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  • Bitmax Signs Media Management and Licensing Services Deal With Here Media (Bitmax)

    Published April 18, 2019

    Today, Bitmax, the Hollywood-based digital media management and licensing company, announced a multi-year deal to provide digital media processing and licensing services for Here Media, a worldwide film and TV creator and distributor. Here Media is part of the successful portfolio of entertainment products run by industry icon and Academy-award winning producer Paul Colichman. As […]

  • Spain claims biggest FTTH network in Europe with over 77% of homes passed (telecompaper)

    Published April 18, 2019

    Spain’s Ministry of Economy has published its latest annual report on broadband coverage in the country. This shows that access to at least 100 Mbps improved by 5 percent points in the year to June 2018, to 81 percent of the population, while 85 percent have access to at least 30 Mbps. The government aims […]

  • Lucas Bertrand launches storefront insights and analytics (Rapid TV News)

    Published April 18, 2019

    After research indicated that distribution revenue from could be significantly increased with better visibility, management and optimisation of film and TV assets on VOD stores, Lucas Bertrand has announced Looper Insights. Developed in-house exclusively for the film and TV industries, Looper Insights’ proprietary technology allows IP owners to see, manage and optimise their titles, enabling […]

  • Intel Announces Omnitek Acquisition (In Broadcast)

    Published April 18, 2019

    Intel Corporation has acquired Omnitek in a move which will see its FPGA Video and Vision Offering strengthened. Omnitek’s technology enables customised, high-performance vision and artificial intelligence inferencing capabilities on FPGAs for customers across a range of end markets. Its IP addresses demanding application requirements in areas such as video conferencing, projection and display, medical […]

  • Allegro DVT introduces real-time AV1 encoder IP for 4K/UHD video (Digital TV News)

    Published April 18, 2019

    Allegro DVT, a leading provider of video semiconductor IP solutions, today announced the availability of its AL-E210 multi-format video encoder hardware IP which adds support for the new AV1 video format developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia). AOMedia was formed in 2015 by industry leaders such as Google, Netflix, Intel, Microsoft with the […]

  • Launch of HBO’s Game of Thrones season 8 triggers global piracy frenzy (Digital TV Europe)

    Published April 18, 2019

    The scale of the global content piracy problem was again underlined this week with the news that the first episode of the new season of Game Of Thrones was pirated almost 55 million times in the first 24 hours after launch, according to analytics firm Muso. By comparison, the show attracted 17.4 million viewers via […]

  • Sports operators spending 15% of budget on OTT (Advanced Television)

    Published April 18, 2019

    According to the findings of Where the Money is Going: The Future of Sports Entertainment, a global analysis of the economics of OTT sport from sports media technology services specialist Delatre, sports operators worldwide are now spending 15 per cent of their total budgets on OTT, meaning that by 2021, more than $6.8 billion (€6.1bn) […]

  • Netflix promises greater transparency after beating earnings expectations (TBI Vision)

    Published April 17, 2019

    Netflix bosses have promised to reveal more data around the viewership of its programming after reporting a 22% revenue rise for Q1, 2019. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the streamer would be rolling out more specific and granular data over the next few months, “First to our producers, then our members, and of course, […]

  • Apple capitulates to end war with Qualcomm (KNect365)

    Published April 17, 2019

    Qualcomm and Apple agreed to settle all the ongoing litigations with the iPhone maker paying the chipset maker an undisclosed amount and signing a six-year licensing agreement. On Monday, Qualcomm and Apple went to court over the allegation that Qualcomm has been abusing its monopoly position to over-charge for its chips. The stakes could have run up […]

  • Live TV added to UKTV Play (CSI Magazine)

    Published April 17, 2019

    Multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has introduced live streaming to its video on demand service. Viewers are now able to watch channels including Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Really and Home, live on the UKTV Play website. The channel streams will also be available on UKTV Play’s mobile and TV apps in the coming months. Detailed programme information is […]

  • Netflix facing subscriber slowdown (Broadband TV News)

    Published April 17, 2019

    Netflix says its anticipating subscriber numbers to slow, despite posting another record take-up. The streamer says 9-point-6 million people signed up between January and March (with 1.74 million in the US and 7.86 million internationally). However, it’s warning the growth rate may not be maintained in the next quarter with new competition on the horizon […]

  • DAZN sells Perform; focuses on streaming (Advanced Television)

    Published April 16, 2019

    Stats, a specialist in sports AI, has combined with Perform, the global sports content company. The transaction was enabled by an investment from Vista Equity Partners. DAZN Group, Perform’s owner, will receive a combination of cash and a significant minority stake in the newly formed company Together US-based Stats and European-based Perform will combine Stats’ […]

  • Report: Continued convergence of linear and digital TV (Advanced Television)

    Published April 16, 2019

    FreeWheel, a Comcast company and advertising management solution, has published its Q4 2018 Video Marketplace Report (previously the Video Monetisation Report), which shows the line between linear and digital TV is increasingly disappearing, as the TV and premium video landscape evolves. In Europe, confidence in premium video continues to grow, with overall ad views in […]

  • Nordic operators add new sports service to TV offerings (Digital TV Europe)

    Published April 16, 2019

    Telia and Telenor have added new linear TV sports channel Strive Sport TV to their programming line-ups. The channel was launched in March by Scandinavian sports streaming service Strive Sport, offering up to 10 football matches a week from Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and North America’s Major League Soccer, including matches from LA […]

  • Netflix underlines commitment to India with 10 new films (Rapid TV News)

    Published April 16, 2019

    Netflix has announced a new slate of ten original Indian films, taking to 15 the number of Indian movies set to be available on the streaming service globally by the end of 2020. “When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films,” said Srishti Behl Arya, director – international original […]

