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Proving that contrary to rumour there is very much still life in the company, the blinkbox UK online video service has revealed a major content deal with a US film studio and added offline viewing for tablets users.

Video apps are topping the consumption habits of Spain's smart TVs owners, with nine out of ten connecting their Samsung devices to watch series, movies and documentaries, according to the company, and almost half saying they occasionally pay for content.

With over-the-top (OTT) and TV everywhere consumption growing unstoppably, Hispanic viewers seem to be leading the new TV boom in the US, especially with regard to mobile video consumption both inside and out of the home.

Data released by the BBC has revealed that the iPlayer generated 318 million programme requests in October 2014, the second highest monthly request figure ever, only two million down on the peak in March this year.

Tencent has become HBO's exclusive online video partner in China, with streaming rights to Game of Thrones, True Detective and Band of Brothers among other hit US TV series.

Research published by the country's broadcast regulator has revealed the extent to which the UK's younger TV viewers are eschewing live TV compared with their elder compatriots.

Shanghai Media Group (SMG) is to merge its digital media arm BesTV, Microsoft's Chinese partner, with its Shanghai Oriental Pearl division to create a huge new Internet and broadcasting company.

Connected entertainment devices, including game consoles and streaming media devices, will be among the most popular gifts for the holiday season, according to Parks Associates.

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