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 […]

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 […]