  • OTT Moves Beyond ‘Early Adopter’ Phase As 45-60 Set Becomes New Battleground (TV Technology)

    Published April 16, 2019

    Over-the-top distribution of video has exited the early adopter phase with consumers age 45-60 emerging as a competitive market for products and services. That’s the conclusion of the latest national quarterly survey of cable customers conducted by equity research company Cowen. According to the company, OTT adoption by consumers 18-29 has largely stabilized and is […]

  • Italian competition regulator investigates Amazon abuse of dominant position (Telecompaper)

    Published April 16, 2019

    Italy’s Antitrust Authority announced the start of a preliminary investigation into Amazon and five of its subsidiaries for suspected abuse of the company’s dominant position. The competition probe centres on advantages Amazon offers third-party sellers on its e-commerce platform for using its logistics services. In particular, Amazon gives third-party vendors using the logistics and fulfillment […]

  • Hulu buys out AT&T stake (Engadget)

    Published April 15, 2019

    Those rumours of AT&T ditching its stake in Hulu have proven true, although it didn’t necessarily play out as expected. The telecom has reached a deal to sell its 9.5 percent stake in Hulu (worth about $1.43 billion) back to the joint venture. It’s not certain exactly how this will shift the balance of power […]

  • More Disney+ details revealed (CSI Magazine)

    Published April 15, 2019

    Disney’s upcoming subscription streaming service will launch November 12 and sell for $6.99 per month (€6.20), or $69.99 (€62) per year in the US. The media company aims to cover nearly all major regions in 2020. Only weeks after Apple revealed plans from its own Apple+ TV streaming service (albeit without price details), Disney has […]

  • Approval for Europe’s new copyright regime (Broadband TV News)

    Published April 15, 2019

    Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by the Council of the European Union. The EU copyright directive received the backing of 19 countries. However, six member states – including Italy and The Netherlands – voted against the legislation and a further three abstained. Opposition to the new legal framework has brought together tech giant […]

  • Amazon reportedly looking to launch free music service (Yahoo News)

    Published April 15, 2019

    The streaming music landscape is about to get a little more fractured, with yet another deep-pocketed tech giant set to enter the field. Amazon, sources have told Billboard, is in talks to launch an ad-supported music streaming service that could be announced as soon as this week. The company already has a popular channel through […]

  • Canal+ revenues slide despite international growth (Digital TV Europe)

    Published April 15, 2019

    Canal+ Group saw its revenues slide from €1.298 billion to €1.252 billion year-on-year in the first quarter, driven down by the continued loss of subscribers to its domestic French pay TV operation. Owner Vivendi said that Canal+ overall grew its subscriber base by 700,000 during the last 12 months, thanks to its success in attracting […]

  • Sony Upgrades Cary Grant Theatre with Dolby Atmos (The Hollywood Reporter)

    Published April 15, 2019

    Sony Pictures’ Cary Grant Theatre — the largest mixing stage on its Culver City lot — has received an upgrade with Dolby Atmos’ immersive sound capabilities. Since completion, the first project to be mixed in the theater is Sony’s Spider-Man Far From Home, which is slated to open July 5. It will be mixed by […]

  • Disney + unveils unscripted slate as it preps SVOD pitch to investors (TBI Vision)

    Published April 11, 2019

    Disney has unveiled a robust unscripted slate for its Disney + service ahead of revealing new details of its SVOD to investors later today (11 April). The mouse house has announced its first overall deal with production house Supper Club, the team behind Netflix’s Chef’s Table, as it positions itself as a direct competitor to […]

  • YouTube, Discovery draw up on-demand programming partnership (Rapid TV News)

    Published April 11, 2019

    Adding to the services’ growing roster of lifestyle and factual content programming, the YouTube TV live TV and on-demand subscription bundles are to feature TV Discovery’s portfolio of real-life brands. Under the terms of a multi-year distribution agreement, YouTube TV will launch on 10 April Discovery brands including the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, […]

  • NAB 2019 IABM BaM Award Winners Unveiled (InBroadcast)

    Published April 11, 2019

    The winners of IABM’s BaM Awards have been announced at IABM’s BaM Awards party at the 2019 NAB Show. The winners, across nine categories described by the BaM Content Chain: from Creator to Consumer, as well as a tenth category recognising an outstanding project, collaboration or event, were selected from an initial record of over […]

  • Red Bee achieves 3.5s latency for live OTT (Advanced Television)

    Published April 11, 2019

    Red Bee Media has reached record low latency on its live OTT feed during NAB – reaching as low as 3.5 seconds, glass to glass which is faster than traditional broadcasting feeds. This was achieved using commoditised cloud-based, open source standard technology, utilising open Internet connectivity only. The feed is created with a live camera […]

  • Netflix increases pricing in Europe, starting in Germany (Broadband TV News)

    Published April 11, 2019

    Netflix has now started increasing its prices in Europe, starting in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. For the moment two out of three of its subscription variants are becoming more expensive in Germany, with the exception of the basic tier, which remains unchanged at €7.99 per month. The price of the medium tier, which includes […]

  • 44% deem Netflix “indispensable” (Advanced Television)

    Published April 11, 2019

    A research study from Hub shows a dramatic difference between younger and older consumers when it comes to their preferred TV brands. Highlights from the study, entitled The Evolution of Video Branding, include: By a sizable margin, TV viewers choose Netflix as an indispensable source of content over any other source. The vast majority of […]

  • NENT signs 5-year FIS winter sports competition rights deal with Infront (Telecompaper)

    Published April 11, 2019

    Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) said it has acquired the exclusive Nordic media rights to a comprehensive range of winter sports competitions from Infront Sports & Media. The five-year deal secures rights to the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and FIS Cross Country World Cup, among other things. From 2021, viewers of NENT’s Viaplay and Viafree […]

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