Video half all European online ad-spend by 2020

European video advertising spend will grow by more than 30 per cent year over year in 2015 and will rise at a 26.4 per cent CAGR over the next five years to represent half of all EU online display advertising spend by 2020. But what’s the current state of the video ad market in Europe? […]

Euskaltel completes R acquisition

The Basque country-based Regional cable company Euskaltel has completed the acquisition of the Galician cable operator R for €1.19 million, including a €300 million debt. The operation gives birth to a large regional cable group in the north of Spain – with the companies retaining their own brands – with a network of 725,000 km […]

69m LatAm pay-TV subs in Q2

Dataxis Q2 figures show that the Latin American pay-TV market has exceeded 69 million subscribers, equivalent to a 37.7 per cent penetration over total households. The segment was hit by a rarefied economic context, which was translated into a 5 per cent annual growth rate. Even though Satellite pay-TV once again leads the technology ranking […]

Twitter launches Moments news service

Twitter has launched a new live news service branded ‘Moments’. Previously known as Project Lightning, Moments brings together content – including tweets, photos, videos, Vines and Periscope broadcasts – around specific events so users can follow them as they happen. These could be scheduled events like The Oscars or the Super Bowl, and could also […]

MPAA backs USTR content infringement fight

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries – has formally submitted comments to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) identifying some of the world’s most notorious markets for the distribution of infringing film and television content. According to […]

Device owners stream 22hrs to TV weekly

Parks Associates research shows US broadband households with a streaming media device watch more video on the television on average than households without one of these devices, at 22 hours versus 18 hours per week. Streaming media device owners watch double the amount of Internet video on the television, consuming six hours per week compared […]

Brazil nears 20m pay-TV subs

Brazil ended August 2015 with 19.58 million pay-TV subscribers, accounting for a 29.53 per cent penetration rate, according to statistics published by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). DTH is still the dominant distribution technology with 11.72 million connections (59.84 per cent), followed by cable TV with 7.70 million (39.35 per cent). Telmex Group remains the […]

Abu Dhabi content in focus

Abu Dhabi’s growing global reputation as a production and content creation hub was the focus of a MIPCOM panel, featuring media services specialist twofour54’s Paul Baker, executive director of its Film and TV Services. Baker shared the stage with fellow Abu Dhabi content creators to shed light on Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment evolution, including […]

Scripps, TVN first programming collaboration

Scripps Networks Interactive and TVN have joined up for their first programming agreement since Scripps Networks acquired the leading Polish broadcaster earlier this year. TVN has secured the format rights to create a Polish version of DIY Network’s popular home improvement series Kitchen Crashers. The Polish version of the series will be titled Polowanie na […]

Rightster launches VideoSpring licensing portal

Rightster, the global multi-platform network for digital video, has launched VideoSpring, a fully-searchable video licensing portal, for brands, agencies and producers to source trending content for their creative campaigns and programming. The video library, which consists of one of the world’s largest collections of premium viral and user-generated content, offers marketers, creatives and producers the […]

Rogers unveils gigabit Internet, 4K live sports

Canadian quad-play operator Rogers says it is bringing customers the next big thing in home entertainment with the launch of 4K-ready gigabit Internet speeds, a new 4K set-top box, Rogers 4K TV and the world’s largest commitment to live broadcasting in 4K with HDR. Customers will enjoy live 4K TV broadcasts – four times the […]

Hulu, Viacom expand content partnership

Hulu and Viacom have announced a renewal and expansion of their content partnership that grants Hulu the exclusive SVoD rights to selected top-rated series from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. The deal continues their existing relationship under which full episodes of late night shows including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah are available to stream […]

Humax launches Freeview Play HD STB

Humax, the UK provider of digital set-top boxes, has launched the Humax FVP-4000T, the first STB to deliver the new Freeview Play connected TV service, which combines catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television in HD The Humax FVP-4000T includes built-in Wi-Fi, making it easy to connect the box to any existing broadband service for […]

Orange Digital Ventures invests in Afrostream

Orange Digital Ventures is participating in the funding of Afrostream, a SVoD of African, African-American and African-Caribbean films and television series, alongside TheFamily, Cross Culture Ventures I L.P. and ACE & Company. Through its corporate fund, Orange will enable Afrostream to accelerate the development of its service in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and South America. […]

Harry Potter exclusive on Sky Movies on demand

From the October 24th Sky Movies will, for an exclusive period, offer the entire Harry Potter movie collection on demand – letting customers dive into the magic whenever and wherever they want. To celebrate Harry Potter coming to Sky Movies, from October 24th to November 2nd, Sky Movies Greats will be renamed Sky Movies Harry […]

Filmbox app for Netgem

Netgem’s #TelcoTV platform has added SPI’s FilmBox Live App to its OTT content. Viewers will be able to subscribe to the full FilmBox Live pack (with six live channels) or choose an individual channel app. “With Netgem’s #TelcoTV we provide our Telco customers with ‘TV as a Service,’” commented Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director of Netgem […]

Viacom to open production studio in Miami

Viacom will open a two-stage, 88,000 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Miami, Florida.  The new studio, which was built by the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as a public-private partnership with EUE/Screen Gems Studios, will serve as a production hub for Viacom’s global entertainment brands including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. “We are […]

Greece: Fox Sports HD for Nova

Nova, the largest pay-TV operator in Greece, has confirmed the addition of Fox Sports HD to its channel bouquet. Fox Sports HD will bring Nova subscribers popular sports events and leagues from across the globe, such as the NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA Tour (with more than 40 golf tournaments per year) and NCAA (football and […]