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  • Save the Date: MESA Europe pre IBC Breakfast in Amsterdam on Friday 15th September

    Published August 17, 2017

    MESA Europe has today announced that it will be organising a breakfast briefing, prior to the opening of the RAI doors, on Friday 15th September. The event will be hosted by DMC, recently acquired by TVT, at its facility in Amsterdam, with transport to the RAI laid on immediately after the session and prior to […]

  • Immersive Audio and Speech Recognition to Feature at Transforming Home Entertainment Summit

    Published August 17, 2017

    The third annual Transforming Home Entertainment Summit, hosted by MESA Europe, is gathering momentum, with more speakers announced today. Added to the already exciting line up of products, technologies and innovative business approaches that are helping to transform the entertainment sector, and will be discussed during this day long conference, will be Immersive High End […]

  • Sony DADC diversifies via Consumer Sales initiative – signs strategic partnership with dreamGEAR (MESA Europe)

    Published August 17, 2017

    Leading supply chain services provider Sony DADC has announced its Consumer Sales business unit – a fresh initiative designed to diversify the business and position the group as the No. 1 provider of retail services for entertainment, consumer electronics, accessory brands and media. The new business unit has announced a strategic partnership agreement with dreamGEAR, […]

  • Grenfell Tower charity football match to be shown live on Sky and Freeview (

    Published August 17, 2017

    A charity football match to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London is to be shown live on Sky and Freeview on Saturday, Sep 2. The #Game4Grenfell will feature former footballers, celebrities and special guests. It is being hosted by Queens Park Rangers at the club’s Loftus Road stadium, the closest league […]

  • AWS Elemental chosen for NOWO Portugal OTT (Broadband TV News)

    Published August 17, 2017

    Portuguese telecoms provider NOWO has launched a unified headend that uses video processing solutions from AWS Elemental, the video processing company has confirmed. The headend powers both digital cable and over-the-top video services. AWS Elemental VP EMEA John Nemeth said: “We’re pleased to see AWS Elemental processing solutions playing such a critical part in enabling […]

  • EE integrates Alexa into STBs (CSI Magazine)

    Published August 17, 2017

    EE TV has become the first UK set-top box provider to offer a hands-free control option via Amazon Alexa – one of the first service providers worldwide to do so. EE continues to innovate with its TV service, together with its technology partner Netgem. The latest outcome is the integration of Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa […]

  • Disney strikes back: The Mouse to compete with Netflix (Cheatsheet)

    Published August 17, 2017

    Media innovation and Disney go hand in hand, so a recent announcement that Disney would be creating its own streaming service wasn’t a huge surprise. What was interesting is that the Mouse had signed a deal with Netflix not so long ago. However, it appears that Disney was simultaneously beta-testing its own platform. Named DisneyLife, […]

  • Sorenson ignites European expansion (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 17, 2017

    Sorenson Media’s Spark platform enables the targeted replacement of linear broadcast TV ads on internet-connected smart TVs. The Spark Platform also provides second-by-second analytics capability, to enable broadcasters to improve their programming, promotions and advertising yields. The London and Munich offices will be home to key sales, business development, professional services, operations and marketing staff […]

  • Turner scores UEFA rights (Advanced Television)

    Published August 17, 2017

    Turner and UEFA, the governing body of European football, have agreed a three-year multi-platform deal for the exclusive presentation of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in the US, beginning with the 2018-19 season. Timed to coincide with this multi-year rights agreement, Turner has also announced plans to launch a new standalone premium […]

  • The European football scene: How broadcasters handle coverage (SVG Europe)

    Published August 17, 2017

    Despite the popularity of the English Premier League across the world, European leagues and cup tournaments still hold audiences in their respective countries. The broadcasters with television rights in those nations handle the coverage in different ways to suit their audiences (and their budgets). Irish national public broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) is responsible for […]

  • ‘Coronation Street’ creator to be remembered in Salford exhibition (Prolific North)

    Published August 17, 2017

    The life and career of Tony Warren is to be remembered in a new exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Warren created “Coronation Street” for Granada TV in the 1960s and remained a consultant on the ITV drama until his death last year. The exhibition – “Four Miles from Manchester” – is based on […]

  • Eurosport for Amazon in Germany and Austria (Advanced Television)

    Published August 16, 2017

    Discovery Communications has struck a streaming deal with Amazon in Germany and Austria that brings Amazon Prime members access to Eurosport’s premium live HD sports content, including exclusive Bundesliga live on Friday nights across Germany. Eurosport goes live on Amazon Channels on Aug 16. In what the broadcaster describes as “…a fantastic deal for sports […]

  • RTS Cambridge Convention: ‘A World of Opportunity’ (4rfv)

    Published August 16, 2017

    The Royal Television Society (RTS) has unveiled the line-up for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2017: A World of Opportunity. The biennial event, which takes place in Cambridge from Sep 13-15, will see the industry’s most senior figures converge to discuss how, in a year in which the UK will start to forge its own new […]

  • HBO suffers new ‘Game of Thrones’ leak (The Guardian)

    Published August 16, 2017

    HBO has suffered yet another leak as the sixth episode of the hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has leaked online before its premiere on Sunday. “We have learned that the upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones” was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO España platforms,” an HBO spokesperson […]

  • Prime Focus Technologies apologises for ‘Game of Thrones’ breach (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 16, 2017

    Star India’s ERP supplier Prime Focus Technologies has been forced to issue an apology following actions by its staff led to an episode of “Game of Thrones” being available online, three days before its official airdate. Indian police arrested four people after the fourth episode of the seventh season of HBO’s global hit drama, scheduled […]

  • Amazon to shut down Lovefilm in UK and Germany (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 15, 2017

