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Canal+ returns to growth, Vivendi chief confirms mediation in Italy

Vivendi has seen a return to growth for Canal+’s domestic French subscriber base for the first time since 2015. Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine has meanwhile confirmed that the group is in mediation to secure an end to its long-running and bitter battle with Mediaset in Italy. Vivendi also released numbers for short-form video initiative […]

Amazon agrees live and on-demand ATP Tennis rights

Amazon has agreed two deals with ATP and ATP Media to broadcast live ATP tennis in the UK and Ireland and to add Tennis TV to its Amazon Channels line-up in the US . In the UK and Republic of Ireland, Amazon Prime Video has agreed live and on-demand distribution rights to the ATP World […]

FCC approves ATSC 3.0 but splits on partisan lines

The US Federal Communications Authority has approved the new ATSC 3.0 standard for use by broadcasters, enabling them to offer advanced interactive services to complement over-the-air signals, including targeted advertising. The FCC voted three to two to approve the standard, with Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voting against and expressing concern that the measure […]

Altice Portugal strikes deal with Netflix

Altice Portugal/Meo has added Netflix to its TV offering via the MEObox. The global subscription video-on-demand leader will appear in the MEObox user grid on channel 88. Meo said it would also soon make 1,200 hours of Netflix 4K content available via the MEObox 4K, its new 4K UHD TV set-top. The agreement will bring […]

C More sports channels on Viasat for first time

Swedish pay and TV broadcaster Bonnier Broadcasting has secured a deal with Modern Times Group’ that will see its C More sports channels appear on the MTG Viasat pay TV platform for the first time. C More’s sports channels will appear on the platform from the first quarter of next year. The deal also secures […]

Comcast and Verizon reportedly looking at Fox

Comcast is reportedly looking to buy 21stCentury Fox’s entertainment assets, with telco Verizon and Sony Corp. also said to be in interested. The news, reported in the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, emerged about a week after The Walt Disney Company’s interest in buying a large chunk of Fox was revealed. With the Disney talks […]

Vimeo adds HDR support

Vimeo has added support for high dynamic range (HDR) content and videos of up to 8K resolution. The video service said the update is about providing users with the “highest quality video experience possible”. “With BT.2020 (or Rec.2020) support and wider color gamuts (WCG), your image will now represent over 75% of the colour that […]

Viacom makes gains, despite increased programme costs

Viacom reported a year-on-year increase in revenue and earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, but the company’s media networks division was impacted by increased programming expenses. Viacom said that revenues at media networks – the unit that includes brands like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central – were up 3% overall to US$2.55 billion, driven by […]

Melita taps ADB for RDK rollout in Malta

Maltese cable operator Melita has tapped technology outfit ADB to oversee the commercial launch of its new TV service. ADB will use its set-top and RDK middleware expertise to help Melita develop a range of new RDK-based services. Melita is deploying the ADB 1750CF HD HEVC STB with Wifi, and four tuners to support its […]

Facebook launches Creator App for video makers

Facebook has launched a new app designed to make it easy for users to create original video, go live, and connect with their community on the social network. Facebook is billing Facebook Creator as a “one stop shop for creators of all kinds”. The app available globally on iOS with an Android version due to […]

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