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  • FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe launches Measurement Matrix (TVB Europe)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Advocacy group FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe (FWCE) has launched the European Video Measurement Matrix, which aims to provide a unique overview of audience and verification metrics for the premium video industry. The Council, which is backed by Channel 4, Canal+, RTE, MTG and Sky Media, among others, has created the report as a […]

  • CANAL+ Group launches Ultra HD via SES Video (SVG Europe)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Canal+ Group – the French pay-TV operator – is to launch its satellite Ultra HD offer on a newly-designed set-top box, using an SES satellite. Canal+ Group delivers the UHD channels via ASTRA 19.2 degrees East, the leading satellite position in France. With the throughput and reach of its satellite technology, Canal+ Group can make […]

  • Ampere research: French say ‘non’ to Netflix (Broadband TV News)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Research from Ampere Analysis reveals that Netflix has yet to conquer the hearts and minds of the French. Despite a global march to SVOD viewing from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, France solidly bucks the trend with the lowest uptake among countries surveyed. This despite one of the highest uptakes of paid TV […]

  • ATP Media trials 4K versus 1080p HDR at ATP Finals (SVG Europe)

    Published January 18, 2018

    ATP Media – the broadcast production and distribution arm of the ATP World Tour – carried out a live 4K versus 1080p HDR test at the Nitto ATP Finals in November 2017 at The O2 in London, with technology provider Gearhouse Broadcast. The test was designed to compare the two production formats side by side, […]

  • ‘Granada Reports’ Lucy Meacock to present Ray Fitzwalter Award (Prolific North)

    Published January 18, 2018

    There is just a month remaining to enter the inaugural Ray Fitzwalter Award, for investigative journalists outside of London. Presented by Granada’s Lucy Meacock, the award was launched in honour of the former “World in Action” editor and will be judged by a panel that includes ITV’s Controller of Current Affairs and Channel 4’s Head […]

  • Eurosport agrees online ticket deal with StubHub (Digital TV Europe)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Eurosport has partnered with eBay-owned StubHub, which becomes the sports broadcaster’s online ticketing partner. The deal means that fans visiting Eurosport.com will be able to directly purchase tickets to some of the world’s biggest sport and entertainment events, via StubHub. Eurosport will provide a tailored ticket offering for visitors to Eurosport’s websites in Spain, France, […]

  • Music CEO hails ‘seismic victory’ as government backs ‘Agent of Change’ (Pro Sound News)

    Published January 18, 2018

    The British government has announced that it will dramatically strengthen planning rules, throwing a lifeline to music venues across the UK. UK Music CEO has described the news that government will back the much-lauded “Agent of Change” bill as: “…a seismic victory for all those who fought so hard to safeguard the future of music […]

  • Wolf Hall team regroups for cyberwar drama (Rapid TV News)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and writer-director Peter Kosminsky are in development with Channel 4 on a hard-hitting dramatic series with the working title “The Undeclared War”, set against the backdrop of cyberwarfare. The producing and directing team behind the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Peabody Award- winning series “Wolf Hall” is to reunite for what will […]

  • Orange Moldova secures convergent TV offering with Viaccess-Orca (Connected Media News)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Orange Moldova has launched a convergent offering (TV + Internet + mobile) using Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel conditional access system (CAS) along with set-top boxes from Hi-Global Technology and CI+ modules from Neotion. Following the recent acquisition of Sun Communications, Moldova’s leading cable operator, Orange needed to expand its service portfolio to include fixed Internet and […]

  • Picture Canning expands selection of vintage lenses (4rfv)

    Published January 18, 2018

    Facilities house Picture Canning, with offices in London, Manchester and Newcastle, has recently expanded its growing selection of vintage prime lenses. Among the collection is a set of Canon K35 prime lenses: these vintage lenses are great for a wide range of productions, from commercials, fashion shoots and branded content to music videos, given their […]

