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AT&T, Chernin commit $500m to OTT

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AT&T has formed a $500 million joint venture with Chernin Group to acquire, invest in and launch a video streaming service. The Chernin Group will bring assets to the venture, including the contribution of its majority stake in Crunchyroll, a subscription VoD service. Chernin, the vehicle of former top News Corp man Peter Chernin, says: “A critical part of The…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Netflix, Comcast duel over merger

Netflix has revealed that it added 2.25 million US subscribers during the first quarter of 2014, ending the period with over 48 million global members, topping $1 billion in quarterly…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

75% connected device users say video apps important

Video apps are indispensable for most connected TV device users (connected TVs, video game consoles, Blu-ray players and streaming media boxes). According to research from NPD Connected Intelligence, 75 per cent…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »
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Spain: 8 more DTT channels face closure

The shutdown of nine DTT channels in Spain by a May 6th deadline may be followed by the closure of another eight DTT channels if the Supreme Court accepts the…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Korea: Ultra HD broadcasting goes on air

Next-generation Ultra-HD broadcasting has commenced in Korea. U-max, an Ultra-HD cable TV channel, recently went on the air and started broadcasting four hours of Ultra-HD programming five times per day, including documentaries, cartoons and live concerts. “We started broadcasting in ultra HD for the first…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Netflix plans US cable STB integrations

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In addition to voicing its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Netflix has revealed that it plans to build on its successful integrations with European cable operators by launching its first US cable tie-ins. In its earnings letter to shareholders announcing its Q1…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

TWC, Comcast could shed $20bn to make deal

It could be that Time Warner and Comcast, in their attempt to merge their cable assets, are planning to divest some $20 billion-worth of assets, potentially including 3 million subscribers, in order to calm some of the antitrust regulatory concerns over their combination. Weekend reports…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Comcast adds 25,000 cable subs in Q2

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Comcast reported increasing subscription numbers for its cable service for the second consecutive quarter, defying fears of so-called cord-cutters. The company saw an improved performance thanks to its NBCUniversal unit, growth in its business services division and the performance of its high-speed Internet group. Pay-TV…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

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…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Aereo’s Kanojia: ‘No Plan B’

Echoing recent comments by Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, that failure in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case would likely see the end of the service, the company’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has admitted there is no ‘Plan…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

FilmOn to expand if Aereo successful

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Alki David, the founder of Internet TV streaming service FilmOn, has said he plans to expand the operation should rival service Aereo be successful in its US Supreme Court copyright case brought by the major networks. “We’re in 18 cities and our model is free,”…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

ARRIS acquires SeaWell Networks

In a move that further strengthens its IP delivery capabilities, IP, video and broadband technology specialist ARRIS is to acquire multiscreen video delivery solutions provider SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition comes one year after ARRIS acquired Motorola Mobility’s Home division. ARRIS is…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Who are the cord-cutters/cord-nevers?

Depending on whom you talk to, video cord cutters and cord nevers are sure to multiply exponentially or remain a rare commodity.  Reality is somewhere in the middle, says SNL Kagan. Video cord cutters, defined as consumers who have dropped a multichannel subscription without replacing…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Romania pay-TV subs up 6%

DTH subscribers in Romania fell back 0.2 per cent, but cable growth for 2013 was a healthy 8.7 per cent up on 2012, according to Romania’s media regulator ANCOM. The overall subscriber total at December 31st was 6.4 million pay-TV subs, with more than 85…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »
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Failed Amazonas fall out

Amazonas 4A was launched on March 22nd (on an Ariane rocket with Astra 5B as its co-passenger). Unfortunately it soon…

Chris Forrester - Apr 22 2014 / Read More »
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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 »

Latest Videos

Freeview TV guide updating in September

The Freeview TV guide is being updated on September 3rd to create extra capacity for new services. As a result, Children’s and News channels will…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

A&E, History and Lifetime on Apple TV

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A+E Networks has announced the launch of A&E, History and Lifetime content on Apple TV. The free, ad-supported TV Everywhere content offers all Apple TV…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Russia’s Mail.ru begins charging viewers

The entertainment arm of Russian Internet giant Mail.ru has started charging viewers for video content, joining competitor Yandex in the quest to successfully monetise the…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Reprieve for Russia’s Dozhd TV?

Moscow-based cable and satellite channel Dozhd TV (‘Rain’) has been fighting for its commercial life for some months, ever since it transmitted a discussion show…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Cisco/NDS claims DEN 6m homes

Cisco has reached a milestone 6 million digital cable homes for DEN Networks in India. SN Sharma, CEO at DEN Networks, said, “It gives me…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »

Thailand: TV coupon plan postponed

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The distribution of digital TV subsidy coupons may be postponed to late June or early July, as the regulator has not finalised the plan’s details…

Apr 22 2014 / Read More »
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