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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 […]

  • Former EMEA Head of SPE global mastering joins IYUNO (MESA Europe)

    Published March 13, 2018

    Former EMEA Head of Sony Pictures Entertainment global mastering and servicing group James Puttock has joined IYUNO Media Group as VP Business Development. He brings more than 20 years of media localisation and international distribution experience to the role, having worked in creative, technical and operational capacities as both supplier and client. IYUNO CEO David […]

  • UK government delays age verification for adult sites (Digital TV Europe)

    Published March 13, 2018

    The UK government has said that age verification for adult sites will now be enforceable “by the end of the year”, instead of its previously announced April 2018 deadline. In an announcement about the rollout of 5G mobile in the UK, the government included a statement that its priority is to make the internet safer […]

  • US films ‘still get the lion’s share’ of TVOD promotion in Europe (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published March 13, 2018

    A free report, just released by the European Audiovisual Observatory – part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg – reveals that 25 of the 30 most-promoted films by TVOD services were produced in the USA. The Top 10 most-promoted films benefitted from 32% of all promotional spots, while European films benefitted from just 23% […]

  • Conax & Canal Digital collaborate on ‘OnePlace’ (Multichannel News)

    Published March 13, 2018

    The Kudelski Group company Conax has announced a collaboration with Nordic DTH operator Canal Digital, to secure its new Android TV-based entertainment service “OnePlace”, which is now available to Canal Digital’s DTH customers across their Nordic footprint. The OnePlace set-top box will deliver more content and games via the Google Play Store and easy access […]

  • Broadpeak integrates NAGRA NexGuard watermarking (Connected Media News)

    Published March 13, 2018

    Leading provider of content delivery network and video streaming solutions Broadpeak has announced the integration of NAGRA NexGuard watermarking on their BkS400 caching server. It protects live and VOD content on every screen and provides a session-based watermarking solution for the video streaming market. NexGuard leverages adaptive-bit-rate streaming technology, to create a unique watermark for […]

  • Ireland seeks post-Brexit channel business (Broadband TV News)

    Published March 13, 2018

    Ireland has emerged as a potential haven for channels currently using the UK as their base to broadcast to Europe, after the UK leaves the European Union. Last week, business organisation IDA Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) met with potential investors in London. They’re looking to encourage some of the more-than 1,000 […]

  • Spain, Hong Kong climb Netflix ‘ISP Speed Index’ (Advanced Television)

    Published March 13, 2018

    Netflix has released February data from its “ISP Speed Index”, a monthly update on which internet service providers (ISPs) provide the best primetime Netflix streaming experience. Hong Kong’s iCable enjoyed the biggest speed increase in February, with a gain of 0.58 Megabits per second (Mbps), bringing its average monthly speed up to 3.92Mbps, up from […]

  • ‘Unconscious bias’ leads to underfunding of women tech founders (Silicon Republic)

    Published March 13, 2018

    A worrying trend – in the form of “extremely unconscious bias” among venture capital investors – is leading to underfunding of companies led by Irish women tech founders, according to Liz McCarthy, Head of special projects at Dublin’s Dogpatch Labs, which held a week-long schedule of events around International Women’s Day (Mar 8). Last week’s […]

  • New ‘Coronation Street’ set unveiled (Prolific North)

    Published March 13, 2018

    ITV has unveiled a whole new street on the “Coronation Street” set – complete with a Costa Coffee, Co-op and a tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bomb. For years, the area surrounding the terraced houses, Rovers Return, corner shop, cafe and newsagents has existed only in the viewers’ imagination but from May, […]

  • Cardiff council to bid for Channel 4 (TVB Europe)

    Published March 12, 2018

    Cardiff council has submitted a letter stating its intent to formally bid to become one of UK broadcaster Channel 4’s new hubs, once it relocates outside of London. According to BBC Wales, Cardiff council Leader Huw Thomas said the city “would be delighted to present its credentials” to Channel 4 Chief Executive Alex Mahon. The […]

  • Content creators slam proposed SVOD window reform in France (Digital TV Europe)

    Published March 12, 2018

    The report on the reform of France’s movie distribution windowing system, produced by Eutelsat chairman Dominique D’Hinnin for the government, has stopped short of bringing the country’s pay-TV and SVOD windows in line. The report – delivered on Friday – was immediately condemned by groups representing producers and authors. The recommended changes would see SVOD […]

  • MTV3 Finland upgrades with Avid, Ericsson and Mediahub (SVG Europe)

    Published March 12, 2018

    Finland’s leading commercial TV network MTV3 has rolled out Avid’s story-centric news workflow, powered by Avid MediaCentral, to create and deliver a range of multimedia-rich content to audiences across television, web, and digital platforms. A part of the Bonnier Group – one of the largest media companies in the Nordics – MTV3 and its production […]

  • Anevia acquires video compression expert Keepixo (Mediakwest)

    Published March 12, 2018

    Anevia, a leading provider in OTT and IPTV software solutions, has announced an agreement to acquire the France-based video compression software experts Keepixo. Specialising in the development of video compression software for TV operators, Keepixo’s existing solutions have been sold to more than 150 clients worldwide, including ZDF, Altibox and Media Broadcast. They enable live […]

  • Programme Update for MESA Europe Security Event in Paris

    Published March 8, 2018

    With almost two weeks to go, to MESA Europe’s second Content & Cybersecurity Forum in Paris, the programme is taking shape. During the morning event delegates will have the opportunity to hear best in class presentations, insightful panel discussions, as well as to participate in open floor debate. The topics to be covered during the […]

  • Testronic to encourage more women into games industry (MCV UK)

    Published March 8, 2018

    To coincide with International Women’s Day on Mar 8, QA and localisation specialist Testronic has launched an initiative to encourage more women into the games industry. The “Testronic 50% Initiative” is the brainchild of the company’s Head of New Business – Games West Europe, Ann Hurley. She is also an Ambassador of the Women in […]

  • EE “no need for 4K on small screens” (SVG Europe)

    Published March 8, 2018

    At the Spurs v Juventus match on Mar 7 at Wembley Stadium in London, UK mobile network operator EE carried out the first-ever test of HD HDR live broadcast to mobile devices. The match (won by two goals to one by the Italian team), was broadcast successfully and the picture quality compared to standard HD […]

  • PSBs ‘could negotiate retransmission fees’ with FAANG (TVB Europe)

    Published March 8, 2018

    Public service broadcasters could boost their revenues by charging retransmission fees to digital platforms, according to a paper from Ofcom. The UK regulator has published its report: “Public Service Broadcasting in a Digital Age” report, which considers the importance of public service broadcasting, and what Ofcom can do to support the system in the next […]


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