Global pay TV subscribers to pass 1 billion, driven by BRIC growth

The global pay TV subscriber base will “eclipse 1 billion by 2018” driven by growth in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russian, India and China, according to new stats.  ABI Research claims that the BRIC countries will account for 68% of total net additional subscribers by 2018, and that by this year the pay TV […]

TopTV shareholders in legal move to head off rescue plan

Two shareholders of On Digital Media, the parent company of South African pay TV operator TopTV, have moved to head off the company’s rescue plan, involving the acquisition of a minority stake in the service by China’s StarTimes and a change of name of the platform to StarSat, according to local reports. Two minority shareholders […]

TopTV to become StarSat

Low-cost South African pay TV service TopTV will change its name to StarSat, possibly in November, and will rebrand its channels, according to local reports. The change reflects the involvement of China-based StarTimes as a major shareholder in TopTV, which has struggled to gain traction in the South African market, dominated by MultiChoice. According to […]

China’s Alibaba Group develops smart set-top box

Chinese e-commerce business Alibaba Group has developed a smart TV operating system and aims to launch a set-top box in the coming months. According to reports, the firm has developed the box in partnership with Wasu Media Holding, with other manufacturers due to make TVs incorporating the operating system. The move sees Alibaba branch out […]

Formula One sees audience decline in 2012

Formula One’s global audience declined in 2012, pushed down by a 34% drop in viewing in China, according to the motorsport organisation’s annual broadcasting report. The decline in China was attributed in part to Grands Prix clashing with local sporting events. A number of territories, including Brazil, where viewing was up 8.9%, Spain, where it […]

PacketVideo strikes Twonky dongle deal with China’s Aigo

TV technology company PacketVideo has struck a deal with Chinese consumer electronics giant Aigo to provide Android and Linux-powered dongles for platform operators and content owners to deliver content to end users. PacketVideo will provide its Twonky software and multiscreen products and work with operators to integrate the technology with their content services. Twonky is […]

Google expected to close Motorola deal following Chinese approval

Google is expected to close its acquisition of Motorola Mobility this week following the crossing of its last major hurdle, approval by the Chinese regulatory authorities. The Chinese authorities gave the US$12.5 billion (€9.8 billion) acquisition the green light on condition that Google continues to offer its Android operating system free of charge for the […]

Interest in connected entertainment growing, says report

Interest in connected TV, over-the-top video and use of games consoles and tablets as entertainment devices is growing strongly amongst consumers worldwide, according to a study by Bain & Company released at the Forum d’Avignon in France. Bain & Company’s study of 3,000 consumers in the UK, France, the US, China and India found that […]

Ericsson boosts Chinese presence with Wuhu VOD deal

Ericsson has strengthened its position in China by deploying a VOD system for Wuhu CATV, a cable operator serving the Anhui province of the country. Wuhu CATV, which already offers more than 100 TV channels to over 300,000 consumers, is deploying a system that includes the Ericsson OpenStream Digital Services Platform by, enabling it to […]

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