August 12, 1997Ken and Lori examint the results of previous night’s glaze firing.
SBS has renewed its output deal with CBS Studios, giving its stations in the Netherlands a raft of the Hollywood major’s TV current and upcoming TV series.The ProSiebenSat.1-owned pan-regional broadcaster runs Net5, SBS 6 and Veronica in the Netherlands and these channels will get free-to-air rights to series including NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 and The Good Wife as well as the series unveiled at this week’s LA Screenings, which include new Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.
Set-top box maker Humax has partnered with Netflix in a deal that will give viewers easy access to the SVoD service across its range of set-top boxes.Humax said that in the coming months consumers will be able to access Netflix on its set-tops and, for the first time, switch seamlessly between live broadcast, recordings and internet TV.Many Humax devices will also feature a dedicated Netflix remote control button and a ‘quick-launch’ function that will let viewers to start Netflix faster than on some other devices,“The Netflix partnership is monumental to Humax, providing our customers with the unique opportunity to enjoy even more quality content, straight from their set-top boxes. The partnership also opens up the pay TV market even further by offering effortless access to a renowned TV service.”The update will apply to current and future set-top boxes and will be rolled out in the near future. A spokesperson for Humax told DTVE: “We will be announcing the exact models in the near future, as the Netflix service becomes available.”
Telefónica saw its TV base rise by 3% overall to 8.8 million in the year to March, boosted by a 16% rise in its IPTV base and an additional 900,000 homes signing up for new OTT service Movistar Play in Latin America.In Spain, Telefónica grew its convergent customers base by 4% to 4.6 million, with 92% of the local TV base now signed up to convergent services, compared with 89% of broadband customer and 84% of mobile customers. Some 81% of customers now take the group’s TV service.Telefónica’s Spanish pay TV customer base grew by 4% year-on-year, with 12,000 customers added in March, taking the total to 4.05 million.In Brazil, the company’s IPTV base increased by 44% year-on-year, with 38,000 new connections in the quarter to March. The service is now available in 130 cities across the country.Telefónica Hispam Sur – covering the southern part of Spanish-speaking America – saw pay TV numbers rise by 8% to 2.2 million, boosted by strong growth in Peru and a launch in Argentina. Users of the new Movistar Play OTT service in this region grew to 511,000 following the launch of the service in Argentina in March.The Hispam Norte region, covering the northern Spanish-speaking countries, however, saw a fall in pay TV numbers of 3% year-on-year, hit by the crisis in Venezuela. The region had 967,000 pay TV customers at the end of the period.Telefónica overall turned in revenues of €11.98 billion for the quarter, up 3.8%. Operating income before depreciation and amortisation was €4.26 billion, up 10.3%.