Is RTL Having A ‘Friends Reunited’ Moment With The SpotXchange Deal?

August 8 2014 RTLs recent acquisition of a majority stake in SpotXchange gave Decipher a nervous moment of deja vu last week, reminding us of a previous broadcaster’s dramatic foray into emerging digital media. In 2005, ITV under a previous management regime, paid £175M for the British social media site FriendsReunited. The deal delivered £30M … More Is RTL Having A ‘Friends Reunited’ Moment With The SpotXchange Deal?

Anything New on the Horizon? – Updates to the UPC’s Cable Box

Not many people had heard of the UPC Horizon service until the UPC parent, Liberty Global, bought Virgin Television earlier in the year.  With the Virgin acquisition UPC got its hands on Tivo, and became a European cable giant running TWO different next-gen TV platforms, and the comparisons began. Would Horizon ever replace Tivo or … More Anything New on the Horizon? – Updates to the UPC’s Cable Box

Network DVRs vs Home Media Servers – what will win?

Damien Read – February 2013 Over the last ten years digital video recorders (DVRs) have revolutionised TV watching, providing the most loved features for consumers; live pause and one-touch recording/series recordings. However, there are two competing models for the evolution of these DVRs which are about to get into the ring with one another; cloud based network … More Network DVRs vs Home Media Servers – what will win?

Not Comparing Freesat and YouView (part 2)

So Freesat have launched a TV campaign to promote their new <freetime> service (see the ad here on YouTube). This prompted us to continue our analysis of the differences between Freesat <freetime> and YouView. In our previous blog post about this (see Comparing Freesat to Youview) we pointed out that the two products have very … More Not Comparing Freesat and YouView (part 2)