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Chromecast hits one billion milestone, YouTube viewing time up 50%

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Users of Google’s Chromecast streaming device have now ‘cast’ content more than 1 billion times, while viewing time on YouTube is up 50% year-on-year, according… Read more

Amazon Prime membership climbs 53%

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Worldwide paid membership of Amazon’s Prime subscription service grew 53% last year – 50% in the US and faster outside the US – according to the e-retail… Read more

Nick going OTT with SVOD service

Philippe Dauman

Nickelodeon is to launch a standalone US subscription on-demand service as the Viacom channel targets children and families across platforms. Talking on a Viacom earnings… Read more

Ofcom deputy admits Twitter activity “not appropriate”, agrees to sell Verizon stock

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Ofcom deputy chair and Conservative peer Baroness Sheila Noakes has acknowledge that her activity on microblogging site Twitter was “not appropriate” to her role and… Read more

BT adds TV customers, plans G.fast ultra high-speed broadband trial

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UK telco BT added 45,000 TV customers in the quarter to December, which also saw it launch a TV everywhere service and a download to… Read more

Sky moves into mobile with Telefonica deal

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Sky is set to offer mobile voice and data services for the first time from next year, after signing an agreement with Telefonica UK.  The… Read more

CNC VoD search service to exclude Netflix, iTunes

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France’s Centre Nationale du Cinéma et de L’Image Animée (CNC) has created a search engine to enable French citizens to search for and find movies… Read more

TF1 launches SVoD service for kids

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French broadcaster TF1 will launch TFou Max next month, the first SVoD service exclusively targeting kids in France. Dedicated to the 3-12 demo, TFou Max… Read more

Rightster founder exits as Walker takes top post

Rightster CEO Charlie Muirhead.

The founding CEO of UK-based multichannel network Rightster, Charlie Muirhead, has stepped down from his post and will be succeeded by Patrick Walker. Muirhead founded… Read more

MBC’s Al Arabiya appoints new general manager

Turki al-Dakhil

MBC has upped Al Arabiya journalist Turki al-Dakhil to the position of general manager at the Arab news channel.  Al-Dakhil takes over the role from Adel Altoraifi,… Read more