Connected TV & Devices

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Giving a voice to TV

2020-04-01T12:48:00+01:00By

The trend is towards support for both built-in and third-party voice assistants as manufacturers work to accommodate more flexible living patterns, writes David Davies

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Broadcasting for good: Overcoming Covid-19 challenges

2020-03-31T18:00:00+01:00By

The UK’s BBC and ITV, Sky Deutschland and HRT Croatia are among those broadcasters making scheduling changes and adapting programming to ensure audiences are educated and informed with accurate information as the world shuts down.

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SPI/Film Box pens partnership with Huawei for VOD content sharing

2020-03-27T13:28:00+00:00By

A new agreement between SPI/Film Box and Huawei will see FilmBox on-demand content featured on the Chinese manufacturer’s new video platform across 23 countries.

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Disney+ scores 5m UK and EU downloads in 24 hours

2020-03-26T16:51:00+00:00By

Disney+ has racked up more than five million new app downloads since its European launch on 24 March, according to third party data.

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Netflix temporary outage & Fox Sports broadcasts NASCAR esports

2020-03-26T10:41:00+00:00By

23-29 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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BBC Sounds launches connected TV app

2020-03-24T11:27:00+00:00By

A new BBC Sounds app which has launched today on YouView and Virgin devices, with Samsung TVs joining later this week, will enable audiences to access over 80,000 hours of audio content on their TVs.

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Disney+ delays French launch and agrees to bandwidth reduction

2020-03-23T13:01:00+00:00By

Disney has delayed the launch of its new streaming service in France and will cut bandwidth utilisation in other European countries when it launches tomorrow.

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Tech Expert: Inside IoT

2020-03-19T12:52:00+00:00

Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Liam Friel explains the technology behind the internet of things and its impact on media and entertainment.

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Earnings review: Broadcasters and telcos reveal downturn across the board

2020-03-19T12:07:00+00:00By

IBC365 recounts the standout company results in the media and broadcast industry.

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Will SVOD boom fuel a rise in streaming piracy?

2020-03-19T11:21:00+00:00By

With the European launch of subscription service Disney Plus next week, consumers now have more choice than ever for watching content on demand. But could the cost of multiple subscriptions drive an increase in piracy?

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Coronavirus isolation to spike streaming by 60%, according to Nielsen

2020-03-17T16:03:00+00:00By

Online media streaming is forecasted to rise during the current Covid-19 crisis which is forcing the public in many countries to self-isolate.

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Canal+ offers free premium access during coronavirus lockdown

2020-03-17T13:55:00+00:00By

French pay TV provider Canal+ has said it will make its service free during France’s country-wide coronavirus lockdown.

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Discovery to launch Dplay in MENA with Starzplay

2020-03-17T12:52:00+00:00By

Discovery’s OTT streaming service Dplay will now be available to customers throughout the MENA region as the company has announced a new partnership with Starzplay, the Dubai-based SVOD service.

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Start-ups Quibi and Eko launch duelling legal suits over “Turnstyle” tech

2020-03-11T11:58:00+00:00By

Upcoming SVOD service Quibi has been sued by tech firm Eko over its “Turnstyle” technology that allows viewers to seamlessly switch between landscape and portrait viewing.

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Barb teams up with IPA TouchPoints to tap audience behaviour

2020-03-11T11:57:00+00:00By

Broadcast Audience Research Board (BARB) has launched an integrated partnership with IPA TouchPoints, the organisation behind the cross-media-device database, to help its clients to understand more about its viewers.

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Disney+ strikes distribution deals in Italy and Spain

2020-03-09T12:51:00+00:00By

The Walt Disney Company’s answer to Netflix is going global with its European launch set for later this month amid a series of exclusive multi-year distribution agreements.

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GroupM launches addressable TV service in Canada

2020-03-09T11:39:00+00:00By

WPP’s media investment arm GroupM has announced the Canadian launch of Finecast, an addressable TV service enabling advertisers to target audiences in connected TV environments.

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Elon Musk at Satellite 2020 | SXSW cancelled | Formula 1 starts

2020-03-09T07:10:00+00:00By

9 – 13 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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The Internet of Things: A progress report

2020-03-04T14:09:00+00:00By

Does the IoT herald a ‘slow revolution’ for content creation and other professional applications, or is 5G the catalyst for accelerated activity? Security remains an abiding concern, writes David Davies.

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Streaming surges in Australia with 6m terabytes of data consumed

2020-03-02T11:56:00+00:00By

Some 71% of Australian households paid for at least one streaming service in 2019 according to the latest study from the ACMA.

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