BT and EE merger gets the go-ahead, Netflix cracks down on international proxies and VPN, DPP reveals HD commercials and promos delivery spec, Philips and Technicolor work together over HDR : January 15th 2016

BT and EE merger gets the go-ahead

The BT Group has received final clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to take over mobile phone network EE.

Despite “wider market concerns” from rival Vodafone, the £12.5bn merger will combine the largest fixed-line business and the largest mobile telecoms business in the UK. EE’s 33.8 per cent mobile market share will be added to BT’s portfolio.

"The evidence does not show that this merger is likely to cause significant harm to competition or the interests of consumers." Said John Wotton, CMA. The fact that BT has a less developed mobile offering and EE is a “minor player” in broadband means the CMA isn’t worried about damaging the competition.

"The combined BT and EE will be a digital champion for the UK, providing high levels of investment and driving innovation in a highly competitive market." Said BT chief executive Gavin Patterson.

Currently, BT controls 31 per cent of the UK fixed-broadband market and a further 37.6 per cent share of the UK home phone market.

When forces have combined, it will bring together around 70 million combined customers.

With this merger going through, all eyes are on the Hutchinson and o2 merger, which is currently in negotiations.

Netflix cracks down on international proxies and VPN

VPNs and proxies have long been used by Netflix customers as a sneaky way to get around the regional programming and access the Netflix catalogue of different countries. This is al set to change, after a blog post from David Fullagar, VP of Content Delivery Architecture broke the news:

“…in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies.

“We look forward to offering all of our content everywhere and to consumers being able to enjoy all of Netflix without using a proxy. That’s the goal we will keep pushing towards.”

This news follows another announcement from Netflix, that their services were being introduced to a lot of other countries and would nearly be available worldwide.

DPP reveals HD commercials and promos delivery spec

The Digital Production Partnership has released its approved Common Technical Delivery Standards for HD commercials, sponsorship and promo material.

The biggest UK broadcasters (including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) will be using these specifications this year.

Information includes an Exceptions Process, which will help producers to create quiet content that intentionally doesn’t meet the standard EBU R128 Loudness level.

Philips and Technicolor work together over HDR

In what can be seen as another bid to regulate HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the industry, Philips and Technicolor have agreed to combine their delivery road maps for HDR technology.

One of the aims of this agreement is making it easier to establish backwards compatible market products, which work with Standard Display Range (SDR) displays.

This will see them working together on content creation tools, software to encode and decode, and implementation.

Initial results of the collaboration will be shown at NAB later this year.

DTG Staff  |  15.01.2016

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