ESPN picks up Bundesliga rights for South America

The German Bundesliga has announced a major broadcast rights deal with ESPN in Spanish-speaking South America. The Disney-owned sports broadcaster has picked up the exclusive rights for the next five seasons in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. As part of the deal, ESPN has secured exclusive television and digital rights […]

Channel 4 plans global AVOD service

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is planning to launch a new international AVOD streaming service. The as-yet-unnamed streamer would form part of the company’s plans to expand its brand outside of the UK, with the new ad-supported service mirroring its existing All4 BVOD. It would offer content from Channel 4-backed drama brand Walter Presents, as well […]

Discovery serves up 10 year Tennis Australia broadcast deal for Europe

Discovery Sports has announced a long-term deal to carry the Australian Open exclusively across Europe.  The deal will start in 2022 and run through to 2031, and includes all linear and digital rights to the premiere Australian tennis tournament.  Eurosport has long been associated with the event, having broadcast its first Australian Open in 1995. […]

SPI International launches Dizi streaming service

SPI International has revealed its new streaming service. The Dizi app is an extension of the acclaimed Turkish content channel of the same way, and will present viewers with access to series, telenovelas and soap operas. Dizi promises to combine the lean-back and lean-forward viewing experiences with a linear channel offer along with  a large […]

ITV to broadcast England Lionesses matches

ITV has agreed a broadcast rights deal with the FA to carry the women’s national team’s matches. The pubcaster will carry England Women’s Senior team’s tournament qualifiers and friendlies, starting from the current season and running up to and including 2024/25. Matches will be broadcast live and free to air on ITV, ITV4 and ITV […]

Former ViacomCBS programming head in at Spotify

Julie McNamara, former EVP and head of programming at ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+, has resurfaced at music and podcast streaming giant Spotify, where she has been appointed as head of US studios and video. Reporting to Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advetitsing business officer, McNamara will take lead on the creative vision for US studios […]

TF1 renews World Cup Rugby deal

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured the rights to the Rugby World Cup 2021 and 2023 editions, boosting its efforts to remain a key sports destination for viewers. TF1, which has broadcast the competition since 1991, has renewed its partnership with World Rugby to retain the rights to the tournament. The 2021 cup, delayed because […]

FilmBox to launch in Netherlands with Delta Fiber

In a move that marks the expansion of SPI’s FilmBox brand in the Netherlands, the company has struck a deal to launch its FilmBox offering with Dutch telecom provider Delta Fiber. Delta Fiber, owned by Swedish private equity group EQT, operates the Delta Fiber and Caiway cable networks in the country, having acquired Caiway in 2017. Caiway subscribers […]

Free streamer Locast suspends operations following court ruling

US streaming platform Locast has suspended all operations following a Manhattan federal court ruling.  The platform promised to make local broadcasts – those which are already broadcast free-to-air – freely available to stream online. It used a legal exemption in copyright law to re-transmit local broadcasts and put them online. While legal via a technicality, […]

Tubi adds 400 hours of content from BBC Studios

Fox-owned ad-supported streamer Tubi has announced a content partnership with BBC Studios. The deal will see over 400 hours of programming come to Tubi beginning September 15. Titles coming to the streamer include Life, Primeval, Misfits and Robin Hood. Additional series will be added in October.  Overall, Tubi now has more than 35,000 movies and […]