Broadcasters


Discovery’s Quest launches on Freeview in HD

Discovery-owned factual channel Quest has launched in high definition on the UK’s Freeview free-to-view platform, featuring a range of shows and sports events. Quest will continue to be available in standard definition on the platform. Quest’s programming line-up includes English Football League (EFL) highlights on Saturday evenings from 21:00 along with a midweek show. EFL […]

Viacom moving ahead with OTT plan and US$1bn studio production goal

Viacom is moving ahead with plans to launch a new direct-to-consumer platform in the US as well as ramping up its studio production initiative globally to create new first-run content for third-party platforms, according to CEO Bob Bakish. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its fiscal Q3 results, Bakish said that one element of […]

NBCUniversal mulling new approach to streaming

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is considering a new approach to streaming services, where it would ‘pay’ users to watch, according to reports. Tentatively titled Watch Back, the service would feature episodes of TV shows from NBCU channels NBC, USA and Bravo as well as those from outside websites, according to a report by The Information. Although none of […]

Disney’s streaming play and Fox’s Sky bid

Disney CEO Bob Iger this week used the company’s Q3 results to open the door of the room in which the Mouse House’s new streaming service is being prepared a fraction, giving investors a peek at what is envisaged. Iger told analysts that Disney will “continue to move full steam ahead with our direct-to-consumer strategy”, […]

Fox sees broadcast TV bounce back in final quarter

21st Century Fox demonstrated greater resilience of broadcast TV in the three months to June, auguring well for its post-Disney sale future, with solid growth in its television segment from US$1 billion (€0.9 billion) last year to US$1.14 billion for the last quarter, boosted by higher retransmission revenue and advertising revenue from the FIFA World […]

Mediapro in talks with Telefónica for Champions League on BeIN Connect

Spanish broadcaster Mediapro is in talks with Telefónica to secure the rights to transmit coverage of UEFA Champions League football on its BeIN Connect service, according to local reports. Telefónica is to begin airing UEFA Champions League football on its Movistar+ service via the Movistar Liga de Campeones channel tomorrow, having secured the rights to […]

Tribune Media sues Sinclair as US merger deal collapses

US broadcast group Tribune Media has terminated its planned US$3.9 billion (€3.4 billion) merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and is filing a lawsuit against the broadcast outfit for breach of contract. Tribune said that its lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court would seek compensation for losses incurred as a result of Sinclair’s breaches of the […]

Iger unveils plans for ‘Disney Play’ streaming service

Disney is “on track” to launch its Disney-branded streaming service late next year, with “numerous original projects currently in various stages of development and production”, according to CEO Bog Iger. Speaking to analysts after the company reported less-than-stellar Q3 results, Iger said that Disney will “continue to move full steam ahead with our direct-to-consumer strategy”, […]

AT&T acquires Chernin’s stake in Otter Media

AT&T has acquired The Chernin Group’s controlling interest in Otter Media, the joint venture between the two companies. Otter Media, a subscription, advertising and content company, comprises of wholly-owned subsidiary Ellation, an online subscription video service provider, with offerings under the Crunchyroll and VRV brands, as well as a full-service digital media company, Fullscreen. Otter […]

US DOJ outlines reasoning behind AT&T-Time Warner appeal

The US District Court’s greenlighting of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner merger was only possible because of Judge Richard Leon’s “erroneously ignoring fundamental principles of economics and common sense”, according to the Department of Justice. Outlining the reasons for its appeal against the judge’s rejection of its case that the merger should not go through […]

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