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SkyShowtime reveals CEE launch slate

Streaming service SkyShowtime will launch on December 14th in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, bringing its offering of exclusive and iconic entertainment to Central & Eastern European homes for the first time.  The launches follow SkyShowtime’s arrival into Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, in September, and the Netherlands and Portugal in […]

December 5, 2022

Research: ‘UK audiences OK’ with brand placements

Audience research commissioned by broadcast regulator Ofcom reveals UK viewers’ attitudes towards commercial references in and around TV programmes. In addition to income from adverts in commercial breaks, broadcasters can generate revenue from references in programmes. These commercial arrangements allow brands, products and services to feature in and around TV programmes – through product placement […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Rediscover Classic TV with FAST Channels TV

There’s nothing quite like the classics – they just don’t make ‘em like they used to! But with the rise of digital, beloved TV and film often isn’t picked up by streamers, making it difficult for viewers to find. With FAST Channels TV’s curated library of dedicated classic film and TV channels, from Westerns and […]

December 5, 2022

NitroTV hit with $51m piracy damages

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal ecosystem for creative content, has applauded a new federal court order requiring IPTV piracy service NitroTV to pay $51.6 million (€49m) in damages to certain ACE members for “egregious” copyright infringement. NitroTV was a collection of unlicensed web-based and application-based […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom: Gordon Ramsay shows broke broadcasting rules

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has ruled that two TV programmes, featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, broke its broadcasting rules, because they included offensive language but were shown before the 9pm watershed. An episode of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, broadcast before the watershed at 12.10 on Channel 4 on August 10th, included […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

ITV to air 4 FA Cup third round ties

ITV kicks off the New Year with four Emirates FA Cup ties across the first full weekend of 2023 as Premier League clubs join the competition in the Third Round Proper. Four days of live, free to air FA Cup action across ITV begins on January 6th with the evening clash between Manchester United and […]

December 5, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Deloitte: ‘Ads on all streaming services’

Consultancy firm Deloitte predicts that by mid-2023, all major video subscription services will have launched an ad-funded tier alongside ad-free offerings in Europe. By the end of 2024, Deloitte predicts that half of these providers will also have launched a free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service. Additionally, around two-thirds of consumers will use at least […]

December 2, 2022

More cuts at CNN

News channel CNN is facing more cuts. Its HLN channel has cancelled all live programming, while the shake-up will see contributors on the flagship CNN channel reduced. CNN CEO Chris Licht announced the changes on December 1st, saying that costs had to be reduced amid a very difficult economy. “Our goal throughout the strategic review […]

December 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

Thailand switches off World Cup C-band satellite signal

Viewers in Thailand will no longer able to watch World Cup matches on C-band satellite television, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has ruled. The C-band signal was switched off December 1st following a warning from FIFA over broadcasting copyright, having found the country’s transmission access was also being used in other countries. FIFA […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

Google TV carries VIDAA sports channels

VIDAA, a smart TV operating system and streaming platform, and a subsidiary of Hisense has announced an agreement for Google TV and other Android TV OS devices to carry VIDAA’s sports content, which includes FIFA+. As a long-term partner of VIDAA, Tremor International, an end-to-end digital advertising technology platform specialised in Connected TV, video, and […]

December 2, 2022