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Spain: Free Movistar Plus+ on Samsung TVs

Spanish pay-TV platform Movistar hopes to gain new subscribers for its streaming service Movistar Plus+ through a deal with electronics manufacturer Samsung. From May 15th, the South Korean brand will offer Movistar’s OTT service for free for three months to all buyers of its smart TVs in Spain. It is estimated that the Movistar Plus+ […]

May 10, 2024From David Del Valle in Madrid

Italy: Smart TVs overtake traditional TV sets

Smart TVs have overtaken traditional TV sets in Italy, according to a report by research institute Censis and audience rating company Auditel. There is currently a total of 21 million smart TVs in Italian homes (+4.4 per cent year-on-year), compared to 20.5 million traditional TV sets. However, if traditional TVs with devices that connect them […]

November 15, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

MPs seek Media Bill changes

Obligations on smart TVs, firesticks and set-top boxes to ensure public service broadcasters (PSBs) are prominent on their platforms should be strengthened, according to the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In its report on the draft Media Bill, the Committee also wants to see current obligations on PSBs to provide programming […]

September 22, 2023By Colin Mann

Italy: Vestel first Smart TV compatible with DVB-I

Vestel will make available in Italy the first Smart TV compatible with the new pan European DVB-I standard allowing Italian broadcasters to test on the market their new Smart TV offering. The Italian Market Trial of this new transmission technology will allow Vestel customers to experience the reception of linear TV channels both directly from […]

September 15, 2023

Twitter plans smart TV video app

Twitter owner Elon Musk has confirmed plans for a Twitter video app on smart TVs. Responding to a tweet suggesting that: “We really need a Twitter video app for Smart TVs”, Musk replied: ”It’s coming”, without revealing any further details. On June 15th, during an investor presentation, new Twitter CEO, Linda Yaccarino, and Musk laid […]

June 19, 2023By Colin Mann

Bloomberg launches Bloomberg Originals

Bloomberg Media launched Bloomberg Originals, a new brand for streaming original video programming – cinematic documentary-style deep-dives, talk shows, live events and video podcasts. Under the new tagline, “Business as you’ve never seen,” Bloomberg Originals features series exploring climate change, technology, finance, sports and more. “On the heels of 20 per cent growth in video […]

February 2, 2023

MLS Season Pass from Apple

Apple and Major League Soccer have confirmed that MLS Season Pass will launch February 1st 2023 — introducing a subscription service to fans in over 100 countries and regions that features every live MLS regular-season match, the entire playoffs, and the Leagues Cup, all with no blackouts. MLS Season Pass will bring MLS to its […]

November 17, 2022By Colin Mann

TikTok on VIZIO smart TVs

VIZIO has announced that TikTok TV is now available on VIZIO smart TVs. This integration allows VIZIO users to discover videos from their favourite TikTok creators and topics directly from the VIZIO home screen — no downloads required. In support of this launch, VIZIO will highlight TikTok TV content on the VIZIO Home Page in a […]

June 23, 2022

Data: Strong streaming growth in Europe

Streaming adoption throughout Europe continues to grow at a rapid pace, according to the Q4 2021 State of Streaming: Europe report from streaming media continuous measurement platform Conviva. While Europe as a whole experienced a 20 per cent increase in streaming viewership, Southern and Western Europe saw roughly double that growth with 44 per cent […]

March 17, 2022

3SS delivers smart TV apps for A1 Bulgaria

3 Screen Solutions (3SS), a provider of software solutions for set-top boxes (STB) and multiscreen entertainment, has delivered two new smart TV apps for A1 Bulgaria, part of the A1 Telekom Austria Group, a provider of digital services and communications solutions in Central and Eastern Europe. The apps are now live and Bulgarian subscribers to […]

November 10, 2021