Year2021


Molotov strikes deal with M6 for pay-tier distribution

French free-to-view streaming service provider Molotov has signed an agreement with the M6 ​​Group to distribute the M6, W9, 6Ter and Gulli channels, as well as the catch-up and bonus content, on its streaming platform within its premium, paid for tier. Molotov’s surrender on the terms by which it can distribute M6’s services follows a […]

Roku plays down impact of US import ban

Roku faces an import ban on some products in the US after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the streaming giant had infringed patents filed by Universal Electronics. The ITC has banned the import of certain Roku devices including streaming players, TVs, set-top boxes, remote controllers and components that were found to infringe […]

Intelsat reorganisation plan secures court approval

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, has approved Intelsat’s reorganisation plan, marking what the satellite operator described as the final court milestone in its financial restructuring process. Intelsat said it is poised to emerge from the process in early 2022 upon receipt of regulatory approvals, completion of certain corporate […]

ITV Hub set for ‘biggest year yet’

This year is set to be the biggest yet for UK commercial broadcaster ITV’s digital service ITV Hub’s according to the company. ITV said that programming including Euro 2020, the return of Love Island, successful dramas and youth-skewing commissions including The Cabins and Social Media Murders had boosted use of the service. ITV has also […]

Dreamia taps Kaltura for Panda+ streaming service

Portuguese thematic channel provider Dreamia has chosen tech outfit Kaltura to deliver an end-to-end multiscreen streaming service platform. Dreamia’s kids’ SVOD OTT service Panda+ went live this week, powered by the Kaltura TV Platform, complemented by front end and UI provided by the same company. Panda+ is available exclusively for Portugal’s telecommunications operators to offer to […]

GO Malta commits to invest €1m in original content

Maltese service provider GO has committed to invest over €1 million over the next three years to support the production of original TV content to be aired by its TV service, exclusively for its customers through a newly launched initiative, GO Originals. This commitment has significantly increased the support to local production companies and created […]

SPI taps Bionic Media as Dutch sales partner for FilmBox

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox has struck a strategic partnership in the Netherlands making Bionic Media the exclusive sales house for its FilmBox service. SPI said tha FilmBox has built up a large fan base in the Netherlands since its launch in May, citing audience measurement outfit SKO Light ‘s reports, which includes the channel as of […]

Vivendi moves to take control of Lagardère

French media giant Vivendi has acquired investment outfit Amber Capital’s stake in media company Lagardère and will launch a bid to take complete control of the company. Vivendi acquired 24,685,108 Lagardère shares from Amber Capital at a price of €24.10 per share, giving the media group a total of 63,693,239 Lagardère shares corresponding to 45.13% […]

TIM fires profit warning as DAZN football deal underperforms

Telecom Italia (TIM) has downgraded its earnings forecast for the current financial year after its Serie A partnership with streaming service DAZN failed to fulfil early expectations. TIM says that organic EBITDAaL for its domestic business unit is expected to decrease in the low teens, a worsening from the forecast communicated last October of a […]

Alchimie names new CEO and launches Spanish history SVOD offering

Digital channel producer and owner of the UK’s TVPlayer Alchimie has named Pauline Grimaldi d’Esdra as its new CEO, with former chief executive and company founder Nicolas d’Hueppe retaining the role of non-executive chairman. Alchimie said that Grimaldi d’Estra’s appointment would provide it with an experienced marketing and sales executive in charge to ensure the […]

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