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Forecast: US connected video devices to top 1.1bn

The US installed base for Internet-connected video devices is on course to rise at a 2.3 per cent compound annual growth rate from 2021 through 2026, falling only slightly behind high-speed broadband household growth, according to Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence’s TMT offering. Kagan’s forecast anticipates a relatively stable 8.5 […]

November 23, 2022

Jail term for STB pirate

A man who made over £2 million (€2.3m) by selling set-top boxes that enabled buyers to watch premium television content without a subscription has been jailed. Halton Mark Anthony Powell, of Hornchurch in east London, launched Droidsticks Ltd. in 2013 and sold the set-top boxes through his shop, website and an online marketplace. An investigation […]

November 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Italy: Major illegal streaming police operation

Italy’s Polizia postale (Postal police) in the city of Catania have conducted an operation against audiovisual piracy, with the execution of numerous searches and seizures in 23 provinces. Seventy people are currently under investigation for criminal association of a transnational nature aimed at the dissemination of conditional access television modules. They also face other charges […]

November 11, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: Live TV rebounds

Since 2015, Hub Entertainment Research’s annual Conquering Content study has examined the various ways US TV consumers discover and watch TV shows and movies. Highlights from this year’s study: 1) Seven in 10 consumers (71 per cent) say they’ve discovered a show in the past year that has become a favourite—and a strong majority say […]

November 8, 2022

Research: Streaming piracy can benefit SVoDs, MSOs

An academic study, The Impact of Video Piracy on Content Producers and Distributors, from researchers at the Department of Business Administration, University of Delaware and the Department of Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has found that adoption of piracy software, such as Kodi, does not harm paid OTT video providers and may […]

October 31, 2022By Colin Mann

ACE welcomes Malaysian ISD seizure

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal ecosystem for creative content, says it applauds the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) for recent actions it took against the operators of illegal streaming devices (ISDs). On October 15th, the MDTCA, assisted by ACE, seized more […]

October 28, 2022By Colin Mann

Lionsgate+ on Sky platforms

Lionsgate+, the SVoD service from Starz, is now available on Sky Glass and Sky Q in the UK and Ireland, as well as via Sky Stream in the UK. Later in 2022, the app will arrive on Sky Q and Sky Glass in Italy, and Sky Q in Germany. Customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany […]

October 25, 2022By Colin Mann

Jail terms for pirate broadcasters

Two men have been sentenced after they illegally sold and retransmitted broadcasts produced by Sky and BT Sport, and further enabled the unauthorised distribution of on-demand films. Following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court in the southeast of England, following an investigation by Kent County Council Trading Standards, Billy Martin from London was sentenced to […]

October 24, 2022By Colin Mann

Next-gen Apple TV 4K unveiled

Apple has revealed the next generation of Apple TV 4K, suggesting it is more powerful and entertaining than ever, offering impressive cinematic quality. Driven by the A15 Bionic chip that delivers faster performance and more fluid gameplay, the new Apple TV 4K features entertainment options for everyone to enjoy on the biggest screen in the […]

October 19, 2022

Plume launches Uprise for MDUs

Personalised smart services pioneer Plume has launched Uprise, which it says is the world’s first cloud- and AI-powered connectivity and management solution designed to meet the unique needs of Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs)—including apartments, multifamily, and other high-density living spaces—with high capacity, reliable and secure services. The new suite of services extends the benefits of Plume’s […]

October 18, 2022