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  • Dual chairmanship for CTAM Europe
    Eric Tveter is steping down as CTAM Europe’s chairman, and the organisation will now have a dual chairmanship. Source: Dual chairmanship for CTAM Europe
  • Netflix leads SVOD market in France
    Netflix is expected to have around 900,000 subscribers in France by the end of the year. Source: Netflix leads SVOD market in France
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Thematic channel boom time
    This is undoubtedly a golden age for thematic TV channels in Poland. Not only do viewers already have a plethora of services to choose from, but they can also look forward to many new ones in the future. Source: Chris Dziadul Reports: Thematic channel boom time
  • Viasat to exit Russia and CEE?
    Leonard Blavatnik has reportedly agreed in principle to buy a controlling interest in MTG’s Viasat business in Russia. Source: Viasat to exit Russia and CEE?
  • CEA defines ‘HDR-compatible’ displays |
    US technology trade association the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the industry definition for high dynamic range (HDR) compatible video displays. HDR is a new capability that promises to deliver an expansive range of brightness and shadow detail, further enhancing the viewing experience. Source: CEA defines ‘HDR-compatible’ displays |
  • Casa debuts downstream DOCSIS 3.1 module, the DS8x192 – FierceCable
    Casa Systems has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant module for its Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) intended to enable cable operators to support downstream broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Source: Casa debuts downstream DOCSIS 3.1 module, the DS8x192 – FierceCable

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  • South African Netflix rival launches » Digital TV Europe
    South African SVoD platform ShowMax has launched with “more than a year’s continuous viewing” for customers as aims it “change the game” for on-demand in the territory. via South African Netflix rival launches » Digital TV Europe.
  • RCS & RDS launching LTE 4G mobile » Digital TV Europe
    Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS is launching a LTE mobile service in 25 cities following its acquisition of a 4G licence. via RCS & RDS launching LTE 4G mobile » Digital TV Europe.
  • Assets seized in Swedish pirate TV assault
    Assets worth SEK 59.4 million (€6.22 million) have been seized from a 31-year old in Jönköping for his involvement in a pirate TV network in the Swedish city. via Assets seized in Swedish pirate TV assault.
  • New rules for Romanian pay-TV contracts
    The Romanian regulator ANCOM has imposed additional obligations on the providers of electronic communication services related to users’ information in framework agreements. via New rules for Romanian pay-TV contracts.
  • Key copyright ruling in Russia
    The Russian cable operator Akado has won a copyright dispute over the carriage of a music channel named Chanson TV. via Key copyright ruling in Russia.
  • Dutch cable loses broadband customers
    For the first time since cable broadband was introduced in the Netherlands, the number of cable broadband connections saw a quarterly decrease during the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest research from Telecompaper. via Dutch cable loses broadband customers.
  • 4K TV bolsters panel makers’ profits |
    The four major panel makers in the market saw revenues decline in the second quarter of 2015 but profits remained high as a result of sales of high-end products such as Ultra HD (4K) TV panels, according to Digitimes Research. via 4K TV bolsters panel makers’ profits |.
  • Molotov looking to raise EUR100mi
    French platform Molotov, founded by Pierre Lescure and Jean-David Blanc, aims to raise around EUR100 million for their planned disruptive TV service. via Molotov looking to raise EUR100mi.
  • TDG: ‘Cord-Cutting unrealistic option for most’ |
    According to Alan Wolk, Senior Analyst with The Diffusion Group (TDG), whilst there was much rending of clothing and gnashing of teeth about the Q2 2015 pay-TV subscriber statistics (along with a dramatic sell-off on Wall Street), a closer look at those numbers reveals a lot less gloom and doom than originally reported, with factors … Continue reading TDG: ‘Cord-Cutting unrealistic option for most’ |
  • Double success for Ariane |
    Both Eutelsat and Intelsat saw their latest satellites successfully launch on an Arianespace rocket August 20th. The double launch was the 67th successive success for Ariane from its spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana. via Double success for Ariane |.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Poland gears up for Netflix
    Netflix will shortly make its debut in Poland, one of Central and East Europe’s largest and most lucrative markets. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Poland gears up for Netflix.
