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  • BritBox launches on (Netgem)

    Published January 28, 2020, the TV service designed for modern and savvy viewers in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce they will now offer the new BritBox service through its growing network of ISP operators and enabled devices in the market, available now. BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and […]

  • Disney+ originals more attractive than Apple TV+ (Advanced Television)

    Published January 28, 2020

    Disney+’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian looks like a key driver for the SVoD platform as interest levels top those of rival Apple TV+ exclusives The Morning Show and See. The Mandalorian maintained a higher relative interest level than The Morning Show throughout its entire run, despite Disney+ being available in only six markets, […]

  • RTL to boost local production by €1bn (Advanced Television)

    Published January 28, 2020

    In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, RTL’s CEO Bernd Reichart says the broadcaster will invest €1 billion annually in new in-house productions. The cash will be for the broadcaster’s national FTA channel as well as its streaming service ‘TV Now’ and aiming to take on the likes of Netflix, Amazon and the other emerging […]

  • “High-risk” or not, UK govt gives Huawei the go-ahead (Total Telecom)

    Published January 28, 2020

    Huawei will be allowed to contribute to non-core areas of the UK’s 5G network After months of uncertainty and political to-and-fro, the UK has today announced that it will allow Huawei to contribute to its 5G networks, following a deliberation by the National Security Council chaired by the PM. The key outcomes of this decision […]

  • Endemol Shine’s Lisa Perrin moves to head up ITV Studios international production (TBI Vision)

    Published January 28, 2020

    ITV Studios has appointed Endemol Shine Group’s Creative Networks CEO Lisa Perrin as managing director of its international production business. Perrin reports to Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITVS, and will be part of the senior management team, overseeing the day-to-day running of ITVS’ production labels outside the UK and US, developing business strategy as […]

  • Sky Furthers Factual Slate with Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature (Rapid TV News)

    Published January 28, 2020

    Hot on the heels of the opening of a new comedy content strand, pay-TV provider Sky has turned to the real world with the launch of two brand-new factual services, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. Explaining the reasons for the new launch, Sky noted research showing that documentaries are rising-up the popularity stakes with its […]

  • European Commission calls out Saudi Arabia for sports piracy (Broadband TV News)

    Published January 28, 2020

    The European Commission has accused Saudi Arabia of “causing considerable harm to EU businesses” in its support for the pirate channel beoutQ. In a report into the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries, the Commission says “IPR enforcement in Saudi Arabia features serious shortcomings”. Another 12 countries are on the list […]

  • Sky ‘close to Disney+ deal’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published January 27, 2020

    Disney is on the brink of a distribution deal with Sky for its fledgling streamer, Disney+, according to a press report. Disney+, which launches in the UK on March 24, is eagerly awaited in the UK with a survey finding that a quarter of Brits intend on signing up to the service. According to The […]

  • 52% of U.S. Smart Speaker owners are controlling TV with voice (Digital TV News)

    Published January 27, 2020

    75 million people in the US are now using a smart speaker, and more than half of them – 39 million – are using it to control their smart TV, video streamer or other TV device at least weekly. This finding comes from Strategy Analytics’ latest report, 2019 Smart Speaker User Survey – US Results, […]

  • Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law (BBC Technology)

    Published January 24, 2020

    Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU. Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is passed. EU member states have until 7 June 2021 […]

  • Analyst: Telcos must explore growth opportunities (Advanced Television)

    Published January 23, 2020

    Despite the continued competitive onslaught from tech firms and over-the-top (OTT) providers, telco communication and data services will still command 50 per cent of the overall digital consumer services industry by 2023, according to data, research and consulting business Ovum’s Consumer Digital Revenue Opportunity Model. However, the telcos’ share is in steep decline, with a […]

  • RTL Croatia upgrades to HD (Broadband TV News)

    Published January 23, 2020

    RTL Croatia has reiterated its trust in SGT technologies (Hexaglobe Group) by selecting BCE to renew its broadcasting system and upgrade to HD. The Veda 10 system it previously used has now been replaced by Veda 16. RTL Croatia operates eight TV channels – RTL, RTL2, RTL Living, RTL Kockica, RTL Crime, RTL Passion, RTL […]

  • Liberty Global considers Univision (Digital TV Europe)

    Published January 23, 2020

    Liberty Global Ventures, the investment arm of Virgin Media-owner Liberty Global, is considering a bid for Spanish-language media firm Univision. The company is reportedly working with Hemisphere Media Group on a bid, with other parties such as private equity firm Platinum Equity and former Viacom CFO Wade Davis also looking at making an offer. Offers […]