BBC announces iPlayer revamp to launch in 2020

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year.  The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned […]

EBU calls for 5G-broadcast mode

5G should include a 5G-broadcast mode that allows free-to-air broadcaster to reach users with the need for a specific SIM card, according to public broadcast organisation the EBU’s media director, Jean Philip de Tender. Speaking at a media event in Bucharest, De Tender said that the pubcaster organisation “must try to influence the technical standards, […]

Vivendi files for damages against Mediaset in Italy

Vivendi has followed up the legal action it initiated to disrupt the creation of Mediaset’s new European holding company in the Netherlands by filing a suit against the company in Italy. Mediaset said it had received a writ of summons from the French media giant requesting the Court of Milan to annul the resolution in […]

UFC signs multi-year PPV deal with Joe Hand Promotions

MMA outfit UFC has signed a multi-year extension of its pay-per-view (PPV) deal with Joe Hand Promotions.  The deal sees the promoter serve as UFC’s exclusive commercial distributor throughout the US and builds upon the long-term distribution rights partnership that began in 2001. Joe Hand Promotions has been operating in the combat sports and entertainment […]

Basketball world cup smashes records with 3 billion reach

The 2019 Fiba World Cup in Beijing has broken records across linear and digital platforms, the federation has said. According to the organisation, the basketball world cup had a TV audience reach of 3 billion, with a further 1.5 billion views on social media.  China, the host nation for the competition, drew the largest local […]

Ethiosat launches as Ethiopia’s first dedicated TV platform

Ethiosat has launched the country’s first dedicated TV platform dedicated to the country’s most popular channels. Ethiosat has been launched as a result of agreements between the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB), the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), satellite operator SES. Ethiosat is hosted on SES’s NSS-12 satellite at 57 degrees East and delivers over 30 […]

Disney ups Koeppen to EMEA chief

Jan Koeppen has been promoted to president of The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He replaces Rebecca Campbell, who was recently appointed president of Disneyland Resort in the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division, and takes over the role on 11 November. Koeppen joined the Walt Disney Company earlier this year, […]

Mediawan boosted by production but channels business stays flat

French production and distribution outfit and channels operator Mediawan saw a sharp rise in revenues but declining EBITDA in the first half of the year, with its channels business, Mediawan Thematics, posting a slight fall in sales. Mediawan Thematics, which includes the AB channels group that Mediawan purchased, saw a slight fall of 1% in […]

Q&A: Rachelle Peterson, WarnerMedia

Ahead of Video Exchange MENA, the event’s organisers spoke with Rachelle Peterson, global director of commercial distribution at CNNI, WarnerMedia about the growing impact that women are having on the industry and the need for diversity initiatives. Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do? I work for CNN International Commercial […]

Discovery partners with Freewheel for ad management on cable networks

Discovery has announced a multi-year partnership with Comcast’s ad tech business FreeWheel. The deal will see FreeWheel provide its unified decisioning platform to enable ad management for Discovery’s cable networks.  A statement from the companies said that the two are working together on addressable advertising for Discovery’s Discovery GO streaming platform, and that they are […]