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  • BBC launches VR app with new documentary (Advanced Television)

    Published February 22, 2018

    The BBC is to launch “Damming the Nile VR”, a two-part virtual reality news documentary series that explores the water politics of the river Nile. Produced by BBC VR Hub and BBC News, the two-part series is available now, through a new BBC VR app on the Oculus Gear VR store. The BBC says that […]

  • How do deposit systems safeguard Europe’s film and video content? (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published February 22, 2018

    Europe’s film and TV archives are the treasure chests of the continent’s audiovisual memory. They contain invaluable works of cultural heritage but also help copyright owners to establish proof of ownership in case of doubt. But what does the regulatory framework around depositing audiovisual works in Europe’s archives actually stipulate? How do the “deposit systems” […]

  • French watchdog outlines plans for 4K UHD TV DTT platform (Digital TV Europe)

    Published February 22, 2018

    The French media regulator, the CSA, has outlined plans to develop a new digital-terrestrial multiplex that will facilitate the launch of 4K UHD TV channels and other new services. The new multiplex will serve as an experimental platform for DTT broadcasters and will be a showcase for UHD TV services, according to the CSA. The […]

  • Winners of inaugural NewTek UK education awards announced (Live Production)

    Published February 22, 2018

    NewTek has announced the recipients of the first-ever “NewTek UK Education Awards”. Launched in October 2017, the awards recognise excellence in creating engaging videos or live streams by students and staff at colleges and universities, using NewTek technology. The awards were open to any UK educational establishment, faculty or student. The winners are: Best Video […]

  • Swisscom enters tussle for 5G (Mobile World Live)

    Published February 22, 2018

    Swisscom, the largest IT infrastructure host in Switzerland, has outlined plans to launch mobile 5G before the end of 2018, making Switzerland one of the first countries to make the service available. Despite the bullish goal, the company said the first compatible handsets are unlikely to be available before 2019 and added that the timeline […]

  • France Télévisions ‘Live from PyeongChang’ features new studio (SVG Europe)

    Published February 22, 2018

    France Télévisions has 130 people in PyeongChang, who work closely with a 70-strong team in Paris to deliver Olympic content to viewers on France 2 and France 3. One of the highlights is a new studio that has multiple positions, robotic cameras to minimise the size of the studio, and a circular design that allows […]

  • Campus in Dublin embodies CEO Satya Nadella’s ‘One Microsoft’ vision (Silicon Republic)

    Published February 22, 2018

    An Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, TD, has officially opened the new €134m (£115m) One Microsoft Place campus in Leopardstown, south Dublin. The building will be home to 2,000 employees with 71 different nationalities. It will also house the new €5m (£4.35m) DreamSpace innovation and education hub that it is envisioned to equip 100,000 […]

  • German DVB-T2 platform Freenet TV to launch on Astra (Broadband TV News)

    Published February 22, 2018

    German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast has confirmed that it will launch a DTH satellite version of its DVB-T2 platform Freenet TV on Astra (19.2° East). Satellite households will be able to access the offer from the end of March. Freenet TV will now reach viewers through a second distribution platform with a similar channel […]

  • One million unique browsers use BBC voice app (TVB Europe)

    Published February 22, 2018

    The BBC’s full voice service for smart speakers has recorded one million unique browsers since its launch in December according to Director, Radio and Education James Purnell. In a blog post, Purnell reveals Radios 1, 2 and 4 have proved the most popular services with listeners. Purnell reveals the corporation is now working on launching […]

  • BTI Studios appoints John Koscheka as EVP OTT Operations (MESA Europe)

    Published February 21, 2018

    BTI Studios, one of the world’s biggest media localization companies, providing dubbing, subtitling and access services in any language, has announced the appointment of John Koscheka as its new Executive Vice President of OTT Operations. Over-the-top content (OTT) – media content delivered via the internet – is a form of content delivery that plays an […]

  • Woodward steps down from ‘The Sharp Project’ and Space Studios (Prolific North)

