Free Apple TV+ extended to July

Apple is extending its free Apple TV+ trial subscriptions again, this time until July. When ‌the Apple TV+‌ SVoD platform launched in November 2019, Apple offered a free 12 month subscription to those who purchased a new Apple device in or after September 2019. They were initially set to expire…

Sky, STUDIOCANAL rights deal

Sky, STUDIOCANAL rights deal

Sky and STUDIOCANAL, Canal+ Group’s film production and distribution company, are partnering to bring Sky customers hundreds of hours of movies on Sky Q. The content will also…

Forecast: SVoD growth will fall back to 2015 level

Forecast: SVoD growth will fall back to 2015 level

SVoDs will have much slower growth in 2021 after the record-breaking 2020, according to Omdia. While global OTT TV subscriptions rose from 849 million in 2019 to 1.06…

Matchroom, PDC, WST sign multi-year ITV deal

Matchroom, PDC, WST sign multi-year ITV deal

Matchroom, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), and World Snooker Tour (WST) have signed a new multi-year deal with ITV seeing some of sport’s flagship events remain on free-to-air…

FCC C-band auction ends at record $80.9bn

FCC C-band auction ends at record $80.9bn

The FCC has wrapped the main phase of bidding in its Auction 107 for C-band frequencies over the US which will be used for 5G telephony. Winners will…

MPs approve BBC Chair appointment

MPs approve BBC Chair appointment

MPs on the UK House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have confirmed the appointment of Richard Sharp as the new Chair of the BBC Board…

Analysis: MENA pay-TV continue to fall

Analysis: MENA pay-TV continue to fall

Pay-TV revenues for the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region fell by 14 per cent between 2016 and 2020 to $2.74 billion, according to…

Extreme E signs ProSieben MAXX deal

Extreme E, which is set for its first race in just over 10 weeks, has signed a long-term exclusive broadcast deal with Seven.One Sports, the sports business unit…

James Murdoch: “Fox News is toxic”

James Murdoch: “Fox News is toxic”

James Murdoch has told the FT that US news channels promote “toxic politics” threatening US democracy. He said proprietors are as culpable as politicians who “know the truth…

Branson’s Virgin Orbit launches 9 satellites

Virgin Orbit has launched its first batch of small satellites on its Virgin Orbit converted jumbo jet (named ‘Cosmic Girl’). The launch took place from Virgin’s Mojave Desert…

Martin Luther King Day launch for SpaceX

Martin Luther King Day launch for SpaceX

SpaceX is planning a launch on January 18th despite it being the Martin Luther King national holiday in the US. Weather permitting, SpaceX hopes to launch its latest…

Magnite appoints Selman as new UK MD

Magnite, the independent omnichannel sell-side advertising platform, has announced the appointment of Julie Selman as its new UK Managing Director. Selman joins from FreeWheel, a Comcast company, where…

Indosat to scrap satellite business

PT Indosat, a major Indonesian telco, says it will let go of its satellite business. Indosat’s chief legal and regulatory officer Natasha Nababan said that the company no…

Son Heung-Min doc on Prime Video UK

Son Heung-Min doc on Prime Video UK

Zig Zag productions’ new Sonsational will premier on Amazon Prime Video on January 18th. The documentary follows Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-Min who has become one of the…

Forecast: Mobile booming subs at 918m by 2024

A study from Juniper Research has found that the number of international roaming subscribers dropped by 73 per cent to 243 million globally in 2020; caused by travel…

Portuguese broadband could limit SVoD access

Portuguese broadband could limit SVoD access

Portuguese telcos can now limit or block access to non-linear TV services such as VoD platforms, catch-up TV and online games, to preserve the integrity and security of…

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