Edinburgh TV Festival to go digital
A number of the world’s largest broadcasters have partnered to air the World Health Organisation’s One World: Together At Home charity concert supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
IBC365 looks at the latest innovations in covering live sport, from internet streaming protocols and virtual sets to 5G contribution and 8K production.
The UK’s National Theatre has gained in excess of 2.57 million views globally for its first instalment of its At Home series of productions streamed online via YouTube.
North American streaming service for British and international TV will launch in the UK on 29 April with a slate of content to rival the likes of BritBox and broadcasters on-demand services.
T-Mobile and Quibi have inked an exclusive US distribution deal enabling its customers to have a year’s free access to the upcoming short form content platform.
30 Mar - 5 Apr: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
23-29 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Fox has agreed a $440 million deal to acquire AVOD service Tubi, partly funded by the sale of its stake in Roku.
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.
In light of the global coronavirus situation, the BBC and DCMS have released a joint statement confirming plans to delay changes to the UK TV licence for the over-75s until August.
16 - 22 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
9-13 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Japanese broadcaster NHK has outlined its plans to broadcast the upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 8K across seven disciplines.
9 – 13 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
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.
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?
2 - 8 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
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.
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.
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?
17-21 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Automation is certain to play an ever-greater role as broadcasters work to service more platforms with more content than ever before, writes David Davies.
BT has partnered with Netflix, Amazon and Sky to offer aggregated TV packages across sport, film and entertainment.
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.
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.
ViacomCBS is building on its current CBS All Access service by bundling cable channels, live news and sports into a new platform expected to launch later this year.
Premium international streaming service Starzplay has entered a theatrical output deal with Lionsgate for a split first pay streaming rights in the UK.
IBC has extended the deadline for submissions for Technical Papers for IBC2020 to 10 February 2020.
The UK government has announced a new consultation into the future of the BBC licence fee that could threaten a major overhaul at the Corporation.
In the 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.
The British Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies will unite to launch a new OTT broadcast platform after the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Video: In the second of a new series of explainer videos, Maria Ingold details the similarities of and differences between OTT and VOD services.
In a leadership restructure, Channel 4 has promoted Jonathan Allan to the role of chief operating officer, replacing Keith Underwood who is stepping down.
Endemol internal memo reveals James Townley and Sarah Sedazzari will take on Perrin’s responsibilities at the company’s Creative Networks division.
Google Cloud and YouTube have signed an exclusive multi-year streaming deal with games publisher Activision Blizzard to enter a “new era of gaming experiences.”
2020 looks set to be the year of the OTT, with a number of new services coming to the US and Europe from some of the biggest content providers in the world. IBC365 looks at the platforms that will bring the second streaming revolution.
Broadcasters have played a key role in driving up sports revenues, but could the entrance of OTT providers prevent the sports bubble from bursting? James Pearce investigates.
OneWeb has signed a collaborative partnership with Astana International Financial Centre to accelerate broadband connectivity in Kazakhstan.
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.
Will 2020 be the year of the OTT? IBC365 looks at the growing OTT market as part of next week’s OTT Week.
The BBC and ITV’s streaming service BritBox has appointed Will Harrison as its new UK managing director.
Tony Hall will step down from his role of director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years heading up the British broadcaster.
NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock will go head to head with Disney, HBO, Netflix and Amazon on 15 July launching with three pricing tiers.
My5, the VoD service from Viacom-owned Channel 5, will launch two new channels from Dutch production company Endemol Shine.
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.
13-17 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Transforming linear and enhancing its digital operations, Euronews boss Michael Peters is looking to reach audiences beyond Europe.
ViacomCBS has restructured its international networks division, with several senior members of its management team taking on new roles.
Prosiebensat.1 has appointed a chief sustainability officer to lead its newly created sustainability department.
Sky has appointed Jason Armstrong as its new group chief financial officer, replacing Andrew Griffith.
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.
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.
Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has signed a multi-year agreement with US factual giant Discovery to bring its premium content down under.
Netflix has begun a global test of its latest feature for TV apps, offering users the option to skip browsing and start streaming instantly.
The 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.
Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports will exclusively broadcast the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.
ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s cross-channel entertainment streaming platform Joyn has expanded its German streaming service with the launch of Joyn Plus+.
There is a huge amount of interest in the direct to consumer market but there is also a lot of uncertainty as rights holders look at the technical challenges involved, writes Steve Russell.
In a second-high profile executive departure, Ofcom has confirmed its chief technology officer Mansoor Hanif has stepped down from his role.
Trust in journalism is facing more pressure than ever, with fake news, disconnection from the public, and the polarisation of politics all creating new challenges for the sector.
Sports federations looking to balance digital and broadcast in order to retain global viewership and drive revenue have highlighted aggregation, personalisation and partnerships as key priorities.
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.
Streaming service Mubi has been launched in India, with the aim of developing a niche following in the already competitive market.
Amazon has agreed an exclusive output deal with Lionsgate Movies to be the UK’s go-to streaming choice for the studio’s recent releases and upcoming theatrical films.
Globo has announced a reorganisation of the Brazilian media company’s various content creation and distribution arms.
France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 are set to triple the investment in jointly backed on-demand service Salto, according to reports.
21-25 Oct: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
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.
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.
The owner of Pirate streaming site ysterajto.pl has been imprisoned after the site was found to have illegally distributed Canal+ original TV broadcasts.
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.
IBC2019: Content owners looking to exploit IP, reach new audiences and expand globally are going niche, according to the IBC Conference session ‘Competing in OTT - Beyond the big brands’ at the Forum.
IBC2019: Linear broadcasters must think globally and collaborate or face extinction: that’s the warning from Niels Baas managing director NLZIET to linear broadcasters.
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.
Having been around broadcasting his whole adult life, NABA’s Michael McEwen has a strong view on how the second generations of digital radio and television broadcasting might find a home in the ‘all things possible’ digital environment.
Pay TV subscribers topped one billion worldwide by the end up 2018, up 26 million during the year, according to Digital TV Research.
SVOD service Plex has struck an agreement with Warner Bros. to add to its portfolio an on-demand library of ad-supported movies and TV series from the AT&T-owned studio.
Competing in today’s content-flooded digital landscape requires reaching users on their terms, says Wowza Media Systems vice president of solutions engineering Barry Owen.
Cloud-delivered solutions are attracting all types of operators, says Simplestream CCO Dan Finch.
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?
Disney has named former Sky CMO Luke Bradley-Jones as the new head of its upcoming streaming service for Europe and Africa.
Leading US entertainment companies CBS and Viacom are set to merge after three years of discussions with the new firm valued at $30 billion.
Tapping into many elements of the broadcast sector is key to quality content experience, says Comcast Technology Solutions VP of international sales Kevin Bolah.
The joint streaming service by France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 has been confirmed to launch in 2020 after French regulators green lit the project.
In a global first, Australian pay-TV operator Optus Sport will exclusively live stream English Premier League matches over a 5G mobile network.
The international broadcast industry needs to develop a set of common standards in order to combat the growing challenge of “fake news”.
TV5Monde Plus has been developed to boost the digital and international visibility of French-language content with the Government of Canada investing $14.6 million.
Sky Italia is reportedly in talks with OTT streaming platform DAZN to launch a new satellite channel distributing the country’s Serie A football games.
All3Media is weighing up expansion opportunities overseas, according to chief executive Jane Turton.
Samsung and KT Sky Life have used a satellite’s Ka band to send 8K video data successfully compressed and retransmitted terrestrially.
Viacom-owned Pluto TV is set to launch three new UK channels based on content from stablemate Channel 5.
Five major TV networks in Tokyo are set to trial simultaneous online streaming of their primary evening news shows in January.
Foxtel is overhauling its user-experience and has launched Netflix for the first time on its set top boxes.
Wide+Close has launched with the backing from ARRI and Mobile TV Group aiming to deliver live music a cinematic feel.
The DTG is taking part in EBU’s 5G Deployments project on media distribution and production.
IBC365 looks at how the OTT landscape impacting the strategy of broadcasters worldwide.
