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EU bows to geoblocking pressure

EU legislators have bowed to pressure from broadcasters on the geoblocking of streaming services after a late-night session. MEPs had wanted rules that will force e-commerce businesses to sell to shoppers around the EU regardless where they live to also i

Broadband TV News | včera 12:46 |

Study shows major differences in broadband costs

A global study of broadband pricing has revealed vast disparities in the prices levied by operators. Over 3,351 broadband packages were recorded and analysed by BDRC Continental and Cable.co.uk between 18 August and 12 October 2017. It found Iran offers t

Broadband TV News | včera 12:16 |

Steering board approval for DVB UHD Services

The DVB Steering Board has given its approval for three DVB specifications marking the completion of the current generation of specifications for Ultra High Definition Television – DVB UHD-1. DVB UHD-1 covers elements for the improvement of video and audi

Broadband TV News | včera 12:16 |

Liberty to build UK IT service provider

Liberty Global has signed a joint venture agreement with technology-focused merchant bank MXC. The companies plan to build an IT services provider focussing on small and medium sized business customers within the UK. The Virgin Media owner and its new par

Broadband TV News | včera 11:31 |

Skylink provides piracy update

Skylink is able to accurately estimate the number of customers or pirates who access the service on a card share basis. Speaking to Zive, Jaromir Glisnik, a member of the board at M7 Group, the owner of the DTH platform, added that the figure was in the f

Broadband TV News | včera 11:31 |

FCC approves ATSC’s next gen TV standard

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has welcomed the approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the new ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcast standard for US broadcasters. “The development of the revolutionary new Next

Broadband TV News | včera 11:31 |

Income boost for Russian OTT

Russia’s leading OTT players had revenues in the first nine months of this year that already exceeded those for the whole of 2016. Kommersant reports that Ivi’s income in Q1-3 amounted to R1.7 billion (€24.4 million), compared to R1.6 billion for the whol

Broadband TV News | včera 10:46 |

Georgi Harizanov to head Bulgaria’s Europa

Georgi Harizanov has become the new CEO of the Bulgarian TV channel Europa. According to Capital, he was invited to take up the post by Dobrin Ivanov, Europa’s new owner, and his appointment approved at a company general meeting on November 8. Harazinov w

Broadband TV News | včera 10:16 |

Sport fans reluctant to sign up for OTT streaming service

The Streaming Wars: Sports Report, a new survey by US-based Phenix and research firm YouGov found that sports viewers anticipate all sorts of problems with live streams. According to the research, 63% of sports watchers say they’d hesitate to sign up or r

Broadband TV News | včera 10:16 |

New Eleven Sports channel for Poland

Eleven Sports has launched a fourth channel in Poland and at the same time rebranded its three existing services. The new Eleven Sports 4 will be available exclusively to nc+ subscribers for the first three months, at no extra charge in the extended basic

Broadband TV News | včera 09:31 |

Médiamétrie launches Social TV ratings in France

Médiamétrie launches Social TV ratings in France to measure the audience and impact of TV programmes on social networks. This new service measures the impact of a programme on web users by analysing the nature and volume of interactions on Facebook and Tw

Broadband TV News | včera 09:31 |

Netia launches VOD service

Poland’s leading alternative telco Netia has entered the on demand market. Its new service, known as Netia VOD, is accessible to all Telewizja Osobista (‘Personal TV’) subscribers through the multimedia decoder Netia Player and offers films for PLN4.99 (€

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 15:31 |

AMC reaches output deal with Amazon

AMC Studios has signed a global output deal with Amazon Prime Video. The agreement with the production arm of AMC covers 28 territories including Australia, Germany, Italy, India, and Japan. It’s not known if this includes the UK, where AMC has a separate

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 13:16 |

Key Olympics role for premium Eurosport Player

Discovery Communications’ Eurosport Player will play a key role in the broadcaster’s coverage of the Olympics, emphasising the premium OTT service. Beginning with the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea, viewers in most of Europe will have to subsc

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 13:16 |

Russia’s TNT to drop foreign movies

The Russian TV channel TNT will stop showing foreign movies from next week. Speaking to Kommersant, Artur Dzhanibekyan, the head of the Gazprom Media Entertainment TV subsidiary, said that viewers and advertisers now prefer up-to-date and high quality loc

