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Polish regulator inks TV audience measurement deal

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has signed a contract with the Institute of Telecommunications to conduct TV audience surveys.

The surveys will be based on Return Path Data (RPD) analysis, which is obtained from cable or satellite set-top boxes using a return path from the decoder to the operator.

In a statement, the KRRiT says that the contract includes the development of the concept of data collection, analysis and processing of RPD data and the presentation of analytical results.

It adds that the research potential is over 11.5 million households, but if the growing smart TV market is factored in the range is even larger and includes DTT.

The KRRiT also says that at the same time it has started collecting anonymous data from operators, thanks to which it will be possible to conduct statistical analysis of behaviours in real time.

It is expected that thanks to this cooperation, it will also be possible to analyse the distribution of TV channels on the internet. Operators will be given access to the data results.

It concludes by saying that this is another step to single-source media consumption research.

Polish regulator inks TV audience measurement deal

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has signed a contract with the Institute of Telecommunications to conduct TV audience surveys.

The surveys will be based on Return Path Data (RPD) analysis, which is obtained from cable or satellite set-top boxes using a return path from the decoder to the operator.

In a statement, the KRRiT says that the contract includes the development of the concept of data collection, analysis and processing of RPD data and the presentation of analytical results.

It adds that the research potential is over 11.5 million households, but if the growing smart TV market is factored in the range is even larger and includes DTT.

The KRRiT also says that at the same time it has started collecting anonymous data from operators, thanks to which it will be possible to conduct statistical analysis of behaviours in real time.

It is expected that thanks to this cooperation, it will also be possible to analyse the distribution of TV channels on the internet. Operators will be given access to the data results.

It concludes by saying that this is another step to single-source media consumption research.

EU to slam Google with record fine ahead of Juncker US visit

By Georgi Gotev

Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed.

Netflix disappoints investors with slower growth

By Robert Briel

Netflix added 5.2 million users worldwide in the second quarter, or over 1 million fewer than the streaming service had expected.

Investors punished Netflix hard and the company’s valuation went down sharply on Wall Street. With a drop of more than 14%, the video giant lost some $24.2 billion in market capitalisation.

Netflix writes in a letter to shareholders that it has overestimated growth. For this quarter, the group has revised its growth forecasts downwards to 5 million new users.

Turnover was $3.9 billion, profits rose to $384 million, compared with $66 million a year ago. Netflix had some 130 million paying users worldwide at the end of the quarter.

Netflix said it will be investing more in its own non-English-language productions in the near future. This is necessary because the company observes that HBO and Disney (as well as Amazon and Apple) are catching up. This year, the company investing about $7.5 to $8 billion in content.

“In addition to succeeding commercially, we are starting to lead artistically in some categories, with our creators earning enough Emmy nominations this year to collectively break? HBO’s amazing 17-year run?,” wrote Reed Hastings in his letter to investors.

The company expects growth to level off in the coming years, partly due to the emergence of large competitors in countries such as Germany and France.

Hastings: “We anticipate more competition from the combined AT&T/Warner Media, from the combined Fox/Disney or Fox/Comcast as well as from international players like Germany’s ProSieben and Salto in France. Our strategy is to simply keep improving, as we’ve been doing every year in the past.”

Netflix disappoints investors with slower growth

By Robert Briel

Netflix added 5.2 million users worldwide in the second quarter, or over 1 million fewer than the streaming service had expected.

Investors punished Netflix hard and the company’s valuation went down sharply on Wall Street. With a drop of more than 14%, the video giant lost some $24.2 billion in market capitalisation.

Netflix writes in a letter to shareholders that it has overestimated growth. For this quarter, the group has revised its growth forecasts downwards to 5 million new users.

Turnover was $3.9 billion, profits rose to $384 million, compared with $66 million a year ago. Netflix had some 130 million paying users worldwide at the end of the quarter.

Netflix said it will be investing more in its own non-English-language productions in the near future. This is necessary because the company observes that HBO and Disney (as well as Amazon and Apple) are catching up. This year, the company investing about $7.5 to $8 billion in content.

“In addition to succeeding commercially, we are starting to lead artistically in some categories, with our creators earning enough Emmy nominations this year to collectively break? HBO’s amazing 17-year run?,” wrote Reed Hastings in his letter to investors.

The company expects growth to level off in the coming years, partly due to the emergence of large competitors in countries such as Germany and France.

Hastings: “We anticipate more competition from the combined AT&T/Warner Media, from the combined Fox/Disney or Fox/Comcast as well as from international players like Germany’s ProSieben and Salto in France. Our strategy is to simply keep improving, as we’ve been doing every year in the past.”

Swedes set to smash renewable target 12 years early

By Sam Morgan

Sweden has made such large gains in building up renewable energy capacity that analysts believe the Nordic country will meet one of its 2030 targets this year, thanks largely to wind power.

Horizon Europe – A global health prescription for the EU

By Cecile Vernant

EU research and innovation ministers need to increase funding for Horizon Europe and show they are serious about combating poverty-related diseases, says Cécile Vernant.

Analysis: Trump's presidency draws criticism from all sides

By MATTHEW LEE and ZEKE MILLER

Donald Trump's "America First" slogan morphed into "Me First" as the president unloaded on his own intelligence community and Justice Department to portray himself as the victim of a conspiracy to deny him legitimacy.

Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

Ohio planned Tuesday to move a condemned killer to the state death house as it begins preparations for its first execution in several months.

Mexicans mob 'AMLO' HQ seeking help for matters big or small

By JOEBILL MUNOZ and SOFIA ORTEGA

Each morning hundreds of Mexicans crowd at the gates of 216 Chihuahua Street in the capital, home to the white, two-story building that served as President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's campaign headquarters.

Mexicans mob 'AMLO' HQ seeking help for matters big or small

By JOEBILL MUNOZ and SOFIA ORTEGA

Each morning hundreds of Mexicans crowd at the gates of 216 Chihuahua Street in the capital, home to the white, two-story building that served as President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's campaign headquarters.

News Analysis: For Putin, the β€˜Summit He Has Dreamed of for 18 Years’

By ANDREW HIGGINS and STEVEN ERLANGER

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia got what he wanted most from his meeting with President Trump: American affirmation of his status as a global power.

On Tennis: What’s Next for Wimbledon? New Roof, and Maybe 5th-Set Tiebreakers

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY

The 2018 tournament was memorable for its upsets and five-set marathons, in both positive and negative ways. Wimbledon’s chief executive discussed the event’s future.

Cognitive Test Trump Took May Have Been Undermined by Publicity, Doctors Warn

By NIRAJ CHOKSHI

Articles about the test, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, listed some of its questions, potentially influencing future patients.

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