Movie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched a new app that will make it available on Windows 8.1 PCs, laptops and tablets for the first time. The free app was developed in partnership with Microsoft, and is available from today.“At Wuaki.tv, we are committed to providing the best possible user experience and HD quality plays an important role within that. Our users are increasingly used to seeing the latest movies in high definition on their Smart TVs, consoles, and other devices, and now they can add their PC or laptop to this list too,” said Wuaki.tv founder and CEO, Jacinto Roca.
James PurnellThe BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms.In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC and other public service broadcasters can be easily found in an increasingly digital age.“Fourteen years ago, Parliament took a far-sighted decision. It insisted that the public service channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 should be at the top of the programme guides on all TV platforms,” said Purnell.“It made our channels easy to find – especially important for the BBC, whose programmes people have already paid for via their licence fee. But the world has changed, with the rapid growth of digital channels and new services.”He said that the new generation of set-top boxes have a limited number of content options on their home pages and that if those places are filled by content from the platform owners like Sky, or from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube, “that leaves little room for the on-demand services from our public service broadcasters”.“Some pay-TV platforms are already making ‘free to air’ services harder to find. On the new Sky box, Sky Q, there is no one button on the remote control that takes you to live TV, the single most popular thing Sky customers do. Instead, ‘Home’ takes you to Top Picks – a set of recommended programmes chosen by Sky,” he complained.Purnell also argued that the BBC’s children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, should be moved up the Sky EPG, as they are currently listed behind 12 US cartoon networks.A Sky spokesperson described Purnell’s comments as “blatant self-interest”, adding that “for many years we’ve provided the top five slots on the programme guide to public service broadcasters, making them easily accessible.”
Giuliano GiorgettiEleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy.Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations.He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan.At AC Milan he led the club’s digital efforts with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing. Giorgetti is also credited with helping to deliver a modern entertainment business for Inter Milan by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and commercial partnerships at global investment company and Eleven Sports’ parent company, Aser. According to the company he will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.Former Eleven Sports Italy managing director Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group managing director Danny Menken and Aser managing director Marco Pistoni.Menken, said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”Giorgetti, said: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”Separately, Eleven Sports has added live and exclusive coverage of Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan football to its line-up of content for UK and Ireland viewers.Coverage of the Eredivisie will start with the upcoming 2018-19 season, while the Chinese Super League will begin on Eleven from the 2019 season, and coverage of the Allsvenskan will start with the currently ongoing 2018 season.