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  • Facebook plans own mobile money wallet based on new Libra currency (Telecompaper)

    Published June 18, 2019

    Facebook has released more details of its planned currency Libra. The first product will be a digital wallet designed to make it easy to save, spend and transfer money over the internet. The wallet will be available in Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app, with an expected launch in 2020, the company said. Facebook […]

  • SK Telecom, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung team to advance 5G (Rapid TV News)

    Published June 18, 2019

    Aiming to boost development of the mobile infrastructures, Korean operator SK Telecom has signed Memorandum of Understandings with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics for joint research and development in 5G and 6G. Under the MOUs, SK Telecom has committed to work closely with the communications technology providers to promote jointly development and commercialisation of advanced […]

  • Comcast launches eye-control for the television (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 18, 2019

    Comcast has launched a feature for people with physical disabilities to control and navigate their television using their eyes. Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote for tablets and computers that pairs with an existing eye gaze system and allows viewers to change the channel, set a recording, search for a show with a […]

  • BBC iPlayer and YouTube Added to EE’s 4G and 5G Video Data Pass (ISPreview)

    Published June 18, 2019

    Mobile operator EE has announced that their Video Data Pass add-on, which allows UK customers of their 4G and 5G based mobile broadband network to stream online video without it reducing their monthly data allowance, has now added support for both the BBC’s iPlayer service and YouTube. The Video Data Pass, which only launched a […]

  • Sky Deutschland and MX1 expand collaboration (Digital TV News)

    Published June 18, 2019

    MX1, an SES subsidiary and global solutions provider of media services, announced today that Sky Deutschland has agreed to a new service agreement extension with the company, which will see the German broadcaster’s customers receive perfect audio and video signals under any conditions. In particular, the scope of MX1’s contingency service will be expanded to […]

  • Liberty Global Eastern Europe CEO steps down (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 18, 2019

    Eric Tveter, the CEO of Liberty Global’s Eastern European Group, is to leave his role after ten years. The departure comes as the company announced the sale of many assets overseen during Tveter’s tenure. Liberty Global’s current CEO of UPC Romania, Hungary and Poland, Robert Redeleanu, will replace Tveter on July 1. Redeleanu will oversee […]

  • WarnerMedia reportedly close to $500m content deal with Bad Robot (CSI Magazine)

    Published June 18, 2019

    AT&T’s WarnerMedia is said to be in the last phases of talks with JJ Abram’s Bad Robot Pictures production company in a content deal that could be worth $500 million. Large digital video companies are no strangers to having content budgets in the billions, forcing established players to up their game. WarnerMedia is one of […]

  • ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery launch German streaming service Joyn (Broadband TV News)

    Published June 18, 2019

    ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery have launched their joint German streaming platform Joyn, offering 55 TV channels as free live-streams. The line-up comprises all free-to-air channels from ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery as well as the channels of public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. Further partners include Viacom, WELT and Sport1. Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, Germany’s second major commercial TV broadcaster, […]

  • French Court decides in Arabsat’s favour (Advanced Television)

    Published June 18, 2019

    It seems that the Media Relations team at beIN Sport were a little quick with their claim of victory in their dispute with Arabsat. The ‘victory’ was widely publicised over the past weekend. Setting aside the obvious merits of Qatar-based beIN claim against the Saudi beoutQ pirates, it is now clear that the French Tribunal […]

  • IMDb TV triples content selection, European expansion (Advanced Television)

    Published June 18, 2019

    Movie, TV and celebrity website IMDb has confirmed that IMDb TV, a free streaming video channel formerly known as IMDb Freedive, will triple its content selection, bringing thousands of new titles to the ad-supported service in the coming months. Additionally, IMDb TV will launch in Europe later in 2019, bringing a premium collection of movies […]

  • Viacom International Studios UK wins first ITV order (TBI Vision)

    Published June 17, 2019

    Viacom International Studios (VIS) UK has picked up its first ever third-party commission, a two-part series for ITV titled Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure. Previously known as Elephant House Studios, VIS has until now produced content solely for Viacom’s UK channels, including Channel 5, MTV and Comedy Central. The 2×60-minute documentary follows newsreader and presenter […]

  • World’s First AI Movie Trailer to be shown at HITS Europe (MESA Europe)

    Published June 13, 2019

    With less than a week to go to the MESA Europe annual HITS Europe Summit, final speaker details have been revealed on what promises to be a must-attend day of best in class presentations and insightful debate. Among the very  latest updates to the programme, we are delighted to announce that IBM will be  showcasing […]

  • Conze: Germany can resist Netflix, Joyn to be leading AVOD platform (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 13, 2019

    The German video entertainment business is capable of defending its patch against the threat of Netflix and new JV streaming platform Joyn will quickly emerge as the leading ad-supported streaming offering in the country, according to CEO Max Conze. Conze said that there was a “defeatist” view at large that the German entertainment industry would […]

  • Research: Consumers reach SVoD saturation (Advanced Television)

    Published June 13, 2019

    According to findings from digital piracy data specialist MUSO looking into the increasingly fragmented streaming services landscape, 80.4 per cent of European adults think that they’re currently paying too much for content streaming. In a year that will see new streaming services launch from the likes of Apple, Disney and BritBox, the joint-venture between ITV […]

  • Viacom planning to add Pluto TV content to My5 (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 13, 2019

    Viacom is looking to expand Pluto TV more aggressively internationally, including adding Pluto TV content to UK on-demand platform My5, according to David Lynn, CEO, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Speaking at the Variety TV Summit in London this morning, Lynn said that VIMN was increasingly looking to develop as a platform business, in particular […]

