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Research: 93% US media consumer churn risks

Findings from research platform PCH Consumer Insights suggest that 93 per cent of current US media subscribers are at risk of moving, swapping or cancelling their platform subscriptions with every billing cycle. With major media platforms across all sectors repacking offers, reducing pricing, and remodelling to maximise profit, the report, Media’s Year of Living Dangerously, looked […]

February 2, 2023

Data: UK home entertainment market at £4.4bn

Figures from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and the Official Charts Company (OCC) reveal a dominant UK Home Entertainment category in 2022 with a value of £4.43 billion (€5bn). The total value of the UK Screen Entertainment category for the year was £11 billion, including Home Entertainment, Cinema, and pay-TV, which demonstrates 12 […]

February 1, 2023By Colin Mann

Netherlands: Viaplay distribution deal with Solcon

Viaplay Group and Solcon, a KPN-owned provider of internet, television and telephone services, have agreed a distribution partnership in the Netherlands. Effective immediately, new Solcon customers can access the Viaplay streaming service for free during the entire 2023 Formula 1 season. At the same time, current Solcon customers can subscribe to Viaplay for €9.99 per […]

February 1, 2023

SkyShowtime reveals line-up ahead of CEE launches

SkyShowtime‘s next set of launches will see the streaming service’s biggest expansion to date, incorporating eight new markets across Central and Eastern Europe. On February 14th, SkyShowtime will bring its offering to customers across Albania, Czechia, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. This multi-territory roll-out will bring the number of live markets for […]

January 31, 2023

Sky: “Phenomenal viewing figures for The Last of Us”

The adaptation of video game The Last of Us is proving to be a huge hit for Sky with the first episode reaching over 3.05 million UK viewers, reflected in the 7-day cumulative audience figure. The Last Of Us marks Sky Atlantic’s second-biggest US drama debut, behind only House of the Dragon which launched in […]

January 31, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Sky Sports, ICC extend rights deal

Sky Sports has agreed a new long-term deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC). Beginning in 2024, the partnership will see Sky and streaming service NOW retain the ICC Broadcast and Digital rights to show all men’s and women’s events, including the ICC Cricket World Cups and ICC T20 World Cups through to the end […]

January 27, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Millicom confirms takeover talks

As a response to market speculation, the Board of Directors of Latin America multiplay operator Millicom International Cellular S.A. has confirmed that a potential acquisition of all outstanding shares in the company is being discussed with Apollo Global Management and Claure Group. “There is no certainty that a transaction will materialise nor as to the […]

January 27, 2023By Colin Mann

IBCAP praises anti-piracy automation tools

Trade body the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) has reported key 2022 achievements in protecting its members’ content and removing pirate services from the US market and worldwide. Through the continued development of its proprietary software that enables automated scanning of set-top boxes (STB) and automated sending of takedown notices, the IBCAP lab more […]

January 27, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom: Virgin Media tops Q3 pay-TV complaints

Ofcom has published the latest figures for complaints the regulator received about the UK’s major mobile, broadband and pay-TV providers between July and September 2022. In summary, the latest complaints data shows: Overall, complaint volumes during this quarter were broadly in line with the previous three months. Shell Energy continued to attract the most broadband […]

January 26, 2023

Comcast Q4 sinks on cord-cutting, Peacock losses

Comcast posted fourth-quarter earnings down as losses grew at its Peacock streaming service and the cable business lost subscribers. There were also $638 million (€587.7m) in severance costs as staff were cut. Peacock reported 20 million subscribers up from 15 million in October, but the investment in the streaming service expanded its quarterly loss to […]

January 26, 2023