TV was one of the few bright spots for Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) after a torid 4th quarter that saw the telco’s stock lose a third of its value. Read the story »
Vivendi says it will vigorously contest a claim by Lagardère that a cash management agreement between Canal+ France and parent company Canal+ Group should be treated as null and void. Read the story »
Progress in the second Russian DTT mux is under way, according to the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR). Read the story »
The first TV White Space transceiver chip has been released by Cambridge-Based Neul. Read the story »
UPC Cablecom has launched Horizon TV, the TV everywhere service via internet and on mobile devices. It is available to all customers with an existing digital TV subscription. Read the story »
The Dutch consumer association (Consumentenbond) has launched a UPC Horizon panel to bundle all complaints about the new set-top box. Read the story »
This week kicks off with a slew of set-top box news: Dish is shipping its Hopper with Sling DVR, the TiVo Mini DVR is available on Suddenlink and Roku's next media streamer just hit the FCC. Moving onto more modern concerns, second screen apps for events like the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star game and the Grammys along with more conventional contenders like GetGlue are all over are mobile devices, but are we getting any use out of them? Press play to find out which ones we're happy with and much more.
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Look, Will Arnett is hilarious. His gravely tones are also just as romantic in person as they are on television. And he took the stage here at D:Dive Into Media 2013 alongside Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development) and Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer & VP of Content at Netflix) in order to talk about the changing world of original content production. Outside of making jokes about premiums paid for getting props back in order to create a new generation of Arrested Development (seriously, they sold the Aztec Tomb "immediately," per Arnett), Hurwitz and Arnett both agreed that it's a completely different dynamic in creating television for the internet.
It's been a busy day for Comcast, so we'll catch you up on the key points. First, it announced today that it's buying the 49 percent of NBCUniversal that it didn't already own from General Electric in a deal worth about $16.7 billion, plus 30 Rockefeller Plaza and CNBC's New Jersey headquarters for an additional $1.4 billion. That's an acceleration of the original schedule, which gave Comcast the option to expand its ownership starting in 2014. In other news, Comcast reported its Q4 earnings, noting that while it still lost around 7,000 cable TV customers in Q4, the total number of video, internet and phone subscribers rose by 503,000 to a total of 51.3 million, up 3 percent from last year.
In other news, Comcast announced expansions in its rollout of the new X1 DVR platform. Already live in areas of Georgia, New Jersey, Boston, Tennessee, San Francisco and Philadelphia, it's recently launched in Colorado Springs, CO with more promised in the coming months. It also locked down a deal with Fox that covers local broadcasts, cable TV networks and brings a number of the network's shows to Xfinity streaming apps and services on other platforms. That deal also reveals that Fox will soon add TV Everywhere authenticated streaming to its Fox Now apps, which Comcast customers will be able to access. There's an earnings call tomorrow where we may find out more details, for now you can look after the break and at the links below for the full press releases.