7 in 10 Netflix subs watch original programming

Netflix’s investment in original content seems to be paying off, according to marketing analytics firm Centris. A survey – Centris Evolution of Video Tracking – asking Netflix subscribers about their viewing of original programming since Q1 2014 reveals that seven in ten have watched at least some original programming. Social media buzz, including that around Emmy nominations and awards received, […]

Other headlines of the week

EC Digital VP: Net neutrality concept has to be solid

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, the politician responsibly for leading the Digital Single Market project team, has told the European Parliament that it needs to be decisive in moving towards a Telecoms Single Market, and warned that the net neutrality concept has to be solid and should be clearly defined. Addressing a Plenary Session of the Parliament, Ansip agreed […]

FCC auction tops $38bn

The Federal Communications Commission is celebrating Thanksgiving in the knowledge that its latest spectrum auction on November 26th had raised more than $38.1 billion. Auction round 37 saw the action slow a little but still with 127 bidders in the game, but add another $690 million since the close of business on November 25th. The difference between Round 36 and […]

Twitter: Second-screen users ‘meerkating’

TV viewers engaging with a second screen at the same time as watching broadcast television are ‘meerkating’, according to Dan Biddle, Head of Broadcast Partnerships at Twitter UK. Addressing a Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar on ‘TV and the second screen’, Biddle told delegates that the behaviour, whereby people repeatedly glance up from their companion device to the main TV […]

Brussels sees risks in Telefónica/Canal Plus deal

The European Commission (EC) has expressed concerns about the Telefónica-Canal Plus operation to set up a single pay TV company, 100 per cent controlled by the Spanish dominant telco operator. In a document sent to the Spanish regulator CNMC, Brussels claims that the operation is likely to have a negative impact on the competition in the pay TV market as […]

EBU welcomes UHF band report

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed a report by the Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT, the leading regulatory body in the field of electronic communications in Europe, which points out some important principles to be applied to the future use of UHF frequencies. The Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT has approved a new Report 224 on a […]

Former Netflix boss in fraud allegation

The former CIO at Netflix, Mike Kail, has been accused of an alleged fraud while working at the company. Netflix filed a writ in a California court at Santa Clara on November 24th alleging that Mr Kail, when the company’s vice-president of information technology, breached his fiduciary duties, “unjust enrichment”, constructive fraud and other charges. Kail left Netflix in August, […]

Astra 2G further delayed

Astra 2G, scheduled for launch on November 28th, has been delayed, with Russia’s Roscosmos reporting a fault had been discovered on the Proton rocket’s Briz-M upper stage. The delay is doubly unfortunate for owner SES as the satellite has been patiently waiting for its launch for some months. There have been concerns for the Russian-built Proton system following a spate […]

iPlayer receives 318m requests in October

October saw 318 million programme requests on BBC iPlayer, the second highest monthly request figure ever (only March 2014 has beaten this, with 320 million). Average daily requests increased in October to 10.2 million, also close to record-beating. The proportion of requests across the 4 screens remained fairly stable in October, with computers delivering 30 per cent of requests, tablets […]

Netflix 5m LatAm subs

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, speaking at a press event, revealed that the streaming service has surpassed five million subscribers in Latin America. Netflix launched in the region in 2011 and initially had issues with payment methods in various territories, but has introduced gift-card and other new payment systems including branded products. Hastings did not reveal how many were paying subscribers, […]

ITV commercial director steps down

ITV’s commercial director Fru Hazlitt has stepped down citing personal reasons, triggering the broadcaster’s first senior management change for over three years. Hazlitt has overseen the company’s advertising and digital activities since August 2010, shortly after Adam Crozier took over as chief executive. Crozier said that Hazlitt had been “a terrific member of the management team,” and had done a […]

Majority of FTA Arab satellite TV channels still SD

The number of FTA satellite channels in the Arab World reached 762 channels by September 2014. The Arab Advisors Group researched and analysed the 762 channels that broadcast on Arabsat, Nilesat, Noorsat and Yahlive. Fully operational channels reached 724. The majority of the analysed FTA satellite channels broadcast in Standard Definition (SD), while 10.5 per cent broadcast in HD. The […]

High-end gateways and STBs crowding out broadband routers

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest Home Networking Devices report, which tracks broadband routers; residential gateways; STBs; multimedia over coax (MoCA) optical network terminals (ONTs); and HomePlug Powerline, MoCA coax-Ethernet, and HPNA/G.hn adapters. “In the more mature broadband markets of North America and Western Europe, service providers are deploying higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with […]

ADB platform for nc+

ADB has announced that nc+, the Polish satellite operator, has selected ADB’s new platform, set-top box software, and associated software integration services to underpin its multi-room and multi-screen strategy. nc+, an ADB customer since 2006, chose ADB to create the next generation product (line), which began deployment this month, becoming the first ADB customer to go live with the new […]

Motors TV on Virgin Media’s M+

Motors TV has joined Virgin Media’s M+ TV package on channel 545. The channel moves from Virgin Media’s XL TV package to the more widely accessed M+ TV package. Following its recent expansion to Freeview and YouView, Motors TV has expanded its total reach to 19 million and strengthened its long-standing reputation as the country’s leading motorsport and motorcycle broadcaster. […]

Watchup launches on Xbox 360

Watchup has confirmed that its video aggregator news app is now available on Xbox 360. With Watchup on Xbox 360, users can watch videos from some of the most credible names in news like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Sky News and CNET, among others, without a cable subscription. “Watchup on Xbox 360 is a dream come true […]

Anevia partners with Cedexis

Anevia, a global player in the development of software infrastructure for delivering live television and VoD services over the Internet, has announced a partnership with CDN load-balancing specialist Cedexis. A newly signed agreement between the two companies sees Cedexis technology implemented by Anevia to enhance the quality-of-service monitoring capabilities of ViaMotion Plus. Integrating Cedexis technology into ViaMotion Plus now enables […]

Fox reorganises Turkish ops

Fox International Channels is combining FIC Turkey and Fox Turkey into a single operational business unit. Both companies currently report to Jan Koeppen, President of Fox International Channels Europe and Africa. “By combining our pay-TV business and our Free-to-Air Channel in Turkey, we make them a more integral part 21st Century Fox, one of the world’s most dynamic media companies”, […]