Discovery drops out of Channel 5 bidding

Discovery Communications has dropped out of bidding to buy Channel 5, according to reports. Discovery, which has been aggressively expanding outside of the US in television, had been in talks with BSkyB over a possible joint bid. It is unclear whether BSkyB was still involved in the process. UK FTA channel Channel 5, which broadcasts the likes of Big Brother [...]

Live TV trumps other modes

Findings from research led by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (Ipsos OTX) polling 15,551 adults in 20 countries suggests that most (86 per cent ) global respondents who watch TV indicate they usually watch TV programming ‘live, although other popular modes of watching are catching on such as streaming or downloading from a computer (27 per cent ), streaming from the [...]

Spain finalises digital dividend regulation

Following its decision to close down nine DTT channels, the Spanish Administration is now speeding up its plans to pave the way for the allocation of the so-called digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The government will approve a Royal Decree before summer that will govern the entire process. “We will strictly keep to that timetable, which means [...]

Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in [...]

Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also proved to be Australia’s most legally downloaded TV programme or film in 2013, according to new data from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association [...]

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diller confirmed he would be in attendance at the hearing beginning April 22, saying he [...]

Intel’s ‘Internet of Things’ division up 32%

The Internet of Things is taking off, and how, for chip-maker Intel. The recently formed division saw growth of 32 per cent compared with the same period last year, mostly based on use of its low-cost ‘Atom’ chip, and where volume sales “nearly doubled” in y-o-y. The news came during Intel’s Q1 analyst call, where CEO Brian Krzanch reported that [...]

Akamai: 114% increase in DDoS attacks

Akamai Technologies has published its Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report, which indicates that the Media and Entertainment industry was the target of the majority of malicious attacks. Prolexic Technologies, now part of Akamai, is a specialist in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, and has produced the quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report since 2011. The report provides [...]

Netflix rival planned for Ireland

The head of Irish video rental chain Xtra-vision and entertainment retailer HMV has revealed ambitions to take on the likes of Sky and Netflix with a new Irish video-on-demand service set for launch this summer. The groups’ Chief Executive Gerry Butler confirmed that discussions have taken place with movie studios over exclusive rights to them for TV, rental and digital [...]

Dee Dee Myers to head Warner Bros comms

Former White House Press Secretary and current political analyst and commentator Dee Dee Myers has been named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Warner Bros. Myers will join the company September 2nd and report to Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. After leaving the White House, Myers was a consultant to celebrated Warner Bros [...]

Nilesat’s Hamza to retire

Officially, Salah Hamza is Nilesat’s CTO/chief engineer, but everyone knows him as the person responsible for just about everything that happens at Nilesat’s City headquarters, near Cairo. Hamza will go on May 1st, its board agreed last week. Hamza said only that it was something he had been contemplating for some time past. “Now it is time to enjoy life [...]

DISH, EchoStar, deploy NAGRA DRM

Global satellite technology provider, EchoStar, and US satellite TV provider, DISH have deployed the NAGRA MediaLive Player (NMP) with NAGRA’s DECE-approved MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand service, which provides premium content to computers, smartphones and tablets. “More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the [...]

SkyPerfect-JSAT orders 2 new satellites

Japan’s SkyPerfect-JSAT is ordering two giant new satellites to add to its existing fleet of 16 craft. The two satellites, JSAT-15 and 16 will be used to meet “growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the AsiaPac region”. The orders have gone to Space Systems/Loral. JCSAT-15 is a 10-kW satellite which will be located at 110 degrees East where it replaces [...]

Univision launches Flama OTT network

Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, and Bedrocket, a specialist in digital programming and innovation, have official launched Flama – its fully dedicated over-the-top network providing premium English-language video programming for 15 – 30 year olds who are inspired and entertained by the Latin culture that is influencing today’s younger generation. Flama features established and emerging stars across [...]

New TV channel for Gaza

Gaza’s government has approved the launch of a new satellite TV channel, ‘Al-Raay’, which means ‘The Opinion’ in English. A meeting of the Cabinet confirmed that the local government would finance the station. Hamas has had a channel on air (Al Aqsa) since 2006. BBC Monitoring is now reporting that this new station will be the first satellite channel to [...]

British Superbike series extends ITV deal

MotorSport Vision (MSV), the commercial and media rights holder of the MCE British Superbike Championship, and UK broadcasting network ITV have extended their long term partnership to broadcast free-to-air highlights coverage of the UK’s premier two-wheeled motorsport series to the end of the 2018 season. The new five-year agreement maintains MCE BSB coverage on ITV4 on a Wednesday evening following [...]

beIN Sports 1 launches on SkyCable

beIN Sports has launched its third channel on SkyCable, strengthening its offering of top football content in HD on the Philippines’ biggest cable television provider. beIN Sports 1 will broadcast an extensive bouquet of live football all year round, featuring the Barclays Premier League, the Italian Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Scottish Professional Football League, Major League Soccer (MLS), [...]

Concurrent boosts video patent awards

Concurrent, an expert in multi-screen video delivery and media data intelligence solutions, has been awarded US Patent No. 8,695,031 entitled ‘System, Device, and Method for Delivering Multimedia’. The patent defines a process for coordinating the retrieval of multimedia content such as video files, advertisements, and metadata over a public or private network in support of live, video-on-demand, and time-shifted streaming [...]

Dailymotion teams up with London Wasps RFC

Dailymotion has signed an exclusive deal with London Wasps Rugby Football Club to bring new sports content to its global audience of 120 million. The move comes as part of a complete overhaul of Wasps’ website and content production. Wasps will use the Dailymotion player for the content that they upload on Wasps TV, a dedicated video section on the [...]

My-HD adds One America News and AWE

My-HD and Herring Networks have confirmed the launch of three channels, namely One America News Network, AWE, and AWE 3D on My-HD’s video direct-to-home platform. The Herring Networks’ channels launched on My HD across the Middle East and North Africa. Cliff Nelson, CEO of My-HD stated, “We’re pleased to further enhance the programming offering on My-HD with the addition of [...]

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