BT Uses Sports to Strike Blow at Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky Broadband
– Spending Billions on Sports to Attract & Keep Broadband Subscribers
– Sends Clear Message: It Will Be The Broadband King
BT re-confirmed its determination to be the major UK broadband service by building its broadband-delivered pay TV network BT Sport into a major force. This week it said it has acquired for $1.4 billion the exclusive live broad/netcast rights to the UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League soccer games. The three-year deal starts with the 2015-16 season. The deal was an immediate and direct blow to the satco BSkyB, which used major sporting events to become the UK’s biggest pay-TV provider. However, BT’s beef is not with BSkyB as much as it is with broadband service providers that it must share its network with. BT is using BT Sport to attract, keep and upgrade broadband subscribers. The sporting moves are a message to broadband rivals TalkTalk, Virgin Media (which has its own wireline network although it is not nationwide), Sky Broadband and others: BT will pull all out all the stops in building and keeping its broadband subscriber base… Full story here.
Rovi Pushes Ahead with HEVC
-Giving HEVC Technology to Consumers, Content Creators and Device Makers
-Broadcom, Panasonic Are First Partners
Rovi Corp is determined to accelerate HEVC adoption across the digital media ecosystem. This fall, it announced a suite of solutions that utilize HEVC compression across the digital media ecosystem, including consumer applications and software development kits for professional content creators and service providers and device makers.
“HEVC is a quantum leap in compression,” Eric Grab, VP of technology at Rovi, told The Online Reporter… Full story here.
Internet Music Sources Experiment with Scheduled Web Programming
-YouTube, iHeartRadio and Vevo Host Live Shows
-Web-Exclusive Concerts Gain Popularity among Viewers and Artists
Following a cue from Apple’s famously popular iTunes Festival, a handful of Internet music sites are looking to lure viewers into scheduled, live-streamed programming.
iHeartRadio, which is owned by Clear Channel, has laid out an ambitious slate of scheduled music programming, and has named a new exec to oversee the programs. Clear Channel named Chris Williams, who formerly oversaw programming at Clear Channel Cincinnati, to the new position of SVP of iHeartRadio programming… Subscribe for the full story.
Hulu Plus May Finally Become a TV Everywhere App
Hulu is in preliminary talks with a handful of pay TV providers over offering its subscription service Hulu Plus to pay TV subscribers for free. Wall Street Journal reports Hulu is in talks with Comcast, Time Warner Cable (TWC), AT&T, Cox Communications and Verizon about including Hulu Plus as part of a subscription bundle, and enabling subscribers to access the SVoD service via pay TV STBs…Subscribe for the full story.
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Redbox to Benefit from Blockbuster Closings
Xbox One to Offer Live TV and OTT
Jinni’s Recommendation App Finally Debuts on iPad
Samsung Targets Tizen at TVs and Low-End Gadgets