Content Piracy

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Facebook, EBU and BBC fight Covid-19 misinformation


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.


OneWeb files for bankruptcy blaming coronavirus pandemic


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.

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Live production week & what to stream on Netflix


30 Mar - 5 Apr: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry

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ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Conze departs in executive reshuffle


ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze has stepped down from his role as part of a management reshuffle at the German broadcaster.

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


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

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BT Sport and Sky face £1bn loss from cancelled sports during Covid-19


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.

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BBC to provide free DAB radios to over-70s


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

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


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

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Tech Expert: Inside IMF


In this week’s Tech Expert, Rowan de Pomerai explains the technology behind interoperable master format (IMF) and its benefits in versioning and distribution.

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Coronavirus: How vendors are helping home workers


From free licences to online tutorials, manufacturers have rallied to help those tasked with keeping the world in content while working from home.

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Analyst review: Facebook, Google face ad revenue losses & SVOD market predictions


IBC365 rounds up pivotal analyst research from across the media and broadcast industry.

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How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the broadcast and media 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.

Digital digest index

Netflix temporary outage & Fox Sports broadcasts NASCAR esports


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


Experts call on PSBs to push the cyber security agenda


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.

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Netflix donates £1m to BFI, Film and TV Charity coronavirus fund


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.

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YouTube reduces all video quality to SD globally amid Covid-19 crisis


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.

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Discovery borrows $500M and withdraws fiscal outlook


Discovery has borrowed $500 million under its credit facility to boost its cash position amid uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 postponed because of 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.

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VFX community rallies for remote working for artists


The Visual Effects Society has issued a formal statement urging support for all VFX artists to work remotely during the ongoing Covid-9 crisis.


Fubo TV merges with FaceBank Group


US sports streamer FuboTV has merged with FaceBank Group for an undisclosed fee.

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Mediaset splashes €66m to boost ProSiebenSat.1 stake


Italian broadcaster Mediaset has upped its stake in German company ProSiebenSat.1 to around 20%.

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Analysis: Covid-19 impacts studio production schedules


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.


BBC Sounds launches connected TV app


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

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Disney+ launches in Europe


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.


Going remote: Your guide to working out of the office


With the coronavirus disrupting entire industries, IBC365 looks at how the media and entertainment sector can work remotely.

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ITV slashes programme budget by £100M+ and relaunches mental health campaign


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.

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OneWeb launches new satellites amid bankruptcy rumours


Satellite firm OneWeb launched 34 new satellites over the weekend while reports point to the firm potentially filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Virgin Media inks cinema deal with NBCUniversal for home viewing


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.

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Disney+ delays French launch and agrees to bandwidth reduction


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.


Playing to a captive audience


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


Industry webcasts & Ozark season 3 arrives


23 - 29 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Keeping content safe in the IP era

2020-03-20T14:21:00+00:00By Anne Morris

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.


Eurovision 2020 cancelled by “heartbroken” EBU


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

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


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


IABM launches virtual repository to collate business continuity resources


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.

Digital digest index

Studio productions slow down & new cinema releases to be streamed


16-22 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.


Interview: Inti De Ceukelaire on hacking broadcasters


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.

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Tech Expert: Inside IoT


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


Earnings review: Broadcasters and telcos reveal downturn across the board


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

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Collaborate to stop the pirates


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?

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Will SVOD boom fuel a rise in streaming piracy?


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

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Sustainability: The difference between red meat and the media


George Jarrett reports from a Media & Entertainment Services Alliance keynote that warns of a new e-waste

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Analysis: Grass Valley’s future under the Black Dragon


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 buys Tubi for $440m with Roku sale funds


Fox has agreed a $440 million deal to acquire AVOD service Tubi, partly funded by the sale of its stake in Roku.

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RTS unveils 2020 Programme Awards winners


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.

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


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

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Canal+ offers free premium access during coronavirus lockdown


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

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Huawei analysis: The cyber security debate


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 to launch Dplay in MENA with Starzplay


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

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India suspends all film and TV production amid Covid-19 concerns


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.

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BBC to delay TV licence changes as coronavirus accelerates


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.


IBC365 cyber security week | RTS Programme Awards to be livestreamed


16 - 22 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.


RTL snags stake in streaming platform Bedrock


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.

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Pluto TV grows LATAM partnerships with 55+ deals


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.

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Chernobyl and The Virtues triumph at BPG Awards


Chernobyl and The Virtues were honoured in the drama categories of the BPG Awards, which were presented today at a ceremony in London.

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Mediaset considers ProSieben consolidation


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.

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YouTube reverses coronavirus advertising ban


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: The industry reacts


NAB 2020 has been cancelled due to fears over the coronavirus. IBC365 looks at some of the industry reaction.

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M&A review: Grass Valley’s surprise acquisition, Comcast’s AVOD streamer purchase


IBC365 looks back at some of the notable mergers and acquisitions of the past month within the media and technology industry.

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Tech Expert: Inside UHD


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

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NAB Show 2020 cancelled, Vivo commences 6G R&D


9-13 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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The cost of the coronavirus


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.

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NAB cancelled over coronavirus fears


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.

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Rise diversifies globally to support women working in M+E


Gender diversity membership organisation Rise has announced its expansion into North America and APAC as well as the appointment of four new board members.

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ViacomCBS shakes up Australia and New Zealand leadership


ViacomCBS has introduced a new management structure across its businesses in Australia and New Zealand, after boss Paul Anderson’s resignation from Network Ten.

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


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

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Barb teams up with IPA TouchPoints to tap audience behaviour


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

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Q&A: Kate Scott on NHL all-women broadcast crew


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.

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RTS Awards to take place behind closed doors amid coronavirus concerns


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.

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2020: Crunch time for codecs


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.

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NBCUniversal flogs Snap stake for $500M but pursues content production


NBCUniversal has sold its entire $500 million equity stake in Snap Inc as it ramps up investment for its new streaming service.

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RIST Forum appoints new directors to drive interoperability


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.

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MESA’s head in the cloud


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.

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Apple’s Jay Hunt and Vice TV’s Tamara Howe join WFTV mentoring scheme


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.

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Gray Television and Apollo submit rival $8.5bn bids for Tegna


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.

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Disney+ strikes distribution deals in Italy and Spain


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

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NHK confirms plans for 8K broadcast of 2020 Olympics and Paralympics


Japanese broadcaster NHK has outlined its plans to broadcast the upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 8K across seven disciplines.


GroupM launches addressable TV service in Canada


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

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Industry leaders launch initiative to champion women in sports


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.

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Audio capture: Incremental changes rather than quantum leaps


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.

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


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

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Sony appoints Wood as head of services for Professional Solutions Europe


Sony has announced Giles Wood as its new head of services for Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

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Sky Sports aims to diversify new audiences for women’s sport


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.

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Net Insight acquires Aperi’s product portfolio


Net Insight has acquired Aperi’s Live IP media virtualisation platform and software product portfolio.

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BritBox goes Down Under


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.

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Quibi secures $750m of funding ahead of launch


Quibi has raised $750 million in second-round funding, just one month ahead of its commercial launch.

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Tech Expert: Inside Blockchain


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.

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IBC Show calls for awards nominations


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.

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How the coronavirus could change the way we make TV


As more media organisations enforce home working, could the spread of the coronavirus hasten the transition to remote production?

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Industry moves: Disney, Endemol Shine and Discovery


IBC365’s update on new company appointments, resignations and restructures across the content and broadcast industry.

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Crafting equality behind the camera


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.

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Giving fans what they want: The power of personalisation


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?

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Behind the scenes: The Mandalorian’s groundbreaking virtual production


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.


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IBC issues updated statement on coronavirus (Covid-19)

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The Internet of Things: A progress report


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

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BT overhauls app to enhance second screen UX


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.


Bectu warns of coronavirus impact on film and TV freelancers


The UK government has been called on to help support film and TV freelancers affected by the coronavirus.

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DAZN expands globally and plots UK launch


OTT sports streaming platform DAZN will expand into more than 200 countries and territories with significant investment and international rights confirmed.

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RTS announces nominees for 2020 Programme Awards


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.

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Sky inks multi-year deal for Disney+


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.

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Matchroom goes D2C with OTT sports platform launch


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.

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International Women’s Day: Each for equal


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.

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AT&T launches online service to counter satellite subs drop


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.

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Deutsche Telekom bids on aggregation with Disney+


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.

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New director general takes the helm at RÚV


Stefán Eiríksson has this week taken over as director general of Icelandic public service broadcaster RÚV.

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Streaming surges in Australia with 6m terabytes of data consumed


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

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The week ahead: Sportel Miami | International Women’s Day


2 - 8 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Facebook to cancel F8 Developer Conference over coronavirus causes


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.

