Telefónica aims to be largest Spanish TV producer

In a move to compete directly with SVoD services like Netflix, HBO and Amazon, Spanish broadcaster Telefónica is aiming to become a big player in the TV production industry. Accordingly, the company has announced the production of 14 TV Series with an annual investment of €100 million, a €30 million increase on 2016. In 2017 […]

1 in 5 Americans won’t watch pay-TV in 2017

One in five US adults will not watch traditional pay-TV programming in 2017, according to eMarketer’s estimates. The total number of households subscribing to cable, satellite, or telco TV packages will inch down 0.7 per cent to 98.7 million. And that figure will continue to decline in tiny increments. This year, 1.7 million US adults […]

Liberty Media shareholders greenlight F1 deal

Liberty Media Corporation has confirmed that a special meeting of stockholders approved (i) a proposal relating to the issuance of shares of Series C Liberty Media common stock in connection with its pending acquisition of Formula 1 and (ii) a proposal relating to the adoption of the amendment and restatement of Liberty Media’s restated certificate […]

Disney launching Spanish SVoD in France; Molotov deal

Disney has launched its SVoD service on France’s Canalsat pay-TV platform. Disney France will also launch a Spanish-language SVoD service at the end of February. Dedicated to teaching Spanish for children, Hola Disney will show 26 x 26 original productions based on South-American TV series Soy Luna. Exclusive to France, the service will be available […]

Netherlands: Fewer Netflix trialists take subscription

Fewer Netflix users in The Netherlands are taking up a paid subscription after the customary free trial, according to data from the Telecompaper Consumer Panel. Of those who took a free trial in Q3 2016, 39 per cent said they planned to take a paid subscription in the next six months (the same as Q3 […]

Parks: Cord-cutting up

Cord-cutter consumer research from Parks Associates shows the percentage of US broadband households that use only antennas to receive TV has steadily increased since 2013 to reach 15 per cent. The firm’s report, 360 View: Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households, reveals this increase coincides with a drop in pay-TV subscriptions and an increase in […]

Seinfeld dumps Crackle for Netflix

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has switched his support away from Sony’s Crackle OTT service to Netflix. According to Variety, Seinfeld has cut a deal with Netflix which will show 25 episodes of his Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee starting later this year. Netflix will also get rights to the 59 older episodes already screened on Crackle.  […]

O3b sees impressive growth

SES-owned speciality satellite operator O3b (which seeks to supply the ‘other three billion’ underserved potential broadband users) is reporting impressive growth from some existing clients. For example, Palau Telecoms has just increased its network capacity from O3b for the fifth time in less than 24 months, such is the popularity – and enthusiasm – of […]

ICC cricket for Global Eagle

In-flight entertainment supplier Global Eagle (GEE) has signed an agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to show telecasts of major games on its partner airlines and to cruise ship customers. The ICC has granted GEE worldwide rights to provide 1,140 hours of  live cricket programming over a four-year period, from 2016-2019. The 2017 Champions […]

UKTV and C4 extend sales partnership

UKTV and Channel 4 have extended their agreement for 4 Sales to remain the exclusive advertising representative for the UKTV portfolio. 4 Sales will continue to act as the sales agent for all UKTV inventory, including UKTV Play, until well into the next decade, securing Channel 4’s position as the UK’s second largest sales house. […]

Roku updates mobile app

Roku has released the latest version (v4.0) of its Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices that delivers a fresh new look and new features. Roku says the update has been designed “to make your mobile device an ultimate streaming companion by giving you one-tap access to features that make streaming what you love […]

Canada: STB energy efficiency agreement

Canadian pay-TV service providers (specifically, cable, direct-to-home satellite and IPTV providers) along with set-top box manufacturers have finalised a voluntary agreement, committing themselves to improving the energy efficiency of set-top boxes from coast-to-coast-to-coast. With this voluntary agreement, reached in consultation with federal and provincial governments, utilities and supporting organisations, it is expected that total annual […]

Indonesia’s Telkom-3S ready for launch

Telkom-3S will be launched next month from French Guiana aboard an Arianespace rocket. Worth about $200 million, the new satellite, built by Thales Alenia, is badly needed and replaces Indonesia’s Telkom-3 which was stranded in an unusable orbit after launch in August 2012. That Telkom-3 satellite was built and launched by Russian companies and its […]

SAM appoints Myers as IP Product Manager

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) has confirmed the appointment of Phil Myers to lead its IP product range. Myers has in excess of 20 years’ experience of product management and business development and has held a number of technology leadership roles within the industry, most recently for Grass Valley within the EMEA region where he was […]

Korea: Seoul selects Enensys

Eenensys, designers and manufacturers of digital TV transmission technologies, working with their Korea partner SMC NS, has been selected by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) in Korea to supply its new ATSCheduler and IPGuard products for the launch of ATSC 3.0 DTT services in February this year. Korea is leading the rollout of the new IP-based […]

Komixx opens APAC office

London and Los Angeles based independent film and TV producer, Komixx Entertainment, has expanded its operations into Australia, to bring its approach of identifying and developing local IP for TV and Film production to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market. Former RKPIX founder and leading figure in the APAC TV and entertainment industry, Amanda Morrison, will lead the […]