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BT Sport extends Arsenal partnership

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BT Sport has extended its partnership with Arsenal Football Club for a further two years. The agreement allows BT Sport to continue to promote its football coverage, including exclusive live Premier League matches, through Arsenal’s digital channels in the UK and Ireland. It also gives the broadcaster access to Arsenal’s first-team players and manager for exclusive content. Arsenal’s sales and […]

Fibre’s speed increasing Internet usage

The fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas has released the results of a survey by RVA, LLC, revealing new data on the usage and impact of fibre to the home networks in North America. “After surveying broadband consumers for seven years, two trends are very clear. First, the importance of broadband to the consumer lifestyle increases with each passing […]

Programmatic ads: AOL partners with Havas

AOL Platforms, a division of AOL, has announced a strategic partnership with Affiperf, Havas’ global trading desk for programmatic buying, to deliver the simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness of automation across the media group’s global footprint. Affiperf will be a charter customer of ONE by AOL, announced earlier this year as the first global, cross-screen programmatic advertising platform for brands, agencies […]

Scholes signs for BT Sport

Manchester United and England legend Paul Scholes has signed a four-year deal to become a pundit for BT Sport. The ex-midfielder, who retired from playing for the second time just over a year ago, will join the panel of analysts for exclusively live matches in the Barclays Premier League from the start of this season. Scholes, who has two UEFA […]

Viewster initiates TV advertising

For the first time in the company’s history, Viewster is launching a TV advertising campaign. Germany will be the first market to air two different TV commercials, highlighting Viewster’s newly developed mobile apps for iOS and Android. The TV ads will be broadcast on ProSieben and Sat.1 in August 2014. German Media Plan GmbH is managing placement and monitoring success […]

Brightcove powers Yelp video feature

Brightcove has announced that Yelp, which connects people with local businesses, has launched a new video feature powered by Brightcove. Yelp users can upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long with the help of the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform and the Brightcove Zencoder cloud-based encoding service. Yelp, which generated an average of 132 million monthly unique […]

Nativ appoints Ritchie as Head of Sales

Nativ, the media logistics platform (MLP) provider, has recruited Michael Ritchie to be its Head of Sales for the EMEA region. The role has been created to expand Nativ’s European client base as demand for its MIO Everywhere content workflow software increases. Ritchie joins from Red Touch Media where he was responsible for the operational and development expansion of the […]

Sky looks to Germany for growth spurt

The low-hanging fruit for ‘Sky Europe’ is in Germany, says Berenberg Bank’s senior media analyst Sarah Simon. It is this fast-track expansion probability that means that BSkyB will quickly want to absorb the 42.6 per cent minority shareholding currently not under its control. German take-over law allows a majority buyer (indeed anyone holding over 30 per cent) to offer the […]

Sky Italia €8m half-year losses


Sky Italia ended the period to June 2014 with losses of €8 million, after being in the red for €38 million the previous year, according to data from BSkyB on the creation of Sky Europe Revenues fall to €2.846 billion from €2.911 billion the previous year. The adjusted EBITDA went up to €312 million from €285 million in June 2013. […]

BSkyB doubles investment in virtual reality start-up

BSkyB has more than doubled its investment in Jaunt, a Silicon Valley-based firm developing 360-degree virtual reality cinema. The $400,000 equity investment follows a $350,000 equity investment made by Sky during an earlier round of funding in December 2013. “These investments provide Sky with additional insight into developments within the field,” the company said in a statement.

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