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  • MESA Europe hosts events in Paris 20/21st March

    Published February 15, 2018

    MESA Europe is delighted to announce 2 events taking place in Paris on 20th and 21st March. Following on from the success of MESA Europe’s localisation events in London and its regular Content Localisation Council,  a workshop on content localisation will take place in Paris on the afternoon of 20th March. Featuring guest speakers and […]

  • Virgin to roll out 4K TV boxes as broadband numbers grow (Silicon Republic)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Broadband and TV operator Virgin Media is to introduce 4K-enabled set-top boxes to its TV and broadband subscribers in Ireland later this year. The move comes as broadband subscriptions rose from 356,300 to 363,500 by Q4 2017. Virgin Media –owned by international cable giant Liberty Global – reported that revenues from cable, excluding broadcast, were […]

  • EU tells social media: ‘Do more to protect consumers’ (Telecompaper)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Social media companies have taken steps towards improving adherence to consumer protection rules in the EU but still need to do more, according to a statement from the European Commission. Google shows improvement, while Facebook and Twitter have work to do. The EC has published the latest changes adopted by the companies, which it says […]

  • Space Studios expands film and TV offering (Prolific North)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Space Studios Manchester has extended its studio space with the Space 06 sound stage. The indies Tiger Aspect, Moonage and Big Talk are among the first to occupy the new facility, which is currently home to ITV’s new “Cold Feet” series, as well as Sky Atlantic’s “Curfew”. “From the start, our ambition has been to […]

  • £1bn broadcaster investment Brexit risk (Advanced Television)

    Published February 15, 2018

    International broadcasters invested a record £1.02 billion (€1.15bn) in the UK in 2017, an increase of more than 50% on the comparable 2011 figure of £679 million (€780m), according to independent research commissioned by the Commercial Broadcasters Association (Coba). The UK trade body warns that this investment is at risk once the UK leaves the […]

  • Ex-programming Chief: ‘France Télévisions should drop SVOD plan’ (TBI Vision)

    Published February 15, 2018

    France Télévisions should abandon its plan for a new subscription video-on-demand platform and transform existing linear channels into digital offerings, says a confidential report from Xavier Couture, the public broadcaster’s former programming chief. Prepared ahead of his departure and presented to Director-General Delphine Ernotte, the report calls for far-reaching changes to the structure of the […]

  • 2017 EU Cinema attendance confirms strength of theatrical market (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published February 15, 2018

    To mark the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, the European Audiovisual Observatory has released its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2017. The Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union decreased by 0.7% in 2017, to 985 million tickets sold. While this is 6.6 million fewer than in 2016, it still represents […]

  • Price hikes support Virgin Media revenues (Aberdeen Evening Express)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Price rises at Virgin Media helped lift revenues in Q4, although the telecoms giant suffered a 73% drop in new subscriptions, as it pared back a raft of customer promotions. The group said a 1% price hike for UK customers in November helped raise average revenue-per-user in its cable division in the three months to […]

  • Fox names global TV distribution Chief (Rapid TV News)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Twentieth Century Fox has named Greg Drebin as EVP Worldwide Marketing, overseeing the Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution (TCFTVD) and the London-based Fox Networks Group Content Distribution marketing and research divisions. TCFTVD President Mark Kaner said: “Greg has been instrumental in showcasing our content around the world. He has not only elevated our creative and […]

  • Lithuania suspends Russian channel (Broadband TV News)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has decided to suspend the reception of the Russian channel RTR Planeta, for a period of 12 months. In a statement, the regulator says that this is due to repeated violations of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Lithuania’s Law on Public Information. The LRTK immediately contacted the […]

  • Sohonet Spotlight on: Cinelab London’s John Mahtani (Sohonet)

    Published February 14, 2018

    Cinelab London – aka Europe’s leading Film Lab – remains the go-to place for individuals in search of high-quality film and digital restoration services. You don’t have to take our word for it, their recent credits include the blockbuster hits “Star Wars, Episode 8”: “The Last Jedi, The Phantom Thread” and “The Mercy”, as well […]

  • Sky and BT renew Premier League rights (Digital TV Europe)

    Published February 14, 2018

    Sky and BT have each renewed their Premier League rights, with Sky taking four and BT one of the live rights packages for a total of £4.46 billion (€5 billion). Two of the seven packages for the three seasons from 2019 to 2022 are still available, with a move for rights by a new entrant, […]

  • Grass Valley paid $94 million for SAM (TVB Europe)

    Published February 14, 2018

    Following the announcement that Belden/Grass Valley has acquired Snell Advanced Media, terms of the deal have now been revealed. In a filing with securities regulators, Belden said it paid $75.8 million (£58.9m/€67.8m) plus the assumption of $18.4 million of debt (£14.3m/€16.5m) – a total of $94.2 million (£73.2m/€84.3m) currency conversion at 15/02/18. A note in […]

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