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  • MESA Europe announces 3rd Annual Metadata Workshop for September

    Published June 23, 2016

    Following the sell-out success of the last two Metadata workshops, MESA Europe has confirmed that this year’s session will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th September in London. Once again this will be followed by its flagship Transforming Home Entertainment Conference on 7th September. “With Metadata taking on a noticeably higher profile over […]

  • Four in five millennials subscribe to OTT (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 23, 2016

    Some 80% of millennials in the UK and North America subscribe to at least one over-the-top (OTT) service and 39% report watching at least seven hours of online video per week, according to research from Limelight Networks. The “State of Online Video” report says that, as of June 2016, 22.8% of millennials watch more than […]

  • European co-productions get better VOD distribution than national films but travel less well than US films (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published June 23, 2016

    The European Audiovisual Observatory has just released its latest European film circulation figures for the cinema and VOD industries, in the form of a downloadable report: “How do films circulate on VOD and in cinemas in the European Union?” Among its findings: EU films travel less well on VOD than US films – on average […]

  • Dr Annie Doona appointed Chair designate of the Irish Film Board (IFTN)

    Published June 23, 2016

    The Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has nominated Dr Annie Doona as Chair designate of the Irish Film Board, for the period until the completion of the term of the present Board in January 2017. Dr Doona was appointed as a member of the Board in January 2013 and […]

  • Viacom makes 100-country direct-to-consumer BET (TBI Vision)

    Published June 23, 2016

    BET Play is the streaming version of the black culture channel, and its SVOD roll out marks Viacom’s first direct-to-consumer move with one of its non-kids channels. Last September Viacom launched “Play Plex” – a suite of mobile apps offering content from channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV – but these were available through […]

  • Operators could have all-IP cable video within 3-5 years (Videonet)

    Published June 23, 2016

    We have been talking about all-IP video on cable for well over a decade but it appears that some operators are now approaching the final few miles in this marathon migration. According to some leading vendors, we could be as little as three years from full IP video over some HFC cable networks, which means […]

  • Finland’s DNA taps Harmonic for OTT services (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 23, 2016

    Finnish operator DNA has tapped Harmonic to provide it with a complete OTT solution for its DNA TV multiscreen service. Harmonic said its multiscreen processing and delivery solutions allow DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers, on a wide range of devices. …

  • Vodafone Germany tops digital customer experience study (Telecompaper)

    Published June 23, 2016

    Vodafone.de is the favourite with German consumers when it comes to online orientation on a mobile phone and plan, according to the latest WUA! digital customer experience study, carried out independently among 300 potential customers in the German telecom market in June. Vodafone.de came first with a score of 63 points, followed by Amazon.de with […]

  • Irish mobile operator Eir offers subscribers “free” data for social media (Videomind)

    Published June 23, 2016

    Competition in Ireland’s mobile phone market is heating up and operator Eir is looking at social media – which includes, of course, video – as a principle battleground. The service provider is offering users “unlimited” use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. with no data charges up to 60GB a month. Facebook rolled out Facebook Live […]

  • Liberty Global to create European Wi-Fi hot-spot network (Broadband TV News)

    Published June 22, 2016

    Without any formal announcement, Telenet customers can now access the free Wi-Fi hotspots in a number of European countries offered by other Liberty Global networks. These include Ziggo in The Netherlands, Horizon Wi-free on Virgin in Ireland, Unitymedia WiFispot in Germany and on the UPC networks in Switzerland, Austria, Czech, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. […]

  • MIPS CPUs boost from ALi Corp STB SoCs (Digital TV News)

    Published June 22, 2016

    Imagination Technologies have announced that set-top box (STB) chipset provider ALi Corporation is shipping a MIPS-based, H.265-capable System-on-Chip (SoC), for hybrid cable, satellite, terrestrial and IP STBs. ALi’s chipsets offer operators and device manufacturers high-performance and cost-effective solutions for next-generation STBs with the latest technologies. Its new MIPS CPU-enabled chipset integrates a large-capacity L2 cache, […]

  • Euro 2016 scores on streaming (Light Reading)

    Published June 22, 2016

    Live sports draw many of the biggest audiences to live video streaming and this month’s UEFA European Championship soccer matches are no exception. According to Akamai Technologies, the peak online audience size for a Euro 2016 match so far tops out at just under 2 million viewers (during the Italy/Sweden game) – and that’s before […]

  • Flix premieres in UK and US (TVB Europe)

    Published June 22, 2016

    On-demand film service Flix Premiere has arrived across the UK and in the USA. The self-proclaimed “online Cineplex”, which offers exclusive film premieres, has landed in France, Spain, Germany, Australia and Canada so far this year. Users can buy “tickets” for £3.99 (€5.25) in the UK or $4.99 in the US to watch each film. […]

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