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  • Disney creates new global division (Digital TV Europe)

    Published March 15, 2018

    The Walt Disney Company has restructured, to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services. Disney Senior Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer has been named Chair of the new unit: Disney Direct-to-consumer and International. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, its ESPN+ direct-to-consumer […]

  • Bundesliga green-lights broadcast virtual advertising (SVG Europe)

    Published March 15, 2018

    A breakthrough in broadcast-quality virtual advertising has been achieved, after a successful programme of live testing. The German Football League (DFL) has approved the Supponor technology used by Lagardère Sports, which means a major hurdle for the regular use of virtual perimeter advertising in the Bundesliga has been overcome. At the Bundesliga match between Borussia […]

  • Spotify tests its own voice assistant (The Guardian)

    Published March 15, 2018

    Spotify is experimenting with a voice-control interface, looking to free itself from reliance on Siri and Alexa and pave the way for the company’s forthcoming smart speaker. Users have spotted the new feature hiding in the search bar of Spotify’s iOS app. After tapping the magnifying glass to search for a track or playlist, testers […]

  • Eastern Europe – 20% of EU population but only 12% of cinema screens (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published March 15, 2018

    In Eastern Europe, 87.4% of residents have at least one cinema within a 30-minute drive, rising to 92.9% within a drive-time of 45 minutes. While 79.5% have access to a monoscreen cinema within a half-hour radius, just 38.8% can access multiplexes. These are some of the findings of the latest “cinema screen density report” by […]

  • UK rolls out ‘Gigabit Broadband Voucher’ scheme (Total Telecom)

    Published March 15, 2018

    A nationwide “Gigabit Broadband Voucher” scheme has been launched by the UK government, to help small and medium sized businesses pay for the cost of connecting to gigabit-ready, fibre to the home (FTTH) services. From Mar 15, small and medium-sized businesses in the UK can claim a voucher worth up to £3,000 (€3,500) from the […]

  • Sony to launch ultra-portable mobile projector in Europe (4rfv)

    Published March 15, 2018

    Sony has announced its ultra-portable mobile projector is to arrive in Europe this Spring. The MP-CD1 can project content up to 120” (3m) in size from a distance of just under 12 feet (3.5m) and it weighs around 10oz (280gm). Its’ almost silent operation and size makes it ideal for on-the-go business presentations, gaming, and […]

  • EU, France take action against ‘abusive’ app stores (

    Published March 15, 2018

    The European Commission has drafted stricter rules for app stores, e-commerce sites and search engines, while recent French legal action targets “abusive business practices” In its latest move to regulate dominant technology and internet multinationals, the European Commission has reportedly drafted new rules that would place more controls on companies offering online “intermediary” services, including […]

  • Pay-TV platforms boost Spanish TV production (Advanced Television)

    Published March 14, 2018

    The proliferation of pay-TV operators in Spain and the increasingly growth of their penetration in the market are boosting domestic TV production, easing the creation of new TV producers and opening a new exploitation window for traditional linear TV companies. Atresmedia – operator of Antena 3 and La Sexta among others – has set up […]

  • ZOO Digital to release enhanced content security with facial recognition at NAB (TVB Europe)

    Published March 14, 2018

    ZOO Digital will demonstrate a security feature that incorporates machine learning and facial recognition at NAB 2018. An industry first, the feature addresses a major security risk by automatically obscuring video streams in all areas except those necessary for the subtitling and dubbing process. It works similarly to rotoscoping – the visual effects technique used […]

  • HEVC Advance slashes streaming fees (CSI)

    Published March 14, 2018

    HEVC Advance – one of the codec’s main patent pools – has decided to eliminate streaming content distribution royalty fees, as well as reducing certain royalty rates and caps. In a significant move, HEVC Advance said it has eliminated “subscription” and “title-by-title” content distribution from the HEVC Advance Patent License. With this announcement, HEVC Advance […]

  • Bingeing grows up – SVOD uptake by over-55s (TBI Vision)

    Published March 14, 2018

    Although over-55s remain staunch supporters of linear television, a study from UK-based Ampere Analysis shows they are waking up to binge viewing of SVOD platforms. There is virtually no difference in viewing habits between those aged 55-64 and 18-24s, if subscription video on-demand is the only service in their household. According to the industry analysts, […]

  • The rise and rise of immersive sound (ProSound News Europe)

    Published March 14, 2018

    The emerging techniques of “object-based” audio are really going to screw up Nipper the dog. He’s the one who sits at the HMV gramophone horn, convinced of the sound’s authenticity. The signal travels through a cable to a transducer and emerges from some kind of flare, right where you and Nipper would expect. Introduce a […]

  • Consumer Piracy to feature at MESA Europe’s Paris event

    Published March 13, 2018

    Reviewing and combatting the continuing consumer online piracy problem is one of the topics coming under the spotlight at MESA Europe’s Content & Cybersecurity Forum, taking place in Paris on 21st March. Content protection has matured and we are entering an era of consolidation. Meanwhile, new technological challenges have appeared on the horizon. In a […]


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