Broadcasters


ProSiebenSat.1’s Conze hails ‘unique business model’, highlights Joyn premium launch plan

ProSiebenSat.1’s “unique business model”, combining entertainment with e-commerce and digital advertising, will see it through a tough period, while the German broadcaster is seeing “very strong interest” in its Red Arrow production unit, according to CEO Max Conze. Speaking to analysts after the company posted a sharp drop in core advertising revenues offset by solid […]

Sky and BBC sign content and tech deal, bringing iPlayer to Sky Q

The BBC and Sky have signed a collaborative deal across content and technology.  The main feature of the deal is the availability of the BBC iPlayer app and connected red-button service on Sky Q. From today, Sky Q users will have access to the full iPlayer experiences, building upon the range of on-demand content already […]

Sky to challenge BT for Champions League

Comcast-owned Sky is planning to challenge BT’s ownership of the UK broadcast rights to the Champions League.  According to Bloomberg, the broadcaster is looking to re-acquire the rights that BT has solely held since 2015. The report claims that BT did not expect to be challenged in bidding for the rights from 2021-24. BT shocked […]

Disney confirms European Disney+ launch for March 31

Disney+ has finalised its roll-out in Western Europe, with plans now firmed up to debut in the UK and a handful of other markets in late March. The fledgling streamer – which will officially launch in the US, Netherlands and Canada on 12 November, and in Australia and New Zealand on 19 November – is […]

Discovery sees success with regional strategy ahead of busy 2020

Discovery has seen a positive quarter ahead of the launch of a range of streaming ventures in 2020.  The company reported a total revenue increase of 3% for the quarter, with revenue reaching US$2.68 billion and net income of US$262 million. This is compared to a total revenue of US$2.59 billion and net income of […]

Red Arrow Studios, e-commerce and advanced advertising save the day for ProSiebenSat.1

Red Arrow Studios, the production outfit that ProSiebenSat.1 is mulling the possible sale of, helped push the German media group into positive territory in the third quarter, along with its advanced advertising business and e-commerce arm. While ProSiebenSat.1’s core advertising revenues fell by 6% during the quarter, overall revenues were up 4% to €926 million […]

RTL sees paying streaming customers jump by 50%

Pan-European broadcaster RTL saw the number of paying subscribers to its streaming services in Germany and the Netherlands jump by 50% in the year to September to end on 1.4 million, with CEO Thomas Rabe promising an increase in ambition NS investment for the platforms. RTL has also posted solid year-to-date results, with total revenue […]

Mediaset seeking conciliation with Vivendi to secure MFE agreement

The Court of Milan has postponed a hearing on Vivendi’s dispute with Mediaset over the latter’s plans to create a Netherlands-based pan-European broadcast organisation combining its Spanish and Italian arms as the pair enter into talks to find a solution. Mediaset said that the court had postponed the next hearing to November 22 to allow […]

Antenna Group extends JV with Vice Media

CEE-focused broadcaster Antenna Group has extended its joint venture with Vice Media through 2024 and expanded the countries involved. The agreement, first struck in 2014, will see Vice programming continue to be made available in Greece, Romania and Serbia. Antenna will now also work with Vice to take its content into Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, […]

Comcast rebrands ad sales division and launches new products

Comcast has rebranded its ad sales division, formerly known as Spotlight, to Effectv. The company says that the name change is meant to reflect that, in an ever-changing media environment, its campaigns can have a significant impact. Maria Weaver, chief marketing officer at Comcast Advertising said: “we’re reinforcing that TV is effective, and not just […]