ITV revenues plummet in challenging times

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has published its Interim results for the period ending June 30th 2020. Revenues slumped by 17 per cent to £1.21 billion (€1.02bn) largely caused by a lack of demand for advertising bought about by the pandemic. Carolyn McCall, ITV Chief Executive, said: “This has been one…

Quibi tests free tier in Australia, NZ

Quibi tests free tier in Australia, NZ

Quibi has launched a free, ad-supported tier in Australia and New Zealand. The SVoD service, which specialises in short-form content for mobiles, launched on April 6th in limited…

Research: Lockdown digital screen time myopia risk

Research: Lockdown digital screen time myopia risk

A group of medical researchers have reviewed the impact of increased digital device usage arising from lockdown measures instituted during the Covid-19 pandemic on myopia, and make recommendations…

Study: UK consumers want faster broadband after lockdown

Study: UK consumers want faster broadband after lockdown

Research into the changing habits of 2,000 UK consumers by consulting and IT services specialist NTT DATA UK shows that the Covid-19 lockdown has put connectivity front of…

Japan: NHK delays 8K channel decision

NHK says it is postponing any decision on how its 8K broadcast channel will be structured until after next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. As reported last week,…

Premiership Rugby returns on BT Sport & Channel 5

Premiership Rugby returns on BT Sport & Channel 5

The resumption of the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will be shown on BT Sport and Channel 5 from August 14th, with every match broadcast live. Matches will…

Thailand: Anti-piracy website

Thailand: Anti-piracy website

Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) have unveiled a new website blocking…

Peacock to stream all Harry Potter movies

Peacock to stream all Harry Potter movies

NBCUniversal’s Peacock has announced that all eight Harry Potter films will soon be available to stream on its platform. The movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s famed fantasy series…

Virgin Galactic delays passenger flights again

Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic is again pushing the date back when it might start carrying fee-paying passengers by another six months. Newly-appointed Michael Colglazier, the company’s CEO,…

Research: Brits want to keep home-working

Research: Brits want to keep home-working

Flexible, remote working means many office workers are unlikely to heed calls for a return to the office, with new research from multiplay telco O2 revealing that almost…

Selena Gomez cooking show on HBO Max

HBO Max has announced that the Selena Gomez cooking show, Selena + Chef, will premiere on the US streaming platform on August 13th. The unscripted 10-episode cooking series…

Disney+ 60.5m subs as parks crater

Disney+ 60.5m subs as parks crater

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has revealed that the company’s SVoD platform, Disney+, now has 60.5 million global subscribers. It is now in the 60 million – 90 million…

Ofcom: Lockdown doubles SVoD screen time

A surge in screen time during lockdown saw UK adults spend 40 per cent of their waking day watching TV and online video services, broadcast regulator Ofcom has…

Mulan in cinemas, or $30 on Disney+

Mulan in cinemas, or $30 on Disney+

Disney announced during an investors call that the studio will release the big budget, live-action remake of Mulan on the Disney+ streaming service on September 4th – for…

France: Entertainment market will reap long-germ gains from Covid

France’s video entertainment market is expected to gain long-term benefits from the Covid-19 pandemic, with an anticipated uplift in sector revenues which is marginally higher than previous market…

OneWeb investors saw bankruptcy coming

OneWeb investors saw bankruptcy coming

A filing to the US bankruptcy court handling OneWeb’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 3rd states that investors in OneWeb saw the company’s bankruptcy as likely from the…

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