Ofcom mulls TV deregulation to reflect OTT

Ofcom is contemplating a deregulation of the television and telecoms industry to reflect shifts in how people watch, read and talk over the past decade. In her first interview since taking over as head of the UK media regulator, Sharon White said Ofcom needed to examine how competition from US Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook were changing the […]

Sky Italia and TIM team for quadplay

Sky Italia’s whole package is now available on Telecom Italia’s new generation networks thanks to the IP platform and to the dedicated My Sky HD decoder. For the first time this means integrated landline and mobile, Internet and TV services. The two leading companies in their respective industries join together by sharing their assets and their respective expertise to bring […]

Spain: DTT tender for 6 channels

The Spanish government has given its green light to the public tender to award 6 new  DTT licences. A cabinet meeting approved a public tender to award three HD and three SD channel in a process likely to be concluded in the last quarter of the year. Potential bidders will have until the end of May to submit their proposals […]

US adults watch over 5 hours of video per day

A study by eMarketer has shown that US adults will spend on average 5 hours, 31 minutes watching video each day this year. The driving force behind the growth is digital video, especially on mobile and tablet. The study included television watching, which took up the majority of the time, but is slightly on the decline as digital video rises. […]

Australia: Netflix cheaper because of piracy?

Australia’s penchant for pirated content may have inadvertently scored the country a better deal on Netflix pricing, judging by comments from its chief financial officer, David Wells. In a call to investors, Wells said the company reduced the price of subscriptions to its video streaming service in countries with a high prevalence of piracy in order to stay competitive. “Piracy is […]

East Africa TV penetration 23%

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) had a total population of 146.89 million end-2014, with 33.61 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 23 per cent, according to research from Dataxis. Kenya is the most developed market in the region with 12.04 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 32 per cent. Uganda […]

Australia’s NewSat goes bust

Troubled Australian satellite company NewSat, which had wanted to build Jaburu-1, an independently-owned satellite serving Australia, has been placed into administration. NewSat, and its various subsidiaries (Jabiru Satellite, NewSat Space Resources and NSN Holdings) are now being looked after by the administrator, PPB Advisory. A USA-related business, NewSat Ltd, and registered in Delaware has also been placed in Chapter 15 […]

FiOS Custom TV for cord cutters

Verizon Communications has unveiled FiOS Custom TV, a new batch of bundles that will become available to new and existing customers in the US starting April 19th. FiOS Custom TV “is a simple way for customers to choose the types of channels they want without paying for those they don’t,” Verizon said. “We listened to what our customers want – […]

BBC to fund world news with product placement

The BBC is set to feature product placement on its global news channel for the first time as it seeks new ways to fund its global news operations. BBC World News will feature product placement on programmes such as technology, sport and travel documentaries, but not on its core news and current affairs output.

DirecTV adds 22 channels to app

DirecTV’s mobile app, which permits subscribers in the US to access many of its channels to smartphones and portable devices, has added 22 extra channels to the 90 ‘out-of-home’ channels already available. New channels on the system include MTV, Comedy Central, TBS, Spike, OWN and TNT.  The full list of new DirecTV Everywhere live streaming channels includes: BET, Cartoon Network, […]

Digital TV Labs opens HbbTV App Lab

Media and device testing specialists, Digital TV Labs has launched what it claims isthe world’s first independent ‘HbbTV App Lab’ to assist HbbTV Application Developers in testing their applications on a wide range of real HbbTV devices to ensure interoperability in the real world. In a predominantly horizontal, retail market, HbbTV devices can show a wide variation in behaviour and […]

Corus brings Disney Channel to Canada

Corus Entertainment has swiped kids-programming rights from rival DHX Media in licensing agreement with a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company that will see Disney Channel launch in Canada for the first time. Set to debut September 1st, the Corus-operated Disney Channel will air shows such as Phineas and Ferb, Maddie and Girl Meets World. Under the Disney agreement, Corus […]

2 in 5 Afghans use BBC

A total of 6.6 million people – two in five adults – consume BBC content every week in Afghanistan, a survey has found.  BBC TV reaches around a fourth of the adult population of Afghanistan while BBC radio remains the BBC’s largest platform in the country. Radio – on FM and shortwave – remains the BBC’s largest platform in Afghanistan, […]

Amazon streams Orphan Black for free

In celebration of the upcoming third season of BBC America’s Orphan Black, Amazon will stream the first season for free today (April 17th). The free day is open to all Amazon customers – not just Prime subscribers – and will be available on the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices. “Orphan Black has been extremely […]

NBC Nigeria selects Inview for Freesat

NBC, the National Broadcasting Commission in Nigeria has appointed Inview Technology to provide the national digital TV system, comprising set-top box software and integrated broadcast services over the digital terrestrial and satellite networks in Nigeria, branded as Freeview and Freesat. Its services include interactive advertising, push VoD, electronic programme guide (EPG), a range of broadcasting applications such as news, public […]

Switzerland’s AZ median chooses Kaltura

Kaltura, the video technology platform, has revealed that Swiss media company AZ Medien has chosen its video platform to power its online TV channels, news portals, and specialist online magazines. The Kaltura platform has already gone live to support the company’s news portals (e.g. az Aargauer Zeitung, bz Basel, sz Solothurner Zeitung, ot Oltner Tagblatt), the online TV channels TeleZüri […]