Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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ProSiebenSat.1 hires Dyson exec as co-CEO of new standalone Entertainment company

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is revamping its management structure, with its Entertainment arm to be split off as a standalone company under co-CEOs Wolfgang Link and Michaela Tod, currently president of soon-to-be-Singapore-based vacuum cleaner outfit Dyson’s Greater China region. Sales and marketing chief Sabina Eckhardt is meanwhile to leave the company by mutual consent, with her…
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TF1’s Auféminin acquisition and telco deals fuel growth

French broadcaster TF1’s new Unify digital unit centred around its acquisition of Auféminin, together with its success in securing advantageous agreements with the country’s main distributors saw its revenues jump by 7.3% to €2.88 billion last year. On the back of these results, TF1 has set the goal of achieving an overall double-digit operating margin…
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OSN officially launches low-cost Saudi Arabian offering El Farq

Middle East pay TV operator OSN is officially launching its new low-cost, no contract offering aimed at Saudi Arabia. The commercial launch of El Farq debut follows a research period and three-month testing phase carried out in the Kingdom, which OSN said that seen a positive response from customers and impressive sales growth. Saudi Arabian…
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Netflix axes last remaining Marvel titles

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Netflix has axed the last remaining Marvel titles on the platform, The Punisher and Jessica Jones. After a months-long cull of Marvel titles, which included cancellations of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil, Netflix has officially ended its pact with the Disney company by axing the last remaining titles on the platform. This marks the end of a relationship formed…
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BBC First to launch in Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia

BBC Studios’ premium drama channel, BBC First, is due to launch in Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia for the first time from April 1, 2019. Luther BBC First will be available via A1 Telekom Austria Group’s subsidiaries A1 Croatia, A1 Slovenia and one.VIP in Macedonia. Viewers can tune-in through A1’s pay TV and Xplore TV over-the-top…
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Red Bee Media opens R&D facility in London

Red Bee Media has opened a new research and development facility in London, with plans to open additional R&D hubs in Sweden and the Netherlands during 2019. The company said that it is formalising its R&D efforts under one name, Red Lab, and plans to eventually have multiple connected facilities across the globe. Red Lab,…
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Panasonic’s new OLED and LCD lines offer HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Panasonic is making HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos available across its 2019 lines of OLED and LCD TVs, apart from its entry-level 4K LCD series. Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV Panasonic’s four 2019 OLED series TVs – the GZ2000, GZ1500, GZ1000 and GZ950 – and its flagship 4K LCD series TV for this year, the…
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SpotX names UK platform services chief

Sophie Knight RTL Group-owned advertising technology provider SpotX has named Sophie Knight as director, platform services for the UK.   Reporting into Ed Wale, managing director for SpotX in the UK, Knight will work with media owners to develop strategic account plans for key publishers to use the SpotX platform.  This will include deployments of SpotX’s ad server and data…
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Akamai ups Hans Nipshagen to head of EMEA channels and alliances

Akamai has promoted managing director of Akamai Benelux, Hans Nipshagen, to head of EMEA channels and alliances. Hans Nipshagen In his new role Nipshagen will be responsible for the company’s EMEA channel strategy and will be tasked with growing Akamai’s regional partner programme and therefore increasing sales. Nipshagen has worked with Akamai for more than…
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M-net to expand G.fast and fibre net in Munich

German service provider M-net has extended a partnership with regional energy utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) to build out a G.fast network to 50,000 additional homes in Munich. The pair will build out a high-speed broadband network to the homes in the Bavarian state capital in the course of this year, bringing TV, internet and phone…
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Huawei says awaiting approval from DoT for 5G trials

NEW DELHI: Chinese gear maker Huawei said that it is awaiting approval from the telecom department for conducting 5G trials in the country, having made a joint submission with private telecom operators before the authority in December last year.Responding to media reports that Huawei could be barred from 5G field trials, Jay Chen, chief executive…
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BSNL allays Niti Aayog’s ‘fears’ on 4G rollout

NEW DELHI: State-controlled telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has clarified to the department of telecom (DoT) on ‘apprehensions’ raised by the national policy think tank Niti Aayog, on raising preferential equity infusion for the rollout of much-awaited fourth-generation or 4G technology-based services.“We have already responded to the DoT on concerns raised by…
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Chinese Huawei involved in stealing Apple trade secrets: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese tech giant Huawei has been involved in "a pattern of dubious tactics" to steal technology from its rivals, particularly Apple's China-based suppliers, The Information has claimed.While the theft of trade secrets is nothing new among technology firms, the new allegations against Huawei represent "a more brazen and elaborate system of seeking out…
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Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea raise international roaming tariff by up to 25%

MUMBAI: Subscribers of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea travelling abroad will have to pay more as India’s two older mobile phone companies have increased their international roaming (IR) prices by as much as 20%, in a step to boost revenue and margins.The latest pricing moves by the two telecom operators come soon after they unveiled…
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Internet data firms stirring up Aadhaar privacy debate, suspects Trai chief

New Delhi: Internet companies that have built their businesses using public data are likely to have created privacy threat debate around the country's unique digital ID Aadhaar, Trai Chairman R S Sharma said on Monday. "My suspicion, I will have to prove that, but based on circumstantial evidence, we think that many of data companies…
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DCMS committee calls for regulation of online platforms

A compulsory code of ethics, overseen by an independent regulator, should be brought in to monitor online platforms like Facebook and bring an end to self-regulation, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s damning final report on ‘Disinformation and ‘fake news,’’ published today after an 18-month inquiry, recommended…
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Vivendi to ‘keeping investing’ in Canal+, plans MyCanal international rollouts

Vivendi will “keep investing” in Canal+ both in France and internationally, both in programming and technology, despite the ongoing challenges the pay TV outfit faces, with a planned rollout of the MyCanal app internationally, according to chairman and CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Speaking to analysts after Vivendi posted its full-year results, De Puyfontaine said that…
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TV4 digital provides lift for Bonnier Broadcasting

TV4 Play Sweden’s Bonnier Broadcasting has seen strong sales and profit growth on the back of record earnings at free-to-air broadcaster TV4 Group and a reduced loss from pay TV outfit C More. TV4 turned in sales of SEK4.739 billion (€450 million), up from SEK4.469 billion in 2017, and EBITA of SEK1.382 billion, up from…
bbc-preps-doctor-who-vr-spin-off

BBC preps Doctor Who VR spin-off

The BBC has developed an animated virtual reality (VR) spin-off of Doctor Who that will allow fans to step inside the show’s iconic fictional time machine, the TARDIS. Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute long immersive experience that is due to launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months. It was produced by…
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Korean pay TV consolidation moves under way

Consolidation of Korea’s pay TV industry appears to be getting into gear, with reports of a plan by mobile leader SK Telecom to acquire number two cable operator Tbroad, following last week’s announcement that LG U+ would move ahead with the acquisition of a majority stake in CJ Hellovision. According to The Korea Herald, citing…