Eutelsat ups channel footprint by 7.4%

Eutelsat’s satellites broadcast a total of 6,810 channels as of the end of December, marking a 7.4% year-on-year increase as HD penetration continued to rise. Announcing its half year results, Eutelsat said that its number of high definition channels stood at 1,275, up 28% from 997 a year earlier, implying a penetration rate of 18.7% […]

Ofcom: 700 MHz clearance on track for 2020 completion

The UK reallocation of 700 MHz spectrum from TV to mobile broadband is on track to be completed by the end of Q2, 2020, according to Ofcom’s group director of spectrum. Giving an update on 700 MHz at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Philip Marnick said that the clearance programme is on target to […]

Twitter gears up for ‘24-hour live video streaming’

Twitter is gearing up to stream live video around the clock through its apps and website, in a move that will establish it as a 24/7 online broadcaster. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Twitter COO and CFO Anthony Noto said: “Our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to […]

OTT to ‘overtake traditional TV within five years’

Within the next five years, viewing hours of live linear content streamed over the web will surpass those of traditional broadcast TV, according to new research. The Level 3, Streaming Media and Unisphere Study found that 70% of media industry respondents believe OTT will overtake TV within five years. Roughly half of those polled said […]

RTL reports strong results driven by broadcast, Fremantle

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in Q1, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, with digital revenue up 36.4% […]

YouTube reportedly preparing Unplugged TV streaming service

YouTube is reportedly planning an online TV service that will let customers pay to stream a bundle of cable TV channels over the web. According to Bloomberg, the service, dubbed Unplugged, is one of YouTube’s “biggest priorities” and is due to launch as soon as 2017, with the required technical architecture already in place. Citing […]

ITV boosted by broadcast, online and studio gains

ITV said that its total revenue climbed by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter to £754 million, thanks to gains across broadcast and online and at its ITV Studios production arm. In a trading update published ahead of the company’s annual general meeting this morning, ITV said that its broadcast business has made “a very […]

UK multichannel broadcasters grow revenues to £5 billion

The UK’s multichannel broadcast sector has grown its revenues to £5 billion (€6 billion) a year, overtaking the BBC and commercial public service broadcasters, according to the Commercial Broadcasters Association (CoBA). According to a new report by media consultancy the Communications Chambers, on behalf of COBA, the UK multichannel sector now broadcasts 127 non-UK channels […]