Sports streaming goal: total engagement

While broadcast-like low latency and QoE are table stakes, streamers and rights holders are moving into interactive and personalised live applications to bring the future of sport to fans. You can argue that sports organisations are keeping one leg in the more lucrative, mass audience and advertiser friendly broadcast camp but the transition to streaming […]

Rakuten TV expands reach in Poland

Leading streaming platform, Rakuten TV, expands its market in Poland with the launch of two localised FAST channels Grjngo and Bjgtjme. Grjngo is the world’s largest streaming brand for western films, according to Rakuten TV. The channel is also a localised version in German, Spanish and English. While, Bjgtjme is focused on other film genres […]

Series Mania: Amazon Prime Video taking cautious line on content spending

Amazon Prime Video’s head of international operations James Farrell used a keynote at Series Mania in Lille to explain  that the streamer is being mindful with its spending budget amidst the ongoing political conflict across the world. During his keynote speech at the Series Mania Festival, Farrell pointed out “there are wars happening and political […]

Series Mania: HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery working together as ‘one team’

HBO’s CEO Casey Bloys described its partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery as “very coordinated” as the pair tackle “programming investment across the globe as one team”. At a keynote session in Series Mania located in Lille, Bloys briefly touched on the media groups’ working relationship following the merger last year. The HBO boss explained that […]

National Women’s Soccer League strikes deals with DAZN and Tigo

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has struck two streaming deals with DAZN and Tigo, while launching a global streaming service for the upcoming 2023 season DAZN has acquired the non-exclusive broadcasting rights to NWSL matches in key markets including Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, UK, France, Belgium, Portugal, Scandinavia, Brazil and the Netherlands, […]

Sandbox Kids teams up with Romania SVOD service AntenaPLAY

Sandbox Kids has revealed it will be powering the Romanian subscription video on demand service, AntenaPLAY’s kids service.  Hopster’s preschool focused learning shows will be aired on AntenaPLAY subscribers, offering childrens’ animation on the service for the first time. The slate of shows include, Clever Brenda, Louie, Sunny Bunnies Get Busy, Pocoyo Nursery Rhymes and Pocoyo. […]

Streaming figures rise in Poland

In Poland streaming figures have risen as streaming viewership reached a record 6.4% of total TV time in February, according to research firm The Gauge. The Gauge revealed Poles spent an average of 16 minutes a day watching streaming content on TV, a minute more from January. The Eastern European region surpassed 6% of TV […]

Netflix reportedly passes one million ad-supported subs

Netflix has reportedly passed the milestone of one million subscribers for its recently-launched low-cost ad-supported tier. According to Bloomberg, citing internal company data, the user base for the service grew by 500% in the first month after launch and by another 50% in its second month. Bloomberg also reported, citing unnamed sources, that Netflix had […]

RTÉ and Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) taps Simplestream to upgrade IPTV service

Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Irish broadcaster RTÉ have tapped Simplestream to revamp its sports subscription channel, GAAGO.  The IPTV service airs Gaelic games including hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, Gaelic handball, and rounders accessible to members and supporters. Simplestream have built and delivered a new set of OTT applications for Android and iOS […]

FuboTV rebrands as Fubo

Sports streaming service FuboTV has revealed it is rebranding as Fubo, alongside the launch of the company’s newest brand ad campaign. The ‘If Sports Fans Built a Streaming Service’ campaign launches amid the World Baseball Classic and the start of the Major League Baseball season. Co-produced by Ryan Reynolds’ owned Maximum Effort Productions the campaign […]