La Liga to broadcast Basque derby on Twitch

Spanish top flight football league La Liga will live stream a match on Amazon-owned platform Twitch for the first time. La Liga and Gol will show the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club in Spain on Wednesday April 7 through their respective official Twitch channels. Popular streaming personality Ibai Llanos will also cover […]

VCNI buys Chilevisión in LATAM push

ViacomCBS has agreed a deal to buy WarnerMedia-owned Chilevisión as it expands its reach into Latin America. As part of an ongoing push into streaming, ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) said that the acquisition will add a new premium content library and pipeline “to fuel the increasing demand for Spanish language content.” VCNI launched AVOD service […]

Playground TV launches Die Kleine 9 VOD kids channel

Playground TV and Your Family Entertainment AG have announced the launch of a dedicated German on-demand kids’ channel. The channel, called Die Kleine 9, will launch with hundreds of episodes in German. Available titles include popular series Fix & Foxi, Die Drachenjäger, Sherm! and Da Boom Crew among others, all provided by Your Family Entertainment […]

beIN SPORTS XTRA en Español launches on VIZIO SmartCast TVs

beIN SPORTS has launched beIN SPORTS XTRA en Español on the VIZIO SmartCast platform.  The free-to-view Spanish language channel is available in the US, and will complement VIZIO’s earlier launch of the English-language channel beIN SPORTS XTRA. The channel offers viewers live sports, news, analysis and highlights, including coverage of LaLiga, Ligue 1, SüperLig, Copa […]

Discovery considers Ashes rights to boost discovery+

Discovery is reportedly eyeing a play for rights to the upcoming Ashes cricket series from Australia. The annual competition between England and Australia is one of cricket’s marquee events. BT most recently showed the Australian-staged ashes in 2017/18 while Sky has a deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board for England’s home matches until […]

BET goes all-digital in UK with My5 shift

ViacomCBS has announced the shift of black entertainment network BET to My5, making the BVOD service the official home of the channel in the UK.  BET content has been on My5 since 2018 and the brand has had five consecutive quarters of YoY growth on the BVOD. The media giant also announced that it will […]

UK’s BBC4 to end commissions & transition to archive service

UK pubcaster the BBC is to end commissions for its BBC4 channel, which will instead become an archive service, according to the corporation’s newly published annual plan. The decision, revealed in the BBC Annual Plan 2021/22, comes as part of the BBC’s push to achieve £950m in savings by next year and following the recent […]

No plans for Serie A Sky sublicencing deal, says DAZN

Following its historic rights win in Italy, DAZN has reportedly ruled out a Serie A sublicensing deal with Sky. In comments to Il Sole 24 Ore, DAZN’s chief customer and innovation officer Veronica Diquattro said: “We were competitors until the other night. There are no conversations in progress.” Sky is currently the primary rights holder […]

Eleven Sports acquires US AVOD specialist Team Whistle

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has acquired US-based sports AVOD specialist Team Whistle in a move that expands its operations to North America. The deal is subject to antitrust regulatory approval.  Eleven said that the acquisition will bring together its 150-plus commercial partners, 20 million-plus users and 30,000 hours of live sport annually with Team Whistle’s […]

Telenet deepens media involvement with Caviar acquisition

Liberty Global-backed Flemish cable operator Telenet has deepened its involvement in the media business by acquiring a 49% stake in production outfit Caviar Group. Caviar, with bases in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen, started out as a purely Flemish production company but has expanded internationally, producing TV programmes, including fiction, and advertising content. Telenet, which owns […]