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Discovery nabs Hulu’s Lisa Holme to head streaming strategy


Hulu veteran Lisa Holme has joined Discovery in a newly created role to oversee content and commercial strategy.

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YouTube drops Fox Regional Sports following Sinclair carriage dispute


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.

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TV to drive traditional media ad revenue growth in 2020


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).

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BT Sport and Samsung achieves first UK 8K live sports broadcast


A screening of the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos last night was successfully delivered in 8K by BT Sport and Samsung.


Augmenting the reality


The potential of augmented video for immersive experiences is unparalleled with the futuristic innovations and mixing of realities but what’s next for adoption?

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UK PSBs valued by audiences despite decline in eyeballs


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.

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Vodafone NZ opens 5G lab & Sports consumers weigh in on streaming


24 - 28 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Doubling down at Dplay and wrangling the beast


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.

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Tech innovators can offer future cinematographers a route to differentiation


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?

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Price emerges as key SVOD battleground


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

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BBC dominates RTS TV Journalism Awards


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.

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Tech Expert: Inside Codecs


Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Ken McCann explains the importance of the role of codecs including HEVC, AV1 and VVC.

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Comcast acquires ad-supported streamer Xumo


The free advertising-supported streaming service Xumo - founded by Myspace owner Meredith Corporation in a joint venture with Panasonic - has been bought by Comcast.

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NBCUniversal unveils enhanced One Platform technology


NBCUniversal is doubling down on the future of monetisation for advertisers, marketers and consumers, releasing new technology solutions and an all-audience transaction model.


Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down


Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger is stepping down from his role, with Disney theme parks chief Bob Chapek set to replace him.

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Lightbox poaches Lionsgate VP


Production company Lightbox has hired Lionsgate vice president Nicole Laufer to drive its US development slate.

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Fox hunts $500m acquisition of Tubi


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.

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RTVE and Rohde & Schwarz unveil 5G broadcast trial in Barcelona


Spanish broadcaster RTVE has partnered with Rohde & Schwarz and several other technology partners to demonstrate 5G broadcast and multicast technology in Barcelona.

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HbbTV releases targeted advertisings specs


HbbTV Association has announced the release of HbbTV-TA, the first open specification for targeted advertising for live broadcast TV.

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Re-animators: Night of the living avatars


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

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More departures at ProSiebenSat.1 as CTO Thexton steps down


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.

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Ex-CEO bids $1.2bn for Xperi ahead of TiVo merger


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.

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Is the TV and film rights market ripe for disruption?


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.

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YouTube TV to distribute WarnerMedia’s HBO Max


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.

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Film studios back Oracle in legal coding battle with Google


Members of The Motion Picture Association, excluding Netflix, have backed Oracle in a Supreme Court hearing in the US over a computer code dispute.

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ViacomCBS accelerates to serve addressable audiences


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.

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UK Google users to lose EU GDPR protections


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.


Live production: Delivering a richer viewing experience

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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.

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Disney scientists use AI to enhance video compression


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.

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The future of TV is aggregation


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?

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Fighting pirates and safeguarding content distribution in an OTT world


Join IBC365 on Wednesday 18 March at 2pm GMT to learn how OTT platforms safeguard content.

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Ofcom repays UK telcos overcharged fees & EU crack down on big tech firms


17-21 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Right content, right place, right time


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.

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Wilder vs Fury II: Fight night set to KO PPV records


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.

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US-based Blackhall to open £150m studio complex in Reading


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.

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Cloud video editing: fast, efficient and scalable

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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.

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Visual Data acquires Digital Post Services


Multichannel media management company Visual Data Media Services has struck a deal to acquire Hollywood-based Digital Post Services.


Endemol Shine UK to lead on reducing carbon footprint


Endemol Shine UK, working with BAFTA’s sustainability consortium Albert, has committed to training its entire workforce on effective ways to reduce carbon emissions.

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Live graphics: Delivering differentiation


Ensuring that broadcast graphics remain effective and consistent is no small feat in the era of OTT services and Augmented Reality, writes David Davies.


The Oscars of Podcasting Awards to debut 2021


Podcast industry leaders have united to launch the Podcast Academy, an annual podcast program awards to celebrate the popular audio format.


BT launches flexible TV packages to tackle streamers


BT has partnered with Netflix, Amazon and Sky to offer aggregated TV packages across sport, film and entertainment.

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BSC Expo under the lens


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.

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Technicolor unveils new financial strategy


Technicolor has unveiled a new strategic plan that aims to see the company boost its capital structure and strategic flexibility between 2020 and 2022.


RTL boss moots ProSieben takeover


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.

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TikTok to live stream Brit Awards red carpet with ITV2


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.

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Bulgarian PSB faces bankruptcy


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.

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IABM opens up entries for NAB BaM Awards


IABM, the international trade association for broadcast and media technology suppliers, is calling for entries for the 2020 NAB Show Las Vegas BaM Awards.

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Disney hires former BBC exec Keelan


Disney has recruited former BBC executive Liam Keelan in a new role in which he will oversee new original productions across Europe and Africa.

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5G has arrived, but there are some challenges ahead


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.

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Sky takes the fight to streamer rivals


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+.

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Film and TV sector launches initiative to tackle “mental health crisis”


The Film and TV Charity has launched a Mental Health Taskforce to tackle the mental health “crisis” in the UK film and television industry.

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DPP announces industry scores 2/5 for sustainability


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.

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ProSiebenSat.1 co-CEO exits entertainment post


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.

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C4’s Yasir Mirza poached for BBC Studios diversity role


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.

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Facebook to pay Reuters for fact-checking initiative


Reuters has announced a deal with Facebook to fight against misinformation using its newly-launched its Third-Part-Fact-Checking Program.

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BBC R&D launches Synthetic Voice and Personality study


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.

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How 5G could transform production


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.

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“Future evolution of wireless”: Looking beyond 5G


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.

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Tech Expert: Inside 5G


Video: In this week’s Tech Expert, Mark Smith explains the pending impact, benefits and applications of 5G to broadcast, media and entertainment.

Digital digest index

T-Mobile and Sprint edge closer to merger & the industry in numbers


10-14 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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YouTube: Can Google’s SVOD rule the OTTs?


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?

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ISE 2020: Communication technology rampant


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.

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GSMA cancels Mobile World Congress over coronavirus fears


The GSMA has cancelled tech expo Mobile World Congress amid fears about the coronavirus.

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Delivering next gen catch-up services

2020-02-12T19:29:00+00:00Sponsored by

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.

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Samsung launches Galaxy S20 with 8K capability


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

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Ofcom appoints Melanie Dawes CEO amid rumours watchdog to garner internet control


The Ofcom Board has appointed Dame Melanie Dawes as chief executive, taking over from Sharon White, who has left the UK regulator.

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China issues 5G spectrum licences


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.

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C4 and Vodafone team up on 5G enhanced TV series


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.

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Liberty Global extends EU partnership with Netflix


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.

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Women’s mentoring group Rise opens 2020 programme


Rise, the advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector, has launched its third annual mentoring scheme.

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Verizon unveils London 5G lab and studio


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.

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Premier League eyes launch of its own streaming service


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.

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Netflix responds to foreign governments takedown


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.

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NENT strikes football rights deals including UHD Bundesliga


Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has announced several wins for key football rights including the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League.

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5G: The space race


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?

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Speaker smarts: Conversational AI and content delivery


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

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Parasite makes Oscars history with Best Picture win


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.

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Mediaset’s shareholders approve Media For Europe


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.

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Linear TV ad impact set to fall by 21% by 2025


Total linear commercial TV impacts fell by 4.4% last year but could be down by as much as 21% by 2025.

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ViacomCBS set to unveil updated streaming service


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.

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Starz and Lionsgate ink UK streaming output deal


Premium international streaming service Starzplay has entered a theatrical output deal with Lionsgate for a split first pay streaming rights in the UK.

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Google Fiber axes linear TV offering


Google has announced plans to stop providing linear TV services to new customers through its infrastructure arm Google Fiber.

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Taking the pulse of kids TV


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.

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Warner Bros and HBO Max launch feature production lab


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.

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RTS Scotland announces winners of the 2020 Student Television Awards


The Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Scotland Centre last night honoured the winners of its 2020 Student Television Awards.

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Disney+ activates in UK & WarnerMedia and HBO Max announce Warner Max


3-7 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Tech Expert: Inside AI


Video: In the third of a series of explainer videos, IABM’s Lorenzo Zanni details the technology behind, and applications of, artificial intelligence (AI).

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Preview: IBC365’s 5G week


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.

