Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 15, 2016

15 Jan 2016

Variety reported that the Canadian media company, Corus Entertainment, agreed to buy Shaw Communications’ Shaw Media Inc. for US$ 1,86 billion. If approved, the combined company will own 45 specialty and 15 conventional television stations, 39 radio stations, the content studio Nelvana and other digital assets.

This week, Bloomberg reported that Telefonica SA, Spain’s biggest telecommunications operator, signed an agreement with Mediaproduccion SLU for rights to Spanish soccer and Champions League matches. The agreement, valued at US$ 2,61 billion, includes the BeIN Sports channel and gives Telefonica's pay-TV subscribers immediate access to sports telecasts.

According to Deloitte Global, Gigabit Internet connections are expected to increase tenfold to 10 million by end of 2016, of which 70 percent will be residential connections, reported FierceTelecom. The surge in demand for Gigabit services is attributed to the rise of music and video streaming that require higher bandwidth, as well as a decline in broadband service prices.

Hulu signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony to ramp up its video library by adding full seasons of TV series and films from Sony Pictures, reported Rapid TV News. As part of the deal, content heading to Hulu will include full episodes of ‘The Shield,’ ‘Party of Five,’ ‘The Dawson’s Creek,’ ‘Damages’ and films like ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Midnight in Paris’ and ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding.’

According to Parks Associates’ new study, as of Q3 2015, a third of UK broadband households subscribe to OTT services, reported Digital TV Europe. The study notes that BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5 are among the major sources for OTT video usage in the UK.

  1. Canada’s Corus Entertainment to Buy TV Company Shaw Media in US$ 1,86 Billion Deal (January 13, 2016) By Leo Barraclough, Variety: Canadian media company Corus Entertainment is set to acquire Shaw Communications’ TV unit Shaw Media for CUS$ 2,65 billion (US$ 1,86 billion).
  2. Telefonica to Pay US$ 2,61 Billion for Spanish Soccer Rights (January 12, 2016) By Rodrigo Orihuela, BloombergBusiness: Three-year deal includes European Champions, UEFA leagues.
  3. Gigabit connections to rise tenfold in 2016, says Deloitte (January 13, 2016) By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom: Driven by telco and cable providers like AT&T and Comcast, the number of Gigabit Internet connections is projected to rise tenfold to 10 million by the end of year, with residential connections accounting for about 70 percent of the total, says Deloitte Global.
  4. Hulu, Sony sign new multi-year licensing agreement (January 12, 2016) By Editor, Rapid TV News: Continuing its momentum against over-the-top (OTT) rivals, Hulu has inked a new library deal that will see full seasons of series and top films from Sony Pictures added to its bouquet.
  5. Third of UK broadband homes subscribe to OTT video (January 12, 2016) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: A third of UK broadband households subscribed to an over-the-top (OTT) video service as of the third quarter of 2015, according to Parks Associates.
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