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  • GrayMeta metadata to power Sky News Royal Wedding app (MESA Europe)

    Published May 17, 2018

    As millions gather to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, Europe’s leading entertainment company Sky News will introduce a new interactive experience for the historic event. In addition to enjoying live coverage of the wedding, viewers around the world will be able to access the Sky News “Royal […]

  • Tech Nation: digital towns grow faster than UK economy (Silicon Republic)

    Published May 17, 2018

    The UK’s silicon suburbs and tech towns are booming, with 16 towns showing a higher proportion of digital tech employment than the UK average. According to data from the UK’s Tech Nation body, the tech sector in the UK has grown 2.6 times faster than the rest of the British economy. Not only that, the […]

  • European Court rules Netflix must help fund German TV and film (TVB Europe)

    Published May 17, 2018

    Netflix has been told by the European Union Court of Justice that it must contribute to the German Federal Film Board (FFA), which funds local film and television production. A law – passed in Germany in 2014 and approved retrospectively by the European Union in 2016 – requires that all German streaming companies contribute 2.5 […]

  • BT to become ‘super aggregator’ (Broadband TV News)

    Published May 17, 2018

    BT TV has become the first platform in the UK to announce the integration of the Amazon Prime Video app into its set-top boxes. It will join the omnipresent Netflix and, from 2019, Sky’s Now TV. A new BT TV App will allow customers to download and play content on the move for the first […]

  • Radio milestone: over half of all listening is digital (Prolific North)

    Published May 17, 2018

    Digital radio listening in the UK has passed the 50% mark – a key moment for the potential switchover from traditional radio broadcasting. It has long been the plan that there will be a move away from FM/AM transmission when at least half of the UK’s radio audience listened via DAB. In 2010, the then […]

  • TV giant RTL profits slump; pushes into VOD (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published May 17, 2018

    RTL Group, Europe’s leading commercial television company, is pushing into online video services in a bid to offset a declining free TV business, and to better compete with streaming companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. In the first three months of 2018, RTL launched three new VOD platforms – in Hungary, Croatia and Belgium […]

  • YouTube launches subscription music, renames ‘Red’ ‘YouTube Premium’ (Telecompaper)

    Published May 17, 2018

    YouTube has announced the expansion of its ad-free subscription service to new countries, as well as a dedicated music platform. YouTube Red – the ad-free video service – will be renamed YouTube Premium and will include the music experience for an extra USD 2 (£1.55 /€1.75) on the monthly price. YouTube Premium is coming soon […]

  • HbbTV opens extra space for internet video ads on TV (Advanced TV)

    Published May 17, 2018

    HbbTV technology has opened the door for internet video ads on TV in the Czech Republic and space for this form of advertising is now growing rapidly beyond its borders. HbbTV – aka “red button” technology – was originally developed to make additional internet content available on TV screens, using the simplest internet access. However, […]

  • Piksel introduces next-gen Video Content Management system (4rfv)

    Published May 17, 2018

    Piksel has introduced VCMS2, the next generation of its Video Content Management System. The solution maintains the flexibility, features and functionalities of its predecessor, combining new development philosophies with a cloud-native architecture and improving the user interface for journalists and content creators. Piksel CEO Dr. Ralf Tillmann said: “We have been cautious and careful with […]

  • French SVOD market ‘still underdeveloped’ says CSA (Digital TV Europe)

    Published May 16, 2018

    A study compiled by French media regulator the CSA and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) says the French subscription video-on-demand market remains underdeveloped compared with other European countries, both in its economic value and its level of penetration. Despite the strong growth in SVOD, the report says the value of […]

  • Premier League content pirate Ace IPTV liquidates (SVG Europe)

    Published May 16, 2018

    Premier League soccer content pirate company Ace IPTV has been forced into liquidation, after being caught and given a £600,000 (€690K) fine for breaching the League’s copyright. Run by Craig Driscoll and Ian Isaac, Ace IPTV was selling subscriptions to illegal Premier League streams direct to consumers and to smaller resellers in the UK and […]

  • Arqiva expands Sound Digital DAB radio network (In Broadcast)

    Published May 16, 2018

    Telecoms company Arqiva has announced a new agreement that will see the reach of Sound Digital’s commercial DAB multiplex in the UK expand by nearly four million people. The agreement will see Arqiva add 19 new transmitters to the existing network, which will increase Sound Digital’s household coverage by more than 1.6 million new households, […]

  • Dolby, LG and Rakuten TV announce immersive content partnership (Broadcast)

    Published May 16, 2018

    Dolby’s flavour of HDR and immersive audio is coming to the home, through a partnership between Dolby, LG and the Japanese-owned VOD service Rakuten TV. The agreement brings owners of LG OLED and Super UHD 4K smart TVs a selection of “Hollywood blockbuster” movies that can be viewed in Dolby Vision HDR and experienced in […]

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