Vionlabs expands into Americas with key appointments

Swedish OTT service provider Vionlabs is expanding into the Americas with the appointment of Kevin Odden (pictured) to lead its commercial operations in the region. The company is also expanding its advisory board with the appointments of Anette Schaefer and Hanno Basse. Odden joins as president of Americas sales, and is a specialist in digital […]

MediaKind hires Broome as CTO

Media tech firm MediaKind has announced the appointment of Allen Broome as chief technology officer (CTO). Broome joins from Comcast Cable where he served as VP cloud engineering and brings over 20 years of experience in media technology leadership and software expertise to the role.  In his new role, Broome will be charged with driving […]

Spotify launches on Apple TV

Spotify has launched its long-awaited Apple TV app.  This is the first time that the company has launched an app for Apple’s set-top box and largely resembles different versions of the platform as offered on other TV devices such as Roku and PlayStation 4. As per those versions, users are able to access the full […]

Roku introduces pop-up ads for OTA and cable viewing

Roku has started rolling out its Roku OS 9.2 update for Roku TVs and, in a previously unannounced change, the company has introduced interactive pop-up ads for OTA and cable viewing. The feature was first spotted by Cord Cutters News over the weekend. The publication showed a pop-up ad for the 2008 Ricky Gervais-starring Ghost […]

Chromecast dominating down under 

Chromecast is Australia’s most popular digital TV service, a new study has found.  According to a report from market research company Roy Morgan, 12.1% of Australians own a Chromecast device. This is followed by Apple TV (9.4%), Foxtel Now box (7.7%), Telstra TV (6.7%), Fetch Mighty/Mini (5.5%) and other digital television services (4.5%). Google Chromecast […]

Testronic makes key appointments as OTT business grows

Quality assurance, localisation and compliance specialist Testronic has made a couple of key appointments in response to growth in OTT platform testing space. Testronic has named Ken Kiers, VP of mastering operations to oversee the expansion of services into new territories and the integration of new automation tools in all locations to ensure that consistent high testing […]

DTVE’s VideoTech Innovation Awards announces shortlist

The shortlist for the VideoTech Innovation Awards has been revealed.  The VideoTech Innovation Awards, taking place on December 3 at 116 Pall Mall, London, serves as the main entertainment at the end of day of our Informa partner event, Video Streaming Exchange. In total, 54 technology and video delivery companies have been shortlisted across 14 […]

Amazon adds Brazilian Portuguese to Alexa, launches Echo products in Brazil

Amazon has announced the expansion of its Alexa AI assistant to Brazil with the introduction of Brazilian Portuguese. The company will also bring its Echo Dot and Echo Show 5 smart speakers to the country on October 8, followed by the launch of Amazon Echo on November 8. This is part of a significant move into Brazil […]

Wurl launches AdPool for CTV ad sales

Connected TV (CTV) streaming video distribution and ad services provider Wurl has announced the release of AdPool. AdPool is a new advertising marketplace enabling video producers to sell their CTV ad inventory to thousands of advertisers, ranging from global brands to local businesses. The service is free for video publishers and CTV platforms that are […]

UHD Spain announces launch and pre-registration

The UHD Spain association is to launch on November 8 to coincide with the 4K-HDR Summit and the Málaga 4K-Fest. UHD Spain is a not-for-profit association. It will be based at the Digital Content Hub in Malaga and will be open to companies and professionals interested in the development of Ultra High Definition in Spain. […]