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PŸUR goes digital in Dresden ahead of Saxon switchover

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, is taking forward its digital switchover plan to migrating subscribers in the city of Dresden to digital-only TV next week. PŸUR will implement the switch-off of analogue cable services in the Saxony capital and neighbouring areas from December 11-13. Analogue TV and radio signals […]

Inside Secure buys Verimatrix for US$143m

Inside Secure has agreed to buy rival security solutions provider Verimatrix in a deal that will give it greater reach and scale and help it move further into markets like IoT and connected cars. Announcing the acquisition, Inside Secure said it expects to pay an aggregate consideration of approximately US$143 million (€126 million) at closing […]

IHS: 4K TVs now account for 44% of television shipments

Demand for big-screen TVs surged in the third quarter with 4K sets accounting for almost 44% of TV shipments, a new record, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that due to sustained premiums and larger average size, 4K TVs made up more than 71% of all TV revenues during the quarter Global shipments […]

Crash-out Brexit threatens ‘huge disruption’ to broadcast

A no-deal Brexit would have a disastrous impact on the UK broadcasting sector, according to commercial broadcasters association COBA. Ahead of the UK parliament’s likely rejection of prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU, COBA warned that crashing out of the EU would create huge disruption for broadcasters, their workforce and suppliers and […]

Comcast rolls out Amazon Prime Video on X1

Comcast is due to roll out Amazon Prime Video on its Xfinity X1 platform over the next week, giving viewers access Prime movies, TV shows and live events. Amazon Prime Video will be integrated into the X1 guide, letting customers browse the Prime Video catalogue on Xfinity on Demand. Customers will also be able to […]

Parks: 83% of US smart TV owners connect their set to the web

Some 83% of US smart TV owners now connect their device to the internet, up from 70% in 2014, according to new research by Parks Associates. The study claims that smart TV ownership increased from 34% to 53% of US broadband households between 2014 and 2018, while ownership of streaming media players has grown from […]

Hulu, AT&T reportedly mulling ads when viewers press pause

Hulu and AT&T are both looking at the option of adding advertising to their current, or upcoming, platforms when viewers pause for a break. Hulu intends to unveil what it calls “pause ads” in 2019, according to Variety. AT&T is also looking at the option for its upcoming WarnerMedia-branded streamer, which will launch at the […]

Antenna Group sells Serbia and Montenegro channels

International broadcast company Antenna Group has agreed to sell its media operations in Serbia and Montenegro to Serbian media entrepreneur Srdjan Milovanovic for €180 million. Antenna’s Serbian business comprises two free-to-air TV channels – PRVA and 02TV – and a portfolio of six premium pay-television channels, four websites and one radio station in Serbia. It […]

Mediaset taps FreeWheel and Comcast Technology Solutions for streaming app

Mediaset has tapped FreeWheel and Comcast Technology Solutions to provide the technology platform for its new live and on-demand streaming service Mediaset Play. Comcast-owned FreeWheel said that the pair’s technology would help unify Mediaset’s video distribution and advertising stack and is part of the broadcaster’s overarching advertising-supported VOD strategy. Mediaset Play’s coverage of this year’s […]

RMC taps Wiztivi for Sony PS4 sports app

TV technology outfit Wiztivi is providing Altice Europe-owned channel provider RMC with a new user experience for sports fans via the OTT RMC Sport TV app for Sony PlayStation 4. Via the RMC Sport app, Altice France-owned SFR’s fixed line, mobile and OTT subscribers have access to from 5-11 extra live RMC Sports channels. The […]