Disney cuts swathe of senior execs as TV restructure begins

A major round of lay-offs is underway at Walt Disney’s Television Group, with many high-level execs departing the company following the recent consolidation of its TV operations to focus on streaming services. The cuts come two days after it was revealed that the Touchstone label is to be shuttered and Disney Television Studios will reduce […]

Eurosport to rethink rights acquisition with discovery+ launch

The international launch of Discovery’s streaming service discovery+ will cause the company to rethink its sport content acquisitions for Eurosport. The service initially rolled out in the UK last month, and will expand into more than 25 key markets including the Nordics, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain in 2021. European customers will have access to […]

Estrella Media launches channels on Samsung TV Plus

Estrella Media has become the latest media company to partner with Samsung on its rapidly expanding Samsung TV Plus AVOD platform. The company is a Spanish-language media organisation, and has announced that it will bring its KSDX-EstrellaTV and Estrella News content to Samsung TV Plus. As its name would suggest, Estrella Media operates the Estrella […]

Omdia: MENA pay TV faces shift to OTT and break up of sports rights

The TV business in the Middle East and North Africa region faces big changes over the course of next year as satellite pay TV operators switch to offering OTT services to take on cord cutting, sports rights holders move to selling rights on a country-by-country basis and OTT providers start to invest significant amounts in […]

France’s Hadopi counts cost of piracy: 12m users, €1bn loss of earnings

Close to 12 million French internet users consumed pirated content last year, representing a loss of earnings of €1.03 billion to rights holders, according to figures released by the Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi), the body set up over a decade ago to combat piracy. […]

Nordics a booming market for SVOD operators with three million subs added in 2020

The Nordic market has added close to three million additional SVOD subscriptions over the past year, taking the total to almost 14 million. According to Medavision, the region has seen substantial growth in recent years, resulting in a total market size of 13.6 million subscriptions. This increase, the researcher says, is due to a growth […]

Playground TV launches in further eight European countries and adds Mandarin content

Kids streaming service Playground TV has launched in an additional eight countries across Europe.  The streamer, aimed at children aged 2-9, is now available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The free-to-view service launched in the UK last month, and has been developed to help kids discover safe and engaging video […]

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