Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Tik Tok ban: Internet Freedom Foundation writes to MeitY, terms bans disproportionate

NEW DELHI: The Internet Freedom Foundation said on Wednesday that it had written a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) calling app bans disproportionate and said there is an urgent need to commence a policy dialogue and indicate a way forward to ensure the benefits of digital tools and technologies can…
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Explainer: How 5G drove moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business.The entire drama played out as the mobile phone industry prepares to shift to a technology called 5G. Echoing complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple had…
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Cubic, Boeing Supply Wideband Satcom System for US Navy

The Gatr 2.4m inflatable satellite antenna system. Photo: Cubic Cubic revealed that its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division has been awarded a contract by Boeing to supply its wideband satellite communications modem system and Line-of-Sight (LOS) Common Data Link (CDL) system for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program. The MQ-25 is the U.S. Navy‘s…
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Kepler, Magellan to Fly Smart Radiator Device

An artistic view of Kipp, Kepler’s first Ku-band LEO satellite. Photo Credit: Kepler Kepler Communications, a Canadian satellite telecommunications provider, and Magellan Aerospace have signed a letter of intention to fly an Smart Radiator Device (SRD) on Kepler’s third satellite, scheduled for launch later this year. The SRD, designed to improve temperature management on-board future satellites,…
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E.ON Exec: How Satellite Technology Benefits Energy Companies

E.ON Commercial Product Manager Joel Stanford. Photo: E.ON U.K. energy company E.ON is an example of the new type of potential customer the satellite industry can target. The company has been using an innovative approach towards satellite as it seeks to improve overall efficiency by using satellite technology. The company is working with the European Space…
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Slingshot Aerospace Raises $5 Million in New Seed Funding

Slingshot Aerospace founders Thomas Ashman, Melanie Stricklan, David Godwin. Photo: Slingshot Aerospace Slingshot Aerospace, an analytics company, raised $5 million in new seed funding. The round was led by ATX Venture Partners with participation from new investor Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. The Rise of the Rest Seed Fund is part of Revolution,…
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HughesNet Provides New Service Plans in New York

A HughesNet Satellite Dish. Photo: Alan Levine HughesNet unveiled new service plans for residents of New York State as part of the New NY Broadband Program, which provides state grant funding to support high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved areas of New York State. HughesNet already more than 1.3 million subscribers throughout the Americas, and…
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GatesAir and Foccus Digital upgrade ISDB-Tb transmitters for TV Record in Brazil

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019  Foccus Digital will install and commission nine GatesAir ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitters to improve efficiency in performance in key cities, with additional lower power site upgrade expected CINCINNATI, OH — GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, has closed another large ISDB-Tb digital TV…
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Taxes on telecom similar to non-essential items like liquor, cigarette: Vodafone Idea CEO

A hotel employee clears a table after Vodafone Group and Idea Cellular news conference in Mumbai, March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files NEW DELHI:The telecom sector is being taxed like non-essential items such as liquor and cigarette, instead of being treated as a critical infrastructure, according to Vodafone Idea. "We have got customs duty at 23…
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Netflix promises more viewing data as it beats expectations

Netflix bosses have promised to reveal more data around the viewership of its programming after reporting a 22% revenue rise for Q1, 2019. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the streamer would be rolling out more specific and granular data over the next few months, “First to our producers, then our members, and of course,…
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North American SVOD subscriptions set to grow dramatically

The number of North American subscription video-on-demand subscriptions ­– specifically for SVOD movie, linear channel and TV series services and excluding the likes of sports streaming services –­ will grow from 160 million in 2018 to 270 million in 2024, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research. These figures represent individual SVOD subscriptions rather than…
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UKTV launches live streaming of channels

UK multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has now introduced live streaming of five channels on its UKTV Play website, with availability on TV and mobile apps to follow. From today, viewers will be able to watch Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Really and Home, live on the UKTV Play website. The channel streams will also be available on UKTV Play’s mobile and TV apps in the…
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Freesat adds Paramount Network

UK satellite free-to-view platform Freesat has added Paramount Network to its line-up of entertainment channels. The addition will give Freesat users access to US dramas such as political thriller, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, legal drama Suits. Marvel Agent Carter and DC’s Arrow. Other content includes US hidden camera show Impractical Jokers and comedy show The Office. The channel…
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Spanish pay TV grows, boosted by IPTV and bundling

The Spanish TV industry closed 2018 with 6.8 million subscribers, including 6.2 million that took a pay TV service as part of a bundled offering with one of more of broadband, fixed phone and mobile fixed and broadband services, according to Spanish regulator the CNMC. TV revenues by platform According to the markets watchdog, pay…
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BBC Studios strikes deal for content on Cosmote TV

BBC Studios has struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s pay TV platform Cosmote TV today that will see it license over 250 hours of premium factual titles from BBC Studios for the Greek service’s on demand offering. Where the Wild Men Are With Ben Fogle The deal is designed to complement the…
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Arte planning VOD platform

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD and ZDF and France Télévisions. Véronique Cayla at the French Senate hearing Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to…
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Telenet CIO Lloyd to leave company

Samantha Lloyd, chief information officer of Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet is to leave the company at the end of July. Sam Lloyd Lloyd will take on the role of chief data and information officer at a FTSE100 company based in the UK. Telenet said it will not refill the position. Under Lloyd’s leadership, Telenet…
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Parrot Analytics: Stranger Things tops in-demand Hungarian digital originals

Netflix’s Stranger Things topped Parrot Analytics’ list of in-demand digital originals in Hungary for the week ending April 7, followed closely followed by Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS Discovery title that is distributed by Netflix internationally. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial…
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Here TV taps Bitmax for video processing and licensing services

Digital media management and licensing provider Bitmax has struck a multi-year deal to provide digital media processing and licensing services for LGBTQ TV producer and channel provider Here Media. John Mongiardo As part of the agreement, Bitmax will take on a range of processing services for Here Media’s films and TV series as well as…
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See no challenge in payment of April salaries to staff: MTNL CMD

New Delhi: Crisis-ridden MTNL, whose revival package is in the works, has exuded confidence that it would not face any challenge in payment of April salaries to its 22,000 employees, as it plans to tap internal accruals and available cash. The comment assumes significance as distressed telecom PSUs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat…