Premier League draws record sign-ups for Amazon
Amazon Prime has declared its first foray into streaming Premier League football as a resounding success, saying its coverage of a whole round of midweek fixtures was one of the biggest streaming events ever, attracting the most new sign-ups since the company first launched its Prime subscription service in the…
Survey: Connectivity cravings drive 5G appetite
With US households now supporting an average of 11 connected devices, including seven smart screens to view and interact with content, the consumer has never had more desire for faster, safer connectivity. And with 5G getting closer to reality, this ‘connectivity craving’ can be satisfied if smartphone manufacturers and telecommunication…
Research: Top 10 US SVoDs ranked
Research and consulting company Parks Associates, ahead of the upcoming Future of Video conference in LA, has released its updated list of the top 10 US subscription over-the-top (OTT) video services. This list is based on estimated number of subscribers through October 2019, prior to the launch of Disney+ and…
OneWeb slams SpaceX over standards
OneWeb and SpaceX are the two most advanced ‘mega-constellations’ in terms of planning – and launching – broadband satellites. OneWeb’s initial ambitions are modest, at 600 or so satellites. SpaceX has much greater ambitions for its ‘Starlink’ fleet and is talking about a possible 42,000 craft over time. But there…
Fight Sports Max SVoD service launches in MENA
CSI Sports, the New York-based parent company of Fight Sports, the 24/7 linear channel dedicated to combat sports, is rolling out its SVoD service, branded Fight Sports Max, in the Middle East and North Africa region. The service will debut in the territory on December 7th when fight fans can…
South Africa: Pirate Internet streaming arrest
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested a suspect in Cape Town for illegally selling pirate Internet streaming devices and online content subscriptions. The investigation followed information received by the Police’s Provincial Commercial Detective Unit under the command of General Veary regarding these pirate activities that enabled people to…
IPV secures £4m investment
Media asset management software provider IPV has confirmed details of new growth capital that will enable it to further expand the global reach of its acclaimed MAM product, Curator. The £4 million (€4.75m) Series A round was led by SME-focused venture capital firm Mobeus Equity Partners, with additional ongoing finance…
Vevo, Samsung TV Plus sign new distribution deal
Vevo the music video platform, has announced that its catalogue of music videos will now be available on Samsung TV Plus with five genre-curated linear channels beginning with Vevo Pop (available on channel 1517). The Vevo Hip-Hop, Vevo Country, Vevo Latino, Vevo R&B channels will launch on Samsung TV Plus…
Survey: Only 20% women say they see women like themselves on screen
Research from Sky has revealed attitudes towards the representation of women in film and TV. Only one in five women say they often see women like themselves represented on screen, falling to one in ten for women aged over 65. The survey findings suggest that the next generation may still…
Broadband Forum now an ‘open’ organisation
Broadband Forum has become an ‘open’ organisation – making all of its work visible to the industry. The by-law amendment was passed on October 14th and the transition was confirmed at its Q4 meeting in Panama City, Panama. Broadband Forum says the move reflects its leadership in ushering in an…
Fincons Group joins Deutsche TV-Plattform
Fincons Group, an IT management consultancy for the Media & Broadcast sector, through its German subsidiary Fincons.DE GmbH, has joined Deutsche TV-Plattform, the German non-profit association whose purpose, since its foundation in 1990, is to introduce, disseminate and further develop digital Television in Germany. Fincons Group has played a pivotal…
Yahsat, Hughes launch satellite JV in Brazil
Hughes Network Systems, a specialist in broadband satellite networks and services, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, have announced the commencement of a joint venture to provide satellite broadband services in Brazil.…
Network 10, Channel 5 to co-fund Fremantle mini-series
Network 10 has announced its first joint primetime content initiative with its sister broadcaster, Channel 5 in the UK, since the completion of the ViacomCBS merger that has brought the two free-to-air networks together under common ownership. The two broadcasters are joining forces to fund a 4 x 60-minute mini-series,…
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