Study: TV still tops time spent
GfK, in collaboration with TVB, the not-for-profit trade association for local broadcast television, have revealed preliminary results from the  2020 Media Comparisons Study. Key findings indicate US consumers spend more time with television than all other ad-supported media platforms. The study also revealed that consumers overwhelmingly trust local broadcast TV…
FCC: C-Band order approved
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has, as largely expected, endorsed its own draft C-band proposals in its open agenda meeting of the full Commission. FCC departmental staff (notably the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau) explained their proposals, which didn’t deviate from their earlier published proposals. They explained how the planned Auction 107…
OTT and mobile TV grows in Italy
Online TV usage in 2019 grew by 4.4 per cent year-on-year, to 34.5 per cent of users of Italy. Mobile TV also saw growth (+2.3 per cent to 28.2 per cent), according to the annual Censis report on Italy’s communications sector. Meanwhile, both traditional TV (DTT) and satellite TV continued…
Sky exec calls for PSB rethink
In the wake of UK broadcast regulator Ofcom’s publication of its review of public service broadcasting, Stephen van Rooyen, EVP and CEO, UK and Europe, has suggested that the regulator should consider a radical reform of the PSB model. “It’s clear from Ofcom’s report that the UK broadcast landscape has…
Huawei building 5G factory in France
Huawei is to build a highly automated manufacturing plant in France, in a location yet to be named. Huawei France has already announced a new R&D centre in the country and revealed that the company had chosen Europe as the base of its first factory outside China dedicated to 5G…
Premier League pirate hit for £521K
A criminal found guilty of supplying illegal streaming devices (ISDs) providing unauthorised access to Premier League content has been ordered to pay back more than £520,000 (€609,000) to the ‘public purse’. In April 2018, John Dodds was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison having pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to…
Virgin Gb speeds for over 1m UK homes
More than a million UK homes across the West Midlands are set to benefit from the region’s fastest gigabit home broadband service which boasts speeds up to 20 times quicker (according to Virgin Media) than the current regional average. Following continued investment in the region, Virgin Media will switch on…
BritBox now on Amazon Fire TV
BritBox, the UK SVoD service created by the BBC and ITV, is now available on Amazon Fire TV, continuing its distribution growth. Around fifteen million homes are now able to watch BritBox on the biggest screen in the house. BritBox is now widely accessible on TV streaming devices adding Amazon…
ABS-CBN sues US IPTV pirates
Flipino entertainment and media company ABS-CBN has filed two civil complaints in US Federal Courts against two individuals in a piracy network spanning across US state lines, seeking damages in the millions for allegedly pirating ABS-CBN’s copyrighted content via illegal IPTV boxes. One lawsuit was filed in the Federal Court,…
Freeview Play on Android TV devices
UK hybrid TV platform Freeview Play is coming to Android TV, thanks to a new agreement between Freeview and Google. Now, even more British viewers will easily find and discover the shows they love. Android TV users will be able to access over 85 live Freeview channels as well as…
Minute Media raises another $40m
Minute Media, a global technology and digital publishing platform, has raised $40 million (€36.4m) in venture capital, bringing its total funding to $160 million. This latest round of funding was led by Dawn Capital with participation from existing investors. The new funds will be used to support global expansion and…
SABC to get final cash boost
South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC is to receive a Rand 1.1 billion (about €65 million) bailout in March. This is the second portion of a promised Rand 3.2 billion commitment provided that SABC made certain cuts and improvements. The conditions included reviewing its broadcasting policies to respond to advances in…
Illegal streamers raided
On February 26th, investigators from UK copyright protection FACT and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit attended an address in the North West of England to execute search warrants related to a significant provider of illegal streaming activity. This service has now been disrupted. “Today’s action in Lancashire should…
netgem.tv adds YouTube Kids, BritBox
netgem.tv has announced it will now offer the new YouTube Kids apps and the BritBox service through its growing network of broadband providers, Smart TVs, and mobile devices. With the addition of the YouTube Kids app there is now more inclusive programming available than ever available to netgem.tv users which…
Kenya: StarTimes adds 6 channels
China’s StarTimes Media is adding six TV channels for its subscribers in Kenya. Aldrine Nsubuga, regional marketing director of StarTimes, says the introduction of National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox and Fox Life will enhance the pool of relevant and entertaining content which will be available to…
Report: Eurovision should shift to online
Dr Libby Carter, a lecturer in Event, Venue and Experience Management at Birmingham City University’s Business School, is advising Eurovision organisers to consider an ‘online’ format amid ongoing coronavirus concerns. She said: “In 11 short weeks Rotterdam is expected to host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest – a contest designed…
STV Player on Apple TV devices
Scottish broadcaster, STV, has launched its VoD catch-up service – the STV Player – on Apple TV devices, bringing their live channels, on-demand content and STV Player+ features to another new platform. STV Player is the exclusive home of channel 3 content in Scotland. Now, Apple TV users can watch…
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