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Grass Valley’s Tim Shoulders on Black Dragon’s take over from Belden


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.

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IBC extends deadline for Technical Paper submissions


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

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UK to review decriminalising BBC licence fee


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.

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Winning at OTT: Tech vs content


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.

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DPP predicts globalisation to impact M+E


The DPP has published its annual media industries predictions revealing the challenges and opportunities affecting media supply chain.

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Super Bowl LIV ratings mount comeback for NFL ahead of rights negotiations


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

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Scoring OTT goals with sports broadcasting


Eleven Sports COO Anouk Mertens discusses ambitions to expand and innovate in both the delivery and production arms of the business.

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SPI/Film Box launches “lean back” AI VOD service


SPI/ Film Box has launched a new content streaming service called FilmBox Plus.

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Black Dragon Capital to acquire Belden’s Grass Valley


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.

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Sky pledges net zero carbon emissions by 2030


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.

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Telestream founder to re-join as CEO


Dan Castles has returned to lead Telestream through its next phase of growth after being appointed as its new CEO.

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RTS opens 2020 Bursary scheme


The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its bursary scheme for 2020, further expanding opportunities and eligibility for students across the UK.

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Orange chooses Ericsson and Nokia for 5G rollout


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.

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BBC launches first multiplayer online game


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

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ViacomCBS poaches NBC’s George Cheeks


ViacomCBS has appointed former NBCUniversal executive George Cheeks as the new president of CBS Entertainment Group.

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Sky NZ completes purchase of Spark’s Lightbox OTT


Spark has completed the sale of its Lightbox streaming service to Sky New Zealand for an undisclosed fee.


Disney overhauls Hulu with D2C business


The Hulu business will be integrated into Disney’s direct-to-consumer business and its CEO Randy Freer is set to exit the company.

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Roku and Fox resolve Super Bowl streaming deal


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.

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Satellites: The $500 billion business


Chris Forrester examines the prospects for the next few years for satellite businesses.

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1917 wins big at 2020 Bafta Awards


1917 was the big winner at the annual EE Bafta awards, picking up seven gongs including Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

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DPP: Delivering the IP future


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.

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Broadcasting the Six Nations: Behind the scenes of the TV production


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.

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Roku blocks Fox one day before Super Bowl 2020


Fox channels have been removed by Roku blocking customers from streaming the Super Bowl after a carriage dispute remained unresolved.

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UK film and TV hits record £3bn in 2019


The UK’s screen industries saw a record-breaking year for international high-end TV production increasing 51% from last year.

Digital digest index

Apple earnings & Disney invests in live production with Secret Cinema


27-31 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Fox Sports gears up for 4K HDR broadcast at Super Bowl 2020


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.

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OTT: The future is in the eye of the consumer


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?

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Immersive audio: Bringing the noise


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.

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Lion King roars at VES Awards


Disney’s The Lion King was one of the big winners at the 18th annual VES Awards.

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BBC and ITV lead the RTS TV journalism nominations


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.

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British Olympic and Paralympic associations to launch OTT platform


The British Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies will unite to launch a new OTT broadcast platform after the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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BBC postpones changes to red button


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.

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Tech Expert: Inside OTT


Video: In the second of a new series of explainer videos, Maria Ingold details the similarities of and differences between OTT and VOD services.

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BBC News to cut 450 jobs


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.

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Will the 2020s be the AVOD decade?


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.

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C4 promotes Jonathan Allan to COO


In a leadership restructure, Channel 4 has promoted Jonathan Allan to the role of chief operating officer, replacing Keith Underwood who is stepping down.

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BBC Studioworks unveils studio tech investment


BBC Studioworks has “significantly” invested in new technology across its studio portfolio, positioning itself as the partner of choice, says head of studios.

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Analysis: Sky to seal the Disney+ deal


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.

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UK government approves limited 5G role for Huawei


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.

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Pluto TV reveals UK-focused channels


ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV has added two new channels dedicated to British content to mark its fist year operating in the UK.

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ITV names Endemol’s Lisa Perrin new MD


Endemol internal memo reveals James Townley and Sarah Sedazzari will take on Perrin’s responsibilities at the company’s Creative Networks division.

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Petition launched to save BBC red button


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.

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YouTube to live stream Activision Blizzard esports tournaments


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.”

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2020: The year of the OTT


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.

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EC criticises Saudi Arabia over BeoutQ


The European Commission has accused Saudi Arabia of causing “considerable harm to European businesses” through its support of pirate sports channel BeoutQ.

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OTT to play a key role in sports growth


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.

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OneWeb to advance Kazakhstan broadband connectivity by 2022


OneWeb has signed a collaborative partnership with Astana International Financial Centre to accelerate broadband connectivity in Kazakhstan.

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NTT Docomo to launch 5G streaming service in March


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.

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NBC to produce Tokyo Olympics series for Snapchat


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 unveils NBC Sky World News service


Comcast has unveiled plans to launch a new international news channel combining its Sky and NBC brands.

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Facebook Watch inks global distribution deal with PGA Tour


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.

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Tech Expert: Inside IP


Video: In the first in a new series of explainer videos, John Maxwell Hobbs delves into the world of internet protocol (IP).


Behind the scenes: The Witcher


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.

Digital digest index

Netflix makes moves & Disney drops Fox branding


20-24 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Preview: IBC365’s OTT week


Will 2020 be the year of the OTT? IBC365 looks at the growing OTT market as part of next week’s OTT Week.

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Who are the favourites for the BBC director general job?


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.

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TikTok adds Verizon veteran to head EMEA business


Verizon Media VP EMEA and Latam Stuart Flint is set to join growing social media platform TikTok in an unspecified role.

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Niche broadcasting: Celtic language collaboration


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.


CES 2020: Goldmines or Gimmicks?


Futurist Amelia Kallman reports from CES 2020 on the good, the bad, and the strange.

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Access services: More automation coming online to meet demands of OTT


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.

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Barb updates multiscreen viewing reporting


UK TV audience measurement firm Barb has begun reporting figures for programme reach and time spent viewing across multiple screens.

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Disney+ European launch date brought forward


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.

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IABM names Lisa Collins head of member engagement


IABM, the international association for Broadcast and Media technology, has appointed Lisa Collins to the new position of head of member engagement.

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Driving content into vehicles


Self-driving cars are an inevitability and will unlock the potential for vehicles to transform into a new market for immersive media.

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BritBox hires ex-Warner exec as UK MD


The BBC and ITV’s streaming service BritBox has appointed Will Harrison as its new UK managing director.

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BBC director general Tony Hall to step down


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.

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CES 2020: Evolution, expectation and innovation


Amelia Kallman reports from CES 2020 on the biggest trends and tech impacting the future of broadcasting.

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Sohonet acquires Exchange


Sohonet has acquired US-based IT and communication services provider Sycamore Communication (Exchange).

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Peacock unveiled: Freemium SVoD and subscription service


NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock will go head to head with Disney, HBO, Netflix and Amazon on 15 July launching with three pricing tiers.

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Industry simplifying UX is “game-changing,” says DPP


The DPP has identified important trends impacting the media and entertainment industry, with simplicity the key to success, according to a new report.

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Viacom adds Endemol Shine channels to My5 offering


My5, the VoD service from Viacom-owned Channel 5, will launch two new channels from Dutch production company Endemol Shine.

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Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards winners announced


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.

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NHK to launch simulcast services in April


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.

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Broadcaster VOD: Delivering the next generation of catch-up viewing

2020-01-16T16:13:00+00:00Sponsored by

Join IBC365 on demand to learn how broadcasters with limited budgets build platforms to compete with the global players.

Digital digest index

Fanatiz scores $10m funding & Data reveals Disney+ success


13-17 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Universal and Warner Bros. propose joint DVD venture


Universal Studios and Warner Bros. have announced a newjoint venture to pool DVD distribution units amidst falling sales.

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Euronews: The transformation of news


Transforming linear and enhancing its digital operations, Euronews boss Michael Peters is looking to reach audiences beyond Europe.

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Telcos launch Future Forum for 5G acceleration


Global 5G leaders including Verizon, Telstra, Vodafone and KT have collaborated on 5G specifications and interoperability to accelerate adoption.

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SMPTE 2020 call for papers now open under new review procedure


SMPTE has opened up entries for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 conference.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the Cinematography award nominees


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.

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Closing the gap between broadcast and OTT

2020-01-16T08:35:00+00:00By Fred Dawson

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.

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The higher-resolution revolution will be televised


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.

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Confronting TV’s mental health crisis


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.


