Children prefer catch-up, YouTube to linear TV

Children aged five to 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995, according to market research firm Childwise. Screen time is made up of time spent watching TV, playing games consoles, using a mobile, computer or tablet. The Connected Kids report has collated data […]

Spain switches off old DTT channels

The period to complete Spain’s DTT migration has come to an end with the switch-off taking place overnight between March 30th and 31st. It is estimated that 98 per cent of buildings in Spain out of the total 1 million (13 million homes) to be adjusted have already completed the retuning of its aerials to keep watching DTT channels on […]

Convergence clash as Voda-ONO launches

Vodafone-Ono is finalising its first combined convergent package in with unconfirmed plans for very discounted prices. The group plans a heavy marketing campaign to promote the service in direct competition with Telefonica. In the last quarter of 2014, Vodafone-ONO mobile phone users amounted to a total of 5,549,000 with the company gaining 70,000 subs in broadband to 2,776,000 customers, 1,595,000 […]

Judge: UPC Ireland ‘must enforce 3 strikes policy’

The High Court has ordered UPC Ireland, the country’s second largest ISP, to take measures to stop illegal downloading. Justice Brian Cregan granted three music companies an injunction requiring UPC Communications to move against its subscribers involved in Internet piracy. The Irish units of Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music sought the orders. Cregan adjourned the case until next […]

Spotify on PlayStation

Sony and Spotify have launched their PlayStation Music streaming service in 41 countries, making it available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games consoles as well as Sony’s smartphones and tablets. Replacing Music Unlimited, the Sony-branded streaming music service that launched in 2010, but has now been axed by the company in favour of a partnership with Spotify PlayStation Music […]

Kabel Deutschland adds kid’s VoD

Kabel Deutschland, the German cable operator, has added a specialised children’s section to its Select Video VoD service. The kids’ section is accessible directly from main menu bundles and offers both free and paid-for content. Content includes movies and TV series from The Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Boomerang.

Sweeney, Smith join Netflix board

Netflix has added Anne Sweeney, recently Co-chair Disney Media Networks and President Disney-ABC Television at Walt Disney, and Brad Smith, Executive VP and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft to its board, bringing the total number of directors to nine. “We look forward to benefitting from Brad and Anne’s perspective as we continue to build our global Internet […]

Intel eyes Altera

Intel is in talks to acquire Altera, a maker of “programmable” processors, in a deal likely to exceed $10 billion, according to reports. A transaction would be the chipmaker’s largest acquisition to date and among the biggest the technology industry has ever seen. Intel’s chips dominate servers in data centres, but the possible acquisition of Altera could help the company […]

The Sound of Music in 8K

Last week’s special VIP 50th Anniversary screening of The Sound of Music was shown in a ‘better than original’ version thanks to digital remastering of an earlier 2000 photochemical restoration. But this time around the remastering, which took place at Burbank’s FotoKem post-production house, the technicians used modern colour-grading tools to help cure flicker and obvious glitches in the original […]

Fear The Walking Dead 24hr global window

The title for one of the year’s most anticipated new dramas, Fear The Walking Dead, has been revealed ahead of its premiere later this year on AMC channels worldwide. As previously announced, AMC Global acquired international television rights to the series, and plans to air each episode globally within 24 hours of its US premiere. AMC Global, the international AMC-branded […]

StarSat capitulates on ‘adult’ TV

StarSat, the successor to South Africa’s ODM/TopTV pay-TV operator, is dumping its controversial adult TV channels. The channels have been on air since November 2013 and have been hugely contentious with various legal battles between civic community groups and the broadcaster, and between South Africa’s ICASA broadcasting regulator. ODM, in a statement from executive consultant Eddie Mbalo, says the company […]

TiVo, clypd partner

TiVo Research and Analytics, a subsidiary of TiVo, and clypd, a sales platform for media owners that enables programmatic TV advertising, have announced the incorporation of TiVo Research’s data products, including the True Target Index, into clypd’s product offerings to help media owners understand their audiences’ media consumption patterns well beyond the industry standard demographics. Users of Tivo Research data […]

ZOO Digital delivers iTunes content

Apple has approved ZOO Digital to deliver motion picture and television content directly to iTunes. Clients including major Hollywood studios and global broadcasters will now be able to benefit from a direct and efficient route to iTunes, making their content available for sale sooner in global territories. ZOO Digital President, Gordon Doran, commented: “ZOO is delighted to have gained Apple […]