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NBA mobile payment partnership

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has partnered with mobile payment and marketing specialist PM Connect on an international deal for its premium live game subscription service, NBA League Pass. The multiyear partnership will allow fans to subscribe to NBA League Pass through their mobile phone and without the need of a credit card. Beginning next […]

April 22, 2021

UK action on rural mobile ‘not spots’

The UK government is proposing law changes to boost ongoing efforts to improve connectivity for people who live, work and travel in rural areas. The reforms will remove one of the biggest barriers to better coverage in the countryside by reducing build time and costs for new infrastructure, while protecting rural areas by minimising any […]

April 20, 2021By Colin Mann

O2, Virgin Media JV execs named

Although the planned merger combining Virgin Media and O2 is still subject to approval by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK, Liberty Global and Telefónica have announced their intention to appoint Lutz Schüler as Chief Executive Officer and Patricia Cobian as Chief Financial Officer of the proposed 50-50 joint venture. Schüler joined […]

April 7, 2021By Colin Mann

ATSC standards agreement for India

Standards bodies ATSC and TSDSI have signed an agreement to enable adoption of ATSC standards for making broadcast services available on mobile devices in India. The agreement signed between the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) enables TSDSI to adopt ATSC standards, thus promoting global harmonisation of digital broadcasting […]

March 30, 2021By Colin Mann

T-Mobile, Google expand collaboration

T-Mobile has announced plans to expand its collaboration with Google across a wide array of customer experiences later this year, which  will see YouTube TV become T-Mobile’s premium TV solution in place of its TVision initiative. Messages by Google becomes the default rich messaging solution for millions of T-Mobile customers with Android smartphones; promoting Pixel […]

March 30, 2021

Italy: DAZN scores Serie A rights

Sports streaming platform DAZN has acquired the rights to broadcast all of Serie A including seven out of 10 exclusive matches per match-week in Italy from 2021 to 2024 – and becomes the new primary broadcaster of the competition. It is paying a reported €840 million a season for the deal, replacing Sky, which offered […]

March 29, 2021By Colin Mann

Report: Americans watch 42min of mobile video per day

During the pandemic year, Americans watched nearly 42 minutes of video per day on their mobile devices, with growth in time spent on video apps paced by Gen Z (up 44 per cent) and Baby Boomers (up 10 per cent). This data comes from The Pandemic Year in Mobile Apps report, obtained through GWS’ OneMeasure […]

March 24, 2021

MPA: Global online video subs top 1bn

In a year when the Covid-19 global pandemic kept people around the world mostly at home, the global home/mobile entertainment market grew to new heights, according to the 2020 THEME Report from the Motion Picture Association, which finds that subscriptions to

March 19, 2021By Colin Mann

Netflix launches Fast Laughs on mobiles

Netflix has launched a new Fast Laughs feature for mobile devices. The feature offers a feed of comedy clips from the streaming platform’s catalogue including films (Murder Mystery), series (Big Mouth), sitcoms (The Crew) and stand-up from comedians like Kevin Hart and Ali Wong. Users can access the feed through their bottom navigation menu by […]

March 4, 2021By Nik Roseveare

MobiTV files for bankruptcy

California-based MobiTV, known for its live and on-demand TV services, has voluntarily entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction. MobiTV is a wireless delivery supplier for many US telcos including T-Mobile. MobiTV says it will continue to operate and to serve its customers and has secured $15.5 million of fresh (Debtor in Possession) funding in order to […]

March 2, 2021By Chris Forrester