In a fight to battle the misinformation on coronavirus, organisations including Facebook, the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC have launched initiatives to tackle harmful content sharing.
The London-based satellite start-up OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US pointing to the instability to secure additional investors during the Covid-19 crisis.
30 Mar - 5 Apr: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry
ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze has stepped down from his role as part of a management reshuffle at the German broadcaster.
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.
If leading sports remain out of action until August, Sky and BT Sport will lose nearly £1 billion in revenue, according to Enders Analysis who calls for players to take a pay cut in support.
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.
Disney+ has racked up more than five million new app downloads since its European launch on 24 March, according to third party data.
In this week’s Tech Expert, Rowan de Pomerai explains the technology behind interoperable master format (IMF) and its benefits in versioning and distribution.
From free licences to online tutorials, manufacturers have rallied to help those tasked with keeping the world in content while working from home.
IBC365 rounds up pivotal analyst research from across the media and broadcast industry.
The Covid-19 pandemic means almost a quarter of the world’s population is on lockdown. Here, IABM head of insight and analysis Lorenzo Zanni looks at some of the effects on the media and broadcast industry.
23-29 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Public service broadcasters are increasingly targeted by malicious cybercrime as they employ cloud-based workflows to manage valuable content assets. Alana Foster speaks to industry experts on the importance of prioritising cyber security.
Netflix has donated £1 million to a new fund set up by the BFI and the Film and TV Charity aimed at supporting the creative community during the coronavirus pandemic.
YouTube will temporarily reduce the strain on global internet networks by lowering video quality, responding to bandwidth concerns as people self-isolate and internet usage rises.
Discovery has borrowed $500 million under its credit facility to boost its cash position amid uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.
International Olympics Committee and the Tokyo 2020 organising committee have confirmed the postponement of this year’s Olympics until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Visual Effects Society has issued a formal statement urging support for all VFX artists to work remotely during the ongoing Covid-9 crisis.
US sports streamer FuboTV has merged with FaceBank Group for an undisclosed fee.
Italian broadcaster Mediaset has upped its stake in German company ProSiebenSat.1 to around 20%.
As studio facilities around the world postpone productions and shut down in a move to halt the spread of coronavirus, UK’s WarnerBros, Dock10 and Pinewood remain operational.
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.
Disney’s new SVOD platform has officially launched across Europe, offering subscribers access to thousands of hours of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic content.
With the coronavirus disrupting entire industries, IBC365 looks at how the media and entertainment sector can work remotely.
UK broadcaster ITV has announced its plans to cut its programming budget by at least £100 million as it aims to manage the impact of coronavirus on suspended productions.
Satellite firm OneWeb launched 34 new satellites over the weekend while reports point to the firm potentially filing for bankruptcy protection.
UK telco Virgin Media has secured a first of its kind deal with NBCUniversal to offer its customers access to the studio’s new releases on the same day they hit cinemas.
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.
With most international sporting events delayed or cancelled due to coronavirus, could people turn to esports to get their sporting fix? Adrian Pennington investigates.
23 - 29 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
As the broadcast industry moves towards IP for both production and broadcast, Anne Morris investigates some of the security challenges involved in making the shift.
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.
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.
IABM has launched a dynamic virtual resource to provide a one-stop, central repository for Business Continuity information from countries around the world to support the Broadcast and Media industry.
16-22 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Ethical hacking evangelist and public service broadcaster advocate Inti De Ceukelaire speaks to IBC365 on the importance of privacy, credible broadcasting and probing infrastructures for vulnerabilities.
Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Liam Friel explains the technology behind the internet of things and its impact on media and entertainment.
IBC365 recounts the standout company results in the media and broadcast industry.
Piracy continues to be a major challenge for media and broadcast organisations, with the shift to IP presenting new opportunities for pirates. How can the industry safeguard content distribution in an OTT world?
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?
George Jarrett reports from a Media & Entertainment Services Alliance keynote that warns of a new e-waste
Will Grass Valley’s fourth owner in the last two decades skyrocket the company mission to champion software technology and cloud services? IBC365’s Alana Foster speaks with industry analysts to probe the acquisition.
Fox has agreed a $440 million deal to acquire AVOD service Tubi, partly funded by the sale of its stake in Roku.
The annual Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards for 2020 were held behind closed doors last night in London with Tamara Lawrance and Stephen Graham taking home the leading actor awards.
Online media streaming is forecasted to rise during the current Covid-19 crisis which is forcing the public in many countries to self-isolate.
French pay TV provider Canal+ has said it will make its service free during France’s country-wide coronavirus lockdown.
The UK parliament voted last week to allow some Huawei equipment in 5G deployments despite the US issuing warnings of the threat, but how much of a risk is Huawei?
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.
Netflix has joined Hollywood and Bollywood studios in halting production schedules while UK’s ITV executives have said they are “confident” to continue filming according to planned programming.
In light of the global coronavirus situation, the BBC and DCMS have released a joint statement confirming plans to delay changes to the UK TV licence for the over-75s until August.
16 - 22 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
RTL Group is pushing into streaming, taking a 50% stake in SVOD technology platform Bedrock as it forecasts major growth across its German and Dutch online streaming services.
BBC Studios and Endemol Shine Group are among 55 media and content providers that have partnered with Pluto TV ahead of its expansion into Latin America.
Chernobyl and The Virtues were honoured in the drama categories of the BPG Awards, which were presented today at a ceremony in London.
Italian media group Mediaset is considering options for its 15% stake in ProSiebenSat.1 Media, including consolidation, as CFO Marco Giordani calls for European TV industry action.
Google’s YouTube has reversed a previous policy on monetising video content related to the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging the need for news organisations and creators to produce sustainable quality videos.
NAB 2020 has been cancelled due to fears over the coronavirus. IBC365 looks at some of the industry reaction.
IBC365 looks back at some of the notable mergers and acquisitions of the past month within the media and technology industry.
Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Colin Warhurst explains the technology behind better picture quality and the different meanings ‘UHD-HDR’ can offer.
9-13 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
As coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the financial impact is being felt by the media and tech sector through event cancellations, abrupt drops in ad revenue, share price falls, and disruption to production schedules.
NAB will not take place in April, following a raft of cancellations by some of the industry’s largest vendors amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.
Gender diversity membership organisation Rise has announced its expansion into North America and APAC as well as the appointment of four new board members.
ViacomCBS has introduced a new management structure across its businesses in Australia and New Zealand, after boss Paul Anderson’s resignation from Network Ten.
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.
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.
On International Women’s Day, NBC Sports made NHL history by producing the first-ever all-women broadcast on US airwaves. IBC365 chats to play-by-play announcer Kate Scott to find out more about the historic broadcast.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced its Programme Awards - set to take place next week - will now be live-streamed due to concerns over the coronavirus.
Three new codecs will enter an already complex market this year as patent wrangling looks set to beset the promoters of video streaming codec AV1.
NBCUniversal has sold its entire $500 million equity stake in Snap Inc as it ramps up investment for its new streaming service.
Reliable Internet Stream Transport (RIST), which champions interoperability for the broadcast market, has announced the appointment of new directors to drive this vision for 2020.
At a recent MESA (Media & Entertainment Services Alliance) content workflow management forum, presentations on cloud transformation and cloud-based workflows worked well in explaining the issues and advantages. George Jarrett reports.
Women in Film and TV UK has launched its 10th annual mentoring scheme this year backed by executives from Apple, C4, BBC, Sky and Sony Pictures.
US TV group Gray Television has reportedly made an $8.5 billion bid for rival Tegna, setting off a potential bidding war for the company.
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.
Japanese broadcaster NHK has outlined its plans to broadcast the upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 8K across seven disciplines.
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.
HBS Broadcast Academy has launched Project Access, a cross-industry initiative that aims to improve opportunities for women to enter and advance in sports broadcasting.
Audio capture for live event coverage has not changed profoundly in recent years, but increasing levels of immersive production are leading to more ambitious microphone deployments, writes David Davies.
9 – 13 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Sony has announced Giles Wood as its new head of services for Sony Professional Solutions Europe.
Sky Sports has announced plans to increase its commitment to women’s sport in 2020 by expanding its existing coverage and strengthening its digital output.
Net Insight has acquired Aperi’s Live IP media virtualisation platform and software product portfolio.
BBC Studios, the principal commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster today announced its plans today to launch the BritBox streaming service in Australia.
Quibi has raised $750 million in second-round funding, just one month ahead of its commercial launch.
Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Dr Maria Grazia Vigliotti explains the advent of blockchain and how it can be harnessed in media and entertainment.
IBC is calling for industry success stories and triumphs of innovation to be submitted as entries for the IBC Innovation, Young Pioneer and Social Impact Awards, which will be announced in September at IBC2020.
As more media organisations enforce home working, could the spread of the coronavirus hasten the transition to remote production?
IBC365’s update on new company appointments, resignations and restructures across the content and broadcast industry.
NBC Sports coverage of NHL’s Blues versus Blackhawks game will go down in history in line with International Women’s Day on 8 March with an all-female team set to produce and broadcast the match.
Premium and niche sports fans have called on OTT services to provide streaming experiences with customised experiences, advertising and social media content but who will prevail and be crowned the Netflix of sports?
Massive LED walls and gaming engines were used to speed up the creative process and reduce the time needed in post-production for Disney+ Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian.
IBC issues updated statement on coronavirus (Covid-19)
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.
BT has updated the BT Sport app for small screen devices aiming to enhance the viewing experience for its customers with a series of new features.
The UK government has been called on to help support film and TV freelancers affected by the coronavirus.
OTT sports streaming platform DAZN will expand into more than 200 countries and territories with significant investment and international rights confirmed.
Fleabag, Sex Education and Coronation Street go head-to-head for the 2020 Royal Television Society Programme Awards, winners to be crowned later this month.
