Roku TV to enter UK market for Black Friday

The first Roku TV-equipped TV models will launch in the UK next week, the company has confirmed.  The Hisense smart TVs, which were announced at IFA 2019, will be the first sets to launch in the country powered by Roku OS. The 4K HDR TVs themselves are fairly low-cost, starting at £329 for the 43-inch […]

Schmidt out as CEO of Sky Deutschland to be replaced by Raj

Sky Deutschland’s Carsten Schmidt has announced his resignation from the role of CEO and will step down at the end of 2019 to be replaced by Devesh Raj. Schmidt, who will retain an advisory role at the operator, has been with the business for over 20 years and served as CEO for just shy of […]

Deltatre selected as tech provider for BritBox

Deltatre has been revealed as the tech provider of BritBox in the UK. The service, which launched in the country earlier this month, offers users a range of classic British TV for £5.99 per month following a 30-day free trial.  Having kicked off the offering, BritBox has disclosed it is utilising Deltatre’s AXIS targeted UX […]

UK regulator to investigate US$4 billion Hasbro acquisition of Entertainment One

US toy giant Hasbro’s $4bn deal for Entertainment One (eOne) is to be investigated by the UK’s competition regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it will explore whether the proposed acquisition, first revealed in August, would cause a “substantial lessening of competition” in the UK. The CMA’s examination will start on Friday […]

Time running out for Mediaset and Vivendi with no deal in sight

Mediaset and Vivendi are struggling to come to a deal over their long-standing legal battle. According to four Reuters sources, the companies have so far failed to reach any agreements that would allow them to drop a number of pending lawsuits with a deadline looming.  The companies are due in court on November 22, following […]

DAZN acquires exclusive rights for Wilder v Ortiz II in Germany and Spain

Sports streamer DAZN has picked up the exclusive rights to the highly anticipated heavyweight boxing rematch between Deontay Wilder and Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz on November 23 in Germany and Spain. DAZN will also show the fight on a non-exclusive basis in Austria and Switzerland. Boxing has been a major focus for DAZN, with an […]

Disney denies stolen account sales are its fault

Disney has denied any form of security breach of its Disney+ servers. A recent report found that thousands of accounts to the new service were being sold on the dark web mere hours after the week-old streamer launched. Many users saw their account email and password changed by hackers, which in effect locked them out […]

VIMN announces key leadership changes

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced leadership changes in its OTT and studio businesses. Pierluigi Gazzolo, current president of VIMN Americas and EVP of Nickelodeon International, has been appointed president of OTT International and Viacom International Studios (VIS), while VIMN Americas EVP and COO Juan (JC) Acosta will be promoted to president of VIMN […]

ADB selects MediaTek for STB chipset

TV and broadband solutions provider ADB has chosen MediaTek to provide chipsets for its latest satellite STB platform.  ADB, which deploys its products with major operators in Europe and Australia, creates a range of products such as set-top boxes and broadband software.  It says that the 4K-supporting MediaTek chipset is “ideally suited to the growing […]

Digital TV Europe is hosting a webinar on piracy management

Digital TV Europe will be hosting a webinar on the topic of piracy management with Viaccess-Orca next week, November 26.  Content piracy has evolved over the last few years with the democratization of IP-based video delivery. Pirates have found ways to bypass traditional content protection technologies, redistribute and monetize pirated content. Broadcasters face pressure to increase […]

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