Nokia trials LTE for national TV broadcasting

Nokia Networks is pioneering the technology needed to efficiently use LTE for nationwide TV broadcasting. The company is working with a range of partners in what it says is the world’s first field trial of wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE frequency within UHF spectrum. In a Single Frequency Network (SFN) all base stations use exactly the same frequency […]

Spain: 3 months to re-set 8m DTT aerials

Eight million homes in Spain (corresponding to 1.1 million buildings with SMATV) will have to readjust their DTT antennas in only 3 months (from October to December) since the approval of the DTT technical plan now scheduled for mid-September. Spaniards will have to pay for the migration to a new frequency band with an average cost of €23 per household […]

Police place warning ads on pirate sites

Adverts are being placed on pirate websites by the City of London Police to warn users the sites are under criminal investigation. The initiative is part of Operation Creative, a partnership between the police and the creative and advertising industries to disrupt websites that provide unauthorised access to copyrighted content. The main aim of the operation, which began this month, […]

Orange Q2 subs up, revenues down

France’s Orange has reported 6.77 million IPTV and satellite customers in the first quarter of the year, an increase of 9.8 per cent year-on-year. Within France it had 5.78 million IPTV and satellite subscribers in France in Q2, up 8.5 per cent year-on-year from 5.32 million in Q2 2013. Its Polish IPTV and satellite customer base came in at 720,000, […]

Coe won’t chair BBC Trust

Sebastian Coe has has pulled out of the race to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust. The London Olympics 2012 head, who is chairman of the British Olympic Association, was said to be the government’s preferred candidate. But the former Olympic champion said: “I did allow my name to go forward to give myself time to properly analyse […]

Israel hits Hamas TV channel

BBC Monitoring is reporting that an Israeli aircraft on July 28th had shelled the headquarters of the Al-Aqsa television channel in Gaza, which supports Hamas in the region. The channel has been on air since January 2006 and is available on satellite over the whole MENA region.

Oz consumer body criticises government piracy plans

According to Australian consumer advice and advocacy body CHOICE, the leaked Federal Government’s Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper sidesteps the Australia tax issue and fails to deal with the real causes of piracy. “If the Government is serious about addressing piracy, it needs to address the fundamental issues: that Australians often find it hard to gain access to content like […]

Russia suffers ABS-2 outage

Russian regional ISP Alliance Telecom, based in Vladivostok, announced that its pay-TV subscribers face problems accessing some TV channels due to an “accident” on the ABS-2 satellite. The list contains over 50 TV channels, both Russian and global, including Sony Sci-Fi, National Geographic Сhannel, Fox life, Fashion TV, Eurosport, Discovery Channel, Da Vinci Learning, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Comedy TV, […]

Liberty Global reorganises for Austria, Switzerland

Eric Tveter, currently Managing Director of upc cablecom, has been appointed CEO of the newly created Swiss and Austrian region of Liberty Global, based in Zurich. Thomas Hintze, currently Managing Director of UPC Austria, has been appointed chairman of UPC Austria and senior advisor reporting to Eric Tveter. Liberty Global says the change will enable the operations in Austria and […]

$21 voucher for Thai digi-viewers

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission (NBTC) has set the value of its ‘free’ voucher to help subsidise the costs of digital conversion at $21.65 per household (690 Thai Baht). The scheme has to be approved by the new government’s National Council for Peace & Order which is meeting tomorrow (July 30) and – if approved – the NBTC will […]

Conviva for Wuaki.tv EU expansion

VoD service Wuaki.tv is working with Conviva, a specialist in video analytics, delivery optimisation and big data processing, to deliver its streaming experience across new regions of its service deployment. With more than one million users across the UK and Spain, Wuaki.tv required further technology and intelligence to successfully expand its services across Europe. The Spanish streaming service was seeking […]

BT Sport extends Arsenal partnership

BT Sport has extended its partnership with Arsenal Football Club for a further two years. The agreement allows BT Sport to continue to promote its football coverage, including exclusive live Premier League matches, through Arsenal’s digital channels in the UK and Ireland. It also gives the broadcaster access to Arsenal’s first-team players and manager for exclusive content. Arsenal’s sales and […]

Fibre’s speed increasing Internet usage

The fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas has released the results of a survey by RVA, LLC, revealing new data on the usage and impact of fibre to the home networks in North America. “After surveying broadband consumers for seven years, two trends are very clear. First, the importance of broadband to the consumer lifestyle increases with each passing […]

Programmatic ads: AOL partners with Havas

AOL Platforms, a division of AOL, has announced a strategic partnership with Affiperf, Havas’ global trading desk for programmatic buying, to deliver the simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness of automation across the media group’s global footprint. Affiperf will be a charter customer of ONE by AOL, announced earlier this year as the first global, cross-screen programmatic advertising platform for brands, agencies […]

Scholes signs for BT Sport

Manchester United and England legend Paul Scholes has signed a four-year deal to become a pundit for BT Sport. The ex-midfielder, who retired from playing for the second time just over a year ago, will join the panel of analysts for exclusively live matches in the Barclays Premier League from the start of this season. Scholes, who has two UEFA […]

Viewster initiates TV advertising

For the first time in the company’s history, Viewster is launching a TV advertising campaign. Germany will be the first market to air two different TV commercials, highlighting Viewster’s newly developed mobile apps for iOS and Android. The TV ads will be broadcast on ProSieben and Sat.1 in August 2014. German Media Plan GmbH is managing placement and monitoring success […]

Brightcove powers Yelp video feature

Brightcove has announced that Yelp, which connects people with local businesses, has launched a new video feature powered by Brightcove. Yelp users can upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long with the help of the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform and the Brightcove Zencoder cloud-based encoding service. Yelp, which generated an average of 132 million monthly unique […]

Nativ appoints Ritchie as Head of Sales

Nativ, the media logistics platform (MLP) provider, has recruited Michael Ritchie to be its Head of Sales for the EMEA region. The role has been created to expand Nativ’s European client base as demand for its MIO Everywhere content workflow software increases. Ritchie joins from Red Touch Media where he was responsible for the operational and development expansion of the […]