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 12:31 |

wilhelm.tel starts analogue switch-off

German cable operator wilhelm.tel will terminate analogue TV carriage across its network in northern Germany. Kick-off will be in Norderstedt where analogue switch-off will gradually take place between January 15 and March 25, 2018. With the move, the sub

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 12:01 |

Festival 4K enters Russia

The Russian DTH platform NTV-Plus has added the Ultra HD channel Festival 4K to its offer. As a result, it has become the first service in the country to distribute the channel, which can be received nationally, from Kaliningrad to the Kuril Islands, its

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 12:01 |

Vimeo adds HDR and 8k support

Vimeo has added HDR support to its video service, the company announced on its blog. Users will be able to upload HDR videos in up to 8K, and the service also supports 10-bit video and a wider colour gamut. Vimeo says all of its HDR videos will be availab

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 12:01 |

BBC Global News appoints Charlie Villar as COO

BBC Global News Ltd, the BBC’s commercially funded international news arm, has announced the appointment of Charlie Villar to its newly-created COO position. Villar, who is currently the BBC’s Director of Tax, Treasury and Corporate Finance, will start wi

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 12:01 |

Movistar opts for AI

Telefónica’s Movistar will incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into its pay-TV service from next year. El Economista reports that it will specifically add the functionalities of Aura and put them at the service of subscribers, who will be able to man

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 11:16 |

Gunilla Fransson new chairman of the board at Net Insight

Net Insight has nominated Gunilla Fransson as new chairman of the board of Net Insight AB. The chairman of the board at Net Insight Lars Berg has after eighteen years on the Board, of which seventeen years as its chairman, announced that he is not availab

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 11:16 |

Telefonica, Disney launch Movistar Disney channel

Telefonica has again teamed up with Disney to launch a Movistar Disney channel on December 22. The channel will offer movies and exclusive content on the operator’s Movistar+ pay-TV service in Spain. The Movistar Disney channel will feature classic and ne

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 11:16 |

Telenor increases speeds by 150%

Telenor has announced it is increasing broadband speeds by up to 150 per cent for both Telenor and Canal Digital Cable subscribers. The Norwegian telco says speeds of 500 Mbps are now available for 550,000 homes across the country. “The growth in the broa

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 11:16 |

Canal Digital to carry Viasat Sport

Canal Digital Sweden has reached agreement with MTG for the carriage of Viasat’s sports channels. Canal Digital’s customers will have access to Viasat Sport with Viasat Sport Premium, Viasat Sport, Viasat Football, Viasat Hockey and Viasat Motor during th

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 11:16 |

Croatia blocks Nova TV sale

Croatia’s Electronic Media Council (AZTN) has unanimously declined to approve the sale of the national commercial broadcaster Nova TV by CME to Slovenia Broadband, a subsidiary of United Media. According to SeeNews and Tportal, the regulator said that it

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 10:31 |

Swisscom takes over Teleclub operator Cinetrade

Swiss telco Swisscom has fully acquired Swiss media and cinema company Cinetrade, operator of pay-TV broadcaster Teleclub. Swisscom, previously holding 75% of the shares in Cinetrade, recently purchased the remaining 25% from Cinetrade founder Stephan Sag

Broadband TV News | 20. listopadu 2017 00:01 |

CEO Thomas Ebeling to leave ProSiebenSat.1

Thomas Ebeling, CEO of ProSiebenSat.1, will leave the German media company after the annual press conference for the fiscal year 2017 scheduled for February 22, 2018. This was mutually agreed today by Ebeling and the company’s supervisory board, according

Broadband TV News | 19. listopadu 2017 22:01 |

Comcast joins the Fox hunt

Comcast is understood to be in preliminary talks to buy the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the NBC owner would acquire the Fox movie studio and the international television distribution business. F

Broadband TV News | 17. listopadu 2017 12:01 |

OTT: a Turkish perspective

Dogan’s OTT service BluTV has built its success on local content, according to Alptug Copuroglu, the company’s CFO & head of business development. In a wide-ranging presentation at the OTTtv World Forum in London, Copuroglu said that OTT giants such a

Broadband TV News | 17. listopadu 2017 11:31 |

Love Nature launches on Amazon Channels in Germany

Love Nature, a wildlife and nature streaming video service operated by Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has launched on Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria. The offering’s entire library of programming has been localised in German for natural h

Broadband TV News | 17. listopadu 2017 10:46 |

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