Latest Headlines

  • FIFA red card for beoutQ (Advanced Television)

    Published July 12, 2018

    In light of the continued illegal use of the World Cup football broadcast signal by pirate operation BeoutQ, the game’s governing body FIFA has engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected, to protect its interest. “FIFA urges the authorities of […]

  • BBC announces two new VR projects (TBI Vision)

    Published July 12, 2018

    The BBC has announced two new virtual reality projects for the BBC VR Hub, which will shine a light on the past by focusing on the suffragette movement and the Berlin Blitz. “Make Noise” is a VR experience inspired by the suffragettes that lets viewers follow Emmeline Pankhurst’s advice and “make more noise”, via a […]

  • Video sharing platforms – who makes the rules? (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published July 12, 2018

    Last week’s announcement that Instagram has launched IGTV makes it clear that video sharing platforms (VSPs) are the season’s hot topic. But what rules do they have to respect? How can Europe be the legislation sheriff of this Wild West of content sharing platforms, including YouTube? And what of Facebook? The European Audiovisual Observatory’s publication […]

  • Sky shareholders rejoice as Comcast tops Fox offer (Telecoms.com)

    Published July 12, 2018

    The bidding war for Sky is hotting up, with Comcast barely pausing for thought before trumping the latest acquisition offer from Fox. Sky’s share price has almost doubled since 21st Century Fox first made a bid to acquire the rest of it, back in Dec 2016. Sky shareholders’ wildest dreams were realised when Comcast eventually […]

  • 3P studio scales with EFS ‘Scale Out’ storage (Editshare News)

    Published July 12, 2018

    Boutique post-production house 3P Studio – one of the few women-led post houses in Australia – has invested in the XStream storage platform from storage and tapeless workflow solutions provider Editshare, which is based at Basingstoke in the UK. Founded as a freelancing business by Haley Stibbard, 3P has become a powerhouse, with a portfolio […]

  • Only 20% of organisations are confident they are GDPR-compliant (Silicon Republic)

    Published July 12, 2018

    GDPR has caused a seismic shift in how organisations manage their data and privacy professionals around the world are dealing with the repercussions. Privacy management firm TrustArc carried out a survey of 600 privacy-focused professionals in the beginning of June 2018. Survey participants had responsibility for privacy as a significant element of their job, at […]

  • UK cities must tackle “digital divides” to compete globally (Prolific North)

    Published July 12, 2018

    A report by the think tank “Centre For Cities” (supported by Telefónica UK) says that many UK cities are falling behind digitally, which means businesses may struggle to compete both nationally and internationally. The study examines the take-up of fixed and mobile connections and it recommends that cities need more powers and resources from the […]

  • ‘Alternative Video’ gains ground on traditional TV programming (TV Technology)

    Published July 12, 2018

    On the same day that the Emmy Awards announce nominations for 2018, a new report suggests that viewers increasingly watch “alternative content” on Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and other video websites – and that such habits constitute another of the numerous threats to traditional pay-TV. Parks Associates, in the report “360 Deep Dive: Alternative Content Consumption”, […]

  • UK makes vows about national infrastructure (Telecoms.com)

    Published July 11, 2018

    The UK National Infrastructure Commission has published an assessment that says the national infrastructure needs to get better. The report covers a broad swathe of infrastructure categories, from energy to transport to mitigating climate change, but the chapter one concerns “Building a digital society’”. You can read that section (and others) HERE but it seems […]

  • Com Hem expects boxless TV to be main service (Digital TV Europe)

    Published July 11, 2018

    Swedish cable and pay-TV operator Com Hem expects its boxless TV offering to become the main service in the future, as consumer habits change, while its Android-based TV Hub service is now sold by both its Com Hem and Boxer brands. CEO Anders Nilsson said the company is developing its box-less ComBo offering “to turn […]

  • Digital Catapult names 10 early-stage VR and AR companies on Augmentor programme (Broadcast Tech)

    Published July 11, 2018

    Digital Catapult has named the ten early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies that have been offered places on its 10-week Augmentor programme. The programme provides technical and business mentorship, access to immersive production facilities and the opportunity to pitch their ideas at an investor showcase in September. The ten named companies will […]

  • MediaKind – the new identity for Ericsson Media Solutions (MESA Europe)

    Published July 10, 2018

    MediaKind – a global media technology leader – has launched today. The new identity for Ericsson’s Media Solutions business, MediaKind draws on Ericsson’s 150-year heritage of bringing communities together. It is designed to embody the concept that media should inspire and unite humankind, through pioneering fixed and mobile communications. It brings together several media technology […]

  • Countdown to Data & Analytics Workshop – final chance to secure your place

    Published July 10, 2018

    MESA Europe is to host a Data & Analytics workshop in London on 16th July, as a prelude to launching a ‘special interest group’ for members, rights owners and distributors. The event is attracting a range of organisations who will share the perspectives during the day. Following a live interview with Falko Mortiboys, Head of […]

  • Dish delivers hands-free TV with Google Assistant (Broadband TV News)

    Published July 10, 2018

    US platform Dish has debuted its integration with Google Assistant for hands-free control. Dish customers with a Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey or Wally can control their TV using just their voice, when they are paired with an Assistant device – such as Google Home, Android phones or iPhones. Dish is the first pay-TV provider to […]

  • Goonhilly unveils £32m roadmap (Broadband TV News)

    Published July 10, 2018

    The former BT-owned earth station Goonhilly in Cornwall has unveiled a future roadmap for commercial space communications, space exploration, broadcast data services and engineering design. Goonhilly Earth Station acquired the site from BT in 2014 and has secured £32.4 million (€36.7m) in investment. The operator positions itself at the centre of a space economy, driven […]

