SES carrying 8 Ultra HD channels, TV Everywhere consumption moving towards connected devices and the BBC calls for net neutrality : DTG Daily News February 26th

SES carrying 8 Ultra HD channels

SES announced they are now carrying eight Ultra HD channels, and that the number of HDTV channels grew by 18.3 percent, now totaling 2,230.

The satellite operator also announced that they have signed an agreement to buy RR Media, and absorb its business with SES Platform Services.

“The new company will offer full continuity and enhanced service to SES PS and RR Media existing customers, leveraging multiple satellite positions as well as a large fibre network and the Internet. SES will pay a consideration of $13.291 per share to acquire a 100 per cent interest in RR Media, which corresponds to an enterprise value of $242 million. The acquisition will be funded from the group’s existing financial resources and is subject to regulatory approvals (expected to be completed in Q2/Q3 2016),” said SES.

TV Everywhere consumption moving towards connected devices

New research from Adobe Digital Index (ADI) shows that TV Everywhere consumption is gradually shifting towards connected devices, such as Apple TV and Roku.

“Marketers need to be aware of consumer behavior and where it is shifting to so they can optimize their own ad experiences,” said Becky Tasker, managing analyst at ADI. “Right now we’re still seeing the bulk of advertising and interaction happening on traditional television, but TV Everywhere should not be ignored. Marketers should already be planning and testing so that when penetration does occur, they can have a better handle of how they’re going to shift their marketing dollars to attract that audience.”

Roku saw TV Everywhere consumption increase 14 percent quarter over quarter, and overall growth in TV Everywhere video viewing has increased 102 percent.

BBC calls for net neutrality

Following the release of Ofcom's Strategic Review of Digital Communications, the BBC have requested that they update regulations to ensure net neutrality for all digital TV services. This move will protect public service on-demand services such as iPlayer from being sidelined by internet providers.

The BBC also suggested that the watchdog should extend the rules which guarantee PSB prominence on linear television listings to ensure they have greater prominence on the internet.

Ofcom responded to the BBC’s concerns and said it would “continue to monitor the availability and viewing of on-demand content, in particular that provided by public service broadcasters over TV platforms”.

DTG Staff  |  26.02.2016

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