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Channel 4, Sky expand partnership

Channel 4 and Sky have renewed and expanded their long-term commercial partnership. The broadcasters say that their new multi-year agreement will “extend the strategic relationship, giving both parties more opportunities to collaborate, support commercial growth, and innovate as broadcasting evolves in the future”. The partnership will make even more Channel 4 content available to Sky […]

July 2, 2021

Report: US linear TV viewing time falls 14% in Q1

Samba TV has released its quarterly State of Viewership report, showing viewership losses in the linear landscape compared to Q4 2020. According to Samba TV’s analysis, there was a 10 per cent quarter-over-quarter decline in the daily average number of TV-viewing US households consuming linear, along with a 14 per cent decline in total minutes […]

April 30, 2021

STARZPLAY secures debt financing of $25m from Ruya Partners

STARZPLAY, the MENA SVoD service, received its first independent debt financing in the region of $25 million (€20.7m) from Abu Dhabi based Ruya Partners. The funds, secured on the basis of STARZPLAY’s financial strength and performance, will be used towards further strengthening STARZPLAY’s geographic and customer reach, acquiring and producing original content, and maximising long-term […]

February 3, 2021

ViacomCBS expands Hulu distribution deal

ViacomCBS has confirmed a new distribution agreement that adds more content from ViacomCBS’s portfolio of news, entertainment and sports networks to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service, Hulu + Live TV. The comprehensive, multi-year deal includes continued carriage of CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, and The CW, as well as […]

January 5, 2021

South Africa wants production quota on Netflix

South Africa is planning a 30 per cent local production demand on Netflix and other OTT services in the country including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Showmax. Collin Mashile, the country’s chief director of broadcasting policy, commented: “Everything that they show to South Africans in terms of their catalogue, 30 per cent of that […]

November 30, 2020By Chris Forrester

Report: Disney+ struggling to break into ‘Big 3’ US SVoDs

Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 US subscription OTT services, based on estimated number of subscribers through September 2020 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker. Parks Associates notes that recent entrants such as HBO Max, Apple TV+, and Disney+ have rearranged the top ten list. Sling TV dropped out […]

November 19, 2020

ViacomCBS super streamer is Paramount+

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a division of ViacomCBS, has unveiled ‘Paramount+’ as the brand name for the company’s premium subscription video on-demand service, which it says builds on a legacy of innovation and superior storytelling that distinguishes one of the most iconic brands in Hollywood. Beginning in Q1 of 2021, VCNI will relaunch Paramount+ in […]

September 15, 2020

ViacomCBS streaming bundle on Apple TV+

ViacomCBS has reportedly agreed for the Apple TV+ streaming service to bundle both CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99, on top of the usual $4.99 monthly charge. The service will offer subscribers in the US a selection of content from ViacomCBS brands including CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, its Paramount film studio […]

August 14, 2020

NBCU’s Peacock goes live in US

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, has officially launched in the US offering consumers across the country a collection of live and on demand programming from NBCUniversal and beyond. Unlike most of its competitors, Peacock will offer a free ad-supported tier – although premium subscription plans are available. At launch, Peacock offers more than 20,000 hours of […]

July 15, 2020