Sky confirms Sky Q availability

Sky has confirmed that Sky Q, its next generation home entertainment system, is now available to buy. Following Sky Q’s unveiling in November 2015, now both existing Sky customers and those new to Sky can buy it online or over the phone from today. They’ll also be able to purchase through one of Sky’s 250 […]

Viacom, Snapchat extend ad deal

Viacom and Snapchat have extended a deal that will allow Viacom to sell advertising on the scoial media app’s behalf. Under the terms of the deal, Viacom will have the right to sell against its own content on Snapchat as well as Snapchat’s US owned and operated advertising inventory, according to reports. That includes ads […]

Analyst: Recommendation to drive 75% of TV viewing

According to consultancy service The Diffusion Group, US multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) will rapidly move to make recommendation-based programme guides the centrepiece of their updated TV interfaces. Within the next decade, the use of these recommendation-driven guides will flourish, ultimately driving 75 per cent of all TV viewing, according to TDG’s report, Recommendation Revolution […]

TV Licensing reveals top non-payment excuses

Parrots, microwave ovens and the King of Scotland feature in the list of implausible excuses for not having a TV Licence given over the last year. Many from the list have been turned into animations by five of the UK’s leading animation universities in a bid to win a national competition. All areas of the […]

The QYOU for Vodafone Portugal

Short-form video content specialist The QYOU has confirmed that Vodafone Portugal has launched The QYOU’s linear channel on its IPTV service, Vodafone TV. The service went live on February 1st 2016 and will air to almost 400,000 subscribers across the country. The launch marks The QYOU’s entry into the Portuguese market. According to The QYOU, […]

21st Century Fox: “Cable drives Q4 growth”

21st Century Fox has reported financial results for the three months ended December 31st 2015. The Company reported total quarterly revenues of $7.38 billion, a decrease of $49 million, or 1 per cent, from the $7.42 billion of adjusted revenues reported in the prior year. The decline compared to last year’s adjusted revenues reflects higher […]

Com Hem Q4 up 3.3%

Swedish cablenet Com Hem has posted Q5 evenues up 3.3 per cent at SEK 1,271 million and has seen TV take-up boosted by its TiVo offering. Anders Nilsson, CEO, Com Hem, commented: “Our final quarter of 2015 was another consistent quarter, with steady execution on our growth drivers delivering a sound foundation for the execution […]

Content freshness, video quality important for UAE viewers

Vuclip, the mobile VoD service for emerging markets, has released its Global Video Insights Report for the year 2015, comparing developing markets such as UAE with developed markets in terms of video consumption behaviour of users. The insights are a result of a comprehensive online survey of 4600 users across six developing (India, Malaysia, Thailand, […]

Multimillion pound media studio opens in SE1

A new multimillion pound media studio complex has opened in the heart of London, designed to provide cutting-edge facilities to the city’s media professionals and to creative industries students at London South Bank University (LSBU). ‘Elephant Studios at LSBU’ is a £4 million (€5.17m) interlinked media space, offering high-specification production facilities at the forefront of […]

UK programmers commit to VoD child protection

Members of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) – the UK industry body for digital, cable and satellite broadcasters and on-demand services – have signed up to a Statement of Practice for Video-on-Demand (VoD) services, committing to make child protection a priority. The Statement, launched on Safer Internet Day, pledges to provide on-demand viewers with a […]