Sky: ‘Be Brexit compliant or be blacked out”
Sky has sent an ultimatum to UK based broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4, Disney and Discovery warning them to get their post-Brexit licensing plans in order by the end of the year, or face being removed off its platform. The Guardian reports that Sky has sent out letters to broadcasters…
Facebook sued over inflated video figures
Facebook was fully aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many users viewed video on its platform for a much longer than it has previously admitted, new court documents have claimed. In September 2016, Facebook confessed that it had overestimated how much video its users had watched for…
UK: £60m kids content competition  
The search for ‘the next big thing’ in UK Children’s Television is gearing up as part of a £60 million (€67.5m) initiative being introduced by Government to support the nation’s vibrant broadcast sector. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has announced that the Contestable Fund which aims to halt the decline of…
Spaniards ‘dissatisfied’ with pay-TV; Yomvi leads OTT
Pay-TV is the worst rated service in Spain with 18.6 per cent households dissatisfied with it, according to a report from media regulator CNMC. Despite the fact that more and more Spaniards watch pay TV, with 6.1 million pay TV homes in the country, the dissatisfaction with the service(s) is…
NHK outlines 4K and 8K channel plans
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK used MIPCOM to expand on its December 1st launch date for two new Ultra HD channels. One will broadcast in 4K, and the other in ‘Super Hi-Vision’ 8K – a world’s first for this maximum-definition broadcasting model. Mika Kanaya, NHK’s Senior Producer in its Global Content/Programming…
Facebook hires Deputy PM Clegg
Facebook has hired Sir Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, as its head of global policy and communications. Clegg will join Facebook as it struggles with mounting political pressure over fake news, data protection and the threat of government regulation. Clegg will move to Silicon Valley in January.…
142 UHD channels now on air
Michel Chabrol, SVP of New TV Formats at Eutelsat, told MIPCOM delegates that there are now 142 channels and services transmitting in 4K worldwide. Chabrol said 55 of these channels were coming from satellite, while satellites were supplying 93 channel ‘feeds’ to operators. 85 IPTV-based services were in 4K, and…
Survey: 69% network operators report growth
Respondents to the Broadband World Forum Survey are optimistic despite an industry undergoing rapid change. Some 69 per cent reported positive growth with 19 per cent reporting business had “rocketed” over the past 12 months. While market competition has propelled investment in gigabit broadband, trials leading to roll out of…
DAZN scores FA Cup rights in Germany
OTT sports service DAZN has agreed a six-season deal to show FA Cup matches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, from the this season to 2023-24. The FA Cup will join DAZN’s other English football content which include matches from the League Cup and the Championship. DAZN’s FA Cup coverage will…
Limelight, Ericsson CDN collaboration
Limelight Networks and Ericsson have signed an agreement to collaborate on content delivery and edge cloud services. As more traffic shifts to the public internet from private networks, the need for high performance networks and distributed infrastructure is required to maintain a high-quality user experience. A key solution to this…
Portugal: Eleven Sports streams Barca match on Facebook
Eleven Sports is set to deliver a La Liga first in Portugal this weekend when the sports provider live streams Barcelona v Sevilla on Facebook. The move marks the first time that a La Liga match will be streamed live on Facebook in the country. “Live streaming on social media…
Simplestream launches Sports Video Platform
Simplestream, a specialist in live VoD and OTT services, has announced the launch of its Sport Video Platform. This end-to-end, cloud-based, white label solution seamlessly enables broadcasters, rights holders and distributors to launch and maintain next generation OTT services on multiple screens and across territories where the rights permit. Key…
Harmonic appoints Clifford to board of directors
Harmonic has expanded the company’s board of directors with the appointment of Deborah Clifford. Clifford currently serves as the vice president of financial planning and analysis at Autodesk, a 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company. Most recently, she has been a lead architect of Autodesk’s transformation from selling perpetual…
Broadpeak, Inca, Espial IP video delivery for HBC
Broadpeak and Inca Networks, a specialist in intelligent video delivery, have partnered to provide Minnesota-based ISP Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) with a reliable and scalable IP video delivery solution. The subscriber management and user experiences are powered by Espial’s Elevate Cloud IPTV platform, which is a TV-as-a-service solution that enables…
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