820 UHD channels by 2025

Research firm NSR forecasts there will be over 820 channels of Ultra-HD delivered via Satellite by 2025. The company’s latest report suggests that DTH will lead the charge, with the technology not only leading to higher ARPUs, but also greater customer retention. NSR forecasts that by 2025, all regions will see some Ultra-HD content broadcast, not only via DTH, but […]

EY: ‘Content needs to be cross-media’

On the eve of the Edinburgh TV Festival, where executives debate the future direction of the industry, analysts at consultancy firm EY, a major festival sponsor, have made a number of predictions on the hot topics at the event:

CA market to decline on pay-TV saturation

The global market for conditional access (CA) technology used in STBs is set to contract as pay-TV services reach saturation, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide market revenue for pay-TV STB CA technology will decline to $1.9 billion in 2018, down from a peak of $2.2 billion in 2015. CA is defined as any method or technology that prevents digital TV […]

TCL, Hisense unveil Roku Smart TVs

TCL (The Creative Life), one of the fastest growing brands in the US, and streaming platform Roku have confirmed the availability of the TCL Roku TV line-up. TCL will offer four TCL Roku TV models. Beginning August 19th, US consumers can pre-order models from Amazon.com. TCL Roku TV models will be available from major retailers nationwide in the coming weeks. […]

1m subs for Netherlands Netflix

One million Dutch people are estimated to have a paid Netflix subscription for watching video online. A survey of 6,600 people found that seven per cent had access to a Netflix account. The survey, published by Telecompaper, suggests a near doubling of Netflix subscription figures in the country for the final quarter of 2013, which was 4 per cent. The exact […]

Serbia digital simulcasts from September

Analogue and digital TV simulcasts are due to being in Serbia on September 1st, according to the country’s Ministry of Trade and Telecommunications. The first analogue transmitters will be switched off on March 1st 2015, and Serbia should complete its transition to DTT by mid-2015. The Regulations on the Transition from Analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting and Access to the […]

Google launching YouTube Music Key

Google’s long-rumoured YouTube music service will be branded ‘YouTube Music Key’ and feature more than 20 million songs and videos curated specifically for YouTube. The music service will offer a 30-day free trial, with a $9.99 monthly subscription giving access to “high-quality tracks – complete albums, organised into artist discographies”, specifically for YouTube with both video and audio-only streaming and […]

Anti-piracy coalition claims take-down success

Since its formation in March 2014 by major Middle East broadcasters, satellite operators and service providers, the Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has taken some important steps in its battle against the region’s vast number of pirate TV channels. As a result of the continuous monitoring and reporting of intellectual property infringements, the following channels are now off air: Al-Mamnou, Ahl […]

beIN Sports to launch third French channel

Having reached more than 2 million subscribers in France following the World Cup, pay-TV sports channel beIN Sports has announced new ventures that include the launch of a third local channel – beIN Sports 3. Two years after being launched by Qatari group Al Jazeera, beIN Sports will also unveil its new all new online channel on September 15th. It […]

A+E channels on TalkTalk TV

A+E Networks UK is to launch its channel portfolio on TalkTalk’s IPTV service later this month, following the first distribution deal between the two companies. From August 28th, A+E Networks UK channel brands History and Crime + Investigation will be available on TalkTalk’s Entertainment Extra Boost package; while Lifetime and H2 will be available on both the Entertainment and Entertainment […]

Online music videos to carry age rating

UK online music videos will carry an age classification from October as part of a pilot scheme by YouTube, Vevo and the BBFC to protect children from “graphic content.” UK PM David Cameron announced the scheme saying: “Helping families with children and parenting shouldn’t stop at childbirth. To take just one example – bringing up children in an Internet age, […]

Sky Sports beats BT Sport in opening fixtures

Sky Sports won the ratings battle against BT Sport on the opening weekend of Premier League season. The game between Arsenal and Crystal Palace was available to watch for free to all Sky subscribers as part of a special promotion for the opening Saturday of the season. The coverage peaked with 2.2 million (13.5 per cent) in the five minutes […]

Streaming music to exceed $3bn this year

Paid-for streaming music subscription services have experienced significant growth in both the US and key markets in Western Europe, with paid-for subscribers in these territories expected to double to over 20 million in 2014 compared to 2012, according to research from Futuresource Consulting. “Global consumer spend on streaming services in the US and Western Europe – excluding personalised radio services […]

SpaceX to build new launch site

Fast-growing rocket launch company SpaceX, backed by billionaire Elon Musk, is to build a new rocket launch site in Texas. SpaceX has, up until now, used two rented facilities, one at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the other at the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. These will continue. However, the new facility is near Brownsville, on the Texas Gulf […]

SES confirms Brazilian expansion

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES says it has signed an agreement with Brazilian telco regulator Anatel covering the exploitation of two orbital transmission slots controlled by Brazil. The two locations, 48 degrees West and 64 degrees West, were secured at an auction in May. SES will have four years to make capacity available at 48 degrees West and six years to […]

Euronews 24/7 on TVPlayer

Euronews, the most-watched news channel in Europe, has launched on live TV streaming service TVPlayer. Covering world news and broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Euronews live currently reaches 415 million households in 156 countries. The move will bring around-the-clock coverage of the most up-to-date news, business and current affair stories, as well as lifestyle features, to […]

Playcast expands video games with NetRange

Playcast Media, the cloud gaming service, has entered into a partnership with NetRange, the white-labeled Smart TV and OTT ecosystem provider behind dozens of global brands including Sharp, TCL, Chang Hong,  JVC, Pioneer and Loewe. Under the terms of this agreement, Playcast’s cloud based, AAA video game streaming service will be made available seamlessly via the NetRange operated Smart TV […]

AP add third-party content to AP Video Hub

The Associated Press has commenced an initiative to broaden the range and volume of content offered on AP Video Hub, its digital delivery platform for video content. The new Content Partner Offer allows third-party suppliers to sell their content on the platform, gaining instant access to AP Video Hub’s wide network of customers, which spans more than 50 countries and […]

CSTV selects Octoshape for mobile service

Octoshape, a specialist in OTT stream acceleration and contribution technologies for broadcasters, enterprises and carriers, has announced that Chinese Satellite TV Communications Group (CSTV), a Chinese-based content provider focused on the 24/7 delivery of news, entertainment, sports and more, has selected Octoshape to power “FainTV,” the company’s new HD mobile video streaming service. In cooperation with Samsung Galaxy, the Octoshape-powered […]