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Charter buys Bright House in $10.4bn deal

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In a move that will see it become the second largest cable operator in the US as the consolidation of the broadband cable sector continues, Charter Communications and Advance/Newhouse Partnership (the parent company of Bright House Networks) have agreed a deal that will see Charter acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. Bright House is the sixth largest cable operator…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Ziggo to cut 450 jobs

The workforce at Dutch cable company Ziggo is set to be cut by 450 over the next three years, following the merger with UPC.  In addition, a number of temporary…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

RaiWay bid for EI Towers “approval unlikely”

After the opposition of Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance and public broadcaster RAI to the sale of the controlling interest (51 per cent) of the company that manages the…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »
Angry-Birds

App revenues to reach $99bn by 2019

Annual revenues from apps accessed via mobile handsets and tablets are expected to reach $99 billion by 2019, research from Juniper Research has found. While games will continue to account…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Netflix button on European remotes

Remote controls that come bundled with smart TVs in Europe will soon feature a dedicated Netflix shortcut button. Smart TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel going into retail this year will come with a Netflix button providing a direct shortcut to the online…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Discovery closes Eurosport France acquisition

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Discovery Communications has confirmed the completion of its acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport France to consolidate further Europe’s leading sports entertainment group. Discovery increased its interest in Eurosport France to 51 per cent from 20 per cent as part of a larger strategic…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

South Africa “abandons” digital plan

South Africa’s communications minister, Faith Muthambi has said in an official statement that the government has decided to abandon the digital migration project. The move, described by local press as “shocking”, has completely caught the broadcasting industry off guard, and they had been working to…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

iPlayer sets weekly request record in Feb

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BBC iPlayer had its biggest week ever beginning on February 16th, when audiences wanted to catch up on the 30th anniversary episodes of EastEnders, with 75 million requests. Total requests for the month were at 299 million, making it a successful month given that February…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

India’s ARPU grows 12-15%

India’s giant DTH and cable market is seeing a “sustained” increase in ARPU levels, says accountancy firm KPMG in its latest FICCI-KPMG study on the Indian media market. Last year DTH operators saw ARPU growth of between 12-15 per cent, and this followed on from…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Lord Puttnam urges windowing rethink

Renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam has called for a European digital single market that retains scope for territorial licensing to boost cultural diversity and consumer choice and warned against an inflexible approach to release windows. Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), made his comments during…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Ofcom reveals VoD regulation perceptions

Ofcom has published research into UK viewers’ perceptions of content standards for on-demand and online content. The research covers the full range of content available on-demand and online – from ‘catch up’ TV services such as the BBC iPlayer to user generated videos on YouTube,…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Netflix mulls anti-VPN global content

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has suggested that introducing global content will disincentivise would-be subscribers from using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access different versions of the service. Speaking to Gizmodo Australia – in a territory where it has been suggested there are are as many…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Freesat App downloaded 0.5m times

Freesat has revealed that its Freesat App has now been downloaded over 500,000 times. The app, which is available on iOS, Android and Amazon Kindle devices, first launched in January 2014. For Freesat Freetime viewers, the app allows them to browse the best of free…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

V-Nova claims compression paradigm rewrite

Emerging from ‘stealth’ mode as it refined its technology over a five-year period with a range of industry partners, video compression solutions specialist V-Nova has released a number of products based on its PERSEUS technology, suggesting its performance shifts the entire video bitrate-quality curve, offering…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »
Inside Satellite
Chris Forrester

“Most powerful” 4K satellite leaves Toulouse

DirecTV-15, described by its manufacturers as “the most powerful US broadcast satellite” ever built, has left Airbus Defence & Space’s…

Chris Forrester - Mar 31 2015 / Read More »
Off Message
Nick Snow

The Big Data minefield

In the March-April issue of Euromedia (available first day of NAB, April 11), we examine Big Data and its role…

Nick Snow - Mar 26 2015 / Read More »

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Vizrt, Twitter partner on social tools

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Vizrt, a provider of production systems for the digital media industry, has partnered with social media platform Twitter to help broadcasters build audience engagement while…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Azeri satellite tops 80 channels

Four extra local Azerbaijani regional TV channels have just been added to the nation’s first telecoms satellite, Azerspace-1, and taking the craft’s total to more…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Mobile AR games 420m downloads by 2019

Data from Juniper Research has shown that Augmented Reality (AR) apps in the mobile games market will generate 420 million downloads annually by 2019, up…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More »

Digital pay-TV revenues rocket in Eastern Europe

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Despite the incessant gloomy economic and political news from the region, pay-TV revenues in Eastern Europe will be 45 per cent higher in 2020 ($7,269…

Mar 31 2015 / Read More »

EchoStar, Nagra join forces in SmarDTV

Kudelski and EchoStar have confirmed EchoStar will become a shareholder in SmarDTV, the subsidiary of Kudelski that offers advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules.…

Mar 31 2015 / Read More »

Big Data to unlock the future of TV

The role of Big Data in the TV world is causing ripple effects around the industry. Companies are offering more subscription-based and registration services and…

Mar 31 2015 / Read More »
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