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Drama, events drive record iPlayer numbers

The final series of Peaky Blinders, The Split, and Killing Eve, live events including Glastonbury, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the Eurovision Song Contest, and new drama Sherwood helped bring record numbers of viewers to BBC iPlayer in the second quarter of 2022. The latest BBC iPlayer data shows: Programmes were streamed over 1.6 billion […]

August 16, 2022

Outcry in Italy over DAZN football outages

Reception problems for DAZN’s Italian Serie A football coverage on the opening weekend of the season have led to an outcry across Italy, including from the political world. Subscribers to the streaming platform had difficulty logging in to watch four matches of the new football season. As the problems became more widespread on August 14th, […]

August 16, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Survey: Cloud adoption priority for only 27% of broadcasters

A survey of broadcasters across the world, undertaken on behalf of Nevion, a Sony Group Company and provider of virtualised media production solutions, has found that less than a third (27 per cent) see cloud adoption as a priority, falling behind 5G technology (34 per cent) for example. This is at odds with the almost […]

August 16, 2022

Paramount+ deal for Walmart+ members

US retail giant Walmart says is taking its membership offering to the next level by adding a new streaming benefit. Walmart+ will soon be available for members with an added bonus – a Paramount+ Essential subscription at no extra cost. Walmart+ will remain $98 (€96.46) a year or $12.95 a month and include the Paramount+ […]

August 16, 2022

D-Orbit back out of Breeze merger

Satellite business D-Orbit has terminated plans to merge with a US-based special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in the form of Breeze Holdings. The pair say the decision was reached mutually. “Since this agreement was first announced in January, financial markets have changed substantially, and it is clear that the merger agreement is no longer viable […]

August 16, 2022By Chris Forrester

John Wick prequel series to debut on Peacock

Peacock and Lionsgate have announced a multi-year deal for  The Continental, the three-part special event based on the blockbuster action franchise, John Wick. Premiering exclusively on Peacock in 2023, The Continental will explore the origin story and inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel, a centerpiece of the John Wick Universe which serves as a refuge for assassins.  “The […]

August 16, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Analysis: International commissions key for Netflix growth

Netflix beat its own record by commissioning new Original first-run TV or movie content from 28 different markets in the second quarter of 2022, according to a report by Ampere Analysis. This reflects the increasing importance of the international audience to the company’s continued growth. Netflix has commissioned new content from 44 territories since the […]

August 15, 2022

Research: US pay-TV sheds 1.9m subs in Q2

Data from Leichtman Research Group indicate that the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 92 per cent of the market – lost about 1,925,000 net video subscribers in Q2 2022, compared to a pro forma net loss of 1,235,000 in Q2 2021. The top pay-TV providers now account for about 72.2 million […]

August 15, 2022

Spain: Outage as DAZN debuts on Movistar

Technical failures at DAZN prevented many Movistar Plus subscribers in Spain from having access to the La Liga match on August 13th between Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano, one of the five matches broadcast by the streaming platform over the weekend. Subscribers could not connect to DAZN via Movistar Plus throughout the first half as a […]

August 15, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Survey: TikTok top platform for US teens

The landscape of social media is ever-changing, especially among teens who often are on the leading edge of this space. A new Pew Research Center survey of American teenagers ages 13 to 17 finds TikTok has rocketed in popularity since its North American debut several years ago and now is a top social media platform […]

August 15, 2022

ITV scores La Liga deal

ITV will broadcast La Liga football in a new three season deal. Games from the top-flight Spanish league will be broadcast live and exclusively free to air across ITV, ITV4 and ITV Hub. From this current season up to and including 2024/25, ITV has secured the UK rights to 10 matches per season, with either […]

August 15, 2022By Nik Roseveare

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Spaceport Cornwall updates status

Later this year, probably in October, a modified Virgin Orbit aircraft will take off from an updated Cornwall Airport, near Newquay and now named Spaceport Cornwall. The aircraft is expected to carry around 8 smallish satellites into space. The activity will be the first-ever satellite mission handled by a ‘horizontal launcher’ from the UK, according […]

August 16, 2022 Chris Forrester
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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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