Comcast backed pay-TV operator Sky announced today a multi-year deal securing Disney+ for its UK and Ireland customers available on Sky Q with Now TV.
Promoter Matchroom Sport is to launch a multi-sport OTT service that will allow viewers to watch 12 different sports including darts and snooker live and on-demand.
The #MeToo movement started a generation of change. Advocacy group Rise managing director Carrie Wootten looks back at its success and forward to industry change.
The new dedicated internet-delivered TV service will launch today by AT&T as it moves to counter its declining revenues and customers for its satellite business.
German telco Deutsche Telekom is reportedly in talks with Walt Disney to gain the content rights for Disney+ on its MagentaTV platform to fight against the competition from Vodafone.
Stefán Eiríksson has this week taken over as director general of Icelandic public service broadcaster RÚV.
Some 71% of Australian households paid for at least one streaming service in 2019 according to the latest study from the ACMA.
2 - 8 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Facebook’s F8 annual conference has been cancelled amid growing concerns around COVID-19 with the firm planning to replace the in-person event with locally hosted highlights.
Hulu veteran Lisa Holme has joined Discovery in a newly created role to oversee content and commercial strategy.
YouTube TV is to drop the Fox Regional Sports Networks from tomorrow having failed to reach a carriage agreement with the Sinclair Broadcasting-owned channels.
Traditional media is set to see growth in advertising revenue for the first time since 2011, but TV is now generating less revenue than the Google/Facebook ‘duopoly’, according to the US-based World Advertising Research Center (Warc).
A screening of the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos last night was successfully delivered in 8K by BT Sport and Samsung.
The potential of augmented video for immersive experiences is unparalleled with the futuristic innovations and mixing of realities but what’s next for adoption?
Ofcom has published a five-year review of public service broadcasting highlighting the drop in viewership with online failing to make up for live broadcast figures.
24 - 28 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
From founding an OTT startup to strategic monetisation and localising content, SVP digital and general manager at Discovery’s Dplay Winradit Kolasastraseni tells IBC365 that content is king but customer experience is a top priority.
Getting a job behind the camera is more competitive than ever, despite the increasing volume of content creation. Could becoming more tech savvy offer a route into the industry?
A raft of new offers and deals from streamers suggests that pricing is becoming increasingly important in the battle to win subscribers in a crowded market. Tim Dams reports
The BBC was the clear winner at last night’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Journalism Awards, scooping ten of the 19 categories across news and current affairs.
Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Ken McCann explains the importance of the role of codecs including HEVC, AV1 and VVC.
The free advertising-supported streaming service Xumo - founded by Myspace owner Meredith Corporation in a joint venture with Panasonic - has been bought by Comcast.
NBCUniversal is doubling down on the future of monetisation for advertisers, marketers and consumers, releasing new technology solutions and an all-audience transaction model.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger is stepping down from his role, with Disney theme parks chief Bob Chapek set to replace him.
Production company Lightbox has hired Lionsgate vice president Nicole Laufer to drive its US development slate.
Fox Corporation has expressed interest in acquiring Tubi, the ad-supported streaming service that carries reruns of TV show and movies, in a move to complement its subscription offerings.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has partnered with Rohde & Schwarz and several other technology partners to demonstrate 5G broadcast and multicast technology in Barcelona.
HbbTV Association has announced the release of HbbTV-TA, the first open specification for targeted advertising for live broadcast TV.
Reusing footage of deceased actors is a growing business, but Hollywood should be as concerned about the digital avatars of the living, writes Adrian Pennington
ProSiebenSat.1 CTO Nick Thexton is set to leave the German media company after less than a year in the role, becoming the latest executive to depart.
Xperi has received an unsolicited takeover bid from a group led by its former CEO Tom Lacey, causing a potential roadblock in its proposed merger with TiVo.
The founder of online programme sales platform Vuulr Ian McKee tells Tim Dams about the Singapore-based business’ plan to cut the cost, time and complexity of buying and selling content.
YouTube TV has struck a deal to deliver HBO and Cinemax content to its members, as well as HBO Max when it launches later this year.
Members of The Motion Picture Association, excluding Netflix, have backed Oracle in a Supreme Court hearing in the US over a computer code dispute.
As its pay-TV subscribers decline, ViacomCBS is reversing compensation through retransmission, betting on its subscriber growth and “maximising the power of our content,” says Bob Bakish CEO.
With Brexit negotiations underway, Google has confirmed it will shift the data and user accounts of its British users from the EU to the US, eliminating privacy protections put in place by European regulators.
Join IBC365 at 2pm BST on Wednesday 1 April to learn how broadcasters use the latest technology to create richer and ultimately more immersive viewing experiences.
Computer scientists from the University of California, Irvine and Disney Research have demonstrated how deep learning can compete with classical codecs using AI-enhanced video compression.
2020 will see the launch of more subscription video services than ever before. With consumers tired of managing multiple subscriptions, is the future of pay TV in aggregation?
Join IBC365 on Wednesday 18 March at 2pm GMT to learn how OTT platforms safeguard content.
17-21 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Automation is certain to play an ever-greater role as broadcasters work to service more platforms with more content than ever before, writes David Davies.
Boxing heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set for a championship clash in Las Vegas this weekend. But the real winners could be the broadcasters set to air the epic rematch, writes Ross Biddiscombe.
The “largest purpose-built film studio” in the UK has been announced by US facilities firm Blackhall Studios which says the development could bring 3,000 new jobs to Reading.
Discover how editing and publishing video in the cloud can be very fast, efficient and scalable. This cutting edge platform provides rapid access to video content for the easy creation of clips and highlights to multiple devices and platforms.
Multichannel media management company Visual Data Media Services has struck a deal to acquire Hollywood-based Digital Post Services.
Endemol Shine UK, working with BAFTA’s sustainability consortium Albert, has committed to training its entire workforce on effective ways to reduce carbon emissions.
Ensuring that broadcast graphics remain effective and consistent is no small feat in the era of OTT services and Augmented Reality, writes David Davies.
Podcast industry leaders have united to launch the Podcast Academy, an annual podcast program awards to celebrate the popular audio format.
BT has partnered with Netflix, Amazon and Sky to offer aggregated TV packages across sport, film and entertainment.
BSC Expo 2020 puts you at the sharp end of everything vital for the production of movies. Premier digital cameras, big lenses, and LED were among the hot topic at the London event. George Jarrett reports.
Technicolor has unveiled a new strategic plan that aims to see the company boost its capital structure and strategic flexibility between 2020 and 2022.
A merger between RTL and ProSiebenSat.1would help the German broadcasters compete with US streamers, according to Thomas Rabe, chief executive of RTL and its parent Bertelsmann.
The 40th Brit Awards hosted by Jack Whitehall will see video-sharing social networking service TikTok live stream content from the red carpet tomorrow night, transmitting to London’s Piccadilly Circus digital screens.
The Bulgarian-language public television network BNT has accumulated a deficit of over €20 million with estimates this could reach €40 million by the end of the year, putting the PSB’s financial status in jeopardy.
IABM, the international trade association for broadcast and media technology suppliers, is calling for entries for the 2020 NAB Show Las Vegas BaM Awards.
Disney has recruited former BBC executive Liam Keelan in a new role in which he will oversee new original productions across Europe and Africa.
There are 13 million 5G subscriptions in use, with that number predicted to skyrocket in 2020. But the new generation of mobile tech is facing some significant challenges writes James Pearce.
Broadcaster’s lavish programming showcase this week was designed to send a message that it is serious about taking on rivals like Netflix and Disney+.
The Film and TV Charity has launched a Mental Health Taskforce to tackle the mental health “crisis” in the UK film and television industry.
The DPP has unveiled the first average score for participants in its Committed to Sustainability programme, which was launched last November to promote environmentally sustainable practices.
Michaela Tod is stepping down from her role as co-chief executive of ProSiebenSat.1′s entertainment division after one year with the German broadcaster.
BBC Studios has announced the appointment of Yasir Mirza to the newly created post of head of diversity and inclusion to lead on devising and implementing new inclusive strategy.
Reuters has announced a deal with Facebook to fight against misinformation using its newly-launched its Third-Part-Fact-Checking Program.
Aiming to uncover audiences’ disposition to the use of artificial voices in different types of media content, the BBC is aiming to test bespoke synthetic voices with regional British accents.
As 5G rollouts accelerate, IBC365 speaks with BBC R&D’s Ian Wagdin about what role the new generation of connectivity might play in production.
Visionary technology leader, strategist and researcher across the fields of AI, ML, data analytics and mobility, InterDigital CTO Henry Tirri sits down with Alana Foster on pioneering 5G, innovating technologies and a 6G future.
Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Mark Smith explains the pending impact, benefits and applications of 5G to broadcast, media and entertainment.
10-14 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
With 20 million paying subscribers and a record $15.1 billion in ad revenue for 2019, is YouTube the strongest OTT competitor of them all?
XR, Esports, smart buildings, and the evolution of screens are some of the core topics being discussed at this week’s ISE conference. Adrian Pennington investigates the AV Tech show.
The GSMA has cancelled tech expo Mobile World Congress amid fears about the coronavirus.
Broadcasters are turning to VOD platforms to compete with the growing number of OTTs. During IBC365’s latest webinar a panel of experts examined how broadcasters can build platforms with limited budgets.
Samsung has launched its new range of flagship smartphone devices, offering the ability to record videos in 8K 24fps.
The Ofcom Board has appointed Dame Melanie Dawes as chief executive, taking over from Sharon White, who has left the UK regulator.
China has granted licenses to three major telecom firms to share 5G spectrum for indoor coverage in the latest push to commercialise the new mobile technology.
The Rough Guide to the Future series, presented by Kevin McCloud, will feature stories around new technology and the importance of 5G in making them a reality.
Netflix and Liberty Global have extended their multi-year deal, continuing to offer 11 million video consumers in Europe easy access to the streaming service.
