SkyQ coming soon, Farncombe bought out, EU movie threat to Sky, BARB goes online and more: DTG daily news July 28th 2015

SkyQ tipped to set new standard for UK home gateways

Sky is expected to launch its next generation set-top box within weeks, dubbed SkyQ and combining Ultra HD with a Netflix-style user interface and streaming to mobile devices.

The new home gateway is tipped to have four satellite tuners and will enable users to stream content to mobile devices for watching around the home or 'side-load' for offline viewing later.

Farncombe consulting bought by Cartesian

Digital TV consulting and advisory services provider Farncombe is being acquired by Cartesian, the strategic, operational and technical broadcast services provider.

The companies said that Farncombe's experience in convergence, security and viewing experience would complement Cartesian's capabilities in serving global service providers to support convergence and quad-play offerings in the growing market.

Sky and Hollywood studios face EU competition threat

Sky UK and US film studios, Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros have been accused of illegally blocking EU consumers from viewing content across the continent.

The European Commission has told the TV platform and film studios that restricting Sky's movie channels to the UK and Ireland may be in breach of EU competition rules by restricting cross-border competition.

BARB ready for on-demand audience trial

Official TV audience researcher BARB will launch a beta test of its TV Player Report, logging viewers of on-demand and live-streamed content through online TV player apps.

The report follows on viewing activity at a device level, rather than a person level, and will ultimately be combined with BARB's traditional audience measurement panels to follow online and on-screen viewing.

Ofcom consults on Sky sports channel swaps

Ofcom is asking the industry if it's fair that Sky insists competing sports channel providers must offer their channels to Sky customers in exchange for Sky's own.

The Wholesale Must Offer obligation means Sky Sports 1 and 2 must be provided to competitors, but sports channels like BT's must usually have to offer their own content in return—with no access to the entire Sky Sports package.

DTG Staff  |  28.07.2015

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