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Report: Trends that defined the video market in 2021

Streaming video has exploded and more companies are fighting for a piece of the pie; in an end of year report, Interpret examined the most significant developments impacting the video industry. 2021 brought several welcome changes after a 2020 that was great for subscription streaming services but a challenge for much of the rest of […]

December 22, 2021

Report: Top 10 US SVoD services of 2021

Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 US paid subscription OTT video services, based on estimated numbers of subscribers through September 2021 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker. The research firm reports that based on quarterly surveys of 10,000 US broadband households, more than 80 per cent of broadband households […]

December 21, 2021

ESPN+ expands PGA Tour coverage

ESPN+ and PGA Tour has announced details for the inaugural season of PGA Tour Live on ESPN+, with extended and expanded coverage that more than triples the total coverage – adding more than 3,200 new hours of live streaming available for a total of more than 4,300 exclusive hours. All PGA Tour Live on ESPN+ […]

December 8, 2021

Analysis: Disney tops 100m US SVoD subs

Disney surpassed a milestone this quarter, topping 100 million subscribers to its streaming services in the US for the first time in early Q4 2021, according to research firm Ampere Analysis. By the end of this quarter, the wide content portfolio and aggressive pricing offered by the Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle will further boost […]

November 29, 2021

Bahrain International Trophy live in 130 countries

The global horseracing spotlight will be firmly on the Bahrain International Trophy on November 19th, with the Kingdom’s showpiece race attracting unprecedented television interest. The £500,000 contest has attracted 14 runners from six countries including four-time Group 1 winner, Barney Roy, trained by arguably the world’s best trainer right now, Charlie Appleby. The race, which […]

November 18, 2021

Analyst: ‘D2C unlikely for top-flight football’

Although a number of sports have benefited from the arrival of OTT players and the introduction of direct-to-consumer services, the prospect of some of the leading properties, such as the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga, adopting pure D2C strategies remains unlikely, according to Jacopo Genovese, Senior Analyst at Ampere Analysis. Addressing […]

November 16, 2021Colin Mann @ SportsPro OTT Summit

Premier League nears $2bn US TV rights deal

The Premier League is nearing the sale of its US television rights for close to $2 billion (€1.76bn), which would set a new overseas record. ViacomCBS, Disney’s ESPN, Amazon, Fox, WarnerMedia and (current holder) Comcast’s NBC are among the interested parties, with second-round bids due on November 18th, according to an FT report. Under the […]

November 16, 2021

Disney+ subs growth slows in Q4

The Walt Disney Company has reported earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 2nd 2021. Full company revenue was as $18.53 billion (€16.17bn), whilst Disney+, its SVoD platform that has been a beacon throughout the pandemic, saw customer growth slow, but still added 2.1 million subscribers to reach a global total of […]

November 11, 2021

ECAC Hockey extends streaming deal with ESPN+

ECAC Hockey is extending its rights agreement with ESPN+ to stream more than 350 games each season through the 2028-29. Every regular-season and post-season game (conference and non-conference) hosted at an ECAC Hockey venue will be streamed on ESPN+ with no blackout restrictions. That includes the annual women’s championship, and men’s championship in Lake Placid, […]

October 28, 2021

National Lacrosse League signs agreement with ESPN

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has announced the most extensive US media rights agreement in its history, giving ESPN and ESPN+ exclusive rights in the US and the rest of the world outside Canada for live NLL games. All NLL games will be carried on an ESPN network or platform. ESPN linear networks – with […]

October 27, 2021