Aflix by SmartVOD, dubbed the ‘first OTT Hollywood premium service in Africa’, is now available on smartphones and tablets across sub-Saharan Africa. The premium service, which was launched in collaboration with a Nigerian tech company and runs on the Vonetize SmartVOD platform, offers over 2,000 hours of content, including new releases from major Hollywood studios,

Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula E Championship. Sky will broadcast live all races of the new FIA fully-electric racing series, which begins in Beijing on 13 September. The agreement also includes internet, IPTV and mobile rights. Carsten Schmidt, Sky’s chief officer for sport, advertising sales and internet,

Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion in 2020, up by 38 per cent – or $64 billion – from 2013 and up by 54 per cent ($82 billion) on 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. TV ad spend is expected to grow by 4 per cent in 2014 for

Competition for Toolbox?

Thursday, 28 August 2014 by

Broadcasters have long accepted the fact that Skype provides a very effective video communication tool where ‘conventional’ methods of relaying signals back to the studio are not available. But in the early days, broadcasters struggled to find a suitable technical method of getting Skype to air. Skype had started offering a developer program and tools

Metrological, provider of a cloud based application framework and TV App store, will extend its Application Platform, introducing three products and a new TV app store feature at IBC. Metrological will introduce its new dashboard, cloud based UX, instant pairing and interaction and App Manager. These new technologies ensure that operators can manage their Application

Netflix is rumoured to be hatching plans to launch into Spain next year, according to reports by Spanish news agency Europa Press. The agency, citing sources close to Netflix, claims Netflix is planning several launches in the fourth quarter of next year, although the report failed to name any other countries aside from Spain. In

Unlimi-Tech Software, creator of the FileCatalyst accelerated file transfer solution, has appointed ATG Danmon as its UK-based channel distribution partner. “ATG Danmon is one of the world’s most highly experienced and innovative broadcast system integrators,” commented Alan Atkinson, vice president of business development at Unlimi-Tech. “ATG Danmon will offer our range of accelerated file-transfer solutions

Mobile Viewpoint has introduced the WMT Agile 2.0 HD video transmission backpack, which completes the Mobile Viewpoint range of high-end IP encoders. The system is small enough to fit between camera body and battery pack, or can be carried in a small backpack. It features eight 4G modems, HD-SDI/ CVBS/HDMI input, a LAN connection, satellite/KA-sat/BGAN

People on the move – September

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 by

Sohonet has announced the appointment of Chuck Parker (pictured) to executive chairman. Parker joins Sohonet from Unicorn Media, a provider of cloud video ad insertion technology, where he served as chief revenue officer. Previously, Parker spent 15 years at Technicolor where he fulfilled a variety of roles, and has fulfilled non-executive chairman duties on the

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has revealed the outstanding industry members who will be recognised 23 October at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony. Honorary Membership in the Society recognises individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts