BT concessions to try and keep Openreach

BT Group will form a separate board for its Openreach business in a bid to persuade regulator Ofcom the company should not be split off. Shaken by political criticism and the threat of break up, BT chairman Sir Mike Rake has said there will be a board and separate investment control for Openreach. Competitors and […]

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8bn

Following weekend speculation that a deal was imminent, Verizon Communications and Yahoo have confirmed they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo’s operating business for approximately $4.83 billion (€4.40bn) in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly […]

Sky Italia to lose 36% of value by 2020

Sky Italia is set to lose 36 per cent of its value over the next five years, going from £2.6 billion (€31.bn) in 2014 to £1.6 billion in 2020, according to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The Boiling Front report, whose findings have been anticipated by Italian daily Italia Oggi, indicates that […]

Spain: Vodafone One boosts TV subs

Vodafone’s convergent offer (TV, Broadband Internet Access, fixed and mobile telephony and TV), Vodafone One, is seeing the company significantly increase the number of TV subscribers. At the end of June, Vodafone One had 1.9 million subscribers, up 416,000 year-on-year. TV subscribers increased by 51,700 to 1,115,000 in the second quarter. The company puts the […]

Ericsson CEO steps down

Ericsson’s Board of Directors has confirmed that Hans Vestberg has stepped down as President and CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Ericsson with immediate effect. Jan Frykhammar, Executive Vice President and CFO, will assume the CEO position until a new appointment is made. Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson commented: “Hans Vestberg […]

Ofcom “not ready” for BBC watchdog role

Media regulator Ofcom may not be ready to take on its new BBC watchdog role until April 2017 – some three months after the corporation’s new charter is due to begin. Ofcom will take over large parts of the regulation of the corporation from the BBC Trust, which will be abolished under the terms laid […]

Last VCRs to be made

Japan’s Funai Electric says it will be making its last VCRs this week. Funai, which makes the units in China for Sanyo, says that demand for its output has dropped from around 15 million units a year at its peak to around 750,000 annually in 2015. The company says that because of the low production […]

Isohunt owner settles multi-million lawsuit

The owner of piracy site Isohunt has agreed to settle a music industry group lawsuit for C$55 million (€45.5m). Isohunt was shut down in 2013, when Fung agreed to pay $110 million to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). A court order associated with the decision details the fees as 55 million Canadian dollars […]

India’s Doordarshan struggling financially

India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) revenue fell back 17 per cent y-o-y, as viewers – and thus advertisers – shift their allegiance towards cable and satellite DTH television. The slide in revenues is a double disappointment because DD has launched ‘DD Freedish’ in an attempt to tap into satellite availability, and this investment helped DD’s […]

New Strategy Director for Digital UK

Digital UK has appointed Simon Hunt as Strategy and Business Development Director, it was announced today. Hunt will be responsible for strategic and business-related activities at the company, particularly with regard to commercial and product development of Freeview Play. He will also lead on analysis and planning for other areas of Digital UK’s operations, including […]

Iran bulldozes 100,000 satellite dishes

“The truth is that most satellite channels deviate the society’s morality and culture,” said General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran’s paramilitary Basij (Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) force, as its members drove bulldozers over an estimated 100,000 confiscated satellite dishes in Tehran. “What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in […]

Hinduja Group to merge cable TV, HITs biz

In a bid to consolidate its media investments, the Hinduja Group has decided to merge its cable television business IndusInd Media and Communication, with its Headend-in-the-Sky (HITs) business of Grant Investrade. Tony D’Silva, who currently heads the HITs business, will be in-charge of the merged entity. The Hinduja Group has re-organised the media business to […]

Sky, Ruckus develop Wi-Fi access points

Ruckus Wireless, a Wi-­Fi vendor in the service provider sector, has announced a collaboration with Sky to develop a new wireless access point (AP) solution to increase Wi-Fi connectivity and in high footfall usage areas such as coffee shops and bars. This new service, available now, was created with Ruckus Wireless for its expertise in […]

Scripps content for Israel

Scripps Networks Interactive has announced the launch of Food Network, Travel Channel and Fine Living in Israel on Cellcom, the largest telcoin the country. The portfolio of lifestyle entertainment channels will be made available in HD from September 1st as part of the Basic package. Content will be subtitled in Hebrew, a first for Scripps […]

Fallon named Alticast Americas president

Alticast has announced the appointment of Mike Fallon as president of Alticast Americas as the company positions itself to capitalise on an increased number of technological and geographic growth opportunities in the global pay-TV industry. Fallon, who previously headed Alticast’s North American customer engagement activities, will assume overall responsibility for Alticast’s business strategy and operational […]

MobiTV launches Connect Platform

MobiTV, a global player in live and on-demand video delivery solutions, has announced the MobiTV Connect Platform, an IP video delivery solution which allows cable operators to significantly upgrade their user experience and utilise the connected TV devices and streaming boxes already in a large majority of US homes. “The in-home TV experience is changing […]

Arqiva secures capacity on Eutelsat satellites

Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has renewed multi-year contracts with Eutelsat Communications capacity on two satellites. Ku-band resources on Eutelsat 10A and Eutelsat 7B are the backbone of Arqiva’s Europe-wide capability, forming part of its managed global satellite distribution network that connects broadcasters with major broadcast hubs over a secure and reliable […]

shomi uses Elemental Cloud from AWS

Elemental Technologies, a specialist in software-defined video solutions, has announced that shomi, a Canadian SVoD service, is using Elemental to help reach its goals of rapidly scaling and accelerating growth in the Canadian online video market. shomi reports that Elemental Cloud, used in conjunction with the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon CloudFront, […]

TBN renews Intelsat contract

Intelsat, the global satellite operator, has announced that Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and America’s most-watched faith-based programming channel, has renewed its contract through the end of Intelsat’s Galaxy 14 life to distribute HD and SD programming to cable head-ends throughout North America. Under the multi-year agreement, TBN is leveraging […]