As the streaming wars intensify globally, Scandinavian networks are producing local series to compete, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis.
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.
Globo has announced a reorganisation of the Brazilian media company’s various content creation and distribution arms.
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.
4-8 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
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).
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.
In this paper, Rai explores a system configuration that benefits from the multiple Physical Layer Pipes (PLP) of DVB-T2.
Virgin Media has warned the Irish government against “pandering yet again to RTÉ” amid debate over funding of the public service broadcaster.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking input from broadcasters into its regulatory review of the provisions of interconnection and carriage fees.
IBC2019: Paper authors at an IBC Tech Talk presented research on why 3GPP has created a new media streaming architecture for 5G, new innovation in 4K and UHDTV delivery and regional programme variations in a Single Frequency Network (SFN).
IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the closing keynote and the Esports showcase.
IBC2019: What to see and expect at the conference and exhibition today, finishing with the prestigious IBC Awards ceremony.
IBC2019: Where would IBC be without a panel looking at ‘Next Generation TV’ and the threat to conventional broadcasting? IBC 2019 is no different, and this year’s session compared and contrasted HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) and the USA’s ATSC 3.0.
Australia pay-TV service Foxtel will push for an IPO, says News Corp’s CFO who aims to turn the declining service around despite seeing greater growth in streaming.
The world is moving to more natural ways to access the power of computing, says Android TV senior director of product management and IBC2019 keynote speaker Shalini Govil-Pai.
Dish TV India has partnered with Broadpeak to launch its new OTT service Watcho, which will deliver 100+ channels to its customers.
Swedish telecoms operator Telia will provide rivals with “fair access” to its TV channels in order to push through its takeover of Bonnier Broadcasting, according to reports.
19-23 Aug: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The rise of OTTs and the era of ‘fake news’ have piled political and commercial pressures on public service broadcasters but both provide great opportunities, according to RTÉ director general Dee Forbes.
OneWeb won’t be able broadcast into Russia. But how much will this hinder the satellite company’s plans to roll out a global network?
IBC preview magazine Insight contains interviews with keynote speakers, an overview of some of the technology trends that will dominate IBC2019 as well as guides to the show’s exciting and innovative features, from the Future Zone to the Esports Showcase.
We are currently in a transition from 1080p to UHD, so why is the industry intent on pushing 8K?
Leading US entertainment companies CBS and Viacom are set to merge after three years of discussions with the new firm valued at $30 billion.
The international broadcast industry needs to develop a set of common standards in order to combat the growing challenge of “fake news”.
The CBS blackout on AT&T’s media channels has came to an end after the two firms struck a deal over carriage rights.
CBS has struck a carriage deal with cable provider Altice, but its blackout on AT&T looks set to continue.
Five major TV networks in Tokyo are set to trial simultaneous online streaming of their primary evening news shows in January.
India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has opened talks with members of the India broadcasting and media industry about creating a National Broadcast Policy.
Today’s premium content owners need a scalable and profitable live production ecosystem. When it comes to content creation, speed is of the essence to satiate the appetites of audiences around the world, especially in a live environment.
Broadcasters are constantly analysing their performances and trying to circumvent workflow bottlenecks, and to do so they are relying on datasets that are getting larger and larger, says Connect director of sales and product strategy Mathieu Yerle.
With their business model being rapidly disrupted by the streamers, can traditional free-to-air broadcasters hold on to viewers and advertisers? Tim Dams reports
Mediaset has denied a request from Vivendi to hold an extraordinary shareholder meeting to revoke a recently adopted share loyalty scheme that would allow the Berlusconi family to tighten its grip on the Italian broadcaster.
The DTG is taking part in EBU’s 5G Deployments project on media distribution and production.
Finland telecommunications service provider DNA has agreed to sell its terrestrial pay-TV network to rival Digita.
France Télévisions has won a victory in its ongoing legal battle with online TV provider PlayMédia to stop the retransmission of its programmes.
Vivendi has launched a lawsuit against Mediaset in an effort to assert its rights as a shareholder in the Italian broadcaster.
