BBC Worldwide sells 2,300 hours of content to digital platforms

BBC Worldwide has struck a raft of deals with digital platforms around the world, shopping 2,300 hours of its content to buyers including Tencent in China, Amazon in Germany and fledgling Israeli SVoD service from telco Cellcom. Cellcom has acquired a drama package including Sherlock, Orphan Black and Luther. Amazon has also picked up BBC Worldwide drama series for […]

Netflix to complete global expansion in two years

Netflix has said it plans to complete its global expansion, while staying profitable, over the next two years, outlining plans to up its footprint from 50 to 200 countries.  In a letter to shareholders to announce its fourth quarter 2014 results, Netflix said that it plans to launch in Australia and New Zealand in late […]

China’s Xiaomi launches ultra-small HDMI set-top

Chinese mobile handset giant Xiaomi has launched an ultra-small version of its existing Mi Box set-top. The Mi Box Mini, priced at around RMB199. The Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based box, which will only be available in China, at least initially, is about the size of a smartphone charger and connects to the TV set via HDMI. […]

TV ads strong in 2014, weaker than expected in 2015

Media agency ZenithOptimedia is forecasting that global ad expenditure will grow 4.9% in 2015, reaching US$545 billion, but has revised its 2015 projections downwards, citing a widespread decline in advertiser confidence. The small downward revisions are, Zenith said, caused by the negative effect on confidence that the crisis in Ukraine has had, as well as […]

British programme exports hit £1.3 billion

The total value of UK television exports was £1.28 billion (€1.62 billion) in the 2013/14 period, a 5% increase on the £1.22 billion recorded in the previous year. China registered the greatest growth as a buyer of UK fare, for the second year in a row, with sales up 40% at £17 million. The US […]

Netflix will continue to invest to be global player, says Hastings

Netflix will take on several more years of zero margin growth to become a global TV player, present in all major markets including China, according to CEO Reed Hastings.  Speaking to the UK Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Hastings said the company’s shareholders’ were “comfortable” with its expansion plans and that it would take between three and […]

ZenithOptimedia predicts strong ad growth forecast

The global advertising market will grow strongly through the rest of the year with television remaining the largest medium. TV will account for 39.6% of the global ad revenue total of US$523 billion (€408 billion), according to media agency ZenithOptimedia’s latest forecasts. The predicted total is actually fractionally down on Zenith’s earlier forecast, with ongoing […]

Half of the world will be watching OTT by 2020

Almost half of the world’s TV homes will be watching over the top TV services by 2020, with China leading the way, according to new research. UK-based analysis house Digital TV Research forecasts that the number of people watching OTT TV over fixed networks will hit 706.5 million by 2020, 47% of the total number […]

Lenovo taps CSR for Bluetooth TV remotes

Technology provider CSR has teamed up with TV consumer electronics manufacturer Lenovo to make what it says will be the first TVs with Bluetooth smart remote controls.  The S9 and S52 smart TVs will include remotes powered by CSR’s CSR1011 and CSR8510 platforms. According to CSR, the incorporation of Bluetooth in remotes will enable consumers […]

WWE Network gets global OTT launch

Over-the-top wrestling channel WWE Network has launched outside the US for the first time. The network, which sports entertainment giant WWE launched earlier this year in the States, is rolling out in 170 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics. The WWE expects the network to be available in […]