Rise, the advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector, has launched its third annual mentoring scheme.
US telco Verizon has launched a new 5G lab and production studio in London – the company’s first 5G-enabled facility outside of the United States.
A “Netflix-style” streaming service is the latest proposition the Premier League’s new chief confirmed is on the cards with the purpose to drive revenue and disrupt BT Sport and Sky subscriptions.
Netflix has released its inaugural transparency report, disclosing the films and TV series it has removed from its service at the demand of foreign governments.
Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has announced several wins for key football rights including the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League.
There’s set to be a boom in the number of satellites in our skies, as the likes of OneWeb, SpaceX and Project Kuiper compete to provide 5G connectivity in hard to reach areas. But who will win the 5G space race?
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?
South Korean film Parasite has made Oscars history by becoming the first non-English movie to scoop the Best Picture gong at the Academy Awards.
Mediaset España’s shareholders have approved amendments to the articles of association of the planned holding company that will house Mediaset’s merged Italian and Spanish arms.
Total linear commercial TV impacts fell by 4.4% last year but could be down by as much as 21% by 2025.
ViacomCBS is building on its current CBS All Access service by bundling cable channels, live news and sports into a new platform expected to launch later this year.
Premium international streaming service Starzplay has entered a theatrical output deal with Lionsgate for a split first pay streaming rights in the UK.
Google has announced plans to stop providing linear TV services to new customers through its infrastructure arm Google Fiber.
There is more content for kids to watch than ever before. So why is the kids’ TV market still so challenging for producers and broadcasters? Tim Dams reports.
WarnerMedia has unveiled a new film label that will serve as the feature production arm of HBO’s new streaming service HBO Max, which is due to launch in May.
The Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Scotland Centre last night honoured the winners of its 2020 Student Television Awards.
3-7 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Video: In the third of a series of explainer videos, IABM’s Lorenzo Zanni details the technology behind, and applications of, artificial intelligence (AI).
2019 saw initial deployments of 5G in markets from Asia to Europe and the US, yet 2020 is set to be the year that next gen mobile technology goes mainstream. Ahead of MWC2020, IBC365 looks at how this will impact media and entertainment as part of next week’s 5G Week.
Private equity firm Black Dragon led by a former Avid boss has acquired Grass Valley from Belden in a deal set to harness the company’s “responsible innovation” and foray into cloud and SaaS solutions.
IBC has extended the deadline for submissions for Technical Papers for IBC2020 to 10 February 2020.
The UK government has announced a new consultation into the future of the BBC licence fee that could threaten a major overhaul at the Corporation.
In the second part of the series looking at the trending OTT landscape, Alana Foster deep dives into the challenges of UX and the future of the streaming wars with industry experts.
The DPP has published its annual media industries predictions revealing the challenges and opportunities affecting media supply chain.
Super Bowl 2020 saw a slight increase in viewing figures for the American Football showpiece for the first time in four years – good news for the NFL ahead of another round of rights negotiations writes Ross Biddiscombe
Eleven Sports COO Anouk Mertens discusses ambitions to expand and innovate in both the delivery and production arms of the business.
SPI/ Film Box has launched a new content streaming service called FilmBox Plus.
The entirety of Grass Valley will be acquired by a private equity firm led by former Avid CEO Louis Hernandez, with aims to accelerate the business into a cloud-based technology leader.
Sky has announced plans to go carbon neutral within the next decade by cutting emissions internally, across its suppliers and for its customer base worldwide.
Dan Castles has returned to lead Telestream through its next phase of growth after being appointed as its new CEO.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its bursary scheme for 2020, further expanding opportunities and eligibility for students across the UK.
French operator Orange has selected Ericsson and Nokia as its 5G equipment suppliers as it aims to meet the deployment deadline of this year in France.
BBC Children’s has launched a new free game for its young viewers, based on original IP, and putting safe environment at the forefront.
ViacomCBS has appointed former NBCUniversal executive George Cheeks as the new president of CBS Entertainment Group.
Spark has completed the sale of its Lightbox streaming service to Sky New Zealand for an undisclosed fee.
The Hulu business will be integrated into Disney’s direct-to-consumer business and its CEO Randy Freer is set to exit the company.
In the wake of the Super Bowl 2020, Roku and Fox reached an agreement to distribute Fox channels on the Roku platform after viewers took to Twitter to share outrage over a potential loss of service.
Chris Forrester examines the prospects for the next few years for satellite businesses.
1917 was the big winner at the annual EE Bafta awards, picking up seven gongs including Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
The DPP has released a new report that aims to shed light on the technologies that will enable the media and entertainment industry to deliver an all-IP future for content distribution.
From machine learning-driven analytics to 4K drone, the broadcast of the 2020 Six Nations rugby tournament will feature some innovative kit as well as some tried and trusted technology.
Fox channels have been removed by Roku blocking customers from streaming the Super Bowl after a carriage dispute remained unresolved.
The UK’s screen industries saw a record-breaking year for international high-end TV production increasing 51% from last year.
27-31 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Super Bowl LIV will see Fox and its partners offer 4K HDR for the first time. But it won’t be shooting in native 4K. James Pearce investigates.
In part one of a two-part series, Alana Foster looks at the OTT marketplace. With growing competition among services, will success be driven by content or technology?
With 2020 promising to be a landmark year for Next Generation Audio (NGA), broadcasters are seeking solutions that can remain responsive to the still-evolving expectations surrounding immersive audio production, writes David Davies.
Disney’s The Lion King was one of the big winners at the 18th annual VES Awards.
The Royal Television Society has unveiled the nominations for its 2020 Television Journalism awards with the BBC leading with 28 nominations and ITV following with 10.
The British Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies will unite to launch a new OTT broadcast platform after the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The BBC has responded to a petition urging the broadcaster by delaying the switch-off of its red button text services a day before it was planned to be phased out.
Video: In the second of a new series of explainer videos, Maria Ingold details the similarities of and differences between OTT and VOD services.
The BBC has announced plans to cut around 450 jobs from its news arm as part of a “modernisation” plan aimed at saving around £80 million by 2022.
While the 2010s were undoubtedly the decade of SVOD streamers, some believe that AVOD services will the big story of the 2020s. Tim Dams reports.
In a leadership restructure, Channel 4 has promoted Jonathan Allan to the role of chief operating officer, replacing Keith Underwood who is stepping down.
BBC Studioworks has “significantly” invested in new technology across its studio portfolio, positioning itself as the partner of choice, says head of studios.
An exclusive streaming deal between Sky and Disney is reportedly close to a conclusion, shaking up the UK direct-to-consumer OTT landscape. Alana Foster examines the potential impact.
The UK government has announced it will restrict telecoms companies from using kit from “high risk vendors” in core parts of 5G networks – but draws short of banning the likes Huawei completely.
ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV has added two new channels dedicated to British content to mark its fist year operating in the UK.
Endemol internal memo reveals James Townley and Sarah Sedazzari will take on Perrin’s responsibilities at the company’s Creative Networks division.
Protesters have handed a petition to the UK government and the BBC over the latter’s plans to switch off Red Button services in the coming weeks.
Google Cloud and YouTube have signed an exclusive multi-year streaming deal with games publisher Activision Blizzard to enter a “new era of gaming experiences.”
2020 looks set to be the year of the OTT, with a number of new services coming to the US and Europe from some of the biggest content providers in the world. IBC365 looks at the platforms that will bring the second streaming revolution.
The European Commission has accused Saudi Arabia of causing “considerable harm to European businesses” through its support of pirate sports channel BeoutQ.
Broadcasters have played a key role in driving up sports revenues, but could the entrance of OTT providers prevent the sports bubble from bursting? James Pearce investigates.
OneWeb has signed a collaborative partnership with Astana International Financial Centre to accelerate broadband connectivity in Kazakhstan.
NTT Docomo has revealed plans to launch a new 5G streaming service in March, delivering high-definition video of concerts, theatre and sporting events to smartphone users in Japan.
Snapchat and NBC are teaming up to produce customised Olympics content for users in the US with four daily shows on the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Comcast has unveiled plans to launch a new international news channel combining its Sky and NBC brands.
This week’s Farmers Insurance Open will be the first package distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch after the PGA Tour announced an expansive agreement with the social media giant.
Video: In the first in a new series of explainer videos, John Maxwell Hobbs delves into the world of internet protocol (IP).
Fantasy drama The Witcher combines magic and mythos taken from Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and the well-known game series. Framestore, which worked on VFX for the Netflix show, tells IBC365 about building a new fantasy world.
20-24 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Will 2020 be the year of the OTT? IBC365 looks at the growing OTT market as part of next week’s OTT Week.
With Tony Hall set to leave the BBC in the summer, IBC365 looks at who might replace him as director general and the challenges they may face.
Verizon Media VP EMEA and Latam Stuart Flint is set to join growing social media platform TikTok in an unspecified role.
Collaboration between Celtic broadcasters combined with a slew of new funding pots has led to a new wave of high-quality indigenous language content with international ambition. Ann-Marie Corvin Reports.
Futurist Amelia Kallman reports from CES 2020 on the good, the bad, and the strange.
As regulators move to raise expectations of access services in the era of streaming, broadcasters look set to benefit from continuing advances in automation, writes David Davies.
UK TV audience measurement firm Barb has begun reporting figures for programme reach and time spent viewing across multiple screens.
Disney has brought forward the European release date of Disney+ to 24 March, with the House of Mouse also revealing pricing details for its new SVoD service.
IABM, the international association for Broadcast and Media technology, has appointed Lisa Collins to the new position of head of member engagement.
Self-driving cars are an inevitability and will unlock the potential for vehicles to transform into a new market for immersive media.
The BBC and ITV’s streaming service BritBox has appointed Will Harrison as its new UK managing director.
Tony Hall will step down from his role of director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years heading up the British broadcaster.
