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FCC votes to repeal net neutrality as Netflix and web giants protest

The FCC has voted to repeal net neutrality laws in the US, in a move that was welcomed by ISPs but has attracted widespread criticism from internet users and tech giants like Netflix. The Federal Communications Commission voted three to two in favour of rolling back rules that were introduced during the Obama administration, with […]

BT strikes deal with Sky for Now TV and sports

BT has agreed a deal to sell Sky’s low-cost OTT TV service Now TV to BT TV customers. Sky will make the full Now TV service, which includes content such as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, available via BT TV set-tops. BT will be able to sell Now TV subscriptions direct […]

Mouse catches Fox: how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in 12 to 18 months, knocks off one […]

SpotX: OTT video ad spend up 18-fold in 2017

The amount of advertising dollars spent on over-the-top (OTT) video inventory grew nearly 18-fold year-on-year in October, according to stats from RTL-owned video ad marketplace SpotX. The company’s data revealed that the portion of overall ad budgets spent with OTT inventory owners increased from 8% in October 2016 to over 26% of total spend for […]

VR Industry Forum to publish guidelines at CES

The Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) is due to make its first set of VR Industry Guidelines generally available at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. It will outline its 2018 roadmap during a two-hour masterclass at the trade show and showcase VR demonstrations from Fraunhofer and Qualcomm. Featured speakers at the CES event […]

Viasat World’s Epic Drama launches with distribution partners

CEE-focused channels provider Viasat World has launched its new drama channel and associated subscription video-on-demand offering, Epic Drama and has named a line-up of distribution partners for the service. Viasat World has struck deals with operators across the region to carry the service. Operators including Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat, Romania’s RCS & RDS, Digi in Hungary, […]

MTV goes free-to-air in Germany

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MTV as a free-to-air channel in Germany. The music and entertainment channel is available via satellite, cable networks, IPTV and internet TV. Viewers can also live stream it on MTV.de/live and on through the free MTV Play App for iOS and Android. Viacom will start a launch campaign and introduce a new programming schedule […]

BET Networks names new president

BET Networks, the US network targeting African Americans, has named Viacom’s Scott M. Mills as president and will bring the exec in for the post on January 1, as chairman and CEO Debbie Lee steps back. Prior to his work with Viacom, Mills acted as chief operating officer for BET Networks, where he led its […]

MTG secures rights to UEFA Futsal tournament

Modern Times Group (MTG) has secured the exclusive Nordic media rights to five-a-side-football variant Futsal’s biggest European tournament, UEFA Futsal Euro 2018. The tournament kicks off on January 30 and all matches will be shown live on MTG’s streaming service Viaplay. The competition in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will feature 12 European teams, with seven-times winners Spain […]

Arris launches new broadband gateways

Broadband technology outfit Arris has launched two new broadband gateway devices, the NVG578 and NVG558, targeting the Passive Optical Network (PON) and fixed-wireless markets. The NVG578 is a PON gateway platform that provides a range of options to delivery today’s GPON speeds, as well as next-generation XGS-PON and NG-PON2 speeds of up to 10Gbps symmetrical, […]

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