UKbased indie producer All3Media is to sell its p

first_imgUK-based indie producer All3Media is to sell its programmes direct to consumers via apps for Samsung and LG Smart TVs.Samsung Smart TVs now feature the All3Media App, making it possible to buy shows including Peep Show, The Only Was is Essex and Shameless. LG Smart TVs will launch the app next month.Both services will initially launch in the UK before rolling out in the US. All3Media said it planned to launch the service on further platforms and devices throughout the year.“The new All3Media app will allow us to experiment with different payment models, to continue to get closer to our viewers and to experiment offering our content in a range of territories. It is estimated that there will be 500 million connected TVs in the world in 2015 so now seems like a good time to experiment and learn about consumer behaviour,” the company said in a statement.last_img read more

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The launch of SESs latest satellite SES5 has b

first_imgThe launch of SES’s latest satellite, SES-5, has been rescheduled for tomorrow.SES-5 had been set for a June 19 launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. However, an out of tolerance telemetry reading on a first stage subsystem was detected during pre-flight testing and the launch was aborted.The satellite will launch at 00:38 CET.SES-5’s 36 active Ku-band transponders and up to 24 active C-band transponders will be located at 5° East. It will feature two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other one serving sub-Saharan Africa as well as two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The satellite provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for operations between Europe and Africa.last_img read more

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European football body UEFA has awareded all free

first_imgEuropean football body UEFA has awareded all free-to-air media rights for the 2012-15 Champions League in Armenia to Armenia TV.Each matchnight public broadcaster Armenia TV will broadcast one live match, as well as the weekly highlights programme.All rights have been granted on a platform-neutral basis, with the rights also being exploited on the internet and on mobile.last_img

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Sony Pictures Entertainment which includes Sonys

first_imgSony Pictures Entertainment, which includes Sony’s TV networks and feature film units, has increased sales but recorded an operating loss for the three months to end-June. SPE reported a 6.2% increase in quarterly sales of US$1.9 billion (€1.5 billion). The company said that higher theatrical revenues and sales of its made for cable TV programming in the US were responsible.However, advertising revenues from Sony’s Indian TV channels operations weighed on earnings and were responsible, in part, for the reported operating loss of US$62 million. That compares with a profit of US$54.9 million in the same period a year earlier, although that quarter also included a one-off US$28.1 million payment Sony received for selling its 20% stake in Shine, which was sold to News Corp.last_img

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German cable operator Unitymedia has added 12 new

first_imgGerman cable operator Unitymedia has added 12 new HD channels to its line-up.The operator has today brought Planet HD, RTL Living HD and Passion HD to its platform. Nine HD channels from pay TV operator Sky Deutschland have also been added to Unitymedia’s line-up, taking the total number of HD channels available on the platform to 45.Unitymedia has also added standard definition channels RCK.TV, Penthouse TV and Deluxe Music to its platform.last_img

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FOX International Channels Europe Africa has app

first_imgFOX International Channels Europe & Africa has appointed Setanta Sports veteran and former CEO of Setanta Africa, Kelly Butler, as senior vice-president of Fox Sports Europe & Africa.The move follows FIC Europe & Africa’s buyout of Setanta Africa, which was approved by the Irish Competition Authority last month.Butler, who has worked in different posts at Setanta Sports for the last 12 years – most recently as CEO, shareholder and director of Setanta Africa – will be based in London.Previously Butler was head of programming at Setanta Sports, CEO of the Setanta Sports Channel in North America, and consultant for the North American Sports Network (NASN). Before joining Setanta she was senior vice president and general manager of programming at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore.last_img read more

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Danish cable operator YouSee is to relaunch its i

first_imgDanish cable operator YouSee is to re-launch its information channel InfoKanal, which was removed from the company’s line-up a few years ago to make room for its TV guide. The new InfoKanal will be available in HD and in split-screen mode, enabling viewers to scan other channels while watching.The InfoKanal carries non-stop music from YouSee’s music library, as well as information about the company’s products, content recommendations and a featurte that enables viewers to check whether the image on their TV is displaying correctly.last_img

