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JW Player acquires InPlayer

SaaS video platform JW Player is acquiring subscription management and identity management technology provider InPlayer. The acquisition broadens JW Player’s end-to-end video platform capabilities by helping broadcasters and other video-driven businesses more easily monetise their subscription-based business and by providing rich audience insights. In June of 2021, JW Player announced it raised $100 million from […]

January 17, 2023

EBU, WBD secure 2026-32 Olympic rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that all media rights in Europe for the four Olympic Games in the 2026-2032 period have been awarded to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Warner Bros Discovery (WBD). Following the IOC’s launch of a competitive tender, the EBU and WBD presented a joint bid to acquire all […]

January 16, 2023By Colin Mann

discovery+ free for all Sky subs

Streaming service discovery+ is now available at no extra charge to all Sky TV subscribers. Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers can sign up for discovery+ as part of their monthly Sky TV subscription, saving £6.99/€6.99 a month. Sky TV customers who are already have the 12-months discovery+ Entertainment pass will now be […]

January 16, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Les VODays campaign from DEGI, SEVN

Trade bodies the Digital Entertainment Group International (DEGI), and the Syndicat de l’Edition Vidéo Numérique (SEVN) have confirmed the return of ‘Les VODays’, a category-wide week-long campaign to engage with the ever-growing French digital transactional market. French film fans will be offered a selection of new and popular films at promotional prices from Universal Pictures […]

January 16, 2023By Colin Mann

Launch month success for ITVX

ITVX, ITV’s new, AVoD service, has enjoyed a strong launch month, delivering a 55 per cent increase in ITV’s streaming hours in the first month after its launch (December 8th, 2022 – January 7th, 2023) compared to the same period last year. During the launch month, ITV’s online users increased by 65 per cent compared […]

January 13, 2023By Colin Mann

Research: 63% US homes own a smart TV

Parks Associates research released during CES shows 63 per cent of US Internet households own a smart TV, up from 38 per cent in 2015. The OTT Video Market Tracker, including monthly reports and a quarterly release of estimated video subscriber numbers, highlights how companies like Roku and others have transformed the role of the […]

January 13, 2023

MPs call for music streaming fairness

More focus is still needed on ensuring creators and performers receive a fairer cut of the money made from streaming music, according to a report from the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which calls for the establishment of a wide-ranging national strategy for music. The DCMS Committee’s recommendations follow an […]

January 13, 2023By Colin Mann

Forecast: US sports OTT revenues to double by 2027

According to Parks Associates’ research, annual sports OTT subscription revenue in the US was $13.1 billion (€12.2bn) in 2022 and will almost double to approximately $22.6 billion in 2027, a 73 per cent increase over the next five years. The new industry report, OTT & Sports: Services and Strategies for Growth, examines key trends in […]

January 12, 2023By Colin Mann

DAZN: “Highest grossing sports app of 2022”

DAZN Group has published its 2022 Annual Review providing an update on its strategic priorities and critical milestones. DAZN said it had the highest grossing sports app of 2022 (despite losses), and is now live in 225 countries and territories. It is also a market-leader in Italy, Japan, DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and Spain where it holds top-tier domestic football […]

January 12, 2023

UKTV Play user base up 27% YOY

Figures from commercial broadcaster UKTV indicate that following a year of increased investment and focus on its free streaming service UKTV Play, it has grown direct-to-consumer views by over a quarter and added a further one million registered users. The network also achieved record SOCI (share of commercial impacts) in 2022, up 2.1 per cent […]

January 12, 2023By Colin Mann