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Viaplay to exit UK, US; axing 25% of staff

Nordic broadcasting group Viaplay, in announcing its Q2 results, revealed that it is cutting more than 25 per cent of its staff (around 450 people) and pulling its services out of the US and UK as it mulls a sale. Viaplay reported Q2 net sales of SEK4,591 million (€399m) in Q2, up from SEK3,725 million […]

July 20, 2023

F1, Sky Group line up kids GP broadcast

Formula 1 and Sky Group have announced further details of a broadcast specifically designed for children that will air at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The broadcast, which is the first of its kind in F1 and motorsport, will feature a dedicated International Feed aimed at enhancing the viewing experience for younger fans and be […]

July 20, 2023By Colin Mann

TNT Sports goes live

TNT Sports has gone live throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, replacing BT Sport, marking one of the most significant changes in the sports broadcast landscape in the last decade. In addition to the launch of a new brand, discovery+ now becomes the new streaming destination for TNT Sports in the UK. discovery+ will […]

July 18, 2023

Survey: 88% UK, US telcos planning super bundling

Almost nine in ten (88 per cent) of the leading telcos in the US and UK are planning to offer ‘super bundling’ as they prioritise revenue growth and customer retention. That’s according to a survey of 115 telco leaders — senior strategic decision makers and budget holders within telecommunications brands — who are eyeing how best to […]

July 13, 2023

Movistar plotting OTT Movistar++

Movistar is reportedly set to launch a new OTT service, branded Movistar++, in an attempt to attract the 2.5 million Netflix subscribers who have dropped their subscription following the clampdown on password sharing. The company could reveal plans it by the end of June, with the service set to include movies, TV series and, according […]

July 13, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

KC Global pulls channels from Indonesia’s TransVision

KC Global Media, Asia’s leading entertainment network, has announced the cessation of its channels including English general entertainment channel, AXN; Japanese anime channel, Animax; Japanese entertainment channel, GEM, and South Korean entertainment channel, ONE, on Indonesia’s pay-TV operator, TransVision due to non-payment of contractual obligations. The cessation of channels was effective on July 12th after […]

July 13, 2023

Spence Jr vs Crawford on TNT Sports Box Office

On July 29th, fight fans in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch the welterweight unification world title fight featuring Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford, exclusively live on TNT Sports Box Office. With all four major belts on the line the undisputed welterweight world title clash, is one of the most eagerly […]

July 12, 2023

LigaT to launch TV streaming service in Portugal

Portuguese ISP LigaT is launching a commitment-free streaming TV service in Portugal with three subscription packages. The TV Essencial pack offers exclusively national TV channels for €5.99 per month, while the TV Essencial Plus package combines both Portuguese and international TV channels for €7.99/month. A third package, called TV Plus, will subsequently be launched with […]

July 10, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

NZ: Sky, WBD renew deal

Sky and Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) have announced an extension of their relationship with a multi-year content and platform agreement, securing Sky as the home of HBO, Max Originals, Warner Bros and Discovery programming for New Zealand audiences. The agreement includes channel and content rights, including:• Continuation of WBD’s eight channel portfolio including Discovery, Discovery […]

July 7, 2023

Canal+ ups stake in MultiChoice again

France’s Canal+ Group has again upped its stake in South Africa’s MultiChoice pay-TV operation. Canal+ now owns 31.7 per cent of MultiChoice which is itself listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. MultiChoice operates the DStv, SuperSport and Showmax pay-TV options for African viewers. Canal+ is itself controlled by Vivendi. The new stake is up from […]

July 3, 2023By Chris Forrester