Sky “outstanding” results in a year of transformation

Sky has published its results for the year ending June 30th 2015, the first to include the results of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland following their acquisition in November, reporting a 5 per cent increase in group revenue to €15.941 billion. Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, said the past 12 months had been an outstanding […]

Mediaset seeks retransmission fees from Sky Italia

Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset will seek retransmission fees from pay-TV operator Sky Italia for the broadcasting of its free-to-air channels on the satellite TV platform. Mediaset executive director, Gina Nieri, said they have been seeking an agreement with Sky Italia, but will now exercise their rights with formal acts in the coming weeks, as this […]

What future for DirecTV’s LatAm pay-TV operations?

AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV was approved last week in the US market with the main aim of consolidating its position in the domestic broadband market and as a provider of integrated communication services, states a report by global business intelligence firm Dataxis. DirecTV is the second largest pay-TV operator in the US – with 20.35 […]

Tiscali to offer Mediaset’s streaming service to customers

Italian broadband operator Tiscali has signed a partnership agreement with Mediaset Group to offer the Infinity streaming service to its customers. All new subscribers of Tiscali’s fixed network services Fibre Full and All Included Full, as well as mobile subscribers of the Super 3 Giga and Super Inclusive packages, will receive 12 months free access […]

4K High Dynamic Range debuts

On May 20th the Coppa Italia final (Juventus vs Lazio) took place at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, before 60,000 dedicated fans. Juventus won 2-1 in extra time, and secured the trophy for the tenth time. So far, so ordinary. But this game was captured with the latest Sony HDR 4K cameras, and claimed to be the […]

Altice revenues dip

Luxembourg-based telco Altice Group has reported revenue of €3.9 million for the three months June 30th, down 2 per cent on an annualised basis. The majority of the company’s turnover was generated in France, where it owns the newly merged Numericable-SFR full-service operator; revenue derived from French operations dropped 2.5 per cent year-on-year to €2.7 […]

India’s Dish TV adds 390,000 subs

Subhash Chandra-backed Dish TV has enjoyed its best Q1 for three years in terms of net subscriber additions, at 390,000 (332,000 same period last year). Good as this is it wasn’t quite as favourable as Q4 last year when it added 404,000 net new subs to its total. Nevertheless, Dish’s formal guidance is to expect […]

Flat panel display revenues to fall in 2015

Led by declining thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) revenues, global flat panel display (FPD) industry revenue is forecast to fall 2 per cent, from $131.4 billion (€118.9bn) in 2014 to $129 billion in 2015. Dwindling TFT LCD display revenues, declining panel demand in the PC sector, along with ongoing panel-price erosion are the primary reasons […]

WISI invests in Inca

WISI, the German supplier of digital video and audio processing, broadband access and fibre optical solutions, has announced a significant investment in Inca Networks. The Canadian company is a provider of video delivery solutions for the contribution, real-time processing and monitoring of linear and multiscreen TV content. Among its customers are major pay-TV providers and […]

Twitter boss “not satisfied” with growth

Twitter’s Q2 revenue and earnings have beaten expectations, but co founder Jack Dorsey has said he is “not satisfied” with its user growth. The social media site posted revenue of $502 million (€321m), up 61 per cent year-on-year and beating its own top forecast of $485 million. But active users reached 316 million in the […]

Sirius-XM continues upward progress

Pay-radio operator Sirius-XM reported another record-breaking quarter (Q2) with revenues up 8 per cent at $1.12 billion, and net income of $103 million. Churn is also at a very low (“outstanding”) 1.6 per cent/month, according to Jim Meyer, CEO, and down from last year’s 1.8 per cent. Net subscriber growth was 692,000 (up 46 per […]

HBO NOW for Verizon

Home Box Office (HBO) and Verizon have agreed a deal that includes the right for Verizon to distribute HBO NOW, HBO’s OTT service, to Verizon digital platforms, including to more than 100 million Verizon Wireless customers and other consumers with handsets and/or tablets. HBO NOW is immediately available to all Verizon standalone broadband customers, including […]

Global mobile subs surpass 7bn

Data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reveal that global mobile subscribers have reached 7.1 billion, up from just seven million in 1989, and that the number of mobile lines in service will surpass the world’s population later this year. Even so, regional differences in wireless penetration and subscriber composition leave significant opportunity for growth in some […]

Space insurers have bad year

Insuring satellites is an expensive business. A satellite might cost $300 million -$400 million to build. Add in the actual cost of the rocket’s launch, and insurance to cover the first 30 or 180 days of operations, plus the insurance for the actual cost of the insurance, and you can see why premiums are measured […]

Kantar invests in BIScience

Kantar Media, a global provider of strategic advertising and marketing intelligence, is investing in BIScience, provider of AdClarity, a leading digital media intelligence platform which specialises in cross-channel and global digital media monitoring, planning, and optimisation. The collaboration is the latest move in Kantar Media’s focus on developing industry-leading capabilities focused on real-time intelligence and […]

Telstra confirms Roku OTT partnership

Following the news on July 28th that Telstra had joined the Roku Powered licensing programme, the Australian telco has revealed further details of Telstra TV, its new streaming service designed specifically for Australian consumers. Joe Pollard, Telstra GMD Media and Marketing confirmed plans to offer customers the three leading subscription video on demand services – […]

Ofcom fines Asia TV

Ofcom has fined Asia TV Limited £25,000 (€35,000) for failing to provide adequate protection for viewers, after it aired what was deemed potentially harmful content on its Lamhe TV channel. Under Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code, all licensees must apply generally-accepted standards to the content on their TV and radio services, and provide adequate protection for viewers […]

Proton to return to flight

Reports from Russian sources say that the Proton satellite launching rocket will return to flight at the end of August. The delays have been caused by an embarrassing rocket failure on May 16th which prompted dismissals amongst senior staff – and hints of criminal charges. Russian news agency TASS is reporting that an Inmarsat-5F3 satellite […]

MoMedia signs distribution deal with Hasbro

MoMedia, the digital distribution and VoD content marketing company, has secured a deal to distribute titles from Hasbro Studios. The agreement will see MoMedia repackage and distribute major animated TV franchises from Hasbro Studios in multiple languages. Momedia will manage the digital distribution across transactional VoD platforms worldwide excluding the US, Australia and New Zealand. […]

Eutelsat partners with Starburst Accelerator

Eutelsat Communications is becoming a partner of Starburst Accelerator, a start-up accelerator that stimulates innovation in the aerospace industry. Starburst Accelerator was set up in 2013 to propel innovation in the aerospace sector by closing the gap separating new ventures from established companies, public organisations and venture capital firms. It provides young start-ups with a […]

MP & Silva distributes La Liga in 10 territories

MP & Silva has acquired the media rights of Spain’s La Liga football in Scandinavia and Finland, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and Japan. The deal makes MP & Silva, an international sports media company, the exclusive distributor across media platforms including television rights across cable, […]

YipTV free channel offer

When YipTV launched in May, the company’s vision was to provide top-quality international programming to the 40 million residents in the US who were not born there or are still deeply rooted to their home countries. Today, YipTV enriches its commitment to change the way we watch TV by enhancing its free TV offer – […]