Daily News  - 29th July 2021

Sky rebranding Sky One as Sky Showcase

Sky is axing the Sky One channel brand and replacing it with a new flagship brand, Sky Showcase. Sky One launched across Europe in April 1982 and is the oldest non-terrestrial TV channel in the UK. The pay-TV broadcaster has additionally announced that it will be launching a new linear…

ITV rules out BT Sport acquisition

ITV had declared it is not interested in acquiring a stake in BT Sport – although it is keen to collaborate with the sports broadcaster. “It’s not the kind of acquisition we would do but collaboration, cooperation with BT Sport absolutely,” Carolyn McCall told reporters after the group’s first-half results.…

ITV H1: "We're emerging from pandemic"

ITV, the UK commercial broadcaster, has reported that total H1 external revenue was up 27 per cent at £1.54 billion. Carolyn McCall, ITV Chief Executive, said: “Our H1 results demonstrate that ITV is emerging from the worst effects of the pandemic. We’ve continued to implement our key strategic priorities and…

Forecast: IPTV leading pay-TV service in China over next 5 years

The total pay-TV services revenue in China is set to decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.5 per cent from $32.9 billion (€27.8bn) in 2020 to $32.1 billion in 2025, due to the growing preference for OTT video streaming services and falling pay-TV average revenue per user…

TF1 H1 revenue up 27.8%

French broadcaster TF1 has reported first-half consolidated revenue up 27.8 per cent at €1.12 billion – close to 2019 levels. Group advertising revenue was €802.5million, a year-on-year rise of €187.5million (+30.5 per cent). This sharp increase was mainly driven by strong momentum in TV advertising during the second quarter, the…

Analyst: NENT sees potential in Poland OTT market

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has announced that Viaplay will launch in Poland on August 3rd. The Nordic media company initiated an ambitious international expansion plan to roll out its flagship platform in 10 new markets by the end of 2023. In their last quarterly report, notes Dataxis, they announced having…

640 UK films, TV shows in production in past year

More than 600 feature films and television productions have gone into production in the UK since the scheme was announced in July last year as the industry has moved into pandemic recovery thanks to the Government funded Film and TV Production Restart Scheme. The scheme was launched by the Government…

70+ TVs now 8K certified

The 8K Association says it has now certified more than seventy 8K sets. This includes nearly 50 newly launched models through the first half of 2021 from 3 of the world’s top TV brands – Hisense, Samsung, and TCL. These TVs are being offered to consumers today, with availability varying…

Poland: NENT signs Viaplay distribution with UPC

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) and Polish cable TV operator UPC have signed a multi-year distribution deal to bring NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service to UPC’s customers. Viaplay will launch in Poland on August 3rd with a unique combination of Viaplay Originals, international films and series, kids content and premium…

SiriusXM: Q2 revenues up 15%

North American pay-radio broadcaster reported Q2 revenues of $2.16 billion (€1.7bn), up 15 per cent on the previous year. SiriusXM recorded net income of $433 million in its Q2/2021, compared to $243 million in the prior year period. Second quarter 2021 net income included $140 million in insurance related to…

Nielsen unveils cookieless approach

Nielsen announced its approach to eliminate its reliance on digital identifiers and ensure that advertisers and publishers can continue to measure confidently in a privacy-first media environment. Third-party cookie deprecation is fundamentally changing the advertising ecosystem. Combined with the deterioration of other digital identifiers, there’s greater emphasis on first party…

FCC issues rural broadband ruling to SpaceX

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has told SpaceX – and a few other would-be beneficiaries of its rural broadband largesse – that the cash it is prepared to award cannot be used to serve “parking lots and well-served urban areas”. Michael Janson, the FCC’s Rural Broadband Task Force director, has…

Illegal streaming service arrest

A West Mercia police operation working closely with UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT have arrested a man in the western England town of Shrewsbury in connection with suspected illegal streaming of premium television channels, and other copyrighted material. The man was arrested under section 44 of the Serious Crime…

Warner Bros acquires The Fallout

Warner Bros Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the SXSW multiple-award-winning feature The Fallout. Written and directed by Megan Park in her feature filmmaking debut, The Fallout won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Narrative Feature, and Park won the Brightcove Illumination Award honouring a filmmaker on the rise…
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