Pro7Sat.1 and Springer in merger plan?

German media group ProSiebenSat.1 and publisher Axel Springer are reportedly in merger discussions. If the talks continue, it could lead to a united operation worth around €14.5 billion. The Wall Street Journal broke the news late on Monday, saying that any final conclusion would need regulatory and anti-trust approvals, and which might be tough to […]

Spain: Court closes DTT shutdown file

Spain’s Supreme Court has closed the file on the possible shutdown of eight DTT channels, a few weeks after broadcasters reached a deal with broadcast services company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 to withdraw the case. The private TV stations agreed to pay around €20 million to the company to prevent the closures. Now with the […]

Just 22% of binge-watchers willing to wait for episodes

A survey exploring the shift in behaviours towards sustained viewing of content over a short time has found that unavailable episodes – defined as either impossible to find, or delivered within a sub-par playback experience – prompt nearly half of all OTT binge-watchers to give up on a series, with half of them neutral-to-unlikely ever […]

Vivendi raises Canal+ offer to €8

Vivendi has decided to raise the price of its public tender offer from €7.60 to €8 to reinforce the attractiveness of its proposed public tender offer to the shareholders of the Société d’Édition de Canal Plus (SECP). The French media group announced in mid-May an offer of €495 million for a controlling stake in pay-TV […]

TV now second screen for kids with tablets

In a majority of US family households with tablets and smartphones, TV is no longer the kids’ first choice for entertainment, according to a study by strategic research, marketing brand consultants Miner & Co Studio. The firm found 57 per cent of kids prefer watching video on portable devices like smartphones and tablets as opposed […]

Analyst: MCNs attractive to traditional media groups

Research by Ampere Analysis into Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) has found that the business model of MCNs is a good fit for many traditional media companies, which understand advertising business models. The firm notes that Zoella, Minecraft, Ed Sheeran and political documentaries all have their own YouTube channels that are part of the Multi-Channel Networks owned […]

EC consults on audiovisual media rules

The European Commission is seeking the views of all interested parties on how to make Europe’s audiovisual media landscape fit for purpose in the digital age. In a public consultation, the Commission will get feedback on the current framework regulating Europe’s audiovisual media landscape (the so-called Audiovisual Media Services Directive – AVMSD), on issues such […]

Continued growth for broadcast and media technology industry

Sales and profitability across the broadcast and media (B&MT) sector continue to grow according to the latest IABM Industry Index. The positive findings are echoed in the separate IABM Benchmark report, which reinforces the results of the Index concerning profitability, and the updated Confidence Ratio, contained in the last Industry Trends Survey. The IABM Industry […]

Dish-Siti seek other j-v content buyers

India’s Dish TV and MSO operator Siti Cable are already partners via their shared ownership by Subhash Chandra’s giant conglomerate Essel Group. They have also just set up a new joint venture in the shape of ‘Comnet’, which they want to act a unified programme and channel buying operation. Dish TV’s CEO RC Venkateish has […]

Government, BBC confirm over-75s licence fee funding

Following weekend reports that the BBC was set to take on the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s and subsequent confirmation in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, the Government has revealed further details of the agreement, Having inherited a challenging fiscal position, the Government says it is pleased that […]

France: TF1 Rugby World Cup goes digital

TF1 Group, which has spent €45 million to acquire the exclusive rights to the upcoming Rugby World Cup taking place in the UK (September 18th – October 31st), is aiming to maximise the potential audience by pushing the digital experience ahead of the competition. Viewers, who will be able to follow the 21 best matches […]

US retrans fees to reach $10.3bn by 2021

Media and communications sector financial intelligence specialist SNL Kagan has updated its industry retransmission (retrans) fee projections and now expects US TV station owners’ retrans fees to reach $10.3 billion (€9.4bn) by 2021, versus the projected level of $6.3 billion this year. US TV station owners have continued to secure higher retrans fees in recent […]

WWE Network for Italy

The WWE Network is now available for $9.99 (€9.15) per month in Italy, offering all 12 annual WWE pay-per-view events live, including WWE Battleground on July 19th where Brock Lesnar will face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. New subscribers to WWE Network receive their first month of service for free. WWE Network […]

Women’s World Cup final draws record audience for Fox

The United States’ 5-2 win over Japan to capture its third Women’s World Cup title drew 25.4 million viewers to Fox on Sunday night, according to Nielsen. That makes it the most-watched football game in US history, surpassing the previous record set during last summer’s men’s World Cup. Viewership was up 89 per cent from […]

BBC unveils micro:bit computer

The BBC and partners have unveiled the BBC micro:bit – a pocket-sized, codeable computer that allows children to get creative with technology. In the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative for 30 years, up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the […]

Traffic from mobile/online messaging to hit 438bn per day by 2019

Data from Juniper Research has shown that mobile and online messaging traffic will reach 160 trillion per annum by 2019, up from 94.2 trillion this year – equating to approximately 438 billion messages sent and received by users on a daily basis by 2019. These figures incorporate SMS, MMS, IM (Instant Messaging), social media and […]

Mexico: Totalplay Integrates Netflix

Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas company that provides tripleplay services though DTH fibre optics in Mexico, has formed an alliance with Netflix to integrate the streaming app directly into Totalplay set-top boxes. This is the first time in Mexico that the Netflix app is included in a pay-TV platform. Totalplay clients can access their Netflix accounts […]

Levira, Kids Network playout deal

Levira and Kids Network Television have concluded a three-year service agreement according which will see Levira provide Kids Network Television end-to-end technical service for play-out and distribute of two new linear TV-channels Filmzone and Filmzone+ starting from July 15th.  Levira will provide play-out for two HD channels and their distribution to Baltic pay-TV networks. Levira’s […]

HEVC delivery with Dolby AC-4 Audio Codec

Thomson Video Networks has partnered with Dolby Laboratories and STMicroelectronics (ST) to demonstrate the first implementation of a complete encoding-decoding chain for HD and Ultra HD broadcast based on the new Dolby AC-4 audio codec. At the heart of a demonstration at the Dolby ATSC 3.0 showcase in Atlanta sits Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE VS7000 […]

Turkey: Exset partners with Atmaca Electronik

Exset, a pioneer of TV ecosystems for enhanced digital TV services, has partnered with Istanbul-based Atmaca Electronik , owners of the ‘Sunny’ brand in Turkey. The partnership is designed to deploy Exset’s DMS 2.0 in the country as it moves along the path towards digitisation. Exset’s DMS allows operators to provide value-added services via broadcast […]

Freeview New Zealand appoints Digital TV Labs

Media and device testing specialist Digital TV Labs (DTVL) has been appointed by Freeview New Zealand to provide a manufacturer conformance service utilising its HbbTV test harness – Ligada iSuite for HbbTV. FreeviewPlus enhances the successful MyFreeview and FreeviewHD DVB-T services by adding on-demand channels, 8-days forward/8-days catch up TV guide and comprehensive search facilities. […]