Warner Bros: All 2021 movies on HBO Max same day as cinema
Warner Bros Pictures Group has announced that it is “committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a unique, consumer-focused distribution model” in which the studio will continue to exhibit its movies theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the…
Mediaset wins La Liga highlights lawsuit
The Spanish Court Audiencia Nacional has sided with Mediaset in its four-year legal conflict with La Liga and ruled that the TV group has the right to air TV highlights and summaries of La Liga football matches. Following the ruling, Mediaset’s Tele 5 will be able to enter stadiums with…
Ofcom consults on future vision for spectrum
Supporting innovation is at the heart of UK comms regulator Ofcom’s new vision for managing spectrum in the future. To support innovation, it wants to make it easier for organisations to access the spectrum they need for new and exciting uses. For example, this could include remote healthcare applications to…
Disney TV cuts posts
Staff cuts are underway at Walt Disney’s Television Group following the recent consolidation of its TV operations to focus on streaming services. ABC Entertainment SVP Jennifer Mayo and David Marko, head of movies and mini-series respectively, are both on their way out according to Deadline. Andy Kubitz, EVP of programming…
Report: Record investment in UK drama
Increases in both co-commissions between traditional broadcasters and SVoDs, and in sole commissions, drove investment in British TV drama to a record £2.6 billion (€2.88bn) in 2019, according to a new report commissioned by COBA, the industry association for commercial broadcasters and on-demand services. Fuelling the growth, co-commissions surged by…
Survey: More US consumers shifting to SVoD
Since the onset of the pandemic, 71 per cent of US consumers say they have increased their use of paid streaming services. The findings come from a new TransUnion survey administered in November – a follow up to a May survey which found 56 per cent of consumers had increased their usage…
Study: Adding spare capacity to FTTH reduces 5G costs
The FTTH Council has revealed the results of its second study aimed at quantifying the potential cost savings which could be made by building converged 5G-fibre networks. It demonstrates that deploying FTTH today with sufficient spare capacity will result in significant savings tomorrow for the rollout of 5G networks. “Last…
India: Netflix offers free weekend
On December 5th and 6th viewers in India can watch all of Netflix’s content free of charge as part of a ‘Streamfest’ promotional weekend to encourage more subscribers. This is the first-ever such event anywhere on the planet and designed to see Netflix’s current 5 million or so subscribers (as…
GlobalData analyst: “Football rescue package insufficient”
Following the news that the Premier League is providing a £250m (€277m) support package to the English Football League (EFL); Conrad Wiacek, Head of Sports Analysis for GlobalData, a data and analytics company, offers his views: “While the £250 million support package is welcome, more financial support would be highly…
Sunrise appoints UPC Executive Committee
Sunrise UPC has announces its new executive leadership team, which it says “combines the best talent from both companies with the goal of stability and strategic clarity”. The full Sunrise UPC Executive Committee comprises of: André Krause, CEO Severina Pascu, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer Jany Fruytier, Chief Financial…
Research: 72% publishers say video drives higher revenues
Research commissioned by global digital media company, Dugout, finds over two-thirds of publishers (72 per cent) say video advertising can drive higher revenues for their business compared to other formats and channels, and 87 per cent say it improves user experience. The research investigates where publishers and advertisers see opportunities for…
France: Record increase in FTTH adoption
French network regulator Arcep’s scoreboard for the fixed broadband and superfast broadband market (rollouts and subscriptions) in France as of the end of September 2020 saw a record increase the rate of adoption for Fibre to the Home (FTTH) access, while deployments continued to advance at a very steady pace.…
Prime Video ready for bumper Premier League coverage
Amazon Prime Video will host 23 live Premier League games this December, starting with coverage of Liverpool vs Wolves match on December 6th. A number of games will be available in UHD HDR with Dolby Atmos sound (see below) to heighten immersion alongside Amazon’s X-Ray functionality – which includes real-time…
Study: Copper switch-off benefits environment
The FTTH Council Europe has released a study that highlights the benefits of copper switch off to the environment, society, consumers, investors and operators, as well as possible implications for policy-makers and regulators and calls attention to the challenges and potential solutions that will ease the transition to fibre infrastructures…
Dish TV India adds EPIC ON
Dish TV India has added EPIC ON, a premium OTT platform operated by IN10 Media Network, onto its DishSMRT Hub and d2h Stream Android set-top box. It means that DishTV & D2H users can now access EPIC ON’s massive content library including, over 2000 hours of factual & fictional series,…
Universal Music Group launches Mercury Studios
Universal Music Group (UMG), has announced the formation of Mercury Studios – a new multi-faceted content studio established to develop, produce, and invest in innovative, music-based storytelling. In addition to content development and production, Mercury Studios will include global film and television producer, Eagle Rock Entertainment (ERE) and build upon…
ITV Studios sells content to India  
ITV Studios has announced a raft of new sales in India totalling over 300 hours, from across its enviable scripted and non-scripted slates. A deal has been concluded with Lionsgate Play for World Productions’ forthcoming thriller Vigil, as well as Romulus, Cattleya, Groenlandia and Sky’s ambitious drama that reconstructs the epic tale…
Disney+ Hotstar ad collaboration with MediaMath
Disney+ Hotstar has collaborated with MediaMath, a Demand-Side Platform (DSP) that delivers accountable, and performant advertising technology for brands to buy addressable media. This association enables advertisers and agencies to measure reach and frequency on OTT programmatic inventory in a brand-safe environment. With this offering, brands can purchase premium inventory…
Disney+ removes Mulan paywall
The live-action remake of Mulan is now available to stream for all Disney+ subscribers. Previously the movie had only been available to Disney+ customers afyer paying an additional £19.99 / €21.99 / $29.99 to gain access to it. The film was pulled from cinemas following multiple delays brought about by…
Katherine Jenkins: Christmas Spectacular on BritBox
BritBox UK has announced that Katherine Jenkins: Christmas Spectacular from the Royal Albert Hall will be streaming on the service from December 7th. This festive celebration sees classical music superstar Jenkins present a unique Christmas musical from the iconic Royal Albert Hall. With exclusive access to the historic venue, the…
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