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SkyShowtime adds to leadership team

SkyShowtime CEO Monty Sarhan has announced three key senior appointments to the company’s executive leadership team. The announcement comes as the new streaming service prepares to launch in more than 20 European markets before the end of the year. Sarhan commented: “A company’s greatest resource is its people and one of my top priorities has been […]

June 13, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Italy: DAZN changes policy to tackle account sharing

Sports streaming service DAZN has announced changes to its pricing policy in Italy from September in an attempt to boost revenues and curb account sharing. The price of the Standard subscription will go up from €19.99 to €29.99 per month, a price that enables simultaneous access via two devices from the same home IP address. […]

June 10, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal reaches 4.4m pay-TV subs

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Portugal reached 4.4 million in Q1 2022, a three per cent growth on the same period last year. According to the National Communications Authority (Anacom), this was the lowest growth rate since the end of 2014 or when data started being collected. The pay-TV penetration rate grew by 0.4 […]

June 9, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Orange launches Jazztel TV

Orange Spain has launched a pay-TV service for its Jazztel brand. Named Jazztel TV, it provides over 60 TV channels and 10,000 hours of VoD content for €4.95 a month. Jazztel’s fibre optic customers can gain access to the new TV service via a streaming app available on tablets, PCs, smartphones and smart TVs – […]

June 8, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Study: US SVoD satisfaction steady

After slipping 2.6 per cent last year, customer satisfaction with video streaming services is steady with a score of 74 (on a scale of 0 to 100), according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Telecommunications Study 2021-2022. Consumers still favour streaming over all the other telecommunications industries – and its lead over the next […]

June 8, 2022

Singapore: StarHub launching Premier+

StarHub has unveiled Premier+, its latest OTT service on StarHub TV+ specially created to offer an immersive Premier League viewing experience. The service will give access to all 380 Premier League matches, with a range of interactive features, when the 2022/23 season starts on August 6th. StarHub will offer the Premier League competition for six […]

June 8, 2022

Ex-minister criticises C4 privatisation

Jesse Norman MP, a former government minister and Chair of the UK parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2015-16, has criticised the proposed privatisation of publicly-owned broadcaster Channel 4. In a letter expressing no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he said: “Privatisation of Channel 4 is an unnecessary and provocative attempt to address […]

June 6, 2022By Colin Mann

CMA to probe WBD/BT JV

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it is investigating the anticipated sports joint venture between Warner Bros Discovery and BT Group. The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the […]

June 1, 2022By Colin Mann

beIN in Egypt anti-piracy action

beIN Media and its partner Cable Network Egypt (CNE), the distributor of encrypted television and radio channels in Egypt, instigated  legal action against major pirates in Egypt ahead of the UEFA Champions League and CAF Champions League finals – of which beIN’s  flagship sports channel beIN Sports holds the exclusive broadcasting rights in the Middle […]

May 30, 2022By Colin Mann

Survey: US households average 3 SVoD subscriptions

The proliferation of new streaming services is disrupting the traditional pay-TV market, as US streaming subscriptions have increased at 37.4 per cent per year from 2014 to 2020, according to Altman Solon’s 12th annual Consumer Video Survey. The survey found that the number of  streaming services subscriptions per household jumped from 2.1 in 2020 to […]

May 25, 2022