Freesat taps CommScope for new generation of 4K boxes

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has launched a new generation of 4K TV boxes, including three new DVR-enabled models and a zapper box. The devices will be available from Amazon from the end of February and from retailer Currys PC World shortly afterwards. The internet-connected boxes are being produced by CommScope, the first Freesat-led devices […]

Eutelsat signs back-up deal with SMS Teleport

Independent UK teleport Satellite Mediaport Services Ltd. (SMS Teleport) has signed a deal with commercial satellite operator Eutelsat to provide back-up teleport-based broadcast satellite services for its EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite.  The deal will see SMS Teleport provide Eutelsat with redundant teleport services from its Rugby, UK teleport. In conjunction with Eutelsat’s Paris-Rambouillet teleport […]

Global smart TV sales to increase 21% by 2024

The smart TV market is set to grow by more than a fifth by 2024. According to a report from Technavio, sales are expected to post a CAGR of 21% between 2020-24. The growth of smart TVs has coincided with the growing popularity of 4K video and video streaming services, with vendors encouraged to introduce […]

Haystack TV to be prominently placed in Vidaa OS through Hisense distribution deal

International news aggregator service Haystack TV has announced a distribution agreement with TV maker Hisense.  Hisense, currently the third-largest television manufacturer in the world, will pre-install and prominently place the Haystack App within the new Vidaa Smart TV platform. The platform’s redesign was recently unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. This deal will see […]

Industry vet Sean Cohan headlines trio of Nielsen appointments

Data measurement firm Nielsen has announced a triumvirate of new appointments, with the most noteworthy being industry veteran Sean Cohan as its new chief growth officer and international president. Cohan is a well-established figure in the industry with decades’ of experience. He spent 15 years at A+E Networks, with his highest-profile role being president of […]

Comcast’s Freewheel poaches Canal+’s Dremeaux for international role

FreeWheel, the advertising software business owned by Comcast, has hired Virginie Dremeaux as executive director, product and sales marketing international. In this role, Dremeaux will focus on the acceleration of FreeWheel’s addressable TV solutions and their international launches. The exec joins from Canal+ where she spent 11 years, most recently as digital marketing director in […]

Roku CEO: Half of US homes will cut cord in “streaming decade” 

Half of US households will be cord-cutters or cord-nevers by 2024, predicts Roku CEO Anthony Wood.  Writing in his Q4 2019 investor’s letter, Wood wrote: “Millions of consumers, the biggest names in media, leading advertisers and global TV brands are embracing streaming. Moreover, new services and the growing investment in original programming that is exclusive […]

GSMA cancels MWC over Coronavirus fears

The GSM Association (GSMA) has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The show had already been under scrutiny when names such as LG and ZTE either reduced their presence or entirely removed themselves from the show. The writing was on the wall when the likes of Nvidia, Intel, Sony, Amazon and BT […]

Maquignon made Mediagenix CEO

Broadcast management platform Mediagenix has announced the appointment of Fabrice Maquignon as its new CEO.  Maquignon joins from Transwide & Teleroute, where he was CEO for 13 years. The CEO has a storied career in SAAS, supply chain digitization and international business expansion. Current CEO Dirk Debraekeleer will transition to the position of chairman, replacing […]

Samsung becomes Netflix’s official mobile entertainment partner, gets exclusive content

Samsung has announced a deal with Netflix to become the streamer’s official mobile entertainment partner.  The deal will see improved product integration and content made exclusively available on Samsung’s newly announced range or smartphones. Speaking at Samsung’s launch event for the phones in San Francisco, Netflix chief marketing officer Jackie Lee-Joe said: “In the coming […]

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