HbbTV targets advertising opportunities

The HbbTV specification for targeted advertising, HbbTV-TA, is gaining traction in Europe. The annual HbbTV Symposium heard that the Addressable TV Initiative, founded by German media companies RTL Deutschland und Seven.One Entertainment Group, wants to achieve full technical interoperability of the HbbTV-TA and ADB2 specifications in smart televisions and set-top boxes across Europe.
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BBC to drop standard definition on satellite

The BBC is finally upgrading all its channels to high definition. It will mean the end of the red apology slide that is shown many times a day on BBC One HD, when the BBC has for over a decade been unable to deliver the regional news in high definition. The rollout is scheduled to be complete by the end of March 2023. The BBC plans to switch off all its standard definition satellite channels a year later.
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Review of rules for major events coverage

Certain listed events of national interest, including the Olympic Games, football World Cup, and Wimbledon tennis, are subject to legal provisions intended to ensure that live coverage is freely available to most of the population in the United Kingdom. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is to review the rules. It will consider whether public service broadcasters in particular should have the opportunity to carry these events on their online platforms as well as their traditional television channels.
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Disney brings back Bob Iger

In a surprise move, The Walt Disney Company has announced that Robert Iger is returning to lead the company as chief executive, effective immediately, replacing Bob Chapek. Bob Iger has been brought back for two years, with a mandate to set the strategic direction for renewed growth and to develop a successor to lead the company.
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Online viewing continues rise in United States

There was an increase in television viewing in the United States in October, up by 2.8% compared to a year before, driven by a rise of almost 10% in viewing of broadcast channels and sports since September. Online viewing also grew to contribute 37.3% of all television viewing, according to Nielsen data.
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Amazon Freevee picks up Neighbours

Neighbours will return to television screens on Amazon Freevee after being dropped by Channel 5 in the United Kingdom. The long-running Australian serial drama ran for almost four decades. Amazon has done a deal with producers Fremantle that will renew production and premiere episodes exclusively on the Amazon Freevee online video service in the United Kingdom and the United States, with thousands of previous episodes available on demand. Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new series, while it will be available online on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
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