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Italy: Streamers must invest more in local content

The Italian government has adopted amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Law that prioritise investment in original Italian content, particularly for streaming services. Streaming players like Netflix and Prime Video must now invest 16 per cent of their Italian revenue in European productions (down from 20 per cent, but 70 per cent must be Italian […]

March 22, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

CMA has Vodafone/Three merger concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has suggested that a proposed Vodafone/Three merger, which seeks to combine two of the four UK mobile network operators, could lead to higher prices for customers and affect investment in UK mobile networks. The CMA launched its initial Phase 1 investigation in January 2024 after it was notified […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

Crown producer calls for UK drama protection

Andy Harries, co-founder of Left Bank Pictures, producer of acclaimed series The Crown, has warned that the UK production sector is in danger of ending up as a first class, top-end service industry to the US at the expense of our own experiences. Harries issued the warning in an acceptance speech at the 50th annual […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

SABC staff threaten strike

South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster has its staff deadlocked in what are long running pay negotiations. The powerful Communication Workers Union (CWU) is now threatening a full blown strike. SABC and CWU have been talking since July 2023 about a pay rise. SABC offered 6 per cent, which was accepted by the CWU but the […]

March 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

Ofcom satellite services spectrum boost

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published three documents which aim to enable more spectrum access for the growing satellite connectivity sector in the UK. Satellite operators offer a range of broadband services in the UK, such as helping better to connect homes and businesses in hard-to-reach rural areas, as well as on trains, in the […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

Viaplay appoints new Group CFO, co-CEOs in Sweden

Viaplay Group has announced the appointment of Johan Johansson as Executive Vice President, Group Chief Financial Officer and co-CEO of the Group’s Swedish operations. Johansson will join Viaplay Group no later than August 1st. Christian Albeck, Executive Vice President, Content Acquisition since July 2023, will now also take on the additional role of co-CEO of […]

March 22, 2024

Study: Piracy sites in India pose malware risk

A new study commissioned by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) found that piracy websites posed the highest risk for malware infection among consumers in India. The study found that consumers perceived accessing piracy sites as presenting the highest risk of being affected by malware (59 per cent), even more than if they clicked […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

Apollo offers $11bn for Paramount studio

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management has reported offered $11 billion for Paramount Global’s Paramount Pictures film studio, according to Reuters. The film studio is considered the jewel of the Paramount media conglomerate, with an expansive movie library that is home to blockbuster franchises like Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, The Godfather and Transformers. . Shari […]

March 21, 2024

European mobile industry issues connectivity manifesto

Mobile industry trade body the GSMA and leading European mobile operators have launched Connecting Europe to 2030: A Mobile Industry Manifesto for Europe, outlining a strategic vision for Europe’s mobile connectivity sector. It calls for critical policy reforms to ensure that Europe’s digital economy, underpinned by strong, sustained network innovation, can reestablish a leadership position […]

March 21, 2024By Colin Mann

Planetcast acquires Switch Media OTT

Planetcast Media Services, the media technology services provider in India and Southeast Asia, has announced the acquisition of one of its key partners, Switch Media, a white-label OTT platform provider deployed across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US. The transaction, which has been finalised, will transfer full control of all Switch Media’s assets to Planetcast. Founded […]

March 21, 2024