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Forecast: SVoD to add 143m subs in 2023

Despite the economic uncertainty, cost of living crisis and saturation of video services in some countries, 2023 is on track to be a positive year for SVoD services, according to figures from analyst firm Omdia. “Moving on from the impact of Covid, the introduction of the ad tiers and an abundance of new content has […]

February 1, 2023By Colin Mann

Data: UK home entertainment market at £4.4bn

Figures from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and the Official Charts Company (OCC) reveal a dominant UK Home Entertainment category in 2022 with a value of £4.43 billion (€5bn). The total value of the UK Screen Entertainment category for the year was £11 billion, including Home Entertainment, Cinema, and pay-TV, which demonstrates 12 […]

February 1, 2023By Colin Mann

EE delivers 5G on London Underground

EE customers are now able to access 5G connectivity on the London Underground, with the network’s high-speed coverage live at three stations – Archway and Tufnell Park on the Northern line, and Notting Hill Gate on the Central line. In addition to continuous 5G coverage from ticket hall to platform at all three stations, 5G […]

February 1, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Forecast: Sustained broadband spending to 2027

According to a report by Dell’Oro Group, a source for market information about the telecommunications, security, networks, and data centre industries, predicts that sales of PON equipment for fibre-to-the-home deployments, cable broadband access equipment, and fixed wireless CPE will all increase from 2022 to 2027, as service providers continue to expand their fibre and DOCSIS […]

February 1, 2023

Netherlands: Viaplay distribution deal with Solcon

Viaplay Group and Solcon, a KPN-owned provider of internet, television and telephone services, have agreed a distribution partnership in the Netherlands. Effective immediately, new Solcon customers can access the Viaplay streaming service for free during the entire 2023 Formula 1 season. At the same time, current Solcon customers can subscribe to Viaplay for €9.99 per […]

February 1, 2023

ecta condemns EC Gigabit Connectivity proposals

ecta, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, has analysed the leaked text of the proposed EC Recommendation on the regulatory promotion of Gigabit Connectivity, which is currently in interservice consultation within the European Commission. ecta says it is “stunned” by its content, and denounces this text, given: the absence of a public consultation on a text […]

February 1, 2023By Colin Mann

McCarthy named CEO at Friend MTS

Friend MTS, a provider of content protection and video security services, has announced the appointment of Shane McCarthy as Chief Executive Officer. McCarthy previously worked as CEO at Irdeto, and President for International Business at Pace. He was Founder and CEO of Caldero, a professional services consultancy within the video entertainment market, and currently sits […]

February 1, 2023

SpaceX to provide ZIPAIR IFC

Low-cost airline ZIPAIR has selected SpaceX’s Starlink to bring higher-speed and lower-latency Internet to all passengers in-flight as the first Asian airline, suggesting that Starlink’s satellite technology will revolutionise the flying experience, providing ZIPAIR passengers with seamless connectivity and enabling an in-flight Internet connection as good as or better than they are used to at […]

February 1, 2023By Colin Mann

Starink signs up Norwegian Cruise Line

SpaceX has added Norwegian Cruise Line to its roster of commercial clients for its Starlink broadband service. Norwegian Breakaway and Oceania Riviera have already been equipped with broadband dishes and contracts have been signed for the rest of the company’s fleet. Reports suggest that all its vessels will be equipped by the end of this […]

February 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

You People debuts as Netflix #1 movie

Contemporary rom-com You People, starring Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Eddie Murphy, debuted at #1 on Netflix’s English Films List in the week starting January 23rd with 55.65 million hours viewed. Season 2 of Ginny & Georgia held onto the English TV List top spot for a fourth consecutive week with 55.61 million hours viewed. […]

February 1, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Success for latest Starlink launch

Elon Musk’s team of engineers at SpaceX are maintaining an impressive launch cadence. On January 31st they successfully launched 49 Starlink satellites which, says Musk, will mostly help provide connectivity over higher latitudes. On February 2nd the team in Florida will launch 53 more Starlinks. The February 2nd launch (officially Launch 5-3) will deliver 53 […]

February 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

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