Half of UK, US Netflix subs also use Amazon

Futuresource Consulting has published the 12th wave of its Living With Digital consumer survey, which reveals the latest trends in digital entertainment, with a focus on the US, UK, France and Germany but has now expanded to cover Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, as well as Japan, South Korea and China. It explores topics which highlight […]

Beijing Xinwei buys Spacecom for $285m

A Luxembourg-based offshoot of Beijing-based Xinwei Group has bought Spacecom of Israel (Space Communications), operators of the AMOS fleet of satellites of $285 million (€252.7m), an impressive premium of 41 percent on the stock market valuation. In a somewhat complicated three-way transaction Spacecom will ‘merge’ with Luxembourg Space Telecommunications (itself a subsidiary of Beijing Xinwei […]

North American homes average 7 connected devices

Sandvine, a provider of broadband network solutions, has released its latest Global Internet Phenomena Report Spotlight focusing on devices inside the connected home. The report is based on data from a small selection of Sandvine’s fixed communications service provider (CSP) customers in North America. Reports highlights include: – The average household now has over seven […]

DirecTV, Claro continue LatAm pay-TV domination

Latin American pay-TV is dominated by DirecTV/Sky and Claro/América Móvil, which will together account for nearly half the region’s pay-TV subs by end-2016, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. This share will be maintained for the next five years. Three more pan-regional operators, Telefónica/Movistar, Tigo/Millicom and Liberty Global, harbour ambitions to increase […]

VR to fuel 360° camera market

While most new technologies experience a slow market entrance, 360-degree video will likely skip that trend, thanks to its ties to virtual reality (VR) and early investment from major technology players including Facebook, Samsung, and YouTube. ABI Research forecasts professional grade cameras and mid-tier, prosumer 360-degree cameras to hit nearly two million shipments by 2021, […]

US to set ‘Space Tug’ standards

There are a couple of satellite builders looking to build ‘rescue tugs’ in order to provide help for ailing satellites. Now DARPA (the USA’s Defense Research Projects Agency) is looking to set standards and practices for future on-orbit satellite servicing. Most of the world’s major satellite operators are looking at contracting with one or other […]

McClelland new ARRIS CEO

Entertainment and communications technology specialist ARRIS International has appointed Bruce McClelland as Chief Executive Officer effective September 1st. McClelland also was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors effective the same date. Bob Stanzione will become ARRIS Executive Chairman in addition to continuing to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Company. “Since […]

Disney Movies Anywhere for Fios

Continuing efforts to provide more ways to buy and watch Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies at home or on the go, Disney Movies Anywhere has announced the addition of Fios by Verizon, the first multichannel video programming distributor to join its cloud-based digital movie service platform. The launch coincides with the digital release […]

5G to reach 300m handset shipments by 2025

In a pair of related reports released by Strategy Analytics, the reality of 5G evolution is analysed. The first report, 5G Progress Review – Fragmentation Likely but Diversification Inevitable, concludes significant work is needed to marry the appeal of a unified early 5G standard with the longer term need to support diverse market requirements. Leading […]

Eurofins Digital Testing acquires Labatus

Eurofins Digital Testing, a global player in end-to-end quality assurance (QA) and testing services (formerly Testronic Labs Belgium and Digital TV Labs), has acquired Labatus, to strengthen its ability to help accelerate and reinforce deployment of multiplatform TV and video services for operators around the globe. Financial terms were not disclosed. Labatus offers automated test […]

Trace launching 3 new music channels in Africa

Trace will launch three new music channels across the African continent on September 1st. Southern African viewers can expect to be entertained by Trace Africa. East African music fans will love Trace Mziki and West African viewers will make way for their Trace Naija. Trace’s CEO, Olivier Laouchez, said: “TRACE is already the leading music […]

NZ: HGTV on Freeview Satellite and SKY

HGTV has expanded distribution in New Zealand launching on two new platforms. Effective immediately, HGTV will be available to all New Zealanders on Freeview Satellite and as part of SKY TV’s basic package. “The expanded distribution of HGTV reflects the demand for quality lifestyle programming in the region,” said Julia Baylis, General Manager of HGTV […]

Dimetis integrates V-Nova P.Link

Dimetis and V-Nova have announced a technology partnership. The relationship sees V-Nova Perseus-powered P.Link contribution solution integrated with Dimetis Boss Link Manager. The integration will ensure that Dimetis customers can easily integrate, fully control and manage P.Link-powered video networks. This is a major milestone in enabling service orchestration to shake up the traditional hardware-based contribution […]