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FremantleMedia CEO leaving to join YouTube

  FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving the RTL Group-owned production and distribution giant to lead YouTube EMEA. Her exit comes after 23 years at Fremantle and its predecessors, and a process is already underway to find a successor. Frot-Coutaz (above right) is understood to have a twelve-month notice period, but is unlikely to work […]

YouTube Red taps TiVo for music metadata

Google has selected TiVo Music Metadata to provide artist data and images for YouTube Red, YouTube Music and the Google Play Music store. Through the deal, YouTube and Google will be able to connect music videos to artist pictures and songs, offering what TiVo described as a “more immersive entertainment experience”. “In addition to the […]

Liberty Global to use machine learning to target ad market with Liberty Insights

Liberty Global is going on the offensive against tech giants Google and Facebook by working collaboratively with broadcasters and the veracity and scale of data harvested from its own platforms. “There are lots of fears about how big the threat GAFA [Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon] has become and how regulation doesn’t seem to apply […]

NCTA: regulators need to end ‘mindless’ net neutrality obsession and take on big tech

Regulators need to stop obsessing about “outdated” net neutrality and address the more pressing need to regulate the activities of internet technology giants, according to Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA. Speaking at Cable Congress in Dublin, Powell said that the war over net neutrality is dominating debate in the US and taking […]

BBC’s Tony Hall highlights internet giants’ threat to British TV

BBC director general Tony Hall is once again to highlight the threat presented by US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic […]

Google hails AR ‘the next big shift in mobile’ as new SDK is launched

Google’s launch last week of its augmented reality SDK, ARCore, together with the existing Apple equivalent, ARKit, could give a massive boost to help bring AR experiences to the mass market, Mobile World Congress attendees heard yesterday, as Google claimed that AR will be “the next big shift” for the mobile industry. Google’s SDK has […]

VLC 3.0 launches with added Chromecast support

VideoLAN, the outfit behind VLC, has launched a new version of the open source video player that includes support for the Chromecast streaming device along with the ability to play HDR video, 8K content and 360° video. VLC 3.0, also known as Vetinari, enables 4K and 8K playback, 10-bit and HDR video, 360° video and […]

Facebook moving on with plans to challenge YouTube in ad space

Facebook has held talks with media buyers about planned changes to its Watch offering that will help the social media giant compete more directly with Google’s YouTube, according to a CNBC report. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Facebook is mulling an expansion of Watch that will involve opening the platform up to a wider […]

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery hire Google exec to lead 7TV

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Communications have named Google executive, Alexandar Vassilev, as CEO of their recently launched German streaming service 7TV. Vassilev starts with immediate effect and joins from Google in the US where he has worked for the past 10 years, most recently as product manager for Google Search. Vassilev will report to the 7TV […]

YouTube Go app rolls out to 130 more countries

YouTube has announced plans to roll out its offline viewing app YouTube Go to more than 130 countries around the world. The service lets users download content to watch offline and gives them more control over their data usage. It was designed to improve the viewing experience on slower networks. The app’s homescreen features videos […]

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