Do you know your twerks from your tweets? Are you OTT about DTT? Are you disrupting your disruptive TV? Are you on-demanding? Audrey Iwanczyszyn, MD, Rua Multimedia Ltd, looks ahead to MIPCOM.
International news is still in huge demand and remains an integral part of the European pay-TV market, according to research by BBC World News. Read the story »
Eurosport has acquired the pan-European TV rights (with the exception of the UK) for the Indian Super League in football and will transmit 16 games of the league’s debut season spanning from October 12 to December 20, 2014 live on Eurosport 2. Read the story »
Most Polish cable operators are wary of the arrival of Netflix in the country and refuse to repeat the oft-quoted mantra of seeing the SVOD service as an opportunity rather than a threat. Read the story »
Google initially promised a summer release for Backdrops at I/O, but once we passed the autumn solstice it was anyone's guess when the Chromecast feature would arrive. But hey, it's rolling out now and that's what matters, right? To use your own G+ photos, those from the Google Cultural Institute, New York Times and more as new idle screens for the HDMI dongle it sounds pretty simple. Jump into the Chromecast app on your mobile device and futz around with the Backdrop settings to choose which sources you'd like for the photos. Boom; that's apparently it, according to the outfit. If something pops onscreen that you're interested in (maybe a satellite image of an island you'd never seen before) and you want more info, just ask "Okay Google, what's on my Chromecast?" into the Google app on your device. Pretty handy if you ask us. Just think: now you can use the biggest screen in the house to get people to finally check out your collection of Auto Awesome shots.
Source: Chrome blog
The further development of TV broadcasting, including the switch to the DVB-T2 standard, in the Czech Republic will be determined by political decisions. Read the story »
Russia’s leading DTH platform Tricolor TV signed up its 15 millionth subscriber in the third quarter, while its ARPU amounted to R950 (€18.9) a year, or R1,191 for those receiving HD services. Read the story »
Netgem has posted revenues of €20.5 million for the third quarter, down 15% on the same period in 2013. Read the story »
Eutelsat Communications and Orange have concluded a multi-year agreement for C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite that broadens Orange’s satellite capabilities across Africa. Read the story »
The Norwegian Broadcaster Corp. / NRK just finished it so far last round on launching VOD services OTT on new devices. This fall we launch services on Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic and Phillips Smart TVs. Read the story »
Europe’s leading operators such as Sky and Liberty Global face a fall in pay-TV revenues. At the same time, with limited subscriber expansion possible for their existing assets, they will not want to stop their expansion. Read the story »
The UK’s leading mobile operator EE has announced that it will launch a TV service this autumn. Read the story »
Every now and again, Google likes to give something back to Chromecast owners. In July, it celebrated the streaming dongle's first birthday by offering a free 90-day subscription to Google Play Music All Access, but now it's now decided to provide UK streamers with more of a visual treat. If you head on over to Google's Chromecast Offers site right now, you'll be offered a free three month Entertainment Pass for Now TV, allowing you to stream all 13 of Sky's pay TV channels live or on-demand. Sky's streaming service hasn't been available on the Chromecast all that long, so now might be the time to see what it's all about.
Source: Google Chromecast Offers
Activision is taking a page out of its own book and throwing Call of Duty fans that haven't yet upgraded to new consoles a bone. That's right, if you pick up a digital copy of this year's Advanced Warfare for either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you'll get a free upgrade to a new-gen copy within the same console family. That means PlayStation 3 begets a PlayStation 4 download and Xbox 360 in turn unlocks an Xbox One version. What's more, each console will retain its respective license and you'll still be able to play online with your buddies on new and old boxes (with frickin' lasers!) after you do the deed. The offer expires at the end of next March, and like with Destiny before it, premium content like season passes will carry over too. Sounds like a pretty great deal unless, of course, you were planning to pick up one of those special edition Xbox Ones.
Source: Call of Duty (1)
Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman has announced the launch of the Spike brand in the UK, ahead of a potential international push. Read the story »
Poland will host Cable Congress in March 2016, with the event taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Warsaw. Read the story »
SPB TV and Telekom Austria-backed velcom have entered into a joint venture to launch a mobile TV service in Belarus. Read the story »