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Nagra will unveil a new product at IBC codenamed Project Radar (subject to change). The digital security specialist lifted the skirt at a Montreux media gathering event this week, teasing only that the technology is about addressing scalable service protection – mapping how well an operator is performing against competitors and highlighting particular areas of vulnerability, as one example.

The Kudelski company has also published its latest Pay TV Innovation Forum report, finding that only 26% of executives polled believe that the growth of paid OTT services will have a negative impact on the industry over the next five years. In addition, 79% believe that OTT subscription services can be a valuable component of the pay TV offer, with execs apparently increasingly positive about the value of new aggregation strategies.

 

French CDN technology provider Broadpeak has landed a sizable investment from Eutelsat to support the satellite fleet operator’s launch of its hybrid satellite OTT system Cirrus targeted at multiscreen service providers. Eutelsat has taken a 20% stake to the tune of €10 million ($11.1 million) in Broadpeak which is a hefty precursor to a full takeover. The move is a strategic one from Eutelsat to tap into the growing trend of multicast ABR for which Broadpeak has been one of the primary drivers.

Chinese broadcasting goliath CCTV has deployed the mc²96 Grand Production Console from German production technology vendor Lawo, to accelerate uptake of 4K UHD and IP operations.

WarnerMedia’s first upfronts since being taken over by AT&T revealed major demand for digital advertising, driving the lion’s share of its sales efforts, according to a source speaking to Variety.

US silicon supplier Xilinx has acquired compression company NGCodec for an undisclosed sum, geared towards reducing buffering by combining NGCodec’s encoding expertise with Xilinx’s acceleration platform. Xilinx said its data center customers in particular will benefit from the buy, providing them with additional video capabilities.

The wholly unreliable CNBC believes Dish Network has struck an agreement with T-Mobile and Sprint for the divestment of certain wireless assets including the pre-paid Boost Mobile brand.

Inside Secure has completed its transformation, officially adopting the Verimatrix branding and trading name after the acquisition of its larger rival last year. The rebrand reflects the stronger Verimatrix brand particularly in the US.

China Telecom has successfully demoed a mouthful of buzzwords, running a 5G 8K with VR ultra-wide bandwidth experience using technology from Chinese electronics firm ZTE, without outlining any specific results other than “excellent performance”.

 

Shipments of 8K TV sets reached 227 million last year, valued at $85 billion, and are projected to exceed 2% of total shipments by 2023, according to Futuresource Consulting. However, 8K shipments in North America slipped 0.1% which the research attributes to oversupply in late 2017, while Europe grew 6% driven by Eastern countries.

Mediaset has clawed back Champions League soccer broadcast rights, pending approval from UEFA, according to local news outlet La Repubblica. It will show 16 matches and comes after broadcaster Rai had its appeal to show Champions League games on FTA channels rejected by an Italian court.

Avid has unveiled MediaCentral 2019, the post-production vendor’s updated media workflow platform, offering a more intuitive UX, more agile content distribution options and flexible cloud deployment. Avid says teams spread across the globe can quickly ingest, log, search, edit, distribute and publish video content to multiple outlets.

The CBSViacom merry-go-round continues and the eventual merger of the two companies is inevitable, according to Moody’s SVP Neil Begley, saying the two firms will be forced together as a result of media mergers including Disney-Fox and Comcast-Sky. He probably said the same thing about the first two attempted marriages between CBS and Viacom.

UK competition regulator Ofcom has set out new guidelines for public service broadcasters in the face of unprecedented competition. Ofcom has proposed new legislation to protect PSB content on smart TVs, set tops and streaming sticks by recommending that on-demand services have an “appropriate range of high-quality PSB content.”

French video software firm Netgem has released a boxless version of its Videofutur offering with a network DVR. The new service, called VIC, costs €32.90 a month for all the major channels, catch-up and TV Everywhere plus 1 Gbps broadband.

Media outfit Univision wants to sell up, releasing a statement saying, “As the last major independent broadcast media company in the US, a market where scale and strength matter, Univision has the fundamentals for continued growth on its own or with a partner – and after careful consideration, the board and management team have concluded the time is right to explore strategic options.”

German IPTV platform provider BrightBlue has launched an application for Android TV set tops and smart TVs. BrightBlue’s white label platform is targeted at tier 2 and 3 operators.

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