Amelia Kallman reports from CES 2020 on the biggest trends and tech impacting the future of broadcasting.
Sohonet has acquired US-based IT and communication services provider Sycamore Communication (Exchange).
NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock will go head to head with Disney, HBO, Netflix and Amazon on 15 July launching with three pricing tiers.
The DPP has identified important trends impacting the media and entertainment industry, with simplicity the key to success, according to a new report.
My5, the VoD service from Viacom-owned Channel 5, will launch two new channels from Dutch production company Endemol Shine.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.
Japanese public service broadcaster NHK has unveiled plans to conduct simultaneous broadcasting of its television programmes on the internet for 18 hours a day starting in April.
Join IBC365 on demand to learn how broadcasters with limited budgets build platforms to compete with the global players.
13-17 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Universal Studios and Warner Bros. have announced a newjoint venture to pool DVD distribution units amidst falling sales.
Transforming linear and enhancing its digital operations, Euronews boss Michael Peters is looking to reach audiences beyond Europe.
Global 5G leaders including Verizon, Telstra, Vodafone and KT have collaborated on 5G specifications and interoperability to accelerate adoption.
SMPTE has opened up entries for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 conference.
Nostalgia dominates the race for the Cinematography Oscar, with the Irishman, Joker, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Lighthouse all nominated. Adrian Pennington takes a closer look at the nominees.
The OTT and broadcast experience get closer with latest latency and quality tech advances, with the quality of experience gap is closing as needs for faster speeds take hold in sports, gambling and even military video.
A flurry of 8K TV launches at CES confirmed that resolution continues to exert a profound effect on new product development. But with rotating sets and several other notable concept TVs, it’s hardly the only manifestation of the sector’s current creativity.
New research shows that people working in the industry experience much higher levels of mental ill-health than the wider population. Why is this – and what can be done about it? Tim Dams reports.
Huawei Technologies has joined HEVC Advance, the licensing administrator which leads the development, administration, and management of the HEVC/H.265 patent pool.
The Irishman and Joker look set to battle it out for the Editing category at the 2020 Academy Awards, writes Adrian Pennington.
Six global sports brands and venture capitals have partnered with Comcast NBCUniversal to launch Sports Tech to champion sports technology startups.
Delivering solutions that can work effectively across the entire ecosystem of home technologies is going to become even more critical as the voice market evolves.
With the 2020 Academy Award nominations now announced, IBC365 looks at who is leading the way for a gong in the VFX category.
ViacomCBS has restructured its international networks division, with several senior members of its management team taking on new roles.
Nordic countries top Europe and Western markets with one in four internet users choosing esports games over other media, according to research from Ampere Analysis.
The full list of nominees for the 92nd Oscars has been announced with box office hit Joker leading with 11 nominations and Sam Mendes’ first world war drama 1917 following with 10.
In the latest of our Industry Innovators series looking at those who have had a major impact on the media and broadcast industry, IBC365 speaks with Garrett Brown, the inventor of Steadicam.
Prosiebensat.1 has appointed a chief sustainability officer to lead its newly created sustainability department.
A joint-venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Korean SK Telecom aims to provide next-generation transmission services for the television industry.
More than 600 broadcast and media technology supplier-based companies have been confirmed as members of the IABM in its drive to represent the global industry.
Mediaset has won approval from shareholders to proceed with a major European restructure, despite a failed last-minute legal bid from Vivendi to block the Media For Europe project.
Sky has appointed Jason Armstrong as its new group chief financial officer, replacing Andrew Griffith.
Short-form streaming service Quibi has unveiled technology that allows viewers to switch between landscape and portrait viewing.
Mergers and acquisitions will be a top focus for M&E executives this year, according to a new report.
6-10 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The nominees for the 18th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards have been revealed, with five nominations each for Alita: Battle Angel and The Lion King.
In the final piece of IBC365’s series of reports on the new players launching into the streaming market, Tim Dams examines NBCUniversal’s Peacock offer – and weighs up its chances of success.
IBC has opened submissions for Technical Papers for the IBC2020 Conference.
The virtual reality headset market saw 5% growth in 2019, despite a slowing of sales according to research from Futuresource Consulting.
Riedel Communications has acquired Canada-based IP video processing firm Embrionix.
The Baftas have come under fire for failing to nominate a single non-white star for acting awards in the 2020 nominations, which were released today, with Joker leading the nominations.
CES 2020: The UHD Alliance has received backing for its Filmmaker Mode standard from a number of industry organisations and new vendors.
ViacomCBS has partnered with electric vehicle startup Byton to bring content to its new range of M—Byte electric crossover cars which are due to launch later this year.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 were among the winners at last night’s Golden Globes, both picking up awards in the best motion picture category.
Restreaming and credential sharing are among the challenges faced by broadcasters and platform owners, ensuring that content and revenue protection remain areas of innovation.
Samsung Electronics has partnered with the 8K Association to launch an 8K TV certification scheme.
The films of Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer best known for Black Panther, are unusually politically charged. She speaks to IBC365 as she embarks on her directorial feature debut.
The evolution of immersive content has moved from novelty ideas to realities with live audio streaming, 8K+ rendering and 360-degree video creation as a service explored in IBC technical papers.
Jojo, a normal kid with a vivid imagination, an absent father and a need to fit in, settles on a pretend friend in the form of Adolf Hitler. In filmmaker Taika Waititi’s World War II satire, this fantasy is experienced as a matter of fact.
The French competition watchdog has fined Google $167 million for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers and its “opaque” business practices.
ITV and BBC streaming service BritBox is now available on Chromecast as well as Panasonic and Vestel televisions.
16-20 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Private equity firm Ardian has bought a majority stake in Audiotonix, the professional audio mixing console group which includes brands such as Calrec and Allen & Heath.
Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance have partnered to develop an open standard for connecting smart home devices.
TiVo is combining with Xperi to create “one of the industry’s largest” consumer and entertainment technology and intellectual property licensing businesses.
Meticulous military planning was required for Sam Mendes’ clock-ticking ‘one-shot’ war drama. Adrian Pennington talks to cinematographer Roger Deakins and sound mixer Stuart Wilson.
As the year draws to a close, IBC365 takes a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Publish category.
Sustainability and green issues have dominated the news in 2019. At a recent event, the DPP put ethical broadcasting top of the agenda
With 2019 coming to a close, IBC365 casts an eye back over some of the most-read news and industry trend articles in our Monetise category.
As the broadcast and media industry reflects on another year of change, IBC365 wishes its readers Season’s Greetings.
As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Consume category.
As the year draws to a close, IBC365 takes a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Manage category.
Delivering more personalised viewing experiences and reducing content discovery times are among the challenges currently being addressed by UI/UX developers, writes David Davies.
India’s Bharti Airtel has inked a deal with Lionsgate and Starzplay to launch Lionsgate Play in India under a new strategic alliance.
A decision over the future of public service broadcasting in New Zealand has been delayed as a number of Cabinet ministers requested more detail on proposals to merge RNZ and TVNZ.
The UK government is looking at decriminalising the non-payment of TV licences, a move which would potentially hit BBC funding hard.
How do you capture a snapshot of the year in technology? It’s impossible to cover everything, especially in a market as diverse and exciting as media and entertainment, but here we cast an eye over some of 2019’s top tech moments.
As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Create & Produce category.
Canal+ has struck a deal to become the exclusive distribution partner in France for Disney’s new streaming platform.
Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has signed a multi-year agreement with US factual giant Discovery to bring its premium content down under.
Streaming video platform Hulu has begun to test run commercials targeted at viewers who binge-watching series, inserting ad breaks into the service.
IBC calls for submissions for Accelerator Media Innovation programme Accelerators fast-track collaboration and innovation in media tech Innovation will be key theme across 2020 conference, with Technical Paper entries to open in 2020
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recommendations to regulate and address the impact of digital platforms like Facebook and Google has been welcomed by the Government.
Reflecting on the past twelve months, one clear TV industry trend stands out: the content business has been red hot.
Founder and executive chairman of digital advertising and marketing services company S4 Capital, Sir Martin Sorrell spoke to Alana Foster on harnessing digital to grow globally, whilst managing expectations and opportunities.
9-13 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The UK is holding its first December election in over a century. IBC365 looks at how the UK’s major broadcasters are tackling election night coverage.
Comcast has partnered with wearable technology startup NuEyes to bring entertainment viewing experiences to visually impaired customers through NuEyes virtual reality technology.
At Broadcast Solutions’ latest Innovation Day, the German company and its partners focussed on IP production, remote production, and the move to the cloud. David Davies was in attendance.
Interactive drama, games engines, holograms, aerial spectaculars and digital cosmetics showed the blend of content and tech innovation has never been stronger
From page to stage to screen, how director Tom Hooper and DP Christopher Ross transmogrified the megamusical
Netflix has begun a global test of its latest feature for TV apps, offering users the option to skip browsing and start streaming instantly.
The 77th Golden Globes have been announced with Netflix leading the pack with 17 nominations for The Crown and The Irishman, while shows from HBO, Prime Video and AppleTV+ also made the shortlist.
MovieLabs has published a new white paper that lays out security principles for the future of production in the cloud.
Public service broadcasters are at the forefront of gender equality in the workplace and are leading the industry with strong role models for women in media, according to a new report by the European Broadcasting Union.
A-list talent has flocked to Quibi, lured by its top management team, big budgets and attractive rights offer. But can the premium short-from platform translate pre-launch buzz into paid subscribers? Tim Dams reports, in the latest in IBC365’s series on the new SVOD platforms.
Premier League football club Manchester United have announced a new partnership with Alibaba Group to bring the exclusive rights to the club’s content to China.
The IABM has announced the winners of its annual awards at the organisation’s Annual International Business Conference.
Verizon and Sony joined forces with NBC Sports to show the impact of 5G-connected cameras on the way sports broadcasts are captured and produced.
