Forecast: 143m will use voice control by 2022

UK analyst group Rethink Technology Research has published a five year forecast on Voice Control of TV entertainment through remote controls entitled Voice Control of the TV – Decision time for TV operators.  The forecast is by units shipped from 2017 – 2022. Voice control of pay-TV will emerge through a variety of means, but in […]

Study: MENA online video revenues growing 22% Y-O-Y

Digital consumption in the Middle East and North Africa region is growing at one of the fastest paces in the world, driven by a large population, fast-improving mobile connectivity and a flood of new streaming platforms in the market, according to an EY report commissioned by the Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC. EY compiled its […]

France: Mediawan eyes EuropaCorp French TV

A media investment consortium, which already owns AB Groupe and Apocalypse documentary producer CC&C, is set to extend its TV drama production activities with the acquisition of three more French companies. The Mediawan group formed by producer Pierre-Antoine Catton, Iliad Telecom founder Xavier Niel and Lazard France head Matthieu Pigasse, intends to acquire 80 per […]

Partnership for European AR players collaboration

Spending on Augmented Reality (AR) technologies will reach $60 billion (€49m) in 2020 according to Michael Porter and James E. Heppelmann in their Guide to AR in the Harvard Business Review. This represents a lucrative market, as Europe has many strengths in research, engineering, training, and creativity that will allow it to play an active […]

Irish court blocks infringing websites

The Motion Picture Association (the international branch of the Motion Picture Association of America), which represents some of the world’s biggest television and film studios, has secured a High Court injunction in Ireland directing Internet Service Providers to block websites involved in piracy. The suit alleges that several websites gave up to 1.5 million people […]

Report: State of 4G in Europe

S&P Global Market Intelligence has released its latest State of European 4G report. Key highlights from the report include: Mobile subscribers and 4G penetration are growing across the European continent, but substantial regional differences exist across the 15 countries analysed Kagan, a unit within S&P Global Market Intelligence, estimated 4G subscribers for 14 of 15 […]

Study: TV ads drive teens’ junk food craving

Teenagers who watch more than three hours of commercial TV a day are more likely to eat hundreds of extra junk food snacks, according to a report by charity Cancer Research UK. Being bombarded by TV ads for unhealthy, high calorie food could lead teens to eat more than 500 extra snacks like crisps, biscuits […]

Italy: 16.4m fixed broadband lines

The number of fixed broadband lines in Italy reached 16.4 million units in the first nine months of 2017, increasing by 950,000 units on an annual basis. The data, published by the country’s Communications Authority (AgCom) in its 9M report, show a significant reduction in broadband accesses based on xDSL technology (-960,000). However, the decrease […]

YahLive adds 35 extra channels

Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator YahLive, used the Dubai CabSat show to confirm that it had added 35 extra TV channels to its portfolio. Most come from a joint-venture with EARTH (Entertainment And Reality TV Hub) and are sourced to target South Asian viewers in the MENA region. YahLive is the DTH division of YahSat. “Our […]

Arabsat sells extra capacity to Talia

Arabsat used the Dubai CabSat show to sign an extension agreement with satellite capacity and services supply company Talia for extra transponders on Arabsat 5C which operates from 20 degrees East. This multi-year agreement continues to strengthen the relationship between UK-based Talia and Arabsat. Talia will offer high-quality IP VSAT services in Ka band to […]

ERTU mounts 3-year development plan

Egypt’s giant Radio & Television Union (ERTU) public broadcaster is undertaking a three-year development plan. The scheme will be formally confirmed on February 1st after approval by the country’s parliament. However, Egypt’s Minister of Planning, Hala Al-Saeed, speaking on January 13th, outlined the plan’s structure and said that the scheme included comprehensive training for staff […]

France moves to boost mobile coverage

An historic agreement has been signed between the French Government, France’s Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (Arcep) and mobile operators to accelerate mobile coverage in country’s regions. Eradicating the digital divide is one of the major challenges of territorial cohesion policies. To accelerate the pace of France’s digital transformation, whether for micro, small and […]

Buxton appointed SpotX Asia MD

SpotX has appointed Gavin Buxton as Managing Director of Asia to lead the company’s expansion in the region. Buxton has over 17 years’ global experience in the digital advertising space, having worked in leadership roles at tech and publishing companies, including Microsoft, Turner Broadcasting, and LinkedIn, with the last eight years based in Asia. Buxton […]

InCoax joins MoCA Board

InCoax Networks has been elevated to Promoter membership status within MoCA.  As a Promoter member, InCoax will also take a position onthe MoCA Board of Directors. InCoax designs, manufactures and markets networking equipment using the MoCA 2.5 Access specification targeting pay-TV, Internet service providers and commercial integrators in Europe and Canada. “InCoax was invited to […]

Games software/hardware $165bn+ in 2018

Video games software/hardware combined could be in the $165 billion (€135bn) to $170 billion range this year (if mobile outperforms again), and reach between $230 billion and $235 billion by 2022 if strong performance continues. That might make games software/hardware bigger in 5 years than 150 countries’ individual GDPs today (somewhere between Vietnam and Finland). […]

TV2U expands into new markets

TV2U, a global provider of OTT media services, has successfully expanded its international footprint, with customer wins and major partnerships in both Indonesia and Brazil.  The expansion has been driven by the launch of  ‘TV2U to the Home,’ a dedicated OTT service for the Brazilian market, together with SOL Telecom and CCS TV, and a […]

Ultracast uses Tata Communications’ global network

Tata Communications, a global provider of network, cloud and security services, has been chosen by Ultracast to power the international expansion of the company’s 360° video and VR platform. Ultracast creates live 360° video and VR content in motorsports series such as NASCAR, FIA World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as […]

Abu Dhabi Media upgrades with Imagine

Imagine Communications is providing a full upgrade of the central technical facilities at Abu Dhabi Media. The centre, which includes playout facilities for 15 HD channels, relied extensively on Imagine technology when it was first established 10 years ago. Central to the design of the refreshed technology platform is the flexibility to update seamlessly to […]

Sky Sports ups Women’s cricket coverage

Sky Sports is set to broadcast its biggest ever summer of women’s cricket, as part of a huge line-up of women’s sport in 2018.  For the first time, Sky Sports will show 12 matches from the Kia Super League – nearly double the amount from last year – in addition to England women’s triumphant return […]