HEVC adds new licencee


Huawei Technologies has joined HEVC Advance, the licensing administrator which leads the development, administration, and management of the HEVC/H.265 patent pool.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the Editing nominees


The Irishman and Joker look set to battle it out for the Editing category at the 2020 Academy Awards, writes Adrian Pennington.

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Comcast NBCUniversal launches global tech startup accelerator


Six global sports brands and venture capitals have partnered with Comcast NBCUniversal to launch Sports Tech to champion sports technology startups.


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2020-01-14T17:44:00+00:00Sponsored by

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.

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Oscars 2020: A closer look at the VFX award nominees


With the 2020 Academy Award nominations now announced, IBC365 looks at who is leading the way for a gong in the VFX category.

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ViacomCBS overhauls management structure


ViacomCBS has restructured its international networks division, with several senior members of its management team taking on new roles.

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China dominates global esports consumption


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.


Joker and 1917 lead Oscar nominations


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.

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Industry innovators: Garrett Brown


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.

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Prosiebensat.1 sets up sustainability department


Prosiebensat.1 has appointed a chief sustainability officer to lead its newly created sustainability department.

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Sinclair launches ATSC 3.0 venture with SK Telecom


A joint-venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Korean SK Telecom aims to provide next-generation transmission services for the television industry.

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IABM grows members to 600+ companies


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.

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Mediaset shareholders back restructure rules change


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.

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Sky names Comcast exec Armstrong as group CFO


Sky has appointed Jason Armstrong as its new group chief financial officer, replacing Andrew Griffith.

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Quibi debuts Turnstyle mobile viewing technology


Short-form streaming service Quibi has unveiled technology that allows viewers to switch between landscape and portrait viewing.

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M&A to top the media and entertainment agenda in 2020


Mergers and acquisitions will be a top focus for M&E executives this year, according to a new report.

Digital digest index

Warner Bros. eyes AI commissioning & Awards season


6-10 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.


Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian lead VES Awards nominations


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.

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Can NBCUniversal make Peacock fly?


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.

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IBC2020 Technical Papers Submission is Now Open


IBC has opened submissions for Technical Papers for the IBC2020 Conference.

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VR market saw 5% growth in 2019 as consumers shift to next gen devices


The virtual reality headset market saw 5% growth in 2019, despite a slowing of sales according to research from Futuresource Consulting.

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Riedel acquires Embrionix for IP expertise


Riedel Communications has acquired Canada-based IP video processing firm Embrionix.

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Joker leads Bafta nominations amid diversity criticism


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.

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Industry orgs and TV vendors back UHD Alliance’s Filmmaker Mode


CES 2020: The UHD Alliance has received backing for its Filmmaker Mode standard from a number of industry organisations and new vendors.

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ViacomCBS takes a Byte out of in-car entertainment market


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.

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Golden Globes: The full list of winners


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.

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Content security: Keeping one step ahead of the pirates


Restreaming and credential sharing are among the challenges faced by broadcasters and platform owners, ensuring that content and revenue protection remain areas of innovation.

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Samsung and 8K Association launch TV certification scheme


Samsung Electronics has partnered with the 8K Association to launch an 8K TV certification scheme.

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Craft leaders: Rachel Morrison, ASC


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.

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Advancing immersive realities


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.

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Behind the scenes: Jojo Rabbit


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.

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France hits Google with $167M fine for online advertising breach


The French competition watchdog has fined Google $167 million for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers and its “opaque” business practices.

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BritBox adds distribution partners


ITV and BBC streaming service BritBox is now available on Chromecast as well as Panasonic and Vestel televisions.

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Google buys game developer & NENT inks NBCUniversal content deal


16-20 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Audiotonix acquired by private equity firm


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.

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Apple, Google & Amazon “Chip” away at smart home standard


Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance have partnered to develop an open standard for connecting smart home devices.

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TiVo merges with tech firm Xperi in $3bn deal


TiVo is combining with Xperi to create “one of the industry’s largest” consumer and entertainment technology and intellectual property licensing businesses.

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Behind the scenes: 1917


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.

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Top 10: Publish


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.


Doing business the right way: Encouraging sustainability and diversity


Sustainability and green issues have dominated the news in 2019. At a recent event, the DPP put ethical broadcasting top of the agenda

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Top 10: Monetise


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.


Editor’s letter: Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year


As the broadcast and media industry reflects on another year of change, IBC365 wishes its readers Season’s Greetings.

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Top 10: Consume


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.

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Top 10: Manage


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.

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Upgrading the user experience as OTT competition intensifies


Delivering more personalised viewing experiences and reducing content discovery times are among the challenges currently being addressed by UI/UX developers, writes David Davies.


Lionsgate strikes content deal with Airtel


India’s Bharti Airtel has inked a deal with Lionsgate and Starzplay to launch Lionsgate Play in India under a new strategic alliance.

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New Zealand delays decision over PSB merger


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.

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UK TV licence fee could be overhauled under Boris Johnson


The UK government is looking at decriminalising the non-payment of TV licences, a move which would potentially hit BBC funding hard.

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Back to the future: A 2019 technical retrospective


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.

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Top 10: Create & Produce


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.

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Canal+ inks French distribution deal with Disney+


Canal+ has struck a deal to become the exclusive distribution partner in France for Disney’s new streaming platform.

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Foxtel signs multi-year content deal with Discovery


Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has signed a multi-year agreement with US factual giant Discovery to bring its premium content down under.


Hulu trials ad insertion for binge viewers


Streaming video platform Hulu has begun to test run commercials targeted at viewers who binge-watching series, inserting ad breaks into the service.

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IBC2020 looks to innovation with new initiatives


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

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Australian government greenlights FAANG regulation


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.


2019 review: The business of creativity


Reflecting on the past twelve months, one clear TV industry trend stands out: the content business has been red hot.

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Martin Sorrell: “Faster, better and cheaper”


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.

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Amazon scores Champions League rights & Comcast to spend $2bn on Peacock service


9-13 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.


Election 2019: How UK broadcasters are covering election night


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.

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Comcast and NuEyes partner on accessibility for visually impaired


Comcast has partnered with wearable technology startup NuEyes to bring entertainment viewing experiences to visually impaired customers through NuEyes virtual reality technology.


Broadcast Solutions event reflects on remote production and ST 2110


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.

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2019 review: The technology shaping content creation


Interactive drama, games engines, holograms, aerial spectaculars and digital cosmetics showed the blend of content and tech innovation has never been stronger

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Behind the scenes: Cats


From page to stage to screen, how director Tom Hooper and DP Christopher Ross transmogrified the megamusical

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Netflix trials browser-free ‘Watch Now’ streaming experience


Netflix has begun a global test of its latest feature for TV apps, offering users the option to skip browsing and start streaming instantly.

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Netflix dominates Golden Globe nominations


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.

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MovieLabs publishes new whitepaper on production security


MovieLabs has published a new white paper that lays out security principles for the future of production in the cloud.

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PSBs leading gender-balanced workplaces, finds EBU


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.

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Quibi: Assessing the appetite for snackable streaming


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.

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Manchester United ink content partnership deal with Alibaba Group


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.

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IABM 2019 Awards: Winners revealed


The IABM has announced the winners of its annual awards at the organisation’s Annual International Business Conference.

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Verizon and Sony produce 5G live sports demo


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.

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DFL tests 9:16 format for football broadcast


The German Deutsche Fußball Liga has successfully broadcast for the first time in 9:16 instead of the standard 16:9 picture format.


3SS, Media Distillery and XroadMedia harness AI for personalised TV


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.

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What’s next for VR?


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.

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“Record breaking” BBC iPlayer views & Sky studios partners Merman Television


2-6 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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DPP extends IMF adding auxiliary track


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.

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Behind the scenes: Motherless Brooklyn


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.

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Viacom completes CBS merger


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.

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Fox inks deal with AWS on cloud video delivery


Amazon Web Services will be employed by Fox to transmit the broadcaster’s sport, news and entertainment content to TV and streaming customers.

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Can Amazon deliver a Premier football experience?


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.

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Behind the scenes: 6 Underground


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.

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Sky invests £3bn in production at new Elstree studio


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.

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Live music broadcasting: the new frontier for next gen audio?


Live production with NGA has been dominated by sports. But could live music be the next opportunity for immersive sound? David Davies investigates.

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HBO Max: Too late to the streaming party?


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.

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beIN Sports wins broadcast rights for FIFA Club World Cup


Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports will exclusively broadcast the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Tories file Ofcom complaint against C4 over election debates


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.


EU online piracy for film and TV falls


Overall access to pirated content in Europe has dropped more than 15% according to a new report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

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Democratising solidarity for freedom of the press


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

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Creating Spotify for sports to counter piracy


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.

