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Canal+ in stand-off with French football league as payment falls due

French pay TV operator Canal+ and the country’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) are in a stand-off after the pay TV service provider refused to release the next instalment of payment due for the rights to air Ligue 1 football matches, according to French sports paper L’Équipe. According to the paper, Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada […]

Asian streamer Hooq files for liquidation

Singapore-based streamer Hooq – backed by Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and regional telco Singtel – has filed for liquidation. The on-demand service launched six years ago with backing from the US studios but has more recently moved towards launching its own local originals. It had more than 30 original titles either on the platform or […]

Tricolor makes its service available for free

Leading Russian pay TV operator Tricolor has become the latest major service provider to decrypt its content line-up for a limited period during the Coronavirus crisis. The operator has made all of its TV channels – 156 in total, including 16 in the premium Detsky package – free-to-view on the internet from Friday last week […]

CableLabs releases DOCSIS 4.0 specification

Cable industry standards body CableLabs has released the specifications for the next generation of data-over-cable technology DOCSIS. The DOCSIS 4.0 spec includes full duplex and extended spectrum capabilities to enable downstream speeds of 10Gbps, maximum that available via the DOCSIS 3.1 spec, which is currently being deployed by cable operators internationally. According to principal architect […]

Teleste withdraws financial guidance and begins talks for temporary lay-off of all staff

Cable technology provider Teleste has withdrawn its financial guidance for the current year due to the potential impact of the Coronavirus crisis on its business and has begun “co-determination negotiations”, in accordance with the Finnish Act on Co-operation within Undertakings, that would permit it to temporarily lay off its entire staff. Teleste said that the […]

Sports update: Olympics could take place in summer 2021; Premier League reportedly reaches agreement for behind closed doors season wrap-up

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Sports Federations (IFs) are looking to reschedule the Tokyo games to a window between the Wimbledon and US Open tennis grand slams.  According to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, John Coates, the IOC coordination commission chair for Tokyo 2020 and president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), believes that […]

Dubbing key to Netflix international strategy

Netflix’s local strategy for key markets such as Japan, France and Germany is focused on dubbing, new research has found. According to Ampere Analysis, Netflix’s content in most non-English speaking territories is made up of 90% foreign-language content. The research says that even though Netflix’s focus on creating local original content has improved, it still […]

LG launches Movies Anywhere app

LG has become the first TV manufacturer to integrate Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is a digital movie locker service which emerged as a competitor to Ultraviolet, and ultimately outlasted the ill-fated service. It is owned and operated by Disney, and offers access to content from Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, […]

US sees streaming surge amid coronavirus outbreak

The impact of coronavirus on TV viewing has been examined by a new report which has found a notable rise in US streaming. According to Comcscore, OTT streaming has significantly increased across connected TVs and streaming devices in the weeks since the World Health Organisation declared the illness to be a pandemic. The research found […]

APAC SVOD subs to hit 417 million by 2025

The Asia Pacific region will exceed 415 million SVOD subscriptions by 2025. According to new figures from Digital TV Research, the APAC region will reach 417 million SVOD subscribers by 2025, up from a 2019 year-end total of 269 million. China will make up 65% of that total (269 million), while India will reach 45 […]

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