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  • New Speakers Announced for MESA Europe’s Post IBC & OTT Sports Event

    Published September 20, 2018

    With less than 2 weeks to go to MESA Europe’s Post IBC Review & Focus on OTT Sports Content Workflows, a number of additional speakers have been confirmed this week. Latest organisations to join the speaker line-up are Google, BT, beIN Sport, Ski TV International and Stream AMG. Other speaking participants announced previously include DAZN, […]

  • BTI Studios appoints Anders Krogsgaard as MD Nordic Dubbing (MESA Europe)

    Published September 20, 2018

    BTI Studios has announced the appointment of Anders Krogsgaard as the new Managing Director of BTI Studios Nordic Dubbing. This follows the resignation of Anja Pajor, previous MD of BTI Nordic Dubbing and founder of Dubberman, which was acquired by BTI Studios in 2015. BTI Studios has flourished in the Nordic dubbing industry under the […]

  • Telefónica calls for machines to become more human (Telecoms.com)

    Published September 20, 2018

    At Ovum’s “Digital Futures” event, Telefónica Chief Digital Officer Chema Alonso talked about the importance of making our interactions with technology more intuitive and natural. An expert in cognitive intelligence, Alonso heads up the team within Telefónica that is dedicated to artificial intelligence and its commercial use. His keynote at the event was entitled “‘How […]

  • Russia 2018 will take Centre Stage at FIFA Football Conference (FIFA)

    Published September 20, 2018

    Coaches and technical directors from nearly 200 member-associations and all six confederations will take part in the FIFA Football Conference in London on Sunday, Sep 23. The event, which will be opened by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and moderated by FIFA Legends Alex Scott and Clarence Seedorf, will comprise an introductory session in which FIFA’s […]

  • Bond team announces Boyle’s replacement (Prolific North)

    Published September 20, 2018

    Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the 25th James Bond film, following Danny Boyle’s departure late last month. The surprise choice was announced by Barbara Broccoli Daniel Craig and Michael G. Wilson, who said: “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond […]

  • 30% rise in Russian film releases with the arrival of the digital age (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published September 20, 2018

    The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) report “Key Trends of Russian Cinema” was presented on Wednesday at the International Content Forum and KINO EXPO in St. Petersburg. Carried out for the EAO by Nevafilm Research, it provides a comprehensive analysis of the development of the Russian film industry between 2013 and 2017. It examines data on […]

  • All Flamenco 4K expands into France (Broadband TV News)

    Published September 20, 2018

    The 24/7 Spanish 4K channel All Flamenco has secured distribution on Orange in France. In what is the first step in its international expansion, All Flamenco is now offered in Orange’s bouquet of Spanish channels, which also contains Antena 3, Star TVE, Atreseries, Canal 24 horas, TV3 Catalunya, ETB Sat and TVG, for €6 (£5.20) […]

  • MAC advice ‘will cost VFX houses millions’ (Broadcast Tech)

    Published September 20, 2018

    UK Screen Alliance has reacted strongly to this week’s recommendation by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that the immigration skills charge (ISC) is extended to cover European Economic Area (EEA) migrant workers. The ISC adds £1,000 a year to the visa costs for these workers and UK Screen Alliance believes applying the ISC to EEA […]

  • Open Broadcast Systems’ bespoke decoder delivers Gaelic sport (TVB Europe)

    Published September 20, 2018

    Open Broadcast Systems has supplied a bespoke decoder to deliver Gaelic sport to viewers across Ireland. The decoder delivers four simultaneous satellite feeds for production company Nemeton TV, which is using the decoder to decrypt and decode satellite feeds from Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) sporting matches held across the country. The feeds are received via […]

  • ITV hires Britbox exec for SVOD push (TBI Vision)

    Published September 20, 2018

    ITV has hired Britbox exec Reemah Sakaan to push subscription VOD for the company in the UK. ITV CEO Carolyn McCall revealed the plans during the company’s Capital Markets Day in London earlier this week: “ITV will in future drive profit from three separate sources — advertisers, broadcasters/platforms and consumers,” she said. Sakaan was previously […]

