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World Cup delivering record TV numbers

Findings shared by FIFA show that the football World Cup Qatar 2022 is continuing to engage TV audiences around the world with record-breaking numbers across multiple markets. In Asia, the group game between Japan and Costa Rica on November 27th drew an average audience of 36.37 million viewers. This surpassed the audience of their incredible […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary to face MP questions

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will appear before the DCMS Committee for the first time since her September 2022 appointment. In a wide-ranging session, MPs are expected to examine her priorities as well as key areas of Committee focus. Questions in the December 6th Evidence Session on […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

Deloitte: ‘Ads on all streaming services’

Consultancy firm Deloitte predicts that by mid-2023, all major video subscription services will have launched an ad-funded tier alongside ad-free offerings in Europe. By the end of 2024, Deloitte predicts that half of these providers will also have launched a free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service. Additionally, around two-thirds of consumers will use at least […]

December 2, 2022

Research: Hulu appeal lessens

Hulu users, including paid subscribers and unpaid users, are less likely to turn to the service for viewing network TV shows than they were in previous years, according to data from Kagan’s US online Consumer Insights surveys. Results show that the decline of users indicating they most enjoy prior seasons of network TV series on […]

December 2, 2022

More cuts at CNN

News channel CNN is facing more cuts. Its HLN channel has cancelled all live programming, while the shake-up will see contributors on the flagship CNN channel reduced. CNN CEO Chris Licht announced the changes on December 1st, saying that costs had to be reduced amid a very difficult economy. “Our goal throughout the strategic review […]

December 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

RCA releases Roku TVs in UK

US electronics manufacturer RCA has made a major move into the UK market with a range of low price TVs powered by the Roku operating system. RCA’s new Roku TVs are available immediately in three different screen sizes (32”, 40” and 55”) via Amazon and other select retailers, with prices starting at £129.99 for the […]

December 2, 2022

Movistar Plus adds VoD FlixOlé

Spain’s largest pay TV platform, Movistar Plus, has integrated the cinema VoD service FlixOlé into its service through its 4K STB. Subscribers will have access to over 4,000 cinema titles, including recently released Spanish productions as well as a library of classic titles. In addition the service has a wide catalogue of European films, westerns […]

December 2, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Sirius XM cuts staff

SiriusXM, the US subscription radio service, is planning to cut its headcount amid a slowdown in growth. CEO Jennifer Witz informed staff that job reductions were possible in order to address economic uncertainty, including a long-term slowdown in sales, reports Bloomberg. SiriusXM reportedly has around 5,600 employees including those at the legacy satellite radio service, […]

December 2, 2022

Thailand switches off World Cup C-band satellite signal

Viewers in Thailand will no longer able to watch World Cup matches on C-band satellite television, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has ruled. The C-band signal was switched off December 1st following a warning from FIFA over broadcasting copyright, having found the country’s transmission access was also being used in other countries. FIFA […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: TV campaign reach best over 40-45 nets

Analysis from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, examining the reach of 165K campaigns to determine the relationship between the number of networks in a linear TV campaign and overall reach, reveals that in today’s media landscape, where TV viewership is fragmenting more than ever, audience reach is maximised by buying across more […]

December 2, 2022

EBU elects new Executive Board

EBU Members have elected a new Executive Board, made up of eleven senior executives of public service media from throughout Europe. The new Executive Board was elected at the EBU’s 89th General Assembly in December 2022. The Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EBU’s strategy and policies. Eight current board members will […]

December 2, 2022

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