beIN questions Saudi ‘ban’
Saudi Arabia says it has permanently terminated the licence of beIN Sports, which had been barred from broadcasting in the kingdom since mid-2017 over political disputes with Qatar. Saudi’s General Authority for Competition (GAC) said that it was also fining beIN Sports 10 million riyals (€2.34m) for practices “that restrict…
NBCUniversal’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…
C-Band: SES wants $1.8bn from bankrupt Intelsat
SES Americom, the US division of the Luxemburg-based satellite operator, is seeking $1.8 billion (€1.5bn) in damages from Intelsat which is in bankruptcy. SES is alleging that Intelsat has breached the contract between the two operators which was agreed to handle the sale of C-band frequencies over the US. The…
Survey: UK thankful for streaming, but eager for cinema return
Research has revealed the UK’s viewing preferences during lockdown – and highlighted that consumers are keen to get back into cinemas as we adjust to the ‘new normal’. The findings come via a wide-ranging survey of over 3,000 pop culture fans in the UK undertaken by agency Experience12. Data was…
Indonesia: Major drop in streaming piracy
A study of the online content viewing behaviour of Indonesian consumers has found a massive 55 per cent reduction in consumers accessing piracy websites over the past ten months. The survey, commissioned by the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and conducted by YouGov, found that 28 per…
Sky Sports scores Lions tour of South Africa
Sky Sports will exclusively show the British & Irish Lions’ three-Test series against the Springboks in South Africa in 2021, as well as their five warm-up matches. This agreement means Sky Sports will show its seventh successive Lions tour, a partnership that will enter its 25th year in 2021. The Lions…
Research: Bills should be effective comms tools
Research from telecoms analyst firm Omnisperience and digital bill communications and analytics specialist Soft-ex has found that 84 per cent of communications service providers (CSPs) are planning to invest in more effective customer communications in the next 24 months. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, CSPs played a vital role in keeping…
Report: Media industry beset by credential stuffing attacks
The media industry suffered 17 billion credential stuffing attacks –  the automated injection of breached username/password pairs in order to fraudulently gain access to user accounts – between January 2018 and December 2019 according to a new report from intelligent edge platform specialist Akamai. The Akamai 2020 State of the…
BritBox supports UK performing arts
With theatres and auditoriums still very much subject to restrictions, subscribers to SVoD service BritBox will be able to enjoy comedies, tragedies, ballets and operas from the UK’s pre-eminent performers at home, as the service expands to support the British performing arts from July 23rd. A wide selection of titles…
SpaceX delays launch manifests
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has quite a lot of work on hand and consequently is currently delaying rocket launches. For example, a launch scheduled for July 14th (of Anasis-II) was scrubbed because of a need to take a closer look at the Falcon 9’s second stage and perhaps swapping out hardware,…
Alps to retire as Chair of Thinkbox
Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, has revealed that Tess Alps, its founding CEO and current non-executive Chair, has decided to retire at the end of the year. Alps set up and became Thinkbox’s first CEO in 2006 and has been a guiding light ever since.…
Accedo selected as preferred developer by Roku
Accedo has been named a preferred developer in Latin America as part of Roku’s new Preferred Developer Programme. The newly launched programme includes developers with a strong history building fully-featured Roku channels that consistently pass Roku’s certification process, among other criteria. Yulia Poltorak, Director of International Content Development at Roku,…
Forecast: Smart home device markets to rebound in 2021
A desire to keep a closer eye on what is happening around their homes as consumers shelter-in-place will help the smart home market weather the global Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, according to research published in the latest versions of Strategy Analytics’ Global Smart Home Device Forecast. Strategy Analytics forecasts global…
Singapore: StarHub offering National Day Free Preview
StarHub is celebrating Singapore’s 55th birthday with a Free Preview from August 7th to 21st, available to all StarHub Entertainment customers. The National Day Free Preview features over 90 channels which include Astro Warna, BBC Earth, DreamWorks, HBO, Hub VV Drama, Sun TV HD, Zee TV and more. For this…
FOX Sports teams up with Google Cloud
FOX Sports is working with Google Cloud to automate logging, discovering and storing video assets in media. The system, already in development, will utilise Google Cloud’s video search and advanced machine-learning capabilities to help the network unlock the value of its vast sports content archive in a more effective way.…
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