Movistar refuses to bid for football
Telefónica’s pay-TV platform Movistar has made the first move in putting pressure on Mediapro to reduce the price of football TV rights in Spain. The company has decided not to bid for the Champions League and La Liga TV rights in an attempt to put the pressure on for a…
SES slashes dividend
Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of satellite operator SES, has described 2017 as “an important year of transformation for SES,” as it reported revenue of €2.035 billion, down 1.6 per cent, declaring a dividend of €0.80 for 2017, a reduction of 40 per cent from 2016, which it says…
Telecom Italia to pull out of Canal+ JV?
Telecom Italia looks set to pull out of a proposed joint-venture with Canal+, the pay-TV arm of its top shareholder French media group Vivendi, according to a Reuters report. Under the terms of the joint-venture, which had been challenged by Telecom Italia’s independent directors, the phone group would pay for…
Ofcom boost for full-fibre broadband
More UK homes are set to benefit from ultrafast internet speeds, after a draft decision by comms regulator Ofcom that it says will will halve the upfront cost of building ‘full-fibre’ broadband networks. Full-fibre broadband is many times faster – and around five times more reliable – than today’s superfast…
Spain: Pay-TV way ahead of FTA
Pay-TV in Spain is significantly increasing its revenue share well ahead of FTA.  In the third quarter of the year, pay-TV made €523.1 million, up 14 per cent on the same period last year, according to the CNMC. Meanwhile, FTA TV’s revenues amounted to €371.4 million, up just 3.6 per…
BBC TV licence fee rises again
The UK’s annual television licence fee is to rise to £150.50 (€171) from £147, the government has announced. The increase, which will come into effect on April 1st, follows last year’s rise to £147 from £145.50. Last year the government announced that the licence fee would rise in line with…
Mediaset to launch two new TV channels
Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset is planning to launch two new free-to-air TV channels later this year. In April, the first new channel branded ‘20’ will take the place of Rete Capri on national DTT channel position 20, hence the name. It will broadcast in SD and the programme schedule will…
Turnabout for ProSiebenSat.1?
Equity researchers from Deutsche Bank have issued a note to investors following the news that German commercial network broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has appointed a new CEO – former Dyson executive Max Conze – to replace Thomas Ebeling. As the researchers remind investors following the publication of results February 22nd, Pro7Sat.1 has…
Survey: Consumers prefer ‘frustration-free’ downloading
Streaming services are frustrating US consumers according to a survey conducted by Penthera, a specialist in download-to-go (D2Go) functionality. Complaints are often related to a poor user experience, which could be improved with D2Go. “Whether they are heading to the beach or the daily commute, consumers recognise they cannot rely…
SpaceX: Broadband plan slows down
Despite the success of launch of two test craft for its intended 12,000 “Starlink” satellite broadband-by-satellite global coverage scheme on February 22nd, SpaceX is now cautioning that the deployment of the constellation and service commencement will take longer than first announced. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that these two…
Redbox wins Disney copyright row
Disney has lost a bid to stop US movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its movies. Redbox rents and sells movies via thousands of automated kiosks placed throughout the country that dispense DVD and Blu-ray discs. The company bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental…
Manchester United launches YouTube channel
Manchester United has launched as official YouTube channel – which has signed up over 130,000 subscribers in less than 24 hours of going live. Manchester United were, until now, the only the only Premier League club not to have their own YouTube channel. “Amazingly, even without an official football channel…
Apple hires Gaumont’s Trussell
Apple has appointed Gaumont Television executive Carol Trussell as the head of production for Apple’s video programming division. Trussell was a producer for HBO’s hit fantasy-horror True Blood, and additional credits include Roswell, Unnatural History and Hannibal. She has served as the head of production at Gaumont Television since 2013.…
Sling TV launches NBA League Pass
Sling TV has announced the launch of NBA League Pass on its service. Sling TV is the first live multichannel TV streaming service in the US to integrate NBA League Pass, and plans to launch Team Pass in the coming weeks. NBA League Pass provides access to live, out-of-market games right…
Noland to head ATSC Technology Group
The Advanced Television Systems Committee’s Board of Directors has selected Madeleine Noland of LG Electronics to lead the ATSC’s primary technology group supporting implementation of the new ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast TV standard.  She will succeed Triveni Digital’s Dr. Richard Chernock as Chairman of the ATSC Technology Group in May.…
Alchemiya targets SE Asia launch
Alchemiya Media has launched a £1 million investment round on UK based equity crowdfunding platform CrowdCube – a public equity investment platform. The VoD service offers inspirational content about the arts, heritage, music, food, travel, and culture of the Muslim world and has been dubbed ‘the Netflix of Islam’. “Our…
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