Pay TV revenues [subscriptions and on-demand] in North America peaked in 2013 at $102.86 billion, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Read the story »
Moscow’s Arbitration Court has upheld a petition for bankruptcy filed by DalGeoKom, the operator of the former DTH platform Raduga TV. Read the story »
RCS&RDS is set to sell its Digi TV operation in the Czech Republic to the utility company Lama Energy. Read the story »
HD+, the HD satellite platform for DTH households in Germany on Astra (19.2° East), wants to give viewers a glimpse at the next generation of high-definition television. Read the story »
The Polish DTH platform nc+ plans to increase the number of Canal+ branded premium channels it offers from six to eight. Read the story »
The leading Czech and Slovak DTH platform Skylink plans to launch mobile TV and hybrid services this autumn. Read the story »
Shorts International will launch ShortsTV on Ziggo from April 1. Read the story »
The vast majority of 2015 Philips Smart TVs are powered by Android 5.0, Lollipop. Read the story »
French telecom operator SFR is giving up on its Google Android STBs following the acquisition by Numericable-Altice. Read the story »
The BBC has introduced a new heart ‘button’ on browser-based versions of the BBC iPlayer and its TV and radio programme pages. Read the story »
For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it's turning that focus to TV. This week the company announced that it's testing a new kind of ad-tracking system for Google Fiber TV customers in Kansas City. Just like any other local cable company, they'll air during ad breaks reserved for local advertisers (that crappy ad for the car dealership around the corner that comes on during The Walking Dead). Where it's different is that advertisers will only pay for the number of ads actually shown, as monitored by the Fiber set-top boxes. Google can insert fresh ads in DVR'd programming too, and target viewers based on their viewing history. Users can opt-out of the viewing history tracking, but that's it.
I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the Archer series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal it. And from the looks of things, we haven't even come close to the bottom of this rabbit hole.
ITV Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice. Read the story »
Halo fans aren't strangers to alternate reality games, and it looks like Halo 5: Guardians could get something similar to Halo 2's I Love Bees treatment. The just released teaser trailer (embedded below) doesn't give much by way of clues, but ends with a #HUNTtheTRUTH hashtag. The video also links to a Tumblr bearing that name with a countdown clock that stops Sunday night at 9 PM Eastern. Perhaps a new commercial will debut during The Walking Dead? Maybe, but at least it won't be long before we find out, regardless. If you're looking for folks to speculate with head over to NeoGAF or the Halo Waypoint forums -- the topic's thread has already hit 24 pages.
Ukraine’s National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (NTKU) has revoked the satellite broadcasting licence of the Ukrainian version of Euronews. Read the story »
Georg Kofler, former CEO of German TV broadcasters ProSieben and Premiere (now Sky Deutschland), wants to set up a multi-channel marketing platform for YouTube stars together with Berlin-based TV production company Def Media. Read the story »
Apple's criminally ignored set-top box is finally getting a major upgrade. The company is planning to announce a new Apple TV at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, according to Buzzfeed. And yes, sources say it'll pack in just about everything you've been hoping for: a real App Store, Siri-powered voice commands, and the usual spec bumps (including the new A8 processor and more storage). Nothing's confirmed just yet, but it certainly makes sense that we'll see a new Apple TV at WWDC, especially since we're hearing Apple's planning to debut its long-awaited TV service and Beats-powered streaming music service soon. Apple's also made it clear that its set-top box will play a big role in its HomeKit platform -- the new Apple TV might include additional hardware to make that possible.
"I've never experienced war myself," Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0, told me in an interview this past January. We were discussing why his new entry in Square-Enix's nearly 30-year-old role-playing game series often feels like a cross between The History Channel and Ridley Scott's Legend. "I haven't killed anyone or been killed. But through documentaries you can get a true feeling of fear and despair and the impact of war even if you haven't directly experienced it."
&TV, which launched in India and the Middle East on March 2, 2015, is now set for its UK launch. Read the story »