  • Nielsen adds YouTube mobile app measurement in UK, France and Germany (Digital TV News)

    Published January 17, 2018

    Nielsen has announced the introduction of advertising measurement on YouTube’s mobile app, through its Digital Ad Ratings service in the UK, France, and Germany. The service – which expands Nielsen’s current measurement coverage of YouTube ads on desktop and mobile web browsers – will now provide marketers independent and comprehensive cross-device measurement of advertising audiences […]

  • Deloitte: 18-24 UK TV viewing could drop by 15% (Digital TV Europe)

    Published January 17, 2018

    According to research by Deloitte, traditional TV viewing by 18-24 year olds in the UK will fall 10–15% in 2018 and 2019, after which the decline may slow. The UK media sector trends report mooted a “Great British switch off” among younger viewers, as demand for paid-for online media content continues to grow. Live broadcast […]

  • France takes tentative steps towards 5G (Telecoms.com)

    Published January 17, 2018

    The first standards are out and the 5G frenzy is beginning but France isn’t getting caught up in the euphoria. French telco regulator Arcep has announced it will release temporary frequency authorisations to develop 5G pilots. In this sense, the French are falling in line with the rest of the continent, as the two bands […]

  • Sohonet to manage submission system for 16th Annual VES Awards (Sohonet)

    Published January 16, 2018

    Sohonet will manage and provide an end-to-end online submission system for the 16th Annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Feb 13. For the past nine years, Sohonet has both sponsored the annual judging event in London and managed the global submission process. Sohonet’s QC system has successfully enabled the submissions of more than […]

  • BT introduces minimum broadband speed guarantee (Telecoms.com)

    Published January 16, 2018

    A minimum broadband performance guarantee comes as a surprise but the approach to customer service by BT Consumer could prove to be a very attractive proposition. BT Broadband is to launch two new broadband packages in the UK – with speeds of “up to” 152 Mbps and “up to” 314 Mbps – but the interesting […]

  • Cybersecurity: People cause data breaches, not technology (SVG Europe)

    Published January 16, 2018

    Production companies and broadcasters are at increasing risk from data breaches, but it is people – not technology – that cause the problems says Imagen, a content distribution and media asset management company, based in Cambridgeshire. They have compiled a guide on how to safely store, share and distribute digital media. The company argues that […]

  • Rohde & Schwarz to deliver TV broadcast platform (4rfv)

    Published January 16, 2018

    Arabsat has selected Munich-based Rohde & Schwarz to build an IP-based TV broadcast platform for the Tunisian broadcaster Office National de Télédiffusion (ONT). Working together, the companies have created a DTH platform that meets ONT’s TV and radio broadcast needs, as well as future-proofing the broadcaster’s business expansion strategy. Rohde & Schwarz has been selected […]

  • ITV taps BT exec to head group strategy (TVB Europe)

    Published January 16, 2018

    ITV has named Julian Ashworth as its new Director of group strategy and direct to consumer. Ashworth will join from BT in February, where he is currently Global Director of policy strategy. The new role will see Ashworth head ITV’s online and interactive businesses, including ITV Hub. He brings extensive experience in international strategy, analytics, […]

  • Edwige Magazine taps Arkena for European TV channel (Rapid TV News)

    Published January 16, 2018

    Canada’s Edwige Magazine – aimed at working women around the world – has chosen Arkena to support its launch of a TV channel in Europe. With interviews, reports, documentaries on music, fashion, beauty, decoration and current trends, Edgy TV offers programmes to women from 20 to 55. It covers the cultural differences that accompany them […]

  • The Cloud: AWS bumps up data centre capacity – again (ZD Net)

    Published January 16, 2018

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has extended its cloud computing infrastructure again, adding more capacity to its London region. Each AWS region is a separate geographic area, which Amazon subdivides into what it calls “availability zones” (AZs). Each AZ is made up of one or more cloud computing data centres that are far enough apart that […]

  • Irish court blocks infringing websites (Advanced Television)

