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Combined HBO Max, Discovery+ to launch in 2023

Warner Bros Discovery has revealed further details about its plan to combine SVoD services HBO Max and Discovery+ into one offering. Speaking during the company’s Q2 analyst call, executives said a merged version of the two SVoD services would begin to roll out in the US in the summer of 2023 and expand to other […]

August 5, 2022

RTL H1: Record revenue, 4.5m streaming subs

Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group’s results for the six months ending June 30th 2022 reveal record Group revenue and Adjusted EBITA ahead of H1/2021 despite more challenging macroeconomic conditions and higher streaming start-up losses Group revenue was up 8.7 per cent to €3.276 billion (H1/2021: €3.014 billion), mainly thanks to the strong performance of RTL Nederland, […]

August 5, 2022

Analysis: Global TV media costs soaring

Media inflation is driving up the cost of advertising across channels, with TV most affected, according to an analysis by WARC Media. The latest Global Ad Trends report finds that, globally, TV CPMs (cost per thousand) have increased 31.2 per cent since 2019 – the steepest incline in more than two decades – and are […]

August 5, 2022

FuboTV Q2: “Strong growth”

Sports-first live TV streaming platform FuboTV’s financial results for the second quarter ended June 30th, 2022 show that its North American (US and Canada) streaming business delivered double-digit year-over-year growth in total revenue (up 65 per cent to $216.1 million), ad revenue (up 32 per cent to $21.7 million) and paid subscribers (up 41 per […]

August 5, 2022

Spain: 79 pirate sites face takedown

Following La Liga and Movistar’s obtaining of a court order requiring the takedown of pirate TV websites 79 have been identified across different technologies (IPTV, Streaming) that are likely to be blocked. Among them are,, rojadirectatvenvivo,,, and Torrent. There are pirate IPTV services that have M3U computer file lists to have […]

August 5, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Canal+ Sport brings EPL to Czech, Slovak fans

Starting with the August 5th Crystal Palace against Arsenal encounter, all 380 matches of the English Premier League will be exclusively available via Canal+ Sport, the newly-created sports channel for Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition, Canal+ Sport features many other football programming, including regular talk shows, match pre- and reviews, documentaries, etcetera. All English […]

August 5, 2022

Sky, DAZN Italy partnership

Pay-TV operator Sky and streaming service DAZN have signed what they describe as a major new  strategic agreement in Italy that makes the DAZN app available on Sky Q from the August 8th and also allows Sky subscribers to access the ZONA DAZN channel via the Sky decoder for a special DAZN rate, offering seven […]

August 5, 2022

Study: Operators mis-marketing standalone 5G

It is unlikely that many people have yet heard of the first major update to 5G – standalone 5G – which is an increasingly common component of all carriers’ 5G networks. However, this is no surprise, as a study by data and analytics company GlobalData reveals that operators don’t seem to know how to market […]

August 5, 2022

Forecast: Asia content investment to grow 15%

Video content budgets across India, Korea and Southeast Asia climbed 21 per cent in 2021 to reach $10.4 billion (€10.2bn) and are forecast to grow 15 per cent to $12.0 billion in 2022, according to the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics from analyst firm Media Partners Asia (MPA). This report tracks video content consumption, […]

August 5, 2022

Eutelsat owed $37m by ILS

Further details following on from Eutelsat’s end-of-year financials show that the satellite operator earned €78 million from its Russian broadcasting clients. However, it is also owed $37 million (€36.17m) by International Launch Services (ILS) which commercialises the launches of the Russian ‘Proton’ rocket. ILS is US-based in Reston, Virginia, but uses Russian-built rockets (made by […]

August 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Nigeria hits DStv over BBC documentary

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has threatened a Naira 5 million fine (€11,824) against DStv (and other broadcasters including StarTimes, TSTV and Trust TV) for screening a ‘banditry’ documentary made by BBC Africa. Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story was aired in Nigeria in March 2022. The programme (also named as The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara) […]

August 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

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In 2021, a US Arbitration tribunal found against Kevin Spacey and a claim for $31 million (€30.3m) made against him in favour of House of Cards production company Media Rights Capital (MRC). Spacey appealed the decision, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana on August 4th ruled that the payment decision was valid. […]

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It’s the economy, stupid!

That three-word slogan, famously pinned to the wall in the Clinton (Bill) campaign HQ in their winning 1992 run, has been deployed in many – sometimes quite random – circumstances since. It should be dusted down when looking around at near term prospects for the TV economy. In recent years there has been a significant […]

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