Virgin Media TV managing director has called for a government review of RTÉ’s hybrid model, urging an inquiry ahead of additional funding or changes to the licence fee model.
New digital platform Quibi has issued its first short form commission to the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.
KPN CEO Maximo Ibarra has been named at the new CEO of Sky Italia, effective from October.
Delivering live content successfully requires an interplay of technology and cloud-based workflows to meet viewing demand for high-quality streams, explains ITV’s Andrew Pearson.
Broadcast rights for the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic games have been handed to Infront Sports and Media, which will be the exclusive free-to-air rights holder in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Comcast has developed a web-based eye control remote to enable viewers with a physical disability to change the channel, set a recording and search for a programme.
BT is reported to be considering backing upcoming streaming service Britbox, which is backed by ITV and the BBC.
Reports from the US claim talks about a CBS/Viacom tie-up are set to reopen in June.
TV businesses must shake off short termism and think customer lifetime value
European Commission cites competition concerns over Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting.
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos have launched their own rocket companies as they seek to tap into the planet’s ever-increasing demand for broadband connectivity. Chris Forrester assesses their chances.
The Long Night, Game of Thrones’ biggest, most expensive, and longest episode to date, has been dogged by complaints of murky pictures and difficult to see action. What, if anything, went wrong?
From the creation of content in the cloud to the delivery of content to mobile devices, NAB 2019 was awash with innovation that suggests an even closer relationship between the media and telco industries.
SAT>IP technology – whereby antenna signals can be converted into IP for distribution around a house or commercial facility – is beginning to achieve global traction.
Join IBC365 on demand to explore why creators are turning to cloud to transform the way they make great content.
Remaining relevant and retaining audiences is a challenge RTL is overcoming with content investment and growing its ad-space opportunities explained group SVP Rhys Noelke.
In a golden era of storytelling, Apple has turned its attention to reinventing TV and adding healthy competition to the ecosystem, writes Paolo Pescatore
Disney officially owns 21st Century Fox after more than a year of negotiations and a $71.3 billion exchange.
Director of post-production at Fox Sports Brandon Potter explains how the broadcaster worked with some key vendors to deliver footage of the Russia World Cup and the lessons it learnt.
The House of Lords has launched a public inquiry to investigate the future of public service broadcasters amid rising concerns Netflix and Amazon will overthrow traditional broadcasters.
Jodie Comer and Hugh Grant were among the winners of the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards today, judges praised the “brilliance of the output.”
From the transition to digital broadcasting to the adoption of OTT, the IABM’s newly published report on Middle East and Africa outlines the prospects for growth in the region
Swedish telco Telia Company is pushing ever more heavily into TV with recent deals such as its $1bn acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, echoing a strategy of leading telcos around the world. Margareta Törnblad, head of media and entertainment at Telia, explains the firm’s thinking.
Broadcasters in the UK face an uncertain future, with the deadline for Brexit looming and the prospect of no deal with the European Union jeopardising the country’s position as an international hub for TV.
The final whistle of Super Bowl LIII sounded on Sunday ending its lowest scoring head-to-head in history and the build up to its perennially anticipated half-time show saw numerous high profile drop outs in support of Colin Kaepernick. Ross Biddiscombe explores how the event’s viewership fared.
Linear channels are having to work harder to entice viewers, with the branding of channels one area of focus.
There are strong similarities between mobile terrestrial television networks and mobile telecommunication networks in the way that they support data communication, writes Rohde & Schwarz EVP and head of broadcast & media division Jürgen Nies.
This whitepaper explores why the latest mobile telecommunications technologies are a perfect partner for digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) and how they can put it on a new and significant growth path.
Time to market is an increasingly critical challenge for telcos with a pay-TV strategy in today’s new world order of OTT players and large video streaming providers.
This IBC365 webinar outlines and explains the collaborative Media-Telecom Catalyst innovation programme and how you can get involved in designing solutions to current media & entertainment challenges.
