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FCC halts US ‘super mergers’

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pulled the plug on a pair of cable and DTH ‘super mergers’. The FCC cited a series of significant objections from broadcasters and content suppliers to the cablecos who do not want their confidential carriage fee contracts exposed. The decision directly affects the AT&T proposed merger with DirecTV, as well as Comcast’s merger with Time…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

DTG Testing launches 4K Ultra HD testing zoo

DTG Testing – which provides the product conformance regime which enables manufacturers to obtain trademarks for the Freeview and Freesat digital TV platforms in the UK – has launched what…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

YouView adds iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button

Customers of on demand service YouView now have access to more BBC programmes than ever before with the introduction of new BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button. Customers will…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Aereo hit by nationwide injunction

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has been dealt a further legal blow. “Following…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide in wide-ranging partnership

AMC Networks, the global entertainment company behind acclaimed series The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Rectify, and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, are entering into a new long-term creative partnership bringing together two global brands that are behind some of…

Oct 24 2014 / Read More »

Gartner: Dominance of pay-TV masks VoD growth

While pay-TV is the biggest segment of the overall consumer video services market, accounting for 96.3 per cent of total spending in 2014 and 94.2 percent by 2018, subscription video on demand (S-VoD) is a growing market. Fernando Elizalde, principal research analyst at Gartner, was…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

VoD, HD fuels LatAm pay-TV growth

The Latin American pay-TV services market is expected to continue its growth trajectory due to the rise in paid subscriptions for DTH TV. The demand for value-added services such as HD and VoD is further spurring market development. Innovative commercialisation models including prepaid plans and…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Roku raises another $25m

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Roku has raised another $25 million taking the streaming media company’s total funding beyond the $150 million mark. Roku has said the new round is to provide “additional growth capital.” BSkyB announced that it had invested another $700,000 in Roku, a move that followed its…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Ofcom completes Channel 5 sale review

Ofcom has published its ‘change of control’ review following the sale of Channel 5 to Viacom. Ofcom is required by law to carry out a ‘change of control’ review if there is a change of ownership of Channel 5. Ofcom’s review considers the effect, or…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

New Chromecast from Google

Google has confirmed it is to launch a new version of its popular Chromecast HDMI dongle. Google said it is building an “ecosystem of different endpoints” with version two of Chromecast seen as one of a spectrum of endpoints that will include other Chromecast devices.…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Spain’s TV ad market up 9.9%

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The Spanish TV advertising market has experienced an impressive growth of 9.9 per cent to September to €1.319 billion against €1.199bn for the same period last year. Combined, Mediaset, owner of Tele 5 and Cuatro among others, and Atresmedia, owner of Antena 3 and La…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Videology integrates Nielsen segments with BARB data

Videology – the video advertising platform – has announced a direct platform integration of Nielsen UK data, including the TV segments built from Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) TV panel data, that enables cross-screen planning, buying, delivery and measurement.  This will provide a single-source solution…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

MTG Q3 boosted by pay-TV

Sweden’s MTG has posted a higher than expected Q3 core profit and said it still expected higher sales and operating margin for its Nordic pay-TV business this year. Operating profit excluding associated companies and non-recurring items rose to 215 million Swedish crowns ($29.5 million) from…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

TVPlayer now live on Amazon’s Fire TV

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With the UK launch of Amazon’s Fire TV, OTT platform TVPlayer has become one of a top selection of entertainment apps to feature on the platform from launch. Following the hugely-successful launch on Amazon Fire tablets, TVPlayer has now been reimagined for the big screen.…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »
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SpaceX accused of “price dumping”

There is considerable commercial rivalry between the France-based Arianespace rocket system, and the US-based Space Exploration (SpaceX) rocket. France’s space…

Chris Forrester - Oct 22 2014 / Read More »
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Nick Snow

Netflix: Far from immortal

I seriously doubt any media company has ever had as many namechecks as Netflix over this last couple of years.…

Nick Snow - Oct 16 2014 / Read More »

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£3m boost to tackle digital piracy

The fight against digital piracy and counterfeit goods in the UK has been boosted by £3 million of new government funding to the City of…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

UK couple held on pirate device charge

Detectives from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested two people in the north-west town of Bury on suspicion of selling devices…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Comcast broadband subs near TV customers

Comcast added 315,000 subs to its high-speed internet service as its reported earnings came in slightly ahead of expectations. The increase lifts the number of…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

iiNet opposes copyright infringement action

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Australian ISP iiNet is opposing a request from Dallas Buyers Club LLC – the owners of rights in the film of the same name –…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Tanzania DSO on track

Tanzania says it is on track to switch off its analogue TV transmissions before the ITU deadline of June 2015, and it will be one…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »

Pace receives Minerva certification

Pace has announced that its IPTV STBs including its Whole Home DVR system, have been certified by Minerva to meet the stringent requirements of their…

Oct 23 2014 / Read More »
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