  • Does Ofcom proposal to regulate social media have merit? (Silicon Republic)

    Published September 20, 2018

    The UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom, has outlined a blueprint for regulating social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Google. It proposes that the operations of tech companies can be regulated in the same way as the mobile phone and broadband industry in the UK. The proposed blueprint coincides with research by Ofcom showing that around […]

  • Sky, Netflix join for ‘Ultimate On Demand’ (Advanced Television)

    Published September 19, 2018

    Netflix is coming to Sky Q and with it a new Sky subscription pack: Ultimate On Demand, which will be the UK’s biggest on demand TV service, bringing together Sky Box Sets – which boasts 400 of the best UK and US series – and the full Netflix service, with its range of global entertainment. […]

  • Viacom’s Bakish highlights three-pronged digital strategy (Digital TV Europe)

    Published September 19, 2018

    Viacom is to take a three-pronged approach to the direct-to-consumer business, including plans for an advertising-supported “front door” branded offering, but has no plans to launch any kind of premium “Netflix-style” service, according to CEO Bob Bakish. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Wednesday, Bakish said that Viacom is looking at […]

  • Six female Creative Director/Writer teams for Screen Ireland funding scheme (IFTN)

    Published September 19, 2018

    The six successful teams for Screen Ireland’s new POV scheme have been announced. Established to help support female filmmakers, the POV funding scheme is part of Screen Ireland’s commitment to achieving 50/50 gender parity within Irish screen industries. The selected projects present an impressive array of up-and-coming Irish creative filmmaking talent, with a slate of […]

  • Countdown to the Post IBC Review & OTT Sports Content Workflows

    Published September 18, 2018

    As the doors of IBC close, MESA Europe’s attention turns to its Post IBC Show Review and Focus on OTT Sports Content Workflows in London on 2nd October. Organisations joining the speaker programme are: Arqiva Brave Bison BT Cognizant Convergent DAZN EIDR Google Ski TV Stream AMG Testronic Zone Digital Among the topics to be […]

  • BT extends UKTV catch-up (Broadband TV News)

    Published September 18, 2018

    BT is to include a greater selection of UKTV catch-up content, following a new agreement with the broadcaster. It also ensures continued access to UKTV’s suite of channels that includes Dave, Gold, W, Alibi, Good Food and Eden. The channels have been carried on BT TV since launch. BT Consumer division Content and Business Development […]

  • Ofcom ponders how to rid the internet of horridness (Telecoms.com)

    Published September 18, 2018

    Nobody’s in favour of censorship but freedom comes at a price, right? This is essentially the premise for a discussion paper on online content from the UK regulator Ofcom. Entitled “Addressing harmful online content”, the document has been published alongside some research into people’s concerns about online content. Its aim is to initiate a public […]

  • Intertrust adds ContentArmor forensic watermarking to ExpressPlay DRM (MESA Europe)

    Published September 18, 2018

    Intertrust, a leading provider of Digital Rights Management (DRM) products and services, has announced a partnership with global video forensic watermarking provider ContentArmor. ExpressPlay DRM customers can now add ContentArmor’s forensic watermarking product as an option. The advanced forensic watermarking technology allows copyright holders to identify the source of unauthorised distribution. Forensic watermarks are a […]

  • Qvest Media and Carrosserie Akkermans to expand partnership (MESA Europe)

    Published September 18, 2018

    Systems architect and ICT integrator Qvest Media and media vehicle bodywork construction specialist Carrosserie Akkermans are to enter an exclusive partnership for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The two companies have jointly developed media vehicles for applications such as television, events, sports broadcasts or live reports and now they will pool their respective […]

  • Arqiva highlights ‘opportunity to experiment with blockchain’ (MESA Europe)

    Published September 18, 2018

    The broadcast infrastructure firm Arqiva is encouraging the industry to join the decentralised TV rights database pilot run by music blockchain start-up JAAK, which is set to launch during H2 2019. Arqiva Director of Strategy for Satellite & Media Nick Moreno announced the initiative during Monday’s TechTalk on Blockchain at IBC. He told delegates that […]

