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Tracy Morgan says watching fatal car crash helped him heal

By Francesca Bacardi

Tracy Morgan went through physical therapy to physically recover from a fatal car crash nearly four years ago, but in order to heal mentally, “The Last O.G.” star used unorthodox methods.

Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA

Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn't in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England's FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn't been renewed.

Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA

Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn't in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England's FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn't been renewed.

Spacecom signs African communications deal

By Julian Clover

Spacecom has agreed a major capacity deal for communications services on its new Amos-17 satellite.
Amos-17 is slated for launch in the second quarter of 2019.

The operator said the deal with an unnamed African client is worth approximately $55 million and would begin on July 1, 2019 or when operations commenced from the new satellite.

Amos-17, a replacement for Amos-5, has been designed to cover the African continent and is scheduled to launch in early 2019. It will operate from 17 degrees East and offer coverage of Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band HTS services.

Boeing Satellite Systems International is building the satellite and SpaceX will send it into orbit on a Falcon-9 launch vehicle.

Paramount to rebrand in Spain

By Chris Dziadul

Viacom’s Paramount Channel in Spain will officially become Paramount Network on June 10.

Spain was the first country to launch Paramount Channel in 2012 and will now become the first to rebrand following the launch of Paramount Network in the US earlier this year.

Commenting on the development, Raffaele Annecchino, president and MD of Viacom International Media Networks Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Paramount Network has great positioning and fits perfectly with our strategy in Spain, where we have a strong offer to satisfy increasing audience demand for high quality general entertainment content in the competitive FTA space.

“Paramount Channel has achieved great results in Spain, but it’s time to evolve the brand even further, making the channel increasingly contemporary and relevant for the Spanish market.”

Jill Offman, EVP of the Paramount Channel / Paramount Network International and Comedy Central International, added: “Our channels have seen great success in markets around the world, and in Spain in particular.

“As one of Viacom’s flagship six, we will continue to invest in premium entertainment as we further Paramount’s profile as a global TV brand.”

Paramount to rebrand in Spain

By Chris Dziadul

Viacom’s Paramount Channel in Spain will officially become Paramount Network on June 10.

Spain was the first country to launch Paramount Channel in 2012 and will now become the first to rebrand following the launch of Paramount Network in the US earlier this year.

Commenting on the development, Raffaele Annecchino, president and MD of Viacom International Media Networks Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Paramount Network has great positioning and fits perfectly with our strategy in Spain, where we have a strong offer to satisfy increasing audience demand for high quality general entertainment content in the competitive FTA space.

“Paramount Channel has achieved great results in Spain, but it’s time to evolve the brand even further, making the channel increasingly contemporary and relevant for the Spanish market.”

Jill Offman, EVP of the Paramount Channel / Paramount Network International and Comedy Central International, added: “Our channels have seen great success in markets around the world, and in Spain in particular.

“As one of Viacom’s flagship six, we will continue to invest in premium entertainment as we further Paramount’s profile as a global TV brand.”

Indian Tribes Dig In to Gain Their Share of Sports Betting

By KEVIN DRAPER, TIM ARANGO and ALAN BLINDER

As state governments develop plans to introduce sports betting, some American Indian tribes in the casino business are working to make sure they’re dealt in.

Tech Tip: Finding Your Contacts in the New Gmail

By J. D. BIERSDORFER

Google’s recent revamp of its mail service has moved a few old features to new places, but you don’t have to look far.

The New Health Care: What Barbershops Can Teach About Delivering Health Care

By AARON E. CARROLL

One reason that an experiment to reduce high blood pressure in a high-risk population succeeded is that it adapted its approach to encourage trust.

Sky to create UK innovation centre

By Julian Clover

Sky has announced plans to build a dedicated innovation centre at its Osterley campus.

The 70,000 square feet centre will sit alongside existing tech sites in Leeds and Milan. Staff will work across a number of disciplines including broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and the latest content innovations including virtual reality.

