Vivendi accepts Numericable-SFR, Altice offer

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice, founded by telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, has entered into the final agreements with Vivendi regarding the acquisition of the 20 per cent stake Vivendi owns in France’s second-largest telco Numericable-SFR for a price of €40 per share. The transaction carried out via its subsidiary Altice France, and Numericable-SFR, follows approval by Vivendi’s Supervisory Board […]

Humax claims Freeview Play first

Digital set-top box specialist Humax says it will be the first manufacturer to launch set-top boxes to deliver the new Freeview Play connected TV service later this year. Freeview Play, which will be free from subscription and compatible with existing broadband services, combines catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television. The new Humax Freeview Play boxes will support HD content […]

Green light for Seven’s Presto deal

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of shares in the Presto Entertainment  SVoD service by Seven Network Operations, a subsidiary of Seven West Media, suggesting that competition and consumer choice in paid television services is increasing. Presto Entertainment provides subscribers with access to general entertainment content including premium and library […]

Ericsson enables Tata Sky 4K

Communications technology specialist Ericsson has enabled Tata Sky, India`s leading direct-to-home (DTH) operator, to launch the first commercial 4K video service in the subcontinent. With the launch of the Tata Sky 4K service, customers subscribing to this service can watch video up to four times the resolution of the standard high definition (HD) video currently available. Ericsson will provide compression […]

OSN, du partner for OTT TV

Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN is teaming up with UAE regional telco du to offer online TV platform OSN Play for free as part of OSN subscriptions on du. Emad Marcos, senior vice president, business development, strategy and digital, OSN, said the partnership would further expand the already-strong reach of OSN Play among UAE residents. “OSN Play places our subscribers in […]

Optus, Nokia trial real-time video delivery

Australian telco Optus is to conduct a closed trial of a real-time, interactive, multimedia video experience at its Sydney headquarters that delivers content to subscribers through onsite base stations via Liquid Applications, a solution developed by partner Nokia Networks. The trial is designed to distribute video and multimedia content to users directly from adjoining base stations – as content sits […]

Social media integration for live WTCC TV

Eurosport’s coverage of the 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship is to incorporate social media integration for the first time with driver Twitter and Instagram activity featuring on a split-screen view before each race and during the repair time. Thanks to software from specialist company Spreadfast, fans will get to read the latest thoughts from drivers and view rare images […]