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Disney+ on Foxtel STBs

The Foxtel Group and The Walt Disney Company are to integrate the Disney+ app on set-top boxes of more than 1.7 million Foxtel subscribers over the coming weeks, boosting Foxtel’s streaming aggregation strategy and bringing what Foxtel calls the world’s best content, all in one place. The Disney+ app integration means Foxtel customers with a […]

August 2, 2022

$5.7m fine for iStar pirate service

A federal court in Michigan entered a final judgment and permanent injunction against Atlas Electronics Inc. and its owner, Alaa Al-Emara, both based in Dearborn, Michigan, for $5,740,000 (€5.66m) in connection with selling pirate streaming services. As part of the judgment, the court’s order also permanently enjoins Atlas and Al-Emara from distributing, selling, providing, or […]

July 19, 2022By Colin Mann

ACCC clears Telstra’s Fetch TV deal

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said will not oppose the proposed acquisition of 51.4 per cent of Media Innovations Holdings Pty Ltd (Fetch TV) by Telstra Corporation. Telstra and Fetch TV both supply content aggregation services through set-top-boxes. Telstra supplies Telstra TV with eligible Telstra retail broadband services and Fetch TV supplies […]

July 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Industry veteran Ball to head Airties

As private equity firm Providence Equity Partners completes its acquisition of cloud-based managed Wi-Fi solutions provider Airties, it has been confirmed that Tony Ball, former chairman of Kabel Deutschland and CEO of BSkyB, and current Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners, will serve as new Chairman of the Airties board. Philippe Alcaras will continue to […]

July 7, 2022

MEO expands Connected TV, Cloud DVR services with Velocix

Carrier-grade video streaming and ad tech supplier Velocix has announced that its content delivery network (CDN) and recording management (VRM) software has been deployed by MEO, a consumer brand of Altice Portugal, to expand its Apple TV and Android TV based video services. MEO, Portugal’s largest pay TV provider by market share, provides internet, video, […]

June 29, 2022

South Africa STB scheme again delayed

The numerous delays and excuses affecting the distribution of South Africa’s digital terrestrial TV set-top boxes have been affected by a new excuse: flooding. The recent floods, which severely affected the KwaZulu-Natal region and other parts of the country’s Eastern Cape, have been cited as being responsible for the slow distribution of converter boxes. The […]

June 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

Now TV Android TV box powered by Amino

Amino, the global media and entertainment technology solutions provider, has collaborated with Now TV, the pay-TV service in Hong Kong and the media entertainment arm of HKT, to integrate its IPTV service with popular OTT services such as HBO GO and Netflix. Derek Choi, Managing Director, HKT Home, said: “We are thrilled to introduce Now […]

June 21, 2022

Convicted streamer flees UK

Michael Hornung, who was convicted of selling set-top boxes giving illegal access to Sky TV, BT Sport and Virgin Media, has fled to Cyprus. Hornung is estimated to have made around £350,000 (€409,000) by selling some 2,700 devices over a three-year period across Greater Manchester in the northwest of England. UK intellectual property protection organisation […]

June 17, 2022By Colin Mann

ISD fraudster hit with £1m bill

A criminal found guilty of supplying illegal streaming devices (ISDs) providing unauthorised access to Premier League content has been ordered to pay back almost £1 million (€1.17m) to the public purse. Steven King masterminded the pirate streaming operation Dreambox and was jailed for seven years and four months in March 2019. At Warwick Crown Court […]

June 7, 2022By Colin Mann

Telestream acquires Encoding.com

In a strategic move that further extends its reach in the cloud-media processing sector, video content production, processing, storage and distribution specialist Telestream is acquiring cloud media processing platform Encoding.com. Telestream says the acquisition solidifies its position in file-based video media workflows and orchestration from on-prem to cloud. Terms of the transaction will not be […]

May 17, 2022