More UK homes use PVR than VoD

Decipher, the digital media consultancy, has released findings from Wave 5 of its Mediabug research. It shows that VoD viewing is moving from devices to the TV screen; both PCs and tablets lost share of online VoD viewing (5 per cent and 2 per cent respectively), whilst Apple TV (+1 per cent), NOW TV (+1 per cent), Chromecast (+1 per […]

Other headlines of the week

Netflix still dominates Internet traffic

Findings from intelligent broadband network solutions specialist Sandvine’s latest latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report – Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014 – suggest that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, with Amazon Instant Video establishing itself as the second largest paid streaming service. “With both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video gaining bandwidth share in North America during 2014, […]

OTT TV to reach $10bn

Findings from market research firm Infonetics suggest that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenue is set to grow from $5.8 billion in 2014 to just over $10 billion in 2018 According to Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research, subscription-based OTT providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon have seen phenomenal growth over the last couple […]

Darroch takes Chair of Sky Deutschland

The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland has elected Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive Officer of Sky, as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland. He replaces James Murdoch, who will remain a member the Board. The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland AG will comprise the following nine members: – Jeremy Darroch (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Chief Executive Officer of […]

ESOA and EBU: ‘UHD era calls for hybrid solutions’

Senior representatives of Europe’s satellite and broadcasting industries have called for policy initiatives that will integrate satellite technologies and terrestrial broadcasting better to serve consumers in the next generation Ultra-HD digital era. Speaking at a policy debate organised by the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Innovation, Evolution & Convergence: Ensuring access to ‘next […]

UK AV Registration Agency launches

The Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR) and the founders of ISAN UK (International Standard Audiovisual Number) are collaborating on a new joint ID service to the film and television industry in the UK. Under the terms of the collaboration, EIDR and ISAN UK will form the UK AV Registration Agency and expand its mission to deliver both EIDR IDs and ISANs, […]

TV ads back on RTVE?

The Spanish government is paving the way for the reintroduction of TV advertising on the public TV broadcaster RTVE. The first move has been made by the conservative governing party Partido Popular, which has presented in Parliament a non-legislative proposal urging the Administration to reintroduce TV advertising to rescue RTVE from bankruptcy. The current financial model of RTVE “has serious […]

Rights project ‘exceeds expectations’

RDI, the part-EU-funded project, working to make it possible for any user to find out anything about any rights information on any online content, is exceeding its expectations and is set to result in real commercial implementations, its members claim. Speaking at a conference in Brussels to update delegates on progress on the digital copyright project Rights Data Integration (RDI), […]

White House: ‘Illegal streaming should be a felony’

A senior US cybersecurity and intellectual property official has suggested that large-scale illegal downloading of movies, TV shows and music on the Internet should be a felony. In a response to a pair of petitions on the White House website urging the Obama administration to back off of any new intellectual property laws that would further criminalise sharing of media […]

Sky ups Pluto.TV investment

Sky has made a $1 million equity investment in Pluto.TV, an online television platform that aggregates video content from across the web and programmes into themed TV channels. This follows Sky’s $0.5 million convertible debt investment in Pluto.TV in October 2014.

China Digital TV sees major revenue fall

China Digital TV Holdings, which is NASDAQ-registered but trades in ‘smart card’ digital technology in China, has suffered a setback in its Q3 performance. Adjusted Net income tumbled to $1.72 million from $5.24 million in the same period last year. Overall revenues fell back to $17.7 million (from $23.45 million). The company’s share price fell back 5.4 per cent to […]

SES in JV plan for ‘GovSat’

Luxembourg-based commercial satellite operator is reportedly planning to form a joint-venture with the Luxembourg government and to create a fleet of military and governmental satellites, provisionally called ‘GovSat’. The news, reported by specialist trade mag Space News, says the first leg of the scheme is present on the upcoming Astra 2G, due to be launched on November 28th. Astra 2G […]

Demand for local content will spur MENA media growth

Untapped demand for local, Arabic content will spur rapid regional media growth over the next five years, according to a study unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit. The joint study undertaken by management consultancy Strategy & and Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi, twofour54 , also found that accelerated adoption of mobile technology, evolutions in paid and digital media, and […]

Fire TV Amazon’s “most successful device launch”

Amazon has announced that Fire TV Stichas strated shipping. “Fire TV Stick has been our most successful device launch ever,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. “We built a ton of these, but customer demand still outpaced our supply. We’re excited by the overwhelming customer response and the team is working hard to build more as quickly as […]

Murdoch Sky Board protest

James Murdoch’s re-election to the UK Sky board will again be opposed by Pirc, the pension fund advisers, and they are joined by The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum – which unites 61 public sector pension funds. Rupert Murdoch controls 39 per cent of Sky, which was known as BSkyB until changing its name last week. “LAPFF has consistently raised […]

Mobile data over half of global roaming revenues by 2019

Mobile data roaming will generate approximately $50 billion in revenues by 2019, contributing as much as 56 per cent to global roaming revenues, according to research by global analyst firm Ovum. Ovum’s roaming forecasts show that Europe continues to be the largest contributor to global roaming revenues, accounting for 46 per cent of global roaming revenues, with much of the […]

Teleste for IPTV delivery in Brazil

Teleste, a specialist in broadband video and data communication systems and services, has revealed that the company and its partner, Digital Designers TV, have provided a solution for content acquisition and delivery of live streaming IPTV for Arganet in Brazil. The solution includes Teleste’s digital headend platform, the Teleste Luminato, which is ideal to support the Latin American markets with […]

Mirada and Edgeware partner

Edgeware, a specilaist in distributed video delivery, has announces its partnership with Mirada, the AIM-quoted audiovisual technology supplier, to provide an end-to-end multiscreen solution that reduces costs and time to market for pay-TV operators regardless of network type. The joint solution is already enabling four leading operators in Brazil, Mexico and Spain to rapidly add and scale new attractive services […]

ACCESS NetFront selected by Nintendo

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software solutions to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, has confirmed that NetFront Browser NX, a WebKit-based browser, has been selected by Nintendo as the browser engine for its New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS  LL game consoles. NetFront Browser NX is a platform-independent WebKit-based browser developed and provided by ACCESS. It […]

ProSiebenSat.1 expands Level 3 services

Level 3 Communications has been awarded additional business with the Germany-based media group ProSiebenSat.1. Level 3 will now provide services to the group across four business units: ProSiebenSat.1 Digital, ProSiebenSat.1 Games, ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion and maxdome GmbH. The use of Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) and security services supports the ProSiebenSat.1 group in achieving the diversification of revenue streams beyond […]