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  • EE tests 5G network with 2.8Gbps download speeds (V3)

    Published November 16, 2017

    BT-owned EE has demonstrated a fully-functioning, end-to-end 5G test network in the UK, capable of delivering download speeds of up to 2.8Gbps. The company claims that this is a major step in the testing of next-generation mobile connectivity, which will help it to deliver a commercial, off-the-shelf 5G service in the future. Working with communications […]

  • Netflix outlines EMEA strategy (Broadband TV News)

    Published November 16, 2017

    Netflix has “…no plans to launch a linear channel”, according to the company’s VP Business Development EMEA Maria Ferreras, speaking at the OTTtv World Forum. She said that it would instead make the service more accessible to viewers. “…so there will be evolution, but not in a linear way.” Ferreras also said that, outside the […]

  • Study: Streaming quality key to OTT growth (Advanced Television)

    Published November 16, 2017

    A research study – conducted by OTT viewing experience analytics specialist Conviva and independent research and strategy consultancy MTM – explores OTT operational best practices across leading publishers in EMEA and North America. It has identified a range of practices that could improve the quality of streaming video across the industry, potentially accelerating the overall […]

  • Record industry wants more royalties from YouTube and Facebook (Silicon Republic)

    Published November 16, 2017

    Internet players are allegedly hurting creative talent and contributing to the decimation of the music industry. The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has echoed international calls for internet giants to pay royalties for licensed content that is shared over their networks. IMRO has called on the Irish Government to work with it to cultivate a […]

  • New video-over-IP interface from Avid (SVG Europe)

    Published November 16, 2017

    Avid has unveiled Avid “Artist|DNxIP” – the latest addition to the Avid I/O family of hardware interfaces. The new portable interface enables broadcasters and large post-production facilities to connect their entire studios over IP, for greater flexibility and efficiency. Built in partnership with AJA and powered by MediaCentral, DNxIP enables the transfer of SMPTE standard […]

  • Swisscom announces TV service enhancements (Telecompaper)

    Published November 16, 2017

    Swisscom is to launch several enhancements to its TV service, including “Personal Universe”, voice control, high-speed WLAN and secure surfing. Swisscom TV will run on a fully-revamped OS called Entertainment OS3, which provides access to more content from more providers, while at the same time easing and personalising the search for programmes and videos. The […]

  • Manchester United revenue up 17% (Prolific North)

    Published November 16, 2017

    Manchester United has released its latest figures, which show that Q1 revenue was up 17% year-on-year, to £141million (€162m). The club reported an operating profit of £15.2million (€17.5m) and a major increase in broadcasting income. While its commercial income remained stable year-on-year, its broadcast increased 30.9%, to £38.1m (€43.8m). The broadcast increase was due to […]

  • Antenna Hungária launches standalone OTT sports service (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 16, 2017

    Antenna Hungária has launched its first standalone over-the-top (OTT) service, a subscription sports offering called MindiGO Sport. Announcing the service at the OTTtv World Summit in London, Antenna Hungaria’s director of broadcast and media services, Henrik Schneider, said that MindiGO Sport is designed to complement large European sports broadcasters such as Eurosport and local players […]

  • Quarter of European OTT platforms target cross-border audiences (Broadband TV News)

    Published November 15, 2017

    The UK is at the epicentre of the explosion in over-the-top (OTT) video on demand (VOD) services across the European Union and Turkey, as 82 of its 226 OTT platforms – double any other EU nation – are VOD services targeted outside the UK. The research, commissioned by TVT Media and conducted by Media Asset […]

  • Pay-TV operators with Android STBs hits 40 in Q3 (Digital TV News)

    Published November 15, 2017

    Research from Dataxis reveals that, by the end of Q3 2017, around 40 worldwide pay-TV operators had deployed Android STBs. Android tends to be used by operators that wish to create a more “OTT friendly” pay-TV offering, as well as by pure OTT services. However, the Dataxis research shows that the actual number of subscribers […]

