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Fitch: WBD JV neutral for BT’s rating

BT Group’s proposed joint venture with Warner Bros Discovery is neutral to BT’s rating, according to credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, who expect the impact on its credit metrics to be limited. “Deconsolidation of the JV should not affect the group’s EBITDA significantly, while the impact on net debt at transaction close is expected to […]

May 17, 2022By Colin Mann

HBO Max rolls out in 15 more EU countries

HBO Max, the SVoD service from WarnerMedia, is now available in 61 territories globally after launching in 15 additional European countries, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The platform launches with a promotion offering all customers in Central and Eastern Europe and Portugal more than 30 per cent off the monthly price for […]

March 8, 2022

ViacomCBS to become Paramount

Media and entertainment company ViacomCBS is to become Paramount Global (referred to as Paramount), effective February 16th, bringing together its portfolio of premium entertainment properties under a new parent company name. “Paramount is an idea: A promise to be the best,” said Shari Redstone, Non-Executive Chair of the company’s Board of Directors. “That promise has […]

February 16, 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

Forecast: Social media adspend to overtake TV in 2022

The global ad market will continue its recovery from the 2020 downturn with 9.1 per cent growth in 2022, after 15.6 per cent growth in 2021, according to Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts report. Global adspend will expand by 5.7 per cent in 2023 and 7.4 per cent in 2024, with brands looking to leverage more social […]

December 7, 2021

Research: US pay-TV Q3 sheds 650K subs

According to findings from Leichtman Research Group, the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 93 per cent of the market – lost about 650,000 net video subscribers in Q3 2021, compared to a pro forma net loss of about 90,000 in Q3 2020. The top pay-TV providers now account for about 77 […]

November 19, 2021

Analysis: Pay-TV penetration declines worldwide

As fibre adoption accelerates globally and consumers increasingly turn to alternative forms of entertainment online, multichannel operators, particularly telcos, are beginning to reconsider their video strategies, according to analysts at Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence. In a blog post, they note that multichannel households have continued to grow globally in […]

November 18, 2021

Discovery plans Poland legal action

Multichannel programmer Discovery has formally notified the Polish government that it will take legal action under the bilateral investment treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of Poland. The notification follows what the broadcaster describes as Poland’s discriminatory campaign against Discovery’s TVN, including its refusal to renew TVN24’s broadcasting licence, and culminated […]

August 13, 2021

Study: Pandemic TV habits here to stay

As more Americans are approaching what their lives looked like before Covid, their attitudes are beginning to return to normal. However, Hub Entertainment Research’s newest wave of Predicting the Pandemic study shows there’s evidence that many changes in behaviour – including some of those most disruptive to the entertainment industry – are here to stay. […]

August 6, 2021