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  • Research: Families who choose TV packages together see more value (Advanced TV News)

    Published August 15, 2019

    TV companies battling to preserve the shared experience of scheduled TV viewing in an era of 24/7 streaming and personalised viewing need more than binge-watching contracts and no-sleeping agreements to keep customers. Recently, Netflix introduced a binge-watching contract for couples and families to regulate the way they watch TV together. However, research from Lancaster University, […]

  • Amazon outstrips Netflix on content marketing spend (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 15, 2019

    Amazon Prime Video has surpassed Netflix for the most spending on content advertising by an OTT company for the first half of 2019, with Netflix coming in second and Hulu in third, according to an analysis by Mediaradar. In contrast, Netflix was the biggest spender in the first half of 2018, followed by Amazon Prime […]

  • Sky to offer pay-per-view Bundesliga matches (Telecompaper)

    Published August 15, 2019

    Sky Deutschland plans to introduce pay-per-view matches for Germany’s top football league, the Bundesliga, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the matter said the pay-TV provider aims to launch the offer with Onefootball in time for the start of the season on 17 August. Sky made no mention of the plans in its official statement on […]

  • Sky launches the new Sky Go app (TVB Europe)

    Published August 15, 2019

    Available this summer on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire devices and Amazon app store.  Sky TV has launched the new Sky Go app, combining and improving the existing Sky Q and Sky Go app features. These include simple, one-touch destinations in a new UI, a ‘Browse’ page aggregating content by theme and genre from all channels, […]

  • Report: Broadband usage patterns provide clues to cord-cutting (Advanced TV)

    Published August 15, 2019

    Subscribers’ broadband usage patterns can be predictors of cord-cutting, according to the Q2 2019 OpenVault Broadband Industry (OVBI) report by OpenVault, a provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators. The report highlights how a study of thousands of US subscribers who shifted to broadband-only packages during the first half of 2019 exhibited […]

  • Sky AdSmart ‘increases engagement by a third’ (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 15, 2019

    Addressable TV can increase ad engagement by 35% and cut channel switching by 48%, or almost a half, according to a five-year study of Sky AdSmart from the pay TV operator. According to the study, facial recognition analysis showed that when addressable ads are on TV, viewers’ attentiveness to the screen could be as much […]

  • Friday deadline in Altice-Free retrans dispute (Broadband TV News)

    Published August 15, 2019

    The heated retrans fee dispute between Free and Altice has taken a new turn. According to a report in Le Figaro, Altice, which is looking for compensation for its three free-to-air channels BFMTV, RMC Découverte and RMC Story, has told Free to stop distributing its channels from this Friday (August 16). The Patrick Drahi company […]

  • New UK MVNO to boost services for Britain’s hard of hearing (Total Telecom)

    Published August 14, 2019

    The new MVNO will launch across EE’s 4G networks in the UK. A new mobile virtual network operator has launched in the UK, aimed at providing enhanced services to Britain’s hard of hearing community. Audacious will offer enhanced services for the 10 million people in the UK who suffer with moderate to severe hearing loss, […]

  • Viacom, CBS confirm merger (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 14, 2019

    At last it’s official: media giants CBS and Viacom have entered into a definitive agreement to create a combined company global, multi-platform, premium content company that the two parties say will be one of the most important content producers and providers in the world. The all-stock merger creates a combined company to be known as […]

  • Disney Hires Luke Bradley-Jones to Run its Streaming Service in Europe and Africa (Variety)

    Published August 14, 2019

    Disney has hired Luke Bradley-Jones to run its Disney Plus streaming service when it launches in Europe and Africa. Bradley-Jones will join Disney from Comcast-owned Sky, where he was chief marketing officer. As SVP, direct-to-consumer, and general manager Disney Plus in Europe and Africa, Bradley-Jones will be based in London. He will report to Jan […]

  • FCC’s Pai approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger (Engadget)

    Published August 14, 2019

    The proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is inching ever closer to being complete, after the Department of Justice gave its conditional endorsement last month. Now, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is formally recommending that the agency’s commissioners approve the deal. Pai said that after the FCC reviewed the details of the merger, “the […]

  • RSG Media presents latest technologies & platforms at IBC (RSG Media)

    Published August 13, 2019

    The following statement has been issued by RSG Media ahead of IBC: We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person to demonstrate how RSG Media can monetize your IP, grow audiences, and optimize your Ad-Sales revenue. RSG Media will be at IBC2019 showcasing how we have leveraged IBM Watson’s Machine Learning and […]

  • Signiant Expands its SDCX SaaS Platform to Dramatically Simplify Fast, Secure Intercompany Content Exchange (Signiant)

    Published August 13, 2019

    At IBC2019, Signiant Inc, a long-time leader in intelligent file transfer, will introduce new capabilities to its SDCX (Software-Defined Content Exchange) SaaS platform to simplify secure content exchange between companies. These capabilities will first appear in the company’s newest product, Signiant JetTM, which makes it easy to automate and accelerate the transfer of large files […]

  • Sexton-Chadwick joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland (Advanced Television)

    Published August 13, 2019

    DAZN, the sport streaming service, has announced that Paul Sexton-Chadwick has joined as SVP Commercial Propositions, helping to drive its strategy and execution for commercial premises and other B2B commercial enterprise opportunities. Reporting directly to Chief Business Development Officer, John Gleasure, Sexton-Chadwick will work to enhance the distribution of DAZN working with commercial premises in […]

  • Joyn partners aim for winter premium launch and international expansion (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 13, 2019

    Joyn, the German streaming joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, will likely add its premium SVOD tier to the existing free offering over the winter with over 10 original shows, a “vast library” and next year’s Olympic Games, with plans for international expansion next year, according to ProSiebenSat.1 chief executive Max Conze. Speaking on ProSiebenSat.1’s […]

