Ericsson boosts Nuvu with Fox film deal

Ericsson has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to license feature films for its subscription video-on-demand service Nuvu. The exclusive, multi-year output deal includes 20th Century Fox-produced titles and global film franchises and covers sub-Saharan Africa and multiple languages. Titles include The Maze Runner, The Devil Wears Prada, Dawn of the Planet […]

Ericsson: mobile video traffic to grow 50% annually

Mobile video traffic is forecast to grow by around 50% annually through 2022, when it will account for nearly 75% of all mobile data traffic, according to Ericsson. The company’s latest Mobility Report claims that social networking, the second biggest data traffic type after video, is forecast to grow by 39% annually over the coming […]

Ericsson SVOD net buys 2,500 hours

The upcoming subscription VOD service from TV tech company Ericsson has acquired more than 2,500 hours of programming from major international distributors. Nuvu, which was created for distribution via African mobile operators, will get the programming through agreements with Viacom, MGM, CBS, Al Jazeera, DHX Media and Mattel, among others. This hands the Nigerian service […]

Viewing shifting from TV, mobile video soars

Video will account for roughly 70% of mobile data traffic in 2021 after growing by 55% annually over the next five years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The study noted a “significant increase” in video traffic share on smartphones and tablets and said that “viewing is gradually switching from traditional TV to streaming […]

Ericsson to debut new African SVOD platform

Mobile tech firm Ericsson has partnered with Nigerian operator Airtel Nigeria to launch a new subscription on-demand service, NuVu. The development is the latest example of the growing influence of the telecommunications industry on the content business, and is significant as there is no recognised local pay TV player or SVOD player involved. NuVu will […]

Microsoft closing its web TV service

Microsoft is set to close MSN TV – a subscription set-top service dating back to the 1990s, designed to let people access the web from their TVs. In an announcement on the MSN TV site, Microsoft said it was closing the service effective of September 30, claiming that since its inception, “the web has continued […]

Ericsson buys Red Bee Media

Ericsson has agreed to buy TV technology and media services company Red Bee Media, in its latest push into the broadcast space. The deal will see Ericsson buy UK-based Red Bee from Macquarie Advanced Investment Partners, adding 1,500 employees, as well as media services and operations facilities in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. […]