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  • Rushes Head of Colour joins Coffee and TV (Broadcast Now)

    Published December 7, 2017

    VFX house Coffee and TV has recruited former Head of Creative Colour at Rushes Simona Cristea as its Head of Colour, to oversee all colour grading and drive the department forward. Cristea began her career as a colourist 16 years ago and has worked in facilities as far afield as Mumbai, Warsaw and London. Her […]

  • Orange backs network to attract customers (

    Published December 7, 2017

    Orange has issued another strong statement of intent, preferring to attract customers with infrastructure investment over acquisition of rivals or purchasing expensive content. It is a novel approach to attracting customers. While rivals try to increase subscription numbers by leaning on the credentials of a breakfast-themed, past-it celebrity or by acquiring competitive businesses to absorb […]

  • Furore over Commonwealth Games video rights down under (Rapid TV News)

    Published December 7, 2017

    News Corp Australia and Fairfax Media are threatening to boycott the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, if organisers fail to relax restrictions on the use of online video during the event in April 2018. In 2014, Australia’s free-to-air TV network Seven secured exclusive multiplatform rights for the sporting spectacle, which will see more than 6,000 athletes […]

  • NBCUniversal UK Channels launch on TVPlayer (TV Wise)

    Published December 7, 2017

    NBCUniversal’s portfolio of UK channels – Universal Channel, E!, SYFY and Movies 24 – has launched on OTT platform TVPlayer as of Dec 7. The carriage agreement between NBCU and TVPlayer will bring a wealth of content to the platform, including: “Chicago Med”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Major Crimes”, “When Calls the Heart” […]

  • AlphaZero AI beats champion chess program (The Guardian)

    Published December 7, 2017

    AlphaZero – the game-playing AI created by Google sibling DeepMind – has beaten the world’s best chess-playing computer program, having taught itself how to play in under four hours. The repurposed AI, which has repeatedly beaten the world’s best Go players as AlphaGo, has been generalised, so it can now learn other games. It took […]

  • Markíza taps Hybrid for HbbTV interactive ads (Digital TV Europe)

    Published December 7, 2017

    Slovakian commercial broadcaster Markíza Group has begun offering HbbTV-based interactive advertising on its Markíza, Dajto and Doma channels. The group said it was offering commercial advertisers up to seven interactive ad types and a range of targeting methods. Markíza has tapped Prague-based Hybrid Company to deliver the technology behind the service. Hybrid Company CEO Lukáš […]

  • Amazon Prime Video now available on Apple TV (

    Published December 7, 2017

    Apple TV fans will be happy to hear they can now download the Amazon Video Prime App onto their Apple TV 4K, as well as the older generations of the Apple TV. Amazon famously stopped selling the Apple TV on its website in 2015, claiming it created customer confusion. This could be a sign that […]

  • Liberty Global selects SeaChange for cloud-based video (TVB Europe)

    Published December 7, 2017

    Liberty Global has chosen SeaChange International’s Adrenalin multiscreen video solution to support its Horizon 4 services. Adrenalin will provide the content information and transaction support for Liberty’s viewers on Horizon set-top boxes. It will also support each affiliate’s need to independently deploy and control their own multi-vendor platform and editorial catalogues. SeaChange CEO Ed Terino […]

  • DTG’S D-Book 10 defines latest UK TV requirements (DTG)

    Published December 6, 2017

    The DTG “D-Book 10” is the industry-determined, next generation, universally deployed specification, which supports future interactive services and enables the continuing transition towards HbbTV. D-Book 10 continues to support the development of HD products and services, with the introduction of Single Frequency Network (SFN) support for the migration of COM 7&8 T2 multiplexes into the […]

  • Rugby makes history with Aviva Premiership match live on terrestrial TV (SVG Europe)

    Published December 6, 2017

    The Harlequins v Northampton Saints Premiership Rugby on Dec 30 will be the League’s first match to be broadcast live on terrestrial TV in the UK. Simulcast on BT Sport and Channel 5, this will be the first of five matches to be shown by the terrestrial broadcaster this season. The match comes as part […]

  • Juniper expects Amazon to win battle for sport rights (Advanced Television)

    Published December 6, 2017

    Juniper has identified 2018 as the year in which OTT players – including Amazon and Facebook – turn sporting events into the next content battleground by bidding for (and winning) key packages in major rights auctions, including those for football’s English Premier League. The company argues that Amazon is likely to be the biggest winner […]

  • Free trial for SmartMEDIA from SmartLabs (Total Telecom)

    Published December 6, 2017

    SmartLabs has expanded its free solution trial for operators, to include SmartMEDIA. More than a hundred companies took part in the program a year ago, when SmartLabs launched a trial of the latest version of their interactive TV platform SmartTUBE5. As this approach proved so effective, SmartLabs has now extended the trial program to include […]

  • Ireland forced to collect €13bn in tax from Apple that it doesn’t want (The Guardian)

    Published December 5, 2017

    The Irish government has reached an agreement with Apple to start collecting the €13bn (€11.3bn) owed by the tech giant. “We have now reached agreement with Apple in relation to the principles and operation of the escrow fund,” finance minister Paschal Donohoe said in Brussels, in quotes confirmed by Ireland’s finance ministry. The European Commission […]



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