  • Naspers to unbundle MultiChoice (Advanced Television)

    Published September 18, 2018

    The global internet and entertainment group Naspers has announced its intention to list its video entertainment business separately on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and simultaneously to unbundle the shares to its shareholders. The new company will be named MultiChoice Group and will include MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, Showmax Africa and Irdeto. Naspers CEO Bob […]

  • UEFA to develop its own streaming service (TVB Europe)

    Published September 18, 2018

    In an interview with Spanish website Palco23, UEFA’s Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein revealed that football’s governing body is looking to develop a streaming platform to give more coverage to areas of the sport, such as women’s football, that don’t get as much coverage as men’s football. He stressed there are no plans to take the […]

  • MBC Studios launches to grow TV, film production in mid-East (Gulf News Television)

    Published September 18, 2018

    MBC Group announced Monday the launch of MBC Studios, which will increase quality film and television production in the region, with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia. Peter Smith – previously President of international home entertainment at Universal Pictures International and President of NBC Universal International – has joined the new subsidiary as Managing Director. […]

  • What EU copyright law means for media, tech companies and users (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published September 17, 2018

    Supporters of the Copyright Directive, which the European Parliament passed last week, claim it will force online giants like Google and Facebook to share revenues with content creators. For internet activists, media industry wonks and copyright legislation fans (if such a species exists), these are heady days. The European Parliament has approved a major overhaul […]

  • Virgin Media launches dedicated 4K UHD in UK (Mediakwest)

    Published September 17, 2018

    Paris-based Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced it has been selected by Virgin Media as its technical partner for the launch of Virgin TV Ultra HD – the UK’s first dedicated UHD entertainment channel. The channel, which launched on Monday, will be available for Virgin Media’s Full House and VIP customers who […]

  • Kaltura powers the Fastest Growing Cloud TV Service Worldwide, VOOT by Viacom18 (MESA Europe)

    Published September 17, 2018

    Video technology provider Kaltura has announced that Viacom18’s VOOT Cloud TV service is using Kaltura to support explosive growth, with more than 37 million active users across mobile, web and smart TVs, accessing over 50,000 hours of content and 100 million app downloads. Powered by the Kaltura TV Platform, the VOOT service continues to scale […]

  • FOCUS ‘World Film Market Trends’ – free online (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published September 14, 2018

    The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) produces FOCUS exclusively for the Cannes Marché du Film and each year, participants receive their own copy of FOCUS. These past issues represent a unique market research resource for film professionals, journalists and academics. FOCUS World Film Market Trends takes the pulse of the international film industry. In a single […]

  • MESA Europe’s Post IBC Review & Focus on OTT Sports Content Workflows – Register Now

    Published September 13, 2018

    MESA Europe has been hosting ‘post event’ briefings following some of the major international industry trade shows for a number of years and these continue to grow in popularity. The Post IBC Review will again showcase some of the major announcements and news from Europe’s largest programme distribution technology event to include independent analysis of […]

  • Dock 10 invests £5m in studios and post refresh (Broadcast Tech)

    Published September 13, 2018

    The MediaCityUK-based TV facilities giant Dock 10 has revealed big spending plans for the coming year. The facility provider has earmarked £5million (€5.75m) for significant kit upgrades across its studios, post-production, media storage and network infrastructure at MediaCityUK in Salford. The money will be spent over the coming year on kit including cameras, vision mixers, […]

  • Arqiva selects 3SS to deliver powerful customer portal (MESA Europe)

    Published September 13, 2018

    Customised software and services provider 3 Screen Solutions has announced its selection by the market-leading UK-based communications infrastructure provider and media company Arqiva to develop a bespoke, highly functional customer portal, Arqiva InSite. The portal will enable Arqiva customers to derive maximum value from its network and services. Arqiva Head of Customer Experience Vibeke Nicholas-Gjesdal […]

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