Turner debuts FilmStruck international SVoD
Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros Digital Networks (WBDN) have formed a joint venture to launch a new, multi-territory movie streaming service. FilmStruck’s launch in the international marketplace will leverage the strength of assets at both companies, bringing together a broad and diverse movie catalogue…
Suitors circle Lionsgate
A number of potential suitors are eyeing US entertainment studio Lionsgate, according to reports originating in Deadline. Lionsgate is the producer of blockbuster franchises including The Hunger Games series as well as hit TV series including Mad Men and Orange is the New Black. Lionsgate purchased premium channel Starz in…
DPP: Voice search has arrived
Voice assistants dominated this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. But what really matters for media companies, says the DPP in its Survey Report: CES 2018, is that the show included televisions equipped with voice search for content. The DPP reports each year from CES – the world’s…
DISH files illegal IPTV suits
US pay-TV platform DISH has filed two lawsuits with the aim of ending distribution of Arabic channels and content for which it has the exclusive licences. The complaints against Spider-TV and Tiger Star are similar, alleging that the entities are capturing broadcasts of certain TV channels licensed exclusively to DISH,…
MTG sells stake in TRACE
MTG has signed an agreement to sell its 75 per cent shareholding in TRACE to TPG Growth. The transaction values 100 per cent of the business at an enterprise value of €40 million and closing is subject to regulatory approvals. TRACE is part of MTG’s International Entertainment operations. Jørgen Madsen…
Reliance Jio ready to invest up to $23bn
India’s Reliance Jio wireless telco is already massive and is imminently expected to report that it has been profitable for the quarter-year to December 31st. However, a timely report from Moody’s Investor Services says the cellular company could invest as much as $23 billion over the next three-to-four years to…
Arabsat offers low-cost access to broadband
Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat has launched a new division, Arabsat Expand. The satellite operator is linking with Swedish broadband service provider Forsway and its Hybrid Router technology.  The service covers the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe, and offers extremely competitive access to broadband-by-satellite. The agreement will see Forsway’s router, ODIN,…
Starz petitions for Altice network restoration
Premium subscription video programming provider Starz hasfiled a Petition for Declaratory Ruling, Enforcement Order, and Further Relief on January 8th and an Emergency Petition for Injunctive Relief on January 17th with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to restore its channels to Altice customers in New York in…
Arabsat takes mtv Lebanon from Nilesat
Popular Lebanese general entertainment channel ‘mtv’ has switched allegiance and will now broadcast exclusively from Arabsat’s BADR-4 satellite at 26 degrees East.  The news confirms a contract between Arabsat and MTV Lebanon signed at the Dubai CabSat show earlier this week. In addition, the new musical channel One TV also…
Canal+ selects NAGRA for 4K offering
NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, has announced that its content protection solution NAGRA Connect is securing Canal+ Group’s new 4K service. With this solution, NAGRA ensures content protection via satellite broadcast, OTT or within the home in addition to access…
Jackson departing BBCWW
BBC Worldwide content chief Helen Jackson is to leave the business as it merges with BBC Studios after 31 years in her role. Jackson will remain with the recently rebranded BBC Studios business through 2018 working with its production partners. BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie commented: “Helen’s contribution to…
Ericsson secures Bell Canada next-gen TV deal
Broadcast and communications technology specialist Ericsson has been selected by Canadian multiplay telco Bell Canada to power its next generation multiscreen TV services. Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform solution will enable Bell to offer an enhanced, personalised and converged multiscreen TV experience to its more than 1.5 million Fibe TV and…
Germany: Sony networks on Amazon Channels
AXN, Sony Channel and Animax are now available for the first time as part of the Amazon Channels service in Germany and Austria. In a ‘first of its kind’ deal between Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) and Amazon, the linear pay-TV channels and associated on-demand programming will be available to…
US video game industry revenue $36bn in 2017
The US video game industry generated a record $36 billion (€29.4bn) in revenue in 2017, up 18 per cent from 2016, according to data from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and The NPD Group. “The spectacular growth of our industry in 2017 proves video game developers, artists, and storytellers are…
Cross MediaWorks, 605 measurement partnership
Cross MediaWorks and 605, an advanced data and analytics company focused on the media and entertainment industry, has partnered to provide a measurement standard to help scale the addressable television marketplace. The solution will also create an independent, third-party verification of performance providing a standardisation of an impressions-based television campaigns. …
New TAG compliance guidelines require Ads.txt
The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, has released updated certification guidelines for its Certified Against Fraud and Certified Against Piracy Seal Programmes. The updated Certified Against Fraud Guidelines now require publishers to adopt and implement the ads.txt…
SPI/FilmBox channels on WhereverTV
Global media company SPI International/FilmBox has launched ten international TV channels on WhereverTV in the US, which delivers OTT subscription television services to a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs, streaming media players, computers and connected TVs. Based on the distribution deal signed by SPI and WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp., the OTT…
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