ITV and the BBC have reached a “milestone moment,” signing an agreement to launch the UK’s BritBox in Q4 with new commissions set to air in 2020.
Finland telecommunications service provider DNA has agreed to sell its terrestrial pay-TV network to rival Digita.
Sports streaming service DAZN has struck an agreement that will see it distribute Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD in four new territories as well as an exclusive sublicence for live coverage of Bundesliga.
Vivendi’s Canal+ it set to strengthen its position in the African movie market after acquiring Nigerian production film studio ROK.
FX+ will be shut down next month with its assets funnelled into Hulu, a strategic move confirmed by Disney after its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
France Télévisions has won a victory in its ongoing legal battle with online TV provider PlayMédia to stop the retransmission of its programmes.
In a world first, Liberty Global has employed Ericsson’s wireless connectivity technology in a trial to connect homes with gigabit broadband and linear TV services.
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.
With a $1bn programming budget, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s premium short form platform Quibi has attracted a raft top talent to create shows. But can it persuade mobile viewers to part with their cash? Tim Dams reports.
New digital platform Quibi has issued its first short form commission to the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.
Indian film production and distribution company Pen N Camera International is set to launch an OTT platform this month.
Netflix chief content office Ted Sarandos is confident audiences will pay for multiple streaming services and dispelled rumours of data harvesting and sports rights investment.
The BBC will broadcast the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in high-definition live for the first time across its TV, radio and digital channels.
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.
IMDb’s TV service Freedive is set to be rebranded IMDb TV ahead of European launch later this year, with the service set to triple its content selection in the coming months.
Arabsat has accused broadcaster BeIN of engaging in a “media smear campaign”, after the Doha-based broadcaster said it had proved the satellite operator was responsible for distributing pirate network BeoutQ.
The European football body has unveiled its new free-to-air streaming service, UEFA.tv, which will deliver games live and on-demand across Europe.
SB.TV founder and entrepreneur and Media Production Show keynote speaker Jamal Edwards explained the power of storytelling and harnessing new media.
The key to broadcasters remaining relevant and resilient is investing in new technology, audience engagement and collaboration explains ITV head of content technology Kevin Kennedy.
Streaming services in the Nordics have seen rapid growth, with more than 800,000 new subscriptions active in the last year, according to Mediavision.
Acquisition of M7 will see Vivendi’s Canal+ expand its European footprint by seven countries.
Agcom will impose three-year exclusive online content ban on Sky Italia if it buys Mediaset’s digital terrestrial pay-TV assets.
The $800 million transaction will see stock transferred to Echostar shareholders.
TV businesses must shake off short termism and think customer lifetime value
European Commission cites competition concerns over Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting.
A joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery will launch Germany’s largest free-TV and video on-demand streaming platform this June.
The Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation has successfully kicked-off the first field trial in the region to test the next-generation 5G broadcasting technology.
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.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook is confident consumers will choose Apple’s TV+ streaming service ahead of the multitude of other OTT services in a move to diversify its revenue income.
Virgin Media is set to be the first of Liberty Global’s European operations to offer Amazon Prime Video via its set-top box.
As digital content consumption grows, for the first time broadcasters have a direct customer relationship with the viewer with “real-time” insight into the user experience, writes Yeming Wang.
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.
Comcast and Disney remain the two stakeholders to back the Hulu streaming service after AT&T confirmed it has sold its share to Hulu for $1.43 billion.
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.
Disney has confirmed its streaming service will launch in November with new originals and a host of favourites from Disney and Pixar, as well as The Simpsons and Star Wars.
Viacom is championing audiences and its flagship channels with traditional distribution and over-the-top models to enhance value beyond its core offerings, according to SVP Dan Fahy.
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.
Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has confirmed that the SVOD service won’t be available via Apple TV, which is expected to be announced next Monday.
The ongoing evolution of innovative cloud PVRs and wireless/IP-based STBs are among the trends rendering this a highly dynamic part of the broadcast market.
After the launch of six satellites last month, OneWeb has secured its largest fundraising round to date with a total of $1.25 billion in new capital.
