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 […]

Geolocation: Pinning down the pirates of the EU

While illicit TV viewing is nothing new, it is getting harder to manage. The methods used to circumvent digital rights management (DRM) and access restricted content have become so sophisticated that, for many broadcasters, it’s difficult to identify or track the perpetrators. With the explosion in SVOD and OTT services providing more viewing choices than […]

Liberty Global expands relationship with Plume

Liberty Global has announced an expanded relationship with smart home vendor Plume. The operator said that it will roll out smart home services from Plume across its footprint this year, following a successful initial deployment with its UK brand Virgin Media. The vendor had also previously announced distribution deals with VOO, Sunrise, WightFibre and TalkTalk. […]

Mediaset España signs OTT content protection deal with Irdeto

Broadcaster Mediaset España has announced a partnership with Irdeto for OTT content protection. The deal will see the broadcaster’s OTT service, Mitele Plus, protected by the Irdeto Control solution. The product is offered as a part of the Irdeto 360 Security suite. The company says it is designed to “ensure future-proof end-to-end security that can […]

Kantar appoints former ITV CEO Crozier as chairman

Data analytics firm Kantar has hired Adam Crozier as its non-executive chairman. Crozier is an extremely experienced executive, having previously served as CEO of British pubcaster ITV from 2010-17. There he shifted the broadcaster’s strategy to be less reliant on advertising and ramping up its production business. He also served as CEO of Royal Mail, […]

Pluto TV strikes deal to bring dedicated button to Hisense TVs

ViacomCBS-owned AVOD streaming outfit Pluto TV has struck a deal with Vidaa International, a subsidiary of television manufacturer Hisense, to bring the Pluto TV platform to Hisense’s new Vidaa platform across the US, Europe and Latin America, free of charge. From the spring, Pluto TV will be integrated into the new Vidaa platform, while new […]

Minerva and Com Net approve WISI for YourTV Now

Minerva Networks and Com Net Inc (CNI) have approved broadband and TV technology company WISI, for customer installations within their cloud video service Minerva YourTV Now. CNI, which has provided a centralised headend for 22 companies in Ohio and Michigan for 15 years, has forged a nationwide US partnership with Minerva Networks to deliver a […]

MWC operators sweat over Coronavirus threat but maintain show will go on

Mobile World Congress (MWC), one of the largest technology trade shows in the world, is under threat from the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus. With the death toll of the airborne virus now exceeding 520, many are concerned by the 100,000+ people from over 200 countries that are due to congregate in Barcelona at the […]