EC clears Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Sky
The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, concluding that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe. Comcast and Sky are mainly active in different markets in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the UK and Spain. They compete with…
F1: OTT to co-exist with linear
David Bailey, Senior Research Manager at Formula 1, has suggested that linear coverage of the sport will continue alongside the category’s recently-launched F1 TV OTT service, with the service’s roll-out dependent on broadcast arrangements in respective territories. Delivering a Keynote Address at the IHS Markit Media and Technology Conference in…
No-go for Altice-Media Capital deal
The planned acquisition of Prisa’s share in Portuguese media company Media Capital by Altice unit Meo will not take place. In a statement sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission (CMVM), Prisa announced the “end of the purchase and sale contract entered into with Meo”, saying that this is a…
Netflix billing boost for Virgin Media
Multiplay operator Virgin Media has further strengthened its longstanding partnership in the UK with Netflix. From October 2018, all new and existing Virgin TV customers who don’t yet have Netflix will be able instantly to  add and pay for Netflix through their Virgin Media bill, giving them an easier way…
FIFA to hit BeoutQ with legal actions
Legal action against the notorious BeoutQ sports pirates is now inevitable. FIFA, in a statement, stressed that BeoutQ had not received any transmission rights for any of the World Cup football games.  BeoutQ is stealing signals from the legitimate broadcaster, Qatar’s beIN Sports Group. FIFA’s statement said it strongly refuted…
BBC updates connected TV app
To coincide with its coverage of the World Cup tournament in Russia, the BBC has updated its connected TV app. In a blog post, Neil Hall, Head of Product at BBC Sport, outlined the enhancements that have been made to the app: “We want to give people the best-possible World…
BBC distribution policy reviewed
The BBC has published its new distribution policy following the conclusion of a four month consultation process on a draft policy. The BBC is required by its Royal Charter and Framework Agreement to develop a strategy and policy for distributing its output and services, and to consult the public and…
Movistar Plus voice assistant goes live
Aura, Telefónica’s artificial intelligence (AI), voice-controlled digital assistant, is now available on the Movistar Plus pay-TV platform in Spain via iOS and Android apps. Subscribers to Movistar Plus can use voice commands to change channels, search for content, ask for recommendations, order content, and pause and rewind whilst using the…
Screen size & picture quality drive replacement TV purchases
According to the TV Ownership Trends Report from NPD Connected Intelligence, as US consumers look to update their televisions, increasing the size and picture quality are the top driving forces. Of the consumers who purchased a 4K replacement TV, 45 per cent reported buying their new TV because they wanted…
Forecast: Mobile to take 30% of global ad spend
Mobile advertising will account for 30.5 per cent of global advertising expenditure in 2020, up from 19.2 per cent in 2017, according to Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts. Expenditure on mobile advertising will total $187 billion (£141 billion) in 2020, more than twice the $88 billion spent on desktop advertising, and…
Newsflare reveals secrets to viral success
Newsflare ranks among the top companies engaged in licensing and distributing ‘eyewitness videos’ shot and uploaded by over 60,000 amateurs and professionals located in more than 40 countries worldwide.  The London-based company – which also has a large Los Angeles operation serving the US market – licenses the ‘on-the-scene’ videos…
Online TV takes increasing share of Swedish TV market
In its recently published report Swedish TV Market, analysis and consultancy firm Mediavision concludes that the Swedish TV Market reached new record levels during 2017. Online TV drives the growth during 2017, and now represents close to 25 per cent of the commercial TV market’s turnover, excluding public service. An…
Inmarsat ‘sale’ could create security anxieties
London-based Inmarsat operates a global suite of satellites providing connectivity to some of the world’s shipping and aircraft fleets. Last week, Inmarsat rejected an initial “highly preliminary” bid from Denver-based EchoStar, owned by Charlie Ergen. Veteran British politician Sir Vince Cable (and a former Secretary of State for Business) has…
Apple signs content deal with Oprah
Apple has announced a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN. Together, Winfrey and Apple say they will create original programmes that “embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world”. Winfrey’s projects will be released as…
Com Hem sets Internet connection record
During the DreamHack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden, Com Hem has been providing Internet access of 1.6 Terabit per second, which Com Hem hopes is the fastest Internet connection ever measured , used by a larger group of people. Com Hem has filed evidence of this to Guinness World Records under…
Huge profits rise for Multichoice owner
Except to say that the profit rise has not come from Multichoice, but from owner Naspers and its hugely valuable stake in Chinese Internet giant Tencent. Cape Town-based Naspers, already Africa’s biggest company, says that its core headline earnings will rise by 70-75 per cent when it unveils its full…
Netflix for DISH hotel TV solution
US pay-TV platform DISH says it is advancing in-room entertainment by integrating Netflix into its EVOLVE television solution for hotels in the coming months. Guests staying in hotels powered by EVOLVE will be able to access their personal Netflix account directly from their room’s TV. DISH is the first major…
Sweden: Viacom, Paramount mobile deal
Viacom has confirmed a first mobile distribution deal for Paramount+ – an agreement with Telenor to make the video streaming product available as a premium service to its mobile subscribers in Sweden as part of its new ‘Telenor Stream Film och Serier’ streaming service. The deal is the first Viacom…
Splay and Nice One to become SplayOne
Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) companies Splay and Nice One will merge to create SplayOne, a new Nordic powerhouse in branded entertainment operating as part of NENT Group’s studio business; NENT Studios. As the Nordic region’s leading digital video network and online media house, Splay helps brands succeed in social…
Kino Polska TV takes majority stake in Stopklatka TV
SPI subsidiary Kino Polska TV, owner of television networks Kino Polska, Filmbox, Kino TV and Zoom TV has acquired from Agora 41 per cent shares of Stopklatka SA (the company broadcasting Poland’s top terrestrial movie channel). As a result, Kino Polska TV SA now owns 82.6 per cent shares becoming…
Tru Optik OTT measurement & validation solution
Tru Optik, the audience intelligence and data-management platform across OTT and connected TV (CTV) has announced the full release of its Cross-Screen Audience Validation (CAV) service which provides de-duplicated household-level reach and frequency, device authentication, and advanced audience validation for OTT and CTV campaigns. This announcement marks the end of…
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