Broadcasters


BT Sport demos its first 8K broadcast at IBC 2019

Broadcaster BT Sport showcased live 8K for the first time at IBC 2019. Showing a match from the first day of the Rugby Sevens, CCO Jamie Hindhaugh said that while the company is serious about 8K, this “doesn’t mean we’re launching 8K tomorrow”. Instead, he said that any technology is about “enhancing the capture of […]

Spacecom expands African reach with ViewMedia deal

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that ViewMedia will launch a new digital broadcast platform on the AMOS-17 communication satellite. ViewMedia is the new commercial name of UK-based media content distributor Viewsat. The satellite is located at the 17°E orbital position above Africa and will provide DVBS-2 broadcast services to West Africa.  […]

Síminn partners with MediaKind for UHD EPL broadcasting

Icelandic broadcaster Síminn has selected MediaKind to deliver its HD and UHD broadcasts of English Premier League matches.  The deployment will include MK RX1, a multi-codec, multi-service professional decoder that is designed to maintain the integrity of valuable, high quality, content across contribution networks, with low latency.   The deployment also includes MK Director, a control […]

Government funding proposals “not fit for purpose” slams RTÉ director general

Irish PSB RTÉ is “in a crisis” said director general Dee Forbes who has heavily criticised proposals from the country’s government in regards to funding as “not fit for purpose”. “Regulation has not caught up with viewing habits,” claimed Forbes at an IBC 2019 panel on the relevance of PSBs in an OTT world.  The […]

Altice in war of words with regulator over 5G plan

Altice Portugal is engaged in a dispute with media and telecom regulator ANACOM over the pace and phasing of the country’s transfer of 700MHz. band spectrum from broadcast to support its 5G mobile rollout. Following a visit by Altice Portugal president Alexandre Fonseca to Madeira, where he was critical of the watchdog’s approach to the […]

Disney+ debuts in the Netherlands with free trial

Disney+, the new streaming service from the media giant, is now available in the Netherlands on Android devices for a free trial. The trial, with limited content, is free and includes Disney’s Collection section, which includes movies and shows grouped into collections to make content discovery easier. Disney will use the Dutch launch as a […]

OCS renews Canal+ deal

Orange Cinema Series (OCS), Orange’s pay-TV service, has renewed its multi-year distribution deal with Canal+. OCS boasts more than 3.3 million subscribers, and has been distributed on Canal+ since 2012. OCS was originally launched in 2009 and is made up of four channels. It has deals with HBO, UGC and Sony Pictures Television. The network […]

WarnerMedia appoints distribution presidents

WarnerMedia’s sales and international division has appointed Sofia Chang and Rich Warren as president of its distribution business. Both Chang and Warren arrive in the position with the same remit to oversee distribution for all Turner channels, HBO, Cinemax, and upcoming SVOD HBO Max and will report in to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer, WarnerMedia […]

Elliott invests US$3.2bn in AT&T, slams DirecTV investment and WarnerMedia strategy

Activist investor Elliott Management’s funds have invested US$3.2 billion in AT&T and called for a radical overhaul of the US telco in the interests of “value creation”, including a potential sale of DirecTV. Elliott currently said that the US telco was underperforming the S&P 500 index by over 100 percentage points at a time when […]

Spanish regulator weighs in on marketing of football rights

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has called on the Real Federación Española de Fútbol(RFEF) to modify the terms by which it makes rights to the Copa del Rey available to broadcasters. The regulator called don the RFEF to make changes including strict limits on conditions attached to the award of rights, not to reserve rights […]

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