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UK pay-TV pirate hit with £250k fine

Michael Hornung, who in June 2022 was jailed in his absence to four and a half years in prison for selling set-top boxes giving illegal access to Sky TV, BT Sport, and Virgin Media, has been ordered to pay more than £250,000 (€288,000) under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester […]

September 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Amino, Amlogic RDK deployment partnership

Media and entertainment technology solutions provider Amino has extended its partnership with fabless semiconductor company Amlogic to broaden the range of set-top box options available for its Operator Ready RDK-V platform. The R180 set-top, based on Amlogic’s X4 chipset, has been recently RDK Video Accelerator (RDK-VA) certified and gives operators access to premium OTT services […]

September 9, 2022

Dish Network launches Hopper Plus

Dish Network has announced the nationwide US launch of its new Hopper Plus entertainment system. Three new 4K devices — Hopper Plus, Joey 4 and Wireless Joey 4 — are now seamlessly integrated with the Hopper whole-home DVR system. Hopper Plus makes TV easy with everything built into the user’s Dish Home screen, including live […]

September 7, 2022

Fastest WiFi guarantee from VMO2

UK multiplay operator Virgin Media O2 is introducing what it says is the UK’s fastest WiFi guarantee from a major broadband provider, promising customers minimum download speeds of 20Mbps in every room of their home or £100 credit back. Offering broadband download speeds which it says are 22 times faster than the national average, Virgin […]

September 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: Major shifts in smart home usage

Findings from the first biannual Plume IQ Smart Home Market Report from personalised communications services specialist Plume reveal comprehensive intelligence about the growth of the smart home sector, including the changing popularity, penetration and usage of connected devices and home networks. The report analyses anonymised and aggregated data from a cross-section of the 41 million […]

August 31, 2022

Analysis: Challenging times for CE market

After a strong 2020 driven by the pandemic stay-at-home, the global market for consumer electronics faced a slow-down in 2021 that continued in the first half of 2022, according to research firm GfK. 2022 year saw an 8 per cent drop compared to the same period in 2021, standing at a total of $39 billion. […]

August 30, 2022

BT TV now aerial-free

BT has announced that new and existing BT TV Box Pro customers can now access content without the need for an aerial. When a customer sets up their BT TV Box Pro for the first time, they’ll now be given an option in the set-up journey to either connect via internet mode or aerial mode. […]

August 26, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Data: Microsoft devices most common in Smart Home

Findings in the latest Plume IQ, a monthly reveal of data-driven intelligence and customer-focused insights from personalised communications services specialist Plume, reveal that Microsoft leads brand loyalty globally. In addition to revealing the brand leaders in the device categories that are recognised for productivity in the smart home, the data also explores the influence of […]

August 3, 2022

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