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ViacomCBS merger finalises, YouTube’s new ad category plus Quibi’s latest departure


25 -29 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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5G: The impact on broadcasting


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.

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The DTG helps with UK Cyber Security legislation


DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies talks cyber security, the move to IP and personalisation.

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ProSiebenSat.1 partners AWS for cloud overhaul


European satellite and cable broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media has announced a significant rollout of cloud services across its businesses.

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Chernobyl wins six RTS Craft and Design Awards


Netflix, BBC, C4 and HBO are among the network winners for the 2019 Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards.


German SVoD Joyn service goes premium


ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s cross-channel entertainment streaming platform Joyn has expanded its German streaming service with the launch of Joyn Plus+.

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Why going direct doesn’t have to be difficult

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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.

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Behind the scenes: The Irishman


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.

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Weavr project unveils immersive esports experience


The UK government-backed Weavr project has released a new phase of immersive technology aimed at enhancing the esports fan experience.

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Industry innovators: Quantel


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.

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New World Symphony: Orchestral academy gets ready for 4K HDR


The world-renowned Miami classical music institution is approaching the completion of an ambitious multi-year upgrade, writes David Davies.

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Indian regulator calls for streaming players to coexist


The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is conducting discussions with streaming video services in the region to examine regulatory and best practises.

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BBC Studioworks extends Elstree Studios partnership


The collaboration between BBC Studioworks and Elstree Studios has been extended for another four years until March 2024.

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Sky partners with sign language body for slate of accessible content


Broadcaster Sky has partnered with deaf production charity, the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, to develop a slate of content in British Sign Language.

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Ofcom CTO steps down


In a second-high profile executive departure, Ofcom has confirmed its chief technology officer Mansoor Hanif has stepped down from his role.

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Light fields: A bright immersive idea


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.

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Google Stadia officially launches & Sonos acquires AI voice startup


18-22 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Analysis: The evolution of immersive


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.

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Journalism under pressure, according to EBU News Xchange panel


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.

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Sports: Serving specialist audiences


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.


Cinema tech: Could improved images & sound bolster fluctuating audiences?


Declining cinema attendance in Europe means that a greater focus on higher-resolution images and immersive technologies is inevitable, writes David Davies.

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Interview: Paul Debevec, Google


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 ...

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BBC CTO reveals changes to red-button and smart TV apps


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.

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Nordic streamers look local to compete with SVoD giants


As the streaming wars intensify globally, Scandinavian networks are producing local series to compete, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis.

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OTT audience measurement platform launched in India


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.

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Disney+ subscribers report accounts have been hacked


Hackers have stolen thousands of Disney+ subscribers accounts to sell on the dark web, according to reports, with users remaining without answers.

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Analysis: FCC turns down SES/Intelsat $60bn plan


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.

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Understanding immersive realities


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.

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ACT launches five-year blueprint for EU media policy


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.


SPI International and FilmBox expands African distribution


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.

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TikTok owner expands into music streaming


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.

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London-based streamer Mubi launches in India


Streaming service Mubi has been launched in India, with the aim of developing a niche following in the already competitive market.

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Lionsgate and Amazon UK ink output deal


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.

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Disney+, Cable Europe revamp and OTT market report


11-15 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Interview: Barbara Lange, SMPTE


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.


Behind the scenes: War of the Worlds


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.

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Looking behind live esports production


Delivering live esports production at scale requires seamless technology integration and tight workflows to optimise the operation and produce esports for massive international audiences.

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4K UHD: choice and complexity concerns still shaping global adoption


Multiple HDR formats and concerns about production complexity mean that UHD is still some way off from becoming a default choice, writes David Davies.

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Industry Innovators: Bill Warner, Avid


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.

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DPP launches industry-wide sustainability initiative


UK media industry business network, the DPP, launched today a new initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices among suppliers and content providers.

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New Zealand government proposes new public media organisation


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.

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Netflix and Nickelodeon enter multi-year film and TV deal


Global streaming giant Netflix has announced a multi-year output deal with Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon.


Spanish regulator fines Mediaset and Atresdmedia €77m over ad practices


Spain’s regulator CNMC has hit national broadcasters Mediaset and Atresdmedia with fines totalling €77.1 million for anti-competitive practices over TV advertising.

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Disney+ debuts with technical glitches


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.

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European Commission approves Telia’s Bonnier buy


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.

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DVB approves internet-centric linear TV DVB-I specification


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.

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Craft leaders: Peter Greenaway, filmmaker


Cinema should evolve beyond the medium of storytelling. Speaking to IBC365, Peter Greenaway – filmmaker, artist and provocateur - casts his critical eye over Hollywood

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Disney bets big on the streaming revolution


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?

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ITV announces new addressable advertising platform Planet V


UK broadcaster ITV announced today the launch of its new addressable advertising platform Planet V which is set to launch early next year.

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Mediaset increases investment in ProSiebenSat.1


Italian Mediaset Group has secured an additional stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Media achieving an “important milestone for its pan-European portfolio.”

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Augmenting reality: Creative and commercial opportunities for AR content


Join IBC365 on demand to explore the technology, use cases and business models behind AR.


Globo reorganisation unites production and distribution brands


Globo has announced a reorganisation of the Brazilian media company’s various content creation and distribution arms.

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Sky and BBC partner on tech and content


Sky and the BBC have announced a new partnership which will see the two UK broadcasters collaborate on content and technology.

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DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing & Viacom to announce earnings


11-15 Nov: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Disney unveils European launch dates for Disney+


Disney+ is set to launch in a number of European markets on 31 March, the studio giant confirmed during a results call.

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RTÉ announces job cuts and closures


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.

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Deluxe appoints new CEO


Deluxe has completed a restructure of the business and appointed Eric Cummins to the role of chief executive.

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MovieLabs looks to be the industry’s North Star


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.

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VFX: De-aging tech


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.

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Vivendi's peace talks with Mediaset & Fox strikes deal with Nexstar


4-8 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Rory Peck Awards honour fearless filmmakers


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.


Chernobyl and Killing Eve lead RTS Craft and Design nominations


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.

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Sky launches new immersive VR experience


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.

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BritBox launches in the UK with C4 deal


UK streaming service BritBox has gone live across the UK today announcing a deal with Channel 4 for British TV box sets and films.

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Technicolor appoints Moat as new CEO


Technicolor has named former Eir boss Richard Moat as its new CEO, replacing Frédéric Rose.

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Craft Leaders: Edward Norton, filmmaker


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.

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Esports: Overcoming the pitfalls of production


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.

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Red pulls plug on Hydrogen device


Red Digital Cinema has pulled the plug on its Hydrogen device, ending the firm’s foray into mobile phone manufacturing.

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Canal+ Group seeks exclusive Disney+ deal in France


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.

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Enabling intelligent media and entertainment

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Join IBC365 and Microsoft on demand to learn how an intelligent cloud can empower and enable media and entertainment organisations to achieve more.

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Ofcom appoints Oxley as interim chief


Ofcom has named Jonathan Oxley as interim chief executive, as speculation grows about who will replace departing chief Sharon White.

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Behind the scenes: Diego Maradona


Editor Chris King and director Asif Kapadia tackle Argentina’s footballing enigma, Diego Maradona, in this documentary which comes to DVD this month

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Personalising UI with ML and voice


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.

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Vice Media finalises acquisition of Refinery29


Refinery29 has officially been taken over by Vice Media with the media giant confirmating executive teams will be reshuffled.

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Broadcasters partner to boost disability awareness


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).

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Visual Data buys London content services firm MX1


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

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SMPTE and IABM confirm industry membership collaboration


Two leading media and broadcasting organisations have united to pool expertise across their memberships and share knowledge around industry challenges.

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OneWeb to raise $1bn for mega-constellation


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.

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Conservatives and Labour pledge free over-75 licence fees ahead of election


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.

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Comcast-owned Sky boosts UK workforce with 1,000 new roles


Europe’s direct-to-consumer media and entertainment company Sky will grow its engineering and customer service jobs by 5% to meet increasing demands.

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DPP unveils report on localisation


The DPP has released a new report challenging the media and entertainment industry to collaborate more on localisation.

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Charter to launch AMC SVoD and ad-free services


AMC Networks has announced a deal with Charter Communications to boost the distribution for its ad-free AMC Premiere and subscription streaming services.

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Machine learning audio software firm secures $3.3m funding


Audio repair software developer Accusonus has raised $3.3 million in Series A funding.

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Commanding the future with next-generation voice control


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.

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Interview: Tim Shoulders on Grass Valley’s future


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”.

Digital digest index

Apple TV+ launches 1 Nov & Niantic’s Pokemon Go surpasses $3bn


28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Behind the scenes: His Dark Materials


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.