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Danish telco TDCs IPTV customer base grew by 110

first_imgDanish telco TDC’s IPTV customer base grew by 11,000 in the quarter to June, but this was offset by a net drop of 8,000 TV subs for cable unit YouSee.TV ARPU declined for both TDC/Fullrate and YouSee brands, with customers of TDC TV migrating to lower cost services and downward migrations in YouSee.As a result, TV revenue dropped by 2.4% to DKK2.135 million for the first half, while the gross profit margin also declined.TDC TV’s new portfolio of services did secure a reduction in churn, with 23% of the base migrating to the new packages. The group said that the low-cost Fullrate service had not signficantly cannibalized other offerings.For YouSee, increased subscription fees from January were offset by downward migrations leading to flatARPU. Downward migrations, which TDC said was driven by reduced time spent on broadcast TV in favour of streaming services, negatively affected the share of customers with an entry-level TV package, which grew by 2.3  percentage points to a total of 385k customers across brands, according to the company.last_img read more

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Chipset provider MStar has teamed up with Dolby to

first_imgChipset provider MStar has teamed up with Dolby to deliver Dolby Vision-based 4K Ultra HD system-on-a-chip solutions for HDR TVs next year.Dolby has been an early leader in HDR, though its technology is one of a number of HDR systems that are competing for attention – others include proposals from Japan’s NHK, the UK’s BBC and Philips.High-end display manufacturer Vizio separately demonstrated a Dolby Vision-based HDR reference series at the CEDIA exhibition in Dallas this week.“As early adopters of Dolby Vision, MStar has collaborated withDolby for the past two years to optimize the HDR engine with MStar’s expertise in display technologies, which will enable the delivery of Dolby Vision to a broader range of TVs,” said Sean Lin, General Manager, TV Business Unit, MStar. “While the TV industry is embracing the 4K Ultra HD era, MStar is committed to provide SoC solutions with the best performance to meet our customers’ needs today and in the future. With the integration of Dolby Vision VS10 in MStar’s 4K Ultra HD SoCs, we will support the TV industry in delivering spectacular HDR images with greater detail, brighter highlights, deeper darks, and a fuller palette of colors than was possible on television screens in the past.said Giles Baker, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Business Group, Dolby Laboratories, said, “We are excited that MStar is passionate about and committed to including Dolby Vision in their market-leading line of TV chipsets in order to deliver the highest-quality HDR experience. We look forward to working closely with the large number of our TV OEM partners who will now be able to use MStar’s SoCs to deliver the Dolby Vision experience to consumers.”last_img read more

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More than 152 million unique viewers tuned in to

first_imgMore than 15.2 million unique viewers tuned in to Yahoo’s live NFL American football stream on Sunday, the web portal has revealed.Yahoo said that its first free, global live stream of a regular season NFL game reached more than 33.6 million total views across all devices on Yahoo and Yahoo-owned blogging platform Tumblr.It added that 33% of streams came internationally from 185 countries around the world, and that football fans streamed more than 460 million total minutes of the game.“We’re seeing a dramatic shift in the industry as audiences’ primary video watching moves away from TV. We were thrilled to join the NFL in setting a new standard for sports programming for our users and advertisers,” said Adam Cahan, Yahoo’s senior vice-president of product and engineering.last_img read more

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Overthetop video news service Newsy has partne

first_imgOver-the-top video news service, Newsy, has partnered with online video ad platform SpotX, which will power the sale of video ads programmatically on Apple TV.SpotX, which also helps Newsy sell inventory across desktop, mobile and other platforms, said together the companies are among the first to monetise Apple’s new tvOS platform, amid burgeoning advertiser demand for connected TV video inventory.“The power of connected TV is its ability to reach audiences who are cord-cutters and cord-nevers and engage them in meaningful ways. This audience is increasingly harder to find on cable TV, which is why we’ve developed video news experiences in formats specifically for digital devices,” said Newsy general manager,  Blake Sabatinelli.“The Newsy app for Apple TV was developed to deliver the best user experience for our viewers when they’re relaxing at home in front of their TV screens.”Newsy claims to publish more than 1,000 videos per month to deliver short, engaging news reports geared towards a millennial audience.last_img read more

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German cable operator Tele Columbus has said that

first_imgGerman cable operator Tele Columbus has said that it expects mid-single digit revenue growth and a stable base of connected homes of around 3.6 million for the remainder of this year following its acquisition of Primacom and Pepcom.Tele Columbus said it also expected high single-digit EBITDA growth this year.The operator expects revenue generating units per subscriber to rise to 1.8, and blended ARPU to grow to €18 per week. It also expects to have 71% of homes upgraded to two-way by the end of the year.The board said it expected total costs and capex synergies from the integration to amount to €40 million from the 2018 financial year, up from the previously communicated €35 million.The guidance comes as the operator posts its first consolidated results including the two smaller operators. Tele Columbus posted revenues of €460.7 million for the 2015 financial year, and normalised EBITDA of €233.8 million. Capex amounted to €165.1 million.last_img read more

