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  • Register now for MESA Europe’s Post NAB & MIPTV Review in London

    Published April 24, 2018

    With just over a week to go until MESA Europe’s Post NAB & MIPTV Review, there are still some places left at the event, so register now to secure your attendance. Following the success of its past industry show reviews, MESA Europe’s now annual Post NAB Review will take place on the morning of 3rd […]

  • BBC opens its sound effects library (Broadcast)

    Published April 24, 2018

    The BBC has opened its huge archive of 16,000 sound effects for non-commercial users, free of charge. The Sound Effects are all BBC copyright but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the RemArc licence, which users must agree to before downloading. Permission for commercial use may be granted […]

  • Liverpool enters race for C4 location (Advanced Television)

    Published April 24, 2018

    Liverpool has announced it is to submit a “compelling bid” to host Channel 4’s new national headquarters. The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram have joined forces to lead the bid – claiming: “Channel 4 would find a soulmate in Liverpool” – with a move that would […]

  • YouTube ‘took down 8m videos in 3 months’ (Broadband TV News)

    Published April 24, 2018

    YouTube has revealed it removed over 8 million videos in the last three months of 2017. Publishing the first quarterly report following the release of its “Community Guidelines”, the streaming site said the majority were either spam or people attempting to upload adult content. The published figures do not include content removed for breach of […]

  • Top 10 pay-TV operators ‘to lose US$20bn by 2023’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published April 24, 2018

    According to Digital TV Research, the world’s Top 10 pay-TV operators by revenue will experience losses of $20 billion (£15.5bn/€16bn) between 2017 and 2023. Over the forecast period, the pay-TV revenue share for the Top 10 operators is also expected to fall from 53% to 48%. Looking at the global pay-TV industry, Digital TV Research […]

  • Vodafone ‘nears deal’ for Liberty Global cable networks (Techradar.pro)

    Published April 24, 2018

    Vodafone could agree a deal to take control of Liberty Global’s cable networks in Germany and Eastern Europe for €16.5 billion (£12.8bn/€14.7bn) within the next two weeks, according to the Financial Times. The two firms have been engaged in discussions for the best part of three years, with talks first held in 2015 about a […]

  • Samsung ‘making TV series just for VR’ (Engadget)

    Published April 24, 2018

    With all the immersive games, films and documentaries available, there are plenty of interesting VR experiences for the headset. Wanting to make sure you’ll never run out, Samsung has announced its “Pilot Season”. According to the company, it’s a “…new initiative aimed at infusing exclusive original episodic Virtual Reality content into the Samsung VR Video […]

  • QYOU triples global distribution in 6 months (Business Insider)

    Published April 24, 2018

    World-leading curator of premium “best-of-the-web” video for multiscreen distribution QYOU Media has announced that its programming formats now reach a global addressable audience of more than 300 million consumers. This marks a threefold increase in distribution reach in six months, fuelled by significant partnerships across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. QYOU Media CEO and […]

  • Netflix to raise another $1.5bn (Advanced Television)

    Published April 23, 2018

    Netflix has announced plans to raise a hefty $1.5bn (£1.16bn/€1.3bn) through a bond offering and said it will use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including new content. With a stock market value of $142bn (£110bn/€127bn) and the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 this year, Netflix has often touted its “thick” equity cushion as […]

  • AMP Visual TV renews Gold sponsorship with SVG Europe (SVG Europe)

    Published April 23, 2018

    AMP Visual TV has renewed its Gold sponsorship with SVG Europe, reiterating its commitment to OB coverage of sporting events. AMP Visual deputy MD and Chief Commercial Officer Stéphane Dery said: “The sports segment is on the top of AMP Visual’s TV strategy. With a fleet of 34 OB trucks, our approach is also to […]

  • Dailymotion selects OpenIO SDS (Mediakwest)

    Published April 23, 2018

    OpenIO, an innovator in object storage and server-less computing, has announced that the European provider of user-generated and premium video content Dailymotion has selected OpenIO SDS as a crucial infrastructure component. OpenIO SDS will store Dailymotion’s multi-petabyte content archive and will support the challenge of its strategy to focus on premium content. The OpenIO storage […]

  • Twin Pines Reconstructs 16th Century Seville (In Broadcast)

    Published April 23, 2018

    Madrid-based VFX studio Twin Pines is the creative force behind the visual effects for the successful TV series “La Peste” (The Plague), a Spanish super-production by Movistar+ which broke viewing records and saw one-in-five binge watch the series in a matter of days, selling rights all over the world and clocking in as the costliest […]

  • Registrations open for ‘Northern Waves’ conference (Connected Media News)

    Published April 23, 2018

    NorthernWaves.tv will takes place on May 31 in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The conference will bring together the TV community to discuss the latest developments in TV technology and its impact on the businesses around it. The event is endorsed and supported by leading broadcasters and pay-TV operators in Scandinavia. Topics for discussion during the […]

  • Netflix reveals new European series (Euronews)

    Published April 19, 2018

    Digital broadcaster Netflix has announced plans to expand its programming in key European countries. It has unveiled seven new series – including its first in the Netherlands, a coming-of-age horror set in Amsterdam. The online provider will also introduce fresh content from France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. “Luna Nera” is about women suspected […]

  • Strategy Analytics: ‘mobile essential for live TV services’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published April 19, 2018

    Mobile screens are “essential for live TV services” thanks to improved displays, faster mobile connection speeds and more generous data plans, according to Strategy Analytics. In a research report, the firm said that smartphones should be prioritised as an alternative screen to consume live TV services – not just a device for accessing content “on […]

  • BT Sport Director of Mobile Strategy named (Broadcast)