The German Deutsche Fußball Liga has successfully broadcast for the first time in 9:16 instead of the standard 16:9 picture format.
The trio has teamed up to create an end-to-end video experience platform which will enable Android TV providers to make linear-on-demand a reality for viewers.
The uptake of virtual reality technology becomes more mainstream and broadcasters’ experiment with the immersive medium, IBC technical papers from TNO, Philips Group Innovation and NHK offer a glimpse into the future.
2-6 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The DPP has released two new documents to extend the functionality of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) with the development of an Auxiliary Image Sequence plug-in.
When Edward Norton wanted to convey the loneliness of life in 1950s New York for his noir feature Motherless Brooklyn he turned to cinematographer Dick Pope, BSC.
Viacom has announced the completion of its merger with CBS Corporation to create “a premium content powerhouse with global scale” set to invest more than $13 billion in annual content.
Amazon Web Services will be employed by Fox to transmit the broadcaster’s sport, news and entertainment content to TV and streaming customers.
As Amazon kicks off its live coverage of the Premier League, Alana Foster speaks with experts on meeting fan demand and managing the technical challenges.
6 Underground sees Netflix hand one of its biggest ever budgets to director Michael Bay. Adrian Pennington speaks with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli about creating practical effects for Bay’s new Ryan Reynolds-starring action blockbuster.
Sky Studios has announced it will invest in the UK creative sector with the development of a new TV and film studio creating over 2,000 new jobs.
Live production with NGA has been dominated by sports. But could live music be the next opportunity for immersive sound? David Davies investigates.
Despite a powerful programming line-up, the jury is out on whether the costly HBO Max can carve out a space for itself in the crowded streaming market. Tim Dams reports on WarnerMedia’s OTT play in IBC365’s series on new SVOD platforms.
Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports will exclusively broadcast the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The UK Conservative Party has lodged a complaint with regulator Ofcom over against Channel 4 news over its decision to empty-chair prime minister Boris Johnson for an election debate.
Overall access to pirated content in Europe has dropped more than 15% according to a new report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The future of freedom of speech is heavily dependent on the power of public service broadcasters, despite the rise of OTT platforms freelance documentary filmmakers agree press freedom requires solidarity, say winners of the Rory Peck Sony Impact Awards
As fast as technology has helped to bring the action of sports closer to fans it has also led to a boom in the presence of piracy as a threat to rights holders and broadcasters.
25 -29 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
As 5G deployments gain momentum into 2020, the media and broadcast industry is looking at ways of capitalising on this next-generation mobile tech. Explore how in technical papers from the BBC, KPN, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Nokia.
DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies talks cyber security, the move to IP and personalisation.
European satellite and cable broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media has announced a significant rollout of cloud services across its businesses.
Netflix, BBC, C4 and HBO are among the network winners for the 2019 Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards.
ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s cross-channel entertainment streaming platform Joyn has expanded its German streaming service with the launch of Joyn Plus+.
There is a huge amount of interest in the direct to consumer market but there is also a lot of uncertainty as rights holders look at the technical challenges involved, writes Steve Russell.
Martin Scorsese’s new crime drama sees the Goodfellas director reunite with Robert De Niro. Adrian Pennington spoke to Rodrigo Prieto about shooting a tale that spans six decades.
The UK government-backed Weavr project has released a new phase of immersive technology aimed at enhancing the esports fan experience.
In its heyday, Quantel’s tools were the must-have items for finishing houses. In the second of IBC365’s Industry Innovator series, Adrian Pennington looks at how Quantel gave broadcast a quantum leap into the digital era.
The world-renowned Miami classical music institution is approaching the completion of an ambitious multi-year upgrade, writes David Davies.
The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is conducting discussions with streaming video services in the region to examine regulatory and best practises.
The collaboration between BBC Studioworks and Elstree Studios has been extended for another four years until March 2024.
Broadcaster Sky has partnered with deaf production charity, the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, to develop a slate of content in British Sign Language.
In a second-high profile executive departure, Ofcom has confirmed its chief technology officer Mansoor Hanif has stepped down from his role.
Light field is seen as the cutting edge of immersive tech and a new industry organisation is looking to standardise the technology. James Pearce speaks to IDEA president Pete Ludé about what light fields bring to VR.
18-22 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Several studies have attached massive numbers to the VR and AR sector, but VR, in particular, has suffered a number of setbacks from the likes of Google and the BBC. James Pearce takes a look at the immersive market.
Trust in journalism is facing more pressure than ever, with fake news, disconnection from the public, and the polarisation of politics all creating new challenges for the sector.
Sports federations looking to balance digital and broadcast in order to retain global viewership and drive revenue have highlighted aggregation, personalisation and partnerships as key priorities.
Declining cinema attendance in Europe means that a greater focus on higher-resolution images and immersive technologies is inevitable, writes David Davies.
In Steven Spielberg’s movie Ready Player One there’s a shot of actor Ty Sheridan putting on virtual reality (VR) headgear which transitions imperceptibly from real to virtual cameras as the shot moves to an extreme close-up. In Gemini Man, Will Smith’s digital double is among the most realistic yet created ...
The BBC has unveiled a number of changes to the interactive services it offers on UK TV which it is set to introduce next year.
As the streaming wars intensify globally, Scandinavian networks are producing local series to compete, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis.
An audience measurement platform for India’s content creators, platforms, brand owners and media planners has been launched by data insight firm Kantar in partnership with VTION.
Hackers have stolen thousands of Disney+ subscribers accounts to sell on the dark web, according to reports, with users remaining without answers.
The FCC has rejected the C-Band Alliance’s plans to repurpose spectrum, leading to a collapse in Intelsat and SES’s share prices. But the battle isn’t over, writes Chris Forrester.
VR offers additional experiences and immersion, but the technology should not be used just for the sake of presenting content in VR, writes BBC R&D’s Alia Sheikh.
The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) has launched a five-year blueprint for EU media policy after celebrating 30 years of representing commercial TV interests across the continent.
Content provider SPI/FilmBox has announced new content distribution deals to deliver eight of its popular channels across Africa with Azam TV, MTN Group and habeshaview.
Beijing-based ByteDance and creator of social video app TikTok is set to take on Apple Music and Spotify after announcing the launch of its own streaming service.
Streaming service Mubi has been launched in India, with the aim of developing a niche following in the already competitive market.
Amazon has agreed an exclusive output deal with Lionsgate Movies to be the UK’s go-to streaming choice for the studio’s recent releases and upcoming theatrical films.
11-15 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The industry is going through a transformation, and so is SMPTE. A year into the 100+ year old Society’s major project, executive director Barbara Lange sits down with James Pearce to discuss its plans.
The War of the Worlds started on the radio, but the sound is just as important in the latest small screen turn of the HG Wells classic. Adrian Pennington goes behind the scenes of the audio behind the BBC’s new TV adaptation.
Delivering live esports production at scale requires seamless technology integration and tight workflows to optimise the operation and produce esports for massive international audiences.
Multiple HDR formats and concerns about production complexity mean that UHD is still some way off from becoming a default choice, writes David Davies.
In the first of this series looking at innovators who have changed the media and broadcast industry, IBC365 speaks to Avid founder Bill Warner about transforming the editing landscape.
UK media industry business network, the DPP, launched today a new initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices among suppliers and content providers.
New Zealand is looking to launch a potential new public media organisation which will replace the state-owner broadcasters TVNZ and RNZ, according to reports.
Global streaming giant Netflix has announced a multi-year output deal with Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon.
Spain’s regulator CNMC has hit national broadcasters Mediaset and Atresdmedia with fines totalling €77.1 million for anti-competitive practices over TV advertising.
The anticipated streaming service by Disney has launched in the US and Canada this week with a slate of technical problems which the company blamed on high demand.
The European Commission has given approval to Telia’s bid to buy Bonnier Broadcasting, paving the way for the Swedish telecoms operator to complete the $957 million merger.
DVB-I standard has been greenlit by an industry-led group, aiming to ensure linear television delivered over the internet is as user-friendly and robust as traditional broadcasting.
Cinema should evolve beyond the medium of storytelling. Speaking to IBC365, Peter Greenaway – filmmaker, artist and provocateur - casts his critical eye over Hollywood
The culmination of years of planning and billions of dollars of investment, Disney+ represents a major pivot by the Walt Disney Company towards the direct-to-consumer, OTT market. Can the House of Mouse pull it off?
UK broadcaster ITV announced today the launch of its new addressable advertising platform Planet V which is set to launch early next year.
Italian Mediaset Group has secured an additional stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Media achieving an “important milestone for its pan-European portfolio.”
Join IBC365 on demand to explore the technology, use cases and business models behind AR.
Globo has announced a reorganisation of the Brazilian media company’s various content creation and distribution arms.
Sky and the BBC have announced a new partnership which will see the two UK broadcasters collaborate on content and technology.
11-15 Nov: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Disney+ is set to launch in a number of European markets on 31 March, the studio giant confirmed during a results call.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ has announced plans to cut up to 200 jobs as part of a series of financial measures aimed at reducing costs by €60 million over the next three years.
Deluxe has completed a restructure of the business and appointed Eric Cummins to the role of chief executive.
In August MovieLabs – made up of five of the biggest Hollywood studios - launched its 10-year vision for the industry. James Pearce spoke with the organisation’s leaders at SMPTE2019 in Los Angeles.
The current crop of films featuring digitally de-aged characters has brought new life to older actors, and now a pioneering example of age regression for a TV series shows just how much the technology is evolving.
4-8 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Freelance journalists covering stories on suicide, war, disease and corruption from Nicaragua, Syria, Sierra Leone and Yemen were celebrated last night at the 2019 Rory Peck Awards.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft and Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television, aiming to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production across 30 categories.
The Sky premiere of season two of its genre-bending and psychedelic show Britannia airs tonight with the exclusive launch of Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind - a new virtual reality (VR) experience.
