Broadcasters


Ligue 1’s Mediapro drama shows that sports rights are anything but straightforward

In a week where Italy’s Serie A launched its international broadcast rights tender (excluding MENA for politically-charged reasons), drama continued to unfold in France as it emerged that the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) is in talks with Canal+. The Vivendi-owned broadcaster had been the long-established primary rights holder to the French top flight football […]

Channel 4 unveils digital strategy and launches US$40m content fund

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has unveiled a new corporate strategy called Future4, which will see the company accelerate its transition to digital, placing a renewed focus on its streaming services, while also launching a new £30m ($40m) content fund. Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon has set out the primary objectives as part of the five-year […]

ProSiebenSat.1 pay TV services land on Amazon Channels

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s Seven One Entertainment arm has made its pay TV channels ProSieben Fun, SAT.1 emotions and Kabel Eins Classics available on Amazon Prime Video.  Prime members can access the channels as part of the Prime Video Channels offering live and on-demand in HD. Viewers can subscribe to all three pay TV channels […]

BT Sport to add Dolby Atmos support for OTT app

In the latest update for its app, BT Sport will add Dolby Atmos support this weekend. BT Sport has been at the forefront of visual and audio fidelity on its broadcasts, launching Europe’s first dedicated UHD channel in 2016 and presenting the UK’s first ever live 8K sports broadcast earlier this year. In recent times, […]

Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr. knocks-out pre-sale PPV records

The ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ boxing bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. has broken pre-sale pay-per-view fight records. The fight, taking place on November 28 at 9PM EST, will be available on PPV through cable and satellite providers internationally, and on the FITE.tv website and app. Triller, the video making and social media app, will also […]

ViacomCBS generates funds for streaming growth with US$2.2 billion Simon & Schuster sale

ViacomCBS has confirmed the sale of book publisher Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House-owner Bertelsmann. The media giant confirmed that it will sell the publisher for US$2.175 billion in cash following a strategic review of non-core assets that it undertook in early 2020. ViacomCBS said that the deal is expected to close in 2021, […]

ViacomCBS brings MTV Play to Amazon Prime Video channels in UK

MTV Play has launched on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the UK. The ViacomCBS Networks UK-operated SVOD service will be available to Prime subscribers at an additional cost of £3.99 per month. It offers access to over 1,000 hours of MTV content via the Prime Video App, including shows like Catfish and Geordie Shore along […]

Serie A launches international broadcast rights tender, but excludes MENA

Italian football top flight league Serie A has excluded the MENA region from the launch of its 2021/22-23/24 broadcast rights tender. The league has launched the rights tender for 57 international territories, including 52 country-specific contracts, four continental tranches and one global offer. In addition, the body has launched mirrored packages for the Coppa Italia […]

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