Advanced Television


Who will spend the FCC cash?

Between now and the end of 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will pay out almost $10 billion (€8.8bn) in ‘accelerated clearance payments’. The FCC cash rewards the world’s four largest satellite operators for freeing up some of their C-band spectrum over the US. The question now is whether this windfall cash will be spent, […]

January 20, 2022

Bloomberg Media, Twitter renew partnership

Bloomberg Media and Twitter have announced a global multiyear renewal of their partnership starting in January 2022, covering all major media markets across North America, EMEA, LatAm and APAC. The partnership features new projects that combine Bloomberg News’s credibility in cryptocurrency content with Twitter’s immediacy and transparency to help consumers navigate this evolving, saturated market. […]

January 20, 2022

Survey: ITV, Eutelsat are takeover targets

Bloomberg, in what investment bank Exane/BNPP describes as an “informal survey”, has suggested that Eutelsat and ITV are “most likely takeover” candidates. The bank suggests that ITV has been in the Bloomberg poll fairly frequently over the past ten years. Other companies named as possible takeover targets include KPN, Telecom Italia, Invit, Nokia, ProSiebenSat. 1 […]

January 18, 2022By Chris Forrester

Popcorn Time shuts down

Popcorn Time, a once popular piracy app that allowed users to illegally stream TV shows and movies, has shut down. The service originally launched in 2014 and was quickly abandoned by its developers – but since the project was open source, other developers were able to pick up the reins and keep it going, although […]

January 7, 2022

Poland: Discovery blasts passage of Lex-TVN

Discovery, the multichannel broadcaster, is potentially facing having to sell off its business in Poland – specifically the TVN Group – following the surprise parliamentary greenlight for controversial new legislation. Known as Lex-TVN, the bill seeks to ban non-European ownership of Polish media companies. The Sejm, Poland’s parliament, voted in favour 229-212 with 11 abstentions […]

December 17, 2021

Intelsat bankruptcy exit plan “inept”

In truth, Intelsat’s bankruptcy has been criticised by investors and creditors since Day One of its Chapter 11 process. But November 17th saw a slew of extra motions tabled and due to be heard on December 2nd by the court. In essence, the documents call for Intelsat’s Amended Exit Plan to be rejected. Most of […]

November 18, 2021

NewsPlayer+ the one-stop-app for COP26 TV news coverage

With world leaders arriving in Glasgow this weekend, NewsPlayer+ will provide access to global perspectives and diverse views on COP26 and climate change. NewsPlayer+ uniquely brings 28 live news channels from every continent together in one official streaming service, including Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, CNBC Europe, CGTN (China), Euronews, RT (Russia) and Sky News International; as […]

October 29, 2021

Bloomberg Adria to launch in SE Europe

Bloomberg Media and Mtel Swiss – a broadcaster majority-owned by Telekom Srbija – have announced an agreement to create Southeast Europe’s first pan-regional, multi-platform business news network, with hubs in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia. Launching in 2022, Bloomberg Adria will serve business and financial news, analysis and data to the […]

October 15, 2021

Wurl launches Wurl Perform

Wurl, a specialist in powering streaming TV, has unveiled Wurl Perform, a new performance marketing service that enables streaming TV apps to acquire new viewers and reduce churn via highly targeted promotional campaigns. With Wurl Perform, every campaign impression and conversion is measured, which provides Streamers trackable ROAS (return on ad spend). “As the world’s […]

September 23, 2021

Mega-constellations: Merger discussions underway?

SES CEO Steve Collar, SES’s CEO in an interview on the topic of satellite industry merger activity, admitted that he was sure that “everyone’s talking to everyone”. Collar added, in the interview carried by Bloomberg, that because Space is “essentially a fixed-cost industry, so the scale that’s generated from consolidation can be important financially. And […]

August 23, 2021