Disney and ViacomCBS to lean on extensive libraries for international streaming products

Somewhat buried under the news that its streaming business has exceeded 100 million subscribers and that its Summer blockbuster film is going straight to home rental for US$29.99, Disney actually used its Q3 earnings call to quietly announce a new international streaming service. Launching next year, the company will offer an international streamer dubbed Star […]

Don’t expect BritBox’s expansion to launch it into a Netflix competitor

  The announcement that BritBox is to expand into up to 25 countries was a somewhat unexpectedly timed and exceptionally vague one that left more questions than answered. For starters, the ITV-BBC Studios joint venture failed to actually mention into which countries it would be expanding, giving instead a vague signal towards “Europe, Asia, the […]

Streaming devices have flourished in lockdown – but don’t be fooled by the spike

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a much-charted explosion in consumers subscribing to streaming services – Netflix added 10 million subscribers in the second quarter of the year alone, for example. But what has flown somewhat under the radar is the comparable rise in sales of streaming devices. A report published this week by ABI Research […]

Will DAZN’s international rollout withstand pandemic pressures?

Almost three months after it was meant to launch with aplomb, DAZN announced this week that it will resume its international rollout with a free beta test at the end of July. In March, the John Skipper-chaired company revealed a huge expansion to more than 200 countries and territories at the beginning of May – […]

Sports broadcasters look to the cloud in pandemic return

From dearth to excess; sports are back on TV with a vengeance to make up for lost time.  The English Premier league, for example, is scheduled to cram in 92 matches between its June 17 resumption and the end of July, while other competitions like the Formula One are taking a less breakneck pace but […]

AVOD is coming. How do you sell it to viewers?

At the start of the year there was widespread discussion about the projected rise of AVOD, but what no-one could have foreseen then was that SVOD would lead a huge increase in OTT viewing in Q2. The world has turned on its head in so many ways recently that such predictions have gone out of […]

Excitement grows over broadcast opportunities for targeted advertising

Excitement is building in the broadcast community over Targeted Advertising (TA). For years, online video distribution had a distinct edge over broadcast since it could deliver targeted ads to mobile devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets. But a growing number of connected TVs in homes coupled with recent standardization work done by the DVB Project […]

What Disney’s linear switch-off means for the pay TV industry

Streaming is the future of Disney’s TV business – at least that’s the message sent out in the UK with the company making the call to shut down its kids channels at the end of September. After 25 years of broadcasting programming that defined many a millennial childhood – with shows like Boy Meets World, […]

Is coronavirus just an excuse for Quibi’s poor performance?

Quibi, the short-form streamer which launched with outrageously deep pockets and significant fanfare on April 6, has barely left the news over the past three months for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blaming its underwhelming subscriber numbers on the global coronavirus pandemic, advertisers seeking revised deals as a result of […]

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