UK streaming service BritBox has gone live across the UK today announcing a deal with Channel 4 for British TV box sets and films.
Technicolor has named former Eir boss Richard Moat as its new CEO, replacing Frédéric Rose.
Edward Norton has planned to adapt Motherless Brooklyn for over 20 years. But the actor, director and producer has been quite busy, he tells Adrian Pennington, as the film hits US screens.
From measuring audience metrics to platform and tournament sponsorship, monetising esports is not without its challenges. IBC365 speaks with industry experts on tactics for broadcasters to deliver live esports production.
Red Digital Cinema has pulled the plug on its Hydrogen device, ending the firm’s foray into mobile phone manufacturing.
Vivendi’s Canal+ Group is reportedly in advanced talks with Disney to be the exclusive third-party carrier of its upcoming streaming platform Disney+ in France.
Join IBC365 and Microsoft on demand to learn how an intelligent cloud can empower and enable media and entertainment organisations to achieve more.
Ofcom has named Jonathan Oxley as interim chief executive, as speculation grows about who will replace departing chief Sharon White.
Editor Chris King and director Asif Kapadia tackle Argentina’s footballing enigma, Diego Maradona, in this documentary which comes to DVD this month
In these technical papers, authors from 3 Screen Solutions, Ruwido and TiVo describe real-word applications of machine learning to customise UI, and improve voice control to enhance personalisation for user experiences.
Refinery29 has officially been taken over by Vice Media with the media giant confirmating executive teams will be reshuffled.
ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Viacom and Sky have partnered to launch an event focussed on disability and the media to mark International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD).
Visual Data buys London-based MX1 UK from SES Ongoing M&A among the media services sector SES to focus on distribution and content management
Two leading media and broadcasting organisations have united to pool expertise across their memberships and share knowledge around industry challenges.
Internet satellite company OneWeb is set to seek $1 billion from investors as it prepares its plan to launch hundreds of advanced satellites into orbit from next year.
The UK’s two largest political parties have vowed to save free TV licences for all over-75s ahead of the upcoming UK general election.
Europe’s direct-to-consumer media and entertainment company Sky will grow its engineering and customer service jobs by 5% to meet increasing demands.
The DPP has released a new report challenging the media and entertainment industry to collaborate more on localisation.
AMC Networks has announced a deal with Charter Communications to boost the distribution for its ad-free AMC Premiere and subscription streaming services.
Audio repair software developer Accusonus has raised $3.3 million in Series A funding.
Optimising voice control for a seamless and authentic user experience whilst driving new TV revenues is explored in the latest IBC365 webinar, with experts from Liberty Global, BBC and Nuance.
Belden has struggled with the “volatility” of Grass Valley’s broadcast business, but a new owner in the form of a private equity buyer will give the company a chance to invest and ”retrench”.
28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Any adaptation of Philip Pullman’s multi-layered fantasy His Dark Materials must decide how to represent the cast of animalistic ‘daemons’ which feature constantly throughout the story. Adrian Pennington spoke with key members of the VFX team to find out how.
Pinewood Group is to end its involvement with the studio complex in Wales as the facilities firm continues to focus on developing its south east England sites.
Video steaming solutions provider Haivision has struck a deal to acquire AI and cloud orchestration firm LightFlow from Epic Labs.
French conglomerate Vivendi is preparing to launch its own direct-to-home (DTH) service in Ukraine by signing a preliminary agreement with Eutelsat to provide services for the platform.
As the broadcast and media industry evolves digitally and technically, so too does radio. Explore how in technical papers from IRT, Jutel Oy, Rai Italy, VRT and the BBC.
In the first of series of reports on the new players launching into the streaming market, Tim Dams looks at the Apple TV+ offer – and weighs up its chances of success.
The United States Department of Defense has agreed a multi-year partnership with telco giant Verizon and the Defense Media Activity (DMA) to deliver content to overseas service members and their families.
Belden has announced its plans to sell live media business Grass Valley in a bid to save $40 million annually after strategically reviewing its business portfolio.
Comcast-owned European pay-TV giant Sky and WarnerMedia’s HBO have renewed their long-running output deal.
Facebook Watch will showcase a slate of new commissioned short-form content after inking a deal with Viacom Digital Studios “to drive engagement.”
Sony has scrapped video streaming service PlayStation Vue amid increased competition in the global streaming market.
Broadcasters and other content creators will have much more consumer data to draw on as a result of the internet of things. But how to negotiate the new security challenges and avoid the danger of ‘digital fatigue’?
Netflix has responded to criticism from filmmakers over a feature it has been testing that allows viewers to vary the speed at which they watch TV and films.
Consumer spend is forecasted to exceed €3 billion in 2019 for the first time in the Spanish entertainment market, according to a report by Futuresource.
OTT sports streaming service DAZN has confirmed its partnership with Snapchat including two new series and behind the scenes access, highlights and recaps for boxing fans in the US.
Join IBC365 on demand to go behind the scenes to understand the technology and workflow behind producing live esports events.
French production group Banijay has acquired global production company Endemol Shine Group to create a worldwide premium player in content production and entertainment.
SMPTE 2019: NASA and AWS carried out a live video call from the International Space Station to the SMPTE 2019 conference using cloud data storage and video origination from space.
The art of production mixing may not have changed profoundly in recent years, but the call to deliver to extra platforms and satisfy more streamlined productions are among the trends heralding fresh challenges for system developers.
28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
SMPTE 2019: NHK developed its own 8K camera system after the Japanese broadcaster decided to shoot upcoming sports broadcasts in the country in the format. At SMPTE 2019, NHK spoke about the key elements of the format.
21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
SMPTE 2019: Security is a key concern for the media industry, but security needs to be integrated into production cycles from the start, according to HBO’s Marc Zorn.
The business of esports is attracting record-breaking audiences as quickly as it is gaining interest from advertisers, however, the measurement of ad success and audience engagement is as complicated as it is dense with competition.
Discovery has launched dplay, an advertising video-on-demand service combining content for Discovery’s six free-to-air channels for consumers in the UK and Ireland.
5G offers great potential for media distribution of media content, with millions of smartphones and tablets as potential TV receivers for live and catch up services. That’s the view of the 5G Today group, which is conducting broadcast trials in Bavaria.
Telling the story with lighting, Official Secrets cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister BSC speaks to Alana Foster on how he worked with director Gavin Hood to depict the story of one woman’s moral conundrum.
Atomos has acquired Timecode Systems, the UK manufacturer of wireless sync technology.
Effective measurement is one of the key challenges faced by the TV ad industry, but moves towards mass addressability will play a key role in its future, says Matt Hill of UK commercial broadcasters marketing body Thinkbox.
Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has proposed to merge its Viasat consumer business with Norwegian operator Telenor’s TV subsidiary Canal Digital.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) programme awards are open for applications seeking to recognise extraordinary talent across all genres in British television.
Addressable advertising is attracting new businesses of all sizes to the TV space and enabling the likes of Sky and RTL to compete with digital giants. But in the battle to secure a healthy share of digital ad revenues, rival players must partner up, while some regions face legal and ...
Roku has acquired Dataxu in a $150 million deal to accelerate its ad platform and help content partners monetise their inventory.
SMPTE 2019: New preservation techniques for movies open a range of possibilities for future editing of archived content, but this also opens up a number of ethical considerations, according to speakers at SMPTE 2019.
SMPTE 2019: SMPTE has unveiled a number of new partnerships at SMPTE2019 as the society continues its three-year transformation plan.
Freelance journalists covering stories on suicide, war, disease and corruption from Nicaragua, Syria, Sierra Leone and Yemen have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2019 Rory Peck Awards.
SMPTE 2019: MovieLabs is set to launch another white paper focussed on the security needs of the industry, following the successful release of its 2030 vision report in August.
The BBC has launched the first UK interactive voice news service, reinventing the way news is accessed to audiences and offering faster navigation of complex news stories.
Learn about the 3 different types of TV viewing persona, how specialist new entrants are making their mark, and what the key recommendations are for traditional broadcasters and OTT providers.
Comcast and Viacom have joined anti-piracy initiative the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has developed of a proof of concept to show how component-based workflows using the interoperable master format (IMF) can be applied to advertising.
The IABM has opened entries for its annual awards which recognise and reward exceptional talent and dedication.
SMPTE 2019: Non-profit training and studio organisation Exceptional Minds kicked off SMPTE’s Storytellers agenda at the SMPTE 2019 conference with a discussion about people with autism working in VFX and production.
Workflows for TV ads are a model of consistency compared to the wild west of digital, and the approach of traditional TV has a lot to teach the ‘new media’ of online video.
Wnited, the world’s first global OTT service dedicated to women’s football, has been unveiled by Spring Media at Sportel Monaco.
France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 are set to triple the investment in jointly backed on-demand service Salto, according to reports.
Brussels-based dubbing, voiceover and access services facilities firm LyLo Media Group has been acquired by TransPerfect.
21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she’d be open to the idea of ditching the BBC’s licence fee and replacing it with a subscription service.
Encoding was once again high up the agenda in the Technical Paper submissions at IBC2019.
14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Subjecting 32 vendors to 8,000 individual Tests: George Jarrett talks to the EBU and BBC R&D about the JT-NM Tested Program that lit up IBC with green and red.
In this paper, BBC Scotland explores the use of robotic pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras to capture an orchestral concert for live streaming.
In this paper, TV 2 explores a new architecture in IP based playout and workflow.
In this paper, BBC R&D explores the design and architecture of Object-Based Media (OBM).
The advent of 4K and now 8K, as well as interactive applications that require sub-1 second latency, are obliging CDN service providers to enhance capacity and efficiency, writes David Davies.
Social media firms report that the use of AI and digital fingerprinting to screen harmful content has led to an increase in its removal as they double down in their efforts to make sites safer – but are they doing enough or will the duty of care soon become a ...
