NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation

Confirming recent speculation, NBCUniversal is to acquire DreamWorks Animation, the creator of animated feature films, TV series, live entertainment and related consumer products in a deal valued at $3.8 billion (€3.5bn). The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development. “DreamWorks Animation is a […]

Research: OTT usage linked to churn tendency

Research from The Diffusion Group suggests that those likely to downgrade their pay-TV service in the next six months are more dependent than others on over-the-top (OTT) streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. According to the business intelligence firm, among those moderately or highly likely to downgrade their pay-TV service in the next six […]

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

A report from right-wing policy institute the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has described the BBC as “no longer fit for purpose,” suggesting that its market power – especially in terms of news provision – coupled with its compulsory funding method and its closeness to the political process is hugely problematic. According to the IEA, […]

Slow take-up for superfast broadband

Tests on 42 towns and cities across the UK suggest almost half have average broadband speeds below 24Mbs, according to comparison site uSwitch Hull, with an average of 12.4Mbps, is the UK’s slowest city, whilst London and Edinburgh had average speeds of 22.4Mbps and 21Mbps respectively. The speeds are likely to be low not because […]

Facebook profits soar, ‘VR is for the future’

Shares in Facebook have hit record highs after its latest financial results smashed expectations, with profits rising threefold. The first quarter numbers beat analysts’ forecasts with the social network, also the owner Instagram, reporting net profits of $1.5 billion compared to over $500 million in the same period last year. Total revenue rose to $5.4 billion […]

Switzerland placed on piracy Watch List

On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released the 2016 Special 301 Report on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. “Intellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and high-quality jobs for the United States, and it is more […]

Three new channels complete Spain DTT map

Three new DTT channels have been launched in Spain completing the new DTT map in the country. They are: Real Madrid TV, operated by the Real Madrid football club; DKiss operated by Radio Station Group Radio Blanca; and Ten from Grupo Secuoya. These DTT channels are added to the other three, Be Mad (Mediaset), 13 […]

Intelsat reaffirms 2016 expectations

Satellite communications giant Intelsat reported that its Q1 revenues topped $552.6 million ($602 million same period last year) in the three months to March 31st, and a slight improvement on market expectations. Intelsat said that its contracted backlog now stands at $9.3 billion (down from $9.4 billion as at December 31st). President/CEO Steven Spengler said […]

Virgin pledges largest UK fibre broadband rollout

Virgin Media has pledged to accelerate the UK’s rollout of fibre optic broadband direct to homes and businesses. The ultrafast broadband provider will connect fibre to the premise (FTTP) to at least a quarter of the 4 million additional homes and businesses being added to the Virgin Media network, as part of its ‘Project Lightning’ […]

Top Gear spin-off on iPlayer

BBC Three and BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned Extra Gear, a new Top Gear show presented by new co-host Rory Reid. Each week Extra Gear will bring fans exclusive new footage, interviews, specially-recorded films and behind-the-scenes access to Top Gear. Extra Gear, which will be available to view on BBC Three’s live page and BBC Three […]

MPA: No single tool to fix piracy

According to Stan McCoy, President and Managing Director, MPA EMEA – the European arm of the Motion Picture Association of America – there isn’t one tool that will fix online content piracy, suggesting that it requires a flexible response, encompassing court action, consumer education and technological solutions as well as promoting consumers’ access to legal […]

Airtel Digital-TV adds 619,000 subs in Q1

India’s Airtel Digital TV pay-TV operator has broken two sets of records. First, it has moved into positive EBIT territory for the first time. Second, its net subscriber additions for the 3 months to March 31st were the highest in the past 20 quarters. In the quarter to March 31st Airtel Digital TV added 619,000 […]

Time Warner adds subs

Time Warner Cable reported an increase of 21,000 basic video subscribers in the first quarter ahead of its$78.7 billion merger with Charter Communications. Revenue increased 7.2 per cent (the best Q1 in eight years) and cash flow increased 8.2 per cent (best in six years). High-speed data customer additions were 314,000 and phone subscribers increased […]

Mexico’s Televisa wants Megacable

Bloomberg is reporting that Mexico’s media giant Televisa is looking to buy Megacable Holdings, one of its main rivals in pay-TV in Mexico. The green light has reportedly been given by Mexico’s Federal Telecoms Institute regulator, which has said that a merged company would not dominate in pay-TV (despite Televisa reportedly already commanding a 60.6 […]