  • Pay-TV providers lose record numbers of video subs in Q2 (Rapid TV News)

    Published August 13, 2019

    The largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 93% of the market – lost about 1.53 million net video subscribers in 2Q 2019, compared with a pro forma net loss of about 420,000 subscribers the year before. According to Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), the top pay-TV providers now account for about 86.6 […]

  • Verizon sells Tumblr just two years after acquiring social network (Guardian Technology News)

    Published August 13, 2019

    Verizon is selling Tumblr, just two years after buying the social network as part of its tumultuous $4.48bn Yahoo acquisition. Founded in 2007 as one of the first “microblogging” services, Tumblr has been acquired by Automattic, the web services company best known for running blogging platform WordPress.com, for an undisclosed price tag. The Automattic chief […]

  • GO Malta goes multiscreen with Edgeware (RapidTV News)

    Published August 13, 2019

    Malta’s leading communications services company and first quad-play provider, GO, is extending its partnership with Edgeware to help it shape the future of TV in the country. GO provides mobile, fixed line, internet and TV services to more than 500,000 customers — 10,000 of whom are pay-TV subscribers — with a fully integrated fibre-powered fixed […]

  • EE Named Best UK Mobile Operator for H1 2019 by RootMetrics (ISP Review)

    Published August 13, 2019

    RootMetrics will today publish their latest H1 2019 study of 4G mobile network performance in the United Kingdom, which once again concluded that EE (BT) is overall still the top performing operator and also delivered the fastest aggregate mobile broadband download speed in UK-wide testing (37.6Mbps). Sadly O2 remains at the bottom. As usual the […]

  • Salto, the ‘French Netflix’, gets green light but with conditions (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 13, 2019

    Salto, the French video-on-demand JV between the country’s main terrestrial broadcasters, has secured a green light from the country’s competition watchdog but with major conditions attached. Salto, which is now scheduled to launch in the first quarter of next year, will include the linear DTT channels and catch-up services along with a SVOD service. The […]

  • Sky Italia expands IT contract with Amdocs (CSI Magazine)

    Published August 12, 2019

    Sky Italia has selected Amdocs to modernise some of its digital operations under a multi-year managed services agreement. The deal follows a separate multi-year managed services agreement signed last year between the companies for the delivery of an Amdocs open network solution. One of the key drivers of the new deal is the Italian broadcaster’s […]

  • T-Mobile doubles Czech TV base (Broadband TV News)

    Published August 12, 2019

    T-Mobile Czech Republic ended the second quarter with 113,000 subscribers to its DTH and IPTV services. According to the company, this was nearly twice the 57,000 recorded a year earlier, with most also opting for Magenta 1. Furthermore, the most popular feature of its IPTV service was catch-up, with customers watching over 3 million shows. […]

  • Tech firms face fines for harmful videos from regulator Ofcom (BBC Technology)

    Published August 12, 2019

    UK government is considering giving Ofcom powers to fine video-sharing apps and websites. The proposal would mean Ofcom could impose multi-million pound fines if the platforms have failed to prevent youngsters seeing pornography, violence and other harmful material. The regulator would take charge of the matter from September 19th 2020. The move is to meet […]

  • Digital Piracy Across the Globe (MarkMonitor)

    Published August 8, 2019

    Four-fold increase projected in IP video traffic. By 2022, global annual internet traffic is expected to reach 4.8 zettabytes. How does your anti-piracy program stack up against today’s threats?   Click HERE to view infographic. …

  • BITMAX at IBC 2019 (Bitmax)

    Published August 8, 2019

    Bitmax, the digital media management and licensing company, will be at IBC 2019 showcasing its Maestro content orchestration system. They will be meeting with content owners, distribution partners and technology suppliers in the IABM lounge in Hall 4, Level 2. The Maestro content orchestration system was launched at NAB earlier this year, and since then […]

  • Quantum Brings Significant Portfolio to IBC (InBroadcast)

    Published August 8, 2019

    Quantum will demonstrate a significantly expanded product range designed for end-to-end media workflows. Solutions on show will include for on-set production, processing and content transport, studio editing and finishing in 8K, and digital media archiving. “We’ve dramatically accelerated our pace of innovation in the last year, introducing award-winning NVMe storage, distributed cloud services and analytics, […]

  • CBS, Viacom miss anticipated merger deadline (TBI Vision)

    Published August 8, 2019

    CBS and Viacom have missed their anticipated deadline for a merger deal. According to reports, the businesses had hoped to sign off on a deal in time for CBS’s quarterly earnings, set to be announced later today (8 August), but an agreement was not reached in time. The delay is due to final negotiations over […]

  • Nationally produced fiction dominates top 10 across western Europe markets (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 8, 2019

    Nationally produced fiction series continue to dominate the top 10 by audience in Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain, with distinct variations by genre between countries and a high degree of concentration in the channels that air the most popular series, according to a study by French media regulator the CSA. All 10 most […]

  • “Reliable” Deutsche Telekom sees modest TV growth (Digital TV Europe)

    Published August 8, 2019

    Deutsche Telekom has reported a steady growth in its TV division. In Germany, Magenta TV saw an increase of 58,000 customers, contributing to a total of 3.48 million and an increase of 1.7%. However, this performance does not live up to Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, where 62,000 and 66,000 customers signed up to the […]

  • Virgin Media video subscriber losses hurt Liberty Global (Broadband TV News)

    Published August 8, 2019

    Weakness in Virgin Media is hurting Liberty Global, which lost 29,000 RGUs in the second quarter, as compared to a gain of 41,000 RGUs in the prior-year period. This was despite improved performances in the remaining CEE operations, as well as Switzerland and Telenet. During Q2, 2019, Liberty Global lost 54,900 video customers, but added […]

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