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  • Orange Spain launches Android TV with HDR (CSI magazine)

    Published November 15, 2018

    Orange Spain has refreshed and upgraded its television service, with a voice-activated 4K HDR set-top-box with Android TV and integrated Amazon Prime. Orange revealed that the new Android TV box decoder comes with a voice search engine via the remote control, plus Google Chromecast integration allowing content to be streamed to the TV from any […]

  • The Farm to open ‘Farmton Abbey’ in Bristol (Broadcast Tech)

    Published November 15, 2018

    The Farm is significantly expanding its post services in Bristol by moving into the 10,000sq ft (930sq m) Grade II-listed Edgecumbe Hall, which it has dubbed “Farmton Abbey”. It will open as a full-service facility, offering grading, sound studios, editing, VFX, production offices, meeting rooms, break-out areas, extensive gardens and two roof terraces. Co-founder Nicky […]

  • First ‘Edinburgh Festival of Sound’ to be held at Teviot Row House (PSN Europe)

    Published November 15, 2018

    Located in the Scottish capital and co-created by Signum Audio and Red Dog Music, the first ever “Edinburgh Festival of Sound” (Nov 16-17) promises two days of product showcases, live demos, Q&As and workshops, all aimed at shedding some light on the cutting-edge audio technology now available. Taking place at Teviot Row House, the event […]

  • TV Peru expands HD content with Intelsat (InBroadcast)

    Published November 15, 2018

    Luxembourg’s Intelsat has announced that the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (TV Peru) has signed a new and expanded contract to enhance its Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) offering in Peru and to position the company to distribute its programming internationally. National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru CEO Hugo Coya said: […]

  • Discovery’s Dinnage to be Premier League CEO (Rapid TV News)

    Published November 15, 2018

    As it aims to ensure that the TV football money taps are kept in the “gush” position, the English Premier League has looked to the TV industry for its next chief executive in the form of Susanna Dinnage, global President of Discovery’s “Animal Planet” brand. Incumbent Richard Scudamore, whose reign at the pinnacle of English […]

  • Study reveals why different forms of TV and video co-exist (Advanced Television)

    Published November 15, 2018

    According to “The Age of Television” study conducted by research and strategy consultancy MTM and commissioned by Thinkbox, whenever viewers watch content, they do so to satisfy one or more of eight specific needs. The findings are based on a qualitative analysis of 150 days of TV and video viewing, filmed through camera glasses worn […]

  • Fremantle launches scripted podcast label (TBI Vision)

    Published November 15, 2018

    Fremantle has launched Storyglass, a scripted podcast label that will be headed by former Amnesty International Creative Director Robert Delamere. The label will commission and develop original scripted ideas from storytellers around the world. Delamere – who is also founder of Digital Theatre, the digital platform for the arts – will head the label and […]

  • Who wants a share of the Russian media pie? (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published November 15, 2018

    As Russian media markets have flourished since the early nineties, foreign investors have been looking to get a slice of an increasingly lucrative pie. The Russian film market has grown to become one of the most dynamic in Greater Europe: the Russian cinema industry has recently turned to producing blockbusters for international consumption and their […]

  • Cinematography Workshop with Stuart Dryburgh (FEST Film Lab)

    Published November 15, 2018

    Stuart Dryburgh is one of the most interesting cinematographers in action – he created the distinctive look in films such as “The Piano”, “Ben is Back”, “The Painted Veil”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Great Wall”, among many more. Now Dryburgh is to reveal his secrets in a workshop on the diversity […]

  • Belfast named as one of six launch cities for EE 5G network (Silicon Republic)

    Published November 14, 2018

    Starting next year, Belfast will be one of six cities included in the first phase of 5G roll-out by UK network EE. A part of the BT Group, the UK mobile network EE has announced 5G broadband will be switched on in a total of 16 cities in 2019, with Belfast, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham […]

  • Vodafone: No UK TV offering until broadband is ‘successful’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 14, 2018

    Vodafone will not launch a TV service in the UK until its fixed-broadband offering is “successful”, according to CEO Nick Read. Speaking to analysts after Vodafone unveiled its quarterly figures, Read said that Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery had made “the right decision” in focusing on a broadband offering without TV for the time being. […]

  • FTTH Council Europe warns against fake fibre marketing (Fibre to the Home Council Europe)

    Published November 14, 2018

    The European Parliament gathered in plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday to approve the new European Electronic Communications Code, which will soon become the legislative framework for telecommunications. FTTH Council Europe Director General Erzsébet Fitori commented: “We believe that fibre is the only future-proof foundation enabling fixed and wireless gigabit networks as well as all […]

  • Convergent Risks expands to meet vendor demand (MESA Europe)

    Published November 13, 2018

    Convergent Risks, the experts in risk identification, assessment and mitigation, has announced an expansion in resources by 50% to meet the increased demand for both the Trusted Partner Network (TPN) security assessments and its consultancy division for pre-assessments, penetration testing and vulnerability scanning. Additional security assessors and testers will be joining the Convergent team between […]

  • Industrial Light & Magic launches TV division in London (Broadcast Tech)

    Published November 13, 2018

    VFX firm Industrial Light & Magic looks to tap into the booming streaming and high-end drama market with ILM TV, a dedicated TV division based out of the London office. The ILM TV team will be led by visual effects supervisors Hayden Jones and Jonathan Privett, alongside executive producers Louise Hussey and Stefan Drury. ILM […]

  • Eir to invest €1bn to expand fibre and mobile network (Silicon Republic)

    Published November 13, 2018

    Eir is the principal fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, with approximately 2 million customers. CEO Carolan Lennon has revealed plans to invest €1bn (£870m) over the next five years, to expand its national fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network and upgrade its mobile network to 5G. Lennon told investors: “We are busy preparing our large-scale capital […]

