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  • National Hot Rod Association Supercharges Production Workflow, Preserves Historic Footage, Expands International Reach and “Drives” Efficiencies Using Sony’s Intelligent Media Service

    Published December 18, 2018

    National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world, recently came to Sony with a simple request – to increase the value of their production assets and use them to support enhanced storytelling. According to Mike Rokosa, the NHRA’s technology executive, the organization sought to reach more consumers on more devices […]

  • Ooyala: Xmas viewing trends will see generational split (Advanced Television)

    Published December 18, 2018

    Ooyala has put together its thoughts on how the UK will be watching content over the Christmas period, and how broadcasters might try to fight back to regain a slice of the viewing market. Discussing the key viewing trends we’re likely to see over the next few weeks, Jim O’Neill, principal analyst, Ooyala, commented: “Over […]

  • Apple strikes deal with DHX Media for Peanuts content (TBI Vision)

    Published December 18, 2018

    Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media for new Peanuts content including new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang. One project for Apple will include an exclusive short-form piece aimed at getting kids into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. It will feature Snoopy as an astronaut […]

  • Brexit – the impact on TV, film and VoD in Europe (European Audiovisual Observatory)

    Published December 18, 2018

    How will Brexit affect the audiovisual sector in Europe? We’re just three and a half months away from the 29th of March 2019 – when the UK will effectively leave the European Union. Given the major role played by the UK in European film production and the largest concentration of television channels in Europe in […]

  • Addressable TV ‘next stage of evolution’ (Advanced Television)

    Published December 18, 2018

    Time spent viewing linear TV around the world may be declining but its reach remains unparalleled, while the spread of smart and connected TVs is set to open up new opportunities for advertisers, according to a new WARC report. The latest Global Advertising Trends study states TV is at a crossroads, noting that daily time […]

  • Sling TV becomes first vMVPD on Oculus Go VR headset (Rapid TV News)

    Published December 18, 2018

    Maybe there is life in VR for TV applications yet as Sling TV has become the first virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) to launch on Oculus Go, the all-in-one wireless virtual reality (VR) headset. Sling TV says that the virtual reality experience on Oculus Go is equivalent to watching on a 180-inch television. Oculus […]

  • UK tech firm Blippar collapses into administration (BBC News)

    Published December 18, 2018

    One of the great hopes of the UK tech sector, Blippar, has collapsed into administration over a funding row. The augmented reality firm was co-founded by Ambarish Mitra, and its technology was used in a partnership with the BBC’s Planet Earth II series. Blippar was one of the UK’s tech “Unicorns” – start-up businesses that […]

  • French govt moves ahead with digital sales tax on GAFA platforms from 2019 (Telecompaper)

    Published December 18, 2018

    The French government will bring to parliament a proposal for a new tax targeting digital sales from the so-called GAFA companies (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon). The announcement was confirmed by economy minister Bruno Le Maire, who told Les Echos that the new tax could be in place by 1st January 2019. While details have […]

  • Sport scores highly on TV in 2018 (TVB Europe)

    Published December 18, 2018

    2018 was an “exceptional” year for sport on TV, according to EurodataTV Worldwide’s Yearly Sport Key Facts report. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics was a hit with European viewers, the report found. For example, the men’s 10,000m speed skating attracted three million viewers in the Netherlands, achieving an audience share of 84.1 per cent. The analysis […]

  • Synamedia tackles OTT password sharing with new product (CSI Magazine)

    Published December 17, 2018

    Credentials Sharing Insight, Synamedia’s first commercial product since spinning out of Cisco, promises to turn casual password sharing into incremental revenues for service providers. A few months ago a CNBC report claimed that 35% of millennials share passwords, with some fearing that OTT service fragmentation is fuelling a trend in casual (and not so casual) […]

  • Ampere: SVOD to overtake box office revenues next year (Digital TV Europe)

    Published December 17, 2018

    Subscription over-the-top video revenues will overtake box office revenues globally in 2019 as SVOD continues to grow in all regions, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm predicts that global OTT revenues will reach US$46 billion next year while cinema revenues will come in at just under US$40 billion (€35 billion), noting a theatrical slowdown […]

  • TV at CES 2019: ‘8K Is Getting Real’ (TV Technology)

    Published December 17, 2018

    Just before the 2019 CES begins Jan. 8, the Consumer Technology Association will reveal its annual electronics sales forecast, and for the first time 8K ultra high definition TV sets will be included in the forecast. “8K is getting real,” says Steve Koenig, CTA’s vice president of market research. “We’ve seen 8K in previous years, […]

  • Apple appoints Sony exec as casting head (TBI Vision)

    Published December 13, 2018

    Apple has appointed Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Tamara Hunter to head up casting for its growing entertainment business. Hunter, who spent two years at Sony, will oversee film and TV projects for Apple. She will report to Sony Pictures Television alum Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The casting chief has worked on major Hollywood hits […]

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