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BBC Chief: ‘Must look at new sources of funding’

Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead, the new chairwoman at the BBC’s ruling body The BBC Trust, told Members of Parliament that the BBC could start charging for viewing niche or premium programming. She said such extra payments “would be an intelligent way to look forward in terms of the charter review”. Fairhead was speaking in front of the Culture Media & Sport select…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

60% of LatAm pay-TV subs will have HD by 2018

The HD channel offer in Latin America has shown constant growth over the past three years, increasing the amount of both pay-TV and free-to-air channels available in each country. The…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »
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64% of US broadband homes have connected CE

Research from Parks Associates highlights the financial and business opportunities in the expanding markets for pay-TV and OTT services, digital content, cloud solutions, and connected consumer electronics (CE). The research…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Digital ad revenues up 15%

Internet ad revenues climbed to an first half-year high of $23.1 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue (IAB) Report, prepared by PwC US. This marks a 15 per…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Nokia no more

Microsoft is to ditch the Nokia brand less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm. New Nokia Lumia smartphones will instead by known as Microsoft Lumia, the company said. Nokia’s non-mobile division, which is not owned by Microsoft, will continue to use the…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Verizon warns over MVPD rethink

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US telco Verizon has warned the FCC that in any possible rule-making determining that OTT video providers offering pre-scheduled, linear channels of programming using the Internet are ‘Multichannel Video Programming Distributors’ (MVPDs) could be fatal to such services. Verizon has filed an ex parte notice…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Sanchez appointed RTVE president (again)

The Spanish Parliament has appointed the former General Director of Madrid-based Regional TV channel Telemadrid, Jose Antonio Sanchez, as the new president of the public national broadcaster RTVE, replacing Leopoldo Gonzalez-Echenique who recently resigned on the grounds of lack of financial resources for the TV…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

4.4bn views of YouTube games channels in Sept

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YouTube games channels have become one of the most popular categories on Google’s online video site, with the 100 biggest receiving nearly 4.4 billion video views in September alone – up from 3.5 billion views in May, a According to a chart from industry site…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Pay-TV growth propels video encoder market

The demand for pay-TV video encoders is on the rise, with cable, IPTV and satellite companies requiring these products to get consumers the shows they want from content producers to their home set-top boxes. In fact, with the global expansion of pay-TV subscribers and increasing…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

FTTH gains momentum in Spain

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FTTH is increasingly growing in Spain doubling the number of lines on a year-on-year basis. The latest report from the regulator CNMC reveals that as of August 2014 there were 1,098,110 FTTH lines out of the total 12,598,467 fixed broadband connections in the country, with…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Adobe, Nielsen team for cross-platform measurement

Digital experience expert Adobe and global information and measurement company Nielsen have formed a strategic alliance that is expected to deliver the industry’s first comprehensive, cross-platform system for measuring online TV, video and other digital content across the web and apps. The collaboration will integrate…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

CASBAA urges uptake of HK copyright amendments

 CASBAA, the Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry trade body, has urged the Hong Kong legislature to end a decade of delay and pass amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright law to give content creators and owners the right – at least in theory – to authorise electronic dissemination…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Proton success for Russian satellite

A Russian Proton rocket successfully launched the Express AM6 satellite at 7.09pm Moscow time on October 21st. It was the 6th Proton flight this year, but importantly the second success since a malfunction earlier in the year. The Express AM6 telecommunications satellite was built by…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Sigma, SoftAtHome team for IoT deployment

Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Smart TV, Smart home and IP-based STBs, and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, have formed a new partnership to accelerate IoT deployment by integrating the Z-Wave…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »
Inside Satellite
Chris Forrester

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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Food Network HD for Russia

The DMC has confirmed the launch of Food Network HD in Russia for Scripps Networks International. The launch of the Food Network channel into Russia…

Oct 22 2014 / Read More »

Online TV consumption up 388%

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Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that more people watched more TV online than ever before. TV consumption across devices grew 388…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

Sky Italia denies FTA channel launches

Sky Italia has denied Italian press reports that it plans to launch a package of free-to-air channels on DTT. In a statement, Sky Italia stressed…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

15 pirate sites deliver 42m unique visitors a week

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Digital IP protection expert KLipcorp has successfully completed a project aimed at accurately measuring the damage done by IP piracy/cybercrime and the impact or otherwise…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

“4K is crucial” says Wim Wenders

Noted film director Wim Wenders has praised television’s increased use of 4K content capture. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the beatification of Pope Paul…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

Airtel, Samsung launch India’s first iDTV

India’s Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, is teaming with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »
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