Media Group Ukraine (MGU) has won a lawsuit filed by the OTT service Divan.TV. Read the story »
A senior civil servant has emerged as the front runner to become Ofcom’s new chief executive. Read the story »
Nangu.TV has expanded its relationship with T-Mobile Czech Republic, with the latter now using the company’s Media Platform to provide OTT mobile services for its customer base. Read the story »
Motive Television has begun to take pre-orders for TabletTV UK for Christmas delivery. Read the story »
Russia’s MTS has undertaken UHD tests and is ready to offer its subscribers services once reception equipment becomes more widely available. Read the story »
A new study by KPMG says 90% of the UK’s most popular film and television content can be viewed through legal digital platforms. Read the story »
German video-on-demand (VOD) service maxdome has added reportages from German TV production company Spiegel TV to its lineup. Read the story »
The Polish public broadcaster TVP will add an EPG with programme recommendations to its hybrid service at the beginning of next year. Read the story »
TVOT NYC 2014 takes place at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan tomorrow, Tuesday December 9th. Don't forget to set your alarm clocks: the doors open at 7:30AM, and the show kicks off at 8:15AM!
Register for TVOT NYC 2014: http://tvotnyc2014.eventbrite.com (Note: until midnight tonight, tickets are priced at $1,075; at the door, they will be priced at $1,275)
TVOT NYC 2014 Schedule of Sessions: http://thetvoftomorrowshow.com/announcing-schedule-sessions-tvot-nyc-2014
We are pleased to announce the following sessions:
Today there are opportunities for the discovery and consumption of television programming and other video content on a huge range of digital platforms, both through standalone over-the-top services, and through media companies' adoption of the TV Everywhere distribution model. But how to measure the viewing of this content, when it is taking place in so many diverse ways? Few questions could be more pressing for the industry--after all, ratings have always been crucial to the economic viability of television.
One potentially significant attempt to address this question is the recently announced partnership between Adobe and Nielsen, that sees the companies offering a joint measurement solution dubbed Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe. This fireside session will feature executives from those companies sharing the inside track on the thinking behind their partnership and explaining why they believe it will advance the ratings of all content, and provide media companies and advertisers with better intelligence for smarter ad buying and selling decisions across screens. Panelists include:
- Lynda Clarizio, President of US Media, Nielsen
- Jeremy Helfand, Vice President, Adobe Primetime
Keynote Interview with Michael Willner, President and CEO of GreatLand Connections and Penthera
Michael Willner, the newly appointed President and CEO of GreatLand Connections (the anticipated spin-off from the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and the Comcast-Charter transactions), and President and CEO of Penthera, a software licensing company focused on cloud-to-mobile technology, will discuss the rapid movement to OTT deployment of television content with Rick Howe, The iTV Doctor. Willner will focus on the opportunities (and misconceptions) for bundled vs. a la carte pay -TV, technological challenges to make it all work, and the evolving advertising-support models.
Programmatic TV Fireside
Houdini said, "No performer should attempt to bite off a red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth." His words are relevant because the television industry is trying to perform some magic of its own with the automation of traditional TV advertising. But the question is: Is it all just smoke and mirrors, or do content owners and distributors really have the ability to make magic happen, and--most importantly--the appetite for the resulting accountability and measurement? Panelists include:
- B. Bonin Bough, Head of Global Media, Mondelez
- Walt Horstman, President, AudienceXpress
- David Miller, VP of Product Management, INVISION
- Ashley J. Swartz, CEO, Furious Corp (Moderator)
French public broadcaster France Televisions is planning a 24/7 digital news channel, according to Le Figaro. Read the story »
Spanish satellite telecommunications operator, Hispasat, has appointed Space Systems Loral (SSL) to build the Amazonas 5. Read the story »
Video on Demand services have been growing rapidly in Russia, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Read the story »
Astra satellite operator SES celebrates 25 years of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite reception from its orbital position 19.2° East in Germany. Read the story »
Netflix is dipping its toe into original programming again with a timely documentary on provocative musical genius and social activist Nina Simone, aka the "High Priestess of Soul." What Happened, Miss Simone? will tell the singer's story in her own voice using over a hundred hours of previously unheard interviews. Produced in cooperation with Simone's estate, it will also feature rare concert videos, diaries, letters and other private materials. It was directed by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus and will debut next year -- possibly around the same time as an unauthorized (and controversial) Simone biopic starring Guardians of the Galaxy's Zoe Saldana.
Dolby has just announced a huge new project, but it's not about audio as you'd expect -- it's about the upcoming launch of its IMAX competitor called Dolby Cinema. This giant screen format will be able to project movies using the "Dolby Vision" technology (something it's been working on for years), which combines high dynamic range videos with something else that the company's keeping a secret. High dynamic range or HDR videos, as you might know, can show shadows and light as you'd see them in real life (take this Disney Research video, for example). Dolby goes as far as to claim that its technology's "contrast ratio far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today."
WATCH VIDEO. Arainespace’s sixth Ariane 5 flight in 2014 delivered DirecTV-14 and GSAT-16 to orbit. Read the story »
Didn't have the wherewithal to sit through the three hour stream of this year's annual video game award show/marketing event? Well, we've got you covered right here with all the titles that were announced at The Game Awards. Even better? Unlike the pixely Twitch broadcast of the event, the trailers embedded below are all available in HD -- perfect for throwing to the biggest screen in your house and getting a feel for how the games will look on your PlayStation 4, Wii U or Xbox One. Now, let's get to it, shall we?
Been jonesing for that matte gray, extra-limited 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4? It's time to take action. As promised, Sony is now taking pre-orders for the commemorative game console in the US. Plunking down $500 will get you the system, a special controller and a PlayStation Camera in the PS1's distinctive-yet-drab colors. If you're successful, your unit should ship on December 21st. You'd better act fast if you want this machine, however. With just 12,300 systems shipping worldwide, you probably can't buy one for much longer -- Sony's store is already buckling under the demand. If you miss out, you can always live vicariously through Joystiq's unboxing of the special-run PS4.
Update: To absolutely no one's surprise, the Sony Store already says it's "out of stock." There's no certainty that this is the only batch the company is selling, but you may have to resort to auction sites from here on out.
Source: Sony Store
Sony just held the keynote for its first-ever PlayStation Experience fan event, and the company didn't hold back on game previews -- it showed dozens of titles that will be hitting the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita in the months ahead. Did you miss out on the whole shebang? Don't worry. We've rounded up all the games that got a showing at the Las Vegas event, ranging from blockbuster sequels like Uncharted 4 and Street Fighter V to eyebrow-raising originals like Wattam. If you're ready to start watching a ton of trailers, grab some popcorn and check out the full game list below.