Analysis: Sports operators spending 15% of budget on OTT
According to the findings of Where the Money is Going: The Future of Sports Entertainment, a global analysis of the economics of OTT sport from sports media technology services specialist Delatre, sports operators worldwide are now spending 15 per cent of their total budgets on OTT, meaning that by 2021,…
France: 5.5m daily SVoD users
Some 5.5 million French viewers, representing nine per cent of the country’s population, used SVoD on a daily basis in 2018. It is a significant 61 per cent growth on 2017, according to a study from Médiamétrie. SVoD has gained 2.1 million daily users year on year and has progressively…
INCA: ‘Full-fibre court ruling disappointing’
The UK High Court ruling against alternative provider of wholesale full fibre network infrastructure CityFibre in the challenge to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over fibre advertising is a disappointment to operators building full fibre networks, the Independent Network Co-operative Association (INCA) has said. The ruling dismissed CityFibre’s request for…
YouTube on Fire TV; Prime Video on Chromecast & Android TV
Amazon and Google have announced that the two companies will launch the official YouTube apps on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs in the coming months, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. In addition, Prime Video will…
Musk raising another $500m for satellite project
SpaceX says it is looking to raise an additional $500 million in funding. According to a regulatory filing, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies is the vehicle, and the target for the cash is the company’s ‘Starlink’ internet by satellite project. Musk raised a similar sum a few months ago, and…
NBCUniversal, LA 2028 form Olympics ad partnership
NBCUniversal and LA 2028 have announced the establishment of an offering which includes media, sponsorship, and activation opportunities in the US for the Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2021-2028. This agreement aims to give brands the ability to connect with audiences across Olympic and Paralympic touchpoints throughout the next decade.…
Report: SVoD driving growth in Denmark’s home video market
The Denmark video market continues to progress strongly, with total spend growing by 7 per cent in 2018 to DKK 10.21 billion (€1.36 billion), with SVoD driving growth. This has been supported by steady growth in the transactional digital market and robust EST growth, according insights market report from Futuresource…
Olympic Channel on Roku
Roku has announced the launch of the Olympic Channel on its streaming players. The Olympic Channel offers access to Olympic sports and athletes all year round. Through comprehensive coverage, original programming, never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, the channel takes viewers up close and behind the scenes with sports and athletes 24…
Paramount Network joins Freesat
The Paramount Network has joined the Freesat entertainment channel line-up. The channel offers viewers a mix of movies and US dramas. TV titles include Designated Survivor, Agent Carter and the US version of The Office; whilst featured movies include Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge, The Breakfast Club and Easy A. Angie…
My5 acquires Sony dramas
Channel 5 has acquired two new drama series from Sony Pictures Television for its VoD streaming service My5. The Oath and Bloom will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, strengthening the platforms growing slate of scripted drama. The deals reflect My5’s strategy to complement its catch-up…
SiriusXM to lose Stern, but adds Cher
‘Shock jock’ radio broadcaster Howard Stern says he is going to retire from pay-radio operator SiriusXM when his contract concludes next year. Stern is a hugely popular shock jock and helped SiriusXM grow dramatically when he joined in 2006, and generated much media buzz over the cash that he has…
Rohde & Schwarz wins DVB-T2 contract in Egypt
The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has selected Rohde & Schwarz’ R&S THU9evo transmitters for a multi-million dollar contract to support their DVB-T2 network. To be installed at nine sites across the country to provide DVB-T2 coverage, the contract comes with strict timescales. All equipment will be installed and commissioned…
Research: 6% US broadband homes have gigabit-speed services
New research from Parks Associates finds that 22 per cent of US broadband households have a service speed of 100-999 Mbps, the most common service tier, although 39 per cent of US broadband households do not know their broadband speed. The report – Modern Broadband: Competition and Retention at Gigabit…
Cineworld launches London’s biggest cinema
Cinema chain Cineworld has opened its newly expanded cinema at The O2 in London which includes three new VIP screening rooms and a 4DX auditorium. The cinema has expanded from 11 to 19 cinema screens and now boasts a capacity of more than 4,500 seats. The additional eight screens offer…
Research: 5G smartphone shipments will reach 5m this year
According to research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year. Ken Hyers,…
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