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Survey: 69% of UK would watch ads for free content

More than two thirds (69 per cent) of UK consumers say it is acceptable to watch ads on their TVs in return for free content, according to a consumer study. The report commissioned by Samsung Ads Europe, the advertising division of Samsung Electronics, in partnership with global market research agency Verve, surveyed a panel of […]

August 9, 2022

Programme metadata boost from Gracenote

Gracenote, the content solutions unit of Nielsen, says it is paving the way for programming sources to drive the success of their entertainment offerings and improve ROI in the streaming-first world with the launch of Gracenote ID Distribution System. This enables programme owners and creators to leverage Gracenote IDs to manage their content, streamline distribution […]

August 10, 2022

Data: Competition cuts into VoD playtime

While the global video streaming industry kept growing in the first half of 2022, each individual service continued losing playtime per user as the competition between platforms increased, according to video intelligence specialist NPAW’s new Video Streaming Industry Report H1 2022, which examines the evolution of streaming consumption and quality trends on a global and regional […]

August 10, 2022

S&P: WBD outlook remains positive

Credit ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has confirmed its positive outlook on Warner Bros Discovery Inc. (WBD; BBB-/positive/A-3) is unchanged after the company reported its first quarterly results post-merger and lowered its 2022 and 2023 EBITDA guidance. “A positive outlook implies a 33 per cent chance we will raise the ratings, but also up to […]

August 10, 2022

Report: Less than 1% of subs playing Netflix Games

Less than 1 per cent of Netflix users are playing games on the streaming service, according to a report from Apptopia. Since November 2021, the streamer has been rolling out mobile games as a means of keeping subscribers engaged between show releases. The games are accessible only to those with a Netflix account, but have […]

August 9, 2022

Data: M&E advertisers continue to spend despite recession

Throughout the pandemic, MediaRadar reports that it uncovered numerous categories that flourished while lockdowns were enforced. Streaming services, pet supplies, home furnishings, direct response companies and alcoholic beverages became a sweet spot for ad sales. Now, as the market shifts once again, MediaRadar is seeing a change in ad spend. MediaRadar conducted an analysis based […]

August 9, 2022

HBO Max enhances app

SVoD service HBO Max has completed the roll out of a new user experience on desktop, iOS and Android mobile devices, and Amazon Fire tablets, where available globally. The re-platformed app delivers highly requested new features from HBO Max fans and marks the conclusion of moving all HBO Max apps to a new, more performant […]

August 9, 2022

News Corp flies on subs success

News Corp, Rupert Murdoch’s media company, has reported profits almost doubled in the year to June with growth in digital advertising and subs boosting its news operations to recover from pandemic losses. The company reported an 11 per cent increase in revenue for the year to $10.4 billion (€10.1bn) and pre-tax profit rose to $812 […]

August 9, 2022

Complaints over South Africa TV transmission costs

There are a number of complaints coming from public and private broadcasters that Sentech, the provider of TV signals around South Africa, is overcharging and using anti-competitive behaviour. Public broadcaster SABC, itself financially challenged, has argued to the media regulator ICASA that publicly-owned Sentech, as a monopoly, is guilty of excessive pricing. Private broadcaster E-tv’s […]

August 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

Survey: 85% US networks look to new ad measurement

A survey from the VAB Measurement Innovation Task Force has found that US networks and advertisers are adopting new currencies and measurement solutions at higher levels of use and investment than ever before. The survey – whose findings represent 90 per cent of the TV ad revenue in the market, inclusive of the major TV […]

August 9, 2022

Viasat “on track” with 2% revenue rise

California-based Viasat has told shareholders that its Q1 results are on track and that the operator is “confident” in achieving its 2023 expectations. Revenue for Q1/2023 – its current trading year – was $678 million (€662m), a 2 per cent Y-o-Y increase from Q1/2022. “Satellite Services earned record revenue in Q1/2023, where growth in in-flight […]

August 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

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Analyst trims WBD expectations

Analysts from MoffettNathanson (MN), having examined in some detail the pro-forma numbers from Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) are concerned. WBD says its EBITDA guidance for 2023 will be about $12 billion (€11.7bn), and thus two billion less than previously expected. MN says even these reduced numbers are dependent on profits from linear cable networks which […]

August 9, 2022 Chris Forrester
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It’s the economy, stupid!

That three-word slogan, famously pinned to the wall in the Clinton (Bill) campaign HQ in their winning 1992 run, has been deployed in many – sometimes quite random – circumstances since. It should be dusted down when looking around at near term prospects for the TV economy. In recent years there has been a significant […]

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