BeIN Media: boosts entertainment ambitions with Front Row deal

Al Jazeera-owned BeIN Media Group has signed a first-run output deal with Middle East film distributor Front Row Entertainment as it continues to diversify its offering an up its portfolio of entertainment content.   The five-year deal will see BeIN Media acquired rights to titles including It Follows, Snowden, Deephan and Free Fire. Front Row managing director Gianluca Chandra described the deal as one of the biggest in the company’s history. BeIN deputy CEO Yousef Al-Obaidly said […]

Ofcom: children now prefer YouTube to TV » Digital TV Europe

This year for the first time, children aged 12-15 who watch both television and YouTube clips stated a preference for YouTube, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report’ found that 29% of children in this age group who watch both types of content said they prefer YouTube, compared to 25% who opted for television – 45% said they liked them both the same, while the remainder said […]

EBU taps Mobile Viewpoint for news over IP » Digital TV Europe

  The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has teamed up with IP transmission specialist Mobile Viewpoint to deliver news and other content to EBU members and clients over IP networks. IP encoding and decoding devices, using Mobile Viewpoint’s technology, will be gradually rolled out in 2016 with the launch of the Eurovision Open Smart Virtual IP Network and its online portal. This deal will enable both companies to complement their respective competitive strengths, and push for innovation and […]

Sky unveils Sky Q service, UHD offering to follow next year » Digital TV Europe

Sky today launched its much anticipated, advanced Sky Q home entertainment system and confirmed plans to launch an Ultra HD service later in 2016. With Sky Q, the UK pay TV operator will introduce an additional family of products, designed to work together to offer “fluid viewing” across screens and smart devices. The new Sky Q box – which also comes in a ‘Silver’ version – features up to 12 tuners, 12TB of storage and lets viewers […]

TV France International appoints new president » Digital TV Europe

France Télévisions executive Hervé Michel has been elected president of TV France International and will take the helm at the French distributors industry group from early next year. He replaces Laetitia Recayte, the former head of distribution at Newen, the production group controversially being bought by TF1. She resigned at TVFI president after leaving Newen for a commercial role at France Télévisions. She had replaced Xavier Gouyou-Beauchamps as president earlier this year. Michel is one of the […]

Liberty Global: Netflix showed the way but won’t dominate OTT

Netflix has taught the slow-off-the-mark pay TV industry the value of over-the-top video, but will not be one of just a few sole players in this space in the future, according to Liberty Global’s Jim Ryan. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit yesterday, Liberty Global SVP and chief strategy officer Ryan said that while Netflix’s consumer appeal is “enormous” the OTT space would not revolve around just a handful of key online content providers. “When you […]