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Polandbased TiVo subsidiary Cubiware has extend

first_imgPoland-based TiVo subsidiary, Cubiware, has extended its extended partnership with French digital TV software and services company, Quadrille.Through the deal, Cubiware will integrate its middleware solutions with Quadrille’s Push VOD technology, making it available on a range of low cost set-top box platforms aimed at pay TV operators in emerging markets.Quadrille’s Push VOD solution allows catalogues of videos to be stored locally on set-top boxes, providing access to content without broadband connection.CubiTV’s interface, meanwhile, is designed to make it easy for subscribers to navigate advanced TV functionality and includes a graphics-rendering engine for fast menus and program guides with animations, transitions, and effects  – but is designed to run on low-power, small footprint DTV and IPTV processors.“Since 2012, Quadrille has been a great partner to Cubiware, using our middleware to expand across Europe, Africa and Middle East. This collaboration provides broadcasters the choice to introduce innovative on-demand offering also for territories with weak broadband penetration,” said Cubiware co-founder, Jakub Gorski.Quadrille CEO, Xavier Battas, said: “Our partnership with Cubiware has been transformative to our business. The integrated CubiTV-Push VOD technology allows broadcasters to deploy push video services while saving on transmission costs, creating an attractive option across the board.”last_img read more

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Mathias Hermansson The executive chairman of MTGs

first_imgMathias HermanssonThe executive chairman of MTG’s digital MTGx division, Mathias Hermansson, is leaving the company.Hermansson has been at MTG since 1999 and is one of the company’s longest serving senior execs, and was tipped as a successor to CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann. He will exit in early 2017. He told TBI he wasn’t yet sure of his next move and is not leaving to join another media firm.The exec joined MTG in 1999 as a management trainee, rising to become COO of the Scandi media business. Since late last year he has been executive chairman of MTGx Ventures as part of the company’s restructuring efforts.He will remain an advisor to MTG through 2017. In a note to staff sent out yesterday Lindemann paid tribute to the outgoing executive.“I have really enjoyed working with Mathias,” he said. “He constantly pushes his own boundaries and inspires everyone around him to do the same – exactly the attitude needed to succeed in today’s digital landscape.”The MTG boss noted the impact that Hermansson has had during his time at the company in his 17 year MTG career.“Mathias has been a key contributor to our ongoing transformation from a traditional broadcaster into a digital video entertainment company,” he said.“Today, we are developing three digital verticals – esports, multi-platform networks and online gaming – with the potential to power our business in the years ahead. Mathias’ contribution, in other words, has been extremely important – both to MTG as it is today and to what we will become tomorrow.MTG reorganised the management of its MTGx unit late last year, unifying its Play and Viaplay services under Viaplay CEO Jonas Karlén (left) and naming Arnd Benninghoff as MTG executive vice-president and CEO of MTGx Ventures, reporting to Mathias Hermansson, the unit’s new executive chairman.last_img read more

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Satellite operator SESs SES10 satellite is now f

first_imgSatellite operator SES’s SES-10 satellite is now fully operational at the 67° West position, serving markets in the Latin American region.The satellite was the first geostationary craft to be launched on a re-usable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on March 30 and has since been undergoing in-orbit tests.The satellite is the first SES satellite dedicated to providing service to Latin America and has a Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents. Ten high-power beams will add to SES’s existing capacity for the region, providing DTH broadcasting, enterprise and mobility services to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.Through an agreement with the Andean Community nations – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – which hold the rights to spectrum at 67° West the satellite will operate as Simón Bolivar 2, providing capacity for each member state.last_img read more

