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T-Mobile US pay TV service to launch in H1 2019

T-Mobile’s delayed US home TV service is due to launch in the first half of this year, the company confirmed on its fourth quarter 2018 earnings call. Responding to a question about the company’s TV strategy, chief operating officer Mike Sievert said T-Mobile is “quality-driven”, not “date-driven,” adding that its TV service rollout is closely […]

RCN partners with SES to launch Ultra HD channels

US-based telecoms provider RCN is launching Ultra HD services in partnership with satellite operator SES. RCN is making seven linear 4K channels from the North American SES Ultra HD Platform available on its Signature TV channel tier and will also air special 4K live-events coverage. The seven channels are Insight TV, Travelxp 4K, The Country […]

Tubi raises US$25m, plans international expansion

US-based streaming service Tubi has announced plans to launch in additional international territories this year after closing US$25 million in funding. The advertising-supported video-on-demand service is currently available in the US and Canada and said that it will announce its first new market launch this quarter as part of an “aggressive” expansion plan. The news […]

Futuresource: US video and TV spend up 1% in 2018

The US video and TV industry saw a 1% rise in consumer spend in 2018, taking the market to US$133 billion, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm estimates that the US market accounted for 53% of the global industry total last year and predicted modest annual increases for the coming years, reaching US$136 billion […]

Netflix premium subs ‘considering downgrade’ after price hike

Few Netflix US viewers will cancel their subscription after the company’s price hike last week, but over a quarter of Premium subscribers are considering downgrading their plan, according to Hub Entertainment Research. Netflix administered its highest ever price hike in the US last week, bringing a Premium and Standard subscription up by US$2 a month […]

NHK World-Japan launches on Roku

Japanese public service broadcaster, NHK, has launched its English-language channel, NHK World-Japan, on the Roku streaming platform in the US. NHK World-Japan offers a range of international news and Asian lifestyle content, including original NHK programmes and hourly news bulletins from Tokyo and NHK’s other bureaus around the world. Viewers can also tune into programmes […]

Sinclair Broadcast launches streaming service

US local broadcast giant Sinclair Broadcast Group is launching a streaming service that will take a raft of thematic channels and content from its roster of local channels to other markets across the country, with a local channel featuring programming based on the user’s location, along with video-on-demand content from each of its channels. The […]

ATSC president Richer to retire

Mark Richer, the long-time president of the US TV standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is to retire later this year.  Richer, who has led the standards development organization since 2000, previously served as ATSC Executive Director in 1996-97 in between senior technology leadership roles at PBS and Thomcast Communications. The ATSC Board […]

Comcast moves forward with blockchain-based advertising platform

US cable and entertainment giant Comcast’s cable advertising division has launched what it describes as the next phase of an industry initiative to create a secure way to use data and share information based on blockchain technology. Comcast is working together with Viacom, Charter Communications’ advertising sales division Spectrum Reach and others to create Blockgraph, […]

Hopster launches on DISH in US

Kids pre-school on-demand service Hopster has launched its new entertainment and learning service on DTH pay TV service DISH in the US. The agreement with the pay TV operator sees the UK-based preschool app make its content available to DISH subscribers across the US. Priced at US$4.99 a month, Hopster’s SVOD content is now available […]

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