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Research: 54% of media tech companies report revenue loss

Eighty-two per cent of media-tech companies have reported an impact on the ability to create new content since lockdown began, with nearly 75 per cent having to change their focus or pivot, and over half (54 per cent) recording a loss of revenue, despite the surge in consumer consumption during the same period. That’s according […]

July 29, 2020

Forecast: Video ad spend to keep UK digital advertising afloat

Digital won’t be able to make up for the shortfall in ad spend in traditional channels, but it will register a small increase this year, according to eMarketer. Underpinning this increase is digital video spend, which will post 15 per cent growth. eMarketer expects digital ad spend to increase by 0.3 per cent, accounting for […]

July 23, 2020

Ofcom consults on video sharing platforms

UK comms regulator Ofcom is seeking evidence relating to new regulatory requirements that will apply to video-sharing platforms (VSPs), online video service where users can upload and share videos. Earlier in 2020, the UK Government confirmed the appointment of Ofcom as the regulator for VSPs established in the UK, under revisions to the EU-wide Audiovisual […]

July 16, 2020

ITV: ‘PSBs urgently need a new framework’

Carolyn McCall, chief executive of UK commercial public service broadcaster (PSB) ITV, says the nation’s PSBs (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) urgently need a modern framework that recognises a seismic shift in broadcasting. Writing a comment piece in the Daily Telegraph, McCall notes that the UK public service broadcasters have stepped up to […]

July 13, 2020By Colin Mann

TNI steps up fight against disinformation

At a recent summit chaired by the BBC’s Director-General, Tony Hall, the TNI agreed to a shared early warning system of rapid alerts to combat the spread of disinformation during the US presidential election. The TNI is an industry collaboration of major news and global tech organisations working together to stop the spread of disinformation […]

July 13, 2020

ECJ: ‘YouTube has no obligation to reveal pirate data’

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that online platforms don’t have to disclose the personal data – email addresses, telephone numbers or IP addresses – of users who illegally upload movies and copyright material. German film distributor Constantin had requested that YouTube provide details of users who had uploaded their films Parker and Scary […]

July 10, 2020

India TikTok ban will benefit other social platforms

The recent ban on Chinese social media platform TikTok in Indi has sent shockwaves across the country’s TikTok community. The platform, which leverages viral, user-generated content, has more than 120 million users as recorded in June 2020, reports Bisbo India – a YouTube channel to dedicated to animated news videos. TikTok has emerged as a […]

July 3, 2020

Forecast: AVoD market to increase fast on global scale

The Covid-19 crisis highlighted a considerable increase in video consumption, reports market analyst company Dataxis. In the US, Comcast has seen a 50 per cent rise in VoD viewing over March and April 2020 for instance. While SVoD and linear-OTT environments have become more overcrowded over the last years (households in the US now subscribe […]

July 2, 2020

YouTube TV hikes price 30%

Youtube TV, the US pay-streaming service, has raised its subscription price by $15 to $64.99 a month, saying that the new price reflects the ‘rising cost of content’. Christian Oestlien, VP of Product Management at YouTube TV, wrote in a blog post.”This new price takes effect today, June 30, for new members. Existing subscribers will […]

July 1, 2020

Origin partners with Netgem TV

Origin broadband and Netgem have joined forces to offer Origin TV, a new multiscreen service combining a wealth of free live and On-demand content from public broadcasters, YouTube and YouTube Kids, genre based ‘go to’ channels, along with premium sport content through Premier Sports, with access to Spanish and Italian top football matches exclusively from […]

June 30, 2020