Spain: Orange bids €3.4 billion for Jazztel

In another major potential consolidation of the Spanish market Orange has bid €3.4 billion for Jazztel. If the takeover is finally successful, the new company will become the second biggest fixed-line broadband operator in the country, the third in mobile with 13.7 million mobile users (behind Vodafone with 14 million) and a tough competitor to Telefonica and Vodafone-ONO in the […]

de Mol confirms SBS approach from Discovery

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf says Endemol founder John de Mol is in discussions with Discovery Communications about a possible sale of his 33 per cent stake in broadcaster SBS. Publisher Sanoma Media owns the balance of SBS, and is also in talks with Discovery. SBS still runs SBS6, Veronica and Net5 channels. SBS sold its Scandinavian channels to Discovery last […]

Roku reaches 10m player milestone

Streaming media platform Roku has revealed it has sold 10 million Roku players in the United States. A post on the company blog describes it as “a huge milestone” thanking all its users for helping Roku achieve it. “We are dedicated to bringing consumers the best streaming TV experience and we’re grateful that our fans continue to support and recognise […]

TDC acquires Norway’s Get

Danish quad-play operator TDC Group is acquiring Get AS, the second largest cable-TV provider in Norway, for NOK 13.8 billion (€1.68 bn), to create Scandinavia’s largest cable TV company in terms of revenue. With 1.7 million connected homes and a revenue of DKK 7 billion (€0.94bn) from the cable business, the TDC Group says it will become the leading communication […]

Mobile video viewing up 127%

As faster wireless networks are built around the globe to provide higher bandwidth for smart devices, mobile viewership continues to rise, notes premium video publishing, analytics and monetisation specialist Ooyala. Data in Ooyala’s Q2 2014 Global Video Index Report reveals that in the past year, mobile video viewing has more than doubled to represent over 25 per cent of all […]

Broadcom SoC powers S Korea 4K

Korea Telecom (KT) has integrated ultra-high-definition system-on-a-Chip (SoC) from Broadcom into KT set-top-boxes to power its 4K IPTV service, Olleh GiGA Ultra-HD. The SoC ensures 4K delivery at 60 frames per second in 10-bit colour. “KT has planned to provide more than 500 4K programmes by the end of 2014. The telco has launched STBs in South Korea earlier this […]

Tele Columbus goes public

Germany’s third-largest cable company Tele Columbus has been converted into a joint-stock company, effective September 12. The Berlin-based company (now officially Tele Columbus AG) has been working towards a change in its structure for the past few years. “The new legal form also gives us more flexibility for additional growth and the future development of Tele Columbus”, says Ronny Verhelst, […]

Survey: OTT in Emerging Markets

SPB TV, one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV solutions, released the OTT TV Survey 2014. SPB TV’s Co-Founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt announced the survey outcomes, sharing developments in the fast-growing consumer base of OTT TV users in emerging markets. Among interesting findings are the facts that more women are using OTT TV, which […]

Avanti: Losses deepen

London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications reported an increased loss of $87.7 million ($58.88m, a year ago). Revenues expanded from $32.12 million a year ago to $65.62 million for the year to June 30. Backlog also fell back from $445 million a year ago to $430 million now. Avanti had some $195 million cash at hand at year-end. Chairman Paul Walsh […]

Report: Premium Video more Programmatic

According to the more than 350 media and marketing professionals surveyed for’s 2014 US Video State of Industry report, programmatic video advertising is maturing beyond its real-time bidding roots. More than half of publishers surveyed said they make their premium inventory for sale via programmatic environments—a significant change in just one year’s time. Further, it is evident that sweeping […]

Nilesat expands with Eutelsat

Cairo-based Nilesat is taking a long-term ‘multi-transponder’ lease on the upcoming Eutelsat 8 WestB satellite. The satellite is due for launch next summer, and will be located at 8 degrees West, alongside Nilesat’s orbital slot at 7 deg West. The two locations, which can be received on a single dish, already carry more than 1000 channels to the Arab world. […]

YahLive wins BBC Persia, BBC Arabic

It is fair to say that YahLive, the DTH portion of Abu Dhabi’s YahSat craft, struggled over the first year or two of its life to convince broadcasters to come aboard. TahSat was launched back in 2011 with the mission to be the Middle East’s first all-HDTV satellite. The sales concept didn’t work out, but today’s position is significantly improved […]

A+E, Cisco collaborate on ratings

A+E Network and Cisco announced that they have successfully integrated and tested the Nielsen ID3 tagging as an essential component of being able to track viewing patterns for mobile screen services. The added capability of Nielsen ID3 tagging will help other media companies, broadcasters and service providers better track TV viewing patterns and ratings across multiple devices to help with program […]

Ofcom rejects London local licence changes

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has decided not to allow ESTV – the provider of the London local television service London Live – to vary its programming commitments. ESTV submitted a request to Ofcom in July 2014 requesting changes to the programming commitments in its local TV licence. Before deciding whether or not to consent to the changes, Ofcom published a […]

CryptoGuard wins in Africa

CryptoGuard, the CAS operator, announced a partnership with Satcon for two networks in Africa. Satcon has decided to use CryptoGuard’s Conditional Access platform, and also CryptoGuard’s Subscriber Manager System to help them monetise its operation in a more efficient way. The two networks are in Congo and Gabon. “We have chosen CryptoGuard CAS and SMS in comparison with the majority […]

Scripps re-signs for DISH

A multi-year contract renewal between DISH Network and Scripps Networks Interactive improves DISH customers’ access to Scripps Networks’ entire content portfolio, including new and expanded digital rights. The agreement includes over-the-top (OTT) multi-stream rights for live and Video-on-Demand content. The agreement also expands DISH’s distribution of authenticated live and Video-on-Demand Scripps Networks programming on Internet-connected devices. Moreover, the agreement widens […]

Verimatrix multi-screen with Bouygues Telecom

Verimatrix announced that it has extended its relationship with Bouygues Telecom, a French mobile phone, Internet service provider and IPTV company. A longtime Verimatrix customer, Bouygues Telecom has now added the Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for Broadcast-Hybrid to its security arsenal. The solution was deployed to protect Bouygues Telecom’s next-generation, Android TV box client devices, which offer a new […]

Freesat refreshes Showcase service

UK subscription-free TV service Freesat has unveiled the latest version of Showcase, its editorially-driven TV recommendations service on Freetime next-generation programme guide. Showcase is one of the key features of Freesat’s Freetime service. It offers recommendations of programmes to watch that are selected by Freesat’s dedicated in-house editorial team, and is available online, on the Freesat app, and via the […]

Viacom: Multi-screen viewership boosts fandom and loyalty

Findings from a recent Viacom study – Getting With the Program: TV’s Funnels, Paths and Hurdles – exploring how audiences discover, watch and become fans of TV shows, reveal that the proliferation of devices and sources is having a positive impact on viewership and fandom. Additionally, multi-screen viewers (those who used multiple screens and sources) demonstrate a preference for live […]

Australian digital film prices ‘among world’s cheapest’

As Australia’s copyright reform debate continues, players from the ISP, consumer and content side are making their respective case, with the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) releasing research commissioned from IHS Technology that suggests Australia is the cheapest place in the world to rent high-definition content. It also identifies Australia as second only to the US in cheaply renting […]