Global IPTV subscriptions to double over seven years

Global IPTV subscriptions will more than double from 90 million at the end of 2013 to 191 million by year-end 2020, according to a new report by Digital TV Research. The study, which covers 138 countries, claims this growth will compare to pay IPTV subscriber numbers of just 36.1 million in 2010. By the end […]

Lionsgate, e-commerce giant create China streaming service

US media group Lionsgate has linked with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to launch a subscription streaming service. Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) will be an SVOD service for the lucrative mainland China market available through Alibaba’s latest generation set-top boxes. Lionsgate and Alibaba will jointly operate LGEW, which will offer Lionsgate shows such as upcoming […]

Digital TV homes will top one billion this year

The addition of 130 million new digital TV homes will take the global total to over one billion for the first time, according to new research. Digital TV Research says that digital homes will top one billion by year-end and that global digital TV penetration will reach two thirds of TV households by that point. […]

Binge viewing now pervasive in UK, US

Binge viewing is now “pervasive” with 89% of UK viewers watching content in this way thanks to an increase in online-and on-demand access, according to a new study by Edelman.  The PR firm, which surveyed 3,000 consumers in the UK, US and China through its Edelman Berland research arm, found that the percentage of US […]

Discovery signs China deal with WASU

Discovery Communications has signed a content partnership deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group for WASU’s new pay-TV channel Qiu Suo. Under the deal, Discovery will provide factual and lifestyle programming and act as channel and content consultant to WASU for Qiu Suo, which launched in China on March 16. Qiu Suo, which translates as […]

Technicolor buys display technology patents

French technology company Technicolor has bought 156 patents, in a move it said would strengthen its intellectual property related to display technologies.  The deal was agreed with electronic systems company Thales granted and relates to patents granted or pending in the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China. “The assets cover many technologies related […]

Loewe secures investment, former Apple exec comes on-board

A group of investors that includes the former head of Apple Europe have acquired a “significant portion” of troubled German TV maker Loewe in a bid to take the brand to a younger customer base. The investment group Panthera – which includes former Apple and Bang & Olufsen executive Jan Gesmar-Larsen and Munich-based entrepreneurs Constantin […]

Skyworth looks to international markets with Opera

Chinese TV manufacturer Skyworth has turned to Opera to provide software for a new line of smart TVs destined for international markets. Leading Chinese manufacturer Skyworth is launching its new line of smart TV models, beginning with the Skyworth 39E36, using the Opera Devices SDK, Opera TV Store and Opera TV browser. The 39E36 will […]

Huawei and ALi develop DVB-T2 box for Belarus

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has teamed up with chipset manufacturer ALi to begin mass production of a DVB-T2 set-top box for Belarus’s transition to digital broadcasting.  Beltelecom is rolling out a pay DTT service based on DVB-T2, following Belarus’s launch of DTT broadcasting based on the DVB-T standard in 2009. Digital switchover is scheduled for next […]

21st Century Fox sells Star China TV stake

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has sold its entire 47% stake in Star China TV to the firm’s management team and China Media Capital. The Star China TV joint venture, which is majority owned by China Media Capital, operates three Mandarin channels – Xing Kong, Xing Kong International, Channel [V] Mainland China – and the […]