  • BBC plots £500m debt-fuelled bid for control of UKTV (Daily Telegraph)

    Published November 15, 2017

    The BBC is manoeuvring towards a £500m (€575m) bid for full control of UKTV, the broadcaster behind the Dave and Gold channels, in what would be a major expansion into the advertising and pay-TV markets. According to industry and City sources, the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide is in talks with advisers about borrowing hundreds […]

  • Pay-TV: ‘too many options’ (TVB Europe)

    Published November 15, 2017

    Pay-TV viewers are “paralysed” by the proliferation of content available to them, according to a report from PWC, which is subtitled “How tech will transform content Discovery”. The content discovery report from PWC reveals that at least half of the consumers surveyed (55%) look for new content to watch at least once a week and […]

  • European OTT video revenue to double by 2021 (Rapid TV News)

    Published November 14, 2017

    Keeping viewers engaged through personalised content delivery and targeted advertisements will be the key to minimising churn in the over-the-top (OTT) market, while pricing and technological innovation will play a major role in defining the market over the next five years, according to research from Frost & Sullivan. The analyst says that converged video services […]

  • “Lord of the Rings” series gets multi-season commitment from Amazon (WorldScreen)

    Published November 14, 2017

    Amazon has acquired the global television rights for a TV series of “The Lord of the Rings”, based on the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The series adaptation will be produced as an Amazon Prime original by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line […]

  • Orange selects AirTies to provide premium in-home WiFi (Telecomms Briefing)

    Published November 14, 2017

    AirTies Wireless Networks, an international provider of premium in-home wireless systems and set-top box solutions, has announced that telecomms operator Orange has chosen AirTies to deliver ultra-performance in-home WiFi solutions to subscribers in France and Poland. AirTies’ intelligent and Mesh-ready devices enable Orange to enhance in-home WiFi performance and support a robust streaming video and […]

  • C4 joins European digital ad venture (Advanced Television)

    Published November 14, 2017

    UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has teamed up with three European broadcasters to book pan-European advertising campaigns, allowing it to take on digital ad giants Facebook and Google. The European Broadcaster Exchange – which will comprise Channel 4, Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, France’s FT1 and Spain/Italy’s Mediaset – is set to launch early next year. Each of […]

  • A1 Telekom Austria launches zero-rating service (Broadband TV News)

    Published November 14, 2017

    A1 Telekom Austria has introduced a zero-rating service as the first Austrian mobile network operator offering its customers unlimited access to selected video and audio streaming services. The A1 Free Stream is a free-of-charge part of the tariffs A1 Go! M, A1 Go! L and A1 Go! XL. Existing customers receive access when transferring into […]

  • ‘Increasingly harder’ for broadcasters to compete for super-premium productions (TVB Europe)

    Published November 14, 2017

    Traditional broadcasters will find it increasingly difficult to compete with streaming services for “super-premium” content according to media analyst Tom Harrington from Enders Analysis. He told TVBEurope that Amazon’s reported $250 million (£195m/€225m) deal to secure the rights to JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” will not be the last time a streaming service will […]

  • Streaming platform Roku acquires Danish audio start-up (PSN Europe)

    Published November 14, 2017

    Streaming platform Roku has acquired Danish audio company Dynastrom, a multi-room speaker start-up. Roku revealed in September that it had acquired a privately held company located in Denmark: “to enhance the company’s player product offering” for $3.5 million (£275m/€312m) cash. Roku also issued 108,332 shares to two of Dynastrom’s company’s founders “as part of a […]

  • Calrec ‘Going the Distance’ with white paper (SVG Europe)

    Published November 14, 2017

    Highlighted during the recent SVG Europe “Remote Production Audio Forum” in Amsterdam, a new free-to-download white paper from Calrec: “Going the Distance”, examines the possibilities and pitfalls of remote production audio. Remote production is fast becoming more prevalent, as broadcasters look to it as a means of generating a wider range of high-quality content. However, […]

