Friday Weekly News Digest - 2nd December 2022

Research: Consumers increase mobile video consumption

Parks Associates’ research finds that consumers have maintained recent increases in the amount of time they spend watching video on their mobile phones, while time spent consuming video on a TV set, tablet, and computer continues to decrease. Advertising-based online video (AVoD) accounts for the largest share at nearly two…

Mediaset to trial DVB-I standard

Italian broadcaster Mediaset plans to trial the distribution of linear TV channels using the DVB-I standard from April 2023. The new DVB-I standard is designed for the distribution of linear content via the internet, enabling the mixing of DTT and streaming content. Mediaset’s four channels (Canale 5, Italia 1, Rete…

Satellite broadband trial for rural UK

A trial has been launched to establish the extent to which satellites can be used to deliver high-speed connections to more than a dozen ‘very hard to reach’ UK locations – the less than one per cent of sites which are too difficult to upgrade via expensive physical cables in…

Intelsat 'insider trading' claim reinstated

Two major shareholders in the pre-bankruptcy Intelsat, plus the former chairman, are named again by Plaintiffs in a Class Action which alleges they took part in selling off investments in Intelsat helped by inside knowledge. The complaint was originally mounted earlier in 2022, but the judge in the case dismissed…

France rejects beIN, Canal+ appeal

France’s antitrust authority has rejected an appeal by pay-TV channel Canal+ and beIN Sports over its decision that the French football professional league didn’t abuse its dominant position when it awarded Amazon broadcasting rights to the main Ligue 1 matches. Reuters reports France’s Autorite de la Concurrence said it had…

Replay diversifies live TV selection with Amagi

Replay, the blockchain platform that’s reimagining video for web3, has announced a partnership with Amagi, the global leader in cloud-based SaaS technology for broadcast and connected TV. The partnership sees Amagi enhance Replay’s global OTT programming, integrating tier-1 linear channels from Amagi’s portfolio of content partners for Replay’s unique gamified,…

Data: Stranger Things most searched TV show

Research from William Hill Slots has revealed which TV shows have been the most popular over the last 12 months (October 2021 to October 2022) based on global and UK search volume data from Google Trends and AHrefs. The study showed that Stranger Things was the most searched-for show globally,…

Discovery+ free for BT Sport subs

BT Sport subscribers in the UK can now receive a subscription to Discovery+ at no extra cost following the merger between Warner Bros Discovery and BT Group earlier this year. BT Sport subscribers, or those who receive the channels as part of BT’s sweetheart deals with EE and Plusnet, are…

Ofcom probes telecoms price rise transparency

Ofcom probes telecoms price rise transparency UK comms regulator Ofcom has launched an industry-wide enforcement programme into whether in-contract price rises were set out clearly enough by phone and broadband companies before customers signed up. Having analysed customer complaints and other preliminary evidence, Ofcom is concerned that consumers who took…

BBC Studios launches Funny Parts digital channel

BBC Studios has launched Funny Parts – a new comedy channel with three new commissions for digital platforms. Focused on new short-form comedy and entertainment content, alongside some of the funniest moments from the BBC’s catalogue of comedy including titles such as This Country, Famalam and The Young Offenders, Funny…

Intelsat orders launch contracts

Intelsat has confirmed its launch plans for its Intelsat IS-41 and IS-44 satellites. Intelsat will use an Ariane 6 rocket to launch the pair of satellites in 2025. Thales Alenia Space is building the satellites, which will have a combined weight of some 8,000 kgs. “We are honoured, yet again,…

Anthony Joshua series to debut on Snapchat

Anthony Joshua’s new Snapchat show, A Fighting Chance with Anthony Joshua, will premiere on December 3rd exclusively on the social media platform. In this series, viewers will see the former two-time heavyweight champion head back to his hometown of Watford with a few friends to mentor the younger generation in…

Eutelsat orders ‘Flexible’ satellite

Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat has ordered a flexible software-defined craft from Thales Alenia Space. Eutelsat says that this ‘New generation’ of high-throughput, software-defined satellite, allowing flexibility and instant reconfigurability, to adapt to changing missions. It will reinforce Eutelsat’s in-orbit assets to serve surging demand for Connectivity in the Americas. The…

Viaplay acquires IHF handball rights in 10 countries

Viaplay Group and the International Handball Federation (IHF) have agreed a deal that makes the Viaplay streaming service home to the IHF’s competitions in 10 European countries until 2031. Fans will be able to stream more than 40 IHF events live and exclusively on Viaplay over the coming years, including…

Disney's Oswald returns in new YouTube short

Walt Disney Studios has announced the return of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in an all-new animated short, over 94 years since Disney’s last Oswald cartoon. Created by Disney Animation’s hand-drawn animation team to mark the start of Disney 100 Years of Wonder that marks the 100th anniversary of The Walt…

Pluto TV lands in Canada

Pluto TV, the FAST (free ad-supported streaming television) service, has made its debut in Canada, streaming more than 20,000 hours of free programming. This marks Pluto TV’s most robust content at launch offering to-date, introducing a lineup of over 110 thematic and single-series channels curated from a library containing thousands…

