Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband customers. Each device will be pre-loaded with apps for BT Sport and more.

Such a deal would not...

Majority of consumers would buy mobile services from Netflix and Amazon given the chance

A survey conducted by MATRIXX Software in the US and the UK found that mobile users are ready to switch to a new mobile carrier if it offers better experience, with almost three quarters (73%) saying that they want their mobile service provider to operate more like Amazon, PayPal, Netflix and eBay.

Some of the features that customers want included ease of use, clear pricing structure, real-time access to services and customisation.

The survey found that customer experience...

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...

OTT market to surpass broadcast TV within next five years, Level 3 argues

More hours will be logged watching linear streaming OTT video than traditional television by 2022, according to a new study from Level 3 Communications.

More than two thirds of the almost 500 media professionals polled argued traditional TV’s days will be numbered in five years’ time, while approximately half of respondents believe OTT revenue growth will be between 30% and 50% year over year in 2017.

Roughly 70% of respondents said they offered OTT services...

Netflix continues to dominate OTT market – but challengers closing the gap

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More than half (53%) of Wi-Fi-connected homes in the US accessed at least one OTT service in December 2016 according to comScore – with Netflix leading the way but challengers closing the gap.

These households were active in viewing OTT content, comScore adds, doing so at an average of 19 separate days during the month, and for 2.2 hours per usage day. OTT viewing mirrors linear TV with the highest concentration of activity happening during...

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...

TalkTalk reports over 50% decline in pre-tax profit after last years cyber attack

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TalkTalk Chief Executive Dido Harding claimed the company has recovered from the cyber attack that compromised the data of over 100,000 customers – an incident which cost the company up to £60 million – despite reporting that pre-tax profit nosedived by over 50% to £14 million in the year to March 2016. However, sales rose 2.4% year-on-year to £1.84 billion, driven by incentives such as a free 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 Newzoo, and Sean Lee from MMO game developer...

Bolivia: The new darling of Latin American telecoms?

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Bolivia has traditionally been one of the smallest telecoms markets in Latin America (LATAM). Yet a new report from Pyramid Research argues that it will become the fastest growing in the LATAM market.

The report, entitled ‘Bolivia: DTH Launches And Fiber-Optic Backbone Rollout to Drive Video and Data Services’, argues the Bolivian telecoms market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2014 and 2019, driven in the main...

Freeview Play has YouView in its sights

Freeview Play is a new service from the popular digital TV service which looks set to take on YouView through offering a similar range of catch-up and on-demand service but for the lack of a price tag that its namesake suggests.

We want to keep television fair and open for everyone.

Launching later this year, the service will be available subscription-free on a range of TVs and set-top boxes. On-demand content will be available at launch including entertainment...