    Published February 21, 2018

    Susan Woodward is to step down as Chair of MCDA – the company responsible for “The Sharp Project”, Space Studios Manchester and the redevelopment of One Central Park. Woodward has been at the heart of the growth of the creative and digital industries in the city for decades, having previously been MD of ITV Granada. […]

  • Spanish police conduct major anti-piracy operation (SatSupreme)

    Published February 21, 2018

    Spain’s paramilitary police, the Guardia Civil, has blocked 23 websites that were distributing pirated series and films. According to the law enforcement agency, the move is part of a major anti-piracy operation named Cascada, which aims to combat illegal content distribution platforms that don’t comply with Spanish copyright laws. The blocked sites include popular sites […]

  • Date Change announced for MESA Europe’s Post NAB Review

    Published February 20, 2018

    MESA Europe’s Post NAB Review will now take place on the 3rd May 2018 in central London. This now regular annual event in the MESA Europe calendar provides an opportunity for delegates to hear first hand key highlights and takeaways from the April show in Las Vegas. Speakers will represent a cross section of industry […]

  • net+ goes VO for multi-screen OTT experience (Rapid TV News)

    Published February 20, 2018

    Switzerland’s leading provider of French-speaking multimedia content, net+, has turned to Viaccess-Orca (VO) to supply key enabling technology for its multiscreen over-the-top offering. The net+ OTT service delivers a variety of content, including live sports, across platforms that embrace tablet, smartphone, PC and Mac. The VO Player – which includes DRM for VOD and live […]

  • Taiwan’s 4K HDR OB upgraded with Calrec’s Artemis (SVG Europe)

    Published February 20, 2018

    Taiwan’s first (and only) 4K HDR OB van has been upgraded with an Artemis Light digital audio console from the Yorkshire company Calrec. Infinity Multimedia Production, owner of the van, chose the Artemis on the recommendation of Calrec’s exclusive distributor and A/V systems integrator in Taiwan, Hi-Pro Technology, which provided equipment and installation for the […]

  • EC calls for searchable pan-European film directory (Digital TV Europe)

    Published February 20, 2018

    European Commissioner for Digital Mariya Gabriel has called for the creation of a searchable pan-European directory of films that are available online, to be set up by the end of this year as part of the EC’s #Digital4Culture initiative. Speaking at the Berlinale 2018 European Film Forum, Gabriel said that the catalogue would initially be […]

  • Mining the gold in content archives (Ooyala)

    Published February 20, 2018

    Is there gold hidden in your video archives? Ooyala says the answer is almost certainly “Yes” – and you can recover it with Ooyala Flex. Thanks to the power of advanced metadata management and artificial intelligence, Ooyala Flex works with Microsoft Video Indexer to find and identify lost content in archives; add metadata and subtitles […]

  • Spotify to challenge Apple with its own speaker? (The Guardian)

    Published February 20, 2018

    Spotify is working on a line of “category defining” hardware products and is ready to start setting up the manufacturing process. The streaming music company intends to create a hardware category “akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles”, according to job adverts posted over the past year. One ad, for a senior product […]

  • NAGRA: TV and OTT will be synonymous in 2018 (Advanced Television)

    Published February 20, 2018

    NAGRA – a Kudelski Group company and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions – has unveiled the top trends it expects to impact the pay-TV industry in 2018. NAGRA SVP Group Marketing Ivan Verbesselt said: “There are significant opportunities for those that embrace and evolve with the changes that are happening in […]

  • M6 and Bouygues reach distribution agreement (Broadband TV News)

    Published February 20, 2018

    French media holding company M6 has signed a new agreement with Bouygues Télécom, covering the distribution of all the group’s channels and on-demand services. In line with other recent agreements in France, the agreement includes an extended broadcast window and access to enhanced services and features. There are also previews of selected programmes ahead of […]

  • Cinegy partners with Linear Acoustic for loudness processing (MESA Europe)

