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    It’s a ‘hit’: Chromecast’s cast button receives billionth tap

    Last week saw the billionth tap on the Google Chromecast cast button, according to Google’s Omid Kordestani (Interim Chief Business Officer, Special Advisor to the CEO). Kordestani, speaking on the firm’s fourth quarter results call, said that, overall, Chromecast continues to be a hit, and that usage per device has increased by 60% since launch due...
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    Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros team up for new Asian OTT

    Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top (OTT) video service in Asia.  HOOQ will deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programmes to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download their favourite...
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    70% of Russians watch pirated content

    Piracy in Russia is much pervasive than it is in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore and India, according to new research from Irdeto, which found that almost three quarters of consumers in Russia (70%) watch pirated video content, with 16% watching it more than once a week. According to the research, the main reason respondents...

Analysis & Opinion

  • NBCUniversal: Lisa Hsia picks three trends for 2015

    Lisa Hsia, 
EVP, Digital Bravo and Oxygen Media,
NBCUniversal

    NBC Universal’s Lisa Hsia picks three trends for 2015 in this exclusive IP&TV News guest post. Lisa will be appearing at this year’s TV Connect (28th – 30th April 2015 ExCel, London). 1. Using mobile and tying it to location based offers. I can now use locations to create location-based content experiences, so that if you…

  • Will Amazon’s movies be any good? Ed Barton on the new producers

    Ed Barton

    The news that Amazon plans to branch off into the film business brought to mind the old joke. Q: How do you make a small fortune producing films? A: Start with a big fortune. “Amazon said they were going to aim to do sort of 12 movies a year,” points out Ed Barton (Head of…

  • Ovum applauds new dawn for Netflix and pay-TV

    TV Connect, London

    Rather than a threat, internet TV giant Netflix increasingly represents a potential complement to traditional pay-TV services, according to leading analyst firm Ovum’s new Telecoms, Media and Entertainment Outlook 2015 report. Ovum’s Telco–OTT Partnerships Tracker records collaborations between telcos and over-the-top (OTT) players, and recently identified a string of agreements between some of the smaller…

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