Accenture scores with Mediaset OTT Champions League

Professional services company Accenture has collaborated with Italian commercial TV broadcaster Mediaset to deliver UEFA Champions League football matches – using a new, online OTT Internet video service – to more than one million consumers. The Mediaset Premium Play football service has drawn more than 600,000 unique monthly visitors to Mediaset Premium’s multi-device service – […]

Freesat adds Wuaki.tv app

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has announced the launch of VoD service Wuaki.tv on its platform. Available immediately to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, Wuaki.tv offers instant access to a range ofd movies and TV shows. Wuaki.tv features the unique option of pre-ordering upcoming releases and movies can be rented from […]

LPWA IoT will represent 55% of IoT connections by 2020

Low Powered Wide Area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) connections will witness huge growth, from just 20 million in 2014 to 861 million by 2020, which will be equivalent to 55 per cent of all IoT connections, according to Pyramid Research. The company’s report states that huge volume growth is expected from 2018, particularly when […]

SABC to launch 5 digital channels

South Africa’s public broadcaster, SABC, is to launch 5 new channels. Four will serve the country’s different linguistic audiences (including Afrikaans, Tsonga and Venda), and the 5th will be an all-sport channel. Some years ago SABC attempted to launch SABC4 and SABC5 as regional channels for the northern portion of country and southern regions, but […]

Viacom profit as sales fall

The weakest performer in the US media sector and embroiled in a lawsuit that challenges the competency of main owner Sumner Redstone, Viacom managed to report a March quarter profit on lower revenues. Viacom’s net earnings were $303 million in the second quarter, compared to a loss of $53 million a year ago, when the […]

SES wins Rio Olympics order from Eurovision

Eurovision is to lease “several transponders” on a SES satellite, NSS-806, which orbits above Brazil for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.  The agreement covers the two core months of the Games, July and August. NSS-806 orbits at 47.5 degrees West and Eurovision will use the satellite to distribute signals from Rio to its broadcasting clients […]

ARRIS: ‘More STBs in the future’

Charles Cheevers, CTO of ARRIS’s CPE unit, has suggested that future network constraints and content consumption requirements may see an increase in the number of set-top boxes in a household, a viewpoint that challenges the widely-held belief that the growing ubiquity of cloud-based functionality will lead to the disappearance of the STB. According to Cheevers, […]

Telesat orders LEO satellites

Canada’s Telesat is ordering two LEO (Low Earth Orbiting) satellites. Space Systems Loral will supply one and the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology (part of the Airbus Group) the other. Both should be in orbit by mid-to-late 2017. Telesat describes the spacecraft as ‘prototypes’. “By drawing on the advanced technologies and expertise of these leading manufacturers, […]

TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB

TiVo has announced that, from May 2nd, the all-new TiVo Roamio OTA will feature a hefty 1TB hard drive, and carries no requirement for an on-going monthly subscription fee. “The TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB is in a class of its own,” said Ira Bahr, TiVo’s Chief Marketing and Retail Sales Officer. “It delivers the unparalleled […]

Malaysia: Hopster partners with Maxis

Hopster, the UK educational kids OTT service, has announced a partnership with Maxis, a Malaysian ISP. The carriage deal will see Maxis make Hopster available to their over 11 million customers at an exclusive price, and supported by a market leading data offer that enables users to stream Hopster’s content library without incurring data charges. […]

Turkey: SPI’s Filmbox channels on D-Smart

FilmBox HD, FightBox HD, DocuBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD have been launched on D-Smart, one of the leading digital platforms in Turkey. The four SPI’s channels are broadcast via Turksat satellite. All four channels are broadcast in HD quality and have Turkish subtitles or dubbing. “Our recent agreement with D-Smart is important for SPI in […]

Thaicom distribution deal with SLNTV

Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, has entered into a multi-year agreement with Somaliland National Television (SLNTV), Somaliland’s national broadcaster. Thaicom currently broadcasts 15 TV channels in East Africa on its broadcast platform at 78.5 degrees east. Under the terms of the agreement, Thaicom will provide SLNTV with C-band capacity on the Thaicom 5 […]

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