Tata Sky to roll out Technicolor 4K boxes next year

Technicolor is to provide volume supplies of 4K-enabled set-top boxes to Indian DTH pay TV provider Tata Sky early next year – the first time a 4K box has been shipped in volume, according to Technicolor. Technicolor, which has supplied technology to Tata Sky since 2005, says it is building on its compression and colour […]

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 […]

India’s Zee TV launches Sky offer for DittoTV

Indian broadcaster Zee is making its online live TV and VOD service, DittoTV, available free of charge to UK customers that already subscribe to the Zee channel on Sky. The recently launched online live TV and VOD service is aimed at viewers in the UK and the rest of Europe, with non-Zee TV customers are […]

Sky Italia channels boss leaves for Tata

Paolo Agostinelli, a senior channels executive at Sky Italia, is leaving the Italian pay TV operation to head up programming operations at Tata Sky. Sky Italia is owned by Twenty First Century Fox Indian DTH platform Tata Sky is a joint venture between Indian conglomerate Tata Group and Star, which is also owned by Twenty […]

One in four homes to receive satellite TV by 2018

By 2018 almost 400 million homes will receive TV signals via satellite, up by almost 100 million compared to the end of 2012, representing a quarter of global TV households. According to the new Digital TV Research stats, the number of pay satellite TV (DBS or DTH) homes will reach 251 million by 2018, up […]

Liberty Global eyes Indian DTH business

Liberty Global is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Indian telco Bharti Airtel’s DTH business.  According to Indian business newspaper The Economic Times, Bharti Airtel is looking to sell a 25% stake of the business at a US$1.5 billion valuation for the unit. Other companies reported to have expressed an interest in taking […]

Dailymotion secures Bollywood premium and free content

Dailymotion has agreed content deals with Indian movie company Venus to launch premium and free offerings of Bollywood movies. The partnership will see over 100 Bollywood movies uploaded to the online video site over the coming few months. Dailymotion will also hot Venus’s premium movie catalogue, which will be made available on a paid-for basis. […]

Zee’s OTT service Ditto to hit one million users

The Siemens-powered over-the-top offering from India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises is now approaching one million customers, according to Stefan Jenzowsky, head of the multimedia business unit, Siemens Communications. Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit in London, Jenzowsky said that the 2012-launched service would soon reach one million users after ramping up from 100,000 last year, […]

Siemens unveils OTT link-up at TV Connect

Technology company Siemens has unveiled a line-up of smart-TV apps for the Ditto TV OTT service it powers for India’s Zee Entertainment, along with new swipe technology that will let users easily transfer content from their mobiles to the big screen. During his keynote speech at TV Connect, Stefan Jenzowsky, the head of Siemens’ communication, […]

Dailymotion eyes new territories for SVOD following Turkish deal

Video sharing site Dailymotion plans to expand its premium offerings to other territories following its recent announcement that it would launch of a subscription video-on-demand service, Dailymotion+, in Turkey, according to head of international content Marc Eychenne. Eychenne told DTVE that Dailymotion would look at the possibility of launching an SVOD service in other territories […]