The re-development of Sky’s campus has included the construction of five new buildings at Osterley that has also included the Sky News glass box live news studio.

“The development of the west London campus reflects Sky’s journey over the past 29 years,” said Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch. “Just as we have moved from porta-cabins to a world-class working environment we have also grown from a satellite business to Europe’s leading direct to consumer media company with content, consumer technology and innovation at its core. We have achieved this by always putting customers at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.”

As part of Sky’s commitment to attracting more women to tech roles and to address a chronic shortage of female talent in the industry, the new centre will become the home of the company’s brand new Get into Tech for Young Women scheme. Based on Sky’s Get into Tech course, which has already helped over 100 women train to be coders, the new programme will provide girls of school leaving age the chance to train for free as a coder, with further opportunities at the Sky Software Academy when they have completed the course.

N. Ireland: 2 arrested 30 years after murder of German teen

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in the death of a German backpacker 30 years ago, after much-publicized appeals on the anniversary of the teenager's death yielded a break in one of the region's most notorious unsolved murders.

N. Ireland: 2 arrested 30 years after murder of German teen

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in the death of a German backpacker 30 years ago, after much-publicized appeals on the anniversary of the teenager's death yielded a break in one of the region's most notorious unsolved murders.

New joint HbbTV-based FTA platform in Spain

By Robert Briel

Spain’s three major broadcasters RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset are to launch LOVEStv, a joint HbbTV-based FTA platform to counter Netflix and HBO.

The new service is due to start in its test phase on June 14. LOVEStv will use HbbTV technology and offer a host of features including catch-up from the past seven days, re-start a programme that has already begun and and improved EPG. More features to be added at a later date.

The new service will be made available free of charge to all viewers, who will need to have an HbbTV compatible receiver that is connected to broadband. Viewers will be able to personalise the service in order to receive recommendations.

New joint HbbTV-based FTA platform in Spain

By Robert Briel

Spain’s three major broadcasters RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset are to launch LOVEStv, a joint HbbTV-based FTA platform to counter Netflix and HBO.

The new service is due to start in its test phase on June 14. LOVEStv will use HbbTV technology and offer a host of features including catch-up from the past seven days, re-start a programme that has already begun and and improved EPG. More features to be added at a later date.

The new service will be made available free of charge to all viewers, who will need to have an HbbTV compatible receiver that is connected to broadband. Viewers will be able to personalise the service in order to receive recommendations.

Heineken’s Amsterdam beer delivery service does not go down well with officials

By robin

Amsterdam-based brewer Heineken has launched a scheme to reach the part of the market other beers don’t and this has...

In the US, legacy multichannel subscriptions remain under pressure

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

Traditional multichannel video losses in the first quarter in 2018 showed modest improvement over the same period in 2017.

The magnitude of the decline remains elevated, according to the Q1 2018 US Multichannel Subscriber Report by Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Combined cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and telecom multichannel subscriptions fell 0.8% sequentially, to 93.2 million, including 90.3 million residential customers. However, noteworthy gains for virtual platforms Directv Now and Sling TV put the evolution of the sector in perspective; the quarterly subscription losses are cut in half when including Directv Now and Sling TV and raise the overall residential figure to 94.1 million.

Additional takeaways from Kagan’s 1st-quarter US Multichannel Subscriber report:

The residential multichannel penetration rate stood at 76.1% as of March 31 when including the VSPs owned by AT&T and Dish Network (Directv Now and Sling TV).

Cable operators logged their largest first-quarter video subscriber decline on record, with the top two MSOs, Comcast and Charter, accounting for 59% of the drop.

Telco video appears to be regaining its footing as AT&T’s U-verse stabilizes. The platform’s video customer losses fell below 100,000 for the first time since the third quarter of 2015.

DBS losses ramped back up in the first quarter, bringing the sector’s total down to 31.1 million.

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