    Published April 19, 2018

    EE’s Matt Stagg has been appointed to head BT Sport’s mobile division, in a new role as Director of Mobile Strategy, to “highlight the importance of mobile to the broadcaster’s ambitions”. Stagg was formerly Head of Media and Broadcast at the mobile operator EE, which is also part of the BT group. Stagg is to […]

  • Sky emerging as a ‘convergence heavyweight’ (Telecoms.com)

    Published April 19, 2018

    The convergence business model is a difficult one to crack, though some might argue that Sky has the easier path to connected riches and it is starting to pick up the pace. Revenues for the nine-months to end-March stood at £10.1 billion (€11.6bn), a 5% uplift compared to 2017, adding 480,000 new customers across the […]

  • HSE24 owners said to ‘favour sale over IPO’ (Broadband TV News)

    Published April 19, 2018

    The US investment group Providence is moving ahead with plans to sell German home shopping TV network HSE24. Providence has selected Apax, BC Partners and Pamplona as second-round bidders Reuters reports, with reference to several people close to the matter. The suitors will attend management presentations next week, with a view to getting ready for […]

  • British and Indian Governments support tech partnership (Prolific North)

    Published April 19, 2018

    A tech partnership between The Landing at MediaCityUK and T-Hub in Hyderabad has been supported by the British and Indian Governments. The aim is to bring innovation and growth to British companies, through collaboration. As part of the deal, the two areas will work on an “Innovation Bridge Programme”, through two specific schemes: Market Access […]

  • Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of European privacy law (The Guardian)

    Published April 19, 2018

    Facebook has moved more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law, despite a promise from Mark Zuckerberg to apply the “spirit” of the legislation globally. In a tweak to its terms and conditions, Facebook is shifting the responsibility for all users outside the US, Canada and the EU from its international […]

  • From LP to UHD – 60 Years of Sonopress (Sonopress)

    Published April 19, 2018

    The international media service provider Sonopress celebrates its 60th anniversary this month. In Gütersloh, on Apr 22 1958, a company was founded that has since developed into one of the most innovative and successful replication service providers. What began in a small workshop in the late 1950s with six record presses is now one of […]

  • Milk VFX and Electric Theatre Collective join Sohonet at FMX 2018 (Broadcasting & Cable)

    Published April 18, 2018

    Experts in connected cloud services for the media and entertainment industry Sohonet announced on Wednesday that leading industry figures from Electric Theatre Collective (ETC), Milk Visual Effects, Amazon Web Services, Pixit Media and Teradici will join Sohonet’s Virtual Workstations panel during FMX, Europe’s premier conference for the digital visual arts. The panel, on Apr 25 […]

  • X Factor Italy delivers with RTS intercom (SVG Europe)

    Published April 18, 2018

    For the 11th edition of “X-Factor Italy”, broadcasting specialist One TV has fielded a newly-constructed outside broadcast truck, complete with a comprehensive RTS intercom solution. The system was designed and built by One TV’s parent company and Italy’s largest broadcast systems integrator, Professional Show. The OB truck has OMNEO media networking architecture at its heart, […]

  • Ofcom to investigate RT impartiality (Advanced Television)

    Published April 18, 2018

    The UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has opened seven new investigations into the due impartiality of news and current affairs programmes on the RT news channel. The investigations form part of an update by Ofcom into the licences held by TV Novosti, the company that broadcasts RT. Ofcom says that, until recently, TV Novosti’s overall compliance […]

  • Video sharing platforms: shared revenue, shared responsibility? (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published April 18, 2018

    A free public conference organised by the French Ministry of Culture and the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) – Video Sharing Platforms: shared revenue, shared responsibility? – is to be held in Paris on Tuesday, Jun 5. The EAO will bring together industry experts, professionals and European decision makers in two discussion panels, to debate the […]

  • Post NAB & MIPTV Review London: 3rd May

    Published April 17, 2018

    The doors of NAB 2018 in Las Vegas and MIPTV in Cannes closed at the end of last week, following several days of showcasing innovation in new products and technologies, together with industry debate on the future direction of the broadcast and content markets. In one morning session MESA Europe members and invited guests will […]

  • INSIGHT TV announces App for 4K UHD streaming (4rfv)

    Published April 17, 2018

    Netherlands-based INSIGHT TV has revealed an app that will stream 4K UHD content to any Universal Windows Platform (UWP) device. The app will be a Windows Store Application and is being built on the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors. INSIGHT TV works to create and distribute content to media companies, telcos and viewers worldwide. […]

  • Building ‘complete’ on BBC Wales HQ (TVB Europe)

    Published April 17, 2018

    Building work has been completed on BBC Cymru Wales’ new broadcast centre in Cardiff, with the developers handing Director General Tony Hall the keys today (Tuesday). More than 80 production companies will have open access to the building and the Welsh language broadcaster S4C will also have a base at the centre. The Central Square […]

  • Sky Italia blocks football TV rights tender (Advanced Television)

    Published April 17, 2018

    Sky Italia has revealed that a Milan court has suspended the tender for national TV rights to the Italian Serie A for the seasons 2018-2021. The satellite broadcaster asked for checks on whether the process that awarded the football rights to Spain’s MediaPro was in line with Italian laws. According to Sky Italia, the tender: […]

  • Bouygues plays down speculation on Altice France move (Digital TV Europe)

    Published April 17, 2018

    French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has played down a press report that it is in talks to acquire Altice France/SFR, in a move that would reduce the number of major operators in France from four to three. Bloomberg reported that Bouygues is considering a bid for Altice’s French unit with other investors, citing unnamed sources. According […]

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