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Premiership Rugby extends BT Sport deal

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Aviva Premiership Rugby will be broadcast on BT Sport for the next six seasons as part of a newly agreed TV deal. The top flight of English club rugby will be live on BT Sport until at least the end of the 2020-21 campaign. Mark McCafferty, the chief executive of Premiership Rugby, said: “BT Sport has been a fantastic partner […]

SVoD bidding war for Seinfeld


Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo are all eyeing the streaming rights to the US comedy Seinfeld from Sony Pictures Television. According to reports, the current price is more than $500,000 per episode. That comes out to at least $86 million – and is expected to be much more – for a deal that could last a decade. It’s a sizable sum […]

Malta: GO extends Champions League rights

GO Sports subscribers in Malta can continue to enjoy live coverage of the UEFA Champions League until 2018 following an announcement from UEFA that it has awarded the media rights for the competition to GO for a further three seasons. In addition to eight live matches being broadcast on every match night, GO Sports customers will also be able to […]

Netflix outspends BBC, HBO, Discovery on content


SVoD services will see huge growth over the next five years as traditional cable TV subscriptions continue to decline, according to  Ben Keen, chief analyst and VP, consumer media at IHS.  However, the transition to digital and the success of cable broadband mean that cable is still a strong industry. Keen told Cable Congress

ITV Encore acquires US Broadchurch remake

ITV Encore has acquired the rights to the US adaptation of Broadchurch – ITV’s hit crime drama. Re-titled Gracepoint, the series will debut on the Sky and Now TV channel in April. Sasha Breslau, Head of Acquired Series, ITV said; ‘We’re extremely pleased to give our viewers the chance to enjoy Gracepoint, an adaptation with such rich associations, but which […]

Vodafone: ‘Content rights hurt convergence’


Philipp Humm, Vodafone’s European chief, told Cable Congress that ‘true convergence’ was their priority with everything centred on the subscriber. He said until now convergence – i.e. service packages – had been driven by discounting but real convergence would require changes in content rights and regulation. Vodafone – which has bought its way to being a major converged player in […]

ITV acquires Talpa Media


As widely anticipated, UK commercial broadcaster ITV has confirmed it is to acquire Talpa Media B.V., the entertainment show producer behind worldwide hit formats, including The Voice, The Voice Kids, Utopia, I Love My Country and Dating In The Dark for an initial cash consideration of approximately £355 million (€500m). ITV says the acquisition is a further milestone in its […]

France ramps up online piracy fight

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Fleur Pellerin, France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, has presented the Government’s strategy on the battle against online piracy. Going beyond the graduated ‘three strikes’ response of the HADOPI law, the Government is implementing a plan of action against streaming, download or search engine optimisation sites which profit from pirated works, which includes the following measures: The drying up of […]

Motowizja joins Formula E coverage field

Shortly after revealing that Discovery Communications and Liberty Global were taking minority stakes in Formula E Holdings, the company behind the organisation and promotion of the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, the championship has sealed another coverage deal with the news that Motowizja, a leading automotive subscription channel in Poland, will televise live […]

Tubi TV streams free Paramount movies


Tubi TV, the free video streaming service, has entered into a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures to bring more than 50 classic feature films from the studio’s extensive library to the company’s ad-supported video applications. Films currently featured on Tubi TV include fan-favourites Top Gun, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Star Trek: The Final Frontier, The Hunt for Red October, as […]

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