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UEFA launches free OTT platform

UEFA has officially launched its new OTT streaming platform – a first for a football governing body – which is aimed at giving viewers greater access to live and on-demand…

beoutQ pirating Women’s World Cup

beoutQ pirating Women’s World Cup

In a major legal break-through in the relentless fight to stop the Saudi Arabia-backed pirate operation beoutQ, a French court has held that Arabsat – the Saudi-headquartered regional satellite provider…

Report: Netflix, Amazon account for 80% of SVoD subs in EU

A report from the European Audiovisual Observatory finds that pay-TV and SVoD get the lion’s share of the audiovisual (AV) services market in the EU. Pay AV services accounted for…

Spain: Movistar, Orange, MásMóvil not rushing 5G

Spain: Movistar, Orange, MásMóvil not rushing 5G

Movistar, Orange and MásMóvil will not launch commercial 5G services until at least 2021, in contrast of Vodafone’s launch this weekend in 15 Spanish cities. Vodafone’s rivals have decided to…

Report: Fraudulent Connected TV & mobile apps up 120%

DoubleVerify (DV), an independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, has released its 2019 Global Insights Report, providing a market-by-market benchmark on the current and future state of media…

France: Media consumption increases minimally

France: Media consumption increases minimally

Despite the rapid rise of digital, time spent with traditional media remains dominant in France. However, as consumers max out on how much they can multitask per day and reach…

Hispasat’s new buyer borrows €500m

Red Eléctrica has organised a €500 million credit line in order to partly fund its purchase of Spanish satellite operator Hispasat. Red Eléctrica, in a statement, said the funding was…

The Farm: “Commitment to UHD is widespread”

The Farm: “Commitment to UHD is widespread”

Major post-production and TV facilities house The Farm says that the shift to Ultra-HD in production, especially drama, is near-total. “It is safe to say that at least 75 per…

ORG: BBFC age verification standard ‘pointless’

Just one month until age verification for adult content is launched in the UK, the digital rights and freedom campaigner Open Rights Group has warned that the Government is failing…

Elba to star in Quibi stunt show

Elba to star in Quibi stunt show

Quibi, the soon-to-launch streaming platform offering short-form content, has signed up Idris Elba to star in a car stunt show. The series, entitled Elba vs Block, will see Elba compete…

Vimeo supports AV1 royalty-free video codec

Vimeo, the online video platform, has announced support for a new royalty-free video codec, AV1. The AV1 codec enables HD and UHD video content to be streamed to audiences at…

Analyst: Pay-TV to add 81m subs

Analyst: Pay-TV to add 81m subs

According to the Global Pay TV Subscriber Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research, there will be 81 million additional pay-TV subscribers between 2018 and 2024 – up by…

La Liga fined for spying on fans via app

La Liga, Spain’s top flight football league, has been fined €250,000 for using its mobile phone app to spy on millions of fans as part of a ploy to catch venues…

Research: Consumers reach SVoD saturation

Research: Consumers reach SVoD saturation

According to findings from digital piracy data specialist MUSO looking into the increasingly fragmented streaming services landscape, 80.4 per cent of European adults think that they’re currently paying too much…

Italy: 8m SVoD subs, linear viewers fall

An estimated 8 million Italians subscribed to VoD platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Timvision, Now Tv (Sky), Infinity (Mediaset), Eurosport Player and DAZN as of January 2019. This figure represents…

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