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Disney+ 60.5m subs as parks crater

Disney+ 60.5m subs as parks crater

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has revealed that the company’s SVoD platform, Disney+, now has 60.5 million global subscribers. It is now in the 60 million – 90 million range that…

Ofcom: Lockdown doubles SVoD screen time

A surge in screen time during lockdown saw UK adults spend 40 per cent of their waking day watching TV and online video services, broadcast regulator Ofcom has found in…

Mulan in cinemas, or $30 on Disney+

Mulan in cinemas, or $30 on Disney+

Disney announced during an investors call that the studio will release the big budget, live-action remake of Mulan on the Disney+ streaming service on September 4th – for a rental…

France: Entertainment market will reap long-germ gains from Covid

France’s video entertainment market is expected to gain long-term benefits from the Covid-19 pandemic, with an anticipated uplift in sector revenues which is marginally higher than previous market forecasts. That’s…

Discovery “cautiously optimistic” despite decreased revenue

Discovery “cautiously optimistic” despite decreased revenue

Multichannel programmer Discovery has reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30th 2020. Total revenues of $2.54 billion (€2.14bn) decreased 12 per cent compared to the prior year quarter.…

iPlayer requests up 47%

iPlayer requests up 47%

A record-breaking number of viewers turned to BBC iPlayer in the first half of 2020, with 3.1 billion requests to stream programmes, up by 47 per cent on the previous…

ViacomCBS to launch EyeQ connected video ad platform

ViacomCBS has announced the planned launch of ViacomCBS EyeQ, a new and expansive connected video advertising platform that will serve as a single transactional point of entry for digital video…

ITV extends British horse racing rights

ITV extends British horse racing rights

ITV will continue as the exclusive free-to-air broadcaster of British horse racing until 2023. ITV, which has shown racing exclusively since 2017, has secured the rights to show nearly 100…

STV Player on Freeview Play

STV Player on Freeview Play

STV Player is expanding its service UK-wide on TV platform Freeview Play. Some 1500 hours of free content is now available on the Scottish VoD catch-up service, and will now…

SRT Alliance surpasses 400 members

The SRT Alliance, established by Haivision to support the SRT Open Source project, has announced that Grass Valley, Evertz, Xilinx, and Primestream have joined the SRT Alliance to show their…

South Africa: DStv price hikes applied

South African pay-TV giant DStv is implementing its price rises for subscribers. September 1st will see viewers in some key markets facing price rises of an average 14 per cent…

Liberty Q2 down 4% in “unprecedented times”

Liberty Q2 down 4% in “unprecedented times”

Liberty Global has published its Q2 2020 financial results. CEO Mike Fries commented: “Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to effectively navigate through these unprecedented times. Our…

Nielsen: UK 48% decline in ad spend

Nielsen: UK 48% decline in ad spend

Public Health England was the UK’s biggest spender in traditional advertising during the lockdown period, reveals Nielsen AdIntel data. Unilever takes second place, spending £29.4 million (€32.5m), followed by Procter…

Germany: DAZN scores Champions league rights

Germany: DAZN scores Champions league rights

DAZN, the sports streaming platform, has secured exclusive live and on-demand rights for the UEFA Champions League in Germany for three seasons from 2021/22 to 2023/24. Together with DAZN’s recent…

NHK to cut satellite TV channels; 8K at risk

Japanese publicly-funded broadcaster NHK has frequently been criticised for its number of TV channels as providing unfair competition to the country’s private stations. Now it is set to trim the…

Ad industry’s addressable media initiative

Leading trade associations and companies representing every sector of the global advertising industry have joined together to launch the Partnership for Responsible Addressable Media, an initiative to advance and protect…