    Published February 20, 2018

    Linear Acoustic – a Telos Alliance TV Solutions Group company – has announced a strategic OEM partnership with Munich-based Cinegy to supply loudness processing solutions for use in Cinegy asset management, ingest and playout software products. The integration provides improved listening experiences for consumers across a range of media formats, while ensuring compliance with international […]

  • Zenterio powers STBs at Telekom Romania (Digital TV News)

    Published February 20, 2018

    TV and multiscreen solutions provider Zenterio has announced that Telekom Romania is to use Zenterio OS to power set-top boxes for its TV Interactiv IPTV service. Zenterio OS is an independent operating system for interactive TV, supporting software harmonisation across different countries, vendors, and ecosystems, with a fast time-to-market. Telekom Romania end-users will enjoy a […]

  • Ireland pips past UK to join European FTTH league (Silicon Republic)

    Published February 20, 2018

    According to figures from the FTTH Council Europe, Ireland has passed the UK to join the European fibre-to-the-home league. The UK is forecast to join next year. Entry to the league table depends on reaching the threshold of one percent of households subscribing to a 100% FTTH service. The news that Ireland has passed the […]

  • BBC Worldwide announces China Mobile deal at Liverpool Showcase (Prolific North)

    Published February 20, 2018

    BBC Worldwide has agreed a deal with Migu Video – China Mobile’s video platform – that will see more than 2,200 hours of BBC content available to more than 800 million China Mobile subscribers. The partnership was announced on Feb 20 at BBC Worldwide’s annual Showcase event in Liverpool. MIGU Video was set up in […]

  • Viaccess-Orca at Mobile World Congress (Mediakwest)

    Published February 19, 2018

    TV Everywhere is evolving quickly and OTT services are growing in popularity with consumers. Operators and service providers have new monetisation opportunities to explore; however, to be successful, they must maximise the television experience. At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona from Feb 26 – Mar 1, the Israeli company Viaccess-Orca will showcase its solutions […]

  • Framestore and Double Negative win VFX BAFTA (Broadcast)

    Published February 19, 2018

    Framestore and Double Negative were among the VFX houses picking up the Special Visual Effects gong at Sunday’s BAFTA Film Awards for their VFX work on “Blade Runner 2049”. Framestore’s Art Department created “extensive” concept artwork used in pre-production and then went on to deliver almost 300 VFX shots on the film, including large-scale CG […]

  • MESA Europe hosts events in Paris 20/21st March

    Published February 15, 2018

    MESA Europe is delighted to announce 2 events taking place in Paris on 20th and 21st March. Following on from the success of MESA Europe’s localisation events in London and its regular Content Localisation Council,  a workshop on content localisation will take place in Paris on the afternoon of 20th March. Featuring guest speakers and […]

  • Virgin to roll out 4K TV boxes as broadband numbers grow (Silicon Republic)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Broadband and TV operator Virgin Media is to introduce 4K-enabled set-top boxes to its TV and broadband subscribers in Ireland later this year. The move comes as broadband subscriptions rose from 356,300 to 363,500 by Q4 2017. Virgin Media –owned by international cable giant Liberty Global – reported that revenues from cable, excluding broadcast, were […]

  • EU tells social media: ‘Do more to protect consumers’ (Telecompaper)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Social media companies have taken steps towards improving adherence to consumer protection rules in the EU but still need to do more, according to a statement from the European Commission. Google shows improvement, while Facebook and Twitter have work to do. The EC has published the latest changes adopted by the companies, which it says […]

  • Space Studios expands film and TV offering (Prolific North)

    Published February 15, 2018

    Space Studios Manchester has extended its studio space with the Space 06 sound stage. The indies Tiger Aspect, Moonage and Big Talk are among the first to occupy the new facility, which is currently home to ITV’s new “Cold Feet” series, as well as Sky Atlantic’s “Curfew”. “From the start, our ambition has been to […]


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