Broadband TV News Today
August 2, 2014


EBU questions LTE TV viability
The EBU says it is unrealistic to expect LTE to become a viable broadcast distribution platform. [Read More]

Android TV could spoil Roku-Apple party
The arrival of Google's Android TV platform has the potential to disrupt a landscape for streaming media players currently dominated by Roku and Apple TV. [Read More]


DTT delay boosts Russian broadcasters
The infrastructure for Russia’s second DTT multiplex will only be fully in place in 2019 rather than next year, as had been previously planned. [Read More]


Sky Deutschland secures movie packages
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights of several movies for its linear TV channels and its mobile and on-demand services Sky Go and Sky Anytime through eight new licence deals signed with independent film companies. [Read More]


Strong June for iPlayer
BBC iPlayer had 260 million requests in June, up 9% on a year earlier, being boosted by a number of popular programmes and key sporting events. [Read More]


CEEMEA boosts Discovery
Subscriber growth in CEEMEA was one of the main factors in Discovery’s strong performance in its International Networks’ division in Q2. [Read More]


Cisco to “circumvent” Russian ban
Cisco Systems is understood to have found a way of circumventing the ban on exports to Russia. [Read More]


Belgacom gains TV subs
Belgacom ended June with 1,525,000 TV customers, gaining 30,000 in the second quarter. [Read More]


TVR delays news channel decision
The Romanian public broadcaster TVR has postponed a decision on whether to transform its first channel into a news-focused service. [Read More]


Nicola Fritz heads marketing at History and A&E Germany
A+E Networks Germany has appointed Nicola Fritz as the new head of marketing at pay-TV channels History and The Biography Channel (to be replaced by A&E). [Read More]


F-Secure secures new Virgin cloud
Virgin Media is launching a new personal cloud service, secured by the Finnish company F-Secure. [Read More]


Football bonus for Czech viewers
Over half of Czech viewers will from today (August 1) be able to watch selected games from the Barclays Premier League free of charge. [Read More]


Russian station eyes web presence
Russia’s leading broadcaster Channel One is to start distributing video content on the web. [Read More]


Eutelsat 172B is electric
Airbus Defence and Space is to build an innovative new satellite on behalf of Eutelsat. Launching in the first half of 2017 Eutelsat 172B will be the first European satellite to demonstrate electric propulsion for orbit raising. [Read More]


Romania launches football rights probe
The Romanian Competition Board (CC) has launched an investigation into the sale of TV rights for Liga 1, the country’s top football league. [Read More]



Romania launches football rights probe
The Romanian Competition Board (CC) has launched an investigation into the sale of TV rights for Liga 1, the country’s top football league. [Read More]


35,000 go in BT TV customer clearout
The swapout of older BT Vision boxes in favour of the new YouView units has resulted in the loss of 35,000 customers. [Read More]


Under pressure T-HT gains DTH customers
Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) ended the second quarter with 394,000 TV customers, or 5.1% more than in the same period in 2013. [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: The Russian perspective
Although Russia may be feeling increasingly isolated internationally, life goes on for its dynamic TV industry. [Read More]


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