Ofcom: Streaming app subscribers overtake broadcast TV

According to a report from UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, the number of streaming app subscribers has overtaken broadcast TV for the first time.

Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and NOW TV are becoming ever more attractive due to their growing libraries, exclusive content, on-demand access, and little-to-no adverts.

Indeed, the report notes access to original and exclusive content is the primary reason for signing up for on-demand services. An increasing number of respondents also claim they signed up as it...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Entertainment, OTT Services.

Amazon muscles in on BT and Sky for Premier League rights: What’s next for each company?

Let’s get one thing straight with regards to Amazon buying a package of Premier League rights: it is, for now, simply a foot in the door. Testing the waters, if you will.

When the major rights were announced in February – Sky and BT Sport securing the primary packages for £4.464 billion – there were two smaller rights packages yet to be resolved. Some believed the packages would be filled by Amazon as part of a testing process. Others were less sure. Whichever, where does this leave...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

UK: How telecoms services would alert citizens of a nuclear attack

With relations between the West and Russia plummeting, and Russian President Vladimir Putin flaunting his nation’s upgraded weapons, we thought it’s worth looking at what the current alert procedure would be in the event of a nuclear attack.

Following the use of a Soviet Union-developed nerve agent called ‘novichok’ in a town in Salisbury, the first use of such a deadly toxin in Europe since 1945, the UK asked Russia to...

By Ryan Daws, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry, Public Services.

Technology, media and telecom trends for 2017: Deals and media outlook

Last year may be remembered for many years to come, for a variety of reasons, including significant market transactions. Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has released its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) roundup report of the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector for the whole year.

In 2017, global dealmaking in the TMT sector saw 3,389 deals worth a combined $498.2 billion. Although total deal value fell 26.3 percent compared to the $676.3 billion tallied...

By David H. Deans, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Content, Entertainment, Research.

FCC clears over-the-air 4K TV broadcasts

The FCC is paving the way for over-the-air TV to catch up with cable and on-demand services by permitting 4K broadcasts.

While 4K content available to viewers of cable and on-demand services remains limited, those who still watch over-the-air broadcasts have been unable to watch any live content in the higher resolution due to FCC rules.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to give TV stations permission to start broadcasting in the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Regulation.

How 5G is set to change the broadcasting and sports landscape

5G will revolutionise the way broadcasters deliver content and enhance their customer experience, according to Caroline Chan, vice president of the network platforms group at Intel.

Chan, speaking at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam, told attendees to begin considering how future 5G developments would affect their business, with early adopters getting set to launch.

In a blog post Chan

By James Bourne, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, Content.

Sky partners with Fitbit for latest VOD series

Broadcaster Sky has announced the launch of the second series of ‘Fit in 5’, an exclusive video on demand (VOD) initiative with health and fitness wearables provider Fitbit.

The first series of the show, created by fitness trainer Marvin Ambrosius, featured presenters Kirsty Gallacher and Melanie Sykes in a series of short workouts over 18 episodes. The second series will feature Sarah-Jane Mee and Lisa Snowden.

“As the leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit join forces with Ambrosius...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, OTT Services, Smart TV.

The BBC is now under Ofcom’s jurisdiction – its first external regulator

Ofcom has become the BBC’s first external regulator after the internal BBC Trust was criticised for failing to maintain unbiased reporting and deliver a diverse range of content which serves audiences up and down the country.

Under the BBC’s updated ‘Royal Charter’ which governs how it delivers performance and value for audiences – cost savings of £800m must be saved by 2020. Furthermore, Ofcom will slap a £250,000 fine on the BBC if it fails to meet a...

By Ryan Daws, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Regulation.

Virgin Media embraces omnichannel with 4K-capable 'V6' set-top box

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Virgin Media has unveiled its answer to last year's Sky Q launch with the 'V6' set-top box, and it's still powered by TiVo's software. 

The V6, as you would expect, supports 4K out-the-box and will be further enhanced with HDR compatibility via a firmware update next year as more content becomes available. Its most important feature, however, is called Series Link+...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

WEA system used for the first time in a terror investigation

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Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) is a service used by the Federal Communications Commission to send alert messages to mobile phones in a geographic area. In the past, WEA has been used on several occasions to warn of severe weather events such as the 2015 New York blizzard and Hurricane Sandy, but it was used for a terrorist investigation for the...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Government, Mobile.

Specs and standards: What is the deal with 5G, anyway?

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It seems just a short while ago when 4G networks were rolled out, with mobile carriers making a lot of fanfare about the new technology and the promised increases in performance. Back then we were reading about the first ground-breaking 4G enabled phones and also a certain actor promoting it in the UK as the best thing since sliced bread!  

4G access is a commodity now. We sit up and take notice if our phones aren’t...

By Chris Romeika, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Western Europe OTT video will reach $14.6bn by 2021

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Online video entertainment has disrupted most legacy media companies that refused to acknowledge the market opportunities beyond traditional pay-TV services. This shift has become a global phenomenon. The impact and implications are far-reaching.

Western European over-the-top (OTT) television and video revenues will more than double between 2015 and 2021. However, growth rates within each nation will vary considerably, according to findings from the latest market study by Digital...

By David H. Deans, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, OTT Services, Smart TV.

#MWC16: eSports is taking over TV

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During a panel at Mobile World Congress, four high-profile representatives in gaming spoke about how eSports has taken off in recent years, and how it's affecting traditional TV. 

The representatives included Bernhard Mogk from eSports platform ESL, Koh Kim from mobile eSports live-streaming company Mobcrush, Peter Warman from gaming analysts...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Disruption, Mobile, Smart TV.

Highlights: Communications Market 2015 report

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released its annual Communications Market report which, as you can imagine, is rather comprehensive. The report does however contain interesting facts and figures about the direction of the industry. In this article, we'll dissect the report into key highlights which could be important when making informed business decisions in the future. 

The UK is now a...

LG field-tests 4K "Futurecast" using ATSC 3.0

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4K adoption is starting to grow as supported hardware drops in price and content becomes available in glorious fidelity with over four times the amount of pixels as current "Full HD" hardware allows to be displayed. Although IPTV services like Netflix are delivering some of their library via internet streaming; a large amount of viewers still rely on broadcast...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Industry, Innovation, Regulation.

FCC raises the curtain on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service

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In a move described by FCC commissioners as a “significant step forward” (Chairman Wheeler), history-making (Commissioner Rosenworcel), and “exciting” (Commissioner O’Rielly), the FCC has opened up the 3.5 GHz (3550-3700 MHz) band for a wide variety of new uses.

The band will now be home to the new Citizens...

By Francisco Montero, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry, Regulation, Spectrum.

CTIA finds volunteers for TV spectrum sharing

Back in April 2012, the FCC announced that it will be allowing two or more TV stations to share the same band of spectrum; spawning an ambitious new trial by industry-body CTIA. The test will take place in Los Angeles, California and will find out if it is indeed a viable solution for broadcasters to not use the full six megahertz.

For a trial, it’s rather essential you have a couple of willing participants. Luckily, Los Angeles TV stations KCLS and KJLA have volunteered…

The stations will be broadcasting...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, Industry.