Liberty: “Sky F1 paywall damaging the sport”

F1’s new owners, Liberty Media, believe the UK TV rights deal they have inherited from the previous management, led by Bernie Ecclestone, is damaging to the sport – with Sky’s coverage entirely immersed behind a paywall from 2019 to 2024. Sean Bratches, the MD of commercial operations for the Formula One Group, sees FTA television as […]

Other headlines of the week

BBC fully backs Ultra HD, HDR

Andy Quested, the BBC’s HD & UHD Head of Technology, told delegates at the SES Ultra-HD conference in London that the broadcaster was fully behind UHD and the ‘Rec 2020’ standard which allows for High Dynamic Range images. “Everything we do today has to stand the test of time. Planet Earth 1, made some 11 […]

Ericsson: Consumers expect AR/VR to merge with reality

Ericsson has published its latest ConsumerLab report – Merged Reality – revealing insights into how consumers expect virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to merge with physical reality, and that 5G will be a key technology for such experiences to become mainstream. The report reveals that when boundaries between people’s perception of physical and […]

GroupM downgrades UK ad growth forecast

UK advertising is set to see an eighth successive year of growth, and the nation will remain one of the fastest-growing media markets in 2017 with a 4.1 per cent increase in spending taking the industry to predicted investment of £18.6 billion (€21.1bn). This overall forecast is a downward revision from the 7 per cent […]

Altice reveals pricing of US IPO

Altice has announced that Altice USA has priced its initial public offering (IPO) of 63,943,029 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $30 per share.  Of the shares of Altice USA’s Class A common stock included in the offering, 12,068,966 shares will be sold by Altice USA, 31,475,965 […]

INSIDE SATELLITE: Massive boost for satellite capacity by 2020

Paris-based research company Euroconsult, in its latest report (High Throughput Satellites: Vertical Market Analysis & Forecasts), says there is going to be a significant increase in High Throughput Satellites (HTS) over the next few year, and with each of these new satellites capable of delivering extra capacity into the market. Euroconsult reminds us that over […]

Satellite push for 5G

The European Space Agency (ESA), along with most of the world’s leading satellite operators, is backing the use of 5G technology for media and entertainment, as well as carriage of 5G signals. The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show June 21st and is backed by SES, Intelsat, Eutelsat, EchoStar Mobile, Telesat of Canada, […]

Mediaset’s CincoMAS expands presence in America

The International channel of Mediaset Spain, CincoMAS, is strengthening its position in the American continent with its launch in Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador following its agreement with Claro TV. The channel will also be launching soon in the US, Canada, Mexico and Colombia – and already has a presence in Argentine and Panama. CincoMAS […]

Deutsche Telekom: €2bn European 5G investment

Deutsche Telekom has indicated that an overall total of between €300 and €500 billion will be invested in deploying 5G in Europe. The 5G PPP is leading 5G research in Europe with €700 million of investments to be leveraged by a factor of 5 bringing total investment into the 5G PPP to more than €4 […]

Revamped Dailymotion launches in July

The revamped app and web version of online video portal Dailymotion, now under Vivendi’s control, will be launched on July 5th in France and July 25th for the rest of the world. The dates were announced at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival by Dailymotion CEO Maxime Saada. Originally slated for April, the updated Dailymotion has enhanced […]

Eurosport to serve up Wimbledon in 34 countries

More tennis fans in more territories than ever before will be able to watch Wimbledon on Eurosport this summer. For the first time, Eurosport will show The Championships in as many as 34 countries. Eurosport will have exclusive coverage of the tournament in key markets including Belgium, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Sweden. As well […]

Vietnam: Turner APAC takes stake in POPS

Turner Asia Pacific has announced an investment in POPS Worldwide, which sees Turner take a significant minority stake in the Vietnamese digital media and creator network. This investment represents an opportunity for Turner to participate in the growth of one of Asia’s most successful digital entertainment companies, reaching new audiences and further extending its existing […]

CBS content for fuboTV

fuboTV, the sports-first streaming TV service in the US, has announced a new agreement with CBS Corporation to carry CBS, America’s most watched broadcast network, and the Network’s popular sports and entertainment channels, including CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service. All networks in the deal will […]

Teleclub, Discovery extend Bundesliga deal

Teleclub and Discovery Networks Deutschland have announced an extension of their long-term partnership by adding exclusive broadcasting rights for the Bundesliga. All Bundesliga games for the 2017/18 season included in the specific rights package Eurosport holds for Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be shown as part of the Teleclub platform offer only. Eurosport will broadcast […]