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Data: Disney+ leads new SVoD subs in Q2

Kantar, the evidence-based insights and consulting company, has released its latest Entertainment on Demand (EoD) data on the UK’s streaming market. Disney+ took the top spot from Apple TV+ for new subscriptions in Q2 2024 with a 19 per cent share, whilst Netflix’s Baby Reindeer was identified as the most enjoyed series in the quarter. […]

July 24, 2024

France: Arcom selects 15 TNT services

Arcom, the French media regulator, has pre-selected the channels that applied for national broadcasting authorisation on terrestrial hertzian (TNT) frequencies. Digital terrestrial television (DTT), the exclusive reception mode for nearly 20 per cent of households in France, remains an essential means of broadcasting for the public. Taken together, DTT channels constitute the most structuring offering […]

July 24, 2024By Nik Roseveare

Ofcom: Local media remains vital to UK

Ofcom has published its initial findings on the local media landscape in the UK. Given the range of duties that Ofcom has relevant to local media, the media regulator says that “it is important that we maintain an up-to-date understanding of this rapidly changing sector”. Ofcom therefore launched a two-stage review of local media at […]

July 24, 2024

EC warns on Rai

The European Commission (EC) has raised press freedom concerns after Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s government was accused of interfering with Italian public broadcaster Rai and silencing critical voices. Věra Jourová, the European Commission vice-president overseeing values and transparency, warned of a funding squeeze and alleged “intimidation” of journalists after unveiling an annual report on the […]

July 24, 2024

Research: Streaming overtakes pay-TV in Italy

In the first quarter of 2024, streaming subscriptions in Italy grew by 12.5 per cent, surpassing pay-TV subscriptions for the first time and accounting for 20.4 per cent of total revenues. According to Mediobanca Research, the Italian broadcasting sector experienced modest growth of 1.6 per cent in 2023, reaching €8.9 billion in turnover. All sectors […]

July 24, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Ofcom fines TikTok £1.8m for inaccurate safety data

Ofcom has fined TikTok £1.875 million (€2.1m) for failing to accurately respond to a formal request for information about its parental controls safety feature. Ofcom explains that it  sought information from video-sharing platforms under regulations that pre-date the UK’s Online Safety Act, to inform a planned report highlighting the safety measures they have in place […]

July 24, 2024

Eurosport’s Olympics free for EE TV customers

All EE TV customers can access discovery+’s coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 24 +, regardless of what package they’re on. To celebrate the return of the Olympics, EE TV discovery+ basic customers will receive access to discovery+ Standard at no extra cost from now until August 12th, enabling them to stream every moment of […]

July 24, 2024

Orange Q2 boosted by Africa, Middle East

Orange group has reported that Q2 2024 revenues rose 0.9 per cent compared with the Q2 2023 (+€85 million) thanks to growth in retail services (+2.4 per cent or +€182 million) and a smaller decline in wholesale services (-7.9 per cent or -€128 million), mainly related to higher unbundling and civil engineering rates in France […]

July 24, 2024

Research: Just 9% confident in ability to spot deepfakes

Ofcom research has found that 43 per cent of people aged 16+ say they have seen at least one deepfake online in the last six months – rising to 50 per cent among children aged 8-15. Among adults who say they have seen deepfake content, one in seven (14 per cent) say they have seen […]

July 24, 2024

IOC hails ‘most-digital’ Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Members meeting at the 142nd IOC Session in Paris have received an update on the IOC’s digital engagement and marketing initiatives, including the record-breaking levels of Olympic digital engagement on the Road to Paris 2024. “The main objective of the IOC Digital Strategy is to promote athletes and sports, by growing […]

July 24, 2024

Research: CSP consolidation advances

Communications service providers (CSPs) have experienced substantial consolidation in recent years with 514 mobile and wireline M&A deals worldwide over the 2019-23 period, Omdia’s research shows. There have been more wireline M&A deals than mobile, with 392 wireline and 122 mobile M&A deals over the 2019-23 period. The mobile M&A includes prominent deals such as […]

July 24, 2024

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