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Pinewood ends Wales studio deal


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.


Haivision to buy LightFlow from Epic Labs


Video steaming solutions provider Haivision has struck a deal to acquire AI and cloud orchestration firm LightFlow from Epic Labs.

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Vivendi readies for DTH launch in Ukraine


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.

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Video did not kill the radio


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.

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Apple bites into the streaming market


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.

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US DoD partners Verizon to deliver Forces network over IP


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.

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Belden confirms plans to divest Grass Valley


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.

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HBO and Sky strike new EU programming deal


Comcast-owned European pay-TV giant Sky and WarnerMedia’s HBO have renewed their long-running output deal.

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Viacom inks short-form content production deal with Facebook


Facebook Watch will showcase a slate of new commissioned short-form content after inking a deal with Viacom Digital Studios “to drive engagement.”

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Sony shutters PlayStation Vue platform amid streaming competition


Sony has scrapped video streaming service PlayStation Vue amid increased competition in the global streaming market.

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The internet of things: The start of a slow revolution


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’?

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Netflix responds to viewing speed criticism


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.


SVoD and pay-TV thrive in Spain


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.

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DAZN inks boxing content deal with Snapchat


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.

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Delivering live esports production at scale

2019-10-28T15:22:00+00:00Sponsored by

Join IBC365 on demand to go behind the scenes to understand the technology and workflow behind producing live esports events.

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Endemol Shine Group acquired by Banijay


French production group Banijay has acquired global production company Endemol Shine Group to create a worldwide premium player in content production and entertainment.

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NASA and AWS demo astronaut video call


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.

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Vision mixers: Switching it up


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.

Week ahead

CEBIT Australia showcase & Apple to release earnings


28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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NHK to “mass produce” 8K content


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.

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Fibre optic arrives in London Underground & Apple TV+ forecasted $9bn revenue


21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Why productions should focus on security


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.

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Esports amalgamation and addressability for advertisers


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.

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Discovery launches AVoD service in UK and Ireland


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.

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5G Today: Bavaria’s broadcast trials


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.

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Behind the scenes: Official Secrets


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 acquires Timecode Systems


Atomos has acquired Timecode Systems, the UK manufacturer of wireless sync technology.

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Q&A: Matt Hill, Thinkbox


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.

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Viasat to merge with Canal Digital


Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has proposed to merge its Viasat consumer business with Norwegian operator Telenor’s TV subsidiary Canal Digital.

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RTS opens 2020 Programme Awards


The Royal Television Society (RTS) programme awards are open for applications seeking to recognise extraordinary talent across all genres in British television.

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Addressable advertising: Who’s doing what, and why


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 ...

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Roku acquires Dataxu to strengthen its advertising arm


Roku has acquired Dataxu in a $150 million deal to accelerate its ad platform and help content partners monetise their inventory.

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Future movie archiving raises ethical questions


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.

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SMPTE unveils new partnerships at SMPTE 2019


SMPTE 2019: SMPTE has unveiled a number of new partnerships at SMPTE2019 as the society continues its three-year transformation plan.

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Rory Peck 2019 Awards finalists revealed


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.

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MovieLabs to focus on security with new whitepaper


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.

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BBC launches UK’s first voice news service


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.


The changing nature of TV

2019-10-22T14:44:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Comcast and Viacom join anti-piracy initiative


Comcast and Viacom have joined anti-piracy initiative the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

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DPP develops IMF for advertising


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.

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IABM opens call for entries for annual awards


The IABM has opened entries for its annual awards which recognise and reward exceptional talent and dedication.

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SMPTE focusses on storytellers at 2019 conference

2019-10-22T10:52:00+01:00By , at SMPTE 2019

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.

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Ad management: Broadcast stability versus online chaos


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.


First global women’s SVoD football service unveiled


Wnited, the world’s first global OTT service dedicated to women’s football, has been unveiled by Spring Media at Sportel Monaco.

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France OTT player Salto gains triple investment


France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 are set to triple the investment in jointly backed on-demand service Salto, according to reports.


Localisation firm LyLo acquired by TransPerfect


Brussels-based dubbing, voiceover and access services facilities firm LyLo Media Group has been acquired by TransPerfect.

Week ahead

Nordic TV Summit & Amazon, Comcast and more release earnings


21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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UK culture sec “open” to idea of scrapping BBC licence fee for subscription model


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.

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IBC2019 technical papers: Encoding


Encoding was once again high up the agenda in the Technical Paper submissions at IBC2019.

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O2 launches 5G in UK & Quibi adds to content portfolio


14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Getting the industry to address the EBU Pyramid


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.

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Applying automation to high quality/low cost orchestra live streaming

2019-10-17T14:29:00+01:00By D. R. Chalmers

In this paper, BBC Scotland explores the use of robotic pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras to capture an orchestral concert for live streaming.


Completely new production flow and IP based playout

2019-10-17T14:22:00+01:00By Kjell Ove Skarsbø

In this paper, TV 2 explores a new architecture in IP based playout and workflow.


Live 360° video delivery

2019-10-17T14:14:00+01:00By Olie Baumann

In this paper, MediaKind explores viewport-adaptive 360º video delivery.

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Taking object-based media from the research environment into mainstream production

2019-10-17T14:04:00+01:00By Mike Armstrong, Sally Bowman, Matthew Brooks, Andy Brown, Juliette Carter, Andy Jones, Max Leonard, Thomas Preece

In this paper, BBC R&D explores the design and architecture of Object-Based Media (OBM).


CDNs: Innovation, higher bandwidth and interactivity


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.

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Call of duty


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 ...

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BBC shuts down VR Hub


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.


Globoplay thumbnails: Using AI to extract the best frame to represent drama series

2019-10-17T11:16:00+01:00By Edmundo Hoyle, Álvaro Antelo, Igor Coutinho

In this paper, GLOBO introduces a novel algorithm responsible for the automatic thumbnail selection of drama series content published on OTT platform Globoplay.


Deep-learning based precoding techniques for next-generation video compression

2019-10-17T11:08:00+01:00By Aaron Chadha, Eirina Bourtsoulatze, Ilya Fadeev, Vasileios Giotsas, Sergio Grce, and Yiannis Andreopoulos

In this paper, iSIZE proposes deep neural networks as precoding components for current and future codec ecosystems.


State-of-the-art of extended reality in 5G networks

2019-10-17T11:02:00+01:00By I.D.D. Curcio, S.N.B. Gunkel, T. Stockhammer

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.

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Evaluating the quality of multi-camera video capture and view-point interpolation for 6DoF AR/VR applications

2019-10-17T10:52:00+01:00By Chris Varekamp

In this paper, Philips Group Innovation presents a quality evaluation approach that uses ray-traced images of artificial scenes.

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Lessons learnt during one year of commercial volumetric video production

2019-10-17T10:43:00+01:00By O. Schreer, I. Feldmann, P. Kauff, P. Eisert, D. Tatzelt, C. Hellge, K. Müller, T. Ebner, S. Bliedung

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 ...


HIAR/VR for various viewing styles in the future of broadcasting

2019-10-17T10:31:00+01:00By H. Kawakita, K. Yoshino, D. Koide, K. Hisatomi, Y. Kawamura, and K. Imamura

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.


Everyday photo-realistic social VR: Communicate and collaborate with an enhanced co-presence and immersion

2019-10-17T10:18:00+01:00By Simon N.B. Gunkel, Hans Stokking, Tom De Koninck, Omar Niamut

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 ...


OMAF4CLOUD: Standards-enabled 360° video creation as a service

2019-10-17T10:02:00+01:00By Yu You, Ari Hourunranta, Emre Aksu

In this paper, Nokia Technologies explores OMAF and NBMP standards for an immersive virtual reality experience.


The immersive audience experience evaluation toolkit

2019-10-17T09:52:00+01:00By J. Freeman, J. Lessiter, P. Borden, L. Turner-Brown, L. Kurta & E. Ferrari

In this paper, i2 media research explores a new way to measure audience perceptions of impact and value of different immersive experiences.


Comparative analysis of real-time multi-view reconstruction of a sign language interpreter

2019-10-17T09:07:00+01:00By Andrej Satnik, Robin Ribback, Krishna Chandramouli, Giacomo Inches, Mark Wheatley, Ebroul Izquierdo

In this paper, Finconns Group, SWISS TXT and more explore


4K UHD HDR and immersive audio live streaming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia for Samsung Smart TVs App

2019-10-17T08:36:00+01:00By L. Carvano, A. T. Gomes, A. S. Murakami

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.


