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  • Walt Disney Company to acquire Sky News
    by Jenny Priestley on 19 June 2018 at 14:58

    The Walt Disney Company looks set to acquire Sky News after UK Culture Minister Matt Hancock gave his go-ahead to the deal. Hancock has started a 15-day comment period for other parties. He said he agreed with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that "divesting Sky News to Disney, as […]

  • England v Tunisia breaks live online viewing records
    by Colby Ramsey on 19 June 2018 at 10:43

    England’s victory over Tunisia saw three million requests to stream the match online on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport - the highest ever live viewing for any BBC programme online. On BBC One, it attracted a peak audience of 18.3 million people - a 69.2 per cent share. The BBC Sport website […]

  • Roku 'plans own version of Amazon Channels'
    by Jenny Priestley on 19 June 2018 at 10:43

    Roku is reportedly looking at launching its own version of Amazon Channels, allowing users to sign up and watch SVoD services without having to download separate apps. According to Variety, Roku plans to offer a single app that will allow users to access content from multiple SVoDs as well as […]

  • SPTN expands into OTT in the Netherlands
    by Jenny Priestley on 19 June 2018 at 10:42

    Sony Pictures Television Networks is launching its first OTT service in Western Europe with Film1, a Direct-to-Consumer subscription service. Film1's OTT service will launch on 21st June on PC, Mac, iOS and Android in the Netherlands. At launch, Film1 will include over three hundred films, ... […]

  • Norigin Media successfully tests 4K transcoding on linear TV platform
    by Jenny Priestley on 19 June 2018 at 10:42

    Norwegian OTT and video company Norigin Media has successfully trialled 4K cloud origin services for live or linear TV channels on its transcoding platform, Cloudncoder. According to Norigin Media, the formatting of 4K video requires effort to find the right balance between the adaptive ... […]

  • Edgeware offers new OTT solution aimed at major live events
    by Jenny Priestley on 19 June 2018 at 10:41

    Edgeware has announced a new suite of features aimed at content owners broadcasting major sporting events and reality TV shows. The new features include Edgeware’s Dynamic Asset Spreading which enables operators to spread popular content across a wider range of servers than usual. […]

  • Trickbox unveils 12-Camera HD/UHD 4K PPU flyaway
    by Colby Ramsey on 19 June 2018 at 10:41

    Trickbox TV is continuing its expansion with the launch of a bespoke 12-camera portable production unit (PPU) flyaway. The new multi-camera OB solution provides a scalable unit for small to large scale HD and UHD outside broadcast and studio productions including broadcast, corporate, live ... […]

  • Sky executives 'set for sale windfall'
    by Jenny Priestley on 18 June 2018 at 10:50

    Staff at Sky are reportedly in line to receive £350 million in bonuses from the on-going battle to buy the broadcaster. City AM suggests around 700 executives and senior managers are part of a bonus scheme which has been boosted by the on-going saga over both 21st Century Fox's attempt to […]

  • MediaTech 360: From content to control
    by Jenny Priestley on 18 June 2018 at 10:50

    This year's MediaTech 360 will kick off with a look at the evolution of content consumption now that viewers have more control than ever. David Sidebottom, principal analyst at Futuresource Consulting, will offer insight on a number of questions, including are subscription video streaming services […]

  • Amazon Prime serves up first tennis coverage
    by Jenny Priestley on 18 June 2018 at 10:50

    Live tennis coverage begins on Amazon Prime Video today as the annual Fever-Tree Championships begin at Queen's Club in London. Amazon will broadcast full and uninterrupted live coverage from 11.30am until 7.30pm (continuing until 9pm if delayed by rain). Each day, viewers will be able to watch a […]

  • Gearhouse sets up ITV's Red Square studio
    by Jenny Priestley on 18 June 2018 at 10:49

    ITV has tasked Gearhouse Broadcast to supply a range of facilities in Russia for its FIFA World Cup 2018 coverage. Gearhouse has built the broadcaster's studio in Red Square, as well as facilities including production offices, a master control room and a transmission gallery at the ... […]

  • Viacom scores first mobile deal for Paramount+
    by Colby Ramsey on 18 June 2018 at 10:49

    Viacom has confirmed a first mobile distribution deal for Paramount+ – an agreement with Telenor to make the video streaming product available as a premium service to its mobile subscribers in Sweden as part of its new ‘Telenor Stream Film och Serier’ streaming service. It is the […]

  • World Cup live streaming almost as popular as live TV
    by Colby Ramsey on 18 June 2018 at 10:49

    Nearly as many people plan to watch the 2018 World Cup via livestreamed video as on regular live television, according to a new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. IAB’s study — which surveyed 4,200 people in 21 countries around the world — found 71 per cent said they […]

  • European Commission clears Comcast's Sky bid
    by Jenny Priestley on 15 June 2018 at 15:32

    The European Commission has "approved unequivocally" Comcast's proposed bid for Sky, stating it would raise no competition concerns across Europe. In its ruling, the EU said Comcast and Sky are mainly active in different markets in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the UK and Spain. They ... […]

  • World Cup 2018: A look inside the BBC’s dedicated VR app
    by Colby Ramsey on 15 June 2018 at 14:06

    The BBC Sport VR – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 app is taking football fans right to the heart of the action this summer. The app, which is available in app stores now for both iOS 10/Android 5 and above, uses the power of Oculus and Samsung Gear VR – as well as Sony Playstation VR […]

  • HPA Tech Retreat UK: Navigating the frontier of media and technology
    by Contributor on 15 June 2018 at 14:06

    This year's Hollywood Professionals Association's Creative Tech UK 2018 event takes place on 27th June. Event chair Richard Welsh tells TVBEurope what attendees can expect to get out of the day. Tell us some more about the HPA, the London event in particular and who you are targeting for the […]

  • French broadcasters combine for new OTT service
    by Jenny Priestley on 15 June 2018 at 10:51

    Three major French television operators are working together to stave off the impact of Netflix and Amazon. France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 are launching new OTT service, SALTO. It will be an equally-owned service and operated as a separate company. SALTO will provide subscribers with […]

  • Red Bee delivers World Cup in UHD and HDR for Dutch viewers
    by Jenny Priestley on 15 June 2018 at 10:51

    Red Bee Media is delivering the FIFA World Cup in UHD and HDR for Dutch national broadcasters NPO and NPS. In addition, Red Bee is distributing UHD specific channel NPO 1 UHD through multiple distribution networks via satellite, fibre, cable and IPTV. As part of the company's research and ... […]

  • Movobi unveils new second screen advertising app
    by Colby Ramsey on 15 June 2018 at 10:51

    Cheshire-based developer Movobi has launched Garble, a new advertising app which has been customised for TV programme creators. The company says the app has been created to address the shift from traditional advertising and to maximise second screen use. Garble can be customised for each show and […]

  • Nordic Entertainment Group wins football media rights haul
    by Colby Ramsey on 15 June 2018 at 10:51

    MTG’s Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has secured the exclusive Nordic media rights to Germany’s Bundesliga, France’s Ligue 1, The Netherlands’ Eredivisie, Belgium’s First Division A and the Scottish Premiership until 2021, along with the 2019 Copa […]