CGTN turns to France following UK ban

Chinese state broadcaster CGTN has applied for a French broadcasting licence. The network is trying to regain a foothold in Europe after Ofcom revoked its licence to broadcast in the UK earlier this month. The regulator said that the network’s owner, Star China Media Limited (SCML), “did not have editorial responsibility” over the channel and […]

NBCUniversal shifts stations to impressions-based buying

NBCUniversal has announced a dramatic shift in its advertising strategy which will see its local and regional channels move to 100% impressions-based buying for local campaigns. As of April 1, NBCU’s 42 NBC/Telemundo stations along with seven regional sports networks will be measured using CPMs only. The announcement builds on an ongoing effort from NBCU […]

Korean K League launches international streaming platform

K League, Korea’s top flight football league, has unveiled a new OTT platform for international fans.  Launched in partnership with Sportradar, K League TV will offer international fans free access to live and on-demand coverage of the K League 1 and K League 2 when it kicks off on February 27.  In a first for […]

TIM announces Serie A deal with DAZN ahead of rights tender announcement

TIM has agreed a distribution deal with DAZN that will see the Italian pay TV operator carry Serie A matches – should DAZN win the rights. The Italian top-flight football league is yet to announce the sale of its 2021-24 rights tender, but a number of reports have established DAZN as the frontrunner with an […]

ViacomCBS promotes Olivier Jollett to new streaming strategy & mobile-focused role

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has appointed Olivier Jollet to a new position overseeing strategy for its streaming services, as well as the division’s approach to mobile viewing. Jollet becomes SVP of strategy & business development, streaming and head of mobile for VCNI, with a remit to develop the streaming strategy and business development priorities for the division. […]

discovery+ at 11 million subs

Discovery has reached 11 million subscribers to its recently launched subscription streaming service, discovery+. The SVOD first launched in the UK in November before a wider rollout to the US in January. Discovery claimed that the streamer launched with the most content of any new streaming service with 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows from brands […]

DVB approves watermarking and home broadcast specs

After a meeting of the DVB Steering Board, members have approved two specifications. These approvals  include an update to the DVB Targeted Advertising specification to include watermarking as an alternative way to signal where content can be inserted in a broadcast, and a solution to enable in-home redistribution of broadcast TV services to IP devices […]

Ex Hulu marketing boss in at Discovery

Discovery has announced the hire of Patrizio “Pato” Spagnoletto as the global chief marketing officer of its direct-to-consumer business. Based in Los Angeles, Spagnoletto will play a key role in establishing the recently launched discovery+ as a major player in the SVOD market. In this newly created role, the exec will oversee a unified global […]

BBC to broadcast Formula E

The BBC will broadcast Formula E throughout the 2021 season, organiser FIA has announced. In a deal which covers the seventh season of the all-electric motorsport championship, the BBC will air comprehensive, live and free-to-air coverage will air on BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with some races also airing live […]

TV3 Group extends Go3 reach with distribution deals

Baltic media company TV3 Group has expanded its Go3 OTT service with a number of distribution partnerships across the region. In what will help to grow Go3 beyond its existing 200,000 subscribers, Go3 has announced deals with major telecommunications companies, cable operators and IPTV providers such as Bite, Tele2, Telia and Baltcom. The streamer is […]

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