NBCU Chief: ‘TV still a great business’

Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, has declared television still a great business, which will continue to be so, despite the changing consumption habits of the millennial generation. Speaking during an opening Keynote at the RTS London Conference, Burke stressed the importance of positioning companies in the TV industry to maximise their existing infrastructure while preparing […]

Warner Bros: ‘Channels may have to relocate after Brexit’

Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros UK, Ireland & Spain, has warned that a number of channels currently located and licensed in the UK may have to relocate to Europe following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. “Many licensed services may have to move to Europe to continue to broadcast if a […]

Kodi boxes on trial

A UK legal case against video-streaming set-tops that can access subscription content for free, begins this week. So-called “fully-loaded Kodi boxes” have gained popularity, but the legality of their sale is in question. North East  trader Brian Thompson is accused of selling equipment that “facilitated the circumvention” of copyright protection measures, reports the BBC. Thompson […]

NBCU’s MacLellan: ‘Technology the great instigator of media’

Kevin MacLellan, Chairman, Global Distribution and International at NBCUniversal and RTS Conference Chair, has suggested that although technology may be the great instigator of media, consumer behaviour is the accelerator of change. Delivering opening remarks at the RTS London Conference, MacLellan noted the growth of technologies and its impact on content creation. “I see technology […]

iPlayer adding login requirements

Users of the BBC’s iPlayer service will have to log in with a personal account from early next year. Users of BBC services can already create an online account – known as a BBC ID – but this has thus far not been required in order to stream iPlayer content. The announcment comes just a […]

AR app revenues to approach $6bn by 2021

A Juniper Research study has found that consumer app revenues from AR (augmented reality) will remain below that of the enterprise sector through to 2021, despite the high visibility of games such as Pokémon GO. Juniper forecasts that revenues from enterprise AR apps will reach $5.7 billion (€5bn) by 2021, rising ten fold from an estimated […]

Mexico to finally switch off analogue TV

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) says that Mexico will wrap up its analogue TV switch-off in November. The IFT says that this is the last phase of Mexico’s somewhat drawn-out process of adopting digital TV. The final move will see 497 low-power relay towers, which serve just 1.6 per cent of the population, switched off. […]

Goodbye from shomi

shomi, the Canadian streaming service, has announced it will be shutting down operations as of November 30th. “We’re really grateful to Canadians who enthusiastically invited us into their living rooms and took us with them on their phones, tablets and laptops,” said David Asch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, shomi. “The business climate and […]

Pakistan vs India TV disputes deepen

Political problems between India and Pakistan, including threats of war, have led to Pakistani drama series being ‘banned’ by some Indian channels. Zee TV’s Zindgi Channel is typical, with Zee chairman Subhash Chandra tweeting on Sunday that the channel would revamp its output without Pakistan-originated programming. “We will have Indian subjects on Muslim community,” said […]

France 24 in Spanish in 2017

French international news channel France 24 will launch a Spanish version in September 2017 for viewers in Latin America. Owned by France Médias Monde, France 24 is already broadcasting in three languages;  French, English and Arabic. The Spanish feed will be made of 6 broadcast hours, two in the morning, four in the evening, and […]

Nollywood channel for Sky

Rok Studios, the Nigerian film studio, is set to launch a new Nollywood channel on Sky TV, on September 29th. The channel will air thousands of hours of Rok Studios-produced TV shows and movies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be available to all Sky subscribers on channel 344. The free-to-view […]

Africa Channel assets for sale

London-based The Africa Channel has entered administration (the UK version of Chapter-11), and its IP assets are being sold by insolvency practitioners Chamberlain & Co.  It is only the UK-based channel that has hit problems, and is not related to The Africa Channel in the US which has been on air since 2005. Chamberlain has […]

TiVo for Fan TV

TiVo has announced that Fan TV, the next generation TV experience, will include new personalisation and discovery features across TV, tablet and mobile devices. Additionally, Fan TV will now be available on Apple TV and Roku, making it easier than ever for operators to expand their market reach. The updated version of Fan TV will […]

BBC TVE service for Singapore

BBC Worldwide has announced the inaugural launch of BBC Player, its first TVE product. The multi-genre SV0D service is available exclusively to subscribers of Singapore’s largest pay TV platform, StarHub. It is the first time BBC Worldwide has partnered with an affiliate to offer subscribers an authenticated TVE product. BBC Player will feature curated content […]

Authors welcome promotion of European content

European Parliament’s Culture committee hearing on the amending of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive follows the publication of a draft report that looks to narrow the regulatory differences between online and offline services and better promote European works. SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors) published its position on the Commission and Parliament’s proposals welcoming the positive […]

MoCA 2.1 aids mass deployment

In response to global operator demand, MoCA is now offering a technology solution that applies new firmware feature upgrades on top of MoCA 2.0 technology. This new extension of MoCA 2.0 is called MoCA 2.1 offering 500 Mbps throughput and MoCA 2.1 Bonded offering 1 Gbps throughput. The availability of MoCA 2.1 and MoCA 2.1 […]

Nokia accelerates transition of HFC nets

Nokia has announced its new Gainspeed product family for unified cable access, giving cable operators a faster, more cost-effective way to increase the capacity of their existing HFC networks and meet growing customer demand for greater bandwidth services. Cable operators’ existing HFC networks – originally designed to carry broadcast analog video – are being overwhelmed […]

Harmonic first software CAAP

Harmonic has introduced the CableOS system, what it claims the industry’s first software-based CCAP solution. The CableOS solution enables the migration to gigabit capacity and resolves operators’ space and power constraints in the headend and hub. The end-to-end solution provides unprecedented scalability, agility and cost savings, and enables fast deployment of new IP-based data, video […]

More Evil Dead for Virgin Media

Virgin Media is bringing the eagerly anticipated second series of Ash vs Evil Dead exclusively to Virgin TV customers in the UK, from October 3rd.  Season 2 of the Starz Original Ash vs Evil Dead – the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror franchise, The Evil Dead – will comprise ten 30-minute episodes, with each […]

Casa Systems virtual CCAP

Casa Systems, a specialist in next-generation fixed, wireless and Wi-Fi access networks, has announced its new multi-service virtualised core for the next generation of services that enables CCAP, 4G/5G cellular, Wi-Fi and fixed telecommunications network functions. In addition, Casa is paving the way for the next generation of intelligent service delivery that enable service providers […]

ICFLIX partners with SLA Digital

ICFLIX, the Middle East and North Africa’s leading Internet streaming service, has partnered with SLA Digital to bring Direct Operator Billing to more customers in the Middle East. The service is available in English, Arabic and French and can be accessed worldwide for Jazwood and Bollywood content whereas Hollywood content is only available in the […]

Rocky Horror exclusive for Sky Cinema

Sky Cinema celebrates 40 years of Rocky Horror with the exclusive UK and Ireland premiere of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. The feature-length reimagining of the 1975 cult classic will be available for the first time anywhere in the UK and Ireland from October  28th on Sky Cinema – […]