YouTube gears up for Olympics highlights and coverage

YouTube has partnered with broadcasters in more than 60 countries to provide official highlights of the Rio Olympic Games. The video site has deals in place with broadcasters in including the BBC in the UK, NHK in Japan and America Movil in Latin America excluding Brazil. A group of YouTube content creators – including popular […]

Digital Olympic Channel to launch post-Rio

A new digital-first Olympic Channel is due to launch on August 21 after the closing ceremony of this summer’s Rio Olympic games. The new platform will offer long and short-form original programming, live sports events, news and highlights in a bid to offer “additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round”. Available globally both […]

Telefónica sees solid TV growth as FX and debt take toll

Telefónica saw solid growth in pay TV customers in the second quarter, with the total number of TV subscribers now equivalent to almost half of fixed broadband lines. Telefónica had 8.422 million pay TV customers at the end of June, up 4.9% year-on-year and up from 8.365 million in March. Overall, pay TV customers now […]

Accedo sets up in Brazil

Accedo has set up operations in Brazil and has upped sales manager Paloma Santucci to country manager. Video app specialist Accedo said that formally establishing an entity in Brazil will help in “further strengthening its global position” and will enable it to provide local support for Brazilian customers such as LG, Telefonica and Rede Globo. “Since Accedo’s inception […]

BBC taps Arqiva for extended Olympics coverage

The BBC is tapping transmission services provider Arqiva’s UK digital-terrestrial capacity to extend its coverage of the Rio Olympic Games. Under the latest agreement between the pair, Arqiva will carry an additional eight DTT service via its COM8 multiplex, helping the BBC bring over 3,000 hours of live coverage of the games to UK viewers. […]

MTG to cover Olympics in virtual reality and UHD

Modern Times Group (MTG)’s Viasat is to provide coverage of the Olympic Games in virtual reality and Ultra HD. The Swedish broadcaster said that it would be the fist Nordic region broadcaster to make live sports available in the 360° virtual reality format, as well as the first broadcaster in Europe to make coverage of […]

NBC and Samsung to broadcast VR Olympics coverage

NBC Olympics is due to broadcast 85-hours of virtual reality (VR) content from the Rio 2016 games in partnership with Samsung. NBC Sports app users, with compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Samsung Gear VR headsets, will be able to access the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)-supplied VR coverage. The VR output will include footage from the […]

KDDI taps Intelsat Epic NG for Olympics contribution

  Japanese telco KDDI is using Intelsat’s new high-throughput Epic NG platform to provide regionalised video contribution and backhaul services at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Intelsat will support KDDI’s contribution services for a Tier 1 global media customer via a regionalised C-band beam from Intelsat 29e at 310° East, enabling transmission […]

IPTV growth takes global total past 130m

IPTV is still growing strongly, with double-digit growth in markets including Spain, Brazil and Turkey over the last 24 months helping push the global total to over 130 million subscribers, according to Point Topic. According to the research group, quarterly growth rates have gone up in all regions except North America, where the change in […]

Eutelsat 65 West A satellite now live

Eutelsat’s 65 West A satellite is now fully powered-up and is ready for service across Brazil and Latin America, according to the firm. The satellite, which launched on March 9, is located at 65 degrees West, which Eutelsat says is a premier location for broadcasting in Brazil. Eutelsat 65 West A is a tri-band satellite […]

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