Insight TV expands Stateside with third-party studios operation

Ultra high-definition broadcaster Insight TV is expanding production and sales operations to the US with the launch of Insight TV Studios.  The 4K broadcaster’s new outfit will develop and produce original content for third-party broadcasters and digital platforms. It is actively seeking co-production partners and brands to help finance series and live TV event programmes. […]

Walter Presents picks up Brazilian titles

Walter Presents, Channel 4’s VOD service dedicated to foreign drama for UK and US, has picked up Globo’s series Merciless and The Hunter. The titles are available on the platform in Portugese with English subtitles. Merciless revolves around a psychopath named Edu who uses all of his charm to hide his real and dark personality. […]

4K TV on threshold of mass-market, says report

Ownership of 4K Ultra HD TVs is on the threshold of becoming a mass-market phenomenon, at least in the US, according to research by NPD Group. According to the NPD Group Connected Intelligence Home Entertainment Report, 38% of US consumers say they are very or somewhat likely to use a 4K TV in the future, […]

Juniper: 189m to use 4K OTT services by 2021

The adoption of 4K over-the-top services will rise dramatically in the next five years, climbing from 2.3 million unique users globally this year to 189 million by 2021, according to Juniper Research. The research firm’s ‘Digital TV and video: Network and OTT strategies 2016-21’ report claims that, in the US alone, one in ten residents […]

Portuguese operator goes big on 4K

Portugal Telecom has launched a new 4K Ultra HD set-top box and has unveiled plans to offer  a wide range of 4K sport content as well as other 4K channels and on-demand content. The Altice-owned operator, which provides services under the Meo brand, has launched the MEOBox4K, enabling its fibre cutomers to view a range […]

Warner Bros readies first UHD Blu-ray titles

Warner Bros Home Entertainment will release its first Ultra High Definition Blu-ray titles – the films Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan – on March 1. These initial titles will be followed by selected new releases available day-and-date with their initial home entertainment releases and a selection of catalogue titles […]

US, Euro 4K TV take-up set to boom

Household penetration of 4K TVs will reach 34% in the US and 25% in the European Union in 2019, according to new research by IHS. The study claims that uptake of 4K TVs in both markets will outstrip Japanese adoption, with only 14% of households in Japan expected to have a 4K TV in 2019 […]

Amazon launches 4K Fire TV

Amazon is launching a 4K Ultra HD version of its Amazon Fire TV media player. The device is available for pre-order for US$99.99 in the US and will start shipping on October 5, providing access to TV shows on-demand and live services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Now, Hulu, WatchESPN, […]

David Zaslav on cutting beards and growing 4K and international

New Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross was lauded early this year for calling time on ‘faux factual’, a category of programming that had grown to include ‘real life’ mermaids, and snakes (attempting to) eat people live on air. The “pivot” back to core programming values actually started before then, David Zaslav tells TBI in Paris. […]

FunBox 4K channel expands reach

Pay TV channel provider SPI International has launched its FunBox 4K UHD channel on Vodafone Portugal’s platform. According to SPI International, Vodafone has already made a selected amount of content from FunBox 4K available on its TV Net Voz platform. The programming offer will gradually increase over the next few months to feature a wide […]

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