28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Apple TV+ launches
On 1 November, Apple TV+ debuts to the public. The Irish Times has reported the service will launch with nine confirmed titles – and the early reviews of its high-priced shows have started rolling in.
The service, which has a reported budget of $6 billion to rope in some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, is staking the most on The Morning Show, its marquee drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
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C-Band Alliance proposes 300 megahertz for 5G
The C-Band Alliance has said it would offer 300 megahertz of satellite spectrum to cellular operators for 5G services instead of 200 megahertz as previously planned.
Satellite Today reported it has concluded that clearing 300 megahertz is possible by accelerating the adoption of advanced signal compression technology and “related signal enhancements” for satellite broadcasters.
DNA to close its terrestrial TV network
Finnish operator DNA has decided to close its VHF frequency-based terrestrial network in 2020.
Broadband TV News reported that the company will also relinguish its terrestrial network licence. DNA will focus on cable and broadband distribution, continuing to offer a wide range of TV services throughout Finland.
Pokémon Go passes $3 billion in revenue
Niantic-owned Pokémon Go passed the $3bn revenue milestone this week, according to data from mobile analyst firm Sensor Tower.
Since launching in the summer of 2016, the game has been downloaded 541 million times worldwide, with an average spend per download of nearly $5.60.