Canal+ growth boosts Vivendi as French giant beats expectations

French media group Vivendi has seen a successful Q3 as a result of growth at pay TV business Canal+. Canal+ is now Vivendi’s biggest business unit following the spin-off of Universal Music Group earlier this year.  Overall, Vivendi’s revenue grew to €2.48 billion, beating analyst expectations of €2.26 billion. Its Q3 sales rose by 10% […]

Accedo brings streaming to Nreal AR glasses

Accedo has announced a partnership with Augmented Reality (AR) glasses brand Nreal to offer Extended Reality (XR) viewing for video consumers. The partnership will enable OTT providers to bring content to Nreal’s lightweight AR glasses. Accedo XR, is a cross-platform solution that allows video providers to quickly launch Extended Reality (XR) experiences, using templated designs. […]

Netflix trans employees and allies stage walkout

Around 100 people have held a protest outside Netflix’s LA headquarters as the backlash mounts to Dave Chapelle’s comedy special The Closer, which has been blasted as transphobic. Netflix staff, joined by transgender rights activists, staged the walkout outside the streamer’s Sunset Boulevard offices yesterday, with demonstrators calling on the SVOD giant to support more transgender […]

Wurl launches Global FAST Pass for content distribution

Wurl has announced the launch of its Global FAST Pass service. FAST Pass is described by Wurl as a ‘global onramp’ for FAST Channels to build worldwide distribution across millions of connected TVs. The service is a complete solution for content companies to create, manage, distribute and monetise their programming. The Global FAST Pass service […]

Vodafone España improves start-over and catch-up experience with Alpha Networks and MediaData TV tech

Vodafone España has announced a partnership with video distribution software solutions provider Alpha Networks and MediaData TV to improve its start-over and catch-up experience. Vodafone has implemented the pair’s Real-time Accurate EPG solution. The solution is an AI-powered product which seeks to solve the issues of EPG inaccuracy. It promises to offer a smarter programme […]

Vizio could be forced to share SmartCast source code in lawsuit

Television maker Vizio has been sued by a non-profit firm over allegations of general public license (GPL) violations. The California lawsuit brought by New York-based Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) alleges that Vizio breached two public licenses by using and modifying open-source software without making its source code publicly accessible. The organisation alleges that the Vizio’s […]

Rlaxx TV expands to Samsung

Free-to-view streaming service rlaxx TV has launched on Samsung smart TVs. The company describes the launch as a “decisive step towards a global technical reach” for the streamer which currently is available in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Brazil and France, with planned launches in Turkey, Australia and New Zealand in the […]

Dizi comes to Mitele Plus

SPI/FilmBox has announced a deal with streaming service Mitele Plus to bring its Turkish drama brand Dizi to Spain. Dizi content will be offered via a branded corner in the Mitele Plus platform. The brand reaches millions of households worldwide and is available in 50 countries. Its content includes popular series such as 20 Minutes, […]

Eutelsat CEO Belmer to take over at Atos

Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer is leaving the company to take over as the chief exec of IT consulting firm Atos. Belmer, the former boss of Canal+, has been CEO of Eutelsat since March 2016. The company has praised the exec for implementing a strategy of “strict operating and financial discipline” while setting Eutelsat “on its […]

Amazon expands news coverage in the US on Fire TV

Amazon’s news app for Fire TV has dramatically expanded the scope of its coverage in the US. The app, which first launched in 12 cities in 2020, will now offer live and on-demand free local news to 158 cities across the country. The service will also double the local stations available from 126 to 259. […]