  • RadioWorks hires Paul Cranwell as MD (Radio Today)

    Published November 13, 2018

    RadioWorks has appointed Paul Cranwell as Managing Director, replacing Emily Turnbull, who is returning to New Zealand in January. She will remain with the business in a consultancy role. Cranwell will play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the RadioWorks Group, including Maple Street Creative, Radio Trading Desk and Digital Audio Works. […]

  • Netflix hires Sky drama chief (Advanced Television)

    Published November 13, 2018

    Anne Mensah is to join Netflix as VP Content, leading the scripted series content team that is focused on British productions. Mensah, who has most recently served as Director of Drama at Sky Studios and was formerly a long-time BBC executive, comes to Netflix as it continues to invest in local programming across the UK, […]

  • Vodafone loses TV subs – blames football rights costs (CSI Magazine)

    Published November 13, 2018

    Vodafone lost television subscribers in the first half of 2018, mainly due to its decision not to renew “unprofitable” football rights. During H1, the telco added 384,000 broadband customers, 744,000 NGN customers and 616,000 converged customers. Its TV customer base declined by net 71,000, following football customer losses in Spain, where it lost 98,000 TV […]

  • CTC Media launches lawsuits over ‘Three Cats’ (Broadband TV News)

    Published November 13, 2018

    The Russian broadcaster CTC Media is taking legal action against violators of the rights to its “Three Cats” cartoon, which it has recently sold to foreign licensees. The first season of “Three Cats” was broadcast in 2015 and now the cartoon is shown on CTC Media channels, Channel One and VGTRK’s Karusel. According to the […]

  • Brexit – impact, challenges and chances for the European audiovisual sector (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published November 13, 2018

    How will Brexit affect the television, film and VOD sectors in Europe? Will the much-quoted exodus of media companies from the UK actually happen? How will the circulation of films and TV programmes work in the post-Brexit landscape? What forms of cooperation and co-production with the UK will still be attractive… or indeed possible? Some […]

  • TF1 Media Lab welcomes six new start-ups (Mediakwest)

    Published November 12, 2018

    Through the “Station F” booster program, TF1 MediaLab in France aims to test-bed and industrialise services that push the boundaries in addressing media market trends. The first four start-ups already show positive progress reports and now the programme welcomes a further six companies offering technological solutions. Newsbridge uses cognitive technologies and artificial intelligence to rank […]

  • BTI Studios acquires Berliner Synchron (BTI Studios)

    Published November 12, 2018

    The global media localisation company BTI Studios has announced the acquisition of the top German dubbing company Berliner Synchron GmbH from Munich-based S&L Medien Gruppe. Berliner Synchron was founded in 1949, as the first professional dubbing studio in Germany. It still holds a leading position in the industry and has dubbed more than 8,000 titles […]

  • Channel 4 and Facebook team up for weekly news (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 12, 2018

    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has partnered with Facebook for a weekly news show, months after the social media giant rolled out its Watch platform globally. “Uncovered” is to launch on Facebook Watch, and will provide in-depth news and analysis from C4 News’ team of domestic and international correspondents, who will focus on a single major […]

  • Fries: German cartel office move is ‘no surprise’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 12, 2018

    According to Mike Fries, President and CEO of Unitymedia parent Liberty Global, the move by the German competition watchdog (Bundeskartellamt) to have the EC refer Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Unitymedia was “totally expected and not a surprise at all” and the company remains confident that the deal will be approved. Fries said that the proposed […]

  • London’s Leicester Square Odeon to reopen after Dolby Cinema refit (Evening Standard)

    Published November 8, 2018

    The main screen at the Leicester Square Odeon – the historic home to London’s glittering Premières – has been upgraded to Dolby Cinema specification, with dual-laser projection to offer richer colour, deeper blacks and ultra-detailed sound which, combined with deluxe recliner seats, will “magically” immerse viewers in film. The team behind the 11-month project say […]

  • UK shines for Liberty Global (Broadband TV News)

    Published November 8, 2018

    The UK was the star performer for Liberty Global in Q3, generating more than 100,000 net subscriber additions, although the Belgian and Swiss markets remain challenging. The company also notes in its latest results that the previously-announced deal to sell its German and certain CEE operations to Vodafone remains on track and is still expected […]

  • RTL looking to VOD revamp to fuel growth (Digital TV Europe)

    Published November 8, 2018

    Commercial broadcaster RTL is looking to fuel growth after posting solid Q3 results, with a combination of video-on-demand and production outfit Fremantle’s push into scripted drama, together with ambitious plans for the VOD platform TV Now in Germany. The group plans to up its investment in streaming services, including investment in original production, said RTL […]

  • Industry Days at Cork Film Festival (IFTN)

    Published November 8, 2018

    The Cork Film Festival 2018, from 9-18 Nov, has launched a programme of “Industry Days”, which provide invaluable opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers to connect and explore all aspects of the film industry. The following Industry Days can be booked now: First Take, on 15 Nov, is a training and development event aimed specifically […]

  • 7,000 UK households still watch B&W TV (The Guardian)

    Published November 8, 2018

    More than 7,000 households in the UK still watch television in black and white, more than 50 years after the advent of colour programming in the UK, at Wimbledon in 1967. London has the largest number of black and white sets at 1,768, followed by the West Midlands with 431 and Greater Manchester with 390. […]

  • Flipbook Studio expands team (Prolific North)

    Published November 8, 2018

    Manchester’s Flipbook Studio has hired four new members of staff, as a result of “major production wins” from the BBC and Microsoft. As production manager, it has recruited Daniel Fraser, who worked on “Deadpool”, “X-Men” and “The X Files”. Flipbook has also added to its animation team with Stéphane Sartori, who will focus on 3D […]

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