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Oprah interviews Obama on Apple TV+

The 44th president of the US, Barack Obama, will be Oprah Winfrey’s guest on a new episode of The Oprah Conversation, premiering globally on Apple TV+ on November 17th. The episode, which coincides with the release of Obama’s book of memoirs A Promised Land, will be available to watch for free until December 1st. In […]

November 12, 2020By Nik Roseveare

Apple TV on Xbox

Microsoft has confirmed that Apple TV will soon be available through its Xbox consoles. In a blog post, Microsft said: “When our all-new Xbox family of consoles launch worldwide on November 10th, you’ll have more than just the entertainment apps you enjoy today on Xbox One. We’re excited to share that the Apple TV app […]

November 3, 2020By Nik Roseveare

Report: Global streaming up 57% in Q3

Conviva has released its Q3 State of Streaming report, revealing that, globally, viewers spent 57 per cent more time streaming when compared to the same period last year, as the ongoing pandemic continues to keep people in their homes. Other highlights from the report include: Connected TV devices lost market share in viewing time but […]

November 2, 2020

Apple’s Ted Lasso lands early season 3 renewal

Following its breakout first season and early second season renewal, Apple TV+ has renewed “Ted Lasso” for a third season, ahead of its second season start of production in London early January. Since its premiere on August 14th, 2020, critics and fans globally have hailed the series as “terrific,” “hilarious,” “heart-swelling” and “infectious.” The Rotten […]

October 29, 2020

Jon Stewart signs with Apple TV+

Jon Stewart, the US comedian and former host of iconic US late-night, satirical talk-show The Daily Show, is set to front a new current affairs series for Apple TV+. Stewart will host a new hour-long series (as yet untitled) that will explore topics of national interest. Each season will have a companion podcast to “continue […]

October 28, 2020By Nik Roseveare

Forecast: Spain’s video sector at €4.5bn by 2024

The Spanish video market has witnessed a polarisation of fortunes in 2020. While many segments have been heavily impacted, others have seen their audiences expand due to stay-at-home measures and changing consumer attitudes towards entertainment. This is according to a Video Insights report from Futuresource Consulting, which shows consumer spend will grow by 11 per […]

October 27, 2020

Analyst: Europe leading boom in unscripted commissions

Western European commissioners are driving a new boom in format production fuelling a huge uptick in commissioning of formatted shows in the past year. European format commissioning activity reached a high in July 2020 with 30 unscripted remakes announced in a single month. While Covid-19 has added fuel to the format fire, growing demand for […]

October 26, 2020

Apple acquires Velvet Underground doc

Apple has landed the rights to The Velvet Underground, a new feature documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Todd Haynes and Polygram Entertainment, produced by Motto Pictures and Killer Films in association with Federal Films. The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ’n’ roll’s […]

October 22, 2020

Research: Nearly 300 OTT services in US

Research from Parks Associates’ OTT Video Market Tracker shows that through Q3 2020, the number of OTT video services in the US has more than doubled since 2014, currently reaching nearly 300 different services. The rate of closure has also declined, from a peak in 2018 when

October 21, 2020

Apple launches Apple Music TV

Apple has launched Apple Music TV, a free channel offering a livestream of music videos 24 hours a days, that will also include “exclusive new music videos and premieres, special curated music video blocks, and live shows and events as well as chart countdowns and guests,” according to a statement in Variety. The Apple Music […]

October 20, 2020By Nik Roseveare