Advanced Television


Malaysia losing €610m annually from piracy

Malaysia’s media and entertainment industry is losing RM3 billion (about €610 million) annually due to digital piracy, and local players have appealed to Malaysia’s government to update existing regulations. Malaysia’s media producers and broadcasters say current rules do not protect copyright holders. They have pointed out that the government is losing out on hundreds of […]

February 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Survey: Viewers turning to nostalgic TV for comfort

To mark the launch of Star on Disney+ on February 23rd, Radio Times has conducted a survey revealing how lockdown has impacted its readers’ TV viewing habits. Over 6,600 TV fans from across the UK took part in the survey, sharing some of their memorable moments from iconic series such as Lost, Family Guy and […]

February 22, 2021

Stewie Griffin The Mandaorian, introduce Disney+ parental controls

As Disney+ prepares to launch Star, and with it a slew of more adult-orientated content, the platform has enlisted Stewie Griffin of Family Guy fame and The Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal to help spread the information around the new parental controls services available. To make sure Disney+ remains suitable for audiences of all ages, the […]

February 22, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Disney+ unveils European originals

Disney has announced a slate of ten European productions for its Disney+ streaming platform. The projects, which span Germany, France, Italy and The Netherlands, mark the start of Disney’s plan to commission 50 productions in Europe by 2024. Diego Londono, EVP, Media Networks and Content, The Walt Disney Company EMEA commented: “Our commissioning strategy showcases […]

February 16, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Disney+ hits 95m subs

Disney+ has signed up nearly 95 million subscribers in just over a year. Disney’s latest quarterly results showed continued meteoric growth for the SVoD platform, which first launched in November 2019. Disney+ had 94.9 million paid subscribers as of January 2nd 2021, compared to 86.8 million in early December 2020. Disney+ far exceeded the company’s […]

February 12, 2021

Al-Qassab heads Disney+ EMEA marketing

The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has announced the appointment of a new leadership position in its direct-to-consumer business to head up the marketing function for Disney+. The Disney+ SVoD service has seen rapid growth in EMEA, with the service already available in 17 markets and more country launches to follow […]

February 4, 2021

C4 brings Test Cricket back to FTA

Channel 4 has acquired the rights to show England’s Test cricket series in India in a deal that means Test cricket will return to free-to-air television in the UK for the first time in over 15 years. Global rights holders Star Sports, owned by Disney, and Channel 4 have agreed a contract for the live […]

February 2, 2021

Disney+ reveals full slate of Star content

Disney has announced the full slate of content that will be available at launch on Star – the sixth brand to launch on Disney+, joining the line-up that already includes Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and Disney. Previously Disney had revealed just a handful of titles for Star, including original series Big Sky, but […]

January 28, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Murdoch reunites with Shankar for India

James Murdoch is reuniting with Uday Shankar, who helped build Star, for a new media venture in India. The project brings back together one of India’s most successful media partnerships with the aim of building a “large-scale” business in the areas of digital media, education and healthcare delivery. Murdoch told the Financial Times it would […]

January 14, 2021

First Star titles revealed for Disney+

On February 23rd, Star will become the sixth brand to launch on SVoD platform Disney+, joining the line-up that already includes Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and Disney. Star will becomes the home for general entertainment on Disney+ and will double the amount of content available to watch on the service. It will host […]

January 4, 2021By Nik Roseveare