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Prime subs overtake Netflix in US

Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 US subscription OTT video services, based on estimated numbers of subscribers through September 2022 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker. The research firm reports that 83 per cent of broadband households have at least one OTT service, with 23 per cent adopting nine […]

December 5, 2022

Sky charges streaming viewers to skip ads

Sky is now charging Sky Go and Sky Stream viewers in the UK to skip adverts. Effective immediately, subscribers will have to pay an extra £5 (€5.81) per month on top of their subscription to be able to fast forward through commercial breaks when watching live channels. A message on the Sky website explains: With […]

December 5, 2022

Analysis: Hybrid AVoD-SVoD to drive major platforms

Global SVoD subscriptions will increase by 428 million between 2022 and 2028 to reach 1.76 billion – showing that there is still plenty of growth left, according to the SVOD Forecasts Update report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. “We estimate that Netflix will provide its hybrid AVoD-SVoD tier in 85 countries by 2028, with […]

December 5, 2022

Italy: Entertainment revenues to grow 9.6% annually

In its Entertainment & Media Outlook in Italy 2022-2026, PwC predicts that total E&M revenues in Italy will rise at a CAGR of +9.6 per cent to reach €40.8 billion in 2026. The growth is roughly doubled compared to last year’s forecast, confirming the strong recovery trend after the decline in revenues registered in 2020 […]

December 5, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

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

Poll: UK adults want FTA broadcasting protected

Three quarters (75 per cent) of people in key UK constituencies want their MP to protect traditional TV services, as the country faces a deepening cost of living crisis. A poll of over 5,000 people in the north and south of England found that eight in 10 (78 per cent) see digital terrestrial TV – […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

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

Forecast: APAC pay-TV revenues at $35bn by 2027

A report published by Media Partners Asia (MPA) indicates that ex-China, Asia Pacific pay-TV subscriber growth will be relatively flat in 2022 with an estimated 106,000 subscribers cutting the cord. Cord cutting peaked between 2019 and 2021 with an aggregate 9.1 million subs cancelling subscriptions, according to MPA analysis, driven by erosion in key markets […]

December 5, 2022

Vodafone’s Read to step down

Vodafone Group has announced that Nick Read has agreed with the Board that he will step down as Group Chief Executive and as a Director of Vodafone on December 31st, following which he will be available as an adviser to the Board until March 31st 2023. Margherita Della Valle has been appointed interim Group Chief […]

December 5, 2022

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

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