NBC and Samsung to broadcast VR Olympics coverage

NBC Olympics is due to broadcast 85-hours of virtual reality (VR) content from the Rio 2016 games in partnership with Samsung. NBC Sports app users, with compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Samsung Gear VR headsets, will be able to access the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)-supplied VR coverage. The VR output will include footage from the […]

NBC to provide 4K Olympics coverage

NBC Olympics will provide distribution partners with 4K, Ultra HD coverage of the Rio Olympics this summer. NBC said it will deliver 4K, UHD coverage to cable, satellite and telco providers and other partner on a one day delay. This UHD footage will include the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, track and field, judo, […]

Netflix rubbishes NBC ratings data

Streaming giant Netflix has slammed NBC numbers claiming to show ratings for shows such as Jessica Jones, Masters of None and Narcos. Netflix chief content officer called the data release “remarkably inaccurate”, and added: “I hope they [NBC] didn’t spend any money on it.” NBC last week released info from analytics firm Symphony Advanced Media, […]

NBC reveals ‘ratings’ for Netflix series

NBC has revealed what it claims to be ratings for key Netflix series. The US broadcast net hosted a press lunch at the Television Critics Association tour that it dubbed a ‘reality check’ of the current TV landscape. Using data from tech firm Symphony Advanced Media, which in turn used a 15,000 sample of 18-to-49s, […]

Yahoo closes Screen streaming service

Tech giant Yahoo has closed its video streaming platform, Yahoo Screen, two years after it was created. Yahoo Screen launched with more than 1,000 hours of programming, eight original shows and a licensing agreement with the likes of Viacom, and went on to commission more original series, including the revival of former NBC comedy Community. However, […]

Nigeria’s NBC taps Paywizard for digital switchover

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and broadcast and OTT technology company, Inview, have selected Paywizard to support the country’s digital TV switchover project. Paywizard will manage customer data, subscriptions and billing for the switchover – including voucher code and scratchcard transactions – using its AgileXtra subscriber management platform. The platform will be integrated with Inview’s […]

NBC and CBS sign up for Apple TV

US broadcast networks NBC and CBS are launching app-based programming services on Apple TV. The NBC service will allow Apple TV owners to access shows such as broadcast shows Chicago Med and Heroes Reborn unauthenticated, though much of the other content will require a pay TV subscription. NBC has also launched its app on Xbox […]

Facebook introduces 360-degree videos

Facebook has started to roll out 360-degree videos in the service’s News Feed, in an effort to take immersive content “a step further.” The new feature lets viewers choose the angle when they play back compatible videos on Facebook– doing so on the web by dragging the video with a mouse cursor, or on mobiles […]

Streamed NBC now offered through Roku

US broadcast network NBC has launched a streamed version of its channel on Roku players and Roku TVs. All Roku customers will be able to log-in and access all NBC current programming, with users that authenticate through their pay TV provider also able to stream thousands of library episodes of shows such as The Voice, The Blacklist and Grimm. […]

MTN acquires pay TV licence as Nigeria outlines new DSO steps

South African telco MTN has acquired a licence to provide digital-terrestrial pay TV services in Nigeria. MTN has paid NGN34 billion (€149 million) to the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission for the licence, which will enable the operator to provide pay TV services over the country’s digital-terrestrial network. The move follows the failure of Nigeria to […]