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Spotfilm Networx launches four channels on rlaxx TV

German media company Spotfilm Networx contributes four channels to the new AVOD platform rlaxx TV. Users of the free, advertising-financed streaming service can now receive linear channels Netzkino, Grjngo, Charlie and Tempora. The line-up features movies, both German and international productions. The rlaxx TV app launched on smart TVs from Blaupunkt,...

ViacomCBS appoints streaming business team

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI has announced the appointment of three key executives in new roles to drive the company’s streaming business in advance of the 2021 launch of Paramount+. Kelly Day, who has taken on an expanded remit as announced earlier this week as president of Streaming for VCNI in addition to her role as COO, has appointed...

M7 acquisition by Canal+ drives Vivendi’s revenues

Canal+ Group’s acquisition of M7 has given a boost to the revenues of parent company Vivendi. International operations grew by 27.4% following the addition of 1.2 million subscribers across all territories. M7 has operations in Belgium (TV Vlaanderen and TéléSat), the Netherlands (CanalDigitaal and Online.nl), Austria (HD Austria), Skylink in the...

Sky to begin opening retail shops in the UK

Liverpool will be the destination for the first Sky retail store to open in the UK. While Sky has previously operated “pop-up” pods within shopping centres this is the first time that it has developed its own range of stores. Following Liverpool, further locations will open before the end of the year, and into 2021. The stores will be a place to...

Mediapro gives Téléfoot reassurance

Mediapro’s president Jaume Roures has revealed that the Téléfoot channel launched in already has 600,000 subscribers. Speaking at a press conference in Paris and quoted by Le Figaro, he also tried to reassure French football in the dispute surrounding the rights to Ligue 1 for the period 2020-2024. Although Mediapro holds the rights, it has indicated...

Ofcom sets out regulation for video sharing platforms

Ofcom has published a guide to the new regulatory requirements for when it takes on the role of regulating UK-based video-sharing platforms (VSPs). VSPs are defined as a “type of online video service where users can upload and share videos”. However, popular services such as YouTube and Facebook are likely to fall under the remit of Ireland, as defined...

Netflix growth slows as competition bites

Netflix’s recent record growth slowed considerably in the third quarter, with the company recording only 2.2 million paid net additional customers. This, according to the company in its latest set of results, was 0.3 million fewer than projected and compared to the 6.8 million net ads in the same period last year and the 15.77 million and 10.09 million...

Deutsche TV-Plattform develops roadmap for CI+ 2.0 introduction

German industry association Deutsche TV-Plattform is preparing the ground for a possible market launch of a new CI Plus interface. CI Plus enables the reception of encrypted audiovisual content without the need for an external set-top box. It means encrypted HDTV channels can be used with televisions that do not have a built-in encryption system. From...

Mixed pay-TV fortunes for A1 Group

A1 Telekom Austria Group ended the third quarters with 539,200 pay-TV subscribers in Bulgaria. This according to the company’s latest set of results, was 3.7% more than in the same period last year. Elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe, its Croatian subsidiary lost 0.9% of its pay-TV subscriber base, ending the quarter with 233,400 customers....

Virgin Media launch Google Smart Home trial

Virgin Media customers in Cardiff, Manchester and Southampton are to be the first to trial a series of smart home packages based around Google Nest. Three bundles are being made available including Google’s Nest Hub, cameras and doorbell products and powered by Virgin Media broadband. The Google Next Hub includes a touchscreen display and speaker...

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