Ruptly Live was announced at MIPCOM 2017News agency, Ruptly, has launched a new video streaming platform designed to let anyone stream Ruptly live events, 360º video and drone footage direct to their social media channels.Ruptly Live is aimed at broadcasters, brands and vloggers, who can all use the service to stream professional live video content from around the world.“Live transmissions are the optimal content for our clients because they allow audiences to be fully immersed in any given moment, as if they were actually there, watching breaking news and viral stories as they happen – in both traditional and 360 formats,” said Ruptly CEO, Dinara Toktosunova.“Ruptly Live is a two-in-one product. We are pushing the boundaries of accessibility by offering premium content that anyone and everyone can post on social media via an easy-to-embed live streaming solution.”Users can stream live video direct to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Periscope, as well have it delivered through CDNs to native players – giving them the freedom to embed custom adverts.Ruptly Live will let users stream a range of content, from viral videos to breaking news filmed by Ruptly’s teams on the ground.
Russian service provider MTS had 1.822 million TV customers at the end of last year, up 32,000 quarter-on-quarter and 67,000 year-on-year.The company had 3.053 million fixed broadband subscribers at the end of 2017, along with 3.206 million fixed phone subscribers. MTS had 78.3 million mobile phone customers, a small year-on-year decline. However, mobile internet users increased as a proportion of the total to 53.2%.MTS’s group revenue for the full year was RUB442.9 billion (€6.24 billion), up 1.7%, while operating income before depreciation and amortisation was RUB179.8 billion, up 6.2%.Alexei Kornya, the company’s new president and CEO, said that 2017 was “truly an exceptional year” thanks to “a stable macroeconomic environment in our key markets and improving customer sentiment”.
A husband and wife criminal team have been convicted and sentenced in the UK for pirating English Premier League content in the latest victory for rights-holders over sellers of illicit streaming devices.The pair were said to have made £750,000 (€850,000) by selling over 8,000 illicit streaming devices and setting up their own streaming service – Infusum.tv – to provide illegal access to Premier League football.John Haggerty, the owner of Evolution Trading, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison in Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and dishonestly obtaining services for another, contrary to the Fraud Act.Mary Gilfillan was convicted of fraud and was given a two-year suspended sentence.The case marks the first example of a court warning that the use, as well as the supply, of such boxes, can result in criminal convictions, with the judge warning that Haggerty had put his customers at risk of prosecution.Premier League director of legal services Kevin Plumb said that the facts of the case “should be a warning to the authorities and consumers about the types of people involved in this activity”. He said that the League was “currently engaged in one of the biggest and most successful anti-piracy programmes in the World”.Kieron Sharp, CEO of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) said that the sentencing was “another step forward in the right direction to tackling the issue of illegal streaming”. He said that the public “should be aware that selling devices or subscriptions that allow access to premium content you normally pay for is illegal” and that “using one of these methods to stream premium TV, sports and films for which you should have an official subscription is also breaking the law”.
Tele Columbus HQGerman cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, is taking forward its digital switchover plan to migrating subscribers in the city of Dresden to digital-only TV next week.PŸUR will implement the switch-off of analogue cable services in the Saxony capital and neighbouring areas from December 11-13. Analogue TV and radio signals will be switched off in Dresden, Coswig, Langebrück, Lommatzsch, Nossen and Radeburg. Existing digital customers will be required to retune their set-top boxes after the switchover, while the few remaining analogue customers will be required to obtain a digital converter.The switchover of cable services in Saxony has been mandated by the state government’s media law, with a deadline of the end of this year set for completion of the process. PŸUR said that the analogue switch-off would free up space for additional HD channels as well as freeing up capacity for faster broadband internet services.PŸUR said that over 90% of its customers in affected areas had already converted to digital services. Switchover will kick off in Dresden on December 11, with Coswig and Langebrück to follow the same day and Lommatzsch and Nossen to follow on December 12.
BT-owned UK mobile operator EE has launched new content offerings with Amazon Prime Video and MTV Play featuring inclusive mobile data for new and existing EE pay monthly mobile customers. EE is offering six-month subscriptions to Prime Video and MTV Play with inclusive data, for new and existing pay monthly mobile customers.The operator has also launched a new EE Video Data Pass that it says lets users enjoy streaming video from a range of providers without impacting their data allowance. Available for £8.99 per month, the Video Pass is available on a flexible 30-day rolling contract, enabling users to access content including Netflix, Prime Video, BT Sport, MTV Play and TVPlayer.EE customers on pay monthly handset, tablet or 12-month SIM only mobile price plans can now get a six months subscription to Prime Video courtesy of EE, giving them access to Prime Originals including The Grand Tour, American Gods, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Man in the High Castle. Customers can use their log-in details across multiple devices including handsets, tablets, compatible TVs, gaming consoles, or Fire TV devices.EE is also giving customers a six-month subscription to the recently launched MTV Play app. Customers who download the app will have access to reality content including the latest episodes of Geordie Shore, Teen Mom UK and The Charlotte Show alongside The Hills, Catfish and Jersey Shore. Following their six-month trial EE subscribers will be given the option pay for the app on their monthly mobile bill.“This latest move supports EE’s vision to offer customers a broad range of services and is a step in the right direction. Furthermore, it underlines the importance among content and media owners like Amazon and Viacom to work more closely with telcos to reach new audiences,” said technology media and telco analyst Paolo Pescatore of PP Foresight.“People’s insatiable appetite to watch video clips on the move is showing no signs of slowing down. With faster and more reliable connections inside and outside of the home, this will only proliferate. And with the arrival of 5G people will be streaming more content rather than downloading for offline viewing,” said Pescatore.The latest six-month subscription options follow a similar offer of Apple Music and a three-month subscription to BT Sport. EE says that these offerings bring savings to customers in the order of £164 in total.Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “It’s our ambition to offer our customers unrivalled choice, with the best content, smartest devices, and the latest technology through working with the world’s best content providers. In offering all EE pay monthly mobile customers Prime Video and MTV Play access, in addition to BT Sport and Apple Music – we’re providing them with a wealth of great entertainment they can experience in more places thanks to our superfast 4G network, and soon to be launched 5G service. So, if they want music on a Monday, telly on a Tuesday, films on a Friday or sport on a Saturday, we’ve got something for them.”