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Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action…

Apr 19 2014 / Read More »

Discovery drops out of Channel 5 bidding

Discovery Communications has dropped out of bidding to buy Channel 5, according to reports. Discovery, which has been aggressively expanding outside of the US in television, had been in talks…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Live TV trumps other modes

Findings from research led by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (Ipsos OTX) polling 15,551 adults in 20 countries suggests that most (86 per cent ) global respondents who watch TV indicate…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »
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Spain finalises digital dividend regulation

Following its decision to close down nine DTT channels, the Spanish Administration is now speeding up its plans to pave the way for the allocation of the so-called digital dividend…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia,…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads


Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also proved to be Australia’s most legally downloaded TV programme…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter,…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Intel’s ‘Internet of Things’ division up 32%


The Internet of Things is taking off, and how, for chip-maker Intel. The recently formed division saw growth of 32 per cent compared with the same period last year, mostly based on use of its low-cost ‘Atom’ chip, and where volume sales “nearly doubled” in…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Akamai: 114% increase in DDoS attacks

Akamai Technologies has published its Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report, which indicates that the Media and Entertainment industry was the target of the majority of malicious attacks. Prolexic Technologies, now part of Akamai, is a specialist in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Netflix rival planned for Ireland

The head of Irish video rental chain Xtra-vision and entertainment retailer HMV has revealed ambitions to take on the likes of Sky and Netflix with a new Irish video-on-demand service set for launch this summer. The groups’ Chief Executive Gerry Butler confirmed that discussions have…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros comms


Former White House Press Secretary and current political analyst and commentator Dee Dee Myers has been named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Warner Bros. Myers will join the company September 2nd and report to Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Nilesat’s Hamza to retire

Officially, Salah Hamza is Nilesat’s CTO/chief engineer, but everyone knows him as the person responsible for just about everything that happens at Nilesat’s City headquarters, near Cairo. Hamza will go on May 1st, its board agreed last week. Hamza said only that it was something…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

DISH, EchoStar, deploy NAGRA DRM

Global satellite technology provider, EchoStar, and US satellite TV provider, DISH have deployed the NAGRA MediaLive Player (NMP) with NAGRA’s DECE-approved MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand service, which provides premium content…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

SkyPerfect-JSAT orders 2 new satellites


Japan’s SkyPerfect-JSAT is ordering two giant new satellites to add to its existing fleet of 16 craft. The two satellites, JSAT-15 and 16 will be used to meet “growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the AsiaPac region”. The orders have gone to Space Systems/Loral. JCSAT-15…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »
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Chris Forrester

Satellite business model stays “strong”

A report to clients from analysts at Berenberg Bank, and based on a special satellite conference hosted by the bank…

Chris Forrester - Apr 16 2014 / Read More »
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Nick Snow

Devils and deep blue seas

There are some people who owe politicians and journalists a lot. These people are estate agents and parking wardens. A…

Nick Snow - Apr 4 2014 / Read More »

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Univision launches Flama OTT network

Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, and Bedrocket, a specialist in digital programming and innovation, have official launched Flama – its fully dedicated…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

New TV channel for Gaza

Gaza’s government has approved the launch of a new satellite TV channel, ‘Al-Raay’, which means ‘The Opinion’ in English. A meeting of the Cabinet confirmed…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

British Superbike series extends ITV deal

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Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

beIN Sports 1 launches on SkyCable


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Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Concurrent boosts video patent awards

Concurrent, an expert in multi-screen video delivery and media data intelligence solutions, has been awarded US Patent No. 8,695,031 entitled ‘System, Device, and Method for…

Apr 17 2014 / Read More »

Dailymotion teams up with London Wasps RFC

Dailymotion has signed an exclusive deal with London Wasps Rugby Football Club to bring new sports content to its global audience of 120 million. The…

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