Buy & Keep goes live on Sky Store

BSkyB has confirmed that the Sky Store ‘Buy & Keep’ download-to-own service is now available for ‘connected’ Sky customers, letting them for the first time buy movies as well as rent them. Sky says the Buy & Keep offers the simplicity and convenience of an HD digital movie download, with the added bonus of the original DVD sent by post [...]

7.6m US homes considered cord-cutters

With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected televisions, gaming consoles, etc, consumers are increasingly watching streaming or downloaded video when and where they want. According to research from Experian

Aereo versus broadcasters: Early shots fired

The US Supreme Court has started its hearing as to whether Internet TV streaming service Aereo violates the broadcasters’ exclusive rights under federal copyright law to the public performance of their works, with initial oral arguments, being offered. After the first day, David Frederick, counsel to Aereo, said that from the company’s perspective, the issue in the case was whether [...]

Consumers and broadcasters will pay for DSO

Three years after the latest shift in the frequencies, Spaniards will again have to foot the bill of the new DTT migration following the digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The Administration estimates that the total cost of retuning will amount to €200 million with over 8 million households paying between €20 and €23 each to readjust their [...]

YouTube still top second screen site

Despite a relative drop in visit share of 8.9 per cent over the last year in the US, YouTube is still by far the video site most frequently visited from a desktop computer with a 58.77 per cent share of visits among a custom aggregate of video-rich sites, according to

Russia’s pay-TV market sees strong growth

Russian pay-TV operators are flushed with success. A report from iKS-Consulting shows that the overall Russian pay-TV market grew last year by 16 per cent to a value of 54 billion Roubles. Satellite and IPTV operators enjoyed the most growth,

HBO originals for Amazon

Amazon’s Prime subscription service will stream a selection of HBO series, mini-series and original movies as part of its new licensing deal. The deal, the first time that licensed HBO content has been available online outside of its own HBO Go service for subscribers, allows Amazon to stream a library of shows older than three years. Amazon Prime members will [...]

U-verse has 11.3m subs

AT&T said it ended the first quarter with 11.3 million U-verse subs (TV and high-speed Internet) following the addition of 201,000 U-verse TV subs for a total of 5.7 million in the category. AT&T ended 2013 with 10.7 million U-verse subs and 5.5 million TV customers. AT&T said U-verse broadband scored a first quarter net gain of 634,000 subs, giving [...]

YouTube on all Roku current-gen devices

Streaming platform Roku has confirmed that YouTube is available now in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the US, Canada, UK and the Republic of Ireland. Current generation players are those introduced after July 2011 and include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku [...]

TalkTalk adds FilmFlex

TalkTalk has announced a deal with FilmFlex Movies to bring its customers hundreds more movies on demand, with even more new releases available to rent on the same day as DVD. The multi-year deal kicks off with immediate effect and will offer subscribers to both TalkTalk’s Essentials TV and Plus TV packages, access to hundreds of movies on demand. TalkTalk’s [...]

Akamai: Peak connection speeds up 38%

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, has released its Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from

TWC $99 Fan TV box

Last year Fanhattan unveiled its Fan TV box that vowed to put cable TV on the same level as Internet streaming services, but with the twist that cable TV providers would be the ones to sell it. Fanhattan has now formed a partnership with Time Warner Cable to sell the $99 boxes to its subscribers. Fan TV will have live [...]

laeffe launches on TivuSat in Italy

Italian thematic channel laeffe has launched on DTH platform TivuSat with a schedule consisting of documentaries, cultural programmes as well as TV series and movies. The channel, which was previously only available on DTT, is produced by Italian media group Feltrinelli and has been allocated channel position 50. However, since laeffe is transmitted in Standard Definition DVBS-2 it can only [...]

Fox leads channel brand recognition

In a worldwide brand study commissioned by Fox International Channels (FIC) and conducted by Phoenix Marketing International, Fox delivered 94 per cent brand awareness, and beat out all competing channels for overall brand strength.  The channel brands Fox outscored included Discovery, Disney, Warner Bros and NBC Universal. Local brands were also included in the research. The study polled pay-TV subscribers [...]

Belgacom launches SVoD service

Belgacom has launched a subscritpion-VoD service branded “Movies & Series Pass”. For €14.95 per month, the service offers Belgacom IPTV customers access to content over through connected-TVs, PCs, smartphones or tablets through Belgacom’s TV Everywhere app. Belgacom will add new content to the service daily, and is also currently offering the first month’s subscription for free.

Pay-TV hit by Kenyan authorities

Kenya’s media regulator is hitting out at the nation’s three main digital pay-TV providers, StarTimes Group, Multichoice’s GOtv and the Pan-African Network as well as broadcasting distribution company Signet. Earlier in April the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled in favour of three media outfits (Nation Media, Standard Media and Royal Media) which had argued that the country was not ready [...]

Eutelsat Brazil deal with EchoStar’s Hughes

Eutelsat do Brasil, the Brazilian affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, has concluded a 15-year contract with Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes), an EchoStar company, for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. Slated to be launched in early 2016, Eutelsat 65 West A will host a Ka-band payload with 24 [...]

Limelight partners With NeuLion

Limelight Networks, a global player in digital content delivery, has announced that NeuLion, an Internet video technology provider for delivering live and on-demand content, has integrated its TV Everywhere Platform with the Limelight Orchestrate Platform. The NeuLion TV Everywhere Platform allows any video publisher to seamlessly ingest, monetise and securely manage their content rapidly and efficiently across today’s leading digitally [...]

Lifetime channel for LatAm, Brazil

A+E Networks Latin America, a joint venture between A+E Networks and Ole Communications, and Sony Pictures Television today have confrimed they will launch Lifetime in Latin America and Brazil.  The channel will debut in July 2014. Lifetime will feature a three-part content strategy of scripted drama series, non-fiction series and award-winning original movies. “We are thrilled to partner with Sony [...]

AOL UK partnership with Emirates

AOL On, the on-demand video network from AOL, has signed an exclusive UK partnership with Emirates. The campaign will run for one month on the AOL On UK network, which launched in late March. The deal negotiated by Havas Media will feature pre-roll videos promoting the airline’s First Class and Business Class services onboard the Emirates A380, featuring #AllTimeGreats, Cristiano [...]