Comcast to launch its new streaming service in 2020 based on Sky’s OTT operation, Now TV as a “distinct and compelling” offering free for pay-TV customers.
The fight against FAANG, the rise of niche OTT disruptors and the potential of 5G were among the most-read Delivery articles in 2018.
Hall 14 continues to expand and mature into one of the most exciting and interesting spaces at IBC, writes IBC Daily reporter Anne Morris.
Read technical papers discussing the impact and promise of 5G from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung, Orange and Arris, watch experts in the IBC2018 Tech Talks presentation who discuss the reality of 5G and the pipeline for delivery.
The architecture of an evaluated multi-screen experience based on MotoGP sports content, which was developed using an object-based broadcasting approach.
In the past few years, 5G has moved from being a vision, through an intense process of standards development, to extensive trials around the world.
IBC2018 speaker Perrine Bichet on the importance of creating a content strategy for the culturally and linguistically diverse and her move from content-focussed Canal+ to telco Proximus.
The DVB is working hard on the next phase of OTT delivery, writes DVB Project Head of Technology Peter Siebert.
As an early advocate and keen user of IMF, Netflix is well placed to help develop and improve the format, writes Netflix Technical Integrations Manager and SMPTE TC 35PM Florian Schleich.
The collaboration between IBC and the TM Forum will give media-telco convergence projects prominence at IBC and at the TM Forum’s Digital Transformation World, writes TM Forum Chief Executive Nik Willetts.
Econet has been recognised for its positive social impact and innovation in employing new technology to connect southern African audiences with global content.
Video: Audiences viewing habits are changing but what is the future for traditional linear TV?
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.
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.
NAB 2018: Analyst Ben Keen on the dynamic clash of cultures between internet platforms and traditional broadcasting businesses.
David Kline, EVP and Chief Information & Technology Officer, Viacom on responding to – and inspiring – change.
A drop in Oscars viewing figures and broadcasters’ plans for Paralympics coverage.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) took the lilt and inference of the property and design franchise show Love It or List It for an evening panel session on the stark implications of eye-catching buy-outs in the media markets.
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.
IBC2017: Facebook Watch: creating a community for new content, growing audience and making money.
HDR will soon be just as much about delivering great video experiences to tablets and smartphones as it is about delivering to the UHD TV in the living room.
IBC2017: Greater personalisation and segmentation are among the main priorities for pay TV services.
The Platform Futures stream will provide insight into the impact of new methods of distribution of content and the changing face of the pay TV industry, writes Bill Scott.
Sky Deutschland is changing from a sports and film-orientated broadcaster towards a fully-fledged family entertainment company. CEO Carsten Schmidt explains how.
Could 5G be the answer to the consumer demand for high capacity video delivery in a mobile-centric landscape?
As OTT content grows in popularity, the challenge is to adopt models and tools that provide revenue in keeping – or outpacing – traditional delivery methods.
The total number of Netflix subscribers will increase from 89 million in 2016 to 128 million by 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video continue to dazzle Hollywood – and viewers – with their offering of impressive quarter-year results and new subscriber growth.
Commercial TV across Europe is having a hard time holding onto its key clients, who are not viewers but advertisers.
Will the move to OTT streaming by satellite channels gather momentum? Does it always make business sense?
Snell Advanced Media’s (SAM) Digital Fact Book has been used to create a new industry-wide glossary by the IABM.
TV as a medium is undergoing two notable changes - dispersion and atomisation.
Each quarter, TiVo seeks real consumer opinions to uncover key trends relevant to pay-TV providers, digital publishers and CE manufacturers.
Chinese mobile video consumers spend more time watching videos on smartphones than other connected devices, including connected TVs and computers.
Streaming media technologies have evolved over the past few years. HTTP-based adaptive streaming is today the technology of choice for streaming over the Internet.
Manipulating video to share with an audience is no longer the preserve of the established few, says Christian Dutilleux, CEO, Deltacast
Erik Huggers is CEO at music specialist Vevo. He delivered a keynote address at IBC2016.
It can sometimes be a challenge persuading partners to work with us. It was initially a strategic bet on both parts that we could be a real complimentary content service and not cannibalistic.