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  • Four companies control half of Western Europe’s pay-TV subs (Digital TV News)

    Published September 22, 2016

    Western Europe’s 73 top operators collectively accounted for 93% of pay-TV subscribers by end-2015, according to Digital TV Research. Despite the addition of seven million subscribers, to take their total to 97.26 million, this proportion will fall slightly to 92% of the region’s 105 million pay-TV subscribers by 2021. Liberty Global, Sky Europe, Vodafone and […]

  • Disney CEO: ESPN streaming service may take cues from Now TV (Digital TV Europe)

    Published September 22, 2016

    Disney’s planned ESPN streaming service will not have a one-size-fits-all payment model, according to CEO Bob Iger: “A lot of people think about it as a monthly fee or a yearly subscription – we haven’t really gotten that far in terms of our planning – but one of the things that we have been talking […]

  • Cisco will use data science to counter OTT password sharing (Videonet)

    Published September 22, 2016

    Research from Parks Associates revealed that OTT video service credential sharing – password sharing – cost the media industry $500 million (£380m/€445m) in direct revenues during 2015. Now Cisco is working on a solution that could put an end to this phenomenon, which impacts pay-TV operators (via their Pay Lite and TV Everywhere services) in […]

  • BT Sport brings VR to EE stores (Advanced Television)

    Published September 22, 2016

    As part of a new BT Sport trial, English football fans can experience this weekend’s Premier League football clash between Chelsea and Arsenal live in Virtual Reality at four flagship EE stores in London. BT Sport will film the game using Virtual Reality (VR) cameras and is working with LiveLike, a VR platform company. It […]

  • Netflix localises in Turkey (Broadband TV News)

    Published September 22, 2016

    Netflix has launched a localised service in Turkey, just days after the Polish launch. As in Poland, the SVOD service is now available with a fully localised user-interface, local programming and in the local currency, with prices for Turkish customers starting at TL15.99 (€4.82/£4.15) a month. Netflix has also signed an agreement with the mobile […]

  • Liberty Global, CableLabs join MulteFire Alliance (Rapid TV News)

    Published September 22, 2016

    Liberty Global and CableLabs have joined the MulteFire Alliance, a consortium dedicated to developing video-friendly next-generation wireless technology. “Wireless connectivity has become critically important for consumers,” said Liberty Global CTO Balan Nair, “By joining the MulteFire Alliance, we are driving the future of wireless for our customers.” The main focus of the MulteFire Alliance is […]

  • Huawei, Nokia Land Initial G.fast Deals at BT’s Openreach (Light Reading)

    Published September 22, 2016

    BT’s access network division, Openreach, is pressing ahead with its ambitious plans to deploy G.fast broadband technology to 10 million homes and businesses across the UK by 2020 and will do that with commercial G.fast network equipment from Huawei Technologies and Nokia Corp. Openreach CEO Clive Selley identified the selected suppliers during a media conference […]

  • BT Openreach boss says “We don’t lack ambition” (Ars Technica)

    Published September 22, 2016

    BT Openreach CEO Clive Selley – a veteran of the company with engineering chops – has headed the telecoms giant’s infrastructure wing for six months now, during a highly volatile time for the future of the business. Ars Technica asked Selley if BT, by teaming up with Virgin Media, was conceding that TalkTalk, Sky, and […]

  • Ooyala Video Index: Mobile, power users rule (Ooyala)

    Published September 21, 2016

    Ooyala’s Q2 2016 Global Video Index, released on Wednesday, reveals that streaming video is becoming more and more mainstream, with users in virtually every demographic cutting back on traditional TV viewing and replacing it with SVOD, AVOD and TVOD content. Increasingly, across all demographics, users are watching on mobile devices. For the first time ever, […]

  • £1.5m Foundry Film Studios opens in Manchester (4rfv)

    Published September 21, 2016

    A new £1.5 million (€1.75m) facility – The Foundry Film Studios – has opened in Manchester. The purpose-built venue is adjacent to MediaCityUK and has been designed for the creation of TV and advertising content, photography shoots and events. The Foundry is home to two expansive studios, including one of the largest infinity coves in […]

  • Media time rises as platforms proliferate (EBU)

    Published September 21, 2016

    Despite the rapid growth of internet usage, the time people spend watching TV and listening to the radio has changed little over recent years. Instead people are spending an increasing amount of time on media, with total viewing and listening time on the rise. The EBU Media Intelligence Service (MIS) reports in the annual review […]

  • UK company gets EU grant to take flexi display tech to Asia (Inavate)

    Published September 21, 2016

    A Manchester, UK company creating technologies for flexible displays has secured a €1.8million (£1.55m) EU grant to support the industrialisation and technology transfer of its semiconductor platform to display makers in Asia. SmartKem will add €850k (£730k) of its own funding for the €2.65million (£2.28m) project, hoping to accelerate the adoption of organic semiconductors as […]

  • Virgin Media/Liberty Global to speak at MESA Europe Content Protection Summit

    Published September 20, 2016

    MESA Europe is delighted to announce that Rob Pinniger, Associate Director, Content Security at Virgin Media/Liberty Global, will be one of the speakers at this year’s European Content Protection Summit. This all-day conference takes place in Central London on 16th November and promises to be a must-attend event. Among the topics coming under the spotlight […]

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