BBC readies for UHD/HDR transmissions

The BBC is stockpiling suitable programming in preparation for the start of a dedicated 4K/UHD channel. The Corporation, as part of its relationship with commercial arm BBC Worldwide, has been producing 4K programming for many years. This content usually comes from the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol and mainly comprises quite stunning factual programming […]

Eutelsat restructures for tough market

Eutelsat is restructuring its business, cutting capital expenditure and re-assuring the market that it will quickly return to its top-line targets as a result of the fresh strategy. The news emerged from a special ‘Investor Day’ held in Paris early on June 27th. Eutelsat has suffered these past weeks with a collapse in its share […]

Dolby Vision HDR on Amazon Video

Dolby Laboratories and Amazon have confirmed that the second season of the hit Amazon Original Series Bosch and a slate of blockbuster films are now available in Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Amazon Video. US customers can now watch titles available in Dolby Vision via the Amazon Video app on compatible Dolby Vision […]

Brexit ‘will hit UK media and ads’

The UK referendum on membership of the European Union results triggered an unprecedented drop in the value of the pound. This drop is a reflection of the prevailing views of the majority of economists and financial institutions of the impact an EU exit would have on the UK economy. Forecasts have varied in severity, reports […]

Canal+ completes THEMA acquisition

Canal+ Group has confirmed the acquisition of French channel developer and distributor THEMA’s minority interests, assuming full ownership of the company’s capital and completing a process which began in October 2104. In a Statement, Canal+ said it warmly thanked THEMA founder François Thiellet for the success of the integration process. According to Canal+ in 2016, […]

beIN Sports surpasses 3m subs

Pay-TV channel beIN Sports has surpassed the 3 million subscribers mark in France, with around 200,000 subscribers signing-up in June thanks to the Euro 2016 tournament. beIN Sports holds the rights to all 51 matches of the competition. “We were sure this exceptional and popular event would allow us to convince many new subscribers thanks […]

South Africa to investigate pay-TV market

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has launched an inquiry into the subscription television broadcasting services market. The purpose of the inquiry is to, among others, define the relevant wholesale and retail markets or market segments in the subscription television broadcasting, taking into account the relationship, if any, and the impact from adjacent markets […]

India DTT to open to ‘private’ TV?

India’s current Digital Terrestrial TV signals are the closed domain of public broadcaster Doordarshan. That could change if India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) gets its way. TRAI wants to open up spectrum to private broadcasters, and has issued a consultation paper. It wants responses from interested parties by July 22nd. The consultation process is also […]

Discovery hedges £ sterling fall

Discovery Communications has took to deliver a statement regarding the Brexit vote, pledging to continue in the UK market. “Discovery Communications respects the decision of the UK people in this historic vote to leave the European Union. Discovery Channel launched in the UK in 1989 and since then it has become one of our biggest […]

Australia: Stan, Presto growing faster than Netflix

Uptake of subscription video on demand (SVoD) services delivered over the Internet continues to run hot in Australia with 2.7 million active subscriptions expected by the end of June 2016, representing a growth rate of 46 per cent over the same period in 2015, according to research by technology analyst firm Telsyte. Telsyte’s Australian SVOD/OTT […]

UHD Dolby Atmos broadcast from Canal+

French pay-TV broadcaster Canal+, broadcast services specialist Euromedia and audiovisual technologist Dolby used the occasion of the final of France’s Top14 rugby union tournament held in Barcelona between RC Toulon and Racing 92 on June 24th to carry out the first Ultra HD live sports broadcast with Dolby Atmos sound. According to the participants, the […]

Accedo $10m funding, new Chairman

Accedo, the video experience pioneer, has partnered with SEB Private Equity, a Stockholm based private and growth equity fund, to accelerate its growth and further position itself as a Video Experience pioneer. The transaction allows early investors of Accedo, including Industrifonden and Acacia, to exit as part of their investment strategy, and adds a total […]

EBS EPG data for ITV Choice

EBS, the full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, has been contracted by ITV Choice to supply EPG data listings to platforms in Africa and Asia.  Part of ITV, the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Choice is the home of British entertainment available throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, reaching over […]

Cinépolis deploys Elemental Cloud

Elemental Technologies, an expert in software-defined video solutions, has announced that the Cinépolis KLIC transactional video on-demand (TVoD) service has deployed an integrated solution from Elemental and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon company. Cinépolis KLICemploys the cloud platform to tap into Mexico’s OTT TV and multiscreen market – which is the fastest growing in […]