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DAZN, beIN score Ligue 1 rights

With the start of the French top flight football Ligue 1 season fast approaching, a deal for the broadcasting rights for the upcoming cycle has finally been reached. Governing body the LFP had been seeking a €1 billion bid for the 2024-2029 cycle, however, received no bids at auction, leading to talks with individual broadcasters, […]

July 15, 2024By Colin Mann

Analysis: YouTube content spend grows

The latest report from Ampere Analysis focuses on YouTube’s significance in the media market. With a unique business model that places advertising as its main source of revenue – thanks to its huge user base – the platform is rarely compared to TV. In this analysis, Ampere compares its investment in content to the major […]

July 15, 2024

BBC Studios, Samsung EMEA FAST deal

BBC Studios and Samsung TV Plus are to expand two BBC FAST channel brands in EMEA. BBC Drama will make its debut in MENA on Samsung TV Plus whilst Top Gear launches on Samsung TV Plus across MENA, Italy, Spain, France, Germany,  Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Already available in Spain, Italy and France on Samsung […]

July 15, 2024

Ericsson, OPPO patent licence deal

Communications technologist Ericsson and smartphone vendor OPPO have signed a multi-year global patent cross licence agreement. This includes a cross licence covering patents essential to standards for cellular technologies, including 5G. OPPO will make royalty payments to Ericsson. In addition to a cross licence, OPPO and Ericsson will conduct business cooperation on a number of […]

July 15, 2024

Nokia 5G boost for Egypt

Comms equipment manufacturer Nokia is partnering with Telecom Egypt to bring 5G technology to Egypt for the first time. The collaboration aims to revolutionise the country’s telecom landscape by introducing the transformative power of 5G to cities including Alexandria, Aswan, Cairo, Giza, and Luxor. Nokia will provide its comprehensive AirScale portfolio aiming to deliver an […]

July 15, 2024

WebKyte joins BASE

Video recognition specialist WebKyte has become the newest member of the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). It joins the ever-growing and thriving BASE community, eighty-five-plus organisations united in supporting the Home Entertainment industry, and, through BASE’s dedicated unit, the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, a collective dedicated to tackling the issue of copyright infringement […]

July 15, 2024By Colin Mann

Italy: RAI switching to DVB-T2 HEVC in August

From August 28th, as established in the National Service Contract between the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy and RAI – Radiotelevisione italiana (the Italian public broadcaster), a mux of the public broadcaster (Mux B) will switch exclusively to transmissions in the DVB-T2 HEVC standard. In particular, Rai Storia, Rai Scuola and Rai Radio […]

July 12, 2024

Channel 4 streaming audience up 30% YoY

Barb data shows Channel 4’s streaming audience in June is up 30 per cent on the same month last year. Meanwhile, the channel continues to grow its overall audience, attracting new digital natives while migrating existing viewers to digital platforms, with 3 per cent year on year growth in viewing across streaming and linear combined […]

July 12, 2024

SoftBank acquires Graphcore

Graphcore, the UK artificial intelligence (AI) chip firm, has been acquired by SoftBank Group. Under the deal, Graphcore becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate and will continue to operate under the Graphcore name. “This is a tremendous endorsement of our team and their ability to build truly transformative AI technologies at scale, […]

July 12, 2024

Canal+ London listing?

Canal+ is reportedly exploring a potential London listing for its TV unit. Owner Vivendi is said to be working with advisers on a FTSE listing that could take place as soon as the end of this year, according to Bloomberg. Vivendi shares rose as much as 6.4 per cent following the report, which comes as […]

July 12, 2024

Ericsson sales down 7% despite US growth

Ericsson has reported second quarter results for 2024. Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, commented: “In Q2, we maintained our leading market position, returned to growth in North America, and delivered strong gross margin expansion and free cash flow. We remained focused on matters in our control, to optimise our business amid a challenging market environment, […]

July 12, 2024

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