Adform rolls out Comscore Predictive Audiences

Adform, the global independent advertising platform, has announced an expanded global partnership with Comscore to provide Adform customers more flexibility in targeting, measurement and frequency capping without using third-party cookies, through Comscore Predictive Audiences. Comscore’s Predictive Audiences enables advertisers to reach audiences identified from an initial set of privacy-compliant consumer…

WildEarth launches on The Roku Channel

WildEarth has expanded its live and linear channel footprint to include The Roku Channel, the home of free entertainment on the Roku platform. The WildEarth Channel features live expert-hosted wild animal experiences The addition of the channel will make quality nature and animal programming more accessible to US nature lovers.…

IABM, Caretta Research partnership

IABM, the international trade association for broadcast and media technology, has announced a data partnership with Caretta Research, a specialist market analysis and research company. Caretta Research becomes the exclusive provider of broadcast and media technology market sizing data to IABM. Having worked with IABM in defining the BaM Content…

WaterBear Network earns B Corp status

WaterBear Network, the digital publisher and free streaming platform dedicated to the future of the planet, has been accredited with full B Corp status with a score of 126.6. B Corp status means brands must meet high standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Businesses are held…

iHeartPodcasts, Curiosity debut Red Elvis podcast

iHeartPodcasts, Curiosity and School of Humans wll debut Red Elvis, a new narrative podcast in the Curiosity Audio Network. Red Elvis explores the life and death of Dean Reed, an American singer and actor who struggled in Hollywood during the late 1950s but became a superstar behind the Iron Curtain.…

Other headlines of the week

AMC Networks axing 20% of staff
Amazon mulls Salto deal
Ofcom: ‘BBC must do more to serve lower income audiences’
Wednesday sets Netflix viewing record
BBC: 18.7m watch Wales vs England; iPlayer record
Are streamers delivering their A-game for sports video quality?
Report: How resilient is DTT is Europe?
ITVX signs Paramount content deal
Forecast: 5G subs at 5bn by 2028
France: Orange partners with Paramount+
France agrees ESA budget; MEO broadband scheme
Data: Streamers see surge in World Cup viewing
Report: European box office revenue up 21.6% YOY
SKT, Singtel partner to grow APAC metaverse business
ROK channel launches on Freeview
UK broadcasters: "Diverse decision makers essential"
Report: Cadbury named “most effective” Xmas ad
SiriusXM orders satellites from Maxar
ITV expands Drama team with new hires
End to End production platform from CLICKON
Bank: "Prosus top pick for 2023”
Vantiva powers Bouygues Telecom next-gen gateway
Arianespace gets 5 EC launch contracts
Da Vinci debuts on Sling TV, TCL
Big Brother hits 65th market
Study: ‘No change in European UHF spectrum allocation’
Report: Sales of British TV shows return to growth
BBC to simplify complaints process
Whip Media Survey: Holiday TV movie viewing trends
Channel 4 launches 4 Reality on YouTube
Europol operation shuts down pirate websites
Burnett exits MGM
17m+ watch Germany vs Spain on ZDF
DAZN signs IMPACT Wrestling deal
Study: Music streaming competition benefits consumers
Fury vs Chisora fight anti-piracy warning
Inmarsat Q3 revenue up 7%
Bulgaria: Vivacom building satellite gateway for OneWeb
Drama unveils first UKTV Original scripted commission
GREAT! romance set for January launch
Deltatre to deliver Dyn Media OTT service
Tanami named Pixellot COO
Armoza to produce Israeli version of Love Island
Globecast distribution deal with EarthxTV
ITV partners with People's Postcode Lottery
Bros heading to Peacock
Forecast: OTT revenues at $243bn in 2028
Analysis: Many SVoD Originals based on pre-existing IP
ITV1 hits highest weekly viewing share in 20 years
DCMS Secretary: ‘BBC a national asset’
Research: TV still main platform for watching World Cup
DAZN, Irdeto team to fight premium sports piracy
World Cup streaming ban hits Saudi viewers
18m watch England vs USA on ITV1
BBC: 9.9m watch Spain vs Germany
China to corner OLED output
CBS enhances Catch Up Channels UK app
DPP: “Customer and vendor relationships healthy”
Al-Hawiah fined for World Cup piracy
Duic joins SPI International as Director Adria, Albania
TVU Networks names Albou as Sales Director, Europe
Ealing Studios developing zero carbon sound stage
Mediapro's Gol Mundial reaches 300,000 subs
Sky opens Innovation Centre
EC OKs in-flight 5G
Report: Economic benefits of 5G in emerging markets
SES responds to Russia carriage complaints
Eutelsat hit by demands over Russia links
Arrest in TV piracy investigation
Sweden: AVoD has bigger reach than SVoD
Research: Brits waste £260m of mobile data monthly
Satellite operators try and solve EU dilemma
Eutelsat appoints Caudrelier as CFO
ITV announces new sustainability measures
Quantinuum QNLP partnership with BBC, UCL
Scotland’s SaxaVord “ahead of schedule”
New Dotscreen CTV apps for TF1, RTBF
Film and TV Charity celebrates Behind The Scenes Week
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