DAZN in limbo as Eurosport looks to pull plug on Bundesliga rights deal

DAZN wants to continue broadcasting the Bundesliga in Germany despite sub-licenser Eurosport wanting an out from its contract with the league. According to a report from SportsProMedia, Eurosport – owned by Discovery – wants to exercise a ‘special termination’ clause in its contract that would allow it to get out of its €70 million a […]

Foxtel to launch ‘home of HBO’ streaming offering next Monday

Australian pay TV group Foxtel has confirmed it is to launch its new streaming service on May 25 following its signing of a new multi-year contract with WarnerMedia that will see it become the exclusive Australian home of HBO. The streamer, which will offer over 10,000 hours of local and international drama and movies, according […]

Nordic Entertainment takes Viaplay to Baltics

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is rolling out its Viaplay streamer into the Baltics and is planning to stock the service with local commissions from the region. The SVOD will be launched in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the first quarter of 2021, offering viewers originals, films and series, kids’ content and live sports. The […]

UK to double number of SVOD subscribers by 2024

The UK’s increasing dependency on SVOD services has been laid bare with a new report estimating that the number of subscribers in the country is estimated to double in the next five years. According to new figures from GlobalData, the total number of SVOD subscriptions is expected to rise from 22.4 million to 44.6 million […]

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 […]

Katzenberg blames Quibi’s stumbling start on coronavirus

Jeffrey Katzenberg has admitted that the performance of his shortform streamer Quibi has been “not close to what we wanted” since its launch in April, but blamed the lack of uptake on Covid-19. Quibi said it has been downloaded 3.5 million times to date, with 1.3 million active users, far short of its target to […]

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, […]

ViacomCBS to launch international pay streamer ‘within year’

ViacomCBS plans to launch an international pay TV streaming product in multiple markets within the next year as part of an expansion of its streaming efforts, including boosting its US domestic premium offering CBS All Access with a number of initiatives. Speaking to analysts after the US studio posted its quarterly results at the end […]

Coronavirus accelerates global SVOD growth

Global SVOD subscriptions will grow by 519 million between 2019 and 2025 to 1,161 million – an increase of 81% – according to forecasts released by Digital TV Research. According to the research outfit, the total number of SVOD subscriptions will climb by 170 million in 2020 alone as numbers jump thanks to coronavirus-related lockdowns […]

Disney+ viewership already exceeding seven exabytes per month

Six months after launching, Disney+ already represents a significant portion of internet traffic.  According to traffic monitoring data from Enea, Disney+ currently represents 1.2-2.2% of all mobile video traffic in North America and Europe. By contrast, Netflix accounts for 7-15% of traffic in the regions The firm adds that the streamer has reached 7 exabytes […]