Canal+ dominates Vivendi results
After spinning off Universal Music, Canal+ is now Vivendi’s biggest unit and it contributed most of a 10 per cent YoY revenue boost to €2.48 billion for the first nine months of its financial year. Q3 sales were €1.47 billion with a highlight a 35 per cent increase at Studiocanal.…
Eutelsat: “UHD key differentiator”
Eutelsat, in its latest blog, written prior to the announced departure of Rodolphe Belmer, says that Ultra-high definition (UHD) provides many advantages for content-makers and broadcasters, and is important to the satellite industry. One extremely important benefit in the need for UHD is in viewer retention, says the item. “While…
SES-17 launch delayed
The launch of SES-17 has been delayed. Arianespace says investigations are ongoing in order to identify a new launch date from its Kourou spaceport. The Ariane 5 launch vehicle and spacecraft SES-17 and fellow passenger SYRACUSE 4A are in stable and safe conditions on the launch pad, says Arianespace. SYRACUSE-4A…
Sky Studios Elstree kicks off recruitment drive
In a boost to the UK creative sector, Sky Studios Elstree, Sky’s new state-of-the-art film and TV studio, has kicked off a recruitment drive for a range of new roles as it readies for opening early in 2022. First announced in late 2019 and granted planning permission in summer 2020,…
Atresmedia doubles profits
Spanish TV group Atresmedia, owner among others of Antena 3 TV and La Sexta, has doubled its profit to €79.9 million in the nine months to September versus €39.9 million the same period last year. EBITDA was €120.3 million, up 64.4 per cent versus the same period last year with…
Report: NFL TV ad revenue up 14%
MediaRadar data shows that 2021 preseason NFL games generated $41.9 million (€36m) in TV ad revenue, while, to date, regular season NFL games have generated $1.1 billion across six networks in the US: CBS, Fox, ESPN, ABC, NBC, and NFL Network.  After a cancelled preseason and interrupted regular season last…
Extreme E expands coverage in Ukraine
Off-road electric racing series Extreme E has confirmed Setanta Sports as its latest broadcaster in Ukraine. As part of the series’ growing expansion in Ukraine, Setanta Sports will air Extreme E’s full debut season, including the live race feed, highlights, preview, review and magazine shows on its Setanta Sports and…
Survey: F1 fans prefer live TV
Findings from the 2021 F1 Global Fan Survey, commissioned by Motorsport Network in partnership with Formula 1 and Nielsen Sports, reveal that Formula 1 is considered the pinnacle of motorsport in the eyes of fans globally. Formula 1 is also seeing greater interest and engagement from a more enthusiastic, diverse,…
MultiChoice can appeal Nigerian tax claim
Nigeria’s tax authority has hit MultiChoice with a massive Naira 1.8 trillion (€3.8bn) tax claim. The sum is argued by MultiChoice to be larger than its revenues from Nigeria and certainly dwarfs the company’s market capitalisation. MultiChoice has now been allowed to appeal the tax charge in front of Nigeria’s…
Huawei’s revenues crash
The Covid pandemic, plus semi-conductor chip shortages and problems with a US ban on Chinese technology and in particular on Huawei’s smartphones and circuitry, have badly damaged the Chinese company’s revenues. Huawei says that in the first half of 2021, the total revenue of consumer products including smartphones was 47…
190 NBA games live on Sky Sports this season
The NBA’s landmark 75th Anniversary season that tips off this week will feature a record-equaling 48 games in primetime in Europe as part of the league’s ‘NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K22’ primetime initiative. Week 1 will see the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks live on…
StarHub adds SPOTV and SPOTV2
Singapore’s StarHub has announced an agreement to bring two new dedicated sports channels – SPOTV and SPOTV2 – to StarHub Entertainment customers. The channels are available for streaming on TVs and phones. All StarHub Sports+ and Sports Pass subscribers can catch live and on-demand coverage of motorsports (MotoGP) and table…
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