    Published January 16, 2018

    The Motion Picture Association (the international branch of the Motion Picture Association of America), which represents some of the world’s biggest television and film studios, has secured a High Court injunction in Ireland directing internet service providers to block websites involved in piracy. The suit alleges that several websites gave up to 1.5 million people […]

  • Timeline launch second 4k UHD RF uplink truck (Timeline)

    Published January 16, 2018

    Timeline Television, a provider of outside-broadcast, post-production and studio-based services for the UK networks, is to launch a second 4K UHD RF uplink truck, which will enable Timeline to support clients’ growing 4K requirements. In December 2016, RF1 – Timeline’s first 4K uplink truck – was introduced and has since completed more than 80 outside […]

  • BBC Studioworks to provide post production for Eurovision (PSN Europe)

    Published January 15, 2018

    BBC Studioworks – a commercial subsidiary of the BBC – has been confirmed to provide post-production services for “Eurovision: You Decide” and “Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour”. “Eurovision: You Decide”, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will make its return to the post-production team at BBC Studioworks. It will support […]

  • Isle of Media appoints former UTV exec as CEO (Digital TV Europe)

    Published January 15, 2018

    Michael Wilson– the former MD of UTV in Northern Ireland – has joined the Isle of Man’s media development agency as chief executive officer (CEO). Wilson joins Isle of Media after having spent more than 10 years at UTV – the operator of the ITV licence for Northern Ireland – first as head of television […]

  • German cable players unite for analogue switch-off (Broadband TV News)

    Published January 15, 2018

    The German media authorities have jointly founded – with industry associations, cable operators and TV broadcasters – the “Digitales Kabel” initiative, to accompany the transition to sole digital TV distribution on German cable networks. A jointly-financed project office, which has commenced work, has been set up to coordinate and support the move. The project office […]

  • Mushatsi-Kareba named Sony Music Entertainment CEO – Germany, Switzerland, Austria (Sony Music Entertainment)

    Published January 15, 2018

    Sony Music Entertainment President, Continental Europe and Africa, Daniel Lieberberg has announced that Patrick Mushatsi-Kareba has been named Sony Music Entertainment CEO, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA). Based in Munich, Mushatsi-Kareba will oversee all of Sony Music’s operations in the GSA region and will report directly to Lieberberg. “I have worked with Patrick for a […]

  • Police authorities, Europol, and AAPA shut down illegal streaming network (AAPA)

    Published January 12, 2018

    A group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been raided and shut down, following an investigation by the Cypriot Police. They were supported by the Cybercrime Division of the Greek police, the Dutch Fiscal Information Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime unit of the Bulgarian police and Europol, together with members of the […]

  • Report: British series gain ground abroad (World Screen)

    Published January 12, 2018

    While American series continue to dominate international schedules, a report finds that European productions – especially British ones – are increasing their share. Eurodata’s “2017 Scripted Series” report highlights a rise in originals: in 2017, three out of ten series were original and 70% were broadcast on the leading channels. Of the series studied, more […]

  • Stoneroos delivers STB application for DELTA IPTV service (Advanced News)

    Published January 11, 2018

    Netherlands-based DELTA – a provider of internet, TV, telephony and energy – is to deploy a set-top box application from Hilversum-based Stoneroos for its all IP-based service. Packages offered by DELTA include more than 140 live TV channels, many of which have “replay TV” – allowing users to re-start live programmes – and a full, […]

  • Pixelogic to offer Dolby Vision UHD Blu-ray Disc Authoring in Europe (Pixelogic)

    Published January 11, 2018

    Burbank-based Pixelogic, a global provider of localisation and distribution services, has announced that their London operation is the first facility in Europe to offer Dolby Vision UHD Blu-ray authoring, using proprietary Dolby Vision authoring toolsets. Dolby VP Worldwide Content Relations Ron Geller said: “Pixelogic will help ensure that the image and sound of feature and […]

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