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Ampere: SVOD to overtake box office revenues next year

Subscription over-the-top video revenues will overtake box office revenues globally in 2019 as SVOD continues to grow in all regions, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm predicts that global OTT revenues will reach US$46 billion next year while cinema revenues will come in at just under US$40 billion, noting a theatrical slowdown in North […]

Mediavision: 48% of Nordic homes use SVOD

Almost half of all Nordic households now subscribe to at least one subscription video-on-demand service, according to Stockholm-based business development consultants Mediavision. The report claims that today 5.3 million Nordic homes, some 48% of the region’s total, now take an SVOD service, an increase of 850,000 new SVOD households compared to the same time last […]

Vivendi triggers TIM shareholders meeting request as battle with Elliott heats up

Vivendi has triggered a request for a meeting of Telecom Italia’s   shareholders to appoint new auditors and has called for the dismissal of chairman Fulvio Conti and four other board members nominated by its rival for control of the Italian telco, Elliott Management. Vivendi has proposed the nomination of Franco Bernabè, Rob van der Valk, […]

Synamedia takes aim at streaming service account sharing 

Synamedia has launched a new solution designed to help streaming service providers combat account sharing between friends and families. Synamedia Credentials Sharing Insight uses artificial intelligence, behavioural analytics and machine learning to identify, monitor and analyse credentials sharing activity across streaming accounts. Operators can then choose to apply specific policies to accounts where sharing exceeds […]

US MLB reportedly mulling transfer of streaming rights to teams

The US’s Major League Baseball (MLB) is leaning towards transferring domestic US streaming rights to individual teams, potentially leading to a march away from pay TV for US baseball towards a streaming-focused future, according to the New York Post. According to the paper, citing unnamed sources close to the talks, the MLB, under pressure from […]

Ofcom competition head named as regulators group chief

Ofcom competition group director and executive board member Jonathan Oxley has been named as chief executive of the UK Regulators Network (UKRN). The UKRN brings brings together 11 regulators from the UK’s utility, financial and transport sectors. The network fosters close working relationships between member regulators to enhance investment and efficiency for the benefit of […]

Tele2 secures loan to finance Com Hem takeover

Swedish telco Tele2 has secured a SEK2 billion (€200 million) loan from the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) to finance its merger with cable operator Com Hem. Tele2 said that the additional funding from NIB would extend its maturity profile and achieve further diversification of its funding. This will include a cancellation of Tele2’s existing loan […]

Marquee TV signs Michael Nyman for dedicated on-demand channel

Arts-on-demand service Marquee TV has struck an exclusive partnership with composer and filmmaker Michael Nyman to add the Michael Nyman Network as a content channel on its platform. According to Marquee TV, the channel will bring unseen film and music compositions from Nyman to the public for the first time. The network kicked off on […]

3SS enables new Google Assistant actions for Android TV

3 Screen Solutions (3SS) is launching a new product and service designed to deepen Google Assistant integration for superior Android TV services. 3READY Assistant is enabled by 3SS’s 3READY Android TV Operator Tier Custom Launcher and can be used by operators to create customer support-related actions – including billing queries, PVR instructions, and the management […]

EU postpones decision on controversial copyright directive

Trilogue negotiations – the parlaying between Europe’s three key institutions – over the final form of the EU’s controversial Copyright Directive yesterday failed to produce a deal, with participants failing to agree on a range of issues including the controversial Article 13, which would see web companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube forced to […]

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