A house of brands or a house of cards – assessing ViacomCBS’s streaming strategy

Last week, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish shed further light on the broadcaster’s previously announced international ‘House of Brands’ by promising that it will launch a large scale premium streaming service within the year. Speaking on the company’s quarterly earnings call, the CEO said: “In addition to our domestic strategy, I should add that internationally, we […]

UK government: Premier League must be FTA on return

The English Premier League has been given the go ahead to resume – on the condition that it makes a number of the remaining matches available to audiences for free. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden met with the league on Thursday and laid out a number of demands that must be met in order for the […]

Production back on the cards for BBC with Top Gear and Eastenders leading the charge

The UK’s BBC has revealed plans to restart production on some of its key shows from next month, as the TV industry across Europe begins to start gearing up for a return to shooting. BBC hits including motoring series Top Gear and drama EastEnders will both go back into production from June, the broadcaster’s content […]

TV4, C More and MTV to broadcast Champions League in Sweden and Finland

TV4, C More and MTV have acquired the exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League in Sweden and Finland for the window of 2021-24 Starting in autumn 2021, the premiere football competition will be broadcast exclusively on C More and TV4 in Sweden, while MTV has expanded its current arrangement through to 2024 in Finland. […]

Mediaset hit by coronavirus in Q1

Mediaset saw its revenues hit by the Italian and Spanish markets’ exposure to the coronavirus crisis in the quarter to March. The broadcaster posted sales of €682.1 million, down from €718.2 million for the same period last year. Revenues in Italy fell from €492.1 million to €452.4 million. Mediaset said that revenues in both markets […]

EPL clubs could face bill of up to £340 million even if league resumes

As the English Premier League approaches resumption, clubs in the league still face a bill of over £300 million in broadcast fees. Following a tentative green light from the UK government, the league’s clubs met on Monday to continue discussions of what has been dubbed ‘project restart. While the league’s comeback will avoid what league […]

BT Sport to broadcast entirety of remaining Bundesliga season

Following news that the German Bundesliga will resume after a 61-day hiatus, UK rights holder BT Sport has announced that it will broadcast all of the season’s remaining matches. Starting with the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke at 2:30pm on May 16, BT said that it will broadcast every match for the remainder of […]

May 10 biggest day ever for BBC iPlayer

Sunday May 10 proved to be the busiest day ever for the BBC’s iPlayer catch up service. In total, the streamer received 22.5 million requests to stream or download programmes with spy thriller Killing Eve and the BBC/Hulu coproduction Normal People proving to be the most popular shows while prime minister Boris Johnson’s national address […]

Endemol Shine moves further into D2C with Plex deal

Endemol Shine Group’s push into the direct-to-consumer market is being further accelerated by a multi-territory deal struck with Plex that will see shows ranging from Gracepoint and Peaky Blinders to MasterChef becoming available on the media player around the world. The agreement will see dramas such as McLeod’s Daughters and Our Girl becoming accessible via Plex across the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, […]

KKR takes stake in ‘undervalued’ ProSiebenSat.1

Private equity outfit KKR has revealed that it has acquired a 5.2% stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, causing the German firm’s shares to rise on the Frankfurt stock exchange. KKR told Reuters that it had decided to invest in the broadcaster because it believes that the market is undervaluing the company. It said that […]