This webinar, brought to you by Rohde & Schwarz, explores the future of uplink amplifiers, including solid-state designs, linearity and signal quality in order to help you select the right amplifier for uplink scenarios.
The TV industry is grappling with a ‘three-way profit squeeze’, which means many companies will not make as much money as they did in the past, warns veteran broadcasting executive Mike Darcey.
The desire to bring more content of higher quality to more people has been driving, and will continue to drive, activity in the satellite industry.
It was very apparent at IBC2018 that the broadcast industry continues to be in a state of flux. Ian McMurray finds that satellite operators and suppliers are no less affected by pervasive and disruptive change.
OneWeb has some hefty backers but how will the scheme to provide broadband coverage to millions cope with moving from idea to implementation?
Antenna Group is an Athens-based multinational broadcaster with a very strong presence in Greece (with its ANT1 free-to-air channel) as well as radio stations, and channels in Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Romania. Its media investments include broadband services, publishing, music labels, and even a credit card business. IBC365 speaks to ...
IBC2018: The state of scripted, the future of linear TV and the effectiveness of digital advertising were all topics of debate at a session devoted to debunking received wisdom in TV.
IBC2018: Netflix and YouTube employ thousands of engineers, giving them a huge technical advantage over public service broadcasting rivals
We are living through a period of profound change in broadcast transmission and distribution, but not restricted to the broadcast industry, explains Rohde & Schwarz EVP and Head of Broadcast and Media Division Jürgen Nies.
This whitepaper explores how to overcome the challenges of extreme weather conditions and infrastructure changes that threaten to disrupt the transmission of gap filler networks.
The former Channel 4 boss discusses his role in saving the British pubcaster from privatisation and reveals more details of his latest venture, which fuses high-end content production with brandcasting and data insight.
Video: Audiences viewing habits are changing but what is the future for traditional linear TV?
Jonathan Bramley is a busy man. As Executive Producer of the BBC coverage of the inaugural European Championships he needs to win gold at logistics and be ace at juggling too.
Watch on demand as IBC365 previews the anticipated themes and highlights of IBC2018.
There’s a profound change in viewing habits taking place, with subscriptions to streaming services surging to 15.4m in the UK and young viewers deserting traditional TV, according to new research by media regulator Ofcom.
The FIFA World Cup broke many television and online viewing records around the world, even if US audiences were down this year. But the big winner, in the age of the mobile, was arguably the traditional TV set.
After years of false starts, national broadcasters are now racing to create joint streaming platforms. But are they too late to take on Netflix and Amazon?
Behind the scenes of ITV’s summer hit that has sold all over the world to countries including Germany, Australia and Finland.
Galvanised into action the media industry can claim some success in reducing incidents of illegal streaming. But the threat remains high as pirates turn to more sophisticated methods of attack.
BBC CTO Matthew Postgate on the broadcaster’s ambition to become an internet broadcaster and the “very real” security threat faced by media organisations.
The proliferation of devices and platforms has meant that younger audiences are changing their viewing patterns, which in turn is shaping broadcaster and IP owners’ content strategies for a new generation of children.
A broadcast news organisation needs flexible reactions and infrastructure to deliver current affairs on time, but also forward planning and skills investment to guarantee continued success, according to ITN’s Bevan Gibson
TV will evolve into a more immersive, personalised and interactive medium exclusively delivered over the internet in the not too distant future, predicted Matthew Postgate.
Attitudes might be moving in the right direction but there’s still an imbalance facing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) talent in the broadcast industry
Women’s sport may be one of the best opportunities for broadcasting and sponsorship, but is it riddled with too many problems of awareness and underfunding?
Large live events, particularly royal ones, have always been at the forefront of driving television technology in the UK and the latest royal wedding is no exception.
The unfolding drama involving three of the world’s largest media groups has all the ingredients of an Oscar-winning script, writes Ray Snoddy.
Established content providers should be agile, innovative and willing to adopt new technologies if they want to take on the digital giants, says Channel 4’s Keith Underwood.
BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie, Discovery Networks International President and Chief Executive Jean-Briac ‘JB’ Perrette and YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan are to deliver keynotes at the IBC2018 Conference.
The key challenges facing the broadcast industry are not just to do with technology, according to Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Abuagla.
With Brazil, Mexico & Argentina leading development in Latin America, the IABM has produced a regional report on the area.
As the media technology industry gathered in Las Vegas for NAB, the IABM produced a regional report on one of the world’s largest broadcast and media markets.
Ross Biddiscombe explores the fierce impact Tiger Woods has on clawing in live television audiences.
David Kline, EVP and Chief Information & Technology Officer, Viacom on responding to – and inspiring – change.
From building new playout centres to strengthening MTG’s triple play offering, Bartek Gudowski explains the priorities of a modern CTO and why cyber security is a global issue.
Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: IBC365 is joined by a panel of industry experts to review what went on, what was hot, and what happened at the NAB 2018 conference and show floor.
In the second instalment of our CTO Series, 21st Century Fox’s Paul Cheesbrough speaks about the challenges of delivering content to more platforms than ever before and explains why cyber security is his number one priority.
Ed Miliband and Hilary Mantel were among the winners of the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards for podcast and radio programme of the year.
RTÉ’s Director of Transformation and Technology on adopting the cloud and the challenges faced by public service broadcasters.
TV Fights Back: The European Broadcaster Exchange is the first significant move by leading European commercial broadcasters against Google and Facebook’s dominance in the online advertising market.
TV Fights Back: The UK’s leading commercial broadcasters have joined forces to extol the virtues of television to media planners in a bid to challenge the digital newcomers, writes Ray Snoddy.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced its 2018 programme awards nominations.
A drop in Oscars viewing figures and broadcasters’ plans for Paralympics coverage.
Sport has helped to boost subscribers and revenue, but broadcasters must contend with viewers’ demands for a greater range of content on an increasing array of platforms and devices, writes Liz McParland.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its fourth career event to help those keen to forge a career in the television industry.
With many in the broadcast equipment sector flocking to Dubai for CABSAT, the IABM has produced a regional report on the Middle East and Africa.
The changing broadcasting landscape, the rise of OTT, content piracy and the role of satellites were among 2017’s most-read articles.
Cloud technology has the ability to transform the media content supply chain, promising more effective and efficient processes.
The cost of online piracy will hit $52 billion by the year 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.
Apple’s recruitment of former Channel 4 creative boss Jay Hunt is a shot across the bows of both traditional broadcasters and digital rivals, writes Kate Bulkley.
The release of 3GPP to enable viable mobile and terrestrial TV services with the integration of rooftop antenna reception and existing TV receivers is a major milestone.
IP-based networks, both wired and wireless are expected to deliver commoditisation of media objects to consumers.
The new eMBMS systems characteristics are well aligned to the technical requirements coming from the broadcast sector for TV services.
IBC2017: The incoming ATSC standard increases flexibility and accommodates business cases, but may create regulatory hurdles, according to an expert panel.
The relaunch of DTT services in Germany based on DVB-T2 and HbbTV could be the shape of things to come, writes the EBU’s Peter MacAvock.
IBC2017: ITV and C4 executives explained their business strategies driving audience engagement in an OTT dominated world.
Jørgen Madsen Lindemann has overseen MTG’s investment in digital companies. He explains why the broadcaster has made such a radical overhaul of its product portfolio.
Targetted advertising is a necessary evolution within the TV broadcast ecosystem, writes Thierry Fautier and Vincent Grivet.
IBC365 Q&A with Beenius CEO Filip Remškar: an integrated platform for heterogeneous operator environments that optimises cost of ownership.
Globecast CEO Philippe Bernard on the areas of opportunity for the playout, distribution and media services company.
Executives at the DTG Summit agreed the future of broadcasting will be led by technology and innovation.
Commercial TV across Europe is having a hard time holding onto its key clients, who are not viewers but advertisers.
The UK broadcasting TV business model has seen little disruption over the past 25 years but that is “fundamentally changing” according to the Chief Executive of Arqiva.