Apple TV sales up, TV drama faces competition, BBC Worldwide acquires Greenbird Media and more... : DTG Daily News January 28th 2016

Apple TV has best quarter ever

Apple CEO Tim Cook has commented on the 2016 Q1 earnings, saying that it had been the “best quarter by far for Apple TV sales.”

Also reported was that there are 3,600 apps available for the TV, among them the Podcast app which will be released as the tvOS 9.1.1 pack.

Over 1 billion apple devices are currently being used.

“Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV,” said Cook.

“The growth of our services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices.”

TV drama faces competition

A report from IHS Technology Television Programming Intelligence states that “High-end TV drama is increasingly front and centre of strategy as linear broadcasters and on-demand platforms attempt to hook audiences and subscribers.”

With OOT players and their associated studios producing award-winning shows, it’s clear that newer companies such as AMC, Showtime and Starz are investing heavily into their programming output.

Additionally, non-English, subtitled drama is becoming increasingly popular with European broadcasters.

AMC Networks reorganises central Europe

AMC Networks International has made some operational changes to its central Europe division, splitting to run across film and entertainment, and kids and infotainment. The new units cover a total of nine AMCNI channels in the CEE region.

Ex-MTG employee Judit Minda has been brought aboard to oversee the kids an infotainment programming unit. Prior to this, she worked at HBO Hungary, HBO Central Europe and Spektrumm.

Taking on film and entertainment is Katalin Radóczy. Both Minda and Radóczy will both report to regional CEO Levente B. Málnay.

“We are pursuing this reorganisation with the objective to increase profitability in existing markets and to enter new territories. Our goal is to further expand both these programming divisions,” said Málnay.

STMicro switches focus, exits STB chip business

STMicroelectronics have announced that they will no longer be developing new platforms or standard products for set-top boxes and home gateways.

STMicroelectronics will discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway.

The company announced their intention to shift focus into a new market, focusing on the consumer-friendly Internet of Things, including wearables.

“During 2015, we have increasingly focused our R&D and Sales & Marketing efforts on two areas: Smart Driving, enabled by digitalisation and electrification, and the Internet of Things, including portable and wearable systems as well as smart home, city, and industry applications. Our products, technologies and system applications competencies are optimized for these areas, which we address with our products for Automotive and Industrial, our microcontrollers and digital ASICs, our analog and power portfolio as well as MEMS and specialized image sensors. The growth recorded in 2015 by our microcontrollers, and the solid performance of our automotive business despite weaker macroeconomic conditions, have been mainly driven by our sharpened, market-driven investment focus.”

BBC Worldwide invests in prodco Greenbird Media

BBC Worldwide has just acquired a 30 percent stake in Greenbird Media. Greenbird owns stakes in a number of TV production firms, including those responsible for ‘The X-Files’, ‘The Man in the High Castle’ and ‘Ripper Street’.

BBC Worldwide chief content officer Helen Jackson will now take a position as director on the board at Greenbird.

Former Shine TV co-head Jamie Munro and partner Stuart Mullin founded Greenbird in 2012, with the intent to incubate production companies.

Currently, there are no financial details known about the purchase.

DTG Staff  |  28.01.2016

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