A study on the transmission scheme for the advanced ISDB-T and verification by large-scale field experiments in Japan

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By N. Shirai, S. Kawashima, T. Ijiguchi, A. Sato, H. Miyasaka, S. Asakura, T. Shitomi, T. Takeuchi, M. Nakamura, T. Nakatogawa, M. Okano, K. Tsuchida and M. Takada

In this paper, NHK explores the development of advanced terrestrial broadcasting technology to transmit ultra-high-definition television signals.


Regional contents in a national DVB-T2 SFN: A novel approach based on DVB-SIS

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By V. Mignone, A. Bertella, D. Milanesio, B. Sacco, S. Ripamonti, M. Visintin

In this paper, Rai explores a system configuration that benefits from the multiple Physical Layer Pipes (PLP) of DVB-T2.


5G media streaming architecture

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By F. Gabin, T. Lohmar, G. Heikkilä, L. D'Acunto, T. Stockhammer

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.


Full duplex docsis & extended spectrum docsis hold hands to form the 10G cable network of the future

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Frank O’Keeffe, Ayham Al-Banna, Tom Cloonan

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.


5G for broadcasters – new opportunities for distribution and content

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By A. Murphy, B. Weir, M. Waddell, R. Khokhar

In this paper, the BBC presents the results of the emerging requirements for future 5G deployments.

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Marconi: towards an integrated, intelligent radio production platform

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Rik Bauwens, Sandy Claes

In this paper, VRT explores integrated tools in audio technology for 21st-century radio production.

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Flexible virtualisation of radio production and playout

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By J.E.Kivelä

In this paper, Jutel Oy explores virtual browser-based radio production.


Evolution of radio services in the era of voice-controlled digital assistants

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By P. Casagranda, F. Russo, R. Teraoni Prioletti

In this paper, Rai explores the impact of voice-controlled digital assistants on the evolution of radio services.


DAB over IP

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Alexander Erk & Fabian Sattler

In this paper, IRT explores DAB and IP as technical solutions for radio streaming.


Advanced video compression and rendering for highly immersive 8K+ applications

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By M. Alvarez-Mesa, S. Sanz-Rodríguez, C. C. Chi, M. Glowiak, R. Haring

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.


The emerging MPEG-5 EVC standard - Applications, technology and results

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Jonatan Samuelsson, Kiho Choi, Jianle Chen, Dmytro Rusanovskyy

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.


Real-time decoding and AR playback of the emerging MPEG video-based point cloud compression standard

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By S. Schwarz, M. Pesonen

In this paper, Nokia Technologies presents the world’s first implementation of the upcoming MPEG standard for video-based point cloud compression.


Understanding the effect of content type on the value of OTT audiences

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By F. M. Conner

In this paper, Vimeo discusses the ways in which content variation affects key aspects of OTT, including subscriber monetisation, viewership, and content management.


Leveraging acoustic information for enhanced personalisation in the entertainment domain

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Charlie Bonfield, Manik Malhotra

In this paper, TiVo explores an effective strategy that could be used to enhance the discovery experience for voice remote users.


Networked collaborative recommendation architecture

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By V. Ollikainen

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.


Using machine learning and behavioural analysis for user-tailored viewer experience

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By Peter W. Szabo and Zsolt L. Janosi

In this paper, 3 Screen Solutions showcases the machine learning engine and examines a behavioural mapping technique and the mathematical theory behind it.


User acceptance of emotion-aware mood-improving voice assistants

2019-10-17T07:00:00+01:00By R. Bernhaupt, C. Murko, G. Pottier, A. Battut

In this paper, ruwido explores the potential of voice aware and mood-improving voice assistants.

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IABM’s latest Buying Trends Report sees fall in revenue growth


Despite a noticeable fall in industry revenue, buying confidence remains high according to the IABM’s latest report.

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MESA tackles OTT sport opportunities


MESA’s post IBC2019 review looked at multi-territory OTT sports platforms. George Jarrett reports.

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All3Media launches new prodco with former Field Day exec


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.

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Public cloud services are evolving

2019-10-16T09:41:00+01:00Sponsored by

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.

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IABM reveals Skyline upgrade to Platinum membership


The IABM has announced Skyline Communications has become the latest company to upgrade to Platinum membership level.

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BBC Studios agrees Asia distribution deal with Globecast and MEASAT


BBC Studios has struck an agreement to distribute its BBC channels across Asia through Globecast on MEASAT Satellite Systems.

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Analysis: USA 5G reassignment could be worth $30 billion to sat-operators


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.

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Interview: Christophe Poulain, Worldcast Systems

2019-10-14T13:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

Improving user experience and making products that are easier to configure and operate is a priority, says Worldcast Group co-president Christophe Poulain.

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Enhancing content personalisation and confronting ‘viewer churn’

2019-10-14T12:46:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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New Zealand Rugby takes 5% stake in Sky NZ in “revolutionary” rights deal


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.

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ITV unveils technical partners for BritBox


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.

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Blog: Turning talent on demand


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.

Week ahead

MIPCOM, Netflix to announce results & Broadcast India Show


14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Creating brand loyalty and new TV revenues with next-generation voice control

2019-10-11T15:31:00+01:00Sponsored by

Join IBC365 on demand to find out what’s required to take voice engagement to the next level to maximise audience experience and ensure customer retention and revenue growth.

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MPs urge UK government and BBC to rethink over-75’s licence fees


A group of British MPs have challenged the BBC and the government to work together to protect free TV licences for all over-75s.

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ProSiebenSat.1 set for sale of US production business


German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media wants to sell its US production arm by the end of the year, with bids due by then.

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Verizon Media expands short-form video business


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.

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DPP: Globalising media at an industrial scale


The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) had a three-pronged strategy for IBC fronted by IMF implementation.

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Empowering all to thrive in broadcasting


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.

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RTS awards 2019 undergraduate bursaries


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.

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Digital platforms set to skyrocket women’s sport on screen by 94%


Broadcasters have committed to investing in the creation, production and distribution of women’s sport on screens, according to research by Imagen.

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Challenging media authenticity with diversity


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.

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MGM Studios deploys groundbreaking media distribution technology


Legendary media group MGM has become one of the first major customers of the Eluvio Content Fabric, which bypasses the need for traditional CDNs.

Digital digest index

EU warns of 5G cybersecurity & tech giants face tax crackdown


7 - 11 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Italy to launch “web tax” in 2020 targeting digital giants


Italy has confirmed that it will implement a 3% web tax on large-scale web-based activity from big digital companies starting next year.

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Liberty LATAM spends $1.95bn on AT&T operations


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.

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India approves foreign broadcaster technology collaborations


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.

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Rise partners BT Sport and Sky to launch education programme ‘Rise-Up’


Gender diversity advocacy group Rise has launched a new schools outreach programme aimed at educating children about opportunities in the broadcast and media space.

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Skill sets: Transitioning to data science and analytics


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.

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Broadcast and media technology market in Europe

2019-10-09T15:33:00+01:00By Riikka Koponen

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.

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Behind the scenes: Le Mans ‘66


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

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Mediaset and Netflix announce partnership


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.

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Reach and relevance drives revenue


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.

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Enthusiasm of 8K


At IBC2019 there were several announcements about the 8K future. Chris Forrester looks at some of the enthusiasm around 8K.

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5G-MAG promises a multicast layer cake


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.

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Arqiva sells telecoms business for £2bn


Arqiva has sold its telecoms division for £2bn as part of its strategy to focus on broadcast infrastructure and connectivity for TV and radio.

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MediaKind appoints Allen Broome as CTO


Former Comcast executive Allen Broome has been appointed to the newly created role of chief technology officer at MediaKind.

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Facebook agrees $40m settlement over ad engagement lawsuit


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.

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Dish TV India partners with Amazon Prime Video


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.

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RTS opens entries for the Television Journalism Awards 2020


The Royal Television Society has launched the 2020 edition of the RTS Television Journalism Awards.

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Evolution not revolution

2019-10-07T16:07:00+01:00By Elliot Herman

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.

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June Sarpong appointed BBC diversity lead


Broadcaster, writer and campaigner June Sarpong has been named as the BBC’s new director of creative diversity.

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Netflix banned from advertising on Disney channels


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.

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Deluxe files for bankruptcy


Deluxe Entertainment Services Group insists that it is business as usual for the post-production company despite filing for bankruptcy.

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BBC unveils major revamp of iPlayer


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.

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New broadcasters: Zeitgeist of our time


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.

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Sky News broadcasts live on Amazon’s Twitch


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.

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All3Media forms finance fund with Cinetic Media


All3Media America has joined forces with financing and distribution firm Cinetic Media to establish an original content development fund.

