched support for 8K video, allowing users to watch videos in such high resolutions that it reportedly crashes their computer. The first 8K film, entitled Ghost Towns, is a video of a person exploring an abandoned settlement. It was shot on a special RED Epic Dragon 6K Camera and then stitched together to […]

June 12, 2015

TV, movies still drive online video

User-generated content (UGC) or more broadly speaking, short-form video (from services such as YouTube and Dailymotion), has become far more than cats playing the piano, according to ABI Research. The firm notes that companies are using viral ads to extend brands and reach a wider breadth of customers than traditional media channels. Professionally-generated short-form content […]

January 19, 2015

Kilar unveils web video service Vessel

Jason Kilar, former CEO of online entertainment streaming service Hulu, has revealed further details of web video operation Vessel which aims to provide early access to the web’s best short-form videos through a low-priced subscription service. In a blog post, The First Window for Web Video, Kilar notes that over the past few months, there […]

December 18, 2014By Colin Mann

Live video broadcasting becoming the new ‘selfie’

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to information technology research and advisory specialist Gartner. The firm predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new ‘selfie’ and recommends that product managers start creating a ‘visual’ strategy straight away to accommodate this trend. “The […]

December 9, 2014