The BBC has shut down its VR Hub production and commissioning unit after two years in what could be seen as another blow to the burgeoning VR sector.
In this paper, GLOBO introduces a novel algorithm responsible for the automatic thumbnail selection of drama series content published on OTT platform Globoplay.
In this paper, iSIZE proposes deep neural networks as precoding components for current and future codec ecosystems.
In this paper, Nokia Technologies, 2KPN/TNO, and Qualcomm explore use cases, architectural, protocols and codec aspects for XR systems over 5G networks and their state-of-the-art in 3GPP and MPEG standardization organizations.
In this paper, Philips Group Innovation presents a quality evaluation approach that uses ray-traced images of artificial scenes.
In June 2018, Fraunhofer HHI together with Studio Babelsberg, ARRI, UFA, and Interlake founded the joint venture Volucap GmbH and opened a commercial volumetric video studio on the film campus of Potsdam Babelsberg. After a testing phase, commercial productions started in November 2018. The core technology for volumetric video production ...
In this paper, NHK explores how viewing styles will be and what the technology and the R&D strategy is required in the future of broadcasting.
While Virtual Reality (VR) retains industry interest, the overall market adoption of VR is still slow. One problem in VR is the social isolation. Many applications are still single user-driven and VR services that do allow the sharing of virtual experiences with others, mostly focus on representing users as artificial ...
In this paper, Nokia Technologies explores OMAF and NBMP standards for an immersive virtual reality experience.
In this paper, i2 media research explores a new way to measure audience perceptions of impact and value of different immersive experiences.
In this paper, Finconns Group, SWISS TXT and more explore
In this paper, Globosat presents the experience, challenges, techniques and results obtained by Globosat, in partnership with Samsung Brazil, with live streaming 56 matches of the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP in Russia for connected TVs with 4K UHD HDR and immersive audio.
In this paper, NHK explores the development of advanced terrestrial broadcasting technology to transmit ultra-high-definition television signals.
In this paper, Rai explores a system configuration that benefits from the multiple Physical Layer Pipes (PLP) of DVB-T2.
In this paper, Ericsson, TNO & KPN and Qualcomm join to explore how the new 3GPP 5G Media Service Architecture (5GMSA) supports unicast downlink media distribution and uplink streaming.
In this paper, ARRIS shows how Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) networks are complementary in nature and explains how the XSD technology can use the same node technology.
In this paper, the BBC presents the results of the emerging requirements for future 5G deployments.
In this paper, VRT explores integrated tools in audio technology for 21st-century radio production.
In this paper, Jutel Oy explores virtual browser-based radio production.
In this paper, Rai explores the impact of voice-controlled digital assistants on the evolution of radio services.
In this paper, Spin Digital Video Technologies, PSNC and Ars Electronica Futurelab join to explore a set of tools designed to simplify the distribution, playback and adaptation of high-quality immersive content for new immersive environments.
In this paper, Divideon, Samsung, Futurewei, Qualcomm all explore the MPEG-5 Essential Video Coding (EVC) standard to facilitate rapid deployment and widespread use of the standard throughout the media industry.
In this paper, Nokia Technologies presents the world’s first implementation of the upcoming MPEG standard for video-based point cloud compression.
In this paper, Vimeo discusses the ways in which content variation affects key aspects of OTT, including subscriber monetisation, viewership, and content management.
In this paper, TiVo explores an effective strategy that could be used to enhance the discovery experience for voice remote users.
In this paper, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland explores architectural models for a recommendation engine network and a conceptual view of an ecosystem-based on them.
In this paper, 3 Screen Solutions showcases the machine learning engine and examines a behavioural mapping technique and the mathematical theory behind it.
In this paper, ruwido explores the potential of voice aware and mood-improving voice assistants.
Despite a noticeable fall in industry revenue, buying confidence remains high according to the IABM’s latest report.
MESA’s post IBC2019 review looked at multi-territory OTT sports platforms. George Jarrett reports.
All3Media has announced a partnership with Sally Angel to launch a new production company focused on developing factual documentary shows for international broadcasters and platforms.
Public cloud services are evolving and so is the adoption of cloud services across major broadcasters and TV production companies. Run any Windows application on any device using a HTML5 browser all powered by cloud services – this is the new normal writes Nutanix senior technologist Ruben Spruijt.
The IABM has announced Skyline Communications has become the latest company to upgrade to Platinum membership level.
BBC Studios has struck an agreement to distribute its BBC channels across Asia through Globecast on MEASAT Satellite Systems.
The clock is ticking for an agreement between the C-Band Alliance and the FCC over repurposing spectrum for 5G. But there are still some complications, writes Chris Forrester.
Improving user experience and making products that are easier to configure and operate is a priority, says Worldcast Group co-president Christophe Poulain.
AI-driven content personalisation and interactivity for OTT are among the trends to be occupying the attention of Oleg Gubin, R&D director of software development company Oxagile.
A landmark sports rights deal will see New Zealand Rugby take a 5% stake in Sky New Zealand in exchange for the rights to show All Blacks matches for the next five years.
Upcoming UK streaming service BritBox has unveiled a number of the specialist partners who will work with it ahead of its UK launch this quarter.
The US streaming giants are growing revenues and eyeballs with a slate of multi-million dollar deals snapping up UK talent. Alana Foster examines the increasingly competitive market.
14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
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A group of British MPs have challenged the BBC and the government to work together to protect free TV licences for all over-75s.
German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media wants to sell its US production arm by the end of the year, with bids due by then.
In a dedicated push to accelerate its content library to showcase its 5G network, Verizon Media has launched In the Know Network to expand its short-form video business.
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) had a three-pronged strategy for IBC fronted by IMF implementation.
As head of broadcast and entertainment for the UK & Ireland in Google’s Strategic Partnerships team, Justin Gupta, who is also part of IBC’s Content Steering Group, explains how the group has strived for a better gender balance throughout this year’s conference programme.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has named the recipients for its 2019 undergraduate bursaries, which aim to widen participation in and access to the media industry.
Broadcasters have committed to investing in the creation, production and distribution of women’s sport on screens, according to research by Imagen.
Mainstream media must balance creativity and diversity, with LGBT visibility particularly low across the broadcasting industry, and authenticity key according to TV and radio presenter Stephanie Hirst.
Legendary media group MGM has become one of the first major customers of the Eluvio Content Fabric, which bypasses the need for traditional CDNs.
7 - 11 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Italy has confirmed that it will implement a 3% web tax on large-scale web-based activity from big digital companies starting next year.
AT&T’s businesses in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have been acquired by Liberty Latin America in a strategic move to create an integrated consumer and B2B communication and entertainment provider.
India’s cabinet has rubber-stamped a memorandum of understanding signed between India and foreign broadcasters for the exchange of technical expertise in the radio and TV sectors.
Gender diversity advocacy group Rise has launched a new schools outreach programme aimed at educating children about opportunities in the broadcast and media space.
Are we ever going to plunge into being simply an IT industry? George Jarrett looks at the radical changes in skill sets needed as the industry transitions away from the linear broadcast model.
Europe’s Pay-TV market is fragmented, but it continues to be the most common way of receiving TV, according to an IABM snapshot of the market.
James Mangold’s Le Mans ’66 - also known as Ford v Ferrari - looks at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael talks about shooting emotion in the cold metal of motorsports
Mediaset has officially unveiled its co-production partnership with Netflix, which is set to see the development of seven new films spanning historical romance, teen dramas and sport.
Audience loyalty has been the success to the longevity of Refinery29’s global reach; international president Kate Ward tells IBC365 about the triumphs of growing a digital brand beyond audience eyeballs.
At IBC2019 there were several announcements about the 8K future. Chris Forrester looks at some of the enthusiasm around 8K.
IBC’s rich history as a launch pad for major industry initiatives takes another giant step today with the official launch of the 5G Media Action Group.
Arqiva has sold its telecoms division for £2bn as part of its strategy to focus on broadcast infrastructure and connectivity for TV and radio.
Former Comcast executive Allen Broome has been appointed to the newly created role of chief technology officer at MediaKind.
Facebook has agreed to pay advertisers $40 million to settle a class-action suit which accused the media giant of exaggerating video ad engagement metrics.
Indian satellite operator Dish TV has collaborated with Amazon Prime Video to bring the Prime Video app to TV and direct-to-home subscribers for its upcoming hybrid set-top box.
The Royal Television Society has launched the 2020 edition of the RTS Television Journalism Awards.
While it was obvious that it’s evolution, rather than revolution, which took a front seat throughout Halls 10 and 11, it was just as clear that new technologies are leading the industry forward.
Broadcaster, writer and campaigner June Sarpong has been named as the BBC’s new director of creative diversity.
Walt Disney has stopped airing ads from the streaming giant Netflix on its entertainment networks after changing its advertising policy ahead of pushing into the streaming world.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group insists that it is business as usual for the post-production company despite filing for bankruptcy.
The BBC has unveiled its biggest ever overhaul of on-demand platform iPlayer as it looks to compete with OTT providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Global digital media publishers are defining broadcasting with 80% of audiences opting for video, according to Vice and Refinery29 executives who discussed the power of harnessing platforms and chasing niche audiences.
Live streaming video platform Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, hosted Sky News in the broadcaster’s first live stream of the UK Conservative party conference in a bid to tap into younger audiences.
All3Media America has joined forces with financing and distribution firm Cinetic Media to establish an original content development fund.
Amazon’s Fire TV might not carry the new Disney+ service as the two corporate behemoths are locked in a dispute over the terms of advertising.
The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has called for the creation of “5G broadcast” with public services broadcaster offering free-to-air services to mobiles across 5G networks.
As media companies face unprecedented challenges, IABM’s Lorenzo Zanni looks at the key themes from IBC2019: Transformation, collaboration, and aggregation
Media and technology can isolate people, meaning the industry needs to rethink inclusivity, according to Jaunt XR CEO Mitzi Reaugh.