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Amazon spat with Disney over Amazon Fire TV ad sales


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.

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EBU calls for more broadcaster involvement in 5G


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.

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IABM: Three IBC 2019 takeaways


As media companies face unprecedented challenges, IABM’s Lorenzo Zanni looks at the key themes from IBC2019: Transformation, collaboration, and aggregation

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Video: Jaunt XR’s Mitzi Reaugh talks isolation of media tech


Media and technology can isolate people, meaning the industry needs to rethink inclusivity, according to Jaunt XR CEO Mitzi Reaugh.

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Amazon’s Disney dispute, Prime Video pushes into Poland & Netflix UK profits soar


30 Sep-4 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Embracing the journey to IP


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.


Behind the scenes: Joker


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.

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Tencent joins AV1 codec group Alliance for Open Media


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.

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Vice Media acquires Refinery29 in $400m deal


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.

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Ethiopia switches on dedicated direct TV platform


The Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) have launched the first dedicated Ethiopian TV platform to host local channels.

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Italy launches Netflix tax evasion probe


Italian prosecutors are probing Netflix over alleged undeclared taxes in Italy for media products sold to Italian viewers, according to reports.

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Is IP delivery the future for broadcasting esports?


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.


NATO takes the lead for digital cinema standards


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).

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Disney inks Amazon Prime streaming deal for LATAM


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.

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Esports audiences “the Holy Grail” for ad revenue


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.

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How to tell a better story


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.

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‘Our customers are looking to redefine the viewer experience’

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Bitmovin CEO and co-founder Stefan Lederer reflects on the implications of a growing trend towards selecting ‘the right codec for the right job’.

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Verizon buys assets from Jaunt XR


US telco Verizon Communications has agreed to purchase the software, technology and a number of other assets from immersive technology company Jaunt XR.

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Canal+ wins battle against Polish pirates


The owner of Pirate streaming site has been imprisoned after the site was found to have illegally distributed Canal+ original TV broadcasts.

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Vidgo and Kiswe launch new social TV experience


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.

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UK pledges additional £5bn for 5G and full-fibre


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.

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Jane Turton appointed chair of RTS board of trustees


The Royal Television Society (RTS) has appointed All3Media chief executive Jane Turton as Chair of the organisation’s board of trustees.

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Content Everywhere: Cloud, low-latency and 5G

2019-09-30T16:05:00+01:00By Anne Morris

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.


Locast launches countersuit against US broadcasters


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.

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Broadcasters look to optimise workflow costs as storage models evolve


Security, cost-efficiency and the sheer volume of content are becoming increasingly critical as customers adopt more varied storage patterns, writes David Davies.

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BritBox announces distribution deals


UK streaming service BritBox has announced distribution deals with Samsung, Freeview, and YouView.

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Zwift inks deal for UCI esports championships


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.

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Cinema before streaming says Apple


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.

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Islamic TV joint venture to be ‘modelled on BBC’ says Pakistan PM


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.

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Virgin Media wades into RTÉ funding debate


Virgin Media has warned the Irish government against “pandering yet again to RTÉ” amid debate over funding of the public service broadcaster.

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Lean machine learning

2019-09-27T15:18:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

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.

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Dish loses Fox over contract dispute


Dish Network’s customers have lost access to Fox channels as the two companies go head-to-head in the latest carriage dispute.

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Politics live: Hansard of the airwaves or reality TV car crash?


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.

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Alchimie acquires UK’s TV Player


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.

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Comment: Our pick of the best of IBC2019

2019-09-27T11:22:00+01:00By , ,

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.

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Channel 5 and Comedy Central to join BritBox & Disney+ takes US pre orders


23-27 Sept: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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The AI/ML effect


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.

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Moving online has given the SCTE an edge in broadband training


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.

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OTT tops the IBC2019 agenda


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.

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India’s TRAI to govern broadcasters’ interconnections


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking input from broadcasters into its regulatory review of the provisions of interconnection and carriage fees.

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MovieLabs to address the evolution of media creation in SMPTE 2019 keynote


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.


RTS opens student TV awards


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.

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Diversity: IBC2019 Sees it differently


Diversity was a key topic at the IBC2019 Lounge Talks as speakers looked at gender equality, LGBT representation and neurodiversity.

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Broadcasters’ battle to stay relevant as content production evolves

2019-09-25T11:17:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Amazon Studios inks exclusive deal with Phoebe Waller-Bridge


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.

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BBC to commercialise new voice assistant Beeb


The BBC’s recently announced voice assistant Beeb will be available internationally and be commercialised outside the UK.

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BBC Studioworks unveils Moultrie as new CEO


BBC Studioworks has named BBC Studios UK MD, consumer products and publishing, Andrew Moultrie as its new CEO.

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Sovereignty and scale key to digital success says New York Times boss


The case for public intervention in media is stronger than ever, according to New York Times CEO and former BBC director general Mark Thompson.

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Behind the scenes: The Goldfinch


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.

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Pebble Beach partners with Vizrt

2019-09-24T13:02:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

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.

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Extreme content watchdog to be independent body funded by tech giants


The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism will become an independent organisation funded by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft.

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IP delivery and its role in the rise of multiscreen and hybrid services


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.

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CJ leads next-gen cinema experiences with 4DX


Cinema technology company CJ 4DPlex has committed to develop multisensory cinema technology to offer next-generation cinema experiences.


SVoD service iwonder launches in South East Asia


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.

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YouTube launches new ad service using AI to simplify video marketing


YouTube has pitched the benefits of AI for advertising campaigns with the launch of its new Video Reach campaigns platform.

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RTS Cambridge Convention 2019 round up

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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.

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Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Emmy Awards


The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards last night celebrated excellence in programming and individual achievements for the 2018 to 2019 television season.


Vivendi retains Mediaset stake ahead of wider legal battle, according to reports


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.

Week ahead

South Africa and US each to host radio industry events


23-27 Sept: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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GatesAir unveils extended low-power TV range

2019-09-21T17:13:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

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.

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Stage Tec highlights IP-based Nexus interconnections

2019-09-21T17:09:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

The Nexus audio network was previously designed exclusively for networking using a proprietary fibre optic cable protocol.

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New agreements hit the hot spot for Arabsat


Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) used IBC to discuss with visitors the latest developments in its business.

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Apple and Microsoft join Academy Software Foundation


IBC2019: Apple and Microsoft have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Software Foundation, bringing its membership to 27 companies.

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WorldDAB sees connections grow


IBC2019: The world is adopting digital radio, according to Graham Dixon, head of radio at the EBU, who spoke at IBC2019.

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“Pleasure” is key reason viewers tune into TV, say researchers


“Pleasure” is the dominant reason that viewers tune into television, according to new ITV research.

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Sky looks to build Studios division via acquisitions and deals


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.

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BBC director general Tony Hall sets out “total TV” vision for iPlayer


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.

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Interview: Soumya Sriraman, BritBox


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.

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Netflix chief Hastings pledges increased investment in UK content


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said today that the streamer would step up its spend in the UK, its biggest production market outside the US.

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Channel 4 boss Alex Mahon hits out at streamers


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”

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Top women’s sports events should be free to air, says UK Culture Secretary


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.

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Channel 5 and Comedy Central join BritBox


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

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Streaming, 8K and AR: How bringing production in-house will transform Rugby World Cup 2019

2019-09-20T09:48:00+01:00By Steve McCaskill

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.

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BritBox “not a threat” to the BBC says Ofcom & NBC Universal unveils SVoD service


16-20 Sep: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

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Comcast inks distribution deal with DAZN


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.

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Diversity of UK TV industry not improving fast enough, says Ofcom chief


Ofcom CEO Sharon White has called for more concerted leadership from UK broadcasters and production companies to improve diversity in the TV industry.

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“Trust” is key for ITV, says McCall


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.

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Media companies need authenticity to attract Gen Z


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.

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Broadcasters encouraged to tackle esports opportunity


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.


4K encoder for live contributions new from Zycast


Professional broadcast equipment manufacturer ZyCast showcased a number of its latest solutions, including its 4K encoder, at IBC2019.

Aldrey: Building lasting connections with technical partners

MediaKind launches Universal Alliance


In support of the company’s goal to ignite the industrialisation of broadcast-quality streaming, MediaKind launched the MediaKind Universe Alliance at IBC.


Content and technology leaders combine to create an outstanding IBC experience


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.

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NEP invests in Merging Anubis

2019-09-17T15:58:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

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.

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NEP Norway taps Lawo for core upgrade

2019-09-17T15:58:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

NEP Norway will be using Lawo as equipment provider as it replaces the baseband video and audio infrastructure of its Oslo Broadcast Centre’s master control room.