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  • Soccer World Cup 2018: global audience to hit 3.4bn (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published June 14, 2018

    Business has never looked better as the globe’s biggest sporting event kicks off in Russia, despite corruption scandals and the absence of Team USA. Soccer’s premiere tournament, the 2018 World Cup, was supposed to be a disaster. Scandal – corruption allegations against soccer’s global governing body FIFA and doping charges levied at Russia, this year’s […]

  • Internet pioneers denounce EU copyright proposal (Silicon Republic)

    Published June 14, 2018

    The EU vote on a major change to copyright law is set to take place on Jun 20-21 and more than 70 internet pioneers have signed a letter speaking out against Article 13 of the EU’s latest proposal. The group includes Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle. […]

  • Haymillian opens new facility in South Africa (MESA Europe)

    Published June 14, 2018

    Global provider of localisation and production services Haymillian has announced the opening of a regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Haymillian Africa will be the local sales, project management and customer support headquarters for the African continent. In addition to regional customer support, Haymillian Africa will provide employment opportunities for local voice-over artists and dubbing […]

  • Splice to open 30-room post facility in Cardiff (Broadcast)

    Published June 14, 2018

    The East London post house Splice is to set up a major new £1million (€1.15m) post-production facility in Cardiff. The 30-room facility is the post house’s first move outside the capital and is on a larger scale than its headquarters in Perseverance Works, Shoreditch. According to Splice Director Damian Dolniak, the driver for setting up […]

  • DAZN secures exclusive Serie A rights (TVB Europe)

    Published June 14, 2018

    On-demand and streaming service DAZN has won the multi-platform rights to Italy’s Serie A for the next three years. According to reports, Perform Group (DAZN’s owner) has paid €600m (£520m) for the rights to 114 top-tier Italian football matches a season, between 2018 and 2021. The deal includes the Saturday night match at 8.30pm and […]

  • BrightBlue and Amino team up for IPTV service (Broadband TV News)

    Published June 14, 2018

    UK-based technology solutions provider Amino has entered a partnership with BrightBlue, Germany’s new turnkey IPTV service provider. Amino delivers the technology behind the multiscreen IPTV service that was unveiled at ANGA COM 2018, targeting small and medium-sized fibre-optic, cable and VDSL network operators. The white-label product contains more than 150 TV channels, more than 150 […]

  • Vewd enables iVideoSmart on smart TV devices (Digital TV News)

    Published June 14, 2018

    OTT global market leader Vewd and the “No OPEX and No CAPEX” solution provider iVideoSmart have partnered to provide content creators, broadcasters, and publishers a fast and easy path to expand their reach through streaming video. As part of its vision to help video owners distribute their content everywhere, iVideoSmart has integrated “Vewd Snap”, which […]

  • Parks: Over 265m global OTT homes by 2022 (Advanced Television)

    Published June 14, 2018

    An industry report from research firm Parks Associates shows that the number of households worldwide with an OTT video service subscription will exceed 265 million by 2022. The popularity of OTT video services – including Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu – has driven a steady increase in adoption of smart TVs and streaming media players since […]

  • Channel 4 claims UK first with Google AI partnership (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 13, 2018

    Channel 4 has integrated its All 4 on-demand service with Google Assistant, across Google’s family of Home devices. This step means that All 4 viewers can use Google Home and Google Home Mini devices to ask the Google Assistant to play shows from All 4 on Chromecast. Channel 4 Head of distribution and platform partnerships […]

  • Studio Technologies expands global presence (MESA Europe)

    Published June 13, 2018

    Studio Technologies, manufacturer of high-quality audio, video, and fibre-optic solutions, announces that Mark Townsend has joined the company as Sales representative for the UK and Europe. With over 30 years experience working for prominent professional electronics companies, Townsend has developed strong relationships in the industry. He is based in the UK and will focus on […]

  • Mobile video streaming to surge during Russia 2018 (Total Telecom)

    Published June 13, 2018

    Independent research on behalf of Openwave Mobility finds that 1 in 3 football fans (31%) will watch the 2018 Russia World Cup using mobile data. This is nearly twice the number that watched the 2014 Brazilian World Cup (17%). The 2018 World Cup study was conducted in the UK, Spain and Germany and is based […]

  • Departing BT chief defends strategy (Mobile World Live)

    Published June 12, 2018

    Speaking at 5G World 2018, the departing BT CEO Gavin Patterson appeared to play down reports he was pushed out of the company as a result of waning shareholder satisfaction, arguing he is leaving as the operator is “poised for growth”. In a keynote, he said: “As I enter my sixth year as CEO of […]

  • Netflix suffers global outage (Advanced Television)

    Published June 12, 2018

    Netflix suffered a global outage on Jun 11, with subscribers unable to use the service for around 45 minutes. In a statement posted on Twitter just before 11pm (UK time), Netflix said: “We are aware of members having trouble streaming on all devices. We are investigating the issue and appreciate your patience.” The Netflix status […]

  • EBU calls for dedicated media innovation scheme (EBU)

    Published June 12, 2018

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has called for a dedicated media innovation funding scheme to be established as part of Horizon Europe (the Research and Innovation Framework Programme proposed by the European Commission to succeed Horizon 2020). As the debate about the next EU long-term budget continues, EBU Director General Noel Curran said: “Europe’s strong […]

  • Nordic Entertainment Group launches new corporate branding (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 12, 2018

    Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has launched new corporate branding that is designed to reflect its ambitions to provide “…the best and broadest entertainment experiences in the Nordic region and beyond.” The move comes ahead of NENT Group’s previously announced split from MTG, with each to operate as a separate organisation from Jul 1. NENT […]

