M&E Europe Headlines

Over 90 Percent of Broadcasters to Adopt 5G Technology Over Next Two Years (TVB Europe)

A new global survey of broadcasters has found 92 per cent expect to adopt 5G technology over the next two years. The poll surveyed 225 broadcasters across Europe, Australia, China ... More

OTT Accounts ‘Borrowed’ in One of Seven Homes (TV Technology)

The practice of borrowing an OTT account is occurring in one out of every seven online video households, according to research from Ampere Analysis. The amount of people borrowing ... More

Canal+ Opens Up VOD Library (BTN)

Canal+ has made its on demand library in Poland available to the entire market and launched a new service named Premiery Canal+. All viewers wishing to watch movie entertainment ca... More

Sky Sports Agrees to Wait for £170M Owed by Premier League Clubs (TVB Europe)

The Premier League has reportedly reached an agreement with Sky Sports so that clubs can defer payment a collective rebate worth more than £170 million until the 2021-22 season. I... More

ASR in Captioning (AppTek Blog)

Commercial applications for Automatic Speech Recognition have been around since 1990. The technology was bound to achieve significant success with typists who no longer needed to ... More

Lockdown Jobs Bonanza at Sheffield Digital Dubbing Firm (The Star)

ZOO Digital has hired seven in Sheffield, taking its headcount in the city to 101. A further 13 have been taken on overseas. Total global staffing numbers are now 234. The ‘remot... More

ATSC 3.0: NextGen TV in a Transitioning Market (NAGRA Blog)

In an effort to better understand today’s ever-changing world, people are relying heavily on regional and local news during these complicated times. This demand combined with str... More

TV Consumption Returns to its Normal Values in Italy (Senal News)

During the lockdown period, Italians greatly increased television consumption but with the start of Phase 2 in the country, the values ​​are returning to normal levels. Instead... More

OTT, SVOD Players Increase Reach in UK Homes (Rapid TV News)

After passing 50% for the first time in Q4 2019, the proportion of UK homes with a subscription to at least one of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Now TV increased to 53% in Q1 2020... More

CaixaBank, IBM Services Team to Accelerate Cloud Transformation in the Financial Services Industry (AIthority)

CaixaBank, a leading financial institution in Spain and Portugal, announced an agreement with IBM Services to help accelerate its hybrid cloud journey and continue their work to in... More

Italian Court Restores Sky Italia Content Restrictions (Digital TV Europe)

Three months after they were lifted, Italy’s top court has restored content restrictions on Sky Italia. In 2019, Italy’s competition watchdog imposed a three-year ban that stop... More

British Movie Theater Sector Looks to Blockbusters to Boost Reopening (Variety)

Only one in five British people say they are willing to go to movie theaters when they first reopen in July, according to new research. However, three out of four say they would wa... More

BBC Launches Beeb Voice Assistant in Partnership With Microsoft (VentureBeat)

The BBC has launched an early version of its previously announced voice assistant in partnership with Microsoft. Beeb, as the assistant is called, will initially be made available ... More

What Can Games Teach Us About Cybersecurity? (IBM Think Blog)

Cybersecurity is essential. But building a strong security culture is a struggle for many organizations. New processes and structures need to be created and adopted for securing us... More

Barcelona Kicks Off New Streaming Service (TVB Europe)

Spanish football giant Barcelona is joining the streaming wars with a new SVOD service, Barca TV Plus. It includes 3,000 videos and 1,000 hours of content including live and delaye... More

Amazon UK Will Stream Some English Premier League Games for Free (Engadget)

Amazon first started showing live Premier League football matches in the UK last year and will do so again this summer, but because of restrictions imposed by the ongoing coronavir... More

Amber Rudd Joins Darktrace Advisory Board (BW)

Cambridge unicorn Darktrace has pulled off something of a coup by persuading former Home Secretary Amber Rudd to join its advisory board. She served as Home Secretary from 2016 to ... More

How COVID-19 is Shifting the Corporate Approach to Education, Training (TransPerfect Blog)

COVID-19 has incited major changes to the global workforce as tens of millions of workers have adopted remote working in a matter of weeks. It’s also widely accepted that the pan... More

AMC Networks Announces UK Distribution Deals With Apple, Amazon for Acorn TV (DTE)

Acorn TV, the British content streamer owned and operated by AMC Networks, has announced distribution deals with Apple and Amazon. After launching in April, the streamer will be ac... More

British Film Commission Issues Safety Guidelines as Production Resumes (Senal News)

The 44-page report was created between the British Film Institute’s coronavirus task force and labor organizations, epidemiologists, and studios based in the U.K. and the United ... More