HBO, Cinemax join Amazon Channels

HBO and Cinemax are now available on Amazon Channels in the US. Prime members can now sign up for a monthly HBO subscription to get HBO’s premium content for $14.99 (€14) per month. Prime members can watch the latest episodes of HBO’s newest hits including Westworld, The Night Of, and Divorce, catch up on all […]

Netflix downloads, exceptions are the rule

Netflix revealed on December 1st that it would commence offering downloads for the first time. However, a number of users have become vocal over the fact that the feature does not cover all shows on the streaming service – with some of the company’s biggest shows exempt from being downloaded. Netflix says that it is […]

STB market shrinking 5% a year

Technavio has published a market research report on the global set-top box market from 2016-2020. The market is predicted to exhibit a declining CAGR of about 5 per cent during the forecast period. The report states: “Cable networks are undergoing digitisation as network operators want to keep track of the exact number of subscribers and […]

FCC: Average US broadband speed rising

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers’ fixed broadband Internet access service in its sixth Measuring Broadband America report. The report furthers the Commission’s efforts to provide greater transparency about network performance to help consumers make more informed choices about their Internet Service Provider. This […]

Australia: Netflix on rise again

A second wind has lifted Netflix’s Australian subscriber audience up over 5.75 million, the latest data from Roy Morgan Research shows. However, while its reach is again rising, fresh data reveals that over four in ten people with Netflix in the home watch less than three hours a week (including none whatsoever). After a first […]

India: 34% of DTH subs are “inactive”

India has a claimed DTH universe of some 91.5 million TV subscribing homes. The problem is that more than a third of these ‘subscribers’ are inactive according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). TRAI looks on the bright side and says that ‘active’ subscribers grew 3.36 per cent in the quarter-year to March […]

NHK President on the way out

NHK’s controversial president, Katsuto Momii, is likely to leave his position in January, according to reports from Tokyo. NHK’s powerful Board of Governors is said to have “no chance” of securing the 9 votes out of 12 needed to secure his appointment. Morii has been in hot water since his appointment in January 2014. At […]

La Liga, Microsoft team for digital experience

Spain’s premier football league La Liga and Microsoft are forming a global alliance that seeks to transform the experience of football fans through innovative digital solutions. The agreement, which plans the development of various lines of action, will enable the 1.6 billion worldwide followers of La Liga through social media channels to access innovative digital […]

StarTimes Kenya DTH launches

Fast-growing African DTH service StarTimes has launched in Kenya. Deputy Governor of Kajiado County Paul Ntiati thanked China for the initiative, noting that it will go a long way toward transforming the lives of Kenyan people through increased access to information and entertainment. “It is our hope that more people will continue to access the […]

OLED technology on fabrics

Nobody quite expects people to be wearing TV displays on the back of a suit or on a skirt, but scientists at South Korea’s national research institute (KAIST) say they have developed a manufacturing process that can lead to wearable fabric-based displays. The report, by Steven Sechrist in specialist publication Display Daily, reports that the […]

NFL on CBS All Access

NFL games are coming to CBS All Access thanks to a new deal announced by US broadcaster CBS and the National Football League. The multiyear deal begins on December 4th, and continues with all NFL on CBS coverage of regular, preseason and postseason games. “We are very pleased that our partnership with the NFL has […]

Russia’s RSCC wants two new satellites

Russia’s state-owned commercial satellite operator Russia Satellite Communications Co (RSCC) is looking to buy two new commercial satellites, provisionally called Express-80 and Express-103. RSCC is hiring a bank in order to secure finance of a total of some $165 million in order to fund the building of the two satellites. Thales-Alenia Space will supply the […]

NZ: Quickflix launches Access and Red carpet

Quickflix, New Zealand’s original movie and TV streaming service, has revealed changes to its legacy digital movie streaming business with the launch of Quickflix Access and Quickflix Red Carpet – new products that will bring the latest Hollywood movies and exclusive entertainment and other benefits to Kiwi movie fans. Quickflix Access allows users to sign […]

CyberLink’s PowerDVD certified for 4K

CyberLink’s flagship media player, PowerDVD, has achieved certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for the playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs. PowerDVD is the world’s first software player to be certified for the standard. “With more than 300 million copies sold, PowerDVD is the definitive standard for media players, providing customers with the ultimate […]