Pay-TV stays top revenue source to 2018

IDATE has released the latest version of its TV and video services worldwide market report analysing changes in viewer habits, TV access networks (terrestrial, satellite, cable, IPTV) and revenue sources (linear TV, pay-TV, DVD, Blu-ray, VoD) in more than 40 countries. The report’s project manager, Florence Le Borgne, comments that, “even though we are watching more video than ever before, […]

Google claims anti-piracy progress

Google has published an updated How Google Fights Piracy report, which explains how it combats piracy across its services. This new version updates many of the numbers from the 2013 version and lists a few other developments in the past year and follows an open letter sent mid-September to the European competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, in which News Corp chief […]

Broadcast technology market worth $44bn in 2017

Following a compound annual growth of 3.6 per cent over the previous four years, the global broadcast and media technology industry was worth $39 billion in 2012, and is projected to grow to $44.3 billion in 2017. The results come from the Global Market Valuation & Strategy Report from IABM DC, a joint venture between IABM and Devoncroft Partners. The […]

AT&T/DirecTV want speedy FCC approval

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to speedily approve its planned $48.5 billion take-over of DirecTV. AT&T filed its request in Washington, and argued that its move on DirecTV is very different from the merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast. AT&T further used the filing to rebut criticism from some of its rivals, not least Netflix which […]

Freesat in 1.9m homes

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has maintained its 2014 momentum by adding 8,000 new TV homes in the three months to the end of September. In all, Freesat has added 32,000 new households in the first nine months of 2014; it is now available in 1.9 million households and watched by more than four million viewers every week. […]

France Télévisions new youth multiscreen platform

France Televisions will this week launch the new ad-supported multiscreen platform for its youth brand Ludo, developed as a youth digital on-demand channel for kids aged 6 and above. The new platform will replace the current website monludo.fr and will be available on IOS and Android tablets as well as on Xbox One consoles, before extending to all mobile devices […]

Aereo supports MVPD clarification

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, is taking further steps to create a path forward for the company by filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where it expressed its support for including a narrow […]

Study: Reducing pirated link prominence aids IP theft fight

An academic study into whether search engines influence media piracy has concluded that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft. The researchers at Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management note there is an ongoing public policy debate regarding the role […]

ABS makes $214m claim

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) says it is in negotiation with the insurance industry over a partial failure of its recently launched ABS-2 satellite. Their claim is for $214 million, and concerns their key Russian beam. ABS-2 was built b y Space Systems/Loral, and launched in February. The claim is complicated by the fact that the beam is partially owned by […]

Sky Sports ups Rugby League coverage

Sky Sports will show more Rugby League than ever before next year, with around 100 live matches from the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship, Challenge Cup and World Club Series. Sky Sports will show every Super League team at least twice before the Easter weekend in the 8th round. The new Super League season kicks off live on […]

Federation boost for India’s cable DSO

Major Indian cable Multi System Operators (MSOs) are seeking to create momentum for digitisation of the country’s networks with the formation of the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF). Federation members will work on a business model for Phase III and IV digitisation and aim to create a healthy business environment for all stakeholders. Under government guidelines, Phase III is […]

Lithuania wants Russia TV limits

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Lithuania’s parliament (Seimas) last week debated the prospects of creating a TV channel dedicated to countering what it said is near non-stop propaganda from Russia.  They also considered imposing a quote on Russian channels and TV programmes coming into Lithuania. One immediate step under consideration was to reduce broadcasts in Russian. “One cannot deny that […]

BT Broadband jobs boost

BT will employ a further 500 engineers to build and maintain its network amid concerns that a host of upcoming infrastructure projects will make contract workers scarce and more expensive. It brings the total recruitment this year by BT Openreach, the division responsible for the network, to around 2,400. Joe Garner, the chief executive of Openreach, said BT’s latest recruitment […]

Better enforcement tackling rise in online IP crime

Consumers must beware of illegal traders who are increasingly using the Internet to sell counterfeit and pirated goods, according to the IP Crime Report published by Baroness Neville-Rolfe. The report, written by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on behalf of the UK IP Crime Group sets out key developments in IP crime and new enforcement activity tackling issues including: the […]

DiCaprio documentary for Netflix

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has teamed with Netflix to release gorilla documentary Virunga. The wildlife film, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, follows park rangers as they struggle to protect gorillas in Africa’s oldest national park. “Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that […]

Hispasat/Intelsat extend co-operation

Hispasat is certainly on a fast-track to co-operation with its satellite rivals. Madrid-based Hispasat is to create a joint-venture with Intelsat to extend its current joint occupation of the 55.5 degrees West position. Currently Hispasat’s Amazonas-1 satellite and Intelsat’s Galaxy-11 satellites share the orbital slot in an agreement which lasts until the end of next year. Now the new agreement […]

Syncbak for Raycom Media’s TV Everywhere

Syncbak is providing the TV Everywhere platform for four Raycom Media stations in top fifty markets. In a deal similar to the one Syncbak has with Fox for its O&Os, Raycom will use Syncbak’s Internet broadcast platform to extend the group’s national, local and MVPD partnerships with live and on-demand programme streaming. “Raycom’s confidence in us means a lot,” says […]

Quantenna and SoftAtHome partner

Quantenna Communications, a specialist in high performance Wi-Fi, and SoftAtHome, provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, have formed a partnership to deliver the next generation of wireless home networks. This partnership covers multiple areas of innovation focused on Wi-Fi and home networking, including: · SOP7 by SoftAtHome as the latest embedded software platform now […]