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Netflix – breaking bad?

Netflix seemed relaxed about raining on HBO Max’s parade (for achieving impressive subscriber growth) by telling markets: “HBO doesn’t bother us at all”. Fair enough – though the contrast between…

Can Tim Davie save the BBC?

The reputation of the BBC matters. It wants to be seen as the gold-standard of public service broadcasting, and that matters not just for the BBC and, by extension, the…

AT&T: Must all telco TV end in tears?

This blog replaces one about BT trying to sell its expensively fashioned TV assets. AT&T is also bailing from TV, and its entanglement with entertainment makes BT’s foray look cheap…

BT chose sport over speed and service

So, BT Sport is for sale. Or is looking for strategic partners, etc, etc – all code for “up for sale”. No real surprise. Does it ever work when telcos,…

Pay-TV, RIP?

In this new edition of Euromedia we asked if pay-TV was on its deathbed. A trifle morbid perhaps, especially in a pandemic, but it seemed important. Certainly, pay-TV in some…

Apple’s core values

Do you remember when Bill Gates was seen as the Darth Vader of world business, bullying others out of various sectors; operating systems, web browsers and more? And Apple and…

2020, the end is nigh

At the beginning of this sorry excuse for a year I wrote that predictions were difficult, but I would have a go anyway. Hands up, writing in early January, I…

FOX will find another of its faces

Fox News won the ratings war in the US election hands down. But its candidate lost, even if that is taking a while to sink in. Ironically, Fox’s statisticians were…

Mickey mugs the big screen

The Disney Corporation is known for two things: Family-friendly entertainment, and taking no prisoners. It is at the top table of world media as much through the second attribute as…

Good luck, Tim

Many headlines rang out ‘New BBC DG against subscription model’ following Tim Davie’s first speech. If my memory of reporter school is right – it is a very long time…

RIP Redstone, goodbye the old guard

Sumner Redstone has died at 97 years-old, hardly an untimely tragedy. The man himself often attributed his phenomenal drive to his very close brush with death as a young man…

A TikToking clock heading towards regeneration – or not?

advanced-television.com’s Colin Mann has contributed a chapter to The Generation Game, a collection of essays asking the question: ‘Can the BBC win over today’s young audience?’ The work, published by…

Between the Devil and the Deep Red Sea

Tired of the Covid Crisis? The good news is that a distraction is heading our way. Not long after covering TV in ads telling us to stay home and do…

China: Complicated but clear

Covid-19 is complicated. Only an idiot would expect governments and their institutions to get everything, or even most things, right first time. But there is a premium on clarity of…

ViacomCBS makes its SVoD bet

Does the world need another global streamer? ViacomCBS thinks so and has talked of plans to bring one to market, possibly an upgraded and rebranded version of CBS All Access,…

Quibi quibbles

Is it okay to write about anything except Covid-19 just now? I think so; the only useful thing to say is good luck to us all. Actually, it is a…

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