OTT and ‘skinny’ bundles stave off cord-cutting

The global pay-TV services market, including cable TV, satellite TV, telco TV and OTT video, totalled $237 billion in 2014, up 7 per cent from the previous year, according to the 2015 IHS Infonetics Pay-TV Services and Subscribers report. “In a growing number of pay-TV markets, service providers are expanding market presence by offering their own OTT video services, primarily […]

YouTube HFR and in-ad links

YouTube is adding TrueView for Shopping, meaning that viewers can click and buy products listed directly within pre-roll videos.  The ads are powered by an integration with Google Merchant Center, delivered in ‘cards’ alongside retailers’ video ads on mobile and desktop. Google is stressing that this does not allow for purchasing directly within YouTube, clicks […]

Spain: Euskaltel merger with R and Telecable?

More concentration is set to take place in the Spanish cable market. The Basque Country-based company Euskaltel is seeking to merge with other big regional cable companies in the North of Spain, R in Galicia and Telecable in Asturias. The three companies lead the market in their regions with combined revenues of €700 million and […]

John Lewis ‘affordable’ UHD TV range

UK retailer John Lewis is set to sell Ultra-HD TVs from £699 (€978) after expanding its partnership with LG.  The LG-made JL9100 televisions will be released under the retailer’s branding and come in 40, 49 and 55-inch sizes. The TVs will come with the WebOS operating system on board, granting access to connected services such […]

40% of Bosnia could be dark after DSO

An estimated 40 per cent of the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina could be left in the dark after the digital switchover on June 17th. The country has not yet completed the first phase of the project when the public broadcasters for each entity  were meant to synchronize their networks and their equipment. An estimated […]

Sky-D to air German cup-final in UHD

Sky Deutschland is set to broadcast the DFB Cup Final football match in Ultra-HD in a number of bars across Germany. The match, between Borussia Dortmund und VFL Wolfsburg on May 30th, will see Sky Deutschland equip the chosen venues with Samsung 65-inch and 78-inch TVs with built-in Ultra-HD tuners. For the production, 11 Ultra-HD […]

BBC’s claims 308m global audience

Figures reveal the BBC has a weekly global audience of 308 million people. This represents the combined measured reach of international BBC content – both news and entertainment – for the year 2014/15 and is the first time this figure has ever been measured in this way. In 2013 Tony Hall, Director General of the […]

Canada: IPTV revenues $6.5bn in 2014

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has released statistical and financial information on Canadian terrestrial and satellite broadcast distribution companies for the year that ended August 31st 2014. Overall, these companies’ revenues increased 1.5 per cent from $8.8 billion in 2013 to $8.9 billion in 2014, despite the number of subscribers remaining relatively flat over […]

DirecTV 15 is Airbus 100th satellite

The launch of DirecTV 15, the US’ most powerful television broadcasting satellite, is scheduled for May 27th from Kourou on board an Ariane 5 launcher. Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, is the prime contractor for both the Ariane 5 launcher and DirecTV 15. “DirecTV 15 is not just the 100th […]

Sling TV app for Nexus Player

Sling TV has launched its Android TV application for Google’s Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. Sling TV and Google are kicking off their collaboration with a promotion that gets Nexus Player into the hands of customers at half price. Customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50 percent […]

Eurosport Apple Watch app

Eurosport, the pan-regional sports entertainment destination, has unveiled its Apple Watch app. The app, which provides users with easy access to live scores, updates and player data from all of the action at Roland Garros, will be available throughout the upcoming French Open in Paris from May 24th to June 7th “Eurosport prides itself on […]

BBC First for Belgium

BBC Worldwide will launch BBC First in Belgium on June 4th. Following on from the successful launch of the channel in The Netherlands on May 16th, Belgium is the second country in Europe to receive BBC First, a fully localised channel which is the new home of the best of British scripted content.  With all […]

Sky Sports, Matchroom extend boxing deal

Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport have extended their exclusive UK and Ireland broadcast partnership until 2021, offering up to 120 nights of live boxing over the next six years. Sky Sports subscribers can watch 20 shows each year and follow all the build-up across its channels and digital outlets. Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis […]