New rugby sevens series ‘RFL’ to launch in 2022

A new rugby sevens series is set to launch next year in the US. The Rugby Football League (RFL) is led by CEO Philippe Bourdarias, the former World Rugby competition general manager. It will combine 12 international teams with four US franchises competing for an initial prize pot of US$1 million. The league said that […]

Organic growth front and centre for ViacomCBS says chair

ViacomCBS will look to increase its business via organic growth rather than through acquisitions, a top exec at the company has said. Speaking during the Reuters Next conference, ViacomCBS chairperson Shari Redstone said that there is no immediate need for the company to make any acquisitions with its growth trajectory “actually pretty high at this […]

FTC sues to block US$40 billion Nvidia-Arm deal

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has moved to block the acquisition of chipmaker Arm by graphics card company Nvidia. Announced in September 2020, Nvidia agreed a deal to buy the Cambridge-based Arm from parent company Softbank in a deal worth US$40 billion. Nvidia said that the deal would increase its presence in mobile computing […]

Vodafone picks Kaltura for German pay TV platform

Vodafone is utilising tech from Kaltura to power its pay TV platform in Germany, the vendor has revealed. The Kaltura-powered GigaTV is available across the entirety of Germany and accessible to users in all of Vodafone’s networks and in Unitymedia’s cable network. Its launch in the country follows earlier Vodafone TV launches in Hungary and […]

OTT to overtake pay TV in MENA

OTT revenues are set to overtake pay TV in the MENA region over the coming years. According to new figures from Dataxis, the growth of local players such as Shahid VIP, Starzplay and OSN along with international streamers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will see OTT become the driving force in TV within five […]

Astro Malaysia turns to Synamedia for region’s first addressable TV advertising service

Synamedia has announced a partnership with Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) to launch the first addressable TV advertising service in South East Asia. The partnership will allow advertisers to show different ads to different households while they are watching the same programme, based on data including location and demographics. The tech will utilise Synamedia Iris’s […]

Bharti Airtel reportedly eyeing Dish TV takeover

Indian telco giant Bharti Airtel is reportedly in talks to acquire a majority stake in broadcast satellite service provider Dish TV India. According to local financial outlet Mint, Airtel is looking to buy the 25.63% owned by Yes Bank, and a furtner 5.93% from Dish TV’s promoter group. Yes Bank is Dish’s largest shareholder. The […]

NBCU’s reality streamer hayu comes to India

NBCUniversal’s reality streaming service hayu has launched in India. This is the 28th territory in which the SVOD has launched, and follows successful rollouts in countries such as the UK and Australia. hayu launches in India with over 8,000 episodes of reality TV content including all seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and other […]

Discovery bags AFCON streaming rights for Italy

Discovery has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Italy. Discovery will stream all 52 matches from the tournament live from Cameroon on discovery+ from January 9 through to the final on February 6. The competition is of great interest to fans in Italy, with top Serie A […]

Former Disney CEO said to be eyeing takeover of NBA team

Bob Iger, the former Disney CEO, is reportedly eyeing a takeover of NBA team Phoenix Suns. According to Puck News, Iger – who currently serves as Disney’s chair –  is interested in buying an NBA team with the Suns as his preference should it become available. The team’s majority owner Robert Sarver is currently under […]