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April 27, 2015


Successful Sunday outing for Thor 7

Thor 7 was successfully launched on Sunday from the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. [Read More]

Germany to integrate YouTube in TV ratings system
AGF, the German association providing the official TV audience ratings, will include online video consumption at YouTube in its reach figures. [Read More]


Sky targets Mediaset Premium
Mediaset’s pay-TV business is attracting interest from Sky and at least one other prospective buyer. [Read More]


Telekom rolls out Zenterio solution in CEE
Zenterio is to deliver its operating system to Deutsche Telekom for deployment in its Southern and Eastern European markets. [Read More]


Horizon expands in Ireland
UPC Ireland has upgraded its network to deliver fibre-powered digital TV and superfast broadband services across its footprint in south country Meath and north county Dublin. [Read More]


ANGA COM 2015 on growth course
Six weeks ahead of its doors opening, German cable, satellite and broadband trade fair ANGA COM reports strong growth: 440 exhibitors from 35 countries have registered with the total rented booth space already exceeding last year's level. [Read More]


UPC maintains Hungarian lead
UPC remains the leading provider of pay-TV services in Hungary but remains closely challenged by Magyar Telekom and Digi. [Read More]


West European pay-TV set to grow
Cord cutting is not expected to make much of an impact in Western Europe despite signs of market maturity, with pay-TV penetration forecast to increase from 56.7% at end-2014 to 60.4% in 2020. [Read More]


Turner inks extensive Hulu deal
Turner Broadcasting System has entered into an extensive, multi-year licensing agreement with Hulu. [Read More]


Barrandov builds up TV channel portfolio
The Czech national commercial broadcaster Barrandov TV will launch its third channel on May 16. [Read More]


Sky 3D moves to on demand
Five years after its launch, Sky is moving its 3D channel from linear to on demand alone from June. [Read More]


iPlayer requests fall in March
There were 255 million requests to BBC iPlayer in March, with a weekly average of 57 million requests. [Read More]


DTT funding crisis hits Russia
The distribution costs on Russia’s second DTT multiplex is proving to be an increasing financial burden for broadcasters. [Read More]


Legal defeat for Czech streaming service
The Prague Municipal Court has ruled against the streaming service TV4You in a dispute with TV Nova, the Czech Republic’s leading broadcaster. [Read More]


Spanish broadcaster hit by fine
The Spanish regulator CNMC has fined Atresmedia €150,000 for broadcasting adverts without respecting the integrity of programmes in which they were placed. [Read More]



Comcast pulls plug on Time Warner deal – update
Comcast has decided to withdraw its $45.2 billion offer for Time Warner Cable (TWC) after failing to convince the FCC and other regulators. [Read More]


Dutch viewers favour live TV over OTT
OTT services have yet to make their presence fully felt in the Netherlands, with almost 60% of viewers indicating they have no intention to switch to them from their traditional TV subscriptions. [Read More]


HBO acts against VPN pirates
HBO has begun to crack down on paying customers outside the US who use VPNs and other devices to access the recently launched HBO Now service. [Read More]


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Julian Clover Clover’s Week: Holding pattern
Anyone who flies regularly into London's Heathrow Airport will be familiar with the stacking that takes place at peak times – often off-peak times – before coming into land. [Read More]


Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: Ultra HD in CEE
Why is it worth keeping a close eye on the development of UHD services in Central and Eastern Europe? [Read More]


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