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BBC to provide free DAB radios to over-70s


The BBC has teamed with manufacturers, retailers and charities to provide free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70 during the coronavirus.

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


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


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


Playing to a captive audience


With most international sporting events delayed or cancelled due to coronavirus, could people turn to esports to get their sporting fix? Adrian Pennington investigates.


Eurovision 2020 cancelled by “heartbroken” EBU


The European Broadcasting Union has officially announced the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam due to the uncertainty created by the spread of Covid-19.

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Netflix and YouTube to reduce stream quality in Europe due to coronavirus


Netflix and YouTube have agreed to switch streaming quality in Europe down from high definition to standard definition ahead of an expected streaming boom as many countries go into coronavirus lockdown.

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Tech Expert: Inside IoT


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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Will SVOD boom fuel a rise in streaming piracy?


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


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


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


Discovery to launch Dplay in MENA with Starzplay


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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Tech Expert: Inside UHD


Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Colin Warhurst explains the technology behind better picture quality and the different meanings ‘UHD-HDR’ can offer.

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Samsung launches Galaxy S20 with 8K capability


Samsung has launched its new range of flagship smartphone devices, offering the ability to record videos in 8K 24fps.

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Speaker smarts: Conversational AI and content delivery


Smart speakers and their AI controllers are revolutionising how we consume music and spoken word, but are broadcasters and platforms fully exploiting their capabilities for other content, such as video? And how can we trust what the AI offers us?

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IBC extends deadline for Technical Paper submissions


IBC has extended the deadline for submissions for Technical Papers for IBC2020 to 10 February 2020.

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BBC launches first multiplayer online game


BBC Children’s has launched a new free game for its young viewers, based on original IP, and putting safe environment at the forefront.