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Report: Live sports rights costs still rising

The world’s top 15 sports leagues will benefit from still-rising costs worth $66.9 billion (€62.1bn) in global media rights by 2028, and $88 billion by 2033, according to a report from Rethink Research. More so than any other content vertical, live sports seems to be the definitive means by which our industry values a video […]

March 22, 2023By Chris Forrester

Vaz new CEO of Vodafone Spain

Portuguese Mário Vaz is to be the new CEO of Vodafone Spain replacing Colman Deegan who resigned last January three years after his appointment. This is the second time Vodafone has called upon a Portuguese executive to take the post after the 2012-2020 mandate of Antonio Coimbra. Vaz has a good knowledge of both the […]

March 22, 2023From David del Valle in Madrid

SAPEC/Cisco/RTVE ‘world first’ 8K broadcasts

Madrid-based SAPEC, together with Cisco and Spain’s public broadcaster (RTVE, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española), say they will make history by broadcasting 8K content for the first time via terrestrial television in DVB-T2 DTT. SAPEC says it is leading the creation of the encoder that will allow the RTVE-UPM Cátedra to broadcast live 8K content via DVB-T2, […]

March 22, 2023By Chris Forrester

Fifth time lucky for Murdoch?

Rupert Murdoch, 92, is engaged to be married for the fifth time eight months after he divorced former model Jerry Hall. Murdoch, executive chair of News Corp, told the NY Post (owned by News) that his planned marriage to Ann Lesley Smith, the 66-year-old widow of a media executive, would “be my last”, adding: “It […]

March 22, 2023

Openreach hits 10m build milestone

UK digital infrastructure provider Openreach says it has hit a “huge” milestone in its upgrade of the UK’s broadband infrastructure. Openreach has now made its ultrafast Full Fibre broadband network available to 10 million homes, businesses and public services. The location of the 10 millionth build is in Ketton, Rutland, in the East Midlands of […]

March 22, 2023By Colin Mann

Germany: WWE, ProSieben MAXX expand content deal

ProSieben MAXX and WWE have announced a new multi-year agreement to televise WWE’s flagship programmes Raw and SmackDown, and, for the first time, NXT in German on ProSieben MAXX. This means that ProSieben MAXX will remain the free TV home of WWE and expand the partnership that has existed since 2014. The deal marks a double-digit […]

March 22, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Boeing delivers Viasat-3 craft

Boeing has delivered to Florida what it describes as the “most powerful” satellite platform it has ever built in the shape of ViaSat-3 Americas, a new-generation craft for operator Viasat of California. It will be able to harness well over 30 kW of solar power when it reaches orbit. That’s 1/4+ of the power generated […]

March 22, 2023By Chris Forrester

Data: UK TV freelance creatives demand change

Research from UK diversity and inclusion social enterprise Creative Access shows although freelancers are broadly happy with their career path, there is a breakdown in the relationship between freelancers and employers within the creative economy, as over one in two freelancers say they ‘don’t feel supported by employers’ they work with. This is despite the […]

March 22, 2023

Forecast: Strong growth through 2027 for AR/VR headset shipments

On the heels of a weaker than expected 2022, International Data Corporation (IDC) has lowered its forecast for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets in 2023. Global shipments are now expected to reach 10.1 million units in the year, according to the research firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker. Despite the revised […]

March 22, 2023

BlackBerry sells patents for $900m

Struggling phone company BlackBerry says it has sold up to $900 million (€834m) of its exclusive cellular patents. BlackBerry’s potential sale of its business to Catapult IP Innovations has collapsed. Malikie Innovations Ltd will buy the BlackBerry patents and pay $170 million in cash on deal closing, and another $30 million three years later. BlackBerry […]

March 22, 2023

Qwilt, Telefónica team for Spain content delivery

Spanish multiplay telco Telefónica, through its Telefónica Soluciones area, and connected experience  delivery specialist Qwilt have reached an agreement to implement a content distribution system based on the union of both companies’ technologies. Through this alliance, Qwilt expands its coverage and delivery capacity in Spain by relying on Telefónica’s Content Distribution Network (TCDN) deployed in […]

March 22, 2023

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