NBCUniversal launching AVoD service
Comcast’s NBCUniversal has revealed plans to launch a free, ad-supported streaming service to anyone in the US that subscribes to a traditional pay-TV service – including competitors such as Charter, AT&T, Cox and Dish – as well as through European pay-TV provider Sky. The service is scheduled for an early 2020 launch and…
Vimeo to pay €8.5m in damages to Mediaset
A Rome Court has ordered Vimeo to remove all contested videos from Mediaset and reimburse €8.5 million to the Italian broadcaster. Mediaset had sued the US-based online video platform for publication and the non-removal of videos taken from copyrighted TV programmes. Furthermore, Vimeo will have to prevent new uploads of…
Liberty Global cuts CCO in decentralisation
Liberty Global is to decentralise as it adjusts to its reduced scale after the Vodafone deal, and one of the first to go is Diederik Karsten, chief commercial officer. Karsten has been with the company since 2004 as MD of its Dutch operation and EVP of European broadband operations. The…
Intelsat CFO to step down
Intelsat’s CFO, Jacques Kerrest, plans to retire. He will continue in his role through the spring until a successor is appointed to ensure a smooth transition of duties. Since joining Intelsat in February 2016, Kerrest played an instrumental role in successfully completing $15.5 billion in debt and equity transactions, achieving…
Spain allocates €50m to DTT migration
The Spanish Government has proposed €50 million in grants in the 2019 state budget to help Spaniards retune their antennas in the second digital migration. This will be just an initial compensation – since the first DTT migration in 2015 the Administration has granted €289 million. DTT migration is set to…
TiVo hits Comcast in another patent battle
TiVo has opened another round of patent claims against Comcast over its set-top IP. The lawsuit has been filed in a California court under TiVo’s owners, Rovi Corp, and the new complaint relate to advanced DVR functionalities, such as cloud or network recording and whole-home or multi-room DVR arrangements. “Litigation…
Report: Digital tech to drive sports revenue growth
A report by global digital infrastructure provider Tata Communications examining the commercial transformation of sports identifies 2019 as a defining tipping point for the global sports industry, with digital technology innovation set to kick-start a new era of unprecedented commercial growth for broadcasters, rights holders and sports organisations. The Show…
Spain: Euskaltel seeks to increase revenues by 30%
Soon after UK’s Zegona had announced a capital enlargement of over €100 million to become the largest shareholder in the company, Basque Country-based telco operator Euskaltel has unveiled plans to increase revenue by 30 per cent to €800 million by 2022. In its Business Plan 2022, the company forecasts that…
VR game revenues to reach $8.2bn by 2023
A study from Juniper Research has found that revenues from VR-specific games will reach $8.2 billion (€7.1bn) by 2023, rising from an expected $1.2 billion in 2019. It argued that development of smartphone VR content is essential to increase consumer confidence in VR across all platforms, following a disappointing year…
Portugal, Austria fall in Netflix ISP Speed Index
Netflix has released December data from its ISP Speed Index – a monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best prime time Netflix streaming experience. Vodafone Greece saw the biggest speed increase on the index this month. Jumping back from slowing speeds last month, speeds at the…
Premier League opens Singapore office  
The Premier League’s first international office has opened in Singapore. Based in Tanjong Pagar, the office will provide a base for the Asia-Pacific region and has primarily been established to fight piracy of Premier League content and support broadcast partners. This will include deploying the league’s hugely successful enforcement programme…
Liberty Latin America eyes Millicom
Liberty Latin America, a wireless and cable operator in South America and the Caribbean, has approached Millicom International Cellular with an acquisition bid, according to a Reuters report. Liberty Latin America, which is backed by US media mogul John Malone, has been in talks with Millicom, a cable and mobile…
Endeavor Streaming formed with Neulion
Endeavor, a global player in sports, entertainment, and fashion with a portfolio of companies including WME, IMG, and UFC, has announced the formation of Endeavor Streaming, encompassing the company’s video streaming products and services. OTT specialist NeuLion, acquired by Endeavor in 2018, will be absorbed within the new group alongside…
Analysis: Women take lead roles in US network dramas
Analysis of US broadcast network dramas in development or production has revealed that 42 per cent feature a strong female lead – more than double that of programmes with a male lead (20 per cent). According to Ampere Analysis, the existence of a strong female character is a winning factor…
Konnect Africa high-speed satellite Internet for Ivorian market
Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, has announced the launch of its Internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire. According to Deloitte’s TMT 2017 report, the country has 9 million mobile Internet subscriptions, notably thanks to the 4G network. Some…
Kantar Media: Super Bowl ad spend rockets
While the 2017-2018 season may have been a rocky one for the NFL, the league’s signature event still continues to shine: The average cost of a 30 second ad in Super Bowl LII climbed to a record $5.235 million (€4.58m), with overall spend totaling $482 million, second only to the…
TKS deploys Openvault solutions
Industry analytics and technology solutions provider OpenVault has confirmed that TKS – a Vodafone company that provides American TV programming, telephone, Internet and wireless services to US military communities, including service members and civilians, in Europe – is using multiple OpenVault solutions to gain greater insights into broadband usage across…
ETL Systems acquires Atlantic Microwave
ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF equipment for satellite communications today announced it has acquired Atlantic Microwave, a provider of microwave components and satellite communication test equipment. ETL Systems operates globally with manufacturing and R&D sites based in the UK. The UK facilities combined with offices in Washington…
Synamedia extends partnership with TrueVisions
Synamedia, the independent video software provider, has extended its seven-year partnership with TrueVisions, Thailand’s leading pay-TV operator. As part of the new multi-year contract, Synamedia VideoGuard will protect and secure TrueVisions’ investments in live sports, news, entertainment and other premium content delivered to its 3.9 million cable and satellite subscribers.…
ESPN enhances ESPN app
Disney’s Direct-To-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment and ESPN have released a series of enhancements to the ESPN+ streaming service within the ESPN app, designed to improve the consumer experience by serving customized content, more user-friendly navigation, offline viewing and more platforms on which fans can access programming. “One of the…
Vestel launches pay-TV without STB
Home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer, Vestel, has launched the first TVs which allow consumers to access pay-TV services directly through their TVs without the need for a separate set-top box (STB), CI CAM or any other external device. The 43” UHD CASTV will be available in Croatia under the…
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