Daily News  - 26th November 2020

Netflix $1bn on UK production

Netflix is preparing to increase its spending budget on UK productions by more than 50 per cent to $1 billion (€0.84bn) in 2020. The streamer makes hit shows including The Crown, The Witcher and Sex Education in the UK, and has already produced over 50 TV shows and films in…

Sky Cinema, Entertainment One content deal

Sky and Entertainment One (eOne) – Hasbro’s entertainment studio and owners of iconic brands such as Dungeons and Dragons, My Little Pony, Transformers, and Power Rangers – have announced a long-term partnership that will bring hundreds of hours of blockbuster movies to Sky Cinema subscribers. The deal covers both eOne’s…

Study: Poor Net speeds contributing to UK ‘digital divide’

With the UK still beset by lockdowns, mobile network benchmarking firm Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) has released the results of its latest major study into real-life consumer experiences of home Internet connections, which uncovers evidence of a stark ‘digital divide’ in the UK. As more people come to rely on…

Samsung: “8K is the future”

Richard Moreton, from Samsung Electronics’ R&D UK Business Development & Industrial Affairs unit, told delegates to the virtual 4K Summit that 8K is absolutely on Samsung’s agenda. “We very much see a future for 8K, not just to be selling [TV] panels but in the use of this new technology…

SpaceX puts another 60 Starlinks into orbit

SpaceX has launched one of its Falcon 9 first stage rockets for a record seventh time. Elon Musk’s team now seems unbeatable in terms of the launch, recovery and reuse of its rocket system. SpaceX continuity announcer, Kate Tyce, simply stated that “for the seventh time, this Falcon has landed”…

Super League set to stay on Sky Sports

The Super League appears set to sign a new three-year broadcasting agreement with Sky Sports. Sky has seen off competition from rivals BT Sport for the rights to show the top flight rugby league competition until the end of the 2024 season, according to The Daily Mail. The current TV…

Samsung Ads extends European programmatic offering

Advertisers across Europe now have the ability to access Samsung Ads’ premium video inventory programmatically via their preferred Demand Side Platform (DSP), with direct access to Samsung’s proprietary audience segments powered by automatic content recognition (ACR). Advertisers in EU5 (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) will have programmatic access to…

Greece’s Forthnet now part of United Group

Greek telecommunications and pay-TV provider Forthnet has officially become part of United Group, a provider of telecommunications services and media in Southeast Europe. United Group says its entry into the Greek market is another milestone in its European growth strategy and further cements the Dutch-based group’s position as an industry…

Report: 38% of gamers have had online account hacked

Online games are becoming increasingly popular, with over 930 million players globally currently. However, with popularity comes cyber threats as a growing number of gamer accounts are lucrative targets to cybercriminals. According to the data from the Atlas VPN team, 38 per cent of gamers have been hacked at least…

MTV Play on Amazon Prime Video Channels

ViacomCBS Networks UK has announced the addition of its direct-to-consumer SVoD service, MTV Play to Amazon Prime Video Channels. The MTV Play channel will enable Prime members in the UK with an add-on subscription to access the app’s extensive content library of MTV youth-focused reality programming. For an additional £3.99…

SABC reverses staff cuts

Financially stretched South Africa Broadcasting (SABC) has cancelled plans to reduce its significantly over-staffed payroll by 400 jobs. A decision has been postponed until 2021, although extra pressures from government and unions might postpone any lay-offs indefinitely. “The SABC board has extended the suspension of the section 189 process to…

BT, Transatel renew UK 5G partnership

BT and Transatel have renewed their partnership meaning that UK MVNOs of all sizes can continue to benefit from Transatel’s value-added services. That includes utility companies (Utilita, Ecotalk), community-based MVNOs (China Telecom Europe), B2B reseller MVNOs (Abzorb), and retail MVNO brands (Plusnet, The Phone Co-op). Transatel’s partnership with BT Wholesale…

Spacecom, Paratus provide broadband in Africa via AMOS-17

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced the signing of a contract with Paratus, a pan-African telecommunications service provider that offers connectivity solutions to more than 22 African countries through an extensive independently owned network, via the fully digital  AMOS-17 satellite. “AMOS-17’s unique performance and capabilities, highly flexible…

Report: EMEA smartphones sales bounced back in Q3

The EMEA smartphone market threw off the coronavirus blues in the third quarter, bouncing back to register some growth over the same period in 2019, according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Total smartphone volumes were 93.1 million, up 2.1 per cent on Q3 2019, for…

Lanka Premier League on LIVENow

From November 26th, Cricket fans around the world can watch the inaugural Lanka Premier League as it joins the ranks of other high profile T20 leagues, and becomes available to watch on LIVENow. Five teams – Colombo Kings, Dambulla Vikings, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Stallions and Kandy Tuskers – will compete…

After We Collided launching on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has announced that the, After We Collided, the hit romantic drama movie starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Dylan Sprouse, will launch exclusively on Prime Video in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. Coming just a few weeks after its theatrical release in the UK, Italy…

Professional Fighters League expands coverage

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has announced that key international broadcast partners will be expanding coverage of the league for the upcoming 2021 season. PFL is the first organisationto present MMA through a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship format, which combined with a global roster of fighters representing 25 countries,…
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