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The chances of tech giant Apple buying Netflix thi

first_imgThe chances of tech giant Apple buying Netflix this year stand at around 40%, according to Citi analysts.Apple, which looks set to become the first US$1 trillion business, is set to repatriate around US$220 billion following US President Donald Trump’s corporation tax cut.Apple is believed to have more than US$250 billion to fund acquisitions. Netflix currently has a market cap of around US$87 billion.Video is becoming increasingly important to the consumer tech firm, which has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg to lead original content.However, it is not clear what platform it will put its original shows such as its reboot of Amazing Stories on, and Netflix would provide an answer to that.According to analysis from Citi’s Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant, Netflix is by far the most likely acquisition target.Apple, they told clients, “has too much cash – nearly US$250 billion – growing at US$50 billion a year. This is a good problem to have”.“Historically, Apple has avoided repatriating cash to the US to avoid high taxation. As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use.With over 90% of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10% repatriation tax would give Apple US$220 billion for M&A or buybacks.”Netflix’s share price has skyrocketed in the past half-decade, with The Walt Disney Company among major entertainment firms previously linked with a takeover.However, with Disney now taking on Netflix with its own SVOD service, questions are again being asked about the future of the business.Disney is now buying the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, further highlighting the race to scale that has emerged in the media and entertainment landscape.last_img read more

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Africas TV and OTT video markets are poised for g

first_imgAfrica’s TV and OTT video markets are poised for growth, despite challenging conditions across much of the region, according to a study by IHS Markit.According to the research outfit, the number of households in the Sub-Saharan African region grew 21.8% between 2010 and 2017, while TV households grew with a compound annual growth rate of 3.6%.According to IHS Markit, there were just over 500,000 OTT TV subscriptions excluding multiscreen services across the region last year, including the key South African market, with a number of factors including lack of infrastructure, high access costs, currency volatility, a fragmented market and regulatory restrictions limiting take-up of such services.IHS Markit said that expectations of a boom in the media video in sub-Saharan Africa, caused by increasing GDP per-capita, should be treated with caution. Despite a 25% increase in disposable income over the past seven years, the growth of low-priced digital terrestrial television services at the expense of incumbent platforms has contributed to a decrease in spending on such premium TV.Despite challenges, however the South African market is still growing, with TV subscribers doubling over seven years from 3.6 million in 2010 to 7.1 million in 2017, with revenue growing at a CAGR of 15.2%. the South African premium video market remains dominated by MultiChoice, whose DStv platform controls over 93% of the market in terms of both subscribers and revenues.According to the report, GDP per head across sub-Saharan Africa increased 19.1%, while the per-capita disposable income rose by 25.5% during the same seven-year period. Consumer spending on goods and services, a crucial factor for pay TV growth, has increased by 20.3% over the same period.last_img read more

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Immersive content firm Jaunt has announced new res

first_imgImmersive content firm Jaunt has announced new research and development (R&D) efforts to support its Jaunt XR platform.This business-to-business extended reality platform enables partners to distribute augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) content through their own applications and channels.The new R&D efforts focus on volumetric capture, which makes it possible for Jaunt’s partners to film a subject from a 360-degree perspective and then output an avatar that can be used as an AR asset.“Standing as one of the early, major players in the virtual and augmented reality space, we’ve taken our consumer-facing technology and storytelling capabilities and made them available to our partners,” said Jaunt CTO and founder, Arthur van Hoff.“Our B2B focus addresses a need for companies to be able to deliver AR and VR, and we see our XR Platform’s real-time volumetric capabilities as yet another avenue for them to share engaging stories through their own channels. It’s just one of the ways we’re continuing to push the boundaries of XR content at Jaunt.”Jaunt announced its Jaunt XR platform at the end of 2017 and Sky is a major customer, using it to deliver virtual reality content to consumers via the Sky VR app.last_img read more

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Satellite operator Eutelsat saw its overall revenu

first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat saw its overall revenues rise by 0.7% in its fiscal Q3 to €337 million, thanks to what it said was “strong resilience” in the broadcast market .Video service sales were flat year-on-year at €215.4 million, while fixed data sales dropped by 7.3% to €30.4 million and fixed broadband sales were down 5.3% to €19.1 million. Eutelsat’s top line was boosted by revenues from the sale of Eutelsat 25B.CEO Rodolphe Belmer said that the quarter had seen a “return to growth’ in broadcast on a quarter-to-quarter basis. He said that the operator’s Konnect Africa broadband service was showing “positive indications of demand” but its ramp-up had been “significantly hindered by some short-term operational issues”.Eutelsat is targeting a return to slight revenue growth for the fully year.Financial analysts from Berenberg recently qualified Eutelsat’s stock as being undervalued despite a lack of growth potential, particularly in relation to its core video businessAccording to Berenberg’s analysts, Eutelsat has different “geographical and application exposure” than struggling peers Intelsat, and SES and its focus on cash-flow generation is “a key differentiator” for investors.last_img read more

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