  • Structural shift in broadcast tech Industry |
    Spending on products and services in the $48 billion (€42.8bn) broadcast and media technology industry shifted dramatically between 2012 and 2014, according to a Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report (GMVR), published by IABM, a joint venture between IABM and Devoncroft Partners. via Structural shift in broadcast tech Industry |.
  • Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate streaming device market
    Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate the US streaming media device market with 86% of sales, according to Parks Associates. via Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate streaming device market.
  • Evertz to Debut IP-Based Monitoring Platform at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology
    Evertz is bringing a quartet of products to Amsterdam for the upcoming 2015 IBC Show, led by the IP-based monitoring platform, MViP-II. The audio and video infrastructure manufacturer will also have its new audio/video processor, router, and 10GE monitoring system on hand. via Evertz to Debut IP-Based Monitoring Platform at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology.
  • ATSC 3.0 Expands Closed-Caption Offerings | TvTechnology
    As the industry pushes forward with ATSC 3.0, the new standard will revolutionize more than just the way content is delivered, it will also expand the capabilities of closed captioning and audio description. TV Technology recently sat down with Chris Homer, vice president of operations and engineering for PBS to discuss the potential improvements to … Continue reading ATSC 3.0 Expands Closed-Caption Offerings | TvTechnology
  • SMPTE Announces 2015 Award Recipients | TvTechnology
    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers have revealed the awards for individual industry members whose contributions will be recognized at the SMPTE 2015 Awards Ceremony. via SMPTE Announces 2015 Award Recipients | TvTechnology.
  • More services, more access, more security headaches? |
    TV Everywhere on unmanaged networks and devices is a real challenge for content security. Smart homes and Internet of Things is about to up the ante again – how are security providers preparing for the next era of content and data protection. Advanced Television gathered three top providers in London. via More services, more access, … Continue reading More services, more access, more security headaches? |
  • US pay-TV subs down, ARPU up |
    In perhaps an indication of North American pay-TV operators seeing a silver lining in the cloud that is the decline of their current subscriber numbers, findings from Strategy Analytics suggest the reversal of fortune continued into the second quarter of 2015, as service providers in the US and Canada posted significant subscriber losses. Total subscribers … Continue reading US pay-TV subs down, ARPU up |
  • Canal+ trials UHD simulcast |
    French pay-TV channel Canal+ has launched an Ultra-HD test channel. The channel is broadcasting on Astra 1L satellite but not accessible to subscribers, according to French daily Telesatellite. via Canal+ trials UHD simulcast |.
  • Sky Germany plans UHD launch for next year » Digital TV Europe
    Sky Germany is gearing up to launch a new Ultra High Definition-compatible set-top box next year, DTVE has learned. via Sky Germany plans UHD launch for next year » Digital TV Europe.
  • Altice leads for bundles in Portugal |
    The Altice Group is the market leader for bundled offers in Portugal in double-play (2P), triple-play (3P) and quintuple-play (5P), while NOS leads in the quadruple-play (4P) category. via Altice leads for bundles in Portugal |.
  • ‘Quintuple-play’ growth drive Portuguese multi-play market » Digital TV Europe
    The number of multi-play packages taken by Portuguese consumers reached 3.1 million at the end of June, up 2.6% on the previous quarter and 12.7% year-on-year, with take up of ‘quintuple-play’ packages growing fastest, according to local regulator Anacom. via ‘Quintuple-play’ growth drive Portuguese multi-play market » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vivendi exits Numericable-SFR with €2 billion payment » Digital TV Europe
    Vivendi has received €1.974 billion from Patrick Drahi’s investment group Altice in part-payment for Vivendi’s residual 20% stake in French cable and telecom operator Numericable-SFR. via Vivendi exits Numericable-SFR with €2 billion payment » Digital TV Europe.
  • Kudelski on the up
    Kudelski has posted revenues of CHF425 million (€395 million) for the first half of the year, or 6.2% more than in the same period in 2014. via Kudelski on the up.
  • Optimising the user experience for OTT video » Digital TV Europe
    OTT video providers still face challenges in delivering consistent, high-quality video experiences to consumers. They are under pressure to address an ever-growing number of devices while maintaining a smooth video experience without buffering or freezing of the image. They need to offer an attractive user guide and content. They need to ensure they have access … Continue reading Optimising the user experience for OTT video » Digital TV Europe