Broadband TV News Today
September 2, 2014


Amazon originals increase UK streaming audience

Amazon says streaming by members of its Prime Instant Video has increased by over 70% following the debut of original and exclusive movies and TV shows. [Read More]

Japan brings forward Ultra HD services
The Japanese government has said it plans to start 4K and 8K Ultra HD broadcasting on BS channels by 2018. [Read More]


Social conversation taking viewers back to Linear TV
Must See TV is encouraging viewers to plan their evenings around the linear TV schedule, despite the apparent availability and convenience of on demand content. [Read More]


Popcorn Time surpasses Netflix in the Netherlands
WATCH VIDEO. Various resources point towards huge successes for Netflix in the Netherlands, but now the illegal torrent site and apps from Popcorn Time seem to beat these numbers. [Read More]


MTV HD moves to basic IPTV in Germany
Music and entertainment channel MTV HD expands its reach on Deutsche Telekom's German IPTV platform Entertain by moving to basic package HD Start. [Read More]


Meet the Dutch at IBC
What is new and interesting at this year´s IBC? This special session hosted by the City of Amsterdam takes a Dutch perspective. [Read More]


Dutch digital TV market grows to 6.76 million
The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.8% during the second quarter to 6.76 million on 30 June 2014. [Read More]


Czech Prima in the money
The Czech national commercial broadcaster FTV Prima, which is backed by the Modern Times Group (MTG), has posted its highest ever profit. [Read More]


Kabel Deutschland speeds up VOD roll-out
Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland wants to accelerate the deployment of its video-on-demand (VOD) portal Select Video on its cable network and provide almost its complete customer base with the service by the end of its business year 2014/15. [Read More]


Orion Express makes a free offer
Russia’s fastest growing DTH platform Orion Express is stealing a march on its rivals by offering a three-year subscription free of charge to new customers. [Read More]


Romanian carriage dispute resolved
The Romanian DTH platform Focus Sat has reintroduced a portfolio of channels operated by the Antena Group into its offer. [Read More]


Astra launches Ultra HD showcase channel
Astra Deutschland has launched a new Ultra HD showcase channel available as a free-to-air service on the satellite operator's orbital position 19.2° East. [Read More]


Hravtski Telekom ups the ante
Hrvatski Telekom has cut the prices of services offered on its fibre-optic infrastructure. [Read More]


RCS&RDS buys cable nets
RCS&RDS is continuing to reinforce its position as the leading cable operator in Romania. [Read More]


TRACE continues African expansion
TRACE Group has extended an agreement with TVCABO, one of the leading pay-TV operators in Angola and Mozambique. [Read More]



Fears remain over early 700MHz release
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed a European Commission recommendation that safeguards access to frequencies below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television through until 2030. [Read More]


Strong growth for 4K UHD TV sets shipped in Q2’14
More 4K (ultraHD) TV sets were shipped in Q2’14 than shipped all year in 2013. [Read More]


German KabelKiosk to expand HD line-up
German direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk will add new HD channels to its line-up this autumn, Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of operating company M7 Deutschland, told Broadband TV News. [Read More]


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Julian Clover Clover’s Week: It’s subscription free, again
Never let it be said that there isn't competition in the UK television market. Where else would you have four free-to-air platforms all operated by the same set of broadcasters.  [Read More]


Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: Romanian roulette
Romania is yet another country in Central and Eastern Europe where media freedoms are gradually being eroded. [Read More]


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