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  • MESA Europe hosts pre-IBC Breakfast Briefing in Amsterdam

    Published July 19, 2018

    Once again MESA Europe will host a pre-IBC breakfast meeting for members and invited guests on 14th September in Amsterdam, with the opportunities and challenges presented by the growth in international content distribution sitting at the heart of the morning discussion. Technology progression has driven international content demand in recent years while also underpinning the […]

  • Digital, premium physical boost for British screen entertainment (Advanced Television)

    Published July 19, 2018

    Year-to-date figures show that consumers continue to view ownership as an important part of their consumption of screen entertainment, with more than 38 million physical copies sold across DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats so far in 2018, according to the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). With a wealth of box office success stories and […]

  • Tenth of global population will use an OTT service (TVB Europe)

    Published July 19, 2018

    Following the news that SVOD subscriptions in the UK have overtaken pay-TV for the first time, the same services are expected to be viewed by 10% of the global population at least once a month in 2018. Data released by eMarketer forecasts that almost 765 million people worldwide tune in to watch content on platforms […]

  • The future of digital terrestrial television (Digital Television Group)

    Published July 19, 2018

    In an article on the Digital Television Group (DTG) web site, informitv founder and CEO Dr William Cooper says: “We have had nearly two decades of digital terrestrial television in the United Kingdom, so will we still be watching television the same way in another twenty years? To answer that question, we have to unpack […]

  • BBC reveals results of 4K UHD iPlayer trial (Broadcast)

    Published July 19, 2018

    According to the BBC, significant improvements in encoding and computational power are needed before 4K Ultra HD live streaming becomes a practical option for broadcasters. The UK corporation has revealed preliminary findings and audience figures for its recent 4K Ultra HD trials, which began with the Royal Wedding in May and continued through the World […]

  • Record fine for illegal Sky use (Broadband TV News)

    Published July 19, 2018

    Two public house directors and licensees have been ordered to pay a record £327,405 (€375,000) for the illegal use of Sky transmissions. The prosecution was brought by the UK’s intellectual property protection organisation FACT, which claimed that the offences were contrary to Section 297(1) of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988. FACT Prosecuting Manager […]

  • Now TV adds Hayu pass (Pocket Lint)

    Published July 19, 2018

    Now TV is to add a new subscription pass alongside its Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and Kids Passes. Unlike those, however, it is not centred on Sky content. The Hayu Pass, which arrives in August in time for the new season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, is the first to be dedicated to […]

  • Hordley hired at Screen Yorkshire (Prolific North)

    Published July 19, 2018

    Screen Yorkshire has hired Chris Hordley as Production Liaison Manager, as part of its plan to launch a regional film office later this year. It marks a return to the organisation for Hordley, who joined in 2004, before moving to Creative England in 2011, where he helped establish England’s first national film location database. Screen […]

  • Octopus unveils latest newsroom system (In Broadcast)

    Published July 19, 2018

    Octopus Newsroom, based in Prague, is to launch the latest version of its newsroom computer system at IBC2018. It includes a range of improvements that are designed to make the operator-friendly NRCS even easier to use. Octopus Newsroom Marketing Manager Adam Kennedy-Ripon said: “Working in a newsroom can be very exhilarating, with stories coming in […]

  • BBC Scotland invests in Stirlitz Media Logger (In Broadcast)

    Published July 19, 2018

    After-broadcast/compliance logging software that was specifically designed by a Portuguese company for ease of use by non-technical users and engineers alike is proving a valuable addition to the production infrastructure at studios operated by BBC Scotland. Stirlitz Media Logger has been installed for use across the broadcaster’s three HD channels: BBC One Scotland, BBC Two […]

  • Google plans private transatlantic cable (Silicon Republic)

    Published July 18, 2018

    Subsea cables power much of the globe’s connectivity and the uptick in building projects looks set to continue for the next few years. Firms such as Microsoft, Facebook and SoftBank have made significant investments in recent times and they are far from alone. Tech giant Google announced this week that it is building a second […]

  • Amazon and Netflix ramp up content production (Digital TV News)

    Published July 18, 2018

    Since rolling out worldwide in 2016, Amazon and Netflix have stepped up original video content production. According to business information provider IHS Markit, in 2017 Netflix launched 1,257 hours of original first-run content, well ahead of Amazon Prime Video’s 285 hours. Netflix also dramatically increased its origination outside the US, with 402 hours launched last […]

  • Content protection for the digitally connected world (TV Technology)

    Published July 18, 2018

    “Conditional access systems are no longer a significant barrier to the illegal redistribution of content” writes Jack Curtis, Director of New Technology Atlanta DTH. “The HDCP portion of the HDMI standard has long since been compromised and nothing prevents a properly-licensed viewer from pointing a cell phone camera at a monitor and restreaming a watchable […]

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