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Paramount+ continues European rollout

SVoD service Paramount+ has launched in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with thousands of hours of entertainment, following the launch of the service in France on December 1st, and establishing a year of global expansion as the service is now live in 45 markets. To celebrate its latest launch, Paramount rolled out its iconic Blue Carpet […]

December 8, 2022By Colin Mann

Malaysia: “Landmark” ruling in EPL copyright case

The High Court of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur has issued what pay-TV operator Astro describes as a “landmark” ruling determining a local commercial premises to have acted illegally by showing pirate broadcasts of sports and entertainment content, including Premier League football. The Directors of 42 East Pub and Restaurant in KL were showing content in their […]

November 24, 2022By Colin Mann

Amazon Freevee saves Neighbours

Amazon Freevee and Fremantle have announced that iconic soap opera Neighbours will be returning to TV screens with a new series to begin filming in Australia next year. The continuation of the long-running daily drama – about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne […]

November 17, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Research: 23% AVoD users engage with ads

Research from Parks Associates finds nearly one in four users (23 per cent) of ad-supported OTT services said they often click on ads that they watch, and the same percentage (23 per cent) often buy things they see advertised. The research report, Ad-Based OTT: Growth in FAST and AVOD Services, explores factors driving the growth […]

November 15, 2022

DAZN acquires Eleven Group

DAZN Group, the sports streaming platform, has announced an agreement to acquire the Eleven Group’s global sports media businesses. The transaction, when completed, will propel DAZN to become the broadcaster of top football leagues in Portugal and Belgium. Eleven Group’s businesses will also complement DAZN’s existing positions in Italy, DACH and Spain, where DAZN holds […]

September 27, 2022

All Premier League, EFL games postponed

All of this weekend’s Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League fixtures have been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. A number of matches were set to be televised across the weekend, including Fulham vs Chelsea on BT Sport, and Manchester City vs Spurs on […]

September 9, 2022By Nik Roseveare

RUNTIME launches in Spain

RUNTIME, an independent cinema and TV series FAST platform, has gone live in Spain with 10 linear channels and over 1,000 VoD titles. Seven linear channels will be specifically dedicated to cinema (action, comedy, horror, romance, classic cinema, among different categories) and three to TV series, including RTVE titles such as Ana y los 7 […]

August 31, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

PSBs call for sports rights protection

The heads of UK public service broadcasters (PSBs) BBC and ITV have written an open letter warning that so-called ‘Crown Jewel’ sporting events such as the Olympics and the football World Cup risk going behind a paywall unless the Government proceeds with new legislation, amid fears that proposed media legislation could be dropped by Prime […]

August 22, 2022By Colin Mann

Israel delays Spacecom sale

Israel’s communications ministry is delaying – and may ban – the sale of Israel’s Spacecom satellite business. Spacecom operates the AMOS fleet of satellites and was in the process of being sold to a Hungarian company 4iG. Local reports in Israel say the communications ministry have declined to sign off the deal due to concerns […]

January 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: Consumers frustrated with SVoD navigation

Three-in-five subscribers to multiple streaming services expressed frustration with their viewing experiences, according to a report from professional services company Accenture and 44 per cent of those surveyed indicate they spend more than six minutes searching for something to watch. The report, Streaming’s Next Act: Aggregators to play a starring role in making consumers happier, […]

January 4, 2022