  • Qualcomm rejects Broadcom’s $103bn takeover offer (Silicon Republic)

    Published November 14, 2017

    Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm has rejected Broadcom’s $103bn (£800m/€920m) takeover offer, saying it undervalued the company. Qualcomm also warned that such a merger would face significant regulatory hurdles. Qualcomm Executive Chair and Chair of the board Paul Jacobs said: “It is the board’s unanimous belief that Broadcom’s proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the company’s leadership […]

  • Vubiquity teams with Cell C to offer VOD, linear entertainment service in Africa (Rapid TV News)

    Published November 13, 2017

    South African mobile operator Cell C has signed a three-year deal with premium content and marketing services provider Vubiquity to provide new and exclusive content and entertainment services throughout the country. Vubiquity’s partnership with Cell C is said to be currently the only solution of its kind and a true market-leader in terms of scope. […]

  • Control content rights with Forensic Watermarking (Streaming Media Global)

    Published November 13, 2017

    Clearly, it is imperative to protect content that’s being delivered to users through the internet—but how? With more video content than ever being delivered, the best way to protect against pirates is to use a content delivery network (CDN) that is built specifically for distribution of TV content. While a generic CDN simply delivers TV […]

  • Molotov drives innovative service to rapid growth with AWS Elemental (Mediakwest)

    Published November 13, 2017

    France’s Molotov TV has positioned itself among the leaders in the over-the-top video services that are changing the way consumers enjoy TV. Since launching its subscription-based offering less than a year ago, Molotov has attracted more than a million subscribers to its high-quality content and engaging user experience. Molotov depends on high-performance, highly efficient video […]

  • Rakuten TV mulls wider European expansion (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 9, 2017

    Video-on-demand service Rakuten TV is mulling plans to expand its footprint across more European countries. Speaking exclusively to Digital TV Europe, Rakuten TV CEO Jacinto Roca said: “…we have the intention to launch but we don’t have concrete plans yet”. Heading into next year, Roca added that the firm may consider increasing its number of […]

  • Anti-piracy tools help Hollywood sustain its love affair with DVD Screeners (MESA Europe)

    Published November 9, 2017

    An Oscar nomination – or better yet, a win – can have a big impact on a film’s box office performance and so studios are keen to ensure their films are seen by the right people, including Academy and guild members, movie critics and awards show journalists. The most popular way to get pre-released films […]

  • Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services becomes Red Bee Media (Advanced Television)

    Published November 9, 2017

    Ericsson is to rename its Broadcast and Media Services business “Red Bee Media” – the former name of the one-time BBC Broadcast unit – effective immediately. The Red Bee Media name and brand identity will apply to all of Ericsson’s Broadcast and Media Services businesses worldwide. As part of this change, Red Bee Media is […]

  • Vodafone & CityFibre to bring FTTP broadband to 5m UK premises (Silicon)

    Published November 9, 2017

    Vodafone and CityFibre are to build a fibre to the premise (FTTP) broadband network that will serve as many as five million properties in a move that could shake up the UK telecoms market. Work will start next year to deliver FTTP to one million homes and businesses by 2021, after which there is an […]

  • RTL profits rise 11.8% driven by French and German operations (Luxemburger Wort)

    Published November 9, 2017

    Luxembourg-based RTL Group – with interests in 56 television channels and 31 radio stations – has announced that third-quarter net profit rose 11.8%, driven by its German and French operations, and it increased its earnings outlook for the year. The company said that profit for the period July through September was €114 million (£99.2m), compared […]

  • Höttges: Sports and Drama boost Deutsche Telekom’s TV base (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 9, 2017

    Investment in sports and drama content is helping fuel growth in Deutsche Telekom’s domestic TV base, according to CEO Timotheus Höttges. Hailing the addition of 65,000 subscribers to the Entertain service’s TV base over the last year, Höttges – speaking after the company posted its Q3 figures – said that Telekom’s “broad range of products […]



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