30 Sep-4 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
At IBC2019, Halls 1, 4, 5 and 6 provided a fascinating insight into the state of the industry. It’s not just that it’s changing – it’s the pace of change that is startling, driven by the opportunity that IP offers.
Production designer Mark Friedberg and editor Jeff Groth explain how they mapped Manhattan to fit the warped and rotting mind of the clown’s alter ego.
Tencent has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the organisation responsible for AV1, the royalty-free, open-source codec for delivering video over the web.
Vice Media has agreed on a deal to buy Refinery 29 in a major consolidation which will see the two firms will be rebranded as Vice Media Group.
The Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) have launched the first dedicated Ethiopian TV platform to host local channels.
Italian prosecutors are probing Netflix over alleged undeclared taxes in Italy for media products sold to Italian viewers, according to reports.
Rethinking the production workflow of esports tournaments, industry leaders explained the benefits of moving towards remote and cloud production and the importance of harnessing data during an IBC2019 panel.
Movie theatre owners will test evolving digital cinema technologies to set the best practise in new technology adoption set out by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).
Amazon Prime has licensed a selection of Disney titles to exclusively stream in Latin America in line with the first slate of territories where Disney+ will roll out next month.
Return on investment is not just about cash, explained esports expert Michiel Bakker and chief executive of Ginx Esports TV, with esports audiences the new currency for revenue success.
Sound should be used to help editors tell the story. Sound editor Tormod Ringnes speaks to Carolyn Giardina about the impact of immersive sound technology.
Bitmovin CEO and co-founder Stefan Lederer reflects on the implications of a growing trend towards selecting ‘the right codec for the right job’.
US telco Verizon Communications has agreed to purchase the software, technology and a number of other assets from immersive technology company Jaunt XR.
The owner of Pirate streaming site ysterajto.pl has been imprisoned after the site was found to have illegally distributed Canal+ original TV broadcasts.
Designed for interactivity on sports, entertainment, family and Latino programming a new app is a “world-first” according to the two companies delivering the live social-streaming experience.
The UK government has pledged to invest a further £5 billion in 5G and full-fibre deployments in order to boost connectivity in the country.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has appointed All3Media chief executive Jane Turton as Chair of the organisation’s board of trustees.
Cloud and cloud transformation were among the dominant themes in Hall 14 at IBC2019, particularly as operators and service providers work out how to bridge the gap between broadcast and broadband.
Non-profit streaming service Locast has issued ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC with a countersuit accusing the four US broadcasters of engaging in antitrust conduct.
Security, cost-efficiency and the sheer volume of content are becoming increasingly critical as customers adopt more varied storage patterns, writes David Davies.
UK streaming service BritBox has announced distribution deals with Samsung, Freeview, and YouView.
The International Cycling Union will host the first cycling esports world championships next year which the sport’s world governing body announced as a “milestone” moment.
Apple is eying partnerships with cinemas to run its feature-length productions as extended theatrical releases before they become available on its upcoming streaming service.
An international Islamic TV channel to be launched as a joint venture by Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia will be modelled on the BBC and will aim to fight Islamophobia.
Virgin Media has warned the Irish government against “pandering yet again to RTÉ” amid debate over funding of the public service broadcaster.
Threatened by a public referendum and squeezed for talent, Léonard Bouchet of RTS delivered revelatory tools while establishing a better work culture, all by embracing data-driven principles.
Dish Network’s customers have lost access to Fox channels as the two companies go head-to-head in the latest carriage dispute.
The live broadcast of the UK’s Parliament is proving increasingly popular with British viewers as debates over Brexit and legal challenges intensify. Adrian Pennington looks at how Parliament is broadcast.
International content aggregation firm Alchimie is set to take over the UK-based OTT provider TV Player in a move to accelerate its entry into the UK market.
With IBC2019 now behind us, the IBC365 editorial team – editor George Bevir, deputy editor James Pearce and staff writer Alana Foster – looks back at the highlights from this year’s show.
23-27 Sept: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The growth of artificial intelligence and machine learning is examined in this session, which was chaired by Lorenzo Zanni, head of insight and analysis, IABM with contributions from Léonard Bouchet of RTS Radio Télévision Suisse and Carlos Octavio, TV Globo.
IBC2019: The SCTE used part of its IBC2019 sessions to discuss the future of training and the benefits of online training platforms in a changing industry.
The impact of OTT services dominated discussions at IBC2019 with panels focussed on SVoD vs AVoD, niche content and how streaming is driving a golden era of creation.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking input from broadcasters into its regulatory review of the provisions of interconnection and carriage fees.
SMPTE has announced that Jim Helman, chief technology officer at Motion Pictures Laboratories (MovieLabs), will present a keynote titled “The Future of Media Creation” at SMPTE 2019.
Celebrating the best audio-visual work created by students across the UK, the Royal Television Society has launched the RTS Student Television Awards for 2020.
Diversity was a key topic at the IBC2019 Lounge Talks as speakers looked at gender equality, LGBT representation and neurodiversity.
Enabling real-time conversation during broadcasting of content is an essential element in connecting with digital audiences, says head of Kiswe Mobile Europe Jorre Belpaire.
Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been signed to Amazon Studios to create and produce new TV content for the technology giant’s video streaming platform.
The BBC’s recently announced voice assistant Beeb will be available internationally and be commercialised outside the UK.
BBC Studioworks has named BBC Studios UK MD, consumer products and publishing, Andrew Moultrie as its new CEO.
The case for public intervention in media is stronger than ever, according to New York Times CEO and former BBC director general Mark Thompson.
Complex, dense and 800 pages long, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt has become this year’s prestige cinematic literary adaptation.
The company has announced that it has partnered with graphics specialist Vizrt to integrate the Viz Engine into its Dolphin and Orca integrated playout solutions.
The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism will become an independent organisation funded by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft.
Adopting a hybrid approach – whereby satellite and terrestrial IP networks are combined – is allowing an increasing number of broadcasters to respond flexibly to evolving market conditions, writes David Davies.
Cinema technology company CJ 4DPlex has committed to develop multisensory cinema technology to offer next-generation cinema experiences.
Singapore-based documentary streamer iwonder has expanded its service across Southeast Asia after its successfully launched in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.
YouTube has pitched the benefits of AI for advertising campaigns with the launch of its new Video Reach campaigns platform.
Trust, diversity and content investment are key priorities for leading TV executives from Netflix, Sky, UK, C4, ITV and BBC who spoke during the RTS Cambridge Convention last week.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards last night celebrated excellence in programming and individual achievements for the 2018 to 2019 television season.
Vivendi has opted to hold on to its stake in Mediaset after a deadline to liquidate its 29% shareholding in the Italian broadcaster expired over the weekend.
23-27 Sept: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
At IBC, GatesAir unveiled a wider family of TV transmitters resulting from the company’s recent acquisition of ONEtastic, known henceforward as GatesAir S.r.l.
The Nexus audio network was previously designed exclusively for networking using a proprietary fibre optic cable protocol.
Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) used IBC to discuss with visitors the latest developments in its business.
IBC2019: Apple and Microsoft have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Software Foundation, bringing its membership to 27 companies.
IBC2019: The world is adopting digital radio, according to Graham Dixon, head of radio at the EBU, who spoke at IBC2019.
“Pleasure” is the dominant reason that viewers tune into television, according to new ITV research.
Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch has spelt out some of the ways that the company plans to build up its new Sky Studios production division.
BBC “iPlayer is going to be total TV”, said BBC director general Tony Hall today, spelling out his plans for how the corporation can meet the challenge from the streaming platforms.
Soumya Sriraman has pushed the SVoD service BritBox to early success across North America. Now as the service owned by the BBC and ITV prepares to launch in its home market, she gives Chris Forrester some insight into how she meets the needs of subscribers.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said today that the streamer would step up its spend in the UK, its biggest production market outside the US.
Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon took a swipe at global streaming services at this week’s RTS Cambridge Convention, accusing them of profiting from “trans-territory filler work”
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for the biggest events in women’s sport to become ‘listed events’ on free-to-air TV in the UK so that mass audiences can watch them.
Channel 5 and Comedy Central join upcoming SVoD service BritBox C5 box-sets to appear on BritBox following 30 days on My5 BritBox co-founder ITV says discussions taking place with other partners
The Rugby World Cup has brought production in-house for the 2019 World Cup. As the tournament kicks off in Japan, Steve McCaskill finds out what innovations will feature at RWC2019.
16-20 Sep: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Media and communications giant Comcast Corp has struck a distribution deal with digital global sports provider DAZN Group, blurring the line between traditional television operators and streaming services.
Ofcom CEO Sharon White has called for more concerted leadership from UK broadcasters and production companies to improve diversity in the TV industry.
ITV chief Carolyn McCall opened today’s RTS Cambridge Convention by arguing that one of the broadcaster’s greatest assets at a time of political upheaval and digital disruption is the trust the public has in its news and current affairs.
IBC2019: Generation Z viewers are more demanding and clearer on what they want from content, with less loyalty to individual brands or platforms than previous generations.
IBC2019: With its rapidly expanding fanbase of young, digital-first viewers, esports is a sector the broadcaster industry should invest in while they still can, according to Prosieben’s eSports head, Henrik Nyhuis.
Professional broadcast equipment manufacturer ZyCast showcased a number of its latest solutions, including its 4K encoder, at IBC2019.
In support of the company’s goal to ignite the industrialisation of broadcast-quality streaming, MediaKind launched the MediaKind Universe Alliance at IBC.
IBC2019 has been hailed a celebration of industry insights and excellence, with the world’s media, entertainment and technology industry once again gathering in Amsterdam to do business and forge connections.
The technical management team at NEP has ordered 50 Merging Technologies Anubis audio interface desktop units, which the vendor refers to as the “Swiss army knife,” of audio.