    Amazon is calling time on its Lovefilm-branded DVD-by-post service later this year, citing declining demand and shifting viewing habits. The Lovefilm By Post business will close on Oct 31 in both the UK and Germany – the two markets where the DVD and Blu-ray rental service is available. A company spokesperson told DTVE: “We have […]

  • Virgin Media: ‘…best broadband for streaming Netflix’, says Netflix (

    Published August 15, 2017

    Virgin Media offers the best broadband for watching Netflix in the UK, data from the streaming service shows. Netflix measured prime-time performance on Britain’s six biggest broadband networks and found that Virgin comes out top, with a speed of 4.01Mbps, although all six providers improved in July. BT came second with 3.88Mbps, followed by two […]

  • Analyst: Altice ‘has no chance’ in Charter acquisition (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 15, 2017

    The rumoured bid by European conglomerate Altice for the number-two US cable company Charter Communications is “outside the scope of reality”, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. In a brief, Moffett writes: “What is most surprising about the flurry of reported suitors—first Verizon, then SoftBank, now Altice—isn’t that they are considering deals, it is instead […]

  • Premier League blocking disrupts pirate streams (TVB Europe)

    Published August 15, 2017

    The Premier League has made significant progress in the war on piracy, following the start of the new season last weekend. The League, which has been plagued with piracy issues ever since illegal streaming began, obtained a unique High Court injunction early this year, which requires ISPs such as Sky, BT, and Virgin to block […]

  • ZOO to bring industry’s first cloud-based dubbing platform to Europe at IBC 2017 (MESA Europe)

    Published August 15, 2017

    ZOO Digital will launch the entertainment industry’s first cloud-based dubbing platform to a European audience at IBC 2017. ZOOdubs, which powers ZOO’s own dubbing service, is set to radically improve how the process is managed for TV and movie content owners. Dubbed audio is essential to extend the global reach of entertainment content and to […]

  • Studer appoints HHB as UK distributor (4rfv)

    Published August 15, 2017

    HHB Communications has been appointed as UK distributor of Studer digital audio mixing consoles and media routing systems. With a global reputation for flexibility, intuitive operability and absolute reliability in mission-critical broadcast applications, the Studer product range encompasses large-scale Vista and Infinity Series mixing consoles, OnAir Series radio consoles and D23 and Infinity digital audio […]

  • IBC 2017: Media Links to present case study on SDI to IP core infrastructure changeout (SVG Europe)

    Published August 15, 2017

    Media Links, a Japan-based provider of media over IP transport solutions, with EMEA headquarters in the UK, has announced that Chairman, CEO and President John Dale III is to present “SDI to IP Core Infrastructure Changeout” at IBC 2017. This case study will address the opportunities and challenges afforded by transitioning SDI networks to IP […]

  • STV names ITV online chief as CEO (TBI Vision)

    Published August 15, 2017

    Scotland’s STV has appointed ITV’s online, pay-TV, interactive and technology Managing Director Simon Pitts as its next CEO. Pitts has worked at ITV for 17 years in various senior roles, is due to join the Scottish broadcaster’s board as Chief Executive on Jan 3, 2018. His appointment comes after STV’s current CEO Rob Woodward said […]

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ leak leads to four arrests in India (Hollywood Reporter)

    Published August 14, 2017

    Four men have been arrested over the leak that led to the release of Aug 6 episode of “Game of Thrones”, three days before its premiere. The breach, which is unrelated to a major hack that HBO has been dealing with for weeks, was initially pegged to HBO’s India distribution partner Star India, shortly after […]

  • DVB TTML subtitling joins UHD family of specifications (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 14, 2017

    At the recent meeting of the DVB Steering Board in Geneva the new specification for DVB TTML subtitling systems was approved. The spec enables the delivery of next-generation subtitles in transport streams for broadcast television services, based on W3C Timed Text Mark-up Language (TTML). The new specification complements the bitmap-based subtitle solutions that have been […]

  • techUK: Digital connectivity boost is ‘essential for post-Brexit economy’ (Silicon)

    Published August 14, 2017

    Ramping up digital connectivity is crucial for the UK to remain competitive following exit from the European Union, according to a study from industry body techUK. The report recommends that the government take actions that include the amendment of Ofcom’s statutory duty to improve the regulatory environment for innovative digital services. Other recommendations included supporting […]

  • Pebble Beach Systems addresses multi-lingual playout needs (Multichannel)

    Published August 14, 2017

    Automation, content management and integrated channel specialist Pebble Beach Systems is to demonstrate Marina – the company’s powerful centralized ingest, content management and multi-channel automation solution – at IBC in Amsterdam next month. Visitors will see how content is optimised to help broadcasters manage their multi-lingual playout operations, whether for SDI, IP or virtualized infrastructures. […]

  • Speaker Line-Up Building for THE Summit London

    Published August 10, 2017

    MESA Europe’s Transforming Home Entertainment (THE) Summit takes place on the 13th September in London.  This, the 3rd annual THE conference, provides an unrivalled opportunity to hear high level presentations, insightful panel discussions and general debate on some of the key issues relating to the home entertainment business. The highlights of this full day summit […]

  • AMC to launch Spanish OTT platform (Advanced Television)

    Published August 10, 2017

    AMC Networks Iberia is reportedly finalising an OTT platform for Spain, with over 1,000 hours of VOD content and 17 TV channels. Branded Selekt, it will be integrated into the platforms of the largest operators – Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange – at between €5 and €10 (£4.35 and £4.70). It will be very similar to […]

  • Real Madrid victory claims record audience (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 10, 2017

    As Real Madrid beat Mourinho’s Man United in the first official international competition of the season, Spain’s Antena 3 has claimed record viewership. Despite Ronaldo not playing until the last minutes, Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup victory was led by Gareth Bale and Isco, in a game that was watched by an average of 4.54 […]



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