  • Google makes $25m bet on future of video journalism (Silicon Republic)

    Published July 10, 2018

    Google is helping journalism to thrive, as a vital step in combating the spread of “fake news” and conspiracy theories. The company is to set aside $25m (£18.9m, €21.3m) to support video journalism, as part of a concerted effort to improve the quality of news and information on YouTube. The goal is to ensure that […]

  • SES Delivers 8K TV Transmission (In Broadcast)

    Published July 10, 2018

    For the first time, SES has broadcast an 8K television signal via its satellite system, during the two-day SES “Industry Days” event in Luxembourg. In the demo broadcast, the uplink signal transmission was successfully supported by the Rohde & Schwarz PKU amplifier. Using the DVB S2X standard, SES transmitted the 8K TV signal on a […]

  • Akamai: 6Mbps minimum for ‘excellent streaming” (Rapid TV News)

    Published July 10, 2018

    Akamai has revealed the best bitrates for optimal viewing experiences across a range of devices, such as smart phones, tablets and TVS, and content-types – including sports, drama and documentaries. The study, conducted with Eurofins, found that delivering complex content such as sport or high action onto a large-screen TV requires a minimum of 6Mbps […]

  • UK slips to 35th in global table of broadband speeds (The Guardian)

    Published July 10, 2018

    The UK has slipped to 35th in an annual league table of global broadband speeds, putting it in the bottom third of EU countries and below the likes of Madagascar and Bulgaria. An analysis of more than 160 million broadband speed tests, conducted across 200 countries, reveals that Singapore is once again the world’s fastest […]

  • Sony returns to IBC 2018 (4rfv)

    Published July 10, 2018

    Sony is to return to IBC 2018, where it will present its latest solutions to help customers build their brands and audiences. Under the banner “Go Make Tomorrow”, Sony will showcase the fully integrated, end-to-end services and technologies that empower media companies to create more amazing content, more engaged audiences, more profitably. Sony Professional Solutions […]

  • Prysmian group congratulates telecoms legislators (MESA Europe)

    Published July 10, 2018

    Energy and telecom cable systems supplier Prysmian Group has congratulated the European Parliament, Council, and Commission for reaching an agreement on a revised EU telecommunications framework, which will stimulate investment in fibre networks. After two years of long and hard-fought negotiations, the core elements of the Commission’s original pro-fibre approach have been maintained. For the […]

  • IBC 2018: call for presentations for IP Showcase (4rfv)

    Published July 10, 2018

    The Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Technology Engineers (SMPTE) and the Video Services Forum (VSF) – co-sponsors of the IP Showcase at IBC 2018 – have announced a “Call for Presentations” at IBC2018. […]

  • England v Sweden sets BBC streaming record (Advanced Television)

    Published July 9, 2018

    England’s World Cup victory over Sweden on July 7 led to a record-breaking 3.8 million viewers streaming the event live on iPlayer and the BBC Sport website – the BBC’s highest online-viewed live programme in its history. According to the latest “Video Index Report” from Ooyala, sports are the main catalyst for mobile growth. Consumers […]

  • Ampere: ‘SVOD stacking’ fuels subscription market growth (Digital TV Europe)

    Published July 9, 2018

    Subscription video-on-demand growth is fuelled by “SVOD stacking”, as adoption among new customers slows, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm claims that – while Netflix is the dominant player in all but three of the markets surveyed – the service alone “simply isn’t enough” for many consumers. Service stacking is now the norm and […]

  • OTT peak traffic doubles on Edgeware TV CDNs during World Cup (Connected Media News)

    Published July 9, 2018

    TV CDN technology pioneer Edgeware has reported a doubling of peak CDN streaming traffic for many of its customers, on match days during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Analytics data shows that, as expected, major cultural and sporting events such as this can create sudden surges in demand for OTT services. It highlights why providers […]

  • Accedo and C4 bring Google Home to All 4 Customers (Accedo)

    Published July 5, 2018

    Video experience pioneer Accedo has announced its first Google Home deployment with UK broadcaster, Channel 4. All 4 viewers can now launch and control their viewing experience by giving voice commands to Google Assistant on their Google Home and Google Home Mini. Accedo and Channel 4 have been in partnership for several years, with the […]

  • MEPs reject controversial copyright law (BBC News)

    Published July 5, 2018

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to reject a controversial copyright law in its current form, deciding to return to the issue in September. The law would have put greater responsibility to check for copyright infringement on individual websites. But the web’s inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and others had expressed concerns about the […]

  • Sky Chief Darroch calls for internet watchdog ‘with sharp teeth’ (The Times)

    Published July 5, 2018

    The head of Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster has called on ministers to create a regulator “with sharp teeth” to rein in Facebook, Google and other internet giants. Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said that the government must act immediately to curb the “flow of hate, abuse and offensive, illegitimate and even dangerous content online”. In an […]

  • 68% of French households use DTT (Broadband TV News)

    Published July 5, 2018

    DTT (TNT) remains popular in France, with nearly seven out of ten (68%) of the population accessing services directly via a TV or box connected to DTT. A study, commissioned by TDF and conducted by the IFOP polling institute, shows that 34% of respondents say that TNT is the main method of reception in their […]

  • Netflix ‘Ultra’ Tier – ideal for home cinema? (CE Pro Europe)

    Published July 5, 2018

    Netflix already offers Ultra HD and HDR streaming on its platform, but it seems the company wants to push the feature a little more. Investing in high-quality content is expensive, which means Netflix will have to find a new revenue stream. This may be why the company has come up with a plan to generate […]

Members

2nd Screen Blog