Daily News  - 11th December 2023

BT announces live TV tech breakthrough

BT has unveiled what it describes as a pioneering new technology, designed to be a more reliable, quality-focused and sustainable way of delivering live content over the Internet. Multicast-Assisted Unicast Delivery (MAUD) technology is aimed at improving viewer experiences and increasing the efficiency of the complex journey that content takes…

Data: Nearly all Portuguese homes subscribe to pay-TV

A huge 97.8 per cent of families in Portugal had a pay-TV subscriptiom in the third quarter of 2023, with subscriptions rising to 4.6 million, up 107,000 from the same period in 2022. According to the National Communications Authority (Anacom), this growth is primarily due to the growing popularity of…

Rai Italia expands reach in Europe

Rai Italia, the international TV channel of Italian public broadcaster Rai, is expanding to more European countries, including the UK and Spain, where there are large Italian expat communities. This expansion marks a significant step forward for the channel, which already broadcasts to over 40 million homes across 174 countries…

Agile TV seeks European expansion

Agile Content, the technology provider for TV content that operates pay-TV service Agile TV, is breaking into other European countries such as Italy, Germany, Portugal and Sweden, as well as Brazil in Latin America. “We will replicate our Spanish model in Italy”, said Alfredo Redondo, CEO of Agile Content, to…

Research: 20% US households own TV antenna

Findings from technology research firm Parks Associates’ report, ATSC 3.0: Impact and Opportunity for Video Services, reveal that 20 per cent of US Internet households own a television antenna and 12 per cent don’t have an antenna but plan to purchase one in the next six months. “The percentage of…

Analyst: Can SpaceX start Starship launches at scale?

Analysts at Quilty Space pose the question of whether Elon Musk’s plans for SpaceX’s all-new Starship giant rocket can achieve scale. For example, after November’s launch of its second-ever Starship vehicle, Musk posted a picture of four more Starships lined up in one stage or another of assembly, and which…

Report: Broadband access equipment spend declines

According to a report from Dell’Oro Group, a source for market information about the telecommunications, security, networks and data centre industries, total global revenue for the Broadband Access equipment market decreased to $4.1 billion (€3.8bn) in Q3 2023, down 14 per cent year-on-year. The lone bright spot this quarter was…

TNA+ streaming service goes live in January

TNA Wrestling (formerly IMPACT Wrestling) – a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and a division of Anthem Sports Group – has partnered with Endeavor Streaming to launch its global, on-demand streaming service, TNA+. The service will go live on January 5th 2024. As part of a multi-year deal, Endeavor…

Prime Video US signs PBC right deals

Prime Video and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) have announced a multiyear rights agreement to deliver viewers some of the boxing industry’s most significant events, providing fans in the US with year-round access to tmatchups featuring a number the biggest stars in boxing. PBC features over 150 active fighters across various…

HBO, Max sign A24 output deal

The HBO and Max brands have announced a multiyear pay-1 US output deal with A24 that brings the entertainment company’s theatrical film slate exclusively to Warner Bros Discovery’s HBO, Max and Cinemax. Among the films to be available under the new deal are Sofia Coppola’s award-winning Priscilla starring Jacob Elordi…

World Archery partners with Joymo

Joymo has announced partnership with World Archery encompassing the development of its archery+ online streaming platform, and the digital broadcast of its marquee events, on a multi-year basis. Under the terms of the alliance, World Archery, the international federation for the sport of archery, has appointed Joymo as the exclusive…

Synamedia CTO shares 2024 predictions

Marc Baillavoine, CTO at video network Synamedia, has shared his industry precitions for 2o24. Firstly, Baillavoine states that AI’s hype is officially unavoidable: If 2023 was the year that ChatGPT took over the headlines, 2024 will be the year where technologists across all industries, including video streaming, will go beyond…

CinecolorSat chooses KenCast

Cinema-goers in seven of Latin America’s largest economies will watch cinema content exclusively received and processed by technology from KenCast on a hybrid satellite-terrestrial network. CinecolorSat, the cinema distribution division for the Chilefilms group, has agreed to a multiyear agreement through 2028 to extend its collaboration with KenCast for delivering…

Pluto TV marks 1 year in Canada

On December 1st, Pluto TV, the ad-supported streaming television, celebrated its one-year anniversary in Canada as the largest FAST platform in the country pacing at over 1 billion total viewing minutes (TVMs) monthly. Since entering the Canadian market, Pluto TV in Canada has added over 50 new full-time channels, is…

ESPN, Disney creating Griner content

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner is partnering with ESPN and Disney Entertainment Television to share her story through various projects on their platforms. A documentary feature from ESPN Films and scripted series development with ABC Signature are in the works. She will also sit down…

Rising Impact heading to Netflix

Rising Impact, the first anime adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki’s celebrated manga of the same name, will premiere Season 1 exclusively on Netflix in June 2024, followed by Season 2 in August. Embodying friendship and hard work, the manga captured hearts and minds in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In…
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