BBC iPlayer passed seven-billion streams milestone in 2022

UK pubcaster the BBC’s iPlayer on-demand service passed the milestone of seven billion streams in a year for the first time in 2022, boosted by the FIFA World Cup from Qatar. BBC iPlayer also recorded its best quarter and best month ever during the year. BBC iPlayer streams for 2022 were 9% up on 2021. The […]

Canal+ reportedly seeking shorter commitment for DTT licence

French pay TV outfit Canal+ is looking to finalise a new licence to broadcast on France’s digital-terrestrial platform within the next few weeks, but is pressing for a reduced period for the renewal, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The pay TV operator has blown hot and cold on renewing its DTT […]

RTL suffers second regulatory blow as merger with Talpa is blocked

Dutch competition authority the ACM has told RTL Group and Talpa Network that it will not approve the proposed merger between the two companies, initially announced on June 22 2021. The news is the second regulatory blow for RTL in the last six months, after the collapse of the planned merger of RTL-owned M6 and […]

Comcast: big is bountiful

Comcast, which the European Audiovisual Observatory this week identified as Europe’s biggest media company by revenue, ahead of Netflix, produced a mixed bag of full-year results for 2022, with streaming service Peacock’s success in attracting subscribers set against a darkening outlook for UK pay TV giant Sky. In his opening remarks on Comcast’s investor call, […]

Peacock hits 20 million subs as Comcast weathers the storm

Media giant Comcast finished 2022 in robust shape, according to the company’s end of year and 4th Quarter 2022 financial results. Despite continued challenges in its overall PayTV business and revenue declines at Sky, the company was buoyed up by growth at its streaming platform Peacock and its theme park and movie businesses. While overall […]

Everyone TV’s Jonathan Thompson warns against algorithm-led TV future

Jonathan Thompson, the CEO of the newly rebranded Everyone TV (fka Digital UK), has warned that British public broadcasters must rise to meet the existential threat posed by global streaming services and their “anonymous algorithm”. Speaking at the Outside The Box 2023 conference in London yesterday, Thompson used his keynote to discuss the “universality” of […]

Mediapro wins latest court battle with Spanish Football Federation

Spanish media group Mediapro is celebrating after a fourth consecutive legal victory over the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). In the latest spat, the Provincial Court of Madrid ordered the RFEF to pay €242,000 plus interest for impeding Mediapro service GOL and beIN SPORTS from showing the final of the 2019 Copa de la Reina. In […]

Germany’s Sport1+ renews rights to NASCAR and Supercars motor series

German pay TV channel Sport1+ has renewed its broadcast partnership with US racing series NASCAR until 2024, following a deal with IMG. At the same time, the dedicated sports channel has also extended rights to Australia’s Supercars until 2024. Under the terms of the new NASCAR deal, Sport1+ will continue to air every round of […]

Digital UK rebrands as Everyone TV and unveils new leadership team

Digital UK, the consortium responsible for running free TV platforms Freeview and Freesat, is changing its name to Everyone TV. Jointly-owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, the four partners said the change in name reflects “a revised mandate: to lead the evolution of free, universal, high-quality television, in a way that protects and […]

High View to broadcast more channels with new SES agreement

High View, an independent Munich-based media company, has expanded its partnership with satellite operator with a deal that will see it lease additional satellite capacity on SES’s prime TV position at Astra 19.2° East to broadcast four free-to-air SD channels. Starting on February 1, High View will further grow its established Deluxe Music brand and […]

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