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Movistar signs HBO, hits 2m pay-TV subs


Movistar and HBO have signed an agreement that will see TV series such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Girls distributed via Telefonica’s online VoD service. Movistar TV will offer the first three seasons of Game of Thrones and the first four seasons of Boardwalk Empire. Three seasons each of In Treatment and Girls also will be available. This […]

Singtel, Sony, Warner hook up for Asia OTT

Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top (OTT) video service in Asia. HOOQ will deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programmes to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download their favourite shows on their device or […]

Canada: Rogers delivers ICC Cricket World Cup

Canadian cricket fans are receiving a front-row seat to one of the world’s popular sporting events this February as Rogers delivers live pay-per-view coverage of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.  Bell, MTS, SaskTel, Shaw/Shaw Direct and TELUS subscribers can also enjoy access to pay-per-view coverage of the tournament. The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup kicks starts on February 13th […]

Virgin Media seeks Premier League rights delay

UK quad-play operator Virgin Media is seeking a suspension to the tendering process for live English Premier League football broadcast rights for three seasons starting in August 2016. The move follows its lodging of a complaint in December 2014 with regulator Ofcom over how the rights are sold, which it contends remains in breach of UK and EU competition law. […]

BBC retains Premier League highlights


The BBC has renewed its deal to show Premier League highlights for a further three years, through to and including the 2018/19 season. The agreement covers the weekend programming of Match Of The Day; its Sunday morning repeat; MOTD2; Football Focus; plus a new midweek magazine show to air 10pm Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. It […]

Showtime goes international


CBS has struck a deal with the Toronto’s Bell Media to bring the Showtime brand to Canada. The deal represents the first time Showtime’s programming will be distributed and marketed under the brand outside the US. Bell Media will feature Showtime programming during a special branded Sunday evening block on its traditional pay-TV service, called the Movie Network. Its programming […]

70% of Russians watch pirate content

Viewing pirated content is extremely common among Russian consumers, largely due to the cost and availability of legal content, according to research from Irdeto. The online research conducted by YouGov revealed that almost three quarters of consumers in Russia (70 per cent) watch pirated video content, with 16 per cent watching it more than once a week – showing that […]

MPAA’s Dodd: Piracy hurts middle-income families

Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, has sought to dispel the myth that piracy only affects well-paid movie stars. Writing an opinion piece in trade magazine Variety, Dodd notes that two million people get up every morning in all 50 states to go to work in good-paying jobs. “Few will ever walk a red carpet, but their jobs […]

Vaizey: ‘Monetising content requires robust copyright’

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has stressed the importance for the creative industries of being able to monetise their efforts. Delivering a Keynote address at the Let’s Go Connected event in London, Vaizey noted that the creative industries were a UK success story, with the digital landscape “unrecognisable” from a few years ago. He […]

Snapchat introduces discovery function


Messaging app Snapchat has introduced Discover, which it describes as a new way to explore stories from different editorial teams. In a Blog Post, the Snapchat Team describes the initiative as the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. “This is not social media,” they assert. According to Snapchat, […]

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