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The BBC and BT successfully made the UK’s first live TV contribution over a public 5G connection, using EE’s 5G network. On BBC Breakfast this morning, viewers will have seen BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones cover the launch of the UK’s first 5G network from Covent Garden. But they won’t have seen that his segment was also beamed back to BBC New Broadcasting House over the very same 5G network to be played out live

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CANAL+ Group has announced the acquisition of M7, one of the largest independent pay-TV companies in Europe operating in Benelux and Central Europe. M7 is owned by Astorg, a leading European private equity firm. This acquisition is subject to the European Commission’s approval.

M7 is an aggregator and distributor of local and international channels via satellite and OTT platforms. It has developed a presence in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania

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Proposals to improve BBC iPlayer for audiences by making programmes available for longer and offering more box sets and archive titles have been submitted to Ofcom.

The BBC is proposing that programmes should be available on BBC iPlayer for at least 12 months after they are first shown; selected returning titles should be available as full box sets of all series; and BBC iPlayer should showcase more content from the BBC archive.

The proposals have

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ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, today announces that it has signed an exclusive UK and Ireland licensing agreement with Amobee, a global digital advertising technology company, for end-to-end programmatic buying and selling of premium video inventory on the ITV Hub.

This will enable ITV to launch a new, fully programmatic, premium advanced advertising platform, uniquely built using Amobee’s advertising technology which allows advertisers complete control over the purchasing of their campaigns across ITV’s premium

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Grabyo, the leading cloud video platform trusted by the world’s major broadcasters, sports federations and rights holders, today releases its new advanced video editing tool: Grabyo Editor. 

Grabyo Editor is a browser-based editing tool for creating short video highlights and social videos in seconds. Editor’s intuitive interface enables professional-quality output, inclusive of transitions, audio edits and titling without the need for specific hardware, software licenses or extensive training.

Built for the demands of digital teams,

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Simplestream, the leader in live, live-2-VOD and on-demand OTT services, announced today that it has now integrated BARB’s new Dovetail audience measurement across its delivery platforms. This enables participating broadcasters and operators to more accurately measure reach across multiple devices to better understand their audience and potentially increase advertising, carriage and subscription revenues.

By supporting BARB’s Dovetail measurement solution, we can enable our customers to better measure full viewership and reach in the

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