  • La Liga ‘spies on illegal broadcasts’ (TVB Europe)

    Published June 12, 2018

    Spain’s Liga de Fútbol Profesional is reportedly using its La Liga app to track down illegal broadcasts of matches. According to the Spanish newspaper “El Dario”, the app asks to access the microphone on a user’s smartphone. The app then uses the mic… “to detect if what it sounds like is a bar or public […]

  • UK Commercial broadcasters challenge BBC & C4 prominence plea (TBi Vision)

    Published June 12, 2018

    In response to calls by the BBC and Channel 4 for greater prominence for their digital services, the UK’s Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) has fired back – warning that intervention should not include changes to traditional linear TV, as doing so could damage much-needed investment in UK children’s programming. According to COBA, its multichannel members […]

  • SMTPE 2018 Technology & Innovation survey results (SMTPE)

    Published June 12, 2018

    As part of SMPTE’s ongoing work to provide insight into the critical issues that are transforming the media and entertainment (M&E) technology industry, the 2018 survey examined artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), immersive media, professional media over managed IP networks, and the “Better Pixels” project. The survey drew more than 200 responses from engineers, […]

  • England’s Children watchdog: ‘Social media must be made less addictive’ (BBC Technology)

    Published June 12, 2018

    The Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield has said Social media firms “need to limit features that hook youngsters on devices.” Streaks – the number of consecutive days people have sent Snapchat messages to each other – should be dropped, she told the Telegraph newspaper. She also pinpointed auto-play videos and algorithms that identify interests […]

  • Telefónica OBs upgraded with BroaMan technology (SVG Europe)

    Published June 12, 2018

    Spanish broadband and telecommunication company Telefónica has become the latest broadcast multinational to invest in BroaMan’s scalable signal conversion technology over fibre. Subsidiary Telefónica Broadcast Service provides services for themselves and other companies, handling production, transport and management of all TV content. Production department Technical Manager Carlos Rojo authorised the investment after seeing BroaMan’s product […]

  • ITV’s Northern UK regions first-ever joint broadcast (Prolific North)

    Published June 12, 2018

    Three of ITV’s Northern regions came together to cover the continuing UK rail crisis story in a first-ever joint news broadcast. “Granada Reports”, Border’s “LookAround” and Calendar’s “North and South” programmes came together for the majority of their half-hour regional slot at 6pm on Monday. The programme was led by a single gallery, with two […]

  • Freeview to go ‘fully hybrid’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 11, 2018

    The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142m) over five years, to accelerate the transition of UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four shareholders in Digital UK said they aim to further develop Freeview Play – the DTT platform that marries free-to-view […]

  • Cognizant: M&E nears the ‘End of Digital’s Beginning’ (M&E Connections)

    Published June 11, 2018

    “The Work Ahead”, a white paper from IT consulting firm Cognizant, looks at the new digital economics of the media and entertainment industry, as well as the ways in which leadership and strategy – from linking customer interfaces to operational core functions, to preparing for the advent of the “experience economy” – will enable M&E […]

  • BBC Ideas commissions Take 1 for online captioning (MESA Europe)

    Published June 8, 2018

    Broadcast metadata and transcription specialist Take 1 has been commissioned to provide online captioning for all content shared via BBC Ideas. The contract requires delivery in a range of formats, to support content distribution online and via social media. Launched in January of this year, BBC Ideas is aimed at curious and savvy digital audiences […]

  • Wazee Digital, Base Media Cloud and Formula E take the stage at HITS Europe (MESA Europe)

    Published June 7, 2018

    In a HITS Europe 2018 session entitled “Racing to the Cloud: Sports Media Storage and Centralised Content Access”, Wazee Digital and BASE Media Cloud will be joined by their customer Formula E, to discuss and demonstrate how they are revolutionising media content storage and global distribution workflows by moving to cloud-based, online working. The end-to-end […]

  • Amazon acquires Premier League football rights (BBC Sport)

    Published June 7, 2018

    Amazon is to show 20 Premier League matches a season, for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two broadcast packages. The online streaming service has won the rights to show every game from the first round of midweek fixtures in December and all 10 matches on Boxing Day (Dec 26), as […]

  • MESA Europe Launches Women’s Group

    Published June 7, 2018

    The issue of a lack of female volunteers from the industry to participate in or moderate panels, has been one of the key drivers in MESA Europe launching a women’s group, to look at initiatives to help redress this imbalance. The group had its kick off meeting on May 9th. From the outset, the aims […]

  • Clipsource powers Press Room at Discovery Networks Sweden (MESA Europe)

    Published June 7, 2018

    Discovery Networks Sweden is Sweden’s second largest and fastest growing commercial broadcaster, both for linear and on-demand TV, with a wealth of quality content and brands, including Eurosport. The continually increasing popularity of its content has meant a corresponding growth in the demand from traditional media, influencers, social media and niche websites for faster and […]

  • Telestream appoints Alistair Buttler as Chief Sales Officer (SVG Europe)

    Published June 7, 2018

    Following the creation of its two technology business units in January, Telestream has announced an expansion of its leadership team. Alistair Butler joins the company to serve as Chief Sales Officer, leading the sales organisations for the company’s Media Production and Workflow business unit and its Video Quality Monitoring and Analytics business unit. Telestream CEO […]

  • Austrian court: ‘YouTube is jointly responsible for uploaded content’ (Broadband TV News)

    Published June 7, 2018

    Austrian commercial TV broadcaster Puls 4 has achieved a stage victory in its legal dispute against YouTube. The Vienna Commercial Court ruled that “YouTube is not a neutral intermediary, but jointly responsible for the transported content”, according to a report in Austrian newspaper Der Standard. The video portal would thus have to check content in […]

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