  • Germany awards 5G spectrum for EUR6.5bn (CSI Magazine)

    Published June 13, 2019

    The German spectrum auction for next-generation 5G mobile networks has concluded after three months and a record of 497 rounds of bidding, with operators forking out a combined EUR6.5 billion for the various frequencies on offer. It was expected that billions would be raised, but the price is still higher than expected. By comparison, Germany’s […]

  • UEFA launches free-to-air OTT digital platform (Broadband TV News)

    Published June 13, 2019

    UEFA has unveiled its new Over The Top (OTT) streaming platform UEFA.tv. The German Bundesliga will be the first league to offer content on the service. The news of the upcoming service was first reported in Broadband TV News last February. The service will initially provide football fans with an entertainment platform which will offer […]

  • UK boost for 5G, mobile deployment (Advanced Television)

    Published June 13, 2019

    £40 million is to be invested in 5G testbed and trial projects across UK industry as part of Government plans to improve mobile connectivity. Previous investment in the 5G testbeds and trials programme has driven work in the healthcare, tourism, transport and broadcasting sectors. The latest investment will support similar work in the logistics and […]

  • Kaltura releases new white paper: Five Considerations for Launching an Online Video Service and Expanding your Content Reach (Kaltura)

    Published June 12, 2019

    With today’s extensive competition, content owners need to ensure that their video is engaging their audience, and reaching as broad an audience as possible. Download HERE the whitepaper where Kaltura offers 5 tips to help content owners expand their content reach, while maintaining a great user experience and the  ability to scale as their service […]

  • Ofcom gives ‘provisional’ approval to BBC iPlayer changes (BBC News)

    Published June 12, 2019

    Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given “provisional” approval to plans that would enable shows to be available on the BBC iPlayer for longer. The BBC wants to change the iPlayer from a 30-day catch-up service to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard. After a competition assessment, Ofcom decided the changes could “deliver […]

  • LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer (The Verge)

    Published June 12, 2019

    Spain’s data protection agency has fined the country’s soccer league, LaLiga, €250,000 (about $280,000) for allegedly violating EU data privacy and transparency laws. The app, which is used for keeping track of games and stats, was using the phone’s microphone and GPS to track bars illegally streaming soccer games, Spanish newspaper El País reported. Using […]

  • BBC Studios, Discovery complete UKTV deal (TBI Vision)

    Published June 12, 2019

    BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV. It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while […]

  • C4 delivers “great results in challenging market” (Advanced Television)

    Published June 12, 2019

    Channel 4, the UK FTA broadcaster, delivered what it declared “a strong commercial performance” in 2018, driven by record growth in digital – as Channel 4 Chief Executive Alex Mahon outlined major new developments to build on the strategy she announced in May 2018 to accelerate digital and supercharge youth – with a new Terms […]

  • NAGRA Highlights Smartly Digital Strategies for Pay-TV Service Providers and Content Owners at ConnecTechAsia 2019 (NAGRA)

    Published June 11, 2019

    At ConnecTechAsia 2019, NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will demonstrate its latest portfolio of technologies and solutions designed to help pay-TV operators and content owners in the APAC region grow and prosper in a new IP-based environment. The event will take […]

  • Rakuten launches worldwide sports network (Broadband TV News)

    Published June 11, 2019

    Rakuten is to launch a new live streaming and VOD sports entertainment platform designed to deliver sports content to a global audience. Its centrepiece is Japan’s J.League, popular within the target audience of Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and other countries in Southeast Asia. Feature programming includes Iniesta TV, which follows the […]

  • Turner UK renews Prime cinema series (Rapid TV News)

    Published June 11, 2019

    Days after concluding a similar deal with Sky for programmes in the genre, Prime Entertainment Group has extended its existing contract with Turner UK for cinema-related series such as Hollywood’s Best Film Directors and Close Up. The 91 x 30’ Hollywood’s Best Film Directors is Prime’s flagship cinema series and includes portraits of exclusive interviews […]

  • UKTV commissions new entertainment shows (Advanced Television)

    Published June 11, 2019

    UKTV’s slate of Original shows continues to grow with three new commissions announced for Dave and Gold. The rich mix of UKTV Originals span comedy and entertainment and feature well-known talent including Jon Richardson and Dave Gorman. In 2018 UKTV Originals were the highest rating shows on six of UKTV’s channels plus UKTV Play. The […]

  • Mediaset move will create ‘stronger business’ but pan-European merger unlikely (Digital TV Europe)

    Published June 11, 2019

    Mediaset’s creation of a new holding company and the merger of its Italian and Spanish operations is a “bold move” that will “create a stronger business that can benefit shareholders and consumers in the medium to long term”, according to analysts at investment bank Berenberg. However, Berenberg said that it does expect ProSiebenSat.1 or “any […]

  • Report: W. European telcos winning European 5G race (Advanced Television)

    Published June 11, 2019

    In Europe, Western countries are leading 5G development, with Denmark, Portugal and Switzerland’s 5G adoption set to take a 23.2 per cent, 16.2 per cent and 16.2 per cent share respectively of total mobile subscription in their markets by 2023, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Nationwide coverage is already available in the […]

  • Vodafone Spain to switch on 5G network in 15 cities on 15 June (Telecompaper)

    Published June 10, 2019

    Vodafone Spain has confirmed that it will be launching the country’s first commercial 5G network in 15 cities on 15 June. The number of launch cities is more than double the 7 announced by the company’s CEO Antonio Coimbra last month, bringing initial speeds of up to 1 Gbps to customers in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, […]

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