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Charter becomes latest operator to use Apple TV 4K as set-top

Apple announced a number of Apple TV updates and a partnership to supply the device to US cable operator Charter Communications at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday. Apple used the event to preview tvOS 12, the latest version of the Apple TV operating system. This will support Dolby Atmos, making Apple TV 4K the […]

Canal+ to use Apple TV 4K as its set-top box

Canal+ has struck a partnership with Apple to enable its subscribers to rent the Apple TV 4K box for €6 a month and use it as their primary TV box to receive the pay TV operator’s services. In a move described by Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada as a “philosophical revolution” in its distribution strategy, Canal+ […]

Apple reportedly planning direct subscriptions for video services

Apple is planning to sell subscriptions to some video services direct via its TV app rather than have users subscribe via apps individually, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, which cites unnamed sources, Apple plans to roll out direct subscriptions next year as part of an attempt to boost its content […]

Conviva: Apple TV leads growth as streaming viewing hours ramp up dramatically

Growth in viewing time on Apple TV devices in the first quarter of this year outpaced all other devices by almost two times, according to data analytics outfit Conviva’s All-Screen Census Report Q1 2018. According to statistics from Conviva’s customer base, Apple TV saw 709% increase in viewing hours year-on-year in Q1. During the same […]

Apple lines up originals for possible launch next year

Apple is set to release its range of TV titles for Spring or Summer 2019, according to a New York Times report. The report claims that producers and entertainment executives who have recently met with Apple executives have confirmed the date. The sources have also stated that all productions will have a “bright, optimistic” outlook […]

Apple not targeting Netflix or Disney as it shapes up video strategy

Consumer tech giant Apple is not looking to buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look […]

NCTA: regulators need to end ‘mindless’ net neutrality obsession and take on big tech

Regulators need to stop obsessing about “outdated” net neutrality and address the more pressing need to regulate the activities of internet technology giants, according to Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA. Speaking at Cable Congress in Dublin, Powell said that the war over net neutrality is dominating debate in the US and taking […]

BBC’s Tony Hall highlights internet giants’ threat to British TV

BBC director general Tony Hall is once again to highlight the threat presented by US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic […]

Apple could buy Netflix – Citi analysts

The chances of tech giant Apple buying Netflix this year stand at around 40%, according to Citi analysts. Apple, which looks set to become the first US$1 trillion business, is set to repatriate around US$220 billion following US President Donald Trump’s corporation tax cut. Apple is believed to have more than US$250 billion to fund […]

Ovum: Amazon to make more OTT video revenue than Netflix next year

Amazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video,” according to Ovum predictions. The research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue […]

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